Massachusetts’ 209A Restraining Order Law Should Go

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL   November, 2011 The Fatherhood coalition of Massachusetts is trying to get signatures to place a measure on the ballot to abolish the state’s restraining order law often referred to as “209A.” (see story page 17) The proponents of this ballot initiative say that the law destroys families and discriminates against men, not to mention the fact […]

William X Wall Experiment Station is State-of-the-Art, ‘Green’ Building following $30M Upgrade

  November, 2011 LAWRENCE – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) today celebrated the opening of the newly expanded and renovated Senator William X. Wall Experiment Station in Lawrence, following a $30 million upgrade that transformed the old state environmental laboratory into a state-of-the-art “green” building. The old facility was built in 1954 and […]

Let’s Talk About Food Addiction

Let’s Talk About Food Addiction

  By: Pennie Hale – November, 2011 There are so many delicious food temptations at this time of year. Let’s face it it’s going to be a challenge for a lot of us. I personally do not ever dread the holidays because it’s a time for family, celebration and happiness. I look forward to Halloween, […]

Occupying Earth

Occupying Earth

  By: Paul Murano – November, 2011 No one seems to notice the relationship between two converging occurrences in the news recently. Person number seven billion has joined us on this spinning and rotating rock we call earth, on Halloween day according to demographic analysts. Welcome to the human race number 7 billion! In the […]

Congratulations are in Order in Methuen Election Victories

  By: Diana Fay DiZoglio – November, 2011   Senator Steven A. Baddour told the Valley Patriot on election night, “Congratulations to all of the winners in Methuen’s municipal elections. I am very proud that there was a diverse ballot of candidates this election. When concerned citizens put their name on the ballot, they show […]

Lawrence Mayor Lantigua runs the Table in Council Races: Net Gain- Zero

PAYING ATTENTION WITH TOM DUGGAN     By: Tom Duggan – November, 2011 At Large City Council All three Lawrence City Councilors at Large were reelected last month garnering more votes than the three challengers. Council President Frank Moran topped the ticket city wide with Roger Twomey placing second and Dan Rivera winning a seat […]

Redistricting for 2012: Haverhill, Lawrence, Andover, North Andover

  By: Jamison Tomasek – November, 2011 The results of the Massachusetts legislature’s redistricting commission, at least as far as the House and Senate are concerned, are official. In a fair world we would have legislative districts that represent a common interest and have geographic integrity, but no one has ever called the political environment […]

Martha, Martha, Martha… 3 DWI’s

Martha, Martha, Martha… 3 DWI’s

GEORGETOWN TODAY   By:Lawrence “Lonnie Brennan – November, 2011 While the local papers detailed multiple articles regarding the most recent incident of Georgetown Housing Authority Member Martha Robertson, the chatter around town about this, and other elected and appointed officials, has been deafening. One person said it best ‘thank God it was a tree she […]

State Rep Jim Lyons Demands Answers

Governor Patrick Administration Refuses to Say How Much is Spent on Illegals By: Tom Duggan – November 2012 State Representative Jim Lyons (D) Andover, has turned Beacon Hill on it’s dome by demanding to know how much money the state is spending for health care on illegal aliens. Last monthLyons made the Patrick Administration and […]

Hit a Dog, Pull Over …it is the LAW!

  By: Tracey Zysk – November, 2011 As a dog walker with a majority of my dogs on Waverly, Mass Ave and the side roads in between, I instantly got a really sick feeling in my stomach. I knew, I didn’t know which one, but I knew by the feeling I had, one of my […]

A Business in Crisis A Company in Decline

  By: Michael Salach – November, 2011 One day a business will be sold, acquired, merged or transferred, and therefor, (unfortunately), according to a joint study (by McKinsey Consulting and The London School of Economics), approximately one third (1/3) of its value is lost as the firm declines in performance from performing to Turnaround. What’s […]