Shootings, Stabbings, 2 Nights of Violence Shatters Peaceful Summer ~ PAYING ATTENTION EXTRA!

Shootings, Stabbings, 2 Nights of Violence Shatters Peaceful Summer ~ PAYING ATTENTION EXTRA!

  July 28, 2018 It’s been a historically peaceful summer in Lawrence with violent crime down nearly 50% and murders (so far) this year down by 2/3.  Since the beginning of the year Lawrence residents have enjoyed safer neighborhoods and a better business environment for local merchants.  The current murder count in Lawrence is three. […]

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (July, 2018) ~ “Rule of Corruption” Proves That Rules Don’t Matter

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (July, 2018) ~  “Rule of Corruption” Proves That Rules Don’t Matter

July, 2018 While voting on last year’s Methuen city budget and union contracts there were at least five (of nine) members of the city council who had a conflict of interest because they had immediate family members working for the city. The state’s conflict of interest laws say that elected officials with family members on […]

Chief Addresses Recent Murders, Plummeting Crime Rate

Chief Addresses Recent Murders, Plummeting Crime Rate

Earlier this month, newly appointed Lawrence Police Chief Roy Vasque appeared on the Paying Attention Podcast with Tom Duggan. (You can download it on Spotify, iHeartRadio, iTunes etc.) We asked the chief how he is changing the way the police in Lawrence do their jobs. “I think that the department is energized right now, it’s up […]

Working Together to End Gun Violence ~ By State Rep. Lenny Mirra (R) West Newbury

Working Together to End Gun Violence ~ By State Rep. Lenny Mirra (R) West Newbury

By: Lenny Mirra – June, 2018 The mission was simple, get both sides to sit down with each other and discuss new ways to end gun violence that all sides could agree on. This was my initial feeling when the gun control group Moms Demand Action demanded to speak with me about this very issue, […]

Diehl Promises to Help DayBreak Shelter in Lawrence

Diehl Promises to Help DayBreak Shelter in Lawrence

  “Warren has ignored the poorest of the poor here at Daybreak” Last month we learned that United States Senator Elizabeth Warren – who is running for reelection – has never toured the Daybreak Homeless Shelter in Lawrence. She was elected in 2012 promising to care about the poor, but with Lawrence being one of […]

Hollywood Film “LAWTOWN” Focuses on Lawrence’s Opioid Crisis as a Microcosm for the Country

Hollywood Film “LAWTOWN” Focuses on Lawrence’s Opioid Crisis as a Microcosm for the Country

In December 2016, Justyn Moro, Patrick Flaherty, and Max Rose, alongside Anthem Films began producing a feature length film about the Heroin problem in Lawerence, MA. The team set out with an objective of finding a story amongst the chaos of the opioid problem in Lawerence. Justyn Moro spearheaded the creation of the documentary after […]

The Problem Everyone Wants to Ignore, The Homeless in Lawrence ~ PAYING ATTENTION with TOM DUGGAN

The Problem Everyone Wants to Ignore, The Homeless in Lawrence  ~ PAYING ATTENTION with TOM DUGGAN

  MAY, 2018 Driving through the City of Lawrence it’s almost impossible not to notice the homeless population, whether they are pan-handling on the corners of the busiest intersections, or hassling people for a cigarette or a dollar outside local establishments. Unfortunately, most people turn their heads and pretend not to see the human carnage […]

Senate Funds Narcan Bulk Purchasing to Bring Down Cost for Municipalities ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR KATY IVES

Senate Funds Narcan Bulk Purchasing to Bring Down Cost for Municipalities ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR KATY IVES

By: State Senator Katy Ives – May, 2018 The State Senate included funding in the Fiscal Year 2018 supplemental budget for the Municipal Naloxone Bulk Purchase Trust Fund, which allows municipalities to purchase naloxone for municipal first responder agencies at a discounted rate. I filed an amendment to this supplemental budget that would allocate $150,000 […]

President Trump was Right About Lawrence ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (4-18)

President Trump was Right About Lawrence ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (4-18)

Last month, President Trump accurately pointed out that because the City of Lawrence is considered a “sanctuary city” it attracts criminals who are here illegally, because they know they won’t be deported. Within a day, Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera held a press conference where he went into a predictable “defend my city” mode, denying Lawrence […]

MassDEP Fines NASDI, LLC $140,910 for Asbestos, Hazardous Waste Management Violations in Lawrence, Elsewhere

MassDEP Fines NASDI, LLC $140,910 for Asbestos, Hazardous Waste Management Violations in Lawrence, Elsewhere

Violations Found at Work Site in South Boston, Rental Property in Lawrence, and the company’s facilities in Woburn and Stoughton  BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized a Massachusetts-licensed asbestos abatement contractor, NASDI, LLC, $140,910 for numerous asbestos and hazardous waste management violations found at the company’s facilities in Woburn and Stoughton, Manchester […]

Two Shot on Brook Street in Lawrence, Both in Stable Condition, Flown to Boston

Two Shot on Brook Street in Lawrence, Both in Stable Condition, Flown to Boston

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCjpwZ7auzg&feature=youtu.be&h=380&w=280] By: Tom Duggan – 3-20-18 Two men were show Tuesday afternoon at Brook and Union Streets in Lawrence after a fight broke out early in the afternoon. Valley Patriot sources say one man was shot in the neck and was trasnsported to the Lawrence General Hospital. Shortly after the incident, a second shooting victim […]

Local Police Chiefs on Opioids, Violence, & Angels Program

Local Police Chiefs on Opioids, Violence, & Angels Program

Paying Attention! is recorded at the Studio 21 Podcast Cafe in Salem N.H. above Two Guys Smoke Shop on Route 28. This is part 2. You can watch the video of this entire interview on Tom Duggan’s YouTube channel. You can watch the live taping of the program every Thursday on the Paying Attention Podcast […]

Just the Facts

Just the Facts

By: John MacDonald – February, 2018 Since I have announced my candidacy against incumbent Eileen Donoghue for State Senate of the 1st Middlesex, it’s fair to say that I haven’t launched a traditional approach to campaigning. I rely on facts. Unlike many campaigns that I’ve seen, all the facts on Eileen are clear and verifiable […]

Opioid Crisis in MA and NH: Death Rate Highest in LAWRENCE

Opioid Crisis in MA and NH: Death Rate Highest in LAWRENCE

  By: Ira Keltz and Quianna Roy The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that in 2016 there were 2094 opioid-related overdose deaths in the Commonwealth, which was up a whopping 24% over 2015. In the first 9 months of 2017, there were 932 confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths and the DPH estimates that there will […]