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‘Ozark’ Hits Its Stride in a Terrific Second Season ~ TV TALK with BILL CUSHING

‘Ozark’ Hits Its Stride in a Terrific Second Season ~ TV TALK with BILL CUSHING

  By: Bill Cushing – Oct. 2018 After the first season of the excellent Netflix drama ‘Ozark’ there were many comparisons to ‘Breaking Bad.’ While ‘Breaking Bad’ was a story…

Tragedy in Lawrence ~ ROBIN’S KITTY CORNER

Tragedy in Lawrence ~ ROBIN’S KITTY CORNER

By: Robin Desmet – Oct. 2018 The day the gas lines exploded is one that will not quickly be forgotten by residents in the Merrimack Valley. It was a day…

Gas Explosions, Gas Leaks, and Legislative Action

Gas Explosions, Gas Leaks,  and Legislative Action

  By: Linda DeanCampbell – Oct.2018 We must accelerate work to prevent gas-related disasters from happening in our state in the future. Many of the underground pipes that deliver our…

Increasing Fiber For a Healthier Life ~ YOUR HEALTH WITH RICK BELLANTI

Increasing Fiber For a Healthier Life ~ YOUR HEALTH WITH RICK BELLANTI

By: Rick Bellanti – Oct. 2018 Fiber is an essential part of a healthy diet, and a diet high in fiber may help reduce the risk of diabetes, obesity and…

Sheriff Coppinger Will Bring up the Rear Rather Than Lead From the Front

Sheriff Coppinger Will Bring up the Rear Rather Than Lead From the Front

By: Bharani Pandamabhan – Oct. 2018 Valley Patriot readers know that in June I had written a plea to Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger to provide medical treatment in-house to…

Why the Midterm Elections Matter ~ TEEN CORNER

Why the Midterm Elections Matter ~ TEEN CORNER

  By: Casey Pratt – Oct. 2018 According to the Pew Research Center, since 1948 voter turnout during presidential elections has been around 10% higher than the turnout at midterm elections.…

And the Two Become One Flesh ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE WITH PAUL MURANO

And the Two  Become One Flesh ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE WITH PAUL MURANO

By: Paul Murano – Oct. 2018 It has been said that the reason marriage vows are taken in close proximity to the altar is because marriage is a sacrificial offering…

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…

Methuen School Committee Moves on Residency, Licenses, Superintendent Search

Methuen School Committee Moves on Residency, Licenses, Superintendent Search

B: DJ Deeb – Oct. 2018 At its September 10th and September 25th meetings, members of the Methuen School Committee wasted no time in voting to adopt policies to address…

Methuen City Councilors Are Playing Games with People’s Lives ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (OCT. 2018)

Methuen City Councilors Are Playing Games with People’s Lives ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (OCT. 2018)

  Methuen City Councilors are playing games with people’s lives and the safety of police officers and it has to stop. Last month, City Councilor Steve Saba mounted a successful…

Columbia Gas Brought Out the Best in Lawrence ~ PAYING ATTENTION with TOM DUGGAN

Columbia Gas Brought Out the Best in Lawrence ~ PAYING ATTENTION with TOM DUGGAN

THE DISASTER Sitting in my office listening to the police scanner it was obvious from the time the first call went out that the explosion on Chickering Road in Lawrence…

Gas Contractor Feeney Brothers Thrown Out of Lawrence and Andover, Still Doing Gas Work in North Andover

Gas Contractor Feeney Brothers Thrown Out of Lawrence and Andover, Still Doing Gas Work in North Andover

By: Tom Duggan – Oct. 20, 2018 RIVERA THROWS FEENEY OUT OF LAWRENCE Despite denying responsibility for the gas explosions in the Greater Lawrence area on September 13th, and an…

Bulletproof Backpacks; the Newest Quick Fix for Gun Violence at Schools?

Bulletproof Backpacks; the Newest Quick Fix for Gun Violence at Schools?

By: Abigail Juknavorian – Sept. 2018 Two hundred dollars; that’s the average price for the newest back to school accessory. What kind of accessory could be that expensive? Bulletproof backpacks. Following…

Reading Labels To Better Health ~ YOUR HEALTH WITH RICK BELLANTI

Reading Labels To Better Health ~ YOUR HEALTH WITH RICK BELLANTI

  By: Rick Bellanti – Sept. 2018 When following a healthy diet, it is important to not only read the nutrition labels on the product you purchase but also understanding…

Spirit Cat ~ ROBIN’S KITTY CORNER

Spirit Cat  ~ ROBIN’S KITTY CORNER

  By: Robin Demsmet – Sept 2018 My cat Nora is a spirit cat. Does this mean that she has mythical powers or that she brings me good luck? No,…