The Select Board set Halloween trick-or-treating times early this year, from 4 to 6 p.m., in light of risks associated with mosquito-borne eastern equine encephalitis. The early timing will doubtless affect Halloween traditions, forcing families to scramble to get home in time and maybe caus…

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When Charlie Brown went trick-or-treating, his neighbors dumped rocks into his candy bag. Halloween shouldn’t be that sour when it rolls around three weeks from now. Still, changing hours of trick or treating will doubtless sap some of the fun out of the annual candy scramble in at least two…

There are few sights more enraging while stopped for a school bus than to see another driver miss or ignore the bus’ stop signal arm and blow past a bunch of kids trying to cross the street.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside his skin and walk around in it.”

If Donald Trump were to tweet that nine is a prime number, that Minneapolis is in Idaho, and that the sun revolves around the Earth — “Make Earth Great Again!” — would even five Republican senators publicly disagree with even one of the tweets?

Police Chief Patrick Keefe and Health Director Thomas Carbone presented an overview on human trafficking to the Select Board Tuesday night, in an effort from the board to be more proactive and create public awareness in town. Would you like to see presentations like this on other critical is…

All across America, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, just over half of the students who begin a college degree end up graduating.

Maybe they think you’ll forget. Or you’ll be worn down, or you simply won’t have the time to fill out the paperwork, or you’ll miss the spammy-looking emails.

Last week's ceremonies remembering 9/11 show the mental and emotional wounds of that day’s attacks haven’t healed and probably never will. In addition to those painful memories, the effects of that awful day, when nearly 3,000 people died, also reverberate in tangible ways.

When a person is considering suicide, access to a crisis call center is often a matter of life and death. Fortunately, there is much that can be done to make it easier for a person in pain to quickly and easily get the help they need.

The open carry of firearms is primarily performance. Whether the performer’s goal is to dramatize extreme gun rights, intimidate others, trigger the libs or cast oneself as the avenging hero in a miniseries of the mind, the practice is not just an assault on public safety. It’s a theater of …

This year’s Andover Day celebration will partly focus on the opioid epidemic, as the Andover Cares group takes over the parking lot at Andover Village Square during the event. Between 2014 and 2016, more than 20 Andover people died because of substance use. At the festival, Andover Cares wil…

The University of Massachusetts announced recently that it’s putting together a group of trustees to size up the system’s financial health and, promises President Marty Meehan, study ways to avoid hiking tuition and fees next year. At the very least, he says, they’ll hold costs to the rate o…

A few months ago my journalist friend invited me to tag along to Rep. Seth Moulton’s press conference in Lynn where it was anticipated he was making a major announcement.

Andover recently raised the town’s risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) from “moderate” to “high” after more mosquitoes were found that tested positive for the virus, as well as a dead horse in Methuen. Andover is continuing to conduct mosquito spraying in areas where the insects with …

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was caught in a video screaming expletives when someone made the mistake of calling him “Fredo,” referring to the fictional character Fredo Corleone from “The Godfather” films.

The governor’s recent proposal to reward companies with a tax credit for each employee they allow to telecommute could be one piece in solving the puzzle of how to reduce traffic congestion on highways into Greater Boston. But it’s also one of those ideas that could be very difficult to meas…

Not long after World War II, when federal officials unveiled plans to turn the former Chesapeake and Ohio Canal into a highway to speed drivers from Cumberland, Maryland, to Washington, D.C., Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas was a voice in the wilderness. Douglas, an inveterate hiker…

In the past couple of months, the flaws in the Federal Reserve’s management of the economy have become hard to ignore. The central bank’s current way of doing things is increasingly self-defeating.

The Washington, D.C., area is already rich and overcrowded, and with the arrival of Amazon.com Inc.’s second headquarters it’s about to get thousands more high-paying jobs. Lots of other metropolitan areas, especially in the middle of the country, are less rich and less crowded.

National Grid is doing cable replacement work next month in certain neighborhoods. The work will provide new cable service to residents and end the unexpected power outages that have gone on for years. Residents at the Select Board meeting Monday night expressed frustrations over the outage…

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…

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.

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Obituaries

Andover - Mrs. Carmelina M. (Patane) Milne a longtime resident of Andover and beloved wife of the late George J. Milne, passed away at her home on Monday afternoon, September 30, 2019. She was 94 years old. Born in Lawrence, on April 12, 1925, she was the beloved daughter of the late Joseph …