Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe North.

MIDDLETON

Middleton Summer Park Program begins July 5

The free program runs weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Howe Manning School playground.

IPSWICH

Ipswich Fire Chief accredited by state Fire Service Commission

Gregory Gagnon has been chief since June 2014.

GLOUCESTER

Ocean Alliance presents research drone to UN

Snotbot is a customized drone that collects whale blow by flying over as it blows.

TOPSFIELD

Petition to limit Town Hall renovation fails in Topsfield

At a Special Town Meeting June 20, 268 opposed curtailing parts of the $9.8 million project by taking no action and 228 voted in support.

REGION

Korean Ambassador for Peace medals to be awarded

To be eligible, veterans must have served in Korea between June 25, 1950, and July 27, 1953. The award can be received posthumously.

READING

Reading hosts community housing forum

Steve Finn, executive director of the Malden Housing Authority, will address local housing needs.

SALEM

Salem meets on Derby Street improvements

Derby Neighborhood Envision 2020 is a coordinated plan for using $2 million to improve the neighborhood’s streets and sidewalks.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville unites against climate change

The initiative kicks off with a community meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 26, at the East Somerville Community School.

WESTFORD

Westford holding lottery for bow hunting permits

Residents may submit applications July 1 to Aug. 4. The lottery is scheduled to take place Aug. 8 and is open to Westford residents only.

HAVERHILL

Haverhill receives grant to improve Tilton School

The $903,000 from the state will focus on transforming the environment, culture, and instruction for students and staff.

IPSWICH

Jocelyn Duff honored by Science Channel

Duff founded CureCMT4J after her daughter Talia was diagnosed with a rare disease that is compared to a slower moving form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

DANVERS

‘Climb out of the Darkness’ event June 25 in Danvers

The annual program that Postpartum Support International holds at various locations raises awareness about pregnancy and postpartum mental health disorders.

HAVERHILL

Haverhill Farmers Market opens June 24

The market features farm-fresh fruits, herbs, eggs, vegetables, baked goods, local wines, honey, handmade soaps, doggie treats, and much more.

MEDFORD

Green Line Extension update June 21 in Medford

The project cleared a key hurdle in April when the federal government, which has committed to funding $1 billion of the cost, approved the new cost estimate of $2.3 billion.

METHUEN

Three medical marijuana dispensaries try again in Methuen

A decision on Alternative Therapies Group Inc., BeWell Organic Medicine Inc., and Natural Remedies Inc. was tabled last year.

NEWBURYPORT

K-9 unit disbanded in Newburyport

City Marshal Mark Murray confirmed that Epic, an 80-pound German shepherd, bit his handler, Officer Eric Marshall.

SOMERVILLE

‘Summer in Somerville’ begins June 24

The city’s annual Family Fun Day will be held at Trum Field from 12 to 4 p.m..

REGION

Legislators taste-test green crab in Gloucester

The tasting was the latest for the Ipswich-based Green Crab R&D Project, which is addressing the invasive species problem by creating a market for its use.

CHELSEA

Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home completes renovations

The nursing home will celebrate the completion of the $16 million project on Wednesday, June 21.

TOPSFIELD

Citizens petition aims to limit Topsfield Town Hall project

The petition, which will considered at Special Town Meeting June 20, asks to limit to scope and cost of the project to renovating the existing building.

GEORGETOWN

Georgetown Fire, Police to share technology

A $69,000 state grant will allow the two departments to share incident reporting software that provides access to information that is essential when responding to calls.

ESSEX

Essex selectmen seek member for Strategic Planning Committee

The 12-member group meets quarterly with the town planner and the town administrator.

LYNN

Residents invited to clean up Lynn

The Lynn Community Association is holdings its annual Clean Sweep event next Saturday, June 17.

MEDFORD

Tufts University hosts opioid conference in Medford

Business owners and management and administrative professionals are invited to attend the half-day forum on Wednesday, June 14.

WINCHESTER

Winchester Farmers Market opens for season

The market is held on the Town Common from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays through October.

SOMERVILLE

It’s ‘Foodie Month’ for Somerville’s 175th anniversary

During the last two weeks of June, participating restaurants will be offering prix fixe dinner menus, providing special offers and discounts, and featuring a food or drink item that include Marshmallow Fluff.

LAWRENCE

Lawrence YMCA opens renovated preschool

The project is the first phase of a planned $5.2 million renovation and expansion.

EVERETT

Public forum scheduled in Everett on casino progress

The Wednesday, June 14, presentation will cover the status of the construction to date; planned and completed road work; and job openings at the Wynn resort.

IPSWICH

Elementary school debate continues in Ipswich

A June 27 Special Town Meeting will consider a citizens’ petition to keep two schools in town instead of consolidating on the Doyon site.

NEWBURYPORT

1801 Newburyport church steeple restored

Rev. Susan Milnor publicly thanked the city and donors for supporting the steeple restoration, which cost $1.4 million.

MIDDLETON

Middleton Fire Department receives FEMA grant

The $15,634 grant will be used to purchase a specialized washer and dryer for firefighter turnout gear.

LOWELL

UMass Lowell is awarded grants for Southeast Asian archive

The grants will be used to preserve cultural heritage materials documenting the experiences of Southeast Asians in the Lowell region since the late 1970s.

EVERETT

Everett considers greenways along Malden River

A consultant will inventory current land along the waterfront, hold several public meetings, and recommend new pathways, river overlooks, and other greenways.

GROVELAND

Gillen to be sworn in as new Groveland chief

Currently deputy chief, he has been a member of the Groveland Police Department for 27 years.

MALDEN

Malden officials to tour planned assisted living complex

The development at the former McFadden Manor Nursing Home will accommodate 86 residents.

SOMERVILLE

Nominate a Somerville nonprofit for free solar power

Because of residents’ higher than expected participation, SolarFlair has agreed to donate a 5-kilowatt system.

IPSWICH

Ipswich changes date of Special Town Meeting

The meeting to vote on additional funds of up to $250,000 needed to complete the design for the new elementary school will now be held June 27.

IPSWICH

Ipswich changes date of Special Town Meeting

The meeting to vote on additional funds of up to $250,000 needed to complete the design for the new elementary school will now be held June 27.

SALEM

North Shore Medical Center receives $5 million donation

The gift from Arthur J. Epstein is the largest single donation in the 144-year history of the hospital.

WILMINGTON

Yentile Farm recreation center opens in Wilmington

Care and control of the 9-acre park is in the hands of the town, with use of the turf field subject to permits issued by the Recreation Department.

ESSEX COUNTY

Greenbelt leader to retire next year

Edward Becker has been with Greenbelt for 30 years as the land and open space preservation organization has increased its portfolio of protected land to 17,000 acres.

LOWELL

UMass Lowell student receives Goldwater scholarship

Michael Doane received a $7,500 scholarship in recognition of his outstanding research contributions to help cure cancer.

TOPSFIELD

Get your fill of strawberries in Topsfield

The 49th annual Topsfield Historical Society Strawberry Festival will be held Saturday, June 10.

SALEM

Traffic delays ahead on Canal Street in Salem

About 600 feet of roadway will be closed to through traffic in two phases, beginning Tuesday, May 30.

WILMINGTON

Wilmington considering bridge options

The Butters Row Bridge, which connects Chestnut Street to Main Street (Route 38), leads traffic over the MBTA Commuter rail tracks.

WOBURN

Woburn opens restored First Burial Ground

A ceremony at Woburn’s oldest center will begin Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday, May 29.

Medford

Medford holding drug prevention week

The program, from Tuesday, May 30, through Friday, June 2, include “Hidden in Plain Sight,” a display that recreates a teen’s bedroom and identifies signs that could indicate drug use.

Ipswich

Ipswich passes recreational marijuana moratorium

Voters want to wait until 2018, pending the development of state guidelines.

Lynn

Beach forum Tuesday in Lynn

The hearing will include a report on planned improvements to water quality on King’s Beach in Lynn and Swampscott and updates on algae removal.

Boxford

New selectwoman chosen, overrides pass in Boxford

Barbara Jessel topped incumbent William Cargill Jr. by 102 votes; a 17.6 percent turnout passed spending for schools.

REGION

Essex County foundation gives awards

The van Otterloo family of Marblehead and Gloucester resident Thomas Burger were honored for their support and philanthropy.

WEST NEWBURY

Regional housing plan to include West Newbury

A Community Housing Needs Workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 31, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the town offices, 381 Main St.

ANDOVER

Andover wins international finance award

The award reflects the town government’s commitment to meeting the highest principles of budgeting.

SALEM

MassDOT to hold spending forum in Salem

The Capital Investment Plan outlines how state and federal funds will be spent on highway, municipal, public transit, and airport projects over the next five years.

MALDEN

Malden’s Forestdale field now open to all

The new field will allow children with physical and mental challenges to enjoy playing baseball.

MARBLEHEAD

Marblehead to talk racial justice

The Marblehead Racial Justice Team and Abbot Public Library are joining forces to hold informal “Conversations on Race,” to be held the third Monday of each month.

METHUEN

Methuen Fire Department receives safety equipment grants

The department has been awarded $225,655 to purchase 33 new breathing apparatuses and 60 face pieces.

ROCKPORT

Substance abuse forum to be held May 24 in Rockport

The seminar will feature panel discussions on opioids and alcohol, and a Q&A session offering resources for those struggling with addiction.

BURLINGTON

270-unit apartment complex approved in Burlington

Plans call for a five-story building on a lot adjacent to the Center at Corporate Drive off Route 3A.

NEWBURYPORT

Newburyport tests for new municipal well

The site on Boyd Drive is part of the proposed Evergreen Common project, which would build 38 single-family homes on about 35 acres.

Manchester-by-the-Sea

Low turnout passes $4m override

Less than 7 percent — 259 — of the town’s 3,988 registered voters turned out to approve upgrades to the town’s water and waste-water systems.

READING

A salute to the Reading Police

Officers raised more than $2,000 for Home Base, a program dedicated to serving post-9/11 veterans, service members, and their families.

REGION

Great Marsh partnership receives EPA award

The network was recognized for protection and restoration work in the Great Marsh, which stretches from Gloucester to Salisbury.

LAWRENCE

Lawrence Tech student named Presidential Scholar

Alkenly Ortiz is the only student in the state to earn the recognition in the Career and Technical Education category.

SOMERVILLE

Forum on Somerville Ave. improvements May 18

The project will address storm-water flooding in Union Square, and enhanced pedestrian, mass transit, bicycle, and traffic safety and flow.

WEST NEWBURY

Fatal car crash simulation at Pentucket Regional

The goal is to demonstrate the negative effects of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, especially during prom and graduation season.

LYNN

Fund-raising to spruce up downtown Lynn

Beyond Walls, a group of Lynn residents, business owners, and public art enthusiasts, will use the funds to install LED lighting; vintage neon artwork; 10 mural; and a sculpture.

DANVERS

Langlais retains seat on Danvers board

The incumbent defeated defeated challenger Stan Svensson, 1,122 votes to 924, in the only Board of Selectman race.

ESSEX

Fitzgibbon earns seat on school committee

The newcomer defeated incumbent Alva Ingaharro, 409-357, in a race for the Manchester Essex Regional board.

Peabody

Peabody lowers default speed limit to 25

Mayor Ted Bettencourt decided to propose the change following an evaluation of existing speed limits and traffic conditions in the city.

REVERE

No synthetic marijuana sales in Revere

Manufacturers can skirt federal law by marketing the drugs as “not for human consumption,” selling them as potpourri or incense.

Two newcomers become Topsfield selectmen

John Spencer and A. Richard Gandt defeated longtime incumbent Martha Morrison and claiming an open seat.

Andover creates ‘sea of pink’ to honor Colleen Ritzer

The Step Up for Colleen 5K on Sunday, May 7, will raise money for scholarships awarded to high school seniors in Andover and Danvers who plan to get a teaching degree in college.

WEST NEWBURY

More robots coming to West Newbury’s Page School

A $5,000 grant from the Biogen Foundation will be used by the Innovation Academy for Engineering and Design.

TYNGSBOROUGH

Selectmen’s race highlights Tyngsborough election

Three candidates will compete for two open seats Tuesday, May 9: Incumbent Corliss Lambert; School Committee member Hillari J. Wennerstrom; and political newcomer Ronald J. Keohane.

REGION

NSCC hosts veterans job fair in Lynn

More than 60 employers representing 26 industries are scheduled to attend.

SALEM

Salem State endowment fund honors Holocaust survivor

The $25,000 Rubin Sztajer Holocaust Survivor Fund will benefit the Brotherhood at Salem State, a mentoring group for men of color on campus.

HAVERHILL

Haverhill plans to restore more historic buildings

Like JM Lofts, 87 Washington will include a mix of residential apartments on the upper floors with street-level retail space.

WAKEFIELD

Funds sought to revitalize downtown Wakefield

Wakefield Main Streets has raised $29,000 and will receive a matching grant of the same amount from MassDevelopment, but is seeking to raise another $16,000.

WEST NEWBURY

West Newbury votes to create town manager

Under the new structure, the town manager will supervise all department heads and direct the town’s day-to-day affairs.