City Council

First Mayor of Lowell – Dr. Elisha Bartlett

  Dr. Elisha Bartlett – First Mayor of Lowell Massachusetts. Portrait in Oil – Thomas Bayley Lawson. Portraits of forty-one former mayors have been hung in the City Hall in tribute.  This presentation is part of the celebration of the 175th anniversary of Lowell’s incorporation as a city. Do not miss the Jen Myers…

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All Politics Really Is Local and According to Glen Johnson “Awesome”

Don’t miss Boston Globe Politics Editor Glen Johnson’ s piece on the “Political Intelligence” page today. The Lowell references and the flurry of local town and city elections should pique our Merrimack Valley interest. Glen Johnson spent some years toiling at the Lowell SUN – so he knows only too well of which…

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John Leahy to run for City Council

The Lowell Sun is reporting that School Committee member John Leahy will not seek reelection this fall but instead will run for the Lowell City Council. (Gerry Nutter is attributing the same news and the news that Leahy’s School Committee colleague, Dave Conway, who was rumored to be considering a…

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At Lowell City Manager’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast: No Corned Beef but Lots of Blarney

The funniest guy at Lowell City Manager Bernie Lynch’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast this morning is dead -but God rest his soul never forgotten – the Ultimate Toastmaster  and Emcee – the late Kenny Harkins. By opening with  a wonderful video* tribute to two greats from past Manager breakfasts – the…

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Report on foreclosures in Lowell

Earlier tonight I presented a report to the city council housing subcommittee on foreclosures in Lowell from 2007 to 2010. The full report is available on the registry of deeds website HERE. The report scrutinized foreclosures conducted in 2008 and 2009 and calculated the time that passed between the various…

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Lowell City Manager Presents Strategic Goals and Objectives “Draft”

From Lowell City Manager Bernie Lynch’s “Office of  the City Manager Blog” – Last evening, I presented a draft of the adminstration’s strategic goals and objectives before the Personnel Subcommittee.  The subcommittee plans to reconvene in two weeks and submit comments and feedback which will be incorporated into the final…

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The Lowell Connection: Reclaiming the Center of the Midsize City

In today’s edition – the Boston Globe continues its series on the reviatlization of mid-sized cities in the Commonwealth. The focus of today’s article is  “reclaiming the center –  midsize cities rediscover the allure of downtowns, attracting millions to transform them into 24-hour neighborhoods of businesses and homes.” It’s no surprise…

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