Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe North.

Beverly

Beverly wraps up road construction for the season

The $20 million street improvement project is scheduled for completion in October 2017.

Ipswich

Entrepreneurship program coming to Ipswich VFW

If successful, Georgia-based nonprofit VetToCEO will install similar programs throughout the country.

Swampscott

Swampscott’s electric prices and carbon footprint drop

Prices for the Swampscott Community Power program will be lowered in January.

Lowell

Housing Families, Inc. appoints new CEO

Edward C. Cameron, Jr. has nearly three decades of experience in the nonprofit and government sectors.

Chelmsford

Deadline approaching for Chelmsford citizen petitions

The deadline to submit to submit a citizen petition warrant article for the annual Spring Town Meeting is Jan. 3.

Chelsea

After years of fund-raising, Chelsea opens new youth theater

The new Riseman Family Theatre is operated by Apollinaire Theatre Company in its Chelsea Theatre Works building.

Melrose

Melrose seeks donations for those in need

The Melrose Emergency Fund provides financial help to residents facing financial emergencies.

Reading

Reading again adopts single tax rate

The average single-family home assessment is up about 6.8 percent from last year.

Somerville

Somerville meeting set on medical marijuana dispensary

Sage Cannabis seeks to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Davis Square.

Lawrence

Teachers holding fund-raiser for school supplies

The Lawrence Teachers’ Union and the American Federation of Teachers are raising funds for Bruce School students after a two-alarm fire on Nov. 14.

Reading

Caregiver Respite Program launches in Reading

The program will give caregivers a break by providing care for Reading residents through Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice.

Gloucester

Gloucester community can learn about addiction battle

The Dec. 8 event will give people a chance to learn about recovery and support options.

Malden

Malden ‘stands out’ against domestic violence

The event will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Malden Center MBTA station.

Lynn

Hearing in Lynn on charter school proposals

The proposals include Equity Lab Charter School for fifth to 12th graders in Lynn that would open in the fall of 2018.

Somerville

Green Line Extension meeting in Somerville

The update will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Somerville High School.

Lowell

NextFlex awards $1.9m to UMass Lowell

The grant goes to a team of researchers from the UMass Lowell Nanomanufacturing Center and Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.

Peabody

Peabody begins restoring Crystal Lake

The $2.5 million project involves dredging 50,000 cubic yards of sediment from the city-owned lake’s basin.

Rowley

Greenbelt steps in to save Rowley farmland

A $450,000 fund-raising campaign has begun for a conservation restriction to protect the 28.8-acre Mehaffey Farm on Newbury Road.

Manchester-by-the-Sea

Manchester’s Sabella to help promote driverless cars

The group’s mission is to promote the testing and deployment of highly automated driving technologies.

Reading

Reading launches CodeRed alert system

The community notification system can send alerts on everything from emergencies to road closures to traffic tie-ups.

Andover

Andover School of Montessori receives $1.7m bond

The private elementary school will use the money to install new playground equipment and do several building updates.

Beverly

Beverly receives grant to reconstruct Broadway

The reconstruction will including widening sidewalks, installing street lights, and the addition of marked lanes for the shared use of motor vehicles and bicycles.

Haverhill

Haverhill property taxes up 3.3 percent

As proposed, the annual property tax bill for an average single-family home assessed at $287,543 will increase $138, or roughly 3.3 percent, to $4,310 in fiscal 2017.

Newbury

Newbury at stalemate over Town Hall-Police Station project

The Board of Selectmen will likely revist the $6.5 million proposal in December.

Somerville

Somerville’s Assembly Row continues to grow

Block 6 will include a 20-story tower with 273 residential units; a six-story structure with 174 residential units; 40,000 square feet of ground floor retail space; and a 650-car parking garage. -

Gloucester

Gloucester Fire Department holds annual toy drive

The toys will be sold at minimum prices to to low-income families at the Wellspring House’s annual holiday store.

Somerville

Design a logo for Somerville’s 175th birthday

The city is preparing for its yearlong celebration, and is asking residents to submit logo designs for the occasion.

Everett

Whidden’s name changed to CHA Everett Hospital

The 162-bed hospital was acquired in 2001 by Cambridge Health Alliance.

Region

Mahoney’s gives trees for the troops

The program provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to all branches of the military and their families.

Peabody

Peabody Independence Greenway has new welcome sign

The sign, created by Peabody artist Yetti Frenkel, is posted at the Ross Park entrance to the greenway.

Swampscott

Town Meeting approves $2m for sewer repairs

The project’s cost could total $8.5 million over eight years.

Wilmington

Benton returns as Wilmington school superintendent

Joanne Benton, who retired in July 2014, was one of three candidates interviewed for the job.

Swampscott

Swampscott to vote on sewer project

The eight-year project to rebuild and replace the town’s sewer system is expected to cost $8.5 million.

Westford

No more plastic bags in Westford recycling

According to the company that picks up recycling, bags get tangled in the sorting machines and slow down processing.

Chelsea

Chelsea homeless program receives grant

The $16,000 was used to buy a bus that brings food, clothing, and medical aid to street people who may be struggling with addiction.

Salem

Salem seeks feedback on rental property rules

The new ordinance would require most rental properties to be inspected every three years and when there is a change in tenancy.

Ipswich

Ipswich schedules One Community School forum

Plans are to create one 775-student elementary school to replace both the Winthrop and Doyon at the current Winthrop School site.

Revere

Revere expands space for substance abuse program

Formerly at City Hall, the Substance Use Disorders Initatives is now located in a downtown commercial building.

Reading

Officials seek to fill Reading School Committee vacancy

Julianne Joyce resigned for personal reasons, effective Oct. 31.

Somerville

Somerville lowers speed limits

On city roads where the speed limit used to be 30, it is now 25 miles per hour.

Dracut

Boule Park dedicated in Dracut

The park is named after Army Specialist Mathew G. Boule, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2003.

Lynn

Learn about the Community Path of Lynn

A meeting will be held Nov. 10 to discuss Lynn’s segment of the Northern Strand Community Trail.

Haverhill

Team Haverhill seeks new logo

The winning submission will reflect the group’s future and become a vibrant symbol that will help promote its mission.

Region

Four municipalities north of Boston win gold in early voting challenge

Lowell, Malden, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Swampscott were among 34 cities given the award.

Lowell

Lowell nonprofit gives 800 coats to needy children

Coats from Anne Above, which is run by local firefighters, began its annual coat drive 12 years ago.

Somerville

FabVille opens a whole new world at Somerville High

The lab is designed to educate students and the public in digital fabrication technologies like 3D printing and laser cutting.

Melrose

Tuskegee Airmen to speak in Melrose

The nation’s first African-American military aviators will speak about their wartime experiences at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at Melrose High School.

Newburyport

Newburyport seeks CPA applicants

Community Preservation Act funds may be used to preserve, protect, or create open space, historic resources, affordable housing, or recreation areas.

Region

Trustees complete $26.6m capital campaign

Originally a four-year campaign, “Bringing Our Stories” to life was completed one year early to raise funds to restore and reinvest in important sites.

Beverly

Three Beverly schools achieve higher rating

The Cove, Hannah, and North Beverly elementary schools all moved to the top rating in the state accountability system.

North Reading

North Reading readies for 5k Turkey Trot

The local elementary school with the highest percentage of students participating will win $300.

Region

Lawrence, Methuen companies awarded workforce grants

The state grants will allow Asahi/America in Lawrence and Axiomtek in Methuen to train workers in high-tech jobs.

Manchester-by-the-Sea

Conservation in Manchester, Essex on the agenda

The Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust holds its annual meeting Sunday, Nov. 6.

Salem

Salem seeks to support older residents

The city has joined AARP’s network of Age-Friendly Communities.

Somerville

Somerville moves to consider marijuana dispensaries

The five applications are asking to open facilities in Davis Square, Union Square, and the East Broadway business district.

Lynnfield

Bank, two restaurants to open at MarketStreet Lynnfield

With the new businesses, the outdoor mall will have 81 shops and restaurants.

Region

Anti-poverty agency expands its reach

Immigration services are available in Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Winchester, and Woburn.

Westford

Westford schedules meeting on asphalt plant agreement

After more than six years of litigation over the proposed facility on Groton Road, the town negotiated a settlement that provides $8.5 million in benefits.

Newbury

Newbury to vote on debt exclusions

Proposals to build a stand-alone police headquarters or to include Town Hall improvements both failed at Town Meeting.

Beverly

Beverly begins Ellis Square transformation

The upgrade involves the installation of new bricks, granite benches, fresh landscaping, and a new veterans’ memorial.

Chelmsford

Chelmsford celebrates opening of renovated retail center

The reconstruction of the former Stop & Stop/Marshall’s plaza cost $4.5 million.

Groveland

Trinity EMS donates laptops to Groveland Fire Department

The Panasonic Toughbooks will be used to file patient care reports electronically.

Billerica

Billerica to vote on Community Preservation Act

The 1 percent property tax surcharge would cost the average Billerica homeowner about $33 annually.

Medford

‘Medford Day’ fall festival on Oct. 23

The annual event celebrates the diversity of Medford and the business, organizations, neighborhoods, and residents that call it home.

Region

Police Council added to addiction and recovery program

Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan will chair the new Police Council for the Gloucester-based Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative.

Stoneham

Stoneham’s Halloween Stroll is Oct. 29

Now in its 7th year, the stroll offers a range of afternoon activities along Main Street and throughout the town center

Somerville

Early Somerville voting starts Oct. 24

All of the city’s early voting sessions will take place in the Aldermanic chambers on the 2d floor of City Hall.

Westford

Westford strikes deal on asphalt plant

The settlement includes 14 pages of conditions on the plant, including odor control measures, sound monitoring, and $200,000 dedicated to neighborhood mitigation.

Winchester

Winchester forum will look at marijuana ballot question

The event is slated to run Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Winchester High School auditorium

CHELSEA

Three Chelsea development projects get tax breaks

The state’s Economic Assistance Coordinating Council recently approved local tax breaks for the three projects.

Everett

Everett renews, rededicates city park

Staff Sergeant Herman A. Day Park has been refurbished at a cost of $1.4 million.

ROCKPORT

Rockport tobacco regulations in effect next month

Rockport joins more than 100 other communities in the state to prohibit the sale of tobacco and nicotine delivery products to anyone under age 21.

SALEM

Salem sets meeting on community preservation funding

Salem residents are invited to offer their input into the types of projects the city should fund.

TOPSFIELD

Retired deputy fire chief honored at Topsfield Fair

Bob Wood retired from the Topsfield fire department after 42 years in 1992.

Winchester

10,000 square feet of orchids in Winchester

World of Orchids is scheduled for Nov. 4-6 at Mahoney’s Garden Center in Winchester.

Reading

Reading to hold vote on $7.5m override

The override would add $829 to the annual property tax bill on the average single-family home assessed at $500,000.

Somerville

MCAS scores on the rise in Somerville

Somerville students outpaced the statewide growth average on the standardized tests.

Malden

Torbert Macdonald memorial moved to stadium

The memorial stone was relocated to Macdonald Stadium because of the impending demolition of City Hall.

Westford

Private wells running dry in Westford

Town officials are urging private well owners to conserve water and voluntarily comply with the current water use restrictions.

Stoneham

Stoneham Fire Station celebrates 100 years

A photograph of the Stoneham Fire Station was given to Chief Matthew Grafton by Stoneham Chamber of Commerce member Joe Turner.