The Valley Patriot newspaper has announced the nominees for the 2017 Valley Patriot BASH Awards. Winners will be announced at The Valley Patriot BASH, held on March 24th, at the Firefighter’s Relief In, at 6pm.
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*VALLEY PATRIOT 1ST AMENDMENT PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
Each year this award is given to 2 individuals who show with their actions that they value the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. Winner of this award have made a significant difference in holding public officials accountable, fought for transparency in government, the release of public documents and have fought to defend and protect our 1st Amendment right of free speech, a free press, freedom of religion and/or being a whistle-blower. They are or have taken ACTION, bold action, to make sure the public is more informed about what their government leaders and representatives are up to. Without individuals like this on the front lines in the war against a free speech and a free press our freedoms could be lost.
State Senator Bruce Tarr
North Andover Selectman Tracy Watson
Governor Charlie Baker
Methuen Police Chief Joe Solomon
PRIOR 1ST AMENDMENT WINNERS:
(2014) State Auditor Suzanne Bump & State Senator Katy Ives
(2015) State Representative Jim Lyons
(2016) Dr. Bharany Padmanabhan & State Rep. Diana DiZoglio
1ST Amendment Lifetime Achievement Award:
Whistleblower: Michael R. Sweeney
VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORS CHOICE AWARD
Each year The Valley Patriot honors contributors for outstanding writing or creative contribution while taking the high road in public discourse and/or taking very bold stands on some of the most important issues that shape our culture and our community. Columnists, reporters, artists, and even letter writers are eligible for this award. Previous winners of this award have exposed corruption, called out elected officials for bad behavior, provided exceptional information to the public and/or attracted a whole new demographic of readers to the paper.
Dr. Bharani Padmanabhan
Dr. Rahmi Rustum
PRIOR EDITOR’S CHOICE AWARD WINNERS:
(2013) Joe D’Amore & Lonnie Brennan.
(2014) Paul Murano & Jeff Katz
(2015) John Macdonald, Kathy Runge
(2016) Cartoonist Dave Sullivan
VALLEY PATRIOT PRESIDENTS AWARD
Nominees and winners of the Valley Patriot President’s Award were chosen personally by Valley Patriot Publisher Tom Duggan. Nominees are chosen for their unique and/or outstanding contribution in the operations of the paper. Previous winners have helped us get the paper to the printer in emergency situations so that we don’t miss a deadline, gone out in snowstorms to shovel out our street boxes, promoted us to local businesses for advertising, or provided exceptional information to the paper that nobody else could contribute.
(2013) Christine Morabito & Dan Selenius
(2014) Dave Sullivan & Dani Langevin
(2015) Alex Talcot, Mike Gagliardi
(2016) Janet Aldrich & Maria Fiato
Nominees for The Valley Patriot’s Hero Veteran Awards, and the Officer Tom Duggan Public Safety Awards will not be announced in advance, as there are only two nominees in each category and two winners are chosen.
The Valley Patriot has retired the “Goodwill Ambassador Award”
Previous winners are
(2013 ) Mike Grammont & Tracey Zysk
(2014) Rich Russel & Shawn Hansen
(2015) John Bergeron & Joyce & Gracemarie Tomaselli
(2016) Jack Roy & Mike and Candy Colizzi