North Andover gets ready for fun-filled Fourth of July – Eagle

NORTH ANDOVER — Celebrating the Fourth of July in North Andover is always serious business – but local residents look forward to having fun on America’s birthday.

This town, which is actually 130 years older than the nation, observes the holiday over two days. Beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, the day before the holiday, live entertainment and pony rides will be offered on the Common. 

There will also be plenty of food vendors as well as a beer garden by Ipswich Ale. Jeffrey Coco, co-chairman of the Festival Committee, which organizes the Fourth of July celebration, said he and Ipswich Ale will take stringent measures to make sure no underage people are served in the beer garden.

“The employees of Ipswich Ale are TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures)-certified,” Coco pointed out. Furthermore, a 6-foot fence will be erected to make sure beverages are not surreptitiously passed outside the beer garden, he said.

Besides those

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2018 Lexus LX Review

The Lexus LX 570 exists because the Land Cruiser does. If that world-patrolling, UN-peacekeeping Toyota hadn’t built up decades of global goodwill, there’d be no reason to plaster it with leather and wood and a big chromey grille, and sell it as a luxury truck. The heritage is real, and so is the upsell potential.

With all its lavish gear and top-drawer finishes, the LX still manages to hang on to most of the Land Cruiser’s off-road skill. We give it a 6.8 out of 10, with points scored for its comfort and capability. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

The LX wears its social-climber status on its sleeve, which on a car sits at the nose. The hourglass-shaped beak works better on smaller crossovers and sedans than it does here. Omit those details, and the biggest Lexus SUV’s credentials are on display: squared-off corners, big taillamps,

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Arvada man missing after leaving for Super Bowl party

ARVADA, Colo. — The family of an Arvada man is looking for answers after he went missing during the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

Cody Stallings has lived in the Denver metro area for about 10 years. The 30-year-old works construction in Broomfield and has two young sons.

“He loves to go hiking. He loves to camp,” his mother Jan Stallings said.

His family is hoping he is off camping somewhere and just forgot to tell anyone.

“We just don’t know,” Stallings said. “There are so many things that go through your mind when you’ve got a loved one missing.”

Cody Stallings is 5-foot-10 and weighs about 180 pounds. He has blond hair and blue eyes. He drives a black Cadillac SRX with Colorado license plate number RPQ-212.

His mother said the family first realized Stallings was gone on Tuesday. Jan Stallings was visiting Denver from her home in Utah for work and planned to meet with

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Former lacrosse standout Perry a surprise star in pole vault for North Andover – Eagle

NORTH ANDOVER — Jack Perry could think of just one way to describe the rush as he is throwing himself through the air.

“In a way, it feels like you’re flying,” said Perry. “You’re so high up in the air. It’s nothing but joy.”

A few months ago, that sensation was just a dream.

For the first three years of his high school career, Perry’s springs were dedicated to lacrosse, including the last two years as North Andover High’s starting varsity goalie.

This year, however, Perry felt the itch for change, and the pull of sport and event he had wanted to try to years.

Just over a month into his track career, Perry has emerged as one of the area’s premier pole vaulters. In just the third meet of his career, the Scarlet Knights senior vaulted a whopping 12-0. That’s second best in the area so far this spring, with his teammate, mentor and

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Angry parents abandon Silver Hill – Eagle

HAVERHILL — A tumultuous few weeks in the Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School community have left parents confused and panicked about the future of the school.

Some families are even moving away from the school after a vote by the Haverhill Education Association teachers union against the school renewing its charter.

Devan Ferreira, a parent of two Silver Hill students and a member of a foundation that raises money for the school, said some parents are pulling their children out of the school.

“I even know of some parents who have put their houses on the market, and others who are looking to leave the district entirely,” she said, citing parents’ feelings that the teachers union vote sent a message that the school system doesn’t care about what is best for students.

Parents met with school leaders Tuesday night to discuss Silver Hill’s options.

After the charter vote, Silver Hill teachers -— also members of

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Cape Ann heritage on display where tall ships gather – Eagle

BOSTON – When the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon left Rowes Wharf in Boston at 7 a.m., the fog was so thick, it was difficult to see more than the length of a football field in either direction.

By the time the Lannon hit Boston Harbor after 10 a.m., the sun had peaked through the clouds and the fog had lifted for more than a million viewers crowding the city to see more than 50 tall ships from all over the world at Sail Boston 2017.

The fog may have delayed Saturday’s parade of sail, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of onlookers who cheered as each boat floated by, snapping pictures and taking videos.

The Lannon’s passengers had a unique view: They were fourth in line for the parade of sail — behind the U.S. Coast Guard’s barque Eagle, the Essex-built Roseway and the Adventure, a National Historic Landmark and Gloucester’s flagship.

“The fog

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Semana Hispana carnival opens Friday, parade is Sunday – Eagle

LAWRENCE — A main event of one of the region’s leading cultural festivals opens Friday on Campagnone Common, where Semana Hispana will sponsor a three-day carnival that will run until the week-long celebration closes on Sunday after a parade through the city.

Already, Semana Hispana has sponsored five Latin Night celebrations at locations around Lawrence recognizing the city’s Ecuadorian, Columbian, Peruvian, Mexican and Puerto Rican residents. A Dominican celebration is scheduled for Thursday on the Common at 6 p.m.

The carnival opens at 6 p.m. Friday, and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. It will feature amusement park rides, games, food and a petting zoo. Tickets are $25 at the Common or $20 in advance at local merchants.

Liquor at the carnival will be served in a limited area at the Senior Center across Haverhill Street. Semana Hispana organizers sought to serve liquor inside the festival on the Common, but the request was

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Cadillac CT6 Sedan

Dimensionally the 2016 CT6 falls in between regular- and long-wheelbase versions of the Jaguar XJ and Lexus LS 460, while being slightly shorter than the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

At the same time, the CT6 doesn’t look that large, nor does it feel as big from behind the wheel. Innovative engineering has removed both visual and literal bulk to create a large sedan that is shockingly lightweight. Depending on the trim, the CT6 can weigh as much as 1,000 pounds less than some of its rivals.

In terms of interior space, there is plenty. The front seats have copious leg- and headroom (even with the panoramic sunroof) and boast a seating position that feels slightly taller than normal. This conspires with the low, downward-sloping hood to create a superb view of the road ahead and furthers the impression that the CT6 is smaller than it actually is.

The backseat is similarly

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Tiger Woods apologizes, blames prescription medications for DUI arrest

This image provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, May 29, 2017, shows Tiger Woods. Jail records show that the 41-year-old was booked into jail at 7:18 a.m. Monday and released at 10:50 a.m. 

Tiger Woods attributed an “unexpected reaction” to prescription medicine for his arrest on a DUI charge that landed him in a Florida jail Monday for nearly four hours.

Woods, the 14-time major champion who had back surgery five weeks ago, was arrested on suspicion of DUI at about 3 a.m. Monday and taken to Palm Beach County jail. He was released on his own recognizance.

An arrest report might be available on Tuesday, Jupiter Police spokeswoman Kristin Rightler said.

“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Woods said in

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