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Why Women Make Great Leaders ~ BABIES AND BRIEFCASES

Why Women Make Great Leaders ~ BABIES AND BRIEFCASES

By: Cheryl Hajjar – Jan. 2016 Today nearly 46% of privately owned companies in the US are at least half owned by women. Women are starting businesses at 4 times…

Being a Part of Two Places ~ TEEN TALK with ANA DEBERNARDO

Being a Part of Two Places ~ TEEN TALK with ANA DEBERNARDO

By: Ana DeBernardo – Jan. 2016 The minute I stepped off the plane, the familiar sensations struck me like a thunderbolt. Five years had passed since the last trip, but…

Lawrence News and Open Meeting Law Updates

Lawrence News and Open Meeting Law Updates

By: Kathy Runge – Jan. 2016 Happy New Year from recall central! Most of us in Lawrence are suffering from recall fatigue, with objections to signatures on the first recall…

This is Israel’s Secret Sauce ~ By: Forest Rain

This is Israel’s Secret Sauce ~ By: Forest Rain

By: Forest Rain – Jan. 2016 I read two pages and burst in to tears. Startled, Lenny asked me “Why are you crying?” Looking at my book, “Hit Team” about…

Winter Pests ~ THE PEST END GIRLS!

Winter Pests ~ THE PEST END GIRLS!

Though we have enjoyed an extremely mild fall, we know all-too-well that winter in New England can quickly sneak up on us and inflict a lot of misery. In addition…

My 10 Best TV Shows of 2015 ~ TV TALK WITH BILL CUSHING

My 10 Best TV Shows of 2015 ~ TV TALK WITH BILL CUSHING

  By: Bill Cushing – Jan. 2016 Now that 2015 has come and gone, it’s time to look back on a great year of TV. It was very hard narrowing…

Why I Chose to Run for State Rep. ~ Oscar Camargo

Why I Chose to Run for State Rep. ~ Oscar Camargo

By: Oscar Camargo – Jan. 2015 Since announcing my candidacy, people from the 18th Essex (Andover, Boxford, North Andover, and Tewksbury) have been supportive of my decision. I’m not surprised,…

Stronger Support by Medical Community Needed to Address Opioid Crisis

Stronger Support by Medical Community Needed to Address Opioid Crisis

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – Jan. 2016 We have an opportunity in coming weeks in the Legislature to send the Governor a comprehensive piece of legislation to further…

In Pursuit of Public Records Reform ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

In Pursuit of Public Records Reform ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

By: Senator Katy Ives – Jan. 2016 There have been a number of important legislative developments toward tackling public records reform. This month’s column is an opportunity to describe the…

The Warmest December on Record

The Warmest December on Record

By: Al Kaprielian – Jan. 2016 As December neared the end, we finally saw our first winter storm with snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain. December 2015 will go down…

New Year Resolution: Lose Weight!

New Year Resolution: Lose Weight!

By: Rick Bellanti - Jan. 2016 I received a great question this week and thought I’d address it here this month since it’s the start of the New Year, when…

Why I am Glad There Are Guns in the Streets… of Israel

Why I am Glad There Are Guns in the Streets… of Israel

By: Forest Rain – December, 2015 Israel is under attack. The hate that has been carefully instilled in the Arab population, in Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority controlled areas and throughout the…

Cindy’s Vinyl Vault ~ Simon and Garfunkle

Cindy’s Vinyl Vault ~ Simon and Garfunkle

By: Cindy Annis – December, 2015 SIMON AND GARFUNKEL Paul Simon was born on October 13, 1941 in Newark, New Jersey. His full name is Paul Frederic Simon, and he…

The 22nd Annual Festival of Trees 2015 – Another Methuen Success Story!

The 22nd Annual Festival of Trees 2015 – Another Methuen Success Story!

  By: Jen Jones – December, 2015 The Festival of Trees does it again! Year after year, hundreds of uniquely decorated festive holiday trees and wreaths are on display, as…

Continuing our Focus on Veterans and the Opioid Epidemic ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR IVES

Continuing our Focus on Veterans and the Opioid Epidemic  ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR IVES

By: Senator Kathleen Ives Dec. 2015 The Massachusetts Senate recently completed the first year of a two-year legislative session by sending to the governor’s desk legislation for increased penalties for…

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