Lisa Spinale, co-owner of Spinale & Company, is offering free haircuts to federal employees out of work during shutdown. (Spenser R. Hasak)
Local businesses are pitching in to help federal employees who have gone without paychecks in the month-long U.S. government shutdown. Restaurants, lenders and others, including the YMCA in several communities,…
Bella diGraziaBella diGrazia came onto the Daily Item staff as a full-time reporter in 2018. She is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication. She grew up in the city of Lynn and credits a lot of her passion to her upbringing in the North Shore.
Thomas GrilloThomas Grillo is an award-winning business reporter who has worked at Boston's major newspapers covering real estate trends including the emergence of Assembly Square in Somerville and chronicling the growth of Boston's Seaport District. Thomas covers Peabody and Lynnfield. Follow him on Twitter @BosBizThomas.
Steve KrauseSteve Krause is the Item’s writer-at-large. He joined paper in 1979 as a copy editor and later created a music column, called Midnight Ramblings, which ran through 1985. After leaving the paper for a year, he returned in 1988 as a reporter and editor in sports. He became sports editor in 1998; and was named writer-at-large in 2018.
Krause won awards for writing in 1985 from United Press International; in 2001 from the Associated Press; and again in 2020 from the New England Newspaper & Press Association. He is a member of the Harry Agganis Foundation Hall of Fame, a past winner of the Moynihan Lumber Scholar-Athlete Community Service Award, and was the 2012 recipient of the Jack Grinold Media Award for MasterSports, an organization that conducts high school and college coaches’ clinics. He lives in Lynn, is active on Facebook, and can be found on Twitter @itemkrause.
Thor JourgensenA newspaperman for 34 years, Thor Jourgensen has worked for the Item for 29 years and lived in Lynn 20 years. He has overseen the Item's editorial department since January 2016 and is the 2015 New England Newspaper and Press Association Bob Wallack Community Journalism Award recipient.