This is No Way to Move Methuen Forward ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL 12-19

This is No Way to Move Methuen Forward ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL 12-19

Last week, a Methuen City Council meeting degenerated into a circus, complete with an orchestrated political attack on newly elected mayor Neil Perry. First, City Councilor Steve Saba (who campaigned against Perry) had his brother get up at public participation to lay the groundwork for a later discussion about Perry’s “rumored” choice for a new […]

Neil Perry to Lead Methuen

Neil Perry to Lead Methuen

The Valley Patriot caught up with Methuen Mayor-elect Neil Perry on election night to talk about his thoughts on the election and how he is going to move Methuen forward after a very negative and bizarre campaign that brought out nearly 50% of the Methuen voters. “I want to say thank you to the residents […]

Two Years of Chaos and Controversy in Methuen Are Almost Over ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL Nov. 2019

Two Years of Chaos and Controversy in Methuen Are Almost Over ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL Nov. 2019

The election of a new mayor and city council in Methuen, and the impending departure of Mayor James Jajuga will mark the end of conflict, chaos, and controversy that has divided the city and left Methuen’s reputation as a national disgrace. Over the last two years of the Jajuga administration the mayor refused to fulfill […]

Methuen, 2019 Primary and Final Election Debates (VIDEO)

Methuen, 2019 Primary and Final Election Debates (VIDEO)

The Paying Attention! Podcast is recorded in front of a live studio audience at the Studio 21 Podcast Cafe, a United Podcast Network you can subscribe to the audio podcast Here If you enjoy our Debates please consider making a $1 donation  Methuen Mayoral Debate Between Neil Perry and Jen Kannan Methuen Central District (Final Election) City Council […]

Fire Department Issues Cause Backdraft in Dracut

Fire Department Issues Cause Backdraft in Dracut

By: Brian Genest – Oct. 2019 Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire, especially in Dracut. Just ask town firefighters. As the result of a number of smoldering issues, members of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2586, joined by the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, picketed outside the board of selectmen’s meeting, before bringing the […]

Who are the West District City Council Candidates in Methuen

Who are the West District City Council Candidates in Methuen

The Paying Attention Podcast debate page ◊ The Methuen City Council is made up of nine members; three city councilors are elected at-large (city-wide), and two councilors elected from each of the three districts (East, Central, and West). In the West End, both incumbent city councilors George Kazanjian and Lynn Vidler are not seeking reelection, leaving two […]

Kannan Demands Perry Release Personnel Records from Raytheon, Perry Says There’s Nothing to Release

Kannan Demands Perry Release Personnel Records from Raytheon, Perry Says There’s Nothing to Release

October 29, 2019-3:30pm Campaign supporters of Methuen mayoral candidate Jen Kannan – chairman of the Methuen City Council – is calling on her opponent Neil Perry to release his personnel records from Raytheon where Perry has been a top executive for the last few decades.  This afternoons press release from the Kannan campaign reiterates her […]

Kannan Press Release Calling on Perry to Release Work Records

Kannan Press Release Calling on Perry to Release Work Records

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 29, 2019 Contact: Megan Costello, 617 653 3781  WOMEN OF METHUEN STAND WITH JENNIFER KANNAN AND CALL ON PERRY TO RELEASE HIS PERSONNEL FILES FROM RAYTHEON We the undersigned women of Methuen, call on Neil Perry, a candidate for mayor, to join his opponent, Methuen City Council Chair Jennifer Kannan, in […]

If You Really Care About Your Family, VOTE! ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (Oct. 2019)

If You Really Care About Your Family, VOTE! ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (Oct. 2019)

Last month, less than 5,000 people voted in the Methuen preliminary election for city council. Methuen has approximately 57,000 people residing in the city limits. That means less than 10% of the people in Methuen bothered to participate in the decision of who represents them in city government. In Lawrence the numbers were frighteningly lower. […]