Love of the game drives semipro football players

Players like Pat Caruso, 53, speak of a reverence for a game that melds speed, violence, friendship, adrenaline, and a type of discipline that teaches lessons to live by off the field.By Steven A. Rosenberg

BUSINESS PLAN

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/19/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/lorenz_26nosmallbiz_002.jpg Grapes the passion at Alfalfa Farm Winery

“I’ve tried to learn as much as I can along the way; there’s a huge amount. Between planting grapes and bottling the wine, you have to make about 2,000 decisions.”

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/19/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/parcc-big.jpg The Argument: Should the state put a three-year moratorium on high stakes testing?

Two public school teachers weigh in on the controversy.

Latest Globe North headlines

By Wendy Killeen Globe Correspondent

Cape Ann quarry sets the dance stage

“Quarry Dance 4” uses the architecture of the quarry — its ledges, cliffs, terraces, and water — in the performance.

INFORMER: Openings, closings, events, and more north of Boston

Explore Harold Parker State Forest , learn the story of a Cambodian refugee, and teach children how to surf through environmentalism.

Beverly Veterans Music Fest to host benefits fair

In addition to listening to music and enjoying free food, veterans have the chance to enroll in benefits.

Business plan

Newburyport’s Yeat Cycle helps with those hills

Stewart Shernan designs and constructs electric hybrid bikes, which can be peddled, peddled and motorized, or totally motorized.

Somerville

Somerville Housing Authority seeks new board member

Those interested in filling the position should provide a written statement of interest and a resume by Aug. 21.

Burlington

Burlington car dealership dedicates green roof to ex-official

Dedicated to Ann Cummings, the partial green roof will contain a vegetative cover that will absorb storm water and reduce energy costs.

Methuen

Methuen city councilor strikes deal with ethics board

Under an agreement with the State Ethics Commission, Methuen City Councilor Joyce Campagnone is no longer collecting a $400 monthly stipend for serving on the council.

Stoneham

Stoneham conservation board says no to Weiss Farm development

The commission cited unresolved questions about storm-water management and flooding issues in the a 26-acre parcel off Franklin Street.

Essex, Gloucester

Volunteers to plant eelgrass on Essex Bay tidal flats

The project is sponsored as part of the $2.9 million federal grant received by the Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Partnership.

Peabody

Peabody farmers market is open Tuesdays

Produce, honey, organic bread and bagels, fresh eggs, soup, dried fruit, jewelry, wine, candles, and maple syrup are available.

Tyngsborough

New Tyngsborough 55-and-over development in final phase

This final construction phase includes seven of the development’s 20 affordable units that will be sold at $185,300 to qualified buyers.

Regional

State senate honors veterans’ advocate

Terry Hart spent 15 years working for veterans in the Eastern Essex district.

Blotter tales

BLOTTER TALES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/17/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/04152009_15road-7211785.jpg Dude, where’s my car?

A man drives off with the wrong car, a beer pong tournament gets out of hand, and DPW workers get scolded in this edition of Blotter Tales.

Cartoon Caption Contest

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

On The Move

on the move

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/20/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/sky4.jpg Getting a high falling from the sky

“. . . For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to fly like a bird. I thought skydiving would be the closest I could get to being a bird, the calm, serene, gliding through the air, taking in the earth below.”

Globe North Community News

Somerville

Somerville Housing Authority seeks new board member

Those interested in filling the position should provide a written statement of interest and a resume by Aug. 21.

Burlington

Burlington car dealership dedicates green roof to ex-official

Dedicated to Ann Cummings, the partial green roof will contain a vegetative cover that will absorb storm water and reduce energy costs.

Methuen

Methuen city councilor strikes deal with ethics board

Under an agreement with the State Ethics Commission, Methuen City Councilor Joyce Campagnone is no longer collecting a $400 monthly stipend for serving on the council.

Interactive Graphic

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

Globe e-book

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/07/19/BostonGlobe.com/Special/Images/beckham.png The Best of Beverly Beckham

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