Newburyport native Jacob Perkins was born on July 9, 1766, and died on July 30, 1849, in London. Although most well-known as an inventor, he began his career as an apprentice of Newburyport silversmith Elias Davis and produced many fine pieces of silver and gold beads.

SALISBURY – The new owner of the iconic Pat's Diner in Salisbury Square said on Friday he has no immediate plans to tear down the 1950s era Worcester Lunch Car he bought in late May for $380,000 but left the door open to that possibility.

NEWBURYPORT  – With the deadline to take out nomination papers for the city's November elections come and gone, the city's next mayor will be School Committee member Sean Reardon, Plum Island resident Warren Russo or City Councilor Charlie Tontar.

NEWBURYPORT – As the state's Environmental Police continue to investigate who cut four boats off their moorings at the American Yacht Club sometime Tuesday night, members of the Water Street club expressed their outrage over what appears to be a random act of vandalism.

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SALISBURY — About three months after the iconic Pat’s Diner was placed on the market, a local business owner purchased the building and the roughly 1-acre lot in late May for $380,000, according to town records.

NEWBURYPORT — Someone cut mooring lines on four boats in the American Yacht Club mooring field abutting Joppa Flats overnight Tuesday, with three of the boats found in the marsh off Salisbury early Wednesday and a fourth recovered by a fisherman later that day.

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MERRIMAC — A local man who threatened to beat up a woman if she did not pay him money pleaded guilty to multiple charges Wednesday in Newburyport District Court and was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

On July 30, 1794, a fire destroyed seven cordage factories, many shops and dwelling places in Boston. Over $300 was collected by the five religious societies in Newburyport for those whose property was destroyed.

NEWBURYPORT — Pennies for Poverty will once again collect food as part of its Grocery Cart Challenge during the Yankee Homecoming Parade, which kicks off Sunday, Aug. 8, at noon.  

SALISBURY — As a way of shedding light on protecting the ocean and area beaches, a team of New Hampshire lifeguards belonging to The Concept Project will swim roughly 19 miles along the coast from Kittery, Maine, to Salisbury Beach starting Friday at 4:30 a.m.


GROVELAND — A local man’s dream for the town to build a better dog park is on its way to becoming a reality as town officials and residents move to finalize design plans next month.

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NEWBURYPORT — Sailor Deborah Mellen smiles when she relates The Impossible Dream’s first-place finish in a sailboat race from St. Petersburg, Florida, to Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

SALISBURY — The Zoning Board of Appeals voted 4-1 on Tuesday night to approve a comprehensive special permit request to construct Meadowview at Salisbury, a 56-unit condominium project — including 14 Chapter 40B affordable units — at 6 Forest Road.

NEWBURYPORT — A Zoning Board of Appeals vote on a request to add a dormer to a saltbox roof at 2 Neptune St. was postponed to Aug. 10 due to a limited number of eligible voting members. 

In 1768, merchants and traders of Boston agreed to unite with merchants of other towns in the province to stop the importation of English goods, including the use and sale of foreign teas. When the Rev. Christopher B. Marsh was ordained pastor of the Second Congregational Church and Society …

NEWBURYPORT — Two Haverhill men charged with stealing more than $1,600 worth of clothing from Marshalls in April pleaded guilty to larceny and conspiracy charges Wednesday in Newburyport District Court and were sentenced to six months in jail. 

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SALISBURY — The calendar may read 2021 but for a few days this week, it was the 1950s at the former Pat’s Diner in Salisbury Square.

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NEWBURYPORT — Longtime local musician Buddy Lauder says it's time to wrap up the successful fundraising effort that has raised money for Newburyport Public Schools music programs and equipment for the last nine years, so he and the band are planning "The Last Bow" on Aug. 14 at the Newburypo…

AMESBURY — Mary Bettencourt was just 16 years old when she walked into C.B. Peterson Insurance’s office and signed her first auto insurance policy with Carlisle “Skip” Peterson.

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WEST NEWBURY — About 10 families had to evacuate their homes Monday afternoon and evening after a construction vehicle damaged an underground propane gas tank about noon near the Drakes Landing complex off Daley Drive, according to Fire Chief Michael Dwyer.

According to Currier's history, in the new town of Newburyport, adults of either sex, moving from other towns in the province, were not allowed to obtain a legal settlement in Newburyport unless they were known to be industrious and frugal. Owners of dwelling houses, renting them to stranger…

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SALISBURY — The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Massachusetts Animal Coalition through its “I’m Animal Friendly” license plate program. The grant will be used for t spay and neuter services.

NEWBURYPORT — Newburyport Public Library will host “Canning, Freezing and Dehydrating” via Zoom on Aug. 10 at 7 p.m.

The following jury-waived trial occurred Friday, July 23, at Newburyport District Court with Judge Peter Doyle presiding:

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NEWBURYPORT — A Zoning Board of Appeals vote on a request to add a dormer to a saltbox roof at 2 Neptune St. was postponed to Aug. 10 due to a limited number of eligible voting members. 

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NEWBURYPORT — Local police were investigating a possible suicide believed to have taken place Monday night on the roof of the Sullivan Building at 25 Temple St. but not discovered until Tuesday morning.

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NEWBURYPORT — The 197-foot yacht Bella Vita left the city's waterfront Monday afternoon, but unlike its smooth arrival a few weeks ago, the departure didn't go as planned.

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NEWBURYPORT — Parking lots 6 and 7, in addition to Lot 1, at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge beach on Plum Island are now open to the public as piping plover chicks begin to fledge. 

NEWBURYPORT — The injury toll from a boat crash Saturday dropped by one after Fire Chief Chris LeClaire said Monday that two people were treated by emergency medical technicians after a Tewksbury boat owner accidentally hit the throttle of her 25-foot Tidewater, driving the boat onto the doc…


NEWBURYPORT — Minutes after crashing into a stone wall near the Moseley Pines park entrance early Sunday, an Amesbury man’s car caught fire and a police officer had to pull him away from the flames.

NEWBURYPORT — Congregation Ahavas Achim will collect new school supplies for The Pettengill House's Operation Backpack program on the next two Saturdays to ensure students in prekindergarten through Grade 12 can attend school ready to learn. 

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NEWBURYPORT — City Engineer Jon-Eric White will discuss threats to the water supply and offer potential short- and long-term solutions for protecting the city's reservoirs, watershed and aquifer.

The city’s 1907 "Annual Report on School Buildings" noted that in July, $201.11 was raised from the sale of old furniture and organs. Expenditures included $547.21 for plumbing and ventilating Johnson School for parts and labor. Johnson School was built in 1853, and located at the corner of …

AMESBURY — A West Townsend man was high on crystal methamphetamine when he broke into a woman's home on Rocky Hill Road early Saturday while she was inside and then washed his hands in her kitchen, police said.

NEWBURYPORT — The Newburyport High School Class of 1971 will hold its 50th class reunion on Nov. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Sylvan Street Grille, 195 Elm St., Salisbury.

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NEWBURYPORT — Almost 18 months after the Firehouse Center for the Arts closed its Arakelian Theater to slow the spread of COVID-19, events will resume in September, according to Executive Director John Moynihan.

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MERRIMAC — Preparations are underway for the return of Merrimac Old Home Days next month.

NEWBURYPORT — Matthew Coogan, a familiar face at City Hall since 2018, left his post as Mayor Donna Holaday's chief of staff on Friday to assume the role of Boxford town administrator. 

On July 26, 1799, the Newburyport Committee of Health reported that since July 22, two people died of a malignant fever, five remained sick though none were seriously ill, and there were no new cases. They requested that any gentleman who advocated bleeding publish his reasons for the practi…

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