Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe North.

AMESBURY

Amesbury’s INroof Solar receives $42,100 state grant

The money was part of $942,100 awarded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s InnovateMass program.

MALDEN

Malden, Medford newspapers shut down

The Malden Evening News and Medford Daily Mercury were struggling to preserve ad revenue.

WINCHESTER

Winchester to host talk on drought

The program will focus on the effects of last year’s drought and how the loss of biodiversity leads to climate change.

TOPSFIELD

Topsfield Town Hall closed for renovations

Town offices will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at a temporary location, 462 E-6 Boston St. (Route 1), in the rear of the office complex.

MASCONOMET

Masconomet Regional requests $667k from three towns

Boxford, Middleton, and Topsfield are being asked to cover upgrades, including $350,000 for a new phone system.

REGION

Local Eats Week begins March 2

Restaurants in Lynnfield, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, and Wakefield will have the opportunity to showcase their menus.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville to discuss Nunziato Field project

The meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Somerville High School Library, will review construction updates and park design.

BURLINGTON

Burlington votes to protect 250 acres from development

By a vote of 92-11, Town Meeting agreed to keep the landlocked forest as open space.

WOBURN

Construction of new school begins in Woburn

The Hurld-Wyman Elementary School will be located on a portion of the city’s 7.5-acre Spence Farm property.

ROCKPORT

Rockport designated as Green Community

Rockport received $148,670 in funding to meet the requirements of the Green Communities Act.

HAVERHILL

Have your own exhibit at Buttonwoods Museum

The museum is inviting anyone 13 years or older who has a collection of objects they would like the community to enjoy to submit a proposal for an exhibit.

MEDFORD

Medford students learn to spot domestic violence

The program trains students to identify signs of physical or sexual abuse, and how to best refer clients to local services for help.

BILLERICA

Urgent care center opens in Billerica

Individuals do not need to be patients of a Circle Health primary care physician to be seen at the Treble Cove Plaza facility.

NEWBURY

Newbury approves $6.5m for town buildings

The project will include a new police station and the renovation of Town Hall.

PEABODY

Peabody to hold forum on next superintendent

Former Salem superintendent Herbert Levine has been serving as interim superintendent since Joseph Mastrocola resigned in 2015.

MARBLEHEAD, SWAMPSCOTT

Talk about sanctuary status postponed by storm

An open meeting scheduled for Monday, Feb. 13, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn has been canceled because of the weather.

AMESBURY

Amesbury police chief to retire

Kevin Oulette has served 37 years in the department, including the past four as chief.

MALDEN

Malden receives $332,540 clean energy grant

The city met the five qualifying criteria to be designated a Green Community by the state.

GROVELAND

Groveland denies medical marijuana dispensary

The Board of Selectmen voted 3 to 2 against providing a letter of acceptance or non-opposition to locate a dispensary at Federal Way and Salem Street.

REGIONAL

Trout Unlimited holding awards banquet

The State’s Division of Ecological Restoration and Ipswich-based New England Biolabs will be honored March 18.

TOPSFIELD

Topsfield approves Harris as interim fire chief

Harris retired from North Reading in 2011 after a 33-year career, inclufing four years as chief.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville seeking residents for city boards

All are volunteer positions, except the seat on the licensing commission, which offers a $3,600 annual stipend.

HAVERHILL

Bickford to address Haverhill Democrats Feb. 6

After hearing from the newly elected chair of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee, a caucus will be held to to elect delegates to the 2017 state convention.

REGIONAL

Essex County still lacks beds for female prisoners

Sherriff Kevin Coppinger currently oversees a 42-bed detoxification unit for women at the Middleton jail and a women’s prerelease center in Salisbury.

GLOUCESTER

Gloucester Rotary Club holds annual Polar Plunge

The event, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Long Beach’s Cape Ann Motor Inn, raises money for polio research.

IPSWICH

Ipswich votes to spend $2.4m for new athletic fields

The fields wll be built on 30.6 acres of the Pony Express Farm on Candlewood Road.

MALDEN

Mystic Valley interim director is named

Martin Trice, who has served as the school’s director since 2012, left on sabbatical Jan. 30 to pursue his doctoral degree.

DANVERS

Danvers seeks to revive industrial district

The town recently completed a draft zoning bylaw that would allow a mix of housing options, as well as retail, offices, and restaurants, off Maple and Hobart streets.

LYNNFIELD

Lynnfield seeks buyers for Centre Farm site

The 7-acre site at 567 Main St. includes a main house and a barn that are among the most significant historical structures in town.

WINCHESTER

Exhibit to combat teen drug use to open in Winchester

The interactive exhibit gives visitors an opportunity to learn more about the signs of substance abuse by exploring a display set up like a typical teenager’s room.

CHELSEA

Malden firm buys third property in Chelsea

Combined Properties has added 6,100 square feet of office/flex building at 46 Arlington St.

SALEM

Salem to host Generation Games Feb. 3-5

This marks the first time they will be held in North America.

GEORGETOWN

Georgetown School District ranked Level 3

Failing to narrow the achievement gap for students with disabilities at the Penn Brook Elementary School resulted in the district’s Level 3 status.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville works to combat climate change

The strategy would advance the city’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2050, a statement from city hall read.

MALDEN

Malden Mayor to hold state of the city address

Mayor Christenson will be reflecting on his office’s work over the past year, as well as their vision for 2017, organizers said.

WINCHESTER

Winter Market at Mahoney’s Garden Center opens

A sampling of vendors includes Bittersweet Herb Farm, C & C lobster, Coastal Vineyards, Deano’s Pasta, Del Sur Empanadas, El Camino Puerto Rican Cuisine, Element Hummus Company, and Jessica’s Brick Oven Baker.

BOXFORD

Boxford library moves to Town Hall

The previous building on Elm Street was only 5,700 square feet.

GLOUCESTER

Gloucester Fresh awarded $20,000

The funds will be used to develop and market a kitchen for cooking demonstrations aimed at consumers and those in the hospitality business.

SWAMPSCOTT

Swampscott plans to lower speed limits

At its January 18 meeting, the board voted to take the action following the recommendation from its Traffic Advisory Committee, a step that will allow it to change the speed limit without approval of the Department of Transportation

PEABODY

New community development director needed in Peabody

The Peabody job has been advertised and Mayor Ted Bettencourt plans to establish a screening committee to conduct interviews with applicants and recommend finalists to him, according to Christopher Ryder, the mayor’s chief of staff.

REGIONAL

Essex heritage grants to be awarded

$2,000 grants are available to support 20 projects that intend to preserve and enhance the historic, cultural, and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area.

BEVERLY

Beverly to create Veterans Advisory Committee

The 13-member panel will serve as a resource to the city and help raise awareness of veteran-related issues.

WEST NEWBURY

National Grid sending helicopters over West Newbury

The power distributor has contracted with a firm to make aerial inspections of approximately 3,000 miles of transmission lines.

NEWBURYPORT

Newburyport applying for help with high school roof

Steve Bergholm, the district’s director of facilities/maintenance, estimates the new roof will cost approximately $893,000.

SALEM

Electric prices drop in Salem

Under the new agreement with Constellation NewEnergy, the price for PowerChoice Standard was set at 10.033 cents per kilowatt hour, down from 10.39 cents.

MERRIMACK VALLEY

Commission receives funds for chemical safety

The $10,000 federal grant will be used to sponsor workshops designed to build awareness about the toxic chemicals stored, used, and transported through the region.

CAPE ANN

Cape Ann Chamber welcomes new president

Sara Young of the schooner Adventure will be introduced at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s 95th annual dinner Jan. 28 in Gloucester.

STONEHAM

Construction begins in Stoneham Square

Plans call for a first-floor restaurant with an outdoor patio adjacent to the Dow Building, street-level retail space, and office space on the upper floors.

MIDDLETON

Middleton to vote on Memorial Hall repairs

Structural repairs to the building, which houses town offices, is expected to cost $100,000.

GLOUCESTER

Gloucester’s Tarr will again lead Senate Republicans

The state senator will serve his fourth term as Minority Leader.

HAVERHILL

Team Haverhill explores old and new

A discussion of “Haverhill Treasures: Old, New, Next!” will be held March 6.

LYNN

Lynn to gather for MLK Day volunteering

Volunteers will be serving meals at a local soup kitchen, visiting nursing homes, and performing other community work on Monday, Jan. 16.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville holding forums on CPA projects

Somerville residents can attend two public hearings to offer their input on projects applying for funding in 2017.

Lawrence

New murals reflect life at Northern Essex CC

Students were asked to photograph people or objects that represented the themes of diversity and/or library patronage.

HAVERHILL

Haverhill will test out solar powered bench

Designed by Cambridge-based Soofa, the bench will provide free, solar-powered charging for mobile devices.

Reading

How to run for office in Reading

Nomination papers are now available in the town clerk’s office for moderator, selectmen, library trustee, the Municipal Light Board, and School Committee.

Ipswich

Ipswich to consider $2.4m purchase for athletic fields

A Jan. 24 Special Town Meeting will vote on buying 30.6 acres of the Pony Express Farm on Candlewood Road.

Pentucket

Pentucket teachers raise funds for Holocaust study

Janet Eppoliti and Cheryl Martin want to deepen their knowledge during a trip to Poland.

Peabody

Five elderly siblings reunited in Peabody

“We started our lives together and we are so lucky to be ending our lives together,” said Mary Cena, 92.

Malden

Malden mayor names superintendent search committee

The 13-member panel will review applications and recommend finalists to the School Committee.

Somerville

Somerville mayor to deliver State of the City address

Joseph A. Curtatone will review the city’s recent accomplishments and the challenges it faces going forward at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at City Hall.

Woburn

Woburn kicks off 375th anniversary celebration

Senator Edward J. Markey will serve as keynote speaker at an interfaith and historic celebration at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, at the First Congregational Church.

Peabody

Peabody Library launches exhibit about Eliza Sutton

The library has launched a new online-only exhibition about Sutton and the $20,000 contribution she made to the library in 1866.

Gloucester, Essex

Gloucester, Essex planner recognized by state

Matt Coogan received a Leading by Example Award for clean energy and conservation initiatives.

Tewksbury

Tewksbury hires new conservation agent

Stefania Gallo previously worked as a biologist with the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Lynn

Lynn Community Health Center seeks new CEO

Lori Abrams Berry, who turned the center into the largest provider of primary health care and behavioral health services in Lynn, is retiring.

Somerville

Somerville plans to repave parts of community path

The repaving will be done along the older, original section, which runs from the Cambridge line east to Cedar Street.

Revere

Revere revives Commission on Disabilities

For 2017, the group will focus on what if any improvements might be needed to the accessibility of public buildings and accommodations in Revere.

Swampscott

Swampscott selects new town administrator

Sean Fitzgerald of Peabody is expected to be Swampscott’s next town administrator.

Wakefield

Wakefield police chief to serve on global task force

Rick Smith will serve as vice chairman of the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Task Force to Address Global Violence Against Law Enforcement.

Reading

Reading Police receive AAA honors

Officer Timothy Barrett received the Traffic Safety Hero of the Year award, and Officer David Savio was issued the AAA Gold Award.

Newbury

Newbury to reconsider new town hall/police station

The proposed $6.5 million project narrowly missed the required two-thirds majority at a Special Town Meeting held on Oct. 18.

North Andover

Volunteers needed for North Andover master plan committee

The committee will help steer a two-year process that will have long-term impacts on the town’s future growth and sustainability.

Salem

Salem replacing stairwells at Museum Place garage

At least one stairwell and the garage’s two elevators — which will operate 24 hours a day — will be available for use during construction.

Somerville

Somerville seeks applicants for energy commission

The panel advises the city’s Office of Sustainability and Environment on climate change and clean energy and helps it design policies and outreach programs.

Everett

Everett hails bus-only lane as success

An MBTA survey of more than 300 bus riders found that respondents unanimously backed the program.

Stoneham

Fund to help Stoneham family displaced by fire

The family — five children, their parents, and grandparents — had their Christmas gifts and personal belongings destroyed by extensive smoke and water damage.

Haverhill

NECC to hold tax forum for CPAs in Haverhill

Participants may attend the all-day forum, just the Massachusetts Tax Update & Review, or just the Federal Tax Update & Review.

Winchester

Winchester Hospital launches Safe Sleep campaign

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death is the leading cause of death among babies in their first year of life.

Andover

$85k grant will help preserve open space in Andover

The money will be used to support the acquisition of 26.6 acres of land on the former Franciscan Seminary property that is part of the Bay Circuit Trail.