Latest Globe North headlines

The latest stories from north of Boston.

UMass Lowell student hopes to engineer Miss Massachusetts crown

Rachel Miller, a civil engineering major at the UMass Lowell, will compete Nov. 19 for the title.

Beverly baker earns sweet success in Food Network cookie contest

Aime Pope won $10,000 in the Christmas Cookie Challenge.

Celtics’ game plan is to break down barriers among students

Coach Brad Stevens and several players, including Al Horford, Marcus Smart, and Abdel Nader, will meet for workshops with 60 students, 30 each from Lawrence and neighboring North Andover.

The many flavors of Turkey Day

From vegan to food from around the world, tables will be filled with the spice of life this Thanksgiving.

INFORMER

A festival of trees, a retro billboard, and a fishy documentary

Methuen’s annual Festival of the Trees will feature over 240 decorated trees and wreaths throughout the next two weeks.

MARBLEHEAD

Marblehead group to discuss what it means to be white and an ally

The community forum on Monday, Nov 20, at the Abbot Public Library is part of an ongoing series of informal “Conversations on Race.”

MALDEN

Holiday parade to precede tree lighting in Malden

The Parade of Holiday Traditions will start at the Salemwood School at 2 p.m. on Nov. 25.

THANKSGIVING DAY FOOTBALL

In Tewksbury, Hiltz twins key to success

Identical twins Blake and Braden Hiltz, born 18 years ago after a difficult pregnancy, are key players for the 9-1 football team.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Can we still be Todd Rundgren fans?

The multifaceted artist who hit it big in the ’70s will be appearing in Beverly on Thursday, Dec. 7, at The Cabot.

ANDOVER

Construction begins at new Andover municipal services facility

The $28.5 million project on Campanelli Drive will replace the current town yard on Lewis Street.

DANVERS

Property taxes are going up in Danvers

The owner of an average single-family home valued at $445,000 will pay $6,025 in taxes in fiscal 2018, or $244 more than in fiscal 2017.

IPSWICH

Ipswich approves residency requirement for town managers

Special Town Meeting voted to ask the state Legislature to approve a charter change requiring residency in their second three-year term.

SALEM

Boutique hotel opens in Salem

The 44-room hotel is located in the renovated former Newmark’s Department Store building on the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville seeks Green Line Extension representatives

Somerville is looking for residents to provide feedback on an advisory board for the project, which will include five new MBTA stations within city limits.

LOWELL

Downtown school location dominates in Lowell election

The non-binding referendum attracted 61 percent of voters supporting plans to renovate the existing high school as opposed to building at Cawley Stadium.

MIDDLETON

Natsue Way project rejected again in Middleton

The $3.89 million recreational project was rejected at a Town Meeting last spring, though it passed at a general election in May.

Malden picks former MBTA CFO Davis as treasurer

The City Council had previously been deadlocked, 5-5, between Davis and former councilor Neil Kinnon. Newly elected Councilor David Camell, who replaced Kinnon, cast the deciding vote.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Andover High grad Alyssa Casey averaged 20 points and 9.5 rebounds in her first two games as a collegian at Merrimack.

BRION O’CONNOR | ON THE MOVE

Fall hiking benefits winter skiing

Hiking is one of the best cross-training methods to prep for winter sports activities.

Empty nesters spread their wings

You never thought it would happen, but here you are: nearing retirement and yearning to simplify your life. Is downsizing right for you?

READING

Reading fire department gets new protective gear

The department received $159,364 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to purchase the new equipment.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

North Reading’s Kat Hassapis, a freshman goalkeeper at Bentley University, was selected to the Northeast 10 Women’s Soccer All-Rookie team.

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

For players and an ill child, making something out of nothing

The girls’ volleyball team at Newburyport High dedicated its inaugural season to a three-year-old girl fighting a rare disease.

LOCAL FARE

Follow the smoke to the barbecue joint in Byfield

The Rusty Can offers meat, and lots of it, from an all-wood smoker burning local red oak.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Sing along to ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ at Merrimack

Arlo Guthrie’s traditional Thanksgiving song will be performed Nov. 15 at the college’s Rogers Center for the Arts Atrium in North Andover.

SUBURBAN DIARY

Powerful frustration during outage in Boxford

The storm has left over 200,000 Massachusetts homes without power and closed schools. All 200,000 families apparently decided to go to Panera’s in Beverly for breakfast.

INFORMER

Kick off the holiday season with local craft fairs

Get a jump on shopping at the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in Beverly and Mahoney’s Garden Center in Winchester.

PENTUCKET

Pentucket school administration seeking feedback

The district will be holding public meetings on the state of the high school building, but also will welcome feedback through thoughtexchange.com.

GLOUCESTER

Cape Ann Harvest Market Nov. 18 in Gloucester

The market, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will showcase products from local farms, plus fresh fish.

BURLINGTON

Burlington Police get help with opioid crisis

Two from AmeriCorps will assist with outreach, support, and treatment referrals.

REGION

Lawrence Tech starts construction of new lab

The school’s innovation lab is set to open in January with a sound recording studio, 3D printing capabilities, and labs for engineering, medical assistance, and biotech.

SALEM

Salem youth program receives state grant

The Salem nonprofit, which provides at-risk youth with culinary training, matched a $500,000 state grant with privately raised funds.

SOMERVILLE

Residents to give feedback on Union Square plan

Somerville will hold a two-part meeting Nov. 20 and 30 on the plan created by Union Square Station Association.

TYNGSBOROUGH

Tyngsborough awarded $2.5m infrastructure grant

The upgrades pave the way for a mixed-use development that will include 32 condos, a commercial building, and the reconstruction of the Flints Corner Plaza.

TEWKSBURY

Tewksbury offering workshop on proposed zoning changes

The public workshop will take place on Nov. 14 at Town Hall.

NEWBURYPORT

Newburyport schools won’t close for Veterans Day

Superintendent Susan Viccaro apologized for the scheduling decision in an email to families.

CAMPUS ANGLE

On to career, Leahy grateful for soccer’s boost

Newburyport’s Aly Leahy helped Union College to an 8-5-3 record to close out her collegiate soccer career.

Palestinian film draws protest in Marblehead

About 30 people demonstrated against the Unitarian Universalist Church’s screening of a controversial film.

THE ARGUMENT

Should Gloucester ban the retail use of plastic bags?

Read two views, then vote in our poll.

CARTOON CAPTION

Cat fishing

Submit your own caption, along with your name, hometown and phone number, by e-mailing cartooncaption@globe.com.

Lynn English students learn lessons from Freedom Writers

After watching the 2007 movie about 150 at-risk students in Long Beach, Calif., students at Lynn English got to meet the teacher who would not give up on them.

VETERANS DAY

Finding the proper resting place for a Civil War hero

Local veterans push to get John C. McFarland, who died in 1881, a Medal of Honor headstone at Lowell Cemetery.

Helping immigrants break down barriers to getting better jobs

A new program called English for Advancement pairs workplace classes with one-on-one career counseling in Lawrence, Lynn, and Lowell.

Malden council deadlocks over treasurer pick

Former city councilor Neil Kinnon and former MBTA CFO Jonathan Davis each received five votes. It will be whoever succeeds Kinnon as Ward 6 councilor in the Nov. 7 election who breaks the tie.

ON THE MOVE

Through parkour, adults play, seriously

Developed during the 1980s in France as a military exercise, parkour is a movement discipline in which practitioners train mind and body to overcome obstacles.

HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY

Redler leads Winchester field hockey to unprecedented season

After a painful loss in last year’s playoffs, Mariah Redler and her teamates on the Winchester field hockey team vowed to improve. And then they went undefeated.

BUSINESS PLAN

Larger space lets Salem bakers spread the bread

After working out of a small storefront on Central Street for 11 years, the couple behind A&J King Artisan Bakers has opened a new, bigger shop and production center on Boston Street.

Local fare

A place to have a swanky meal in the ‘burbs

Chef Nick Panagos is deft with the grill and sauces. You can pay anywhere from $36 to $69 for a steak. From our experience, it’s worth it.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

No artistic ability? No problem at Hanoch Piven workshop

The Israeli artist, whose illustrations and mixed media portraits include Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Keith Richards, will be presenting “The Creativity Workshop . . . Who Art You?” in Marblehead.

INFORMER

Credit union searches for the biggest hearts in the Merrimack Valley

Community members can submit the names of people who they feel have given back to their community to the Merrimack Valley Credit Union.