Salem mayor turning the barbs into a bonanza

Mayor Kim Driscoll donated $5 for every negative message she received about her support of gay-rights causes.

Search for new Somerville chief is near end

A team of Somerville officials has selected two finalists for the police chief position: a department insider and a chief from New Hampshire.

Agency cites role in state’s economy

In the 10 years since the Massachusetts School Building Authority was created, the agency has spent $10.5 billion.

Ellen Vuong and long-time boyfriend Torn Sak were both killed in the fire.

Folk festival will honor fire victims

A memorial to the victims will be offered during the opening ceremonies on Friday, along with a moment of silence.

Carol Baum walks on Hay Street in Newbury, picking up trash as she has done since she retired from teaching English as a second language.

Newbury artist will build tower of trash to educate about litter

Carol Baum began picking up litter one day a week on a 2-mile loop around her Newbury home and cataloging everything she found.

Norwell 9-year-old Catherine Faherty (right) dons her gear before a recent sled hockey open house in Wilmington, where (above) she happily scraps with a rising star in the sport, David Eustace, 15, of Stoneham.

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At Wilmington’s Ristuccia Arena, sled hockey players love their game

On selected Saturdays throughout the summer, the rink at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington showcases a very different form of ice hockey.

Jose Casado (right) was presented the Boys & Girls Club youth of the year award by Rep. Frank Moran.


Deana’s Educational Theater celebrates 20 years and a new artistic director

“The Yellow Dress” was the foundation for Deana’s Educational Theate.

Traffic at the Bourne Bridge

Across the Pond

Straddling Cape Cod’s two worlds

Living in a place and then, a few years later, finding yourself vacationing there is an unusual experience.

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

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// The Best of Beverly Beckham

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

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Boards to hold meetings to review ordinances and bylaws

The Groveland Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board is holding a series of meetings to review and possibly revise some of the town’s zoning ordinances and bylaws. The boards hope to have the revisions completed in September, to be sent to town counsel for review.


Roaring Twenties Lawn Party Sunday at Castle Hill

The annual Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate is scheduled for Sunday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hosted by The Trustees of Reservations in association with Boston Swing Central, the event offers a step back in time with many arriving in period dress from the Jazz Age, when the mansion was built. It will feature ’20s and ’30s jazz, swing dancing lessons, Charleston performances, antique autos, and a vintage fair. The gates open at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are $25 per person and $20 for students, seniors, and Trustees members (day-of tickets are $5 more). Children 10 and under will be admitted free. For tickets or more information, got to or call 978-356-4351.


Contract extended for Trinity EMS services

Trinity EMS will continue to provide emergency 911 services to Tyngsborough for the next five years following a unanimous vote by the town Board of Selectmen to approve a second one-year extension to the company’s contract. This vote followed previous approval of an initial one-year extension on the existing contract. In operation since its 1991 founding, Trinity has 75 vehicles and about 250 employees and bases throughout the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. It provides 911 services to a dozen communities in the area: Tyngsborough, Chelmsford, Lowell, Dunstable, Haverhill, and Groveland in Massachusetts and Plaistow, Atkinson, Sandown, Newton, Hampstead, and Sandown in New Hampshire.


Former town planner retaking the position

Former Swampscott town planner and energy efficiency manager S. Peter Kane will return to the town planner position in Swampscott this fall. Brian Szekely, who held the position for a year after Kane left, recently resigned to take a similar job in Winchester. Kane, who has been working in private business, plans to start in September. “Peter did a good job when he was here,” said Matt Strauss, chairman of the Board of Selectmen. “He is well-liked and very well respected.”