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BOOK REVIEW ~ “Of Mixed Blood” by Ron Penczak

BOOK REVIEW ~ “Of Mixed Blood” by Ron Penczak

By: Susan Piazza ~ January, 2017 Published by: Brighton Publishing, LLC Paperback: 322 pages including Acknowledgement Genre: Fiction 4.75 out of 5 Bookmarkers This story engages the reader quickly. The central…

Congressman Recognizes WWII Hero John Katsaros of Haverhill

Congressman Recognizes WWII  Hero John Katsaros of Haverhill

In November, Congresswoman Tsongas submitted remarks to the Congressional Record recognizing Mr. Katsaros for his heroic service to our country and tireless efforts on behalf of veterans. The Congresswoman met…

Winter Kitty ~ ROBIN’S KITTY CORNER

Winter Kitty ~ ROBIN’S KITTY CORNER

By: Robin Desmet – January, 2017 Every mile is two in winter” ~ George Herbert Winter is hard. It’s hard for people and it’s even harder for cats—especially for the…

Cheers All The Way Around

Cheers All The Way Around

By: Jeff Katz – January, 2017 I recently was flying from Boston to Richmond, Virginia. My early morning travel started on the wrong foot when I realized that I had…

“WEATHER 101” WITH AL KAPRIELIAN ~ Winter Weather

“WEATHER 101” WITH AL KAPRIELIAN ~ Winter Weather

By: Al Kaprielian – Jan, 2017 Winter weather has arrived to our region. January is known as the coldest month of the year. With the start of January we are…

Reducing Exposure to Toxins ~IN YOU’RE CORNER WITH KATY IVES

Reducing Exposure to Toxins ~IN YOU’RE CORNER WITH KATY IVES

By: State Senator Katy Ives (D-Newburyport) In my effort to continue to focus these columns on bills that I will file in the next legislative session, I want to discuss…

Big Issues for The 2017-2018 Legislative Session

Big Issues for The 2017-2018 Legislative Session

By: Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – Jan. 2017 Before I list several very challenging issues that we will likely face in this Session – some good news: Massachusetts was recently…

Methuen Parents Should Opt OUT of Mental Health Surveys

Methuen Parents Should Opt OUT of Mental Health Surveys

By: DJ Deeb – January, 2017 Although Methuen Public Schools are doing many terrific and important things, this month I have to offer constructive criticism on a program known as…

IN THE GROOVE with Cindy Annis – The Ronettes Part II

IN THE GROOVE with Cindy Annis – The Ronettes Part II

THE RONETTES PART II By: Cindy Annis – Jan. 2017 “The Phil Spector Years.” OK? Let’s get right into 1963, when Estelle called Phil Spector. Estelle simply told him about…

My 10 Best TV Shows of 2016 – TV TALK WITH BILL CUSHING

My 10 Best TV Shows of 2016 – TV TALK WITH BILL CUSHING

By: Bill Cushing – Jan. 2017 It’s that time of year again. That time when all TV people start thinking about the best shows that they watched over the past…

VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH – Hero In Our Midst ~ Larry DeBenedictis

VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH – Hero In Our Midst ~ Larry DeBenedictis

By: BethD’Amato – Jan. 2017 When I met Larry DeBenedictis, he had just returned home from a wake for an old friend. That friend was U.S. Army LT. Colonel John…

Planning to Start a Business? Start Saving ~ YOUR MONEY WITH ALEX TALCOTT

Planning to Start a Business?  Start Saving  ~ YOUR MONEY WITH ALEX TALCOTT

By: Alex Talcott – Jan. 2017 There are so many truly small businesses in New England that I like to joke with budding entrepreneur clients that if a “mom-and-pop shop”…

The Myths, Facts, and Decision to Renovate Lowell High

The Myths, Facts, and Decision to Renovate Lowell High

By: John MacDonald – Jan. 2017 STORY PHOTO: GEORGE DELUCA According to Wikipedia “damn those pesky websites with interesting historical information.” “ Lowell, Massachusetts was incorporated as a town in…

There’s a New Sheriff in Town, Now the Work Begins ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (JAN-2017)

There’s a New Sheriff in Town, Now the Work Begins ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (JAN-2017)

During the reign of Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins we have seen political relatives hired to major, high-paying jobs, sober houses located in crack neighborhoods in Lawrence, complaints of employees…

Boxford PD Blues ~ What Are They Hiding in Boxford?

Boxford PD Blues ~ What Are They Hiding in Boxford?

By: Tom Duggan, January, 016 For the last few months, The Valley Patriot has been sifting through dozens of complaints about the police chief and the inner workings of the…

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