Energy Efficiency Training overview – Lowell Green Restaurant Program 4-29-2011
Happy May Day! The first day of May has been observed as a holiday since ancient times. Spring festivals, maypoles and maying are still common, but the political importance of May Day has grown since the 1880s, when it became a workers’ day in the US. Now widely observed in countries as a workers’ holiday or as Labor Day. (Bermuda, Canada and the US observe Labor Day in September.) In most European countries, when May Day falls on Saturday or Sunday, the Monday following is observed as a holiday, with bank and store closings, parades and other festivities
Capt. Paul Belley reminded us that Blessing of the Bike’s this morning. Leaving the H.D. shop at 10am in Bill. Great day should have a few hundred bike’s . If you can’t make it the blessing will be on the river at 11am across from Heritage Ice Cream. Always good to start the the riding season with a blessing! My 20 year old has a bike and is taking the MA. state course for his license this weekend and is sorry he can’t be part of today’s event.
In today’s Sun besides the political column, Evan Lips has the first of a two part series on the Billerica Mall ‘ The Mall that time forgot. Jenn Myers on the front of the LOCAL News section has a nice story on the great work done by the Rebuilding Together Lowell Volunteers and Erin Smith on the Dracut High Renovation project facing the final vote tomorrow along with Marie Donovan on the National Parks vision for a walkway over the Falls. Subscribe or pick up the SUN and keep a regional newspaper that covers our city alive and local.
In the Sun’s political column today it starts out with news that the selection of Jean Franco came down to the wire and the support from the Lowell Community swung the choice to Franco.
Imagine that in 1978 the first combined class of Lowell Sate and Lowell Tech which became ULowell graduated Marty Meehan, Bernie Lynch and Jean Franco.
The column mentions that Supt. Scott is wildly respected here in the Mass. Education field and while a finalist for the Cleveland Ohio job she could easily be hired for one of the Supt. jobs open here in MA.
The column takes a shot at Councilor Rita Mercier who has they noted has stated she wanted to change or regretted voting for certain things. Give her credit for at least having the flexibility to backflip and flip-flop.
It brings up a personal note about the Manger and his vacation companion. Mentions Bob Cox’s challenges in handling a cell phone during the Sun’s candidate debate and gives a nice plug to Marty Lorrey while recounting the history of postman to councilor here in Lowell.
It also mentions with respect Alice Wards passing and the IRISH Color’s on her final resting place.
onto other things…
City Council Candidate John McDonald is already trying to raise funds and sent an interesting request via email to people who had signed up to his email list. “Pick one day this week and check the temperature at noon. Whatever the temperature is, donate that amount to match the degree.”
Why did the Sun have to mention who the Manager goes on vacation with? Seems to be the Sun Editor takes exception to people who make comments about who he goes to Saratoga with and who brings him muffins. A public official has a right to a private life.
Dracut Elections are tomorrow and the final couple of days have heightened up the negativity. Ted Kosiavelon seems to have tried to position himself as the Cathy Richardson of this year and stayed above the fray. Wonder if it will work.
I was really surprised that Tony Archinski stated on WCAP that the caricature Ad against John Zimini was in response to comments made on WCAP by Cathy Richardson and had nothing to do with anything John said. Maybe Tony is lining up his next campaign target when Cathy is up in two years.
It is semi-comical because I was thinking Cathy was doing some creative/pre-emptive strikes of her own calling in and showing up on Saturday morning live two straight weeks when “up-front guy” Jimmy O’Loughlin was on. Since Jimmy was slapped with a $7,000 fine for not filing his fiance report on time the chance of him running again appears slim.
Despite the warning that ” Dracut’s debt load can’t take school renovation project” by former Selectman/Dracut Cable Host Roger Daigle in the Sun the Dracut High School project appears ready to pass tomorrow. Mr. Daigle has been the only public opposition to the project but has done so in a respectful and thoughtful way. In Today’s Sun former School Committee member Jeanne Balkas makes her case that the ” Time is right to invest in Dracut and its schools.”
Jay Mason from Lowell’s Green Restaurants Program sent me the attached PDF along with some information on a new program. Currently we are starting a pilot program with training funded thru the Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board (GLWIB) See the attached file, ‘Energy Efficient Training’. Six restaurants will receive training for one employee who will subsequently perform a checklist review of the facility and help certify the restaurant at one of three ‘green’ levels of sustainable performance. The Lowell Small Business Assistance Center is helping with this, as well. We are also working on developing a database network so that restaurants can benefit from a collaboration in purchasing and finding needed resources. A city-wide composting program is another goal on the horizon.
Good Luck and God Bless to my nephew Christopher Nutter who is joining the United States Army and leaves this week. The Family is gathering later today to wish him well, assure him of our love and support and especially our prayers for him and all who serve and protect. May you ask your God to protect ,bless and keep safe all our men and women wherever they are stationed or deployed!.
Had the pleasure of running into former Lowell DPD Director Bob Malevich and his wife outside of Fenway Park last night. Bob is one of those guys you meet and walk away thinking what a smart and nice guy he is. Bob contributed a lot to Lowell.
My friend Michelle Godfroy wants you to see the Red Sox or get a Jed Lowrie Autograph and help some students: 8th grade graduating “Class of 2011″ trip to NYC
Red Sox raffle tickets. Tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00 for a chance on three prizes: a pair of tickets to 5/31 game, a pair of tickets to 7/6 game or autograph picture of Jed Lowrie. Get your raffle tickets now! Drawing will be held some time during the school day on Tuesday May 16th and you will be called. Buy your raffle tickets today…. Contact St Michael’s (email@example.com) or Michelle (firstname.lastname@example.org ) cash or check to St. Michael’s School. Thank you : )
I am a big fan of all music and musicals and a friend sent me this link to a great You Tube Music tribute to dance. These cuts are from almost 40 different movies, each with their own songs, and the person who put this together made sure all the dancers were hitting the exact beats to this one song that you’re hearing.