Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe North.

Lawrence

Lawrence Cultural Council seeks grant proposals

The council will distribute about $63,500 for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs.

Peabody

Parade marks Peabody turning 100

More than 30 bands and over 40 floats will be on the 2-mile route next Sunday, Oct. 2.

Melrose

State education official to speak in Melrose

Mitchell Chester, the commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, will address standardized testing, special education, charter schools, and state aid to schools.

Reading

Reading library reopens after $21.8m makeover

The building is scheduled to reopen on Oct. 2 after nearly two years of renovations.

Somerville

Somervile to hold domestic violence vigil

The candlelight vigil on Oct. 5 is being held as part of national Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Medford

Krystle Campbell Peace Garden opens in Medford

The garden is named for the Medford High graduate who was among four people killed in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and their aftermath.

Lowell

UMass Lowell faculty members invest in community projects

The Center for Asian American Studies was awarded $23,750 to collect, illustrate, and publish folktales from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar for use in the Lowell public schools.

Chelsea

Chelsea Jewish Foundation holds annual Walk for Living

Last year’s walk attracted more than 1,000 participants who raised money for the Leonard Florence Center for Living.

Region

High schools awarded financial education grants

The Financial Education Innovation Fund grants will fairs that teach students how to budget money and responsibly manage credit.

Topsfield

Topsfield Fair adds 600 parking spaces

The 23 acres of land on Route 1 is about 1.1 miles south of the fairgrounds.

Salem

Some in Salem may get flood insurance relief

Earlier this year, the city contracted with an engineering firm to complete a new flood study and propose revisions to the 2014 federal maps.

Newburyport

‘Poverty Matters’ discussions begin Oct. 5

Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash will discuss affordable housing as an approach to income inequality.

Essex

Essex to discuss Conomo Point park

At Town Meeting in May, residents approved $450,000 for improvements at former house sites at 138 and 153 Conomo Point Road.

Burlington

Burlington holding forum on master plan

The plan, in development since 2014, is a blueprint for how Burlington hopes to evolve.

Somerville

Somerville seeks proposals for CPA funding

The city has $1.5 million available to spend on historic resources, open space, and recreation projects.

Haverhill

Haverhill honors 2016 Distinguished Democrats

All have worked on campaigns at the local, state, and federal level.

Essex

Osprey lovers to gather for symposium

The Essex County Greenbelt Association has scheduled the New England Osprey Symposium on Sept. 22 at at Woodman’s restaurant.

Region

O’Connor scholarship deadline Sept. 30

The $1,250 scholarship is awarded annually to a woman trying to get back into the workforce or considering a career change.

Tewksbury

Tewksbury gets new finance director

Ron Florino previously served as Stoneham’s town accountant.

Saugus

Saugus earns upgrade in bond rating

S&P Global Ratings awarded the city an AA+ rating, a three-grade increase from their Moody’s Investor Service rating in 2014.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville High ELL students get a boost

Starting this fall, Enroot will be offering a program aimed at helping achieve academic, career, and personal success.

Salem

Salem mayor to serve on EPA advisory board

Kimberley L. Driscoll was appointed to serve on the panel of 30 municipal, county, state, and tribal officials from across the country.

Lowell

UMass Lowell receives $1 million gift

Philanthropist Nancy Donahue will help establish the Donahue Center for Business Ethics.

Peabody

Peabody to hold annual International Festival

The 33rd celebration will feature entertainment, exhibit booths with food and art from an array of cultures, and a galleria of area artists.

Ipswich

Trustees raising funds for Steep Hill parcel

An anonymous donor has pledged $500,000 if private donors give $750,000 toward the $2.5 millio purchase.

Lynn

Forum in Lynn on new toll rates

Automated tolling will cover the Tobin Bridge, the Massachusetts Turnpike, and the Sumner/Callahan and Ted Williams tunnels.

Medford

Gathering input on revitalizing Medford Square

Topics will include spurring business growth, land use, promoting a sense of place, transportation, open space, and quality of life.

Newburyport

Powow River Poets reading Sept. 10 in Newburyport

Gail White and Stephen Scaer will be featured readers, and there will be an open mike.

Andover

Andover Day celebration to be held Sept. 10

This year, the event will feature more than 200 vendors and will honor Andover Cares, an organization established by the Rotary Club to address the heroin crisis.

Stoneham

Younger accepts job as Stoneham town administrator

Thomas G. Younger is leaving his post in Swampscott.

Wenham

Academy at Penguin Hall opens in Wenham

The all-girls Catholic high school will start with 60 students in grades 9-12.

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.