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 […]

Rene & Pam Parent: A Father & Daughter Quietly Serving Our Nation! – VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST

Rene & Pam Parent: A Father & Daughter Quietly Serving Our Nation! – VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST

By: John Cuddy – Nov. 2021 WESTPORT, MA -I met Pam Melanson and her father Rene “Cap” Parent at the Wheelhouse Diner in Quincy, Massachusetts on a beautiful Saturday morning. Pam, who hails from Westport, MA, served our Nation in the US Navy Reserves for over fifteen years. She was called up on active duty […]

Arthur Goulet, Cold Weather Seabee! ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH – HERO IN OUR MIDST

Arthur Goulet, Cold Weather Seabee! ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH – HERO IN OUR MIDST

By: John Cuddy – Oct. 2o21 Lawrence native Arthur Goulet attended St Anne’s Grammar School and graduated from Lawrence High School with the Class of 1955. Shortly after finishing high school, he joined the US Navy. He completed Military Basic Training at the U.S. Navy Training Center at Port Deposit, Maryland, more commonly known in […]

Stopping Combined Sewer Overflows, Part II ~ Rep. Linda Dean Campbell

Stopping Combined Sewer Overflows, Part II ~ Rep. Linda Dean Campbell

By: Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – Oct. 2021 At a recent public hearing about how to spend $4.8 billion in federal dollars coming to the Commonwealth, the need to address combined sewer overflows (CSOs) in the Merrimack River came up again and again. It’s been a rainy summer, causing millions of gallons of sewage to […]

Establishment Republicans Establish Lack of Consistent Standards

Establishment Republicans Establish Lack of Consistent Standards

By: Brian Genest – Oct. 2021 Blatant hypocrisy. Shameless double standards. Profiles in cowardice. All were on display at the recent meeting of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee. Not one establishment Republican had a word to say about Tom Mountain, the former MassGOP vice chair who has stepped down from the party’s executive committee. Not […]

Stop Sweeping the Homeless Out of Sight ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (10/21)

Stop Sweeping the Homeless Out of Sight ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (10/21)

October, 2021 At a time when the Merrimack Valley desperately needs our elected officials at the highest level of government to experience the homeless crisis first hand, Lowell, like so many other communities, sweeps their homeless problem out of sight, or under the rug, as some may say. At issue; Lowell City Councilor Rita Mercier […]

Specialist Matthew Pollini Memorial Fund

Specialist Matthew Pollini Memorial Fund

Serving those in Need – An Interview with President Michael Petterson By: Kane – Sept. 2021 Kane was honored to meet Michael Petterson, president of the Specialist Matthew Pollini Memorial Fund. Kane learned the Pollini Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization created to honor the life of Army National Guard Soldier, Specialist Matthew Pollini whose […]