Author Archive

The House That Stavros Built

The House That Stavros Built By Steve O’Connor Stavros Panagiotopoulos is at his customary table at the rear of the Athenian Corner on Market Street. At the age of 87, he still drives to his restaurant every morning, unlocking the door at 6:00 AM. He puts on the coffee, and…

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Image Theater Seeks Literary Content

Jerry Bisantz of Image Theater shared the following: GIVE US YOUR BEST 5 !!! Minutes, that is… Our popular “City Stories” upstairs at The Old Court will live again! Calling all playwrights, Authors, poets and musicians, we want to feature your “Best five minutes” on our stage. Monologues, poems, short…

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Spangeldorff’s Got It

Spangeldorff’s Got It By David Daniel My niece is going off to college in a few days and was telling me she was approved for a new credit card. She already has two. “Is that a good idea?” I asked. She shrugged. “Sure, I guess.” It got me remembering a…

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Boarding School Blues: Chapter 19

Boarding School Blues By Louise Peloquin Ch. 19: Post Conference Assessment Blanche swallowed a few bites of ground beef and mashed potato while reliving the afternoon’s events. With shoulders back and chin up, she had survived the ordeal of walking around the reception hall in the bright red outfit her…

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A Poem by Fred Woods

’56 Ford By Fred Woods All aboard! Got the keys to the Ford bench front seat column shift pop the clutch and split the suburban night. One arm driving Sugar shift for me six Pabst on the floor knee to knee sweet air of cut-grass in the dark. Two buck…

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1947 City Council Election

Another in an occasional series of posts about past Lowell city elections. 1947 City Council Election November 11, 1947 – Tuesday – “Six incumbents returned to city council. They are joined by two school committee members and a former mayor.” Winners Former Mayor James J Bruin – 3633 Councilor Leo…

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‘The War of Independence’ by Paul Marion

My recent post on the military history of the Lake Champlain region omitted mention that volunteer soldiers from this area – the town of Dracut, to be specific – participated in many of these engagements. In his poem “The War Place: The War of Independence” (reproduced below), Paul Marion makes…

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2021 City Election scorecard

Last week the Lowell Election Office completed its certification of nomination signatures submitted by candidates for Lowell City Council and School Committee. The list of candidates (including home addresses) is available on the city’s website. For more detailed information about the candidates be sure to visit the Lowell Votes website…

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Notes from a Plane

Notes from a Plane By Christine O’Connor After a brief vacation in the American southwest, I jotted a few notes on the flight home: there are 16 million Mormons worldwide; the canyons had nine formations over 150 million years; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was filmed in Zion; roadside…

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Lowell People: Maurice Cohen

Maurice Cohen, the co-founder and former owner of radio station WCAP, died recently at age 100. In the August 2, 2021, Lowell Sun, Barry Scanlon wrote an excellent appreciation of Maurice’s life. In 2012 while writing “Legendary Locals of Lowell,” I interviewed Maurice. He shared a number of photographs with…

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