Public Safety, Equity, and Student Loan Debt

Public Safety, Equity, and Student Loan Debt

By: State Rep. Francisco Paulino – 7/23 As your State Representative, my primary aim is to enhance the lives of Massachusetts residents. To that end, our legislative team has been focusing on three key areas: public safety, equity, and the significant issue of student loan debt. Starting with public safety, we’ve made strides to enhance […]

Clear Path To Provide Services for Veterans in Methuen, Lawrence, and Haverhill

Clear Path To Provide Services for Veterans in Methuen, Lawrence, and Haverhill

7-23 Randy Carter and Jason Gilbert from Clear Path for Veterans New England (in Devens) held a public meeting at the Methuen VFW last month to announce a $205,000 grant to service veterans in Lawrence, Methuen, and Haverhill. Clear Path’s announcement came at just the right time with the closing of Veterans Northeast Outreach (VNOC) […]

State Ethics Commission’s Alleges Former Methuen Police Chief Violated Conflict of Interest Law

State Ethics Commission’s Alleges Former Methuen Police Chief Violated Conflict of Interest Law

Solomon allegedly caused changes to CBA that would increase his salary and provided unwarranted benefits to five intermittent police officers, including one who was a City Councilor 7-6-23 The State Ethics Commission’s Enforcement Division has issued an Order to Show Cause alleging former City of Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon violated the conflict of interest […]

Ed Girroir, U.S. Army Paratrooper and Firefighter ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

Ed Girroir, U.S. Army Paratrooper and Firefighter ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

By: John Cuddy 6-23 HAVERHILL – During World War II, Haverhill’s Ed Girroir enlisted in the US Army after Pearl Harbor, with most of his friends doing the same. He served as a Paratrooper with the US Army, in the European Theatre. He was on Active duty, from 1944 to 1946, assigned to the 517th […]

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. […]

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