Legislators Tour Daybreak Homeless Shelter, Funding Needed

Legislators Tour Daybreak Homeless Shelter, Funding Needed

Over coffee and pastry, fifty people attended the first legislative open house at Daybreak Shelter in Lawrence, MA. In tight quarters, Carina Pappalardo, Chief Executive Officer, discussed the agency’s partnership with the Coalition for Homeless Individuals. The homeless make up a third of the state’s homeless population in Massachusetts.  A population that is on the rise […]

More Than 100 Rally for Embattled Lawrence Mayor, Rivera Says Opponents Are Corrupt

More Than 100 Rally for Embattled Lawrence Mayor, Rivera Says Opponents Are Corrupt

By: Tom Duggan – November 29, 2015   RELATED STORIES – PHOTOS (videos below) More than 100 people rallied in support of embattled Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera Sunday on the Campagnone Common, in the wake of two recall petitions to throw Rivera out of office. Rivera is in his second year of a four year […]

Devers, Rivera Teamed Up in 2nd Miracle Win Against Willie Lantigua: How Republicans Got a Democrat Elected

Devers, Rivera Teamed Up in 2nd Miracle Win Against Willie Lantigua: How Republicans Got a Democrat Elected

By: Tom Duggan – November, 2014 For the second year in a row, the alliance between Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera and State Representative Marcos Devers resulted in what Rivera calls “miracle wins” against the once thought unbeatable former Lawrence Mayor, Willie Lantigua. “Nobody thought we could beat Lantigua last year and we did. Nobody thought […]

Devers, Rivera Team Up in Second Miracle Win Against Lantigua

Devers, Rivera Team Up in Second Miracle Win Against Lantigua

  By: Tom Duggan – November 4, 2014 For the second year in a row the alliance between Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera and State Representative Marcos Devers resulted in what Rivera calls “miracle wins” against the once thought unbeatable former Lawrence Mayor Willie Lantigua.  “Nobody thought we could beat Lantigua last year and we did. […]

PAYING ATTENTION! ~ My Pics for the 2014 Election

PAYING ATTENTION! ~ My Pics for the 2014 Election

  By: Tom Duggan, November 3, 2014 While The Valley Patriot newspaper has a policy against endorsing candidates, each member of our editorial board is free to endorse or make public who we are voting for. Here are my personal picks for the 2014 election season and why.  Governor Charlie Baker, Republican As a right […]

Merrimack Street Business Owners Give Mayor an Earful Over Proposed Changes to Street, Parking

Merrimack Street Business Owners Give Mayor an Earful Over Proposed Changes to Street, Parking

By:Tom Duggan – September 30, 2014 Business owners and residents on Merrimack Street in Lawrence across from Sal’s Riverwalk gave Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera and state officials an earful today as the Mayor proposed changes to the street.  The meeting was called by State Representative Diana DiZoglio who was approached by business owner Eli Haddad […]

Sal Lupoli (of Sal’s Pizza) Donates Space At Riverwalk to Lawrence Police, Pays Utilities, Expenses for New Police Sub-station

Sal Lupoli (of Sal’s Pizza) Donates Space At Riverwalk to Lawrence Police, Pays Utilities, Expenses for New Police Sub-station

Sal Lupoli announces the Renovation of 600,000 More Square Feet of Office Space at Riverwalk  By: Tom Duggan – August 27, 2014 Sal Lupilo of Sal’s Pizza and Lupoli Properties, owner of Sal’s Riverwalk on Merrimack Street in Lawrence has donated 700 square feet of office space for a police sub-station for the auxiliary police. Lupoli […]

Dominican Rep. Marcos Devers Says Voter ID Ensures Transparency, Other Latino Officials in Lawrence Agree

Dominican Rep. Marcos Devers Says Voter ID Ensures Transparency, Other Latino Officials in Lawrence Agree

By: Tom Duggan – August 8, 2014 LAWRENCE, MA – Lawrence State Representative Marcos Devers (D-Lawrence) says he favors Voter ID and says that as a Dominican he is “offended” when he hears people say that those who support voter ID are “racist”. “I am for Voter ID, it’s a matter of transparency”, Devers says. […]

Mayor Rivera, Treasurer Grossman, Senators and Reps. Endorse Marcos Devers for Reelection

Mayor Rivera, Treasurer Grossman, Senators and Reps. Endorse Marcos Devers for Reelection

Full Video below VIDEO|PHOTOS By: Tom Duggan – June 19, 2014 Lawrence State Representative Marcos Devers, a Democrat, held his official reelection kickoff Thursday night as Salvatore’s Restaurant at Sal’s Riveralk with a cast of who’s who in attendance supporting the two term representative. Candidate for governor Steve Grossman was on hand to support Devers […]

With Friends Like Roger Twomey Who Needs Mortal Enemies?

With Friends Like Roger Twomey Who Needs Mortal Enemies?

  By Tom Duggan – June, 2014 Lawrence City Councilor Roger Twomey is running for state representative as a Republican making this a three way race among himself, incumbent Marcos Devers (Democrat) and embattled former Mayor, Willie Lantigua (Independent). Some say Twomey is only in the race to divide the anti-Lantigua vote and help the […]

Podcast of Paying Attention with Tom Duggan, May 10, 2014

Podcast of Paying Attention with Tom Duggan, May 10, 2014

Paying Attention is produced by Chris Poublon and airs on 980WCAP in Lowell CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD HOUR 1 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD HOUR 2 Today Tom and Paul talked about social media, an interview with former Eagle Tribune publisher Al Getler who is now with The Valley Patriot, the two kids at Whittier Tech who […]

“Racist” Valley Democrats Support Voter ID – Valley Patriot Editorial December 2013

By: Tom Duggan – December 15, 2013 Last month all three of Lawrence’s State Representatives voted in favor of Voter ID in Massachusetts. This is odd given that we are told day in, and day out by the Democrat leadership, and the so called “news” media that people who support Voter ID are, in fact, […]

Former Mayoral Candidates Unite Against Lantigua – Endorse Rivera for Mayor

Former Mayoral Candidates Unite Against Lantigua – Endorse Rivera for Mayor

By: Tom Duggan – September 20, 2013 (11pm) OTHER LAWRENCE STORIES PHOTO GALLERY OF THIS EVENT Three of the four failed candidates for Lawrence mayor: James O’Donoghue, Juan Gonzalez and Marcos Devers stood with Lawrence City Councilor Dan Rivera Friday, at the end of the Casey Bridge to endorse Rivera’s candidacy against Lawrence Mayor Willie […]

Valley Patriot/980WCAP Lawrence Mayoral Debate download and listen on your IPOD! (September 7, 2013)

Valley Patriot/980WCAP Lawrence Mayoral Debate download and listen on your IPOD! (September 7, 2013)

CLICK here to download or listen to HOUR 1 CLICK here to download or listen to HOUR 2 Today, four of the five challengers to Lawrence Mayor Willie Lantigua came in for a debate on Paying Attention. James Patrick O’Donoghue, Dan Rivera, Manny Gonzalez, and Marcos Devers sparred on taxes, Lantigua’s corruption, laying off cops […]

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