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SALISBURY – The Salisbury Board of Health ordered three popular businesses to close Saturday after efforts to urge customers to maintain "social distancing" didn't work, potentially putting people at risk to contract the coronavirus.

NEWBURYPORT – In spite of the coronavirus pandemic and closing of all restaurants, members of the Newburyport Lions Club did hold this year's fundraising raffle on March 31, as advertised, pulling 17 winners and capturing it on video.

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.

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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.

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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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.

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, rlodge@newburyportnews.com.

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.

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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.

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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.

WEST NEWBURY — The School Committee held a meeting using Zoom on Tuesday night, voting to suspend the collection of academic and athletic fees and to continue paying hourly and salaried employees. 

NEWBURYPORT — Beginning Friday, local small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

NEWBURYPORT — On Wednesday, Anna Jaques Hospital had one confirmed COVID-19 inpatient case, two suspected inpatient cases in the intensive care unit and a total of 16 suspected cases at the hospital, according to a daily report from Beth Israel Lahey Health. There were no confirmed employee cases.

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AMESBURY – The second of two National Guard trucks delivered personal protective equipment to the Fire Department, fulfilling an order of 250 Tyvek suits, 250 N95 protective masks and 250 surgical masks.

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NEWBURY — With input from Town Administrator Tracy Blais and Emergency Management Director Michael Reilly, selectmen unanimously agreed to postpone the annual Town Meeting and election because of the COVID-19 threat.

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, rlodge@newburyportnews.com.

WEST NEWBURY — The Pentucket Arts Foundation is receiving a $2,000 unrestricted gift from the Essex County Community Foundation in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

In 1759, Enoch Noyes manufactured horn buttons and combs in Newbury. In 1778, he employed William Cleland, a deserter from Burgoyne's army, a comb maker by profession and a skilled workman. Thus, began the comb-making business in this area.

When the Newburyport Education Foundation funded Chromebooks to be used throughout the district, no one could have imagined just how important these devices would become.

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With New Hampshire public beaches closed to limit the spread of COVID-19, officials in Newburyport and Newbury are coordinating efforts to ensure people do not flock to Plum Island beaches.

NEWBURYPORT — After canceling the live events because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers of the 15th annual Newburyport Literary Festival plan to take the festivities online.

NEWBURYPORT – Mayor Donna Holaday reported the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the city had risen to 13 as of Tuesday afternoon. The people who most recently tested positive, as well as their families, are in quarantine, she said.

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BYFIELD — After hearing about the shortage of personal protective equipment at area hospitals, two Triton Regional High School teachers brought their classroom 3-D printers home and went to work, crafting respirator masks and shipping them off to health care professionals.

Plymouth Business School in the Chase & Lunt Building opened its night school on Sept. 18, 1912. "Thorough and Competent courses in shorthand and typing, penmanship, English and more under experienced and competent teachers" were noted.

Everyone has likely dreamed of winning a million dollars in a sweepstakes, being chosen to sail away on a cruise or to take advantage of a sure investment.

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NEWBURYPORT – Mayor Donna Holaday reported the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 had risen to 13 in Newburyport as of Tuesday afternoon. The individuals who most recently tested positive, as well as their families, are currently in quarantine, she said.

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MARCH 31 -- Gov. Charlie Baker may amend or update a week-old executive order on Tuesday that originally required all non-essential businesses to close through April 7 as the state prepares for at least several more weeks of the new normal during the coronavirus crisis.

NEWBURYPORT – City officials reported the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 had risen to 10 in Newburyport as of this morning, March 31. The individuals who most recently tested positive, as well as their families, are currently in quarantine, according to Mayor Donna Holaday.

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