Thanks to the Lowell Sun for taking note of The Lowell Review (2021). Here’s what was written in Sunday’s political column:
Under further review
TWO WELL-known and respected Lowellians, Richard Howe Jr. and Paul Marion, have combined their literary skills and historical knowledge to launch the publication of The Lowell Review.
The inaugural edition, online now, has pieces by Howe and Marion, both wordsmiths. And a few of the pieces are written by former Sun staffers Dave Perry, Nancye Tuttle and Prudence Brighton.
Brighton remains a key element to The Sun’s news coverage, as she covers Dracut and Tyngsboro on a freelance basis and does a great job doing it. In the Review, Brighton remembers her late friend, Suzanne Dion, a former Sun staffer who died in April 2020. Brighton focuses on Dion’s love of the Lowell Spinners. It’s timely reading, since LeLacheur Park is currently as quiet as a cemetery.
Many of the pieces appeared previously on Howe’s respected blog, RichardHowe. com. “We are aiming high with the magazine and believe we can compete regionally and nationally as a publication that’s essential to look at for serious readers,” Marion said.
A few other familiar names also have pieces in Review, including Lowell City Solicitor Christine O’Connor; Merrimack Valley Magazine Editor Doug Sparks, of Chelmsford; former Lowell special events coordinator Henri Marchand; and UMass Lowell’s John Wooding.
Hard copies ($15) are available as print-on-demand at www.lulu.com, as the link for ordering is on the Howe blog front page top left. The full issue is readable in flip book format on richardhowe. com.