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Council Actions by Incumbent Compelled Me to Run for Methuen’s West District

Council Actions by Incumbent Compelled Me to Run for Methuen’s West District

By: Ken Willette – August, 2015 I have enjoyed living in Methuen for most of my life. As a former City Councilor at Large and School Committee Member, I have…

Political Campaign Season Begins in Lawrence

Political Campaign Season Begins in Lawrence

By: Kathy Runge – August 2015 We’re starting campaign season and I’m already preparing myself for the onslaught of robo-calls and junk mail we’ll be receiving in a couple of…

Shenanigans in Salisbury ~ Violating the Open Meeting Law and the First Amendment

Shenanigans in Salisbury ~ Violating the Open Meeting Law and the First Amendment

  Last month while watching the Salisbury Selectmen meeting, I noticed how openly and blatantly they violate their own policies for public participation at their meetings. I also noticed how…

From North Andover to London My Year Abroad

From North Andover to London My Year Abroad

By: Vipsania Pimentel – August, 2015 While most of my classmates were getting ready to enter the real working world after our college graduation, I was packing a suitcase, and…

Teacher Speaks Out on Poor Treatment in Lawrence Schools

Teacher Speaks Out on Poor Treatment  in Lawrence Schools

By: Amy Berard – August, 2015 I am one of the 59 Lawrence teachers whose contract was not renewed this year. Recently, on June 11, you reported on this. I…

Lawrence Mayor Rivera Opposes Sanctuary Cities, But Will Not Veto Council’s Decision

Lawrence Mayor Rivera Opposes Sanctuary Cities, But Will Not Veto Council’s Decision

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera said Wednesday that even though he opposes making Lawrence a sanctuary city, he will not veto the city council’s vote Tuesday to stop criminal illegal aliens from being deported…

90 Year Old Veteran Gets Degree from Merrimack College

90 Year Old Veteran Gets Degree from Merrimack College

Merrimack College will award a Bachelor of Arts degree to Methuen resident Harold Paragamian in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 2nd, in Our Mother of Good Counsel Chapel…

Governor Should Direct Opioid Abuse Policy

Governor Should Direct Opioid Abuse Policy

By: Joe D’Amore – July, 2015 Our state is reeling from spiraling crises in opioid addiction and the newest statistics confirm the need for a coordinated policy response from the…

Board of Medicine Has Only Contempt for Governor Baker’s Opioid Efforts

Board of Medicine Has Only Contempt for Governor Baker’s Opioid Efforts

By: Dr.Bharani Padmanabhan - July, 2015 Governor Baker’s task force recently issued its much awaited report which advocated a comprehensive approach to dealing with the state’s heroin epidemic. This report has…

Signs of Heat Stroke in Cats

Signs of Heat Stroke in Cats

By: Tracey Zysk – July, 2015 It’s common to hear about dogs getting heat stroke but did you realize your cat can become overheated? Especially those felines that like to…

Sheriff Cousins Needs A New Approach to Opiod Addiction

Sheriff Cousins Needs A New  Approach to Opiod Addiction

By: Jerry Robito – July, 2015 Working in corrections for over thirty-four years, I have seen countless inmates return to jail for opiate addiction related crimes. The problem today is…

My Emmy Wish List ~ TV TALK WITH BILL CUSHING

My Emmy Wish List ~ TV TALK WITH BILL CUSHING

By: Bill Cushing – July, 2015 The Primetime Emmy nominations will be announced on July 16th and every year I like to review the past year in TV and give…

So Are You Open Minded or Not ~ TEEN TALK WITH ANA

So Are You Open Minded or Not ~ TEEN TALK WITH ANA

By: Ana Montserrat DeBernardo – July, 2015 Any well-mannered person living in the twenty-first century is acutely aware that when it comes to small talk, politics and religion are two…

ENTREPRENEUR’S 11 Traits ~ Babies and Briefcases

ENTREPRENEUR’S 11 Traits ~ Babies and Briefcases

By: Cheryl Hajjar – July, 2015 You have made the big decision that you want to start your own business. Congratulations and let me offer up my sympathies at the…

IN THE GROOVE with Cindy Annis

IN THE GROOVE with Cindy Annis

By: Cindy Annis – July, 2015 For those of you who listen to 980WCAP in the evening, you may have noticed a new music show on three nights a week.…

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