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A sampling of fireworks displays, concerts, road races, parades, and other happenings in the suburbs north of Boston during this Fourth of July weekend.

Latest Globe North headlines

Wakefield

Wakefield police appoint family services officer

Officer Amy Toothaker will provide services to individuals and families in need and implement programs to promote a safe community environment.

Woburn

Woburn and UMass Lowell to team up in monitoring streams

University of Massachusetts Lowell students will soon help Woburn detect illegal discharge of pollutants into its water bodies. The city recently accepted an offer by the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers to establish a Stream Team program in Woburn. Starting this fall, two to three student teams will perform water quality tests on some of the 10 major tributaries of the city’s drainage system. Using the data, the teams will work with city officials to identify areas where discharges are occurring and explore how to stop them. Some pilot testing may begin this summer. Participating students include Woburn residents Stephanie Collins and Rebecca Gonsalves. UMass Lowell initiated a similar program with the town of Lexington last year.

Somerville

Somerville receives ‘All-America City Award’ for helping youth

Somerville was one of 10 communities nationwide — and the only one in New England — to win the award.

Winchester

Sports complex breaks ground in Winchester

When completed, the complex will include both indoor and outdoor regulation-size fields for year-round play.

Georgetown

Georgetown police warn residents of phone scam

Callers are being told that their power will be shut off if payment is not received via a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.

Lowell

UMass Lowell finishes eighth in concrete canoe competition

The team also placed third in the “final product” category for the design, engineering, and construction of its canoe.

Swampscott

Swampscott Planning Board seeks interim member

The Swampscott Planning Board is seeking a new interim member of the Planning Board.

Newburyport

Newburyport’s bond rating lifted to AAA

A Wall Street financial firm has raised the city’s bond rating to AAA, the highest possible municipal bond rating.

Salem

Salem’s new splash pad to keep kids cool this summer

Salem recently opened a new splash pad at Mary Jane Lee Park, on Prince and Palmer streets.

The Argument: Will the natural gas-fired plant being built by Footprint Power in Salem be good for the city and the region?

Vote in our new online poll.

Methuen JROTC team heads to National Academic Bowl

What began as a competition among 1,512 teams is now down to 24 going head-to-head in Washington, D.C.

STATE TOURNEY MOMENTS

Andover High track team triumphed through tragedy

The Golden Warrior boys and girls each captured Division 1 state titles, but they really stood tall in support of a grieving senior.

Blotter tales

Blotter tales

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/24/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/Walk%20for%20Animal-2-282169.jpg A dog walker makes an unsavory threat

A pig gives chase, a dog walker makes an unsavory threat, and a toddler’s life is saved in this edition of Blotter Tales.

Cartoon Caption Contest

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Send us your submissions for this week’s cartoon, and see the winning caption and finalists from last week’s contest.

On The Move

ON THE MOVE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/28/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/200_vintage_baseball.jpg Vintage base ball a big hit with Methuen brothers

Nineteenth century rules (no gloves), old uniforms, and fun-loving aged players a perfect fit for Brian and Chris Sheehy.

Globe North Community News

Wakefield

Wakefield police appoint family services officer

Officer Amy Toothaker will provide services to individuals and families in need and implement programs to promote a safe community environment.

Woburn

Woburn and UMass Lowell to team up in monitoring streams

University of Massachusetts Lowell students will soon help Woburn detect illegal discharge of pollutants into its water bodies. The city recently accepted an offer by the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers to establish a Stream Team program in Woburn. Starting this fall, two to three student teams will perform water quality tests on some of the 10 major tributaries of the city’s drainage system. Using the data, the teams will work with city officials to identify areas where discharges are occurring and explore how to stop them. Some pilot testing may begin this summer. Participating students include Woburn residents Stephanie Collins and Rebecca Gonsalves. UMass Lowell initiated a similar program with the town of Lexington last year.

Somerville

Somerville receives ‘All-America City Award’ for helping youth

Somerville was one of 10 communities nationwide — and the only one in New England — to win the award.

Interactive Graphic

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

Globe e-book

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/07/19/BostonGlobe.com/Special/Images/beckham.png The Best of Beverly Beckham

I was the sun, the kids were my planets, and other reflections from the Globe columnist.