Average Bay Stater Would Give Up Four Years of Their Life to Keep Drinking

Average Bay Stater Would Give Up Four Years of Their Life to Keep Drinking

Life vs. Liquor: The average Bay Stater would give up four years of their life to keep drinking alcohol, survey reveals. One-third would give up caffeine for life, if they can continue drinking alcohol. 30% admit they ignore studies warning about alcohol health risks. Infographic included. Science and Sobriety: There are many behaviors and habits we’ve developed […]

Dracut Man Indicted for Armed Robbery

Dracut Man Indicted for Armed Robbery

Defendant allegedly robbed three convenience stores on Christmas Eve 10/8/21 BOSTON – A Dracut man was indicted today in federal court in Boston in connection with the armed robbery of three convenience stores in Lowell and Tewksbury on Dec. 24, 2020. Michael Vangpa, 32, was indicted on three counts of interfering with commerce by robbery […]

Stop Sweeping the Homeless Out of Sight ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (10/21)

Stop Sweeping the Homeless Out of Sight ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (10/21)

October, 2021 At a time when the Merrimack Valley desperately needs our elected officials at the highest level of government to experience the homeless crisis first hand, Lowell, like so many other communities, sweeps their homeless problem out of sight, or under the rug, as some may say. At issue; Lowell City Councilor Rita Mercier […]

MA Must Cut Ties with Firm That Fed the Opioid Crisis ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIZOGLIO

MA Must Cut Ties with Firm That Fed the Opioid Crisis ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIZOGLIO

Hello Valley Patriot Readers, This past February, the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. settled a lawsuit brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and 46 other state Attorneys General after admitting to their role in helping pharmaceutical companies, including Purdue Pharma, bolster the sale of opioids like Oxycontin to increase profits. The settlement, which saw […]

Homestead Protection Error – An Open Letter to Governor Charlie Baker

Homestead Protection Error – An Open Letter to Governor Charlie Baker

September 7, 2021 VIA EMAIL COMMUNICATION The Honorable Charlie Baker Governor of Massachusetts Massachusetts State House Office of the Governor 24 Beacon Street, Rm. 280 Boston, MA 02133 RE: HOMEOWNER’S PLEA TO CORRECT EVIDENCED HOMESTEAD PROTECTION ERRORS Dear Governor Baker: My name is Mohan A. Harihar – I was born and raised in the Commonwealth […]

Previously-Vocal Politicos Make Molehill Over Mountain

Previously-Vocal Politicos  Make Molehill Over Mountain

By: Brian Genest – Aug. 2021 The sound of silence is stunning. And very telling. From Swampscott and Shrewsbury to Beacon Hill and beyond, some previously-vocal politicos are suddenly biting their lips. Not one establishment Republican has a word to say about Tom Mountain, the former MassGOP vice chair who stepped down from the party’s […]

Former Dept of Unemployment Employee Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Identity Theft Related to COVID-19

Former Dept of Unemployment Employee Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Identity Theft Related to COVID-19

8-30-21 BOSTON – A former employee of the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) pleaded guilty today to fraud and identity theft charges arising from her claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) funds. Tiffany Pacheco, a/k/a Tiffany Tavery, 35, formerly of New Bedford, pleaded guilty to six counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy […]

IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIZOGLIO ~ Reducing the Property Tax Burden on Seniors

IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIZOGLIO ~ Reducing the Property Tax Burden on Seniors

Aug, 2021 Hello Valley Patriot Readers, As a member of the Legislature’s Elder Affairs Committee, one of my top focuses this session is assessing bills filed that impact our older adults. Among these pieces of legislation is an important bill I have co-sponsored, Senate Bill 1823, An Act relative to property tax deferral for estates. […]

Pearlstein Ignored Leadership Failures and Faulty Government Systems in Holyoke Nursing Home Tragedy

Pearlstein Ignored Leadership Failures and Faulty Government Systems in Holyoke Nursing Home Tragedy

By: Linda Dean Campbell – Aug. 2021 In May, a special committee formed by the Massachusetts Legislature released the report on its investigation of the COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home that resulted in 77 deaths. The report by the Special Joint Oversight Committee, which we chair, is most notable for taking the opposite […]

Support for Our Community The House Budget

Support for Our Community The House Budget

By: State Rep. Linda Campbell We are very fortunate to have a strong and experienced team of legislators in the Merrimack Valley House delegation. With the support of my colleagues, I was proud to secure state funding in the House budget for several specific needs in the Merrimack Valley, including: • $50,000 for addiction recovery […]

Let’s Stop Judges from Granting Immunity to Attorneys Who Commit Wrongdoing in Court

Let’s Stop Judges from Granting Immunity to Attorneys Who Commit Wrongdoing in Court

By: Gracemarie Tomaselli and Joyce Tomaselli Contact your Senators and Representatives to support Senate Bill S.1017 “An Act to strengthen rules governing attorney conduct; penalties for misconduct.” We filed this bill with the help of Senator Diana DiZoglio. https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S1017/Bills/Joint You can sign our Change.Org Petition! “Stop Judges From Granting “Immunity” To Attorneys Who Commit Wrongdoings […]

Northern Essex Community College Failed to Address Recommendations to Improve Tracking of Property, Audit Finds

Northern Essex Community College Failed to Address Recommendations to Improve Tracking of Property, Audit Finds

BOSTON – In an audit released today, the Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump (OSA) found Northern Essex Community College (NECC) has failed to take steps previously recommended by the office to better safeguard and track the college’s valuable property. The audit also showed NECC did not always obtain required documentation, including approvals, for expenditures. […]

Governor Baker Scapegoats Hero Marine – Protects Political Insiders

Governor Baker Scapegoats Hero Marine – Protects Political Insiders

How Rich People of Privilege Set Up a Hero Marine From Lawrence By: Tom Duggan – June, 2021 Veterans and politicians in Massachusetts are demanding answers and an apology for Purple Heart recipient Francisco Urena, the former Secretary of Veterans Services for the Commonwealth, after a legislative report and a Boston Globe expose proved he […]

Disabled Persons Protection Commission is Not Effectively Administering Investigations of Alleged Abuse, Audit Shows

Disabled Persons Protection Commission is Not Effectively Administering Investigations of Alleged Abuse, Audit Shows

Commission has not effectively addressed recommendations from previous audit BOSTON – In an audit released today, the Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump (OSA) showed the Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) has been consistently missing required state deadlines for abuse investigations and did not have a system for identifying persons with repeated allegations of […]