In December 1951, two stone groins, 184 and 186 feet in length, were scheduled to be installed near 47th Street in Newbury to combat erosion on Plum Island. The sum of $50,000 was appropriated with efforts by Rep. Zabriskie of Newburyport, John Dolan of Ipswich and Beatrice Corliss of Gloucester.

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WEST NEWBURY — Dominican American poet and North Shore native Diannely Antigua is one of 10 recipients of the 2020 Whiting Award, a prestigious $50,000 grant presented to a select few promising writers to help further their craft.

WEST NEWBURY — With unemployment numbers soaring nationally in response to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, town officials may propose a mitigating step at the annual Town Meeting.

WEST NEWBURY — As it has in the past, the Capital Improvements Committee suggests that funding the town’s stabilization account should be a top priority for voters at Town Meetings this spring.

BOSTON — The state is ramping up efforts to track down people who may be at risk for contracting COVID-19 because they came into contact with an infected person.

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NEWBURYPORT — More steps lie ahead for the cleanup of PCB-contaminated soil in the fenced-off portion of the Clipper City Rail Trail behind the wastewater treatment plant after more contamination was recently found.

SALISBURY – Salisbury sidewalks and driveways are expected to be far more inspiration and happy starting Sunday when the week-long “Chalk the Walk” project begins.

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In this uncertain time of depressing news, we look for people and actions that might lift our spirits. For those of us that find solace in our birds, Andrew Joslin of Carlisle shares his story of rescuing a great horned owlet last week:

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APRIL 3 -- Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts surpassed 10,000 as the state wrapped up its fourth week under a state of emergency.

BOSTON -- Restaurants will be allowed to sell take-out beer and wine, residents won't have municipal services shutoff for not being able to pay bills, and communities will be allowed to postpone town meetings under a relief package signed by Gov. Charlie Baker in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Your enjoyment of the new Netflix comedy “Coffee & Kareem” may depend on whether or not you find insanely vulgar middle-schoolers funny. It’s not just cursing either. Oh no, this is a whole symphony of vulgarity that would make Seth Rogen blush.

NEWBURY – In response to Gov. Charlie Baker's ban on non-essential business operations, all private parking lots on Plum Island are closed, according to  Michael Reilly, Newbury’s police chief and emergency management director.

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APRIL 3 -- Unemployment benefits could soon become available to thousands more Massachusetts residents now that the federal government has outlined for states how expanded eligibility works under the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package.

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Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean On Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 81.

As Gov. Charlie Baker's administration works to supply medical professionals with protective gear and prepare for the coming surge of coronavirus infection, the Legislature on Thursday set about putting in place new housing protections for tenants and homeowners, expanding unemployment insur…

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ALBANY -- The National Rifle Association has initiated a legal challenge to New York's decision to close gun stores during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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AMESBURY — An impromptu welcome wagon of school administrators, teachers and police officers headed out Thursday morning to bring joy to some cooped-up students. 

SALISBURY – Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday ordered the closure – effective midnight Friday – of parking lots at all coastal beach reservations managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, including Salisbury Beach State Reservation and Sandy Point on Plum Island, to reduce conge…

AMESBURY — The COVID-19 pandemic has caused plenty of economic pain over the past month, but the city may be better positioned than its closest neighbor to weather the storm.

BOSTON -- Thousands more Massachusetts workers joined the unemployment ranks in the past week, as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to shut down wide swaths of the economy.

BOSTON — Marijuana advocates are asking the state to reopen recreational pot shops, arguing that prolonged closures will decimate the new industry and are unfair.

The following is a list of free takeout and limited delivery meals available in the region as provided by area churches and nonprofits. Please email additions or corrections to Richard Lodge,

ROWLEY – Police arrested a Wenham woman after what they described as a "low-speed pursuit" Thursday when she got into her car and drove around a cruiser at a home where officers were investigating a possible disturbance.

ROWLEY — Two teens, one from Newbury and another from Ipswich, were recently summonsed to Newburyport District Juvenile Court after police say they were responsible for vandalizing the town's gazebo. 

Fire ruined three West Newbury businesses on Dec. 22, 1963, including the West Newbury Food Mart, where the fire apparently started. Mark Carroll Manufacturing Co. and the West Newbury Garage estimated their damage at $35,000.

A Massachusetts art museum laid off almost three-quarters of its staff. Another expects to face a budget deficit in the tens of millions of dollars. Leisure destinations that rely on warm-season surges are worried they may not begin to feel recovery until 2021.

The Democratic National Committee is delaying its presidential nominating convention until the week of Aug. 17 after prospective nominee Joe Biden said he didn’t think it would be possible to hold it in mid-July because of the coronavirus pandemic.


WASHINGTON  — About half of all working Americans report some kind of income loss affecting themselves or a member of their household due to the coronavirus pandemic, with low-income Americans and those without college degrees especially likely to have lost a job, according to a new poll fro…

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NEWBURYPORT -- City officials reported the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the city had risen to 18 as of Thursday afternoon. The people who most recently tested positive, as well as their families, are in quarantine, according to the city website.

So much has already been said about how to deal with this pandemic crisis. We have been endlessly instructed on the ways to determine if we have the virus, what to do about it, and how important keeping physical distance is to protect ourselves and others.

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APRIL 2 -- Usually when all eyes in Massachusetts are on the skies to see the New England Patriots plane touch down it's because it's carrying another Lombardi Trophy back from the Super Bowl.

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NEWBURYPORT – A new residential treatment program aimed at helping women overcome substance abuse recently opened in the city, the latest in a series of services provided by Link House Inc.

AMESBURY —The mayor hosted an online public forum Wednesday afternoon to let small-business owners and their employees know that assistance is available to them.

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With direct cash aid to many Americans and expanded unemployment benefits set to start flowing as soon as next week, members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation said Wednesday they are already planning the next round of federal relief.

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