Recent headlines from Globe North.


Georgetown marijuana dispensary remains closed

Sales were suspended after Healthy Pharms notified the state of a lab test indicating the presence of a pesticide in a sample batch of product.


MBTA will hold Somerville meeting on planned Green Line extension

The $2.3 billion project calls for extending the rapid transit line from a relocated Lechmere Station in East Cambridge to Union Square in Somerville and College Avenue in Medford.


Peabody taking ‘1 billion step challenge’

Peabody is hosting a community-wide team, Peabody Pride, whose goal is to take a “virtual walk” from Peabody to San Francisco and back.


West Newbury school’s reopening date still unclear

Page Elementary School students have been relocated to other Pentucket District schools in neighboring communities since January.


Wenham Police Department re-accredited

The accreditation process is a self-initiated evaluation by which police departments strive to meet and maintain the top standards of law enforcement.


Burlington police looking for tips in 1983 hit-and-run

Police issued the appeal on the 35th anniversary of an accident that took the life of George Aleskivitch.


Rockport to hold recreational marijuana info session

The April 3 discussion will be held at the Rockport High School auditorium starting at 7 p.m.


Andover selectman Landry not seeking reelection

Landry was a vocal opponent of the proposed Dascomb Road project that would have allowed for 225 apartments for residents over age 55 to be built.


Salem businesses featured on British cooking show

The show’s host, James Martin, and his production crew filmed the episode last year, conducting interviews with local business owners.


Emergency preparedness meetings scheduled

The meetings in Essex, Gloucester, and Ipswich will provide coastal residents with information about how first responders handle emergencies created by severe weather.


South Middleton Dam removal moves ahead

The dam is an obstruction to migrating fish species on the Ipswich River as well as a potential safety risk.


Marino chosen as Ipswich town manager

A Lynnfield resident, Anthony Marino has been the assistant town manager in Hanover for four years, and has been acting town manager since November.


School start times will change in Melrose

The Veterans Memorial Middle School and the high school will both start at 8:15 a.m., and the elementary schools at 8:03 a.m.


Goncalves named North Andover Middle School principal

Jorge Goncalves has been principal of McCall Middle School in Winchester since 2011.


Salem State honors Charlotte Forten’s legacy

The exhibit details the life and work of Charlotte Forten, an abolitionist, poet, and educator who was the university’s first African-American graduate in 1856.


Forum on protecting farmland at Essex Tech

The state program seeks to protect and preserve agricultural land from being developed for non-agricultural purposes.


Beverly to hold forum on waterfront development

The city’s goal is to promote water-dependent development while allowing for mixed uses.


Malden to host forum on future of workforce

The March 13 event will focus on the state’s changing economy, its evolving workforce needs, and possible strategies to prepare today’s students and workers for future jobs.


Grant will fund habitat at Newbury’s Old Town Hill

Over the years, the 531-acre property has become overgrown with invasive and non-native plants, compromising the natural ecosystem.


Dream up Haverhill’s future March 19 at NECC

Team Haverhill’s 2018 Possible Dream event brings together people to share ideas and build relationships that will shape the community’s future.


Reading’s Austin Prep will renovate dining hall, kitchen

MassDevelopment issued a $3 million tax exempt bond to the private Catholic middle and high school to help fund the overall $4.3 million project.


Community meeting scheduled on Somerville Ave. project

The project will address chronic storm water flooding issues in and around Union Square and provide streetscape upgrades on Somerville Avenue.


New Malden Catholic girls’ high school to cut ribbon

The School for Girls will operate as a separate division of Malden Catholic, the 540-student all-boys parochial high school.


Beverly meeting will address historic structures

The Planning Department will use public input from the March 15 meeting to finalize a zoning amendment to submit to the City Council.


Search is on for Essex Tech superintendent-director

William Lupini has announced he will become superintendent of schools in Hampton, N.H.


Salem’s fire chief will retire

David Cody also will be stepping down from his role as director of emergency management.


Boxford may get its first traffic light

The Board of Selectmen is looking at options to deal with the traffic backup at the intersection of Route 133 and Main Street in West Boxford


Ipswich town manager finalists will interview March 3

The three finalists were selected by a screening committee, working with Community Paradigm Associates of Plymouth.


Stoneham restaurants offer deals for Eats Week

Organized by the Stoneham Chamber of Commerce, the March 5-11 event is intended to showcase the town’s varied dining establishments.


Westford shares state grant to restore Stony Brook flow

The towns of Westford and Littleton received a $101,611 state grant to help fund the Stony Brook Flow Restoration Project.


Election season begins in Groveland

All nomination papers must be picked up in person by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Town Hall.


Marijuana forums to be held at Gloucester middle school

Dr. Ruth Potee will talk about addiction, vaping, and more with students and parents on March 2.


Luxury hotel opens in Burlington

The Archer Hotel Burlington includes a kitchen and bar, a house art collection featuring works by local artists, and over 7,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space.


Medford mayor appointed to two state boards

Stephanie M. Burke will serve on the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s board of directors and the governor’s Local Government Advisory Commission.


Malden, Peabody chambers announce new directors

Jenna Coccimiglio resigned the Malden Chamber of Commerce job to take the Peabody post, and Joan Ford Mongeau will replace her in Malden.


Masconomet steps up high school principal search

The search committee expects to have finalists ready to meet the community at a public forum scheduled for 6 p.m. March 19 in the high school library.


Forum planned on tree removal for new Somerville High

The trees to be removed before construction begins this spring include those between the rear of the school and the train tracks.


Tyngsborough begins adopt-a-hydrant program

Snow accumulation can quickly obstruct fire hydrants and block access for Fire Department vehicles during an emergency.


Somerville assembling Internet Access Task Force

The group will formulate recommendations on increasing Internet service provider competition and establishing a municipal or quasi-public provider.


Medford assembles superintendent search committee

Mayor Stephanie M. Burke is serving as chairwoman and School Committee member Paulette Van der Kloot as vice chair of the screening panel.


Public forum in Tewksbury on proposed apartment development

James Andella is proposing to develop 75 rental units, 19 of them affordable, in a complex of three buildings at 15 and 41 Astle St.


Rockport Police now have Narcan

Lieutenant Mark Schmink would not comment on police union negotiations, but did allow that police “stepped up the time line” on using the drug to treat overdose victims.


Six police departments form new response protocol

A $90,000 state grant will provide a clinician to assist Beverly, Essex, Ipswich, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Rockport officers with mental illness or substance abuse calls.


Amesbury makes top 5 for $500,000 prize

The Amesbury business community is pushing to get out the vote for “Small Business Revolution – Main Street.” Voting runs through Tuesday, Feb. 20.


West Newbury’s Page school to remain closed indefinitely

Inspectors have found what may be asbestos, according to a statement released by the West Newbury Board of Selectmen.


Salem will restore Charter Street Cemetery

Planned upgrades will include pathway enhancement, lighting, landscaping, signage, fence repairs, and access improvements.


$5.9m state bond will support housing for needy

The six properties include three group homes — in Chelsea, Lynn, and Melrose — for mothers ages 17 to 22, and a coeducational group home in Lynn for teens aged 14 to 18.


Andover says no to senior housing complex

Town Meeting rejected a rezoning article that would have allowed for 225 over-55 apartments to be built on Dascomb Road.


Manchester’s Carvalho to chair national environmental board

The National Council for Science and the Environment is a nonprofit with the mission “to improve the scientific basis for environmental decision-making.”


Foundation to fund arts in Essex County

Partnering with the Boston-based Barr Foundation, the Essex County Community Foundation has announced plans to invest $750,000 in arts and culture initiatives.


North Andover picks 3 finalists for middle school principal

The finalists are Cari Perchase, Medway Middle School principal; Jorge Goncalves, McCall Middle School in Winchester principal; and Matt Steinberg, Haverhill High assistant principal.


Andover says no to senior housing complex

Town Meeting rejected a rezoning article that would have allowed for 225 over-55 apartments to be built on Dascomb Road.


Peabody utility boxes will be colorful

Officials said the Outside the Box Mural Project, now in its fourth year, is an effort to bring art to unexpected places in the city.


New Lowell dental center receives grant

The center is scheduled to open on March 5 with eight exam rooms, expanding over time to 16.


Wakefield lectures will feature history, Patriots, and national security

The New England Patriots, the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, and national security will be the topics of Wakefield’s annual Sweetser Lecture Series.


Lynnfield considers condo development at Sagamore

A developer is seeking to build a 154-unit luxury 55-and-over condominium complex within a portion of the Sagamore Spring Golf Course.


Greater Lawrence Tech board adds new members

Both Stephany Infante of Lawrence and Russell Bourassa of Methuen are graduates of the regional vocational high school that serves close to 1,500 students.


Repairs at Page School in West Newbury continue

When a pipe burst on Jan. 2 causing extensive water damage, a small amount of black mold was discovered.


Merrimac Police warn of fake IRS calls

The caller impersonates a law enforcement officer and asks potential victims to pay money owed on back taxes immediately.


Marblehead town administrator will retire

Selectmen plan to form a search committee to assist in choosing John J. McGinn’s successor.


New head of Everett public works named

Greg St. Louis was the city engineer in Beverly before coming to Everett.


Infurna to take office as Melrose mayor

The post opened when Robert J. Dolan, who had been mayor since 2002, resigned to become town administrator in Lynnfield.


Somerville to hold meetings on parking plan

Construction of the new Somerville High School will result in the loss of most of the existing parking spaces on the Central Hill Campus, which includes City Hall, the high school, and the public library.


Wilmington brochure aims to attract businesses

The guide provides information and links on setting up a business in town, including how to navigate the permitting process, and factors to consider in selecting a site.


Newburyport High principal search narrows to two

The finalists are Andrew Wulf, administrator of teaching and learning in Salem, and Daniel Richards, principal of Belmont High School.


Amesbury Housing Authority has empty seat

Applications for the vacant two-year seat will be accepted until 10 a.m. on Feb. 9.


Board of Selectman seat opens in Manchester

Tom Kehoe is not seeking reelection. In addition, Robert Mehlman won’t return to the Planning Board.


Climate activist will speak on solutions in Newburyport

Rob Bonney will share his insight on the current state of climate change Jan. 31 at the Senior/Community Center.


A-frame signs now welcomed in downtown Stoneham

As an incentive to encourage businesses to use the signage, the Chamber of Commerce is providing five free A-frame signs to businesses that have an approved permit.


Elderly diner saved after choking

Essex Police Chief Peter Silva, retired Wenham lieutenant Larry Kavanagh, and Hamilton Deputy Fire Chief Kirby Brand came to the rescue.


34 affordable housing units going up in Chelsea

The Neighborhood Developers are constructing a four-story apartment building at 242 Spencer Ave.


Somerville named gold-level biking community

The League of American Bicyclists recently awarded Somerville its Gold Level Bicycling Friendly Community award.


Medford forming superintendent search committee

Anyone interested in serving on the 11-member panel is asked to apply by Monday, Jan. 29.


Burlington speeds 911 cellphone calls

The Burlington Police now directly receive all 911 calls originating from cellphones in town, rather than having them first go through a State Police dispatch center.


State 911 Department may take over Essex dispatch

The Regional Emergency Communications Center in Middleton handles 911 dispatch calls for Amesbury, Essex, Middleton, Topsfield, and Wenham.


Two selectmen seats up for grabs

Incumbents R. Andrew Burbine and Alex Bezanson have said they do not intend to run for reelection.


US calls 3 nursing facilities in Chelsea and Peabody top-notch

Facilities that earn a Five-Star rating are considered to have much above-average care.


US grant seeks to protect 5,000 acres of Merrimack Valley farmland

According to statistics from Land for Good, 90 percent of retiring farmers in Massachusetts don’t have a young farmer ready to take over upon their retirement.


Fire helmet signed by Bush will be raffled off

The signed Phenix TC-1 helmet, along with with a unique hand painted Presidential helmet front, will be raffled off for $25 per tickets.


Gloucester firefighters will climb 41 flights for a good cause

Wearing full gear, each firefighter climbs the 789 steps inside the 601-foot-tall One Boston Place.