A crew removed snow by the bagful from a flat portion of the roof  at South Shore Plaza in Braintree early last month.

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A crew removed snow by the bagful from a flat portion of the roof at South Shore Plaza in Braintree early last month.

School districts scramble to make up for snow days

The majority of school districts have used all five of the snow days built into their calendars. Some have lost two weeks or more. By Brenda J. Buote

The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

“White Farm” by Marilyn Cloran is included in the Greater Lynn Photographic Association’s show in Salem.

Globe North calendar

A Greater Lynn Photographic Association exhibition, a documentary festival, and more.

Paul Kirk with his parents, Mary and Peter, and his brother, Evan.

Up Close

Paul Kirk of Salisbury honored for battling cancer

The 20-year-old has been chosen as the 2015 recipient of the Cam Neely Award for Courage.

The Informer

Openings and closings of businesses and other organizations in the north suburbs.

A chicken cordon bleu crepe at Salem’s Gulu-Gulu café.

Photos by Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Local Fare

A European vibe at Salem’s Gulu-Gulu Café

At this European-style café in Salem, co-owner Steve Feldmann said he is not trying to turn tables.

VOICES

 

The Argument

Are Massachusetts schools giving students too many standardized tests?

Two views on whether schools are giving students too many standardized examinations.

The Big Question

What state or federal law do you most want to see changed?

We asked four people about what law they want to change.

A hat and hat stand from the old Foxboro Hat Shop, one of the last of its kind to close.

Beverly Beckham

Still enchanted by hats and the memories they hold

I miss the totally superfluous, wide-brimmed beauties designed solely for sitting on top of a head.

SPORTS

 

Campus Angle

Hao Luong, Malden High/UMass swimming

Luong recently led the UMass men’s swimming and diving team to its 15th Atlantic 10 championship.

PLAY OF THE WEEK

Griffin Murray, Chelmsford High wrestling

The Chelmsford High junior recorded a 5-3 overtime win over Franklin’s Dan Pisani in the Division 1 state title match.

Catching Up with

Whitaker Hagerman, North Andover/Brooks School

Hagerman has coached at the prep school level, and has been an assistant lacrosse coach at Dartmouth.

Noteworthy performances

Top performances from athletes in the west, north, and south suburbs.

To our readers

Letter from the Regional Editor

Welcome to our new and expanded weekly Globe West, Globe North, and Globe South.

Blotter tales

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Police said a man turned his snowblower in the direction of his neighbor, and covered him with snow.

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.

Globe North Community News

Rockport

Rockport High students to play in All New England Jazz Band

Two members of the Rockport High jazz band have been selected to the All New England Jazz Band for 2015. Sophomore Jasper Williamson and junior Paul Fears were selected to play in the band, which wrapS up the All New England Jazz Festival March 24 at Plymouth State University. This will be Fears’ second year performing with the ensemble. “We are thrilled to be represented by two talented members at the New England Jazz Festival, and I’m looking forward to hearing them perform with other top high school jazz players,” Rockport Jazz Band director Anthony Covelli said in a prepared statement.

Somerville

Somerville establishes affordable housing group

The city of Somerville has established a group that will work to preserve and create affordable housing as part of Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone’s Sustainable Neighborhoods initiative. In October, Curtatone announced the initiative, an outline of steps to make the city a place where people of all income brackets can afford to live. The 29-member Sustainable Neighborhoods Working Group will be co-chaired by Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang, who is also chairman of the Board of Aldermen’s Housing and Community Development Committee; Dana LeWinter, a former director of housing for the city; and other housing experts and community advocates, according to a statement from the city. In addition to affordable housing, the group will address the issue of middle-income housing for working families. For more information about the initiative, visit somervillema.gov .

Medford

Medford mayor proposes affordable housing ordinance

Residential developers in Medford would have to set aside some of their units as affordable under a proposed ordinance Mayor Michael J. McGlynn plans to submit soon to the City Council. The measure would apply to all housing projects with a specified number of units or above, a threshold not yet determined, according to Lauren DiLorenzo, Medford’s director of community development. At least 10 percent of the units in those projects would have to be affordably priced. Medford would join a number of other cities and towns to adopt so-called inclusionary zoning measures to expand their affordable housing stock. The city considered the idea several years ago, but opted not to pursue it at that time because of concerns it could hinder housing development in what was then a struggling real estate market. Instead, the city implemented a policy in which it negotiates with developers whose projects require variances from zoning rules to set aside 10 percent of their units as affordable. DiLorenzo said McGlynn’s objective in seeking an ordinance now is to “really make a statement to any developer coming to the city that we have a commitment to affordable housing, and to make the rules consistent and clear.”

Who taught YOU to Drive?

Interactive Graphic

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

Globe e-book

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