Forty-Fives: Merrimack Valley in the Cards

So much about the card game forty-fives doesn’t add up. If in the right suit, the 5 is the best card, a jack beats a king, and a 2 can be better than a 10 … but only when it wears black. For the uninitiated, it just gets more confusing from there. Even the name… Read More

Will Courtney

Celebrate National Lobster Day with Local Catch

June 15 is National Lobster Day. This year, why not feast on crustaceans from the waters right off the mouth of the Merrimack? Bob Hartigan, owner of Bob Lobster in Newbury, is a commercial lobsterman who has been fishing off the coast of Plum Island for more than 30 years. He hauls his pots from… Read More

Suzanne DeWitt

Back Flip: The Real Estate Market is Back, and so are the House Flippers

When it comes to buying and selling real estate, Georgetown’s Peter Souhleris has never been short on confidence. An architect turned house flipper for the past 15 years, Souhleris says he continued to buy and sell throughout the real estate crash and kept making money. Souhleris, who runs CityLight Homes out of Peabody with business… Read More

Will Courtney

Celebrity Designer Taniya Nayak: Home for the Holidays

In December 2014, UMass Lowell alumna Taniya Nayak returned to the campus she once called home. Nayak is an interior designer, television host and, most recently, brand ambassador for Ellen DeGeneres. You might recognize Nayak from her appearances on Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” and HGTV’s “House Hunters on Vacation” and “Designed to Sell.” In an engaging... Read More
Beth Daigle
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