School Committees Play Vital Role in State Oversight

School Committees Play Vital  Role in State Oversight

By: DJ Deeb –  August, 2018 As of the deadline for this article the City/School budgets have not been fully resolved or finalized, but I hope to provide more information in a future article. In the meantime members of the City of Methuen Charter Review Commission recently discussed the possibility of recommending the elimination of […]

Shooting in Methuen Tied to Lawrence Address

Shooting in Methuen Tied to Lawrence Address

Methuen police are investigating a shooting on Tenney St. near the park. The shooting took place at approximately 5:14pm Tuesday. A caller described a white Honda Civic with Massachusetts Registration 1MGB31 pull up in front of the park. The driver and passenger got out of the vehicle and fired unknown type firearms towards the park. […]

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 […]

Methuen’s Rep. DiZoglio Urges State Control Board to Accompany Borrowing Measure

Methuen’s Rep. DiZoglio Urges State Control Board to Accompany Borrowing Measure

Calls for Immediate Review of All Employee Contracts “…the current legislative proposals put forward as an option for the City to borrow do not go far enough. As it stands, I am unable to support them as I believe stronger state fiscal oversight of the City of Methuen is essential to help the City get […]

Prop 2 1/2 Override Not an Option for Methuen

Prop 2 1/2 Override Not an Option for Methuen

By: DJ Deeb – June, 2018 The Methuen School Committee held a budget workshop meeting on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 to discuss the upcoming Fiscal Year 2019 budget. In April, the School Committee voted to request that the Mayor and School Committee approve a budget of $82.5 million, a nearly 14% increase over last year’s […]

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 […]

Legislation Targets Increased Cancer Rates Among Firefighters

Legislation Targets Increased Cancer Rates Among Firefighters

By: Linda Dean Campbell, February, 2018 This session I have filed a number of pieces of legislation pertaining to pressing public safety issues across the Commonwealth. I would like to highlight the following bill that I filed that just received a public hearing and excellent support from the committee and the public safety community: .3520, […]

*UPDATED* Methuen Police Seek Home Invasion Suspects

*UPDATED* Methuen Police Seek Home Invasion Suspects

Note: The following includes an updated description of the two suspects. The Methuen Police Department is actively seeking two suspects allegedly involved in a home Tuesday afternoon. On Tuesday, Feb. 13, at approximately 11:28 a.m., Methuen Police responded to a residence on Ruskin Avenue for a report of a home invasion. The calling party stated that […]

Methuen Police Investigating Armed Robbery

Methuen Police Investigating Armed Robbery

Feb. 12. 2018 The Methuen Police Department is investigating an armed robbery this afternoon. On Sunday, Feb. 11 at 9:52 p.m., Methuen Police were dispatched to Oscar’s Liquors, located at 441 Prospect St. for a reported robbery. Upon arrival, officers were informed that three men had walked in the store demanding money. One of the […]

Rep. DiZoglio To Push Mandating Detox Time for Narcan Recipients

Rep. DiZoglio To Push Mandating Detox Time for Narcan Recipients

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QOmbogzrLw&h=280&w=380]   Methuen State Representative Diana DiZoglio says she is ready to draft and introduce legislation which would require drug addicts who are given the life saving drug NARCAN, to be committed for 15 – 30 days in a detox or treatment facility. DiZoglio made the revelation on Valley Patriot publisher Tom Duggan’s Paying Attention […]

If You Build It, They Will Come – Rail Trails and Heroin Trails ~ PAYING ATTENTION with TOM DUGGAN

If You Build It, They Will Come – Rail Trails and Heroin Trails ~ PAYING ATTENTION with TOM DUGGAN

Last month, the state legislature approved giving Lawrence another $1.5M for … get this … improvements to the “rail trail”. For those who don’t know what the “rail trail” is, check this out. Your local and state officials have been spending millions of your tax dollars every year to create pretty walking areas along dead […]

Judge Denies Restraining Order Against Valley Patriot Newspaper/Columnist By Public Employee

Judge Denies Restraining Order Against Valley Patriot Newspaper/Columnist By Public Employee

October 31, 2017 Loretta Cooke of 26 Overlook Drive in Methuen filed a restraining order against Valley Patriot columnist Dr. Bharani Padmanabhan claiming his columns mentioning her in the paper were “harassment” asking Judge Michael Ulharik for a restraining order against him and The Valley Patriot from writing about her or taking or publishing her […]