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Lowell Week in Review: October 22, 2017

Urban Planning and Lowell High “Have you ever seen anything like this?” That’s a question repeatedly asked of me lately. It refers to the divisive fight over the location of Lowell High School, of course. My answer is, no, I have not seen anything like this. The fight over whether…

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Lowell Week in Review: October 15, 2017

Council Resumes Lowell High Debate This past Tuesday night at the Lowell City Council meeting, several new motions and a response to a previously made motion reignited the (new) Lowell High debate in the council chamber. The prior motion, by Councilor Jim Milinazzo, had asked for clarification of the various…

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Election Lawsuit Public Meeting

Last evening more than 100 people came to the Lowell Senior Center for an event sponsored by Lowell Votes, Lowell Alliance, Coalition for a Better Acre and Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association. The purpose of the meeting was to update everyone on the status of the lawsuit filed against the city…

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Lowell Week in Review: October 8, 2017

Hamilton Canal District Update At both Tuesday’s council meeting and at Thursday’s Lowell Plan breakfast, City Manager Kevin Murphy exuded enthusiasm about recent progress in the Hamilton Canal District. This despite the news that the city received not a single response to its Request For Proposals for a Master Developer…

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SJC decides Article 97 case

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday issued its opinion in Smith v City of Westfield (SJC-12243), a case that interpreted Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. This case has been of interest to people in Lowell because the dispute mirrored questions raised here about the use of Cawley Stadium as…

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Lowell Week in Review: October 1, 2017

This week’s column is devoted entirely to the results of last Tuesday’s Preliminary City Council Election. Although I did check the agenda for the upcoming city council meeting. There is no truth to the rumor that, in response to the results of the preliminary election, several councilors had filed a…

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2017 Preliminary Election Results

2017 Lowell Preliminary Election Results Results from the September 26, 2017 preliminary election. 7680 people voted which constitutes 11.7 percent of all registered voters. Here is the order of finish and votes: Ed Kennedy – 3266 John Leahy – 3262 Bill Samaras – 3254 Vesna Nuon – 3095 Rita Mercier…

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Lowell Week in Review: September 24, 2017

2017 Preliminary Election Lowell’s preliminary election for the city council is this Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Polls will be open from 7am until 8pm. If you want to vote in the preliminary election but are not sure of where you are supposed to vote, Secretary of State William Galvin’s website…

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Charter Change Subcommittee Meeting Report

The city council’s Ad Hoc Subcommittee on a possible change to the city’s charter met last night (September 20, 2017) at the Lowell Senior Center. Present were Subcommittee Chair Jim Leary and member Councilor Bill Samaras. Also present were Councilors Rita Mercier and Corey Belanger, and City Manager Kevin Murphy,…

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