Recent headlines from Globe North.


Westford gets new assistant town manager

Eric Heideman bested close to 100 applicants for the position.


New Salem Harbor Shuttle boat serves visitors, locals

The water shuttle will make regular stops at the city docks at Blaney Street, Congress Street, Winter Island, and Salem Willows.


Former Rockport head coach hired at Manchester-Essex Regional High

Timothy St. Laurent will be the head coach of the boys’ varsity basketball program.


Clean Lawrence initiative launched

The effort puts 42 new trash receptacles on the streets and 25 temporary workers.


Somerville sets date for Ward 6 School Committee election

The Dec. 6 election will replace outgoing member Paul Bockelman.


Methuen awarded state grant to clean up the Merrimack

The Baker administration has given the town $40,000 to remove up to 20 motor vehicles from the river.


Woburn schools prepare for energy saving upgrades

The city was awarded $250,000 by the state Department of Energy under its Green Communities program.


Ipswich accepting articles for fall Special Town Meeting

The Board of Selectmen anticipates holding a public hearing in September.


Melrose middle school expands inclusive initiative

Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School will be tapping the resources of the Anti-Defamation League and Melrose Alliance Against Violence.


State funds aimed at curbing water pollution

The $1.2 million in federal grants are earmarked for boat pump-out stations and will reduce sewage discharge from recreational vessels.


Peabody’s Farmers Market open Tuesdays

Fresh produce is available from 1 to 6 p.m. at the corner of Lowell and Chestnut streets.

North Andover

Women have edge on North Andover Finance Committee

With new members Sasha Weinreich and Divya Bhatnagar, there are now five women on the nine-member board.


State gives $1.1m for Gloucester pier repair

The funds will go toward roof repairs of the pier’s cold storage building, ensuring the continued viability of the city’s commercial fishing industry.


Haverhill City Council approves budget

Mayor James Fiorentini’s $178.3 million budget is about $2.7 million more than last year.


Lynn mayor to deliver State of the City address

Judith Flanagan Kennedy also will answer questions at the July 19 public event.


Somerville steps up prosecution of code violations

Assistant City Solicitor David Shapiro will act as a special assistant district attorney for cases involving violations of fire prevention, building, sanitary, and zoning codes.


Another chance to celebrate Peabody’s 100th birthday

The city will hold a “Centennial Concert and Fireworks Spectacular.”


Methuen man elected student rep at NECC

Klinbert Garcia is a 2014 graduate of Methuen High School.


Ipswich launches Operation HOPE

Modeled after the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative, the Heroin Opiate Prevention Effort will try to reduce the number of overdose deaths.


Everett mayor names provisional fire chief

Tony Carli, a 16-year veteran of the department, assumes the post July 10.


‘It’s summer; don’t get bugged’ in Rockport

State epidemiologist Dr. Alfred DeMaria will discuss mosquito- and tick-borne diseases such as Zika, Lyme disease, babesiosis, and Eastern equine encephalitis.


Beverly’s Larcom Theatre may have a buyer

David Bull, one of the owners, said he hopes to have the sale completed before Labor Day.


Park Medford program becomes more user-friendly

The changes include senior citizen permits and lower transaction costs.


Somerville Mobile Farmers Market returns

Residents again have the chance to purchase fresh vegetables and fruit in their own neighborhoods.


Lawrence dumping bill passes at State House

Fines of up to $10,000 and potential jail time of up to one week are included for infractions.


Catch the bus for Ipswich library programs

The first of six Monday night programs, Creature Teachers, will be held July 11.


Malden residents receive recycling warning

Recyclables will not be collected curbside if materials are in the wrong bin or if nonrecycling materials are placed in a bin.


Lowell summer youth programs get $115,000

13 local groups received funds from the United Way’s Summer Experience in Greater Lowell.


Smarter parking in Haverhill

The Passport app allows drivers to pay for parking or extend their parking times without having to dig for change or return to their meter.


Trustees look to buy land next to Crane Estate

The Trustees of Reservations is aiming to raise $2.5 million to acquire the 20.5-acre Steep Hill tract parcel.


Grants will help Salem preserve history

The $37,000 will fund hiring a consultant to survey historic buildings downtown, and allow the city’s historic preservation planner to work full time.


Lincoln Park upgrade begins in Somerville

The $9.4 million project will include a playground, community gardens, and an off-leash dog area.


‘Build Days’ projects open to community

More than 300 volunteers have signed up for neighborhood beautification in Beverly, Lynn, Peabody, and Salem.


Comedy fund-raiser in Saugus to help addicts

The Filming Instead of Getting High Team (F.I.G.H.T.) is an initiative of Johnny Hickey, a Wakefield resident and filmmaker.


Essex holding forum on downtown parking

The open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at the Essex Senior Center


City center project opens in Lawrence

The alley between Essex and Common streets increases Northern Essex students’ access to downtown.


Somerville schools receive $11,000 grant for preschool guidance

The money will help district and private educators craft a common curriculum aimed at preparing children to enter the public schools.


Somerville High sophomore earns top PSA honor

Desi Feldman’s video, “Defeat Stress,” was selected from among 52 submitted for the annual project.


Methuen school budget fully funded

Superintendent Judith Scannell is now working on recalling the “majority” of the 54 staff members who received layoff notices June 14.


Haverhill Democrats host sheriff candidates

The current sheriff, Frank G. Cousins Jr., is retiring after 20 years in the post.


RMV closing office at Danvers mall

The registry is looking to lease approximately 8,300 square feet in Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, or Topsfield.


Wenham estate to be auctioned July 1-2

The auction includes Henry D. Audesse’s 32-room Georgian brick mansion and all its furnishings.


Everett mayor appoints two financial managers

Robert Moreschi is the city’s new chief procurement agent and Lara Wehbe Ammouri is business manager for the Department of Public Works.


Wilmington to hold master plan meeting

A committee presentation will outline suggested scenarios, which include closing, rehabilitating, consolidating, or redeveloping a number of town facilities.

Beverly, Salem

New boardwalk and pier open in Beverly, Salem

The new facilities are located on both sides of Beverly Harbor next to the current Veterans Memorial Bridge.


Marblehead honored for accounting and financial reporting

Alison Nieto, Marblehead finance director, received an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement.


Dan Smith new Gloucester chief of administration

Jim Destino, who took the job when Safatia Romeo Theken became mayor in January, will step down on June 30.

North Reading, Danvers receive housing grants

The Planning Assistance Toward Housing grants assist communities in meeting their housing needs.


Rowley acquires 23 acres of open space

The land, which included three buildable residential lots, was donated by the Four Twenty Newburyport Turnpike LLC.


Dog park to open June 15 in Wilmington

The new facility, at the Town Park, consists of two fenced-in areas, one for all dogs and a second for small dogs only.


Saugus has money in the bank

The $4.35 million in the stabilization fund can be used to meet unforeseen expenses.


Second ALS residence opens in Chelsea

The Dapper McDonald ALS Residence joins the Steve Sailing ALS residence and the Slifka MS Residence.


Haverhill Farmers Market opens June 25

Shoppers using their EBT/SNAP card can double their dollars when shopping.


Somerville 5K to help those battling addiction

The proceeds from the June 12 Just One race will benefit treatment options, recovery support, and prevention efforts.


Gloucester’s Little River restoration is complete

The project included uncovering portions of underwater streams; replacing an aging concrete channel with a natural stream bed; and restoring sensitive coastal wetlands.


Haverhill teaming to create time capsule

The capsule, which will be installed in Harbor Place, will be opened in 2041.


Salem farmers market open for season

In addition to locally raised fruits and vegetables, the market features seafood, baked goods, meat, and other items.


No swimming at High Fells Reservoir

The reservoir is not staffed and there are no lifeguards on duty.


Winthrop to vote on tax increase for field project

The $9.8 million Miller Field project would include an artifical turf field.


Woburn chooses new library leader

Andrea Bunker, a Woburn native, will replace Kathleen O’Doherty, who held the position for 30 years.


Marblehead theater seeking support

Donations will help replace support columns in the basement of its home theater at 12 School St.


SomerStreets kicks off June 5 in East Somerville

The “carnaval” will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. along East Broadway from McGrath Highway to Pennsylvania Avenue.


Cape Ann Farmers Market opens June 2

The market attracts more than 50 vendors every Thursday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. through Oct. 13.


Herren, Campanello to discuss substance abuse

Salem State’s annual Youth At Risk Conference will be held June 1 at Endicott College in Beverly.

Cape Ann closes in on commemorative license plate

The plate’s design features an image from Gloucester (Fisherman at the Wheel), Essex (a schooner in full sail), Rockport (Motif No. 1), and Manchester-by-the-Sea (rotunda at Tucks Point).


Andover/North Andover YMCA celebrates expansion

The $23 million project doubled the size of the building and added new pools.


Reading expands its online presence

The new town website site includes bill paying, community alert sign-ups, maps, and construction updates.


Waterfront apartments completed in Revere

Vanguard Waterfront Square Apartment Homes is a 194-unit rental development across from Revere Beach.


Renovations continue at Everett’s Parlin School

The $4 million project include bathrooms; new outside doors; electrical system overhaul; exterior brick restoration; and replacing more than 400 windows.


Ipswich High students receive environmental honors

The “Sustainability Scholars” developed a project to reduce the use of plasic bags and Styrofoam in town.


Salem offers free summer meals for children

From July 11 through Aug. 12, the program provides breakfasts and lunches for children up to age 18.


Tewksbury veterans invited to visit D.C. memorials

Honor Flight New England provides free transportation for the trip.


Newburyport summer shuttle to return

The shuttle will accept the Charlie card, or a fee of up to $3 for a one-day pass for adults.

Real Time Traffic displays on Route 128

Seven displays will be installed between Peabody and Gloucester, informing drivers of how long portions of the ride will take.


Andover moves to relocate Town Yard

Town Meeting appropriated $2.25 million in free cash for the purchase of a 15-acre parcel at 5 Campanelli Drive for the new yard.


Somerville holds forum on charter school cap

The meeting was organized by opponents of the expansion proposal.

Andover/North Andover

YMCA to host Healthy Kids Day May 22

The event features activities such as games, family zumba, arts and crafts, interactive water safety, and Bouncy House play.


Lynnfield honors retired library director

Nancy Ryan had worked at the library for two decades.


Peabody begins 100th birthday with festival

The event at Brooksby Farm will feature food vendors, live music, games, and other activities for all ages.


Somerville to begin Beacon Street project

Starting May 16, the street will be closed to eastbound traffic between Somerville Avenue and Oxford Street weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.