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Chris and Sarah Nelson use the “Estonian Hold” to perfection.

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Chris and Sarah Nelson use the “Estonian Hold” to perfection.

Couples go to extremes in wife-carrying contest

The men rocketed up a rugged obstacle course, navigating over boulders, traversing through mud, and wading through thigh-deep water. By Taryn Plumb

The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

Robert Plant in concert.

Globe North calendar

A photo exhibit that features music icons such as Paul McCartney and Robert Plant is on display in Newburyport.

Crave owner Sean Toomey and gallery owner Paula Estey.

Business Plan

Art and food merge in a new collaboration in Amesbury

A Newburyport gallery owner and an Amesbury restaurant owner are joining forces.

Showcase Cinemas

The Informer

Openings and closings north of Boston

Showcase Cinemas Woburn now has a full bar offering beer, wine, and cocktails, which can be taken into the auditoriums.

Luxury apartments debut in Medford

Lumiere Apartments will consist of 163 rental units — 16 of them deemed affordable under state guidelines.

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Local Fare

Cucina Toscana offers Italian delights

It tasted as good as it looked, which says a lot.



The Argument

Is Reading’s demolition delay necessary?

Two views on Reading’s effort to preserve historically significant structures in town.

The Big Question

Are you seeing a positive return on your property taxes?

We asked four people: Are you getting your money’s worth with the property taxes you pay?


Reader sound off on issues north of Boston

Readers discuss Chapter 40B, whether police chiefs belong in civil service, the cost of living in Somerville, and more.



For top scorers, the focus is on finishing

In the second half of Tuesday’s highly contested match for the Northeastern Conference title, things worked out perfectly for the NEC all-star.

Play of the Week

Tori Brown, North Reading girls’ soccer

The North Reading senior midfielder Tori Brown describes her game-winning goal with three minutes left of a 2-1 girls’ soccer victory.

Jess Davidson, a member of the Harvard swim team

Catching Up With

Jess Davidson, Beverly High/Harvard swimming

The holder of four school records was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at Beverly High in April.

Noteworthy performances from local athletes

A roundup of top players from across the region.

To our readers

Letter from the Regional Editor

Welcome to our new and expanded weekly Globe West, Globe North, and Globe South.

Blotter tales

// Tales from the blotter

Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and non-events, most of which never make the news.

Cartoon Caption Contest

// Political monsters

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

Globe North Community News


Ballot question would raise surcharge

The ballot for the Nov. 4 state election includes a ballot question on an amendment to increase the Town of Essex Community Preservation Act surcharge. Town Meeting previously approved the increase of the annual real estate tax levy for the CPA to 1 percent on May 5, and the election is required to fully approve the change. Currently, the surcharge is .5 percent, as it has been since adoption of the CPA in 2007. The question is the fifth on the state ballot.


Proposed demolitions subject of meeting

The Danvers Preservation Commission is holding a public hearing this Wednesday on whether the town should delay the demolition of two historic homes. One is the Porter House, at 487 Locust St., and the other the Mackey Funeral Home building at 22 Conant St. A developer has applied for a permit to demolish the Porter House to make room for a proposed project of 16 single-family homes. The Archdiocese of Boston has applied for a permit to raze the funeral home building to create 36 parking spaces for the adjacent St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, according to Susan Fletcher, assistant director of the town’s Department of Planning and Human Services. Under a town bylaw, the commission can delay for up to six months the demolition of a structure it determines is of historical significance in order to work with the property owner on ways to preserve it. The commission has found that both buildings are historically significant, and Wednesday’s hearing will focus on whether it should determine they are worthy of preservation. Built about 1665, the Locust Street house was historically known as the Porter-Bradstreet Homestead. It is the last surviving private, rural Colonial homestead in the town and is one of less than 400 surviving buildings of its type in the country, according to a description of the house written by Richard B. Trask, the town’s archivist. Erected in 1894, the funeral home building, known as the Albion F. Welch House, is one of the few late 19th-century high-style dwellings still surviving on a main thoroughfare in the Danvers business district, according to Trask, who called it a “wonderful example of the Queen Anne Revival architectural style.” Wednesday’s meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Daniel J. Toomey room at town hall.


New meters on way to business areas

Mayor Michael J. McGlynn recently contracted with a Tennessee-based firm, Republic Parking System, to install new “pay by plate” multi-space parking meters in five business districts. Medford currently doesn’t have meters, but that will change in those districts in the next few months. Under pay-b- plate systems, drivers enter their license plate numbers into meters when they insert coins, enabling enforcement officers to more accurately determine how long specific vehicles have been parked. Officials said their objectives are to deter illegal parking and ensure timely turnover of spaces to benefit business districts. The program also involves comprehensive enforcement of parking rules by the contractor, including neighborhood permit parking. The charge at meters will be 25 cents for 15 minutes. The contract is for seven years with an option to renew for three more years. Republic will make an annual payment to the city starting at $300,000 in the first year, rising to up to $700,000 in the second and subsequent years. It will also pay the city a percentage of its gross revenues, according to city solicitor Mark Rumley and budget director Stephanie Burke. Responding to feedback from businesses, the city made several changes to the plan, including adding two 30-minute free parking spaces and four paid single-space meter spots in each of the five business areas. The city will also dedicate $250,000 of its annual parking revenue to improvements in those districts.

Interactive Graphic

// High school concussions

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

Globe e-book

// The Best of Beverly Beckham

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