Suitcase Stories

On Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm at UMass Lowell’s Durgin Hall, the International Institute of New England-Lowell will honor the contributions of refugees and immigrants at a live storytelling event that will also serve as a fund raiser for the International Institute. The event, which was recently featured…

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Lowell City Council Meeting: May 16, 2017

FY2018 Operating Budget City Manager Murphy formally presents the FY2018 budget to the council and asks that it be scheduled for a public hearing on May 30, 2017. Challenges include increased contribution to the pension fund, a continuing deficit in snow and ice fund, and increased amounts for contractual raises,…

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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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