US Marine, Purple Heart Recipient, Lawrence’s Daniel Cotnoir ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

US Marine, Purple Heart Recipient, Lawrence’s Daniel Cotnoir ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

By: John Cuddy 3-23 The president of Edgar J. Racicot Funeral Home, formerly in Lawrence Massachusetts, now operating in Dracut, Massachusetts, is Lawrence native and US Marine Veteran, Daniel Cotnoir. Operating since 1899, Racicot Funeral is one of the oldest businesses in continual operation in the Merrimack Valley. Although US Marine Dan Cotnoir, was featured […]

Methuen Officials Surprise World War II Army Vet on Her 100th Birthday

Methuen Officials Surprise World War II Army Vet on Her 100th Birthday

Ethel LaSalle, a World War II Army veteran who has donated more than 300 blankets to area veterans’ organizations over the years, was recently surprised on her 100th birthday by Methuen police, fire and city and state officials. Last month, officials said, the police department received a request for cards for LaSalle’s centennial. Methuen police […]

US Navy Seabee Veteran Robert “Bob” Brown of Andover ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

US Navy Seabee Veteran Robert “Bob” Brown of Andover ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

  By: John Cuddy – 02-23 US Navy Seabee Veteran and Andover resident Robert “Bob” Brown is the son of a US Military Veteran and Massachusetts firefighter. The Valley Patriot first met up with Bob Brown last year at a Chamber of Commerce function at Salvatore’s in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Bob and his staff helped write […]

Lawrence Native Art Jacobs, US Army Silver Star and Three Purple Hearts ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

Lawrence Native Art Jacobs, US Army Silver Star and Three Purple Hearts ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

By: John Cuddy – 01-23 Little did I know that my previous story about US Army Medic Steve Bird from Groveland, and his brave efforts to treat the wounded on the battlefields of Vietnam in 1968, would lead me to this feature about Art Jacobs, who was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and grew up in […]

DelRosario Shows Real Leadership While Honoring our Veterans in Lawrence

DelRosario Shows Real Leadership While Honoring our Veterans in Lawrence

  By: Tom Duggan – 1/23 Last month, there was a scheduled vote before the Lawrence City Council (December 6th) that would have replaced the name of the park at South Lawrence’s Five Corners from “Stockton Park” to “Twomey Park (where the fountain was located on South Union St.).” The proposal was sponsored by Councilor […]

Ed Murphy; Navy Vet, Lawrence Firefighter, Veteran’s Den Band ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

Ed Murphy; Navy Vet, Lawrence Firefighter, Veteran’s Den Band ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

By: John Cuddy – 12/22 Lawrence’s Ed Murphy grew up in the South Lawrence East neighborhood, living in Veteran’s Housing at the Lawrence Stadium Projects as his dad, Edward J. Murphy was a Navy veteran. He later moved to Bailey Street with his parents and three sisters. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in […]

Gretchen Smith – US Air Force – Fighting for Homeless Veterans ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

Gretchen Smith – US Air Force – Fighting for Homeless Veterans ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

By: John Cuddy – 11/22 Lawrence’s, and the rest of our Merrimack Valley’s Homeless are fed daily by organizations such as the Cor Unum Meal Center, Bread & Roses, Good Shepard Center, and the TMF Organization, all working tirelessly to feed our homeless. Curious to find out how many of our Merrimack Valley (and our […]

Greater Lawrence Technical Students Honor Command Sgt. Major Franklin Velez

Greater Lawrence Technical Students Honor Command Sgt. Major Franklin Velez

ANDOVER – The Greater Lawrence Technical School hosted an event in observation of Veterans Day to honor and recognize Command Sgt. Major Franklin Velez and Sgt. Eduardo Ortiz of the Continental Color Guard, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment. Command Sgt. Major Velez, is a 1988 graduate of Greater Lawrence Tech. The Andover and Lawrence Fire departments […]

Psychological Center in Lawrence Recognizes Chief of Staff Virginia Gomez for 20 Years of Service

Psychological Center in Lawrence Recognizes Chief of Staff Virginia Gomez for 20 Years of Service

LAWRENCE — Chief Executive Officer Carina Pappalardo would like to recognize Chief of Staff Virginia Gomez for 20 years of service and caring she has provided to The Psychological Center and its guests. Gomez joined The Psychological Center as a receptionist in September of 2002, and has learned from her coworkers, grown, and advanced through […]

Sal DeFranco, US Navy SEAL & Small Business Owner ~ Valley Patriot of the Month – HEROES IN OUR MIDST

Sal DeFranco, US Navy SEAL & Small Business Owner ~ Valley Patriot of the Month – HEROES IN OUR MIDST

By: John Cuddy – Oct.  2022 HAVERHILL – Natives of Massachusetts, Sal DeFranco and his wife Dana own Battle Grounds Coffee Company, an award-winning roasting and café operation located in Haverhill, Newburyport, and Methuen. Battle Grounds Coffee was built on a foundation of service. Whether that manifested in providing clothing for veterans, supplies for students, […]

Groveland’s Steve Bird, Combat Medic with the 1st Air Cavalry ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH – HERO IN OUR MIDST

Groveland’s Steve Bird, Combat Medic with the 1st Air Cavalry ~ VALLEY PATRIOT  OF THE MONTH – HERO IN OUR MIDST

By: John Cuddy – Sept. 2022 Groveland’s Steve Bird was conceived by his parents in 1946 at the US Military Academy in West Point, New York. His dad was a US Army Soldier, serving our Nation as an artillery instructor at West Point, teaching future US Army Officers. Steve grew up in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and […]

Lawrence’s Veterans’ Services Officer Jamie Melendez ~ HEROES IN OUR MIDST – VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

Lawrence’s Veterans’ Services Officer Jamie Melendez ~ HEROES IN OUR MIDST – VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

By: John Cuddy – Aug. 2022 Lawrence Massachusetts Director,Veterans’ Services, Sargent First Class Jaime L. Melendez Jr. US Army-Retired, was born in Lawrence Massachusetts. He attended the local Lawrence Public schools and finished high school at his parent’s home on the island of Puerto Rico. He has an associate degree from Central Texas University. Jaime […]

Major Reforms of Veteran Care & Soldiers’ Homes Finalized

Major Reforms of Veteran Care & Soldiers’ Homes Finalized

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell The Massachusetts Legislature unanimously sent to Governor Baker a final bill that will comprehensively reform Veteran care in our Commonwealth – which includes, but goes far beyond, major reforms to how our Soldiers’ Homes are governed and operated. As lead sponsor of this legislation alongside Senator Mike Rush, a […]