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Northeast Arc and distillery forge a spirited partnership in Peabody

By Thor Jourgensen | March 31, 2020

PEABODY — Two college classmates combined forces to produce and distribute hand sanitizer and help nonprofit workers stay safe as they aid people during the coronavirus outbreak. 

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Lynn and Swampscott sewer officials: Do not flush sanitary wipes

By Gayla Cawley | March 30, 2020

The Lynn Water & Sewer Commission and Swampscott Public Works Department have seen an increase in sewer backups from residents improperly disposing of sanitary wipes and non-flushable products. 

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Lynnfield unites with lights for COVID-19 victims

By Anne Marie Tobin | March 30, 2020

LYNNFIELD — The Town of Lynnfield is showing its solidarity with those affected by the Covid 19 pandemic with a simple display of light on the Town Common.

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Lynn principals strike a balance between home and school work

By Steve Krause | March 30, 2020

LYNN — Last Wednesday was a test for Classical principal Amy Dunn and her Lynn Tech counterpart Carissa Karakaedos.

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Businesses work to lift spirits from isolation

By Thor Jourgensen | March 28, 2020

Spinale and Company Hair Design is closed to walk-in customers but that doesn’t mean the Swampscott shop isn’t doing business. 

A stylist for 40 years, Lisa Spinale has found ways beyond her salon chairs to help clients, including a concerted effort to boost their spirits. She hopes the rainbow she painted earlier this week on the salon’s  Humphrey Street window has the desired effect.

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Saugus set for distant learning

By Elyse Carmosino | March 28, 2020

SAUGUS — Superintendent of Schools David DeRuosi expects Saugus to launch its online learning program — also referred to as distant learning — by early April. 

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FR. Brian Flynn: Keeping the faith in time of crisis

(Editor’s note: The Item feels that in times such as these, a spiritual perspective, such as that of Fr. Brian Flynn, is  helpful. We invite clergy from any religion to submit a faith-based commentary.)

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28 cases in Lynn

By David Mclellan | March 28, 2020

LYNN — There are now 28 cases of COVID-19 in Lynn, “which includes two members of the city’s workforce,” according to a statement from the office of Mayor Thomas McGee. 

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Virtual reality: St. Mary’s transitions to remote learning

By Paul Halloran | March 28, 2020

It was Thursday, March 12 and the dynamic surrounding the COVID-19 virus was changing rapidly. School closings for the next day and, in some cases, the next week or two, were being announced. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association was preparing to cancel eight state championship basketball games scheduled for that Saturday. It was becoming clear that there would be disruption to the daily routine, the only question at that point was, how much.

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COVID casts confusion in Town Meetings

By Thor Jourgensen | March 28, 2020

Town Meeting — an annual spring tradition in small Massachusetts communities — is clouded this year by coronavirus as moderators wrestle with decisions to postpone meetings. 

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