Sunday Notes March 1st 2015

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March is the month of St. Patrick’s Day so the news in today’s SUN about two Irishmen getting State Appointments to local Housing boards to kick off the month appears to set the celebratory tone. Many in Dracut in fact will be extremely happy , much to the sadness of the reminiscent of the McLaughlin group. Someone may have been still standing last Friday but this week the song has been changed to Hit the road Jack!

Not surprisingly Kristin-Ross Sitcawich is being replaced by Bob McMahon on the Lowell Housing Authority. McMahon is a former Commissioner, member of a well known and liked Lowell family but won’t be welcomed with open arms by some board members. His reputation for trying to fill positions at the LHA with friends and political pals is widely known and that often resulted in clashes with the current Executive Director. Just when the LHA has been calming down and getting great state and federal reviews, could the ugly bashing return because of this appointment?

The city has done a good job clearing the snow but the cost has been steep. According to a report in this weeks City Council packet here is the cost through Feb. 24th 2015.

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The buzz about potential City Council candidates is non-existing. There isn’t much buzz for the school committee either. So is it that the cold/ snowy winter has people occupied on other things or is it Manager Murphy and his administration along with this council has the city in pretty decent shape that there is no real need for much change?

I have to say it has been a nice change to not see motion after motion to do something or the other to cost the taxpayers more money. Maybe this group has realized the well isn’t bottomless.

Not surprising but a little disappointing that a majority of these Councilors would not comment on the public discussion about the right of law-abiding citizens to be able to get an unrestricted license to carry. They are willing to stand up to the towns on representation at the Tech School but not support veterans, woman and law-abiding citizens who want to get an unrestricted license.

Councilor Ed Kennedy who brought forward the one man one vote motion, especially was noticeably silent on the issue except he wanted to make sure all speakers clearly identified themselves. Why? and the Supt. of Police was in attendance, why wasn’t he asked to speak? how many of the Councilors have licenses and unrestricted permits? or have biased based on family who are police?

Does an ETHICS Fine and finding like Kennedy has, disqualify HIM from getting an unrestricted permit? Could this issue become a campaign issue?

Another week, another story about the School Committee NOT being in agreement on how the process to hire a new Supt. should go. This group is beyond dysfunctional. Where are the challengers? The last time a school committee botched the Superintendent contract and hiring process, many committee and Mayor Jim Milinazzo suffered at the polls.

JB

Friday March 13th…
Jack Baldwin Day! Join WCAP, & some of Jacks closest friends for a comedy night that is sure do be a Disaster. Let’s reverse Jacks curse!
See you at the Longmeadow Country Club Fri March 13th (978) 761-7949 for tickets or
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jack-baldwin-day-tickets-

$25 suggested donation for tickets or tables of ten $200 Doors open at 7 showtime 830.

Capt Paul Belley wanted me to pass this along: Just a reminder of our East Pawtucketville neighborhood meeting this Thursday March 5th at 7pm at the Pawtucketville Social Club. Hope to see you there.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Win Flint
Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack Street, Lowell
978-674-1548
wflint@mvlc.org

Re: Event at UMass Lowell
Title: Lowell History Wikipedia Training and Edit-a-thon
Date: Saturday 3/28/2015 10AM to 4PM
Place: O’Leary Library, Room 140, UML South Campus, 61 Wilder St

Pollard Memorial and the UML Libraries will hosting the last of 4
Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons this winter focusing on Lowell history. We
will provide training and assistance editing! Snacks provided.

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/lxel7vs

Come you can; leave when you need

Winifred Flint
Community Planning Librarian

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