A bobcat operator works an area on the north side of Plum Island, where serious erosion is taking place, and the emergency efforts to stabilize the shore with a temporary berm. Two dunes created by the state to protect the area have washed away. This is cooperative effort between the City of Newburyport and residents. Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe.

Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe

A Bobcat operator piles sand on the northeast side of the island’s beach, where a dune created by the state to protect the area has washed away.

On Plum Island, another fight against the tide

As in 2013, powerful storms once again battered the island this winter. A coalition of neighbors, federal, state, and local officials rallied to move sand to stabilize the dangerous erosion. By Linda Greenstein

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Spinning a classic tale at Reading High

The Reading Memorial High School Drama Club will present “Charlotte’s Web” from May 4 to 6.

INFORMER

An honorary degree, a new Tony C’s, and a talk on Antarctica

UMass Lowell awarded Nobel Prize winner Shuji Nakamura with the university’s highest honor: an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

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On Plum Island, another fight against the tide

As in 2013, powerful storms once again battered the island this winter. A coalition of neighbors, federal, state, and local officials rallied to move sand to stabilize the dangerous erosion.

EVERETT

New scholarships honor Keverian’s legacy

The former speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from Everett showed a dedication to public service throughout his life.

LOCAL FARE

Casa B is a worthy find in Somerville’s Union Square

Alberto Cabre draws inspiration from the spicy Spanish Caribbean cuisine of Puerto Rico and elsewhere. “It’s tapas with a Latin American twist,” he says.

Everything’s all write at Newburyport Literary Festival

Top authors spread their words at 13th annual showcase April 27-28, which is being held at various venues in Newburyport.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Spinning a classic tale at Reading High

The Reading Memorial High School Drama Club will present “Charlotte’s Web” from May 4 to 6.

INFORMER

An honorary degree, a new Tony C’s, and a talk on Antarctica

UMass Lowell awarded Nobel Prize winner Shuji Nakamura with the university’s highest honor: an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

BRION O’CONNOR | ON THE MOVE

National pastime? Could it be softball?

You can find a softball league, for almost any age or ability level, almost anywhere in eastern Massachusetts.

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

In Billerica, a band of softball sisters

Despite a season-ending injury, Billerica High softballer Kate Condon is leading the cheers from the bench.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Peabody’s Courtney Smith six goals and an assist for Salem State lacrosse in a 19-5 win over MCLA April 14.

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.

Blotter tales

BLOTTER TALES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/10/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/SKUNK%201-395990.jpg Saving the world, one skunk at a time

A tattoo shop has an unintended special, a sergeant saves a skunk, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

Cartoon Caption Contest

CAPTION CONTEST

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Submit your own caption, along with your name, hometown, and phone number, by e-mailing cartooncaption@globe.com.

On The Move

BRION O’CONNOR | ON THE MOVE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/13/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/BostonSkiandSportsClub_22zorec_01_zo.jpg National pastime? Could it be softball?

You can find a softball league, for almost any age or ability level, almost anywhere in eastern Massachusetts.

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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.

Beverly Beckham

Interactive Graphic

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