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April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

By: Tracey Zysk – April, 2014 Your VOICE does MATTER! As many of you know I pride myself on being a voice for the animals and this month I plan…

Governor Patrick Confronted by Protester, Says Justina Should be “Home in Connecticut”

Governor Patrick Confronted by Protester, Says Justina Should be “Home in Connecticut”

 “I know what I can do and I’ve been doing a lot, probably more than you know, and more than the public is entitled to know under the law.” ~…

Protecting Kids – In Your Corner with Katy Ives

Protecting Kids  – In Your Corner with Katy Ives

By: Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives April, 2014 April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. I’m glad to report two recent developments that will strengthen safety for our children in the Commonwealth.…

We must Remove the Most Vulnerable Children in Danger

We must Remove the Most Vulnerable Children in Danger

By: Joe D’Amore – April, 2014 There are heroes who work with foster families and children in Massachusetts and are on the front line of caring for children at risk…

House, Senate Pass VALOR Act II

House, Senate Pass VALOR Act II

(BOSTON) – Representative Frank A. Moran (D-Lawrence) joined his colleagues in the Legislature to pass the VALOR Act II which builds upon existing legislation to expand opportunities and services for…

Valley Patriot of the Month – Hero in Our Midst: Amesbury Police Officer Jason Kooken

Valley Patriot of the Month – Hero in Our Midst: Amesbury Police Officer Jason Kooken

By: Justess Jacobson – April, 2014 Last month The Valley Patriot awarded Amesbury Police Officer Jason Kooken with The Valley Patriot, Officer Tom Duggan Sr. Law Enforcement Award. Officer Duggan’s…

This Time it Really is for the Children

This Time it Really is for the Children

By: Jeff Katz – April, 2014 According to a recent poll, more than seventy percent of us believe that that DCF is broken. I’m assuming that the other thirty percent…

Coakley To Pay Fine for Campaign Finance Violations on Her Federal Committee Expenditures

Coakley To Pay Fine for Campaign Finance Violations on Her Federal Committee Expenditures

The Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) has concluded that State Attorney General Martha Coakley’s state campaign committee was not in compliance with the campaign finance laws when her…

With Lenny Degnan Convicted We Urge More Indictments ~ Valley Patriot Editorial (April, 2014)

With Lenny Degnan Convicted We Urge More Indictments ~  Valley Patriot Editorial (April, 2014)

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL For years we have called for investigations into what State Rep. Jim Lyons called the “criminal enterprise” of the Lantigua Administration in Lawrence. For years we have…

The Six Elements of the Massachusetts Way of Justice

Dr. Bharani Padmanabhan – March, 2014 Every year on Women’s Day (March 8th) we remember the women who inspired us with their innate decency and courage. This year I give…

DiAdamo Files $5MIL Lawsuit Against Their Client, The City of Lawrence over School Building Lease

DiAdamo Files $5MIL Lawsuit Against Their Client, The City of Lawrence over School Building Lease

By Tom Duggan – April 4, 2014 Attorney Carmine DiAdamo is suing the City of Lawrence for $5MIL, after Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera made it clear to him that the…

Degnan Will Serve 18 Months, North Andover Moderator, Selectman, Vouch for Degnan’s Character

Degnan Will Serve 18 Months, North Andover Moderator, Selectman, Vouch for Degnan’s Character

Current and Former Political Officials Ask Judge for Leniency at Degnan Sentencing Hearing By: Tom Duggan: April 3, 2014 Willie Lantigua’s former Chief of Staff Lenny Degnan will pay a…

BREAKING… Student Stabbed at Methuen High School, PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO

BREAKING… Student Stabbed at Methuen High School, PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO

UPDATE 8:39pm Methuen police have arrested eighteen year old Methuen Teen Justin Suriel in connection with today’s stabbing at Methuen High School…. more …. BREAKING… METHUEN… ] Massachusetts State Police and…

Most fundraising and spending records broken in 2013 mayoral elections

Most fundraising and spending records broken in 2013 mayoral elections

All major mayoral fundraising and expenditure records, which former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino held during his 21 years as mayor, were eclipsed during the 2013 election, according to a study…

Public Records Should Be Accessible with Penalties for Failure To Comply

Public Records Should Be Accessible with Penalties for Failure To Comply

By: Senator Katy Ives – March 2014 Given this is The Valley Patriot’s 10th year anniversary special edition, I would like to highlight legislation in the State House especially relevant…