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The country's oldest bookstore has survived many crises since it opened its doors in 1809. However, this year's once-in-a-century global pandemic with its increased competition from online retailers might force it to shut its doors. 

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Active coronavirus cases more than doubled locally, up from 91 to 185 in a week, according to Monday numbers posted on the town website.

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The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission is investigating Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant in North Andover for failure to follow COVID-19 safety standards and having 24 minors who were found drinking alcohol and/or in possession of fake IDs in the establishment last Thursday a…

Flight Line, a local corporation known for providing transportation from the Merrimack Valley to Boston and Manchester airports, ended services permanently as of Saturday.

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Andover officials set up a program to help residents who lost income because of the pandemic pay for housing.

BOSTON — Massachusetts has been a pipeline for White House jobs under numerous presidents, but Bay State politicians from both parties have mostly gotten the cold shoulder during the past four years.

The state Republican Party ceded more ground on Beacon Hill in the Nov. 3 election, which has some activists calling for a change in leadership.

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Riders of MBTA trains, buses and ferries can expect to walk further and wait longer for service under a cost-cutting proposal rolled out recently by the board that manages the beleaguered transit agency's finances.

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Andover High School's thespians created an outdoor amphitheater in the courtyard behind the cafeteria to host an eight-play showcase.

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State Rep. Tram Nguyen, D-Andover, won the 18th Essex District race last Tuesday night against Republican Jeff Dufour of Tewksbury

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Exhausted from staying up late Nov. 3 to watch election results without a winner being declared, protesters gathered in Shawsheen Square the following day to demand that every vote be counted.

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Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity and North Shore Habitat for Humanity are combining their assets and abilities to create more affordable housing as the Essex County Habitat for Humanity.

Accused murderer Brian Chevalier, 54, is scheduled to change his not guilty plea in Salem Superior Court early next month, according to Carrie Kimball, a spokeswoman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

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Typically Boy Scout Troop 73 from Andover would be outside Stop & Shop gathering food in their semi-annual food drive.

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Andover High is closed to the majority of students, likely through the end of November, and sports have been halted at the school after three people there tested positive for COVID-19 this week, officials said.

As the coronavirus — COVID-19 — once again is rapidly spreading across the region and beyond, the Andover Townsman will track cases in the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire.

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Even as the Step Up for Colleen 5K walk and run was canceled this year, her friends, family and the community still honored the memory of Colleen Ritzer, the former Andover resident and Danvers High School math teacher who was killed in 2013.

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Andover residents have seen a spike in unemployment fraud cases in October, according to police spokesperson Lt. Edward Guy.

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A coalition of natural gas workers is calling on lawmakers to pass gas safety proposals that have languished on Beacon Hill during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Charlie Baker, while still hoping that lawmakers will deliver him an overdue fiscal 2021 state budget by the end of November, looked ahead to next year on last week, forecasting a "pretty decent" spending plan for fiscal year 2022.

BOSTON — With the holidays approaching and COVID-19 cases rising, Gov. Charlie Baker is urging families to limit gatherings and calling on young people to take the risk of spreading the virus more seriously.

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With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rising, Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday announced a new stay-at-home advisory and mask order along with curfews for most retail businesses.

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Fifteen people tested positive for COVID-19 at Merrimack College between Oct. 20 and 26, according to the weekly tally on a dashboard posted on the school’s website.

SALEM, Mass. — An attorney for a Merrimack Valley driving school owner facing methamphetamine trafficking charges made an unsuccessful bid Tuesday to have his client's bail reduced. 

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A resident who hung a noose on the lawn of his Whittier Street home says it was not racially motivated, but instead was a political statement about how Democrats treat the president.

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Everyone who runs the Feaster Five will still get a pie this year. However, it will be a gold medal shaped like a pie, emblazoned with a running turkey, and not the traditional edible variety.

What police say was a misinterpreted accident at a rally in support of Democratic candidates triggered a storm of controversy on social media Friday and Saturday after state Rep. Tram Nguyen posted that a driver had intentionally driven into a group of people holding campaign signs.

One out of every five households in Essex County does not have a computer or access to an internet connection, a “digital divide” that has been unmasked by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report.

More than 50 cars paraded through Andover on Saturday to celebrate Marilyn Fitzgerald's 50 years of service to the Merrimack Valley YMCA.

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BOSTON — The state Republican Party is seeking to enlist “watchdogs” to check for fraud at the polls, which Democrats say signals plans to intimidate voters.

BOSTON — Early voting for the November election gets underway this weekend, giving voters a chance to avoid long lines at polling stations on Election Day amid lingering concerns over the coronavirus.

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Multiple generations — mostly women — stood in the rain Saturday morning at Shawsheen Square waving flags and signs in protest of the current presidential administration and President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.

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Andover residents got their first look at the West Elementary and Shawsheen preschool project when the Building Committee recently gave a public presentation of the initial designs. 

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