Moving Forward with Some Great Programs

Moving Forward with Some Great Programs

By: State Rep. Estela Reyes 3/24 Before I begin, I want to congratulate Tom Duggan and everyone at The Valley Patriot on your impressive achievement of celebrating your 20th Anniversary publishing news for the Merrimack Valley. I’m so excited to have attended the the 20th Anniversary Charity BASH on March 22nd at The Relief’s In […]

Students Deserve to be Educated in Financial Literacy

Students Deserve to be Educated in Financial Literacy

By: State Rep. Ryan Hamilton – 3/24 Congratulations to the Valley Patriot on their 20th anniversary. I appreciate the opportunity they give me every month to inform the residents of Haverhill and Methuen about what is happening on Beacon Hill. As we enter the month of March, I’d like to wish everyone a happy St. […]

A Flurry of Bills Passed By the Massachusetts Senate

A Flurry of Bills Passed By the Massachusetts Senate

By: State Senator Pavel Payano – 03/24 As the warmth of spring approaches, my dedicated team and I are working tirelessly to strengthen community bonds and advance key legislative initiatives. A recent and pivotal highlight was the historic unveiling of Frederick Douglass’s bust in the Massachusetts Senate, symbolizing not only our commitment to justice and equality […]

Bike Lanes, Guardrails Infuriate Residents, Business Owners in Methuen and Dracut

Bike Lanes, Guardrails Infuriate Residents, Business Owners in Methuen and Dracut

03-24 Tom Duggan Methuen and Dracut residents and business owners are up in arms over a state “road improvement” proposal that would add bike lanes, guardrails, and sidewalks to the Route 110 stretch of Lowell Street, which goes from Methuen into Dracut and Lowell. State Representative Ryan Hamilton (D-Methuen) says that the proposal is being […]

PAYANO: Three Groundbreaking Senate Bills Champion Consumer, Animal Protection

PAYANO: Three Groundbreaking Senate Bills Champion Consumer, Animal Protection

By: Senator Pavel Payano – Feb. 2024 In a series of landmark decisions, the Massachusetts State Senate recently passed three crucial bills aimed at enhancing consumer and animal protection across the Commonwealth. Here are some of the bills that passed the Senate and are waiting for the Massachusetts House of Representatives to further consider. 1. […]

REP. PAULINO; Bridging the Gap, My Commitment to Pay Equity

REP. PAULINO; Bridging the Gap, My Commitment to Pay Equity

By: State Rep. Francisco Paulino -Feb, 2024 In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a troubling disparity exists that undercuts the very principles of fairness and equality we hold dear. As it stands, women earn only 82 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts for the same work. This harsh inequality not only undermines the […]

Addressing the Rumors on Steward/Holy Family Hospital

Addressing the Rumors on Steward/Holy Family Hospital

By: State Rep.  Ryan  Hamilton – Feb,  2024 Over the course of the last month, there have been several rumors about the futures of Holy Family, Methuen, and Haverhill. I, along with legislative delegations of Methuen, Haverhill, and the Merrimack Valley, have been working diligently with the State Department of Health and Human Services and […]

Investigating Fraud in Our Public Benefit Programs ~ IN YOUR CORNER with AUDITOR DIZOGLIO

Investigating Fraud in Our Public Benefit Programs ~ IN YOUR CORNER with AUDITOR DIZOGLIO

By: Diana DiZoglio – Feb. 24 Much of our focus in the State Auditor’s Office is on conducting audits and reports that identify ways state agencies and organizations can improve accessibility to government services and resources, while helping to ensure greater accountability and transparency across our state government. I’d like to share a bit about […]

TOM DUGGAN’S NOTEBOOK: Lawrence Police Chief, Schools, Haverhill City Council

TOM DUGGAN’S NOTEBOOK: Lawrence Police Chief, Schools, Haverhill City Council

Jan,  20204 WILL CASTRO BE PERMANENT? Lawrence Mayor Brian DePena is expected to send down William Castro’s name to the city council for approval to be the permanent Lawrence Police Chief. Castro is currently the Acting Police Chief after former Chief Roy Vasque was pushed out over politics. Castro was appointed as DePena’s Chief of […]

My First Year Protecting State Taxpayers ~ IN YOUR CORNER with STATE AUDITOR DIANA DIZOGLIO

My First Year Protecting State Taxpayers ~ IN YOUR CORNER with STATE AUDITOR DIANA DIZOGLIO

By: Auditor DiZoglio – (01/24) Happy 2024! It’s hard to believe it’s been just about a year since I was sworn in as Massachusetts’ Chief Accountability Officer – State Auditor. I spent 2023 working toward fulfilling my commitments to you. This especially includes making sure Massachusetts delivers on the services and programs our residents rely […]

Methuen Village Honored With Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ Accreditation

Methuen Village Honored With Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ Accreditation

  METHUEN – Methuen Village, an assisted living and memory support community, held a flag-raising ceremony today to celebrate receiving the Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ accreditation. Methuen Village is just the fifth community in the state to become Purple Flag accredited. Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ is a collaboration between the Institute for Senior […]

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