Instead of directing you to the Sun which has many fine stories remembering Sept. 11th or to try to speak on the tragedy that was Sept 11th I instead direct you to richardhowe.com for some touching remembrances. Paul Marions’ entry especially reminds us of the personal loss that many people had with those whose lives were lost on that date.
Paul also reminds us: Today from 1 pm to 4 pm, Jack and Jim Neary and compatriots from the school yard at Sacred Heart will be playing their annual baseball game for the 30th year in a row. This year is special because the Sunday game coincides with the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Today’s game is a benefit for struggling veterans who are assisted by the Senior Corps of Community Teamwork Inc. The living legend Micky Ward is throwing out the first pitch.
Go to Jack’s blog, “Shards,” to see how you can donate by check or credit card. The goal is to raise $5,000, but they are not going to stop there if the contributions keep flowing in. And I’m sure you can show up at Shedd this afternoon with a check made out to Senior Corps at Community Teamwork or a $20 bill for the cause.
Sunday Political Column:
The column starts off mentioning the Lowell police quietly unveiled a portrait of the late Officer Patrick “P.J” Johnson in the lobby of the Police Department, two days before the first anniversary of his death. They note Not a single elected or appointed local official attended and list the many reason why they may not have.
The column also states: It will be interesting to see how the Lowell patrolmen decide to remember the late patrolman Charles Panek. who was also off duty, died the night of July 23 when he jumped from a speeding motor boat into the Merrimack River in Tyngsboro.
GN: I find these items in the Sun in poor taste, especially today Sunday Sept. 11th when we as a country stop to remember all those lives lost 10 years ago. Especially today we remember and we honor the 1st responders, Police, Fire and EMT’s who risked and lost their lives. We Thank those who serve today risking their lives every day they put on a uniform in service to their community.
With regards to Mayor James Milinazzo, I find his comments distasteful as well.He is quoted as saying: said.
“With all due respect to Officer Johnson and his family, what standard do we use to honor our fallen heroes?”
First and foremost Officer PJ Johnson was by all known accounts an exemplary member of the Lowell Police Dept. who served his city and his department to the best of his ability and from speaking with fellow officers was much respected and liked. We honor those who day to day risk their lives on the streets of this city doing a job that many bitch about but one that we need and in times of crises one we look to for support and action in times of danger.
Show me 1 person who has not made a bad choice or decision in our private life and behavior and then you can start to question whether we should acknowledge the contributions of a Lowell Police office who served the public everyday he put on a uniform.
Most of us have shown less than perfect judgement in our life and can say a little prayer that There but for the Grace of God go I.
So unless Jim has been 100% perfect his comments are out of line and show poor judgement.
God Bless and Bravo to Police Supt. Lavallee and all members of the Lowell Police Dept.for honoring this fallen officer in a way they felt appropriate.
In other column notes, The column applauds Supt. Franco for promoting from within and introducing the eight new elementary and middle school principals and pointing out that 7 of 8 are longterm employee’s of the district.
It talks about the combined efforts of the Lowell Plan and the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce to try to block the homeless walk-in center at Saint Anne’s.
The Lowell/Dracut portion ends with the longstanding reminder that you don’t upset Seniors (a big voting block) reminding Dracut Housing Chairman Ken Martin that they don’t forget and many are upset with the decision to replace current Executive Director Mary Karabatsos.
Onto other things…
A couple of Election Parties this week, former Mayor/current Councilor Bill Martin has a 50th Birthday Bash celebration on Thursday Sept. 15th beginning at 5:30 at Longmeadow Country Club. Suggested donations $25.00
Former Mayor/ City Councilor Armand Mercier has a fundraiser on Thursday Sept. 15th 6:00 -9:00 at the LaFayette from 6:00 -9:00 suggested donations of $50.00
I had the pleasure of meeting Arnie Muscovitz at the Sept. 11 service in Lowell last week. Arnie is the founder and leader of the 3rd Annual Day Of remembrance for victims and families on Monday, September 26 · 6:30pm – 8:00pm at City Hall…If you run into Arnie tomorrow wish him a Happy Birthday.
Also saw ex State Rep Susan Rourke at the event along with School Committee Candidate Kristen Ross Sitcawich.
Yesterday ran into Dracut Housing member Ken Cunha at Dracut Old Home day. Ken is one of the nice guys in Dracut and he looks fantastic having lost a bunch or weight and feels great.
Also ran into Brian and Mary Bond, Eileen Kane the former Lowell High teacher and wife of the famous Greater Lowell Tech football coach Joe Kane. Eileen was their working for the Garden Club and the entire Dracut Complex looked great.
The Dracut Housing issue regarding the Executive Director is creating more than the usual tension among the players perceived to be on either side and is close to getting even more nasty and personal in nature. I hope that each side takes a breath and realizes that there are many more important things and bigger issues and stops the nastiness before this gets even uglier. It does NOTHING to serve the citizens of Dracut that both sides claim is their concern and focus.
The next Neighborhood City Council Candidates forum will be held on Wednesday Sept 21st at the Dom Polski
beginning at 6:30 subjects will be Inspectional Services and Civic Improvements. The neighborhood groups are working together on these forums and will have forms to Register anyone that has not registered to vote.
City Council Challenger’s Corey Belanger and John MacDonald will be featured in this week’s City Council Spotlight on this Blog this week. Corey tomorrow and John on Wednesday.