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Reading Frederick Douglass in Lowell

Yesterday at noon 80 people gathered at St. Anne’s Church on Merrimack Street in Lowell to listen to and participate in a public reading of “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” a speech originally delivered by Frederick Douglass on July 5, 1852 to the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery…

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Review of “The New Plantation”

“The New Plantation” by Jason Trask Review by David Daniel Rich, wise, and powerfully told, this is the best memoir about teaching that I have read in a long time. What gives it freshness is the author’s recounting of his experiences as a high school teacher in a “school run…

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A Lowell Story

A Lowell Story By Kendall Wallace LOWELL—This is a Lowell story about three guys who grew up in different Lowell neighborhoods, came from different backgrounds, pursued different careers, had a love for the city and have remained friends for more than 60 years. It struck me last week as the…

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Mick Jagger and Me

Mick has been advised by doctors that he cannot go on tour at this time, as he needs medical treatment. The doctors have advised Mick that he is expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible. On March 30, 2019,…

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Settlement of Voting Rights Lawsuit

Two years ago eleven Lowell residents sued the city on the grounds that the current method of electing members of the city council and school committee violates the Federal voting rights act and the U.S. Constitution by diluting the votes of minority residents of the city. After many months of…

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Memorial Day 1919

Yesterday at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, I delivered the following remarks at the Greater Lowell Veterans Council Memorial Day service. For the past several years on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, we’ve made frequent mention of World War I in recognition of the centennial observance of that conflict. That war…

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Lowell Cemetery tours rescheduled

The spring 2019 tours of Lowell Cemetery, originally scheduled for this Friday, May 3, at 1pm and this Saturday, May 4, at 10am, have been rescheduled. The new dates are: Friday, June 14, 2019 at 1pm Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10am Both tours begin at the Lawrence Street gate…

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City Council Preview: April 22, 2019

Preview of tomorrow night’s Lowell City Council meeting by Mimi Parseghian. City Council is back in session this week and so is the repetitive agenda item of Executive Session to discuss “Matter of litigation, namely Huot et al. vs City of Lowell, public discussion of which could have a detrimental…

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