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Massachusetts Office of the State Auditor Wins Award for Accountability Practices

Massachusetts Office of the State Auditor Wins Award for Accountability Practices

(WASHINGTON, JULY 19, 2016) — AGA has awarded its prestigious Einhorn-Gary Award to the Massachusetts Office of the State Auditor (OSA) for its contributions to furthering government accountability. The OSA’s…

Restaurant Company to pay $210,000 for Failing to Pay Workers for Training

Restaurant Company to pay $210,000 for Failing to Pay Workers for Training

2,500 Bloomin’ Brands Employees Who Were Not Paid for Required Trainings will Receive Restitution  BOSTON – A national casual dining restaurant company has agreed to pay $210,000 in restitution and…

POWERBALL JACKPOT REACHES $422 MILLION

POWERBALL JACKPOT REACHES $422 MILLION

 BRAINTREE, MA (JULY 25, 2016) – The Powerball jackpot for the Wednesday, July 27 drawing is an estimated $422 million. The cash option on the prize is an estimated $291…

Fabricated Drama on the Lawrence City Council

Fabricated Drama on the Lawrence City Council

By: Kathy Runge – July, 2016 The soap operas have nothing on the Lawrence City Council. The meetings are filled with fabricated drama. The Budget Drama: During the first meeting…

Veteran Employment and Housing Security ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR IVES

Veteran Employment and Housing Security ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR IVES

The Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved omnibus veterans’ legislation in June known as the Veterans H.O.M.E. Act. State Senator Katy Ives – July, 2016 Senate Bill 2325, “An Act Relative to…

The Third Way

The Third Way

By: Paul Murano – July, 2016 The more I live the more I come to realize how difficult it is for most people to distinguish between actions and the people…

Publisher to Hold Rally to Support Police Officers & Their Families

Publisher to Hold Rally to Support Police Officers & Their Families

Valley Patriot publisher Tom Duggan has partnered with Methuen Police Chief Joe Solomon to hold a rally in support of police officers and their families next week (July 20th) at…

Massachusetts Lottery Nets Record -Setting Profit for 2nd Consecutive Year

Massachusetts Lottery Nets Record -Setting Profit for 2nd Consecutive Year

Fifth Straight Record-Setting Sales Year Produces $986.9 Million in Net Profit BOSTON, MA (Monday, July 18, 2016) – State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced today that the Lottery ended its fiscal…

Live VIDEO Interview with Kemal Bozkurt in Istanbul as Coup is Taking Place

Live VIDEO Interview with Kemal Bozkurt in Istanbul as Coup is Taking Place

CLICK PHOTO FOR INTERVIEW Technology sure has come a long way. As CNN was reporting that all social media in Turkey was shut down by a military coup, we were live…

Two Lawrence Councilors Want to Make it Harder to Recall the Mayor

Two Lawrence Councilors Want to Make it Harder to Recall the Mayor

Lawrence City Councilors Laplante and Vasquez say it is far too easy to mount a recall election against a city mayor and have submitted a proposal to make it more…

Audit Finds $15 Million in Inappropriate Payments from MassHealth

Audit Finds $15 Million in Inappropriate Payments from MassHealth

Bump Calls on MassHealth to Address Systemic Problems in Program BOSTON, MA — Auditor Suzanne M. Bump today released an audit that found that, during a roughly five-year period, MassHealth …

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL: An Open Letter to Jew Haters Masquerading as “Peace Activists”

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL: An Open Letter to Jew Haters Masquerading as “Peace Activists”

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL Anti-Semitic, hate group Massachusetts Peace Action (MAPA) can hide behind the name “PEACE” (see letter) but those of us who pay attention are not fooled. Their goal…

Tom Duggan’s Notebook – June, 2016

Tom Duggan’s Notebook – June, 2016

THANK YOU OUTBACK – Last month the Veterans’ Services Officer for North Andover and Boxford, Gerard Maguire, held a fundraiser for our veterans at the Relief’s In in Lawrence. I…

Second Boston City Official Charged in City Hall Plaza Music Festival Extortion

Second Boston City Official Charged in City Hall Plaza Music Festival Extortion

BOSTON – The City of Boston’s Chief of Staff of Intergovernmental Affairs, Timothy Sullivan, was arrested this morning after a federal grand jury indicted him in connection with the extortion of…

State Senate Passes Animal Welfare Legislation ~ Regulations on Dog Breeders

State Senate Passes Animal Welfare Legislation ~ Regulations on Dog Breeders

The Massachusetts Senate passed several bills Tuesday aimed at protecting animal welfare. Senate Bill 2369, “An Act To Prevent Animal Suffering and Death,” seeks to avoid the negligent exposure of…