With Hilltop for sale, Saugus takes a new look at Route 1 zoning

The giant cactus sign has gone dark and the plastic cows have left their grassy pen on Route 1 in Saugus.

Salem’s Temple Shalom will sell its Lafayette Street building.

Salem synagogue to close and merge its congregation

Beginning Monday, Salem’s only Jewish synagogue — one of the oldest on the North Shore — will be no longer.

Some towns will use the money to upgrade streetlights.

12 municipalities north of Boston win Green Community grants

The towns were among the 43 statewide receiving a total of $7.9 million when the state dispensed its latest batch of Green Communities cash.

Hudson Wynne, 4, of Beverly, joins a contest at the New England Pirate Faire in Salem.

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Shiver me timbers, pirates are on the loose

A band of buccaneers returned to seize Salem’s Forest River Park to exact revenge as part of the 10th annual New England Pirate Faire.

Abbey Miller, as the Draugar Vinlands group’s second-in-command Aelfi, takes part in a recent training session at a park in Stratham, N.H., where the Viking history enthusiasts meet on Saturdays.

Group brings to life Vikings’ ancient lore

A small band of enthusiasts, dedicated to accuracy in the smallest detail, focuses on the fighting spirit of 10th-century Viking warriors.

Katelyn Bisset and a young homeless patient were all smiles recently at Classic Smile dentistry practice.

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Medford dentist and his staff offer a day of free care to homeless families

Dr. Richard Short and the staff of The Classic Smile in Medford recently donated their time to provide homeless families free dental treatment.

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.

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Two strikingly different exterior photos were taken by homeowner Jacinta Murphy. At top, the house in October 2013 as renovations began in earnest and (center) the house as it appeared earlier this month.

New look for an old Norwood landmark

Owner Jacinta Murphy and her fiancé, Jim Murray, restored the Victorian clapboard structure to much of its original late 19th-century glory.

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Entomologist Michael Veit with a bee he found in a field near his home.

Pepperell entomologist abuzz about bees

Black flies. Bees. Dragonflies. If you’ve ever shooed them away from your picnic, chances are entomologist Michael Veit has spent time studying them.

Interactive Graphic

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

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

Globe North Briefs

Westford

Task force weighing town purchase of Drew Gardens site

The Board of Selectmen has formed a nine-member task force to explore whether the town should consider purchasing the Drew Gardens property at 66-68 Boston Road. A task force was formed earlier this month after selectmen received notice from the property owners that they were entering into a purchase and sale agreement to sell the site. In all, 33 residents had applied to serve on the task force, which has been charged with making a recommendation on the potential purchase and exploring possibilities for funding sources that would make a land deal possible. The town holds agricultural preservation restrictions on the property, which consists of three separate parcels, and has the right of first refusal on the land. Selectmen determined that the purchase and sale the owners had received was not a bona fide offer, and sent a notice to the owners advising them of the board’s finding.

Salisbury

Local police officer receives training from DEA

Officer Michael Tullercash recently completed a weeklong specialized federal training on illegal drug laboratories. Held in Quantico, Va., the Drug Enforcement Administration Clandestine Laboratory Training program certified Tullercash as a tech for secret labs used to develop illegal drugs. Newburyport Police Officer Joshua Tierney also completed the training course, which is offered free (including training, housing, and travel expenses) by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, to prepare officers and agents for what they might find in the field. A prepared statement about the course said “municipal police are often the first people to encounter these laboratories operating in communities. First responders must be trained to ensure that these labs are safely and properly investigated, dismantled, and disposed of.”

Georgetown

Town Hall seeking clerks

The town of Georgetown is seeking two part-time and one full-time clerk to work at Town Hall. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest to Town Administrator Michael Farrell at mfarrell@georgetownma.gov. Candidates may also send a resume and letter to Farrell at Town Hall, 1 Library St., Georgetown MA 01833.

Wilmington

Police Department to celebrate National Night Out

The Wilmington Police Department has announced that it will be joining Aug. 5 with cities and towns across the country as they celebrate National Night Out. This will be the first year that Wilmington will take part in the event. The town’s participation is being made possible by a grant from the Cummings Foundation. Wilmington’s National Night Out festivities will begin at 6 p.m. at Rotary Park, across from the public safety building on Adelaide Street. The event will feature fun and games, displays of police and fire vehicles, and a K9 demonstration. A movie will be shown after dark. National Night Out seeks to promote participation in crime prevention activities and strengthen neighborhood partnerships with the police.