Lowell

Liberty Bonds

Liberty Bonds – (PIP #27) By Louise Peloquin Last week’s peek into the past – “The Franco-Americans of Lowell in the War effort” – mentions World War II government bonds. (1) Twenty-seven years earlier, during World War I, L’Etoile was also encouraging its readership to purchase them. L’Etoile – October 24, 1917…

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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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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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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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L’Etoile and Women

L’Etoile and Women – (PIP #22) By Louise Peloquin      On March 8th, International Women’s Day, we remember the women who shaped our lives. Here is an example, kindly provided by Bob Vandenbulcke, whose father worked at L’Etoile. (1)    Women were always an integral part of L’Etoile. PIP #10, posted on…

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Lowell Politics Newsletter: March 3, 2024

On Tuesday night, Assistant City Manager/DPD Director Yovani Baez-Rose made an excellent presentation to the City Council on Lowell Forward 2040, the city’s comprehensive master plan update that will now be considered by the Council. The executive summary and the full plan are online. At more than 200 pages, the…

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Lowell Town Charter: March 1, 1826

Here is the legislative measure that created the town of Lowell in 1826. The language and punctuation is true to the original document. **** CHAP. CXII An Act to incorporate the town of Lowell. Sec. 1. BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and…

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