School Choice Options are Changing in North Andover

School Choice Options are Changing in North Andover

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a parent, or have friends or neighbors who are. Baby Boomer, Gen X, or Millennial— the K-12 school scene has changed so much since we were kids. Understanding these changes can help moms and dads guide their children to greater learning, success, and happiness. So: here are the […]

North Andover’s Hogan Graduates U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

North Andover’s Hogan Graduates U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Christina Shea Hogan of North Andover recently graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point, NY. Hogan earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission in the U. S. armed forces. She also earned a Merchant Marine officer license, qualifying her to serve as an officer on any ship in […]

Entrepreneurship in the City of Lawrence

Entrepreneurship in the City of Lawrence

By: Tomas Gabriel Michel Diving into a business venture and becoming an entrepreneur is one of the most excruciating tasks an individual can partake into, but also, one of the most fulfilling ones. There are many requirements to meet, and many conditions to satisfy, in order to be successful. Knowing a platform’s break-even point is […]

How to be Conscientious on the Road: From the Point of View of a New Teen Driver ~ TEEN TALK with ABBY

How to be Conscientious on the Road: From the Point of View of a New Teen Driver ~ TEEN TALK with ABBY

By: Abby Junkvorian – Aug. 2019 Almost every time I drive, I become increasingly more and more nervous and cautious of the motorized world around me. After recently receiving my license, I have become acutely more aware of how truly recklessly and dangerously people are driving. I thought that as a new driver who recently […]

ABBY’S TEEN TALK ~ Meals for Sudan and the Art of a Social Media Hoax

ABBY’S TEEN TALK ~ Meals for Sudan and the Art of a Social Media Hoax

By: Abby Junkvorian When opening almost any social media page in recent weeks, it seemed like every feed was flooded with a sea-colored blue, leaving many to ask – what is all this for? In recent weeks, social media has been taken by storm with horror stories of the current unrest in Sudan for the […]

Home Health VNA Awards Scholarship to Methuen GLTS Student

Home Health VNA has awarded Anna Wolfendale, a Methuen resident and graduate of the Health Careers Program at Greater Lawrence Technical High School, a scholarship given annually in memory of a former employee. Ms. Wolfendale has been accepted to Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire and plans to pursue a career in nursing. The $500 […]

Free Speech Does Not Stop at the School House Doors – VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (5-19)

Free Speech Does Not Stop at the School House Doors – VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (5-19)

For too long, public education officials in this country have been bullying students in the classroom with impunity, preaching their political opinions as fact, and punishing students who do not comport with their approved political views. Nowhere is this more true than in the Andover Schools. In November of 2006, The Valley Patriot covered in […]

Scout Makes Rocking Chairs for Hospice Eagle Service Project

Scout Makes Rocking Chairs for Hospice Eagle Service Project

Haverhill, Mass- Among the beautiful elements inside High Pointe House, the hospice and palliative care residence of Merrimack Valley Hospice, now includes six new rocking chairs, handcrafted by Boy Scout Christopher Tringale of North Andover. Chris made the wooden rocking chairs as his Eagle Scout Service Project in memory of his grandmother, who was cared […]

All those EVIL Outsiders Bad Mouthing Lawrence! ~ PAYING ATTENTION with TOM DUGGAN

All those EVIL Outsiders Bad Mouthing Lawrence! ~ PAYING ATTENTION with TOM DUGGAN

March, 2019 There is no question that the City of Lawrence is the hub of the opioid epidemic in New England. There is also no question that while violent crime is drastically down over the last year, Lawrence is still a crime riddled city and a destination for heroin and other drug traffickers, users, and […]

Methuen High School Parking Fee Should Be Repealed

Methuen High School Parking  Fee Should Be Repealed

By: Dj Deeb – January , 2019 At its December Business Meeting, members of the Methuen School Committee voted unanimously to adopt a $100 student parking fee effective during the 2019-2020 school year. Unfortunately, I was one of those votes and after analyzing the issue further I regret my decision. I have placed a Motion […]

Methuen Schools, City Must Institute Hiring Freeze

Methuen Schools, City Must Institute Hiring Freeze

By DJ Deeb – Dec. 2018 Earlier this year (in the February, March, and April 2018 Valley Patriot editions) I outlined many suggestions for cuts in spending for the City of Methuen. Last year, the City filled 13 non-civil service municipal positions, hired 10 new firefighters and 3 reserve firefighters, hired 3 new police officers […]

Methuen’s Police Mess, Merry Christmas ~ TEEN TALK with ABBY

Methuen’s Police Mess, Merry Christmas  ~ TEEN TALK with ABBY

By: Abby Junkvorian  – Dec. 2018 Six months. That is how long the residents of the City of Methuen have been subjected to the ongoing struggles of the Police salaries. The discourse seemingly appears to be endless as the year comes to a close; with no solution in sight. Methuen residents, like myself, are becoming […]

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