Monday, April 27, 2009

Doors Open Lowell 2009

MAY 14TH - 17TH

LDNA Meeting

Updates from meeting:

Monday, April 27th, 7PM

Elaina Bates, Revolving Museum Events
Two upcoming events
May 2nd 7:30 - 9PM "The Body Talks". Choreography and conversation with dancers and artists from the Donna Miceli Dancer Center
May 9th, 6 - 10 PM, "The Full Moon Celebration" at Harmony Park (corner of Cross & Cork Sts.). TRM stll needs volunteers for this event. More info at:

Victoria Fahlberg, ONE Lowell, Voter Participation
Get more information about the initiative for a proportional voting system in Lowell

Allegra Williams, Homelessness Awareness Events
May 23rd, 7 - 10 PM, "Street Beat", Homeless Benefit Concert at The Revolving Museum.
There will also be an art sale by homeless artists and a "Camp-Out" at St. Anne's Church.
Open Discussion
Saturday, May 2nd, 9AM - Mack Plaza, City-wide Clean-up. Volunteers needed for downtown.
9 AM - 1 PM - City Hazardous Waster disposal at Cawley Stadium, more at:

Daryl from Blue Shamrock announce a new Friday night concert series in their upstairs lounge "Gemstones" which will kick off this Friday with "Hot Day At The Zoo" performing.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hold the line on city parking rates

Here is an excerpt from the SUN editorial regarding increased parking rates. You can get the rest by clicking on the headline above.

“…Most of the city's employees, including School Department workers, don't live in Lowell, and don't share in the cost of parking in the city's garages. Yet the people who have made an investment in Lowell -- downtown condo residents and business owners -- not only have to pay for their own parking but must also subsidize parking for city workers who take up municipal spaces.
The plan to increase residents' rates by $10 a month without exacting a contribution from city workers isn't fair. City workers, including teachers, should bear some of the cost through a payroll deduction. Downtown residents who already are supporting the garages through parking fees and taxes should be exempt from higher rates…”

Neighbors have supported Mr. Carney and all he has done to make the city garages safer, cleaner and more profitable. However, the SUN is correct when you consider downtown residents are pretty much the only city tax-payers who have this burden.

Here’s a thought…since each “household”, (which includes my little tiny condo that is not eligible for municipal trash pick-up), subsidizes the city trash program to the tune of about $150.00 per year. Instead of the City increasing my parking fee $120.00 annually; maybe we could just call it even…I’m willing to pay the extra $30.00 to pick other people’s trash.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

LPD Meeting Wednesday

Downtown Lowell Sub Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 22nd, 7PM
City Hall, Mayor'd Recption Hall

Dressing up the downtown

I lifted this from Bill at Center City Committee blog for all of us who enjoy the beauty of these hanging flower baskets everyday. I would like to suggest that everyone get their $5. annual LDNA dues to Greg at the April meeting so we can make a contribution to keeping this small bit of beauty alive and well downtown.

For several years now, the City has paid for installation of hanging flower baskets and their care in the Downtown. The flowers benefit the downtown by adding to the street ambience and help in promoting local business and retail efforts. However, due to budget constraints, the City will no be able to continue this annual $13,600. cost without help. The City will continue its commitment to the installation and removal of the baskets, but the cost of the plants for the 140 baskets, which are installed in early spring, will be difficult to cover. The Center City Committee has agreed to be a $250.00 sponsor, but a lot of other donations are needed as well. Anyone interested in helping is asked to contact Anne Barton or Diane Tradd at the Department of Planning & Development. 978-446-7200.

Friday, April 17, 2009

3rd Annual Earth Day Festival

Hosted by Lowel's Community Gardens Greenhoiuse

Sunday, April 19th
12 - 4 PM
220 Aiken Street
Lowell National Park Maintenance Site

Free Event / Rain or Shine
More information at:

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Downtown Neighborhood Vision Session 1

The City of Lowell hired consultants from the Goody Clancy and associates to hold discussion sessions to try to improve the links between downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods.
The first session will be held:

April 23rd, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Lowell High School Cafeteria

Refreshments will be provided by Brew'd Awakenings

Affordable Housing
New development and how it can improve the ciy
Share your ideas about downtown opportunities and challenges
Economic Development
Arts & culture
Improving Access

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Earth Day Clean-up

Saturday, April 25th, 8AM - 1 PM

This is the first of our annual city clean-up days.
Meet at Middlesex Community College Cafeteria, 33 Kearney Square for team assignments.
We will be cleaning along the canals and waterways.
Pre-registration at Lowell_NHP_Volunteers@nps.gove, or call NPS volunteer office at 978-275-1740.

Monday, April 13, 2009


Jazz Night at Athenian
Tuesday, April 14th
7-10 PM

Get there early...last month was sold-out!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Wednesday April 7th
Cappy's Copper Kettle
6:30 PM Refreshments
7:00 PM Meeting Start
Agenda:City Manager Bernie Lynch
DPD Update, James Errickson
Downtown Lowell Sub Committee Meeting
Residents/Bar & Restaurant Owners
City Hall, Mayor’s Reception Hall,
375 Merrimack Street

Wednesday April 22, 2009
7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Downtown Patrol Updates
Downtown Crime Activities Report
Open Discussion

Thursday, April 2, 2009

SUN missed a few facts

"Lowell man is "hero" at fitness club pool"

SUN did get that part of the story correct...but Ricky did not just "happen" upon the man in the pool. Eleni Zhodi was in the pool when the man wandered into the deep end did not come back up. Eleni called for help; Ricky was in the sauna and pulled off his earphones to find out what the commotion was about...and alas, he is a hero! He pulled the man from the pool and administered CPR. Yeah!!!

see the story on Channel 5

The New Englander

Be sure to check out Greg's post about last night UML Discussion Series.

Historic Cobblestones

This from today's Globe.
I almost missed the headline, but the photo certainly caught my attention.

....“Delivery men hate it. Plows hate. But it sure looks nice,”...
photo: David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)