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Pay Raises For Employees, Pay Cut For Methuen Taxpayers

Pay Raises For Employees, Pay Cut For Methuen Taxpayers

By: Councilor Dan Grayton – July, 2015 After a couple weeks of delay, the council passed the fiscal year 2016 municipal budget on June 29th. The $156 million dollar budget…

Donuts and Life with Jeff Katz

Donuts and Life with Jeff Katz

  By: Jeff Katz – July, 2015 My usual writing ritual involves a hot cup of coffee, extra cream, no sugar in a specific mug. If that coffee is not…

It’s HURRICANE SEASON!!!

It’s HURRICANE SEASON!!!

By: Al Kaprielian – July, 2015 We are now in hurricane season, which runs from June 1st to November 30th in the northern hemisphere. Hurricanes form when the ITCZ (inter…

Fran Gradzewicz Cites Personal Story in Testimony on End of Life Care

Fran Gradzewicz Cites Personal Story in Testimony on End of Life Care

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell July, 2105 Francis “Fran” Gradzewicz, longtime resident of Methuen, was joined by her husband Thomas, her daughter Karen Hayden, and myself, as they brought…

Feds Mandate School Lunch Increase for Methuen ~ Schools to Start Before Labor Day

Feds Mandate School Lunch Increase for Methuen ~ Schools to Start Before Labor Day

By: DJ Deeb – July, 2015 June proved to be a busy and interesting month for Methuen Public Schools. The Federal Government is once again meddling in our schools through…

Media Lies and Media Bias: Why Trump is Under Attack ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (7-15)

Media Lies and Media Bias: Why Trump is Under Attack ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (7-15)

EDITORIAL July, 2015 Those who work in the “news” industry are obsessed with promoting lies and half-truths to destroy political candidates they do not like, instead of just doing their…

Pelletier Family Gives Powerful Testimony in Support of Justina’s Law

Pelletier Family Gives Powerful Testimony in Support of Justina’s Law

By: Bharani Padmanabhan – July 3, 2015 Valley Patriot readers may be familiar with the 17 month long ordeal suffered by young Justina Pelletier at the hands of the Massachusetts…

Sheila’s Recipe Corner: Sweet Potato Curry and Tres Leches Coffee Cake

Sheila’s Recipe Corner: Sweet Potato Curry and Tres Leches Coffee Cake

By: Sheila Mullins – June, 2015 Warm weather… aaaaaaaaaah. Perfect! It’s time to think about warm weather ingredients. Of course coconut & rum are part of the ingredients this month.…

VisionMax-Cinema 95 in Salisbury to show Christian Film: “Faith of our Fathers”

VisionMax-Cinema 95 in Salisbury to show Christian Film: “Faith of our Fathers”

Next month The Valley Patriot will be publishing an interview with one of the writers of Faith of Our Fathers, Tom Saab of Salisbury. The movie will be shown at…

Summer TV Is Not Just For Reruns Anymore

Summer TV Is Not Just For Reruns Anymore

By: Bill Cushing – June, 2015 There was a time when summertime meant reruns on TV for 3 months. That is no longer the case. Now summer is a whole…

Access to Public Records is a Matter of Life or Death

Access to Public Records is a Matter of Life or Death

By: Bharani Padmanabhan – June, 2015 This month, Valley Patriot Publisher Tom Duggan was front and center in this state’s media environment for a couple of days. Most media people referred to him…

THE DOCTOR IS IN! – Thoughts on Addiction

THE DOCTOR IS IN! – Thoughts on Addiction

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan, MD June, 2015 Human beings are hardwired towards addiction. Modern society has evolved a mind-boggling number of traps that ensnare members of the human family in…

Newburyport Summertime Happenings!

Newburyport Summertime Happenings!

By: Rebeccah Pearson – June, 2015 NewburyportGuide.com Getting ready for a fun filled summer of happenings here in the Greater Newburyport Area? We have some great MUST DO events for…

Call Down the Moon – A BOOK REVIEW by Susan Piazza

Call Down the Moon – A BOOK REVIEW by Susan Piazza

By Suzanne Piazza  – June 2015 “Call Down the Moon” Soulmate Series Book 1 by Mary Gillgannon Published by: The Wild Rose Press 2014 through their First Faery Rose Edition…

Father’s Day: A Son’s Confession

Father’s Day: A Son’s Confession

By: Oscar Camargo – June, 2015 I must confess: I used to hate Father’s Day. It was a painful reminder growing up that my father wasn’t around. I envied friends…

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