YE GAY OL’ VALLEY – Choosing and Being a Step-Parent

YE GAY OL’ VALLEY – Choosing and Being a Step-Parent

By Dani Lanvgevin – September Too many of us find ourselves divorced. For those of us with children, this means that we may find ourselves looking for another partner who will be able to love us, as well as our children. Too many times, however, people only settle for the first part. This is not […]

I Have a Dream

I Have a Dream

I have a Dream I have a dream, that one day our people will rise up to take on its responsibilities as a free nation; that it will realize the potential of its humanity and recognize the full dignity of each human being – black or white, Asian or Latino, male or female, disabled or […]

Follow The Money Taxes, Taxes and More Taxes

By: Staphanie Davis – September, 2013 “If it moves, tax it; if it keeps moving, regulate it; if it stops moving, subsidize it.” – Ronald Reagan On Beacon Hill, motor vehicles, cigarettes and technology are prime movers, judging by the latest round of tax increases including: a 14% gas tax hike from $0.21/gallon to $0.24/gallon; […]

Lt. Colonel Allen West: Race, Poverty, and the Dependency Culture: PART I

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH LT COLONEL ALLEN WEST   Transcribed by Kathleen Laplante Valley Patriot Publisher Tom Duggan (TD), and Christine Morabito (CM), President of the Greater Boston Tea Party sat down with former Congressman, and Lt. Colonel Allen West to discuss issues such as race, the future of the republican party, the news media’s […]

Responding to the Overuse of Psychotropic Drugs for Seniors

By: State Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives, September, 2013 In 2007 a federal audit found that about one in seven elderly residents were being given antipsychotic medication in nursing homes despite the fact that those drugs carry a “black box” warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A “black box” warning is designed to call […]

Vet to Vet Services Comes Alive in Lawrence as Part of College Project

Vet to Vet Services Comes Alive in  Lawrence as Part of College Project

By: Tom Duggan – September, 2013 Jay Landry is an adult student at Springfield College who is taking human service courses at the school. Born and raised in Amesbury, the Methuen resident had no idea when he enrolled in Springfield College to get his bachelors of science degree in human services, that he would be […]


 Methuen, MA – Mayor Steve Zanni has invited Linda Soucy of the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc; Veterans Agent Tom Hargreaves; and representatives from National Grid and Columbia Gas, to join him at the Methuen Senior Center for a Fuel Assistance Forum on Friday, October 18th. “I hosted this forum for the first time […]

Mayor Kicks off Fun Weekend in Methuen

Methuen, MA – Mayor Steve Zanni announced that a series of events will be held in Methuen to coincide with the Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails & Sails Weekend. Scheduled for the weekend of September 28th – 29th, there are several family-fun events happening across Methuen.  Events include:  Methuen Rail Trail Extravaganza, which will feature […]


HERO IN OUR MIDST By: Helen Mooradkanian – September 2013 It was January 1, 1945 as the convoy of 556 ships filled the horizon—LSTs, troop ships, aircraft carriers, submarines, destroyers, cruisers, and warships equipped with the largest guns, 16-inch diameter. They were sailing from Dutch New Guinea to Lingayen Gulf on the island of Luzon, […]

Mayor Announces Opening of New Downtown Public Dock System on the Merrimack River

Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini announced the opening of the new commercial docks downtown. These docks will give boaters an opportunity to dock their vessels in the heart of Haverhill’s downtown restaurant, cultural and shopping district. This expanded dock system can support commercial tour boats and will help enhance the commerce throughout downtown, while promoting downtown […]


BREAKING…. SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 (MORE NEWS ON LANTIGUA) Valley Patriot news spotters in Lawrence City Hall say that the official results for the preliminary elections are being held up because a card reader in one of the ballot counting machines erased data on either another card or the machine itself. Unofficial results called into the […]

Lawrence’s Mayor Lantigua Pushes Candidate on Ballot Against Her Will – Will File Complaints with AG Coakley

Lawrence’s Mayor Lantigua Pushes Candidate on Ballot Against Her Will – Will File Complaints with AG Coakley

PRELIMINARY ELECTION DAY…. LAWRENCE… By Tom Duggan, September 17, 2013 (7:14pm) (MORE STORIES ON LANTIGUA) Lawrence’s municipal elections were held today in preliminary races for mayor, city council and school committee. Lawrence at-large candidate for city council, Cara Martiloni tells the Valley Patriot in an exclusive this afternoon that she is fuming and she is ready […]