NEWBURYPORT — With input from more than 1,000 people on surveys and in public meetings, the architectural design firm hired to revamp Market Landing Park rolled out a plan last week that would carve a shared use path through the waterfront site, provide more views to the water, and add sculpture and "playful elements" without overcrowding the public space.

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BOSTON — A state lawmaker wants schools and other public projects to be built with U.S. steel and domestic materials, arguing that foreign competitors are hurting this country’s manufacturers.

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Teachers on Monday plan to call on lawmakers to eliminate the requirement that students pass the MCAS exam in order to graduate and replace it with what they say would be a broader framework that features “more authentic forms of demonstrating student achievement.”

SALEM — Large-scale events held in any publicly accessible location this October — including hotels, museums and function halls — must now ask each attendee for a negative COVID-19 test before they can enter.

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Bills involving sex education curriculum, nonbinary gender identification and student nutrition began moving in the Senate Ways and Means Committee Friday, ahead of an expected formal Senate session next week.

NEWBURYPORT — A chance encounter at a New York City restaurant with an acquaintance of professional tennis player Leylah Fernandez resulted in local hair salon owner Kelyn Harrell seeing her flair for hair at the Met Gala, one of the most prestigious social events of the year. 

BOSTON — With a pandemic-related law allowing remote notarization set to expire by the end of the year, lawmakers are weighing plans to make the changes permanent.

It will be important for people to have a simple way to prove that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday as he stopped just short of saying that some kind of vaccination verification system will be coming to Massachusetts.

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AMESBURY — One of the city’s most popular businesses is turning 40 this year and its owners celebrated their accomplishments Wednesday afternoon — including being picked as the top apple-picking location in the country.

NEWBURYPORT — Calling all users of the Merrimack River: The Alliance of Climate and Environmental Stewards needs help gathering different perspectives from those who frequent the watershed for recreational and commercial purposes. 

BOSTON — As a Republican, Brad Hill didn't come to Beacon Hill to make friends but ended up making plenty during more than two decades as a state lawmaker.

The Arc of Massachusetts called on Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday to mandate vaccines for anyone providing care to people with disabilities in group living or day programs, and urged the state to provide direct financial support for surveillance testing and other infection control measures.

BEVERLY — City and school officials are condemning comments by two residents directed at the School Committee's only Black member during a meeting Wednesday night.

From January through August of this year, combined sewer overflows in the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority service zone discharged more than twice as much sewage and runoff into public waterways than was expelled throughout all of 2020.

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said growing threats around the world underscore the importance of a $1.7 billion project that will expand capacity and improve efficiency at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

BOSTON — A post-pandemic hiring crunch is worsening, according to a new report that finds nearly half of all employers are struggling to fill vacancies.

ROWLEY — The owner of a local nursing home is threatening to close down his business should the state follow through with its order that all nursing home workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 10. 

LYNNFIELD — Virginia Buckingham, who was the head of the Massachusetts Port Authority overseeing Logan Airport at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon hosted by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce’s new Thrive initiative on Thursday, Se…

METHUEN — Drivers are being advised that the on ramp from Interstate 495 to Route 213 westbound (exit 105) in Methuen will be closed from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning to allow for the installation of steel poles used to mount traffic cameras.

HAVERHILL — Drivers are being warned of intermittent overnight lane and ramp closures for work on Interstate 495 southbound in Haverhill that is part of the Merrimack River bridge replacement project.

BEVERLY — The Women's Fund of Essex County in collaboration with The Cabot will present “A Celebration of Women in Popular Music” Thursday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. at Hale Farm, 39 Hale St., Beverly. Doors open at 5 p.m.

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BOSTON — A plan to bring Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts to help meet the state's renewable energy needs is in jeopardy following a Maine court ruling that questioned the legality of a planned transmission corridor through the state.

Virginia Buckingham, who was the head of the Massachusetts Port Authority overseeing Logan Airport at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, will be the keynote speaker at an upcoming North Shore Chamber of Commerce event.

NEWBURYPORT – William R. Nichelmann, a California native who settled in Newburyport and helped build The Grog restaurant, died recently at age 45 of complications related to cancer.

NEWBURYPORT -- The Moving Wall, a traveling, half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., was welcomed at the Plum Island Airport in Newburyport during a special ceremony Thursday evening.

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Employment in the Massachusetts biopharmaceutical sector will need to keep climbing to meet industry demand after growing 5.5 percent to nearly 85,000 jobs in 2020, a year marked by an economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new industry report.

NEWBURYPORT — When Battle Grounds Coffee co-owners Salvatore and Dana DeFranco went to work Aug. 6, their hearts already were heavy. It was the 10-year anniversary of the death of 38 people, mostly U.S. military including more than 20 Navy SEALS, who were shot down in a helicopter in Afghanistan. 

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Nursing students and faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell will be assisting a federal effort to study the effectiveness of new rapid COVID-19 diagnostic tools and tests, the university announced Monday.

Massachusetts employers added jobs at a robust pace in July, while the statewide unemployment rate held flat at 4.9% for the second month in a row, labor officials announced Friday.

While the Baker administration continues to reject the idea of a statewide mask mandate in schools, Gov. Charlie Baker expects that nearly every single unvaccinated student in Massachusetts will wear face coverings this fall.

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SALEM — To Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, criminal justice reform isn't just a goal -- it's a decade-long practice in response to the opioid crisis. 

SALEM — Congressman Seth Moulton on Tuesday continued his criticism of the Biden administration for its handling of evacuations in Afghanistan, saying he has spoken to one Afghan American living in the United States who wants to go to Afghanistan to rescue his wife from the basement where sh…

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The state's largest teachers union endorsed mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees and eligible students in public schools and colleges Tuesday, urging the Baker administration to work more closely with stakeholders as schools prepare to reopen for the new academic year.

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Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he has no plans to revisit his administration's guidance for wearing masks indoors as the spread of COVID-19 accelerates around the country, reiterating his position that decisions about mandating masks in schools are best left with local officials.

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BOSTON — Hundreds of thousands of jobless workers in Massachusetts face the edge of a cliff as federal unemployment programs are set to expire in a matter of weeks.

NEWBURYPORT — A heat wave couldn’t keep the downtown from jumping back into the 1950s once again as the Cruisin’ the ‘50s Car Show made its motorized return Thursday evening.

MIDDLETON — Nineteen of the 20 Essex County Sheriff’s Department correctional officers who were promoted to sergeant on Thursday attended the ceremony in-person, dressed in their Class A blue uniforms, their families alongside to celebrate.

WEST NEWBURY — The remains of Abigail Chase, who died of diphtheria at the age of 17 months, have rested between the graves of her sisters and parents since the 1700s, but her intricately carved headstone was missing until earlier this year, when it turned up in Pennsylvania.

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Heads of the hospital associations in the six new England states, representing hundreds of hospitals and health care organizations, are teaming up to draw attention to what they describe as severe blood shortages facing providers.

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BOSTON — Opponents of a regional climate pact are pushing a question for next year’s ballot that would undermine the program, which they say will drive up fuel prices.

NEWBURY – A Mansfield man charged with child enticement and other sex-related offenses last August was arraigned in Salem Superior Court on July 14, and is due back in court next month, according to an Essex County District Attorney's Office spokesperson.

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