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NEWBURYPORT — A local company that makes chemicals for the pharmaceutical industry recently reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that included paying a $50,210 fine after being cited for violating federal and state hazardous waste laws.

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BYFIELD – Miles Tardy of Byfield earned a Distinguished Achievement and Special Honors Award for Best Youth Actor in a Play at the annual awards held this summer for his lead role of Christopher Boone in "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time."

AMESBURY —  Chamber of Commerce executive director Kassandra Gove is currently on leave from her position while running for mayor against incumbent Ken Gray who is seeking a fourth, two-year term.

ROWLEY – A North Andover man faces a second drunken driving charge after police say he crashed into a Rowley Common utility pole Thursday night and then drove off, leaving a fluid trail behind.

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WEST NEWBURY -- Tempers flared at the selectmen’s meeting this week over news that a town employee did roofing work on a selectman’s house, apparently without first obtaining a building permit or filing a conflict of interest form with the town clerk.

AMESBURY — Seven out of nine candidates for Amesbury City Council took to the stage at Amesbury High School as part of a forum hosted by The Daily News and Amesbury Community Television to let the voters know where they stand Thursday evening.

A fall pelagic trip went out of Rye Harbor on Columbus Day this past week, traveling all day through the waters of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine in search of seabirds. Unfortunately, I was not on it. However, our good friend Doug Chickering of Newburyport was aboard, and he tells us…

Newburyporters joined with others in boycotting British tea leading up to the American Revolution. On October 19, 1768, a “liberty tea” made from the redroot plant was “served to a circle of ladies and gentlemen in Newbury Port, who pronounced it nearly, if not quite, its equal in flavor to …

The following jury-waived trials occurred Thursday, Oct. 17, at Newburyport District Court with Judge Peter Doyle presiding:

NEWBURYPORT — The Chain Bridge between Newburyport and Amesbury will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for the installation of a  new surface.

MERRIMAC — A new attempt to win approval for recreational marijuana sales in town is on the Special Town Meeting warrant for Monday.


AMESBURY — Taxes, overdevelopment and transparency were among the topics touched on by the two mayoral candidates at a public forum Thursday night.

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NEWBURYPORT — The Decent Housing Changes Lives panel discussed the importance of affordable housing on Wednesday and the dilemmas organizations such as the YWCA and Habitat for Humanity face before, during and after building the homes.

AMESBURY — Plans call for six one-bedroom and four two-bedroom condominiums to be built at the old Horace Mann Elementary School.

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NEWBURYPORT — Pete Meehan’s “Last Trap of the Day” oil painting won the Sam Sargent Best in Show award at the first part of the Newburyport Art Association’s Fall Members Juried Art Show, which opens this weekend.

WEST NEWBURY — A proposed $1.5 million restoration of the historic Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building on Main Street received the backing of selectmen, but the Finance Committee is opposed.

NEWBURYPORT — All nine candidates running in contested City Council races in the election Nov. 5 will appear on WJOP 96.3 FM on Tuesday for a panel discussion. 

In 1700, Newbury constructed a new meetinghouse. On Oct. 18, the community voted to construct a pew near the pulpit stairs for the minister’s wife and to give Col. Daniel Pierce the first choice of pews in the new space, followed by Maj. Thomas Noyes. Pew location indicated social standing i…

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

AMESBURY — Residents will be able to park overnight on local streets after the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to strike down the winter parking ban.

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SALISBURY — In the dog-loving city of Newburyport and surrounding towns, a Salisbury-based cat rescue is seeking assistance.

AMESBURY — Both candidates for mayor and candidates for the City Council will take the stage at Amesbury High School tonight for a candidate forum.


AMESBURY – A local woman faces drunken driving and other charges after police say she crashed her Volvo into the yard of a Main Street home early Wednesday. 

AMESBURY — As the firefighters union and Mayor Ken Gray continue to work toward a new contract, a process that has caused friction between the two sides, both are on the same page about at least one thing — the need for a new ambulance. 


NEWBURYPORT – A middle-aged man was rescued Wednesday morning from the Merrimack River, minutes after falling into the water while docked off Cashman Park. 

NEWBURYPORT – Faced with the prospect of five years in prison for pretending to live in Massachusetts so they could collect roughly $49,000 in health benefits, a New Hampshire couple instead were sentenced to two years of probation. 

NEWBURYPORT — Resident and business owner Jill Santopietro Panall will share her “Jeopardy!” expertise on Oct. 24 with those who want to play a local version of the popular quiz show. The Rotary Club of Newburyport invites people to test their trivia skills during these games at the Elks Clu…

NEWBURYPORT — This Saturday’s Local Pulse internet radio program will be a rebroadcast of the Oct. 5 forum that included all seven candidates for at-large seats on the Newburyport City Council. The special, 90-minute live broadcast featured show host Joe DiBiase asking each candidate questio…

SALISBURY— The Salisbury Democratic Town Committee hosts a toiletry drive Oct. 28 to benefit The Pettengill House, a nonprofit social service agency.

The following jury-waived trial occurred Friday, Oct. 11, at Newburyport District Court with Judge Peter Doyle presiding:

On Oct. 17, 1746, snow fell all day and into the following afternoon. Matthias Plant recorded in his journal that “I and my wife went to church in the sleigh, and it was very good sleighing, the snow being two feet upon the level and lasted four days.”

AMESBURY – Kylee Kus, a third-year medical student from Amesbury studying at Oakland University in Michigan, was awarded the 2019 Medical School Diversity Scholarship by Buckfire & Buckfire P.C., a law firm in Southfield, Michigan.


AMESBURY — Students at Amesbury High School spent most of their day Friday appraising their own potential during the school’s first Empowerment Day.

AMESBURY — Three charitable foundations each donated $25,000 to the Amesbury Carriage Museum this month, giving a boost to the nonprofit's $550,000 capital campaign.

NEWBURYPORT – Months after a neighbor began smashing her front door with a metal rod in an alcohol-fueled rage, the mother of two elementary school-aged children broke down Tuesday in Newburyport District Court, asking a judge to do what she could to keep her children safe.

IPSWICH – A local man was ordered to stay away from the Ipswich Family YMCA after his arraignment Tuesday in Ipswich District Court for allegedly fondling himself in front of several people in the men’s locker room.

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Amesbury - Elizabeth Anne (Evans) Zabriskie, of Amesbury, just one week shy of her 59th birthday, died Wednesday evening, October 16, 2019, at Exeter Hospital, following a long struggle with pulmonary disease. Born in Amesbury on October 23, 1960, Elizabeth was one of three daughters of the …