“Sugar” ~ TV TALK with BILL CUSHING

“Sugar” ~ TV TALK with BILL CUSHING

  A mysterious private detective struggles with personal demons as he investigates the disappearance of a Hollywood producer’s beloved granddaughter. That is the story behind ‘Sugar,’ a stylish throwback to the film noir detectives of the past with a terrific lead performance by Colin Farrell and my recommendation for this month. John Sugar lives in […]

OPINION (DRACUT): An Improper Proposal

OPINION (DRACUT): An Improper Proposal

By: Philippe Thibault – 5/24 The populace in Dracut is fiercely proud of its agrarian ancestry. The wilderness north of the river, known to the native peoples as Augumtoocooke, was incorporated into the Town of Dracut in 1701. The earliest “European “settlers with names of Varnum, Richardson, Fox, and others took to the soil to […]

Interview with Sean O’Brien ~ KANE’S KORNER

Interview with Sean O’Brien ~ KANE’S KORNER

  Knox’s Artillery Regiment Group Creates Live Reenactment of the American Revolutionary War Sean O’Brien resident of Tewksbury, MA certainly lives a life of service. Professionally Sean serves as a North Reading Fire- Fighter and also served in the Massachusetts National Guard. Much of his service time was dedicated to mortars. Kane learned since a […]

Audit of Transportation Network Companies ~ IN YOUR CORNER with AUDITOR DIANA DIZOGLIO

Audit of Transportation Network Companies ~ IN YOUR CORNER with AUDITOR DIANA DIZOGLIO

  Hello Valley Patriot Readers, Recently, our office released an analysis illustrating how Transportation Network Companies’ (TNCs’) classification of drivers as independent contractors or employees significantly impacts TNCs’ contribution obligations to Massachusetts employee protection programs such as workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance (UI), and paid family and medical leave (PFML). What’s a TNC? Think Uber or […]

US Marine, Police Officer, Veterans’ Advocate – Eric Ryan – VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH – HERO IN OUR MIDST

US Marine, Police Officer, Veterans’ Advocate – Eric Ryan – VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH – HERO IN OUR MIDST

By: John  Cuddy – 5/24 The 2024 John Ratka Hero Veteran Award recipient, Haverhill’s Eric Ryan graduated from Haverhill High School in 1988. While growing up in the city with his brother, he was greatly influenced by his two grandfathers, both World War II Veterans. One, left Norwich University during his sophomore year, after the […]

HAMILTON: Methuen and Haverhill Budget Wins

HAMILTON: Methuen and Haverhill Budget Wins

By: State Rep. Ryan Hamilton 5-24 I’m happy to report that the House Budget has been passed and that Methuen and Haverhill did well in this year’s house budget. In Chapter 70, Methuen received 68.62 million, while Haverhill received 87.97 million. In Unrestricted local aid, Methuen received 6.56 million, and Haverhill received 11.87 million. For […]

PAYANO: Senate Passes Three Consumer Protection Bills

PAYANO: Senate Passes Three Consumer Protection Bills

State Senator Pavel  Payano 05/24 This month, the Massachusetts Senate passed three important consumer protection bills aimed at safeguarding our community members from unfair practices across several sectors. The passage of S.2738 is a milestone in curbing the deceptive practices of third-party electric suppliers. This legislation prevents these entities from enrolling new residential customers, protecting […]

PAULINO: Protecting Methuen’s Healthcare Access

PAULINO: Protecting Methuen’s Healthcare Access

  Dear friends and neighbors, As your state representative, I’m deeply concerned about the recent developments at Steward Health Care and how they have impacted Holy Family Hospital, a vital institution that has served our community for generations. We must ensure that it continues to be an essential part of our community, providing the care […]

 Jeffrey Hollett Serving Veterans; Assisting in Meeting Five Basic Needs ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

 Jeffrey Hollett Serving Veterans; Assisting in Meeting Five Basic Needs ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

  By: John Cuddy – 4-24  The Valley Patriot this March, met with Haverhill’s Veteran Services Director, US Army and Massachusetts National Guard Veteran Jeffrey Hollett and discussed the five basic needs of our Nation’s Veterans. Most Veterans consider those needs to be housing, health care, access to education, employment, and most importantly, support and […]

OPINION: Are Judges in MA Above the Law?

OPINION: Are Judges in MA Above the Law?

By: Atty. Gary Dolan Question: What do you call a dishonest lawyer who’s too lazy to chase an ambulance? Answer: A judge. Every day I watch people on television complaining about crime, open borders, and the Biden family’s shady business dealings. However, I see the government and most of the media aim their attention at […]