Methuen couple to head to Fatima on 100th anniversary of reported … – Eagle

METHUEN — A hundred years ago this month, three children reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, a town in central Portugal.

To mark the occasion, a devoted couple from Methuen will head to Fatima, along with pilgrims from around the world. 

It all began on May 13, 1917, when three very young shepherds — Lucia Santos and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto — said they saw an apparition of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Hardly anyone believed them, and the children even spent a few days in jail. The authorities tried to browbeat them into recanting their story.

They insisted they were telling the truth, however. By the time the Virgin Mary made her sixth reported appearance, a crowd estimated at 30,000 to 100,000 people showed up at the place where the previous apparitions were said to have occurred.

The children said the Virgin Mary had promised a miracle would take place

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Armenian church opens $2.7M family center | Haverhill news … – Eagle

HAVERHILL — It’s been years in the works, but the church that serves Armenians across the region has completed the first phase of its new complex in Haverhill near the North Andover line. 

The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe will open its new Family Life and Cultural Center this weekend, less than a year after construction began. The center cost $2.7 million, church officials said.

While plans are being made to build a new sanctuary on the grounds, the new family center will allow church members to attend “Badarak” — Armenian for church service — until the actual church is completed next to it on 9 acres that the parish bought in 2000. 

Parish members have been attending Sunday Mass at Sacred Hearts Church, ever since their former church, St. Gregory the Illuminator across from City Hall, closed last fall. St. Gregory is expected to be demolished to make way for a proposed restaurant.

“Our first

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Pot arrests continue even after legalization | Merrimack Valley … – Eagle

BOSTON — Four months after marijuana became legal in Massachusetts, people still are getting arrested for pot-related offenses, and police are refusing to give back confiscated drugs, according to court records and interviews with law enforcement officials.

The voter-approved law allows adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana in public and up to 10 ounces at home, and to grow up to a dozen plants on their property. The law also allows retail sales, but pot shops aren’t expected to open until the middle of next year.

Until then, marijuana buyers and sellers still face arrest.

Essex County courts arraigned at least 41 people on marijuana-related charges from Dec. 15, when pot became legal to possess and use, through April 4, according to the Essex County district attorney’s office.

Charges ranged from possession with intent to distribute a Class D substance, a misdemeanor that carries up to two years in prison

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Shrimp lovers lining up for local catch

Joe Jurek knew his catch would be popular. He just didn’t know how popular.

Jurek, a Gloucester-based groundfisherman who specializes in yellow-tail flounder on most fishing days, now holds the rarified position as the only Massachusetts fisherman allowed to fish for northern shrimp in the Gulf of Maine.

His tenure as shrimper-in-residence will last only two more weeks, much to the dismay of local northern shrimp lovers — including Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken — who literally have trooped down to the dock with buckets to try to buy the cold-water delicacies. The local shrimp have disappeared from seafood retail shops in the last four years the shrimp fishery has been closed.

“Once people found out about it, it was like a bunch of seagulls,” said Romeo Theken, who along with a couple other dozen friends put in an order for about 230 pounds of the small, sweet shrimp. “Now people know the process, that they

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Armenian church opens $2.7M family center – Eagle

HAVERHILL — It’s been years in the works, but the church that serves Armenians across the region has completed the first phase of its new complex in Haverhill near the North Andover line. 

The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe will open its new Family Life and Cultural Center this weekend, less than a year after construction began. The center cost $2.7 million, church officials said.

While plans are being made to build a new sanctuary on the grounds, the new family center will allow church members to attend “Badarak” — Armenian for church service — until the actual church is completed next to it on 9 acres that the parish bought in 2000. 

Parish members have been attending Sunday Mass at Sacred Hearts Church, ever since their former church, St. Gregory the Illuminator across from City Hall, closed last fall. St. Gregory is expected to be demolished to make way for a proposed restaurant.

“Our first

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Eat Adorable Japanese-Style Pastries at This Kawaii Pop-Up Bakery

Is it your destiny to someday visit the Hello Kitty Cafe? This might just be the next best thing. On Saturday, Dallas-area pastry outfits Lala’s Cakes and We The Birds Macarons are teaming up with local event planners Three Twelve Co. to bring Dallasites adorable Japanese-themed Kawaii desserts. Kawaii, which means “cute” in Japanese, refers to goods (often foods) that are formed animal-shapes and faces.

We The Birds founder Natalie Knowlton tells Eater the bakery is cooking up an assortment of Kawaii-inspired donuts, macarons, iced shortbread cookies, and iced matcha tea. Some options will be gluten-free. The pop-up will also feature a mini-market with Kawaii goods for sale, origami to take home, more. If things go well during the event, this might not be the last Dallas sees of Kawaii baked goods. Lauren Lee, owner of Three Twelve, is exploring the possibility of launching a Kawaii-themed concept.

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Pot arrests continue even after legalization – Eagle

BOSTON — Four months after marijuana became legal in Massachusetts, people still are getting arrested for pot-related offenses, and police are refusing to give back confiscated drugs, according to court records and interviews with law enforcement officials.

The voter-approved law allows adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana in public and up to 10 ounces at home, and to grow up to a dozen plants on their property. The law also allows retail sales, but pot shops aren’t expected to open until the middle of next year.

Until then, marijuana buyers and sellers still face arrest.

Essex County courts arraigned at least 41 people on marijuana-related charges from Dec. 15, when pot became legal to possess and use, through April 4, according to the Essex County district attorney’s office.

Charges ranged from possession with intent to distribute a Class D substance, a misdemeanor that carries up to two years in prison

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Search continues for NH man linked to carfentanil – Eagle

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Police continue to search for a 24-year-old Manchester man believed to be in possession of a deadly synthetic drug recently introduced to the state.

Despite many tips from the public, the nationwide search continues for Preston Thorpe, also known as “P,” of 50 Sentinel Court, Apt. 306, Manchester.

The hunt began when police were serving a search warrant last week and said they discovered a trace amount of carfentanil in Thorpe’s kitchen, along with a small amount of a marijuana.

Carfentanil was created to tranquilize large animals, like elephants and rhinoceroses. Officials say it is 100 times more potent than fentanyl and 5,000 times stronger than heroin. It poses a risk to the public and first responders because it can be absorbed through the skin or accidentally inhaled.

Last week, the drug was linked to three overdose deaths in New Hampshire. Police in local communities have expressed concern about the drug.

Police said

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‘A prince among men’: Honoring the late Kendall Smith – Eagle

HAVERHILL — As president of a local bank, Kendall Smith regularly made decisions involving millions of dollars.

He rubbed elbows with influential people — powerful politicians, successful businessmen, people with the deepest pockets in the region.

But you’d never know it if you met him on the street, in a pub or in a local luncheonette. His friendly demeanor — a wide smile, welcoming handshake and soft tone — made everyone he met feel at ease. 

Kindness, loyalty and generosity were in the very fiber of Smith’s character, his friends said. His volunteerism and charitable contributions benefited causes across the Greater Haverhill community. 

He readily mixed in with everyone, from banker to laborer, and quietly wrote a generous check to help a cause. 

Smith’s smiles, handshakes and friendly conversations are gone now — and Greater Haverhill is left without a man who helped shape its business and social landscape for decades.

Smith, longtime president and CEO

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Deadly shootings prompt call for special prosecutor – Eagle

LAWRENCE — After two fatal shootings in two days, the city’s police chief is calling for a special prosecutor to oversee “all serious violent crimes committed in Lawrence.” 

Police Chief James Fitzpatrick also convened an emergency meeting Monday evening with high-ranking members of his department and Massachusetts State Police after the explosive weekend in an already violent month.

Six homicides have occurred in Lawrence so far in 2017. And in April, police responded to 10 incidents involving shots fired.

Police have “implemented a number of tactics and initiatives throughout the city in an effort to curb a recent string of violent incidents but this has not seen lasting effects,” Fitzpatrick said.

The weekend killings are believed to be connected to drugs and domestic violence, police said. 

Early Saturday, Abdul Lopez, 35, of Revere was killed in a shooting at Lowell Street and Broadway at 2:18 a.m. An officer attempted to revive Lopez, who was later pronounced dead.

Two

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