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BOSTON — Nearly four decades after the last happy hour in Massachusetts, some lawmakers want to ease limits on discount drinks at clubs and restaurants to help businesses recover from the pandemic. But not everyone is celebrating the idea.

BOSTON -- The Baker administration wants to carve out a slice of federal relief funds to build more houses and retrain jobless workers, with a focus on narrowing racial gaps in housing and the workforce.

BOSTON — The state will give away $1 million to a fully vaccinated adult this week in the first drawing of VaxMillions, a game that aims to persuade vaccine-hesitant Bay Staters to get their shots.

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ANDOVER — Former Youth Services Director Bill Fahey was fired earlier this year for a pattern of policy violations and overstepping boundaries, including “blatant refusal” to refer families to a licensed social worker, “providing mental health advice as an untrained lay person,” and sexual h…

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It was a packed room as the Select Board met at Town Hall for the first time in more than 15 months since the start of the pandemic.

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ANDOVER — Trying to recreate the aura of the Feaster Five Road Race through a virtual event last Thanksgiving was a nice attempt. But it wasn’t the same.

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BOSTON — Funeral directors were on the front lines of the pandemic, burying the dead and consoling survivors, but they weren't among the high-priority groups given early access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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BOSTON — Lawmakers and medical groups are pushing for tighter vaccination rules amid concerns that the state is behind in protecting children against infectious diseases.

It's official: The athletic field behind Doherty Middle School have now been officially named the Tucker Family Field.

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Former Andover Youth Services Director Bill Fahey admitted to the misconduct that led to his firing, according to court documents.

This year the Foley's are returning to Indian Ridge Country Club for their fifth annual Foley Cup July 26 to raise money for Parkinson's research. 

BOSTON — The Baker administration is trying to win support for plans to spend more than half of the state’s $5.3 billion in federal pandemic relief on housing, economic development, infrastructure and other priorities.

HAVERHILL —  Earlier this month the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce held its annual Economic Development Forum at the Phoenician Restaurant, where guest speakers focused on pandemic recovery efforts by businesses and the state.

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Andover firefighters and others across town are mourning the loss of James "Jimmy" Cuticchia, 63, who died on July 4.

BOSTON — As pandemic-era restrictions ease across the country and mostly end in Massachusetts, Logan International Airport experienced its busiest passenger month since COVID-19 first struck the state, but remains well below pre-pandemic levels.

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It was a bustling first day back at the Andover Farmers Market on June 19.

After two denials, Fusion Academy, a non-traditional chain of schools, is suing the Andover School Committee, the district and multiple employees to be allowed to operate.

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Though the decision was somewhat last minute, Andover's Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast and Horribles Parade will return this year after being canceled in 2020 amid COVID-19 shutdowns. 

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 Some, but not all school district employees, will have more money coming to them this summer after the School Committee approved multiple agreements that allow staff members to receive retroactive pay for the past year.

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ANDOVER — It was like "hitting the lottery" that Andover Baptist Church's inaugural Juneteenth celebration coincided with the day marking the end of slavery being solidified as a national holiday, said Denise Wynn.

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ANDOVER — Francisco Urena, who held a veterans' affairs job in Lawrence and statewide, has a new job leading the MassGOP  Veterans Coalition for the state's Republican Party. 

After six months at the helm of Andover Public Schools, Interim Superintendent Claudia Bach is stepping down at the end of the month.

BOSTON — Massachusetts hospitals are facing a critical shortage of blood supplies amid a lack of donors and workers, forcing some to put off elective surgeries and other treatments that were already postponed during the pandemic.

Two former staff members are returning to Andover School District's Superintendent's Office.

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A former Andover High School student described an intimate though non-sexual relationship with the town’s former Youth Services director in an interview conducted earlier this year by the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.

BOSTON — Police cited hundreds of thousands of drivers in the past year for violating the state’s new hands-free law, according to newly released data.

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ANDOVER — There was a full house as the School Committee voted 4-0 on June 17 to push back school start times starting in September.

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A conservative Texas congressman has canceled plans to speak at a Massachusetts GOP fundraising event amid a fight over a state party official's anti-gay remarks.

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There had been a few students with disabilities who went through St. Augustine School, but in 2012, Abigail “Abby” Agudelo was the first with Down syndrome to enroll.

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BOSTON — Under fire for his handling of anti-gay remarks made by a member of the state committee, MassGOP Chairman and former Andover state representative Jim Lyons lashed out Thursday at nearly every elected Republican in the House, accusing them of bowing to “poisonous woke cancel culture …

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ANDOVER — Graduates, their families, friends and teachers took refuge from the hot sun under the large tent on the field next to the middle school for graduation Monday afternoon.

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BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker and legislative leaders are wrangling over billions of dollars in federal aid headed for the state as part of the latest pandemic relief package.

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Andover Recreation, a division of the Department of Community Services, hosted their annual outdoor goat yoga class with Instructor Julie Aronis and Chip In Farm's baby goats on May 26 in the Andover Park.

BOSTON — Hundreds of psychiatric patients are being "boarded" in emergency rooms across the state as they await beds in mental health facilities, and lawmakers are pushing for more money to fix the problem.

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