Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe North.

Ipswich

Ipswich’s Castonguay to receive conservation award

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

Haverhill

Team Haverhill invites locals to ‘Possible Dreams’

The independent, volunteer action group hopes to spur ideas for positive change.

Reading

Reading seeks election workers

Reading is scheduled to hold its local election on March 1, along with the presidential primary.

Region

North Shore tech council to hear about Everett casino plans

Robert DeSalvio, president of Wynn Everett, will present an overview of the project and a preview of the resort’s amenities.

Lawrence

Bozkurt resigns from Lawrence School Committee

Keman Bozkurt said he gave up his committee post because of growing job demands as acting director of the Lawrence Public Library.

Burlington

Murphy to head North Suburban Chamber of Commerce

Jim Murphy will succeed Maureen Rogers, who headed the chamber for 13 years.

Salem

Salem seeks volunteers to keep hydrants clear

Residents and businesses can select a specific hydrant to keep clear of snow.

Somerville

Somerville library book group discusses race

In the next session on Feb. 18, participants will discuss “Brown Girl Dreaming.”

Georgetown

Georgetown police focus on drunken driving

Georgetown officers made 127 motor vehicle stops and arrested one person for operating under the influence.

Winchester

Winchester students honor Vinson-Owen legacy

Vinson-Owen Elementary students will skate in honor of the figure-skating family.

Marblehead

Marblehead hosts short film festival

The Long Winter Short Film Festival offers 13 short films on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Ipswich

Public forum scheduled on future of Ipswich school

Ipswich’s Winthrop Elementary School may be renovated or replaced with an entirely new school.

Lawrence

Lawrence to hire 7 Spanish-speaking police officers

Police Chief James X. Fitzpatrick said the move will help police with “creating a tighter bond with the community.”

Gloucester

Gloucester selected for local food initiative

The city will get US support in promoting and distribute fresh seafood, which it intends to brand “Gloucester Fresh.”

Winchester

Winchester school board asks for 4.9 percent budget hike

The school committee’s budget request would increase school spending by $2.12 million in fiscal 2017, which begins July 1.

Lynn

Group drops application for new Lynn charter school

“We knew we just couldn’t devote the time needed,” said Frank DeVito, the group’s leader.

Malden

Authorities seek help in solving 2013 Malden murder

Investigators have made some progress, but no one to date has been charged in connection with the crime.

Essex

Essex Special Town Meeting to consider water plant repair

Also at the meeting on Monday, Feb. 1, the Board of Selectmen may ask for additional funds for the town hall-library renovation, approved for $4.2 million in 2015.

Lawrence

Northern Essex signs agreement with Dominican college

The agreement will allow students to transfer credits and provide opportunities for faculty, staff, and student exchanges.

REGION

Essex commission accepting applications for grants

There are 20 matching grants available in the categories of education, interpretation, and preservation.

Haverhill

Dr. Alexander Matolcsy appointed to Haverhill Board of Health

“His background in emergency medicine and public health will be an asset to the board and our community,” said Mayor James J. Fiorentini.

Burlington

Burlington town election season begins

On April 9, voters will be filling 17 townwide positions, including two seats on the Board of Selectmen and two on the School Committee.

Somerville

Somerville affordable housing panel gives recommendations

Establishing a 1 percent real estate transfer fee and making it easier for tenants to purchase their buildings are two of the strategies Somerville can take to expand its affordable housing supply.

Malden

Malden hires Arabic-speaking police cadet

llyass Hattal will help police communicate with residents from the Middle East and North Africa.

Salem

Salem mayor vows openness in city government

“Openness and transparency should be values ingrained in every action we take as public officials,” Mayor Kimberley L. Driscoll said in a statement.

Wilmington

Wilmington earns safety award

According to the town’s insurance provider, Wilmington is a leader in risk management with an active employee safety committee and dedication to training in all departments.

Lowell

Entrepreneurs called to M2D2 Challenge

The nationwide competition showcases the innovative ideas of early-stage tech companies.

Amesbury

Amesbury mayor names chief of staff

Mayor Ken Gray said Evan Kenney “essentially played the role of chief of staff for the better part of my first term.”

Somerville

Somerville to present Lincoln Park plans

The park will include an adventure play area, skate park, a dog run area, and more.

Beverly

Beverly forum to discuss Bass River zoning

A study on future development in the area called for a mix of uses to create new opportunities for economic activity, waterfront access, and housing.

Everett

Everett among communities receiving Narcan grants

The $20,000 grant will allow Everett to equip more public safety personnel with the overdose reversal drug. Revere,, Salem, Saugus, Somerville, and Winthrop also received grants.

Andover

Alumnus pledges $15m to Phillips Academy

The pledge will help the independent Andover boarding school build a new athletic center.

Billerica

Billerica considers future of former Ditson School

Town officials will consider converting the building to address the need to house veterans, seniors, the disabled, and families.

Medford

Medford teachers to get 7 percent pay raise

Medford teachers will receive pay increases of 2 percent in fiscal 2016, 2017, and 2018, which an additional 1 percent hike midway through the final year.

Rowley

Interim Rowley police chief looks to make difference

James Mulligan would like to introduce a voluntary wellness call from senior citizens every morning to let police know they’re OK.

Georgetown

Georgetown schools to get ALICE training

The ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training reviews options in the case of an active shooter.

Reading

Reading receives grant to battle youth drinking

The grant will enable local police officers to conduct party patrols and compliance checks.

Lowell

UMass Lowell named Public Institution of the Year

The award from the the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars recognizes UMass Lowell for leading the way in providing professional experience.

Peabody

Peabody readies to elect state representative

Three Democrats, two Republicans, and one unenrolled candidate are running for the seat.

Somerville

Somerville offering advanced manufacturing training

The goal is to prepare participants for high-paying careers in the manufacturing industry.

Saugus

Marijuana dispensary sought in Saugus

Alternative Therapies Group is proposing to open to dispensary on Osprey Road.

North Andover

North Andover church to display Black Lives Matter banner

The North Parish of North Andover Unitarian Universalist Church has partnered with Police Chief Paul Gallagher to support racial and social justice in the community.

Region

MBTA to hold public hearings in Lynn, Malden

Increased fares and changes to commuter rail schedules will be discussed.

West Newbury

Pentucket Music Conservatory receives $25k donation

Superintendent Jeffrey Mulqueen said the donation could provide momentum for the young program.

Salem

Salem seeking artists for June festival

The city is seeking submissions for a public art installation in the heart of the downtown during the Salem Main Streets — Salem Arts Festival in June.

Everett

Everett launches Healthy Meals program

The program provides participants three healthy pre-cooked meals a day six days a week for $60.

Haverhill

Fiorentini begins seventh term as Haverhill mayor

James J. Fiorentini was sworn in on Jan. 4 by Senator Edward J. Markey, who called the mayor “Haverhill’s hometown hero.”

Methuen

Methuen considers automated trash pickup

Wheeled trash and recycling carts would by picked up by a robotic arm.

Rockport

Rockport installs medication disposal box

The box, located in the lobby of the Rockport Police Station, will allow residents to dispose of unwanted medications safely and discreetly.

Somerville

Somerville raises age to purchase tobacco to 21

The rules, effective March 15, also bar sales of e-cigarettes to those under 21 and prohibit the sale of tobacco products or e-cigarettes in pharmacies.

Westford

Westford considers Town Center changes

The Town Center Traffic Study and Parking Committee’s goals are to to improve traffic flow, pedestrian safety, and parking capacity.

Gloucester

Gloucester to install LED streetlights

In addition to a $240,000 state grant and $210,000 in rebates from National Grid, Gloucester will have a net annual energy savings of $25,000 for the first 10 years.

Lowell

Lowell’s Kamara Kay to run for state representative

Kay, a Lowell High School graduate who immigrated to the United States from Cambodia as a child, is expected to outline his campaign platform this month.

MEDFORD

Medford offering water usage monitoring

The online service, which the city is offering at no charge, also will provide users with tips on how to save water and lower their bills.

Music-themed park opens in Somerville

Symphony Park is located on the former site of the 1869 Conant-Hadley house at Pearl and Florence streets.

Dracut

Dracut Police Department issue response to audit

The response by Dracut Police administrators blamed many of the criticisms on severe budget restrictions and low staffing.

Melrose

Melrose residents can save on electricity

A rate of 9.6 cents per kilowatt hour will be offered, below the current National Grid rate of 13 cents per kilowatt hour.

Salem

Salem State names new dean of Arts and Sciences

Gail Gasparich comes to Salem from Towson University in Maryland, where she is associate dean of the college of science and mathematics, acting provost, and a biology professor.

Winchester

Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community launches app

This app provides access to the town’s anonymous Text Tip Line, which is managed by the Winchester Police Department.

Everett

Everett plans drainage project on Market Street

A $2 million MassWorks Infrastructure Progam grant will help fund the reconstruction of the culvert, which drains approximately 552 acres of land.

Andover

Andover awarded grants for Shawsheen River restoration

Andover received a $25,000 grant and Atria Senior Living on Stevens Street was awarded a $12,000 grant for two dam removal projects on the Shawsheen River.

Haverhill

Northern Essex CC opens peace poetry contest

Some 80 poems and accompanying artwork will be selected for publication, and some entrants will be invited to take part in a poetry reading in May.

Burlington

Burlington to host forum on Route 3/I-95 interchange

The event, set for 7 p.m. at the selectmens’ room at Burlington town hall and is being organized by state Representative Kenneth I. Gordon.

Rowley

Rowley police chief to retire Dec. 24

Retired Georgetown chief James Mulligan will fill the position as interim police commissioner.

Amesbury

Whittier Bridge demolition prompts delays

The demolition of the 1951 bridge, which carries Interstate 95 traffic over the Merrimack River in Newburyport, Amesbury, and Salisbury, is expected to take three months.

Westford

Longtime Westford camps caretaker honored with trail

George S. Fletcher was caretaker at the camps — which span 300 acres of conservation land — for more than 40 years and is well loved by previous campers, counselors, town residents, staff, and officials.

Reading

Reading updates interactive mapping site

The site is designed for property owners, visitors, businesses, and town staff to look up property information.

Newburyport

Newburyport nonprofit raises $50,000

The money collected by Pennies for Poverty was distributed amongst a variety of Greater Newburyport organizations to help those struggling with poverty.

Somerville

Somerville aldermen support income inequality legislation

The proposed bills establish a $15 minimum wage for fast food and big box store workers; mandate paid family and medical leave; eliminate subminimum wages for tipped employees; and support a higher tax on incomes over $1 million.

Beverly

Beverly property taxes rise 2.4 percent

The owner of an average single-family home valued at $424,425 will pay an annual tax bill of $6,107, or $140 more than the $5,967 paid last year.

Malden

Malden Police add officer who knows ASL

Charles Washington is a Malden High School graduate and is a member of the Army National Guard who served two tours in Afghanistan.

Manchester, Essex

Manchester Essex students to hear Sean Stellato’s story

In his 2014 book, Stellato chronicles his junior season at Salem High, when the football team succeeded despite the turmoil of a teacher’s strike.

Salem

Salem to evaluate Police Department

Public Safety Strategies Group will review the department’s organizational structure and policies, with the goal of identifying ways to strengthen its operations.

Lowell

UMass Lowell opens renovated McGauvran Center

Originally built in the 1970s, McGauvran served as the university’s primary student center for 40 years.

Haverhill

Haverhill to automate trash collection

The new system, to begin in the spring, allows for trash carts to be handled via a robotic arm controlled by a single sanitation worker.

Essex

Essex publishes draft of strategic plan

Once complete, it will provide a coordinated framework for all Essex boards, commissions, and officials to use for future planning.

Somerville

Somerville appoints new veterans’ services director

Bryan Bishop had been deputy commissioner and chief of staff for Boston’s Department of Veterans’ Services since 2013.

Malden

Malden considers downtown parking changes

Limiting on-street parking to two hours, installing meters, and using pricing strategies to encourage use of garage spaces are among the recommendations of a study on how Malden could improve its downtown parking.

Reading

Segalla set to become Reading police chief

If the appointment is confirmed by the Board of Selectmen, Mark Segalla will take the helm of the Police Department on Jan. 1.

Burlington

Burlington Police K-9 unit gets more training

Burlington Police Department Officer Joe Papsedero and K-9 Havoc earned certification as both a Police Service Dog Patrol Team and a Narcotics Detection Team.