Recent headlines from Globe North.


Area residents warned of phone scam

Caller have been threatened with arrest for failure to pay a debt, while others reported being threatened with arrest for failure to attend jury duty.

Lynn, Salem

State launches survey to gauge upgrades to Route 107 in Lynn

The online survey will collect information on commuter habits and travel patterns on the busy roadway.


Winchester shops open until midnight on Monday

Shops in Winchester Center will be open until midnight on Monday, Nov. 30.


Everett mayor announces new staff

Kevin O’Donnell is now the mayor’s chief of staff and Catherine Rollins is the director of policy.


Rockport Police warn of IRS phone scam

The scammers pose as IRS agents, often giving out names and ID numbers, and tell potential victims that they owe money.


Tax rate down, but property taxes up in Chelmsford

Property taxes on the average single-family home, assessed at about $362,700, would be $6,539 for fiscal 2016, an increase of $210 over last year.


Groveland Police recognized for community service

The Life Matters Award came from American Training, which offers training, job placement, counseling, and support to those who are unemployed or have physical and mental challenges.


YMCA Partnership Program comes to Peabody

The program serves individuals who need adaptive exercise equipment and one-on-one assistance.


East Somerville businesses getting a boost

Eight businesses will be assisted in making improvements in areas such as website and menu design, interior lighting and signage, store layout, and customer service.


Lawrence forms Rail Crossing Safety Task Force

The task force comes a year after a 13-year-old girl died after crossing a set of train tracks with a friend, who was not injured.


Ipswich looks to fill Finance Committee seat

Marion Swan, a 16-year member of the board who is departing, would like to see some younger blood on the board.


Amesbury company fined for illegal dumping

According to the complaint filed by Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, Stockbridge Corp. dumped 34 loads of concrete and other debris at a site in Methuen.


Freedom Boat Club moving to Beverly

Relocating from Danversport will give the local franchise space to grow when it adds two boats to its existing eight-boat fleet.


Westford enters pact to lower electric bills

The new rate, which starts in January, is approximately 30 percent less than National Grid’s basic service rate.


Reading releases online mapping app

The app has been designed to help residents find municipal buildings and learn about town services.


Families in need can apply for fuel assistance

Help is available in Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham, Winchester, and Woburn.


Somerville to discuss zoning revisions

The first meeting on Monday, Nov. 23 will focus on public spaces.


New Malden apartment complex 85 percent occupied

The new development consists of 195 market-rate apartments with on-site parking.


Wine retailer seeks Everett location

The city’s licensing board is holding a public hearing on Nov. 16 on a request by Stadium Gas & Convenience to transfer its liquor license to Total Wine & More.

North Reading, Reading

Tax hearings scheduled in North Reading, Reading

The North Reading selectmen are expected to vote at 7 p.m. Nov 16. The Reading selectmen are expected to take up the issue at 7:30 p.m. Nov 17.


AG finds Rockport violated Open Meeting Law

Steve Sheehan said he needed the records for research in the ongoing dispute between the town and residents over leases at Long Beach.


Affleck filming ‘Live by Night’ in Lawrence

Filming began in the city last week and will continue to Nov. 23. The city will be compensated over $100,000 for the project.


Haverhill Police receive grant to fight substance abuse

Under this grant, the institute has hired a full-time outreach social worker as well as a part-time supervisory mentor to coordinate street outreach efforts.


Ruben Ubiera paints Salem crosswalks

Ubiera, a Salem High School graduate, painted crosswalks on Dodge and Peabody streets.


Somerville residents invited to high school project forum

The High School Project Committee is reviewing possible options for addressing the needs of the 143-year-old school.


Burlington Special Town Meeting to decide on tax break

EMD Millipore has estimated the project would bring 400 existing and new jobs to town.

Salisbury, Newburyport

Salisbury-based hazardous waste firm to pay $150K fine

ENPRO collected, transported, and treated more than 140,000 gallons of gas and water mixtures at a facility on Parker Street in Newburyport, according to the attorney general.


‘Taste of Revere’ to benefit needy children

The eighth annual “Taste of Revere” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Casa Lucia, 61 Lucia Ave.


Somerville to hold first workshop on Union Square development

The sessions will bring together community leaders, private sector interests, and residents to discuss affordable housing, small business assistance, and other potential benefits of development.


Malden receives state grant for downtown revitalization

In September, Malden broke ground on the first phase of the revitalization, the construction of a new police station at 800 Eastern Ave.


Burlington Police equipped with mobile command vehicle

A $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation through its 100K for 100 Program paid for acquiring and outfitting the vehicle.


Dracut approves all 18 articles in Town Meeting

Voters passed one article that will clear the way for a new fire station on Lakeview Avenue.


Newburyport library to host Powow River Poets

Marybeth Rua-Larsen and David Davis will be the featured readers.


Opioid forum scheduled in Ipswich

The Opioid Abuse and Addiction Roundtable will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at Ipswich High School.


Public library asks Marblehead residents for feedback

The library’s board of directors is considering whether to renovate, rebuild, or move the current library.


Peabody opens new conservation area

The nature trail and conservation area by Sydney’s Pond opened on Nov. 5 and is dedicated to former mayor Michael J. Bonfanti.


Salem to launch new energy program

Starting Jan. 1, the average residential customer will save $13 per month over National Grid’s rates.


Lowell health center seeking new CEO

The $42 million center provides health services to about half of Lowell’s residents.


Gloucester drug program has put 260 in treatment

Under the initiative, addicts who turn themselves in are not arrested but put into treatment, and any drugs in their possession are destroyed.


Haverhill mayor signs agreement to cut power costs

The rate, which takes effect with the December meter reading, is approximately 30 percent less expensive than National Grid’s basic service rate.


Ferguson joins Amesbury mayor’s race

Anne Ferguson is currently city councilor-at-large.


Somerville receives EPA brownfields grant

Somerville now has $700,000 available for grants and low-cost loans for the assessment and cleanup of sites where potential contamination poses a hurdle to redevelopment.


Stoneham officer praised for fast medical responses

Officer Sheryl Rotondi performed CPR on a 47-year old man after he collapsed, then delivered a baby on the side of the road.

Everett / Malden

Everett, Malden receive $1.4 million health grant

The grant will provide resources to help prevent substance abuse, as well as HIV and viral hepatitis infection, among young people.


Medford mayor appoints drug abuse coordinator

Penelope Funaiole will work with the city’s schools and other organizations on initiatives to prevent the initial use of illegal drugs.


Haverhill’s Cerasuolo-O’Rorke appointed to NECC board

Founder and president of Gold Leaf Fine Jewelry, Cerasuolo-O’Rorke has been the recipient of numerous awards for her community service.

Chelmsford Samaritan appears in suicide documentary

Steve Mongeau, a Chelmsford resident and executive director of Samaritans, Inc., is featured in the film “Samaritans: You are Not Alone.”


Hamilton to consider spending for open space

Voters will decide whether to authorize $1.75 million in Community Preservation Funds for a conservation restriction on 170 acres at Sagamore Hill.


Groveland firefighters honored for length of service

Nine members of the Groveland Fire Department were recently honored for more than 20 years of fire service.


Three Methuen businesses get tax credits

The credits are available to companies that make qualifying investments in new facilities and create new jobs.


Somerville changes snow parking rules

This winter, Somerville is instituting an odd-even side of street policy for snow emergencies that will alternate annually.


Burlington police to conduct prostitution stings

The stings are intended to target prostitution and sex trafficking arranged on the Internet and conducted at local hotels.


Haverhill mayor appointed to state economic panel

James J. Fiorentini will be the only mayor on the state Economic Development Planning Council.


Wilmington foundation to hold Halloween walk

Students who participate in the walk may dress in their Halloween costumes for the day.


Lawrence mayor launches initiative for O’Connell South Common Park

The visioning and planning work is intended to guide future capital improvements at the park.


Somerville invites residents to explore cemetery

On Oct. 18, there will be tour led by volunteers dressed as the ghosts of those buried at the site.


Grant to help marketing of Revere Beach Creative District

The $22,400 grant was awarded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Adams Arts Program.


Medford to hold groundbreaking on Krystle Campbell Peace Garden

The future garden will be located in front of the senior center in Medford Square.


Georgetown appoints new fire chief

Chief Fred Mitchell Jr. assumed command of the department after the Sept. 1 retirement of Albert Beardsley.


State to offer Amesbury help on financial planning

Lieutenenat Governor Karyn Polito signed a Community Compact agreement with Amesbury Mayor Ken Gray.


Beverly to establish human rights panel

The 11-member committee will be tasked with providing education and support for human rights, diversity, and inclusivity.


West Nile virus found in Nahant test trap

Town officials recommended this week that residents take precautions.


Tyngsborough to offset electric bill

The purchase of solar energy could save the town $850,000 a year.

West Newbury

West Newbury lieutenant receives fire award

David Evans is also the assistant principal and innovation school leader at Pentucket Regional High School.


Salem switching to automated trash collection

Residents will need to use a 64-gallon black receptacle for trash and a 96-gallon blue receptacle for recyclables.


Northern Essex CC to host health fair Oct. 19

This free, public event will showcase the health programs offered at NECC and educate visitors on numerous health issues.


Woburn YMCA hosts mentoring program for black teens

The participants meet regularly with adult mentors to discuss topics relating to black youth.


Somerville MCAS scores continue to climb

The city ranked among the top 12 percent of all districts in its Student Growth Percentile.


Air Force Honor Guard in Revere parade

The Revere Columbus Day Parade will be held on Oct. 12 at 1 p.m.


Wilmington to fill Finance Committee seat

The current vacancy will be for a term to expire in May 2018.


Westford Special Town Meeting set for Oct. 19

Voters will be asked to pay unpaid bills from prior years, approve adjustments to the operating budget for the current fiscal year, and reduce the amount raised in local property taxes for fiscal 2016.


Brookline administrator tabbed as Essex Tech superintendent

William Lupini’s contract begins Oct. 13 and runs until June 30, 2017.


Somerville to host community conversation on race

The small-group events are organized in light of the ongoing national discussion about race and racism, and will be held in each of the city’s seven wards.


Malden High to host college affordability workshop

The Oct. 14 session will be held in partnership with US Representative Katherine Clark.


Antipoverty agency expanding its reach

The antipoverty agency is reaching out to low- and moderate-income resident to advise them on fuel assistance, housing services, and early childhood education.


Chelmsford undergoing townwide property re-inspection

The effort is required by the state Department of Revenue and will be done by Vision Government Solutions Inc. of Northborough.


Upgrades approved for Beverly senior housing facility

MassDevelopment issued a $4 million tax-exempt bond to renovate Haborlight House.


Gloucester seeks proposals for old Fuller school

The city council approved the sale of the elementary school in September and issued the request for proposals Sept. 23, giving developers 60 days to respond.


Whitten picked for Ipswich School Committee

Charles “Chub” Whitten takes the place of Sean Gresh.


Grand opening of new Salisbury library set for Oct. 2

The project took 10 years and $7.5 million, with $3.8 million coming from the state and $1 million from private donations.