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An update on what's happening in our communities.

The Sea Festival of Trees is at the Blue Ocean Event Center

Globe North calendar

The Sea Festival of Trees takes place in Salisbury, and the 21st Festival of Trees kicks off in Methuen

Mary Martin heads up New England Equine Rescues in West Newbury.

Up Close

Seeking a new home for West Newbury horse rescue

For more than a decade, Mary Martin has rescued horses that are neglected, abused, or headed for slaughter.

At their company’s Billerica warehouse are David Holzman (left) and Scott Lattanzio.

Business Plan

Virus Zero brings high tech to air purification

Virus Zero send ions into the air to neutralize and eliminate contaminants like viruses and bacteria.

Lindsey Miller of Amesbury was appointed as the assistant education director at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.

The Informer

Openings and closings north of Boston

A marketing merger, non-alcoholic cocktails at Roche Bros, community college changes and more.

Medford nature photographer George McLean didn't have to go far to shoot this photo of a male coyote he calls Ghost at the city's Brooks Estate.

North View

In Medford, the wild among us

Medford nature photographer George McLean didn't have to go far to shoot this photo of a male coyote he calls Ghost at the city's Brooks Estate.

The menu at Laurie’s 9:09 emphasizes seafood and meat, such as this rack of lamb dish.

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Local Fare

A unique dining experience in Wakefield

In 2012, Laurie Rizzo finally fulfilled her dream of opening a restaurant with Laurie’s 9:09 in Wakefield.

DT and Bear led the writer — their childhood friend — on an

 fall walk along the tracks.

Steven A. Rosenberg

Revisiting boyhood trails

A writer and his boyhood pals, now in their mid-50s, revisit the scenes of their youth, and add a few new ones.



The Big Question

What should be Charlie Baker’s first priority as governor?

We asked four people: As Charlie Baker prepares to take office, what do you think should be his main focus?

The Argument

Do you support expansion plans by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.?

Two views on whether or not communities should get behind the project proposed for some Mass. communities.


Readers sound off on issues north of Boston

Readers comment on the Green Line extension in Medford and dementia awareness.




Marisa Parent, Revere High/Framingham State women’s soccer

A 2011 graduate of Revere High, Parenthas put together a stellar career on the pitch at Framingham State University.


Justin Peledge, Malden Catholic/Saint Anselm football

Malden Catholic grad Justin Peledge delivered a game for the ages as a Saint Anselm senior in 2001.

Play of the Week

Dan Coveney, North Reading boys’ soccer

North Reading’s Dan Coveney describes his winning goal beat Watertown.

Noteworthy performances

Noteworthy performances from athletes residing in communities north, west, and south 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

// Tales from the blotter

A call for a domestic disturbance turned out to be a family carving pumpkins, perhaps a tad too enthusiastically.

Cartoon Caption Contest

// Southbound ducks

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


Search begins for new Bagnall principal in Groveland

The search is on for a new principal for the Dr. Elmer S. Bagnall School in Groveland, part of the Pentucket Regional School District. Superintendent Jeffrey Mulqueen said he anticipated that the new principal will begin the job on July 1, 2015. Longtime Bagnall principal Elaine Champion, who has been working as a special assistant to the superintendent since August, has announced her intent to retire effective Dec. 31, 2015. Michael Smith, director of arts and academic instruction for the district, has been serving as interim principal at Bagnall. Earlier this year, Bagnall was designated an Innovation School for Design & Engineering by the state’s Executive Office of Education and is implementing a STEAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) for approximately 570 students in grades prekindergarten to 6. In addition, districtwide programs for students who have learning and emotional disabilities are centralized at the school.


Medford receives grant for Krystle Campbell Peace Garden

Medford is getting some help from the state for a project honoring the victims of the 2012 Boston Marathon bombings. The Executive Office of Environmental Affairs recently awarded the city a $299,350 grant to be used toward the cost of creating the Krystle Campbell Peace Garden. The garden, planned in front of the senior center in Medford Square, is being named for the 29-year-old Medford High School graduate and Arlington resident who was among four people killed in the bombings and their aftermath. The city has completed 75 percent of the design plans for the garden, which will include a central seating area focused on a fountain, and several interpretive elements representing the four individuals who died. It also will include a seat wall, fencing, lighting, trees, and other landscaping, a flagpole, and walkways. The park’s intended theme is to inspire people to embrace humanity, diversity, and inclusion. The new grant is from the state’s Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities program. The remaining costs of the estimated $1.09 million project will be covered by $475,000 in federal funds; a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation; $167,570 from linkage fees charged by the city to developers; and $50,000 in private donations.


Landscape restoration completed at Ipswich’s Castle Hill

The Trustees of Reservations have completed the final phase of its Castle Hill Grand Allée Restoration, a landscape preservation project that started in 2012 at the Crane Estate in Ipswich. The final phase included restoration of the casino complex, a former pool and entertainment space located on the allée, a half-mile grass lawn framed by statues and trees on both sides and rolling out to the sea. About 100 years after the original installation, the allée was overgrown and weather-beaten, and its mature trees had outgrown the designer’s vision. The restoration included the use of many environmentally sustainable techniques.

Interactive Graphic

// High school concussions

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.