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New city job openings, applicants sought

The city is seeking applicants to fill four new jobs. Two people are needed to serve as greeters at City Hall. Applicants should be multilingual, with proficiency in Haitian Creole, Spanish, or Portuguese, in addition to English. The work involves greeting people as they come into City Hall and assisting with translation services. The city is hiring a program assistant in the Recreation Department. That position involves creating and leading fitness classes, and devising creative activities to motivate residents to exercise. The other open job is for a community health specialist in the mayor’s Office of Human Services. The duties will include creating cooking classes for children, parents, and the elderly; and educating the community about the importance of healthy eating. To apply for one of the positions, submit a letter of interest and a resume to the Human Resources Department at City Hall.


First Fall Harvest Festival scheduled

Residents are invited to Tewksbury’s first Fall Harvest Festival on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Livingston Field, located on Livingston Street. Organized by the town’s Public Events and Celebrations Committee, the festival will feature about 50 craft and local business vendors and a variety of games and activities, including an obstacle course, bungee jumping, bouncy houses, a dunk tank, and cupcake and pumpkin decorating. There will also be an antique car show, a magic show, a balloon artist, a martial arts demonstrations, dance performers, and music, along with a corn hole tournament, a pie-eating contest, and a chocolate chip cookie bake-off. Food, beer, and wine will be sold. Costumed characters, including the Lowell Spinners’ Canalligator, will be present. Admission is free and open to all. For more information, contact Cheryl Gay at 781-866-9892 or


Public feedback sought regarding economic development

The town of Stoneham and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council are holding a public meeting to gather input to help shape the community’s vision for economic development and growth in the town center. The meeting is scheduled to take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 1 at Town Hall, 35 Central St. Residents will be invited to ask questions of staff; offer suggestions that will help develop and prioritize community and economic development goals and strategies; participate in mapping and visual-preference exercises that will help prioritize new opportunities for retail, housing, office, and improved transportation connections in the town center; and view findings from the market analysis and existing conditions report completed by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.


National search for new superintendent underway

The Somerville School Committee has launched a nationwide search for a new superintendent, according to a statement from the city’s public schools. Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi announced earlier this year that he would retire in July 2015, after working for the Somerville public schools for 10 years. Residents can give their input on characteristics the new superintendent should possess at three public forums: on Monday at 7 p.m., in the East Somerville Community School; and twice on Tuesday, at 8 a.m. in the Highlander Café at Somerville High School, and at 7 p.m. in the West Somerville Neighborhood School. The School Committee asks all residents to complete a brief online survey at School Committee will also host meetings in their respective wards; times and locations of these meetings will be announced soon. For more information about the search, visit


Fire Department earns national safety award

The Fire Department recently received a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2013. The award was given to 142 departments across the United States by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation, in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co., in recognition of fire prevention and education efforts and a “clear commitment to reducing the number of house fires,” according to a press release. Manchester-by-the-Sea had no casualties as a result of residential fires in 2013. “We’re proud to have been given this recognition, which is really a testament to the hard work the men and women of our department do every day, and a reflection of the community,” said Fire Chief Glen Rogers.


Tickets to tribute for retiring town manager available

Residents are invited to join in a tribute to Town Manager Wayne P. Marquis as he prepares to retire Oct. 3. A cocktail reception honoring Marquis for his 35 years of service as town manager will be held on Sept. 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Danversport Yacht Club. Many of Marquis’s past and present municipal colleagues from around the region are expected to be among those taking part in the event, which will include a cash bar and musical entertainment. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased in person at the town manager’s office or by mail through a check made out to Ann Freitas, executive secretary to the town manager. Mailed checks should be sent to Freitas at 1 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923.


Human rights award nominations being accepted into October

The organization that presents the annual Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice is accepting nominations through Oct. 15 for the recipient of the 2015 award. The nonprofit foundation was established following the tercentenary of the Salem Witch Trials in 1992 to keep alive the lessons of that historic episode and to recognize, through its annual award, those who speak out and take action to alleviate discrimination, promote tolerance, and achieve justice for contemporary victims of social injustice. For more information or to submit a nomination for the 2015 award, go to Those selected will be notified in early December. A ceremony to honor the recipient will be held in Salem next spring.


First meeting of group promoting peace scheduled

A Peabody group dedicated to promoting peace is inviting area residents to take part in its first meeting, this Thursday from 1-2:30 p.m. in the McIntosh Clubhouse at Brooksby Village, the senior residential complex at 100 Brooksby Village Drive. The meeting will be devoted to a discussion of the topic, “Should we talk to terrorists?” The group was formed by residents at Brooksby Village who had been meeting informally during the past year. The new group is intended as a citywide group for residents of all ages who want to promote the peaceful resolution of conflicts. Meetings are open to all. To join the group or for more information, contact Barbara Sullivan at 978-535-4101.


City mulling new money-saving trash collection system

City leaders are considering adopting an automated trash pickup system. Under the program, which is used in 60 other cities and towns across the Commonwealth, including Lowell, Lawrence, Everett, Revere, and Tyngsborough, the city would provide each household with a free 64-gallon trash barrel that is specifically designed for the automated system. Haverhill would save about $400,000 per year if the program is instituted, according to a press release from Mayor James J. Fiorentini. “That money could be reprogrammed for other items such as adding police, improving schools, reducing the amount of the yearly [property] tax increase, or some combination of the above,” the mayor said. Fiorentini noted that the city would still have a weekly bulk item pickup and that smaller barrels would be available to those who request them, making it easier to wheel the trash to the curb. The city will hold a series of public hearings on the system and will have a test program to find out whether automated trash pickup is a good fit for Haverhill, Fiorentini said. The mayor is encouraging residents to e-mail him with their thoughts on the proposed automated trash collection at


New interim town clerk appointed

The Board of Selectmen recently appointed Andrea Carlson as interim town clerk until the April 2015 town election. Carlson was administrative assistant to now-retired town clerk Jane Wetson for more than four years. Jim Mullen, retired town clerk from Milton, is currently working with Carlson, assisting during the fall election season.


Mistral kicking off new season

Mistral, formerly known as Andover Chamber Music, is scheduled to kick off its 18th season Saturday and next Sunday with “Songs with Words,” two lyrical chamber works paired with a selection of songs without words. Saturday’s performance is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline. The Sept. 21 performance is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at West Parish Church on Reservation Road in Andover. The concert season will continue through April 2015. Future performances include a young people’s concert that sets to music Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, “The Nightingale”; a celebration of the musical effervescence of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s; and Russian love ballads played on the domra and bayan. To learn more about the upcoming concert season or to buy tickets online, visit . Founded in 1997 by Mistral’s artistic director, Julie Scolnik, and her husband, Michael Brower, Mistral provides accessible and affordable musical enrichment to children and their families, the elderly, and physically disabled people who may not otherwise be able to enjoy a live performance.


Full bar, coffee station part of recent theater work

Showcase Cinemas Woburn is nearing completion of the second phase of its renovation project. The latest work includes the addition of a full bar that will offer specialty cocktails, beer, wine, and a gourmet coffee station. It also includes new seating in the lobby and a new private party room for groups and social events. The work is expected to be finished in mid-October. In the first phase of improvements, completed in July, Showcase Woburn installed fully reclining armchairs in each of its 14 theaters, installed new flooring through the hallways and the main lobby, redesigned the concession stand and expanded its menu, and added a new automated box office. “Our Woburn location is a staple in the local community, and has been for more than 40 years,” Amber Stepper, vice president, of marketing and advertising for National Amusements, the owner of Showcase Cinemas, said in a statement. “It is important for us to continuously provide our guests with the best movie-going experience possible.”


Cultural Council accepting grant applications

The Winthrop Cultural Council is accepting applications through Oct. 15 for the grants it will award this fiscal year. The council each year receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which it disburses in grants to support cultural activities in the community. In fiscal 2015, the Winthrop council was allotted about $6,700 by the state. Eligible projects include exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures For more information contact Joanne Hillman, the council chairwoman, at 617-721-4162 or, or go to www.winthropculturalcouncil


Trails along town creek nearing completion

After some delays, the trails at the town creek are scheduled to reopen as early as Monday. Don Levesque said that only some paving, seeding, and other last-minute work is needed to complete the $1.2 million project to replace two culverts, a project that closed the popular passive recreation trails during the construction. The culvert replacement is expected to reduce the severe flooding that has at times forced lane closures on Routes 1 and 1A, and is expected to also benefit the environment as greater tidal flow restores the natural diversity of the salt marsh. With 200 to 300 people used to using the trails daily, Town Manager Neil Harrington said, there has been considerable interest in the project’s completion.


Car dealer’s permit request under scrutiny

The Planning Board at its meeting Thursday will continue a public hearing into a special permit request by the Herb Chambers company to expand its Porsche and Audi dealership at 62 Cambridge St., between two ramps off of Route 128. The company wants to expand on to an adjacent 1.5 acres at 64 Cambridge St. that it has purchased, according to Don Benjamin, the town’s senior planner. He said the company intends to demolish an existing building on that site “and create what they refer to as breathing space for the existing dealership. They are too crowded and need more room to store vehicles, for circulation, and for vehicle preparation.” The 64 Cambridge St. land would be used for vehicle storage. Under town bylaws, an auto dealership by special permit can store vehicles connected to its business on an adjacent site. Thursday’s meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.


Changes near Dolbeare School make travel safer for children

Children can now walk and bike to the Dolbeare School more safely as a result of a project just completed by the state Department of Transportation. The improvements, on parts of Lowell and Vernon streets, included repaving and constructing new sections of sidewalks; adding handicap ramps where needed; installing two new pedestrian lights — one on Vernon Street and the other on Lowell Street; and improving traffic lights at the intersection of those two streets. The state transportation department undertook the project as part of its Safe Routes to School program, which pays for safety enhancements to promote more walking and bicycling to and from schools, according to Richard Stinson, the town’s director of public works. The state funded the $450,000 cost of construction, as well as the engineering costs. The town spent $25,000 to add construction of a new section of sidewalk on Vernon Street to the project.


Fund-raiser for schools on Saturday

The Melrose Education Foundation on Saturday will hold its second annual Foundation Night Out at 7 p.m. at the Beebe Estate on West Foster Street. Tickets cost $35 and may be purchased online at Money raised will support a grants program the foundation runs for the city’s public schools. The grants are provided to enhance learning and supplement the school curriculum. The foundation last year awarded 37 grants, totaling more than $20,000, to more than 60 teachers in the city’s eight public schools. “With these grants, teachers gained access to training and students engaged in hands-on learning they wouldn’t have otherwise experienced,” Lisa Lewis, the president of the foundation, said in a statement.


Inauguration ceremony scheduled for new college president

More than 500 people are expected to be on hand when North Shore Community College holds an inauguration ceremony for its new president, Patricia A. Gentile. House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and state Senator Thomas M. McGee, a Lynn Democrat, are among those expected to be on hand at the invitation-only event, which will be held at 2 p.m in the gymnasium of the college’s Lynn campus, 300 Broad St. Attendees will also include representatives from the state’s other public colleges and universities, and faculty, staff, trustees, and other members of the North Shore Community College community. The swearing-in of Gentile, North Shore’s fourth president, will formally launch a yearlong celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary.


Details of local flu clinics released

The Winchester Board of Health has posted its schedule of flu clinics for the year. At the first clinic, scheduled for 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 30, a high-dose vaccine, which produces a much stronger antibody response than the standard flu shot, will be given to residents over the age of 65 and individuals considered at high risk. Clinics for the general public will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 9; 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 20; and 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13. The October clinics are for residents 3 years and older; the November clinic is for residents 6 months and older. All clinics will be held at the Jenks Center, 109 Skillings Road. Most health insurance will be accepted. Individuals who wish to receive a flu shot are asked to bring their health insurance cards with them. A $10 fee will be charged to those whose insurance is not accepted. For more information, visit the town website at and click on the link to the flu clinic information sheet from the home page.


Concerns over traffic end Beebe infrastructure changes

In response to neighbors’ concerns, Mayor Gary Christenson has decided to withdraw plans for road infrastructure improvements near the Beebe School. The proposed Safe Routes to School infrastructure project, which had been in the works for several years, was intended to enhance pedestrian safety at the intersections of Pleasant and Elm streets and Highland Avenue. As part of the upgrades, which would have garnered nearly $600,000 in federal funds, Elm Street would have been closed at one end, making it a dead-end street. Residents were concerned that the closure would adversely affect traffic flow on neighboring streets. Christenson hosted two meetings with residents and state Department of Transportation officials to discuss the benefits of the project, the neighbors’ concerns, and any possible changes to the project. “It is clear from the meetings and the response of residents thereafter that even with suggested modifications to the plan, the number of residents opposed outnumbered those in favor of the project,” the mayor said in a statement posted on the city website.


Voter input sought on new articles at special meeting

The Reading Special Town Meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in the William E. Endslow Performing Arts Center at Reading Memorial High School, 62 Oakland Road. Voters will be asked to consider 15 articles, including a proposal by the Board of Selectmen to ask the town Finance Committee to “investigate at once the books, accounts, records, and management of the Reading Municipal Light Department” and make a report on its investigation by Nov. 10. Other proposals would establish eligible locations for registered medical marijuana dispensaries; appropriate funds to make water main improvements; and authorize the Board of Selectmen to dispose of various town property. To view the Special Town Meeting warrant, visit the town website at and click on the link to “Town Meeting Information” from the town clerk’s page.


More than $50k in grant money given to Fire Department

The town will be purchasing new gear for the Fire Department, thanks to a recent federal grant. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing Saugus with $57,420 through its Assistance to Firefighter Grant program, which helps fire departments purchase needed equipment. The money will enable the town to buy 29 sets of outer protective clothing for firefighters, including coats and pants, according to Town Manager Scott Crabtree. The new gear will replace outdated gear and allow the department to outfit new firefighters. The grant will pay for 90 percent of the cost of the purchase. The town will cover the remaining 10 percent, or $6,380.


Community Day is next Sunday

A procession of 10 national flags will help celebrate Medford Community Day, scheduled for next Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Andrews Middle School, 3000 Mystic Valley Parkway. The day will celebrate the city’s community spirit, history, and diversity. About 100 vendors will participate in the event, which returns after an absence of several years. Hot air balloon and pony rides are planned, along with make-your-own scarecrows and pumpkin decorating. A touch-a-truck exhibit will include the Batmobile, the L.L. Bean Bootmobile, and local fire and police vehicles. Special guests include Wally The Green Monster, Jumbo the Tufts University mascot, and Elsa and Anna, the princesses from Disney’s “Frozen.”

North Andover

In joining coalition, town seeks to improve water conservation

North Andover is now a member of the Greenscapes Massachusetts Coalition. The coalition is an outreach and education effort that promotes water conservation and protection. The collaborative effort strives to educate citizens and professionals about landscaping practices that lessen harm to the environment; create an informed and proactive citizenry that acts as environmental stewards; and generate broad support for the responsible management of water resources to ensure the quality and quantity of those resources. For more information, visit


Bishop of London to be at St. Michael’s services

The Anglican bishop of London, the direct successor of the 18th-century prelates who sent Anglican missionaries to staff St. Michael’s Church before the American Revolution, is scheduled to preside over the Sept. 27 and 28 tercentenary services at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 26 Pleasant St. The Rev. Richard Chartres, the 132d bishop of London, is scheduled to participate in an evensong service at 5 p.m. Sept. 27 and to be primary celebrant at the 10 a.m. service Sept. 28, which also will include current and former clergy of St. Michael’s and clergy from the church of St. Thomas, Arcahaie, St. Michael’s sister parish in Haiti. Both services are open to the public. Chartres’s visit will be the highlight of a year of 300th anniversary celebrations. Individuals who wish to attend the Sept. 28 service are asked to reserve and pick up a complimentary ticket at St. Michael’s parish office by Sept. 21. To reserve a ticket, call the parish office at 781-631-0657 between 8:30 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday. At the conclusion of the Sept. 28 service, Chartres will lead a procession through the church’s neighborhood. The weekend will conclude with a reception in the garden of the Jeremiah Lee Mansion on Washington Street.


Construction company moving in from Manchester

Windover Construction has moved from Manchester-by-the-Sea to new headquarters at 66 Cherry Hill Drive in Beverly. The new location accommodates the company’s growth. The space is designed with teamwork in mind, housing the entire company on one level. Features include new offices, a break room and cafe, seating areas, conference rooms, a photography gallery showcasing the company’s projects, a training center, and an extensive resource library. Beverly was a natural choice for the company, given its strong ties to the community, said company president Lee Dellicker, in a press release e-mailed to the Globe. He noted that Windover Construction recently broke ground on its 10th major construction project at Endicott College in Beverly. For more information, visit the company website at


Suspect in double homicide found by police during raid

A Nashua police raid may have helped Lawrence police track down a suspect in the Aug. 10 shooting deaths of two men at an Inman Street apartment complex. Ricardo Ortiz Hernandez, 21, was arrested at Lillian’s Motel in Nashua Sept. 2 and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute after police allegedly found 10 grams of the drug and almost $20,000 cash in his room. Members of the Nashua Police Special Reaction Team raided the room on two warrants, one of which related to the August double homicide. According to a spokesman from the Essex district attorney’s office, Hernandez is a suspect in those murders, though no motive has been specified by police.


Elementary school called a successful model

A recent visit to Pawtucketville Elementary School has drawn rave reviews from a national teachers union representative. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said the school is a successful model for transformation brought about by a partnership between teaching staff and engaged parents. Weingarten last visited the district in 2012 when she toured Murkland Elementary School. Both schools have demonstrated a turnaround, moving up to Level 1 accountability status based on MCAS scores. Both Matt Stahl, principal of Pawtucketville, and his teaching staff have said that they credit the improvements in part to an establishment of trust among staff members and a better teaching environment.


Ceremony held for new playground

City officials held a ribbon-cutting last Saturday for Burnham’s Field Playground, which recently underwent a $565,000 reconstruction using state and federal funds and Community Preservation Fund money. Burnham’s Field became home to a community garden in 2011, and now has two playground areas that include swings, a spray pad for children, resurfaced basketball courts, new trees and benches, and a paved path around the field for walking, jogging, or riding. Future work includes new construction on ball fields. “The reopening of the Burnham’s Field Playground culminates a five-year effort by the city and the neighborhood to create a more family-friendly atmosphere for Burnham’s Field,” Mayor Carolyn Kirk said in a press release. “Families with children will enjoy the expanded playground and new spray fountain. Residents of all ages will enjoy the paved pathways and benches that make the field accessible to all residents.”


New traffic rules around schools

New traffic rules are in effect near the Bresnahan School and the Nock/Molin school, according to the Newburyport Police Department. At the Bresnahan School, parents should drop off and pick up their children on the North Atkinson Street side of the school; parents living in the west end of the city are asked to exit school grounds on Murphy Avenue and turn right onto Low Street, while parents living in the center and south end of Newburyport should exit by way of North Atkinson Street. Left turns will be prohibited onto Low Street from Murphy Avenue, and the High Street entrance to the school is now restricted to buses only. At the Nock/Molin School, there will no longer be a crossing guard on Low Street. Also, it is illegal to park, stop, and drop off on the south side of Low Street across from the school; parents should plan to arrive on the school side of Low Street or use the Johnson Street driveway.

West Newbury

Building committee submits final report

With the long-awaited, roughly $10 million Dr. John C. Page Elementary School renovation project completed, the Page School Building Committee has delivered its final report and has disbanded. Committee chairman Brad Dore told selectmen at a recent meeting that both phases of building and renovation have been completed, occupancy permits have been awarded, and that the committee accomplished most of its goals. He did recommend that the town look at a long-term plan to maintain the building. The project included replacing the building’s windows, roof, and HVAC systems, construction of a new gym, renovations to the existing gym and cafeteria, reworked administrative offices and facade, and other upgrades and finishing work.


Town purchasing analyst starts work

Katherine Moskos recently began work as Burlington’s first purchasing analyst. Moskos, a Bedford resident, was appointed by Town Administrator John Petrin with the approval of selectmen. Burlington created purchasing analyst’s position at the annual Town Meeting last May. In her new role, Moskos will be responsible for implementing town purchasing policies and working with nonschool departments buying their equipment and supplies. Moskos previously worked for seven years in various administrative positions for Wellesley’s Department of Public Works, where she was involved with accounting, payroll, community relations, human resources, and insurance. Before that she worked as an administrator for an architectural firm in Cambridge, and as an accounts payable coordinator for a biotechnology company in Bedford. This past May, she received a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University.


Civil War events planned for town’s 200th anniversary

The Lynnfield Historical Commission is planning a Civil War encampment for the weekend of Oct. 4-5, including Civil War reenactors and a cannon-firing demonstration. The event is part of Lynnfield’s celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Meeting House and 200th anniversary of its incorporation as a town, and will be held on the lawn of the Historical Centre, South Common Street. During the Civil War, Lynnfield was home to Camp Stanton, located on what is now a portion of Route 1. The event will be free and open to the public.


Local officer visits State House to give school safety ideas

Wilmington Police Lieutenant Scott Sencabaugh, who serves as Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr’s appointee to the Massachusetts Task Force on School Safety and Security, recently presented the task force’s recommendations at the State House. The task force last month released a report detailing 29 specific recommendations for improving school safety and security. Among the recommendations: allocate additional state funding for school buildings to be retrofitted with security features, including monitored entryways and classroom door locks; requiring all classroom doors to open out and to be equipped to lock from the inside, without having to use a key; the development of protocols to identify and intervene with students who are struggling socially and/or emotionally so they can be referred to appropriate professional help; and the creation of school crisis response teams to periodically assess and enhance school safety policies. The task force was established under an executive order signed by Governor Deval Patrick in January and charged with developing school safety and security guidelines that can be adapted and implemented by school districts across the state. Sencabaugh, who has been a key member of Wilmington’s School Safety and Security team, was selected for the task force because of his extensive public safety background. He serves as unit commander for the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council School Threat Assessment and Response System team, a multidisciplinary group that focuses on an “all hazards approach” to solving school safety issues. The team provides planning and response services across 58cities and towns and is made up of law enforcement, fire services, public and private educators, and school-based mental health personnel. The full report of the Massachusetts Task Force on School Safety and Security can be viewed at:


Voting for award money recipients is still open

Online voting in the BankGloucester Banking for the Community program to support nonprofit and community organizations on Cape Ann continues through Sept. 30. In the last six years, BankGloucester has awarded $90,000 to 15 organizations, and this year the bank plans to award $20,000 to 19 organizations, according to a press release. The awards are given out based on voting by supporters, with the top vote-getter receiving $5,000 and other organizations supported in the voting receiving lesser amounts. Several organizations are listed on the ballot, and voters may also write in an organization of their choice. Information on the organizations is available in the bank’s lobby at 160 Main St., and information and voting can be done at the bank’s website,, Winners will be announced at a reception on Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. at the bank.


Annual library book sale starting in one week

The annual Friends of the Swampscott Public Library book sale will begin next Thursday and continue through Sunday, Sept. 21. Thursday’s 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. showing will be open to friends members only (though anyone can sign up to join the organization that night) and there is no limit to the number of books purchased. The sale will continue Friday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 20, books will be marked down to half price and sold from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m, and on Sunday, Sept. 21, books will be sold for 10 cents each or $1 per bag.


Music, games, and more at family day

The Open House Family Day at Georgetown’s Camp Denison Conservation Area is scheduled for Sept. 20. Camp Denison is 44 acres of public conservation area, open to the public during daylight hours for camping, picnics, bike riding, bird watching, and other types of passive recreation. The family-focused annual event, which drew about 200 people last year, according to the camp’s website, features activities including music, games, exhibitions, and food. Local Boy and Girl Scouts will volunteer to help run the event and the informational booths. Family Day is open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit


New contract ratified by LifeLinks workers after strike

With a unanimous vote in favor of ratification, nearly 200 employees at LifeLinks Inc. in Chelmsford approved a new three-year contract over the Labor Day weekend. The agreement, reached following a two-day strike, includes wage increases of 10 to 15 percent over the life of the contract, additional vacation days, and more paid holidays than the workers had under their previous agreement. The company’s contract with workers who provide social services and direct support to individuals with developmental disabilities had expired April 30. Company officials and representatives of Local 509 of the Service Employees International Union, which represents the LifeLinks workers, met with a mediator to reach the final agreement. Company officials said business is now back to normal.


Chen to lead international program at Academy of Notre Dame

The Academy of Notre Dame says LiHsi Chen of Nashua has taken the position of international student services manager. Chen has worked as a consultant for the academy’s international program and both of her daughters attended the school. The international program at the academy offers students from around the world the opportunity to immerse themselves in US culture by living with host families from the region. This fall, the academy expects 21 students in the program, representing a 50 percent increase over last year. For more information, visit

North Reading

Energy-efficiency project to be tested in four local areas

The Reading Municipal Light Department has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources for energy-efficiency programs that will save money while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A portion of the grant will be used to install light-emitting diode (LED) street lights in each of its member communities. In North Reading, four areas have been selected for this project: Main Street, north of Park Street; North Street, in the vicinity of Hillview Country Club; Country Club Road, from North Street to Wren Circle; and Town Hall. LED lights are up to 60 percent more efficient than traditional street lamps, and the new lights are also expected to enhance night visibility. The Light Department estimates that the 20 LED lamps being installed in North Reading will use about 12,660 fewer kilowatts per year and save the town about $1,545 annually.


Hazardous waste collection next week

The town is joining with Reading to offer a hazardous waste drop-off event on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Wakefield High School, 60 Farm St. The collection is for Wakefield and Reading residents only and proof of residency is required. No commercial waste will be accepted. Items that can be dropped off include drain and oven cleaners, furniture polish, brake fluid, photo chemicals, pesticides, and pool chemicals. Items that will not be accepted include latex paint, radioactive waste, ammunition, and used motor oil. For more information, go the town’s website,, or call 781-246-6301.


New recycling system beginning this week

The town is shifting to an automated recycling system effective on Wednesday. Residents are asked to begin using the 96-gallon wheeled recycling containers recently delivered to their homes. Under the automated system, the recycling toters will be picked up by trucks with mechanical arms. The town is adopting the system as another way to boost recycling. Also as part of that effort, the town last July switched to single-stream recycling, which allows different types of recyclables to be mixed together in recycling containers. The single-stream format will continue with the new containers. Officials advised that as of Wednesday, recyclables will no longer be collected if they are not in the new automated containers. The town is leasing the containers from its trash hauler, Republic Services.


Grant given to nonprofit to revitalize Chelsea Creek

The US Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded a $60,000 grant to support revitalization of Chelsea Creek. Alternatives for Community & Environment received the grant, one of two announced by the EPA to support environmental improvement projects in the Mystic River Watershed. The Boston-based nonprofit will partner with the Chelsea Creek Action Group on the program. The project involves helping local residents review and update a community vision document for Chelsea Creek previously developed through the efforts of the Action Group. It also involves educating residents about existing environmental regulations for protecting water quality, and helping them take a proactive role in promoting the creek as an environmental, recreational, economic, and educational resource.


Family-friendly Oktoberfest preparations underway

The city is preparing for its fourth annual Oktoberfest celebration, scheduled for Oct. 4 from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Spence Farm. In addition to beer, the family-friendly event will feature traditional German food, including pretzels, knockwurst, and bratwurst, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers. King Ludwig’s Bavarian Band will perform, and local crafters and artisans will sell their goods. There will also be activities for children, including bouncy houses, face painting, and Bavarian hat decorating. Admission to the event is free but food and drinks are not. The Agricultural Commission, which is organizing the festival, is seeking additional artisans and crafters. The cost for a 10-by-10-foot booth is $15. Anyone interested can call Paul Medeiros, the commission chairman, at 781-938-0297. Free satellite parking will be provided at the Crowne Plaza, 15 Middlesex Canal Park, with shuttle buses running to and from the farm throughout the event.


Public meetings this week to address liquor license changes

The mayor’s Liquor Advisory Committee is scheduled to hold two public meetings this week to receive public input about a proposed change to the number of seats required for a restaurant to apply for a liquor license. The meetings are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday, beginning both nights at 7 in Milano Senior Center, 201 West Foster St. The committee is considering reducing the required number of seats to 25 for a beer-and-wine license and to 50 for a full liquor license. Currently, a restaurant in Melrose must have 50 seats for a beer-and-wine license and 100 for a full liquor license. “The goal is to expand upon our success in making Melrose a restaurant destination, and to help small businesses here continue to thrive and contribute toward our community and our tax base,” Mayor Robert J. Dolan said in a prepared statement. “At the same time, our objective is to consider these changes in a responsible manner. If the proposed liquor law changes receive a favorable recommendation, the mayor will submit an order for a home-rule petition to the Board of Aldermen. If approved by the board, the city will seek state approval of the home-rule petition.


Parking and street restrictions Sunday during event

The city’s SomerStreets event on Holland Street will result in several road closures and parking restrictions Sunday, according to a statement from the city. From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., no parking will be permitted on Holland Street, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the street will be closed to all vehicles. All side streets leading onto Holland Street will temporarily be converted to two-way traffic, including: Newbury Street, Moore Street, Gorham Street, Paulina Street, Simpson Avenue, Jay Street, Irving Street, Wallace Street, and Winter Street. Bus routes 87 and 88 will also be rerouted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For locations of rerouted bus stops, visit


World Music Festival next Saturday

Residents can experience the sounds and flavors of many cultures at the city’s annual World Music Festival on Saturday from 1 to 6:30 p.m. at Lynn Heritage State Park, off the Lynnway. The festival, a day of international music and food, will feature Women of the World, an ensemble of Berklee College of Music graduates who celebrate diversity and the quest for world peace through music. Other performers will include Fargenign, Cultural Latino Group, Cape Cod African Dance and Drum, Jazz is a Rainbow, Josue Giron, a Pete Seeger tribute band, and Walnut-Da Lyrical Geni. There will also be ethnic food vendors and crafters. Residents are invited to bring a blanket or chair. The event is being organized by The Friends of Lynn Heritage State Park and the Highlands Coalition. The rain date is Sept. 27.


High school renovation brings parking restrictions

Resident-only parking restrictions are in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for the duration of the Winchester High School renovation project on Cedar, Holland, Nelson, Oak, Spruce, Summer, Tremont, Westley, and Winter streets. The high school project is scheduled to be completed by fall 2017. The new restrictions will be in addition to any no-parking restrictions that currently exist. Residents living on the streets listed may obtain resident-parking stickers from the Winchester Engineering Department in Town Hall. To obtain a parking permit, residents must present a parking-permit application and a valid Massachusetts registration showing that the vehicle in question is garaged on one of the streets listed above. Permits will expire Aug. 31, 2015. For more information, contact the Engineering Department at 781-721-7120.


Large grant awarded to help Malden River program

The US Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $60,000 Urban Waters grant to Mystic River Watershed Association for the Green Infrastructure Program for the Malden River. The funding will be used to help the association promote green infrastructure in Medford, Malden, and Everett, three watershed environmental justice communities. Mystic River Watershed Association plans to educate residents, business owners, and municipal staff about storm water and build grass-roots support for the installation of green infrastructure projects on private and public lands. The project will ultimately recommend potential modifications to ordinances and bylaws in each community to promote green infrastructure. In all, the EPA awarded $2.1 million nationally to 37 organizations in 17 states and Puerto Rico to help restore urban waters, improve water quality, and support community revitalization and other local priorities. For more information on EPA’s Urban Waters program, visit


Deadline for Tornado Relief Fund applications approaching

Sept. 15 is the deadline to apply for assistance from the Revere Tornado Relief Fund. The city established the fund to aid businesses and residents who sustained property damage from the July 28 tornado that struck the city. To date, about $225,000 in private donations has been raised for the fund, and about 45 residents and businesses have applied for assistance, according to city officials. A board of directors appointed to administer the fund will work with the fund administrator, former Middlesex district attorney Gerry Leone, to award the money. Applications are available at City Hall and at . The tornado struck the city’s central district and neighborhoods to the east and west of it. There were no fatalities or serious injuries. The city has waived nearly $12,000 in building permit fees to assist residents with repairs since the cleanup.


Pop music group Cover Girls to perform at CityFest

The Cover Girls will be the headline act when Everett holds its annual CityFest celebration on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. in Everett Square. Their performance in Everett will serve as the Boston-area premier of a reunion tour of the original Cover Girls, a freestyle pop music group that was popular in the 1980s and early 1990s, with such hits as “Show Me,” “Wishing on a Star,” and “Because of You.” The Cover Girls are anchoring a full lineup of entertainment that will also include performances by area groups from varied ethnic and cultural traditions. There will also be food vendors. Admission is free and open to all.


First treatment of opiate overdose with Narcan successful

The Police Department recently made its first successful use of nasal Narcan since the drug was placed in all its vehicles in June. The brand name for naxalone, Narcan is used to reverse the effects of an overdose of heroin or other opiates. According to the department, police officers on Aug. 24 were the first emergency responders to arrive at Arboretum Way after a 911 call reported a possible heroin overdose. The officers found a 24-year-old man convulsing on the floor. The man was unresponsive and blue in the face. Two officers began first aid and administered a single dose of nasal Narcan to the patient. He came around in less than a minute and admitted to police that he had ingested alcohol and taken multiple opiate pills. The man, not identified by police because of the department’s policy not to name victims of medical emergencies, was taken to an area hospital for further treatment. “This is precisely the reason for the deployment of Narcan in patrol cruisers,” Police Chief Michael R. Kent said in a statement. “I am pleased with the quick thinking of our officers, arriving on scene immediately, and administering this life-saving drug on time. Their actions made the difference, and without Narcan, we could be talking about an entirely different result.”


Forum scheduled to discuss preserving historical structures

A coalition called 01867 Neighborhood Preservation, which was formed this summer to help find a way to preserve two historic structures at Kemp Place, 186 Summer Avenue, is inviting Reading residents to a community meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Pleasant Street Center (formerly the Senior Center) to explore options and develop strategies to preserve the 19th-century property and keep the Summer Avenue neighborhood residential. The owner of Kemp Place, Debra A. Shontz-Stackpole, wants to demolish both structures on the property — a home and a barn, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places — which reportedly have wood rot. Criterion Child Enrichment plans to purchase the site, according to paperwork filed by Shontz-Stackpole with the town Building Department. Founded in 1985, Criterion provides community-based developmental enrichment groups, child care, early intervention, and newborn home visiting programs. The Reading Historical Commission has issued a six-month demolition delay, protecting the structures. For more information, e-mail


Playground dedicated to infant

Mayor Michael J. McGlynn late last month dedicated the playground at Wright’s Pond to the memory of Logan Patrick Murphy, who died last summer at the age of 8 months. Logan, son of Brian A. Murphy and Destiny Murphy and twin brother to Ethan Murphy, died unexpectedly on Aug. 29, 2013. Wright’s Pond is one of the city’s most popular parks, with a sandy beach and the tot lot that has been dedicated to Logan. The ceremony took place on the anniversary of the infant’s death.


Photos of town wanted for new website

The town of Ipswich is seeking photos of landmarks, town activities, or anything else that showcases Ipswich for its website, currently being designed. The photos may be submitted by CD to the town manager’s office at Town Hall, or e-mailed to special assistant Jennifer Breaker at No photos will be returned, and photographers are required to sign a release. It is requested that people not turn in personal photos. To improve the chances of being selected, it is suggested that the photographer identify the place or activity in the picture, indicate the approximate date that the photo was taken (if that is known), and explain why the photo would enhance the website.

North Andover

Volunteers wanted for elderly transportation and support

The North Andover Senior Center is seeking volunteers to provide transportation to and from medical appointments for local seniors in need of a ride, as well as homebound seniors and volunteers for its Friendly Visitors Program, a service that pairs volunteers with North Andover seniors who would like to have company and support. Medical transport drivers can set their own hours and define the geographic area in which they are willing to travel. Friendly Visitors volunteers spend at least one hour per week with seniors in their homes and make the program’s outreach manager aware of any concerns that may arise. All volunteers must pass a criminal records check. Seniors interested in enrolling in the Friendly Visitors Program and residents who would like more information about volunteer opportunities should call the Senior Center at 978-688-9560. Sandy Flaherty is the coordinator of the Friendly Visitor Program and may also be reached at Cahla Ahlstrom oversees the medical transportation program and may also be reached at


Lauren Fogle Boyd appointed library trustee

At its last meeting, the Board of Selectmen met with the trustees of Abbot Public Library to choose a new library trustee. The boards voted to appoint Lauren Fogle Boyd as a trustee with a term to expire in May 2015. In other matters, selectmen voted to appoint Peter Stacey to the Historical Commission. Stacey’s term will expire in May 2017.


New energy-saving program begins

The town recently started a pilot energy saving program that will offer rewards to residents and businesses that voluntarily reduce their electricity use during peak demand hours. The program, launched in early August, is intended to reduce overall usage in town during peak demand, which typically occurs during the summer. Officials said the summer peak has an effect on electric rates for the entire year, so that any reduction in it can lower costs for the entire year. Under the program, called Peakr, the town will provide a variety of incentives, including gift certificates and a raffle for an iPad Air, to residents who participate. Customers who sign up will be contacted and given specific instructions on when it is time to turn items off. Those who would like to participate must create a Peakr account at For more information, call 978-774-0005.


Collins school new home for Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem has a new home. Since the mid-1980s, the club has operated in space leased from Immaculate Conception Church at 13 Hawthorne Blvd. Last Wednesday, the opening day of the school year, it was scheduled to move its main operations to the Collins Middle School at 29 Highland Ave. The School Committee recently approved a lease allowing the Boys & Girls Club to use a section of the Middle School building not currently needed for academic purposes. “Our staff and board members are extremely enthusiastic about this opportunity to strengthen our collaboration with Salem schools as our community works to ensure academic success is within reach of all our children,” Joanne Scott, the club’s executive director, said in a prepared statement. The new space at Collins will house all the club’s regular programs for children 8 to 18. Afterschool programs for children under age 8 will be provided by the club at the Horace Mann, Saltonstall, and Witchcraft Heights schools. All club programs were previously housed at the Hawthorne Boulevard site.


Plethora of contests available at fair

The Topsfield Fair, which is scheduled to run Oct. 3 through 13, will offer hundreds of contests during its 10-day run. Among the contests are those in amateur and professional art, beekeeping, canning, foods, flowers, photography, giant pumpkins, poultry, oxen pulls, and more. Some have entry deadlines as early as this week. For a complete list, visit the fair’s website at


Fashion show, dinner to benefit Alzheimer’s program

A fashion show to benefit the Nevins Family of Services Alzheimer’s program will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, at DiBurro’s in Bradford. Entitled “Passion for Fashion,” the event will include appetizers, dinner, and a look at the latest styles while supporting the Nevins Family of Services, a nonprofit based in Methuen that offers services to seniors and the disabled, including short-term rehabilitation, long-term nursing home care, adult day care, and affordable senior housing. Proceeds from the event are designated for the organization’s Alzheimer’s and memory-care programs. Tickets are $50 and are only available in advance. For more information, visit or search “Passion for Fashion” on Faceboo


Restaurant Week, International Festival approaching

Downtown will be filled with the sights, sounds, and tastes of varied cultures when the city holds its annual International Festival next Sunday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Peabody Square. The event, now in its 31st year, typically attracts 50,000 to 80,000 people. This year’s festival will include continuous entertainment on three stages; 75 exhibit booths featuring food and art of Peabody’s many ethnic groups; and displays of works from about 50 area artists at a galleria on Chestnut Street. Also included within the festival is the annual Kids Day Celebration, which will be held at East End Veterans Memorial Park on Walnut Street, featuring a variety of activities and musical entertainment for children. The International Festival is free and open to the public. Also as part of the event, the city is holding its annual Restaurant Week — scheduled from Sept. 14-18 and Sept. 21-25. Participating restaurants will be offering special discounts during that period. For more information on the International Festival and Restaurant Week, go to . In the event of rain on festival day, cancellation announcements will be posted on Peabody’s cable access channels 8, 9, and 99.


Shoe sculptures featured in Soles of Haverhill

Soles of Haverhill, the latest public art installment to be presented by local civic action group Team Haverhill Inc., is set to kick off this month with a series of events. The event kicks off with a public art show at the Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water St. The show, scheduled to run from Thursday through Sept. 27, features the work of award-winning regional artists as well as emerging talent, and includes a display of the original design maquettes for this year’s shoe sculptures. Starting Sept. 15, “Shoe-la-bration” public art tour maps will be available at four locations in the city, giving residents and tourists an opportunity to enjoy dozens of locally themed murals and whimsical shoe sculptures celebrating Haverhill’s history as an international leader in footwear fashions. The self-guided tour maps will be available at Positive Images Gallery, 53 Wingate St.; City Hall, 4 Summer St.; the Farmers Market, 40 Bailey Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; and the museum. For more information on these and other Shoe-la-bration events, including a pop-up museum exhibit and artists’ reception, visit


Selectmen deny pipeline company access to town property

The Board of Selectmen has sent a letter to Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP asking the company to “consider and determine an alternate route” for its proposed gas pipeline extension project. The letter, dated Aug. 11, also notifies Kinder Morgan that the town of Andover is denying access to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company LLC (a Kinder Morgan company) and its representatives access to all town-owned property for any purpose related to the Northeast Energy Direct Project, which would expand the Houston-based company’s regional network by installing a natural gas pipeline across the Commonwealth’s northern border, from upstate New York to an existing network in Dracut. “There are a host of concerns with this currently proposed route because of its numerous detrimental impacts to this community’s drinking water supply and surrounding watershed, town-owned conservation land, protected wetlands, school and municipal properties, ancient historical sites, and the safety of our residents,” the selectmen wrote. Kinder Morgan met on Aug. 28 with officials in Andover, according to company spokesman Richard N. Wheatley. “The company is reviewing the information received from the Board of Selectmen, and additional discussions are planned,” Wheatley said in an e-mail to the Globe. Kinder Morgan plans to have the new supply system up and running by Nov. 1, 2018, he said. The company is expected to submit a National Environmental Policy Act prefiling application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in September, Wheatley said. The federal commission oversees the interstate transportation of natural gas; state and local officials have little jurisdiction over such projects.

West Newbury

Adherence to overtime policy slipping

Selectmen have reiterated a policy that requires town department heads to accompany all overtime payment requests with explanations. In a brief business meeting before the Labor Day weekend, selectmen noted that, while Police Chief Lisa Holmes has consistently provided explanations along with overtime payment requests, many other department heads have slipped with the practice. “It’s very important,” said Board of Selectmen chairman Glenn Kemper. “This is something that the selectmen have voted on and asked for, and it’s not being adhered to.”


Signup still open for half-marathon

Signups are still available for the Green Stride Newburyport Half-Marathon on Oct. 26 . The course includes some main roads, back roads, a few hills, and a paved trail. The half-marathon is certified by USA Track & Field, the national governing body for long-distance running. Registration will cost $70 until Friday at midnight, and any subsequent registrations will cost $75. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top runners. There will also be a postrace party that includes food, beer, and musical entertainment. To register or for more information about the race, visit


Briscoe School PTO to hold ice cream social on Thursday

On Thursday, the Briscoe Middle School PTO will host an ice cream social and scavenger hunt for incoming Grade 6 students from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the school’s cafeteria at 7 Sohier Road. The event is free for students and $5 for adults and siblings. For more information, call 978-921-6103.


Area residents invited to Celebrate Giving event

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation is inviting the public to celebrate philanthropy in Greater Lowell and Merrimack Valley communities and to honor foundation grant recipients at its upcoming Celebrate Giving event. It will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 18, at the Westford Regency. The theme of this year’s event is “Creative Economy.” Local business leaders and philanthropist Arthur Anton Sr. will be honored, and the evening’s keynote speaker will be Catherine Peterson, executive director of ArtsBoston. Additional honorees include Nancy Cook, Westford volunteer and philanthropist, and Chris Dobens, Boston Strong cofounder. Tickets are $75 and are available by visiting


Special election for Board of Selectmen

Along with the state primary, Manchester-by-the-Sea has a special election scheduled on Tuesday to choose a new member of the Board of Selectmen. Former School Committee chairwoman Susan Beckmann is running against Ron Gendron, an active volunteer in schools and youth sports, for the seat that was vacated when Robert Hoff Jr. moved to North Carolina last month. Voting is scheduled to take place at the Manchester Memorial Elementary School gymnasium, Lincoln Street, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Library book sale fund-raiser scheduled

The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library Book Sale is scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A preview sale for the Friends of the Library members will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The sale continues Monday, Sept. 15, through Thursday, Sept. 18, during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Book-sale donations, purchases, and memberships all support the fund-raising efforts of the Friends of the Library. Over the years, the Friends organization has provided for many program speakers, performers, and equipment, including the library’s color copier and MakerBot 3D printer. For more information, go to

Three lynx kittens can now be seen at Stone Zoo

The kittens were born May 19 and have been on exhibit since July after spending seven weeks in the nest box with their mother.

North Reading warns of IRS phone scam

Local police say some residents have received calls from people claiming to be agents collecting tax money.

Lower Merrimack ‘River Cities’ seek to boost tourism

Several communities collaborated to publish a $25,000, 16-page pamphlet aimed at increasing travel to the area.


Book sale scheduled for Sept. 19, 20, 21

The Friends of the Chelmsford Public Library are scheduled to hold their annual book sale later this month. Donations will be accepted through Sept. 12. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 20, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21 in the gym behind the Town Office at 50 Billerica Road. The book sale is a significant source of funding for library programs, museum passes, and many extras for Chelmsford library patrons, according to a library blog post by Brian Herzog, head of the reference department, who noted that last year’s book sale raised more than $25,000. For more information, visit or contact the reference desk at 978-256-5521, ext. 211.


Work on first of three new fields begins

Work has begun on a new $1.9 million multipurpose synthetic turf athletic field at Georgetown High School. The field, a public-private partnership involving the town’s schools and the Georgetown Athletic Association youth sports organization, is one of three that the town plans to build in the next few years, with two others scheduled to be built after the new Penn Brook Elementary School is completed in 2015, on the site of the current Penn Brook school. For the high school field, the Georgetown Athletic Association is paying the turf and installation costs, while the town has promised $200,000 to remediate soil issues and is providing $1.2 million from its Community Preservation Fund. “We’re all excited,” School Superintendent Carol Jacobs said. “This is a great opportunity for the town.”


Annual Rotary barbecue scheduled

The annual Lynnfield Rotary Barbecue is scheduled for Tuesday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Lynnfield Common, at Summer and Main streets. The family event, which organizers say has drawn up to 450 people in past years, features music, pony rides, a magician, and a martial arts demonstration by Cervizzi’s Martial Arts Academy. Chicken dinners are $12, hot dogs $6, and the money raised by the Rotary goes to a variety of local causes. Tickets are available at the barbecue or at The Savings Bank, Wakefield Co-Operative Bank, Village Pharmacy, and Center Yoga, all in Lynnfield. For more information, contact Rotary president Matthew Kimball at 781-334-3200.


Party planned to celebrate expansion of paved trail

The city and the Friends of the Community Path are celebrating the expansion of Somerville’s paved trail for cyclists and walkers with a zero-waste party in front of Lexington Park on Saturday, according to a statement from the city. The celebration, which is free and open to the public, aims to generate little to no trash by supplying reusable plates and utensils, as well as a compost for leftover food. The “Party on the Path” will run from 2 to 6 p.m., and include refreshments, music, and children’s games. “Thanks to the great work of Governor Patrick and his entire administration, our state and local officials, and our community partners at the ground level, we have made tremendous progress on the Community Path and, as of this year, its planned extension into Cambridge and Boston,” Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone said in the statement. “This project is about much more than biking and walking. It’s about building a community and a region that is equitable, connected, and vibrant, and it’s time to celebrate our accomplishments and look to the future of Somerville’s transportation network.” For more information, visit the Friends of the Community Path Facebook page, at


New funding source for field maintenance needed

Field maintenance funding in Tyngsborough has run dry, prompting town officials to consider new ways to keep up the 14-acre recreational field on Westford Road. Recreation Department director Alison Page has said that the financial shortage is preventing the town from watering the fields, which are used by residents for softball, baseball, walking, tennis, and other activities. Funding is short by tens of thousands of dollars, according to Field Use Committee member Eric Estochen; the past three years have posed similar challenges. Page is now working with committee members to generate new ideas for income, including a possible billboard installation on town property near Route 3.


Quilting presentation open for registration

Registration begins Tuesday for the free presentation by Pamela Weeks of the New England Quilting Museum, titled “A Complete History of Quilting in 60 Minutes or Less” at the Swampscott Public Library on Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. “Quilting is nearly as old as cloth, and I whiz through its history, concentrating on examples from the 18th through 20th centuries,” Weeks said in a press release. “I debunk a few popular quilt history myths, and touch on New England textile mill and technology history.” Attendees are invited to bring one quilt for identification. Weeks will have books, patterns, and cuts from fabric lines available for purchase. Call 781-596-8867 for information.


With book sale approaching, donations and volunteers needed

The Family Friends of the Billerica Public Library are seeking donations and volunteers to help with their annual book sale, scheduled to take place at the library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14. Organizers are in need of donations of gently used books, particularly children’s picture and board books. Patrons may drop off donated items at the library, 15 Concord Road. The Family Friends’ annual book sale is a significant source of funding for library programming and museum passes. For more information about the book sale, visit or call the library at 978-671-0948