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Town vs. City Government: The Governing Pros and Cons

Town vs. City Government:  The Governing Pros and Cons

  By: Casey Pratt – August, 2018 Groveland and Boston are two vastly different communities in Massachusetts, which have vastly different governing bodies. From a distance, local government simply seems like…

Three Ladies and Some Grateful Veterans “…the VA saved my life”.

Three Ladies and Some Grateful Veterans “…the VA saved my life”.

  By: Joe D’Amore – July 16, 2018 This is what a veteran explained to me along with lots of heartfelt details about his life on a recent fishing trip…

A DementiaLive™ Experience at Nichols Village Presented by Right at Home 

A DementiaLive™ Experience at Nichols Village Presented by Right at Home 

GROVELAND – Recently our team facilitated the DementiaLive™ program to nurses, case managers and social workers at Nichols Village Independent Living Community in Groveland, MA. The program consisted of 20…

An Honest Discussion on Guns… I Want to Know

An Honest Discussion on Guns… I Want to Know

By: Joe D’Amore – May, 2018 The Federal Assault Weapon’s Ban (AWB) enacted in 1994, prohibited the manufacturing, for civilian use, a variety of fire-arms loosely categorized as assault weapons,…

Groveland Fire Chief Robert Lay Retires After 44 Years

Groveland Fire Chief Robert Lay Retires After 44 Years

GROVELAND — Fire Chief Robert B. Lay has retired from the Groveland Fire Department after a long career. Lay has served as a firefighter for 44 years, and has spent…

If You Build It, They Will Come – Rail Trails and Heroin Trails ~ PAYING ATTENTION with TOM DUGGAN

If You Build It, They Will Come – Rail Trails and Heroin Trails ~ PAYING ATTENTION with TOM DUGGAN

Last month, the state legislature approved giving Lawrence another $1.5M for … get this … improvements to the “rail trail”. For those who don’t know what the “rail trail” is,…

Prayer and Action Can Bolster Gun Control ~ Joe D’Amore

Prayer and Action Can Bolster Gun Control ~ Joe D’Amore

By: Joe D’Amore – Oct. 2017 As I write this, countless families and friends of the victims of the Las Vegas massacre are now receiving the bodies, released from official…

Common Sense Updates to State Zoning Laws – IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

Common Sense Updates  to State Zoning Laws – IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

By: State Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives – Feb. 2017 Last session, as co-chair of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses, I was tasked with reviewing proposals for…

Health Care Prices

Health Care Prices

By: State Rep. Lenny Mirra – Feb. 2017 Getting your appendix removed can be an expensive thing. This routine surgery costs an average of about $16,000 in the U.S., and…

Housing That’s Affordable for First Responders ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR KATY IVES

Housing That’s Affordable for First Responders ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR KATY IVES

By: Senator Katy Ives – Feb. 2017 As regular readers of this column may know, last session I filed a bill to reduce housing costs for veterans by offering a…

Reducing Exposure to Toxins ~IN YOU’RE CORNER WITH KATY IVES

Reducing Exposure to Toxins ~IN YOU’RE CORNER WITH KATY IVES

By: State Senator Katy Ives (D-Newburyport) In my effort to continue to focus these columns on bills that I will file in the next legislative session, I want to discuss…

Robito, O’Reilly Attack Chief Coppinger on Pension, Crime in Lynn

Robito, O’Reilly Attack Chief Coppinger on Pension, Crime in Lynn

At the debate for the Democratic candidates in August, Jerry Flynn, Executive Director of the New England Police Benevolent Association, asked the candidates if they would take their pension and…

GOP Candidates for Sheriff Tackle Issue of Homeless Inmates

GOP Candidates for Sheriff Tackle Issue of Homeless Inmates

THE ELECTION IS THURSDAY, SEPT. 8th The Valley Patriot in conjunction with the Greater Lawrence Psychological Center’s Carina Pappalardo, hosted a debate for the Republican candidates for Essex County Sheriff.…

My Thoughts on the Essex County Sheriff’s Race

My Thoughts on the Essex County Sheriff’s Race

September 3, 2016 The most important race on the September 8th primary election ballot is the Essex County Sheriff’s race. The Sheriff is elected for six years and makes about…

2016 Essex County Sheriff Republican Candidate Debate

2016 Essex County Sheriff Republican Candidate Debate

Four of the five Republican primary candidates for Essex County Sheriff debated at the American Legion on Broadway in Methuen. They are: Anne Manning-Martin, Jeff Gallo, Craig Lane, and Jim…

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