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Kathy McCabe

McCabe is a staff reporter at Globe North. She joined the staff in 2002, after working as a Globe correspondent. She writes on a variety of subjects, including local government, community development, religion, and small businesses.

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Melrose

New 2-year contract for 225 hospital workers

By Kathy McCabe , Globe Staff

Hallmark Health System, owner of Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, reached agreement on a new two-year contract with 225 workers represented by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. The pact provides a 4 percent wage increase retroactive to Nov. 1, 2013, when the last contract expired. The union, which represents certified nurse assistants, surgical, lab and imaging staff, among other workers, voted overwhelmingly to approve the new agreement on July 8. Veronica Turner, executive vice president of 1199SEIU, said the agreement “reflects the reality that Hallmark Health System has the resources to treat its workers fairly.” Lori Howley, chief marketing officer at Hallmark, said, "We're happy we achieved a fair and reasonable contract settlement." Hallmark Health is currently in the process of affiliating with Partners HealthCare of Boston.

Medford

Workforce training available for teens seeking first job

By Kathy McCabe , Globe Staff

Teens who want help looking for work can sign up for a 1st Jobs Academy, to be held Aug. 4 through Aug. 8 at Medford High School. Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Teens will get lessons in team building, financial literacy, interviewing skills, and resume writing, among other topics. The cost to enroll is $25. Registration is available online at www.medford.org/summer. Team Medford, a coalition led by the city’s health department, is offering the academy with funding from an Underage Drinking Prevention and Drug Free Communities grant.

Melrose

Schools accepting school choice applications

By Kathy McCabe , Globe Staff

The Melrose public schools will accept applications for school choice until Aug. 8. Applications may be obtained by calling 781-662-2000, ext. 1, or by e-mail at awhittier@melroseschools.com. Seats are available at Melrose High School: two in ninth grade; four in 10th grade; three in 11th grade. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available seats, admission will be by random lottery. Students accepted will be notified by Aug. 13. Anyone not accepted will be put on a waiting list.

Lawrence to add new RMV office, bus line

By Kathy McCabe , Globe Staff

Bus 85 is shuttling residents of the city’s lowest-income neighborhoods into downtown Lawrence.