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WEATHER 101 with AL KAPRIELIAN ~ Summer is Here

WEATHER 101 with AL KAPRIELIAN ~ Summer is Here

By: Al Kaprielian – June, 2016 After some cool days in May we saw a return to true summertime heat on Saturday, May 28. Boston reached 92 degrees on that…

War Over Methuen School Budget Continues as Superintendent Threatens to Cut School Police Officers, 54 Teachers if Budget Demands Not Met

War Over Methuen School Budget Continues as Superintendent Threatens to Cut School Police Officers, 54 Teachers if Budget Demands Not Met

MAYOR SAYS VOWS HE WILL NOT SUPPORT A PROP. 2 1/2 OVERRIDE With Methuen Mayor Zanni proposing a 1% increase in the school budget, Superintendent of Schools Judy Scannell is…

GOVERNOR BAKER SIGNS PUBLIC RECORDS REFORM BILL INTO LAW

GOVERNOR BAKER SIGNS PUBLIC RECORDS REFORM BILL INTO LAW

June 3, 2016 Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a public records reform bill Friday, after a joint conference committee of the Massachusetts legislature negotiated and reached a final deal on…

The Chain of Survival ~ KNOW YOUR BODY with DR. FRANK MACMILLAN

The Chain of Survival ~ KNOW YOUR BODY with DR. FRANK MACMILLAN

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – May, 2016 I’m like many of you. I never liked to do my homework as a kid. When my mother asked my elementary school teacher…

Eagle~Tribune Outs Their Source in Salem, Selectman Resigns, Reporter Banned from Covering Meetings

Eagle~Tribune Outs Their Source in Salem, Selectman Resigns, Reporter Banned from Covering Meetings

  By: Tom Duggan – May, 2016 The cozy relationship between The Eagle-Tribune (which is headquartered in Alabama) and town officials in Salem, NH has come to an abrupt end…

State Senator Barbara L’Italien’s Trip Israel: Part II

State Senator Barbara L’Italien’s Trip Israel: Part II

This is part II of our sit down interview with State Senator Barbara L’Italien concerning her trip to Israel late last year. Since part I of our interview in March,…

House Budget Makes Key Investments Affecting the Merrimack Valley

House Budget Makes Key Investments Affecting the Merrimack Valley

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – May, 2016 Following a three-day session and a process that starts in the fall, we in the House of Representatives finalized our FY17…

Methuen Energy Program Will Save Ratepayers $900K in Electricity Costs

Methuen Energy Program Will Save Ratepayers $900K in Electricity Costs

Methuen residents and business owners will save more than $900,000 annually thanks to the newly created Methuen Community Choice Power Supply program. The City of Methuen and Colonial Power Group,…

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Suspension is Victory for Merrimack Valley – IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Suspension is Victory for Merrimack Valley – IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

By: State Senator Katy Ives May, 2016 Kinder Morgan, a Houston, Texas-based energy infrastructure company, submitted its first letter related to their Northeast Energy Direct Project (NED Project) to the…

The Ugly Truth About Common Core Education

The Ugly Truth About Common Core Education

By: DJ Deeb – May, 2016 The debate over Common Core has been heating up over the past several months, especially with the Presidential and Congressional Elections looming. The purpose…

Valley Patriot of the Month – Sgt. RICHARD LUSSIER – U.S. Army Sgt. 78th Infantry Division

Valley Patriot of the Month – Sgt. RICHARD LUSSIER –  U.S. Army Sgt. 78th Infantry Division

NORTH ANDOVER – Last month The Valley Patriot went along with Gerard Maguire, the Veteran’s Services Coordinator for the towns of North Andover and Boxford as he delivered a custom…

Phyllis Jones To Challenge DiZoglio For State Rep.

Phyllis Jones To Challenge DiZoglio For State Rep.

By: Tom Duggan – May, 2016 14th Essex District State Representative Diana DiZoglio will have a challenger for the Democratic Party’s primary in September. She is North Andover attorney Phyllis…

Andover High Eliminates King & Queen of Prom, Crowns Two Boys to “Prom Court”, School Committee Never Notified or Approved Change

Andover High Eliminates King & Queen of Prom, Crowns Two Boys to “Prom Court”, School Committee Never Notified or Approved Change

By: Tom Duggan – May 25, 2016 The Valley Patriot has learned that Andover High School has changed their longstanding policy and tradition of crowning a king and queen of the…

A Truly Demented Idea ~ By: Jeff Katz

A Truly Demented Idea ~ By: Jeff Katz

By: Jeff Katz – May, 2016 Hollywood types have seemingly never been big fans of Ronald Reagan. They did not like the fact that he had been one of them…

H-1B Foreign Workers Are Destroying Merrimack Valley Economy

H-1B Foreign Workers Are Destroying Merrimack Valley Economy

By: Duncan Burns – May, 2016 Right now, when it comes to labor issues, all eyes are currently on The Verizon Strike, which affects many municipalities across The Merrimack Valley.…