Neighborhood News


*** From Taya Dixon Mullane at the Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group:




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SAVE THE DATE:  January 22, 2014, 6:30PM

Please join the LHNG for its first meeting of 2014.  We will be joined by Lowell’s new Police Chief William Taylor and our West Sector Captain James McPadden who will inform us about the LPD’s efforts to curb the violence in our neighborhood and neighborhoods across the city that are affected by crime.

We will also be electing officers to the Board of the LHNG.  We are looking for volunteers to serve as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. After seven years at the helm, I will be stepping down from my leadership role in the neighborhood group.  It has been a wonderful experience, and I have enjoyed getting to know so many of my neighbors!  If you or someone you know who lives in the neighborhood is interested in leading the LHNG in 2014 or participating as a board member, please email, FB private message this page, or come to our January 22 meeting.  The LHNG needs leaders to keep our neighborhood group’s voice heard.

*** The East Pawtucketville Neighborhood Group will hold their monthly meeting on Monday Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at the McAvinnue School on Mammoth Rd. Come voice your opinion about neighborhood issues and help plan the 2nd Annual Franco-American Festival.

*** ACTION (Acre Coalition to Improve Our Neighborhood) will meet Wednesday September 18 at 6 p.m. at the CBA building at 517 Moody St. in the first floor hall. The meeting is hosted by Maloney Properties and the North Canal Tenant Counsel come and meet their group.

*** The Lowell Downtown Neighborhood Association will meet Monday August 26 at 7 p.m. at LTC (Lowell Telecommunications Corp.) 246 Market St. The meeting’s special guest will be Lowell Police Interim Superintendent Deb Friedl. The discussion will focus on downtown crime and disorder.

*** The Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group will hold a sidewalk meeting with the Lowell Police Monday August 26 from at the corner of Shaw and South Walker Streets at 6:30 p.m. to discuss crime in the neighborhood.

*** The Centralville Neighborhood Action Group will hold their monthly meeting Monday August 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dom Polski Club at the corner of Lakeview Ave. and Coburn St.

A representative from the Lowell Police Department will be on hand to report on this past weekend’s violence in the city, which included shots being fired on Albion Street in Centralville, hitting the second floor of a home on West Fourth Street at least two times. 

Additionally, Animal Control Officer Darlene Wood will be there to answer questions about animal issues in the city.

And, staff from the city’s Elections Office will be there to answer any questions about the upcoming municipal election, including where to vote and how to get an absentee ballot if you will be out of town. Those who have not yet done so can register to vote at the CNAG meeting.

*** From ACTION (Acre Coalition to Improve Our Neighborhood):
Don’t forget the next ACTION meeting is Wednesday August 21 at 6 p.m. at Western Avenue Lofts (160 Western Ave.). It is our annual potluck cookout. Please let us know if you are coming and what you are planning on bringing!
*** From the Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group:

Please join the Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group for a special Sidewalk Meeting at 6:30PM at Clemente Park (at Middlesex and Branch Streets in the heart of Cambodia Town).  We will be meeting with our new West Sector Captain James McPadden and Deputy Superintendent Arthur Ryan of the Lowell Police Department.We’ll learn about crimes and crime trends in this area of the neighborhood, learn what the LPD is doing to protect us and our property, and will listen to YOU about your concerns.

*** Mark your calendar for Tuesday Aug. 6. for National Night Out.

From 6-8 p.m. at the Morey School (Pine and Wilder Streets), there will be free kids activities, raffles, refreshments, as well as visits from the LPD’s K-9 unit, the Fire Department, Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, and EMS. Child ID and fingerprinting kits will be available as well as health, safety and crime prevention information.

There will be a free outdoor screening of “The Iron Giant” from 8:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Popcorn is also free.

The night is co-sponsored by the Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group, Lowell Police Department, Lowell Alliance for Families and Neighborhoods and the Lowell Film Collaborative.

*** ACTION (Acre Coalition to Improve Our Neighborhood) will meet Wednesday July 17 at Merrimack Valley River House. The house was Founded in 1867 to shelter Lowell’s aging mill women. The MRVH is a charitable non-profit Level IV rest home for the gracious care of women in the greater Lowell area.

The meeting will include a tour of the house, as well as the neighborhood group’s monthly update, a report from the Lowell Police Department, and guest speaker David Turcotte from UMASS Lowell talking about allergies and asthma.

***ACTION (The Acre Coalition to Improve Our Neighborhood) will hold their next meeting on Wednesday May 15 at 6 p.m. at the Transfiguration Greek Church on Father Sarantos Way.

Paul Marion from UMass Lowell will be in attendance to discuss the University’s plans in the neighborhood.

The 2nd Annual Acre Fest is on Saturday June 8th at the Welcome Rainbow (the amphitheater at North Common, SEE ABOVE) from 11:00 a.m.  to 4:00 p.m. There will be lots of food, music and fun. Last year the event drew more than 500 party-goers.

If you would like to have a spot to sell an item or promote a cause please contact Dave Ouellette at as soon as possible. All vendor spaces are free it is a community event the more the better we will give you a spot just bring your tent table and chairs. There is still room for more entertainment if you have a skill,musical talent, part of a group, want to read a poem on stage please contact Dave to be part of the great line up more to come.

From the Pawtucketville Citizens Council:

The next PCC meeting is Monday May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Wang School on West Meadow Rd.

1.) Lowell Police Safety Report

 2.) Eric Eby City of Lowell Traffic Engineer- New Traffic remedies at the Rourke Bridge.

*Eric will explain the new changes that are currently in place, how they work and why they work.

3.) Sub committee updates

     – Scholarship Fund

     – West Meadow Garden

     – City Wide Neighborhood Council

     – PYO Softball Team

     – Conservation Commission

 West Meadow Garden Update

April 20th the West Meadow Garden was built with the collaberation of Mill City Grows Lydia Sisson and Francey Slatter, Pawtucketville Citizens Council Kathi Nutter ,Janice Underwood, Deb Forgione,Deb Martino, Ray Boutin ( GLTHS School Committee ) with his team of students who built the shed ( see below). Dawn Theberge and her team of teachers and many more helping hands for the first school garden. Below is a message from Educator Dawn Theberge. More pictures can be seen on our Facebook Page -Pawtucketville Citizens Council- Soon to be on our web site.



I would like to thank all of you for helping to make this garden a reality.I had been dreaming of a school garden for some time now. I wasn’t sure how to do it. But if you tell enough peopleŠthen it becomes a group vision. And that’s exactly what happened. There are many hands in this garden. More importantly, the students are excited about all the possibilities and hopefully we will grow something yummy! If you’ve not seen it completed, please come on over and take a look. Of course it won’t really be complete until we plant and harvest. First harvest is expected in mid-June which we will celebrate by having a “Salad Party”. We’ll keep you informed.
Thanks again to all. In good health,
Dawn Theberge
7/8 th Grade Science Teacher Dr. An Wang Middle School

**From the Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group:

There is A LOT going on in the neighborhood this month!

April 13 – this Saturday! – is the Cambodian New Year Celebration at Clemente Park. The Cambodian New Year Committee has been working hard for months to put this event together!  It’s free and open to the public!  It will be from 12 – 7:00PM.  Enjoy music, dance, games and food!
April 24 – Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group Quarterly Meeting – We’ll have an update from Rachel Kisker on the Cambodia Town banners and signage.  The community met with Ms. Kisker, City of Lowell, last month and provided her with great suggestions and feedback.  She will update us on the revisions to the designs.  We will also hear from the Lowell Police Department with a crime update and plans for the Spring and Summer.  Join us at 6:30PM at the Boys and Girls Club, 657 Middlesex Street.
April 27 – Neighborhood Clean-up – We’ll be busy with our annual clean-up of Clemente Park.  If we have enough volunteers, we will also be working in Armory Park on Saturday morning, 10:00AM – 12:00PM!  We’ll be joined by students from UML and the Clemente Park Committee.  Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering…many hands make light – and fast – work!  We’ll provide the supplies, you provide the labor!  We’ll be racking, cleaning, and maybe even planting in the parks!
As always, please contact us if you have questions or see anything in the neighborhood you have concerns about.  And please join us at our events…we love to see neighbors helping neighbors!  It builds a strong and safe neighborhood.
Taya Dixon Mullane
President, Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group
April 1, 2013:

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

February 20, 2013:

ACTION (Acre Coalition to Improve Our Neighborhood) will hold its monthly meeting at Lowell House at 555 Merrimack St. at 6 p.m.

Nancy Van Alst, CFO of Lowell House, will give a presentation about the programs available there.

They help people with addiction issues through counseling and mentoring programs, providing comprehensive outpatient & residential addiction services. Service provides a continuum of care that includes prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery for those at risk for specific substance abuse, addictive disorders and/or HIV.

Those attending are asked to enter through the employee entrance on Moody Street.

February 9, 2013:

Do something wild with the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust this weekend.

On Saturday Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., in partnership with Mass Audubon, the Trust will lead a winter adventure at Hawk Valley Farm in Pawtucketville.

Wildlife often seen on the property include: deer, fisher, fox, skunk, opossum, and more. Even without snow, there is still plenty to explore as a winter naturalist.

The event is free, but space is limited. Call 978-934-0030 or email to RSVP.

Directions: Please, park at the Pawtucket Elementary School at 425 WestMeadow Road, Lowell. Then take a short walk south on West MeadowRoad, cross Varnum Avenue, and continue onto Varnum Terrace.

Week of February 4, 2013:

  • The Pawtucketville Citizens Council will meet Monday Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at the An Wang School auditorium on West Meadow Road. Their agenda includes: A report regarding crime and public safety from Lowell Police Capt. Tom Kennedy, a discussion regarding stormwater issues with George Russell of the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments and Dr. Carol Shumway of the Merrimack River Watershed Council, and an update from Mill City Grows on the West Meadow Community Garden.
    The PCC can be found at
  • Also on Monday Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. the East Pawtucketville Neighborhood Group will meet in the cafeteria of the McAvinnue Elementary School on Mammoth Road (enter through the side door on Fourth Ave.). Their agenda includes: a discussion with Pollard Memorial Library Trustee Nancy Pitkin about all the new, great services that the library makes available. They will also be receiving an update from University, Lowell Police, and City Officials on issues of interest to quality of life in the neighborhood.

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