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Salem

Salem Harbor light station will be open for public access

The Bakers Island Light Station will be open to the public for the first time in 70 years, beginning Wednesday, July 1.

Essex

Essex art installation highlights impacts of climate change

A new art installation at the Allyn Cox Reservation in Essex highlights the impacts of climate change within the Great Marsh.

Dracut

Second petition seeking recall of Dracut Selectwoman Cathy Richardson underway

The second petition seeking the recall of Dracut Selectwoman Cathy Richardson is underway.

Peabody

Peabody to hold information session on environmental grant

Peabody and Salem residents are invited to a public information session Tuesday, June 30 regarding a federal environmental grant.

Andover

Andover public schools selects interim student services director

Valerie Ardi Flynn named interim student services director for Andover public schools.

Tewksbury

Tewksbury looking to fill vacancies on local boards and committees

Tewksbury seeks volunteers to fill vacancies on local boards and committies.

Somerville

Somerville fireworks to be held June 30

Somerville will host its annual 4th of July fireworks on Thursday, June 30 at Trum Field.

Malden

Malden rededicates Miller Park

Malden has rededicated Miller Park, named in honor of Robert D. Miller, a YMCA worker killed by a drunken driver.

Medford

City councilor joins Medford mayoral race

Medford City councilor Robert M. Penta has announced his candidacy for mayor of Medford.

Amesbury

Amesbury mayor vetoes pay raise

Amesbury Mayor Ken Gray has vetoed his own $10,000 pay raise for fiscal year 2016 that the City Council approved.

Gloucester

Gloucester using three electric vehicles

The vehicles will save the city about $4,000 per year while reducing its carbon footprint.

Peabody

Peabody school superintendent resigns

Peabody Superintendent Joseph Mastrocola is resigning his post effective July 1.

Westford

Westford knight statue unveiled

The bronze Westford Knight Effigy Statue created by local firefighter David P. Christiana is now on display.

Haverhill

Parow is named interim fire chief in Haverhill

Mayor James J. Fiorentini has appointed John Parow to serve as interim acting fire chief in Haverhill.

Somerville

Somerville offers condolences after construction accident

Somerville officials have offered their condolences after a construction accident killed one man and injured another in Assembly Square on June 11.

Wakefield

Public transit forum in Wakefield June 25

Senator Jason M. Lewis will hold a Community Conversation about public transit at Galvin Middle School in Wakefield on June 25.

Lynn

Public forum on PARCC to be held in Lynn

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is holding a public forum in Lynn about the PARCC exam.

Winchester

Winchester voters approve one tax hike, reject another

Winchester voters approved a debt exclusion for work at Skillings Field but rejected a tax increase for a new turf field.

Somerville

Somerville seeks vendors for fireworks celebration

Vendors seeking to participate in the Summertime in Somerville Fireworks Celebration must submit a proposal by Friday, June 19.

Everett

Everett to hold opiate forum

Everett residents are invited to a free community forum about the opiate epidemic Monday, June 15 at the Connolly Center.

Stoneham

Stoneham voters approve spending plan

Stoneham voters at the June 8 Special Town Meeting approved a $69.27 million spending plan for FY2016.

Rowley

AG suing Rowley shellfish official

The attorney general is suing Rowley Shellfish Constable John H. Grundstrom for allegedly polluting coastal waters and altering wetland resources.

Beverly

Beverly designates cultural district

A section of Cabot Street in downtown Beverly was recently designated a Massachusetts Cultural District.

Lynnfield

Lynnfield residents express concern over CVS

Lynnfield residents have expressed concerns about a potential CVS at 471 Broadway.

Tyngsborough

Tyngsborough approves loan for sewer line

Tyngsborough voters at the June 2 Annual Town Meeting authorized the town to borrow up to $8,834,00 for a new sewer line.

Andover

Progress made on Andover Y expansion

The Merrimack Valley YMCA has made significant progress on its $21 million expansion of the Andover/North Andover YMCA.

Chelsea

Chelsea selects Ambrosino as new city manager

The City Council has chosen former Revere mayor Thomas G. Ambrosino to serve as the new city manager.

Lawrence

Merrimack Valley Y exec stepping down

Stephen Ives, chief executive of the Merrimack Valley YMCA, is stepping down to lead the YMCA of Central Ohio.

Westford

Westford Council on Aging receives grant

The Westford Council on Aging recently was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation.

Peabody

Peabody allows residents to pay bills online

Peabody has partnered with Unibank to allow residents to pay city bills online.

Gloucester

National Guard sergeant from Gloucester awarded Bronze Star

Sergeant Isaac Pike of Gloucester, who serves in the Army National Guard, has been awarded a Bronze Star for his heroic actions in Iraq twelve years ago.

Georgetown

Georgetown police receive grant for fingerprint machine

Georgetown Police have received $22,150 to purchase a live scan fingerprint machine.

Saugus

Saugus high school proposal moves forward

Saugus Town Meeting has agreed to spend $1.85 for a feasibility study examining a new high school.

Winchester

Winchester to hold special election on Skillings Field projects

Winchester will hold a special election Tuesday, June 9, to decide the fate of several projects proposed for Skillings Field.

Somerville

Somerville moves toward energy-efficient light bulbs

A request for a $2,475,000 bond to convert every Somerville-owned street light and light fixture to energy-efficient light bulbs was approved by the Board of Aldermen.

Winthrop

Winthrop election season underway

Nomination papers for the Nov. 3 election in Winthrop have become available.

Newbury

Newbury may try again on public safety complex

The Newbury Board of Selectman may hold another election to allow voters to reconsider funding the design of a public safety complex.

Chelmsford School Committee picks new superintendent

Jay Lang, deputy superintendent in Lowell, is the Chelmsford School Committee’s choice.

Region

Pentucket district to add three innovation schools

The Pentucket Regional School District will add three new “innovation schools” for the 2015-16 academic year.

Somerville

Acting fire chief named in Somerville

Patrick J. Sullivan III has been named acting fire chief for Somerville following the retirement of Chief Kevin Kelleher.

Winchester

Winchester Town Meeting votes to sell land as open space

Winchester Town Meeting voted to sell the remaining land at Wright-Locke Farm to a trust to preserve it as open space.

Revere

Ground broken on Revere apartments

Contractors have broken ground on construction of apartments on Ocean Avenue in Revere, as part of the Waterfront Square redevelopment.

Medford

Medford postpones community day

The forecast prompted Mayor Michael McGlynn to call off the festival until the fall.

Dracut

Dracut voters to consider trash collection fee

Dracut voters will consider at the Annual Town Meeting on June 1 whether the town should impose a fee for curbside trash collection.

Salem

Salem receives funds to target underage drinking

Salem has received $9,900 in federal funds to use for three initiatives that target underage drinking.

Somerville

Somerville police to host ‘Walking Dialogues’

Somerville residents are invited to walk with members of the police department this summer in a series called the “Walking Dialogues.”

Lynn

Lynn Community Health Center honored

The Lynn Community Health Center has been recognized for the longstanding mental health care it has provided to the community.

Burlington

Burlington selectman to retire as veterans agent

Burlington selectman Bob Hogan is retiring as veterans agent after 19 years.

Wilmington

Wilmington asks for input on open space

Wilmington officials are asking residents to take an online survey and/or attend a workshop regarding its Open Space Plan.

Manchester, Essex

Manchester Essex gets new athletic director

Manchester Essex Regional High School assistant principal will succeed Kelly Porcardo as athletic director.

Gloucester

Gloucester police chief sees support for drug addiction program

Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello’s trip to Washington may lead to funding the city’s revolutionary approach to drug addiction.

Peabody

Peabody turns to CodeRED alerts

CodeRED was installed in Peabody after last winter’s record-breaking snowfall.

Westford

Westford to get new fire station

The ballot question narrowly passed with 770 votes in favor and 730 against.

Haverhill

Bus service to be expanded in Haverhill

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini has approved a service change to increase weekday bus service from every 90 minutes to every 60 minutes.

Region

Newburyport, Gloucester, Manchester awarded $1 million for boating access

Newburyport, Gloucester, and Manchester-by-the-Sea have been awarded $1 million for construction of better access for boaters.

North Andover

North Andover to accept Town Meeting questions via e-mail

North Andover Town Moderator Mark S. DiSalvo has announced that citizens can e-mail questions to be presented at Town Meeting.

Tewksbury

Tewksbury’s Ferrin honored at Shawsheen Tech

Tewksbury resident Raine Ferrin was honored as Shawsheen Valley Technical High School’s Outstanding Vocational Technical Student.

Woburn

Former Woburn officer to lead substance abuse task force

Woburn Mayor Scott D. Galvin has named retired police officer Rick Jolly as the city’s substance abuse task force coordinator.

Somerville

Somerville celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Somerville High School Gay-Straight Alliance are hosting a flag-raising ceremony for LGBTQ Pride Month.

Medford

Medford dedicates DPW building to Pompeo

Medford has dedicated its Department of Public Works facility to the late Alfred P. Pompeo Sr., a WW II veteran, POW, and former Medford mayor.

Ipswich

Ipswich Housing Partnership widens scope

The Ipswich Affordable Housing Partnership has changed its name to the Ipswich Housing Partnership.

Beverly

Beverly to offer pay-by-phone parking

The city of Beverly has contracted with GoParkit Technologies so residents can use their smart phones to pay for parking.

Lowell

Historic Lowell Cemetery breaks ground on columbarium

The Historic Lowell Cemetery has broken ground on the O.M. Whipple Columbarium and Garden of Remembrance.

North Reading

North Reading Police offer prom safety tips

The North Reading High School Senior Prom will be held on June 1.

REGION

Applicants line up for veterans’ services post

About twelve candidates have applied to be veterans’ services director for the Eastern Essex District.

WEST NEWBURY

West Newbury police cruisers to get new computers

The West Newbury Police Department announced recently that it had won a $24,960 grant that it will use to replace the computers in its police cruisers.

HAVERHILL

Ground broken for new Haverhill school

State and local officials attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Caleb Dustin Hunking School in Haverhill on Tuesday.

DRACUT

DiRocco re-elected Dracut selectman

Incumbent Joseph DiRocco Jr. was reelected to a fifth term on the Dracut Board of Selectmen on Monday, besting challenger Phil Thibault.

WINCHESTER

Winchester OK’s its first heritage district

Winchester Town Meeting members approved the addition of a new section on heritage districts to the town’s bylaws April 30, creating at the same time the town’s first such district, in Rangeley Park.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville fire chief Kelleher retires

Somerville Fire Chief Kevin Kelleher is retiring after 37 years with the department

Wakefield

Tiro unseats Cook on Wakefield School Committee

Rob Tiro has unseated Janine Iengo Cook on the Wakefield School Committee.

Lynnfield

Barrett wins Lynnfield selectman seat after recount

A recount confirmed Christopher Barrett’s victory over Cathleen E. Shea for a selectman’s seat in Lynnfield.

Salem

Salem receives $10,000 grant for Teachers Cabinet

The Salem Charitable Foundation has awarded the city a $10,000 grant for the Salem Teachers Cabinet.

Gloucester

Gloucester to rededicate public water system

Gloucester is rededicating its public water system on Tuesday, May 5.

Methuen

Methuen police hiring process faces challenge

Three applicants are awaiting Civil Service hearings after appealing Methuen’s decision to pass them over for police jobs.

Newbury

Newbury residents to vote on tax increases

At the May 12 election, Newbury residents will vote on five ballot questions that could raise property taxes.

Woburn

Woburn holding forum on development

Woburn Mayor Scott D. Galvin is hosting a roundtable discussion on May 5 about future growth in the city.

Somerville

Hubway stations open in Somerville

Somerville has reopened its shared Hubway bike stations for the fifth season.

Medford

Burke to run for mayor of Medford

Stephanie Muccini Burke is the first to enter the race to succeed Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn.

Lawrence

Lawrence getting help with financial planning

The city of Lawrence has hired the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management at UMass Boston to help with a capital improvement plan.