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Voters turn out for Romney

Only 2,214 Danvers residents cast ballots in Tuesday’s Republican Presidential Primary and former Governor Mitt Romney took home 1,708 of those votes.

State awards $68m toward school projects

The state has agreed to subsidize more than $68 million in school building projects north of Boston. But before a shovel goes into the ground for two of the proposals, they need approval by voters in North Reading and Stoneham.

School for nonprofits

School for nonprofits Trustees at last year's Institute event.
Over 2,500 nonprofit organizations employ almost 45,000 people on the North Shore, providing a valuable part of the economy and much needed resources for residents going through tough times. But leading a non-profit is not always easy.

And they're off!

And they're off! (Photo by Ashley Keating)
The Liberty Tree Mall hosted its first Simon Mall Diaper Derby on Saturday.

Winter parking ban tickets annoy residents

PEABODY (CBS) – People on the North Shore say it’s outrageous. There’s no snow, but several towns are enforcing winter parking bans and even handing out hundreds of tickets.

Selectmen appoint affordable-housing board

The Danvers Board of Selectmen appointed eight residents earlier this week to the town’s affordable-housing trust that was approved in Town Meeting last spring in order to establish and maintain a fund to support local affordable-housing initiatives.

Some voters get new precincts

Before choosing between former Governor Mitt Romney, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Representative Ron Paul on tomorrow’s Super Tuesday primary ballot, some Danvers residents will have to figure out where they are voting.

Foreclosed properties remain low in Danvers

After foreclosures slowed last year because of legal and documentation questions, banks are on track this year to clear the backlog of delinquent owners clogging the system, according to recent real estate data.

Grants to help protect coastal water

Salem and Danvers both received part of $135,000 in federal funding to support eight projects across the Commonwealth designed to protect coastal waters through the Massachusetts Bays Program Research and Planning Grants.

Local aid plan gets mixed reviews

The Patrick administration’s proposed local aid figures for next year are being met with relief but also some grumbles from area municipal leaders.
Rte. 128 work saving time, money (John Blanding/Globe Staff)

Rte. 128 work saving time, money

Construction of new interchanges on Route 128 in Danvers is whizzing along like the 79,500 vehicles that each day travel that stretch of one of the state’s busiest highways.

Police arrest two in mall thefts

Police arrested two fugitives who allegedly stole more than $50,000 in merchandise from the North Shore, Burlington and Natick Malls, according to a statement. Police say they arrested Edward McVey (left) and his alleged accomplice Brandi Connor during an early morning operation.

Danvers seeks money for homeless students

The Danvers Board of Selectmen will send a letter to the state legislature within the next week to ask for supplemental funds to cover some of the costs of transporting homeless students living in Danvers motels to other school districts.
Dealing stores a hard hand (Winslow Townson for The Boston Globe)Kim Grenon scanned a UPC code with her iPhone outside a store Thursday at the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers.

Dealing stores a hard hand

Armed with an iPhone and an appetite for bargains, Kim Grenon is at the edge of a shopping revolution that is beginning to rattle many traditional brick-and-mortar stores. Boston Globe, 12/17/11
Rail Trail kicks off mileage marker plan About 15 volunteers helped install bike racks and clear leaves from the Danvers Rail Trail this weekend.

Rail Trail kicks off mileage marker plan

The Danvers Rail Tail Committee officially launched a program on Saturday that allows people to pay $150 to sponsor a tenth of a mile on the Danvers Rail Trail for a year or $500 to sponsor a full mile for a year.

Fire chief hits response to leak at complex

A woman was sent to the hospital last month after a carbon monoxide leak at her apartment was magnified by the fact that the complex's maintenance team had turned off six carbon monoxide monitors when they started making noise.

Second workshop on sea level rise

After launching this fall, momentum is building for a regional effort to combat rising sea levels on the North Shore. Sam Cleaves, senior regional planner for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, who conducted a workshop on the rising sea levels in North Shore communities in October at the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers, said he expects about 30 or 50 people to attend Thursday.

Selectmen discuss homeless

At their meeting, selectmen discussed with state Representative Theodore C. Speliotis the town’s ongoing effort to secure state reimbursement for its share of the costs of transporting children from homeless families to schools in their original communities.
Danvers bakery was on Bloomberg TV

Danvers bakery was on Bloomberg TV

Had Tuesday's episode of "The Mentor'' aired on any other night, Kelly Delaney and her husband Frank would have hosted a watch party. But the owner of Danvers-based Cakes for Occasions (57 Maple St.), the gourmet bakery featured on the Bloomberg Television Network show Tueday night, had 315 orders to fill for Thanksgiving. Boston Globe, 11/22/11

Christmas Eve vigil for troops in Danvers Square

Danvers-based Operation Troop Support, which sends care packages to deployed soldiers, will host a candlelight vigil for troops deployed overseas at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve in Danvers Square. Boston Globe, 12/22/11
Berry won't seek reelection in 2012

Berry won't seek reelection in 2012

Senate Majority Leader Fredrick E. Berry announced he will not run for reelection in 2012 after 30 years in the Statehouse. Boston Globe, 11/18/11

Man allegedly took heroin while killing father

A 24-year-old Danvers man hit his father in the head with a hammer several times Friday afternoon, and then, after injecting heroin and going out to buy more, realized his father was still alive and fatally stabbed him in the neck, authorities said today. Boston Globe, 11/14/11

Selectmen vote to keep residential tax factor

The Danvers Board of Selectmen have voted to maintain last year’s residential tax formula, resulting in a roughly 4 percent property tax increase for homes and businesses owners, according to Chief Assessor Marlene Locke.
History of flooding North Shore towns

History of flooding North Shore towns

Peabody Mayor Michael Bonfanti has presented a $15 million plan that he says will help eliminate major downtown flooding like the Oct. 4 deluge that flooded dozens of businesses and homes in Peabody Square. Take a look at recent storm photos and some from years ago.

Brown calls for business tax cuts

DANVERS - In a 15-minute address before the North Shore Chamber of Commerce Wednesday night, Senator Scott Brown reaffirmed his commitment to cutting the size of government, supporting business, and cutting the corporate tax rate.

Foreclosures rise slightly

September foreclosures in Danvers increased from five to six from the same time last year. But foreclosure petitions dropped more than 50 percent, from 64 last year to 31 so far this year in Danvers.

Panel backs expanded alcohol sales

The expansion of alcohol sales in grocery stores is getting another hard look on Beacon Hill, but with a more modest proposal this time around.

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'Witch Hunt' movie at Visitor Center (Image courtesy of Essex National Heritage Commission and Don Toothaker)

'Witch Hunt' movie at Visitor Center

The first questions most tourists usually ask the park rangers at the National Park Service Salem Visitor Center are about the history of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, which resulted in the hanging of 20 people accused of consorting with the devil.

Police: Stabbing victim, 15, knew suspects

Police believe the stabbing of a 15-year-old boy on Sunday night was a targeted attack and not a random act of violence as the victim originally claimed.

Haz-Mat team: Powder is corn meal

A Hazardous-Material team was dispatched to the reservoir yesterday to investigate a suspicious white substance and determined the substance to be corn meal.

Mopping up

Mopping up A 5-foot high loading dock at the Cummings Center in Beverly was flooded by Tuesday's storm.
Drenched communities in Essex County began drying out and taking stock yesterday, following a flurry of morning thunderstorms that pummeled the region north of Boston with nearly 6 inches of rain, damaged hundreds of homes, made the commute miserable, and turned roadways into fast-rising flood zones.
PHOTOS: Area flooding

Effort to combat sea level rise starts

The organizers of a new regional effort to combat rising sea levels didn’t launch their initiative in response to the widespread flooding on the North Shore on Oct. 4, but the timing doesn’t hurt their cause.
Seniors find better balance with yoga (Angela Rodriguez)Marge Huse, 70, of Danvers, and Patty Chrystycz, 53, of Danvers at the gentle mat yoga class.

Seniors find better balance with yoga

After both having open-heart surgery, Winona Aschey, 81, and Sheila McCarthy, 73, of Danvers, started going to the gym together, five times a week. That was 10 years ago. Today the two also participate in yoga classes at the Danvers Senior Center (DSC), and point out how much it’s improved their lives.

9/11 remembrance

9/11 remembrance (Steven Rosenberg/Globe Staff)Kyriakos “Kary” Andrinopoulos, in his restaurant, plans a 9/11 ceremony on Sunday..
Lynda Talbot Walk/Run goes off well Emma Wilichoski of Danvers crossing the finish line at the first annual Lynda J. Talbot Memorial Walk/Run.

Lynda Talbot Walk/Run goes off well

More than 500 community members participated in 1st annual Lynda J. Talbot Memorial Walk/Run yesterday at the Danvers YMCA. Boston Globe, 9/26/11
Sisters' breast cancer fund-raiser honors mother (Photo courtesy of Talbot family)Sisters, Stacy Bazylinski and Julie Donnelly, and their father, Bruce Talbot.

Sisters' breast cancer fund-raiser honors mother

After first being diagnosed with cancer 24 years ago, Lynda J. Talbot lived her life in and out of remission before finally succumbing to the disease a year ago. Talbot lived in Danvers for almost 62 years. Boston Globe, 9/16/11

YMCA gala tickets go on sale

Tickets are now available for the YMCA of the North Shore’s 13th Annual Fundraising Gala: Masquerade Ball! at 6 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the CoCo Key Hotel & Water Resort (formerly the Crowne Plaza) on Ferncroft Road in Danvers. Boston Globe, 8/24/11

Region escaped the worst of Irene

For many in the region left to clean up the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene this week, it was the loss of property, trees, and electrical power - but not human life - that will stay in the memories of this storm’s wake.

Victim of fatal motorcycle crash identified

The Gloucester man who died in a motorcycle crash on Route 1 in Danvers on Monday night was identified by State Police yesterday. Dana Martin, 38, was killed on Monday night after losing control of his bike and hitting a median guardrail near the Route 114 exit, according to police.

12-year-old rescued after floating out to sea

A 12-year-old Danvers boy floated approximately a quarter of a mile out to sea Monday when he fell asleep on his inner tube at Preston Beach in Marblehead, authorities said. Boston Globe, 8/24/11

Pat Toomey honored for volunteer efforts

For more than four decades, Pat Toomey has been an active volunteer for Danvers. This week, the town will be taking a moment to thank her. This Thursday, Sept. 1, the town is holding reception from noon to 2 p.m. in town hall to honor Toomey for her volunteer efforts for the community. Boston Globe, 8/29/11

Towns curbing health care bills

Cities and towns north of Boston are stepping up efforts to rein in employee health-care costs following the recent adoption of state legislation bolstering their power to make changes. Boston Globe, 8/25/11

Planning board OK's housing site plan

The Danvers Planning Board has given site plan approval to Kavanagh Advisory Group for its plan to build 90 units of affordable rental housing at 121 Conifer Hill Drive. 8/22/11
Daytrippers rise as economy looks better ((Mark Wilson for The Boston Globe) )The Lewis H. Story, a 31-foot replica Chebacco schooner, was among the attractions drawing crowds to the Salem Maritime Festival earlier this month.

Daytrippers rise as economy looks better

For four days last month, the equivalent of roughly 80 percent of Boston’s population thronged and teemed on Revere Beach to marvel at elaborate fortresses, oversized turtles, giant veiled busts, and other abstract and willowy creations meticulously crafted from sand. Boston Globe, 8/18/11

Ghosts of Route 1

YAZ LIFTED weights there. Stan Getz recorded a live album there. A leaning tower of pizza still stands there. A bunch of cattle graze there, and of course a ship is docked there. This can only be Route 1 north of Boston. Boston Globe, 7/25/11

Fishing tourney for food pantries

Tickets are now on sale at North of Boston bait shops for a striped bass fishing tournament to benefit local food pantries in memory of a longtime Danvers town official. Boston Globe, 8/18/11

Owners to pay $1.3m over blast

The owners and an operator of a Danvers paint and ink factory that exploded in 2006 have agreed to pay the federal government a projected $1.3 million under an agreement announced yesterday, settling a lawsuit over one of the worst industrial accidents in state history. Boston Globe, 8/16/11

Aging council gets $160,000 bequest

A former Salem Hospital nurse who died in February of 2009 made arrangements to bequeath proceeds from the sale of her home to the Salem Council on Aging.

Commission set to OK airport hanger

A proposed new hanger at the Beverly Airport that would be built near a Danvers’ wetland will likely receive environmental approval on Wednesday night, according to Danvers officials.

DeLeo to visit Danvers-based XTechnology Global

Danvers-based XTechnology Global, the environmentally-friendly IT asset management firm, will host an eWaste tour for a group of state representatives on Aug. 25, including Massachusetts House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. Boston Globe, 8/18/11

Couple among many in emotional Pan-Mass

On a hill just outside Bourne, Ashley Bobrek saw the sign: “Because of You, I am 20.’’ Riding in her first Pan-Massachusetts Challenge last Sunday, she was brought to tears upon reading the words, held up by her younger sister, Kerri Carleton.

For sale: 1997 rescue vehicle

For sale: 1997 rescue vehicle
Danvers is accepting bids on a retired fire rescue vehicle that the department replaced in February. Boston Globe, 8/4/11
Virtual tour offers caregivers glimpse of dementia ((Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)) Devices mimicking dementia symptoms complicated a simple task for Lynn Reim, a staffer at Brightview Danvers.

Virtual tour offers caregivers glimpse of dementia

Leigh Duda is the business office manager at Brightview Danvers, an independent- and assisted-living facility. But on this afternoon, she is a person living with dementia. Boston Globe, 7/28/11

Lahey, Northeast Health set merger deal

Lahey Clinic of Burlington said yesterday it has agreed to merge with Northeast Health System, forming a hospital network that would stretch from the northwestern Boston suburbs to Cape Ann and further scrambling the Massachusetts health care market. Boston Globe, 7/20/11
Port Marina further appeals proposed Black Cow (Doug F. Trees)An architect's rendering of what the proposed restaurant will look like

Port Marina further appeals proposed Black Cow

The owner of the Beverly Port Marina has launched another legal challenge to the proposed construction of a Black Cow restaurant on Beverly's waterfront, according to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Boy injured when struck by school bus

An eight-year-old Danvers boy was injured today when he was struck by a school bus while in the parking lot of a Danvers hotel and waterpark, police said.

Rabbis seek to adapt as roles change

Four leading synagogues north of Boston will have new rabbis leading upcoming Rosh Hashana services, reflecting a trend over the last decade that has seen spiritual leaders stay at their pulpits for shorter periods as their responsibilities have increased. Boston Globe, 7/14/11

Vatican bars accused priest from ministry

The Vatican has removed from ministry a priest who had served in Danvers who was accused of sexually abusing a minor during the early 1970s. boston globe, 7/20/11

Driver is killed in early-morning crash

A 36-year-old local man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Sunday in Danvers, State Police said. Troopers responded to Route 1 southbound near Ferncroft Rotary just after 3:15 a.m., and found Gilberto Vaz, the driver and sole occupant of a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee, had apparently struck a guardrail and crashed, State Police said. boston globe, 7/18/11

Towns begin summer water restrictions

Summertime means hot days at the beach, cookouts, and not watering your lawn, except at specified times on odd or even days.

Essex DA releases video on teen dating violence

In response to concern about the prevalence of teen dating violence, Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett released a video called "Teens Talk About Dating Abuse." Boston Globe, 5/20/11
Danvers resident wins first honorary mayoral election

Danvers resident wins first honorary mayoral election

Last week, Kyriakos "Kary" Andrinopoulos won the first honorary mayoral election in the town’s history, garnering 1400 votes and helping to raise $16,000 for local charities. Boston Globe, 7/7/11

Tierney announces green tech grant

North Shore Congressman John Tierney said the Newburyport CleanTech Center will receive a $50,000 grant to support its efforts to support the creation of green technology companies.

Three unused liquor licenses in Danvers

Town Manager Wayne P. Marquis said the town has three open licenses to serve alcohol in restaurants, and is seeking applicants for them.
Port Marina further appeals proposed Black Cow (Doug F. Trees)An architect's rendering of what the proposed restaurant will look like

Port Marina further appeals proposed Black Cow

The owner of the Beverly Port Marina has launched another legal challenge to the proposed construction of a Black Cow restaurant on Beverly's waterfront, according to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

E. Mass gets cycling, walking map

The free map is intended to be the most complete source of information on bicycle and walking paths across the area from Littleton to Ipswich, Bellingham to Duxbury.

'Little trooper' is home for birthday

'Little trooper' is home for birthday
With her second birthday coming up on Friday, McKinley "Mickey" Rose Nicholas' family has a great deal to celebrate.

Town Meeting OK's housing trust

By a 76-to-35 vote, annual Town Meeting on Monday approved the creation of an affordable-housing trust.

Man allegedly forced girl into prostitution

A Dorchester man kidnapped a 15-year-old girl off a street on May 7 and held her captive while forcing her to work as a prostitute in motels in Quincy, Danvers, and Dorchester, a prosecutor said last week. Boston Globe, 5/23/11
Bless this house (Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe )With real estate agent Janet Howcroft looking on, Salem witch Lori Bruno performs a ceremony on behalf of prospective buyers to cleanse negative forces from a foreclosed Peabody home.

Bless this house

With the real estate industry stuck in doldrums, it's a boom market for links to a higher power -- whether feng shui, witches, psychics, or saints. Boston Globe, 5/11/11
Speliotis shows proposed Danvers bus route Representative Ted Speliotis shows MBTA official Heather Hume a proposed bus stop at the Middleton Jail.

Speliotis shows proposed Danvers bus route

Representative Theodore C. Speliotis took on the role of tour guide this morning when he brought an MBTA official on a bus ride through a proposed Danvers bus route he said would improve the town.

Peabody warned of scam similar to Danvers one

The Peabody Police Department issued a warning of a telephone scam that tries to obtain bank account information of victims.
Librarians shy? Not at book cart drill contest (Gerry Deyermond)Members of Team Playaway pushed book carts to music at the 2011 Massachusetts State Book Cart Drill Team Competition. The event was held April 27 during the Massachusetts Library Association Conference.

Librarians shy? Not at book cart drill contest

A group of librarians sashayed and slowly twirled to the beat of the 1964 hit song "Chapel of Love" while pushing book carts around the Crowne Plaza hotel ballroom in Danvers.
Despite warning, little effort to fix sea walls (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)Construction crews worked last month to add boulders to protect the new sea wall at Devereux Beach in Marblehead, which borrowed about $6 million to build the barrier.

Despite warning, little effort to fix sea walls

Eighteen months ago, the state issued a sweeping review of its coastal sea walls, estimating that they needed $600 million in repairs. Since then, little money has been allocated for repairs, according to municipal officials.