The Greater Lowell Tech Technology Sub-committee voted to recommend to the entire board tonight that the school committee meeting be streamed live over the Internet beginning with next months meeting.
The school already contracts with an internet provider (they televised their graduation last year and received approx. 4,000 hits) and will test this over the next few months and consider renewing their contract with the internet provider.
Committee member Fred Bahou has worked since getting elected to have the meetings televised live on LTC but other members especially Victor Olsen from Dracut felt that since his community could not air LTC Live it wasn’t fair.
Lowell Committee member and Chairman of the Technology sub-committee George O’Hare along with Dracut member Paul Morin thought that this solution was fair for all and would allow residence of all the communities to view the meeting live. There is still some concern on what the audio quality will be but they are committed to try this.
It is another positive step by the Greater Lowell Tech School Committee to be transparent. Paul from Move Lowell Forward Thanked the committee on behalf of the group especially since MLF has been a strong advocate in asking Greater Lowell to be more transparent. Some will be unhappy still that it is not televised live but it will be viewable and will still be recorded to air on delay has it is now.
LOWELL, MA (March 9, 2011) – The purpose of this advisory is to alert the citizens of Lowell of recent residential burglaries. Over the past three days, there have been (3) burglaries into residences in the area of Douglas Road in the Belvidere section of the city. The burglaries have occurred during the day and nighttime hours.
The police are asking residents to be extra vigilant is securing their homes and vehicles and to immediately report any suspicious activity to the police. The police department is deploying resources to address the burglaries and the investigations into burglaries have been prioritized. Anyone with information related to these burglaries are asked to contact the Lowell PD.
Deputy Superintendent Arthur Ryan Jr. stated, “We do not want to alarm people; however we do want the neighborhood to be aware of what is happening so they may be extra vigilant, not only protecting their own property, but alerting us to suspicious activity they observe around them. No one knows a neighborhood better than the people that live there, so it is critical to get the community’s help in order to solve this problem. We are increasing our efforts and hope that neighbors will help one another other as well.”
In two of the burglaries that were reported, unknown person or persons entered the homes late at night while people were sleeping and stole items. In a third burglary, a home was entered during the daytime while the residents were away and stole items. Patrols have been increased while we work to identify those responsible for these crimes and residents are urged to notify the Lowell Police of any suspicious behavior they observe and if possible take photos with their cell phones and make note of license plates. The public is cautioned to secure their homes, windows and doors before they retire for the evening. Please call 911 immediately if any suspicious activity is noted”.
An informational flyer related to burglary prevention has been placed within the Lowell PD website and can be linked to by clicking on the following URL: http://www.lowellpolice.com/pdf/Burglary_Prevention.pdf
Lowell PD Contact Information:
Main Number 978-937-3200
The Valley Patriot hits the News stands today and has they celebrate their 7th Anniversary here are a few columns of interest.
Seven years later we’re still going strong! by Tom Duggan
Today is definitely a shouting kind of day by Jeff Katz
Unions: the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly by Dr. Charles Ormsby
Don Stewart – Candidate for North Andover Selectman: I’ve been Offered Bribes – an interview he did with Tom Duggan on Tom’s radio show.
The desire for change goes on by Jamison Tomasek
My column is titled The end for the Neighborhood Councilor and highlights the loss of Bud Caulfield and his neighborhood driven focus compared to the new “progressive” councilors.
Dracut elections & renovations, moving ahead by DJ Deeb
Pick up your copy of the Valley Patriot in Lowell and Dracut and support the sponsors. Congratulate Tom on his 7 years of service.