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Like Finding Money

Like Finding Money By David Daniel David Daniel, a frequent contributor to this site, a prolific novelist and writer, and a former teacher, shares the following story. The jackpot kept growing. Each Wednesday and Saturday evening at six the lottery commission would tumble the little numbered balls, but the ticketholders…

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Ben Butler Walking Tour: October 12, 2019

What: Ben Butler Walking Tour When: Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 1pm Where: Lowell National Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street, Lowell Lowell’s Benjamin Butler was a pivotal figure in American history. Best known as a controversial general in the American Civil War, Butler’s story has many other chapters with…

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DIY Lowell Projects for 2020

Do-It-Yourself Lowell held its fourth annual Community Idea Summit on September 26, 2019 at which the group announced its four community-selected projects for 2020. Each project has its own action team that will work at its own pace and on its own schedule. Below are descriptions of the four projects…

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DIY Community Idea Summit

This coming Thursday, September 26, 2019, at 6:30pm at Lemon & Thyme Bistro, 491 Dutton Street (the former American Textile History Museum), DIY Lowell will host its annual Community Ideas Summit. This event is free and open to the public. DIY Lowell is a community-led initiative that allows ordinary citizens…

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Preliminary Election on Tuesday

The city of Lowell will hold its preliminary election for the city council this Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Polls will be open from 7am until 8pm. A list of polling places is available on the city website. Lowell Votes, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization that seeks to increase turnout in local…

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Council Selects Two Voting Options

Last evening (August 27, 2019) the Lowell City Council chose the two finalists of the six voting system options presented by the settlement of the federal Voting Rights lawsuit brought against the city in 2017. The vote was unanimous, 8 to 0 (Councilor Cirillo was absent) for the two finalists…

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2,860 Miles in Lowell

An essay from David Daniel in honor of the first day of school, with a lesson for all of us . . . 2,860 Miles in Lowell By David Daniel Roughly the distance from Boston to L.A. or back and forth to NYC seven times. That’s how far we went.…

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Lowell City Council agenda: Aug 27, 2019

Agenda for tonight’s Lowell City Council meeting: Date:        August 27, 2019 Time:        6:30 PM Location: City Council Chamber, 375 Merrimack Street, 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA ROLL CALL MAYOR’S BUSINESS VOTE-APPOINT CITY AUDITOR AND ESTABLISH SALARY Presentation – Habitat for Humanity on reaching housing production…

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Thoughts on a New Voting System for Lowell

The settlement of the Voting Rights lawsuit against the city of Lowell identified six new ways of electing city councilors and school committee members. This coming Tuesday, councilors will select two of the six as the “finalists.” The two will appear on the city election ballot on November 5, 2019,…

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