21 Charged in Connection with Multistate Coke and Fentanyl Conspiracy

21 Charged in Connection with Multistate Coke and Fentanyl Conspiracy

Lawrence, Haverhill Area Raids Net Over 10 kilograms of cocaine and $200K cash seized during investigation BOSTON – Twenty-one individuals have been charged in connection with a large-scale drug trafficking conspiracy involving cocaine, fentanyl and other controlled substances with activity that spanned across Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine and Puerto Rico. According to the charging […]

Redistricting After the Census and its Local Affects

Redistricting After the Census and its Local Affects

After the release of the U.S. Decennial Census, Massachusetts is mandated by the United States Constitution and Federal Voting Rights Act to change its House, Senate, Governor’s Council and Congressional district boundaries to accommodate shifts in population and provide equal representation to its citizens. Census data show that Massachusetts’ population growth over the last decade […]

Stopping Combined Sewer Overflows, Part II ~ Rep. Linda Dean Campbell

Stopping Combined Sewer Overflows, Part II ~ Rep. Linda Dean Campbell

By: Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – Oct. 2021 At a recent public hearing about how to spend $4.8 billion in federal dollars coming to the Commonwealth, the need to address combined sewer overflows (CSOs) in the Merrimack River came up again and again. It’s been a rainy summer, causing millions of gallons of sewage to […]

Specialist Matthew Pollini Memorial Fund

Specialist Matthew Pollini Memorial Fund

Serving those in Need – An Interview with President Michael Petterson By: Kane – Sept. 2021 Kane was honored to meet Michael Petterson, president of the Specialist Matthew Pollini Memorial Fund. Kane learned the Pollini Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization created to honor the life of Army National Guard Soldier, Specialist Matthew Pollini whose […]

Two Local Heroes Receive Purple Heart

Two Local Heroes Receive Purple Heart

Sept. 2021 ARMY SPECIALIST DONALD JARVIS Haverhill resident Donald Jarvis was awarded the Purple Heart last month from injuries sustained over nine years ago in Afghanistan. Army Specialist Donald Jarvis was injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) struck his vehicle. As a combat engineer, the mission of his unit was to conduct route clearance in […]

Sounding the Alarm for Combined Sewer Overflows

Sounding the Alarm for Combined Sewer Overflows

  By:Rep. Linda Dean Campbell This summer, our Commonwealth experienced the rainiest July on record in at least a century. The climate report recently released by the United Nations predicts that average precipitation in our region will continue to increase as climate change worsens. In the Merrimack Valley, we know all too well what more […]

Pearlstein Ignored Leadership Failures and Faulty Government Systems in Holyoke Nursing Home Tragedy

Pearlstein Ignored Leadership Failures and Faulty Government Systems in Holyoke Nursing Home Tragedy

By: Linda Dean Campbell – Aug. 2021 In May, a special committee formed by the Massachusetts Legislature released the report on its investigation of the COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home that resulted in 77 deaths. The report by the Special Joint Oversight Committee, which we chair, is most notable for taking the opposite […]

Puerto Rican Art Exhibit at the Buttonwoods Museum

Puerto Rican Art Exhibit at the Buttonwoods Museum

Buttonwoods Museum Guest Curator Dr. Graciela Trilla, of Haverhill, MA is thrilled to share her family’s collection of Puerto Rican art works by the artists of the distinguished “Generación de los Cincuenta” (the generation of the 1950s). It will feature 41 pieces of art created in various mediums including paintings, drawings, lithographs, wood carving prints, and […]

Support for Our Community The House Budget

Support for Our Community The House Budget

By: State Rep. Linda Campbell We are very fortunate to have a strong and experienced team of legislators in the Merrimack Valley House delegation. With the support of my colleagues, I was proud to secure state funding in the House budget for several specific needs in the Merrimack Valley, including: • $50,000 for addiction recovery […]

Haverhill Rep. Vargas Targets Religious Exemptions to Mandatory Vaccines

Haverhill Rep. Vargas Targets Religious Exemptions to Mandatory Vaccines

“The bill would remove the current section of the vaccination law which allows parents to cite “religious” reasons to reject vaccination for kids entering schools” The Joint Committee on Public Health will convene on Monday, July 12th to hear testimony regarding H2411, An Act relative to vaccines and preventing future disease outbreaks.  The bill would remove the […]

Community Unites to Celebrate Tita Antonopoulos Clean Bill of Health After Battling Breast Cancer

Community Unites to Celebrate Tita Antonopoulos Clean Bill of Health After Battling Breast Cancer

By: Kane, Valley Patriot Mascot – June,  2021 Battle Grounds Coffee Company in Haverhill was a buzz on Saturday, May15th in anticipation of their honored guest Angela Tita Antonopoulos who everyone knows as Tita. Friends, Family, and patrons of Battle Grounds Coffee Company gathered in this Haverhill Hotspot to surprise their friend Tita to celebrate […]

Northern Essex Community College Failed to Address Recommendations to Improve Tracking of Property, Audit Finds

Northern Essex Community College Failed to Address Recommendations to Improve Tracking of Property, Audit Finds

BOSTON – In an audit released today, the Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump (OSA) found Northern Essex Community College (NECC) has failed to take steps previously recommended by the office to better safeguard and track the college’s valuable property. The audit also showed NECC did not always obtain required documentation, including approvals, for expenditures. […]

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