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Redistricting for 2012: Haverhill, Lawrence, Andover, North Andover

  By: Jamison Tomasek – November, 2011 The results of the Massachusetts legislature’s redistricting commission, at least as far as the House and Senate are concerned, are official. In a…

Watson Opposes Meals Tax at Town Meeting

Watson Opposes Meals Tax at Town Meeting

  By: Selectman Tracy Watson – November, 2011 On Tuesday November 15th North Andover will be conducting a Special Town Meeting. Among the articles on the warrant is Article 9…

FAIL FORWARD – Self-Motivation For When The Going Gets Tough

FAIL FORWARD – Self-Motivation For When The Going Gets Tough

By: Diana Dizoglio One hopes that tough times will produce humility, strength of character, and eventually growth and change. As anyone who has faced a challenge knows, however, this process…

Rep. Lyons Demand to Know How Much State Money is Spent on Illegal Aliens

Rep. Lyons Demand to Know How Much State Money is Spent on Illegal Aliens

LYONS’ AMENDMENT CLEARS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES   October 5, 2011    BOSTON – State Representative Jim Lyons (R-Andover), joined by his Republican House colleagues, introduced a “transparency in spending”…

Security too Restrictive at North Andover High School

Security too Restrictive at North Andover High School

  By: Zack Murray – October, 2011 Up until this September, North Andover High School was the last public high school in the region without a regimented security program. Seniors…

Hero in our Midst: Staff Sgt. John Katsaros, WWII – Part 1

Hero in our Midst: Staff Sgt. John Katsaros, WWII – Part 1

VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH     By: Helen Mooradkanian – September, 2011 Out of the darkness, engines roaring, hundreds of American B-17 Flying Fortresses took off March 20, 1944,…

Back to School Blues for your Doggie

Back to School Blues for your Doggie

  By: Tracey Zysk – September, 2011 Back-to-school time can be a really hard time on your family dog. After having the children to play with all summer, your pup…

Apple CEO, Jobs Resigns. Will Things Change Apple?

Apple CEO, Jobs Resigns. Will Things Change Apple?

    By: Nate Richards, North Andover High School – September, 2011 Apple’s executive, Steve Jobs who almost single handedly changed the way people consumed music, internet, and T.V, announced…

Protecting Mass. Children

Protecting Mass. Children

November, 2011 Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) was recently recognized by Protect Mass Children for his years of advocacy in support of passing stronger state laws to protect children…

An Interview with New Police Chief Paul Gallagher

An Interview with New Police Chief Paul Gallagher

  August, 2011 Newly appointed Police Chief Paul Gallagher in North Andover sat down with Valley Patriot publisher Tom Duggan to talk about his new job, his background and where…

Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins’ Excuses Are Not Good Enough!

Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins’ Excuses Are Not Good Enough!

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL July, 2012 Last month, The Valley Patriot criticized Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins for his failure to notify the public of an escape from the Lawrence jail on Marston…

DiZoglio Discusses Voter ID

DiZoglio Discusses Voter ID

  By: Diana Dizoglio – July, 2012   About a year ago, I wrote an article regarding civic engagement and community involvement. The article was inspired out of my encounter…

Town Manager Rees Takes Job in Maine Selectmen say they have big shoes to fill

Town Manager Rees Takes Job in Maine Selectmen say they have big shoes to fill

  Tom Duggan – July, 2011 After ten years of managing the Town of North Andover, Mark Rees has taken a job as the city manager of Portland Maine, leaving…

Marine Recruiters Say They Get Shabby Treatment at High School

Marine Recruiters Say They Get Shabby Treatment at High School

Superintendent Reaches out to Marines, says they will be treated respectfully   By: Tom Duggan – June, 2011 Sgt Cardona the Marine Recruiter in Lawrence and a number of past…

Can Lawrence Mayor Willie Lantigua Survive?

Can Lawrence Mayor Willie Lantigua Survive?

By: Tom Duggan, June, 2011 With several law enforcement agencies investigating the finances and political dealings of Lawrence Mayor Willie Lantigua, and the Boston media finally waking up to his…