After 31 Years, Salisbury’s Shenanigans Unraveled!

After 31 Years, Salisbury’s Shenanigans Unraveled!

Jan. 2024 Last November the Town of Salisbury finally responded to multiple public records requests showing that the town misled several courts when their lawyers claimed that the town was court ordered to abate water pollution, (mandated to construct the U.S. EPA/State sewer project) and that this “one project” included contracts one to five as […]

MeVa Transit Offers Free Veteran Transportation to Bedford V.A.

MeVa Transit Offers Free Veteran Transportation to Bedford V.A.

11-29-24 Haverhill, MA — Local veterans seeking care at the VA Bedford Healthcare System will soon have access to a free door to door ride service with the launch of the new MeVa Transit VA Bedford mediMeVa. Last Thursday, the MeVa Transit Advisory Board unanimously approved the new mediMeVa service to the VA Bedford Healthcare […]

Lawrence Mayor DePeña Welcomes Dr. Agrawal as New President/CEO of Lawrence General 

Lawrence Mayor DePeña Welcomes Dr. Agrawal as New President/CEO of Lawrence General 

1-25-24 Mayor Brian A. DePeña was honored to host and once again welcome Dr. Abha Agrawal, MD, FACP, FACHE, the new President and CEO of Lawrence General Hospital.  Mayor DePeña alongside Dr. Abha Agrawal and Ellen Murphy Meehan who is a health system consultant, spoke topics of discussion included how to improve patient care in […]

Joshua Cruz of Lawrence Gets 2 Year Sentence for Conspiracy to Use Stolen ID’s to Fraudulently Purchase Vehicles

Joshua Cruz of Lawrence Gets 2 Year Sentence for Conspiracy to Use Stolen ID’s to Fraudulently Purchase Vehicles

1-22-24 BOSTON – A Lawrence man was sentenced today for his role in a scheme to use the stolen identities of United States citizens from Puerto Rico to fraudulently purchase vehicles and other merchandise and apply for, and utilize bank accounts and credit cards. Joshua Cruz, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Patti […]

Melvin Antonio Perez Medina of Lawrence Sentenced to 5+ Years in Prison For Concealing More Than 2 Kilos of Fentanyl Inside Cereal Box

Melvin Antonio Perez Medina of Lawrence Sentenced to 5+ Years in Prison For Concealing More Than 2 Kilos of Fentanyl Inside Cereal Box

BOSTON – A Lawrence man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston to his role in a fentanyl trafficking conspiracy. Melvin Antonio Perez Medina, 33, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 64 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. In October 2023, Perez Medina […]

State Auditor DiZoglio Finds $12M+ in Public Benefit Fraud in FY23

State Auditor DiZoglio Finds $12M+ in Public Benefit Fraud in FY23

  BOSTON – Today, State Auditor Diana DiZoglio released her tenure’s first annual fraud report. The fiscal year 2023 (FY23) Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) annual report summarizes BSI’s work to help make government work better by investigating, under the law, fraud, abuse, and illegal acts involving public assistance benefits throughout the Commonwealth. This year, […]

Former Lawrence Fire Prevention Inspector David Blanchette to Pay $65,000 Fine for Conflicts of Interest

Former Lawrence Fire Prevention Inspector David Blanchette to Pay $65,000 Fine for Conflicts of Interest

Blanchette used Fire Department position to secure business for his private detector company 1-11-24 Former Lawrence Fire Department Fire Prevention Inspector David Blanchette will pay a $65,000 civil penalty for violating the conflict of interest law multiple times by using his official position to secure business for his private smoke and carbon monoxide detector maintenance […]

New Hampshire Man Pleads Guilty in Harvard University Bomb Extortion Case

New Hampshire Man Pleads Guilty in Harvard University Bomb Extortion Case

Threats caused evacuation at Harvard and the controlled detonation of a hoax device BOSTON – A Manchester, N.H., man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston for a series of extortionate bomb threats against Harvard University. The extortionate threats caused the evacuation of Harvard’s Science Center Plaza and surrounding academic buildings, and the controlled […]

U.S. Army Veteran Joe Cuddy ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

U.S. Army Veteran Joe Cuddy ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

By: John Cuddy – 12-23 Born and raised in South Lawrence, Joseph Cuddy attended St. Patrick’s Grammar School and graduated from Central Catholic High School in the Class of 1952. Joe played basketball, hockey and football and ran track. After graduation, he enlisted in the US Army. As the middle of 5 brothers, Joe’s brother, […]

Veterans’ Benefits and Ride Share Drivers

Veterans’ Benefits and Ride Share Drivers

By: Estela Reyes ~ 10-23 I want to start this month’s column with a big ‘Thank You’! Thank you for reading into and engaging with the work of your elected officials. It is a joy of this job to hear constituents’ advocacy and carry their voices to the State policy-making level. I am thankful to […]

Bay Staters Deserve Opportunities To Build a Better Financial Future

Bay Staters Deserve Opportunities To Build a Better Financial Future

By: State Rep. Francisco Paulino ~ 12-23 Whether you grew up in Lawrence, Methuen, Revere, Winthrop, Brighton, or Boston, every community in the Commonwealth values kitchen-table issues; an honest day’s work, safe streets, affordable homes, good schools, access to quality and affordable healthcare, and the ability to earn a good living and save for the […]

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