Jose Munoz (left) and William Lam, eight-graders at Bellesini Academy in Lawrence, prepared their science project for a test run.

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Jose Munoz (left) and William Lam, eight-graders at Bellesini Academy in Lawrence, prepared their science project for a test run.

Making the grade in Lawrence

Bellesini Academy and Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School use unique financial models to make private education available to low-income students. By Kathy McCabe

Moira Landry with art supplies she packages for kids living in homeless shelters and motels across the state.

Up Close

Swampscott teen gets creative for homeless

“I know when kids are homeless they don’t have the opportunity to be creative and I wanted to give that to them.”

Alex Van Alen, founder of FlingGolf, takes a swing. He says the new sport is a seamless match with golf, not requiring any changes in the courses.

Business plan

Golf + lacrosse = FlingGolf

Alex Van Alen, a golfer and former lacrosse player, has combined elements of both sports in FlingGolf.

Latest Globe North headlines

The Argument

Should Newbury voters support the proposed tax hikes?

Two opposing views on the proposed Newbury tax hikes.

Premier softball helping increase level of competition in high school

For more softball players like Danvers High’s Caitlin McBride and Hannah Llewellyn, playing in premier summer leagues has improved their skills.

GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performers

Noteworth performers from athletes residing in communities north of Boston.

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

GlobeNorth: 5 impact players

Malden High junior Alexis Brown is the reigning Greater Boston League MVP after hitting .614 with a 1.78 ERA.

Running his heart out

A Stoneham man is running 100 marathons for Mark Fucarile, who lost a leg at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

The BUMPS Challenge series

On May 9 in Princeton, the Wachusett Mountain Hillclimb will kick off the Bump Up the Mountain Point Series Challenge.

ON THE MOVE

Wachusett Mountain Hillclimb puts cyclists to the test

Marblehead’s Marti Shea is geared up for kickoff to Northeast’s annual Bike Up the Mountain Point Series.

PLAY OF THE WEEK

Winslow Lewis, Gloucester High boys’ lacrosse

The senior attack netted the game-winning goal in overtime to lift Gloucester to a 12-11 victory over Nashua North.

Steven A. Rosenberg

Here, the American Dream passes them by

Lynn’s Tent City is the end of the line for people who have burned their connections to the outside world.

Making the grade in Lawrence

Bellesini Academy and Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School use unique financial models to make private education available to low-income students.

Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School

Students work one day per week at a private business to earn $7,000, or 60 percent of their tuition.

About Bellesini Academy

The middle school is funded by donations and grants from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

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

Tax Day payback

Police in Revere and Canton collar suspects who might have plotted better escape routes, while in Wayland it’s more a question of what the suspects tried to make off with.

Cartoon Caption Contest

Sox Doc

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

Gloucester

Gloucester to rededicate public water system

Gloucester is rededicating its public water system on Tuesday, May 5.

Methuen

Methuen police hiring process faces challenge

Three applicants are awaiting Civil Service hearings after appealing Methuen’s decision to pass them over for police jobs.

Newbury

Newbury residents to vote on tax increases

At the May 12 election, Newbury residents will vote on five ballot questions that could raise property taxes.

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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.