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Common Core: Too Common for Our Kids

Common Core: Too Common for Our Kids

At the risk of sounding elitist, Massachusetts schools should not have to lower their exceptional education standards to be equal to other states. Alabama is a very nice place, but…

An Interview with Town Manager Andrew Maylor – Part II

An Interview with Town Manager Andrew Maylor – Part II

  LAST MONTH: An Interview with Town Manager Andrew Maylor – Part 1 The Valley Patriot sat down with North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor in March of this year to…

Methuen Teen Being Held on Terrorism Charges Becomes Free Speech Poster Boy

Methuen Teen Being Held on Terrorism Charges Becomes Free Speech Poster Boy

By: Tom Duggan – May 22, 2013 First Amendment advocates and free speech organizations have taken notice of Methuen High School student Cameron D’Ambrosio, who is being held pending a…

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX – Are Statist Leftists Allies of Radical Islam?

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX – Are Statist Leftists Allies of Radical Islam?

By: Dr. Charles Ormsby – May 2013 The world has long had wars between good and evil. Those who share the ideals of our Founding Fathers can usually spot which…

New School Math: Spend $4M to Save $40k? Article 19 North Andover Town Meeting Vote Expected May 21

By: Clare Donegan NORTH ANDOVER: Town Meeting voters are considering a $4M expenditure involving 16 municipal buildings, including 8 schools. If the contract is awarded to AMERESCO the $40k study…

GLCAC’s Head Start Wins Award for STEM Curriculum

GLCAC’s Head Start Wins Award for STEM Curriculum

The GLCAC’s Head Start program recently won recognition for its innovation and leadership in teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics to preschoolers. In a ceremony attended by Lawrence Mayor William…

EDITORIAL: The Fleecing of Taxpayers – Ultimate Power, No Transparency, No Outrage in Lawrence

EDITORIAL: The Fleecing of Taxpayers – Ultimate Power, No Transparency, No Outrage in Lawrence

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL MAY, 2013   The corruption and the fleecing of the state taxpayers by Lawrence officials is staggering, and we believe the biggest scandal going on in the…

IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES – Let’s Get the Basics Right in Massachusetts!

IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES – Let’s Get the Basics Right in Massachusetts!

By: State Senator Katy O’Connor Ives – April 2013   As the legislative session heads into the spring, there are a series of important issues facing the Commonwealth. I’m highlighting…

Haverhill sprinter Figuereo smashing Merrimack records

Haverhill sprinter Figuereo smashing Merrimack records

By Mark Behan – April 18, 2013 “So, Noelia Figuereo, you’ve just won two national titles. What are you going to do next?” If Figuereo had been the Super Bowl…

An Interview with Town Manager Andrew Maylor – Part 1

An Interview with Town Manager Andrew Maylor – Part 1

  By: Tom Duggan – April 203 North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor worked in post-receivership Chelsea for six years. He told The Valley Patriot it was a great learning…

Riley Increases Central Office Salaries by More Than $6MIL, Spending in Failing School System Climbs to $160MIL Under State Receivership

Riley Increases Central Office Salaries by More Than $6MIL, Spending in Failing School System Climbs to $160MIL Under State Receivership

“The help we give to Lawrence will not be an infusion of capital it will be getting at some management changes.” Deval Patrick January, 2010 “My goal is to decentralize” Jeff Riley 2011   By: Tom Duggan –…

Tax Day Rally “Unburdening the Next Generation”

Tax Day Rally “Unburdening the Next Generation”

  By: Christine Morabito – April 2013 Please join the Tea Party and other liberty-minded groups as we gather on the Boston Common April 13. The Parkman Bandstand will be…

So, What’s Good In The “Great” City of Lawrence?

So, What’s Good In The “Great” City of Lawrence?

By Peter Larocque – March, 2013 In spite of all that may be wrong with the City of Lawrence, including all the negative press surrounding the State and Federal investigations…

Have Your Shoelaces Become Chains?

Have Your Shoelaces Become Chains?

By: Jeff Katz – March 2013 We all spend so much time thinking about the outside forces which are keeping us from reaching our full potential; we usually forget that…

Fat Letters Do Nothing to Fight Obesity

Fat Letters Do Nothing to Fight Obesity

By: Tracy Watson, North Andover Selectman,  – March 2013 This recent week has brought much media attention to my family. This attention has come due to the fact that my…