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Lowell Week in Review: October 14, 2018

Canalway Cultural District recognized nationally Lowell’s Canalway Cultural District was recently recognized by the American Planning Association (APA) of as one of five 2018 Great Neighborhoods in America. The others were the Village of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts; the Guthrie Historic District in Guthrie, Oklahoma; Historic Downtown Georgetown in Georgetown, Texas;…

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Lowell Week in Review: October 7, 2018

2018 Lowell Plan Breakfast This year’s Lowell Plan Breakfast was held on Friday, October 5, 2018, at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center. The theme of the event was “collective vision” for the city.   The morning began with remarks from two recent graduates of the Public Matters program.…

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Lowell Week in Review: September 30, 2018

Citywide Family Council Last Wednesday night several hundred people gathered at the Lowell Senior Center for the first meeting of the Citywide Family Council, the new name for the Citywide Parent Council which had ceased operation over the past five or ten years. This week’s event was hosted by the…

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Lowell Week in Review: September 23, 2018

Kinetic Sculpture Race For the third year in a row, yesterday’s Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race was a big success. A kinetic sculpture is an all-terrain, human-powered art sculpture engineered to race over roads, water, mud and sand. The race kicked off shortly after 10:30 am on Market Street with 11…

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Lowell Week in Review: September 16, 2018

Welcoming Week Lowell Congratulations to the organizers of the first-ever Welcoming Week Lowell which kicked off Friday night with a parade of flags that originated at different points around downtown and converged on the front steps of City Hall for a celebration of the city’s immigrant heritage. Events continued yesterday…

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Lowell Week in Review: September 9, 2018

Election Results Here are the results of the contested races from Tuesday’s Primary Election: Third Congressional District Lori Trahan – 18,368 votes (3,861 in Lowell) Dan Koh – 18,316 votes (992 in Lowell) Juana Matias – 12,914 votes (719 in Lowell) Barbara L’Italien – 12,890 votes (599 in Lowell) Rufus…

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LHS Distinguished Alumni

Ken Wallace previews this year’s Lowell High School Distinguished Alumni ceremony. The names of the 2018 inductees will be announced early next week. Lowell High School Distinguished Alumni By Kendall Wallace LOWELL—-The city’s high school has certainly gone through a rough couple of years as the community was deeply divided…

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Lowell Week in Review: September 2, 2018

Primary Election The big news this week is the run-up to the Primary Election on Tuesday. There are a number of hotly contested races, mostly on the Democratic side. Here are the contested offices that will appear on my ballot: Governor Jay Gonzalez of Needham Bob Massie of Somerville Lieutenant…

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Lowell Week in Review: August 26, 2018

Fifty years of Congressional elections With the hotly contested Democratic Primary for the Third Congressional District just nine days away, I’m using today’s post to review 50 years of elections in the Third, formerly known as the Fifth, Congressional District. (I have omitted some of the primaries in which the…

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“Moulin Rouge”: Red Mill

I’m cross-posting this from the blog on my paulmarion.com website. This is a sidebar piece from my book Mill Power: The Origin and Impact of Lowell National Historical Park (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). I worked in Lowell for decades, including many years when I helped to create the national park. Everybody in…

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