BOSTON — Utilities are giving energy consumers a break on their outstanding electric and natural gas bills in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Freezers have been selling out all across the North Shore and Cape Ann in the wake of Gov. Charlie Baker’s announcement of a state of emergency because of spread of the novel coronavirus.

BOSTON — A plan to bring Canadian hydropower into Massachusetts to green the power grid faces an uncertain future amid opposition from activists in a neighboring state.

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Melrose - Charles "Chuckles" F. Colombino, 70, died Saturday, April 4. He was born to the late Ralph Frank Colombino and Marilyn Doran Colombino in Passaic, N.J., and was raised in Warwick, R.I. He graduated from Warwick Veterans Memorial High School in 1967 and went on to receive a BA from …

PEabody - Sammy "Sam" John Rizzotti, 93, of Peabody, passed away peacefully Friday evening, April 3, at his home following a brief illness. He was the devoted husband of Dolores (Ferry) Rizzotti with whom he shared more than 69 years of marriage. Born and raised in Salem, he was the son of t…

BOSTON — Utilities are giving energy consumers a break on their outstanding electric and natural gas bills in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Freezers have been selling out all across the North Shore and Cape Ann in the wake of Gov. Charlie Baker’s announcement of a state of emergency because of spread of the novel coronavirus.

BOSTON — A plan to bring Canadian hydropower into Massachusetts to green the power grid faces an uncertain future amid opposition from activists in a neighboring state.

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BOSTON — The state doled out significantly fewer film tax credits to movie production studios in 2018, which is rekindling debate over whether to expand the program before it sunsets in two years.

GLOUCESTER – The city and other exhibitors will have to wait for the organizers of Seafood Expo North America to develop a Plan B, but the consensus seems to be the decision to postpone the 2020 Boston show as a health precaution to the spreading novel coronavirus was the right one.

BOSTON — Lawmakers want to give Main Street merchants a louder voice on Beacon Hill, helping them to slice through bureaucracy and navigate regulations more easily.

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DANVERS — With the state unemployment rate hovering at 2.8% this winter, one of the biggest challenges many nonprofit health care providers face is the recruitment and retention of talent, given the trend that millennials are prone to job-hop every few years.

It’s still more than a month away, but the organizer of the Seafood Expo North America is gauging the potential impact of the novel coronavirus — and current travel bans — on the sprawling, international seafood trade show at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

PEABODY — The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual legislative breakfast Jan. 28 at the Boston Marriott in Peabody with Mayor Ted Bettencourt and other local officials and Chamber members, as well as local students.

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BEVERLY — Motion control company Harmonic Drive LLC is switching gears from Peabody to Beverly.

PEABODY — The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with Chamber members Essex County Brewing and Regulate Yours Life Coaching for a double ribbon cutting on Jan. 16 at the brewery, which is located inside Mills 58 on Pulaski Street in Peabody. The brewery was packed with Chamber member…

DANVERS — Three North Shore-based banks are planning to open new branches this year as they continue to stake out territory in a competitive market.

GLOUCESTER — A paper sign reading “Closed. Reopening soon under new management. Thank you” is taped to the window of what was Trio Restaurant and Bar at 64 Main St.

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DANVERS — "If any of you can speak to the governor today, please let him know that we need our science lab," Salem State University President John Keenan implored local business leaders Wednesday morning.

Guess who’s getting used to working with robots in their everyday lives? The very same warehouse workers once predicted to be losing their jobs to mechanical replacements.

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DANVERS — Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the cavernous 20,000-square-foot A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts store at the Liberty Tree Mall on Independence Way has sales of 25% to 50% storewide.

SALEM — Small businesses from Salisbury, Gloucester and Peabody are finalists for a $10,000 first prize in this year's North of Boston Business Plan Competition held by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University.

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DANVERS — While visiting his wife's family in Hawaii, Douglas Molina came across Pups of War, a Nerf arena that focused on keeping kids active.

MIDDLETON — The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce held its 88th Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration Nov. 14 at the Ferncroft Country Club. The event honored longtime city employee and Chamber community member Mary Bellavance with the Distinguished Leader Award. Bellavance retired earlier thi…

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BEVERLY — Radical Plastics has hit upon a way to create plastic that could be used to make trash bags, grocery bags, milk bottles and potato chip labels that won't last for centuries, clogging up beaches, rivers and oceans.

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