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November 19, 2013

Best Bets for Tuesday, Nov. 19

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The North Shore Community Development Coalition will hold a forum on the growth of poverty in America and how communities on the North Shore are responding to the growing crisis this morning at the Salem Five Community Room, 210 Essex St., Salem. Elizabeth Kneebone of the Brookings Institute and author of “Confronting Suburban Poverty in America,” will offer a national perspective. Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s findings on the changing geography of poverty in Metro Boston offer a regional perspective, and local antipoverty leaders will discuss their perspective and local strategies being implemented. This free forum is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. Reserve your spot at

Guest artist Ruth Mowder, president of the Peabody Art Association, will present an oil painting demonstration at 6:30 p.m. at the Middleton Senior Center, 38 Maple St., Middleton. Attendees may paint along and should bring a 5-by-7 or 8-by-10 inch canvas or canvas board. Acrylics can also be used. The demonstration is free and hosted by the Middleton Arts Association. Refreshments will be served and the center is handicapped-accessible. Call Beverley with questions at 978-740-3212.

Learn how to decorate naturally for the holidays with master gardener Betty Sanders. She'll create five arrangements primarily using materials that grow in the yard, showing you how to bring a little bit of your garden inside for the holiday season. Each arrangement is done for one holiday, including Thanksgiving, and after a few changes, made suitable for the next holiday and beyond. Attendees will have a chance to win one of Sanders' creations. "Holiday Arrangements From the Yard" begins at 7 p.m. at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton, and is funded by the Friends of the Library. For more information, visit the library's website.

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  • Dear Abby: Young man with heart scar has options for covering it up Dear Abby: You printed a letter from "Self-Conscious in Georgia" (May 15), a young man who is insecure about the scar from his heart surgery. I have had three surgeries for congenital defects, my first at 2 years old. Because many women's fashions ex

    August 19, 2014

  • Dear Abby: Angry wife resents husband for hiding news of his health Dear Abby: When my husband is sick or needs to have surgery, he refuses to tell his family and doesn't want me to. This puts me in a very awkward position. I'm damned if I do tell them because he will be upset with me, and damned if I don't because h

    August 18, 2014

  • Dear Abby: Romantics should come back to earth Dear Abby: I have been single for a couple of years. I have always been levelheaded when it comes to romance, but I'm finding myself unable to control my feelings about the new man I'm seeing. "Brent" is smart, intelligent, sweet and loving. We have

    August 16, 2014

  • North Shore religion calendar Saturday, Aug. 16 Church Yard Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Our Lady of Fatima Church, 50 Walsh Ave., Peabody. Church-sponsored yard sale features home furnishings, clothing, children's items, furniture and more. Portuguese food will also be available. All

    August 16, 2014

  • North Shore religion news in brief The Church of the Holy Name is seeking artists and crafters to participate in the Fall Arts and Craft Fair on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, located at the corner of Monument Avenue and Thomas Road in Swampscott. A limited a

    August 16, 2014

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  • North Shore Gardener: Toad in your garden? That’s a good thing Q: There are several large toads -- some as big as a fist -- that live around the hosta on the shady side of my garden. They seem to especially like to be near the faucet, which sometimes leaks! Are they doing any harm? My small dog got one in his mo

    August 15, 2014

  • Dr. Kate's Parent Rap: Mission statement can help with co-parenting troubles More often than not, when I speak with parents today, they describe struggles with their children that originate in parenting conflicts. Parents often disagree when making daily decisions, and yet, they are steadfast in their beliefs that they share

    August 15, 2014

  • 0709_sn_out_tinticolor.jpg Salem native Hannah Tinti returns for Community Read The author of "The Good Thief" thinks her novel is a good choice for Salem's Community Read event next week. "It's something that appeals to adult readers and also younger readers," said Salem native Hannah Tinti. "It's sort of a crossover book. It w

    August 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • polishpicnic Quick pick: Polish food for all at picnic Indulge in the flavors of Polish food at St. Michael's Society's annual Polish Picnic on Sunday, Aug. 17, in Peabody. Festivities begin at noon with a polka Mass featuring music by the Eastern Sounds Orchestra, followed by a picnic of Polish food and

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