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Participants sought for Alzheimer’s walk

The Amesbury Senior Center is seeking participants for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday, Sept. 28 in Portsmouth, N.H. This is the second year that Amesbury is participating through its Amesbury Caregiver Essentials program, which advocates for and provides relief to caregivers. Last year there were 12 participants, said assistant director Doreen Brothers, who coordinates the caregivers program, “This year, we may have close to 20.” To volunteer, donate, or ask questions, contact volunteer Katrina Rioux, team coordinator, at To donate, go to


Fifteen firearms turned in at city’s first buyback event

The city collected 15 firearms, including a sawed-off shotgun, in its first gun buyback program on Aug. 16, according to a statement from the Somerville Police Department. The department and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Department exchanged the guns for grocery store gift certificates. The weapons will be destroyed by State Police. Somerville Police Chief Charles Femino said in the statement: “Today there are 15 fewer guns in Somerville that will never be used to accidentally hurt someone or commit a crime.” Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone said limiting the number of firearms is crucial to keeping the city safe. “We are always striving to make Somerville a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family, and reducing the number of guns that could potentially fall into the hands of criminals or our children, where they could contribute to crimes or tragic accidents, is an important part of that,” he said.

North Reading

Promotions for several police officers

Police Chief Michael P. Murphy has announced the promotion of Detective Michael McAuliffe to sergeant, Officer Scott Tilton to school resource officer, and Officer Kevin Donle to detective. McAuliffe joined the department in 1994 and had been a detective since December 2007, according to a statement released by Murphy. Tilton, who was named Officer of the Year in 2009, has been with the department since 1988 and served as the town’s safety officer since 1996. Donle has been a full-time North Reading police officer since 2002. He was a reserve officer for three years prior to being hired full time. He has previously served as the department’s school resource officer. “These three individuals represent the finest values of law enforcement and we continue to have very high expectations for them in their new roles,” Murphy said in the statement.


Alleged Oxycodone dealer facing charges

A Sept. 24 pretrial conference has been set for a Dracut man charged with possession of oxycontin with intent to distribute. Jason Sayer, 32, was originally arrested on a warrant for multiple motor-vehicle offenses following surveillance on his Mill Street home, which was prompted by suspected drug activity. Dracut police and federal Drug Enforcement Agency officials allegedly interviewed one man leaving the home, who said he purchased oxycontin from Sayer regularly. After Sayer was arrested on the outstanding motor vehicle warrant and driven to the Dracut police station, officers reported finding a bag containing more than 200 oxycontin pills in the back of the cruiser, prompting the next round of charges against him.


New notification system online for lost pets

Town Manager Jodi Ross has announced that Westford has introduced a lost pet notification system. Residents may now create a lost pet notice on the town website, The notices also will be distributed to a list of e-mail subscribers and posted on the town’s Facebook and Twitter pages. To subscribe to receive notifications from the lost and found pets list, visit For more information, contact the town’s animal control office at 978-692-4574 or at Additional information may also be found at


Library gets new interim director

Tom Clark is the new interim director for the Langley-Adams Library. Clark, who has been at the post since early July, formerly worked for Mitre Corp. A search committee is looking for a full-time director to replace Nathalie Harty, who left in the spring. It is accepting resumes through August, and Clark said he is an applicant. “I like it here,” he said. “It’s a wonderful community, and they really take their library to heart.”


Nahant Democrats choose to back Tierney

The Nahant Democratic Town Committee broke from tradition last month when it voted to throw its support behind incumbent Sixth District US Representative John Tierney, the first time it has endorsed a candidate in a primary election. “The past practice had been to simply go to work for whoever prevailed in a primary, but this year things seemed different,” said Jim Walsh, committee chairman, explaining the decision to support Tierney over challenger Seth Moulton in the state primary election scheduled for Sept. 9. Tierney was elected for the first time in 1996, and Walsh said he carried Nahant by 350 votes in a narrow victory. At the July 17 meeting, the committee opted not to endorse any other candidates for office before the primary.


Free evaluations for injuries offered

Harmeling Physical Therapy & Sports Fitness is offering free injury evaluations on Sundays from 8 to 9 a.m., Sept. 7 to Nov. 9. The office is at 33 Upton Drive, near Route 125 and Interstate 93. No appointment is needed. The free evaluations are available to residents of Wilmington and surrounding communities. Each individual will be evaluated and educated about the injury; this is the sixth year that Harmeling has offered this service to the community. For more information about the injury evaluations, call 978-694-1440 or visit


Police have new four-legged ‘officer’

The Lynnfield Police Department has a new police dog named Ace. The addition of the dog was approved within the department’s budget at Town Meeting in the spring, with the help of a $25,000 grant from the Stanton Foundation. When fully trained, the dog will search for lost persons and illegal substances, and aid in evidence recovery, chases, and other police activities, according to Officer Ray Barnes, the department’s K-9 handler.


Library gets language learning program

The public library recently acquired Rocket Languages’s interactive online language-learning program and is making it available to its cardholders. The program provides language lessons and conversation and vocabulary exercises geared to various settings, grammar, and cultural situations, and an option for tracking progress. Users can speak and record their voices, comparing their pronunciation with the program’s instructors. The language study options are Arabic, Chinese, English, English for Japanese speakers, English for Spanish speakers, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and American Sign Language. For more information, drop by the library’s reference department or contact it at 781-270-1691 or “It’s easy to use and it’s fun and it makes you want to learn more,” said Shelley Sloboder, one of the reference librarians.


Zero Waste Day nearing; residents encouraged to participate

Organizers are preparing for Zero Waste Day and encouraging residents to begin thinking about items they might want to donate or recycle. Scheduled this year for Sept. 27, Zero Waste Day is an annual event at which many charities set up trucks at a single location to accept donations of clothing and other surplus household items from residents. Now in its sixth year, Zero Waste Day is jointly organized by the town’s Recycling Committee and the Tewksbury Congregational Church. As many as 500 area residents turn out to donate and recycle items, with more than a dozen nonprofit organizations participating at the event at the Wynn Middle School parking lot. For more information, go to Zero Waste Day Tewksbury on Facebook, or to the website,


Topsfield Fair race Sept. 28

The Topsfield Fair’s third annual 5k walk/run race is scheduled for Sept. 28. The race supports the Essex Agricultural Society’s College Scholarship Fund. According to Topsfield Fair general manager James O’Brien, the society gave out $27,000 in scholarship money in 2014. The $25 registration fee includes the race, a T-shirt for the first 200 people to register, refreshments, and music after the race. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 10 at the Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St. (Route 1). Entry forms may be found at Online registration is available, although runners paying by check need to download the form and mail it to Topsfield Fair, PO Box 134, Topsfield, MA 01983.


Senator names daughter of former mayor as chief of staff

State Senator Joan Lovely, a Salem Democrat, recently named Grace Harrington to serve as her new chief of staff starting at the end of this summer. Harrington will replace Sam Gamer, who is resigning this month to attend Cornell University Law School starting in September. Harrington has been chief of staff to state Representative John D. Keenan, who resigned effective last Saturday to become vice president for administration at Salem State University. Harrington, a Salem resident and graduate of Saint Anselm College, recently received her law degree from New England School of Law in Boston. She is the daughter of former Salem mayor Neil J. Harrington, currently Salisbury’s town manager. Lovely, in a statement, said of Gamer: “Sam has been an exemplary member of my office. I will miss him and I wish him well as he moves on to law school. I’m looking forward to bringing Grace onto the team — anyone who has worked with her is well aware of her extraordinary competence and professionalism.”


Liberty Tree Mall gets new area director of marketing

Ashley Wheeler is the new area director of marketing and business development for Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers and Square One Mall in Saugus, according to Simon Property Group, the national company that owns both shopping centers. In her new position, Wheeler will be responsible for business development, media, events, and marketing efforts, including digital marketing and social media for the two malls. Wheeler served previously in two other positions at Simon: the Mall at Chestnut Hill and South Shore Plaza in Braintree. The Brighton resident holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications from the University of Hartford.


Selectmen seek to fill seat on Light Commission

At its most recent meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted to extend the deadline to fill a vacant seat on the Municipal Light Commission to Sept. 3 at 5 p.m. Residents wishing to apply for the position should submit letters of interest to the Marblehead Municipal Light Commission, 80 Commercial St., and to the Board of Selectmen, Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St. Applicants will be interviewed this fall during a joint meeting of the Board of Selectmen and the Municipal Light Commission at Abbot Hall.

North Andover

Alleged IRS phone calls are a scam, police say

The North Andover Police Department is warning of a telephone scam that uses the IRS as a lure. Several town residents have reported receiving phone calls from a person claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, attempting to collect tax money. The IRS in April warned of a similar telephone scam that affected taxpayers in nearly every state. The IRS advises that individuals who receive calls purporting to be from the agency should contact the Federal Trade Commission using the “FTC Complaint Assistant” at In the comment section of the complaint, be sure to note “IRS Telephone Scam.” Individuals who know they owe taxes, or think they might, are encouraged to call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040; IRS employees at that line can help with payment issues, if there really is such an issue. Individuals who know they do not owe taxes or have no reason to believe that they do are encouraged to call and report the call to the treasury inspector general for tax administration at 1-800-366-4484. The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and e-mail scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS typically initiates contact with taxpayers regarding a tax issue by mail, not by telephone or e-mail.


Options weighed for future of fire station

The Municipal Building Committee is exploring options for the town’s beleaguered fire station. As committee chairman Eric Svahn explained recently to selectmen, CSS Architects of Wakefield has put together a report examining the operational demands and facility needs for the Fire Department during the next 50 years. The committee is currently in the conceptual design and programming phase, he said, and is looking at options that could include renovations or additions to the current building, or new buildings at the current site or elsewhere. The goal is to hold a workshop when the committee has more information and to recruit representation from all parts of town, as well as citizens not fully involved in town government, to help win support for a project. As the building stands now, it would not pass state or federal requirements, Svahn said, and recently more than $60,000 has been spent on repairs.


Fire hydrants to be tested

The Somerville Fire Department will be inspecting fire hydrants Monday through Saturday this week, according to a statement from the city. Testing will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and if necessary from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. The annual inspection is necessary to ensure the hydrants will work properly during an emergency. As a result of the inspection, some water may become rust-colored, but it does not pose a health hazard. The discoloration will be temporary and should clear within a few hours. Though the water will be safe to drink, the city suggests that residents refrain from washing clothes, especially white fabrics, until the water is clear. If rust stains appear on wet laundry, the clothes should not be dried, and residents may call 617-666-3311 for a free bottle of rust remover. Anyone with questions may contact the Somerville Fire Department at 617-623-1700.


Tufts freshmen to mark storm drains

Volunteers from Tufts FOCUS — an acronym for Freshmen Orientation CommUnity Service — on Tuesday will hit city streets to help mark storm drains. The incoming freshmen will work with staff from the city’s Office of Energy and Environment and volunteers from the Mystic River Watershed Association, which have teamed up on a new effort to educate the public about the threat of storm-water runoff to public waterways. Storm-water runoff carries pollutants, including dirt and oil, that pass through drains emptying into the Mystic and Malden rivers. Students will clean the curbs and affix colorful plastic medallions that read “No Dumping. Drains to River” on roads along the Mystic River, downtown, and West Medford Square.


Interact Club looking for students

The Burlington High School Interact Club is seeking civic-minded students to join its ranks. The group is one of 10,700 Interact clubs with nearly 200,000 members sponsored worldwide by local Rotary clubs. Composed of young people age 12 through 18, the Interact clubs undertake a variety of service projects. The Burlington High School club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Burlington; it began about a decade ago with 20 members and last year had more than 70. Recent activities last year included participating in a Buddy Walk for Down syndrome, collecting hundreds of socks for veterans, and making holiday cards for veterans and valentine cards for senior citizens. The club also created a haunted house for the town’s Halloween Spooktacular, assisted the Rotary Club with its annual Valentine Day’s dance for seniors, and made Easter baskets for 80 children at the Burlington Community Food Pantry. The group also holds fund-raising events, has pizza and ice cream parties, and hosts guest speakers. For more information, see or contact Janet Fitzgerald at


Salon cutting hair to benefit nonprofit

Lumina Salon is scheduled to hold its sixth annual HairCut-A-thon in the salon’s parking lot, 328 Main St., on Sunday. This year’s event will benefit Creative Arts, a Reading nonprofit community school for theater, music, and art. The salon is partnering with Sterlingwear of Boston to sponsor and provide awareness for Creative Arts, which offers children instruction in visual and performing arts. Lumina Salon stylists are volunteering their time and talent to provide haircuts at discounted prices for men, women, and children, as well as hair-extension pieces, temporary color streaks, and nail polish. Sterlingwear of Boston will provide a mobile boutique featuring US-made clothing and accessories. The event also will feature a raffle table from local businesses, face painting for children, and an ice cream truck. For more information, call Lumina at 781-944-9909.


Girl Scouts paint traffic boxes, beautify city

A group of Girl Scouts from Brownie Troop 65447 recently lent a hand to an effort to beautify the city. The scouts painted the traffic controller box at the intersection of Bryant and Newton streets. The project contributed to an ongoing city program to paint all of its the traffic controller boxes, which is part of a larger effort to curb graffiti and vandalism and encourage art and beautification. Mayor Carlo DeMaria in a prepared statement praised the Brownie troop “for taking the initiative to paint this box and by truly showing a sense of pride in their city. I hope this inspires even more children and residents of our community to take part in beautifying Everett.” The mayor, meanwhile, expressed his appreciation to local residents Trisha To and Haley LaMonica, who recently volunteered their time and talent to repaint the frog statues at Swan Street Park. Haley’s grandfather, Joseph LaMonica, contributed as well by donating all the supplies needed for the project.


Road race to honor local man killed in Libya

The second annual Glen Doherty Memorial Road Race is scheduled to take place at noon Sept. 28. The race features a 5k walk/run and a 10k run, and will begin and end at the Jenks Center, 109 Skillings Road. The event is a fund-raiser held in honor of Doherty, a former Navy SEAL and a Winchester native who died trying to save others during the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. Participants who register in advance pay a fee of $35. On the day of the race, the registration fee will be $40. Children may participate for a fee of $20, regardless of when they register. All runners who register by Sept. 14 will receive a free T-shirt. Proceeds benefit the Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation, which strives to help current and former special operations professionals and their families with education scholarships and vocational training. For more information, visit


New pipeline for possible funds tapped by School Department

The School Department recently forged an agreement with the Lynn Business Education Foundation that will enable the Lynn public schools to apply for private grants in which the applicant is required to have legal nonprofit status. Under the agreement, the district’s grant applications will be submitted through the foundation, which will distribute any money received to the public schools. “The district’s new agreement with the Lynn Business Education Foundation places us on a level playing field with other school districts when it comes to fund-raising from private sources, ” said Sarah Jackson, coordinator of private partnerships for the district. School Committee chairman Charlie Gallo said in a prepared statement that Lynn is among a small group of Massachusetts school districts that have used the model. The foundation provides grants and professional development for teachers and career-readiness training for students.


Planning board to hold condo hearing Monday

The Planning Board on Monday will hold a public hearing on a 26-unit condominium project proposed for 124-138 Tremont St., an area where multifamily housing is not currently allowed by zoning. Tremont 138 Development LLC has applied for a site plan review and special permits to build the units under the city’s Affordable Housing Incentive Program, which requires that 10 percent of the development’s units be set aside for households earning 50 to 80 percent of the median income for Greater Boston. The project would involve construction of a four-story building plus 52 off-street parking spaces. The hearing is scheduled for 8 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room at City Hall.


Absentee ballots available in city clerk’s office

Absentee ballots are available in the city clerk’s office for the Sept. 9 state primary. Any registered voter who is unable to vote in person on primary day due to absence from town, physical disability, or religious belief is eligible to obtain an absentee ballot. The deadline for filing an application for an absentee ballot is noon on Sept. 9. Ballots may be mailed to voters upon written request or a voter may vote by absentee ballot in the clerk’s office. At the primary, voters will choose Democratic and Republican candidates for the Nov. 4 state election. For more information or to obtain an absentee ballot form to download, follow the link under “News” on the city’s website,, or call the clerk’s office at 781-897-5850.


Jewish Foundation hosting ALS & MS Walk for Living

The Chelsea Jewish Foundation is inviting people to take part in its annual ALS & MS Walk for Living on Sept. 28 at the Leonard Florence Center, 165 Captains Row on Admirals Hill. The 2-mile walk benefits the facilities and programs of the nonprofit foundation, which owns and operates nursing care and assisted living facilities. There will be a $10 walker registration fee for the event, which will also include music, face painting, a barbecue, and raffles. To register or for more information go to or call Joelle Smith at 617-409-8973.


Riverfront Music Festival to have six acts

Six musical acts will perform in the annual Riverfront Music Festival on Saturday. Hosted by 92.5 the River radio station, the festival is scheduled to run from noon to 7 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 36 Merrimac St. The festival, which is in its 13th year, is free and open to the public. According to the station’s website, the performance schedule is: Will Dailey, noon to 12:30 p.m.; Air Traffic Controller, 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.; Max Frost, 2 to 2:45 p.m.; Jamie Scott, 3 to 3:45 p.m.; Delta Rae, 4 to 5 p.m., and Toad the Wet Sprocket, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 978-462-6680 or e-mail


Selectmen oppose Merrimack College dorm proposal

The Andover Board of Selectmen has sent a letter to Merrimack College’s president, Christopher E. Hopey, to convey its opposition to the college’s proposed dormitory project. “The board shares the myriad of concerns previously expressed by many Andover residents who would be adversely impacted by the development of dormitories on Austin [Field],” the Aug. 8 letter states. The selectmen asked Hopey to consider relocating the dormitories and to address current neighborhood concerns regarding existing conditions and develop appropriate mitigation measures. The selectmen also echoed the neighbors’ concerns about the density and location of the project as proposed, saying that the board is concerned the project would “irreparably harm and forever change the character of this quiet neighborhood of single-family homes.” According to college spokesman James A. Chiavelli II, Merrimack received the board’s letter and is considering its response. “We continue to work with the towns of Andover and North Andover, through the towns’ regulatory processes,” he said in an e-mail to the Globe on Monday. “The college has made significant changes to our plan already at the request of the Andover Planning Board and planning staff, and we are still contemplating others suggested during last week’s Planning Board meeting.” The college has already added a fence along the property line and a gate to prevent truck access to campus from the adjacent residential neighborhood, Chiavelli said.


Retired town clerks filling in for another

Two retired town clerks, Wilma McDonald from Salisbury and Fred Frithsen from Rockport, have been filling in the vacancy left by the retirement of Jane Wetson, Hamilton’s longtime town clerk, on Aug. 1, and will continue to do so for an undetermined amount of time. The position is an elected one, so the next town clerk will be chosen at the April 2015 annual town election. Frithsen and McDonald most recently filled the same position in Wenham between the time Trudy Reid left to become town clerk in Lynnfield and Dianne Bucco was elected as the new town clerk.


Residents step up after mayor’s request for volunteers

A month ago, Mayor James J. Fiorentini asked for residents to serve as volunteers on city boards and committees, and many residents responded. On Fiorentini’s recommendation, the City Council recently confirmed Karen Peugh, cochairwoman of Haverhill for Hunking, as the newest member of the Planning Board for a five-year term. Fiorentini has also reinstated a five-member Recycling Advisory Committee, which is charged with evaluating the proposed trash collection and recycling pickup contract and making a recommendation to the city about whether it should be implemented. Members of the Recycling Advisory Committee are Peter Carbone; City Councilor Colin LePage; Matthew Forti; Shaun Ashworth; Ryan White; Department of Public Works director Mike Stankovich; and solid waste and recycling coordinator Franco Cardono. Other appointments include: Robert Driscoll to the Haverhill Housing Authority; Beverly Donovan and Thomas Macrae to the Development and Industrial Committee; Toni Acevedo and Bianca Mercado to the Community Affairs Advisory Board; Francis Bevilacqua III, Orlando Pacheco, and Andrew Vanni to the Hunking Middle School Building Committee; Stephen Breen, Joan Breen, Barbara Drelick, Dick Leblond, James Ferguson, and Vincent Ouellette to the Route 110 Advisory Committee; Patrick Lawlor, Colin LePage, Stephen Paraskivas. and Shaun Ashworth to the Energy Task Force Committee; Judith Evanko, Haverhill Historic Commission; and Edward Oelerich, Task Force on Technology Committee.


Northshore Mall sees new stores open

Three new stores have recently opened at Northshore Mall. Lovesac opened on the main level across from Journeys, Sound Lion opened on the main level next to Kay Jewelers, and Nature’s Nectar is located on Level 2 in the Nordstrom wing. Lovesac is an international retailer that provides alternative furniture for TV rooms. Sound Lion offers headphones, earbuds, wireless speakers, docking stations, and other digital sound and music products and services. Nature’s Nectar provides healthy alternatives to traditional snacks. The new arrivals will be joined by the apparel store Uniqlo, set to open this fall. Meanwhile, Yogibo, which sells lounge bags, recently relocated next to Joe’s American Bar & Grill.


Walk for Animals at Nevins Farm open for registration

The MSPCA at Nevins Farm has opened registration for the sixth annual Walk for Animals, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 7. The day will feature contests, prizes, food, music, children’s activities, and canine demonstrations. Animal lovers are encouraged to bring their favorite pet to join them on the 1-mile walk, which will include a section of the new Methuen rail trail. Personal donation pages can be created for participants to track fund-raising efforts, and prizes will be awarded for reaching donation goals. Since 2007, the Walk for Animals has raised more than $1 million to support kindness and care for animals in Massachusetts. Walks occur simultaneously in Methuen, Boston, and Hyannis. For more information, visit


Community Foundation has new president, directors

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation has announced the appointment of a new board president and four new directors. Focused on improving quality of life in the Greater Lowell/Merrimack Valley area through educational and financial support, the foundation chose award-winning medical laboratory scientist Kay Doyle to be the new board president. Doyle has longstanding ties to Greater Lowell and is a consultant, educator, and professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She has been active on the foundation’s board of directors for 15 years. In addition to Doyle, the foundation named four new board directors: Susanne Beaton of Lowell, Glenn Mello of Dracut, Analise Saab of Lowell, and Lisa Perez Tighe of Reading.


Libraries to close for Labor Day

The Beverly Public Library will be closed on Saturday to mark the Labor Day holiday. The main library and the Beverly Farms branch library will also close on Labor Day, Sept. 1. In addition, the main library will be closed Sundays until October. The Beverly Farms Branch is always closed on Sundays.


Fluoride, restoration projects and more on tap for Town Meeting

Among 13 articles on the warrant for the Sept. 8 Special Town Meeting is one listing Community Preservation Fund requests, including restoration/rehabilitation/preservation projects for the Rockport Unitarian Universalist Church steeple ($220,000), Rockport Art Association ($137,130), Rockport Baptist Church ($113,500), and several more. Another article seeks to have the Board of Selectmen petition the Legislature to let Rockport residents vote on whether they want to discontinue putting fluoride into the town water supply. The warrant is posted around town including at Town Hall, and on the town website at The Town Meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Rockport High School, 24 Jerden’s Lane.


Choate Island Day boat trips being offered Sept. 6

The Trustees of Reservations will provide boat trips to Choate Island to celebrate Choate Island Day on Saturday, Sept. 6. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (the last boat returns at 3 p.m.), people may park at Crane Beach, 310 Argilla Road, and take a shuttle to the Crane boat dock, where a boat will ferry people to and from the island. Once on the island, visitors will have the opportunity to visit the Choate family homestead, the historic Proctor Barn, the White Cottage Visitor Center, and the summit that marks the final resting place of Cornelius and Miné Crane, donors of the island. There will be talks on history, a children’s treasure hunt, and seasonal refreshments. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and spend the day. Preregistration at is recommended. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children; Trustees members pay $15 for adults and $5 for children. Day-of-event tickets will be available for cash or check only. For more information, go to or call 978-356.4351, ext. 4015.


Feedback sought from residents on new trash policy

Town Administrator David Ragucci is seeking feedback on the town’s new trash policy, which was implemented June 30. Under the rules, recyclable trash is being collected every week and recycling is now mandatory. To encourage recycling, collection is now single-stream, meaning that paper and plastic products may be placed together in a single container. Trash is limited to 90 gallons per residential unit per week; most standard trash barrels and green plastic bags hold 30 gallons. A single bulk item per week, in addition to bags and barrels, may be put out for pickup at no cost as long as it weighs no more than 50 pounds. The purpose of the new trash policy is to reduce the cost of the town’s trash and recycling programs and comply with existing trash laws. The town will evaluate the program and make changes, if necessary, at the end of each contract year. The town has a contract with Hiltz Contracting, the same company Stoneham has worked with for the last 12 years. For more information about the new rules, visit the town website at To provide feedback on the policy changes, e-mail Ragucci at


Revere Beach Parkway bridge dedicated

State and city officials, friends, and family members recently gathered to honor former city councilor Rita Singer in a ceremony dedicating the newly renovated Revere Beach Parkway bridge in her name. In June, the state Department of Transportation completed its rehabilitation of the span, which carries motorists over State Road and the MBTA Blue Line tracks near Beachmont Station. Singer was honored for her many years of service to the community. She was joined by her family, friends and Revere residents at the ceremony. She was one of the first women elected to the Revere City Council, serving from 1976 through 1993 as the representative of Ward 1, which includes the Beachmont area where the bridge is located. “Rita was a relentless advocate for the people and city she represented throughout her many years serving on the Revere City Council,” Mayor Daniel Rizzo said in a prepared statement. “Her passion and dedication made a huge difference in the lives of our residents and I can think of no one more deserving of this honor than Rita Singer.”


Summer program teaches students all about energy

Malden students learned this summer about various forms of energy, then analyzed data on Malden’s energy use during the Partnership for Community Schools’ summer program. Students from the Beebe, Ferryway, Forestdale, Linden, and Salemwood schools collaborated with Malden’s Energy Initiative and researched the amount of energy currently used at their respective schools. In hopes of helping to curb energy consumption and protect the environment, the students created campaigns they plan to continue during the upcoming school year through the Partnership for Community Schools’ Channel Surfing program, which offers academic enrichment and youth development activities. The Partnership for Community Schools is a nonprofit organization that strives to ensure all of the city’s public schools are accessible to, and used by, the entire Malden community. Launched in 2000, the organization oversees a number of services for city residents, include before- and after-school programs, adult education classes, and summer programs. For more information, visit


Senator looking for interns this fall

State Senator Jason M. Lewis is seeking interns to serve in his State House office this fall. The Winchester Democrat, whose district includes Wakefield, serves as Senate chairman of the Public Service Committee. The interns will be unpaid, but will have the chance to experience state government from the inside, Lewis’s office said. Those selected will report to Ally Kuriloff, the senator’s constituent affairs director, and will be responsible for assisting with tasks ranging from constituent correspondence to legislative research and database management. They will have the opportunity to attend events, hearings, and meetings in the State House. Hours are negotiable, ranging from one day a week to three days a week. Candidates should send a resume, a brief letter of interest, and a writing sample by Sept. 1 to For more information, call 617- 722-1206.


Restaurant’s liquor license suspended

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill in Tyngsborough has been served a five-day liquor license suspension after being charged with serving alcohol to minors this past April. Management staff of the restaurant is also required to meet monthly with police officials throughout the year, according to Police Chief Richard Howe. The reprimand comes after an employee failed to check identification for two underage patrons before serving them. Specific dates of the liquor ban were set as last Saturday,, this coming Monday, and Sept. 3. The final two dates of the five-day suspension are on hold and will be waived if the restaurant steers clear of further infractions for one year.


Adjustments to budget sought at Town Meeting

Nahant is planning a Special Town Meeting for September or October to adjust its budget, including the salary for interim Town Administrator Mark Cullinan, said veteran Selectman Rich Lombard. Cullinan took the job in late June after the resignation of town administrator Andrew Bisignani. Cullinan served as both town administrator and town engineer in Nahant from 1995 until January 2012, when he retired and was replaced by Bisignani. Cullinan is paid $63 per hour for a 19-hour week, the same hourly wage he received when he left the job in 2012. “We’re lucky to have him,” said Lombard.


Library wants to portray a day in the life of Rowley

As part of Rowley’s yearlong 375th anniversary celebration, the Rowley Public Library is sponsoring A Day in the Life of Rowley on Sunday. From midnight at the start of the day to midnight at the end, people are asked to share photographs on Flickr with the Rowley 375 group ( to “help create a complete picture of a typical Rowley Sunday.” For more information, call the Rowley Public Library at 978- 948-2850 or go to


Sept. 7 lung cancer run/walk scheduled

The fifth annual Chelmsford Free to Breathe Run/Walk, a 5k run/walk and 1-mile walk, is scheduled to take place Sept. 7. The event is working to double lung cancer survival rates by 2022 by raising awareness and funding for research programs. It will kick off with an opening rally at 9 a.m. at Harrington Elementary School, 120 Richardson Road. Participants in the 5k run/walk will not be timed. Registration fees vary. Online registration is $10 for youths 10 and younger; $20 for participants older than 10 years. Mail-in registration is $13 for youths; $23 for older participants. The advance registration deadline is Sept. 2. Event-day registration will begin at 8 a.m. and will cost $15 for youths; $25 for older participants. For more information or to register, visit


Young ospreys fitted with GPS transmitters

As part of a program that tracks juvenile ospreys on their first migration, Rob Bierregaard, a research associate at Drexel University, recently worked with the Essex County Greenbelt Association to capture two young osprey to be fitted with GPS-equipped solar-powered transmitters. On Aug. 11, Bierregaard and Greenbelt staff members captured five birds at nests in Essex and Salisbury, banding all of them and placing transmitters on two juvenile males, named Flow (from the Cox Reservation in Essex) and Blackie (at Black Rock Creek, Salisbury). The transmitters will track the migration south that will begin in September, a journey that can be seen online at Greenbelt’s osprey program will also track the birds on its website, said Dave Rimmer, director of stewardship, along with providing shots from the webcam focused on an osprey nest at the Cox Reservation ( Bierregaard and the Greenbelt staff also put transmitters on two juveniles last year, but neither bird completed its migration.


Project proposals can be submitted for piece of $4.5m

More than $4.5 million is available to fund affordable housing, outdoor recreation, open space, and historic preservation projects in Somerville, according to the city’s website. Residents, organizations, and businesses can submit project proposals for funding through the Community Preservation Act. Those interested must submit a one-page eligibility form, which is available online at Forms should be submitted to by Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. Emily Monea, the city Community Preservation Act manager, will hold open office hours at City Hall on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. to assist with the application process. Applicants will be notified by mid-October whether they are eligible and can enter the full application process. For more information on the Community Preservation Act, visit, or call Monea at 617-625-6600, ext. 2118.


Consultant hired in hunt for new town administrator

The Board of Selectmen has hired a consultant to assist in the search to replace Town Administrator Bill Gustus, who has announced his retirement. The board hired MMA Consulting Group Inc. of Brookline, the company that also helped the town hire Fire Chief Mark Tetreault in 2013. MMA Consulting will screen and recommend candidates to the Board of Selectmen.


New director of finance, operations for school district

The Billerica School Committee has appointed Robin Hulsoor as the district’s new director of finance and operations on a unanimous vote. Hulsoor joined the Billerica school system in 2010 after working in accounting in the private sector. For the last three years, she has been the district’s comptroller. According to a statement released by School Superintendent Timothy G. Piwowar, Hulsoor “possesses both the financial and leadership skills to continue to move the Billerica public schools forward.” She is a Billerica native and resident of the town.


New clothing and entertainment stores opening at mall

Burlington Mall recently announced the opening of two new stores. Janie and Jack opened in July on Level 2, between Macy’s and Sears, while Newbury Comics is opening this month on Level 2 near Lord & Taylor. Janie and Jack offers clothing and accessories. Newbury Comics specializes in music, movies, and other pop culture goods. “These new additions will give our guests even more clothing, accessory, and gift options, and I know they will be excited about these new arrivals,” Linnea Kelliher, the mall’s director of marketing and business development, said in a prepared statement. The new stores join the recently opened restaurant Besito Mexican Restaurant, which began operating in the spring. In addition to the new arrivals, Ecco USA has renovated and moved to Level 2 near Nordstrom. The store which reopened this month, offers dress, casual, sport, running and golf footwear for men and women.


Dog park to open Labor Day weekend

The Andover Dog Park on High Plain Road is scheduled to open over Labor Day weekend. The park has been two years in the making, spearheaded by local veterinarian and dog owner Tracie Fountas. According to Fountas, president of the Friends of Andover Dog Park, the group raised about $35,000 to make the dog park a reality. The town donated just over half an acre of conservation land for the project, which is adjacent to the town’s leaf composting site, near the Bald Hill Conservation Trails. Work at the site began about 18 months ago. The new park will offer residents of Andover and surrounding towns a chance to give their dogs off-leash exercise in a fenced-in area. To use the facility, dogs must be licensed. Owners must clean up after their pets. For more information, visit


Free walking tours of art galleries

Downtown Newburyport is hosting a self-guided tour of art galleries Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. ArtWalk is a free walking tour of more than 20 galleries and partner sites in the city, according to the Newburyport mayor’s office. The walk also includes artist discussions, painting demonstrations, and live music. Paula Estey, owner of the Paula Estey Gallery, said in a prepared statement that the event is an opportunity to meet old friends and see new art. “When we support our local creativity, we are literally supporting the vitality of the town,” she said. “Wander the galleries and studios . . . energize your appetite for beauty. It’s like a neighborhood block party right in your own backyard.” The ArtWalk Weekends in Newburyport are quarterly events open to the public. For more information, visit and

West Newbury

New town accountant appointed

The town tentatively has a new accountant, pending contract negotiations. In a meeting earlier this month, selectmen interviewed and appointed David Nalchajian as town accountant, to start Sept. 15. Nalchajian has been town accountant in Holliston for the past five years, and, according to finance director Michael Bertino, he has more than 30 years’ experience, as well as a background in information technology. Bertino said that the town received 14 applications, and interviewed seven candidates. Nalchajian, he said, will be a “valuable asset to the town of West Newbury.”


Interviews begin for planning director position

Town Manager Michael Lombardo has started interviewing candidates for the Hamilton planning director’s job, a full-time position approved by Town Meeting in 2012. Currently, the town employs a planning coordinator, Kristine Cheatham. Lombardo planned to meet with the candidates for the job, which is expected to pay in the $78,000 to $98,000 range, and have them meet with the Planning Board soon. Lombardo said he will seek the board’s input before hiring the candidate. “This is a key position,” he said. “We look forward to getting it filled.”


Town accountant and CFO leaving after 11 years

Middleton town accountant and chief financial officer Andrew Vanni’s last scheduled day of work for the town was scheduled to be this past Friday. After 11 years in Middleton, Vanni took the job of chief financial officer for the city of Haverhill. Middleton has advertised the position and is accepting applications at the town administrator’s office at Town Hall, 48 South Main St., Middleton, MA 01949.


Stories of old downtown Haverhill shops sought

Historic New England and the Buttonwoods Museum would like to hear from people who remember when Woolworth’s was a bustling business and downtown Haverhill was the place to shop. As the city moves forward with plans to revitalize the corner of Merrimack and Main streets, the site of the long-empty Woolworth building, Historic New England is joining with the museum, the Haverhill Historical Society, Haverhill Community Television, and the Haverhill Public Library to preserve memories, stories, and images of the iconic yellow, art-deco Woolworth building and other downtown shops that are now long gone. They are seeking individuals who would like to share their memories about the Woolworth building and shopping downtown in oral history interviews. These oral histories will be used in the film “Woolworth’s: Remembering Haverhill’s Shopping District.” Anyone who would like to get involved should contact Sarah Jaworski at of Historic New England at or 617-994-5970, or Jan Williams at the Buttonwoods Museum at or 978-374-4626.


KaBOOM! says Peabody is a playful city

The city has been named a 2014 Playful City USA by the national nonprofit KaBOOM! for its commitment to encouraging physical activity and play among children The designation makes Peabody eligible to receive grants of up to $30,000 from KaBOOM! to help children and families be more active. Peabody is one of 211 cities that earned the designation. In selecting Peabody, KaBOOM! cited the city’s elementary school pilot project, Building Our Kids Success, which provides lessons on nutrition and teamwork on the playground or in a gym. Efforts in the city are also underway to expand play spaces and make them more inclusive for people with disabilities. “I grew up in a family that stressed the importance of playing sports, being active, and staying out of trouble,” Mayor Ted Bettencourt said in a prepared statement. “I want Peabody to continue to be a place where kids have many great opportunities to play and have fun every day.”


Seafood marketing program enacted by Legislature

The economic growth bill enacted by the state Legislature on July 31 contains a seafood marketing program first offered by Senator Bruce Tarr, a Gloucester Republican who is Senate minority leader. The bill was cosponsored by several coastal legislators including Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, a Gloucester Democrat, and draws from recommendations from a report by the Special Commission on Seafood Marketing, on which Tarr served. The program, which would be administered by the Division of Marine Fisheries, covers several areas, including increasing public knowledge of the health benefits of fish as well as commercial fishing, creating name recognition and consumer demand, stabilizing market prices, and developing promotional and educational tools to deliver the message. “The people that depend on our commercial fisheries are fighting every day for survival against monumental challenges, and our state needs to play an active role in promoting the value and consumption of their harvest,” Tarr said in a news release. The bill was awaiting the governor’s signature last week.


City treasurer is reportedly asked to retire

Lowell city treasurer Elizabeth Craveiro has been asked to retire from her position this month following a directive from City Manager Kevin Murphy, according to a report in the Lowell Sun. Craveiro was hired in 2011 by then-city manager Bernie Lynch. The reason has not been announced. A job description posted online for the city treasurer/tax collector/parking clerk position carried a deadline of this past Friday for applicants, and advertised a salary range of $87,310 to $102,553. Murphy has also named Allison Lamey as the city’s new director of economic development, shifting her over from her position as community development director. The economic development director position has been vacant since Theresa Park resigned earlier this year to take on a top development position for the city of Lawrence.


YWCA announces partnership to help domestic violence victims

The YWCA of Greater Lawrence has announced a partnership with Budget Buddies to provide financial education to survivors of domestic violence who are living at YWCA Fina House. Budget Buddies is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization focused on improving the financial literacy of low-income women in Greater Lowell. Through the new partnership, volunteer coaches will attend biweekly evening workshops, helping women gain financial knowledge and confidence with a focus on money management. Workshops will run from October to March. Volunteer coaches are needed and no special skills are required; training will be provided through information sessions being held 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and on Sept. 10. For more information, e-mail Susan McNeff at


Affordable unit available for first-time home buyers

The city’s Community Development Office is accepting applications from qualified first-time home buyers who want to purchase an affordable two-bedroom, two-bath condominium at 45 Rantoul St. The maximum income qualification for one occupant is $47,450, and for two people is $54,200. For more information or to apply call 978-605-2408.


Petition deadline for Special Town Meeting approaching

The citizens’ petition article warrant deadline for Swampscott’s fall Special Town Meeting is Aug. 27. The signatures of at least 100 registered voters are required in order for an article to be included in the Special Town Meeting warrant. Petition forms are available on the town’s website,, or at the town clerk’s office at Town Hall, 22 Monument Ave. The Special Town Meeting is scheduled for Oct. 6.


New credentials earned by city planners

Two of the city’s planners recently earned new credentials. Dana Menon passed her landscape architect registration examination, the final step toward becoming a registered landscape architect. Tom Devine became a certified planner based on the required combination of planning education and experience and passing the American Institute of Certified Planners’ comprehensive planning exam. Menon, who joined the planning staff in July 2013, provides professional support and technical guidance to the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals in their reviews of development projects. Her other contributions have included securing a state grant to improve Grove Street, and the use of the city’s Community Preservation Act funds to improve Driver and Patten parks. In addition, she has worked on various zoning amendments. Devine joined the city’s planning staff in 2010. In addition to administering the Conservation Commission, he has led a variety of projects, including the renovation of Splaine Park and upgrades to Bertram Field.


Retirement Board position open after resignation

The town is seeking applicants to fill a vacant position on the Retirement Board following the recent resignation of Keith Lucy. The five-member panel, which meets once a month, oversees the town’s contributory retirement system. The open seat is the position on the board set aside for a resident at large so it cannot be held by a town employee, official, or retiree. The other four members of the board appoint the resident member. The term of the seat expires on Oct. 27, 2016. Anyone who would like to be considered should send a letter of interest by the end of August to Susan Little at the Retirement Board at or by mail at Danvers Town Hall, 1 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923.


Wednesday is last day to register for state primary

The last day to register for the Sept. 9 state primary is Wednesday. Marblehead residents can register at the town clerk’s office at Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St. The clerk’s office will be open Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Wednesday it will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call the town clerk’s office at 781-631-0528.

North Andover

Alzheimer’s Association lecture on Sept. 30

Cathy Ricketson, early stage program manager for the Alzheimer’s Association, is scheduled to give an educational lecture at the North Andover Senior Center, 120R Main St., at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Ricketson’s talk, “Coping with Mild Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Loss,” is free to the public. However, the Senior Center is requesting that those interested in attending reserve a seat by calling 978-688-9560. In October, soon after Ricketson’s lecture, the Alzheimer’s support group will resume its meetings. The meetings are structured for individuals who have a diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer’s or other dementias and for their care partner. For more information about the support group, contact Donna Delaney at 978-688-9560.


Haitian and Brazilian festival set for Aug. 24

Residents are invited to a Haitian and Brazilian festival, Haiti and Brazil Hit The ’Ville, on Aug. 24. Hosted by the Somerville Arts Council’s ArtsUnion Project and SomerVIVA, the city’s language liaisons program, the festival will be from 2 to 7 p.m. at Union Square Plaza. The festival will feature music by a Haitian konpa band and the Brazilian band Samba de Tres. Those attending can also taste Haitian fritay and Brazilian churrasco, buy handmade crafts, as well as watch performances of Haitian poetry and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Should it rain, the festival will be moved to Somerville High School. For more information, contact Jhenny Saint-Surin at or 617-625-6600, ext. 2622.


City rallies for Chris Traverse with ALS fund-raisers

Chris Traverse, the longtime head of youth sailing at the Medford Boat Club, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in 2011. Family and friends are rallying to raise money for Traverse, 60, a former heating-ventilation technician who can no longer work. They are taking the Ice Bucket Challenge, a social-media phenomenon that requires people to dump ice water over their head or make a donation to an ALS charity. The challenge was started locally by Pete Frates of Beverly, a former Boston College baseball captain diagnosed with ALS in 2012. Traverse on July 26 hosted a fund-raising regatta on the Mystic Lakes. About 70 sailboats raced on the upper and lower lakes, helping to raise $25,000 for the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge. Traverse is a 1972 graduate of Medford High School, where he played hockey and soccer. On Sept. 6, a fund-raising brunch will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carroll’s restaurant in Medford Square. Tickets cost $50. Proceeds will be used to help pay Traverse’s medical costs not covered by insurance. Checks made out to Traverse can be sent to Teammates For Trav, c/o The Mustang Hall of Fame, PO Box 551, Medford, MA 02155.


Police chief announces promotion of 14-year veteran

Police Chief Domenic J. DiMella recently announced the promotion of Sergeant Kevin Cabral to the rank of lieutenant. A 14-year veteran of the Police Department, Cabral began as a patrol officer in 2000 before rising to sergeant in November 2012. As lieutenant, he is being assigned as the division commander of the 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. shift. “Kevin Cabral is a consummate law enforcement professional, well-deserving of the rank and responsibilities he has been entrusted with,” DiMella said in a prepared statement. I wish to congratulate him and wish him the best of luck as a division commander in the Saugus Police Department.”


Cow pie competition added to Town Day festivities

A cow pie contest has been added to the lineup of activities for Stoneham Town Day on Sept. 13, according to the Stoneham Chamber of Commerce. Two cows will be brought in from Essex Agricultural and Technical High School in Danvers to graze in a marked-off grid behind Town Hall. Visitors may purchase any number of the possible 400 grazing patches. The first three cow pies dropped in the grid will determine the winners. The individuals who purchased tickets for the marked squares will receive cash prizes: $300 for the first cow pie; $125 for the second; and $75 for the third. Winners need not be present; all decisions by the judges will be final. Tickets for the 400 patches may be purchased in advance and are available at various locations throughout town, including The Book Oasis, Eastern Bank, StonehamBank, and the town Fire and Police departments. Proceeds from the cow pie contest will benefit the Stoneham Substance Abuse Coalition. For more information, contact the chamber office at 781-438-0001.


Demolition of two historic structures delayed

The Reading Historical Commission has issued a six-month demolition delay for two historic structures at 186 Summer Avenue. Known as Kemp Place, the property is home to a primary residence and a barn, commonly known as the carriage house. The two structures were built in 1853 and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home is an example of the Italianate architectural style, according to the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System. The owner of the property, Debra A. Shontz-Stackpole, wants to raze both structures, which reportedly suffer from wood rot. Criterion Child Enrichment plans to purchase the property, according to paperwork filed by Shontz-Stackpole with the town Building Department. Founded in 1985, Criterion provides community-based developmental enrichment groups, child care, early intervention, and newborn home visiting programs. Area residents, dismayed by the possible demolition of the historic structures, have formed a coalition called 01867 Neighborhood Preservation. The group hopes to help find a way to preserve Kemp Place. According to a statement issued by the coalition, Criterion is welcome in Reading, but 01867 Neighborhood Preservation is strongly opposed to building a commercial structure in a residential neighborhood. The group is retaining legal counsel and creating a public awareness campaign.


Deadline to register to vote in primary approaching

Wednesday is the deadline to register to vote in the Sept. 9 state primary. Any resident who is not already registered, is a US citizen, and will be age 18 or older as of Sept. 9 can register. The town clerk’s office will be open extra hours on Wednesday until 8 p.m. for voter registration. Eligible residents may also register via mail. Forms are available at the public library, the Recreation Department, the post office, the high school, the Housing Authority, and the Council on Aging, and through the clerk’s page on the town website, . Anyone unsure if they are registered can go to the town website and click on “Check Your Voter Registration .” For more information, call the town clerk’s office at 781-270-1660.


Proposal for Florence Street Park addressed at meeting

A proposed design for renovations to Jacob Scharf Park was the focus of a recent meeting organized by the Office of Planning and Development. At the session, residents offered feedback about the design that has been developed by the city’s architect on the project, LDD Collaborative. Work at the park – commonly referred to as Florence Street Park – is scheduled to start this fall. The design calls for improvements to the playground that include the construction of a new water spray park and a picnic area; upgrading the tot lot; installing new play equipment for older children; adding new swings; and moving the swing set to a shadier area. The playing field will also be upgraded with improvements to the baseball diamond, the addition of terraced lawn seating along the Florence Street wall, and a new concession stand plaza, exercise equipment area, public lawn, and garden space. A dog park will also be added to the park.


Company hired to inspect properties

As the Malden assessor’s office prepares to set the fiscal 2015 property tax rates, the city has hired Patriot Properties Inc. to conduct inspections as mandated by the state Department of Revenue. Inspections will be performed on properties that have been sold in the past two years and have not been inspected as required by law; that had a building permit pulled since 2013 and have not been reinspected; or have not been inspected by the assessor’s office in the past 10 years. Patriot Properties inspectors will wear a photo identification badge with the company logo. In addition, their identification information is on file with the Malden Police Department, the city clerk’s office, and the assessor’s office. For questions, contact the assessor’s office at 781-397-7000, ext. 2100 or e-mail


School to start on schedule, says superintendent

Winchester’s interim superintendent, William H. McAlduff Jr., has sent an e-mail to parents and students assuring them that school will start on Sept. 3, as scheduled. According to the e-mail, rumors have been circulating around town that Winchester High School will open three weeks late because of construction. That rumor is not true, McAlduff said in his e-mail. “The summer work has progressed as expected and with few complications.” Renovation of the high school began in June and is expected to take three years to complete. To view a timeline for the project, visit


Workshops offered to new, prospective homeowners

Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development is hosting two workshops next month for new and prospective homeowners. On Sept. 20, a free post-purchase workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the housing authority’s main building at 10 Church St. The Massachusetts Housing Partnership, the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance, the housing authority, and the office of Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy are offering the workshop. The class is required for home buyers using the state’s One Mortgage program. Participants will be eligible for discounts through the Affordable Housing Alliance’s HomeSafe program. For more information or to register, go to or call the alliance at 617-822-9100. On Sept. 27, the housing authority, in partnership with Kennedy’s office, will hold a first-time home-buyer class from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 10 Church St. Participants must preregister and fill out an application at the housing authority office. The cost is $50 per individual or $75 per couple if they are purchasing a home together. For more information, call 781-581-8600.


Open houses planned at high school

Melrose High School will hold open houses on Wednesday and Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the school on Lynn Fells Parkway. New students and their parents are invited to learn more about course offerings, extracurricular activities, and other programs available. Melrose public schools open for the new school year on Tuesday, Aug. 26


Deadline approaching to register to vote in primary

Wednesday is the deadline to register to vote in the Sept. 9 state primary election. Voters may register in person at City Hall during regular business hours or by mail. The city clerk’s office will also be open extra hours, until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, for voter registration. Voters can check their registration status by using a new look-up tool now available on the city clerk’s page of Woburn’s website, . At the primary, voters will choose Democratic and Republican candidates for the Nov. 4 state election. For more information, call the clerk’s office at 781-897-5850 or visit to the website.


Absentee ballots available at town clerk office

Absentee ballots for the Sept. 9 state primary are available at the office of town clerk Denise Graffeo. Any registered voter who is unable to go to the polls due to absence from the town, physical disability, or religious belief is eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Those who want to do so must fill out an application at the clerk’s office or to have an application mailed to them. The deadline for applying is Sept. 8 at noon. Completed ballots must be received at the clerk’s office by the close of polls on primary day. At the primary, voters will choose Democratic and Republican candidates for the Nov. 4 state election. For more information, call the clerk’s office at 978-640-4355.


Marbles hidden on beach can become a round-trip ticket

Visitors to Revere Beach and Short Beach are invited to search for some hidden “treasures.” The environmental group Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is partnering with Jet Blue Airwaves for its third annual “SimplyMarble-ous” Treasure Hunt. In June, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay released about 300 marbles on the beaches in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, Hull, and the Boston Harbor Islands. During the summer and into the fall, it is depositing hundreds more at its free Better Beaches Program events from Nahant to Nantasket. Anyone who finds one of the frosted cobalt blue marbles through Halloween — and provides an e-mailed photo of themselves holding the marble — is eligible to enter monthly drawings for a round-trip ticket from JetBlue to any domestic destination the airline serves from Logan Airport. Those who do not find a marble can also enter the drawings by making a donation to Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. Organizers note that because they are made of sand, the marbles are environmentally friendly. For more information, go to and click on “Simply Marble-ous Treasure Hunt.” “The competition is a great way to encourage the region’s residents to enjoy our remarkable public beaches,” said Bruce Berman, spokesman for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.