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Lowell Politics newsletter: March 31, 2024

The most significant news from Lowell City Hall last Tuesday night was not the City Council meeting, which was unremarkable, but from the Council’s Economic Development Subcommittee which met before the regular Council meeting. UMass Lowell Chancellor Julie Chen made a presentation to the subcommittee on the University’s “Lowell Innovation…

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“Annual demonstration of faith”

“Annual demonstration of faith” – (PIP #25) By Louise Peloquin       For 71 years, L’Etoile shone out of Lowell’s Little Canada to offer its readership local, regional, and international coverage of a wide variety of news items. Deemed just as newsworthy as scoops from abroad, community events were regularly…

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Lowell Politics newsletter: March 24, 2024

A small spurt of drama arose at an otherwise straightforward Lowell City Council meeting Tuesday night. It came from something that wasn’t even on the agenda, the status of the Lupoli Companies project in the Hamilton Canal District. About 90 minutes into the 105-minute meeting, Councilor John Descoteaux spoke up…

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Living Madly: Lost Time

Living Madly: Lost Time By Emilie-Noelle Provost Ever since I was old enough to understand how timekeeping works, I’ve hated Daylight Savings Time. Every year when we’re forced to “spring ahead” and move the clocks forward by an hour, I feel like I’ve been robbed. Having to get up an…

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“Known in the whole world”

“Known in the whole world” – (PIP #24) By Louise Peloquin On March 20th, the International Day of Francophonie, it is fitting to remember that, for decades, French echoed in the streets of Little Canada. L’Etoile’s main objective was offering its readership a wide variety of articles in French. Since…

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Happy Blog Birthday

This blog celebrates its 17th birthday this week. It was born on March 11, 2007. I purchased the URL “richardhowe.com” a year or two earlier in preparation for my 2006 reelection campaign for register of deeds. Once that campaign was over, I added Lowell City Council election returns to the…

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Tick … Tick … Tick …

Tick … Tick … Tick … By David Daniel I am haunted by clocks. Last weekend brought the semiannual conspiracy of mass self-deception wherein we pretend to alter the space/time continuum. Sure, I know. It’s good to have a little more daylight at the end (or the beginning) of the…

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Consumers are Complaining – 1917

“Consumers are complaining” – (PIP #23) By Louise Peloquin Food prices, shortages, rationing, accessibility and distribution have always made the news. Media outlets cover the very same topics today. As the editorial below demonstrates, L.-A. Biron and his readership were impacted by food accessibility and the allegedly inefficient administrative management…

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