Ed Davis is a great Centraville / Lowell guy who never forgot his roots. His dad Eddie who was also a Lowell Police Officer used to work St. Michael’s Bingo every week and like his son, was a man with a huge heart and love for his city. Reading and listening to Supt. Davis’s speech reminded me of how much like his father the Supt. is and what great men they both are.
Speaking of Proud a moment of self indulgence while I congratulate and brag about my kid brother Fred Nutter. Fred was the 10th of 11 kids and was always smaller and a slight build but had great passion for Football. He was also one who set goals for himself and never quit until he reached them. He played football at both Lowell High and UCONN receiving spirit awards from both. He graduated UCONN with a degree in Communications and won an Emmy while working for the Fox affiliate in Conn. He has been a sports producer at ch. 7 Boston, fought in the Lowell Golden Gloves and has taken up screen writing and participated in Stephen Spielberg’s Dreamworks screenwriters contest.
In the past two weeks he has been hired a Producer for the new national Fox Sports network, “Fox Sports 1” launching in August and this week was notified that he is one of ten semi-finalists in the Nantucket Film Festival’s 2013 Showtime Screenplay Competition. The number of submissions to this year’s competition broke records, but the reading committee and staff alike were highly impressed by his script, “MASTERPIECE”….Fred embodies the never give up and follow your dreams saying that we share with our kids. Congrats to Fred has he prepares to head out to California and follows his dreams.
Away we go…
Sometimes you can’t make this stuff up…talk about Irony..this is a statement from today’s column blog in regard to another City Councilors motion…Councilor Rodney Elliott said the motion was out of order.
Yet he files a motion to have a public discussion on a claim of property damage that was denied by the city and still could be appealed by the resident to the courts. Whose out of order now Councilor? WHY? And Why is he making this 1 case for a specific resident when hundreds file claims and many are denied? Playing Politics to again bash the Administration or helping a friend / supporter?
Funny how he supports 1 individual’s claim of property damage and yet doesn’t support spending city funds for City property (Lowell Schools). He voted against spending city money to repair property damage at city schools but wants an explanation why a private homeowner at 56 Carroll Parkway claim was denied. Why is this 1 family more important than supporting the repairing of the school property? Hopefully one of the other Councilors asks him that directly on the Council Floor.
The Office of Campaign and Fiance will be conducting a Municipal Candidate Summer Seminar on June 17, 6:30 p.m., City Hall, Mayor’s Reception Room, 375 Merrimack St. for all new and returning candidates NOT Only from Lowell but surrounding communities as well.
Maybe the State’s Ethics Commission can hold a seminar here shortly. I know of a few who seem to need a refresher course.
This has been an interesting week of stories from Lowell, the Tech and Dracut all revolving around the schools and school committee’s.
Some were critical of Dunstable Board member Dave Tully for his statements at the Tech School Committee meeting. I see it that he may by making that statement have saved the School Committee from a Lawsuit from the outgoing Superintendent who still has the claim of harassment and gender bias hanging out there. Mr. Tully by way of his apology and praise and by his being respectful may prove to her that most committee members RESPECT her and really that was all this was ever about.
On the flip-side it sure does offer a strong supporting piece of evidence for her claim that a committee member thought she was treated so poorly he felt the need to offer an apology.
The upcoming selection of a Superintendent will be monitored closely by the community to see if these members are serious about selecting the best qualified member or if they are just interested in playing political games and getting in “their” candidate.
I’m hearing one candidate who has been pigeonholed as being the “Dean’s” candidate is trying his best to distance himself from the “dean” and that group stating he is just beginning to realize how toxic and divisive that group is.
I heard the story of a Tech Committee member receiving a call from a parent concerning the bomb threat who claimed he didn’t know enough about the situation because the Superintendent hadn’t informed the committee. The parent then called the school and spoke with the Superintendent who not only explained the events and process but apologized that this member apparently hadn’t checked their email because she had in fact sent out complete information to all members (I was able to verify that) and when the parent called the committee member back this member stumbled and fumbled making excuses and as she was hanging up she heard him referring to her as a “fornicating female dog”.
This same member may find that parent at an upcoming school committee meeting to publicly apologize and from what I understand in an unrelated matter may be hearing from the State Ethics commission regarding his purchasing of some Shrimp for the Holidays getting them from the school rather than the grocery store. Guess his past culinary experiences makes him know that he could get a reduced price by getting them from the school.
Word / rumors around Lowell is that many who met with the Tech group during a site visit were surprised at the attitude of some Tech Committee members who seemed upset they couldn’t get any negative feedback about the candidate for Superintendent. One member was said to be making faces and seemed intent on finding something negative.
The Lowell School Dept. is facing some tough questions themselves about the treatment of a student suffering asthma attack at the Greenhalge School. Here’s a small sample of one of several Facebook Post that were written about this topic:
What kind of a school nurse calls everyone on a child’s emergency contact list saying that “he is having a hard time breathing and needs an inhaler brought down”? Then when his mother arrives she finds him sitting alone in the middle of an asthma attack while the school nurse was not present because she had to attend a meeting. The mother called 911 herself to have the child transported to the ER.
I know that several Lowell Committee members were informed about these events and are contacting both the School Administration and the Health Director to find out what the exact story and events are.
In Dracut the new group titled Stand Up for Dracut will be holding an informational meeting regarding the proposed 2.9 Million Dollar Override, tomorrow night at Harmony Hall directly after the School Committee meeting. It will be a good opportunity for residence to listen and maybe ask question about the proposal.
I noticed in my travels yesterday that City Council Candidate Dan Rourke had sign holders out waving to people at various intersections. I spoke to Dan last night as he was working the large crowd at the East End who were there supporting the Lowell Police Union fundraiser and he also mentioned that all are Invited to his Campaign Kick-off Event on Friday May 31st from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at JJ Boomers on Pawtucket Blvd.
Speaking of Fundraisers, the undisputed Queen of the Council, Rita Mercier will be kicking off her re-election with a party this Thursday May 23rd from 6:00 -9:00 pm at the East End Club.
Those who want to paint the LMA Contract Issue as a personal war between the Present City Manager Lynch and former City Manager Taupier are way off base. Former Manager Taupier never has publicly criticized the current Manager. He is critical of the RFQ Process and the risk this contract holds for the City. He cited the fact that he could not publicly comment on the contract until after the Trustee voted since it was reviewed in Executive Session and felt that had he voted against the contract the story would NOT have been his concerns but blown up into a war of Managers which the Sun and George Anthes on City Life have tried to do anyway.
By supporting the contract with his fellow trustee’s and then responding to Councilor’s question and publicly stating his concerns he thought was the best way to spotlight the concerns and what he see’s as the flaws in it. He told me it wasn’t his ego as I had suggested last week (his business partner informs him of my writings anytime I mention him..apparently she is a fan or at least a regular reader of this forum) but his background as an accountant and his concern for the risk and exposure the city is assuming, that he has issues with.
Instead of just looking at a change to strong Mayor format, I believe the City should look at the entire Charter and separately but during the same period, look at the compensation it pays ALL Elected Officials including the Council, School Committee and Tech School Committee members who receive ZERO compensation.
I like the Worcester form of Plan E were the City elects its Mayor and the Council. That way it is the community responsible rather than 1 or 2 fellow Councilors deciding who the Mayor will be and in the process causing ill will, bruised ego’s and political feuds that last for years.