NEWBURYPORT – The Newburyport Public Library will host Emmy winning reporter and best-selling author Hank Phillippi Ryan at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, for a talk about her career as a reporter and writer.

BYFIELD — It's a tough decision to make, and two local school superintendents know the pain of calling a snow day.

NEWBURYPORT — Local students enrolled in free or reduced price meal programs could go hungry under a new Trump administration rule that would strictly enforce federal work requirements and cause hundreds of thousands across the country to lose federal food stamp benefits.

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AMESBURY — The owners of the new Game Time Lanes & Entertainment on Route 110 are ready to bowl the city over.

On Dec. 9, 1773 the town of Newburyport issued a statement that “We have taken into consideration the late proceedings of the town of Boston relating to the importation of tea by the East India Company into America ... and are determined to give them all assistance in our power, even at the …

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NEWBURYPORT — Storm Surge presents “Plum Island Erosion: Is It the Jetty?” on Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Senior Community Center, 331 High St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

NEWBURYPORT – The City Council on Monday is expected to conduct the first of two readings required before it can vote to abolish retail marijuana zones within city limits before the end of the year.


NEWBURYPORT – It has been about six weeks since Green Plum Vintage Goods moved from State Street to its new location in Market Square, and according to owner Karen Brown, business is booming.


If you are a regular reader of my column, you might recall my tale of discovering a saw-whet owl in Gloucester last January. It was well hidden deep in a blue spruce and it was first discovered by area chickadees, titmice and blue jays. The noise caused by complaining birds often means a pot…

NEWBURYPORT – Councilor At-large Afroz Khan will hold a meeting for residents to discuss issues from her first term on the council from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Senior Community Center on High Street.

NEWBURY — The Fish Commission and shellfish warden are opening the clam flats on Sundays this month, weather permitting. 

ANDOVER – The Women of Northern Essex Community College invites the public to join its members in celebrating the season at its annual Holiday Luncheon next week at Andover Country Club.

NEWBURYPORT – The City Council must now decide whether to abolish the city’s two retail marijuana zones after the Planning Board and the council’s Planning & Development subcommittee voted Wednesday to recommend two zoning amendments.

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Twenty Newburyport High School students are gearing up to attend College Convention 2020 next month organized by New England College.

MERRIMAC – A local woman who bought alcohol for her 14-year-old son and his two friends was sentenced to a month’s house arrest after pleading guilty Thursday in Newburyport District Court to providing alcohol to a minor and child endangerment charges. 

In December 1813, Portsmouth, N.H., suffered a large fire that destroyed many homes and businesses. In the midst of the blaze, 80-90 men from Newburyport went to Portsmouth to help fight the fire and maintain order in the city, and Newburyporters later sent $1,350 to aid those affected by th…

The following jury-waived trials occurred Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Newburyport District Court with Allen Swan presiding:

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Editor’s note: This is one in a continuing series of guest opinions about fostering environmental stewardship. The series is coordinated by ACES, the Alliance of Climate and Environmental Stewards.

NEWBURYPORT — The annual limited deer hunt on Plum Island, taking place Wednesday and today, was expanded from one to two days for public use reasons and not because the deer herd has grown too large.

NEWBURYPORT – A judge issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for a former interior decorator who failed to pay back more than $7,900 to another local business owner as ordered by a Newburyport District Court judge last year.

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AMESBURY — It may be arriving a little later than usual, but the annual Amesbury Holiday Parade will step off from Sparhawk and Greenleaf streets on Saturday at 3:30 p.m..

NEWBURYPORT – A parking ticket dispute Wednesday morning outside Starbucks on Liberty Street resulted in a local woman being summonsed to court on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over 60, according to police.


BYFIELD — There will be some dark and stormy nights when Triton Regional High School students present a pair of one-act murder mystery comedies tonight through Saturday.

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NEWBURY – A bag of Goldfish crackers led to an Amesbury man admitting in court Wednesday that he broke into a Newbury police officer’s pickup earlier this year.  

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SALISBURY — The Board of Assessors has been conducting its revaluation of properties as required by state law every five years.

On the night of Dec. 4, 1798, Richard Jackman and his 11-year-old son went to Plum Island via boat, but could not return home the same way due to windy conditions. The pair attempted to walk home, but tragically died of exposure within half a mile of their house.

NEWBURYPORT — The Newburyport Art Association recently received a $10,000 grant from the Newburyport Five Cents Charitable Foundation that will benefit teachers working offsite and help continue programs and scholarship offerings.

The following jury-waived trials occurred Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Newburyport District Court with Peter Doyle presiding:

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NEWBURYPORT — The Newburyport Police Department will be holding its 14th annual Fill-a-Cruiser food drive at Shaw's Supermarket and Market Basket on Storey Avenue on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

AMESBURY – The state Parole Board recently denied early release for a man serving two life sentences for attempting to rape a 6-year-old boy in the bathroom of the former Burger King in 1998. 


ROWLEY – The last of six Spud’s Restaurant and Bar locations is closing in January, marking the end of a 35-year run for owner Bruce Spaulding and his family.

Have you ever been on a boat and needed a flare for an emergency? Did you know that there are different kinds of flares for different purposes? Have you ever wondered about what happens to unused flares that boaters have on their boats for emergency purposes? Can they be recycled? Brought to…

NEWBURYPORT – A dispute resolution service, the nonprofit North Essex Dispute Resolution Center, Inc., has been operating at the Newburyport District Court since July, offering area residents free mediation, conciliation and consumer assistance through grants received from the Massachusetts …