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The Valley Patriot is a free monthly print newspaper serving Northern Massachusetts, and Southern New Hampshire. The print edition is published by the 10th of each month and is distributed to 51 cities and towns.

DiZoglio to Chair Senate Committee on Community Development and Small Business

DiZoglio to Chair Senate Committee on Community Development and Small Business

(BOSTON) — On Thursday, State Senator Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, was named the chair of the Community Development and Small Business, as well as the vice chair of the committees for…

Methuen Police Department Adopts Smart911 Technology

Methuen Police Department Adopts Smart911 Technology

METHUEN — Police Chief Joseph Solomon announces the new Smart911 mobile app to provide greater access to the lifesaving benefits of Smart911, plus targeted location-based alerts to all residents. Methuen…

Cat Communication ~ ROBIN’S KITTY CORNER

Cat Communication  ~ ROBIN’S KITTY CORNER

By: Robin Desmet – Jan. 2019 Our pets are always communicating with us, whether it is with their eyes, their voices or their body language. Their insistent meows tell us…

Boston’s Own Kitty Genovese Case

Boston’s Own Kitty Genovese Case

By: Bharani Padmanabhan – Jan. 2019 Everyone of a certain age instantly recalls the Kitty Genovese case, the New York Times’ now-timeless tale of city folk who ignored a murder…

A New Year Brings A Clean Slate ~ YOUR HEALTH WITH RICK BELLANTI

A New Year Brings A Clean Slate ~ YOUR HEALTH WITH RICK BELLANTI

By: Rick Bellanti – January, 2019 Happy New Year everyone. We made it through another year, whether we stuck to our new year’s resolution last year or not, we are…

Senate Adopts DiZoglio Rule Banning Use of Nondisclosure Agreements In Sexual Claims

Senate Adopts DiZoglio Rule Banning Use of Nondisclosure Agreements In Sexual Claims

BOSTON — The Massachusetts State Senate has unanimously passed a change to senate rules banning nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) regarding incidents of sexual assault, harassment, or discrimination. The rule change, proposed by Senator…

Methuen Police Share Animal Control Success Stories

Methuen Police Share Animal Control Success Stories

METHUEN — Chief Joseph Solomon is pleased to highlight the recent successes of the Methuen Police Department’s Animal Control Officer. In just the last several weeks, Methuen Animal Control Officer…

Grace Has A Pace!

Grace Has A Pace!

Happy New Year! My prayer for all of you who read this column is that you will experience in 2019 the unconditional, never changing, overwhelming power of the Love of…

Paul McCartney Part II – IN THE GROOVE with CINDY ANNIS

Paul McCartney Part II – IN THE GROOVE with CINDY ANNIS

By: Cindy Annis, Jan. 2019 Ok.! We’re back! I hope everyone had a GREAT Christmas, and a Happy New Year!! Let’s get back to Paul. The band Wings was formed…

Legislature Tackled Key Issues with Practical Solutions

Legislature Tackled Key Issues with Practical Solutions

By: Rep. Linda Dean Campbell ~ Jan. 2019 During the 2017-2018 legislative session, my colleagues and I worked together in a bipartisan way to address pressing issues facing Massachusetts residents,…

Staff Sergeant Robert Belleau ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

Staff Sergeant Robert Belleau ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

By: John Cuddy – Jan. 2019 Dracut’s Robert Belleau is one of the many US Military Veterans in the Merrimack Valley of French Canadian heritage. He joined the new US…

IN Y OUR CORNER WITH SENATOR DIZOGLIO ~ A Column Just for Readers of The Valley Patriot!

IN Y OUR CORNER WITH SENATOR DIZOGLIO ~ A Column Just for Readers of The Valley Patriot!

EDITOR’S NOTE – This month, Methuen resident Diana DiZoglio was sworn in as a State Senator in Boston, replacing Senator Katy Ives of Newburyport. Ives chose not to run for…

Encrypting Police Scanner in Lawrence is Wrong

Encrypting Police Scanner in Lawrence is Wrong

By: Rich Russell – January, 2019 On December 20, 2018, as Mayor Dan Rivera was having his annual Christmas party, a tragic event happened. The Lawrence Police Department ENCRYPTED all…

#Triggered By Everything

#Triggered By Everything

By: Ken Willette – January, 2019 I think following some trolls on social media can be hazardous to your mental health. There, I said it, are you triggered now? Instead…

Methuen High School Parking Fee Should Be Repealed

Methuen High School Parking  Fee Should Be Repealed

By: Dj Deeb – January , 2019 At its December Business Meeting, members of the Methuen School Committee voted unanimously to adopt a $100 student parking fee effective during the…