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Methuen Taxpayers Deserve More Accountability From City Officials

Methuen Taxpayers Deserve More Accountability From City Officials

By: DJ Deeb – February, 2017 Methuen Public Schools are continuing to move forward and we have much to be proud of, but I am also disappointed to report that…

Akamai Uses Tax Breaks to Hire H1B Foreign Workers

Akamai Uses Tax Breaks to Hire H1B Foreign Workers

By Duncan Burns – Feb. 2017 Now that The Presidential Election is over, and Donald Trump has since been elected President, the controversies surrounding his platform while he was running…

Cut All Funding for Lawrence, The Sanctuary City ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (Jan, 2017)

Cut All Funding for Lawrence, The Sanctuary City ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (Jan, 2017)

As a municipality, the City of Lawrence does not collect enough in local property taxes to pay for even half the cost of fire, police, schools, and other essential services.…

Lawrence Politicians Behaving Badly

Lawrence Politicians Behaving Badly

By: Kathy Runge – January, 2017 In December ex-District A Councilor and potential mayoral candidate Sandy Almonte verbally abused a Lawrence police officer at the scene of an accident involving…

48% of Doctors Would Let You Suffer to Please State Medical Board

48% of Doctors Would Let You Suffer to Please State Medical Board

  By: Dr. Bharani Padmanabhan – January, 2017 Medscape and other medically-oriented web organizations periodically conduct surveys of physicians nation-wide on various topics such as physician burnout, compensation, best places…

Sacroiliac Joint Pain ~ THE DOCTOR IS IN

Sacroiliac Joint Pain ~ THE DOCTOR IS IN

By: Dr. Rami Rustum – January, 2016 The sacroiliac (SI) joint is a strong weight bearing joint in the pelvis that connects the sacrum and pelvis. There are two joints,…

A New Year a New You

A New Year a New You

By: Rick Bellanti – January, 2017 Wow, here we are once again, a new year has just rung in and we are all well into our New Year’s resolutions. A…

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…

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…

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