Friday, October 12, 2012
The state representative had a virtual town hall on Patch.
Republican candidate for Essex 14th District state representative Karin Rhoton joined us Thursday for a live chat. Patch readers asked a variety of questions with a wide range of topics, from taxes to abortion protests. In a nutshell, Rhoton says if elected she'll push to lower sales and state income taxes back to 5 percent and push for social program reforms to cut waste and fraud. You can read the full transcript here. Here are some of the highlights: Comment From Kelly: Karin, what do you think sets you apart from your opponent, how do you see yourself representing your district differently? Comment From Karin Rhoton: Hi Kelly, that's a great question. I'm an experienced leader and a representative you can be proud of. I'm the only …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Join in the discussion with the Republican candidate for state representative.
Welcome to the Patch Live Chat with Republican candidate for Essex 14th District state representative Karin Rhoton. Rhoton moved to North Andover in 2005 and served on the School Committee from 2009 to 2012. She is battling Democrat Diana Dizoglio for the state representative seat.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Local Democrats and Republicans across Massachusetts discussed Wednesday night's debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney in a live chat on Patch.
In the first presidential debate in Denver, Colorado, President Barack Obama came out flat while Gov. Mitt Romney had some effective arguments, according to local Democrats and Republicans from across Massachusetts who joined in a Patch live chat during the debate on Tuesday night. "Overall, tie goes to Obama," said Democrat Alex Buck. "Romney had a couple good lines, but nothing hugely productive. He looked jittery and possibly his most memorable line was about Big Bird." Reader Tom Sheff added late in the debate, "No defining moment so far, that's for sure." As the debate opened on the economy, Romney took an early upper hand according to the Democrats and Republicans who joined the chat as panelists. "President seemed nervous, and …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The governor is taking your questions.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Governor Deval Patrick will answer your questions during our live chat at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. To join the chat, enter your name and question in the widget above. We will try to get to as many questions as we can within the allotted 45 minutes, but we can't guarantee every question will make it into the chat.
Friday, August 31, 2012
The new superintendent sat down with Patch for a live chat.
North Andover Superintendent Dr. Kavin Hutchinson joined us for a live chat Thursday. You can read the full transcript here. The issue most discussed was standards-based grading, a new system of evaluating students which North Andover Middle School is transitioning into this year. Here are some of the highlights: Patch.com: Can you tell us what standards-based grading is? Kevin Hutchinson: Standards-based grading is a system that reflects what the essential standards are and how students are progressing to meet those standards. For example, if our essential writing standards are written to reflect the Six Traits of writing, one of which is Organization, then the report card will reflect how a student is progressing in the "organization" …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Join us and ask your questions.
The new school year is starting soon, and North Andover has a new superintendent, Dr. Kevin Hutchinson. Hutchinson previously served as assistant superintendent. He took the role of superintendent when Chris Hottel retired this summer. Join in the chat and ask your schools-related questions!
Monday, August 27, 2012
Dr. Hutchinson took over in July.
Dr. Kevin Hutchinson, North Andover's new superintendent of schools, will be joining us on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. for a live chat! If you have any school-related questions for him, this is a great opportunity to get those questions answered. Dr. Hutchinson took over the role of superintendent this summer when Chris Hottel left. Hutchinson previously served as assistant superintendent. Be sure to head on over to our homepage at 2:30 p.m. and join our chat. You'll simply have to provide your name, and you'll be able to ask your questions immediately. Dr. Hutchinson will be fielding your questions — from concerns about the school programs to questions about how how he envisions the future of education in North Andover — until 3:30 p.m. Be sure…
Friday, July 27, 2012
Gallagher outlined his public safety programs and priorities for residents.
North Andover Police Chief Paul Gallagher joined us for a live chat Thursday and discussed important public safety issues in town. Gallagher has been chief for a year now and said his top priorities are engaging the community in keeping the town safe and addressing traffic danger. What is the most frequent call the department gets? "Suspicious activity, which we encourage the public to make the call when they see the activity," Gallagher said. "Neighborhood disputes and domestic calls have risen." House break-ins and car break-ins tend to be on the rise this time of year, and the Neighborhood CrimeWatch program has been a key priority of Gallagher's since it began. And with traffic, there have been several major accidents in town in the …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Join in and ask your public safety questions.
Welcome to our live chat with North Andover Police Chief Paul Gallagher. Gallagher joined the North Andover Police Department in 1977 and served as commander of the Criminal Investigations/School Safety Division for 23 years before being appointed police chief last spring. Join the chat and ask your public safety questions!
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
North Andover's police chief will be answering your questions.
North Andover Police Chief Paul Gallagher will be joining us on Thursday, July 26, at 12 p.m. for a live chat! If you have any police-related questions for him, this is a great opportunity to get those questions answered. Be sure to head on over to our homepage at 12 p.m. and join our chat. You'll simply have to provide your name, and you'll be able to ask your questions immediately. Gallagher will be fielding your questions — from concerns about traffic to questions about how how to get involved with Neighborhood CrimeWatch — until 1 p.m. Be sure to mark your calendar today to get your questions answered in Gallagher's first ever live chat, and thanks to the chief for taking the time to take questions from our readers.