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


Ipswich resident up for recycling award

Volunteer Heather Pillis, who has coordinated the Ipswich curbside composting pilot program since it began three years ago, is among the finalists for MassRecyle’s 20th annual Recycling Awards, to be presented as part of the 2015 R3 Recycling & Organics Conference and Trade Show, scheduled for Monday, March 30, in the Quincy Marriott. Since the program’s inception, Pillis has worked with the town’s Department of Public Works and its Recycling Committee to secure a contractor and composting site; identify, build, and grow the collection route; promote the program; sign up participants; and manage its funds. The program has grown to include 400 households. Others nominated for awards include Lowell recycling coordinator Gunther Wellenstein; the cities of Salem and Lynn; the town of Manchester-by-the-Sea; the Danvers School District; University of Massachusetts Lowell; Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll; and Tim Deschamps, executive director of the Central Mass Mosquito Control Project. For more information, go to


Luxury apartment development completed in Everett

Contractors have completed construction of The Batch Yard, a new luxury apartment development on the site of the former Charleston Chew factory in Everett. The developer, Post Road Residential, said the 73-unit final phase of the project was recently finished. Managed by the Bozzuto Group, the $90 million development features 328 loft-style apartments in a three-building complex at 25 Charlton St. The project incorporated details and finishes from the factory, including wood paneling and flooring that was reclaimed and re-milled from the site. According to its website, rents range from $1,600 for some studio apartments to $4,240 for the high-end units.


Billerica robotics team wins spot at world championship

The robotics team at the Locke Middle School in Billerica has secured a spot at the VEX Robotics World Championship after winning the top award at the Southern New England Skyrise Middle School Championship earlier this month. In all, the Locke Monsters Robotics team took home three awards in the regional competition: the Robotics Skills Award; the Tournament Finalist Award; and the top award, the Excellence Award. Locke eighth graders Patrick Browne, Aiden Cliff, Alex Yeh, and Sreyas Yennampelli, along with seventh grader Brayden Taylor, participated in the regional competition. Team members Corban Walsh and Matt Woodman were unable to attend. Teams from 26 countries are expected to compete in the world championship April 15-18 in Louisville, Ky.


A landscaper at work in Arlington, which has some limits on blowers.

In the war vs. loud leaf blowers, a strategic retreat

Leaf blower opponents have shifted from seeking bans to educating the public about the issue and encouraging landscapers to try alternatives.

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.