Coastal waters east of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

BOSTON — Scores of high school students can retake a portion of last year's MCAS exam after state education officials voided a controversial question that some deemed racially insensitive.

Chief John Horvath reports that the Rockport Police Department, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Rockport and Rockport Elementary School, will host its annual free child identification kit event later this month.

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"Crisis at the Border" will be the topic of a free dinner meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, featuring Meredith Stewart, Jeanne Gallo and Amy Grunder. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pingree School, 537 Highland St., Hamilton, and is sponsored by We Are America The Beautiful.

In news taken from the logs of Cape Ann's police and fire departments:

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Rockport Exchange hosts its annual town-wide Harvestfest celebrating locally grown, freshly cultivated food and New England-based craft beer and wine this Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at T Wharf in Rockport. Food, music and more. rockportexchange.org

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BEVERLY — For Roy Enos, it was all about the olive oils. Paulie Eliuk was interested in the free gift card. And for Lili Rosso, it was her first-ever visit to a Whole Foods Market.

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I'm Daisy, 6-month-old border collie-Labrador retriever mix. I treat every day like a new adventure, and I'm looking for my partner(s)-in-crime. I enjoy the company of other canines and could get used to siblings of the four-legged variety. Expressive and a people-pleaser, I would make a won…

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The cleanup from the overnight nor'easter that roared over Cape Ann into Thursday morning is likely to extend into next week given the widespread damage from winds that gusted higher than 80 mph, the city public works chief said Thursday afternoon.

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National Grid, hampered by continued high winds that kept repair buckets earthbound, made grudging progress Thursday restoring power to customers throughout Cape Ann and the remainder of coastal Massachusetts, with the expectation that 95 percent of affected customers will be back on the gri…

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ESSEX -- Kids and families itching to move might consider pulling out their dancing shoes and swinging by  Essex Elementary School, 12 Story St., on Friday, Oct 18, for the fifth annual Essex PTO Hoedown.

In news taken from the logs of Cape Ann's police departments:

SALEM — The surprise nor'easter that slammed the region Wednesday night and Thursday morning proved especially hazardous to Salem Willows and to boats that haven't yet been removed from Salem Harbor.

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National Grid repair crews are working this morning to return electrical power to more than 12,000 Cape Ann customers and local public works departments were working to clean up damage from overnight high winds and rain.

BEVERLY — Miranda Aisling is excited to park her 240-square-foot abode, Aubergine, at the North Shore Music Theatre this weekend. 

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Gloucester is doubling down on efforts to reduce the problems that can occur when drivers of 3,000-pound cars share centuries-old roadways with riders of 20-pound bicycles.

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BOSTON — Federal and state health officials are warning people not to use e-cigarettes, particularly those containing marijuana extracts, as the number of people sickened by a vaping-related lung illness continues to grow.

BEVERLY — A school bus driver charged with child endangerment for leaving a boy behind on a bus now wants a trial in front of a judge.

NEWBURY — Students at Newbury Elementary School and Lynn’s Thurgood Marshall Middle School are collecting single-use and otherwise nonrecyclable plastics to create “ecobricks” as part of an educational project.

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ROCKPORT — Second time's the charm. The new Rockport DPW facility has received the green light from residents at Tuesday's special election, three years after it was initially voted down.

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A Gloucester police officer had his complaints mishandled by former interim police Chief John McCarthy and other city officials who then fired him from his job more than a year ago, a state labor hearing officer has found.

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The Maine Lobstermen's Association has volleyed back at NOAA Fisheries, saying it will continue pursuing "critical points" from its analysis of data used by the federal fishery regulator to determine causes of injuries or deaths to North Atlantic right whales.

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SALEM — The unfolding military and humanitarian "disaster" in Northern Syria has hit home for a Kurdish-American family that lives in Swampscott. They fear the region is witnessing a genocidal campaign by invading Turkish forces.

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BOSTON — A popular state program that gives rebates to consumers who purchase electric and fuel cell vehicles is getting a new lease on life.

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BOSTON — Gloucester's former mayor will be among the panelists discussing the growing threat of cyberattacks before the New England Council this week. 

In news taken from the logs of Cape Ann's police and fire departments:

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It’s a beach day on Plum Island, the temperature flirting with 80 degrees three days before fall.