Been a tough week for the Manager and the Lowell City Library. This was just released by the Lowell Police Dept.:
Man Arrested At Pollard Memorial Library
LOWELL, MA (March 10, 2011) On Tuesday, March 8th 2011, David Donato, 23, of Lowell was arrested by officers from the Lowell PD. At approximately 5:55 p.m., officers were dispatched to 24 Waugh Street to locate Donato who had outstanding warrants for his arrest. The officers also learned that Donato was a Level 3 sex offender. Unable to locate Donato at the Waugh Street address, police learned that Donato may be at the City’s library. Police then proceeded to the Pollard Memorial Library and located Donato on the third floor where he was placed under arrest without incident. Donato’s arrest warrants were for (1) Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and (2) Failing to Register as a Sex Offender. Donato was additionally charged with a second count of Failing to Register as a Sex Offender. Donato was arraigned in Lowell District Court the following day (March 9th).
Library Issue Highlights Council Split
The issue of public safety but more the issue of public servants going directly to Councilors rather than following the proper chain of command shows us the split in this city council. On one hand you have what I refer to as the “Constituent Driven” Councilors – Bud, Rita and Rodney who still believe that public service means exactly that, serving all the public (even city workers) and will bring forth issues and concerns of the average Dick and Jane.
The “Progressive” Councilors would be the remaining SIX who think chain of command and using the city web site for Pot hole, signs and Veteran Honoring request is the way to go and don’t seem to want to bother dealing with the public unless it is in the “BIG Picture”.
Seems to me we will find out by who runs and if they advertise themselves as a constituent serving councilor or a “progressive” councilor exactly what the city wants. Best guess is a combination of both but the progressive councilors cannot turn their noses at the constituent ones such as Councilors Murphy & Martin treat Bud and has Martin treats Rita and Rodney.
Mimi over on Left in Lowell has a Post discussing Tuesday’s meeting and wondering if the “Constituent Driven” Councilors were out of line with their questioning?
Supt. search Blue Ribbon Panel to meet
Attached you will find the Notice for meeting of the Blue Ribbon Panel selected to assist the School Committee in the search for a new Supt. Of Schools
New City Council Candidate: Marty Lorrey an active Political worker from a big popular Lowell family and retiring Post Office employee mentioned on his Facebook Page yesterday: I will be making an announcent shortly that I am running for City Council,
Bahou gets it done Has I mentioned last night, The Greater Lowell Tech School Committee will attempt to live stream their meetings over the internet so that all the communities that send students to Greater Lowell will be able to watch the meetings live. Fred Bahou has worked hard since his election to get this done either Live in Lowell or on the Internet and should be Thanked for following through.
The Merrimack Valley Food Bank wants to inform you that they will be canvassing the neighborhoods throughout Pawtucketville for their Annual Spring Pantry Raid. This event will take place the week of March 19th through March 26. I have attached information regarding this event for your review.