Lowell

LHP Supports Downtown High School

  Media Release May 17, 2017 Lowell Heritage Partnership Supports Downtown High School Location The Board of Directors of the Lowell Heritage Partnership (LHP) voted unanimously (two abstentions) on March 23, 2017, to renew and keep Lowell High School downtown, citing it as “an opportunity to ensure that our heritage…

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Lowell Week in Review: May 14, 2017

“Murder Manhunt in Lowell” For two days this week, that was the lead story on every news outlet in the region. I won’t get into the crime or the police response right now. Instant analysis might be OK for sporting events, but complex societal issues like violence against women, criminal…

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Lowell City Council Meeting: May 9, 2017

(Mayor Kennedy and Councilor Leahy are absent tonight). 2018 Capital Plan presentation by City Manager Murphy. Based priorities on motions that were filed by councilors during the past year. Total is $15mil including $3.2mil for lighting which includes replacing thousands of lights with LED bulbs. This should yield a 65…

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Lowell Week in Review: May 7, 2017

Jim Milinazzo opts out The announcement by Jim Milinazzo that he would not seek reelection to the Lowell City Council brings local politics to the forefront this week. With all eight of his council colleagues apparently running again, having a “vacancy” in the incumbent lineup changes the dynamics of the…

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Farewell, Uncle Tommy

One of my uncles passed away yesterday at 97 years old. In my family he was always “Uncle Tommy,” Thomas C. Brady of Lowell, raised along the Concord River and longtime resident of Centralville. He was in the US Navy in WWII, serving in the Atlantic and Pacific on ships…

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Lowell Week in Review: April 30, 2017

Parking in Lowell My Week in Review post last Sunday took up the issue of parking. It received some thoughtful comments. One disputed my assertion that from a traffic and parking perspective, Lowell was too big to operate like a small town and too small to operate like a big…

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Lowell Week in Review: April 23, 2017

Points of Light Lantern Celebration Last night’s Points of Light Lantern Celebration was a huge success, bringing much-needed vibrancy and attention to Ecumenical Plaza, a community space first envisioned by Pat Mogan’s Model Cities Program of the 1960s. A large brick plaza that spans the Western Canal between Holy Trinity…

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Lowell Week in Review: April 16, 2017

With Easter, Patriot’s Day, school vacation and no council meeting, it’s a slow time politically, so here are some updates on a few projects: South Common & Thorndike Street Improvements Underway Earlier this week, a platoon of DPW workers and contractors arrived at the South Common and started digging. The…

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Lowell City Council Meeting: April 11, 2017

Update on last week’s flooding in Pawtucketville and Centralville. Manager Murphy says the city was very proactive in monitoring the flood levels and the related portions of the city’s action plan. Fortunately, the water did not rise to a destructive level, but the city’s emergency management operation was prepared in…

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