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TSONGAS INDUSTRIAL HISTORY CENTER SUMMER DAY CAMPS: The Tsongas Industrial History Center offers week-long summer sessions for kids ages 8-14. Full Story

SPORTS
Brady decision now expected very soon

NEW YORK (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended last-minute settlement talks between the NFL and its players union Monday before a judge announced he would decide the dispute over deflated Full Story
DRACUT NEWS
Dracut schools need major busing revamp

It would be easy if the Dracut Public School System could Uber-ize its entire school busing operation -- maybe then it would have a chance to break even on its annual student transportation costs. Full Story
WEB EXTRAS
Hurricane Fred forms in the Atlantic, is moving closer to the Cape Verde Islands

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Fred forms in the Atlantic, is moving closer to the Cape Verde Islands. Full Story
MOST RECENT
Dracut schools need major busing revamp

08/31/2015 09:07 AM EDT
It would be easy if the Dracut Public School System could Uber-ize its entire school busing operation -- maybe then it would have a chance to break even on its annual student transportation costs. 
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Dracut softball champs
08/29/2015 06:50 AM EDT - After a competitive year and some exciting playoff rounds, the 12U Dracut Lady Middies were crowned 12B Division Champions in the Middle Essex Softball League. Full Story

Driving for charity
08/28/2015 11:41 AM EDT - The annual Links Fore Recovery golf tournament supporting Zach's Team Foundation, which fights opiate addiction issues in memory of Zachary Gys of Lowell, was held at the Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut on Monday afternoon. Full Story

Water rescue has them wagging on National Dog Day in Lowell
08/27/2015 12:11 PM EDT - LOWELL -- Lowell firefighters and police teamed up with a feisty little dog that was stuck in Western Canal on Wednesday evening to create a heartwarming rescue story on the most appropriate day of the year -- National Dog Day.  Full Story

Blues 'N' Brews rocks Westford
08/25/2015 12:06 PM EDT - The Westford Rotary Club celebrated its 14th annual Blues 'N' Brews Festival at Nashoba Ski Area on Sunday, Aug. 22. Full Story

Groton temple to break ground
08/24/2015 10:56 AM EDT - GROTON -- Four thousand members of New England Shird Sai Parivaar of Chelmsford believe they can find God everywhere if they look at their environment closely. Full Story

Proposed tax exemption could benefit small businesses
08/21/2015 03:09 PM EDT - CHELMSFORD -- Small businesses with personal property assets valued at $5,000 or less could see a small amount of tax relief if fall Town Meeting approves a warrant article put forward by the Board of Assessors. Full Story

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