Lantigua Takes Medical Benefits, Will Terminate Hero Firefighter

Lantigua Takes Medical Benefits, Will Terminate Hero Firefighter

By: Tom Duggan – Nov. 27, 2012 Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua has scheduled a termination hearing for Lawrence Firefighter Tim Atwood on Wednesday, claiming he is incapable of doing the job duties required of all firefighters. Atwood was injured in the line of duty back in January, when his doctor says that diesel fumes from […]

The Walk for Hunger supports hunger relief programs throughout the state

The Walk for Hunger supports hunger  relief programs throughout the state

November, 2012 Project Bread, the state’s leading antihunger organization, has awarded $226,650 in grants to emergency food programs in the northeastern part of the state through funds raised by the 44th annual Walk for Hunger. The grants will support programs such as food pantries, schools, farms, food banks, food salvage programs, and other community organizations […]

IRS Warns Consumers of Possible Scams Relating to Hurricane Sandy Relief

IRS Warns Consumers of Possible Scams Relating to Hurricane Sandy Relief

    WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert about possible scams taking place in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Following major disasters, it’s common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, social media, email or […]

Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella Fined 4,000 for Conflict of Interest

Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella Fined 4,000 for Conflict of Interest

Directed the City’s Housing Rehabilitation Program Coordinator to use grant funds to renovate the mayor’s friend’s home without following standard procedures   The State Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement (“Agreement”) in which Leominster (“City”) Mayor Dean Mazzarella (“Mazzarella”) admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, by directing a subordinate to rehabilitate […]

Unions & Groups Make $782,000 in Independent Expenditures for Legislative Races

Unions & Groups Make $782,000 in Independent Expenditures for Legislative Races

  BOSTON – Unions and associations reported making $782,052 in independent expenditures to support or oppose 114 legislative candidates this year. In addition, five Independent Expenditure Political Action Committees, known as Super PACs, reported $200,923 in expenditures. Independent expenditures are expenditures made to expressly advocate the election or defeat of candidates, and are made without […]

$15MIL Contract Renewal After Ambulances “Donated”

By: Tom Duggan – November 12, 2012 Just days after taking office in 2010, Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua, his Chief of Staff, Leonard “Lenny” Degnan of North Andover, and then DPW Director Frank Mcann of Haverhill, were involved in a transaction with Patriot Ambulance Company, a private contractor that provides ambulance services to The City […]

Senator-Elect Katie Ives: I’ll Attend Tea Party Meetings & Listen

Senator-Elect Katie Ives: I’ll Attend Tea Party Meetings & Listen

Listen to Hour 1        Listen to Hour 2 Saturday on The Paying Attention! Radio Program on WCAP (980AM) Senator-Elect Kathleen O’Connor Ives co-hosted The Paying Attention! Radio Program with Valley Patriot publisher Tom Duggan. Ives commits to attend Tea Party Meetings and listen to the concerns of her constituents in the Tea Party.  […]

Methuen Police Now Have Remote Submarine for Search and Rescue

Methuen Police Now Have Remote Submarine for Search and Rescue

  By: Tom Duggan – November 1, 2012 METHUEN – The City of Methuen’s Police Department has one more tool in it’s’ arsenal when responding to public safety emergencies in the many waterways of the city. Methuen Police Chief Joe Solomon told the Valley Patriot Thursday that for approximately $7,000 the City of Methuen now […]

Son of Dead Holy Family Hospital patient to Meet with Officials, Declines Meeting with Hospital.

Son of Dead Holy Family Hospital patient to Meet with Officials, Declines Meeting with Hospital.

  (Part II of on ongoing series) State Senator’s William Brownsberger and Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr, have scheduled a meeting with Brian Evans on November 13th at the State House to discuss the tragedy involving his mother, Helen Bousquet, who died at The Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts following knee surgery. An inspector from […]

Judge Issues 2nd Order – DiAdamo Payments Not Privileged

October 30, 2012 Essex Superior Court Judge Thomas Murtagh has once again ruled that the City Of Lawrence must turn over public information that the Valley Patriot has been seeking since February.  Lawrence City Attorney Charles Boddy had refused to turn over public records sought by the newspaper concerning School Department employees and payments made […]