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An update on what's happening in our communities.

BeauSoleil avec  Michael Doucet, left, is at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Friday.

Globe North calendar

A Cajun musical performance, an abstract expressionist painting exhibition, and more.

Up Close

Emily Wellman inspires creativity in teens at the Salem YMCA

While Wellman has experience teaching younger students, she prefers working with teenagers.

Mocktails president Bill Gamelli, with a selection of his company’s nonalcoholic cocktails.

Business Plan

Wenham-based Mocktails serves up non-alcoholic drinks

“We love to see the person not drinking getting a beverage on par with a person who is drinking,” said Bill Gamelli of Wenham.

Anthony Vitale cuts hair at Anthony David Salon.

The Informer

Openings and closings of businesses and other organizations in the north suburbs.

Broiled oysters with creamed jalapenos are among the appetizers offered at Brine.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Local Fare

Newburyport’s Brine a tasty late-night treasure

Brine offers pricy treats for those who can afford them.

Katie and Mike Brandt celebrated Noah’s third birthday and Mike’s 32d birthday in March 2011.

Bella English

Single mother spreads awareness after her husband dies of rare disease

Katie Brandt is the New England volunteer coordinator for the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration.

VOICES

 

The Argument

Should the members of municipal finance committees be elected?

Two views on whether members of municipal finance committees should be elected.

The Big Question

What movie do you think should win the Oscar for Best Picture?

We asked four people what movie they thought should win the Oscar for Best Picture.

Globe North commentary

Readers sound off on issues north of Boston.

SPORTS

 

Ali O’Leary and Amanda Conway.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

For two Division 1 prospects, road to college hockey is all-consuming

Methuen senior Amanda Conway has 85 points this season, and Reading junior Ali O’Leary has 57.

PLAY OF THE WEEK

Robbie Glavin, Ipswich High basketball

Ipswich High forward Robbie Glavin on his game-winning basket against Rockport High on Feb. 14.

CATCHING UP WITH

Antonio Anderson, Lynn Tech/University of Memphis basketball

The former University of Memphis defensive demon is in his first year as an assistant at Wheelock College.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Amy Pelletier, Bishop Fenwick/Stonehill women’s basketball

The senior guard from Beverly is averaging 11.1 points per game for the 20-2 Skyhawks.

Globe North: Noteworthy performances

Noteworthy performances from athletes residing in communities north 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

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Police said a man turned his snowblower in the direction of his neighbor, and covered him with snow.

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.

Globe North Community News

Burlington

Burlington considers alcohol sales at movie theater

Burlington is considering a proposal that would open the way for movie theaters in town to serve alcohol. AMC Burlington Cinema 10 is proposing the zoning change in order to serve alcohol at its location, according to Don Benjamin, the town’s senior planner. The measure as proposed – an amendment to the zoning bylaw that defines movie theaters — would apply to all theaters with eight or more screens. The AMC theater, at 20 South Ave., with 10 screens, is Burlington’s only current film house, Benjamin said. The Planning Board has scheduled a March 19 public hearing on the proposal, which would come before the annual town meeting in May. If the zoning amendment is adopted, AMC would still have to secure a liquor license from the town. The state Legislature last April approved special legislation allowing Burlington to grant an additional eight licenses for all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on premises. The licenses were set aside for specific areas in town, three of them for Burlington Mall, three for New England Executive Park, and two for 15-20 South Ave. No business has yet applied for the South Avenue licenses, according to the selectmen’s office.

Saugus

Saugus chooses new town manager

The Saugus Board of Selectmen voted 4-1 Thursday night to appoint Sean Fitzgerald of Peabody as the new town manager. He currently serves as town manager of Plaistow, N.H., and was formerly a top aide to then-Peabody mayor Michael Bonfanti. Fitzgerald was selected over former North Andover town manager Mark Rees and David Van Dam, a former Swampscott selectman who is currently chief of staff to Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini. Fitzgerald will replace Scott Crabtree, who was fired by the board in October and is suing the town for wrongful termination. The board's vote on Thursday came just hours after Essex Superior Court Judge Robert N. Tochka denied a request for an injunction to stop the board from making the appointment until after a March 17 special election to recall four of the five selectmen. Save Saugus, a political action group backing the recall, requested the injunction. Selectwoman Debra Panetta — who is not subject to the recall — was the only vote against Fitzgerald's appointment.

Region

State senators to tour North Shore businesses

Seven state senators from around the region have scheduled a daylong tour of businesses and municipalities around the North Shore on Monday. The Commonwealth Conversations Tour’ will wrap up with a public forum at Salvatore’s Restaurant and Function Facility, 354 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The event is part of a series of senate tours throughout the state. Democratic state senators Joan Lovely of Salem, Ken Donnelly of Arlington, Jason Lewis of Winchester, Tom McGee of Lynn, Kathleen O’Connor Ives of Newburyport, and Barbara L’Italien of Andover and Republican Minority Leader Bruce Tarr are scheduled to take the tour. Senate President Stan Rosenberg of Amherst and other senators have also indicated that they will participate. For more on the tours, go to malegislature.gov/cc.

Who taught YOU to Drive?

Interactive Graphic

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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.