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Councilor Testifies For Tougher Fines for Illegal Dumpers in Lawrence

Councilor Testifies For Tougher Fines for Illegal Dumpers in Lawrence

By: Tom Duggan – July 14, 2015 BOSTON – Lawrence City Councilor Marc Laplante was on Beacon Hill Tuesday testifying for passage of his legislation to increase fines for illegal dumping…

Cape Wind Project: A Tale of Crony Environmentalism: (Part 3) Kennedys and Indians

Cape Wind Project: A Tale of Crony Environmentalism: (Part 3) Kennedys and Indians

By Christine Morabito – July 2015 Supporters of Cape Wind desperately want you to believe that those opposed to the massive offshore industrial project are afflicted with the “not in…

Pelletier Family Gives Powerful Testimony in Support of Justina’s Law

Pelletier Family Gives Powerful Testimony in Support of Justina’s Law

By: Bharani Padmanabhan – July 3, 2015 Valley Patriot readers may be familiar with the 17 month long ordeal suffered by young Justina Pelletier at the hands of the Massachusetts…

VisionMax-Cinema 95 in Salisbury to show Christian Film: “Faith of our Fathers”

VisionMax-Cinema 95 in Salisbury to show Christian Film: “Faith of our Fathers”

Next month The Valley Patriot will be publishing an interview with one of the writers of Faith of Our Fathers, Tom Saab of Salisbury. The movie will be shown at…

Baker’s Public Safety Secretary Changes Security in Prisons in Response to NY Prison Break

Baker’s Public Safety Secretary Changes Security in Prisons in Response to NY Prison Break

    June 30, 2015 Secretary of Public Safety Daniel Bennett today announced a reformed security procedure regarding access by attorneys to clients held in Department of Correction facilities in…

Access to Public Records is a Matter of Life or Death

Access to Public Records is a Matter of Life or Death

By: Bharani Padmanabhan – June, 2015 This month, Valley Patriot Publisher Tom Duggan was front and center in this state’s media environment for a couple of days. Most media people referred to him…

Merrimack Valley’s Queer Youth and Gay Straight Alliance in Grammar Schools

Merrimack Valley’s Queer Youth and Gay Straight Alliance in Grammar Schools

By: Dani Langevin: June, 2015 Last month I had the pleasure of visiting Methuen High School and sitting in on a meeting of the GSA (Gay Straight Alliance). Several of…

Strong Support at State House Hearing to Improve Access to Public Information

Strong Support at State House Hearing to Improve Access to Public Information

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell June, 2015 Massachusetts gets an F grade for access to public records according to some very respected public interest groups. A number of bills…

Fired Lawrence Counselor Says She Wants to be Made Whole

Fired Lawrence Counselor Says She Wants to be Made Whole

By: Tom Duggan  -June, 2015 A fired guidance counselor in the Lawrence Public Schools, Brenda Sudol-Kirwin, won an arbitration hearing against the schools in August of 2013, for sick leave…

Ethics Commission Fines  Cambridge RA Director Joseph Tulimeri $37,500 for Conflict of Interest 

Ethics Commission Fines  Cambridge RA Director Joseph Tulimeri $37,500 for Conflict of Interest 

Tulimieri also required to make restitution to the Redevelopment Authority in the amount of $21,245  The State Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement (“Agreement”) in which Joseph Tulimieri, the former…

State Auditor Bump on Balancing Work, Leadership and Laundry

State Auditor Bump on Balancing Work, Leadership and Laundry

By: Jessica Finocchiaro – June, 2015 NORTH ANDOVER—Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump is the first female to serve as Auditor in the Commonwealth’s history, and she spoke frankly about her…

Fighting to Change Massachusetts’ Fake Public Records Law

Fighting to Change Massachusetts’ Fake Public Records Law

  Massachusetts Legislators, members of the media and 1st amendment advocates testified last month before a joint House and Senate committee on Beacon Hill, asking legislators to add penalties to…

Salisbury Town Manager Neil Harrington is The Poster Boy for Why We Need a New Public Records Law

Salisbury Town Manager Neil Harrington is The Poster Boy for Why We Need a New Public Records Law

  NEIL HARRINGTON IS THE POSTER BOY When I started this journey to reform our state’s public records law five years ago I had no idea that the Town of…

Patriotism Lives

Patriotism Lives

By: John MacDonald – June, 2015 This past Memorial Day weekend I traveled down to a campground in Rhode Island. It’s a place called Holiday Acres and it has a…

Public Records Should Be Made Available to the Public – IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

Public Records Should Be Made Available to the Public – IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

By: State Senator Katy Ives – June, 2015 Last week, I testified on a bill I filed, S.1700, An Act Relative to Obtaining Information, before the Joint Committee on State…