WEST NEWBURY -- One lane of the Rocks Village Bridge -- which connects West Newbury to Haverhill and Merrimac -- will be closed during repairs on Thursday, Sept. 19. Cora Operations, contractor for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, along with its specialty subcontractor will be…

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NEWBURYPORT – Despite all its natural charm and beauty, the city has a littering problem – one that has inspired joggers, runners, walkers and even kayakers to bring along a bag or bucket to pick up trash as they exercise. 

IPSWICH – A local man accused of supplying fentanyl to an acquaintance who died hours later last summer turned down a plea deal Tuesday that would have sent him to jail for a year. 

AMESBURY — The city has a new chief financial officer who brings 15 years of municipal finance experience to the job.

MERRIMAC – Taxpayers received some good news last week when the town secured a nearly $8 million bond to pay for three municipal projects, including a new police station, at a lower-than-anticipated interest rate.

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MERRIMAC – A 59-year-old contractor who fell off a ladder at a job site Tuesday morning was airlifted by medical helicopter to a Boston-area hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

During the 18th century, many in Newbury believed in the power of premonitions. In 1724, three local boys allegedly found and killed a two-headed snake, which was considered a powerful symbol from classical mythology. Townspeople feared this was an omen for dark times ahead in the church.

WEST NEWBURY  — The Board of Assessors has completed its revaluation of all classes of real and personal property for fiscal 2020, something done every five years as required by law.

SALISBURY — Local resident Michael McCormack and his family and friends will participate in their fifth Greater Boston Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Cambridge on Sunday.

NEWBURYPORT — Two classes to introduce the work of an emerging generation of African women writers will be presented Oct. 3 and Oct. 10 at the First Religious Society, Universalist Unitarian Church, 26 Pleasant St.

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SALISBURY – Panda is a 7-year-old female cat up for adoption at the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society. Even though she had not lived with other cats, she has done well with all the others in the shelter, but prefers to live in a canine-free home. Panda can get overstimulated and needs a …


NEWBURY – A Waltham man who served eight years in the military was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail after his arraignment Monday in Newburyport District Court, two days after his arrest in Byfield for allegedly trying to have sex with an underaged teen. 

NEWBURYPORT — A public hearing Thursday seeks input from residents about proposed zoning changes – which require that the tallest buildings front Merrimac Street and call for a minimum of 12% affordable housing – for the proposed site of New England Development’s Waterfront West.

NEWBURYPORT – Each month or so, dozens of business owners from across the area converge at a local restaurant or bar, grab a drink and network with like-minded folks at mixers sponsored by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

SALISBURY – A New Hampshire man on probation for causing a disturbance at one of the town’s two strip clubs in 2017 was arrested Sunday night and charged with causing a disturbance at the other one.


AMESBURY – While local police officers defeated the Fire Department 12-10 during their annual softball game Saturday at Amesbury High School, the biggest winner was The Pettengill House in Salisbury, which will receive $1,150 as a result of the charity match.

Theodore Imonti, 51, 82 Beach Road, No. 22, Salisbury; operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license (subsequent offense), continued without a finding for four months, $50 Victim Witness Fund (Salisbury).

Isaac Wheelwright (1801-91) was born on this day in Newburyport in 1801. After graduating from Bowdoin College, Wheelwright taught in South America for several years before returning to live in Byfield. His contemporaries called him “intensely and inflexibly old-school in theology and in life.”

The Board of Selectmen recently approved the purchase of a new pumper truck for the town’s Fire Department, which will be purchased through a combination of an appropriation and borrowing to total $600,000.

In addition to the information which appeared in Monday's Daily News, the four candidates for Amesbury Mayor, Ken Gray, Kassandra Gove, Ted Semesnyei and James Thivierge were asked two additional questions questions. The following are their responses.

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NEWBURYPORT — Plum Island resident Mark Richey made mountain climbing history last month as the first man to reach the peak of Link Sar, a 23,100-foot peak in the Karakoram Range that borders Pakistan, India and China.

NEWBURYPORT — Residents of Ward 6 will head to the polls Tuesday for a preliminary election to narrow field of three candidates for their ward's city councilor to two.

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AMESBURY – A local man accused of leading police on a manhunt in July, after allegedly beating and trying to strangle a woman, was arraigned recently in Salem Superior Court on assault to murder, strangulation/suffocation and other serious charges. 

Rum was extremely popular in America by the turn of the 18th century. It has been estimated that rum was being consumed at a rate of four gallons per person per year. By 1770, the newly formed city of Newburyport had 10 rum distilleries, second in number only to the city of Boston.

NEWBURYPORT — The fifth installment of the Museum of Old Newbury’s popular “Newburyport 101” lunchtime program series is scheduled for Thursday at noon.

WEST NEWBURY — Residents who participated in any bicentennial events held in town during the past year are encouraged to share their photos with the Bicentennial Committee.

NEWBURYPORT – The Rotary Club of Newburyport is living up to its motto of “Service Above Self” by helping students as they recently returned to school.

In the early 19th century, Newburyport faced several violent storms. On this day in 1810, a tornado swept through Newbury and the surrounding area. While no one was hurt, one resident, David Ordway, is said to have had his barn carried off in the storm. 

WEST NEWBURY — A policy discussion related to the controversial appearance of a Confederate flag in this year’s Memorial Day parade is on the agenda for Monday’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting and residents who have an opinion are encouraged by town officials to attend.


NEWBURY — Gregory Jaczko, a former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, discussed his controversial time on the commission and alternatives for nuclear power during a lecture at First Parish Church this week.

September and October are prime months for the fall hawk migration in New England, and I realized that it has been a number of years since I’ve discussed hawk identification, so I thought you may want to read again about the different species of hawks that you might see migrating overhead th…

MassDOT has announced overnight lane closures of two left lanes on I-495 north and south on the nights of Sunday, Sept. 15, through Friday night, Sept. 20. The closures will occur each night from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning. They are necessary to allow the contractor to pave the r…

WEST NEWBURY -- Health agent Paul Sevigny reported on Friday that the precautionary measures notice the Health Board placed on Mill Pond has been removed. A laboratory analysis, conducted on Sept. 10 for cyanobacteria showed levels below state public health guidelines.