Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Victorian Garden

HUGE Thanks to my friend Richard who hauled his lawnmower downtown to cut the grass in the Victorian Garden. It looks fabulous!!!

Now if everyone can take a look in their "grannies garage" and see if you can find an old "push mower"...we can keep this nice all year.

Monday, May 25, 2009

LOWELL FILM COLLABORATIVE SCHEDULE

LFC has quite a schedule of movies this summer...get all the info on their "upcoming events" page.
http://lowellfilmcollaborative.org/upcoming-lfc-events/

Scenes from a Parish [2009] Tuesday, May 26 / 7PM Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center 246 Market Street, Lowell.

Circuit [2009] Tuesday, June 2 / 7PM Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center 246 Market Street, Lowell.

Right at Your Door [2006] Thursday, June 11 / 7 PMThe premiere of the Cinema at Studio A film seriesLowell Telecommunications Corporation 246 Market St., Lowell

A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil [2006] Presented by the Lowell Film Collaborative in partnership with the Lowell Green Building Commission, Thursday, June 18 / 6:30 -9PM Tabocas Brazilian Steakhouse

Nerdcore Rising [2008] Thursday, June 25 / 7 p.m. Part of the Cinema at Studio A film series Lowell Telecommunications Corporation 246 Market St., Lowell

Twelve [2008] Thursday, July 9 / 7 p.m. Part of the Cinema at Studio A film seriesLowell Telecommunications Corporation 246 Market St., Lowell

Momma’s Man [2008] Thursday, July 16 / 7 p.m. Part of the Cinema at Studio A film series Lowell Telecommunications Corporation 246 Market St., Lowell

City Building Workshops

From Mr. Lynch's blog...
Goody Clancy and Associates will be holding its second round of public vision sessions, or “City Building Workshops,”
Following is the schedule and location for each session.
• Back Central Neighborhood: Tuesday, May 26. 6:00PM – 8:00PM Massachusetts Alliance for Portuguese Speakers, 11 Mill Street
• Lower Highlands Neighborhood: Wednesday, May 27. 6:00PM – 8:00PM Lowell Boy’s & Girl’s Club; 657 Middlesex Street
Downtown/ JAM Neighborhood: Thursday, May 28. 6:30PM – 8:30PM Pollard Library; Community Meeting Room, 401 Merrimack Street
• The Acre Neighborhood: Tuesday, June 2. 6:00PM – 8:00PM Lowell Senior Center; 276 Broadway

...For more information on regarding the workshops please contact Aaron Clausen at 978-446-7200. CONTACT: Aaron Clausen Lowell, Division of Planning and Development p. 978-446-7200 aclausen@lowellma.gov

Thursday, May 21, 2009

"The Fighter"

Anyone else think "Ted" would be perfect for this movie?

Open Casting Call for "The Fighter"Sat., May 30th

Boston Casting, a local feature film casting company, is holding an open casting call at the Lowell VFW Hall for a new Mark Wahlberg film, The Fighter. The casting call will be held from 10am - 4 pm, and is open to union and non-union actors who are 18 years of age and older. More information: http://www.lowell.com/news/2009/wahlberg-casting-1023.php

Monday, May 18, 2009

INVEST IN YOUTH

The first thing I did when I left city hall yesterday was to call my daughter...just wanted to hear her voice. It was very nice to see some of our neighbors take the time to participate in this event.
Now let your goverment hear your voice about supporting youth programs like the Teen Coalition... it is a "tiny" portion of any budget with the greatest potential for a positive return.

Rob Mills story is at: http://www.lowellsun.com/local/ci_12409933
Anti-violence efforts in jeopardy
In the days after 17-year-old Tavaryna Choeun lay dying on a city curb last week, Lowell social-service agencies learned they may lose funding for a key program that fights youth violence.


I sent this email out to as many neighborhood groups as I had info for in an effort to calm my frustation about the total "LACK OF OUTRAGE" about this young girls death.

Not one word on a multitue of city blogs; not a single comment from city hall...I did find in The Globe at least one person that shared the sentiment: "The citizens of the city of Lowell should be outraged by this," Kenneth Lavallee, Lowell's police superintendent, said..."

I am thankful for Chief Lavallee's high regard for each and every person who lives; works; or is just visiting the city of Lowell.


Dear Neighborhood Leaders,

TUESDAY, MAY 19th, 5pm: LOWELL TEEN COALITION RALLY AGAINST THE VIOLENCE & BUDGET CUTS
WHEN: Tuesday, May 19th at 5pm
WHERE: Lowell City Hall, 375 Merrimack Street, Lowell

I have it from Chief Lavallee that UTEC is holding an anit-violence rally on Tuesday at city hall and will be walking to Suffolk St. where Tavaryna Choeun was found shot last week.
It may seem a very small tribute to a young woman who lost her life, but it may also be the first step in gathering neighbors from around the city to say that this is not acceptable and we will stand up for those who may be reluctant to speak.

I am hopeful that you will each contact your neighbors and see if we can get the word out about this very important opportunity to say, "STOP VIOLENCE IN OUR CITY"!
I believe city administration needs to hear this message and understand that there can not be any compromises, budget or otherwise, when it comes to public safety. This is a message that has to come from every neighborhood in the city; I hope that you will encourage people from your area of the city to attend.

Please let me know if I can be of any assistance.
Thank you.

Kathleen Marcin
President, Lowell Downtown Neighborhood Association

I have received the details below from Gregg Croteau at UTEC.

TUESDAY, MAY 19th, 5pm: LOWELL TEEN COALITION RALLY AGAINST THE VIOLENCE & BUDGET CUTS

Last Thursday, Tavaryna Choeun (a young woman of only 17 years of age) was pronounced dead after being shot in the head, an innocent victim of the latest act of violence in our community.On this same day, youth programs in Lowell and across the state were learning of the difficult news that funding was cut for essential youth services.
This Tuesday, May 19th at 5pm on the steps of Lowell City Hall, young people from the Lowell Teen Coalition will be organizing a rally to speak out against the violence that most recently took the life of Tavaryna, and to speak out against the proposed budget cuts that increase the risk of more youth in our communities being victims of violence. A brief march will follow the rally.

Please join us as we urge our statehouse leaders and fellow community members to take action against such acts of violence.Join us as we rally to "STOP KILLING. KEEP INVESTING!"
WHEN: Tuesday, May 19th at 5pm
WHERE: Lowell City Hall, 375 Merrimack Street, Lowell
For more info, please contact Gregg Croteau (UTEC) at 978.265.7173 or Andy Chandonnet (YWCA of Lowell) at 978.328.6606.The Lowell Teen Coalition is comprised of The Lowell Community Health Center, the United Teen Equality Center, YWCA of Lowell, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lowell, and the Boys and Girls Club of Lowell.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

American Textile History Museum

Grand Re-Opening at the ATHM!
The American Textile History Museum is reopening on Sun., June 21, with an entirely new and interactive experience for people of all ages. The grand reopening is free to the public. Receive a 20% discount on all memberships!
In the Museum's new exhibit - "Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time" - visitors will explore the fascinating world of textiles in a fun, "hands on" environment where they will spin, weave, recycle, and design their way through textile history and into the future. Come join us as we celebrate a new era for the museum!

Sun., June 21, 10am-5pm (free admission all day), American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton St., Lowell. More information: www.athm.org or 978-441-0400

I grabbed this bit of additional new from the SUN. KMM
Gourmet Girl: http://www.thesunblog.com/gourmetgal/
"Restaurant wrap-up: Building developer John DeAngelis has finally found a noshery to go into the first floor of the American Textile Building. Just in time for the museum's opening next month, a Greek Italian restaurant will finally replace the long-gone Gazebo Cafe. The owners are from Miami and are applying for a liquor license too."

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Hamtilton Canal

The City of Lowell and VHB will be the guests at the JAMBRA neighborhood group meeting on Wednesday, May 13th at 7PM to review the current concept design plans for the Hamilton Canal District infastructure work. The City secured VHB of Watertown to complete the design and engineering for the infrastructure work associated with the Hamilton Canal District. The following items will be presented at the meeting:
-Hamilton Canal District Phase I Infastructure design (on work site)
-Jackson Street design
-Permanenet Revere Street Bridge
-Revere Street Extension

PUBLIC MEETING - Wednesday, May 13th, 2009, 7PM at Cappy's Copper Kettle, 245 Central St., Lowell, MA. Everyone is welcome.

www.jambra.org
www.hamiltoncanal.com

Friday, May 1, 2009

LOWELL FILM COLLABORATIVE AT ATHENIAN

MOVIE NIGHT
"NEVER ON SUNDAY"
MONDAY, MAY 18TH, 7PM
"Never on Sunday" [1960]Part of the Lowell Film Collaborative's "Food & Film Series"!
When Homer (Jules Dassin) takes a trip to Greece, he meets free-spirited prostitute Ilya (Melina Mercouri) and arrogantly decides to become her Svengali in this internationally celebrated classic.
Nominated for several Oscars, won Best Song. Arrive early at 6pm and enjoy a wonderful Greek dinner (order off the menu) prior to the film! [Some Greek with English subtitles]
Mon., May 18, 7pm, Athenian Corner Greek Restaurant, 207 Market St., LowellMore information: www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org