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North Andover Police Arrest Two for Stolen Tires

North Andover Police Arrest Two for Stolen Tires

July 26, 2013 BREAKING… According to Lt. Charles Grey of the North Andover Police at 5:14 this morning a caller from Heritage Green Condo Complex observed two males taking tires…

North Andover Businessman Says Billerica Fire Hydrant Bid Tailored to Limit Competition, Says Restrictions will Cost Town Additional $24K

North Andover Businessman Says Billerica Fire Hydrant Bid Tailored to Limit Competition, Says Restrictions will Cost Town Additional $24K

By: Tom Duggan – July 26, 2013 Billerica DPW director Abdul Alkhatib says there are no shenanigans going on with his town’s public bid to purchase fire hydrants. He told…

Frozen Treats for Your Pups

Frozen Treats for Your Pups

By: Tracey Zysk – July, 2013 Holy Hot! As my Boston Terrier, Lani, was panting while trying to cool down after our walk, I gave her fresh water with ice…

Legislative Spotlight – Brian S. Dempsey by Stephanie M. Davis

Legislative Spotlight – Brian S. Dempsey by Stephanie M. Davis

By: Stephanie M. Davis – July, 2013 The FY2014 budget ball now sits in Governor Deval Patrick’s court. Having been finalized and reported out of its legislative conference committee on…

Sex Offender Registry Board Reform Included in FY’14 Budget

Sex Offender Registry Board Reform Included in FY’14 Budget

Expansion Opens Information on Level 2 Offenders to the Public    Under current Massachusetts law, the public only has access to information on Level 3 sex offenders. Such limited resources…

Lawrence Catholic Academy Graduates 38 Students

Lawrence Catholic Academy  Graduates 38 Students

Lawrence Catholic Academy is pleased to announce the graduation of 38 students on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at a commencement held at Saint Patrick’s Church in Lawrence, MA. It was…

Masssachusetts State Spending on Local Projects

Masssachusetts State Spending on Local Projects

Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives reports to the Valley Patriot that she has voted on the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget today in a 36-3 vote. The budget included numerous items that…

City of Methuen Awarded $9,000 to Replace Trees

City of Methuen Awarded $9,000 to Replace Trees

Methuen Mayor Steve Zanni announced last month that Methuen has qualified for matching funds through the Department of Conservation & Recreation’s (DCR) Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grant Program. Mayor…

Senator Kathleen Ives on Welfare Reform Bill

Senator Kathleen Ives on Welfare Reform Bill

By: Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives BOSTON – Following a press conference that Senate President Therese Murray held Monday morning, the Senate is due to take up a comprehensive welfare reform…

Firefighter, Activist Manny “Juan” Gonzalez Officially Kicks off Campaign for Lawrence Mayor

Firefighter, Activist Manny “Juan” Gonzalez Officially Kicks off Campaign for Lawrence Mayor

By: Tom Duggan – July 18, 2013 Lawrence Firefighter and community activist Manuel “Juan” Gonzalez launched his official campaign kickoff for Mayor Thursday night before a packed room of about…

Representative DiZoglio Votes to Strengthen EBT Enforcement

Representative DiZoglio Votes to Strengthen EBT Enforcement

  BOSTON – State Representative Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) joined her colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in passing legislation that provides immediate funds for reforms to the electronic benefit…

EDITORIAL: Still No Investigation, No Answers on Jamie Atkinson Scandal

EDITORIAL: Still No Investigation, No Answers on Jamie Atkinson Scandal

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL July, 2013 At issue was Attorney Richard D’Agostino, who was applying to replace McQuillan as city solicitor after the council voted not to renew McQuillan’s contract. While…

Methuen Council Candidate Evan Chaisson: Solicitor Fiasco a “Joke” Council Needs Leadership

Methuen Council Candidate Evan Chaisson: Solicitor Fiasco a “Joke” Council Needs Leadership

By: Tom Duggan – July 17, 2013 With Jeanne Pappalardo leaving the city council because of term limits this year, three people are seeking to fill two seats on the…

After Six Years on Council, Pappalardo Looks Back

After Six Years on Council, Pappalardo Looks Back

By Tom Duggan – July, 2013 Always outspoken and often controversial, the West District Councilor has had her share of political scuffles over the last six years, but even those…

Political Action Committees in MA Report Contributions of $2.6 million to State and County Candidates in 2011-12

Political Action Committees in MA Report Contributions of $2.6 million to State and County Candidates in 2011-12

The 2011-12 state election cycle saw typical political action committee activity in Massachusetts, even with the addition of independent expenditure PACs, according to a study published by OCPF that examines…