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Lowell Week in Review: January 6, 2019

Government Shutdown Day 16 The partial shutdown of the federal government reached day 16 today. For most of the 800,000 federal employees who missed a paycheck last week, this political stunt will soon be a personal financial crisis. How many of them will miss rent payments, mortgage payments, car payments,…

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City Council Review: 2018

Mimi Parseghian, who regularly contributes her weekly preview of Lowell City Council meetings As Dick mentioned in his Lowell Year in Review , the “nine victors in the bruising 2017 Lowell City Council race” gathered on January 2, 2018 to begin the municipal meeting year. In spite of the single-issue…

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Bobby Tugbiyele on LPS HR Director search

Lowell resident Bobby Tugbiyele shared the following letter he sent to Mayor Samaras and others: Dear Mayor Samaras, Members of the LPS Personnel Subcommittee, and Acting Superintendent Durkin: I and many community members, especially those who attended the early April School Committee session, ( Read-  http://www.lowellsun.com/breakingnews/ci_31782843/lowell-school-board-hears-calls-hiring-diversity ) respectfully and earnestly…

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Lowell Week in Review: December 23, 2018

“A Cataclysm for our District” Towards the end of Wednesday night’s review of the fiscal audit of the Lowell School Department, Connie Martin, the longest-serving current member of the Lowell School Committee said about the Lowell School Department’s fiscal mess, “This has been a cataclysm for our district.” Cataclysm is…

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Lowell School Committee Meeting: Dec 19, 2018

I usually don’t report on Lowell School Committee meetings, but given the financial crisis that has engulfed the school department, I thought it important to pay closer attention to how the school committee is responding. Here are my notes from tonight’s meeting. I covered the entire discussion on the recently…

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Lowell City Council Meeting: December 18, 2018

ROLL CALL – all present CITY COUNCIL – MOTION (taken out of order) Samaras – Req. City Mgr. provide a report to the city council and school committee/administration regarding school department reimbursement for the Digital Connections Partnership School Grant Program totaling $553,217.46 that was sent to the Lowell Treasurer/Collector’s Office…

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City Council Preview: December 18, 2018

Mimi Parseghian previews tonight’s Lowell City Council meeting: Tonight’s City Council meeting is the last for this year.  It is short on Council motions, just one; but very long on Motion Responses; thirteen of them. At the conclusion of the open meeting, the Council will meet again in Executive Session…

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