The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

// Globe North calendar

The show “Meet Me in St. Louis” at the Stoneham Theatre, the culture of Christmas and more.


// St. John’s Prep teacher is living the simple life in a ‘tiny house’

Joel Boutin, a teacher at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, has chosen to live in a 128-square-foot house in New Hampshire with no running water, sewer, heat, or electricity.

Business Plan

// Lynn firefighters design new cleaning tool

A small triangular, hand-held piece has a scraper on one side, a squeegee on another, and a micro-fiber pad on the third.

The Informer

// Business and beyond north of Boston

More than a dozen chambers of commerce in the area have created a Collaborative Regional Initiative that is meant to identify the region’s strengths to help attract outside businesses.

Tuna ceviche is a featured dish on the menu, which also includes oysters and tapanade.

Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe

Local Fare

Tasty tapas menu at DRAE’s in Derry, N.H.

DRAE is the rare upscale eatery that is very much a family affair.

On the Move

// Along 495 belt, shaping a passion for indoor soccer

Teamworks Acton is one of numerous indoor facilities that have sprouted within the Route 495 belt, attracting players of many ages.



The argument

Turning over management of the Bentley School to an outside vendor

Was the Salem School Committee right to turn over management of the Bentley School to an outside vendor?

What was the worst holiday gift you ever received?

We asked four people about the worst holiday gift they ever received.


// Cell tower would ruin scenic area of Gloucester

Gloucester is considering allowing a 154-foot cell tower to be built off concord street, near Essex Bay.



// Defending state hockey champions Reading, Beverly have a new look in goal

The unforgettable run ended with a celebration on the ice at TD Garden last March.

Campus Angle

// Pamela Zabala, Peabody High/Bowdoin College rugby and track

Zabala, who also competes in track & field at Bowdoin, finished third in the shot put at the NESCAC outdoor championships last spring.

Play of the Week

// Danny Ramirez, Essex Tech football

Essex Tech senior Danny Ramirez describes his 67-yard touchdown run against McCann Tech in the Small School Vocational Bowl on Dec. 4.

Catching up with...

Jonathan Lemire, Central Catholic/Columbia University track & field

After spending a dozen years as a reporter for the New York Daily News, Lemire joined the Associated Press in June of 2013 as its New York City Hall reporter.

Noteworthy performances

A roundup of top performances from athletes in communities across the region.

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

// Streaking with a Santa hat

A naked man in a Santa Claus hat disturbs Black Friday shoppers, a rabbit sets off a burglar alarm, and more tales from police blotters.

Cartoon Caption Contest

// American Graffiti

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


Danvers-based foundation names new CEO

David Edwards was recently named president and CEO of the Danvers-based Essex County Community Foundation, which manages charitable funds for donors and provides grants, services, and education to nonprofit organizations in the county. Edwards brings nearly 15 years of expertise in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector, including the past eight as a principal with Sutherland~Edwards LLC, a consulting firm that has worked with more than 40 community foundations and nonprofits. Currently based in Vermont, he’ll be relocating before the Jan. 12 start of his tenure. “I am passionate about community philanthropy and have always believed that people should give where they live,” Edwards said in a prepared statement. “A community foundation is one of the most effective vehicles to enable that to happen.”


Swampscott is awarded $70k flood control grant

Swampscott was recently awarded $70,100 to address flood control issues under a state grant program that this year awarded $1.5 million to address issues related to coastal storms, erosion, and sea level rise. As part of its Climate Change Coastal Resiliency and Flood Control Plan, the town will use storm surge and sea level rise inundation models to assess vulnerabilities of the municipal infrastructure and climate change impacts. Engineers will then deveop conceptual solutions and policy recommendations to help protect residents, property, and infrastructure from extreme weather and climate change impacts. The project received funding as part of the state’s Coastal Community Resilience Grant Program, administered by its Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Coastal Zone Management office. “These forward-thinking local projects will result in important, on-the-ground strategies to protect essential infrastructure and natural resources from the impacts of sea level rise and increased intensity of storms,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett in a prepared statement.


Lawrence, Newton mayors team up to help food pantries

During a news conference Dec. 5 at the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, mayors Dan Rivera of Lawrence and Setti Warren of Newton announced a partnership to help keep local food pantries stocked this holiday season. Working with United Way and United Parcel Service, the partnership builds on an annual citywide food drive in Newton to help support food pantries in both cities. Items including canned fruit and vegetables, toothpaste and diapers for both infants and adults are being collected through Dec. 30 at about 40 locations throughout Newton. The partnership was launched following a Globe report on food pantry supply shortages in Lawrence, where a growing number of families are relying on the city’s food pantries for basic necessities.


Pottery by Bob Kulchuk and paintings by Laurie Miller are on sale at Gallery 529 in Littleton.

For buy-local fans, area shops are a gift

Buying local for Christmas has lots of advantages, from supporting the local economy to getting more personalized service, to limiting your gifts’ carbon footprint.

Interactive Graphic

// High school concussions

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

Globe e-book

// The Best of Beverly Beckham

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