Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe North.

Westford

Westford task force searches for dog park location

The park would provide residents a space where they can allow their dogs to exercise and play off leash.

Ipswich

Ipswich receives Coastal Resiliency Grant

The $63,300 grant will help reduce erosion and other impacts of rising sea level along the Ipswich River.

Winchester

Opioid addiction expert speaks at Winchester High

Dr. Ruth Potee will speak on Sept. 15 about the effects of marijuana and other drugs on a developing brain.

Malden

Malden apartment complex remains affordable

The Robinson Cuticura Mill building at 59 Green St. included 93 low-income units.

Salem

Salem saves Canal Street trees

The 10 mature trees were relocated to Forest River Park.

Lawrence

Merrimack Valley YMCA announces award winners

The awards go to employees who have shown initiative and have gone beyond expectations in their respective roles.

Revere

Shirley Avenue Urban Trail opens in Revere

The 1.4-mile route has signs identifying parks, restaurants, historical sites, and other neighborhood attractions.

Saugus

Ceremony to dedicate Breakheart Reservation gazebo

The gazebo was constructed last spring by students at the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School in Wakefield.

Westford

Polystyrene containers banned in Westford

The bylaw prohibits the use of the the containers for serving or transporting prepared, ready-to-consume food or beverages.

Lowell

NASA awards $200,000 to UMass Lowell students

The student team will use the money to design and build a satellite that NASA hopes to launch into orbit in 2018.

Wenham

Upscale town houses planned for Wenham golf course

If permitted, Wenham Pines would be an over-55 community of 25 units, each priced at more than $1 million.

Lawrence

New housing development opens in Lawrence

The building at 525 Essex St. has 24 apartments that will rent at market rates.

Beverly

Beverly traffic project nears completion

The $5 million project involves construction of two roundabouts off Route 128 north at Brimbal Avenue.

Ipswich

Bialek Park out as Ipswich elementary school site

The Ipswich School Committee wants to go to a single elementary school with about 775 students.

Malden

Kevin Finn named Malden fire chief

Finn is a 28-year veteran of the department.

Medford

Medford offering EMT certification course

The course is part of Medford’s Vocational Technical High School’s adult educational program.

Salem

Salem’s Derby Square flea market drawing crowds

The outdoor market features more than 25 vendors selling vintage furniture, fashions, collectibles, jewelry, art, and handmade goods.

Danvers

Fund-raising push for Endicott Park nature center

The Friends of Endicott Park are trying to raise $10,000 through the crowd-funding site Patronicity.

Everett

RCN bids for cable license in Everett

A public hearing on the proposal will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at City Hall.

Westford

Team for Westford’s Colby Schofield rides high in PMC

Team Cycle for Colby has raised more than $200,000 for the fight against cancer.

Ipswich

Ipswich declines to help purchase Steep Hill

The Trustees of The Reservations had requested $500,000 from the town to preserve the parcel adjacent to Castle Hill.

Somerville

Somerville launches new effort to go solar

Solarize Somerville wants to at least 200 property owners to purchase panels by the end of November.

Georgetown

Georgetown begins residential lock box program

Firefighters will install a small box outside the house, with a keycode, for use in emergencies.

Revere

First Revere Beach Art Festival Sept. 17

The Revere Beach Partnership, which is organizing the festival, is inviting interested artists to submit applications through Aug. 15.

Ipswich

Meetings to discuss Ipswich elementary school site

All of the town’s 775 elementary students would attend a new school at either the current Winthrop School site or Bialek Park.

Salem

AmeriCorps academic support expands to Salem

The 10 mentors helping immigrant students in Salem follow the success of the program in Lynn.

Lawrence

Proposal would toughen mayoral recall process in Lawrence

Lawrence City Councilor Marc Laplante is proposing to increase the number of signatures needed to put a recall question on the ballot.

Lynnfield

Lynnfield makes land deal with car dealership

Kelly Jeep Chrysler on Route 1 will pay $170,000 and grant an easement to the Bow Ridge Conservation Area.

Beverly

$4.2m Beverly airport project completed

An open house to view the new administration building will be held Friday, Aug. 12.

Wilmington

Wilmington to replace school water fixtures

Recent tests on 92 school fixtures indicate water from 23 in the West Intermediate, Shawsheen, and Boutwell schools have lead levels at or above safety limits.

Everett

Everett recreational trail link to casino eyed

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission awarded Everett $150,000 to study a potential extension of the Northern Strand Community Trail.

Andover

Crowley takes over at South Elementary

Former Doherty Middle School assistant principal Tracy Crowley is taking over as principal of South Elementary School.

Lowell

Lowell gets $2.5m for Hamilton Canal District remake

The project aims to reinvent 15 acres of currently vacant land.

Peabody

Peabody fields outreach teams on opiate crisis

The city’s new program is a joint endavor by the Fire Department, the Healthy Peabody Collaborative, and Healthy Streets.

Revere

Revere to become sister city of Date, Japan

The agreement will formalize the cultural exchange program the cities have maintained for more than two decades.

Somerville

Somerville holds annual public safety event

The community event will feature demonstrations, live performances, and youth activities.

Topsfield

Topsfield Fair announces highlights

This year’s fair includes performances by Frankie Avalon and K.C. and the Sunshine Band.

West Newbury

Pentucket Regional School District proposal vying for award

XQ: The Super School Project seeks to inspire creative approaches to high school learning and will award $10m to the five best ideas.

Stoneham

Stoneham Chamber awards scholarships

This year’s winners are Sarah Cantwell, Ashley Doherty, and Maggie Pendenza.

Westford

Westford gets new assistant town manager

Eric Heideman bested close to 100 applicants for the position.

Salem

New Salem Harbor Shuttle boat serves visitors, locals

The water shuttle will make regular stops at the city docks at Blaney Street, Congress Street, Winter Island, and Salem Willows.

Rockport

Former Rockport head coach hired at Manchester-Essex Regional High

Timothy St. Laurent will be the head coach of the boys’ varsity basketball program.

Lawrence

Clean Lawrence initiative launched

The effort puts 42 new trash receptacles on the streets and 25 temporary workers.

Somerville

Somerville sets date for Ward 6 School Committee election

The Dec. 6 election will replace outgoing member Paul Bockelman.

Methuen

Methuen awarded state grant to clean up the Merrimack

The Baker administration has given the town $40,000 to remove up to 20 motor vehicles from the river.

Woburn

Woburn schools prepare for energy saving upgrades

The city was awarded $250,000 by the state Department of Energy under its Green Communities program.

Ipswich

Ipswich accepting articles for fall Special Town Meeting

The Board of Selectmen anticipates holding a public hearing in September.

Melrose

Melrose middle school expands inclusive initiative

Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School will be tapping the resources of the Anti-Defamation League and Melrose Alliance Against Violence.

Region

State funds aimed at curbing water pollution

The $1.2 million in federal grants are earmarked for boat pump-out stations and will reduce sewage discharge from recreational vessels.

Peabody

Peabody’s Farmers Market open Tuesdays

Fresh produce is available from 1 to 6 p.m. at the corner of Lowell and Chestnut streets.

North Andover

Women have edge on North Andover Finance Committee

With new members Sasha Weinreich and Divya Bhatnagar, there are now five women on the nine-member board.

Gloucester

State gives $1.1m for Gloucester pier repair

The funds will go toward roof repairs of the pier’s cold storage building, ensuring the continued viability of the city’s commercial fishing industry.

Haverhill

Haverhill City Council approves budget

Mayor James Fiorentini’s $178.3 million budget is about $2.7 million more than last year.

Lynn

Lynn mayor to deliver State of the City address

Judith Flanagan Kennedy also will answer questions at the July 19 public event.

Somerville

Somerville steps up prosecution of code violations

Assistant City Solicitor David Shapiro will act as a special assistant district attorney for cases involving violations of fire prevention, building, sanitary, and zoning codes.

Peabody

Another chance to celebrate Peabody’s 100th birthday

The city will hold a “Centennial Concert and Fireworks Spectacular.”

Methuen

Methuen man elected student rep at NECC

Klinbert Garcia is a 2014 graduate of Methuen High School.

Ipswich

Ipswich launches Operation HOPE

Modeled after the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative, the Heroin Opiate Prevention Effort will try to reduce the number of overdose deaths.

Everett

Everett mayor names provisional fire chief

Tony Carli, a 16-year veteran of the department, assumes the post July 10.

Rockport

‘It’s summer; don’t get bugged’ in Rockport

State epidemiologist Dr. Alfred DeMaria will discuss mosquito- and tick-borne diseases such as Zika, Lyme disease, babesiosis, and Eastern equine encephalitis.

Beverly

Beverly’s Larcom Theatre may have a buyer

David Bull, one of the owners, said he hopes to have the sale completed before Labor Day.

Medford

Park Medford program becomes more user-friendly

The changes include senior citizen permits and lower transaction costs.

Somerville

Somerville Mobile Farmers Market returns

Residents again have the chance to purchase fresh vegetables and fruit in their own neighborhoods.

Lawrence

Lawrence dumping bill passes at State House

Fines of up to $10,000 and potential jail time of up to one week are included for infractions.

Ipswich

Catch the bus for Ipswich library programs

The first of six Monday night programs, Creature Teachers, will be held July 11.

MALDEN

Malden residents receive recycling warning

Recyclables will not be collected curbside if materials are in the wrong bin or if nonrecycling materials are placed in a bin.

Lowell

Lowell summer youth programs get $115,000

13 local groups received funds from the United Way’s Summer Experience in Greater Lowell.

Haverhill

Smarter parking in Haverhill

The Passport app allows drivers to pay for parking or extend their parking times without having to dig for change or return to their meter.

Ipswich

Trustees look to buy land next to Crane Estate

The Trustees of Reservations is aiming to raise $2.5 million to acquire the 20.5-acre Steep Hill tract parcel.

SALEM

Grants will help Salem preserve history

The $37,000 will fund hiring a consultant to survey historic buildings downtown, and allow the city’s historic preservation planner to work full time.

Somerville

Lincoln Park upgrade begins in Somerville

The $9.4 million project will include a playground, community gardens, and an off-leash dog area.

Region

‘Build Days’ projects open to community

More than 300 volunteers have signed up for neighborhood beautification in Beverly, Lynn, Peabody, and Salem.

Saugus

Comedy fund-raiser in Saugus to help addicts

The Filming Instead of Getting High Team (F.I.G.H.T.) is an initiative of Johnny Hickey, a Wakefield resident and filmmaker.

Essex

Essex holding forum on downtown parking

The open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at the Essex Senior Center

Lawrence

City center project opens in Lawrence

The alley between Essex and Common streets increases Northern Essex students’ access to downtown.

Somerville

Somerville schools receive $11,000 grant for preschool guidance

The money will help district and private educators craft a common curriculum aimed at preparing children to enter the public schools.

Somerville

Somerville High sophomore earns top PSA honor

Desi Feldman’s video, “Defeat Stress,” was selected from among 52 submitted for the annual project.

Methuen

Methuen school budget fully funded

Superintendent Judith Scannell is now working on recalling the “majority” of the 54 staff members who received layoff notices June 14.

Haverhill

Haverhill Democrats host sheriff candidates

The current sheriff, Frank G. Cousins Jr., is retiring after 20 years in the post.

Danvers

RMV closing office at Danvers mall

The registry is looking to lease approximately 8,300 square feet in Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, or Topsfield.