The Sun Political Column is available online so you can check it out here.
Please say a prayer for Leo Coutu and his family that he return homes safe and sound. IF anyone has any information on Leo or has seen him, PLEASE call the Dracut Police, John McDonough or his family. The best scenario is Leo met up with a couple buddies, went on a party binge and things have gotten out of his control and he doesn’t know how to fix it. Start by calling your daughters who love you and will forgive anything because they want their dad.
Search for Leo Coutu begins again at 11:00 today. If you are available to help, they are meeting at the Parking lot at Dracut High School and will canvas the area around Dracut High and neighborhoods around the LoKai Restaurant. There will be someone stationed at Dracut High until 12:30 pm if you need to get there late. All volunteers welcome! Dress appropriately and bring water.
The Team Micky Ward Charity Golf Classic is coming up on Monday, August 13, 2012 with a shotgun start at 1:00. Please consider golfing or sponsoring a hole and helping out Team Micky which helps out so many other local charities including the Salvation Army and the WCAP Radiothon. Click on the link and register to participate.
Did you catch these two bits of information in the Sun the past couple of days? (BOLD MINE)
On Friday -June 29th
LHA refuses Sun access to view work at units Lowell Housing Authority Executive Director Gary Wallace says LHA is making great progress toward securing certificates of occupancy for the 132 rehabbed North Common Village units, but he is refusing to allow a Sun reporter and photographer to view the units having walls torn down so the work can receive city inspection and approval.
In his denial of The Sun’s request for a brief period of access to the units to confirm walls are being torn down and to examine the scope of the demolition work, Wallace cited privacy concerns of tenants being moved out of their units
A Sun reporter who had requested to speak with Marcus was unable to do so. Parking employees whisked Marcum in a side door reserved for employees before the meeting and brought him out a rear door when he left. Calls to a Central Parking representative scheduling Marcum’s time in Lowell were not returned
Seems people are getting wise to the fact that they Do NOT HAVE TO talk to the Sun and in these two specific cases they refuse to talk to Lyle Moran.
Moran has garnered a reputation has the hatchet boy for Sun Editor Jim Campanni and in the case of the Lowell Housing Authority Moran made himself the story claiming he was barred by the LHA Board. The Sun reporting overly aggressively on alleged wrong doing on a variety of issues that all proved untrue (Wonder if the Final IG or HUD Report will get FRONT PAGE HEADLINES when it is issued showing LHA in full compliance)?
The 4th estate only works if they themselves show a constant fairness and under the direction of Mark O’Neil and Jim Campanini the SUN has shown a bent for slanted coverage and personal attacks and people are finally NOT responding until someone says they have too.
Maybe if the SUN used a fair and unbiased reporter instead of a cubby who wants the pat on the head from the boss and who reported full facts instead of half facts, people might actually talk to a reporter. Try sending someone with character and a solid reputation who has earned trust like Rob Mills, Lisa Redmond , Joyce Tsai, Sarah Favort or Jenn Myers then maybe a real and accurate story could be done.
I have my disagreements with Councilor Elliot but it is a crude and cheap shot to say he was pushing for a raise for Lifeguards to benefit his daughter. Watch the meeting and see the full context. It was about the position in general and one that I can attest to first hand going as far back has 25 years. The city trains and certifies Lifeguards cheaply and then they get hired away by private clubs and apartments for better hours and salary. Parks Commissioner Tom Bellgarde admits that in today’s paper.
This was a shot on behalf of city employees who were upset with Elliot for not wanting HIGH raises for city employees and who took a comment out of context to get a shot off at the Councilor. Pretty petty when you have to resort to going after someones child! I received a similar comment this week that I refused to Post. Kids are and should be off limits.
I’ve heard that the city has worked with the school department and unions to get some OT for the union folk to go and do some painting and repairing done at the city schools during the summer. There may also be a way for parents to volunteer and do some of the painting overseen by a Union members. Stay tuned for more details.
We are pleased to invite you to The 2nd Annual Shawn M. Dumont Golf Classic, to be held on Monday, August 20, 2012, at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands Golf Course, 79 Brady Avenue, Salem NH. We are hopeful that this day of golf and fundraising will become one of the premier events on the golf calendar for years to come.
The event is being held in memory of Shawn M. Dumont, who was taken from us far too early (8-18-10), as well as three other very special family members, Ronnie Dumont (2-20-11), Noah Shawn Dumont (8-17-11), and Frankie Dumont (10-4-11).
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. Featured will be a full day of exciting events including best ball, closest to the pin challenge, longest drive in the fairway, etc.
Without having to step out onto the course, you can still support the Shawn M. Dumont Scholarship through a direct donation or sponsorship by using the enclosed form. 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 reservation, please email Mike/Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mike, Chris or Steven or email me email@example.com and someone will get back in touch with you.