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Methuen Dems Breakfast 2022

The Methuen Democratic Committee held the annual breakfast yesterday, June 11, 2022 at the First Church Parish Hall. Thank you to Committee Chair Lisa Ferry for all of her hard work on the event. Great job as emcee by City … Continue reading

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The Seabrook Water and Sewer Reports 2021

The Seabrook Water report, and the separate Sewer report, are posted below. These reports will be discussed by the Board of Selectmen at the May 16, 2022 meeting. Despite great progress there is still a taxpayer subsidy going to these … Continue reading

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The Seabrook Finance Report 2021

Each year I present a finance report to the Board of Selectmen that covers Town financial data from 2014 on. In this case the covered period is 2014-2021. We examine the trends that the finance data show, and what challenges … Continue reading

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A Look at “The Founders: The Story of Paypal…

The Founders: The Story of Paypal and the Entrepreneurs Who Shaped Silicon Valley by Jimmy Soni My rating: 4 of 5 stars A pretty impressive book by Jimmy Soni, who manages to give us an up-close look at how PayPal … Continue reading

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Mayor Kim Driscoll in Methuen

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll visited Methuen Saturday, campaigning for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. Mayor Driscoll is uniquely qualified for this office, having a distinguished career of public service. She is acknowledged as a top flight manager. Her … Continue reading

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Historic Horse Racing Machines at “The Brook”

It was a pleasure to join the Seabrook Board of Selectmen at the grand opening of the new Historic Horse Racing machines and ballroom at “The Brook” in Seabrook. We were joined by the Vice Chair of the House Ways … Continue reading

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Video History of Methuen

The very old video history of Methuen put together for the celebration of Methuen’s 250th Anniversary. The listed chairs of the effort were James Smith and John Rimas, with assistance from Town Historian Ernest Mack. John Rimas recently passed away, … Continue reading

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Methuen Inaugurals Now and Then

I have been happy to do some posts about Methuen Inaugurals, with posts pairing some highlights from a new Mayor’s ceremony with a history of inaugural ceremonies in Methuen since the charter change creating the Mayor form in Methuen. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Michael Collins, The Man Who Made Ireland

I have reprinted a letter to the editor to the Eagle Tribune written by myself and printed a few years back. This version has been edited. As we celebrate St. Patrick‚Äôs Day it seems fitting to remember and honor Michael … Continue reading

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RIP William Hurt

Aside from some occasional music posts I do not typically put up posts on actors. William Hurt shall be the exception. He passed away this past weekend, and while his movie credits are extensive and his awards many I was … Continue reading

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