COVID-19: LOCAL NEWS

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Rolling parade salutes end to Saugus resident’s chemotherapy

By Elyse Carmosino | April 13, 2020

SAUGUS — Kathy Barressi LaVoie said when her sister, Jackie Landry, opened the front door to her Saugus home Saturday afternoon, she only expected to see her daughter and two young grandsons waving from a safe distance across the front yard.  

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Developer halts construction in downtown Lynn due to ‘violent’ protests

By Gayla Cawley | April 13, 2020

LYNN — Construction on a 10-story apartment building in downtown Lynn has been shut down due to safety concerns from continued “violent” protests against the project, according to developer Michael Procopio.

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Local elected officials answering calls for help by organizing, distributing food

By Thor Jourgensen | April 13, 2020

Requests for face masks and appeals for food have replaced stop sign and crosswalk complaints for elected officials fielding coronavirus calls from constituents. 

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Arts, culture and COVID-19

By Bill Brotherton | April 13, 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, Annette Sykes has been making a picnic blanket. A big picnic blanket.

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Lynn institutes overnight curfew

By David Mclellan | April 13, 2020

LYNN — Residents who are not receiving or providing “essential services” during the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. will not be able to go out during those hours, Mayor Thomas M. McGee said Saturday. 

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Beverly, Lynn and Salem provide a shelter in this storm

By David Mclellan | April 11, 2020

SALEM — For the homeless people of Lynn, Beverly, and Salem, there has been nowhere to quarantine if they come in contact with someone with COVID-19, prompting the three cities to join together in creating a temporary shelter and “quarantine location.”

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Saugus in dilemma, school move set in stone

By Elyse Carmosino | April 11, 2020

SAUGUS — Saugus administrators are in a bind after learning the district is still contractually obligated to Suffolk Construction, the company tasked with building the town’s new combined middle-high school, to vacate Saugus High School by April 24.  

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Lynnfield 8th-grader a 3D helper

By Anne Marie Tobin | April 11, 2020

LYNNFIELD — A middle school student is using his ingenuity to help doctors and nurses stay safe on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Face it: Cover them in Swampscott

By David Mclellan | April 11, 2020

SWAMPSCOTT — Residents going to the few “essential” businesses still open — such as grocery stores and pharmacies — will have to cover their noses and mouths. 

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Golf courses staying green despite coronavirus pandemic

By Anne Marie Tobin | April 10, 2020

Coming off one of the mildest winters in recent years, most people in the golf business were full of hope that golf courses would be cashing in after early openings, some coming in early March.

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