Justices Rule Home Equity Theft Unconstitutional – Will Have Local Implications

Justices Rule Home Equity Theft Unconstitutional – Will Have Local Implications

Joyce and Gracemarie Tomaselli,  6-23 Last month the U.S. Supreme Court justices unanimously ruled that home equity theft by government entities is unconstitutional, securing an individual’s right to just compensation when their property is confiscated and sold in a tax foreclosure. “This decision affirms that property rights are fundamental and don’t depend solely on state […]

Twilight Zoning: By-Laws In Dracut

Twilight Zoning: By-Laws In Dracut

Philippe Thibault, 6-23 You can hear the iconic music all ready, can’t you: dee, dee, DEE, dee. Such is life in a small bucolic hamlet in northeastern Massachusetts, but appearances can be deceiving when the light is dim. A dim light from the twilight zone. Let us cast a brighter light on the zoning bylaw […]

Lawrence Police Chief Agrees to Retire, Gets Approx. $780K Contract Buyout

Lawrence Police Chief Agrees to Retire, Gets Approx. $780K Contract Buyout

6-30-23 Lawrence Police Chief Roy Vasque has signed an agreement with the City of Lawrence to not return to duty and retire from the City of Lawrence after being put on leave by Mayor Brian DePena. According to sources, Vasque will be paid approximately $780,000 which includes about $300,000 in accrued sick and vacation time […]

State Senator Bruce Tarr Recognized for Protecting Animals

State Senator Bruce Tarr Recognized for Protecting Animals

6-23 BOSTON – Last month, Massachusetts State Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) was presented with a special award for his work to protect animals at a State House event. The award was presented by a coalition of Massachusetts animal welfare organizations that work together to advocate for the humane treatment of animals. The award acknowledges his […]

Methuen Mayor, Council Pass Huge Raises in Superior Officers’ Contract

Methuen Mayor, Council Pass Huge Raises in Superior Officers’ Contract

6-23 Over the last four years, Methuen Mayor Neil Perry and the Methuen City Council clutched their pearls and pounded their fists calling the controversial police superior officers’ contract (passed by the previous council) a “criminal contract” that was “bloated” and paid the cops “far too much of the taxpayers money.” They attacked the police […]

Former Andover Youth  Director William Fahey Pays $20K Fine for Violating Conflict of Interest Law

Former Andover Youth  Director William Fahey Pays $20K Fine for Violating Conflict of Interest Law

Fahey received private compensation relating to his public employment, allocated payments to himself and other town employees 6-27-23 Former Andover Youth Services Director William Fahey has paid a $20,000 civil penalty for violating the conflict of interest law by receiving payments from a private nonprofit in connection with his employment with the Town of Andover, […]

What is Your City/Town Paying Public Employees? Methuen Pays 64% Higher Than the National Average

What is Your City/Town Paying Public Employees? Methuen Pays 64% Higher Than the National Average

  WHAT IS YOUR TOWN PAYING CITY EMPLOYEES? According to govsalaries.com this is how much each city listed paid their city employees in 2021 (the most recent numbers available) compared to the national average. Items of note, the average city employee salary in Methuen is the highest in the region at $76,864. This is 64% […]

Celebrating Our Amazing Graduates of the Class of 2023 ~ IN YOUR CORNER with AUDITOR DIZOGLIO

Celebrating Our Amazing Graduates of the Class of 2023 ~ IN YOUR CORNER with AUDITOR DIZOGLIO

EXCLUSIVE TO THE VALLEY PATRIOT 6-23 Hello Valley Patriot Readers, Recently, I had the honor of delivering the commencement address to the Class of 2023 at my alma mater, Middlesex Community College. It was a beautiful day celebrating all of the hard work, tireless efforts and sacrifices made by the graduates, their families, and friends. […]

Paulino: Part of My Job is Community Engagement

Paulino: Part of My Job is Community Engagement

Dear Constituents, As your State Representative, I am privileged to play an active role in our community’s vibrant life. Today, I want to share with you some pivotal moments that have recently underscored our shared commitment to hope, safety, and honor – the graduation ceremonies at Methuen and Lawrence High, the Massachusetts Nurses Association’s protest […]

Full Access to Salisbury Beach Restored Ahead of Fourth of July Holiday

Full Access to Salisbury Beach Restored Ahead of Fourth of July Holiday

Access Point 8 Reopened 6/26/23 Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Brian Arrigo and Sen. Bruce Tarr, Chair of the Merrimack River Beach Alliance, today released the below statements on the reopening of Access Point 8 at Salisbury Beach. “We are thrilled to be reopening the access point 8 at Salisbury Beach today ahead […]

Payano: Championing Investments in Downtown Revitalization and Local Priorities

Payano: Championing Investments in Downtown Revitalization and Local Priorities

By: State Senator Pavel Payano – 6/23 On Thursday, May 25th, the Massachusetts Senate approved a comprehensive budget of $55.9 billion for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24), signaling the Commonwealth’s commitment to fiscal discipline and the long-term economic well-being of the state. With a focus on equity and opportunity, the Senate’s budget delivers historic levels of […]

Hamilton: Focusing on Your Kids’ Mental Health

Hamilton: Focusing on Your Kids’ Mental Health

By: State Rep. Ryan Hamilton (Methuen) 6-23 As we look back on the month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, I want to highlight one of my legislative priorities for this session – youth mental health. Our young people are facing staggering rates of poor mental health, made only worse by the isolating effects […]

Hypocrisy in North Andover, Ignoring the “Health Experts” ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (06-23)

Hypocrisy in North Andover, Ignoring the “Health Experts” ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (06-23)

6-23 Last month, attendees at North Andover Town Meeting overwhelmingly voted to ban the use of plastic bags for all businesses in town over 3,000 sq. feet. When we say it was overwhelming, we mean the measure won by more than 90%. Citizen after citizen (many still wearing masks three years after COVID) took to […]

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