State driving $30 million Winthrop Beach, Rumney Marsh project

Just a few years ago, Winthrop Beach resembled a ghost coast. After decades of erosion, visitors could spot more rocks and boulders on the beach than patches of sand.

In 2009, the Woburn Armory, built in 1917, had broken and boarded-up windows.

Woburn to consider armory proposal

Woburn officials are weighing a Somerville firm’s plan to convert the long idle former armory building into a mix of housing and offices.

Danvers weighs plan to rezone for downtown housing

In a bid to bring more bustle to downtown streets, Danvers officials are pursuing changes that could draw buildings with both businesses and housing.

Mike Ingham, Haverhill’s veterans agent, with Mayor James Fiorentini and the recovered flag.

Stolen flag to fly again over Haverhill

After going missing for more than 30 years, a piece of Haverhill’s history has been returned to city leaders.

The Farmer Dave’s stand is about a mile away from Market Basket headquarters.

The Boston Globe

Market Basket feud opens opportunity for farm stands

There are some winners in the Market Basket mess. Many farm stands say they’ve benefited from the nearly empty produce shelves.

Ken Perrone (center) was fired after coaching during strike.

Book recalls Salem’s 1994 football battle

“No Backing Down” chronicles the 1994 Salem High School football team, focusing on the 11-day teachers’ strike during which Ken Perrone continued to coach the team.

The dining room at Connie’s Stagecoach is old-fashioned and unpretentious.

Dining Out

Connie’s Stagecoach of Salisbury evokes an earlier era

You can expect things like $3 cups of soup, $11 steak dinners, and a round-the-clock breakfast item called the Pile-Up.

Last year’s performance of “Quarry Dance,” a site-specific performance in Gloucester.

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Dancers use a Gloucester quarry as a stage

“Quarry Dance 3” is a site-specific dance performance at a quarry in the Lanesville section of Gloucester.

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.

Globe North Sports

Interactive Graphic

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

Globe e-book

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

Globe North Briefs

Newburyport

Local police officer trained to investigate, dismantle drug labs

A Newburyport police officer has undergone federal training on how to investigate and dismantle secret drug labs. Officer Joshua Tierney, along with Salisbury police officer Michael Tullercash, attended the weeklong training program hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration in Virginia. City Marshal Thomas Howard said that this year a couple of labs have been investigated in the area, including in Rowley and Newburyport. Howard said he is pleased that Tierney was chosen for the training because municipal police are often the first responders to these laboratories. Having a trained person on staff will help prevent explosions and stop officers from breathing in dangerous chemicals when they arrive to the scene, he said. “It’s new to the area,” Howard said of the labs. “They are moving out into the suburbs.” Those aware of any illegal drug activity or illegal drug labs may submit an anonymous tip to the Newburyport Police Department at 978-462-4411.

Middleton

Town seeking candidates for open positions

The town of Middleton is looking for candidates to fill open positions on the Planning Board and Industrial Design Review Committee. The Planning Board position is a joint appointment until the May 2015 town election, with the candidate appointed by the board and the Board of Selectmen. The Board of Selectmen is also seeking to appoint an alternate member to the Middleton Industrial and Commercial Design Review Committee. Candidates for either position should submit a resume and letter of interest to Nancy Jones, chairwoman, Board of Selectmen, 48 South Main St., Middleton MA 01949,or to adminsecretary@townofmiddleton.org.

Methuen

500 birds, removed from private home, taken in by MSPCA

The MSPCA at Nevins Farm has taken in more than 500 birds that were removed from a private home in Springfield. The birds were first held for evaluation at the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center in that city, then moved to Methuen over the course of two days by volunteer drivers. Officials say most of the birds were quail, though the group also included pheasants, chickens, pigeons, and one parrot. Pam Peebles, director of the O’Connor center, said most appeared to be healthy and were checked for conditions that may have resulted from extreme overcrowding. There was no reason given as to why the owner had so many birds in her residence.

Lowell

Pretrial conference set in case of alleged drunken-driving accident

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Sept. 8 in the case of a Lowell man who was allegedly driving drunk when he rear-ended a truck carrying hazardous materials earlier this month. Thomas Crear, 56, was driving a 2006 Toyota Tundra when he drove into the back end of a Triumvirate Environmental truck at the intersection of Thorndike Street and YMCA Drive. Because the driver of the environmental truck let first responders know that he was transporting hazardous materials, authorities took special precautions to clear the area. Crear allegedly admitted to police that he had been drinking, and he was tested at more than twice the legal blood alcohol limit. He has since pleaded not guilty to operating under the influence.