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Thursday night after about an hour of public comment from educators and parents, Matthew Bach, president of the Andover Educators Association, unfurled a nearly 25-foot scroll of more than 1,000 names of people asking the School Committee to “return to the bargaining table” with the instruct…

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BOSTON — Nearly 1,600 state workers could face disciplinary actions and possible termination if they can’t prove they’ve been vaccinated, as the Baker administration moves to enforce its COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

The Professional Center for Child Development hosted its 29th annual 5K road race,Trot for Special Tots, Saturday Oct. 2.

The Select Board was set to discuss any potential raises or bonuses for Town Manager Andrew Flanagan at its Oct. 12 meeting, however, the board decided to table the discussion until its Oct. 25 meeting.

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BOSTON — Recovery high schools are helping hundreds of teens struggling with drug and alcohol addiction to get clean and sober, but advocates say more money and resources are needed to meet the growing demand.


Ordering supplies to feed Londonderry students a collective 3,200 meals each school day was once a fraction of Amana Venezia’s job. Now, mid-pandemic, labor and supply shortages have turned the task into a full-time frenzy.

SALEM — A serial drunken driver charged with his fifth offense after a 2018 car crash on Route 495 was sentenced to state prison on Thursday following a three-day trial.

BOSTON — Lawmakers are thumbing over reconfigured political maps to gauge what proposed changes to legislative districts will mean for the communities they represent — not to mention their own ambitions.

BOSTON — The state’s hiring crunch is getting worse, according to a new report that finds more than half of all employers are struggling to fill vacancies.

The Massachusetts National Guard has in the last year-plus been pressed into duty to help keep the peace at large rallies, to provide security outside the U.S. Capitol Building, to step in during a shortage of school bus drivers and now to help with COVID-19 testing at schools and to be ready in the event of a Department of Correction staffing shortage.


ANDOVER — What better way to spend a crisp fall day than to walk around Central Park while feasting on carnival foods and enjoying games of skill and chance along with amusement rides.

LAWRENCE — Fifty people participated in a Zoom meeting on Saturday to discuss the status of $41 million in yet-to-be-released funds promised to Lawrence residents in support of their ongoing recovery from the Columbia Gas explosions of 2018.


Andover has about 100 fewer students in its public schools this year as the district continues to see a multi-year decline.

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One former client of The Open Door, a hunger relief agency on the North Shore, would buy a big bag of Rold Gold Pretzels on the days her schedule as a community college student didn’t allow for a food pantry visit, eating a third of the bag for each meal.

NORTH ANDOVER — The amount of sewage produced by Royal Crest Estates could double if current plans for the property’s redevelopment are eventually approved at Town Meeting.

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Lawyers for the Andover School District have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Fusion Academy after town officials twice denied the private education company permission open a facility in town.

Time is of the essence for Andover officials’ decision to borrow about $160 million to pay off it’s pension liability, members of the Investment Committee agreed at their most recent meeting.

ANDOVER — The Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations issued a ruling Thursday that said a former principal violated multiple labor laws in 2019 at South Elementary School.


Andover students and residents donated more than 200 books to create a special collection at Bancroft Elementary School — Ms. P’s Sunshine Books.

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Trick or treating will look similar to past years this Halloween.

HAVERHILL — With one of the highest vaccination rates in the country, Massachusetts is bouncing back from the pandemic says Gov. Charlie Baker, in his keynote address at Monday night’s annual dinner hosted by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce.

HAVERHILL — With one of the highest vaccination rates in the country, Massachusetts is bouncing back from the pandemic says Gov. Charlie Baker, in his keynote address at Monday night’s annual dinner hosted by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Across Ballardvale residents will have the opportunity to play games, make crafts and have fun as they celebrate the history of their Andover neighborhood.

BOSTON -- Manufacturers of electronic gadgets, from smart phones to vacuum cleaners, are keeping repair plans secret and limiting access to replacement parts, advocates say, which drives up costs for consumers and forces many small repair shops out of business. 

Three months after he began the job on an acting basis, Terrence Reidy on Monday officially stepped into a permanent Cabinet position as the state’s public safety and security secretary.


Neighbors wandered, browsed and sampled the wares at Andover’s Crafts in the Park.

BOSTON — Students attending public schools will be required to wear masks until Nov. 1, regardless of their vaccination status.

In 2017, the trade association representing doctors in Massachusetts became the first in the United States to express support for supervised drug consumption sites. Four years later, the idea has failed to advance and doctors plan to renew their call for a potentially powerful tool to combat…

A Superior Court judge on Thursday denied the request of the union representing 1,800 members of the State Police to block the implementation of Gov. Charlie Baker’s vaccine mandate until the details can be collectively bargained.

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Masks will remain required in Massachusetts public schools until at least Nov. 1, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said in guidance issued to districts and published Monday.

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