Lowell

Richard Howe Substack: Dec 10, 2023

The consequences of Councilor Corey Robinson’s pending criminal charges dominated Lowell politics again this week. The Councilor is not due back in court until early January, however, on Tuesday he participated in a Council meeting for the first time since his mid-November arrest. In spite of six of the ten…

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Richard Howe Substack – Dec 3, 2023

There was no Lowell City Council meeting last week. Normally the meeting would have been held on Tuesday night, but the preceding Thursday was the Thanksgiving holiday and I believe City Hall was closed entirely on Friday which is the day on which the Tuesday night agenda must be finalized.…

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Appreciation of CBA Director Yun-Ju Choi

Appreciation of CBA Director Yun-Ju Choi By Charlie Gargiulo Earlier this month, Yun-Ju Choi, who has served as the Coalition for a Better Acre’s (CBA) Executive Director since 2014, announced that she will be stepping down next June. In her statement announcing her decision to resign from CBA, Yun-Ju showed…

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From Darkness Into Light—Thankful Tonight

From Darkness Into Light—Thankful Tonight By Ed DeJesus Tuesday, November 9, 1965, began like every school morning—but it sure ended differently for this fifteen-year-old boy from Lowell, Mass. I was fortunate to grow up in a ten-room, two-story tenement on Cambridge Street that my Dad, a WWII Vet, bought with a…

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How Cawley Stadium Was Named

When the site of the stadium was still a vacant lot, it acquired the name Merrill Field after Herbert A. Merrill who had once owned the property. In the absence of anything else, the name Merrill Field stuck, at least while the permanent stadium was under construction. Even after the…

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How Cawley Stadium Came to Be

Throughout the 1930s, football fans in the city of Lowell clamored for a stadium in which the Lowell High School football team could play, especially after the city of Lawrence built its Veterans Memorial Stadium in 1927. By 1937, with the annual Lowell High versus Lawrence High Thanksgiving Day football…

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Cawley Stadium: How the Land Was Acquired

The real estate that forms the Cawley Stadium complex is a patchwork of parcels that have been compiled by the city over more than one hundred years. These are the major parcels that make up the complex: Cawley Stadium Soccer Field Alumni Baseball Field Practice Fields Martin Softball Field These…

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Richard Howe Substack – Nov 19, 2023

After cancelling meetings because of Halloween and the City Election, the City Council resumed its regular meeting schedule last Tuesday which also saw the debut of a new format for the meeting agenda. The biggest change was that City Council motions were bumped up to near the start of the…

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Richard Howe Substack – Nov 12, 2023

Here is today’s Substack email.  There was no City Council meeting this week. The Council cancelled it because it fell on Election Day. Speaking of which, here are the results of the 2023 Lowell Municipal Election: CITY COUNCIL At Large (top three win) Erik Gitschier – 3,837 Rita Mercier – 3,723…

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