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State Election Update: Feb 16, 2020

There is no City Council meeting this week due to school vacation so focus shifts to state politics today. State Democratic Convention While the 2020 Presidential election gets all of the attention these days, there will also be a state election this fall. All members of the state legislature –…

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“Heart of Glass” by David Daniel

Heart of Glass By David Daniel Walking along the beach with Jasmyn, holding her hand, both bundled against the mid-February air, William found himself thinking of another time, another woman . . . “Oh my God!” Lucinda had squealed. “Thank you!” William blushed when she kissed him. “It’s only glass.”…

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City Council Review: Feb 9, 2020

Here are the motions on the agenda for this Tuesday’s Lowell City Council meeting: Councilor Mercier – Req. City Council create an ordinance or file a Home Rule Petition that prevents a City Councilor from holding another elective office during their term. Councilor Samaras – Req. City Mgr. create a…

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The Epidemic Strikes Lowell: 1918

Recent headlines report the spread of the coronavirus around the world which makes it a useful time to recall perhaps the deadliest epidemic to ever strike Lowell. It was influenza but was also known as the Spanish Flu or the grippe. It struck in the fall of 1918, just as…

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City Council Report: Feb 2, 2020

Here are some items of interest from the Agenda for the upcoming Lowell City Council meeting followed by the MINUTES of last Tuesday’s meeting. Both are edited to emphasize Council motions and responses and other reports or items that deserve attention Council Motions for February 4, 2020 meeting Councilor Elliott…

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Martin Luther King Jr in Lowell

In honor of today’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, here’s a reminder that King visited Lowell on April 12, 1953. Rev. Otto Loverude, the pastor of the First United Baptist Church on Church Street, had invited King who was then a student in the doctoral program at Boston University…

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City Council Report: Jan 19, 2020

On Sunday mornings I plan to post the MINUTES of the previous week’s Lowell City Council meeting followed by the AGENDA for the upcoming council meeting. Both are edited to emphasize Council motions and responses and other reports or items that deserve attention Minutes of Jan 14, 2020 Lowell City…

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