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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.

We can all dream right? Unfortunately, New England is infamous for the amount of potholes that appear on our streets and sidewalks.

The City of Lowell’s Department of Public Works has been out managing the potholes that are forming on the streets and sidewalks.  On Friday, March 21 we were able to watch the workers fill the potholes with asphalt and address some questions such as, what it took to fill them and why they appear to happen overnight.

Hot patch asphalt being loaded onto pothole next to Mahoney's Gas Station on Plain St. in Lowell

Hot patch asphalt being loaded onto pothole next to Mahoney’s Gas Station on Plain St. in Lowell

How do potholes form?

Potholes are formed from water, whether it is from rain or snow, which seeps into the cracks of the pavement.  Over time this water pools beneath the pavement and causes erosion, the erosion leads to the breaking and sinking of the pavement, and you have a pothole.

A major reason why potholes form during the winter months can be thanked in large to the New England weather and constant changes in temperature.  This winter in particular was difficult due to not only the amount of snow we received but the constant flux in temperature.  This week alone we are looking at 2-4” of snow, and then 50-60 degree days later on in the week.

During these winter months, once the water has developed beneath the pavement, there is a contracting and expanding cycle.  The contracting is the water freezing, and the expanding is due to the melting of water on warmer days. Constant contracting and expanding makes the pavement crack, cracked pavement, along with constant traffic causes potholes.

Lowell DPW workers, Surprenant, Ladebauche and Riley hot patch a pothole

Lowell DPW workers, Surprenant, Ladebauche and Riley hot patch a pothole

Why does it seem like they just filled a pothole and it has already reappeared?

Once again you can largely thank the weather for the reappearance of potholes especially during the months of November through January.  There is a plant where the asphalt is made and during these months the asphalt will freeze before it even gets to the site. Due to this there are two different types of pothole repairs.  There is the cold patch and during cold weather months this patch is used as a temporary fix.  Once it gets warmer and the asphalt won’t freeze in between trips there is a hot patch fix. The hot patch is a long term fix for potholes.

Want to report a pothole?

In the City of Lowell, there are many ways you can report potholes so they get fixed as quickly as possible. On the city website there is the E-Gov application. You can place your request and receive a ticket number to track the issue.  This way you can check the status of your request and submit your email to receive a confirmation.

SeeClickFix (direct link here) is another way you can report a pothole completely online.  SeeClickFix allows you report an issue regarding anything throughout the city, you simply tell us the location and we direct it to the correct department.  The great thing about this is that you can also download it as an app onto your smart phone.

Finished! DPW workers fill pothole with hot patch for a long term repair

Finished! DPW workers fill pothole with hot patch for a long term repair

  Once you download the app you can directly upload pictures of the issue onto the website.

As always you are more than welcome to also call the Public Works department directly at 978-674-4111.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning

978-674-1542

sthibodeau@mvlc.org

Re: First Friday Forum at the Pollard Library

Date: Friday, April 4, 2014 Coffee with the Library Director 10AM – 11 AM

          Feature Film 11 AM – 1PM

Title: Library to Host First Friday Forums Starting In April

Place: Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA 01852

Do you have any questions or suggestions for your local library? Now’s your chance to be heard—and to enjoy some coffee and a movie. Pollard Library Director, Victoria Woodley, will be hosting an open forum conversation with patrons over coffee on the first Friday of the month beginning in April. “We’re trying to find ways to better connect with our patrons,” Woodley said, “to communicate with them about the materials, programs and services we offer and to learn from them how we can better serve their needs. What better way to do this than by having a chat over coffee.” The open forum coffee with the director will run from 10AM to 11AM and patrons can stick around for a feature film beginning at 11AM. For more information about this first Friday form please contact Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning at sthibodeau@mvlc.org or 978-674-1542

For more information about this and other Pollard Library events visit our website: www.pollardml.org or our Pollard Library Blog: www.blog.pollardml.org. We’re also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pollardml and Twitter www.twitter.com/pollardml

 

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