Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe North.

GLOUCESTER

Gloucester’s Tarr will again lead Senate Republicans

The state senator will serve his fourth term as Minority Leader.

HAVERHILL

Team Haverhill explores old and new

A discussion of “Haverhill Treasures: Old, New, Next!” will be held March 6.

LYNN

Lynn to gather for MLK Day volunteering

Volunteers will be serving meals at a local soup kitchen, visiting nursing homes, and performing other community work on Monday, Jan. 16.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville holding forums on CPA projects

Somerville residents can attend two public hearings to offer their input on projects applying for funding in 2017.

Lawrence

New murals reflect life at Northern Essex CC

Students were asked to photograph people or objects that represented the themes of diversity and/or library patronage.

HAVERHILL

Haverhill will test out solar powered bench

Designed by Cambridge-based Soofa, the bench will provide free, solar-powered charging for mobile devices.

Reading

How to run for office in Reading

Nomination papers are now available in the town clerk’s office for moderator, selectmen, library trustee, the Municipal Light Board, and School Committee.

Ipswich

Ipswich to consider $2.4m purchase for athletic fields

A Jan. 24 Special Town Meeting will vote on buying 30.6 acres of the Pony Express Farm on Candlewood Road.

Pentucket

Pentucket teachers raise funds for Holocaust study

Janet Eppoliti and Cheryl Martin want to deepen their knowledge during a trip to Poland.

Peabody

Five elderly siblings reunited in Peabody

“We started our lives together and we are so lucky to be ending our lives together,” said Mary Cena, 92.

Malden

Malden mayor names superintendent search committee

The 13-member panel will review applications and recommend finalists to the School Committee.

Somerville

Somerville mayor to deliver State of the City address

Joseph A. Curtatone will review the city’s recent accomplishments and the challenges it faces going forward at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at City Hall.

Woburn

Woburn kicks off 375th anniversary celebration

Senator Edward J. Markey will serve as keynote speaker at an interfaith and historic celebration at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, at the First Congregational Church.

Peabody

Peabody Library launches exhibit about Eliza Sutton

The library has launched a new online-only exhibition about Sutton and the $20,000 contribution she made to the library in 1866.

Gloucester, Essex

Gloucester, Essex planner recognized by state

Matt Coogan received a Leading by Example Award for clean energy and conservation initiatives.

Tewksbury

Tewksbury hires new conservation agent

Stefania Gallo previously worked as a biologist with the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Lynn

Lynn Community Health Center seeks new CEO

Lori Abrams Berry, who turned the center into the largest provider of primary health care and behavioral health services in Lynn, is retiring.

Somerville

Somerville plans to repave parts of community path

The repaving will be done along the older, original section, which runs from the Cambridge line east to Cedar Street.

Revere

Revere revives Commission on Disabilities

For 2017, the group will focus on what if any improvements might be needed to the accessibility of public buildings and accommodations in Revere.

Swampscott

Swampscott selects new town administrator

Sean Fitzgerald of Peabody is expected to be Swampscott’s next town administrator.

Wakefield

Wakefield police chief to serve on global task force

Rick Smith will serve as vice chairman of the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Task Force to Address Global Violence Against Law Enforcement.

Reading

Reading Police receive AAA honors

Officer Timothy Barrett received the Traffic Safety Hero of the Year award, and Officer David Savio was issued the AAA Gold Award.

Newbury

Newbury to reconsider new town hall/police station

The proposed $6.5 million project narrowly missed the required two-thirds majority at a Special Town Meeting held on Oct. 18.

North Andover

Volunteers needed for North Andover master plan committee

The committee will help steer a two-year process that will have long-term impacts on the town’s future growth and sustainability.

Salem

Salem replacing stairwells at Museum Place garage

At least one stairwell and the garage’s two elevators — which will operate 24 hours a day — will be available for use during construction.

Somerville

Somerville seeks applicants for energy commission

The panel advises the city’s Office of Sustainability and Environment on climate change and clean energy and helps it design policies and outreach programs.

Everett

Everett hails bus-only lane as success

An MBTA survey of more than 300 bus riders found that respondents unanimously backed the program.

Stoneham

Fund to help Stoneham family displaced by fire

The family — five children, their parents, and grandparents — had their Christmas gifts and personal belongings destroyed by extensive smoke and water damage.

Haverhill

NECC to hold tax forum for CPAs in Haverhill

Participants may attend the all-day forum, just the Massachusetts Tax Update & Review, or just the Federal Tax Update & Review.

Winchester

Winchester Hospital launches Safe Sleep campaign

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death is the leading cause of death among babies in their first year of life.

Andover

$85k grant will help preserve open space in Andover

The money will be used to support the acquisition of 26.6 acres of land on the former Franciscan Seminary property that is part of the Bay Circuit Trail.

Salem

Salem Council on Aging celebrates 50 years

The agency will soon move to a new space in the future Jean Levesque Community Life Center on Bridge Street.

Somerville

Somerville creating project committee

The city is seeking applicants to serve on a new community advisory committee that will assist officials in prioritizing capital improvement projects each year.

Woburn

Woburn plans 375th anniversary celebration

A yearlong series of events have been planned to mark the occasion and highlight Woburn’s contributions to the history of the nation.

Everett

Wynn Resorts opens office in Everett

The Wynn Design and Development office is located in a warehouse that Wynn recently built at 3 Charlton St., adjacent to the future casino.

Beverly

Beverly wraps up road construction for the season

The $20 million street improvement project is scheduled for completion in October 2017.

Ipswich

Entrepreneurship program coming to Ipswich VFW

If successful, Georgia-based nonprofit VetToCEO will install similar programs throughout the country.

Swampscott

Swampscott’s electric prices and carbon footprint drop

Prices for the Swampscott Community Power program will be lowered in January.

Lowell

Housing Families, Inc. appoints new CEO

Edward C. Cameron, Jr. has nearly three decades of experience in the nonprofit and government sectors.

Chelmsford

Deadline approaching for Chelmsford citizen petitions

The deadline to submit to submit a citizen petition warrant article for the annual Spring Town Meeting is Jan. 3.

Chelsea

After years of fund-raising, Chelsea opens new youth theater

The new Riseman Family Theatre is operated by Apollinaire Theatre Company in its Chelsea Theatre Works building.

Melrose

Melrose seeks donations for those in need

The Melrose Emergency Fund provides financial help to residents facing financial emergencies.

Reading

Reading again adopts single tax rate

The average single-family home assessment is up about 6.8 percent from last year.

Somerville

Somerville meeting set on medical marijuana dispensary

Sage Cannabis seeks to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Davis Square.

Lawrence

Teachers holding fund-raiser for school supplies

The Lawrence Teachers’ Union and the American Federation of Teachers are raising funds for Bruce School students after a two-alarm fire on Nov. 14.

Reading

Caregiver Respite Program launches in Reading

The program will give caregivers a break by providing care for Reading residents through Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice.

Gloucester

Gloucester community can learn about addiction battle

The Dec. 8 event will give people a chance to learn about recovery and support options.

Malden

Malden ‘stands out’ against domestic violence

The event will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Malden Center MBTA station.

Lynn

Hearing in Lynn on charter school proposals

The proposals include Equity Lab Charter School for fifth to 12th graders in Lynn that would open in the fall of 2018.

Somerville

Green Line Extension meeting in Somerville

The update will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Somerville High School.

Lowell

NextFlex awards $1.9m to UMass Lowell

The grant goes to a team of researchers from the UMass Lowell Nanomanufacturing Center and Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.

Peabody

Peabody begins restoring Crystal Lake

The $2.5 million project involves dredging 50,000 cubic yards of sediment from the city-owned lake’s basin.

Rowley

Greenbelt steps in to save Rowley farmland

A $450,000 fund-raising campaign has begun for a conservation restriction to protect the 28.8-acre Mehaffey Farm on Newbury Road.

Manchester-by-the-Sea

Manchester’s Sabella to help promote driverless cars

The group’s mission is to promote the testing and deployment of highly automated driving technologies.

Reading

Reading launches CodeRed alert system

The community notification system can send alerts on everything from emergencies to road closures to traffic tie-ups.

Andover

Andover School of Montessori receives $1.7m bond

The private elementary school will use the money to install new playground equipment and do several building updates.

Beverly

Beverly receives grant to reconstruct Broadway

The reconstruction will including widening sidewalks, installing street lights, and the addition of marked lanes for the shared use of motor vehicles and bicycles.

Haverhill

Haverhill property taxes up 3.3 percent

As proposed, the annual property tax bill for an average single-family home assessed at $287,543 will increase $138, or roughly 3.3 percent, to $4,310 in fiscal 2017.

Newbury

Newbury at stalemate over Town Hall-Police Station project

The Board of Selectmen will likely revist the $6.5 million proposal in December.

Somerville

Somerville’s Assembly Row continues to grow

Block 6 will include a 20-story tower with 273 residential units; a six-story structure with 174 residential units; 40,000 square feet of ground floor retail space; and a 650-car parking garage. -

Gloucester

Gloucester Fire Department holds annual toy drive

The toys will be sold at minimum prices to to low-income families at the Wellspring House’s annual holiday store.

Somerville

Design a logo for Somerville’s 175th birthday

The city is preparing for its yearlong celebration, and is asking residents to submit logo designs for the occasion.

Everett

Whidden’s name changed to CHA Everett Hospital

The 162-bed hospital was acquired in 2001 by Cambridge Health Alliance.

Region

Mahoney’s gives trees for the troops

The program provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to all branches of the military and their families.

Peabody

Peabody Independence Greenway has new welcome sign

The sign, created by Peabody artist Yetti Frenkel, is posted at the Ross Park entrance to the greenway.

Swampscott

Town Meeting approves $2m for sewer repairs

The project’s cost could total $8.5 million over eight years.

Wilmington

Benton returns as Wilmington school superintendent

Joanne Benton, who retired in July 2014, was one of three candidates interviewed for the job.

Swampscott

Swampscott to vote on sewer project

The eight-year project to rebuild and replace the town’s sewer system is expected to cost $8.5 million.

Westford

No more plastic bags in Westford recycling

According to the company that picks up recycling, bags get tangled in the sorting machines and slow down processing.

Chelsea

Chelsea homeless program receives grant

The $16,000 was used to buy a bus that brings food, clothing, and medical aid to street people who may be struggling with addiction.

Salem

Salem seeks feedback on rental property rules

The new ordinance would require most rental properties to be inspected every three years and when there is a change in tenancy.

Ipswich

Ipswich schedules One Community School forum

Plans are to create one 775-student elementary school to replace both the Winthrop and Doyon at the current Winthrop School site.

Revere

Revere expands space for substance abuse program

Formerly at City Hall, the Substance Use Disorders Initatives is now located in a downtown commercial building.

Reading

Officials seek to fill Reading School Committee vacancy

Julianne Joyce resigned for personal reasons, effective Oct. 31.

Somerville

Somerville lowers speed limits

On city roads where the speed limit used to be 30, it is now 25 miles per hour.

Dracut

Boule Park dedicated in Dracut

The park is named after Army Specialist Mathew G. Boule, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2003.

Lynn

Learn about the Community Path of Lynn

A meeting will be held Nov. 10 to discuss Lynn’s segment of the Northern Strand Community Trail.

Haverhill

Team Haverhill seeks new logo

The winning submission will reflect the group’s future and become a vibrant symbol that will help promote its mission.

Region

Four municipalities north of Boston win gold in early voting challenge

Lowell, Malden, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Swampscott were among 34 cities given the award.

Lowell

Lowell nonprofit gives 800 coats to needy children

Coats from Anne Above, which is run by local firefighters, began its annual coat drive 12 years ago.