Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe North.

Gloucester

Gloucester is awarded $240,000 to replace street lights

The change is expected to save $130,000 annually while reducing the lights’ carbon footprint by 50 percent.

Beverly

Gran Prix of Beverly welcomes cyclists of all levels

The 7th annual Windover Construction Gran Prix of Beverly will be held Wednesday, July 29.

Chelmsford

Rail trail in Chelmsford to get spruce-up in August

The town of Chelmsford has hired Arbor East Tree Service, a local company, to prune and remove trees and clear debris along the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail.

Salem

Work on Salem Common fence nears completion

While 22 sections of the iron fence were restored, protective posts were installed at one of the park entrances.

Water main work causes detours in Somerville

Webster Avenue between Washington and Prospect streets will be closed through about Aug. 1 because of water main replacement.

Newburyport

Group fund-raising for new Newburyport track

The Friends of Newburyport Track nonprofit has been created to raise money for a new track at Fuller Field.

Lynnfield

MarketStreet Lynnfield opens six new stores

The outdoor shopping center now has 75 stores and restaurants.

Chelsea

Chelsea Centro Latino president takes state post

CEO of Chelsea-based nonprofit Centro Latino, Juan R. Vega, resigned recently to accept appointment as the states’ new assistant secretary got communities and programs.

Methuen

Methuen City Council resolution opposes pipeline expansion

The resolution calls the pipeline expansion project “unfair to Methuen residents.”

Medford

Fish species suffering in river’s Medford stretch

Fish species from the Lower Mystic Lake to the Amerlia Earhart dam are suffering after this year’s harsh winter and hot spring.

Beverly

President of Beverly college appointed to state council

Montserrat College of Arts president Stephen D. Immerman has been added to the board of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Westford

Westford town clerk accepting applications for bow hunting lottery

Westford town clerk’s office is now accepting permit applications for bow hunting lottery.

Ipswich

Ipswich town meeting set for fall

The Ipswich Board of Selectmen has scheduled a special town meeting Oct. 27.

Haverhill

Haverhill nears new electricity plan

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini has announced that the city is in the final steps for an Electric Aggregation Planl.

Essex

Karen Tyler named new veterans services director for Eastern Essex District

Announced on Monday, July 13, Karen Tyler was named the new veterans services director for the Eastern Essex District.

Somerville

Somerville seeking volunteers and guides for Milk Row Cemetery

Somerville officials are seeking volunteers to open the Milk Row Cemetery and serve as guides to the public.

Reading

Civil War gravestones in Reading restored

Reading has completed the preservation of eight Civil War gravestones.

Chelsea

Former Revere mayor is new Chelsea city manager

Former Revere Mayor Thomas G. Ambrosino will begin his tenure as Chelsea’s city manager next Monday.

Essex

Essex Police certified by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission

The Essex Police Department recently received certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.

Winthrop

Winthrop School Department offering free meals to children over the summer

The Winthrop School Department is offering free meals to children this summer through the federal Summer Food Service Program.

Somerville

Hydrant flushing over the next two weeks in Somerville

Somerville will be flushing its hydrants and opening gate valves over the next two weeks.

Stoneham

Stoneham fails to meet affordable housing threshold

The Massachusetts Housing Appeals Committee has determined that Stoneham has failed to meet the state’s threshold for affordable housing.

Chelmsford

Gary Ryan named as Chelmsford fire chief

Deputy fire chief Gary Ryan has taken over as Chelmsford’s new fire chief.

Nahant

New scholarship honors late Nahant resident

The Nahant Democratic Town Committee is honoring the memory of Bernard Yadoff with a new $500 scholarship.

Haverhill

Opportunity Works Inc. opens new facility in Haverhill

Opportunity Works Inc. opened a new facility in Haverhill on June 26.

Peabody

Peabody Institute Library to hold free career workshops

The Peabody Institute Library is partnering with the North Shore Career Center to offer free career workshops.

Medford

Closure of an I-93 ramp in Medford creates challenge for motorists

Medford’s I-93 Route 16 westbound ramp will be closed until 2018, creating new challenges for motorists.

Wakefield

Wakefield police appoint family services officer

Officer Amy Toothaker will provide services to individuals and families in need and implement programs to promote a safe community environment.

Woburn

Woburn and UMass Lowell to team up in monitoring streams

University of Massachusetts Lowell students will soon help Woburn detect illegal discharge of pollutants into its water bodies. The city recently accepted an offer by the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers to establish a Stream Team program in Woburn. Starting this fall, two to three student teams will perform water quality tests on some of the 10 major tributaries of the city’s drainage system. Using the data, the teams will work with city officials to identify areas where discharges are occurring and explore how to stop them. Some pilot testing may begin this summer. Participating students include Woburn residents Stephanie Collins and Rebecca Gonsalves. UMass Lowell initiated a similar program with the town of Lexington last year.

Somerville

Somerville receives ‘All-America City Award’ for helping youth

Somerville was one of 10 communities nationwide — and the only one in New England — to win the award.

Winchester

Sports complex breaks ground in Winchester

When completed, the complex will include both indoor and outdoor regulation-size fields for year-round play.

Georgetown

Georgetown police warn residents of phone scam

Callers are being told that their power will be shut off if payment is not received via a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.

Lowell

UMass Lowell finishes eighth in concrete canoe competition

The team also placed third in the “final product” category for the design, engineering, and construction of its canoe.

Swampscott

Swampscott Planning Board seeks interim member

The Swampscott Planning Board is seeking a new interim member of the Planning Board.

Newburyport

Newburyport’s bond rating lifted to AAA

A Wall Street financial firm has raised the city’s bond rating to AAA, the highest possible municipal bond rating.

Salem

Salem’s new splash pad to keep kids cool this summer

Salem recently opened a new splash pad at Mary Jane Lee Park, on Prince and Palmer streets.

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.