BDCWire Staff

Valerie Vande Panne Correspondent

Valerie Vande Panne is an award-winning journalist. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Boston Business Journal, Crain's Detroit Business, High Times, and the Village Voice, among many other publications. She was a frequent contributor to the late Boston Phoenix.

Stories by Valerie Vande Panne

BPD ramps up drug education after Molly cut with heroin, meth, bath salts

Nearly four months after a rash of Molly-related overdoses, the bad drugs circulating Boston just don’t seem to be going away. While Molly, or MDMA, a popular illicit stimulant used at parties and in the club scene that pops up in Miley Cyrus songs, is still being tested for possible medical benefits, the version being sold on the street is not pure. The BPD has responded by making education of venues and potential users a priority. More

Social planning
Care to dance? Guide to grooving in Boston
Social planning

Percolating beneath New England’s conventional exterior is a rather unconventional social dance scene filled with music and dancers of all ages and skill levels. Social dance is on the rise, thanks to TV shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Boston just happens to be the epicenter of the movement, attracting dancers and teachers from all genres to pick up and move here — and not for school or a prime engineering gig. They come to dance. Here’s how you can, too. More