Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe North.

ROWLEY

Rowley police chief to lead FBI National Academy Associates

Scott Demas has been named president of the group that provides education and training to law enforcement professionals nationwide.

IPSWICH

Ipswich earns insurance incentives

The town has earned $27,700 that will help pay premiums for workers compensation and property casualty insurance for fiscal year 2018.

Groveland

Ruchala named Groveland’s first assistant chief

He will be taking an active role in strategic planning as well as leading the development of a comprehensive training plan.

REVERE

RCN cable TV may be coming to Revere

Currently, Comcast is Revere’s sole cable provider.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville offers discount on heating and cooling system

The HeatSmart/CoolSmart installation will be available to homeowners and local businesses at discounts of up to 15 percent through Dec. 15.

BEVERLY

Beverly to install energy-efficient street lights

State grants will help fund the $1.3 million project, which calls for removing all 3,777 street lights and replacing them with LED technology.

SALEM

Election season kicks off with candidate nights in Salem

The Chamber of Commerce will host candidates for city councilor at large Aug. 22, and for mayor on Aug. 31.

NEWBURYPORT

Newburyport to replace Plum Island hydrants

The 145 defective hydrants were installed 10 years ago as part of a larger water and sewer project.

MARBLEHEAD

Discussion on systemic racism to be held in Marblehead

The Marblehead Racial Justice Team and the Abbot Public Library are cohosting a series of discussions focusing on race, and the next is Monday, Aug. 21.

DRACUT

Dracut residents warned of water department imposter

Local police have received a report of a male disguising himself as an employee from the Water Department to gain access to a Dracut home.

METHUEN

Jajuga is serving as acting Methuen mayor

The only candidate for the office in Methuen’s fall election is filling in while Mayor Stephen Zanni is on vacation.

BURLINGTON

Open wide

Dr. Daniela Toro of Burlington Orthodontics helped design a game for the Celebrate Burlington Festival.

DANVERS

Danvers pharmacist is finalist for national award

Dutrochet J. Djoko, chairman of the Danvers Committee for Diversity, is one of three finalists for the Next-Generation Pharmacist civic leader award.

STONEHAM

Stoneham readies for Town Day

The Stoneham Chamber of Commerce Town Day Committee has planned a dunk tank, a dog show, and a farm petting zoo for Sept. 16.

REGION

Trails & Sails to spread across Essex County

Two weekends in September will feature outdoor activities, art, history, and other family-friendly activities throughout the region.

TOPSFIELD

Construction to begin on Topsfield senior housing

The Rolling Green development will feature 30 two-bedroom town houses on 13.5 acres at 470 Boston St., off Route 1.

WINCHESTER

Winchester to update inactive voter list

Winchester’s town clerk is looking for those who have received inactive voter postcards to clean up the town’s records.

SOMERVILLE

Volunteers wanted for Somerville election task force

The seven-member Clean and Open Elections Task Force will review ways to increase voter involvement and promote “clean elections” in the city.

CHELSEA

New urgent care facility opens in Chelsea

Chelsea Urgent Care, run by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is open seven days’ a week at 1000 Broadway.

READING

Reading selectmen seek feedback on override

In a survey, the board is asking voters whether they would permanently raise property taxes to fund operating expenses.

NEWBURYPORT

Local Newburyport radio station bought by Bloomberg

Newburyport’s WNPB had been broadcasting North Shore content since 1957.

IPSWICH

Ipswich town manager announces retirement

Robin Crosbie, who has managed town government since 2012, will serve her last day Feb. 2.

GROVELAND

Townwide yard sale in Groveland set for Sept. 16

Yard sales will be held at multiple locations throughout Groveland.

WOBURN

Woburn receives grant to design dog park

The Stanton Foundation is providing the city $7,800 to create a plan for the park, which would be built at Ferullo Field.

MERRIMAC

Merrimac fire department buys CPR device after fund-raising drive

The automated device will deliver more consistent and accurate chest compressions than humans, who often tire.

LOWELL

Lowell to hire four firefighters with grant

The grant of $610,374 came from from the federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville farmers market open through October

The Somerville Mobile Farmers Market, now in its seventh year, delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to different parts of the city in vans.

WEST NEWBURY

Paving to cause delays in West Newbury

Some roads will be temporarily closed for paving in West Newbury through Aug. 11.

LAWRENCE

Union ratifies contracts with two Lawrence agencies

The new contracts will secure higher wages for the service staff at Fidelity House Human Services, Inc. and Citizens’ League for Adults with Special Services, Inc.

SWAMPSCOTT

New contract will lower energy rates for some in Swampscott

Those participating in Swampscott’s energy aggregation program will see a lower bill after the town negotiated a new two-year ontract with a new power supplier, Agera Energy.

Rockport

Essex County Greenbelt gains small Rockport parcel

The association acquired a three-acre lot in the Sawmill Brook watershed in Rockport.

REVERE

Revere approves permit for beachside hotel

The 175-room Revere Beach Hotel would be built at the site of the current Shipwreck Lounge.

HAVERHILL

NECC to hold forum for women returning to school

The Aug. 8 event at the college’s Haverhill campus will feature four local women who received degrees while working or raising families.

METHUEN

Two officers join Methuen Police Department

Joshua Waller and Patrick Fleming had both been reserve officers in the department.

PEABODY

Changes afoot at Peabody’s Northshore Mall

The arrival of the California sneaker company is among plans to relocate, renovate, and expand storefronts at the shopping center.

BURLINGTON

Burlington accepting bow hunting applications

The archery season for deer will be from Oct. 17 through Dec. 30 in what is known as the Landlocked Forest.

EVERETT

Everett may build another bus-only lane

The second lane would mitigate casino traffic on the southbound side of lower Broadway between Route 16 and the Boston city line.

MEDFORD

$12.3 million grant awarded for new Medford library

Medford will need to secure the estimated $34 million total to build the library from other sources to receive the reimbursement from the state.

NEWBURYPORT

Newburyport considers two locations for dog park

Possible locations currently under consideration are Moseley Woods and an area near the Clipper City Rail Trail.

WEST NEWBURY

Grant to fund downtown West Newbury renewal

The $15,000 grant will be used to evaluate how the town might support the improvement and expansion of retail and commercial businesses.

IPSWICH

Grants bring new resources to Ipswich library

A total of $14,200 will fund enhanced children’s play spaces, training opportunities, and an assessment of local history archives.

SALISBURY

Salisbury visitors’ center rallies to stay open

With budget cuts looming, an open house at the Maria Miles Visitor Center on Route 95 is designed to showcase its value.

SALEM

Salem forum to address homelessness

The event will be held at 7 p.m. July 27 at St. Joseph’s Hall.

BURLINGTON

Burlington luxury hotel to open next year

The Archer Hotel Burlington in Northwest Park will include 147 deluxe guest rooms and suites.

LYNN

Lynn mayor to give State of the City address

Judith Flanagan Kennedy is scheduled to speak at 6:30 p.m. July 26 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

READING

Reading to hold forum on mosquito health risks

The Reading Health Division and the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project will present information on July 31 at the library.

TOPSFIELD

Topsfield appoints first female fire chief

Selectmen voted 4-1 to approve Captain Jenifer Collins-Brown, who has been a member of the Topsfield Fire Department for over 30 years.

GLOUCESTER

Six from Gloucester Fire Department retire

“They knew the town inside out, knew the equipment, and knew the people,” said Chief Eric Smith.

CHELMSFORD

Public access to Chelmsford conservation site completed

A hiking trail has been built from the DPW property to the 60-acre Oak Hill Reservation.

LAWRENCE

Lawrence General recognized for heart treatment

The award from the American College of Cardiology notes the hospital’s expertise and commitment to treating patients.

AMESBURY

Amesbury anniversary committee seeks volunteers

The city will celebrate its 350th year throughout 2018.

SALEM

Salem expands bike-sharing network

The three new stations will add 18 bicycles that can be used for $3 an hour.

MIDDLETON

Middleton golf tournament to raise scholarship funds

The 22d annual Middleton Board of Trade Golf Scholarship Tournament will tee off, rain or shine, at Ferncroft Country Club Monday, July 24.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville making traffic changes in Union Square

Both Prospect Street and Webster Avenue will become two-way streets along their entire lengths.

NEWBURYPORT

An easier way to get to the beach on Plum Island

Mobi-Mats, reusable roll-out surfacing made of 100 percent recycled materials, have been installed on two of the beach access pathways.

MALDEN

Community meeting on Commercial Street planned

The Commercial Street corridor is an industrial area south of downtown Malden that city officials consider underutilized.

REGION

A chance to try trades at Northeast Voke in Wakefield

A $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation will be used to offer training to students who attend high school in 12 communities.

GLOUCESTER

Gloucester sewer project gets underway

The $6.1 million project includes improvements to two waste-water pumping stations and creates a master plan for waste-water collection and treatment.

DRACUT

Genesis gets go-ahead on rehab facility

The project site is located in a residentially zoned area at the intersection of Broadway (Route 113) and Loon Hill roads.

Lawrence

Center for adults on autism spectrum opens in Lawrence

The Cancro Center for Adult Services, a day program and vocational education classrooms for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, was recently dedicated in Lawrence

Phone scam targets Tyngsborough residents

Police are warning of an apparent telephone scam involving a man who claims to be conducting an advertising campaign for the Tyngsborough Fire Department.

Saugus

Funds granted for new Saugus school

Saugus has been awarded up to $63.8 million in state funds for its project to construct a new 6th to 12th grade Middle-High School.

Newburyport

Some small business owners raise questions about summer festival

Some small business owners see trafficYankee Homecoming as disruptive to regular customers who cannot get to their stores because of road closures or excessive traffic.

Ipswich

Committee to tackle fate of Ipswich elementary schools

The Ipswich School Committee is expected to take up the question of whether and how to rebuild one or both elementary schools.

Topsfield

Reservations open for Topsfield senior town houses

The new Rolling Green of Topsfield over-55 town house development is now accepting non-binding, fully refundable reservations for the purchase of two-bedroom homes.

Gloucester

Gloucester maritime museum director steps down

After 5½ years, Thomas Balf left his position as executive director of Maritime Gloucester on June 30.

Somerville

Assembly Row luxury apartments in Somerville open for leasing

The new 20-story apartment building at Assembly Row in Somerville recently started leasing units, with plans to begin occupancy in September.

Danvers

Honey bees find home at Essex Tech in Danvers

The Essex Technical High School in Danvers added a new agricultural resource recently when the state opened an apiary on the campus.

Medford

Grant awarded to Medford museum

A Medford museum that focuses on the history of slavery in Massachusetts will get some professional guidance on how to enhance its programs and operations through a new $100,000 grant.

GLOUCESTER

Restaurants participating in Gloucester Fresh campaign

The program is an effort to brand locally caught seafood, a city industry as well as part of its heritage.

GEORGETOWN

Free summer concerts return to Georgetown

The events take place Sundays from 4 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Park.

READING

Learn about the life of bees at Reading library

Beekeeper Ken Warchol is scheduled to present “To Bee or Not To Bee: Hive Survival & Honey Tasting” on July 25.

CHELMSFORD

Chelmsford residents may request spraying

The Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project surveys and controls disease-carrying bugs.

SALEM

Salem to consider operating city shuttle

The goal is to help all residents, including the elderly, navigate the city and cut down on traffic congestion.

NEWBURYPORT

Brown school building attracting redevelopment

The three proposals include a residential component, either town houses, condos, or senior and/or affordable housing.

Ipswich

Plan for new Ipswich school back to drawing board

Special Town Meeting did not support spending $250,000 for site and design work to turn the Doyon Elementary School into the town's sole elementary school.

EVERETT

National educators gathering in Everett

The LEGACY project offers free programs from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at Everett High School.

MEDFORD

Wegmans hiring at new Medford location

Set to open Nov. 5, the store will have 450 full and part-time employees.

LYNNFIELD

MarketStreet Lynnfield adds four new businesses

With the new additions, the outdoor shopping center will have more than 80 stores and restaurants.

BURLINGTON

Burlington Police begin addiction program

Weekly opiate outreach meetings will help those seeking to recover from addiction, as well as family members.