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Andover Coalition for Education (ACE) is hosting an event in May meant to get people moving and honor teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week.

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NORTH ANDOVER — So far there are just a handful of puzzle pieces on the wall at Dominic's Diner, which overlooks the runway at the Lawrence Municipal Airport. 

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As 1,500 customers await $1 million in refunds, a superior court judge barred Michael Larocque, the owner of a Merrimack Valley driving school charged with trafficking drugs, from selling or transferring any of his assets.  

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It's unlikely Andover High School students will return to full in-person learning this year.

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The Andover Retirement Board is deciding if part-time employees will continue to be eligible for pensions from the town.

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More than 300 people have signed up for the Sarah Strong virtual 5K that is scheduled from April 2 to 4.

Residents, mostly teens, from the Merrimack Valley and Greater Newburyport areas, comprise the 1,500 students who paid more than $1 million to a driving school that abruptly shut down after its owner was charged with trafficking methamphetamines, authorities said.

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The Select Board is set to appoint Richard Howe as a member to the board for about a year, members agreed Friday morning.

NORTH ANDOVER — It was a first on Sunday morning for the North Andover Democratic Town Committee, hosting a virtual breakfast while continuing a long-standing tradition of honoring the party’s representatives and supporters.

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The fire that started in a home on Sunset Rock Road Monday was caused by an electrical issue, Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said in a statement Wednesday.

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Volunteers were dressed in green while they passed out corned beef and cabbage meals to Andover seniors on Wednesday to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

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Neighbors saved an Andover family Monday morning by alerting them to smoke coming from their roof, fire Chief Michael Mansfield said in a statement.

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The escalating feud between Gov. Charlie Baker and teachers' unions over bringing students back to classrooms is spilling into the state budget process.

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Learning through trial and error, forming hypotheses and conducting science experiments were traditionally a cornerstone of the classroom experience — until COVID-19 hit.

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Rabbi Robert Goldstein says he has no regrets.

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The pandemic kept people closer to home over the past year and that's a trend local businesses and town officials hope holds steady even as more people are vaccinated and life slowly returns to normal.

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It's a ballot featuring exclusively incumbents that voters will weigh in on from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 23 at local precincts. 

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The state wants to hear from residents and businesspeople impacted by the Sept. 13, 2018 gas disaster in the Merrimack Valley.

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Teachers unions across the Merrimack Valley are celebrating access to the coronavirus vaccine after federal and state officials said educators and other school employees can receive their first COVID-19 shot within the month.

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Monday morning young students and teachers were particularly joyous, said Superintendent Claudia Bach, who visited High Plain Elementary School.

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Jennifer Guardado was looking for a new career just as the pandemic hit last year. That search stopped for the 26-year-old Lawrence woman when she, like many others, needed to stay home to care for her child after the schools shut down. 

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With a million more Massachusetts residents eligible for COVID-19 vaccines now that age restrictions have been eased to allow those 65 and older to receive them, people are able to choose from a few options — that is, if they’re lucky enough to find an appointment.

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The Andover School Committee unanimously approved a plan last Thursday to send kindergartners and first-graders back to school buildings four days a week.

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Chis Huntress is the new vice-chair of the Andover Select Board, replacing former member Dan Koh, who resigned from the board at the end of February to take a job as the chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Young people gathered at the Old Town Hall in Andover for a Child and Babysitting Safety program recently. The class, led by Greater Boston Safety Training, taught teens and young adults the necessities for successful babysitting. 

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Seven extra vaccine doses were pulled from the vials. Three people did not show up for their appointments. However, Andover health officials pivoted, quickly calling 10 residents without appointments to dutifully ensure all of the town's 107 COVID-19 vaccines were used. 

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Andover school administrators on Thursday are presenting the School Committee a plan to start getting students back into class more frequently.

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At least 100 firefighters from Lawrence and area cities and towns spent hours Monday night battling a stubborn four-alarm blaze in the rectory of Corpus Christi Parish at Holy Rosary Church at 35 Essex St. in Lawrence. 

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Kindergartners and first graders in Andover will be going back to school four days a week starting March 8, Superintendent Claudia Bach wrote in an email to parents Friday.

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Overeating, anxious tendencies and more antidepressant prescriptions – local pediatricians say those are among the most common pandemic impacts on their young patients. 

Lawmakers and consumer advocates are renewing a call to require auto insurance companies to reduce monthly premiums, arguing that the industry has reaped big profits during the pandemic and drivers can use a break on their bills.

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The curators at Addison Gallery of American Art knew that January 2021 would be a time of transition, so they sought to bring Yoko Ono's Mend Piece to the Andover venue.

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"Keep the sander flat," said Colby Junge, explaining how to use the power tool to fellow middle schoolers during an after-school workshop.

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Massachusetts schools have one less barrier to getting children back to school full time: Buses can be full, according to a new state rule.

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