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Another Shutout!

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL   June, 2005 Teachers Union 10, Children and North Andover Taxpayers 0 Get ready for the hand wringing! Next spring you will hear about the massive cuts in…

If You Can’t Make History Try Re-Writing It (opinion)

If You Can’t Make History Try Re-Writing It (opinion)

By: Ralph Wilbur – May, 2005   During the “Public Participation” portion of the North Andover School Committee Meeting on April 12th, Ms. Cynthia Jalbert rose to complain about the…

Are North Andover Officials Out of Touch with the Citizens

  Ted Tripp, North Andover Taxpayers Association – April, 2005   That’s a fair question to ask.  Just as recently as three years ago, North Andover voters showed up in…

Public School Drug Testing Should be Mandataory

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL FEBRUARY 2005 The 2003 Youth Risk Survey found that 1 in 6 Haverhill High School students (17%) are using hard drugs. In response, Haverhill School Committee member Scott Wood,…

Haverhill’s Future

Haverhill’s Future

By: Jim Rurak, Former Mayor of Haverhill January, 2005  Haverhill’s history seesaws between big plans to promote its urban economy and extaordinary commitments to preserve its rural assets.  Unlike Lowell and Lawrence…

Bookkeeper’s Corner – In the Land of White Death

  By: Dr. Charles Ormsby – January, 2005 You may be familiar with Sir Ernest Shackleton’s disastrous expedition to the Antarctic that spanned 22 months from 1914 to 1916. It…

Hanna’s Education Corner – An Interview with Lawrence Mayor Mike Sullivan

Hanna’s Education Corner – An Interview with Lawrence Mayor Mike Sullivan

By Hanna, Age 10 – January, 2005  What is your day like? My day is almost identical to your day; it is very structured. I wake up at six o’clock…

The Greatest Gift by Kathleen Corey Rahme

The Greatest Gift by Kathleen Corey Rahme

By: Kathleen Corey Rahme – January, 2005  With the holiday upon us, the giving spirit is apparent. But some of us give of ourselves on a regular basis and it…

Valley Patriot Kid Reporter, Hanna Interviews Haverhill School Committeeman Scott Wood

Valley Patriot Kid Reporter, Hanna Interviews Haverhill School Committeeman Scott Wood

  By: Hanna -December, 2004 Valley Patriot kid reporter Hanna  interviews local celebrities and politicians each month. This month Hanna interviewed Haverhill School Committeeman Scott Wood.  What do you think…

Waste, Overruns & Mismanagement

Waste, Overruns & Mismanagement

By: Paula Porten & Tom Duggan – December 2004  For the last two years, residents of Lawrence have been calling the construction of a $110 million high school “The Big…

Some People Never Learn

Some People Never Learn

PAYING ATTENTION WITH TOM DUGGAN     By: Tom Duggan  – November, 2004   With all due respect to the Superintendent of Schools in North Andover, you might think his…

GLTS Dedicates Science & Technology Center

GLTS Dedicates Science & Technology Center

ANDOVER- The Greater Lawrence Technical School unveiled the new Science and Technology wing last month and dedicated it to a lifelong advocate of the vocational school, Evelyn Burke. Mrs. Burke…

It’s Just a News Story!! – PAYING ATTENTION WITH TOM DUGGAN, October, 2004

It’s Just a News Story!! – PAYING ATTENTION WITH TOM DUGGAN, October, 2004

Hey People! It’s Just A News Story! October, 2004 Last month The Valley Patriot ran a front page news story about Brooks School Summer Camp in North Andover conducting mock…

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND IS WORKING IN LAWRENCE

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL September, 2004 John Kerry and the democrats have long touted the myth that the presidents’ education initiative “No Child Left Behind Act” (NCLB) isn’t funded and “leaves…

Signs of Growth are Everywhere in Lawrence – By Lawrence High Principal Tom Sharkey

Signs of Growth are Everywhere in Lawrence – By Lawrence High Principal Tom Sharkey

By: Tom Sharkey – September, 2004 The development of the mill buildings, the construction of a new rail center, and the repairs to City Hall and to Veterans Stadium speak…