Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe North.

REGION

Essex County foundation gives awards

The van Otterloo family of Marblehead and Gloucester resident Thomas Burger were honored for their support and philanthropy.

WEST NEWBURY

Regional housing plan to include West Newbury

A Community Housing Needs Workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 31, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the town offices, 381 Main St.

ANDOVER

Andover wins international finance award

The award reflects the town government’s commitment to meeting the highest principles of budgeting.

SALEM

MassDOT to hold spending forum in Salem

The Capital Investment Plan outlines how state and federal funds will be spent on highway, municipal, public transit, and airport projects over the next five years.

MALDEN

Malden’s Forestdale field now open to all

The new field will allow children with physical and mental challenges to enjoy playing baseball.

MARBLEHEAD

Marblehead to talk racial justice

The Marblehead Racial Justice Team and Abbot Public Library are joining forces to hold informal “Conversations on Race,” to be held the third Monday of each month.

METHUEN

Methuen Fire Department receives safety equipment grants

The department has been awarded $225,655 to purchase 33 new breathing apparatuses and 60 face pieces.

ROCKPORT

Substance abuse forum to be held May 24 in Rockport

The seminar will feature panel discussions on opioids and alcohol, and a Q&A session offering resources for those struggling with addiction.

BURLINGTON

270-unit apartment complex approved in Burlington

Plans call for a five-story building on a lot adjacent to the Center at Corporate Drive off Route 3A.

NEWBURYPORT

Newburyport tests for new municipal well

The site on Boyd Drive is part of the proposed Evergreen Common project, which would build 38 single-family homes on about 35 acres.

Manchester-by-the-Sea

Low turnout passes $4m override

Less than 7 percent — 259 — of the town’s 3,988 registered voters turned out to approve upgrades to the town’s water and waste-water systems.

READING

A salute to the Reading Police

Officers raised more than $2,000 for Home Base, a program dedicated to serving post-9/11 veterans, service members, and their families.

REGION

Great Marsh partnership receives EPA award

The network was recognized for protection and restoration work in the Great Marsh, which stretches from Gloucester to Salisbury.

LAWRENCE

Lawrence Tech student named Presidential Scholar

Alkenly Ortiz is the only student in the state to earn the recognition in the Career and Technical Education category.

SOMERVILLE

Forum on Somerville Ave. improvements May 18

The project will address storm-water flooding in Union Square, and enhanced pedestrian, mass transit, bicycle, and traffic safety and flow.

WEST NEWBURY

Fatal car crash simulation at Pentucket Regional

The goal is to demonstrate the negative effects of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, especially during prom and graduation season.

LYNN

Fund-raising to spruce up downtown Lynn

Beyond Walls, a group of Lynn residents, business owners, and public art enthusiasts, will use the funds to install LED lighting; vintage neon artwork; 10 mural; and a sculpture.

DANVERS

Langlais retains seat on Danvers board

The incumbent defeated defeated challenger Stan Svensson, 1,122 votes to 924, in the only Board of Selectman race.

ESSEX

Fitzgibbon earns seat on school committee

The newcomer defeated incumbent Alva Ingaharro, 409-357, in a race for the Manchester Essex Regional board.

Peabody

Peabody lowers default speed limit to 25

Mayor Ted Bettencourt decided to propose the change following an evaluation of existing speed limits and traffic conditions in the city.

REVERE

No synthetic marijuana sales in Revere

Manufacturers can skirt federal law by marketing the drugs as “not for human consumption,” selling them as potpourri or incense.

Two newcomers become Topsfield selectmen

John Spencer and A. Richard Gandt defeated longtime incumbent Martha Morrison and claiming an open seat.

Andover creates ‘sea of pink’ to honor Colleen Ritzer

The Step Up for Colleen 5K on Sunday, May 7, will raise money for scholarships awarded to high school seniors in Andover and Danvers who plan to get a teaching degree in college.

REGION

NSCC hosts veterans job fair in Lynn

More than 60 employers representing 26 industries are scheduled to attend.

WAKEFIELD

Funds sought to revitalize downtown Wakefield

Wakefield Main Streets has raised $29,000 and will receive a matching grant of the same amount from MassDevelopment, but is seeking to raise another $16,000.

SALEM

Salem State endowment fund honors Holocaust survivor

The $25,000 Rubin Sztajer Holocaust Survivor Fund will benefit the Brotherhood at Salem State, a mentoring group for men of color on campus.

HAVERHILL

Haverhill plans to restore more historic buildings

Like JM Lofts, 87 Washington will include a mix of residential apartments on the upper floors with street-level retail space.

WEST NEWBURY

West Newbury votes to create town manager

Under the new structure, the town manager will supervise all department heads and direct the town’s day-to-day affairs.

MEDFORD

Medford to spruce up business districts

The city is conducting a survey to help identify priority areas.

Somerville

Somerville hires new school administrator

Almudena “Almi” Abeyta , currently deputy superintendent in the Santa Fe public schools, will become assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction, and assessment in Somerville

MIDDLETON

Town administrator hosts forum on town meeting

Andy Sheehan will host the discussion for those who may not be familiar with the town meeting format.

AMESBURY

Benefit concert for injured Amesbury officer May 20

Jason Kooken was injured in an accident involving a stage diver at a punk rock concert in New Jersey.

MEDFORD

Medford to hold meeting on airport noise

Complaints from Medford and other communities have prompted the Federal Aviation Administration and Massport to study changes to ease the problem.

GROVELAND

Tour a historic house in Groveland

On Saturday, May 6, nine homes dating from 1702 to 1900 will be open to the public.

GLOUCESTER

Greenbelt raises funds to save Annisquam parcel

The 4-acre parcel adjacent to the Mount Adnah Cemetery has more than 400 feet of ocean frontage on Lobster Cove.

PEABODY

Peabody senior home completes renovation

$1.5 million in interior upgrades have been made at the Harriet and Ralph Kaplan Estates, an assisted living and memory support facility.

MALDEN

Malden seeks community input on open space

A community forum on the draft plan for open space and recreation will be held on May 3 at the Malden YMCA.

WILMINGTON

Wilmington elects newcomers to town boards

Edward P. Loud will join the Board of Selectmen, while Jennifer R. Bryson was elected to the School Committee.

TYNGSBOROUGH

Tyngsborough administrator leaving for Peabody

Curt T. Bellavance has worked for the town since November 2014.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville group rallies against gas leaks

Mothers Out Front claims nearly 200 gas leaks have been identified in Somerville based on utility data.

REGION

Local police learn search and rescue tactics

The Border Patrol Tactical Unit Tracking Course included up to eight hours of practical exercises in both day and night scenarios.

WESTFORD

Westford Road Race scheduled for May 7

Hundreds of runners are expected to participate in the 5K and 10K races, which are being held at the Abbot School.

REGIONAL

O’Connor Ives supports curbing distracted driving

The state senator is cosponsor of a bill that seeks to prohibit most uses of mobile electronic devices unless they are in hands-free mode.

BEVERLY

Greater Beverly YMCA starts work on new campus

Part of the project involves a two-floor expansion of the main building that will increase space for the fitness center, group exercise studios, the family locker room, and a babysitting area.

NEWBURYPORT

Environmental expert to speak at Parker River refuge

George Buckley, assistant director of sustainability programs at Harvard University Extension School, will give a free talk on ocean acidification.

MEDFORD

Medford looks to improve resident parking

The Traffic Commission is holding a public workshop on Monday, April 24, to discuss the findings and recommendations of a consultant about the program.

LOWELL

UMass Lowell opens business, engineering facilities

The new Pulichino Tong Business Center has a real-time trading room with a live stock market ticker.

SOMERVILLE

Explore Somerville’s tiny urban jungle

The event at Quincy Street Open Space offers a chance to join scientists to see wildlife and learn how global warming is changing the local environment.

NEWBURY

Newbury board declines to maintain historic cemetery

The Newbury Board of Selectmen rejected a request to have the town take over mowing and maintenance of the First Parish Church cemetery.

EVERETT

enVision opens hotel near casino in Everett

The upscale hotel, located about 2 miles from the future Wynn resort, is the first to open in the city in more than 70 years.

ESSEX

Meet your candidates night in Essex

Residents will get the chance to meet the candidates informally beginning at 6:30 p.m. April 27, with a moderated Q&A session to follow at 7.

NEWBURYPORT

Clipper City Rail Trail seeking mural artists

The permanent exhibit will enhance the trail corridor and help bring art to people’s everyday lives.

PEABODY

Peabody closes centennial celebration with grand ball

It will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. May 7 in the lower Nordstrom’s wing of the Northshore Mall.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville hosts community cleanup

Volunteers will plant flowers, weed open spaces, and pick up litter Saturday, April 22.

HAVERHILL

Haverhill hosts community discussion on schools

The theme of the April 26 event is “Reach Higher: A Haverhill Community Discussion on School Success.”

NEWBURY

Illegal dumping found on Plum Island

A pet waste disposal unit, placed for dog walkers near the public beach entrance, was filled with household trash.

REGION

Kerry attends Essex National Heritage Commission gala

Essex County Greenbelt, the Trustees of Reservations, the Peabody Essex Museum, Lowell’s Boat Shop, and the House of the Seven Gables were honored.

READING

Reading police on lookout for distracted drivers

Teen drivers under 18 are prohibited entirely from using any electronic device while driving.

BURLINGTON

Tigges wins Burlington selectman’s race

The Burlington Police Department detective also is a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals.

SWAMPSCOTT

Information sessions to be held on Swampscott Rail Trail

The Swampscott Board of Selectmen is asking Town Meeting to appropriate $850,000 for the design and engineering of the proposed trail.

SALEM

Parts of Salem see reduced flood insurance costs

Revisions to the federal flood map lower base flood elevation levels in certain parts of Salem, which could lower insurance costs for an estimated 650 residents.

ANDOVER

Andover Community Trust celebrates 25 years

The trust will hold a community forum on “Andover’s Affordable Housing Success – Myths & Realities” Thursday, April 13.

DANVERS

Three races highlight annual Danvers election

There are contests for seats on the Board of Selectmen, library trustee, and school committee May 2.

LYNN

Lauren Baker honored for help to women

Baker will be recognized at the 2017 Women for Lynn Community Health Center Recognition Breakfast April 27.

READING

Reading church sets tribute concert

The church is seeking individuals interested in having a dedication or tribute included in the commemorative program for the April 30 concert.

GEORGETOWN

Georgetown medical marijuana facility plans May opening

Healthy Pharms, located off Route I-95, will sell edibles, lotions, concentrates, and vaporizable oils to card-carrying medical marijuana users.

Rowley

Rowley sets household recycling event

The event will be held April 29 from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. at the Highway Department, 40 Independent St.

ROCKPORT

Emergency communications system clears first Rockport hurdle

The $996,509 expenditure must still be approved at the May 2 Annual Town Election.

MELROSE

Melrose sanctuary city hearing deferred

Following a lengthy hearing on a citizens’ petition calling for Melrose to take action to become a sanctuary city, the Board of Aldermen voted to place the matter on file.

REGIONAL

Pentucket Regional High School students place third in nationwide design contest

The annual contest challenges students to design an original piece of art, jewelry, or architecture, or to improve an existing design.

DANVERS

Survey says Danvers should preserve ‘small town’ atmosphere

The survey found 95 percent of residents reported the quality of life in Danvers is “excellent” or “good” and two-thirds reported they trust local government to make positive decisions.

HAVERHILL

NECC sponsors counterterrorism lecture

Robert Milton is a leading expert in national and international security.

MIDDLETON

Middleton to vote on Natsue Way project

Among the $3.8 million project’s proposed amenites are severall playing fields, two playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, and walking paths.

ROWLEY

Rowley library accepting books to sell

Adult and children’s books in good condition along with DVDs and CDs in original boxes are welcomed.

BILLERICA

Work begins on new Billerica high school

The $176 million project is designed for 1,610 students in grades 8-12 and the district’s preschool program.

PEABODY

Peabody superintendent choice down to 2 finalists

Arthur Unobskey, assistant superintendent in Gloucester, dropped out. The remaining finalists are John Oteri, Somerville High headmaster, and Debra Ruggiero, principal of Harrington Elementary in Lynn.

REGION

MBTA announces mobile parking app

The app will allow passengers to pay for their MTBA parking spaces at all of the agency’s commuter lots.

MALDEN

Hallmark wins suit with Malden over hospital

The company will not be required to perform fire and safety repairs at the former site of Malden Hospital after it won a civil suit against the city of Malden in Middlesex Superior Court.

NEWBURYPORT

Tall ships to sail into Newburyport

Maritime Days will be held May 24-29 on the waterfront right behind the Custom House Maritime Museum.

MERRIMAC

Merrimac to update on municipal building renovations

The Public Safety Building Committee is recommending a new joint police/public works facility be built on donated land at 106 West Main St.