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Tom Duggan’s October 2016 Notebook

Tom Duggan’s October 2016 Notebook

BREAKING THEIR WORD ON ENDORSEMENTS In my book, your word is your bond. If you make a commitment and give your word, no matter how inconvenient it is, you keep…

Gr. Boston Sports Collectors Club Athlete Signing

Gr. Boston Sports Collectors Club Athlete Signing

Question and Answer with Mike Josselyn of Sure Shot Promotions about the 31st Greater Boston Sports Collectors Club athlete signing at the Wilmington Shriner’s Auditorium from November 04-06, 2016. Q:…

EDITORIAL: Ballot Questions: Charter Schools, Marijuana, Animals, Slot Parlors

EDITORIAL: Ballot Questions: Charter Schools, Marijuana, Animals, Slot Parlors

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL  OCTOBER 2016 There are four ballot questions Massachusetts voters will be asked to decide on Election Day. Here are our recommendations. VOTE YES ON QUESTION #1: Voters…

Strengthening Public Health and Safety ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH KATY IVES

Strengthening Public Health and Safety  ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH KATY IVES

By: State Senator Katy Ives – Oct. 2016 On July 31, the formal legislative session technically ended, meaning that between August and January, no formal voting on major bills takes…

Cape Ann Communities Like Lawrence Hold Keys to Eradicating Homelessness

Cape Ann Communities Like Lawrence Hold Keys to Eradicating Homelessness

By: Joe D’Amore – October, 2016 The city of Lawrence and several Cape Ann communities have an almost intractable homelessness problem not unlike other urban centers in the United States.…

Merrimack Valley Hospice offering a Grief Support Group for Men

Merrimack Valley Hospice offering a Grief Support Group for Men

Lawrence MA. –  Merrimack Valley Hospice is currently providing a Grief Support Group for men who have lost a love one and they welcome new participants.  The group is meeting…

Elder Services Executive Director Wins National Leadership Award

Elder Services Executive Director Wins National Leadership Award

Rosanne Distefano, Executive Director of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley was presented the Excellence in Leadership Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging during the n4a…

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much…..Helen Keller ~ ROBIN’S KITTY CORNER

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much…..Helen Keller ~ ROBIN’S KITTY CORNER

By: Robin Desmet – Sept. 2016 Oftentimes when I show up at someone’s home to trap their backyard cats, I am by myself. I set up the traps and then…

Teachers Lives Matter ~ YE GAY OL’ VALLEY

Teachers Lives Matter ~ YE GAY OL’ VALLEY

By: Dani Langevin – Sept. 2016 Last month, Tom Duggan posted a comment asking people if they supported merit pay for teachers and the claws came out. I’ve been an…

An Answer to Some Critics of the Expanded Use of NARCAN

An Answer to Some Critics of the  Expanded Use of NARCAN

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – Sept, 2016 During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln explained his reluctance to impose capital punishment upon homesick soldiers that deserted or upon young…

Honoring our Veterans

Honoring our Veterans

By: Don Jarvis – Sept. 2016 Today, someone’s child will enlist in our armed forces, take an oath they uphold for the rest of their life. This individual will stand…

High Court Ruling Is A Win for Electricity Ratepayers ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

High Court Ruling Is A Win for Electricity Ratepayers ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

By: State Senator Kathleen Ives – Sept, 2016 In August, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court made an important ruling, determining it to be unlawful for electric distribution companies to pass…

Cambridge College-Lawrence Moves to State of the Art Campus

Cambridge College-Lawrence Moves to State of the Art Campus

New location expands capacity, increases student resources and enhances access Cambridge College recently announced plans to move its campus from 360 Merrimack Street to 280 Merrimack Street in Lawrence, effective…

National Night Out on Tower Hill in Lawrence

National Night Out on Tower Hill in Lawrence

By: Rickey Gonzalez – Aug. 2016 LAWRENCE – National Night Out continues to bring the community together with those that protect and serve. They (who) come together under a united…

Medical Interpreter Information Session Offered at NECC

Medical Interpreter Information Session Offered at NECC

An information session, for individuals interested in enrolling in a Medical Interpreter Certificate Program at Northern Essex Community College, will be held on Saturday, September 10, from 10 to 11…