The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

// Globe North calendar

The Beatles tribute band 4EverFab performs in Beverly and more.

Business Plan

// Relish Management

Relish Management brings life to urban spaces.

The Informer

// Business and beyond north of Boston

Openings and closings of businesses, restaurants, etc., north of Boston.

Up Close

// Malden native Charlie Farren still rocking at 61

Charlie Farren emerged onto the national rock scene in the early 1980s as the lead singer and guitarist with The Joe Perry Project.

Chipotle hash Benedict is a popular breakfast at The Ugly Mug Diner in Salem.

Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

Local Fare

Salem’s Ugly Mug goes beyond the usual diner breakfast

Breakfast ranges from the traditional (pancakes and eggs) to the more creative (huevos rancheros and breakfast poutine).

North View

// Train wreck in North Andover, 1984

An aerial view of the scene of a multi-train car derailment at the Sutton Street crossing in North Andover on Jan. 21, 1984.



The Argument

Should municipalities still fund public libraries?

Should municipalities still fund public libraries when so many resources are easily available online?

The Big Question

What business or businesses do you wish would open in your community?

We asked: What business or businesses do you wish would open in your community?

// Commentary

Community coalition wants its say in redevelopment of Somerville’s Union Square; Mixed reaction to Boston hosting Olympics in 2024.




// Andover’s Joseph Aronov teams up with female counterparts

The junior joined the girls’ gymnastics team at Andover after the boys’ program was cut.


// Hannah and Heather Cain, Gloucester High/Brandeis women’s basketball

Gloucester High graduates have helped direct Brandeis women to a 9-5 start.


// Eddie Mahoney, Gloucester High hockey

Gloucester High’s Eddie Mahoney describes his game-winning goal with 16.7 seconds left to beat Swampscott, 3-2, on Jan. 17.


// Patrick Nugent, Lynnfield/Middlebury College hockey

Lynnfield High graduate helped power Middlebury men’s hockey team to back-to-back NCAA Division 3 titles.

Noteworthy performances

Noteworthy performances from athletes residing in communities north of Boston.

To our readers

Letter from the Regional Editor

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

Blotter tales

// Hot lobsters go on the lam

Lobsters are shoplifted from a supermarket, fireworks go off inside a porta-potty, and more in this week’s edition of “Blotter Tales.”

Cartoon Caption Contest

// Pats Penguins

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


Winthrop school construction underway

Construction of a new Middle/High School in Winthrop reached a milestone when the first steel beams were recently erected. The $80.2 million project involves building a new 187,917-square-foot school building on what was until recently the Main Street site of the high school. To accommodate the project, the district implemented a temporary plan this past fall. The Pauline Street building that served as the middle school now houses the high school and the eighth grade. The sixth and seventh grades are occupying part of the Cummings Elementary School, while the third grade is at the Gorman Fort Banks Elementary School. The project, which broke ground last June, began with demolition of the old high school, followed by site preparation for the new one, said Mary Lou Osborne, co-chairwoman of the School Building Committee, who added that the steel beams provide the first visible sign of the building to come. The Massachusetts School Building Authority is reimbursing the town for 60 percent of the project’s eligible costs, or up to $42.5 million. Voters in 2013 approved a debt exclusion, or temporary tax increase, to pay the town’s share of the project. The new school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.


Changes to trash collection in Westford

Acting on a recommendation from the town’s Recycling Commission, the Westford Board of Selectmen has voted to reduce the limit on the number of bags/barrels that may be collected weekly from each household. The new limit of three trash receptacles, down from the current limit of five, will go into effect Feb. 1. The selectmen also voted to reduce the price of bulk item stickers from $10 to $5, a change that also will go into effect Feb. 1. The bulk item stickers are required to dispose of items too large to fit in a barrel, such as carpeting and furniture. And finally, selectmen are recommending that residents purchase containers no larger than 32 gallons when they need to replace their trash bins. For more information, visit the Westford Recycling Commission website at


Haverhill group seeks to transform vacant school into arts center

Organizers of an initiative to transform the vacant Cogswell School on South Main Street in the village of Bradford into a vibrant community arts center are seeking public support for their bid to purchase the century-old property. The city requested proposals for the property late last year and received two responses, one for high-density housing and the other from the the Cogswell Art Center Committee. The committee’s bid includes a three-year, lease-to-purchase agreement with a “ticking calculation” that increases the purchase price each year. “We wanted to show that we had incentive to close on the property as soon as possible,” said Danielle Smida, a member of the Reinvent Cogswell Initiative. The group plans to apply for grant funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to acquire the building; however, the application can not be submitted until a purchase-and-sale agreement is signed. The Cogswell Art Center Committee has started an online petition at to show the city that the group’s proposal has community support. To date, the petition has garnered more than 600 signatures. To learn more, or to sign the petition, visit

Who taught YOU to Drive?

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.