Hero in Our Midst – Francisco Urena – Valley Patriot of the Month Sept. 2007

  By: Tom Duggan, September, 2007  Most Lawrence residents know Francisco Urena as the city’s Veterans’ Services Director, but long before Urena came to work for the city of Lawrence he was serving the United States Marines in the 1st Tank Battalion in Iraq. Urena was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in […]

Lawrence Mayor Mike Sullivan Shows Class

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL September, 2007  Thanks to Lawrence Mayor Michael Sullivan, police officers in Lawrence will not be laid off this year, a firehouse will not close and DPW workers will be able to continue maintaining Lawrence’s ball fields, streets and sewer system without political interference by the Lawrence City Council. Over the last three […]

Pro-Override Group’s Embarrassing Obfuscation: An Admission of Guilt

Pro-Override Group’s Embarrassing Obfuscation: An Admission of Guilt

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX   By: Dr. Charles Ormsby – September 05, 2007 In our July edition, I wrote an article entitled “Snookered” that analyzed a highly questionable pro-override campaign postcard distributed by North Andover United (NAU) just days before our recent override vote (See figure below).  The group’s postcard cited home sales statistics for […]

Sullivan Gets State Approval for Budget Renders Blanchette, City Council Irrelevant

Sullivan Gets State Approval for Budget Renders Blanchette, City Council Irrelevant

PAYING ATTENTION EXTRA!  (video here) By: Tom Duggan – August 28, 2007 Lawrence Mayor Michael Sullivan marched into city hall Thursday night to a packed city council chambers. Hundreds of police and firefighters crowded the hall bearing signs that chastised the city council for trying to cut public safety in the city.  Mayor Sullivan took […]

BARRY FINEGOLD CONDEMNS FIRING OF ADL REGIONAL DIRECTOR

AFFIRMS SUPPORT OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE RECOGNITION WEB EXTRA   By  Tom Duggan – August 21, 2007     State Representative and Congressional Candidate Barry Finegold condemned the national Anti-Defamation League’s firing of its New England regional director Andrew H. Tarsy. Tarsy was fired by the national ADL for his advocacy on behalf of Armenian genocide recognition. […]

Lawrence’s Councilor Silva Cleared in Hand-Gun Incident

VALLEY PATRIOT EXCLUSIVE   Tom Duggan  August August, 2007  Almost exactly one year after a gun was found at the home of Lawrence City Councilor Grisel Silva, the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission has cleared the district “B” councilor of allegations that she used her influence as an elected official to cover up the fact that […]

Laboy: Race Politics is Ruining Lawrence

Laboy: Race Politics is Ruining Lawrence

Tom Duggan (07/03/07) Lawrence Superintendent of Schools Wilfredo Laboy has been under fire by critics over the last month for his decision to house newly arrived immigrant students with lack of English proficiency in the “old” high school building on Haverhill Street once the new $110 million campus is officially opened. Teacher’s union president Frank McLaughlin […]

Hero Veteran Speaks at Memorial Day Service in North Andover

Hero Veteran Speaks at Memorial Day Service in North Andover

Local Hero Speaks on War on Terror    Monday, May 28, 2007   Memorial Day Services were held all around the Merrimack Valley today in honor of those who lost their lives serving the United States Armed Forces. In North Andover, Massachusetts, Valley Patriot of the Month, Thomas Hudner, a Medal of Honor recipient, spoke […]

Front Runner Tsongas Calls For Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq

Front Runner Tsongas Calls For Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq

PAYING ATTENTION! with Tom Duggan Former Congressman Jim Shannon Endorses Tsongas   By: Tom Duggan, May 16, 2007   Niki Tsongas, the front runner in the race for the 5th congressional district visited the city of Lawrence last night at the opening of her Essex Street headquarters only feet away from city hall. Tsongas is […]

Spanish Newspaper Siglo21 Misleading Latinos

Spanish Newspaper Siglo21 Misleading Latinos

PAYING ATTENTION! with Tom Duggan   By: Tom Duggan -Monday, May 7, 2007 Last week Siglo 21, (a partially bilingual newspaper) printed the following paragraphs about the ACLU and our website posting about the meeting: (Siglo21) “Tommy Duggan, the director of The Valley Patriot, the only member of the Anglo-American press present at the gathering […]