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On June 11 the City’s Emergency Management Office will stage a full scale disaster exercise beginning at 9:30 a.m. The drill will take place in the UMass Lowell parking lot on Sparks Street off of Riverside Street.

The scenario is a serious bus accident involving 36 children and 4 adults on a school field trip. Patients will be triaged, tagged, tracked, and transported from the scene to three destinations– Lowell General Hospital (LGH) Main Campus Emergency Department; Lowell General Hospital Saints Campus Emergency Department; and the LGH Bridge Street Walk-In Center.

Participating responders will include Lowell Fire Department, Lowell Police Department, UML Police, Trinity EMS, PrideStar EMS, LGH Paramedics and UML EMS. Also participating will be C-MED, LGH Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the City of Lowell’s EOC.

At the emergency departments patients will be logged in, tracked and treated. Student list information will be requested by the hospital EOC from the city EOC. The city will work with the Lowell School Department to forward this information. The hospital EOC will in turn inform City officials as to which students and adults were transported to which facility. Each facility will then establish a re-unification center/unit where parents will be able to pick up their children with proper identification.

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The Port-A-Dam deployed across the Rosemont side of the Beaver Brook bridge.

On Tuesday May 20 and Wednesday May 21 a City flood emergency team will conduct a flood training exercise.  The team, with members from Fire, Public Works and Wastewater, will do a dry run installation of both the stop log wall and the Port-A-Dam systems on opposite sides of the bridge over Beaver Brook on Martin and Beaver Streets.

The stop log wall system was built by the Army Corps of Engineers as part of the dike system on the Centralville side of the brook.  The Port-A-Dam system was purchased by the City in 2009 and is used on the Pawtucketville bank to help protect the Rosemont neighborhood.

“While we hope that these temporary dams never again need to be utilized, it is important that our flood response team conduct regular training on their installation,” said City Manager Kevin Murphy.  “Should the need arise, we will be prepared to respond and install these dams quickly to minimize damage to our neighborhoods.”

During these exercises the Beaver Brook bridge and approaches will be closed to through traffic from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. as team members prepare, install and dismantle the structures.

City Manager Kevin Murphy address the attendees

City Manager Kevin Murphy address the attendees

On Monday, April 14th, 2014 former State Representative, Kevin Murphy was sworn into office by City Clerk, Michael Geary, as the new City Manager for the City of Lowell.  Surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, City Manager Kevin Murphy addressed the attendees on the initiatives he plans for the city.  Murphy believes in and loves the City of Lowell.  As a longtime Lowell resident public safety, the economy and education are his main objectives as the new City Manager.

IMG_1242The swearing in ceremony began at 10:00 a.m. with State Representative Thomas Golden as the master of ceremonies followed by the Lowell High School Choir singing the National Anthem.  With the invocation by Father Raymond Benoit from the St. Margaret Parish following.  Mayor Elliot provided the welcoming remarks.  State Senator Eileen Donoghue and State Representative Dave Nangle both to the attendees congratulated Murphy on his new role as City Manager.

We here at City are pleased to welcome City Manager Murphy and wish him well.  We look forward to working together as a dynamic team to continue to build the City of Lowell to even more greatness.

The email boxes of city employees will look a little emptier with the end of the annual food drive, but the donation truck food drive 4looks better than ever! City offices have been participating in friendly competition to raise food donations for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. Naturally, in the spirit of competition the prizes included housing the coveted “City Hall Challenge Trophy,” a DD gift card and of course bragging rights.

The Top 3 winners were:

Team “Can Collect,” Treasury Department, with a total of 465 cans

Team “Forever Young,” Council on Aging and Veterans Administration, with a total of 381 cans

Team “Works Well,” Career Center, with a total of 225 cans

and runner up “Develop they Can,” the Department of Planning and Development

food drive 5food drive 3The biggest achievement however, came from the raising of 1440 items for the food bank and helping our city.  Thank you to everyone who donated! Every can counts!

If you’d like to get more information on how to help visit http://mvfb.org/how-to<-help/ there you can find information on having your own fund drives, food donations and volunteering.

Spring means better weather and also the start of many events through out the city! Check out some of these events for the month of April.

Quilts Japan – The 11th Quilt Nihon Exhibition
ENDING APRIL 12TH 
Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck St

The New England Quilt Museum is the only Northeast venue to showcase these award-winning quilts from the international competition of the Japanese Handicraft Instructors’ Association.

Whitewater Rafting on the Concord River
SEASON STARTS APRIL 5
It’s been a cold and snowy winter, so this is going to be great season for whitewater rafting on the Concord. Be sure to call first.

Share Your Story in support of Our Marathon Digital Archive
APRIL 9, 4:30PM 
Pollard Memorial Library
401 Merrimack St.

Our Marathon is a crowd-sourced archive related to the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013; the subsequent search, capture, and trial of the individuals who planted the bombs; and the city’s healing process. Members of the Our Marathon team will be at the library to talk about the project and help you share your story (or photos, text messages, social media, etc.). Please stop by and add your story to the website.

LRTA PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Notice of parking garages closing effective Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

Gallagher I and Gallagher II parking garages located at the Gallagher Terminal, Thorndike Street in Lowell will be closed due to the construction of a new parking garage, effective Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

The Rourke parking garage on Chelmsford St. will remain open.

The Rourke Garage located on Chelmsford St. at the the intersection of Westford Street, will be the only entrance open for pre-assigned monthly passholders and daily parkers. There will be a limited amount of spaces for the daily parkers and this parking will be on a first come/first serve basis.

The LRTA anticipates that there will be ample spaces for evening and weekend parking at the Rourke parking garage.

ALSO REMAINING OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION
The Gallagher Terminal Lobby (Thorndike St)
The drop-off and pick-up area at the Gallagher Terminal (Thorndike St)
The LRTA bus hub at the Kennedy Center (Thorndike St)

The LRTA thanks you for your patience

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this major construction of a new garage at the Gallagher Terminal.

Please feel free to the LRTA at 978-459-0164 if you have any questions.

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