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BOSTON (AP) — A woman in her 20s who had traveled out of state is the first known case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus detected in Massachusetts, the state Department of Public House announced Saturday.

This year’s Salem Holiday Parade marks the 50th year of the town event. The parade is run by a team of volunteers and funded by local businesses and generous donors who desire to keep the small-town feel and community atmosphere of Salem, New Hampshire.

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BOSTON — Renewing her case to overhaul the state's hate crimes statute, Attorney General Maura Healey this weel argued that existing law allows for effectively "no difference" in punishment between a racist assault and a punch thrown among feuding bar-hoppers.

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DERRY — The annual Nutfield Holiday Parade stepped off in downtown Saturday, part of a day of holiday activities, including the parade, Very Derry activities, downtown Small Business Saturday, tree lighting, music and a food collection by Derry Rotarians.

Hundreds of people gathered in Derry for the 47th annual 5K Turkey Trot hosted by the Greater Derry Track Club.

PEABODY — By Thanksgiving evening, more than 4,400 North Shore and Merrimack Valley families and individuals will be sitting down to a traditional turkey dinner thanks to one very, very busy mom of six and a lot of volunteers.

NORTH ANDOVER — The Village Studio is teaming up with Blanket Me, Greater Lawrence Health, and The Daybreak Shelter to help the homeless on Small Business Saturday, which is this Saturday, Nov. 27.

The Massachusetts unemployment rate rose again in October, ticking up one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.3% even as employers reported adding 25,000 jobs last month.

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WOODSTOCK, N.H. — Fighting sagging poll ratings, President Joe Biden set out Tuesday on a national tour to persuade everyday Americans of the benefits of his big, just-signed infrastructure plan. First stop: New Hampshire, a state that gave him no love in last year’s presidential primaries.

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ANDOVER — After confirming 24 students at South Elementary School had COVID-19 over the past week, the “Test and Stay” procedures showed no new cases on Monday, said Nicole Kieser, spokesperson for Andover Public Schools.

Some songs get stuck in your head, playing over and over until their charms are exhausted.

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BOSTON – The influx of billions of dollars in federal relief funds and surplus money has lawmakers angling to bring home cash for local pet projects, programs and initiatives — some of which has little or nothing to do with pandemic recovery.

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The DeLorean brought everyone back to a time of relative normal Saturday night at Andover Country Club.

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The fire that destroyed Malden Mills in Lawrence on Dec. 11, 1995 only brought the best out of Aaron Feuerstein, the man who owned the company.

ANDOVER — Between 7 and 10 a.m. Sunday morning there might be some slower traffic in downtown Andover as a home makes its way from Judson Road to South Main Street.

HAVERHILL — The Salvation Army at 395 Main St. is expecting a delivery of 18,000 pounds of food on Friday at 1 p.m. If you are able to help unload, please contact Salvation Army Maj. Lynnann Rivers, corps officer/pastor at 978-420-4192 or 508-416-9254.

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HAVERHILL — The Haverhill High School drama club will present “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder, Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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LAWRENCE — Fresh from victory at the ballot box, Mayor-Elect Brian DePena could be officially sworn into office late next week.

ANDOVER — It’s Back to the Future for everyone supporting Ironstone Farm this year by attending the charity’s gala Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Andover Country Club. People can buy either in-person or virtual tickets to attend the event.

HAVERHILL — The annual Greek Festival sponsored by the Holy Apostles Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox will be held Nov. 5, 6 and 7 at the Hellenic Community Center, 154-156 Winter St.

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LAWRENCE — Broadway businessman and former City Councilor Brian DePena became the city’s next mayor in Tuesday’s election.

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HAVERHILL — Voters approved two non-binding ballot questions asking if they would like the city to change its form of representation from the current at-large city council and school committee to a combination of at-large and district representation.

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HAVERHILL — Mayor James Fiorentini won a record 10th term in office during Tuesday’s municipal elections, beating his opponent, City Councilor Colin LePage, 5,623 to 4,771 votes.

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METHUEN — Voters made their voices heard across the city Tuesday, in an election that resulted in few surprises. Mayor Neil Perry, who was unopposed, was elected for his second two-year term receiving 3,359 votes, while the City Council and School Committee seats were won mostly by incumbents.

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The McGovern Transportation Center in Lawrence probably doesn’t remind anyone of an art gallery, or music hall.

METHUEN — Election Day on Tuesday has voters casting ballots for mayor, councilor-at-large, east, west and central district councilors, among other offices, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

METHUEN — Residents are invited to offer feedback on the city’s trash, recycling and leaf pickup program, along with thoughts on the transfer station during a special meeting of the city council Thursday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. before the regularly scheduled council meeting at 7 p.m.

CONCORD – New Hampshire has lost a veteran state trooper in the line of duty. Staff Sgt. Jesse E. Sherrill was killed in an accident that is being investigated on Route 95 early Thursday morning.

BOSTON — The state Senate has approved new political maps for Massachusetts that will dramatically shake up legislative districts across the region.

LAWRENCE — Lawrence Heritage State Park will host a free presentation titled “The Irish Settlement of Lawrence” Saturday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the The Rev. James T. O’Reilly OSA Division Eight Ancient Order of Hibernians. This talk is open to the publ…

NORTH ANDOVER — A public hearing on a project to widen and reconfigure Route 114, while improving signals, sidewalks and intersections on a corridor stretching from Waverly Road to Mill Road/Willow Street, will be held Thursday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The hearing will be hosted on Zoom…

METHUEN — Boys and ghouls had the chance to take a trial run with their Halloween costumes on Saturday at the annual Greycourt Fall Festival as more than 1,500 residents headed to Greycourt Park behind City Hall to enjoy the event that serves as Methuen’s lead-in to Halloween week.

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