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Neighboring cities wary of Everett casino traffic

The potential traffic impact of the casino has been a key focus of discussion of leaders of nearby cities.

Late-season spike in infected mosquitoes was expected

Amesbury and Peabody were the only two areas targeted for virus-related spraying in Essex County this year.

Sam Hunt, co-owner and head chef at The Wild Horse Café, prepares dishes using locally sourced foods when possible.

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Beverly’s Wild Horse Café is getting it right

Entrees are reminiscent of a refined steak house, with plenty of seafood and meat options, in addition to a few vegetarian specialties.

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Visit to Everett cemetery during Elul brings memories of family

In the late summer I drive to the Everett Jewish cemetery during the Hebrew month of Elul – a month of contemplation before the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashana.

Arthur Gerstenfeld and his wife, Susan Vernon-Gerstenfeld, with their cockapoos, Brandon and Tessa, at  their Newton home.

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Owners say designer dogs mix the best of two breeds

Hybrids or “designer” dogs are a cross between two breeds that may cost 25 to 50 percent more than their purebred lineages.

Patrick, now 20 pounds leaner, leads the pack down a trail.

Danvers hospice dog sheds 20 pounds on his way back to work

Patrick, a golden retriever, gained 32 pounds in four years from the treats that workers, patients, and visitors slipped him during his workday.

Nancy O’Malley with her adopted dog Gigi, who was dropped off at a shelter — missing one eye and with several tumors — by a neglectful owner.

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Neglected elderly Chihuahua gets a second chance in Winthrop

Gigi, a 12-year-old Chihuahua, has discovered the different smells coming from the marsh grass, taken walks along Winthrop Beach, and barked at the mailman.

Places to go, things to buy for pets

With summer coming to a close, we have drummed up a variety of events, products, and places for folks to enjoy with their four-legged friends this fall.

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Beverly Beckham

Beverly Beckham

Obsessed with singing, and loving it

My kids say that I have an obsessive personality, that once I get interested in something I don’t lose interest until I know all I can or until I am no longer interested.

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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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Social networking event

Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce members are invited to attend a social-networking event hosted by chamber member Laurie’s 9:09 in Wakefield. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. “Chamber social-networking events have been a great opportunity for both our new and longtime members to connect with each other in an informal setting,” chamber president Lisa DeLeo said in an e-mail to the Globe. The event is free to chamber members. Appetizers will be served and there will be a cash bar. Laurie’s 9:09 is at 33 Tuttle St. in Wakefield. To register or learn more, contact chamber executive director Janet Wolbrom at or 978-664-5060 or visit

Leslie’s Retreat in Salem a perfect space for dogs

Leslie’s Retreat Dog park in Salem is open to residents of any town, so long as they have a $25-a-year Pooch Pass.


Deadline extended for bids on school property

The city has set a new deadline for bids on the Kelley School property, according to a statement from Mayor Donna Holaday. Holaday said the deadline is Nov. 3, which will give developers sufficient time to submit more detailed submissions. The city has also set a minimum acquisition cost at $750,000, and is requiring interested parties to submit a schematic design of their proposed reuse for the building. At a City Council meeting on Sept. 8, Holaday said the property is important to the city, and that the process will not be rushed.


Forum to address state education finance scheduled

Residents of the Fifth Middlesex state Senate district are invited to a forum on state education finance on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at The Savings Bank Theater at Wakefield High School. State Senator Jason Lewis, a Winchester Democrat, is presenting the forum in collaboration with the School Committee and School Superintendent Stephen Zrike. The Fifth District represented by Lewis includes Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, and part of Winchester. In addition to Lewis, speakers will include School Committee member Christopher Callanan and Colin Jones, education policy analyst of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. Jones will explain the state’s Chapter 70 school financing formula, and ways to address concerns about the level of state school funding and how equitably it is allocated. Members of the audience will have a chance to ask questions and offer their views.