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Big Issues for The 2017-2018 Legislative Session

Big Issues for The 2017-2018 Legislative Session

By: Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – Jan. 2017 Before I list several very challenging issues that we will likely face in this Session – some good news: Massachusetts was recently…

Methuen Parents Should Opt OUT of Mental Health Surveys

Methuen Parents Should Opt OUT of Mental Health Surveys

By: DJ Deeb – January, 2017 Although Methuen Public Schools are doing many terrific and important things, this month I have to offer constructive criticism on a program known as…

IN THE GROOVE with Cindy Annis – The Ronettes Part II

IN THE GROOVE with Cindy Annis – The Ronettes Part II

THE RONETTES PART II By: Cindy Annis – Jan. 2017 “The Phil Spector Years.” OK? Let’s get right into 1963, when Estelle called Phil Spector. Estelle simply told him about…

My 10 Best TV Shows of 2016 – TV TALK WITH BILL CUSHING

My 10 Best TV Shows of 2016 – TV TALK WITH BILL CUSHING

By: Bill Cushing – Jan. 2017 It’s that time of year again. That time when all TV people start thinking about the best shows that they watched over the past…

VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH – Hero In Our Midst ~ Larry DeBenedictis

VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH – Hero In Our Midst ~ Larry DeBenedictis

By: BethD’Amato – Jan. 2017 When I met Larry DeBenedictis, he had just returned home from a wake for an old friend. That friend was U.S. Army LT. Colonel John…

Planning to Start a Business? Start Saving ~ YOUR MONEY WITH ALEX TALCOTT

Planning to Start a Business?  Start Saving  ~ YOUR MONEY WITH ALEX TALCOTT

By: Alex Talcott – Jan. 2017 There are so many truly small businesses in New England that I like to joke with budding entrepreneur clients that if a “mom-and-pop shop”…

The Myths, Facts, and Decision to Renovate Lowell High

The Myths, Facts, and Decision to Renovate Lowell High

By: John MacDonald – Jan. 2017 STORY PHOTO: GEORGE DELUCA According to Wikipedia “damn those pesky websites with interesting historical information.” “ Lowell, Massachusetts was incorporated as a town in…

There’s a New Sheriff in Town, Now the Work Begins ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (JAN-2017)

There’s a New Sheriff in Town, Now the Work Begins ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (JAN-2017)

During the reign of Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins we have seen political relatives hired to major, high-paying jobs, sober houses located in crack neighborhoods in Lawrence, complaints of employees…

That Israeli Moment

That Israeli Moment

By: Forest Rain – Dec. 2016 I just experienced one of the most Israeli moments you can possibly have. That Israeli moment when your man helps his son decide which IDF…

Election Post Mortum ~ KATHY’S LAWRENCE NOTEBOOK

Election Post Mortum ~ KATHY’S LAWRENCE NOTEBOOK

By: Kathy Runge – Dec. 2016 The election is finally over, but it just won’t go away. Donald Trump is our president-elect and the crybabies won’t stop whining. When it…

Shawn Hansen’s Comedy Corner with Pablo Francisco

Shawn Hansen’s Comedy Corner with Pablo Francisco

By: Shawn Hansen – Dec. 2016 In the midst of the holiday season, I interviewed comedian Pablo Francisco the day after Thanksgiving and ironically will be going to his show…

Facet Joint Disease ~ THE DOCTOR IS IN

Facet Joint Disease ~ THE DOCTOR IS IN

By: Dr. Rami Rustum – Dec. 2016 There are numerous facet joints in the body; they are the small joints behind and between each of the vertebrae in the spine,…

Trump Must Block Govt. Control Over Medical Practices

Trump Must Block Govt. Control Over Medical Practices

By: Dr. Bharani Padmanabhan – Dec. 2016 Left to itself, the government naturally exerts greater and greater control over people’s lives and requires prior permission for everything. In the case…

Christmas Kitty ~ Robin’s Kitty Corner

Christmas Kitty ~ Robin’s Kitty Corner

By: Robin Desmet – Dec. 2016 What greater gift than the love of a cat…….Charles Dickens December—-a time to share the joys of the season with family and friends. But…

IN THE GROOVE with CINDY ANNIS ~ The Ronettes

IN THE GROOVE with CINDY ANNIS ~ The Ronettes

By: Cindy Annis – Dec. 2016 Back in the 1960’s, there were plenty of “Girl Groups,” singing about the boy they were going to marry or the boy next door.…