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MCAS results will not be used against public schools
AYER – The annual town election looked fairly sedate at first, with no hot button issues on the ballot and only one contested race, for moderator. Until a last-minute write-in candidate for an open seat on the Ayer Shirley Regional School Committee promised to spice things up. The effort fell just short of the mark. […]
LOWELL – Free COVID-19 testing has returned to the city through the state’s Stop the Spread program, and will be available seven days a week for the foreseeable future. “While we have made significant progress in combatting the spread of COVID-19 in Lowell through our efforts to vaccinate a high volume of residents, testing remains […]
BOSTON – Opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts rose by 5 percent in 2020, marking the first increase in three years and climbing to a level slightly higher than the previous peak in 2016. Public health officials on Wednesday announced a total of 2,104 confirmed and estimated opioid deaths in 2020, a year marked by the […]
BOSTON – Advocates, lawmakers and former regulators urged a legislative committee on Tuesday to provide more oversight of required contracts between municipalities and marijuana businesses, arguing that the system continues to be exploited by some cities and towns, which creates a barrier for small and minority owned businesses to get started in the industry. The […]