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The challenge of Growing Wages, Jobs and our Small Business Economy – IN YOUR CORNER with Senator Ives

The challenge of Growing Wages, Jobs and our Small Business Economy –  IN YOUR CORNER with Senator Ives

By: Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives – December, 2013 At the end of this year’s legislative session, the Senate took up a bill to increase Massachusetts’ minimum wage rate from the…

Dying to Teach – Ye Gay Ol’ Valley

Dying to Teach – Ye Gay Ol’ Valley

By: Dani Langevin – December, 2013 In 1927, fifty-five year old Andrew Kehoe, school board treasurer in Bath, Michigan shot his wife, fire-bombed his own barn then set off a…

Looking Back at Four Years of Lantigua Shenanigans – PAYING ATTENTION! with Tom Duggan

Looking Back at Four Years of Lantigua Shenanigans  – PAYING ATTENTION! with Tom Duggan

December, 2013 Right to the bitter end, Lawrence Mayor Willie Lantigua went down swinging as he told reporters on the day he conceded that if he were white, he would…

‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the Season

By: Jeff Katz – December, 2013 It is that time of the year when Christmas is in the news. For many of my friends it is an extremely important time…

Valley Patriot of the Month – HERO IN OUR MIDST: Sergeant Thomas F. Siopes, U.S. Army

Valley Patriot of the Month – HERO IN OUR MIDST: Sergeant Thomas F. Siopes, U.S. Army

By: Helen Mooradkanian – December, 2013 In the early dawn hours of March 25, 1969, in the rice paddies of South Vietnam, near Bong Son, in the province of Binh…

Lawrence City Councilor on Ride-Alongs with Police, Fire and DPW – PART I

Lawrence City Councilor on Ride-Alongs with Police, Fire and DPW – PART I

PART ONE: OBSERVING LAWRENCE POLICE AND DISPATCH  By: Tom Duggan – December 16, 2013 Last week Lawrence City Councilor Mark Laplante went on a “ride along” with the Lawrence police, fire,…

Taxation without Representation? Not with the Tea Party Around

Taxation without Representation? Not with the Tea Party Around

By: Christine Morabito – In July of 2013 the Massachusetts legislature did something both historic and fiendishly clever. When voting to increase the gas tax (not historic) they also voted…

“Racist” Valley Democrats Support Voter ID – Valley Patriot Editorial December 2013

“Racist” Valley Democrats Support Voter ID – Valley Patriot Editorial December 2013

By: Tom Duggan – December 15, 2013 Last month all three of Lawrence’s State Representatives voted in favor of Voter ID in Massachusetts. This is odd given that we are…

An Open Letter to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley

An Open Letter to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley

  By: Dr. Bharani Padmanabhan Dear Madam, For a year now I have been waiting, living off my savings, to hear from you and your office about my written criminal complaint…

Why You Should Go Grain-Free

Why You Should Go Grain-Free

By: Dr. Jin Sung – November, 2013 If you have a chronic health condition you should consider going grain free for 30 days to see if there is reduction of…

Merrimack Valley Comes Together for Menorah Lighting

Merrimack Valley Comes Together for Menorah Lighting

PHOTOS More than eighty people attended the annual Menorah Lighting on the North Andover Common Monday night as Rabbi Asher Bronstein of Chabat Merrimack Valley praised G-d that we live…

Help for Teens Struggling with Their Faith – TEEN TALK with Ana Debernardo

Help for Teens Struggling with Their Faith – TEEN TALK with Ana Debernardo

By: Ana DeBernardo – November, 2013 Over the summer, I attended a Christian camp called C.A.M.P.S., an acronym that stands for Christ As My Personal Savior. This was my second consecutive…

Now the Real Healing Begins!

Now the Real Healing Begins!

By: Peter Larocque – November, 2013 First let me say congratulations to Mayor Elect Dan Rivera. I am so proud of the kind of campaign that you ran. You kept…

Remembering the Dead – MORALITY MATTERS, by Paul Murano

Remembering the Dead – MORALITY MATTERS, by Paul Murano

By: Paul Murano – November, 2013 November is the month when religious traditions remember the dead. It is a fitting month to do so. The clock gets turned back an…

A One on One Interview with Superintendent-Receiver Jeff Riley – PART II

A One on One Interview with Superintendent-Receiver Jeff Riley – PART II

  READ PART I This is part 2 of an exclusive interview with state appointed receiver Jeff Riley who is now in control of the Lawrence School System. VP: Talk…