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Advocating for Key Priorities in State Senate Budget ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR KATY IVES

Advocating for Key Priorities in State Senate Budget ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR KATY IVES

By: Senator Katy Ives – August, 2015 The Massachusetts State Senate debated the Fiscal Year 2016 state budget last month, where I advocated for key provisions that will be beneficial…

Despite Media Reports, Lawrence 911 Dispatcher is Not Suspended for Hanging up on Spanish Speaking Callers

Despite Media Reports, Lawrence 911 Dispatcher is Not Suspended for Hanging up on Spanish Speaking Callers

By: Tom Duggan – August, 2015 Explosive new details have come to light revealing that viral media reports on a 911 dispatcher in Lawrence, whose “job is on the line”…

Valley Patriots of the Month ~ HEROES IN OUR MIDST – Hudner and Brown

Valley Patriots of the Month ~ HEROES IN OUR MIDST – Hudner and Brown

By: Sid Smith – August, 2015 When is the last time you heard anything encouraging from the race relations standpoint? Never? Well, here is one, and I would be willing…

Shenanigans in Salisbury ~ Violating the Open Meeting Law and the First Amendment

Shenanigans in Salisbury ~ Violating the Open Meeting Law and the First Amendment

  Last month while watching the Salisbury Selectmen meeting, I noticed how openly and blatantly they violate their own policies for public participation at their meetings. I also noticed how…

Teacher Speaks Out on Poor Treatment in Lawrence Schools

Teacher Speaks Out on Poor Treatment  in Lawrence Schools

By: Amy Berard – August, 2015 I am one of the 59 Lawrence teachers whose contract was not renewed this year. Recently, on June 11, you reported on this. I…

Cape Wind Project: A Tale of Crony Environmentalism (Part 4) The Rest of the Story

Cape Wind Project: A Tale of Crony Environmentalism (Part 4) The Rest of the Story

By Christine Morabito – August 2015 It is difficult to believe that a project which will permanently alter the environment, kill thousands of birds and bats, threaten marine life, trample the religious…

SHENANIGANS! ~ Paying Attention with Tom Duggan

SHENANIGANS! ~ Paying Attention with Tom Duggan

Last month the Massachusetts Legislature delayed a scheduled vote on a public records reform bill after getting pressure from the very politicians who will have to pay the price for…

Lawrence Mayor Rivera Opposes Sanctuary Cities, But Will Not Veto Council’s Decision

Lawrence Mayor Rivera Opposes Sanctuary Cities, But Will Not Veto Council’s Decision

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera said Wednesday that even though he opposes making Lawrence a sanctuary city, he will not veto the city council’s vote Tuesday to stop criminal illegal aliens from being deported…

Rep. DiZoglio to File Bill Exempting Active Duty Military from Excise Tax

Rep. DiZoglio to File Bill Exempting Active Duty Military from Excise Tax

State Representative Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) says she believes those who put their lives on the line for our country in the United States military should not have to pay excise…

MCAD to Hear Corruption and Whistle-blower Case Against Salisbury Town Manager Neil Harrington

MCAD to Hear Corruption and Whistle-blower Case Against Salisbury Town Manager Neil Harrington

By: Tom Duggan, July 31, 2015 The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) has granted a hearing to former members of the Salisbury Board of Health, after Town Manager Harrington fired…

Board of Medicine Has Only Contempt for Governor Baker’s Opioid Efforts

Board of Medicine Has Only Contempt for Governor Baker’s Opioid Efforts

By: Dr.Bharani Padmanabhan - July, 2015 Governor Baker’s task force recently issued its much awaited report which advocated a comprehensive approach to dealing with the state’s heroin epidemic. This report has…

Rep. DiZoglio Secures Additional Funding for Merrimack Valley Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative

Rep. DiZoglio Secures Additional Funding for Merrimack Valley Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative

Included in this year’s 2016 State Budget is an amendment, sponsored by State Representative Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen), for $25,000 toward the Lawrence-Methuen Community Coalition (LMCC)’s recently formed Merrimack Valley Opioid…

Friends of Merrimack Valley Hospice Bring Comfort to Patients

Friends of Merrimack Valley  Hospice Bring Comfort to Patients

July, 2015 Friends of Merrimack Valley Hospice is supporting the patients and families served by Merrimack Valley Hospice House with their recent purchase of recliners for each of the private…

HEROES IN OUR MIDST – Lawrence Cogswell, Valley Patriot of the Month Pt. III

HEROES IN OUR MIDST – Lawrence Cogswell, Valley Patriot of the Month Pt. III

READ PART I HERE   READ PART II HERE By: Sid Smith – July, 2015 Before each individual squadron takeoff, it required the efforts of thousands of people involved in intelligence,…

Protecting Our Communities in the Age of Fracking Gas ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR KATY IVES

Protecting Our Communities in the Age of Fracking Gas  ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR KATY IVES

By: State Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives July, 2015 In June, I attended the Methuen City Council’s special meeting where Kinder Morgan, a Houston-based energy infrastructure company, presented their plan for…

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