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IRS Warns Consumers of Possible Scams Relating to Hurricane Sandy Relief

IRS Warns Consumers of Possible Scams Relating to Hurricane Sandy Relief

    WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert about possible scams taking place in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Following major disasters, it’s common for scam…

Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella Fined 4,000 for Conflict of Interest

Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella Fined 4,000 for Conflict of Interest

Directed the City’s Housing Rehabilitation Program Coordinator to use grant funds to renovate the mayor’s friend’s home without following standard procedures   The State Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement (“Agreement”)…

$15MIL Contract Renewal After Ambulances “Donated”

$15MIL Contract Renewal After Ambulances “Donated”

By: Tom Duggan – November 12, 2012 Just days after taking office in 2010, Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua, his Chief of Staff, Leonard “Lenny” Degnan of North Andover, and then…

Judge Issues 2nd Order – DiAdamo Payments Not Privileged

Judge Issues 2nd Order – DiAdamo Payments Not Privileged

October 30, 2012 Essex Superior Court Judge Thomas Murtagh has once again ruled that the City Of Lawrence must turn over public information that the Valley Patriot has been seeking…

Woman Dies after Knee Surgery at Holy Family Hospital – Son Calls for Criminally Negligent Homicide Charges

Woman Dies after Knee Surgery at Holy Family Hospital – Son Calls for Criminally Negligent Homicide Charges

By: Tom Duggan – October 28, 2012 When Hampton Beach NH resident Helen Bousquet was admitted to the Holy Family (Caritas) Hospital for Knee surgery last month, her son, Haverhill…

More Legislators Call For Takeover of Lawrence, Removal of Lantigua

More Legislators Call For Takeover of Lawrence, Removal of Lantigua

Legislators Blame Deval Patrick Administration for Not Addressing the Lawrence Crisis By: Tom Duggan – October, 18, 2012 More Legislators on Beacon Hill are stepping forward this week to say…

Legislators Stand With The Valley Patriot on Public Records Law

Legislators Stand With The Valley Patriot on Public Records Law

Local Legislators to File Bill Adding Penalties to Public Records Law Violators   By: Tom Duggan – October 17, 2012 (2:30pm) TOWN HALL, NORTH ANDOVER, MA  During a press conference today…

Rep. Lyons Calls Lawrence an “Ongoing Criminal Enterprise”

Rep. Lyons Calls Lawrence an “Ongoing Criminal Enterprise”

Local Officials Come Forward Calling for Lantigua’s Removal   By: Tom Duggan – October, 2012   In the wake of two more members of Lawrence Mayor Willie Lantigua’s administration being…

Lawrence at a crossroad: The “four Rs” of public policy

Lawrence at a crossroad: The “four Rs” of public policy

  By: Joe D’Amore  October, 2012 With headlines announcing indictments of key public officials in Lawrence the city has reached an historic crossroad which will define its emergence or decline…

City Attorney Boddy Turns Over Documents, Blacks Out Information

City Attorney Boddy Turns Over Documents, Blacks Out Information

Attorney Violates Judges Murtaugh’s order to Turn Over Public Documents     Lawrence City Attorney Charles Boddy has turned over half of the public documents requested by the Valley Patriot…

Judge Murtagh Orders City of Lawrence to Turn over Public Documents “forthwith”

Judge Murtagh Orders City of Lawrence to Turn over Public Documents “forthwith”

  October 11, 2012 Essex County Superior Court Judge Murtaugh ordered the City of Lawrence to turn over public documents sought by The Valley Patriot “forthwith, and that means immediately,…

Valley Patriot Files Court Action For Public Documents

Valley Patriot Files Court Action For Public Documents

 City Hides DiAdamo Payments – Double Dipping in School Department By: Allan Knowles, Staff Writer – October 3, 2012   Valley Patriot publisher Tom Duggan filed court action Wednesday against…

Freedom of Information: Enforce the Law

Freedom of Information: Enforce the Law

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL   August – 2012 The Valley Patriot submitted document requests to the City of Lawrence under the Massachusetts Public Records Law on February 22, 2012. The documents…

The current state of activism in Lawrence

The current state of activism in Lawrence

  By: Joe D’Amore – June, 2012 The community action movements that swept Lawrence “It’s Your Right” and “Uniting Lawrence” appear to have initated derivative actions that speak to a…

Why is Lowell City Council listening to a P.A.C?

Why is Lowell City Council listening to a P.A.C?

  By: Gerry Nutter – May, 2011 On April 26th for the 2nd time since February the Lowell City Council received a “White Paper” dealing with suggestions of how the…