In October there's no better place to be than Salem, Mass, where Halloween's already happeninging.

The latest in a series of sustainable projects in Rockport schools, the solar panels at the middle school will serve as an educational tool in the schools’ science classrooms for years to come.

The Breakaway Fundraiser recently, along with the Topsfield- Boxford-Middleton Rotary, raised a grand total of $10,000 to help the hurricane victims in Texas.

A boater sets out on the Ipswich River. The river's Watershed Authority has joined almost a dozen others in suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the shelving of stormwater permitting standards.

Topsfield resident Henry Swenson has what it takes to raise a giant pumpkin.

Sails in the sun:  At Gloucester's Parade of Sail the Columbia stands at full sail, as if in a Fitz Henry Lane painting, one of the largest of 25 schooners that ride the wind and waves in a parade described by festival Chairwoman Daisy Nell Collinson as a “water ballet

Finding classical music programs for North Shore residents used to mean firing up the wagon and making a trip into Boston. Not any more. To kick off the fall season, the Ocean Alliance Headquarters at the Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory on Rocky Neck will host its second annual open house, gala and fundraiser on the weekend of Sept. 2-4

 Paddlers arose in the dark and wondered for a moment why they were doing so. They planned to greet the sun’s early light on the Ipswich River.  The first sights that thrilled the paddlers were patches of fog no more than head high on the water. It is called sea smoke on the ocean.

BEVERLY — The annual Lobster Festival at Lynch Park, a staple of Beverly Homecoming, with plenty of edible options as well as live music. Charlotte Rajotte 3 of Danvers displays her lobster.

Salem - Maneuvering tight turns in a large cluster of riders while going between 25-35 miles an hour — and much faster on the straightaways — provided plenty of excitement in the Witch City.

Proctor's Ledge memorial honors Salem Witch Trial victims. Dozens gathered on Jul 19 to commemorate the new Proctor's Ledge memorial in Salem on Wednesday afternoon. Proctor's Ledge is believed to be the location where 19 innocent people were hanged in 1692 for the supposed crime of witchcraft.

EBSCO CEO Tim Collins speaks at the gathering where Congressman Seth Moulton introduced the Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology Act Monday

Seine Boat Races at St Peters Fiesta Gloucester, Seine Boat Racing is the highlight of the Fiesta sporting activities, dating back to the first city-wide celebration ever held in Gloucester. It is a true test of strenth, endurance and team work. Three boats, the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria are manned by twelve member crews.

Marblehead secret passageways. As the crowd descended the narrow granite steps of Lookout Court — the first footpath of the tour, with magnificent rooftop and harbor views — Don Doliber recalled a relative.Long Pockets Bowen, a Tory during the Revolutionary War, was chased up a hill by a lynch mob. When they banged on his door, his wife said he was not under her roof, so they left. Legend has it that he was hiding on the roof behind the chimney.

DANVERS — Swampscott resident Charlie Baker may be no stranger to Danvers, but the governor paid his first official visit to the town on Friday, taking a walking tour of the downtown with officials on a balmy afternoon.

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The self-declared Halloween capital of the world formally kicked off its month-long Halloween festivities Thursday night with the largest-ever-on-record Haunted Happenings Parade. About 100 organizations, schools, groups and candidates for office made up the downtown parade, about 15 floats more tha...
  After more than a decade helping develop a new permit to improve water quality all across the state, officials at the Ipswich River Watershed Association were ready to roll up their sleeves and go to work with local cities and towns. But now, instead, they finds themselves part of a lawsuit a...
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SALEM — Traffic should move smoother, and parking be easier to find, as the city descends into the annual chaos that is Haunted Happenings. Driver-friendly tech is due for installation on two of the city's downtown garages, while pedestrian-friendly crossing signal systems are being added at u...
 Sails in the sun: The pen may be mightier than the sword, but a camera was definitely the medium of choice at Monday morning's Parade of Sail. If ever there was a case of a picture being worth a thousand words, this, you realize, is it, as edging through the traffic on Washington Street, you c...
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Peabody police Department using BMW electric cars for community policing.They average 80 miles per gallon, are made of biodegradable materials and have a sleek look. They're the Peabody Police Department's new BMW i3s. "It's a good conversation starter," Chief Tom Griffin said. "We're pretty excited...
SALEM—The Salem Chamber of Commerce is looking for vendors for its annual Haunted Biz Baz on Saturday, Oct. 7, & Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. The event kicks off Salem's Haunted Happenings, and annually draws tens of thousands of visitors. Vending times will be on Saturday from 10:00a.m. - 8:oop....
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WHO IS IN CHARGE West Newbury’s Lindsay and Curt Bergeron bought the Essex Marina in 2010. Six years later, they opened Riversbend Restaurant. “We always knew we needed to expand on the amenities here,’’ said Lindsay Bergeron. “There’s a tremendous amount of traff...
The Park, located at the intersection of Lafayette, Washington, and Harbor Streets, will closed for renovations beginning Thursday, August 24. Construction is anticipated to be largely complete by December, with final work to be finished in the spring. The Lafayette Street bus stop and nearby crossw...
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The town's small, hilly and closed landfill will give Boxford a big boost when it comes to producing electricity and cutting greenhouse gases in the decades to come. That's thanks to a new, 1-megawatt solar field that was built on the capped landfill over the winter and is expected to start producin...
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Halloween in Salem has kicked off early, thanks to an organization that has historically avoided the Haunted Happenings frenzy: the Peabody Essex Museum. The internationally known museum just opened a horror exhibit, "It's Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection." The e...
Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and the Public Art Commission (PAC) announce an audio art installation, “Whispers of Salem,” by Livingston Sound. “Whispers of Salem” joins “Pavilion,” site-specific work using unfinished wood as the construction material by Matthias...
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The last of nine train stations in town may have reached the end of the line. The fate of the historic station, which was damaged in a fire in April, hinged $750,000 in state funding that would allow the town to move the station and restore it. Now, however, town officials have learned that the mone...