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 […]

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 […]

Enterprise Bank, AAA, Lions Clubs Pitch in $5,800 for TMF

Enterprise Bank, AAA, Lions Clubs Pitch in $5,800 for TMF

The Movement Family (TMF), a group of volunteers who feed the homeless in Lawrence, attended the Valley Patriot BASH last month to support the newspaper’s charitable endeavors  and help raise money for local scholarships. Instead, they walked away with more than $5,800 in donations after being surprised by Jessica Phillips of Enterprise Bank and her […]

Addressing Economic Challenges, Housing Needs in Our Community

Addressing Economic Challenges, Housing Needs in Our Community

  By: Francisco Paulino To the Valued Residents of Methuen and Lawrence, Currently, our community, along with the broader national landscape, has encountered a series of economic challenges. One of the most pressing issues has been the rise of credit card indebtedness and defaults, a trend that leads to a greater financial burden among many […]

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 […]

LAWRENCE: Illegal Alien Juan Carlos Santos-Ocasio, a/k/a “Cristhian Aybar-Done, Gets 6 Years in Prison for Illegal Reentry & Distributing Fentanyl

LAWRENCE: Illegal Alien Juan Carlos Santos-Ocasio, a/k/a “Cristhian Aybar-Done, Gets 6 Years in Prison for Illegal Reentry & Distributing Fentanyl

Defendant previously convicted of heroin distribution conspiracy BOSTON – An illegal  alien from the Dominican Republic was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for reentering the United States and distributing fentanyl after previously being deported.  Juan Carlos Santos-Ocasio, a/k/a “Cristhian Aybar-Done,” 44,  was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin to six […]

OPINION: Operation Greylord II

OPINION: Operation Greylord II

How Come Nobody Investigates Corrupt Judges Anymore?   By: Atty Gary Dolan – 3/24 Question: what’s the difference between a lawyer and a catfish? Answer: one is a slimy bottom feeder and the other’s a fish. The general public obviously has a dim view of the legal profession considering the whole genre of lawyer jokes […]

Felons Kelly and Donald Frazier Target Reporter with False Harassment Order to Stop Investigations

Felons Kelly and Donald Frazier Target Reporter with False Harassment Order to Stop Investigations

  Valley Patriot investigation shows Lawrence Homeless Coordinator tried to steer federal funds to her own non-profit, funds administered through her department.    Felon Kelly Birchall Frazier, Homeless Coordinator for the City of Lawrence, and her husband Donald Frazier of New Hampshire (also a convicted felon who goes by the “street name” Debo Brown) filed […]