PCC Meeting Monday Night

On Monday April 1, the Pawtucketville Citizens Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Wang Middle School on West Meadow Road. The agenda includes:

1. Lowell Police Safety Report

2. Committee update on the 4th Public Meeting Rourke Bridge Study

3. Guest Speaker: Naomi Prendergast President and CEO D’Youville Life & Wellness

Community Update : D’Youville Life & Wellness Community will be completing the continuum of care on its campus with the construction of an Affordable Assisted Living Residence (AALR).
This 60-unit building will include 15 apartments for individuals requiring memory care. Half of the apartments (30) will be reserved for elders of low and moderate income, and half (30) will be at full market rate. Adjacent to the AALR will be an Outpatient Rehabilitation and Fitness Center (with therapeutic pool) for use by those living on the campus and in the community. Construction is expected to begin in the Spring 2014 and should last approximately 12 month.
4. Committee update on the West Meadow Community Garden

Relief for Mali

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They fled their homes, driven out by violence, ethnic tensions and rebellion.

Since January 2012, more than 15,000 men, women and children from the war-torn West African nation of Mali have poured into refugee camps in neighboring Niger. The overburdened camps lack the proper amount of clean water, food, shelter, health and hygiene services.

Relief International (http://www.ri.org/) is working to make their lives better by providing goats to improve the food security of Malian refugee families, training and start-up grants to expand the revenue-generating abilities of Malian women in local markets, as well as to build proper healthcare facilities and provide medicine and hygiene supplies.

You can help better the lives of these families by going out and having a fun night on the town. It’s that simple.

On Saturday April 6 at 6 p.m. a concert and reception to benefit Malian refugees will be held at Mill No. 5 (250 Jackson St., Lowell). It has been organized by Rev. Lisa Durkee, the pastor of the First Congregational Church in West Brookfield.

Musicians include Cheick Hamala Diabate and his band, Balla Kouyate and Paddy Keenan. Visit their websites at www.cheickhamala.com; www.paddykeenan.com; and www.ballakouyate.com

Al-Maamoun Keita, Ambassador from Mali to the United States will be in attendance.

All proceeds from this event benefit the work of Relief International.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $100, and include an opening reception, entry into a raffle, and reserved concert seating.  Guests will also have the opportunity to view the trailer for Essakane Film: The story of the most remote music festival in the world, which introduces us to the most remote music festival, in Timbuktu, Mali.  The director and producers of the film will be in attendance this evening.

$50 tickets include a raffle entry and General Admission to the concert; $25 tickets are for General Admission to the concert [Raffles to include copies of Essakane Film, as well as a documentary made about Paddy Keenan’s time in Mali when he played Le Festival au Desert in 2005; Cds of the performers and gift certificates for several local businesses will also be drawn)

Tickets can be purchased here: http://music-for-mali.eventbrite.com/#

Deb Friedl Chosen as Interim Police Chief

debfCity Manager Bernie Lynch made history Thursday morning, naming Lowell Police Deputy Superintendent Deborah Friedl as Interim Superintendent upon the March 29 retirement of LPD Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee. She is the first female police chief in the city’s history.

Friedl joined the LPD in 1985. She previously worked in the Vice, Narcotics and Criminal Bureaus and is currently responsible for the day to day administrative functions of the department.

She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration, Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell; a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College.  She is a Graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police and a Graduate of the Massachusetts Police Leadership Institute.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Women Police and a member of the Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement.

Lynch said Friedl is not interested in the permanent position. He expects to name a permanent replacement for Lavallee in approximately 4 to 6 months.


Bonjour! Faisons la Fête!

quebecA call out to all French-Canadians — The East Pawtucketville Neighborhood Group is planning big spring bash celebrating the neighborhood’s French-Canadian roots, but they need your help!

They are looking for French musicians and entertainers, as well as restaurants, markets and others who can share their knowledge of French food and culture.

The festival will take place Saturday May 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Gershlot (the parking lot at Gershom and University Ave).

There will be food, music, games and face painting, contests and prizes.

An important part of the day will be the telling and sharing of stories, stories of the city’s French-Canadian population.There will be a “Tell Your Story” booth, where a UMass Lowell class that is collecting ethnographic tales from older members of the neighborhood will record and document many of the stories of the area.cuar01_kerouac0708

There will also be an opportunity to share photos and hear some of the works of Lowell’s favorite French-Canadian, Jack Kerouac.

The French-Canadians began migrating to Lowell from the farmlands of Quebec in the 1870’s to find work in the mills; by 1895 there were 20,000 French-Canadians in Lowell. They settled mostly in Centralville, Pawtucketville and Little Canada.

Today the influence and flavor of those early immigrants is still apparent — from the Franco-American School to the creton at Cote’s Market.

“Today our neighborhood represents many different cultures and languages, and we would like newcomers to have the chance to learn about the roots of this neighborhood,” said Kristy Shockley, a UMass Lowell graduate student who has been working with the East Pawtucketville Neighborhood Group.

For more information, or to get involved, contact Judith Davidson and Nataliya Poto at eastpawtucketville@gmail.com.


UTEC Seeks AmeriCorps Volunteers

2012-2013_americorps_0Don’t these folks look like happy, productive, world-changers? Want to be one too? You are in luck!

The United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) is seeking a new crop of AmeriCorps volunteers. What’s it all about?

“AmeriCorps Members serve UTEC’s youth directly as mentors, tutors, role models, and overall general “go to” people,” said Melany Levesque, UTEC’s AmeriCorps Coordinator.  “They spend their time in our Organizing, Education, Workforce Development, Enrichment, and Transitional Coach (Case Managers) departments organizing events, supporting UTEC staff, and-above all- forming positive, meaningful relationships with our young people.”

Candidates must be 18 or older, dedicated, hard-working, passionate and interested in becoming youth workers.

Members are asked to serve 1700 hours at UTEC over a span of 47 weeks (August 2013 to July 2014), and upon completion of the program, receive over $5,500 in an Education Award used for past education expenses, or future ones. Members receive a stipend  of $12,100 (pre-tax) for the service year. Childcare is available if eligible and AmeriCorps Members are able to receive forbearance for their qualified student loans. The United Teen Equality Center provides skills training, opportunities to build your resume and work portfolio, career counseling at the end of your service, and resources throughout the year to provide support and guidance.

Application Process: For consideration, send resume and letter of interest; or for further information, email Melany Levesque at mlevesque@utec-lowell.org. For more information about UTEC, please visit http://www.utec-lowell.org/programs/americorps. Additional information about AmeriCorps can be found at www.americorps.gov.

The application deadline is April 1.




Mr. and Mrs. Carbonneau

On Monday afternoon, City Clerk Mike Geary found himself in a bit of a pickle. Both the Mayor’s Reception Room and Council Chamber were booked with meetings and a wedding with several witnesses came in. What to do? Use the Mayor’s Office of course! May I introduce the newly wed James and Dawn Carbonneau . . . .

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Read Across America

LPD Superintendent Ken Lavallee

LPD Superintendent Ken Lavallee

In celebration of Read Across America, an event that started as a day to honor the March 2 birthday of the greater Dr. Seuss, but has evolved to encompass the entire month of March, several Lowell Police officers, LPD Superintendent Ken Lavallee, Deputy Superintendent Arthur Ryan and Mayor Patrick Murphy read to students at the Lincoln Elementary School Tuesday morning.

LPD Deputy Superintendent Arthur Ryan, Mayor Patrick Murphy and LPD Superintendent Ken Lavallee.

LPD Deputy Superintendent Arthur Ryan, Mayor Patrick Murphy and LPD Superintendent Ken Lavallee.

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LPD Deputy Superintendent Arthur Ryan

LPD Deputy Superintendent Arthur Ryan

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LPD Deputy Superintendent Arthur Ryan, Lincoln School Principal Ruben Carmona, Mayor Patrick Murphy, LPD Superintendent Ken Lavallee.

LPD Deputy Superintendent Arthur Ryan, Lincoln School Principal Ruben Carmona, Mayor Patrick Murphy, LPD Superintendent Ken Lavallee.

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