Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe North.

GLOUCESTER

Gloucester MLK program to feature historians

Presenters will discuss the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as Cape Ann’s involvement with the slave trade and modern oppression.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville gathers Jan. 15 to honor MLK Jr.

This year’s event, entitled “Growing Our Community,” will be moderated by Marcus Santos, a local Brazilian-born contemporary percussionist and educator.

REGION

Free workshop for new farmers in Essex County

A panel of attorneys is scheduled to present on topics including forming business entities and real estate concerns.

MIDDLETON

Historic time for Middleton to look to the future

As part of the Middleton Master Plan 300 development process, there will be an open house forum and planning session on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

WEST NEWBURY

West Newbury to conduct private well testing

The annual testing of ground water and gases at the closed landfill at the corner of Middle Street and Georgetown Road has identified the presence of 1,4-dioxane.

MALDEN

Malden updates snow removal rules

Residents and commercial property owners must make sidewalks safe for public use by removing snow, ice, or slush to bare pavement within 24 hours after snowfall has ended.

SALEM

Keenan to be inaugurated as Salem State president

A former Democratic state representaive from Salem, Keenan was chosen from among more than 100 applicants for the post.

HAVERHILL

Haverhill to look into banning plastic bags

A City Council subcommittee will research whether to require stores to use paper bags if shoppers do not bring their own reusable bags.

REGION

State awards $2m for local park upgrades

Chelsea, Lawrence, Lynn, Peabody, Revere, and Somerville were among 22 communities that shared in $6.4 million from the Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities program.

WINCHESTER

Howard to leave Winchester town manager post

He has served in the position since January 2012 after 16 years as mayor of Malden.

REGION

Pentucket’s Mulqueen announces retirement

He has been the superintendent of the regional school district that serves Groveland, Merrimac, and West Newbury for six years.

SALISBURY

Salisbury adds five full-time firefighters

An appropriation of $130,000, approved by voters at Town Meeting in October, will allow five of Salisbury’s 19 firefighters to work 42 hours a week.

WEST NEWBURY

Mold closes West Newbury’s Page School

Superintendent Jeff Mulqueen has decided to relocate most students and staff to other schools within the Pentucket Regional School District until remediation is completed.

REGION

A behind-the-scenes look at Cape Ann toy drive

Gloucester-based Action, Inc. distributed toys to 358 families, including 738 children.

WOBURN

New zoning law aims to attract businesses to Woburn

Businesses seeking to locate in the city would require only a building permit if they were to construct a new facility in certain districts, or no permit if they located within an existing building.

TEWKSBURY

Tewksbury police mourn loss of K-9 Geox

The 7-year-old German shepherd had served for more than six years with Police Officer Al Piccolo.

SALEM

Salem State to create digital humanities network

The growing field refers to the use of computer technology to help teach subjects such as history and literature.

REGION

New mothers can get free health visits

The North Shore Mother Home Visiting Partnership program is available in Beverly, Gloucester, Hamilton, Newburyport, and Peabody.

NORTH ANDOVER

North Andover seeks name for new kindergarten

Community members are welcome to submit a name for the new building by Jan. 16.

SOMERVILLE

Get your veggies, meats, pastries at Somerville indoor market

Somerville residents have an opportunity to purchase local and regional agricultural products throughout the winter months.

Ipswich fund-raising reaches $1 million for Talia

Kids are selling crafts, busking in the street, and holding other fund-raisers in support of Talia Duff, who has a rare neurological disease.

REGION

Great Marsh partnership launches website

Greatmarshpartnership.com will highlight the ongoing projects being done by scientists and researchers on the Great Marsh.

TEWKSBURY

Tewksbury readies for April election

Town Clerk Denise Graffeo is advising residents that starting Jan. 2, nomination papers will be available in her office for those interested in running for office.

NEWBURYPORT

Former Essex County sheriff to lead Newburyport chamber

Frank Cousins served as sheriff for over 20 years.

SOMERVILLE

Cold postpones Somerville New Year’s reenactment

The raising of the 1776 Grand Union flag at Prospect Hill Park was scheduled for Monday, Jan. 1.

NEWBURY

Newbury chooses design firm for town buildings

Context Architecture of Boston will design the new police station and the renovated town hall.

SALEM

Salem holds inauguration for Driscoll, other officials Jan. 1

The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the atrium of the Peabody Essex Museum.

MEDFORD

Medford to hold inauguration ceremonies Dec. 31

Governor Charlie Baker and US Senator Edward J. Markey will be on hand for the event, set for 10 a.m. in the Marsha Caron Theater at Medford High School.

LYNN

Latham to step down as Lynn superintendent

Catherine Latham, who held the post for nine years, will retire when her contract ends in July.

AMESBURY

Amesbury kicks off 350th on Jan. 9

The opening event at Trina’s Starlite Lounge will feature appetizers, an Amesbury-themed auction, and information about the plans for the yearlong celebration.

ANDOVER

Andover’s West Elementary takes first step toward upgrade

The Massachusetts School Building Authority could cover about 40 perceent of the cost of renovating or replacing the school built in 1951.

GEORGETOWN

Georgetown police chief will lead county police association

Donald C. Cudmore has been sworn in as president of the Essex County Police Chief Association.

GLOUCESTER

Plastic bags don’t go in Gloucester recycling bins

Bags have been getting tangled in the sorting equipment and “are no longer acceptable in any recycling sorting facilities.”

MEDFORD

Medford will look within district for next superintendent

Medford Mayor Stephanie M. Burke, who is also the School Committee’s chairwoman, is preparing an application for internal candidates that will be available in early January.

LYNN

Lynn to hire nine new police officers

The city received half the funding for the expansion from a three-year, $1.1 million federal grant.

REGION

Local marinas named boaters’ choices

Eight area marinas, including four from Gloucester, received four or more stars on marinas.com, a consumer website for boaters.

MARBLEHEAD

Marblehead hosts forum on white privilege

The discussion will be based on a 1989 article by Peggy McIntosh of the Wellesley College Centers for Women, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”

STONEHAM

Stoneham police collect 187 pounds of prescription drugs

Stoneham maintains a kiosk in the police station lobby that’s available for residents to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs.

NEWBURYPORT

Newburyport won’t delay school start times

The School Committee has decided to hold off on a vote to start the middle and high school 30 minutes later and add the half-hour to the end of the school day.

LOWELL

Lowell High project in holding pattern

The city still has the support of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, but has to submit new paperwork if the Cawley Stadium plan is officially rejected.

AMESBURY

Amesbury property tax rate drops again

The tax bill for an average single-family home assessed at $331,000 will be $6,285.

NORTH ANDOVER

North Andover names new superintendent

Gregg Gilligan served as a history teacher and principal at the Thomson School prior to becoming assistant superintendent in North Andover seven years ago.

WOBURN

Woburn $31.5m library renovation continues

While the construction remains on budget, the projected date of completion has been pushed from December 2018 to mid-January 2019 because of design changes.

REVERE

Revere to open new teen center

The new space will feature a lounge area for homework, a classic arcade machine, and various other games.

GLOUCESTER

Toy drive will stock Gloucester pop-up gift store

The Project Uplift Holiday Store will allow clients from Gloucester, Ipswich, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester-by-the-Sea to shop by appointment from Dec. 16 through 20.

REGION

Report highlights how to protect Great Marsh

The report also identifies short- and long-term ecosystem-oriented strategies to reduce risks and build the marsh’s natural resiliency.

EVERETT

Everett launches ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ addiction program

Dennis Doris has been brought on as a recovery coach to work with residents seeking guidance and services.

SALEM

Creative Salem expands throughout North Shore

Creative Collective will advocate for the arts and other creative activity in other communities.

WESTFORD

Buddhist meditation center to open in Westford

Designed in the traditional style of ancient Laotian shrines, the new facility will be used by monks for ordination, morning and evening chanting, and significant religious ceremonies.

ROWLEY

Property taxes rise in Rowley

The owner of an average single-family home valued at $429,749 will pay $6,265 in fiscal 2018, an increase of $238.

MALDEN

New rules clear up sign policy in Malden

The changes are aimed at providing for an orderly permitting process with clear standards about what signs are allowed in what areas.

LYNN

Lynn works to light up High Rock Tower

The new lighting would include color-changing spotlights; a programmable laser that would allow graphics and messages to be projected; and lights on top to promote safety.

AMESBURY

Amesbury council to vote on traffic study

Several developments have beeb built in the area that includes routes 495 and 150 and South Hunt Road, and more are proposed.

TYNGSBOROUGH

Tyngsborough landfill converted to solar farm

The solar array, built by Citizens Energy Corporation, will produce enough electricity to power 460 homes.

CHELSEA

Chelsea resident celebrates 109th birthday

The Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea hosted a party for Joe Bach, a Holocaust survivor.

REGION

Essex Tech considers name change

A School Committee group will look into a new name that reflects the school’s agricultural heritage.

NEWBURY

Newbury considers moving municipal offices to space on Route 1

Newbury officials have agreed to schedule a walk-through of the closed Holistic Family Practice, a 6,000-square-foot building.

DANVERS

Become a recovery coach at North Shore CC

The community college is offering a four-day, 30-hour workshop to become a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach at the Danvers campus.

HAVERHILL

Haverhill winter parking has begun

All cars and trucks left on public streets between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. must be parked on the even side of the road. Overnight parking moves to the odd side of the street in January.

IPSWICH

Ipswich residents can weigh in on next town manager

The Ipswich Board of Selectmen has scheduled a community forum for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, at Ipswich Town Hall.

LYNN

Get fresh veggies in Lynn all winter long

The first year of the city’s winter farmer’s market, hosted by The Food Project, will operate every third Saturday of the month at the Lynn YMCA.

BILLERICA

New unit at Billerica jail will focus on young offenders

A study found 18-to 24-year-olds released from Massachusetts correctional facilities have higher recidivism rates than older offenders.

CHELMSFORD

Chelmsford superintendent signs new five-year contract

Jay Lang’s current salary will rise from $180,000 to $192,500 beginning July 1, and to $208,368 in the final year of the contract.

North Shore teens cook for a cause

The Jewish Teen Initiative gathered 120 teens in Marblehead to cook lasagna, soup, and pie for local families in need.

LOWELL

Governor Baker honors Lowell firefighters

Four firefighters from Lowell received a Group Award for Meritorious Conduct for their efforts to save a 3-year-old child from a burning building.

REGION

Maria Stephanos to speak at NECC luncheon

The luncheon, hosted by the Women of Northern Essex Community College, will be held on Dec. 4 at the Andover Country Club.

CAPE ANN

Cape Ann nonprofit issues correction on phone number for fuel assistance

Residents received the wrong number in a mailing sent out early this month.

REVERE

Revere launches 311 constituent service

Residents can communicate concerns with city officials by dialing 311, or using the Revere 311 smartphone app.

SALEM

Salem has funds for community preservation. Where should they go?

The Community Preservation Committee is inviting public comment on the draft plan through Dec. 4.

SOMERVILLE

New Somerville High construction will affect parking

The city will hold a public meeting Nov. 27 to discuss the gradual changes to parking on campus and on nearby streets.

MEDFORD

Longtime Medford superintendent to retire

Roy Belson, who has served as superintendent for 23 years, will retire when his current contract ends on June 30.

GLOUCESTER

Plastic bag ban passes in Gloucester

The ban will take effect in January 2019.

MALDEN

Holiday parade to precede tree lighting in Malden

The Parade of Holiday Traditions will start at the Salemwood School at 2 p.m. on Nov. 25.

MARBLEHEAD

Marblehead group to discuss what it means to be white and an ally

The community forum on Monday, Nov 20, at the Abbot Public Library is part of an ongoing series of informal “Conversations on Race.”

SALEM

Boutique hotel opens in Salem

The 44-room hotel is located in the renovated former Newmark’s Department Store building on the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall.

IPSWICH

Ipswich approves residency requirement for town managers

Special Town Meeting voted to ask the state Legislature to approve a charter change requiring residency in their second three-year term.

DANVERS

Property taxes are going up in Danvers

The owner of an average single-family home valued at $445,000 will pay $6,025 in taxes in fiscal 2018, or $244 more than in fiscal 2017.

ANDOVER

Construction begins at new Andover municipal services facility

The $28.5 million project on Campanelli Drive will replace the current town yard on Lewis Street.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville seeks Green Line Extension representatives

Somerville is looking for residents to provide feedback on an advisory board for the project, which will include five new MBTA stations within city limits.

LOWELL

Downtown school location dominates in Lowell election

The non-binding referendum attracted 61 percent of voters supporting plans to renovate the existing high school as opposed to building at Cawley Stadium.