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From North Andover to London My Year Abroad

From North Andover to London My Year Abroad

By: Vipsania Pimentel – August, 2015 While most of my classmates were getting ready to enter the real working world after our college graduation, I was packing a suitcase, and…

Teacher Speaks Out on Poor Treatment in Lawrence Schools

Teacher Speaks Out on Poor Treatment  in Lawrence Schools

By: Amy Berard – August, 2015 I am one of the 59 Lawrence teachers whose contract was not renewed this year. Recently, on June 11, you reported on this. I…

90 Year Old Veteran Gets Degree from Merrimack College

90 Year Old Veteran Gets Degree from Merrimack College

Merrimack College will award a Bachelor of Arts degree to Methuen resident Harold Paragamian in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 2nd, in Our Mother of Good Counsel Chapel…

MCAD to Hear Corruption and Whistle-blower Case Against Salisbury Town Manager Neil Harrington

MCAD to Hear Corruption and Whistle-blower Case Against Salisbury Town Manager Neil Harrington

By: Tom Duggan, July 31, 2015 The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) has granted a hearing to former members of the Salisbury Board of Health, after Town Manager Harrington fired…

Sheriff Cousins Needs A New Approach to Opiod Addiction

Sheriff Cousins Needs A New  Approach to Opiod Addiction

By: Jerry Robito – July, 2015 Working in corrections for over thirty-four years, I have seen countless inmates return to jail for opiate addiction related crimes. The problem today is…

Calling Hours for Former Lawrence School Committeeman Jim Vittorioso

Calling Hours for Former Lawrence School Committeeman Jim Vittorioso

Former Lawrence School Committeeman Jim Vittorioso has passed away. Vittorioso was a teacher in the Lawrence public schools and at the Greater Lawrence Technical School. He served as a school…

Photos, Video of Bradstreet School Building Being Demolished

Photos, Video of Bradstreet School Building Being Demolished

Demolition of the Bradstreet School on Main St. in North Andover began Friday. The town has sold the property and in it’s place will be a mixed use business and…

Feds Mandate School Lunch Increase for Methuen ~ Schools to Start Before Labor Day

Feds Mandate School Lunch Increase for Methuen ~ Schools to Start Before Labor Day

By: DJ Deeb – July, 2015 June proved to be a busy and interesting month for Methuen Public Schools. The Federal Government is once again meddling in our schools through…

Merrimack Valley’s Queer Youth and Gay Straight Alliance in Grammar Schools

Merrimack Valley’s Queer Youth and Gay Straight Alliance in Grammar Schools

By: Dani Langevin: June, 2015 Last month I had the pleasure of visiting Methuen High School and sitting in on a meeting of the GSA (Gay Straight Alliance). Several of…

Fired Lawrence Counselor Says She Wants to be Made Whole

Fired Lawrence Counselor Says She Wants to be Made Whole

By: Tom Duggan  -June, 2015 A fired guidance counselor in the Lawrence Public Schools, Brenda Sudol-Kirwin, won an arbitration hearing against the schools in August of 2013, for sick leave…

Methuen Schools to Start Before Labor Day

Methuen Schools to Start Before Labor Day

By: DJ Deeb – June, 2015 The end of the school year is always an exciting time for students, parents, teachers, and support staff. May and June are always busily…

Kathy’s Lawrence Notebook – Myra Ortiz, Charlie Boddy and Nagging Questions

Kathy’s Lawrence Notebook – Myra Ortiz, Charlie Boddy and Nagging Questions

By: Kathy Runge – June, 2015 Myra Ortiz, Candidate for District A Councilor I recently spoke with Myra Ortiz, who will be running against incumbent Sandy Almonte. Myra has made…

“WEATHER 101” WITH AL! What do All Those Weather Terms MEAN?

“WEATHER 101” WITH AL! What do All Those Weather Terms MEAN?

EXCLUSIVE TO THE VALLEY PATRIOT By: Al Kaprielian – June, 2015 On a surface weather map we commonly see what we call “fronts”. A front is caused by differences in…

Methuen Mayor Zanni Brings Science to Fourth Graders

Methuen Mayor Zanni Brings Science to Fourth Graders

METHUEN – Will an orange float in a bucket of water? What if it is peeled? The fourth-graders at St. Monica School and those in Christine Habib’s class at the…

North Andover Educator Awarded 2015 C-SPAN Fellowship

North Andover Educator Awarded 2015 C-SPAN Fellowship

Hosts DiZoglio for Civic Education Day at North Andover Middle School   Patrick McGravey, head of the social studies department at North Andover Middle School, was recently awarded the 2015…

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