• Prescription for stress: Get a pet - 04/16/2014 04:28 PM EDT
    Poll Question 0411
    What is your current opinion of the Affordable Care Act?
     The ACA is succeeding; signed up 7M people for coverage.
     7M claim must be decreased by the number of people who lost their insurance and had to sign up under the program.
     The program is driving up costs and limiting choices.
    'Our message is yes, you can'

    Father and son duo prepare for final Boston Marathon
    TOWNSEND -- The 2013 Boston Marathon was supposed to be the last for father-and-son team Dick and Rick Hoyt. Full Story
    Sewer rates to rise 3%, water rates stay put

    AYER -- Selectmen passed fiscal 2015 water and sewer rates, with water rates remaining the same and sewer rates increasing about 3 percent. Full Story
    Clerk candidates make their cases for election

    PEPPERELL -- The four-way race for Town Clerk dominated the debate at Pepperell's annual candidates' night forum Tuesday, as candidates Debra Durno, Lisa Ferolito, Jennifer Hardy and Anna MacDonald fielded questions on their qualifications. Full Story
    Assistant Treasurer Melisa Doig leaving Ayer for HR director position in Groton

    AYER -- Assistant Treasurer Melisa Doig is leaving Ayer for Groton after being appointed the town's new human resources director. Full Story
    Current state aid leaves Ayer-Shirley schools with $97,000 extra in budget

    SHIRLEY -- The School Committee received a glimpse of good news on Wednesday night, looking over state local aid estimates that puts the district $97,000 above its certified fiscal year 2015 budget. Full Story
    Selectmen review Town Meeting warrant

    TOWNSEND -- Town Administrator Andrew Sheehan provided an explanation of the warrant articles on the May 6 Annual Town Meeting to selectmen April 8. Full Story
    North Middlesex tops Fitchburg for 3rd straight win

    FITCHBURG -- The North Middlesex Regional baseball team found itself in a close battle with Fitchburg on Monday afternoon, but the Patriots snapped into form late to secure an 8-3 victory over the Red Raiders at Fitchburg High School. Full Story
    Stow Road carriage house will live again on Rhode Island farm

    HARVARD -- While there are still no interested takers in the barn on Stow Road, the seemingly dilapidated old carriage house across the street will be restored and moved to a farm in Rhode Island. Full Story
    Gmail makes sending mobile photos easier

    Now, you can insert an assortment of pictures or photo albums directly into email, resize them within the message and make sharing with friends and family less of a time-consuming process overall. Full Story
    'Bears': Survival is the bare necessity (review)

    Wildlife documentary pros Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey follow their well-established format of anthropomorphizing animals with human names, motivations and emotions, while still providing educational information and visuals so stunning, you'll wonder how they were shot. Full Story