Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Invention of Lying

There's a SUN article today about the trailer for "The Invention of Lying"...
watch it here:

The neighborhood looks pretty good!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hamilton Canal District Update

By now I am sure that most of you have noticed that there is a lot of activity happening in the JAM Neighborhood and the Hamilton Canal District. I wanted to provide a brief update as to what is going on.

Temporary Bridge: The City is moving aggressively forward with the installation of the temporary bridge, which is being installed roughly 30 feet to the east of the existing permanent bridge across from Revere Street. Please note that due to the tight time schedule that we are keeping on this project, there is the need to complete work this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday (June 27th and 28th). A portion of the weekend work will take place on Jackson Street, but should not impact travel along Jackson Street.

Courthouse Site Demolition: The demolition contractor for the Courthouse site has started to mobilize equipment at the end of Jackson Street. The actual demolition work will be starting in the coming weeks. Work is scheduled to take place during the summer.

On-Site Preparation: The two story, southern portion of the Freudenburg building is being demolished. This project will be completed by the end of the month.
Thank you!

James Errickson Urban Renewal Project Manager

Tuesday, June 23, 2009



Here's a suggestion...let's have a parade in honor of Jim Millanazo, the only city council with any %$@& at all... and Dayne should ride on the float....
I dashed into my house and made it just in time to hear what Dayne had to say to the city council...and I was cheering!!! Yeah Dayne! Is this the only person in the entire city who understands that 8 city councilors voted to get rid of "the-guy-they-don't-like's" friend? And for all we know know, maybe they aren't friends! Oh sorry, I got carried away in my "junior high school" personality there for a moment...

Teachers should not allow students to put duct-tape on other students mouth's and city councilors should not be allowed to air their junior high school dramas on WCAP.

GROW UP!!!!!!!!! Do not fire someone because of "association" with someone else and then at the next meeting, say I think I know someone who can do that...and they just lost their now give "my" your friends job. Oh help us please.,..

comments from sp:
I agree that Dayne said everything I thought needed to be said and in a very professional manner. I wonder if six of the counselors understood her.
I would like to point out that there were 3 counselors who supported the position of assistant to the City Manager in both votes: Jim, Bill Martin and Kevin Broderick. I think this should spur us all on to support these 3 and those who could replace the unprofessional, petty six.
The only thing I would have added to Dayne's comments is that if I were a business considering moving my company to Lowell I would seriously reconsider it and start looking for another city where there are not such persons in positions to hinder the growth and ambience of the city.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Rob Mills at the SUN is trying to unravel the mysterious appearance of a giant face on the top of the Fruedenberg building...

Since it is just outside my door I wandered over to take a look...I do not recognize this face, maybe someone in the neighborhood does...and what is he doing up there?
UPDATE: Part one of the mystery solved (see comments). "The photo is that of a real estate agent, Todd Alperin... "
Should be interesting to find out if this was a great advertising idea or just a prank.
UPDATE: Turns out it was a "theft", not a prank...more at Rob's blog:

Sunday, June 14, 2009



City Council Election

Franky's Campaign Kick-Off Party
Tuesday, June 23rd, 5:30 - 7 PM
at Mambo Grill

In this week's SUN column Franky Descoteaux says she is running for city council.
I say; "YEAH!"

Finally a city council candidate that we can actually get excited about. Franky is:
Smart - let's face it, brains matter...especially when it comes to making decisions that effect an entire city.
Reasonable - Franky's statements have always taken into consideration other peoples thoughts and ideas and she has a great perspective as a resident and business owner.
Hard-working- in another SUN article Franky was quoted as saying, "downtown business owners need to work harder at drawing business from other areas of the city".
We all notice that her businesses are not open 9-5, instead they are open hours that are more likely to attract more customers. I can not think of anyone who would better represent residents of the city.

"THERE'S A new potential candidate in this fall's election for Lowell City Council. She's a woman. She's a wife. She's a mother. And she owns, or partially owns, a downtown business mini-empire.
Guessed who it is?
It's Franky Descoteaux.
"I haven't made an official announcement, but I'm running," she said. "I want to be part of the continued growth of Lowell as a member of the City Council."
Descoteaux, a popular downtown figure, owns the Mambo Grill and Humanity, a women's boutique. She is half-owner of Monkey's, with Brew'd Awakening owner Andy Jacobson, another active Lowell resident/business owner.
Descoteaux said she won't be bashful in voicing her opinion, and she added that she isn't running against any of the current councilors.
"I'll always have an opinion," she said. "I feel that the best progress is always made when people cooperate and understand all sides of the issues."

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


News of the latest entertainment in the neighborhood came in the form of a "lifesize" poster on the front window of the Under Impact Lounge on Merrimac St. that read: "Hot Latin Studs for Hire"...well that got some attention! Apparently someone got the message this was not the best advertising for the club and this posted this smaller version.

I know all the women in the neighborhood will be checking out the new live entertainmnet on Friday night. LOL
UPDATE: This turned out to be classic bait-and-switch...Friday nights "dancer" was not one of the guys above...however, I have heard that the "professional" dancers will be there the week.



June 27 Los Lobos
July 10 Los Lonely Boys
July 11 Ani DiFranco
July 17 Michael Franti and Spearhead
July 18 Aimee Mann
July 24-26 23rd Annual Lowell Folk Festival
July 30 Joan Baez
July 31 Blues Traveler
August 1 Melissa Ferrick and Catie Curtis
August 7 Dar Williams
August 8 The Derek Trucks Band
August 14 Jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers
August 15 Entrain
August 21 Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul
August 22 Livingston Taylor
August 28 Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
August 29 Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters
September 4 Hot Tuna
September 5 Tom Rush
September 12 30th Annual Banjo and Fiddle Contests
September 18 Gaelic Storm

For tickets and information visit

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Lowell National Historical Park is undertaking a General Management Plan Amendment to evaluate the impacts of the City's Hamilton Canal District development on Park visitor entry and orientation experience and to conceptualize a visitor orientation experience that will serve as a gateway to the Park and the City.
The Park will host a public information meeting to present alternatives for its Park visitor information and orientation center. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16 from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street, Lowell, MA.Please RSVP to Cheryl Clark at: 978-275-1700 or ifyou plan to attend.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


I am adding a new "label", I think I'll just call it "IDIOT" because that is the first word that came to mind when I heard this story...

Police detain restaurant patron who flashed gun
By Robert Mills,
LOWELL -- Police quickly flooded the downtown Monday night after someone reported an intoxicated patron had flashed a handgun inside the Village Smokehouse steakhouse on Middle Street.
Shortly before 10 p.m., more than a half-dozen police cruisers sped into the heart of downtown. Moments later, Officers Charles Pappaconstantinou and James DeMaio found the man walking down Central Street, near Warren Street, with the gun still in his hand.
They detained him, and after a quick witness identification procedure was conducted, Eric Burke, 31, of Burlington, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon (gun).
It turns out the gun was a black BB gun, but it looked like a real handgun.
Burke was still being held Monday night because a bail commissioner had not yet set bail.
Police said Burke flashed the gun while inside the restaurant, and that employees got him out of the building and called police. Police said restaurant employees reacted just as they should have.