Outgoing senator Steve Panagiotakos says goodbye, a history of public service

  By: Richard Howe – March, 2010 Senator Steve Panagiotakos Says Goodbye Since announcing last month that he would not seek re-election to the State Senate, Steve Panagiotakos has repeatedly said that he is proudest not when he’s called Senator or Chairman, he’s proudest when he’s called “Panagiotakos of Lowell.” That sentiment was clearly on […]

From killing fields to candidate for US Congress

By: JAMES O’TOOLE – March, 2010   Sam Meas, the first Cambodian-American to seek congressional office, talks about growing up in war-torn Cambodia. Sam Meas, a 36-year-old investment analyst from Haverhill, Massachusetts, is a Republican candidate for the United States congress in Massachusetts’ 5th District. He is the first Cambodian-American to run for Congress, or […]

GOP candidate Charlie Baker’s popularity surging in latest poll

Suffolk Poll shows voters favor casinos, cutting taxes   Riding the coattails of Scott Brown’s upset win for U.S. Senate, Republican Charlie Baker has jumped into second place and is within striking distance of Gov. Deval Patrick in a tight gubernatorial race, according to the latest Suffolk University/7News poll. Patrick (33 percent) still leads the […]

Suffolk University Poll: Give the People what they WANT?

Valley Patriot Editorial – March, 2010   Suffolk University conducted a statewide survey of 500 Massachusetts registered voters during February 21-24, 2010. The voters were asked to comment on two potential ballot questions that may appear on the fall ballot. One of the questions is whether or not to roll back the sales tax from […]

Sweeney Pens Letter to Ethics Commission

Sweeney Pens Letter to Ethics Commission

February 4rth, 2010 State Ethics Commission Mr. Scott Cole 1 Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108 Dear Mr. Cole: I am filing a formal complaint against William Lantigua, Mayor of the City of Lawrence and State Representative for the Sixteenth Essex District – City of Lawrence. I firmly believe that Mayor/State Representative William Lantigua has violated […]

Dan Cotnoir, Valley Patriot of the Month

Hero in Our Midst, Sgt. Dan Cotnoir, U.S. Marines Ordnance Maintenance Company, 4th Maintenance Battalion, Devens, MA   By: Tom Duggan In 2005, Sergeant Daniel Cotnoir of Lawrence was named Marine of the Year by the Marine Corps Times for his outstanding bravery and service to the United States.    Sgt. Dan Cotnoir began his military […]

City Council Subcommittee Divided on Lantigua Firings

Sweeney uses award-winning Valley Patriot article to make his case Tom Duggan – January, 2010   It was a contentious meeting before the Lawrence City Council’s Personnel Subcommittee Tuesday night, when three city department heads (fired by Willie Lantigua) got a chance to appeal their terminations.  The subcommittee first elected Roger Twomey as their chairman […]

Challenges Ahead for Methuen

Methuen Mayor Bill Manzi Looks Ahead By: Methuen Mayor Bill Manzi – January, 2010 This week I will have the honor of being sworn in for my third term as Methuen’s Mayor. Much has been accomplished over the past four years, but so much more remains, with the challenges facing Methuen as great as any […]

Five questions for Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua

By: Bob Okoniewski – January, 2010 As we go to print, the City of Lawrence stands on the threshold of history. On Monday, January 4, Lawrence state representative William Lantigua was sworn in as the city’s first elected mayor of Hispanic descent. As a newly elected mayor, however, Mr. Lantigua is now faced with a challenge […]

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