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Town resident presented with award

North Shore Community College recently presented Shirley Phoung with its Thomas Bourke Helping Hands Award, recognizing the Lynn resident for her involvement in college activities and willingness to serve others. Phoung is a liberal arts student who is in the college’s federal Trio program, which provides services to people from disadvantaged backgrounds. College officials cited Phoung’s efforts to spearhead or assist projects and participate in college and community events ranging from the annual Lynn Woods cleanup to an annual Trio spring plant sale fund-raiser; a health fair; and a clothing drive for the college’s Upward Bound program. She is also an active volunteer at the Student Support and Advising Center. “I truly find Shirley an inspiration and wished that there were more students like her. She is a gem. Her instructors note that she is ‘that type’ of student that made them feel good about teaching. Her impact on Trio, the college, and her family is tremendous,” Vanessa Bates, a Trio academic counselor, said in a prepared statement.


Naming rights at new elementary school offered with donations

The Newburyport Education Foundation is seeking donations in exchange for the naming rights of rooms or certain areas at the new Francis T. Bresnahan Elementary School. According to the foundation’s website, donors who pledge from $2,500 to $100,000 may name spaces such as a kindergarten classroom, music classroom, or principal’s office. The Newburyport Education Foundation finances programs that may not receive funding from the school district budget or state aid, and supplements funding for programs that are already supported by public financing. Since it was founded in 2004, the foundation has donated $2.2 million to the Newburyport Public Schools. Donations can be made online, by mail, or in person. For more information about the available naming spaces, visit Potential donors can also e-mail or call 978-463-7893.


Town adds two special recycling collections

The town’s Department of Municipal Services has added two recycling collections to the fall schedule for pickup of household hazardous waste and electronics, including computer monitors, microwave ovens, and televisions. Household hazardous waste will be collected Sept. 13; electronics will be collected Sept. 27. Both collections will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West Elementary School on Beacon Street. Lines will not be allowed to form early. The fees for household waste range from $5 to $10; fees for disposal of electronics range from $2 to $40. For a complete list of acceptable items and their fees, visit


Vigil for overdose victims scheduled

The third annual Gloucester Overdose Vigil is being held Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the flagpole near the Cut Bridge on Stacy Boulevard. Community members are invited for a night of healing and remembrance, and are encouraged to bring pictures of lost loved ones. Pictures will be placed on a memorial table for the evening and then returned after the vigil. Names will be read, luminaries will be made in dedication to loved ones, and there will be speakers and music. The rain date is Sept.12.


New police dog already helping residents

The Manchester-by-the-Sea Police Department has a new canine officer. Secured with a $25,000 grant from the Stanton Foundation and named Kato (a name voted on by sixth-grade students in the town’s elementary school), the dog has already made its first rescue. After joining the police force following training in late July, the dog was called upon when a 69-year-old man became lost in the woods on Aug. 10, and Kato was able to track him down in 30 minutes, according to Police Chief Glenn McKiel. His handler is Officer Joseph Archambault.

Hamilton, Wenham

Workshops being held for leaders of nonprofits

A series of four workshops is scheduled in Hamilton and Wenham this fall, tailored specifically for nonprofit leaders in Essex County. Hosted by the Essex County Community Foundation’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence, the interactive workshops draw on the expertise of foundation staff and local professionals for information on topics that influence the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations. The workshops are scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Wenham Museum (“Telling Your Story”), Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Wenham Museum (“The Path to Major Gifts Success”), Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Community House of Hamilton & Wenham (“Annual Fund by any Other Name”), and a two-part presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 28, and Tuesday, Nov. 18, (“Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast”), also at the Community House of Hamilton & Wenham. All are from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The cost for the first three is $35, and the two-part series is $80. For a schedule and more information, go to or contact


Six flu clinics open for residents this season

The Health Department is offering free seasonal flu vaccinations at a variety of locations for Peabody residents this season. Six citywide public flu clinics have been scheduled. In an attempt to make it more convenient for residents to receive the shots, the department is also partnering with local agencies and organizations to hold small targeted clinics at various places in the community, including at schools, businesses, and churches. The citywide clinics will take place at a booth at the Peabody International Festival on Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, and at City Hall on five dates: Sept. 25 from 2-4 p.m.; Oct. 2 from 4-6 p.m.; Oct. 23 from 2-4 p.m.; Oct. 30 from 4-6 p.m.; and Nov. 13 from 2-4 p.m. Anyone age 6 months and older can receive a vaccination. Although there is no charge, participants in the public clinics or the smaller clinics are asked to bring an insurance card if they have one. They are also requested to wear short sleeves. For more information, call Chassea Robinson, the city’s public health nurse, at 978-538-5931.


Fair schedules two monster truck shows

Monster trucks are returning to the Topsfield Fair. Two shows are scheduled in the fair’s arena on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in addition to fair admission, and $30 tickets will also include admission to a “pit party,” which will allow ticket holders to take photos with the cars and drivers 90 minutes before each show. Monster truck show tickets are on sale at and at the ticket booth at the main entrance of the fairgrounds, 207 Boston St. (Route 1). The ticket booth is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beginning Saturday, the ticket booth will also be open on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair, in its 196th year, will run Oct. 3 to Oct. 13.

North Andover

Principals of local environmental firm receive prestigious award

Maureen Walsh Sakakeeny and Stephen A. Sakakeeny, principals of SAK Environmental LLC, a North Andover-based environmental consulting company, have been awarded the 2014 S. Peter Volpe Award by the Boston post of the Society of American Military Engineers. The annual award honors a society member’s support and loyalty to the organization. This is the first time the award has been given to two individuals at the same company. For more information about SAK Environmental, visit


Selectmen set date for Special Town Meeting

Selectmen have set the fall Special Town Meeting for Monday, Oct. 27. Per state law, the meeting will be posted by Oct. 10. Selectmen stressed that they want to focus only on “burning issues” that were missed at the annual Town Meeting or that came up in the interim. Requests for warrant articles are due to the selectmen’s office by Sept. 4, and the board will finalize the warrant by the end of September.


Library assistant director named new acting director

Mayor James J. Fiorentini has named Sarah Moser the acting library director for the Haverhill Public Library. Moser has been the assistant director since 2013. Prior to coming to Haverhill, she was the associate librarian/branch manager in the Central Square branch of the Cambridge Public Library. Moser is also a certified history teacher and a member of both the New England Library Association and the American Library Association. In a statement e-mailed to the Globe, Fiorentini said he is “pleased that [Moser] stepped up to take the position of acting library director.” In related news, the library has installed a new outdoor book drop by the front entrance, making it possible for patrons to return books 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


World War II vets receive French medal

The Legion d’Honneur Medal, a prestigious honor awarded by the French government to veterans from other nations who helped to free the country during World War II, was recently bestowed on Gloucester residents Michael Linquata and Frank Mondello, both Army veterans and former prisoners of war. At a ceremony held Aug. 21 at the World War II Memorial, the medals were presented to the men by Fabien Fieschi, consul general for France in Boston.


Elizabeth Warren headlines new UMass author series

A new author series open to the public will launch at the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s new University Crossing with US Senator Elizabeth Warren discussing her book “A Fighting Chance” at noon Friday, Sept. 19. A second installment in the series will feature Piper Kerman, whose memoir “Orange is the New Black” inspired the Netflix series, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Kerman’s memoir was based on her year spent in a Connecticut women’s prison. University Crossing will officially open on Sept. 16; the 230,000-square-foot complex includes a student center and is one of nine new buildings added to the university’s campus since 2009. For more information on the author series, visit


30th Bread and Roses Festival this Labor Day

The Bread and Roses Festival, now in its 30th year, will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Monday on Lawrence Common. The free music and cultural festival will include special events such as a commemoration of the Striker’s Monument across from City Hall, free walking tours of the mill district, shows at the Bread & Puppet Theater, and free trolley tours. A dedicated Kid Zone will offer arts, crafts, and fun sponsored by the Humanitarian Club of the Lawrence High School. The Bread & Roses Festival recognizes the significance of the Bread & Roses strike of 1912, which united immigrant mill workers across the city. For more information, visit


Shredding Day slated for Saturday

The Beverly Council on Aging will host its annual Shredding Day on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of the Senior Center, 90 Colon St. The event is free and open to the public. ProShred Security will use its shredding truck on the premises to shred documents. For more information, contact Jessica Waggett at the Senior Center at 978-921-6017.


Court building named in honor of retired judge

Governor Deval Patrick recently signed legislation naming the Essex Probate and Family Court building in Salem in honor of Judge Thaddeus Buczko. The legislation was cosponsored by state Senator Joan B. Lovely and state Representative John D. Keenan, both Democrats from Salem. Buczko, a longtime city resident, served as presiding justice of the Essex County Probate and Family Court until his retirement in 1996. He previously served as state auditor, a state representative, and a Salem city councilor, and is a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. “Judge Buczko’s undeniable commitment to public service as an elected official, judge, and veteran makes this designation a well-deserved honor,” Lovely said in a statement. An official naming ceremony will be held at a date to be determined. The Essex Probate and Family Court building, located at 36 Federal St next to the J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center, is currently under renovation. During construction, the court is operating in a temporary location at Shetland Office Park on Congress Street.


Vendors sought for town’s yard sale

The Winchester Chamber of Commerce is seeking vendors for its 42d annual townwide yard sale, which is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Town Hall parking lot, 71 Mount Vernon St. The yard sale will feature antiques, collectibles, crafts, and treasures from attics. Admission is free. Vendor applications are on the Winchester Chamber of Commerce website at Vendors need not be Winchester residents. The fee for vendors is $30 for nonfood vendors and $75 for food vendors. For more information, e-mail the chamber at, call 781-729-8870, or visit the chamber at 25 Waterfield Road.


New grant for Fire Department gear

The Fire Department was recently awarded a $160,074 federal grant to buy gear and other resources. The money was awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through its Assistance to Firefighters and Fire Prevention and Safety grant programs. “We are very pleased to be receiving what is the largest amount this round in Massachusetts to fund turnout gear, new boots for firefighters, self-rescue rope, training, and other fire safety resources,” Mayor Scott D. Galvin said in a prepared statement.


New polling locations for some districts as primary nears

For the Sept. 9 primary, voters in precincts 1, 2, and 5 have a new polling place. The three precincts will now vote in the cafeteria/auditorium of the Cummings School. Previously, they voted at the middle school gymnasium. Voters those in three precincts are asked to use the School Street entrance at the Cummings School. All polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the primary, which will select Democratic and Republican nominees for the Nov. 4 state election. For more information, call 617-846-1742.


New principal wants feedback from community

Richard G. Metropolis, the new principal of Wakefield Memorial High School, wants to know what community members think of the school and how it can be improved. Metropolis, who assumed his post July 1, is preparing an entry plan that will outline his assessment of the school and goals for enhancing teaching and learning; student welfare; parent involvement and satisfaction; professional culture; technology integration and use; and community outreach. As part of that effort, Metropolis will be meeting with individuals and groups, holding office hours, and conducting online surveys for students, parents, and teachers. For more information on how to participate, go to the high school’s website,


Medford Community Housing offers first-time home-buyer course

Medford Community Housing will host a first-time home-buyer workshop. The three-part course will meet on Sept. 9, 11, and 16. Participants must attend all three sessions, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Medford Housing Authority, 121 Riverside Ave. Topics to be covered include real estate costs, identifying the right type of house to buy, and an explanation on the mortgage and closing process. The cost to participate is $60. Registration is available at


New musicians sought for Reading Symphony Orchestra

The Reading Symphony Orchestra, a community-based orchestra founded in 1931, is seeking new musicians. There currently are openings in the following sections: bassoon II; trombone I, II, and III; horn I, II, and IV; violin I and II; cello; bass; harp; and percussion. The orchestra performs three concerts each season, in November, March, and May. Rehearsals are held from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Coolidge Middle School. The first rehearsal of this season is scheduled to take place Tuesday. To learn more about joining the orchestra, e-mail personnel manager Anita DiLullo at . Preference will be given to musicians with previous orchestral experience. Additional information about the Reading Symphony Orchestra may be found by visiting


Restaurants showcasing food at Taste of Burlington

The Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce holds its seventh annual Taste of Burlington on Sept. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Café Escadrille, 26 Cambridge St. Taste of Burlington is designed to showcase the area’s restaurants. Attendees go from table to table sampling dishes prepared by participating establishments. This year, 26 restaurants are taking part. Ticket proceeds will benefit the chamber. In addition, a raffle that night will support the chamber’s charitable foundation, which provides annual scholarships to graduating seniors at Burlington High School and helps fund a community garden. Tickets to the event are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. They can be purchased by calling 781-273-2523 or going to They are also available at Café Escadrille or at Cambridge Savings Bank’s two locations in Burlington.


Mayor’s senior cookout Wednesday

Mayor Gary Christenson is scheduled to hold his annual senior cookout from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Anthony’s of Malden, 105 Canal St. The cookout will be held for the benefit of Malden seniors and tickets will be required for entry. Tickets are free. They are available in the mayor’s office on the sixth floor of City Hall, 200 Pleasant St., during regular business hours as long as they remain available. Tickets will not be available at the door. For more information, call the mayor’s office at 781-397-7000, ext. 2004.


Open house at Beach Bluff Park set for Saturday

The Clifton Improvement Association will host an open house at Beach Bluff Park, overlooking Preston Beach on the Marblehead-Swampscott line, on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. Presentations about the park will mark the day, including discussions about its history, flora and fauna, and the creation of its stone sun circle. The event is free. Rain date will be Sunday.


Safety issues and new regulations mean no more fireworks

The Danvers Family Festival will no longer include fireworks. The festival’s board of directors recently decided to discontinue the fireworks show due to safety factors. A Fourth of July fireworks display at Plains Park has long been the culminating activity of the festival, which this year spanned 16 days and 34 events. “Based on factors out of the boards’ control, it has become impossible to maintain the caliber, character, and safety of the [fireworks] event,” the board said in a statement. “With an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people attending each year, safety has always been the board’s primary concern. The directors feel that with the new National Fire Protection Association codes, which set the required minimum safety zones between the mortars and spectators, and the increased development in the area, the distance is no longer safe for a show of our magnitude. Although the reduced safety zone would still allow for a smaller display, the increased state security measures mandated after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, and the continually increasing security costs, make the event no longer feasible.” While calling it a “very difficult decision,” the board emphasized that the festival’s other events would continue.


Residents encouraged to fill town committee vacancies

The Board of Selectmen is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on several town committees. Residents and registered voters interested in serving are encouraged to submit letters of interest to the board by 4 p.m. Thursday. The following town committees have vacancies: the Capital Advisory Improvement Committee, which is charged with studying proposed capital projects and improvements and recommending a capital improvement budget each fiscal year; the Conservation Commission, which strives to protect wetlands and natural resources; and the Open Space and Recreation Committee, which makes recommendations to the town regarding open space and recreation needs and developing recreational programs and activities. For more information, visit the town website at


Traverse fund-raiser rescheduled for Sept. 13

“Teammates For Trav,” a fund-raising brunch for Chris Traverse, 60, a former Medford High School athlete who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, has been rescheduled to Sept. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Carroll’s restaurant in Medford Square. It was originally scheduled for Sept. 6, but had to be rescheduled due to overwhelming demand for tickets, which cost $50.


State grant to help fund upgrades for two key buildings

The town will be getting help from the state with planning for upgrades to the public safety building and the Senior Center that would provide for cleaner and more reliable energy systems in the two key town buildings. The state Department of Energy Resources recently selected Saugus to receive a technical services grant through its Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative. The project would be geared toward clean energy improvements that would protect against power outages at the buildings during severe weather, according to Town Manager Scott Crabtree. The grant will pay for a Waltham company to analyze alternatives for the upgrades. Once the study is complete, Saugus will be eligible to seek additional funding to implement the work. The two buildings were targeted for the project because both are considered critical town facilities during emergencies.


Fall recreation programs open for applications

The Recreation Department is accepting applications for its fall programs, including Zumba; public arts/murals; buddy ball; children’s self-defense; budding artist; and toddler play group. There will also be a morning and an evening group fitness class, senior activities, and open gym basketball. To register, go to the Recreation Department’s online payment system at its website or stop by the Samuel Gentile Recreation Center, 47 Elm St. Programs begin the week of Sept. 29. For more information, go to the Recreation Department website or call 617-394-2390.


Some homeowners can get forgivable loans for heating

The city is offering forgivable loans to income-eligible homeowners who need to replace their heating systems. Loans of up to $4,500 are available to replace inefficient heating systems. According to the city’s website, funds for the programs are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The income limits are in proportion to the number of people living in a home. For example, there is a $45,500 cap for a one-person household, and a $75,400 cap for a six-person household, according to the website. For more information on this program , visit the “homeowners” section on the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development’s Housing Division page at, or contact Housing Rehab program manager George Landers at 617-625-6600, ext. 2569, or


Applications ready for second Citywide Yard Sale

Melrose Friends of the Aging will host the second Citywide Yard Sale on Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost to participate is $25, and must be submitted by Sept. 24. Addresses for every participant will be listed on a map that will be made available ahead of the yard sale. The nonprofit friends group raises money to support activities at the Milano Senior Center and the Council on Aging. The first Citywide Yard Sale, held in 2012, attracted 90 participants and raised nearly $2,100. New chairs with arms were purchased for the Milano Senior Center. This year, money could be used to help upgrade computers at the center. Applications to participate in this year’s yard sale are available online at They can also be picked up at Melrose City Hall, the Milano Center, Melrose Public Library, and Edward Jones, 502 Main St. For more information, contact


Unity breakfast for area democrats scheduled

The Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee is inviting area Democrats to a Unity Breakfast on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Tewksbury Country Club, 1880 Main St. (Route 38). The event, scheduled for five days after the primary, is intended to help unify the state’s Democratic party as it heads toward the Nov. 4 state election. Both successful and unsuccessful primary candidates for area and statewide seats have been invited to take part in the breakfast, which is open to all Democrats in the region. The chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, state Senator Thomas M. McGee of Lynn, is also expected to attend. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the door or in advance through the committee’s Facebook site, “Tewksbury Democratic Committee.”


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.