Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe North.

Andover

Andover/North Andover YMCA celebrates expansion

The $23 million project doubled the size of the building and added new pools.

Cape Ann closes in on commemorative license plate

The plate’s design features an image from Gloucester (Fisherman at the Wheel), Essex (a schooner in full sail), Rockport (Motif No. 1), and Manchester-by-the-Sea (rotunda at Tucks Point).

Reading

Reading expands its online presence

The new town website site includes bill paying, community alert sign-ups, maps, and construction updates.

Somerville

Somerville seeking affordable housing trustee

Any member of a rental household that qualifies for federal or state housing programs and meets income criteria is eligible.

Reading

‘Coffee with a Cop’ April 8 in Reading

According to a flyer, there will be “no agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions.”

Somerville

Somerville to begin welcoming babies

The Somerville Family Learning Collaborative and the Council on Aging are hosting a community baby shower for invited families on April 5 at the Holland Street Center.

Revere

Revere mayor to host community forums

Brian Arrigo wants to give residents a chance to ask questions and discuss issues relating to city services and quality of life.

Rockport

Rockport Police seeking officers

The department has one open position and projected retirements over the next two years.

Malden

Construction of 86-unit apartment building begins in Malden

The Point at 180 is being constructed by Sagebrook Development on an open 14,000 square foot lot at 180 Eastern Ave.

Amesbury

Grants to help preserve Amesbury landmarks

A pair of $2,000 matching grants from the Essex National Heritage Area have been awarded to Lowell’s Boat Shop and the Union Congregational Church.

Wilmington

Wilmington prepares strategy for municipal buildings

The plan will establish a sequence of short-term, mid-term, and long-term recommendations to help guide the town’s decisions.

Burlington

Burlington selectmen approve housing development

The Davis Companies plann to build 271 residential units on the campus of its existing office park off Route 3A.

Peabody

Peabody Pride spring cleanup April 30

Peabody residents can show their community spirit and help spruce up the city.

North Andover

Charlie Baker, Barbara Pierce Bush to receive honorary doctorates

Merrimack College also will be bestowing degrees on approximately 750 undergraduates and 250 graduate students.

Lawrence

NECC to host credit validation forum for Latinos

The forum will discuss how immigrants can transfer foreign credits to colleges and validate their degrees through job training.

Ipswich

Ipswich Police Department teaches rape defense

A group of 24 students — including Ipswich teachers and some of their daughters — completed a Rape Aggression Defense class last month.

Somerville

Somerville power could get greener and cheaper

A community choice aggregation plan would allow pooling the energy buying power of interested customers and negotiating lower rates.

Medford

Medford to hold vigil to remember those lost to addiction

The event will be held on Sunday, April 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Caron Theater at Medford High School.

Lynn

Lynn housing gets $3m to stay affordable

The Section 8 program will extend 20 years at Wilson Gardens after the current contract expires in 2019.

Salem

Nowak becomes dean at Salem State Bertolon School of Business

Linda Nowak had been serving as interim dean since last July.

Winchester

Mahoney named next Winchester High principal

Dennis Mahoney, who was chosen from a field of 43 candidates, is currently an assistant principal in Wilmington.

Westford

Second company approaches Westford about medical marijuana dispensary

Nature’s Remedy Inc. of Massachusetts has asked Westford officials for a letter of support or non-opposition for its plans.

Methuen

Methuen warns of telephone scam

Scammers have been calling Methuen homes and businesses, demanding payment on past-due National Grid bills.

Westford

Westford voters reject farm-to-table restaurant

Some residents voiced concerns about the potential for traffic and noise, while others questioned the size and scope of the project.

Woburn

Woburn library to host talk on famous art crimes

All proceeds from the presentation will support the $31.5 million library project.

Ipswich

Ipswich seeks applicants for feoffees board

The group administers an investment trust that supports the town’s public schools.

Gloucester

Gloucester installing LED streetlights

A $1.3 million project approved by the City Council in 2015, the replacement is expected to be competed in June.

Salem

Salem forming Youth Commission

Seven of the nine commission seats will be filled by city residents between 13 and 21.

Billerica

Conway ousts Rosa in Billerica selectmen’s race

Kimberly J. Conway, a School Committee member, topped the ticket in a four-way race for two seats on the Board of Selectmen.

Salem

Salem to screen film on recovering addicts

“The Anonymous People” will be followed by a panel discussion featuring members of the Salem community who are dealing with the impact of alcohol and drugs.

Methuen

Attorney Wendy Y. Estrella to be NECC graduation guest speaker

Estrella, who is a member of the NECC Board of Trustees, is the principal of Estrella Law Offices.

Winthrop

Winthrop community invited to photo project

The public library is collecting photographs of Winthrop community members. The library plans to select photos it receives to include in an exhibit, its online archives, and perhaps in a book.

Lynn

Medical project to help patients in Lynn

Through the MAVEN Project, doctors provide remote video consultations with Lynn patients needing specialty care.

Swampscott

Natural turf and landscape forum April 7 in Swampscott

Chip Osborne of Marblehead-based Osborne Organics, will speak. He is an organic landscape and turf grass expert.

State awards public safety grants

The funds may be used to restore, retain, or hire police and fire personnel for overtime if needed to provide adequate shift coverage.

Gloucester

Chamber of Commerce to run Gloucester block parties

The city closes the streets to traffic for crowds that may number 2,000 in good weather.

Stoneham

Stoneham chamber offers 2016 scholarship program

Graduating high school seniors who works for a chamber member in good standing, or have a family member who is a chamber member, are eligible to apply.

Westford

Westford’s annual Town Meeting scheduled for April 2

A request of $13,000 to make pedestrian and traffic improvements to the Town Center is on the warrant.

Medford

Medford signs Community Compact agreement

Medford will be working with the state on financial management, safe streets, and funding on a study to revitalize Medford Square.

Wilmington

Wilmington to hold groundbreaking for Yentile Farm park

The 9-acre multi-purpose recreation facility is expected to be completed in November.

Burlington

Challenges to selectmen, School Committee in Burlington election

Incumbent selectmen Christopher Hartling and Robert Hogan are being challenged by Virginia E. Mooney, a longtime town meeting member and former selectwoman.

Haverhill

Haverhill to save on trash disposal

The new five-year agreements are expected to save taxpayers about $375,000 per year, city officials said.

Salem

Salem to pay tribute to Desert Storm veterans

Salem has approximately 50 veterans of the era, about 20 of whom were deployed in the war zone.

Malden

Malden families invited to watch ‘If Only’

The short film is intended to raise awareness about the dangers of youth misusing and abusing prescription medications.

Somerville

Somerville seeking more feedback on zoning

The first public meeting, scheduled for March 21, will be a follow-up on affordable housing.

Winchester

Winchester joins energy-efficiency initiative

The town’s goal is to complete 405 home energy assessments this year.

Gloucester

Gloucester harbormaster to retire

The city is rewriting the job descriptions of harbormaster and assistant harbormaster, and the hiring process will begin after that.

Billerica

Billerica approves tax hike for new high school

The project is expected to add about $200 to the annual tax bill of the average Billerica homeowner.

Revere

New Revere mayor announces priorities

Brian Arrigo plans to professionalize city government, reforming budget practices, and take aim at the opiate abuse crisis.

REGION

Somerville, Lowell receive funding to support homeless

The funding will provide intensive support services to elderly, homeless, and formerly homeless families.

Swampscott

Swampscott continues search for principal

While 52 people applied, Superintendent Pamela Angelakis said none would be the right choice.

Lynnfield

Lynnfield hosts NuDay Syria speaker

NuDay Syria is a nonprofit relief agency that helps displaced Syrian women and children.

Haverhill

NECC’s summer program moves to Windham, N.H.

The STEM College for Kids program offers healthy hiking, nature drawing, and more.

Lawrence

Lawrence library south branch now open on Sundays

The branch, at 135 Parker St., will open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Peabody

Peabody seeks artists for paint light boxes

The annual program was created last year to help beautify city neighborhoods, promote civic pride, and bring art to unexpected places.

Swampscott

Swampscott master plan draft awaits comments

The document covers several areas, including open space, housing, economic development, public facilities, culture, and history.

REGION

Affordable housing gets state funding in Chelsea, Revere

MassDevelopment issued a $5.8 million tax exempt bond for the purchase and renovation of 38 units and the construction of 14 new ones.

Amesbury

Demolition of Whittier Bridge will cause delays

The Department of Transportation will be closing a portion of Main Street from March 14 through March 17.

Saugus

Saugus builds healthy cash reserve

The state Department of Revenue recently certified the free cash figure at $2.1 million for fiscal 2015.

MEDFORD

MBTA to hold meeting on Green Line Extension

The public review was launched after the MBTA determined that the project’s actual cost could exceed the $2 billion price tag by nearly $1 billion.

Stoneham

Stoneham seeks exhibitors for Health & Wellness Expo

The Expo will include a full lineup of free demonstrations, including martial arts, sports, yoga, zumba, and aerobics.

Ipswich

Turnover on Ipswich Waterways Advisory Committee

Four of five members resigned recently, leaving just Christopher Murray as an incumbent member.

Tyngsborough

Changes in local government under discussion

The changes include making nearly all town boards appointed, except the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, School Committee, Board of Library Trustees, and town moderator.

Reading

Reading to offer mental health first aid courses

The courses teach a five-step action plan to offer initial help to adults and youths displaying signs of a mental illness or in a crisis and connect them with the appropriate care.

Gloucester

Gloucester’s Fuller School bought for development

The $60 million development will include 170 rental housing units, 80,000 square feet of retail space, and a new Cape Ann YMCA building.

Somerville

Somerville to prohit smoking in public housing units

Starting Sept. 1, the policy will protect tenants from secondhand smoke.

Beverly

Beverly sells land next to airport

T Ford Co. offered $587,265 to purchase the 4.5-acre site in order to construct a public storage facility.

North Andover

North Andover names new fire chief

In selecting the 30-year veteran of the department, selectmen noted his decades of experience and his education.

Everett

Everett awarded funding to fight opiate abuse

The $425,000 grant will be used to prevent abuse of prescription drugs by teens and young adults.

Saugus

Saugus chooses new director of public health

David J. Greenbaum previously worked as a senior sanitarian for the Salem Health Department.

Everett

Everett receives $100k for combating obesity

The city was among six winners of the 2016 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards.

O’Donnell to head human services in Peabody

Beth O’Donnell is a local attorney whose practice includes employment and administrative law.

Lynn

Lynn students get early college credit

Through CommUniverCity, students from Lynn’s public high schools can earn up to 30 college credits.

Newburyport

NECC professor joins news editors’ board

Amy Callahan was selected to be the board’s higher education representative.

Somerville

Nine options discussed for revamping Somerville High

Some of Somerville High’s oldest sections date to the late 1800s.

Lawrence

Lawrence celebrates winning Culture of Health Prize

The national award recognizes community efforts to help people live healthier lives.

Marblehead

Marblehead receives grant as Certified Local Government

Marblehead is one of 34 US communities to receive the designation, a partnership with the park service to gain access to historic preservation guidance and grants.

Winchester

Winchester High School seeks new principal

The successful candidate will replace Sean Kiley, who left the high school in August.

REGION

Survey to gauge Great Marsh outreach effort

The project includes the towns of Essex, Ipswich, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, and Salisbury.

Ipswich

Ipswich’s Castonguay to receive conservation award

Wayne Castonguay is the executive director of the Ipswich River Watershed Association.