Latest Globe North headlines

The latest stories from north of Boston.

REGION

US grant seeks to protect 5,000 acres of Merrimack Valley farmland

According to statistics from Land for Good, 90 percent of retiring farmers in Massachusetts don’t have a young farmer ready to take over upon their retirement.

REGION

Fire helmet signed by Bush will be raffled off

The signed Phenix TC-1 helmet, along with with a unique hand painted Presidential helmet front, will be raffled off for $25 per tickets.

HAVERHILL

Haverhill tech school students making new baseball dugouts

After surveying the site two months ago, students then poured concrete foundations, mixed mortar, and set about building the block walls for the 10-foot by 30-foot area.

GLOUCESTER

Gloucester firefighters will climb 41 flights for a good cause

Wearing full gear, each firefighter climbs the 789 steps inside the 601-foot-tall One Boston Place.

MEDFORD

Director appointed for new Medford recreation agency

A focus group appointed by the mayor spearheaded planning for the new department, guided by a community survey.

WEST NEWBURY

First West Newbury town manager chosen

Voters had approved the move to a town manager form government last April.

SALEM

New LED lights in Salem schools will save money

Salem is carrying out energy savings upgrades at five of its public schools this month through funding from the state and private utilities.

SOMERVILLE

New Somerville retail store holding jobs fair

The fair for the new Burlington Stores outlet will be held Tuesday, Jan. 23 and Wednesday, Jan. 24.

EVERETT

Everett welcoming input about revitalization plan

The city is holding an initial forum on the Everett Square Revitalization Plan Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Connolly Center.

MIDDLETON

Historic time for Middleton to look to the future

As part of the Middleton Master Plan 300 development process, there will be an open house forum and planning session on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

GLOUCESTER

Gloucester MLK program to feature historians

Presenters will discuss the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as Cape Ann’s involvement with the slave trade and modern oppression.

REGION

Free workshop for new farmers in Essex County

A panel of attorneys is scheduled to present on topics including forming business entities and real estate concerns.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville gathers Jan. 15 to honor MLK Jr.

This year’s event, entitled “Growing Our Community,” will be moderated by Marcus Santos, a local Brazilian-born contemporary percussionist and educator.

THE ARGUMENT

Should the state Legislature adopt the Safe Communities Act?

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LOCAL FARE

If you love Italian food, this is the place

The owners of Mangia Sano have a simple rule for the items on the menu: “If we wouldn’t eat it, we won’t serve it.”

METHUEN

Crowded Nevins seeks homes for animals given up before storm

After 26 animals were surrendered to the MSPCA shelter in Methuen, the crowded barn is running low on space.

There’s something strange going on here

Celebrating art that scrambles our concept of what belongs in a museum.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Settle in for a medley at the New Moon Coffeehouse

Lorraine and Bennett Hammond, inspired by the three Bs, “Bach, the Blues, and Buddy Holly,” perform Jan. 20 in Haverhill.

Noteworthy

GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Burlington’s Kali Flanagan was named to the US Women’s Olympic Hockey Team.

INDOOR TRACK

Woburn girls’ relay team wants the peak

After a disapppointing second-place finish at last February’s All-State indoor track championship, the Woburn High girls’ 4x400 relay team is seeking redemption.

MALDEN

Malden updates snow removal rules

Residents and commercial property owners must make sidewalks safe for public use by removing snow, ice, or slush to bare pavement within 24 hours after snowfall has ended.

HAVERHILL

Haverhill to look into banning plastic bags

A City Council subcommittee will research whether to require stores to use paper bags if shoppers do not bring their own reusable bags.

REGION

State awards $2m for local park upgrades

Chelsea, Lawrence, Lynn, Peabody, Revere, and Somerville were among 22 communities that shared in $6.4 million from the Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities program.

SALEM

Keenan to be inaugurated as Salem State president

A former Democratic state representaive from Salem, Keenan was chosen from among more than 100 applicants for the post.

WEST NEWBURY

West Newbury to conduct private well testing

The annual testing of ground water and gases at the closed landfill at the corner of Middle Street and Georgetown Road has identified the presence of 1,4-dioxane.

WINCHESTER

Howard to leave Winchester town manager post

He has served in the position since January 2012 after 16 years as mayor of Malden.

Infurna will become first female mayor of Melrose

She was elected in the fourth round of voting by the Board of Selectmen to succeed Robert J. Dolan, who has been Melrose mayor since 2002.

REGION

Pentucket’s Mulqueen announces retirement

He has been the superintendent of the regional school district that serves Groveland, Merrimac, and West Newbury for six years.

Freeze causes flood of problems north of Boston

The stretch of record-breaking cold temperatures to start the new year kept regional public works crews busy with burst pipes, heating problems, and water main breaks.

ON THE MOVE/BRION O’CONNOR

Take your sledding to the next level

Three Boston-area ski areas offer snow tubing to kids of any age, from 6 to 76.

CARTOON CAPTION

Jock Island

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THE ARGUMENT

Will the Republican tax overhaul benefit the country?

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WEST NEWBURY

Mold closes West Newbury’s Page School

Superintendent Jeff Mulqueen has decided to relocate most students and staff to other schools within the Pentucket Regional School District until remediation is completed.

Girl Scouts are strong on their own

There won’t be a rush to join the Boy Scouts in 2018; all-girl troops continue to thrive (and sell cookies).

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Stoneham’s Mairi Anthony netted her first two collegiate goals for the Connecticut College women’s hockey team.

HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING

For this crew, it’s the joy of swimming

For those on the newly formed co-ed co-op team from Lowell Catholic and Innovation Academy, swimming’s a pure joy.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Just what we need during this frigid winter: indoor mini-golf

Follow a sprawling course cleverly decorated by local businesses that winds up, down, and around two floors of book stacks for the second annual Mini Golf at the Melrose Public Library FUNraiser.

LOCAL FARE

For a fresh approach, try Fuse Westford

Scott Pelletier takes pride in the fact that so much of the food – from the chipotle ketchup to the mayonnaise to the focaccia bread – is made in-house.

INFORMER

After raising $4,700, Gloucester police shaves their beards

Officers were allowed to donate $100 to bypass the department’s facial hair policy and grow a “neatly trimmed” beard or goatee during it’s it’s “Growin’ Hair Because We Care” fund-raising drive.

WOBURN

New zoning law aims to attract businesses to Woburn

Businesses seeking to locate in the city would require only a building permit if they were to construct a new facility in certain districts, or no permit if they located within an existing building.

TEWKSBURY

Tewksbury police mourn loss of K-9 Geox

The 7-year-old German shepherd had served for more than six years with Police Officer Al Piccolo.

SOMERVILLE

Get your veggies, meats, pastries at Somerville indoor market

Somerville residents have an opportunity to purchase local and regional agricultural products throughout the winter months.

SALISBURY

Salisbury adds five full-time firefighters

An appropriation of $130,000, approved by voters at Town Meeting in October, will allow five of Salisbury’s 19 firefighters to work 42 hours a week.

SALEM

Salem State to create digital humanities network

The growing field refers to the use of computer technology to help teach subjects such as history and literature.

REGION

New mothers can get free health visits

The North Shore Mother Home Visiting Partnership program is available in Beverly, Gloucester, Hamilton, Newburyport, and Peabody.

REGION

A behind-the-scenes look at Cape Ann toy drive

Gloucester-based Action, Inc. distributed toys to 358 families, including 738 children.

NORTH ANDOVER

North Andover seeks name for new kindergarten

Community members are welcome to submit a name for the new building by Jan. 16.

CAMPUS ANGLE

For Donahoe, a big world beyond hockey

St. Michael’s College hockey player Amanda Donahoe of Wakefield is shooting at a career in mental health counseling.

THE ARGUMENT

Should Massachusetts ban commercial striped bass fishing?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

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Yellow brick line

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