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The public is invited to visit a special exhibition of Mary Wittkower's paintings in Virginia Lee Burton's studio barn at 1255 Washington St., Gloucester, on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. Wittkower was born and raised in England where she was a member of the Women's Royal Naval Service…

This weekend, we remember and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. I recently read the full text of Dr. King’s memorable “I Have a Dream” speech, which he gave in August 1963 in Washington, D.C. I had not read this speech since I was in high school, and it struck me how true it was i…

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The message of Martin Luther King Jr. is alive and well on Cape Ann, which will celebrate the Nobel Prize-winning civil rights leader on Monday, in Rockport in the morning and Gloucester in the afternoon.

Cape Ann Museum once again is providing visitors with a unique way to view the culture and history of the area with its annual winter mini-tours.

These bands are playing locally this week; schedule subject to last-minute changes. There is no cover charge unless indicated.

Over the last few weeks, I have been telling you about how soil plays such an important part in successful gardening. No matter if you are growing in containers or you have plants in your gardens or you are growing a lawn, it’s all about the quality and quantity of the soil.

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As a reporter living and working in the communities I write about, I see the real-life impact of my stories all the time. I grew up in Essex County, but after writing hundreds of articles here, I now know more than ever about the joys, challenges and intricacies of life just north of Boston.

How well and how much we sleep has great influence on the quality of our lives. The amount of sleep needed varies from person to person, but on average, adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night.

These bands are playing locally this week; schedule subject to last-minute changes. There is no cover charge unless indicated.

Delicately flavored spaghetti squash makes for a fun and interesting vegetarian main, but often, the squash must be roasted in the oven while a separate sauce is made on the stove.

For the past few weeks, I have been telling you about the importance of having good soil for whatever garden project you are doing. By now, you should also know the importance of having sufficient depth of good soil for growing plants or for having a great lawn.

This classic New Orleans specialty is built on a roux — a cooked mixture of fat and flour that must be stirred constantly, sometimes for an hour or more, until it is deep brown.

I watch as parents of a 13-year-old girl get antsy at the thought of insisting that she participate in at least one after-school activity. Exhausted parents of a 4-year-old tell me about how their child throws a tantrum when they attempt to get her in bed at a reasonable hour. I listen to pa…

John Cena doesn’t believe in ego. How could he when he’s used to tens of thousands of WWE fans chanting “John Cena sucks” every time he walks out to the ring?

These bands are playing locally this week; schedule subject to last-minute changes. There is no cover charge unless indicated.

Creamy Greek yogurt, fresh fruit and crunchy granola make a delicious and wholesome start to the day or a great afternoon snack — and layering them in a glass makes this simple combination feel like a special occasion.

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