The recent ruling by U.S. District Judge John Koeltl to dismiss the Democratic National Committee’s lawsuit against Russia, the Trump campaign and others may look like something of an afterthought now that Robert Mueller, the special counsel, has failed to find evidence of a criminal conspir…

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The Select Board recently approved Town Manager Andrew Flanagan’s long-range financial goals, and voted that his development of the Fiscal Year 2021 budget will not exceed a 3.65% rate of increase in the average tax bill. In the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, the average tax bill saw a 3.8% increa…

Most taxpayers probably have no clue that state officials make secret settlements, called non-disclosure agreements or NDAs, to dispose of disagreements or terminations in the workplace.

The Department of Agriculture’s four-paragraph announcement in the Federal Register of a “revision of categorical eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program” didn’t fool anyone: The government is proposing to kick 3.1 million people off food stamps.

Officials in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover recently announced a new marketing campaign called “Rock the Register,” aimed at bringing more attention to small businesses. The plan encourages people to shop locally, then go on social media and mention the store they shopped in, to become …

Previously, as a candidate and now as a state representative, I have been clear on my stance as a champion for women’s reproductive rights. Currently the state Legislature is considering the “ROE Act,” a bill that would protect a patient’s fundamental right to access safe, medically appropri…

The Select Board recently approved the 2019-20 goals and objectives. An approved energy and sustainability goal included a potential new position of sustainability coordinator, which would be funded within the town’s budget. Board member Alex Vispoli was the single vote against the goal, sta…

Megan Rapinoe has swagger. If you’d never seen her touch a soccer ball before the recent World Cup final, then you knew it in the 61st minute of the match against the Netherlands.

A decade after the housing crash, it is now possible to buy or sell a house with the click of a mouse. If the practice catches on, it could lead to a far more efficient and affordable housing market — or another devastating bubble.

You can’t find a better metaphor for the current state of the MBTA than last month’s subway car derailments on the Green and Red lines. The agency’s struggles in keeping an aging system working, and on time, are well known. An unpopular fare hike that took effect at the beginning of the mont…

Were you the child who headed into nighttime scared of being left unprotected in the dark? Or did you pretend to fall asleep right away so that you could be by yourself, reading with a flashlight under the covers?

The Andover Fire Department’s new $1 million ladder truck is too tall to fit under the Horn Bridge. The structure of the bridge allows vehicles up to 11 feet, 6 inches tall to pass under it. The new ladder truck has a height of 11 feet, 11 inches. Do you want to know who is responsible for t…

Ah, July 4th, what a day — a day celebrating our forefathers standing up and telling Britain that we were independent of them, that we had unalienable rights, and that those included life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. On this holiday we always say thank you, dear founders, we look a…

Leaving open the carpool lane on Interstate 93 south to all commuters is a straightforward remedy to ease traffic on an artery burdened because of work on the nearby Tobin Bridge. But like so many things, especially ones involving traffic and highways in Massachusetts, doing so has become co…

State transportation officials opened the high-occupancy vehicle lane on Interstate 93 south to all commuters to alleviate increased traffic due to work on the Tobin Bridge. Now, the state is mulling whether to keep the lane open for the duration of the two-year project, or restore the restr…

State transportation officials opened the high-occupancy vehicle lane on Interstate 93 south to all commuters to alleviate increased traffic due to work on the Tobin Bridge. Now, the state is mulling whether to keep the lane open for the duration of the two-year project, or restore the restr…

Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis, but one is for wearing and one – if you are of age and so inclined – can be smoked or ingested. 

Last week, I attended the Statehouse hearing on the ROE Act along with hundreds of other supporters. But many pro-choice people are inattentive, assuming – falsely - that liberal Massachusetts has liberal abortion laws and that our legislature will always vote pro-choice. These assumptions a…

A group of neighbors is trying to get the state to conduct a sound study of the area near I-93 and I-495, with hopes of mitigating sound levels and possibly paying for a sound barrier. They claim the noise is defeaning. Do you think the state should pay for a noise barrier for these residents?

On his passing in 1918, the Reverend Charles C. Carpenter was remembered as a dedicated missionary, local historian and tireless researcher. “C. C. C.”, as he was widely known, was fascinated by the world around him. When he was 10-years-old he began a diary charting his daily events, discov…

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Palm Desert, CA - Gloria, who was born in Haverhill, was the beloved daughter of the late Bernard and Sadye Glagovsky and the devoted niece of the late William Glagovsky. She and her four sisters grew up in a loving home and wonderful family neighborhood near Walnut Square. She was predeceas…