Boxford Plumbing Company Owner Charged with Tax Evasion and Mail Fraud

Boxford Plumbing Company Owner Charged with Tax Evasion and Mail Fraud

Defendant allegedly fraudulently billed customers and evaded taxes by cashing or depositing over $1.45 million in customer payments into personal bank accounts BOSTON – A Boxford businessman was charged today and has agreed to plead guilty to defrauding the government of more than $1.45 million by engaging in a multi-year tax evasion scheme and to […]

Mayor Perry Attacks State Officials, City Council, Abandons Pledge to “Represent Everyone”

Mayor Perry Attacks State Officials, City Council, Abandons Pledge to “Represent Everyone”

  Mayor Perry Attacks State Officials, City Council, Abandons Pledge to “Represent Everyone” The Massachusetts Office of Administration and Finance (A&F) is an arm of the governor’s office. Part of their job is to oversee the state’s COVID-19 funding and grants given to local communities. Last Month Methuen Mayor Neil Perry was notified by A&F […]

House Supports Funding for Immediate Needs in Methuen and Haverhill

House Supports Funding for Immediate Needs in Methuen and Haverhill

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – Dec. 2021 After months of public input, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a major $3.82 billion funding bill to address the most pressing challenges of our COVID-19 recovery. This bill prioritizes individuals and businesses that were most impacted by the pandemic and invests in areas of immediate […]

Loss of Charlie Baker Catastrophic for Massachusetts ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (12-21)

Loss of Charlie Baker Catastrophic for Massachusetts ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (12-21)

12-22 While conservatives and Republicans in Massachusetts have been rightfully angry with Governor Charlie Baker over the years, their celebration of his departure from governor’s race next year is very short sighted. Yes, Baker initially campaigned for governor as a fiscal conservative and a social moderate, and then abandoned all of those principals once he […]

DiZoglio Calls on Governor to Release Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Data

DiZoglio Calls on Governor to Release Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Data

Administration Has Not Issued Financial Report on the Fund Since June BOSTON – State Senator Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) is calling on the Baker Administration to provide greater transparency around the Commonwealth’s unemployment insurance trust fund. In a letter dated December 3rd, DiZoglio and fellow legislators called on the Baker Administration to produce a financial report on […]

Redistricting After the Census and its Local Affects

Redistricting After the Census and its Local Affects

After the release of the U.S. Decennial Census, Massachusetts is mandated by the United States Constitution and Federal Voting Rights Act to change its House, Senate, Governor’s Council and Congressional district boundaries to accommodate shifts in population and provide equal representation to its citizens. Census data show that Massachusetts’ population growth over the last decade […]

TV TALK with BILL CUSING ~ ‘CODA’

TV TALK with BILL CUSING ~ ‘CODA’

By: Bill Cushing – Nov. 2021 AppleTV+ is currently the only streaming service that produces 100% original content. That content, from original series, documentaries, and films, has consistently been of high quality. Their most recent original film, ‘CODA’, is no exception. Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones) is in her last year of high school. She doesn’t […]

KANE’S CORNER ~ The History of Veterans Day

KANE’S CORNER ~ The History of Veterans Day

By: Kane – Nov. 2021 Kane has been busy this month pulling out the history books and doing research on the origins of Veterans Day. He was surprised by the number of twists and turns the holiday has taken since it’s recognition in 1926 under the name, Armistice Day. In fact, the conception of what […]

Strengthening Supports for MA Military Families ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIZOGLLIO

Strengthening Supports for MA Military Families ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIZOGLLIO

By: Senator Diana DiZoglio – Nov. 2021 Hello Valley Patriot Readers, While we have made important strides in recent years to help Massachusetts veterans – such as exempting members of the military in active duty from the automobile excise tax and expanding services and opportunities for veterans and their families through the Valor Act – […]

Student Mental Health Must Be a Legislative Priority

Student Mental Health Must Be a Legislative Priority

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – Nov. 2021 It is time to get serious about mental health services for our students. Even for years before the pandemic, we saw a concerning rise in stress, anxiety, and depression among young people. COVID-19 only made things worse. Last year, many Massachusetts emergency rooms saw 4 times […]

Trinitarios Gang Member from Lawrence Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Multiple Guns, Ammunition, Cocaine & Crack Cocaine

Trinitarios Gang Member from Lawrence Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Multiple Guns, Ammunition, Cocaine & Crack Cocaine

Convicted felon sold at least nine guns, ammunition, bulletproof vest and drugs to a cooperating witness BOSTON – A member of the Trinitarios street gang pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston in connection with trafficking firearms, ammunition, cocaine and crack cocaine in the Greater Lawrence area. Jose Omar Hernandez-Aragones, 24, a Dominican national […]

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