Condolences again to Supt. Franco on the passing of her Mother and to the family of former Superintendent of the Lowell Public Schools Dr. Wayne Peters. Not only was Dr. Peters a former Supt. but also served this city on the School Committee and later on the Lowell City Council. Prayers go out to both families on their loss.
Congratulations to the Lowell Nor’Easter’s Semi-Pro Football team who opened their season at home last night with a 27-12 Win, including a 25-yard touchdown pass from QB Matt Boyle to WR Fred Nutter.
The front page story by Lyle Moran in today’s Sun focuses on the Library and the “chat” between a couple of employee’s regarding a library assistant. Titled Chat spat leads to calls for change at library. There is also a story about the local grocery chain who continue’s to thrive by city editor Chris Scott, Success, the old-fashioned way Sticking to its roots, Demoulas chain grows amid industry struggles (GN: The new Bridge St. store is spectacular and the Pizza very good).
On the front of the Local Section the very talented Crime reporter Robert Mills has a story about Melanie Quadros a 28year-old Lowell woman who has been missing for more than a year and a half titled Missing woman reward triples Mother seeking lead on daughter last seen in 2010. A story with a real buzz involves A honey of a hobby By Debbie Hovanasian who writes about Dracut native Bob Berube and his beekeeping. Also in the Sports section check out the many photo’s of various Little League champions and a salute to the Sun All-Stars in area BASEBALL.
Also in the Sun is a combo offer to subscribe to Home delivery and the E-Edition for 13 weeks for $26 and receive a $5.00 Dunkin Donuts Card or sign up for the 26 week combo for $52.00 and receive a $10 Dunkin Donuts Card. Any way you can subscribe or Pick up the ONLY daily Regional newspaper that covers Lowell and the surrounding communities The SUN!
One Final request for some of the local Golfers to PLEASE sign up and Play in the First Annual SHAWN M. DUMONT GOLF CLASSIC. Shawn’s father and uncle both served the city has outstanding Police Officers and Shawn’s family and friends want to establish a scholarship at the Greater Lowell Tech. School in Shawn’s memory.
Monday, August 15 · 8:00am – 11:00am
The Golf Classic day begins with registration at 8:00 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The cost to participate in this Classic is $600 per foursome or $150 per player, which includes green fees, cart, steak and chicken dinner, and various refreshments and prizes.
Without having to step out onto the course, you can still support the Shawn M. Dumont Scholarship through a direct donation or sponsorship. email Mike/Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org,
You may also purchase tickets for the lunch portion of the tournament at the cost of $50 per person or donate a prize to be used in our raffle.Player spots are limited. To make your reservations or donations, email Mike/Chris at email@example.com, or call Mike at 978-937-0725.
Onto the Political Column…
It opens up with a question Will more Tully-case dominoes fall? and speculates on the identity of the co-conspirator 1 who was mentioned 13 times in the Federal document detailing one charge of wire fraud against former State Senator / City Manager Joe Tully.
The Sun talks about the Dracut Police Drug Investigation and the re-action / actions of Officer Lenny Wagner’s gal pal, Cheryl Manahan, appeared at this week’s selectmen’s meeting to publicly call out Selectmen John Zimini and George Malliaros for rushing to judgment against Wagner and Dubois. She also attacked Selectmen Bob Cox and Cathy Richardson for remaining silent on the issue during public meetings and talks about this women’s treatment of a Sun reporter during this past election night.
The column mentions that School Committee candidate Robert Gignac has announced he will not accept the $6,000 annual stipend if elected to the committee but also mentions that by law he cannot. Gignac, 22, works fulltime for the city as an accountant at the Career Center The state’s Conflict of Interest Law, Chapter 268A, Section 20, prohibits a public employee from collecting two paychecks from the same city or town.
A rumor that has been floating around all spring (with very little proof to back it up) hits the column this week. That being City Council candidate John MacDonald is City Manager Bernie Lynch’s man in the race. Apparently perennial Council candidate Fred Doyle informed the SUN that “he is watching closely to see if Lynch shows any preferential treatment to MacDonald.”
The column mentions that another council challenger Van Pech was appointed Tuesday night to the Cultural Council. No present councilors or Mr. Doyle seem to object to that appointment.
Only a few other items…
Neither Incumbent Mike Lenzi or Dave LaFerriere of the Greater Lowell Technical School Committee have pulled papers to run for re-election yet.
City Councilor Kevin Broderick pulled his papers this week.
Shaw Farms has an antique car show every Thursday Night at the Ice Cream Stand and next week Saturday Morning Live broadcast from the Car Show at Veteran’s Park in Dracut where over 100 cars will be featured. I was there last year and it is a great event to raise some funds for the continuing improvement at that beautiful park. The Radio show Broadcast from 6:00 – 10 AM and I believe this year the Car Show will open at 8:00 or 9:00 but listen to WCAP this week for all the information.
The July edition of the Valley Patriot is out on news stands and in my monthly column I rank the incumbents and contenders in the City Council, School Committee and Greater Lowell Tech races has if they were boxers in “The FIGHTER”. Pick up a copy at your local Market Basket or other fine retailer in the area. Here’s my review of the GLRVTHS race:
Greater Lowell Technical – Incumbents
Mike Lenzi – Heavyweight, Job is his has long as he wants it. Well known and well liked
Dave LaFerriere – Junior/lightweight, aging fighter who has gotten knocked down but gets right back up. Does he have one more fight left?
Challenger: Erik Gitschier – Novice – Trained under Fred Bahou and is his protégée. Hard worker who could surprise and defeat a veteran or lose in his first solo bout has his mentor did.