OPINION: Bail – Illegal Alien in the Wind

OPINION: Bail – Illegal Alien in the Wind

By: Anne Manning-Martin – July, 2024 The recent release on $500 bail and subsequent flight of migrant Cory Alvarez, alleged to have raped a disabled child by force, highlights a little known but serious problem in our judicial system: when a judge is appointed to the court, he or she sits on both civil cases […]

REP. HAMILTON: House Passes Massive Borrowing Measure

REP. HAMILTON: House Passes Massive Borrowing Measure

  By: State Rep. Ryan Hamilton – July 2024 I hope everyone enjoyed the Fourth of July. It’s always a great time to celebrate America’s birthday with family and friends. This past month, the House has been busy. In this edition of the Valley Patriot, I will discuss two significant pieces of legislation the House […]

SEN. PAYANO: Massachusetts Senate Takes Bold Action to Address Housing Crisis

SEN. PAYANO: Massachusetts Senate Takes Bold Action to Address Housing Crisis

By: State Senator Pavel Payano – July, 224 In a decisive move aimed at tackling Massachusetts’ ongoing housing crisis, the Massachusetts Senate has unanimously passed S.2834, also known as the Affordable Homes Act. This legislation marks a significant step forward in addressing housing affordability, availability, and equity across the state. The Affordable Homes Act is […]

OPINION: Shaken and Stirred in Dracut

OPINION: Shaken and Stirred in Dracut

  By: Philippe Thibault – 6/24 Well, that was interesting. Dracut’s municipal election was held on May fourth with the only contested race being between three contestants, Dave Martin, Don Plummer, and Josh Taylor. The latter won the election by a narrow margin of twenty-three votes. The rollercoaster ride the night of the election came […]

Navy Seabee, Vet Advocate, & Comedian, Johnny Joyce ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

Navy Seabee, Vet Advocate, & Comedian, Johnny Joyce ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

  By: John Cuddy – 6/24 Growing up in Medford, Massachusetts with six siblings, Johnny Joyce loved baseball and the Boston Red Sox, he played in baseball’s Babe Ruth youth program. Shortly after graduating from Medford High with the Class of 1987, Johnny Joyce joined the US Navy Seabees in 1988. He completed basic training […]

KANE’S KORNER – Eagle Scout Candidate Scott Johnston Restores Dracut Memorial Park and Park at American Legion Post 315

KANE’S KORNER – Eagle Scout Candidate Scott Johnston Restores Dracut Memorial Park and Park at American Legion Post 315

  Kane went on a field trip to meet Scott Johnston, a Troop 80 Life Scout at the Leo C. Roth Dracut American Legion Post 315. Scott who is 16 years old and a high school sophomore completely restored the Schiripo Brothers Memorial Park on the Dracut American Legion property to an eye appealing dedication […]

EYE ON DRACUT: Monumental Loser Phil Thibault Unaffected in Dracut

EYE ON DRACUT: Monumental Loser Phil Thibault Unaffected in Dracut

By: Brian Genest – 6-24 How can Dracut miss Phil Thibault if he won’t go away? The town’s most rejected perennial candidate—a nine-time failure at the ballot box—Phil Thibault has a new hobby: Applying for appointments on town boards and reapplying when he’s rejected. When there’s an opening on any board these days, Phil Thibault […]

PAULINO: Putting Patients First: The Future of MA Healthcare

PAULINO: Putting Patients First: The Future of MA Healthcare

    By: State Rep. Francisco Paulino 6-24 Dear Constituents, I am writing to share a significant update on our efforts to transform healthcare in Massachusetts. As your State Representative, I have been working tirelessly to ensure that our healthcare system is equitable, efficient, and effective. Recently, I addressed the House of Representatives, advocating for […]

Auditing CARES Funding Spent in Massachusetts ~ IN YOUR CORNER with AUDITOR DIZOGLIO

Auditing CARES Funding Spent in Massachusetts ~ IN YOUR CORNER with AUDITOR DIZOGLIO

By: Massachusetts State Auditor Diana DiZoglio 6-24 Hello Valley Patriot readers, During the darkest days of 2020, when the economy was freefalling and we were all learning to stay healthy, Congress passed the CARES Act to provide measured relief. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) distributed these emergency funds to each […]

Massachusetts Senate Approves $58B Budget for 2025 Fiscal Year

Massachusetts Senate Approves $58B Budget for 2025 Fiscal Year

By: State  Senator Pavel Payano – 6/24 In a landmark decision, the Massachusetts Senate has unanimously passed a budget totaling $57.999 billion for the Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25). This significant decision followed three days of robust and bipartisan debate, resulting in the adoption of over 400 amendments and 43 roll call votes. The Senate added […]

HEART OF THE VALLEY: Local Organizations You Can Join to Help the Community

HEART OF THE VALLEY: Local Organizations You Can Join to Help the Community

  By: Katie Cook – 6/24 Service clubs truly are the heart of the Merrimack Valley! Typically, these clubs are professional men & women coming together to provide service to our communities, in line with their national organizations mission. They are neighbors, friends, and leaders volunteering their skills and resources to solve issues and address […]

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