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Lawrence Councilor LaPlante Responds to Mayor Lantigua’s State of the City Address

Lawrence Councilor LaPlante Responds to Mayor Lantigua’s State of the City Address

“He did make mention during his speech that crime was the lowest in ten years. That’s not the case. It’s actually a 36% increase in felonious crimes since Lantigua has…

Lawmakers File Bill to Retain In-State Tuition Benefits for Citizens and Legal Residents

Lawmakers File Bill to Retain In-State  Tuition Benefits for Citizens and Legal Residents

February 2013 Boston – Representative Jim Lyons (R-Andover) and Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica) filed legislation (HD2038) on Thursday, January 17 preserving in-state tuition benefits for citizens and legal residents of the…

Harriet Beecher Stowe and Black History in Andover

Harriet  Beecher Stowe and Black History in Andover

By: Anne Knowles – January 2013 She was born at Litchfield, Conn. In 1811, into a lively housedhold, of six Sisters and brothers. Her father was a renown Congregationalist and…

That Illegal Diadamo Lease at the School Department Central Offices in Lawrence

By: Mark Gray – January 2013 What could your city/town do with 500,000 a year? Throw it in the garbage, right? Isn’t that what all your politicians and elected officials…

Million Veteran Program Now Enrolling in Lowell

BOSTON -The Million Veteran Program (MVP) is a trailblazing VA effort to consolidate genetic, military exposure, health, and lifestyle information together in one single database. The database will be used…

NeedyMeds to the Rescue!

LOWELL - The Gloucester-based non-profit that has saved Lowellians more than $20,000 in prescription costs through its drug discount card since partnering with the city in December 2011, has announced it…

My First Weeks as Your State Senator

My First Weeks as Your State Senator

By: Senator Katie O’Connor Ives (D) Newburyport –  January 2013 Thanks to Tom Duggan for letting me set up shop here at the “Senator’s Corner” so I can update readers…

Bill Blood: Beloved Methuen Coach and Teacher Remembered

Bill Blood: Beloved Methuen Coach and Teacher Remembered

  By: Mark Behan – January 2013 While he could appear as serious as another coach named Bill – as in Belichick – Bill Blood had a lighter side. “He…

Methuen Police Lt. Mike Pappalardo from Methuen Central Command on Blizzard Conditions

Methuen Police Lt. Mike Pappalardo from Methuen Central Command on Blizzard Conditions

  Lieutenant Pappalardo prepares the Methuen Police on social media. The Methuen police are on Twitter, Faceboook, and other internet tools to communicate with the public.  Tom DugganTom Duggan is…

Latino High School Seniors Wanted for Summer Enrichment Program

Northern Essex Community College is currently recruiting students for the NECC Bridge Program, a two-week summer enrichment program for Latino students who plan to attend NECC in the fall.  Running…

Police Officers, Firefighters and EMTs of the Year (Lawrence, Andover, North Andover)

Police Officers, Firefighters and EMTs of the Year (Lawrence, Andover, North Andover)

The Lawrence Exchange Club held their annual Police, Firefighter and EMT of the Year awards last month honoring first responders in the valley. Police and Fire Chiefs from Lawrence, Andover…

An Open Letter to Lawrence Police Chief John Romero

An Open Letter to Lawrence Police Chief John Romero

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL February, 2013   Dear Chief Romero, Over the years the staff, editors and even our publisher Tom Duggan have personally observed Eagle Tribune reporters saunter into the…

Helen Bousquet Death to Lead to Changes in Legislature

  After what has been months of filing complaints with everybody from The Methuen Police to The White House, what her son Brian Evans wanted is coming to fruition. His…

Lantigua Pays Fines for Campaign Finance Violations

Lantigua Pays Fines for Campaign Finance Violations

By: Tom Duggan – January 30, 2013 (6PM) Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua has paid his debt to the Massachusetts Office of Campaign Finance (OCPF) to the tune of $5,000.  Lantigua…

Getting Answers is like Pulling Teeth – Steve Grossman Back Peddles on Public Records Law

Getting Answers is like Pulling Teeth – Steve Grossman Back Peddles on Public Records Law

  By: Tom Duggan – January 29, 2013 Three years ago when Steve Grossman was just a candidate for Massachusetts State Treasurer he was a real person. When asked questions…