One of my favorite times of the year is the Newburyport Literary Festival, and the most recent one that concluded a few weeks ago had a session that struck me as a metaphor for life in Newburyport, the challenges of work, school and the community brought on by the pandemic for over a year – …

Editor’s note: This is one in a continuing series of guest opinions about fostering environmental stewardship. The current columns focus on the perspectives of Youth Corps members and other youth about the future and the importance of stewardship. The series is coordinated by ACES, the Allia…

After going through a winter and all of its cold, raw wind who wouldn’t welcome this time of year? It seems so heart warming to watch Mother Nature developing. Having some yard work to do is always acceptable. Especially in these golden years I am alway anxious to get outside again. I am lim…

The Newburyport Energy Advisory Committee (EAC) is a group of volunteers who advise the mayor and City Council on energy matters that affect the city and our residents. Our goal is to figure out how policies will encourage sustainable development and energy conservation while saving resident…

I try to remember what was going through my head a little over a year ago when I first learned what COVID-19 was.

In addition to genetics, we are the sum total of the experiences and people with whom we’ve crossed paths in our lifetimes. At the risk of omitting some who have been important along the way, here’s my own list:

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It’s so easy, in the course of our day-to-day lives, to get caught up in the political preoccupations of the moment.

Just in time for Earth Day 2021, environmental advocates have recently enjoyed some major – and long overdue - successes. Only three months into the year and the forecast for dealing with the climate crisis seems to be looking up.

Editor’s note: This is one in a continuing series of guest opinions about fostering environmental stewardship. The columns focus on the perspectives of Youth Corps members and other youths about the future and the importance of stewardship. The series is coordinated by ACES, the Alliance of …

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A Daily News headline story on April 13 praised a 12-year-old local girl for securing a $200 grant to organize a team of young volunteers to clean up plastic from our beaches.

The United States is facing a growing representation crisis. While our population continues to grow, the number of elected officials representing us at the highest levels of government has not changed in more than a century. As a result, our Congress has among the most disproportionate repre…

The relationship between the United States and China is the most important bilateral relationship in the world. When it goes smoothly, global tensions are low. When the relationship hits the rocks, tensions rise, not only between the U.S. and China but throughout the world.

NEWBURYPORT, April 1 — Local historian Helen Highwater hopes to wow both City Hall and the Chamber of Commerce at today's annual "Up Newburyport" conference with a daring, ingenious plan to raise funds to offset a year of COVID-19 losses.

I have been thinking long and hard about this, and I believe I have come to a conclusion about at least one problem plaguing society these days.

Every now and then, my sister and I will talk on the phone between Athol and Newburyport. Almost always, the talk will turn to the past.

I took out nomination papers to run for mayor of Newburyport two weeks ago. For deeply heartfelt personal reasons, I have decided that it is not in my family’s best interest to take on this incredible challenge.

As Massachusetts observes World Water Day today, March 22, our state’s communities have particular reason to celebrate.

I just couldn’t believe how fast things were moving. One day, I was finishing basic training and the next thing I knew, I was boarding a troop ship to Europe.

Editor’s note: This is one in a continuing series of guest opinions about fostering environmental stewardship. The columns focus on the perspectives of Youth Corps members and other young people about the future and the importance of stewardship. The series is coordinated by ACES, the Allian…

In my never-ending quest to add chapters to the construction history of the family home, it occurred to me that I should have a photo of the woman from whose estate we purchased the house nearly 50 years ago – one Muriel Beazley of Newburyport.

Well, it’s been a quiet winter on Plum Island, my retreat from the mania of the mainland where all the Port's coffee shops are being evicted by landlords hungry for higher rent paid by yet more chain restaurants and jewelry shops.

I’ve been using the phrase “the right side of history” for many years. Recently, I’ve been taking a closer look at the assumptions behind it, their possibilities and their limitations.

Black History month is almost over. This annual event, sparked a memory. When I was a young lieutenant, I volunteered to serve as my unit’s race relations officer. I was subsequently informed by my commanding officer that I could not perform the duties associated with the post because I was …

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Editor’s note: This is one in a continuing series of guest opinions about fostering environmental stewardship. The current columns focus on the perspectives of Youth Corps members and other young people about the future and the importance of stewardship. The series is coordinated by ACES, th…

If I could get a do-over, a mulligan if you will, I would have been on the winning side of the plastic bag ban vote as a city councilor a few years back. Why wasn’t I? Well, in short, my research then was not on the side of the ban. Too many paper bags were being used in neighboring towns th…

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First Commune, now Plum Island Coffee Roasters. And I’m still reeling from the loss of Greta’s Great Grains.

Salisbury, Rowley and Newbury are included in the Triton Regional School District while Amesbury, Newburyport, West Newbury and other surrounding towns have separate school districts. They all are great communities filled with kind and wonderful people. 

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