Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! ~ By State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! ~ By State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – 12/22 It has been such a privilege to represent you these past sixteen years as your State Representative. My approach to governing is to focus on common sense solutions to challenges that we face in state and local government. While often being in the middle of our extreme […]

Thank You Reps. Campbell and Devers For Your Service! ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (12/22)

Thank You Reps. Campbell and Devers For Your Service! ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (12/22)

12/22 Next month, when the 2023 Legislative Session is sworn into office on Beacon Hill, at least two local state representatives will be missing from the group photos; Linda Dean Campbell of Methuen, and Marcos Devers of Lawrence. Linda Campbell has been writing a column for our Valley Patriot readers since she was a city […]

Lawrence Council Must Not Strip Civil War Veterans Name From Park ~ PAYING ATTENTION!

Lawrence Council Must Not Strip Civil War Veterans Name From Park ~ PAYING ATTENTION!

12/4/22 There is a scheduled vote before the Lawrence City Council on December 6th that will replace the name of the park at South Lawrence’s 5 Corners (where the fountain was located) from “Stockton Park” to “Twomey Park.” Roger Twomey was a former Lawrence City Councilor and was a veteran. He has since passed away. […]

Correction Officers’ Union Exposes Stabbing at Middleton Prison

Correction Officers’ Union Exposes Stabbing at Middleton Prison

AN OPEN LETTER FROM THE ESSEX COUNTY CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS UNION I am contacting you on behalf of the Essex County Correctional Officers Association (ECCOA), the union that represents correctional officers and sergeants employed by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, including at the Middleton Jail. As you know, on Saturday, October 22, 2022, correctional officers in […]

Gretchen Smith – US Air Force – Fighting for Homeless Veterans ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

Gretchen Smith – US Air Force – Fighting for Homeless Veterans ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

By: John Cuddy – 11/22 Lawrence’s, and the rest of our Merrimack Valley’s Homeless are fed daily by organizations such as the Cor Unum Meal Center, Bread & Roses, Good Shepard Center, and the TMF Organization, all working tirelessly to feed our homeless. Curious to find out how many of our Merrimack Valley (and our […]

Illegal Alien, Drug/Gun Dealer Charged with Illegally Re Entering the Country

Illegal Alien, Drug/Gun Dealer Charged with Illegally Re Entering the Country

Defendant previously convicted in 2021 of drug and weapons charges BOSTON – A Dominican man has been charged with illegally reentering the United States after deportation. Jonathan Alcequiez-Sanchez, 35, was charged with one count of unlawful reentry of a deported alien. Alcequiez-Sanchez is currently in the custody of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement […]

GLTS Students Creating Hardware for International Space Station

GLTS Students Creating Hardware for International Space Station

ANDOVER – Superintendent John Lavoie is pleased to share that Greater Lawrence Technical School students will see their work launched into space aboard the International Space Station. The students are part of HUNCH (High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware), an instructional partnership between NASA and local school districts. Students are tasked with […]

Methuen Youth Center Among Pet Projects Funded by the Legislature

Methuen Youth Center Among Pet Projects Funded by the Legislature

11/22 Included in an economic development bill recently passed by the Massachusetts Legislature were several amendments to support projects across the Merrimack Valley. Among the investments secured is funding to support a Methuen Youth and Community Center, with resources for facilities, staffing and programming. State Senator Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) has made the establishment of a […]

Addressing the Burden of Unfunded Mandates on Our Communities ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIZOGLIO

Addressing the Burden of Unfunded Mandates on Our Communities ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIZOGLIO

By: Senator Diana  DiZoglio 0 11-22 Hello Valley Patriot Readers, State assistance is crucial when it comes to supporting the finances of our cities and towns across Massachusetts. Funding for education, general aid and reimbursements support more than a fifth of budgets for our communities and, for some cities and towns, state aid is the […]

Mayor DePena Calls for “Investigations” Into Police Department Turmoil

Mayor DePena Calls for “Investigations” Into Police Department Turmoil

11/24/22 Just days after the Lawrence Police Superior Officers’ Union took a vote of no confidence in Chief Roy Vasque, and Lawrence Mayor Brian DePena suspended three Lawrence officers, DePena is now calling for “certain investigations” into the department. DePena did not specify the nature of the “investigations” or who would be conducting them. In […]