Recently Stream Team photographer Judy Schneider visited Prichards Pond, a third-mile long swelling in Boston Brook created by the late Charles Prichard’s century-old dam. She spotted an otter near a hole in the ice eating a fish

SEA SMOKE. You know it is cold when you can see the Sea Smoke off Gloucester

PEABODY — It took a few tries but the giant tree in front of City Hall finally lit up on Saturday night after hundreds of people counted down from 10 three times.

The North Shore Chamber added to it's Distinguished Leaders list Rosalin Acosta, Secretary of the Executive Office of Labor & Workforce Development

Aime Pope (who owns The Painted Pastry in Beverly) is confident her cookies look and taste good, and she convinced judges of the Food Network’s "Christmas Cookie Challenge" of the same, earning her a $10,000 prize.

The BoSoma School of Dance opened its doors in Hamilton above the popular shopping plaza at 15 Walnut St. Owner and Director Katherine Hooper, along with her assistant director Stephanie Boisvert, are seeking to make their new school a home away from home for young dancers.

Tens of thousands of people traveled far and wide to celebrate the closing night of Haunted Happenings Tuesday night as seen here on the Essex Street Mall

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.

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.

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.

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SALEM — Longtime fire Chief David Cody will retire next month.The mayor's office announced Cody's retirement Thursday morning. Cody, who has served 35 years on Salem's Fire Department, will retire March 31. He first joined the department in 1983 as a firefighter, moving through the ranks until...
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SALEM – Almost 30 brave souls put their taste buds on the line for charity Sunday as the first Hot Wings eating contest was held at Kokeshi on Lafayette Street.The winner, Noah Shea, took home a trophy and bragging rights.The competition raised money for The BackPack Program, a nonprofit that ...
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Peabody - The Board of Directors of the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce announced the hiring of Jenna Coccimiglio as their new Executive Director. In her new position, beginning on March 1st, Coccimiglio will provide visionary leadership and strategic direction for the Chamber under the guiding pri...
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Beverly - Kids disheartened by a cracked slide or broken swing at their neighborhood playground can look forward to revamped play areas this summer. The City Council has voted to allow the Recreation Department to use $175,000 from its enterprise fund to repair many of the city's tired playgrounds.&...
Beverly - Mayor Michael P. Cahill announced that the City of Beverly has agreed to settle litigation with Beverly Port Marina, which finally brings to an end a dispute that is almost 20 years old. As part of the terms of the settlement, Beverly Port Marina has agreed to not object to or challenge, f...
 Peabody - The security system company Safehome used FBI data to come up with its rankings of the 101 safest cities with populations over 50,000. Poll Says Peabody Is The 28th Safest City In The U.S.   Peabody may be a city, but it has all the safety of a small town, according to a ne...
Walmart is abruptly closing 63 Sam's Club stores and laying off thousands of workers the company told Business Insider on Thursday afternoon, after reports of abrupt store closings began to emerge.Sam's Club has not said how many employees are losing their jobs. Each Sam's Club warehouse employs abo...
Newburyport - House Bear Brewing’s recent move to Graf Road is already beginning to pay off.House Bear co-founders Beth Borges and Carl Hirschfeld started their meadery in downtown Amesbury in 2014 but made the move to Newburyport over the summer.With more space to work with and now located wi...
Salem - The Massachusetts School Building Authority has given a thumbs down to a city pitch to relocate the Horace Mann Laboratory School, triggering another delay to an already decades-old project.City leaders submitted a "statement of interest" to the MSBA last March to get cash that would enable ...
Peabody - In his inaugural address, Mayor Ted Bettencourt announced the city is eligible to receive nearly $10 million in state and federal funds to rebuild the entire Central Street corridor.Beginning at its Walnut Street intersection and continuing through Wilson Square, the project includes new r...
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People all over the North Shore will strip down to their swimsuits and jump into the Atlantic in the coming weeks, as they brave the cold for a host of good causes. Among the icy events planned is the annual Swampscott Yacht Club Polar Plunge, scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1. “The camarad...
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Salem - Leigh Cochran and Fred Freeman stood in the cold outside the Peabody Essex Museum last week, speaking to people on their way in to the monthly after-hours party and trying to drum up support for their "Save the Phillips Library" effort.They heard things like "I'm following it on Facebook" an...