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Why Isn’t ‘Economic Development’ Benefitting Dracut Taxpayers?

Why Isn’t ‘Economic Development’ Benefitting Dracut Taxpayers?

By: Brian Genest – Feb. 2019 Here we go in Dracut, again. Town Manager Jim Duggan is getting a pay raise, again. Homeowners are getting higher property taxes, again. “Economic…

Staff Sergeant Robert Belleau ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

Staff Sergeant Robert Belleau ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

By: John Cuddy – Jan. 2019 Dracut’s Robert Belleau is one of the many US Military Veterans in the Merrimack Valley of French Canadian heritage. He joined the new US…

Is Dracut Ready to Go to Pot?

Is Dracut Ready to Go to Pot?

By: Brian Genest – Nov. 2018 Ready or not, here comes the weed. A company that wants to run a recreational marijuana dispensary in Dracut unveiled its plan at a…

The Choice is Crystal Clear in Dracut

The Choice is Crystal Clear in Dracut

By: Brian Genest – Oct 21018 If you love the culture of corruption on Beacon Hill… If you love record-high state spending and tax increases… If you love a state…

Airing a Couple of Country Grievances in Dracut

Airing a Couple of Country Grievances in Dracut

By: Brian Genest – Sept. 2018 There’s a lot to love about living in Dracut. I’m not going to talk about any of them in this column. Instead, here’s a…

Dems Turn Congressional Race into Clown Circus

Dems Turn Congressional Race into Clown Circus

By: Brian Genest ~ August, 2018 Have you seen this troupe of Democrats running in the 3rd Congressional District? The big top tent is stuffed with far-out lefties, even by…

Charlie Baker and the Small Republican Tent

Charlie Baker and the  Small Republican Tent

By: Brian Genest – July, 2018 Broken promises. Broken partnerships. Broken party. Charlie Baker is a broken politician and he’s fractured the MassGOP, too. Remember when Charlie Baker used to…

Why Isn’t Dracut Budgeting for Capital Expenses?

Why Isn’t Dracut Budgeting for Capital Expenses?

By: Brian Genest – June 2018 Hold onto your wallets in Dracut, again. Town hall is trying to raise property taxes, again. New Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusions are being pushed,…

Rep. Colleen Garry Should Blame Herself For Challengers

Rep. Colleen Garry Should Blame Herself For Challengers

By: Brian Genest – May, 2018 Congratulations to State Rep. Colleen Garry (D-Dracut). She has accomplished something that few entrenched Democrat legislators in Massachusetts ever seem to do: draw two…

Phil Thibault Can’t Just Walk Away Now ~ DRACUT TODAY

Phil Thibault Can’t  Just Walk Away Now ~ DRACUT TODAY

By: Brian Genest – April, 2018 There’s nothing more swamp-like than Dracut politics. Our town keeps living up to its reputation for local politics that is personal and putrid. The current…

Scolas Restaurant Reborn! 

Scolas Restaurant Reborn! 

  Scola’s Restaurant was originally a deli & sandwich shop from the North End Of Boston (then established in 1991 in Dracut, Massachusetts). Back then, Scola’s started as a deli…

State Senator Barbara L’Italien’s Trip Israel: Part II

State Senator Barbara L’Italien’s Trip Israel: Part II

This is part II of our sit down interview with State Senator Barbara L’Italien concerning her trip to Israel late last year. Since part I of our interview in March,…

Rep. Lyons Reviews Legislative Accomplishments at Mid Session

Rep. Lyons Reviews Legislative Accomplishments at Mid Session

“We’ve turned a corner,” said Rep. Jim Lyons, “but we still have a long, long way to go.” Reflecting on the first half of the 2015-2016 legislative sessions, State Representative…

Rep. Lyons Supports Repeal of 1989 License Suspension Law

Rep. Lyons Supports Repeal of 1989 License Suspension Law

State Representative Jim Lyons (R-Andover) today supported the repeal of a 1989 law requiring individuals to forfeit their driver’s license for five years for certain drug-related offenses.  The current law…

VAV Donates 26 Copies of “Veteran Heroes In Our Neighborhood” To All 1st Grade Classrooms in Methuen

VAV Donates 26 Copies of  “Veteran Heroes In Our Neighborhood” To All 1st Grade Classrooms in Methuen

METHUEN – Francisco Urena, Massachusetts Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs, is recommending a children’s book “Veteran Heroes In Our Neighborhood” by Valerie Pfundstein and recently introduced the book to VAV Board Members.…

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