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IRS Warns Donors about Charity Scams Following Recent Tragedies in Boston and Texas

IRS Warns Donors about Charity Scams Following Recent Tragedies in Boston and Texas

 IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2013-09  It’s sad but true. Following major disasters and tragedies, scam artists impersonate charities to steal money or get private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. Fraudulent…

Legislators have Ignored the State Constitution

Legislators have Ignored the State Constitution

By: D.J. Bettencourt – APril 2013   The Mercatus Center, on the campus of George Mason University, is billed as an “education research and outreach center” and does something incredibly…

IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES – Let’s Get the Basics Right in Massachusetts!

IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES – Let’s Get the Basics Right in Massachusetts!

By: State Senator Katy O’Connor Ives – April 2013   As the legislative session heads into the spring, there are a series of important issues facing the Commonwealth. I’m highlighting…

Morality Matters – The Nuptial Meaning of the Body

Morality Matters – The Nuptial Meaning of the Body

  By: Paul Murano – April 2013 At the moment of this writing the Supreme Court is deliberating two cases related to so-called “same-sex marriage”. If the justices have any…

Ye Gay Ol’ Valley – Christian Homes Produce Gay Children

Ye Gay Ol’ Valley – Christian Homes Produce Gay Children

  By Dani Langevin – April 2013 Why do some people “fear” having a gay child? Most don’t really think they will. Most people assume that their children will be…

Haverhill sprinter Figuereo smashing Merrimack records

Haverhill sprinter Figuereo smashing Merrimack records

By Mark Behan – April 18, 2013 “So, Noelia Figuereo, you’ve just won two national titles. What are you going to do next?” If Figuereo had been the Super Bowl…

Corruption Triumphs in Methuen: D’Agostino the Casualty

Corruption Triumphs in Methuen: D’Agostino the Casualty

PAYING ATTENTION WITH TOM DUGGAN By: Tom Duggan – April 2013 Private citizen Richard D’Agostino applied for the open city solicitor’s job in Methuen among eleven other candidates. He was…

Does Big Governmentitis Lead to Dementia?

Does Big Governmentitis Lead to Dementia?

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX   When asked to comment on individuals with high-deductible, catastrophic health plans, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, “Some of these folks have very…

Words? What Are They Good For?

Words? What Are They Good For?

  By: Jeff Katz – April 2013 I have heard the phrase, “words have meaning” for the better part of my life. As a small boy when I called my…

An Interview with Town Manager Andrew Maylor – Part 1

An Interview with Town Manager Andrew Maylor – Part 1

  By: Tom Duggan – April 203 North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor worked in post-receivership Chelsea for six years. He told The Valley Patriot it was a great learning…

Riley Increases Central Office Salaries by More Than $6MIL, Spending in Failing School System Climbs to $160MIL Under State Receivership

Riley Increases Central Office Salaries by More Than $6MIL, Spending in Failing School System Climbs to $160MIL Under State Receivership

“The help we give to Lawrence will not be an infusion of capital it will be getting at some management changes.” Deval Patrick January, 2010 “My goal is to decentralize” Jeff Riley 2011   By: Tom Duggan –…

Tips to Prepare for Puppy Season

Tips to Prepare for Puppy Season

  By: Tracey Zysk – April 2013 Puppy season, puppy season, puppy season – everyone loves puppy season! How can you not? These cute, adorable, fluff balls that snuggle up…

Valley Patriot of the Month – Hero in our Midst: SGT ROBERT A. HUNTER, U.S. MARINES

Valley Patriot of the Month – Hero in our Midst: SGT ROBERT A. HUNTER, U.S. MARINES

By Helen Mooradkanian – April 2013 The “island hopping” strategy in the Pacific had proved successful as the Marines secured one island after another in their advance toward the Japanese…

MAKE THAT NINE! Merrimack Valley Bandit Busy Over Holiday Weekend, Hits Dracut Bank and Methuen Convenience Store

MAKE THAT NINE! Merrimack Valley Bandit Busy Over Holiday Weekend, Hits Dracut Bank and Methuen Convenience Store

      By: Tom Duggan – April 14, 2013 The Merrimack Valley Bandit struck again twice this weekend. The first robbery occurred at a TD Bank North in Dracut…

Massachusetts Law Enforcement and FBI Seek “Merrimack Valley Bandit”, Armed and Dangerous

Massachusetts Law Enforcement and FBI Seek “Merrimack Valley Bandit”, Armed and Dangerous

$10,000 Reward Offered for Information Leading to Arrest Banks robbed in Lawrence, Methuen, Dracut and Groveland   BOSTON – A task force of Massachusetts law enforcement agencies is seeking the…

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