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WEST NEWBURY -- The Red Cross will hold a community blood drive on Tuesday, May 18 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Annex, 381 Main St.

Seventeen projects in the region nominated for federal funding include $1.5 million to rebuild the bulkhead along Newburyport’s waterfront and $1.2 million to complete engineering and design work on unfinished sections of the Border to Boston Trail in Georgetown, Newbury and other communities.

NEWBURYPORT — Residents have the opportunity to take part in a series of workshops leading up to the City Council’s special meeting to approve the fiscal 2022 budget on June 22.

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SALISBURY — A year ago, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Salon 42/70 owner Kimberly Bamford was looking for creative ways to cater to clients — while at the same time keeping busy when most of the business community was shut down to prevent transmission of the coronavirus.

NEWBURY — Where to locate parking for public trails and whether to include an affordable housing component as part of a new housing development on Coleman Road are topics for discussion at a Planning Board session later this month.

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On this day in 1779, a commission to cruise against the enemies of the U.S. (principally the British) was granted to the owners of the schooner Hibernia, John O’Brien, captain, and William O’Brien, lieutenant. Hibernia made several successful cruises, capturing a number of ships, brigs and s…

NEWBURYPORT — Newburyport Public Library will host best-selling author Mike Lupica for a discussion of his latest book, “Robert B. Parker’s Payback,” in conversation with best-selling author James Patterson, via Zoom on May 26 at 7 p.m.

AMESBURY — Citing improvements she has brought to communication and transparency in city government, Mayor Kassandra Gove said on Friday she is ready for a second term.

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WEST NEWBURY — Once again, a committee leading an effort to build a new playground behind the town’s elementary school is seeking input from the public.

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NEWBURYPORT — Dozens honored local police officers and their brethren across the country Friday morning by attending a brief ceremony in Brown Square marking national Peace Officers Memorial Day.

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SALISBURY — A Seabrook man struck by a dump truck Thursday afternoon on Collins Street died from his injuries soon after being rushed to Anna Jaques Hospital, according to local police. 

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The phrase “high-achieving students” seems inadequate to describe Sabine and Violette Smith of Groveland, 17-year-old identical twins who are not only graduating from Pentucket Regional High School a year early but also with high honors from Northern Essex Community College with their associ…

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On this day in 1775, it was voted to grant Ebenezer Morrison the liberty to set up a potter’s kiln at or near the North West side of Burying Hill to be under direction of the selectmen for the time being.

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NEWBURYPORT — The city hosted a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony on the corner of Essex and State Streets Thursday to unveil its new grant-funded parklets for outdoor dining.

AMESBURY — Some drivers will need to slow down a bit after the City Council lowered the city's speed limit from 30 to 25 mph Wednesday night.

On this day in 1805, investors in the Newburyport Turnpike Corporation were notified that a 19th assessment at $20/share had been authorized by corporation directors to be paid May 30. The Corporation had been formed in 1803 to build a straight toll road from Boston to Newburyport, bypassing…

The weather has finally turned, and the spigot has finally opened, allowing the colors and song of the spring bird migration to shift into high gear. This past week, and during the remaining weeks of May, birders will relish in the array of warblers and other Neotropical migrants moving thro…

These recent sightings are compiled by Sue McGrath of the Newburyport Birders. Report your sightings to Newburyport Birders at newburyportbirders@comcast.net or 978-204-2976. Visit www.newburyportbirders.com 

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NEWBURYPORT — Recognizing how deeply COVID-19 concerns affected education over the past year, the city's Human Rights Commission awarded its annual Peace Prize — which traditionally goes to students — to teachers across the community this week.

AMESBURY — The principal of the Salisbury Elementary School is one of three finalists in line for the same job at Amesbury Elementary School.

NEWBURYPORT – As the Centers for Disease Control announced on Thursday vaccinated adults can go without masks in most indoor situations and outdoors, the latest COVID-19 data released by the state showed only small increases in the number of positive cases in Greater Newburyport communities.

ROWLEY – A Byfield woman who admitted she was drunk when she crashed her car head-on into another one on Route 1 earlier this year lost her driver's license for two years on Thursday after pleading guilty to a second drunken driving offense in Newburyport District Court.

NEWBURYPORT – The city's Energy and Recycling Office said that there are still free curbside compost starter kids available. A total of 100 households claimed these start kits, which include a curbside bin and set of liner bags, but there are still kits available for anyone who signs up for …

BOSTON -- Business groups are urging the state to restore a work-search requirement for people collecting unemployment benefits, arguing that stricter rules are needed to get more workers back on the job.

Remember when ladies wore hats? They had a lot to choose from in Newburyport on this day in 1858. Spring millinery from three sources was featured on Page 1 of the newspaper. Mrs. L.T. Batchelder’s Rich Millinery and Fancy goods sold at State and Essex streets., P.H. Noyes had 11 straw bonne…

It’s been a few months since I gave an update but wanted to let readers know how things were going with renovations to the Brian Eldredge Memorial Skate Park on Friend Street. As you may recall, efforts began in December 2018 to update the facility, which was originally constructed in 1998. …

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NEWBURYPORT – The Newburyport Art Association opens SIX, its third small-works exhibition and sale in the gallery shop through June 6, guest curated by Lee Gordon, NAA artist member and blown glass artist.

NEWBURYPORT — A public hearing on an appeal by Brine Oyster Bar was continued to June 8 by the Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday with the understanding that the applicant will switch gears and now seek a variance.

NEWBURY — An incumbent Triton Regional School Committee member is humbled and happy to have been given another three-year term by voters on Tuesday, while his opponent is vowing to run again. 

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SALISBURY – A local woman with a lengthy criminal history is back in trouble with the law after police say she broke into an Lincoln Avenue home Monday while a mother and two of her daughters were watching television, according to Newburyport District Court records. 

SALISBURY — The Board of Selectmen will remain the same after Charles "Chuck" Takesian Jr. and Donna Abdulla were reelected to three-year terms Tuesday.

NEWBURY — Select Board incumbents Alicia Greco and Geoffrey Walker secured their third and fifth terms, respectively, according to the town's preliminary results Tuesday night.

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NEWBURY — A recent stretch of “rude behavior and criminal behavior” at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm has led to staff beefing up security and placing “Do Not Enter” signs at specific locations. It has also led to an increase in police patrols at the farm.

AMESBURY — A local man faces a federal charge of distributing child pornography after his arrest Tuesday morning by FBI agents only minutes after they entered his Sparhawk Street home.

NEWBURYPORT — A public hearing on an appeal by the attorneys for Brine Oyster Bar was continued to June 8 by the Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday with the understanding that the applicant will switch gears and now seek a variance.

SALISBURY — A hairstylist charged with stealing thousands of dollars from a longtime client avoided jail time earlier this week after being charged with fraud.

NEWBURYPORT — The First Religious Society will host an informational forum on Massachusetts' proposed End of Life Options Act, which would allow some terminally ill people to voluntarily and legally request and receive a prescription for end-of-life medication.

On this day in 1815, the publisher of the newspaper informed readers he acted on a request by two-thirds of the subscribers to improve the quality of paper used and enlarge the pages. As a result, a “trifling” addition to the paper’s price was needed. While the price had been $1 per third of…

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