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UMass-Lowell Chancellor Martin Meehan with Greater Haverhill Foundation Manager Ronald Trombley.

Meehan Closes Committee, Donates $1 Million to UMass

Then-UMass Lowell Chancellor Martin Meehan, left, with Greater Haverhill Foundation Manager Ronald Trombley. UMass President Marty Meehan announced Thursday he plans to close his congressional campaign committee, transfer funds from the committee to an educational foundation and make a $1 million scholarship donation to his alma mater, UMass Lowell. “This is the right time to

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Northern Essex Begins $15 Million Building Renovation

Architect’s renderings of planned improvements at the Spurk Building. Note: An earlier version of the story misreported the cost of renovations. The estimated price tag is $15 million. A year-long, $15 million project to renovate the Spurk classroom building at Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus is underway. Renovation of the 50-year-old building includes renovated

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Whittier and the Rude Birthday Guest

Boston’s fashionable Hotel Brunswick, Boylston Street at the corner of Clarendon, was the setting of John Greenleaf Whittier’s 70th birthday party. There’s always one. That party guest who—because of the free flow of liquor, poor upbringing or owing to some kind of personality defect—humiliates the host and ruins the party. It’s even more embarrassing when

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Patrick J. McDonough, 73

Patrick J. McDonough, 73, of Haverhill, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 29, surrounded by his family at Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill. Calling hours take place Tuesday, July 5, from 3 to 7 p.m., at Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 South Main St. (route 125), Haverhill. A complete notice will follow.

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Haverhill Chamber Names Michal as Membership Coordinator

Kelly Michal, a recent graduate of Bryant University, has been named the new membership coordinator of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. Michal will be responsible for contacting new local businesses, continuing ongoing relationships and provide a conduit for new members to use chamber resources, according to a statement. “Having Kelly on board to serve

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Fast and Easy DIY Patriotic Pots for the 4th of July

Didn’t plant a red, white and blue garden or container for the Fourth of July? No worries. Just break out some paint and creativity and you’ll be set to celebrate in style. Upcycle items like coffee cans and old crates into patriotic planters. Add a drainage hole if necessary and possible. Select a paint appropriate

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‘Allegiant’ a Placeholder for Next Movie

As with “The Hunger Games,” Hollywood decided that the final opus of Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” trilogy needed to be two movies. That was a stretch with the former, though the finale did redeem the series, and even part one of the finale to some extent. We’ll have to see if that happens here. In the

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Books by Scott T. Goudsward

Scott T. Goudsward, of Haverhill, writes horror stories and novels, edits anthologies and also writes about horror. He prefers his horror in a traditionally visceral vein. He’s on the board of directors of New England Horror Writers. Click on an image below for more information.



How the Feds Encourage Wall Street Banksterism

 Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs. (Photograph by Paul Elledge, Creative Commons.) Hey, stop complaining that our government coddles Wall Street’s big, money-grubbing banks! Sure, they went belly-up and crashed our economy with their greed. And, yes, Washington bailed them out, while ignoring the plight of workaday people who lost jobs, homes, businesses, wealth and

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