In Lawrence: Bread and Roses, then and now

Market Basket protestors earlier this month.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

At the Labor Day festival in Lawrence, a professor will compare the Market Basket struggle to the nine-week strike of 1912.

An out-of-state driver with a disability placard or plate can park at a meter anywhere in Massachusetts for free.

Who Taught YOU to Drive?

Paying out-of-state tickets, and other borderline tales

Some out-of-state speeding tickets will not affect your Massachusetts car insurance premium, writes Peter DeMarco.

Coach Dave Mitchell directs drills for the Masconomet boys’ soccer team, the defending Division 2 state champions.

High School Soccer

Masconomet boys’ soccer still has high goals

The defending Division 2 state champion team kicked off another season this August, hoping for a repeat title.

David Shakespeare and Nancy Stockford, both on the mend.

Melrose man’s e-mailed plea for a kidney donor a success

“There was something about the e-mail,” said Nancy Stockford. “I felt like I had to do it . . . like I was called to do it.”

Funds sought to restore Reading Civil War graves

A campaign is underway to secure $7,500 in required matching funds to a grant the town received in June for the gravestones.

Billerica landfill reborn as solar plant

The former contaminated landfill is now a clean-energy producer that will provide millions in revenue for the town.

Chicken curry with a plate of rice and a bowl of soup at Blue Fin.

Dining Out

Blue Fin in Middleton offers fine Japanese cuisine

The restaurant, known for its sushi, offers an elegant culinary experience that dollar menus can’t match.


Stoneham Theater opens 15th season with ‘Doubt’

In the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, a zealous principal confronts a priest about a relationship with a student.

Cartoon Caption Contest

// Bare necessities

Send us your submissions for this week’s cartoon, and see the winning caption and finalists from last week’s contest.

Beverly Beckham

Interactive Graphic

// High school concussions

See the number of concussions reported by area high schools with a sortable table.

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// The Best of Beverly Beckham

I was the sun, the kids were my planets, and other reflections from the Globe columnist.

Globe North Briefs


Town resident presented with award

North Shore Community College recently presented Shirley Phoung with its Thomas Bourke Helping Hands Award, recognizing the Lynn resident for her involvement in college activities and willingness to serve others. Phoung is a liberal arts student who is in the college’s federal Trio program, which provides services to people from disadvantaged backgrounds. College officials cited Phoung’s efforts to spearhead or assist projects and participate in college and community events ranging from the annual Lynn Woods cleanup to an annual Trio spring plant sale fund-raiser; a health fair; and a clothing drive for the college’s Upward Bound program. She is also an active volunteer at the Student Support and Advising Center. “I truly find Shirley an inspiration and wished that there were more students like her. She is a gem. Her instructors note that she is ‘that type’ of student that made them feel good about teaching. Her impact on Trio, the college, and her family is tremendous,” Vanessa Bates, a Trio academic counselor, said in a prepared statement.


Naming rights at new elementary school offered with donations

The Newburyport Education Foundation is seeking donations in exchange for the naming rights of rooms or certain areas at the new Francis T. Bresnahan Elementary School. According to the foundation’s website, donors who pledge from $2,500 to $100,000 may name spaces such as a kindergarten classroom, music classroom, or principal’s office. The Newburyport Education Foundation finances programs that may not receive funding from the school district budget or state aid, and supplements funding for programs that are already supported by public financing. Since it was founded in 2004, the foundation has donated $2.2 million to the Newburyport Public Schools. Donations can be made online, by mail, or in person. For more information about the available naming spaces, visit Potential donors can also e-mail or call 978-463-7893.


Town adds two special recycling collections

The town’s Department of Municipal Services has added two recycling collections to the fall schedule for pickup of household hazardous waste and electronics, including computer monitors, microwave ovens, and televisions. Household hazardous waste will be collected Sept. 13; electronics will be collected Sept. 27. Both collections will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West Elementary School on Beacon Street. Lines will not be allowed to form early. The fees for household waste range from $5 to $10; fees for disposal of electronics range from $2 to $40. For a complete list of acceptable items and their fees, visit


Vigil for overdose victims scheduled

The third annual Gloucester Overdose Vigil is being held Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the flagpole near the Cut Bridge on Stacy Boulevard. Community members are invited for a night of healing and remembrance, and are encouraged to bring pictures of lost loved ones. Pictures will be placed on a memorial table for the evening and then returned after the vigil. Names will be read, luminaries will be made in dedication to loved ones, and there will be speakers and music. The rain date is Sept.12.