Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe North.

Her 10-year wait for college degree was worth it

Lynn’s Melanie Casablanca, 31, tried several programs before she found the one that fit: UMass Amherst’s University Without Walls.

HAVERHILL

Haverhill Farmers Market opens June 23

The expanded market will be held at a new location, 51 Merrimack St., Saturdays through Oct. 27.

REGION

Cape Ann graduates receive $1,000 scholarships

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce gave the awards to six seniors from Manchester Essex Regional, Rockport, and Gloucester high schools.

EVERETT

Everett will revamp municipal website

The city received a $34,419 through the state’s Community Compact Information Technology grant program.

GLOUCESTER

Cape Ann Farmers Market opens for season

The market, which runs from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays, features more than 40 vendors selling a wide variety of locally produced food.

METHUEN

Budget shortfall leads to 52 Methuen teacher layoffs

The deficit means increased class sizes and possibly the loss of programs such as band and chorus in the elementary schools and Grade 8 Spanish.

ROCKPORT

Rockport bans smoking on beaches

The Board of Health adopted regulations prohibiting smoking of any kind (cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vaping, marijuana, cigars, etc.) at all six town-owned beaches.

LYNN

Opportunity might come knocking in Lynn

The state recently selected four census tracts in Lynn to be considered for designation as federal “Opportunity Zones,” where people who reinvest unrealized capital gains get tax incentives.

SOMERVILLE

Part of Somerville Community Path will close for construction

Bicycle and pedestrian traffic will be detoured around the closed area, which stretches from Buena Vista Road to the Cambridge line, for about three months.

SALEM

Salem will use grant to explore affordable housing options

The city plans to use a $59,000 planning grant from MassHousing to study ways to help low-income residents.

BEVERLY

Grant awarded for Beverly Vietnam War memorial

The memorial at One Ellis Square will include a bronze, life-size statue of an 18-year-old waiting for the bus to take him to war.

REGION

Community’s best honored at Celebration of Giving Breakfast

David McKechnie of Beauport Financial Services in Gloucester and the Women’s Fund of Essex County received awards.

ANDOVER

Habitat taking applications for four homes in Andover

Two duplexes will be built, with three-bedroom units available to those who meet income requirements.

REGION

MBTA seeks input on bus service in Lynn, Somerville

At upcoming public meetings, the transit authority will identify changes that would have a positive impact on people who rely on bus service every weekday.

MEDFORD

New Medford playground to honor Krystle Campbell

Logan Park will be the site of the playground named for the victim of the Boston Marathon bombings.

BEVERLY

Beverly chosen for Housing Choice program

The city will have access to capital grants to support housing and other economic development, and preferential treatment for many other state grant programs.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville mayor seeks approval for new public safety building

Joseph A. Curtatone is seeking approval from the Board of Aldermen for the city to acquire space at 90 Washington St.

BURLINGTON

New fitness center opens in Burlington

Life Time Athletic Burlington is located in a three-story, 130,000 square foot building with an adjacent 42,000 square foot outdoor aquatic center.

REGION

Cape Ann chamber honors small business owners

The four recipients will be recognized at evening receptions in Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Rockport and at the chamber’s Small Business Week Luncheon.

Groveland

Groveland firefighter honored for saving a life

Brian Belfiore has received the EMS Steward of the Community Award from Steward Health Care for helping a man who suffered a heart attack when shoveling during a January storm.

LYNN

Beyond Walls is fund-raising for mural festival in Lynn

Last July, the group held a mural festival that brought 23 artists and more than 5,000 people to the downtown.

MEDFORD

Medford holds annual vigil to drug abuse victims

The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at Hormel Stadium, 90 Locust St.

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA

Manchester passes funding for dam, culvert work

The one-year, $400,000 Proposition 2½ debt exclusion to fix problems on Central Street passed by a 738-416 margin.

DRACUT

DiRocco reelected as Dracut selectman

In the School Committee race, incumbent Joseph M. Wilkie Jr. and first-time candidate Susan C. Koufogazos won posts while incumbent Daniel J. O’Connell lost his seat.

IPSWICH

All six incumbents prevail in Ipswich election

The Proposition 2½ debt exclusion to support a single-elementary school passed, opening the door for future consideration after it first failed at Town Meeting.

NEWBURY

Byfield bridge is closed for repairs

The closure has resulted in a detour that impacts businesses and residents of Byfield and adjacent Georgetown.

SAUGUS

Contract for Saugus River bridge awarded

The project involves a full replacement of the existing drawbridge, over which trains travel on the MBTA’s Newburyport/Rockport line.

WILMINGTON

Wilmington’s first over-55 housing approved

Spruce Farm, to be located on Andover Street, would include 27 units, three of which will be affordable.

REGION

Triton school district facing layoffs

The budget approved includes the elimination of 14 special education assistants, a high school reading specialist, plus a custodian in each of the district’s five school buildings.

HAVERHILL

Haverhill Cultural Council awards 19 grants

The grants, ranging from $60 to $2,400, support a wide range of programs, including a community art project at Emmaus. Inc., which helps the homeless and disadvantaged.

REGION

Merrimack Valley Habitat will reach 100-home mark

The group plans to begin projects in Andover and Salisbury this summer.

ESSEX

Flicker of hope for new Essex fire station

A debt exclusion — or temporary tax increase — seeking funding to build a new station passed at the May 13 town election by a 405-347 margin.

ANDOVER

Prepare for delays on Route 28 in Andover

The stretch between the intersections of Route 133 and Interstate 495 may be reduced to one-way traffic at night and the Route 495 offramp may be temporarily closed.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville cancels Veterans Memorial Parade

A significant chance of thunder and lightning caused officials to cancel the annual event.

BEVERLY

Beverly holding forum on waterfront plan

The public meeting on May 22 will help the city determine what steps to take to improve public access and enjoyment of Beverly Harbor and the east bank of the Bass River.

PEABODY

MassDOT to hold public meeting May 23 in Peabody

The session, set for 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, is one of a series of public meetings to solicit input into a multibillion update to MassDOT’s capital investment plan.

SALISBURY

Extended sewer system voted down in Salisbury

Town Meeting did support the establishment of an overlay district to allow sales of recreational marijuana.

WINTHROP

Winthrop water and sewer rates rising

Under the change, the rate is increasing from $16.90 to $19.90 per cubic feet.

ROCKPORT

Two Rockport police officers graduated from academy

Michael Foote and Keith Militello, former Rockport reserves, were appointed as full-time officers in 2017.

LYNN

Early childhood education gets boost in Lynn

Through DRIVE, seven local child care organizations will undertake developmental screening of children under 5 to identify children who need services to prepare them for school.

WILMINGTON

Eaton elected as new Wilmington selectman

He picked up 1,449 votes to 1,105 for Robert Fasulo in the contest between two first-time candidates.

REGION

Grants awarded to coastal projects

The grants include $33,000 for the Mystic River Watershed Association’s restoration aimed at returning migrating fish such as herring.

TOPSFIELD

Bermudez is new Topsfield selectwoman

The newcomer won a seat with 1,117 votes in a four-way race for two seats in the townwide election.

BEVERLY

State gives Beverly $300,000 for Pete’s Park

The project, in honor of resident Pete Frates, will provide a park and playground that exceeds federal standards for accessibilty to people with disabilities.

NEWBURYPORT

It will cost more to park in Newburyport this summer

Effective July 1, paid parking hours will extend two hours from the current 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

SOMERVILLE

Residents have chance to invest in Somerville

Somerville minibonds will be sold in $1,000 denominations and used to support projects such as building upgrades, park and library renovations, and street and sidewalk improvements.

GROVELAND

Groveland voters say no to senior center

Voters rejected a Proposition 2½ override to pay for the design, construction, and equipping of a new center at the town election Monday, May 7.

MEDFORD

Marice Edouard-Vincent named new Medford superintendent

Edouard-Vincent, a Boston school administrator who grew up in Medford and now lives in Hyde Park, will succeed Roy Belson, who is retiring June 30 after 24 years.

GLOUCESTER

Forum on gun violence May 19 in Gloucester

The four-hour symposium will focused on the current impasse in addressing the problem in this country.

TYNGSBOROUGH

Tyngsborough gathers support for Meeting House path

If the campaign reaches its goal of $12,500 by midnight June 1, the project will win a matching grant from MassDevelopment’s Commonwealth Places program.

DRACUT

Selectman’s race tops Dracut election ballot

Incumbent Joseph DiRocco Jr. is facing challenges from John Joyce and Philippe Thibault on the ballot Monday, May 7.

DANVERS

Danvers holds Light the Night Purple walk

Now in its third year, the free event on Wednesday, May 9, is designed to raise awareness about the stigma and challenges people with substance abuse face.

IPSWICH

Ipswich will vote on consolidated elementary school project

If supported by a two-thirds majority at Town Meeting May 8, the plan also will need approval at the annual town election on May 15.

MELROSE

Forum in Melrose on supporting LGBTQ, gender nonconforming youth

Free and open to all, the event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church.

BEVERLY

Beverly street party celebrates end of Route 1A project

The $20 million state-funded project involved reconstructing Rantoul Street from the Veterans Memorial Bridge to Gloucester Crossing.

LOWELL

Lowell joins plastic shopping-bag ban

In an attempt to help small businesses, a City Council subcommittee suggested an ordinance that would ban plastic bags only in stores larger than 3,000 square feet.

NEWBURY

Newbury Town Meeting OKs Triton override

The $359,790 in additional property taxes now goes to a townwide vote Tuesday, May 8.

SALEM

Salem holding assessment to pick new fire chief

The city plans to evaluate candidates through an assessment center it will conduct this month that will include a written exam, in-person evaluations, and simulation exercises.

SALISBURY

Salisbury to vote on override for schools

The $800,000 would be used for Salisbury’s portion of the $42.1 million Triton Regional School District budget.

BOXFORD

Boxford will vote on banning recreational marijuana sales

The May 8 Town Meeting also will address rezoning a 117-acre parcel in the western part of town for multifamily elderly housing.

NEWBURY

Newbury delays deciding whether dogs allowed on beach

The Town of Newbury is looking into conflicting bylaws related to residents bringing their dogs to the public beach.

ROCKPORT

Rockport to vote on recreational pot shops

Whether to ban recreational marijuana stores in town is scheduled as part of the annual town election on May 15.

WEST NEWBURY

Middle Street bridge in West Newbury will close May 25

Local traffic only will have access to Middle Street between Garden Street and the bridge.

MEDFORD

New program will lower Medford residents’ electric bills

A municipal energy aggregation program allows Medford to contract with a supplier to provide power to all residents and businesses at a negotiated rate below what the utility would usually charge.

Child abuse prevention breakfast April 26 in Lynn

The coalition brings together agencies, organizations, community members, and survivors to work to reduce child abuse in Lynn and throughout the North Shore.

BURLINGTON

Two Burlington selectmen win reelection

Michael S. Runyan and Joseph E. Morandi defeated two challengers in Burlington’s recent town election.

IPSWICH

Ipswich to host Drug Take Back Day

On April 28 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., residents can dispose of unwanted prescription drugs at the Ipswich Middle/High School.

LYNN

Lynn receives grant to improve recycling

The state Department of Environmental Protection awarded the city $40,000 to participate in the agency’s Recycling IQ Kit, a program that educates residents on how to recycle properly.

ROWLEY

Rowley nursing home reaches deal with state

Sea View Retreat will remain open after reaching an agreement on a payment plan to address the nursing facility’s user fee requirements.

WILMINGTON

Eaton, Fasulo vie for Wilmington selectman seat

The seat is open because Selectman Michael Champoux is retiring. Wilmington holds its annual town election on Saturday, April 28.

AMESBURY

Amesbury City Hall becomes an art gallery

“The Art of the Cultural Council,” featuring selected works from residents, is the first show of four per year that will be on display.

LOWELL

Donoghue leaves Senate to become Lowell city manager

By a unanimous vote of the City Council, Eileen Donoghue became the first woman to hold the post.

BURLINGTON

Burlington Mall to undergo makeover

The plan includes converting the former Sears store into new shops and restaurants.

LOWELL

Celebrate lighting of Cox Bridge May 5

With the help of anonymous donors, the Cox Bridge has been outfitted with LED lighting that will highlight the architecture of the bridge.

LAWRENCE

Lawrence receives grant for affordable housing

The $683,000 grant is from the federal HOME Investment Partnership Program, which supports local affordable housing initiatives.

AMESBURY

Amesbury inspector fined by ethics commission

Denis Nadeau admitted to violating the conflict of interest law by intervening with neighbors and paid a $3,500 civil penalty.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville holding forum on regulating recreational pot

A public discussion will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Visiting Nurse Association of Eastern Massachusetts building, 259 Lowell St.

TEWKSBURY

Dick, Kratman win Tewksbury selectmen’s race

Dick, a former School Committee member, topped the ticket with 1,308 votes, followed closely by Kratman with 1,229.

BILLERICA

Burrows tops Goodwin in Billerica School Committee race

John Burrows, who was a member of the Planning Board at the time of the election, collected 1,048 votes to 895 for Daniel “Bubba” Goodwin.

ROCKPORT

Rockport to vote on recreational pot ban in May

Residents at the April 7 Town Meeting voted to put a referendum question on the town election ballot that would prohibit nonmedical marijuana establishments in town.