The Newbury Board of Selectman may hold another election to allow voters to reconsider funding the design of a public safety complex.
The Newbury Board of Selectman may hold another election to allow voters to reconsider funding the design of a public safety complex.
Jay Lang, deputy superintendent in Lowell, is the Chelmsford School Committee’s choice.
The Pentucket Regional School District will add three new “innovation schools” for the 2015-16 academic year.
Patrick J. Sullivan III has been named acting fire chief for Somerville following the retirement of Chief Kevin Kelleher.
Winchester Town Meeting voted to sell the remaining land at Wright-Locke Farm to a trust to preserve it as open space.
Contractors have broken ground on construction of apartments on Ocean Avenue in Revere, as part of the Waterfront Square redevelopment.
The forecast prompted Mayor Michael McGlynn to call off the festival until the fall.
Dracut voters will consider at the Annual Town Meeting on June 1 whether the town should impose a fee for curbside trash collection.
Salem has received $9,900 in federal funds to use for three initiatives that target underage drinking.
Somerville residents are invited to walk with members of the police department this summer in a series called the “Walking Dialogues.”
The Lynn Community Health Center has been recognized for the longstanding mental health care it has provided to the community.
Burlington selectman Bob Hogan is retiring as veterans agent after 19 years.
Wilmington officials are asking residents to take an online survey and/or attend a workshop regarding its Open Space Plan.
Manchester Essex Regional High School assistant principal will succeed Kelly Porcardo as athletic director.
Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello’s trip to Washington may lead to funding the city’s revolutionary approach to drug addiction.
CodeRED was installed in Peabody after last winter’s record-breaking snowfall.
The ballot question narrowly passed with 770 votes in favor and 730 against.
Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini has approved a service change to increase weekday bus service from every 90 minutes to every 60 minutes.
Newburyport, Gloucester, and Manchester-by-the-Sea have been awarded $1 million for construction of better access for boaters.
North Andover Town Moderator Mark S. DiSalvo has announced that citizens can e-mail questions to be presented at Town Meeting.
Tewksbury resident Raine Ferrin was honored as Shawsheen Valley Technical High School’s Outstanding Vocational Technical Student.
Woburn Mayor Scott D. Galvin has named retired police officer Rick Jolly as the city’s substance abuse task force coordinator.
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Somerville High School Gay-Straight Alliance are hosting a flag-raising ceremony for LGBTQ Pride Month.
Medford has dedicated its Department of Public Works facility to the late Alfred P. Pompeo Sr., a WW II veteran, POW, and former Medford mayor.
The Ipswich Affordable Housing Partnership has changed its name to the Ipswich Housing Partnership.
The city of Beverly has contracted with GoParkit Technologies so residents can use their smart phones to pay for parking.
The Historic Lowell Cemetery has broken ground on the O.M. Whipple Columbarium and Garden of Remembrance.
The North Reading High School Senior Prom will be held on June 1.
About twelve candidates have applied to be veterans’ services director for the Eastern Essex District.
The West Newbury Police Department announced recently that it had won a $24,960 grant that it will use to replace the computers in its police cruisers.
State and local officials attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Caleb Dustin Hunking School in Haverhill on Tuesday.
Incumbent Joseph DiRocco Jr. was reelected to a fifth term on the Dracut Board of Selectmen on Monday, besting challenger Phil Thibault.
Winchester Town Meeting members approved the addition of a new section on heritage districts to the town’s bylaws April 30, creating at the same time the town’s first such district, in Rangeley Park.
Somerville Fire Chief Kevin Kelleher is retiring after 37 years with the department
Rob Tiro has unseated Janine Iengo Cook on the Wakefield School Committee.
A recount confirmed Christopher Barrett’s victory over Cathleen E. Shea for a selectman’s seat in Lynnfield.
The Salem Charitable Foundation has awarded the city a $10,000 grant for the Salem Teachers Cabinet.
Gloucester is rededicating its public water system on Tuesday, May 5.
Three applicants are awaiting Civil Service hearings after appealing Methuen’s decision to pass them over for police jobs.
At the May 12 election, Newbury residents will vote on five ballot questions that could raise property taxes.
Woburn Mayor Scott D. Galvin is hosting a roundtable discussion on May 5 about future growth in the city.
Somerville has reopened its shared Hubway bike stations for the fifth season.
Stephanie Muccini Burke is the first to enter the race to succeed Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn.
The city of Lawrence has hired the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management at UMass Boston to help with a capital improvement plan.
Changes in 32 UMass Lowell buildings will reduce the university’s energy costs by about $1.26 million annually.
Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt has asked the Conservation Commission to coordinate the city’s response to a gas pipeline extension proposal.
The Essex National Heritage Commission will award 15 grants in 12 communities for preservation of historic, natural, and cultural sites.
At Westford’s May 5 election, voters will be asked to approve a temporary property tax hike to build a new fire station.
The nonprofit Hoops For Hope is seeking participants for its May 4 golf tourney, to support renovation at Andover High School's baseball field.
After dozens of medical calls and four deaths this year, Gloucester has scheduled a community forum on heroin and other opiate abuse for Saturday, May 2
The state’s House of Representatives whas proposed restoring a $3.5 million cut to Tewksbury State Hospital that is part of Governor Charlie Baker’s $38 billion budget proposal for fiscal 2016.
A five-member panel will review the 23 applications for Chelsea city manager and make recommendations to the City Council.
Somerville residents interested in running for office can take out nomination papers from May 11 through June 22.
The upgrade to Callahan Park included rehabilitating the softball field and diamond, doubling parking spaces, and installing surveillance equipment.
The new student health center at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School will provide convenient access to primary care services.
Amesbury is moving toward becoming home to one of the largest solar developments in the Northeast.
Somerville’s 240th Patriots Day celebration will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m at Foss Park on Monday, April 20.
Revere is holding its fourth annual Revere Shines day on Saturday, April 25, during which volunteers will pick up litter and carry out other beautification work.
Sally Willard edged Phillip Gallagher by 10 votes in the race for town moderator at Burlington’s April 11 annual town election.
The Billerica School Committee has approved a proposal to alter the existing grade configuration of the town’s public schools in conjunction with a high school building project.
Lieutenant David F. Thomson III, a 34-year veteran of the Georgetown Police Department and most recently the department’s executive officer, has retired.
Salem’s Council on Aging was awarded a $10,000 state grant to explore improving transportation for seniors.
Lowell Community Health Center’s chief operating officer, Henry Och, has won a national award.
SAK Environmental, LLC, of North Andover has been chosen to provide technical assistance on the state’s geothermal energy grant program.
Jeff Chelgren of Lynn recently became the town administrator in Nahant. A finalist to succeed Mark Cullinan in 2011, Chelgren was the longtime town administrator in Wenham and most recently held that position in Marblehead before resigning in January. He succeeded Cullinan, who was working on an interim basis after the resignation of Andrew Bisignani in June 2014. After Mike Wood, Bisignani, and Cullinan, Chelgren becomes the fourth town administrator in town history. He signed a three-year contract that begins at $87,000 annually and escalates to $131,000. “He’s a great pick, and already working hard,” said Selectman Rich Lombard, who noted that early challenges for Chelgren will include selecting a new fire chief and public works superintendent and settling contracts with police officers, firefighters, and DPW workers.
Sean Cronin, the senior deputy commissioner of local services at the state Department of Revenue, has been named the state overseer of Lawrence. In his new role, Cronin will work with Mayor Dan Rivera to establish “a Lawrence built to sustain itself in the future,” state Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore said in a prepared statement. The state first appointed an overseer for Lawrence in 2010, when the city had a $27 million operating deficit. The overseer has worked with city officials each year since to make sure that spending decisions are fiscally sound and contracts are fair. Cronin said he would like to help the city establish “formal fiscal policies, a multiyear capital improvement plan, and long-range financial forecasting.”
The Greater Lowell Community Foundation, the Lowell Fire Department, and several local nonprofit organizations are together tackling the issue of fire safety in response to last year’s Branch Street fire in which seven people, including three children, perished. The foundation has sponsored the production of a five-minute, nonverbal video to try to effectively teach people from many different cultural backgrounds, who speak many different languages, about fire safety. Created by Molly Bedell, the film illustrates methods to prevent fires, as well as proper ways to respond to fires. Lowell’s Fire Department Prevention Services is using the video as an educational tool at schools and in the community. The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, the International Institute of Lowell, and Lowell Community Health Center are promoting the video in immigrant communities across the city. The video may be viewed online at the foundation’s website, glcfoundation.org, and on YouTube.
Malden City Councilor at Large David D’Arcangelo has taken on a new assignment in state government. D’Arcangelo, who ran unsuccessfully as the Republican nominee for secretary of state last year, was recently tapped by Governor Charlie Baker to serve as director of the Office on Disability. “I’m very pleased to put my energy behind assisting Governor Baker in trying to improve policies and programs for persons with disability throughout the Commonwealth,” said D’Arcangelo, who is legally blind. D’Arcangelo has held various positions in state government in the past, including as an aide to state Senator Richard R. Tisei and as a correspondence aide to Governor Paul Cellucci. He also served as an appointee to the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Rehabilitation Council. He has worked in the private sector as well, including running his own public relations firm.
Ipswich’s Peter Pinciaro, who first joined The Trustees of Reservations as a volunteer at the Crane Wildlife Refuge in 1977, has taken a new position as general manager of the 2,000-acre Crane Estate in Ipswich. Most recently, Pinciaro served as the trustees’ Northeast Region deputy director, concentrating his efforts on two flagship Ipswich properties, The Crane Estate and Appleton Farms. During Pinciaro’s career, he has served as a member of the Ipswich Historical Society, the town’s Coastal Pollution Control Committee, the Strawberry Hill Advisory Committee, the Sandy Point State Reservation Advisory Committee, and on the board of directors at the Ipswich Family YMCA.
Peabody residents have an opportunity to receive fresh fruits and vegetables while supporting local farming. The city is bringing back its Community Supported Agriculture program for another season. In a CSA, customers purchase shares of a local farm’s harvest and then receive weekly supplies of produce and other products throughout the season. This year the city is partnering with Chris’ Farm Stand to bring its CSA to Peabody. Chris’ grows its produce on its 200-year-old working family farm in Haverhill and sells it though its CSA and at two farm stands it owns and operates in Haverhill and Peabody. Interested residents are invited to an information session on Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St.
Up to 150 Somerville teens will be chosen to participate in the mayor’s summer jobs program, according to a statement from the city. The program, which pairs young job seekers with opportunities in city departments and private businesses, is now accepting applications for this summer. Applications are available at the Personnel Department in City Hall, and will be accepted until 12:30 p.m. April 24. To apply, students must be Somerville residents, enrolled in high school, and at least 16years old. The positions will require about 20 hours of work per week. For more information, contact Human Services director Nancy Bacci at 617-625-6600, ext. 2250, or by e-mail at NBacci@somervillema.gov.
A dozen local residents have pledged to ride in the 2015 Pan Mass Challenge as members of Team Beachcomber to support the fight to eliminate cancer. This year, the team is riding in honor of 4-year-old Jesse Nash of Chatham, who has had a recurrence of neuroblastoma. Founded in 2009, Team Beachcomber is composed of riders who have a connection to the Beachcomber Restaurant in Wellfleet, including Winchester resident Jared Jackson, a co-founder of the team. This year, for the first time, the team is holding a fund-raiser in Winchester. Dubbed the Clam Jam, the May 2 event at Winchester Town Hall will feature food, fun, and live music performed by the Hootchies, a Boston-based rock band, as well as local distillers offering rum tastings. Beer and wine also will be available. The highlight of the event will be a clam chowder cook-off, with local restaurants competing for bragging rights. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person at the door or $55 if purchased in advance. To buy tickets or to make a tax-deductible contribution, visit teambeachcomber.com.
Saugus residents now have an easy way to safely discard unwanted needles and other medical “sharps” from their homes. The town recently installed two sharps kiosks. One is in the lobby of the Public Safety Building, available around the clock. The other is at town hall, available during regular business hours. Massachusetts in 2012 banned the disposal of needles, syringes, and lancets in household trash. Police Chief Domenic J. DiMella said n a prepared statement that the kiosks offer residents “a safe and convenient method of removing potentially dangerous needles from their homes, so that they don’t end up in the wrong hands or illegally in the public rubbish system.” The new containers are intended only for spent sharps used by Saugus residents.
Moira Landry, 18, a student at Swampscott High School and founder of the nonprofit Hope For Creativity, recently received a national President’s Volunteer Service Award. Landry founded the organization to provide packs of art supplies to homeless children in Massachusetts, educate others about the struggles of childhood homelessness, and empower children to be change makers. In four years, she has delivered nearly 1,500 packs of art supplies to shelters across the state. In presenting the award, Swampscott High principal Ed Rozmiarek called her “a wonderful representative of Swampscott High School.”
Mary Butler will be sworn in as Salem’s first female police chief at a 10 a.m. ceremony Thursday, April 9, at Old Town Hall. Butler, currently acting chief, was appointed to the permanent post last month by Mayor Kimberley L. Driscoll, who chose her from among three finalists for the job. First hired as a patrol officer in 1987, Butler rose to sergeant and lieutenant, and then last December was promoted to acting captain. She succeeds Paul F. Tucker, who retired after being elected state representative last November. Tucker, former police chief Robert M. St. Pierre, and Driscoll will be among those speaking at the ceremony.
A group of concerned citizens has kicked off a capital campaign to rebuild Winchester’s Jenks Center, the only privately built and operated nonprofit senior facility in the state. For nearly 40 years, the center has offered programs and services to help keep local seniors active, healthy, engaged, and connected to their community. However, according to organizers of the ReJenks Capital Campaign, the building is in need of infrastructure repairs and major updates to comply with state and federal accessibility requirements. The campaign is seeking to raise $2.5 million to address the building’s needs. Organizers envision a new Jenks that not only meets the needs of Winchester’s rapidly growing senior community, but also has an expanded role as a community center. To learn more or to donate, visit jenkscenter.org.
The city of Lawrence has received a $200,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to plan for the future reuse and revitalization of the Manchester & Lawrence Railroad line. The grant will be used to focus on ways to unlock underutilized commercial parcels and transform the rail line to passive recreation and open space. The study area will stretch from Merrimack Street, where the EPA already has committed fund for asbestos remediation of the Merrimac Paper site, to Manchester Street, where the rail trail will connect to the Spicket River Greenway. The city will be working closely with Groundwork Lawrence as the plan is developed. The effort is expected to begin in May and will include community input.
The Somerville schools have announced several changes to the calendar to make up nine snow days, including changing Good Friday on April 3 from a holiday to an early release day. According to a statement from the city, the changes are as follows: April 8, originally a half-day for Pre-K to Grade 8, will now be a full school day for all students; May 6, also a half-day for Pre-K to Grade 8 students, will now be a full school day; June 18, June 19, June 22, June 23, June 24, and June 25 will be full school days for all students; June 26 and June 29 will be full days for high school students but early release days for Pre-K to Grade 8 students, with Pre-K dismissed at 11:30 a.m. and kindergarten through Grade 8 at 12 p.m.; and June 30 will be an early release day for all students, with Pre-k dismissed at 11:30 a.m., kindergarten through Grade 8 at 12 p.m., and the high school at 11:33 a.m.
Four more southern Conomo Point properties will go on the auction block at noon on April 16 at the Essex Senior Center, 17 Pickering St. The live auction, scheduled to be conducted by Shrewsbury-based Zekos Group, will feature seasonally restricted properties from the longtime summer colony at 7, 19, and 24 Cogswell Road and 92 Conomo Point Road. For more than 100 years, Conomo Point was primarily a summer colony, with cottages and homes built on town-owned land. In recent years the town has been subdividing the land and selling some parcels. There are approximately 100 homes on the 123 parcels in the area. Buyers must have a $10,000 deposit and minimum bids run from $189,000 to $222,000. A site walk will be offered at the properties at 10:30 a.m. that day. For more information, call 508-842-9000 or go to www.zekosgroup.com.
Area residents will have a chance to get more information and offer their ideas about Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics at a regional forum hosted by state Senator Jason M. Lewis at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Malden Senior Center, 7 Washington St. Representatives of Boston 2024, the local Olympic organizing committee, will be on hand to answer questions and gather input. The event, free and open to the public, is the first in a series of “Community Conversations” that Lewis, a Winchester Democrat, plans to hold on various topics in his district. Boston 2024 also has incorporated the forum into the series of 20 community meetings it is holding across the state to seek input from the public on the proposal.