Artistic director Bob Walsh of the Gloucester Stage Company at a meeting for

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Apprentices listen to Gloucester Stage Company artistic director Bob Walsh.

The world is their stage

Seven apprentices have spent the summer learning theater behind the scenes at the Gloucester Stage Company.By Hattie Bernstein

THE ARGUMENT

Should cities and towns be allowed to ask retirees to pay more for health care?

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Globe North Commentary

Readers react to “Black Lives Matter” banner displayed on Somerville City Hall.

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THE INFORMER

Openings, closings, events, and more north of Boston

The annual Safety Town event at the Burlington Mall teaches kids about pedestrian, traffic, bike, and bus safety.

Globe North Commentary

Readers react to “Black Lives Matter” banner displayed on Somerville City Hall.

THE ARGUMENT

Should cities and towns be allowed to ask retirees to pay more for health care?

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UP CLOSE

James Pocock shares his family’s rowing history

Key to the story is George Pocock, who received international recognition for the boat he built for the 1936 team and future Olympic winners.

The world is their stage

Seven apprentices have spent the summer learning theater behind the scenes at the Gloucester Stage Company.

40 years later, Lawrence remembers Andy Puglisi

The community will gather at the Higgins Memorial Pool on Thursday, Sept. 1. The 10-year-old went missing from there on Aug. 21, 1976.

AMESBURY

Our Neighbors’ Table expands its fight against hunger

A 4,800-square-foot property in Amesbury features a functional market where families in need can pick up food.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Shalane Flanagan finished sixth in the marathon in her fourth trip to the Olympics.

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

Girls make shift from elite to high school teams

Coming off a national championship, members of the girls’ NEFC 16-and-under elite team caught their breath before the upcoming high school soccer season begins.

LOCAL FARE

Southern comfort makes its way to New Hampshire

The chicken and waffles ($10) was the best we’ve had north or south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Distinctive artists on display at Flatrocks in Gloucester

“Distinctive Mark” features the work of James Paradis, Peggy Badenhausen, and Shay Cajolet.

Westford

Westford task force searches for dog park location

The park would provide residents a space where they can allow their dogs to exercise and play off leash.

Blotter tales

BLOTTER TALES

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A man dresed up like a rabbit raises suspicions, an intrusive opossum evades police, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

Cartoon Caption Contest

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Submit your own caption, along with your name, hometown and phone number, by e-mailing cartooncaption@globe.com

On The Move

ON THE MOVE

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For those who want to reconnect with their inner child, feet first, there are dozens of midweek kickball leagues within the Route 128 belt.

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Westford

Westford task force searches for dog park location

The park would provide residents a space where they can allow their dogs to exercise and play off leash.

Ipswich

Ipswich receives Coastal Resiliency Grant

The $63,300 grant will help reduce erosion and other impacts of rising sea level along the Ipswich River.

Winchester

Opioid addiction expert speaks at Winchester High

Dr. Ruth Potee will speak on Sept. 15 about the effects of marijuana and other drugs on a developing brain.

Interactive Graphic

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