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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 Abigale "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 …

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.

Youth Services Director Bill Fahey was fired May 10 due to misconduct, according to a statement from Town Manager Andrew Flanagan. 

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Over the weekend parents, school staff and even the junior varsity baseball team were at Andover High School with yard sticks and other measuring tools, scoping out how to best fit everyone in school Monday — the day 1,400 students would come back into the building together for the first tim…

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ANDOVER — A local man who fled from authorities and staged his suicide after appearing in federal court on charges he fraudulently sought hundreds of thousands of dollars in pandemic relief loans has finally pleaded guilty to his crimes.

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Loved ones of the late Colleen Ritzer are once again rekindling her generous spirit, this time in honor of what should have been her 32nd birthday May 13.

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Town officials are trying to gauge if voters will approve borrowing $185 million to pay of the town's unfunded pension liability if there is no reform to the pension system going forward. 

NORTH ANDOVER — The future of Stevens Estate — a picturesque wedding venue with more than 150 acres and public trails — is being debated by the Select Board.

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Andover's School Committee has chosen Magda Parvey to lead the district as superintendent come July 1.

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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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