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South Common Update

Late yesterday, there were more than 100 young people cooling off in the swimming pool. It was too hot for a basketball game, so the court was empty except for three guys practicing jump shots. This morning at 6.15 am, a personal trainer had 12 people working out on one…

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South Common Crowd

At the end of the afternoon yesterday, there were more than 100 people enjoying the South Common—dozens of kids swimming in the blue pool, more young people running in races, small children at the playground, basketball players on the court, older health-walkers from Bishop Markham Village, people taking their  big…

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FLICKS! (1983)

Before Luna Theatre, before the Lowell Film Collaborative, there was FLICKS! (For Lowell Interesting Cinema KaperS!), a local film society that was popular in the early 1980s. The organization screened films, often at the Speare House restaurant on Pawtucket Boulevard (it was near the Dunkin Donuts, opposite the UMass Lowell…

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Pirate on South Street

On South Street today, I saw a guy about 25 years old with a shaved head, tattoos, earring, shirt with no collar, pants that were three-quarter length, no socks, and sneakers. He was talking on his phone. Walking toward the South Common. And I realized what I was seeing. The…

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The Community Psychologists Are Here !

If you are downtown in the next three days and want to talk to an expert about community empowerment, grassroots organizing, neighborhood dynamics, coalition building, and all the good things that make for a competent, healthy, and just society where you live, just look for one of the 660 community…

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