Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe North.

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.

HAVERHILL

Haverhill Democrats to host forum on social justice

Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim will be the guest speaker at the gathering, which will focuse on immigration and civil rights.

IPSWICH

Green crab coming to a plate near you

The invasive green crab is eating seed clams and mussels and is also damaging habitat, but it tastes delicious.

MARBLEHEAD

Marblehead forum to talk race and diversity

Two speakers, one black, one white, will discuss the impact of racism on their lives and how dialogue has helped their understanding of racial dynamics.

REGION

Northeast Metro Tech adds robotics

The vocation school’s new curriculum will teach students about designing and development products and machines.

READING

Reading Public Library hosts baking event

Activities including cake decorating instruction and a library-wide scavenger hunt.

GLOUCESTER

Gloucester Fresh campaign attracts international businesses

The city hosted more than 70 guests — including many from Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Mexico, and Iceland — at the Seafood Expo in Boston.

SALEM

Salem charter school names new executive director

Kathy Egmont will succeed Sean O’Neil, who is retiring after 11 years in the post.

SOMERVILLE

Part of Beacon Street bike lane closed

Cyclists are being urged to use detour routes during construction.

TOPSFIELD

Topsfield Police offering firearms safety course

This course fulfills the Massachusetts training requirement for a Firearms Identification Card or license to possess or carry a handgun.

WILMINGTON

Wilmington taking inventory on infrastructure

Wilmington is preparing a Facility Master Plan to establish a long-term strategy for the use of its buildings and sites.

NECC to hold Veterans and Military Expo

The March 27 event will focus on career opportunities and veterans’ resources.

Peabody

Peabody superintendent search narrows to six

Three of the finalists will be interviewed at 7 p.m. Monday, March 20, at City Hall.

SWAMPSCOTT

Update on Machon school development March 23

Plans call for creating 38 units of affordable senior housing in the original 1920 portion of the school building and a new addition.

Startups run by veterans get seed money

VFW Post No. 1093 in Ipswich hosted the Vetrepreneurship Awards, where $30,000 in startup grants were distributed.

Somerville to give update on Cedar Street project

Staff plan to share status updates on the improvements, work to be done, and provide other short- and long-term plans for the site.

AMESBURY

Amesbury rink complex moves ahead

Global Property Developers Corp. is planning a facility on a 51-acre site that will include six full-size ice surfaces.

ROWLEY

Rowley to hold community forum on Pine Grove School renovation

Rowley voters will need to approve the town’s approximately $18 million share of the cost in May.

MALDEN

New mixed-use development announced for Malden

A new mixed-use, transit oriented development will spring up at the site of the former Malden City Hall, builders announced March 6.

State grant funds free smoke detectors for Boxford seniors

The $2,596 grant comes through the Senior SAFE program, which aims to improve safety at homes where older adults live and to reduce the risk of seniors dying in fires.

STONEHAM

Stoneham Chamber of Commerce to hold health expo

The April 8 event will feature more than 40 exhibitors, many offering giveaways as well as complimentary health screenings.

SOMERVILLE

Advanced Placement enrollment leaps at Somerville High

Enrollment in the classes has more than doubled in two years, school officials said this week.

IPSWICH

Warrant for Ipswich Town Meeting to go before selectmen

The selectmen will likely sign the warrant for the May 9 Annual Town Meeting at their March 20 session.

SALISBURY

Salisbury named ‘green community’

The town recently received a $160,000 state grant for energy efficiency and conservation.

GROVELAND

Groveland seeks to honor volunteers

The Groveland Board of Selectmen is looking for nominations to recognize citizens that go above and beyond in volunteering in the community.

MEDFORD

Medford to partner with Boston City Football Club

Medford players and coaches will now receive coaching, match day activities, and tickets to National Premier Soccer League games.

ROCKPORT

Rockport to explore sanctuary status

It will be discussed at the April 1 annual Town Meeting.

SOMERVILLE

Free energy assessments offered in Somerville

Residents become eligible for incentives that include free air sealing; $2,000 off insulation costs; and a zero percent interest loan to improve the home’s energy system.

REGION

Northern Essex CC seeks entries for art contest

Students in kindergarten through grade 12, as well as adults affiliated with schools, are invited to participate.

Circle Health to open urgent care center in Dracut

In addition to providing treatment for injuries and illnesses, the center also is expected to house a Lowell General Hospital patient service center.

SALEM

Salem State to search for new president

Patricia Maguire Meservey announced Jan. 5 her plans to retire this summer after a decade leading the 9,000-student school.

WOBURN

Council to consider Woburn Center parking lot

Mayor Scott D. Galvin is proposing a 62-space municipal lot on the site of the former Strand Theater in Woburn Center.

CAPE ANN

Chamber to hear state secretary of transportation

Stephanie Pollack is the scheduled keynote speaker for The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, March 9.

TOPSFIELD

Exhibit in Topsfield on risky teen behaviors

The free exhibit “Hidden in Plain Sight” explains the ways drugs and risky behaviors such as self-harm and eating disorders can be hidden by teens and others.

MIDDLETON

Middleton to vote on slowing down

If approved at Town Meeting, the Middleton Board of Selectmen will have the discretion to reduce the speed limit to 25 miles per hour in busy areas.

REGIONAL

‘Trailblazers’ will be honored at Essex Heritage gala

The Essex National Heritage Commission has scheduled a “A Toast to the Trailblazers” gala fund-raiser April 5.

SOMERVILLE

Plans for Union Square move forward

The redevelopment is planned as the MBTA works to extend the Green Line to the Somerville hub.

WEST NEWBURY

West Newbury debates hiring town manager

Right now, West Newbury has a finance manager, and selectmen set other policy, but there is no one with oversight over all town departments.

PEABODY

Bridgewell moving from Lynnfield to Peabody

MassDevelopment issued a $25.5 million bond to support the social service agency’s plan to overhaul the building at 10 Dearborn Road and refinance debt.

BEVERLY

Beverly slows speed limits

The default speed limit on city streets has been lowered from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour.

ANDOVER

School water fixtures in Andover found to contain lead, copper

Elevated levels of lead were found in broken fixtures at West Elementary School and elevated levels of copper were found in one fixture at Shawsheen Preschool.

MELROSE

Petition calls on Melrose to become a sanctuary

Melrose would join seven other communities in the state that do not prosecute people solely for being an undocumented immigrant.

Wilmington

Wilmington begins superintendent search

The new superintendent is expected to be hired in late April, with an annual salary between $155,000 and $170,000.

AMESBURY

Amesbury’s INroof Solar receives $42,100 state grant

The money was part of $942,100 awarded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s InnovateMass program.

MALDEN

Malden, Medford newspapers shut down

The Malden Evening News and Medford Daily Mercury were struggling to preserve ad revenue.

WINCHESTER

Winchester to host talk on drought

The program will focus on the effects of last year’s drought and how the loss of biodiversity leads to climate change.

TOPSFIELD

Topsfield Town Hall closed for renovations

Town offices will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at a temporary location, 462 E-6 Boston St. (Route 1), in the rear of the office complex.

MASCONOMET

Masconomet Regional requests $667k from three towns

Boxford, Middleton, and Topsfield are being asked to cover upgrades, including $350,000 for a new phone system.

REGION

Local Eats Week begins March 2

Restaurants in Lynnfield, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, and Wakefield will have the opportunity to showcase their menus.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville to discuss Nunziato Field project

The meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Somerville High School Library, will review construction updates and park design.

BURLINGTON

Burlington votes to protect 250 acres from development

By a vote of 92-11, Town Meeting agreed to keep the landlocked forest as open space.

WOBURN

Construction of new school begins in Woburn

The Hurld-Wyman Elementary School will be located on a portion of the city’s 7.5-acre Spence Farm property.

ROCKPORT

Rockport designated as Green Community

Rockport received $148,670 in funding to meet the requirements of the Green Communities Act.

HAVERHILL

Have your own exhibit at Buttonwoods Museum

The museum is inviting anyone 13 years or older who has a collection of objects they would like the community to enjoy to submit a proposal for an exhibit.

MEDFORD

Medford students learn to spot domestic violence

The program trains students to identify signs of physical or sexual abuse, and how to best refer clients to local services for help.

BILLERICA

Urgent care center opens in Billerica

Individuals do not need to be patients of a Circle Health primary care physician to be seen at the Treble Cove Plaza facility.

NEWBURY

Newbury approves $6.5m for town buildings

The project will include a new police station and the renovation of Town Hall.

PEABODY

Peabody to hold forum on next superintendent

Former Salem superintendent Herbert Levine has been serving as interim superintendent since Joseph Mastrocola resigned in 2015.

MARBLEHEAD, SWAMPSCOTT

Talk about sanctuary status postponed by storm

An open meeting scheduled for Monday, Feb. 13, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn has been canceled because of the weather.

AMESBURY

Amesbury police chief to retire

Kevin Oulette has served 37 years in the department, including the past four as chief.

MALDEN

Malden receives $332,540 clean energy grant

The city met the five qualifying criteria to be designated a Green Community by the state.

GROVELAND

Groveland denies medical marijuana dispensary

The Board of Selectmen voted 3 to 2 against providing a letter of acceptance or non-opposition to locate a dispensary at Federal Way and Salem Street.

REGIONAL

Trout Unlimited holding awards banquet

The State’s Division of Ecological Restoration and Ipswich-based New England Biolabs will be honored March 18.

TOPSFIELD

Topsfield approves Harris as interim fire chief

Harris retired from North Reading in 2011 after a 33-year career, inclufing four years as chief.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville seeking residents for city boards

All are volunteer positions, except the seat on the licensing commission, which offers a $3,600 annual stipend.

HAVERHILL

Bickford to address Haverhill Democrats Feb. 6

After hearing from the newly elected chair of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee, a caucus will be held to to elect delegates to the 2017 state convention.

REGIONAL

Essex County still lacks beds for female prisoners

Sherriff Kevin Coppinger currently oversees a 42-bed detoxification unit for women at the Middleton jail and a women’s prerelease center in Salisbury.

GLOUCESTER

Gloucester Rotary Club holds annual Polar Plunge

The event, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Long Beach’s Cape Ann Motor Inn, raises money for polio research.

IPSWICH

Ipswich votes to spend $2.4m for new athletic fields

The fields wll be built on 30.6 acres of the Pony Express Farm on Candlewood Road.

MALDEN

Mystic Valley interim director is named

Martin Trice, who has served as the school’s director since 2012, left on sabbatical Jan. 30 to pursue his doctoral degree.

DANVERS

Danvers seeks to revive industrial district

The town recently completed a draft zoning bylaw that would allow a mix of housing options, as well as retail, offices, and restaurants, off Maple and Hobart streets.

LYNNFIELD

Lynnfield seeks buyers for Centre Farm site

The 7-acre site at 567 Main St. includes a main house and a barn that are among the most significant historical structures in town.

WINCHESTER

Exhibit to combat teen drug use to open in Winchester

The interactive exhibit gives visitors an opportunity to learn more about the signs of substance abuse by exploring a display set up like a typical teenager’s room.

CHELSEA

Malden firm buys third property in Chelsea

Combined Properties has added 6,100 square feet of office/flex building at 46 Arlington St.

SALEM

Salem to host Generation Games Feb. 3-5

This marks the first time they will be held in North America.

GEORGETOWN

Georgetown School District ranked Level 3

Failing to narrow the achievement gap for students with disabilities at the Penn Brook Elementary School resulted in the district’s Level 3 status.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville works to combat climate change

The strategy would advance the city’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2050, a statement from city hall read.

MALDEN

Malden Mayor to hold state of the city address

Mayor Christenson will be reflecting on his office’s work over the past year, as well as their vision for 2017, organizers said.

WINCHESTER

Winter Market at Mahoney’s Garden Center opens

A sampling of vendors includes Bittersweet Herb Farm, C & C lobster, Coastal Vineyards, Deano’s Pasta, Del Sur Empanadas, El Camino Puerto Rican Cuisine, Element Hummus Company, and Jessica’s Brick Oven Baker.