Massachusetts voters could be forgiven for thinking the state's congressional races ended in September, when incumbent U.S Sen. Ed Markey beat back a challenge from Joe Kennedy III and U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton topped a field of three in the Democratic primary.

The city of Gloucester has a major opportunity to partner with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to replace East Gloucester and Veterans Memorial Elementary schools with a combined, modern facility that will benefit students, teachers, and the city of Gloucester for the next…

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One thing that has become overwhelmingly clear throughout this pandemic is how important public education is to the overall functioning and health of a community. When public education is compromised, shock waves are felt for miles. Gloucester has an opportunity to show its support for our s…

A consumer battle has been raging in America’s Heartland for several years, as farm equipment becomes more high-tech and companies like John Deere resist giving independent repair shops access to the computer codes running their giant machines. Doing so could lead to calamity, according to t…

This November is an important election for our nation and particularly for our city as voters will be asked to support a debt exclusion vote, ballot question No. 3, for a proposed combined new elementary school. There is a lot at stake and the future of Gloucester’s kids depends on it.

This year’s presidential election is more consequential than any in three generations. The country is deep in crisis. A pandemic, a battered economy, racial unrest and a surge in extremist violence are crushing. The person we put in the White House for the next four years will face unique, d…

I was looking forward to writing a column about Donald Trump’s threat that if he lost the election, he would leave the country. Yeah, that would show us, right?

Six years ago, our School Committee and then our School Building Committee began the process that has led to our voting on Question No. 3 on this November’s ballot. During that entire time, the mission and goal has always been the same – to improve the excellence of our Gloucester Public Sch…

Whether it’s a scene for Amy Schumer’s film “I Feel Pretty” in Salisbury Beach, a few takes of “Little Women” shot in Ipswich, most of the Academy Award-winning “Manchester by the Sea” filmed in the town that actually hyphenates its name, or episodes of the “Wicked Tuna” TV series filmed in …

Seventy-five years ago, World War II ended and the veterans and families of the Greatest Generation made a commitment to Gloucester’s children and families that has served the city for generations. Between 1948 and 1966, Gloucester built five new elementary schools to serve the city’s childr…

One of the consistent arguments cited by those opposed to a new elementary school in Gloucester is that teachers, not buildings, are the real key to an excellent education.

No one said the whole business of raising and feeding barnyard animals was just one continuous laugh riot. A jaunty and day-to-day comical view of the flocks and herds might give that impression.

The rebranding of the natural gas company that serves the Merrimack Valley is finally happening, as Columbia Gas of Massachusetts fades from view and is replaced by Eversource Energy. A $1.1 billion deal, finalized last week and memorialized by a press conference Tuesday, is a significant mi…

In his low-key way, Gov. Charlie Baker again laid responsibility for keeping everyone healthy and stopping the spread of the coronavirus on your kids, your best friend and your Uncle Bob. 

There are many, many thoughtful people in this city who aren’t convinced. In fact, they are repelled by the process by which this new school project has been fast-tracked. From the start, the final outcome was preordained, the builders and architects pre-selected and any possible options kep…

FAYETTE, Maine -- The other night, the moon rose over the lake, creating a stream of light that illuminated the passage of two loons. The tiny library at the bend of the road is open only on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The nearby orchard is selling a McIntosh blend of apple cider, as cool and …

From our neighbors to the south comes a troubling warning about the economic impacts of climate change, one that underscores the importance of conservation measures such as those employed by Bay State lobstermen.

After a lifetime of travels in Asia and Europe, I have now settled in this charming fishing town on the North Shore of Boston where the cafes are superb – or were until shut down by the virus – the beauty of the sea around me is beyond words, and the sunsets produce colors that artists, like…

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