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 […]

Taking Care of Our Mental Health During COVID-19 ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR DIZOGLIO

Taking Care of Our Mental Health During COVID-19 ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR DIZOGLIO

Feb. 2021 Hello Valley Patriot Readers, Beyond the physical and financial anxiety that countless of us have felt since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have also experienced feelings of loneliness and isolation. While many of us have gone through life without the internet and mobile devices in the past, we haven’t gone through […]

300 Chicken Dinners, Hundreds of Bags of Groceries Delivered to Veterans in Haverhill Affected by COVID-19

300 Chicken Dinners, Hundreds of Bags of Groceries  Delivered to Veterans in Haverhill Affected by COVID-19

By: Don Jarvis – July, 2020 What started a few weeks ago has led to a wonderful community event serving meals directly to the homes of our veterans. Recently I was in touch with Sarah Sweeney from Military Friends Foundation who offered me a $1,000 COVID 19 Military Relief Fund grant to go towards immediately […]

Methuen Ballet Ensemble to Perform Nutcracker

Methuen Ballet Ensemble to Perform Nutcracker

The Methuen Ballet Ensemble is making its annual trip to Newburyport to perform “The Nutcracker” on November 30th at 3pm and 7pm and on December 1st at 1pm. All performances will take place at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, a beautiful waterfront performing arts venue right in the heart of downtown Newburyport. Company members […]

Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget Update ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget Update ~ IN  YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

  By: Senator Katy Ives – August, 2018 The Massachusetts Legislature recently passed a $41.88 billion state budget for FY19 and directs a $367 million deposit into the Stabilization Fund, to ensure our state’s fiscal health and protect Massachusetts’ future. It also prioritizes our cities and towns, education, and those most in need of help […]

PAWS II Bill Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety Approved by MA House and Senate

PAWS II Bill Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety Approved by MA House and Senate

Anti-Abuse Bill Moves to Governor Baker’s Desk Boston-    Legislation intended to enhance humane treatment of animals, and punish those who engage in animal cruelty, has received final legislative support following approval by the House and Senate today on Senate Bill 2646, Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety. The legislation furthers anti-abuse measures first secured in the 2014 Protecting […]

Foster Parent Recruitment Funding in the State Budget is Priceless ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR IVES

Foster Parent Recruitment Funding in the State Budget is Priceless ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR IVES

By: State Senator Ives – July, 2018 One of my budgetary priorities this year was to increase funding for the Foster Care Parent Campaign line item in the Fiscal Year 2019 State Budget. The House Budget maintained the funding levels at $250,000. The Senate version of the budget allocated $750,000 to expand the Foster Parent […]

Working Together to End Gun Violence ~ By State Rep. Lenny Mirra (R) West Newbury

Working Together to End Gun Violence ~ By State Rep. Lenny Mirra (R) West Newbury

By: Lenny Mirra – June, 2018 The mission was simple, get both sides to sit down with each other and discuss new ways to end gun violence that all sides could agree on. This was my initial feeling when the gun control group Moms Demand Action demanded to speak with me about this very issue, […]

Senate Funds Narcan Bulk Purchasing to Bring Down Cost for Municipalities ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR KATY IVES

Senate Funds Narcan Bulk Purchasing to Bring Down Cost for Municipalities ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR KATY IVES

By: State Senator Katy Ives – May, 2018 The State Senate included funding in the Fiscal Year 2018 supplemental budget for the Municipal Naloxone Bulk Purchase Trust Fund, which allows municipalities to purchase naloxone for municipal first responder agencies at a discounted rate. I filed an amendment to this supplemental budget that would allocate $150,000 […]

Unaffordable and Inaccessible Child Care Limits Economic Growth in Massachusetts

Unaffordable and Inaccessible Child Care Limits Economic Growth in Massachusetts

By State Senator Katy O’Connor Ives – March, 2018 One of the most important issues limiting our state’s economy as a whole, and families and residents individually, is the issue of childcare. The state of our economy is directly connected to the state of child care options for the work force. Though Massachusetts was one […]

Requiring Prevention and Reporting of College Sexual Violence ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR KATY IVES

Requiring Prevention and Reporting of College Sexual Violence ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR KATY IVES

By: Senator Katy Ives – Nov. 2017 The State Senate unanimously passed a comprehensive bill that would require higher education institutions in Massachusetts to set in place requirements on how campus police report and disclose an incident of dating violence, sexual assault or stalking. S.2191 filed by Senator Moore. An Act Concerning Sexual Violence on […]

Celebrating and Acknowledging our Veterans and Service Members

Celebrating and Acknowledging our Veterans and Service Members

By: Don Jarvis – Oct. 2017 For the third year in a row Preserving Newbury is hosting Wreaths Across America in Newbury, Massachusetts. Wreaths Across America is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2007, which continues to expand their annual wreath-laying ceremony. The wreath laying ceremony began at Arlington National Cemetery and now stretches to […]

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