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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lawrence Mayor Appoints Former Councilor As Director of Planning & Development

Lawrence Mayor Appoints Former Councilor As Director of Planning & Development

  Lawrence Mayor Brian DePena has hired former City Councilor Carlos Matos’s as the new Director of the Office of Planning & Development. Matos was most known as a District “B” City Councilor who went up against the developers of Lawrence High School to stop them from taking land from the Veterans Memorial  Stadium and […]

Valley Patriot Honors Police, Veterans, Activists at 20th Anniversary BASH!

Valley Patriot Honors Police, Veterans, Activists at 20th Anniversary BASH!

Last month, at The Valley Patriot’s 20th Anniversary BASH, not only did the newspaper give out $58,000 in scholarship money to local students but several people were honored for their work in the community with recognitions and awards. THE JOHN RATKA HERO VETERANS AWARD Because honoring Veterans is so much a part of what we […]

Massachusetts Senate’s Accomplishments Last Month

Massachusetts Senate’s Accomplishments Last Month

State Senator Pavel Payano – 4-24 Amidst a flurry of legislative activity, myself and my colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate have been hard at work this month, addressing a myriad of pressing issues impacting residents across the Commonwealth. From passing significant laws to gearing up for this year’s budget discussions, engaging with constituent cases, to […]

OPINION: The Cost of Affordable Housing

OPINION: The Cost of Affordable Housing

By: Philippe Thibault – 3/24 Massachusetts House Bill 4138 goes by the moniker “the Affordable Homes Act.” This is being layered on top of the recent MBTA Communities bills passed by the legislature in 2020. The MBTA Communities, now law, requires those communities served by or adjacent to communities served by the Massachusetts Bay Transit […]

EYE ON DRACUT: Josh Taylor Fails Truth Test in Dracut

EYE ON DRACUT: Josh Taylor Fails Truth Test in Dracut

By: Brian Genest – 03/24 Dracut voters, beware. Josh Taylor, a bitter and angry second-time candidate for Selectman, is spreading lies about the town’s financial situation—and officials are calling him out. Here’s some irony that can’t be overlooked and shouldn’t be forgotten at the ballot box: As The Valley Patriot celebrates two decades of vigorously […]

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