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State Senate Passes Youth Group Homes in the Valley and the Commonwealth

State Senate Passes Youth Group Homes in the Valley and the Commonwealth

By State Senator Katy Ives – Aug 2017 The Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Mental Health license youth group homes throughout the state that house…

Farmer’s Market Bringing Life to Downtown North Andover

Farmer’s Market Bringing Life to Downtown North Andover

“The North Andover Farmers’ Market has been a tremendous success for the downtown area,” says Selectman Phil DeCologero – one of the members of the Downtown Merchants Association and the…

Jillian’s Nail Spa on Main St. North Andover Opens Under New Ownership

Jillian’s Nail Spa on Main St. North Andover Opens Under New Ownership

Jillian’s Nail Spa, located at 140 Main Street in the heart of downtown North Andover has recently changed ownership. Nina Ho has left the salon, named for her daughter, in…

Remembering North Andover Hero, Caitlin Trask

Remembering North Andover Hero, Caitlin Trask

NORTH ANDOVER – Last month, a veterans group called Honor and Remember presented the Honor and Remember flag to goldstar parents Mary and Don Trask of North Andover. Their daughter,…

Senator Ives Passes Tax Relief for Military Personnel

Senator Ives Passes Tax Relief for Military Personnel

BOSTON – Today, the State Senate passed an omnibus property tax relief bill S2124 – An Act improving real property tax abatements, application deadlines, and deferrals. This bill improves the…

HERO IN OUR MIDST – Joseph Salvatore LaGrasse ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

HERO IN OUR MIDST – Joseph Salvatore LaGrasse ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

  By: Beth D’Amato – July, 2017 NORTH ANDOVER – As far back as the American Revolution, the bravest of men would run onto the battlefields under enemy fire to…

North Andover Police Seek Public’s Help Finding Breaking and Entering

North Andover Police Seek Public’s Help Finding Breaking and Entering

North Andover Police are looking for the public’s help identifying and locating a man who broke into the Richdale convenience store at 75 Chickering Road. The B&E occurred sometime around…

Carter, MaGuire Win Valley Patriot Hero Veteran Award

Carter, MaGuire Win Valley Patriot Hero Veteran Award

$1,600 from BASH Proceeds Donated to Veterans for Wheelchairs and Groceries   Each year The Valley Patriot holds a charity BASH on the anniversary of the newspaper’s birth. “I’m so…

Tom Duggan’s Notebook – April/May 2017

Tom Duggan’s Notebook – April/May 2017

NECC TO START 2 FREE SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAMS Two, free, grant-funded educational programs designed to train unemployed and under-employed individuals in high-demand manufacturing positions, will be offered through Northern Essex…

Early Voting Can Be a FUNDED Mandate – IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR KATY IVES

Early Voting Can Be a FUNDED Mandate – IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR KATY IVES

By: State Senator Katy Ives – April, 2017 Early Voting passed into law in 2014 and this past presidential election was the first in which residents were allowed to vote…

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…

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…

North Andover Police Officers, Firefighter of the Year

North Andover Police Officers, Firefighter of the Year

Each year the Lawrence Exchange Club bestows their highest public safety awards to Police Officers, Firefighters and EMTs in Andover, Lawrence, and North Andover. Last month, The Exchange Club held…

Local Veterans Honored in New Book “Heroes in Our Midst” ~ From The Pages of The Valley Patriot

Local Veterans Honored in New Book “Heroes in Our Midst” ~ From The Pages of The Valley Patriot

BUY NOW  Each month since March of 2004, The Valley Patriot newspaper has published a front page story about the bravery and dedication of a local veteran called “Valley Patriot…

Massachusetts Senate Opposes Trump’s National Security Measures

Massachusetts Senate Opposes Trump’s National Security Measures

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a resolution Thursday to condemn the recent Executive Order issued by President Donald J. Trump which bars entry to the United States for…

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