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Members of the Labor's International Union of America, Local 175 –— a carpenter's union — have been protesting on the public way outside Vicor Coporation at the intersection of Federal Street and River Road since Sept. 13.

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After a break since last spring due to the pandemic, Andover students began the school year under a hybrid model with a mix of in-person and remote learning. Much controversy surrounded the choice of an educational method that would keep staff and students safe.

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While Raytheon Technologies Corp. CEO Greg Hayes announced the elimination of 15,000 jobs during an investors’ call last week, he also said that the defense part of the business has never been stronger.

Care Dimensions HomeMD program, which provides in-home primary care service for patients 65 years and older who have trouble leaving home, has doubled its service area to cover 45 communities north of Boston, according to a statement.

Q: For months, I have rarely ventured out of my home. Now, I am worried about going out to get my annual flu vaccine. Should I be taking the risk?

Editor’s Note: Owing to the COVID-19 situation, many events have been postponed or rescheduled, which has been noted where possible. It is recommended that potential attendees contact the event hosts directly to determine if the event will take place. In addition, many organizations have bee…

Care Dimensions HomeMD expands service area in Merrimack Valley

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A group of area children gathered last week at Drummond Playground in North Andover and used a nearby field as their easel.

BOSTON -- An advocacy group involved in the fight over school reopenings and education reform has had its federal tax exempt status revoked for failure to file financial statements dating back years.

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Investigators seized methamphetamines with a $130,000 street value after executing search warrants at the North Andover Auto School and the Lawrence home of the school's owner, Michael Larocque, according to court papers. 

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NORTH ANDOVER — Police said the owner of a North Andover driving school was ordered held on $250,000 cash bail after a joint investigation led to methamphetamine being seized from his home and business.

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Students participating in the hybrid model of education — a mix of remote and in-class learning — returned to classes last Thursday, presented with a completely different environment that they are accustomed to.

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Overrun by large back-to-back bird surrenders, MSPCA locations in Methuen and Boston are hosting plenty of adoptable chickens, conures, parakeets and lovebirds.

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The president of the Andover Education Association says the union is considering an appeal of the state labor board's ruling that a "workplace safety action" Aug. 31 was an illegal strike.

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Andover participated in a group observance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States this year, due to health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Select Board member Alex Vispoli said the roadwork that's being done on Chestnut Street between Central and Main streets is expected to be complete during next year's "paving season," which he says is between May 1 and Oct. 31.

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Students returned to Andover School of Montessori on Aug. 31 — the same day that would have been the 150th birthday of Maria Montessori, founder of the Montessori philosophy of education. To celebrate, each student received a growing kit with seeds for flowers and herbs.

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A former employee of the IRS Service Center in Andover pleaded guilty last week to helping prepare and file at least 70 false tax returns for herself and others, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling.

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A school, homes and businesses were evacuated Tuesday morning on Chestnut Street after a construction company hit a gas main two days after the two-year anniversary of the Merrimack Valley gas disaster, according to Andover police.

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Gathered under a large tent months after they'd planned to, residents stayed 6 feet apart while approving a host of warrant articles, including the $197,825,031 budget and the sale of the Old Town Yard property. 

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ANDOVER — A 35-year fundraising tradition at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church is adapting to the times.

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Eli Haddad, the owner of Eli’s Place, considers his small breakfast and lunch diner among the luckier businesses in Lawrence.

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What began as an act of charitable giving for one young man's bar mitzvah has turned into his mission.

For five months the coronavirus has stilled community theaters, leaving stifled players to soliloquy at home in front of foggy bathroom mirrors. 

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Since 1998, the Andover Community Skate Park, maintained and supported by Andover Youth Services, has offered people of all ages and skateboarding levels the opportunity to enjoy a dynamic atmosphere to advance skills and have fun with friends. It's a great venue to ride a scooter, too.

BOSTON — With a state freeze on evictions set to expire next month, renters struggling with the economic fallout from the coronavirus have received a temporary reprieve from the federal government.

Members of Congress from Massachusetts and New Hampshire joined forces Thursday to write a letter to the EPA seeking more money to clean up the Merrimack River.

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The pandemic didn’t put a damper on the turnout for Andover’s Sept. 1 elections.

The school administration and union remain at odds over whether there should be in-class instruction this fall, and the description of the situation is considerably different depending on who you talk to.

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