The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

“Underwater” by graphic designer Craig Frazier is at Endicott College in Beverly.

Globe North calendar

“Craig Frazier: Drawing It Out” includes prints, digital prints, cut amberliths, sketches from the past 15 years, sketchbooks, and a running video of his work.

Starlab Studios is a multimedia production studio based in Union Square, Somerville.

Business plan

Starlab Studios in Somerville fosters creativity

“Simply put, we can take any idea you have, however big or small, and make it great,” said Starlab owner Richard TK Hawke.

Up Close

Somerville’s Matt Gray manages donations to Greater Boston Food Bank

“It’s a whole new world of food banking I didn’t know existed,” said Gray. “You think of it as a small thing, but it is large and complex.”

// The Informer

Openings and closings of businesses and organizations, as well as events north of Boston.

Steak on a Stone is a popular dish at Cavaleiro’s in Lowell.

Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe

Local Fare

Steak on a Stone a signature touch at Cavaleiro’s in Lowell

Steak on a Stone is a Portuguese specialty that allows diners to cook their own meat at their leisure.



The Argument

Should people stop being allowed to live on Plum Island?

Two views on whether people should be allowed to live on Plum Island.

Commentary from Globe North readers

Another round of debate on expanding the MBTA or fixing it first, plus differing views on commuting to work on a bike

Beverly Beckham

// Depression an oft invisible affliction

From all appearances, writes Beverly Beckham, Kathy May of Scituate is leading a picture-perfect suburban life.



Ethan Talkov a towering presence for St. John’s Prep volleyball

Prep coach Scott Celli calls the 6-foot-8 senior hitter a rare combination of athleticism and height.


Ben Bowden, Lynn English/Vanderbilt University baseball

The hard-throwing southpaw reliever is 4-1 with a 2.70 earned average in his first 10 appearances for Vanderbilt.

Noteworthy performances

Noteworthy performances from athletes residing in communities north, west, and south 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

Blotter Tales

// An abandoned car holds a big surprise

Police are surprised at what they find in abandoned car, a bank robber tries to flee in a taxi cab, and more tales from the region’s police blotters.

Cartoon Caption Contest

// Snowbirds

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


Peabody collects $2.7 million in back taxes

Peabody has collected $2.7 million in back taxes from 227 residents and businesses over the past four years. City treasurer Jeanne Carnevale said the outstanding taxes were collected through a systematic effort Peabody initiated when Mayor Ted Bettencourt took office in 2011. The program has involved using an outside counsel to initiate land-taking proceedings against those who do not respond to notices demanding payment. Carnevale said only a handful of the 227 cases are still pending in court. She said the city wanted residents to know that while taxes have gone up, “We are trying to do our part by making sure everyone pays their fair share.”


McGeary announces candidacy for Gloucester mayor

Paul McGeary, president of the Gloucester City Council, has announced his candidacy for mayor, joining City Councilor Greg Verga in the race. McGeary is a three-term city councilor and is a former longtime Boston Globe employee. Neither candidate has taken out nomination papers, though City Clerk Linda Lowe noted that traditionally, Gloucester candidates do not take out papers until April. To be listed on the ballot, a candidate must return papers by Aug. 11 for the Nov. 3 election. Depending on the number of candidates, Gloucester may also hold preliminary elections on Sept. 29.


Everett named finalist for national health award

The city of Everett has been named a finalist for a national award that recognizes community efforts to help people live healthier lives. Selected from more than 340 communities nationwide, Everett joins just 14 other finalists for the third annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. Lawrence was the only other finalist from Massachusetts. Winners will be announced this fall. In a recent Facebook post, Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria said the city is committed to building a culture of health for all residents, noting that Everett’s public schools, health and recreation departments, and local community organizations such as Tri-Cap, La Communidad, and the Cambridge Health Alliance, have his “unyielding support and encouragement in order to provide our community with more services, more opportunities, and more education for healthier and happier lifestyles.” To learn more, 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.