This year July gave us an abundance of sunshine along with southwesterly breezes. There were only two overcast days. Our temperatures reflected this and were well above average for the month. We had two heat waves (three days in a row of 90 degrees or above). There were 11 days in the 90s. T…
BOSTON — State education officials are reviewing school districts' initial reopening plans and expect to issue guidance on athletics and extracurricular activities next week, Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley said Tuesday.
PEABODY — Superintendent Josh Vadala told the School Committee Tuesday night that following the guidance of public health experts, the district could not safety return students to the schools while providing 6-foot spacing for physical distancing to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
SALEM — City-run Haunted Happenings events are effectively canceled this year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate, but officials are still hoping visitors will come to Salem this fall to support businesses.
SALEM — Salem's Ruane Judicial Center could end up handling nearly all of the county's criminal and civil jury trials until the coronavirus pandemic is brought under control, if state court officials adopt a proposal released Tuesday.
PEABODY — They were once considered at risk of dropping out of high school. But on Sunday, 21 students in the Simon Youth Peabody Learning Academy received their diplomas.
PEABODY — The call came in to Peabody police from a dumbfounded driver about 1:55 Sunday afternoon about a white car virtually bouncing off multiple other vehicles as he sped up Route 1 north.
SALEM — Official, city-run events tied to Halloween are effectively on hold this year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate around the country.
BEVERLY — The last time Karen Nascembeni saw her husband, Steven Richard, they were both sick and delirious from COVID-19, as he was taken from their car at Winchester Hospital.
BOSTON — As the coronavirus hammers the economy, Beacon Hill leaders are trying to keep the state government afloat with a series of interim budgets pending a possible federal bailout.
SALEM — When Salem State University reopens this month, there will be widespread testing of faculty and students for COVID-19, routine symptom check-ins, overhauls to dorm life and a plan to adapt when the need arrives.
MARBLEHEAD — With the 55th annual Marblehead Arts Festival postponed until next July, a third scholarship of $3,000 has been added to its Awards College Scholarships.
DANVERS — Foul play is not suspected in the drowning death of a 4-year-old girl on River Drive on Sunday, according to Essex District Attorney spokesperson Carrie Kimball.
BEVERLY — The Beverly High Class of 2020 performed its last official exercise Sunday as most of its members attended their Senior Celebration.
BOSTON — Proposals to improve the safety of the state's aging natural gas system have languished since the coronavirus sidelined most everything else on Beacon Hill, but lawmakers remain hopeful of taking them up before the end of the two-year session.
NAHANT — The first debate of the 6th District Congressional Democratic primary took place Sunday night as two candidates took aim at the incumbent U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton in a virtual Nahant Town Hall with Sept. 1 fast approaching
SALEM — Two more drive-ins have been scheduled in Salem, but one will go beyond the city-run movie experience North Shore residents have come to expect.
DANVERS — Speaker after speaker marveled at the resilience, courage and compassion they witnessed over the past several months as students, staff and their families all pulled together as the world turned upside down.
DANVERS — The class of 2020 missed out on many of the traditional rites of senior year, long-anticipated events like the prom and an annual (if unsanctioned) "skip day," Danvers High School senior class president Elodie Poussard told her fellow graduates.
PEABODY — The nearly 330 graduates of the Class of 2020 at Peabody Veterans Memorial High heard speaker after speaker tell them to "take nothing for granted."
People gathered Friday, July 31, to march from Beverly City Hall to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
GROVELAND — A Groveland man who may have made nearly $400,000 stealing and then selling pricey "smart" lightbulbs, Nest thermostats and power tool batteries has been arrested on federal charges.
NEWBURYPORT — Local police have applied to District Court for disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace charges against a man accused of shouting a racist slur from his car at a Black teenager on State Street, according to the Essex District Attorney's Office.
SALEM — Standing near the corner of Lafayette Street and Loring Avenue Friday afternoon, Salem State University psychology professor Joanna Gonsalves asked the silhouette of a colleague about funding cuts and how to navigate them.
PEABODY — The push for a Peabody trolley service linking the downtown with the Salem MBTA Commuter Rail Station gained some steam on Beacon Hill this week.
MARBLEHEAD — Rhod Sharp, the former presenter of BBC Radio 5 Live's "Up All Night," which was broadcast for many years from his home on Franklin Street, saw his broadcast career cut short in March due to the coronavirus.
PORTLAND, Maine — Seals are thriving off the Northeast coast thanks to decades of protections, and that victory for wildlife has brought a consequence for humans — more encounters with sharks.
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is beginning a drop-off service for certain transactions so customers can remain safer during the coronavirus pandemic.
Legislation that would grant additional paid sick leave to employees during the COVID-19 outbreak is moving on Beacon Hill after securing the approval of a key panel.
WENHAM — Police announced on Friday that they are seeking misdemeanor larceny charges against an older man and woman from Danvers for the thefts of three Black Lives Matter signs from homes in Wenham in recent weeks.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump is routinely distorting Democratic rival Joe Biden's policy on fracking as he tries to transform it into a full-scale “disaster” for election battlegrounds.
[Story Developing] State officials are closely monitoring a recent uptick in the rate of positive COVID-19 test rates, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday as he again cautioned against social gatherings where people do not wear masks.
IPSWICH — Town officials have fielded some complaints about a large gathering at a home on Route 1 where visitors have been seen not wearing masks or maintaining social distance, but say they cannot take any action to stop it.
WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s no end in sight to the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top government health experts will tell Congress on Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump repeatedly tests the Republican Party's limits on issues including race, trade and immigration. Now he has struck a boundary.
BEVERLY — While small businesses are suffering or closing due to the coronavirus pandemic, a bookstore in downtown Beverly is writing a different story.
BOSTON — A North Shore man charged with sexually exploiting teenage boys in Laos while teaching and running a charity there is set to be released as early as Friday, after a judge agreed to a plan for house arrest.
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