Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe North.

WINCHESTER

Orchids in bloom at Winchester show

The show at Mahoney’s Garden Center from Nov. 3 to 5 will display orchids from New England and around the world.

WEST NEWBURY

West Newbury to vote on salary for new town manager position

A Special Town Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23, at the Town Hall Annex, 379 Main St.

SOMERVILLE

New Somerville policy requires transparent surveillance

Somerville is one of 20 cities and two states to work with the American Civil Liberties Union to develop the transparency policy.

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA

Manchester votes to cut on-street parking spaces

A citizens’ petition that eliminated approximately 30 on-street parking spaces on a section of Beach Street passed by a 174-141 margin at a Special Town Meeting.

SALEM

Salem launches app to curb panhandling

“Change It” allows people to send a text message with a donation for the city’s Collaborative for Hope program.

BURLINGTON

Biotech company opens new center in Burlington

MilliporeSigma’s new 280,000 square foot Life Sciences Center on Wheeler Road has nearly 1,000 employees.

BEVERLY

Beverly expands compost pickup citywide

After a successful two-year pilot program, the city has made the compost collection permanent.

ANDOVER

Andover Community Trust hosts affordable housing forum

A panel of experts with speak at the Andover Public Safety Center on Nov. 2.

IPSWICH

Deadline to vote at Special Town Meeting approaches

Residents have until Friday, Oct. 27, to register for the Nov. 7 meeting, which will consider speed limit changes, emergency parking bans, and $125,000 for Fire Department safety equipment.

READING

Crime authors to speak at Reading library

Brunonia Barry, Randy Susan Meyers, and Hank Phillippi Ryan will speak Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.

GLOUCESTER

Gloucester candidates to appear at two events next month

Candidates for at-large city council positions, Ward 2, and the mayoral seat will debate at the events in early November, sponsored by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

DANVERS

Danvers to hold recycling weekend

During the Zero Waste Recycling Weekend, residents can recycle items not normally accepted curbside, like clothing, electronics, and metal items.

REGION

Community invited to planning workshop for Pentucket High School upgrades

The three-day workshop will take place Nov. 8, Nov. 15, and Dec. 13 in the school’s cafeteria.

PEABODY

Peabody seniors can take in show, tour at Higgins Middle School

The Senior Appreciation Concert will give seniors a chance to see the new school and attend a concert.

NEWBURY

Temporary ban on marijuana shops on Newbury Meeting agenda

The hold on marijuana businesses and other issues will be discussed at a Special Town Meeting Oct. 24.

LOWELL

Lowell police awarded mental health grant

The department received a $75,000 grant from the US Department of Justice to update its policy for responding to mental health-related incidents

MIDDLETON

Middleton Town Meeting will reconsider Natsue Way project

The recreational project will be discussed Nov. 7, along with Memorial Hall repairs and consideration of two additional package stores.

TOPSFIELD

Car break-ins on rise in Topsfield

The neighborhoods of Perkins Row, Ipswich Road, Windsor Lane, Morningside Drive, and High Ridge Road seem to be most at risk.

MALDEN

Share your thoughts on Malden’s Commercial Street

Malden will hold a public meeting Monday, Oct. 16 to discuss possibilities for the corridor.

EVERETT

Easy appointed to city post in Everett

In the newly created position, the former pro football player turned assistant vice principal will improve the city’s efficiency.

ROCKPORT

Rockport Music plans to purchase bank building

The Institution for Savings is selling its branch office at 16 Main St. and plans to consolidate from two branches to one, at the corner of Granite and King streets.

NEWBURYPORT

Newburyport seeking new superintendent

Susan Vicarro will retire at the end of the current school year after 14 years in the position.

LAWRENCE

Lawrence group awarded $1m to lead mentoring program

Family Services of the Merrimack Valley will develop programs for at-risk youth in Lawrence, Holyoke, and Springfield.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville to hold forum for aldermen candidates

The candidates will discuss their views on affordable housing, development, and displacement at the Oct. 10 event.

DANVERS

Danvers to host open house Oct. 12

The event gives residents a behind-the-scenes look at how the town operates.

REGION

Triton cuts late after-school buses

The buses transported students home after athletics and other extra-curricular activities.

Rowley

Fence comes down in Rowley

Owner Michael Kovalchuk was ordered to remove the 6-foot stockade fence because it was in violation of Historic District regulations.

AMESBURY

Amesbury to convert to LED streetlights

The city received $84,000 from the state for the conversion.

BURLINGTON

Burlington appoints library director

Michael Wick will succeed Lori Hodgson, who retired after 15 years in the position.

SWAMPSCOTT

Firm chosen to design Swampscott rail trail

Stantec Consulting Services was selected from among nine companies that expressed interest in the project.

NORTH ANDOVER

North Andover superintendent to leave for private school

Jennifer Price will start as head of school at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge in July 2018.

HAVERHILL

Haverhill seeks grant to address gang violence

The city is looking to secure a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, which announced plans to award money to address critical issues.

IPSWICH

Ipswich sets new schedule for school project

In July, the School Committee voted to move forward on one town elementary school at the Paul F. Doyon Memorial School site on Linebrook Road.

MEDFORD

Medford shopping center revived as Meadow Glen

Marshalls and Kohl’s are being joined by Dick’s Sporting Goods, Petco, and a Wegmans supermarket.

SOMERVILLE

Enrichment added at East Somerville school

Citizen Schools is providing academic support and mentoring both in school and during after-school hours.

NEWBURYPORT

Holaday faces challenge from Cronin for Newburyport mayor

Robert Cronin, Ward 3 City Councilor since 2010, received 1,445 in the primary, compared to incumbent Donna Holaday’s 1,388.

LAWRENCE

Northern Essex to offer English class for degree-holding immigrants

The class, funded by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, will combine classroom lessons with online work and job search activities.

ROCKPORT

Rockport seeking volunteers for beach cleanup

The second annual event is schedule for Oct. 21 at Long Beach and Cape Hedge.

HAVERHILL

Volunteers wanted for Haverhill cemetery cleanup

The Hope for Hilldale Cleanup Campaign is looking for volunteers and sponsors for its annual cleanup event on Oct. 15.

WENHAM

Wenham introduces new police captain

A “meet and greet” with Kevin J. DiNapoli is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Town Hall.

SALEM

Crosswalk changes aim to reduce traffic in Salem

The change involves giving pedestrians the signal to cross in the same direction and at the same time as parallel motor vehicle traffic.

BEVERLY

Beverly to hold meeting on downtown parking

Recommendations include eliminating time limits for metered parking and instead managing the use of those spaces by setting price levels based on demand.

MALDEN

Exchange Street Apartments completed in Malden

The development near the MBTA Orange Line station includes 210 studios and one- and two-bedroom units.

WAKEFIELD

Wakefield Police using overdose app

The program tracks where an overdose occurred, whether or not Narcan was administered, and if the outcome was a recovery or fatality.

ROWLEY

Medical marijuana dispensary approved in Rowley

Nature’s Remedy is planning to open a dispensary in the El Tapatio plaza on Route 1 in September 2018.

ROWLEY

Rowley fence will stand, at least until Oct. 11

Michael Kovalchuk, who was ordered to take down a wood stockade fence at 238 Main St., has filed an appeal in Superior Court.

IPSWICH

Ipswich opens renovated town hall space to public use

Residents may use the Town Hall gym after the floor was replaced, as well as new meeting space in the building that was formerly occupied by the town TV station.

MALDEN

Forums to be held on Malden condo plan

The meetings will be held Sept. 22 and Oct. 5, and will explain the concept of “cohousing,” a type of collaboration in which residents participate in designing and operating their living space.

SOMEVILLE

Somerville looking to create safe streets

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone announced Somerville will participate in the national Vision Zero Action Plans, which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

SALEM

Upgrades underway at Salem’s McGlew Park

Improvements will be made to the softball field, basketball court, and the street hockey court.

GROVELAND

Buy on Craigslist, pay at Groveland’s ‘MeetUp Spot’

Instead of giving out their home addresses or risking a robbery, residents can make in-person exchanges of merchandise and cash under video surveillance at the Groveland Police Station.

MIDDLETON

Middleton administrator gets high marks

Andrew Sheehan will continue as Town Administrator for three more years after a favorable performance review by the Middleton Board of Selectmen.

REGION

Beach cleanup begins on North Shore

Volunteers are gathering in Gloucester, Salisbury, Lynn, and other places for the statewide COASTSWEEP initiative.

REGION

Get ready for Route 1 detours starting Sept. 22

The weekend closures of a portion of the highway in Malden and Revere are needed to allow work crews to conduct bridge repairs.

REGION

Aquatic therapy program to begin at Andover Y

Lawrence General Hospital is offering the new program at the Andover/North Andover YMCA, one of only two aquatic therapy programs in the region.

AMESBURY

Amesbury 350th committee seeks donations

Items will be used in the first event of the anniversary celebration in January, a fund-raiser that will include a live auction of items related to the city.

METHUEN

Photo exhibit raises funds for cancer patients

Priscilla Westaway’s project, “Photo For a Cause,” will culminate with a fund-raiser in October at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill.

EVERETT

Everett readies for Village Fest

The outdoor festival, free and open to the public, will be held on Sept. 23 in the city’s Village Business District along Santilli Highway.

LYNN

Lynn Community Health Center announces new CEO

Dr. Kiame Mahaniah, currently the center’s chief medical officer, will become its new CEO.

WENHAM

Wenham officers honored as first responders

The offers were recognized for their response to a call about a man wandering on Route 1 in Topsfield in October 2016.

SOMERVILLE

Data tool to improve student support in Somerville

Student Insights is an online system that provides teachers with individualized data about their students

SALEM

New details on Salem’s Derby Street project

City officials and a consultant engineer will present the latest news on the city’s ongoing improvements in the neighborhood on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

WESTFORD

Fines levied on asphalt plant site in Westford

Newport Materials has been fined $20,000 by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for ground-water monitoring violations.

GROVELAND

Groveland to offer flu clinics at Town Hall

The state no longer provides free vaccine to local communities, so Medicare or insurance cards are required.

READING

Exam prep seminar offered for Reading students

The session on Sept. 14 at the Reading Public Library will explain the difference between the SAT and the ACT, and give students tips on how to take the standardized tests.

HAVERHILL

Exhibit to showcase the early years at Northern Essex CC

The multimedia exhibit at the Buttonwoods Museum in Haverhill documents the founding of the college and how it became a fixture in the Merrimack Valley during its first 25 years.

CAPE ANN

Newburyport-Rockport weekend trains resume Sept. 2

The project on the commuter rail line was completed five weeks ahead of schedule.

BEVERLY

Beverly seeks artist for Vietnam Memorial Plaza

The city has opened a design competition for a public art sculpture to be located at the park in Ellis Square.

MIDDLETON

Natsue Way project to be reconsidered in Middleton

The $3.8 million project did not receive the two-thirds vote it needed in May.

REVERE

Revere revives disabilities commission

Starting Sept. 8, the commission will take calls and visits regarding complaints and issues in Revere.

MEDFORD

Sporting goods store to hire 70 in Medford

Dick’s Sporting Goods is scheduled to open at the Meadow Glen Mall in September.

NEWBURYPORT

Owl saves old tree in Newburyport

The city decided to trim instead of cutting down the old maple, identified as dangerous because of falling branches, so as not to disturb the Eastern screech owl that calls it home.

ROWLEY

Rowley police chief to lead FBI National Academy Associates

Scott Demas has been named president of the group that provides education and training to law enforcement professionals nationwide.

IPSWICH

Ipswich earns insurance incentives

The town has earned $27,700 that will help pay premiums for workers compensation and property casualty insurance for fiscal year 2018.

Groveland

Ruchala named Groveland’s first assistant chief

He will be taking an active role in strategic planning as well as leading the development of a comprehensive training plan.

REVERE

RCN cable TV may be coming to Revere

Currently, Comcast is Revere’s sole cable provider.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville offers discount on heating and cooling system

The HeatSmart/CoolSmart installation will be available to homeowners and local businesses at discounts of up to 15 percent through Dec. 15.

BEVERLY

Beverly to install energy-efficient street lights

State grants will help fund the $1.3 million project, which calls for removing all 3,777 street lights and replacing them with LED technology.

SALEM

Election season kicks off with candidate nights in Salem

The Chamber of Commerce will host candidates for city councilor at large Aug. 22, and for mayor on Aug. 31.

NEWBURYPORT

Newburyport to replace Plum Island hydrants

The 145 defective hydrants were installed 10 years ago as part of a larger water and sewer project.