Rockport, MA - 08/01/17 - Visitors throng Bearskin Neck. During the summer, Rockport swells from 7,000 to 12,000 residents -- and that doesn't include the thousands of day-trippers. In this bucolic seaside town, there's an underlying love-hate relationship with its tourist economy.

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Visitors throng to the shopping area on Bearskin Neck.

They’re caught between a rock and a hard place

In this seaside town, year-round residents balance a love-hate relationship with the seasonal visitors who carry the economy.By Naomi Kooker

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Shepherd plays the blues Aug. 27 in Beverly

Blues-rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd heads to Beverly on Sunday, Aug. 27, to perform songs from his new album, “Lay It On Down,” with his band at The Cabot.

INFORMER

House of Hope to grow; Keiley’s roll at MSPCA expands

The Cummings Foundation has granted $100,000 to Lowell’s House of Hope to fund renovations that will allow the shelter to provide temporary housing for 30 families.

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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.

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Readers offer their takes on the homeless situation in Salem, and the end of the braid ban at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden.

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INFORMER

House of Hope to grow; Keiley’s roll at MSPCA expands

The Cummings Foundation has granted $100,000 to Lowell’s House of Hope to fund renovations that will allow the shelter to provide temporary housing for 30 families.

They’re caught between a rock and a hard place

In this seaside town, year-round residents balance a love-hate relationship with the seasonal visitors who carry the economy.

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.

AMESBURY

Amesbury seeks artwork for 350th Anniversary

The artwork, which should be submitted by Aug. 31, will appear on promotional material such as posters, a calendar, and a cookbook.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Lynnfield’s Thomas Ackerman is the number-one-ranked master CrossFitter in Massachusetts.

COLLEGE SPORTS

Athletes (and students) taking it to the next level

For several talented young athletes from north of Boston heading off to college, it’s been a summer of intense preparation.

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Pokémon Go results in calls to police, a police chief rescues a pet pig, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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In the wake of the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge staged every August, there are dozens of great charity rides in eastern Massachusetts, most after Labor Day.

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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.

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See the number of concussions reported by area high schools with a sortable table.