NEWBURYPORT — Almost a month after allegedly burglarizing a boat and attempting to break into another, four Connecticut residents face charges of breaking and entering and larceny. 

NEWBURY — Locals will have a chance to celebrate the beginning of fall with the return of the Ipswich Ale Brewery's annual Harvest Fest this September.

The following jury-waived trial occurred Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Newburyport District Court with Judge Peter Doyle presiding:

SALISBURY — News that the state has cleared the way for the town's first recreational marijuana store to open as early as this week has the town manager looking to the future.

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NEWBURYPORT — A group marching across New England to protest the deportation and detention of undocumented immigrants will stop Wednesday at Central Congregational Church. 

In the 1920s, Mayor Michael Cashman advocated for parks in Newburyport, bemoaning that “we have a beautiful river flowing past our doors, yet as near as it is, it is impossible for any of our residents to go near enough to it to enjoy the beauties of the river without trespassing on private …

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SALISBURY — The town's first retail marijuana shop could open as soon as the end of this week, the owner said Monday.

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NEWBURYPORT — City Councilor at-large Gregory Earls announced his resignation from the council Monday night, and now the city is seeking applications from residents interested in serving out the remainder of his term.

The following jury-waived trials occurred Friday, Aug. 16, at Newburyport District Court with Judge Peter Doyle presiding:

NEWBURYPORT — Peter Zheutlin, the author of “The Dog Went Over the Mountain; Travels with Albie: An American Journey,” will speak Sept. 17 at Newburyport Public Library.

In the late 19th century, the steamer Carlotta took passengers from Ipswich to Old Town and Plum Island. The Carlotta was built in 1878 and in operation for 35 years. It was co-owned by Charles Brown and Nathaniel Burnham. Burnham served as captain and charged 40 cents for a round trip betwe…

NEWBURY — A plan to build a new police station on Morgan Avenue is on target to go out to bid by month’s end. But voters may need to approve more funding this fall if everything recommended for the facility is to be included.

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AMESBURY — After 10 years of identifying and restoring local veterans’ headstones, Jane Snow is still doing her part to honor the city’s fallen heroes while learning bits of history along the way.

The Newburyport-based organization Cure SPG47 has changed its name to Cure AP-4 and expanded its mission to include focusing on treatment and cures for three more disorders that fall under the umbrella of AP-4 associated hereditary spastic paraplegia or HSP, a pediatric neurodegenerative disorder.

WEST NEWBURY — Town officials had what was described as a “good meeting” with the architectural firm working on a schematic design for renovations to the historic Soldiers and Sailors Building — or Carr Post — on Main Street.


NEWBURYPORT — The Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association is hosting an exhibit of Mary Ann Varoski’s oil paintings from Aug. 29 to Sept. 26. This exhibit is a fundraiser for the hospital.


GROVELAND — Featuring a sleek white leather silhouette and iconic swoosh, the Nike Air Force 1 sneaker continues to revolutionize today’s shoe culture. But one teenager sees these legendary kicks as a fresh canvas for painting.

The American Yacht Club held a grand open regatta on Aug. 18, 1890, dubbing the event "Newburyport Day.” The Cadet Band furnished music during the race, and a dance was held in the evening at the Recreation Hall on Plum Island. “Newburyport Day” was held annually until the early 1950s.

NEWBURYPORT — Area Democrats are organizing the 3T&2C Blue Brew & BBQ on Sunday from 2 to 5 .pm. at RiverWalk Brewery, 40 Parker St.

GLOUCESTER — The eight-community traveling road show to gather public comment on new protections for the imperiled North Atlantic right whales hits the city Tuesday evening and is expected to draw a big crowd at NOAA’s Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office in Blackburn Industrial Park.

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SALISBURY — Five people were rescued just after noon Saturday after the boat they were in capsized after colliding with another boat at the mouth of the Merrimack River, an area known for treacherous currents that is difficult to navigate at times.

SALISBURY – The featured cat of the week at the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society is Riggs, a 5-year-old male cat with vivid green eyes. Riggs loves to play and will keep his new owner entertained with all his antics. He also loves to sunbathe and will make himself at home in your sunnie…

NEWBURYPORT — The City Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, and on the agenda is an order to appropriate $1,250,803 from the Community Preservation Act revenues to carry out various projects in fiscal 2020.

The following bench trial occurred Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Newburyport District Court with Judge Mary McCabe presiding:

Last week I wrote about the tree swallow spectacle on Plum Island. Their numbers continue to build, and one has to be careful when proceeding down the island, driving slowly to avoid collisions. Doug Chickering shares with us his poignant story of his tree swallow encounter this past week:

Henry Graf, Jr. was born on August 17, 1909. Graf served three years in the Navy during World War II, and was mayor of Newburyport from 1954-1959. In the 1930s, Graf and his brother Bill started the Graf Brothers Express trucking company in Newburyport. After outgrowing this location, the co…


PLUM ISLAND – A waterlogged peregrine falcon plucked from the Merrimack River two days earlier, was released back to the wild Friday morning and with any luck will reunite with its brothers and sisters soon.

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SALISBURY – A local man with at least four stints in jail for not registering as a Level 3 sex offender is back behind bars after pleading guilty to a sixth offense Friday in Newburyport District Court. 


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Brian Adams and his young daughter Emily are huge New England Patriots fans. They’ve been fans for as long as either can remember but while living in North Carolina, there aren’t many chances to see the Patriots play.


NEWBURYPORT –  A Somerville man with more than a dozen breaking-and-entering charges on his criminal record was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail at his arraignment Thursday in Newburyport District Court for allegedly breaking into a Rowley home earlier this month.