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Lowell Political Biographies

The “Elections” page on this site remains a work in progress. (The link to the “Elections” page is at the very top right of this site). Recently, I’ve been adding state election results, year-by-year. Just yesterday, however, I loaded our “political biographies.” That section of the Elections page is divided…

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Doherty & Donoghue: 3 weeks to go

Saturday I wrote my assessment of the Chris Doherty v Eileen Donoghue campaign for the Democratic nomination in the First Middlesex Senate District. I noted that Doherty had sent me five flyers in less than two weeks while I had received none from Donoghue. That changed today. Eileen’s first flyer…

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“Lowell Irish” – the newest blog in town

In the aftermath of last week’s archaeological dig, St Patrick’s official historian, Dave McKean, has launched a new blog to collect digital information – text, photos, scanned documents, anything – about the parish and the Irish in Lowell. Hence the name – Lowell Irish. Here’s how Dave explains it in…

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1978 State Election

Another in my series of reports on past state elections. Previous election reports may be found by clicking on the “Elections” link in the upper right hand corner of this site. 1978 was not a good year for incumbents. US Senator Ed Brooke, a Republican and Governor Mike Dukakis, a…

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Atty Louis M Saab, RIP

At 7 this morning, our eager-for-her-walk dog, dragged me out of the house. As we stepped onto Westview Road, a police car with lights flashing was just pulling to a stop a few houses away. An ambulance, the ladder truck from Branch Street, EMTs and more police all arrived at…

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Donoghue & Doherty: 24 days to go

With just 24 days to go until the September 14 primary election, time is growing short for the candidates. The calendar presents a real challenge: prevailing wisdom is that “no one pays attention until after Labor Day”, but this year, Labor Day comes late (September 6) and once it passes,…

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Flashback Friday: 1993 Lowell City Council

Another in our continuing series of images from Lowell’s political past: Front row from left: Laurie Machado, Larry Martin, Richard Howe Sr (mayor), Steve Gendron Back row from left: Bud Caulfield, Mike Geary, Matt Donahue, Grady Mulligan, Tarsy Poulios The 1993 election saw six new city councilors elected. Only Caulfield,…

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Archeology at St Patrick’s

I joined the steady stream of visitors and well-wishers dropping by St Patrick’s church in Lowell yesterday to get a glimpse of the archeological dig now in progress. Three professors from Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland are engaged in a joint venture with UMass Lowell the object of which…

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