IMPORTANT DATES: September 7, 2011 ♦ Last day to register to vote for Preliminary Elections, Election office open until 8pm
September 27, 2011 ♦ PRELIMINARY ELECTION if needed
October 19, 2011 ♦ Last day to register to vote for Election, Election office open until 8pm
November 8, 2011 ELECTION DAY ♦ Lowell City Council, School Committee & Regional Vocational School Committee
Today’s Sun has a story by Chris Camire on redistricting, Real work begins for redistricting group Jenn Myers has a story on the Latin Lyceum Latin Lyceum: How about a little recognition? Erin Smith informs us that Checks keep coming for John Barranco and Lisa Redmond on the front page of the Local sections has a heartwarming story From pain, a loving tribute emerges, Dracut man’s quilt dedicated to babies who died from brain injury plus in the Focus section has always, a highlight of achievements by local students throughout the Greater Lowell area ( a great feature found nowhere else but the LOCAL paper). Has always subscribe to the E-edition, home delivery or pick up a copy of the only regional paper that devotes more coverage to Lowell and the surrounding communities than any Boston based paper THE Lowell SUN.
The Political Column starts off with the interesting return to Lowell Politics of Ed Kennedy and speculates it was to raise money for himself. Seems he “lent” a previous campaign of his $10K and the Sun thought he was trying to recoup it. But as I posted the other day according t the State’s OCPF he has 0 in his account. Seems after being contacted by the Sun he “Forgave himself” that debt.
There is speculation by the column that Councilor Rita Mercier has “softened” on her opposition to the Manager in order to try and get her fellow councilors to elect her Mayor again. A fact she disputes citing the cell tower issue. Has she states “It is not about going there every week and punching his lights out,” There has to be a little level of decorum.”
There is an item about City Council Candidate Marty Lorrey already getting a motion passed before getting elected to the council and speculation on the status of ownership for WCAP.
Under the some people never learn item is information about former Dracut Selectman James O’Loughlin who it seems after being fined $7,275 (he ignored for nearly a year to file his campaign finance reports) by the State, then having the director of the OCPF agree to reduce the fine to $200 IF O’Loughlin dissolved his committee promptly has NOT done that nearly two months after agreeing to do so.
Onto other things…
Looks like some “FEES” will be increased in the city this week, under the Manager’s section of the Agenda
Ordinance-Amending Fee Schedule, Sealer of Weights/Measures Permits etc.
The Pool issue will also resurface again in Tuesday has Councilor Bud has a motion that is somewhat vague – regardless of funding sources, find ways/means to keep city pools open all season. He doesn’t mention how long the “season” is. Also has I pointed out many LifeGuards are College bound or High School Seniors who need a week or so to get ready or leave for school. I still propose August 19th or 20th has the day the pools should close.
Good Luck to Councilor Patrick Murphy has he heads to see a Back Specialist to determine what course of action will be required to relieve the back pain and issues he suffers from early this week. The choices will weight into his decision to run for re-election of not.
Who is Fredrick Wanjiku? A Lowell resident who took out and turned in papers to run for the City Council but I haven’t been able to find a way to contact him. If anyone knows him pass along his information so we can meet the candidate.
Seems Alison Laraba is running for re-election after all. After saying she was unsure, she pulled papers this week. We would have 8 people running for 6 seats if everyone turns their papers in.
City Life seen weekdays from 6:00 -8:00 on LTC ch. 8 may soon be seen LIVE in Dracut on Dracut Public Access has well. Watch for more information from George and John has August approaches.
Warren Shaw on Saturday Morning Live on WCAP yesterday seemed really perplexed that none of the 3 Lowell School Committee candidates would use the Supt. Scott contract fiasco has a major point in the upcoming election. Not to worry Warren, the SUN will continue to try to make it an issue.
Notice not much was made of the fact that Supt. Scott was hired by a firm that she contracted to do work with the school system. Why do I get the feeling that if Bernie Lynch did the same thing we would see a Front Page Headline screaming CONFLICT??? I still think Bernie needs to learn to bake and bring goodies to JC and try to ease the tension.
City Council candidate John MacDonald got back to me after my PAC Post with this response:
Sorry I missed this. It’s been a busy week for work and campaigning.
My candidacy and positions are not for sale. I will accept contributions, endorsements, etc. from anyone who is interested in the positions of my campaign. I will listen to anyone. I have considered the opinions of many people and have listened to those who have not contributed to my campaign, people who can’t afford to contribute to my campaign, and even those who may not ever support me. I’ll gladly accept the endorsement of anyone who’s interested in positive change, no matter what side of the tracks they come from and they don’t always have to agree with me 100% of the time.
A City Councilor represents everyone in Lowell, not just their contributors, friends and neighbors, but their objectors as well. I want to work for a better Lowell and welcome everyone to participate in that process.