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State health officials reported a steep drop in deaths from COVID-19 complications Monday, with 44 deaths across Massachusetts in the previous 24 hours, down from 68 deaths reported on Sunday and 76 reported Saturday.

NEWBURYPORT — The city is continuing to regularly hold virtual meetings on various projects, but some residents are concerned about the challenge to public participation that comes with the digital format.

NEWBURYPORT — As hair salons and barbershops in the state prepare to open this week, at least one local stylist is waiting for stronger safety precautions before putting himself and his clients in any line of danger.

NEWBURYPORT — After a decade on Inn Street, the First Church of Christ, Scientist Reading Room has moved to a new location on Merrimac Street.

In 1796, Captain Offin Boardman purchased the property now known as the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm from the family of Nathaniel Tracy. Boardman had been a privateer and worked aboard Tracy's ships during the Revolutionary War.

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NEWBURYPORT — In response to the challenges confronting families because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a coalition of local youth groups is offering support for young people, parents, caregivers and teachers.

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SALISBURY – A 51-year-old Lowell man died after he pulled his motorcycle to a stop into the media on the left side of I-495 north  near the merge with I-95 Friday afternoon and was hit by a Ford F-150 pickup swerving to avoid another vehicle, state police said.

On May 23, 1873, due to a misplaced switch, a freight train jumped its tracks and smashed through barriers, falling partway down an embankment on Merrimac Street. The incident attracted many spectators, but fortunately no one was injured.

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MAY 22: Gov. Charlie Baker had some advice Friday for people eager to get outside, perhaps see friends or family from at least six feet away, and enjoy Memorial Day weekend: wear a mask, keep your distance and respect the highly-contagious nature of the virus.

Amesbury recorded another death from COVID-19 complications Friday, raising the city's death toll to 20, while the state numbers for deaths and new positive tests dropped slightly in the past 24 hours.

NEWBURYPORT – With Monday being the Memorial Day holiday, trash and recycling pick-up will be delayed by one day, all week. Residents with Monday pick-up will have pick-up on Tuesday, May 26, residents who typically have Tuesday pick-up will have pick-up on Wednesday, and so on. Friday resid…

NEWBURYPORT -- Construction on the Parker Street “shared use pathway” portion of the Clipper City Rail Trail will likely begin this fall, according to  Geordie Vining, the city's senior project manager, resulting in a safer crossing for pedestrians and cyclists.

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They may not be able to offer their customers a seat just yet, but two local restaurant owners say they will be ready to open their doors soon.

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AMESBURY — Local businesses will need to police their own pandemic response and be willing to adapt quickly when they reopen, according to the mayor.

WEST NEWBURY — Seniors and staff at Pentucket Regional High School are preparing to host a drive-in graduation June 6 if state guidelines remain the same.

NEWBURYPORT — Beginning Friday, eighth-graders at Rupert A. Nock Middle School are walking 20 miles over seven days to support Amesbury-based nonprofit Our Neighbors’ Table.

In May 1888, sail maker E.P. Goodwin, located at 8 Commercial Wharf, diversified his business. He advertised window shades and awnings — plain and Italian — yacht sails, tents, flags and steam pipe covers. Steamboat netting was made to order, and carriage and horse coverings could be made on…

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Phones have been ringing off the hook and email boxes flooding with messages at area hair salons and barbershops since Gov. Charlie Baker announced that those personal health services will be back in business starting Monday.

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NEWBURYPORT – The Institution for Savings filed new, revised plans with the city for a proposed main office expansion that include significant architectural changes and a vehicle lift system inside, aimed at creating the required 59 parking spaces on-site.

AMESBURY — Funding a new literacy program and a middle school adjustment counselor remain a priority for the School Committee as it began to consider adopting a  “one-twelfth” budget Monday night.

NEWBURYPORT — The Institution for Savings’ 10th annual Credit for Life Fair, which typically draws over 1,000 North Shore high school juniors, will be held virtually Thursday and Friday.

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WEST NEWBURY — The Pentucket Regional School District is hoping to avoid a “one-twelfth” budget as West Newbury, Groveland and Merrimac each move to review the district’s proposed fiscal 2021 budget at their town meetings next month.

On May 21, 1883, the steamer City Point, under the command of Captain Ludlow and with a cargo of general merchandise and 41 passengers, was wrecked near Emerson Rocks at Plum Island. The passengers and crew were saved, but the vessel and cargo were lost.

Gov. Charlie Baker gave the state’s houses of worship the green light to reopen Monday, but some local churches are holding off because of lingering safety concerns and will stick to holding virtual services.

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NEWBURYPORT — A new wildlife monitoring camera, set up to watch a peregrine falcon nesting box under the Gillis Bridge, aims to capture some still moments in the life of the world's fastest bird.

WEST NEWBURY — The Pentucket Regional School District is hoping to avoid a "one-twelfth" budget as West Newbury, Groveland and Merrimac each move to review the district's proposed fiscal 2021 budget at their town meetings next month.

An elderly Amesbury woman who had been living at Merrimack Valley Health Center at 22 Maple St. died recently in the hospital from COVID-19, becoming the 19th city resident to die from the coronavirus. 

NEWBURYPORT — Garage fever has set in among the region’s car enthusiasts and the cure — the weekly Cars & Coffee meetup in the Port Plaza parking lot — is no longer possible, according to organizer Bernie Casey.

NEWBURYPORT — Though they are still waiting for further guidance from the state regarding the next academic year, school officials have already ordered personal protective equipment for the district and are in talks about summer programming.

Capt. Henry W. Moulton left Newburyport on May 20, 1869, to become marshal of Idaho following his appointment by President Ulysses S. Grant. He returned to Newburyport to live in a castle he built with three stories, 22 rooms and two tall towers. It was knownas Moulton Castle.

NEWBURY – With so many changes in how and when voters will be making their selections at the Town Meeting and in the local election, Town Clerk Leslie Haley is working to get clear and accurate information out to the public.

The following arraignments took place at Newburyport District Court and Ipswich District Court, both located in Newburyport. 

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MAY 19: It had been a while since a weekday went by without Gov. Charlie Baker holding a press conference to discuss the state's fight against the coronavirus, but the governor did not face the cameras Tuesday and instead went over next steps with his Cabinet and others.

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Bedford - Passed away May 7, 2020, at the Carleton-Willard Village in Bedford, Mass. Beloved wife of 56 years of the late Floyd McLaughlin; loving mother of Sharon Prato and her husband Davis Prato of Burlington, Faith Montisanti of Somersworth, N.H., Bruce McLaughlin and Kathy Yeager, both …