Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe North.

Lawrence

Lawrence officials release monthly crime reports

Mayor Daniel Rivera said “We want the community to see month to month whether or not we are in fact ‘Making Lawrence Safer.’’’

Salem

Salem State receives grant to increase learning access

A dedicated alternative text specialist will be hired to accommodate students who require resources because of physical or cognitive limitations.

Lowell

Lowell to launch new marketing campaign

A new print and digital marketing campaign will promote the city as a great place to live, work, study, and play.

Essex

New school committee member to represent Essex

Essex resident Sarah Wolf will serve on an interim basis until the next election in May.

Woburn

Woburn receives $242,000 green energy grant

The city will focus on energy efficient projects at five schools, the senior center, and the police station.

Somerville

Somerville launches annual citywide read

This year’s selection for Somerville Reads is “The Martian” by Andy Weir.

Gloucester

Gloucester Overdose Vigil scheduled for Aug. 31

Since January 2015, there have been six suspected fatal overdoses in Gloucester.

Malden

Malden library expands Chinese language collection

The Asian Cultural Center gave the library 700 new Chinese literature classics and children’s books.

Billerica

Plan for Billerica Memorial High approved

The new building is being designed for grades 8 to 12, as well as the district’s integrated preschool and early intervention programs.

Reading

Nonprofit to raise money at Triglione walk in Reading

Mission of Deeds provides beds and gently used furniture and household items free of charge to families in need.

Andover

Andover selects new town manager

Andrew P. Flanagan, 29, will continue as the deputy town manager in Arlington until he signs a contract in Andover.

Region

Trails & Sails Weekends will host over 150 free events

The weekends celebrate the history, culture, and natural resources in the Essex National Heritage Area.

Manchester-By-The-Sea

Brookwood of Manchester appoints new head of school

Laura Caron was previously the director of the middle school at the Westridge School in Pasadena, Calif.

Beverly

Beverly to begin historical survey

The Massachusetts Historical Commission awarded $12,500 for the survey, which will be matched by $12,500 from the city’s Community Preservation Fund.

Lawrence

Lawrence immigration policy not supported by mayor

The new ordinance blocks local police from cooperating with federal deportation programs.

Everett

Everett Adult Learning Center to offer free class for new immigrants

The 12-week course will focus on topics such as community resources, health, basic technology, and employment.

Somerville

Somerville Fire Department to inspect hydrants

Residents should know that some water will appear dirty or discolored, but it is not hazardous.

Burlington

Burlington police chief appoints Duffy as deputy chief

Captain Thomas Duffy becomes the department’s first deputy chief.

Peabody

Peabody planning community book read

For the Big Read, the Peabody Institute Library has selected “In the Time of the Butterflies,” by Julia Alvarez, as the community read.

Amesbury

Amesbury innovation center receives state recognition

A tour of the center was given to officials from Winthrop, Gloucester, and Malden.

Medford

Burke, Penta in fight to replace Medford’s longtime mayor

With 16 candidates running for City Council, a preliminary election will be held Sept. 1, with the final election on Nov. 3.

Winchester

Winchester’s Rejenks Campaign plans celebration

The event is planned for 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 11. Tickets are $15 per person for those 10 and older.

Somerville

Somerville seeking applicants for vacancies on housing boards

Those who wish to apply must submit a statement of interest and a resume by Aug. 31 to the respective board.

Westford

Westford launches energy efficiency projects with help from grants

The town hopes to reach its goal of achieving a 20 percent municipal energy reduction by the 2017 fiscal year.

Haverhill

Haverhill mayor cracks down on illegal building

City building and health inspectors will monitor neighborhoods, looking for illegal activity in the evening and on weekends.

Essex

Leaseholders in Essex summer colony suffer legal setback

The state appeals court affirmed two 2013 superior court decisions.

Revere

New Revere task force to tap technology to maintain roads

Formed by Mayor Daniel Rizzo, the city is inviting residents with experience in engineering, technology, and community innovation to attend the meetings.

Malden

Malden Stadium and Athletic Field Commission commission to change

The number of members will drop from 11 to seven.

Peabody

Peabody Police Department to hold Citizen’s Academy

Each Tuesday from Sept. 5 through Nov. 17, participants will learn about the fundamentals of police work, from arrest bookings to traffic stops.

Andover

Andover selectmen to appoint new town manager soon

The two finalists for the town manager’s position are Stoneham resident Kendra Amaral and Winthrop resident Andrew P. Flanagan.

Essex

Fourth annual Paint Essex Day and Wet Paint Auction Aug. 15-16

The auction yields about $20,000 annually, which is then split between the artists and Essex Merchants Group, which is also awarding a $1,000 scholarship.

Merrimac

Merrimac town square nears completion

Merrimac Police Chief Eric Shears announced Aug. 4 that the reconstruction of the town square is months ahead of schedule.

Haverhill

Haverhill City Council to address firefighters contract

The current contract covers the period from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015, and calls for an annual raise of 1.5 percent.

Somerville

Somerville taking applications for CPA funds

Somerville has more than $3.7 million to use for affordable housing, outdoor recreation, open space, and historic preservation projects.

Everett

Everett adds seven firefighters

Robert Casella also was honored for his promotion to captain.

Reading

Mosquitoes in Reading test positive for West Nile virus

The West Nile virus also has been found in mosquito pools tested in Malden, Medford, Melrose, and Somerville.

Melrose

Melrose ballot question will ask voters to raise taxes

The override would add $244 to the tax bill of the average single-family home.

Somerville

Somerville Housing Authority seeks new board member

Those interested in filling the position should provide a written statement of interest and a resume by Aug. 21.

Burlington

Burlington car dealership dedicates green roof to ex-official

Dedicated to Ann Cummings, the partial green roof will contain a vegetative cover that will absorb storm water and reduce energy costs.

Methuen

Methuen city councilor strikes deal with ethics board

Under an agreement with the State Ethics Commission, Methuen City Councilor Joyce Campagnone is no longer collecting a $400 monthly stipend for serving on the council.

Stoneham

Stoneham conservation board says no to Weiss Farm development

The commission cited unresolved questions about storm-water management and flooding issues in the a 26-acre parcel off Franklin Street.

Essex, Gloucester

Volunteers to plant eelgrass on Essex Bay tidal flats

The project is sponsored as part of the $2.9 million federal grant received by the Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Partnership.

Peabody

Peabody farmers market is open Tuesdays

Produce, honey, organic bread and bagels, fresh eggs, soup, dried fruit, jewelry, wine, candles, and maple syrup are available.

Tyngsborough

New Tyngsborough 55-and-over development in final phase

This final construction phase includes seven of the development’s 20 affordable units that will be sold at $185,300 to qualified buyers.

Regional

State senate honors veterans’ advocate

Terry Hart spent 15 years working for veterans in the Eastern Essex district.

Lowell

Lowell Community Health Center to hold Group Hug

The event will be held at 8 a.m. at 161 Jackson St. on Aug. 11 at the bridge over the Hamilton Canal.

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.