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Change Methuen Charter to Mandate Primaries

Change Methuen Charter to Mandate Primaries

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL September 2013 You cannot put a price on democracy. Yet, the City of Methuen has a provision in their charter that cancels their preliminary elections when there…

Lawrence Firefighters Union Local 146 Endorses Juan “Manny” Gonzalez for Lawrence Mayor

Lawrence Firefighters Union Local 146 Endorses Juan “Manny” Gonzalez for Lawrence Mayor

Lawrence Firefighter’s Union Local 146 endorsed one of their own this month in the Lawrence mayor’s race.   With 125 dues paying members, a motion was made and seconded at the…

Myra Ortiz Launches Write-in Campaign for School Committee

Myra Ortiz Launches Write-in Campaign for School Committee

LAWRENCE- Today Myra Ortiz launched her campaign for Lawrence School Committee District A. Ortiz a mother of two and resident of the city for 13 years decided less than a…

The Time For Talk is Over, Now it’s Time to Vote!

The Time For Talk is Over, Now it’s Time to Vote!

By: Peter Lrocque – September, 2013 Dear Fellow Lawrencians, This coming Primary Election which is about to take place on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 is probably the most important election…

Why Tom Duggan Should not Leave the Republican Party

Why Tom Duggan Should not Leave the Republican Party

By: State Representative Lenny Mirra – September, 2013 Conversations with our fearless editor Tom Duggan typically turn into loud and contentious affairs. It was no exception at our latest discussion…

Valley Patriot/980WCAP Lawrence Mayoral Debate download and listen on your IPOD! (September 7, 2013)

Valley Patriot/980WCAP Lawrence Mayoral Debate download and listen on your IPOD! (September 7, 2013)

CLICK here to download or listen to HOUR 1 CLICK here to download or listen to HOUR 2 Today, four of the five challengers to Lawrence Mayor Willie Lantigua came…

Fall River State Rep. Alan Silvia to pay $20,000 for Concealing Campaign Finances

Fall River State Rep. Alan Silvia to pay $20,000 for Concealing Campaign Finances

State Rep. Alan Silvia of Fall River agreed to pay $20,000 to the state’s general fund as part of a disposition agreement with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance…

Openings on Andover Boards

Openings on Andover Boards

By: Anne Knowles – August, 2013 There are several openings throughout the Town of Andover for a variety of town boards and committees. For those who are interested, there follows…

Ethics Commission: Former Chelmsford Planning Board Member Richard McClure Guilty of Violating Conflict of Interest Law

Ethics Commission: Former Chelmsford Planning Board Member Richard McClure Guilty of Violating Conflict of Interest Law

 Acted as attorney for clients in two lawsuits in which the Town of Chelmsford was a party  The Massachusetts Ethics Commission issued a Decision and Order  finding that former Chelmsford…

New Hampshire should be very wary of Gov. Paul LePage

New Hampshire should be very wary of Gov. Paul LePage

By: DJ Bettencourt – August, 2013 As a general rule, when liberals lash out with nasty hyperbole against a political leader you can be almost assured that they are doing…

Methuen Mayor Steve Zanni Responds to Methuen’s Credit Downgrade

Methuen Mayor Steve Zanni Responds to Methuen’s Credit Downgrade

Manzi: It was Zanni’s Call to Spend Reserves But Prior Council was Calling the Shots OTHER METHUEN STORIES In an Exclusive interview with the Valley Patriot, Methuen Mayor Steve Zanni…

The Paying Attention! Radio Program with Tom Duggan, August 24, 2013

The Paying Attention! Radio Program with Tom Duggan, August 24, 2013

  LISTEN TO HOUR ONE (RIGHT CLICK TO DOWNLOAD) LISTEN TO HOUR TWO (RIGHT CLICK TO DOWNLOAD) LISTEN TO HOUR THREE (RIGHT CLICK TO DOWNLOAD) Today Tom and Paul talked…

Moody’s Downgrades City of Methuen’s Bond Rating to A2

Moody’s Downgrades City of Methuen’s Bond Rating to A2

Councilor Kannan Says Methuen Needs Mayor who will Stabilize Methuen’s Finances (OTHER METHUEN STORIES) Moody’s Investors Services, one of the nation’s top bond-rating agencies, has downgraded Methuen’s bond rating, citing the city’s dependence…

Fountain: Seniors, Youth My Top Priorities for Methuen

Fountain: Seniors, Youth My Top Priorities for Methuen

By: Tom Duggan – August 20, 2013  North Andover firefighter and first term West End Councilor Sean Fountain is seeking a second term on the city council. There are two…

Why I am Running for West District Councilor in Methuen

Why I am Running for West District Councilor in Methuen

By: Kenneth Willette – August, 2013 Based on constructive and positive feedback I received from political supporters, family members and friends in Methuen’s West End, I decided recently to join…