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Amid the disruptions to schools caused by the coronavirus outbreak a renewed push is underway to put the brakes on MCAS testing.

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As the number of new coronavirus cases drops, the state is scaling back a program that tracks down people at risk of infection.

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Town Manager Andrew Flanagan announced that Andover has created a new division of local government focused on diversity and inclusion.

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The Andover Farmers Market opened for the season June 20, with more than a dozen vendors setting up shop in the South Church Parking lot.

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About 14,000 residents have been issued a code red call from the town asking people to “consider conserving water when possible.”

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A national mail-order pharmacy based in Andover has reached an $11 million settlement over a lawsuit brought by the state of Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey said last week.

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The beauty of the stone arch that serves as the entryway of the West Parish Garden Cemetery on Reservation Road is currently obstructed by scaffolding.

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The memorial 5K road race in honor of Andover High School athletic standout Kristin “Krit” Kearins is no longer held in town, but her memory lives on with a scholarship awarded each year to a local graduate. This year, there are two recipients: Maddy Francis and Emily Ma.

Rally cries for racial equality are echoing across the country and penetrating local Town and City halls, where leaders are planning public forums on the topic and policy reform is largely underway.

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The Andover Public School system has officially hired two principals who will assume their new roles July 1.

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With its president accepting full responsibility, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts was formally sentenced in federal court Tuesday for causing a series of natural gas fires and explosions that ripped through the Merrimack Valley on Sept. 13, 2018. 

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The Select Board approved it’s very first 1/12 budget for the month of July 2020.

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Educators rallied in the parking lot of Haverhill High School then continued to The Park  in Andover last Tuesday afternoon, making a cry to lawmakers to push forward with new school funding legislation and otherwise prevent budget cuts and layoffs that could result from the economic fallout…

The town will host a forum to discuss diversity and inclusion in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis over Memorial Day weekend.

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ANDOVER — Staff and students honored retiring fifth-grade teacher Nancy DiSalvo with a fitting sendoff in the parking lot of High Plain Elementary School on Friday afternoon.

State health officials are offering free COVID-19 testing to protestors who attended demonstrations over George Floyd's death in recent weeks.

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The School Committee and Superintendent Sheldon Berman are defending the decision to transfer three teachers from the South School, despite a letter from other teachers at the school and a petition from parents, both urging that the superintendent reverse his decision.

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A total of $26.1 million of the $143 million Merrimack Valley gas explosion class-action settlement was earmarked for payment of legal fees and administrative costs.

Connor Murray, 17, a junior at Andover High, recently starred in an independent film shot right here in Massachusetts.

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BOSTON — When a Danvers grocery store temporarily shut down after some employees tested positive for COVID-19, many shoppers learned about the closure from the store’s website and Facebook page.

BOSTON — The state publishes daily updates on how many people test positive for the coronavirus, as well as the number of those hospitalized with the virus and deaths.

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Parents, teachers and a union official claim that Superintendent Sheldon Berman's recent re-assignment of three South School faculty members is the result of "retaliation" because they complained about former Principal Tracy Crowley and then got involved in union activity.

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ANDOVER — Voting booths at the Cormier Youth Center – where Precincts 1 and 3 voted in the town election — were glistening and virtually empty Tuesday morning.

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Town Meeting has once again been rescheduled, this time for July 22, according to a statement issued earlier this month by Town Moderator Sheila Doherty.

The School Committee plans to vote this summer on whether to include a $6 million dollar “flexitorium” in the evolving schematic design for the new West Elementary School.

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A fire lieutenant has been placed on administrative leave while town officials investigate his involvement in a potentially racist incident caught on video and widely circulated on social media last week.

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A local man charged with fraudulently filing for $500,000 in forgivable business loans meant for those who need them due to the COVID-19 pandemic is on the run, federal officials confirmed. 

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