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Captain Offin Boardman

The silver screen isn’t the only place to look for swashbuckling heroes. Newburyport lays claim to its very own buccaneer. Capt. Offin Boardman was born in 1747 or 1748 (reports vary). He died six decades later after packing a whole lot of life into those 60-plus years. During the Revolutionary War, Boardman was commissioned as a privateer,… Read More

Suzanne DeWitt

Innovation City

Lowell is the Region’s High-Tech Development Hub The city of Lowell brings several things to mind: brick mill buildings, UMass Lowell and possibly Mill No. 5, the trendy new shopping center. We might not think of Lowell as a burgeoning center for innovation and startup technology companies, but at UMass Lowell’s Innovation Hub, affectionately nicknamed the… Read More

Caitlin Foley

Retro Romance

Bad-Boy Mayor Seeks a Wife Renegade mayors are nothing new, and you don’t need to look to major cities – like Toronto – to find them. Even small cities can lay claim to notorious figures. Newburyport’s infamous example is Andrew “Bossy” Gillis, who ran for mayor 20 times from 1928 to 1958 and held the office… Read More

Suzanne DeWitt

Hot Spots for Hot Chocolate

Cold, snowy weather elicits mixed reactions in hardy New Englanders. On one side, skiers and snowboarders love it, kids and teachers hope for snow days, and plowing services cash in. On the other side are those of us who dread shoveling. There’s one thing, however, that most of us can agree on about winter: A… Read More

Suzanne DeWitt
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