Below is the powerpoint presentation from City Council meeting February 25, 2014. The following powerpoint was composed by former City Manager, Bernie Lynch in response to the state failing to meet a state established level of school spending. Addressed is also the action plan implemented.
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On Wednesday March 5, 2014, a public farewell reception was held at City Hall in honor of City Manager Bernard Lynch, for his outstanding service for the city of Lowell for the past 7 ½ years.
Upon entering the Mayor’s Reception room, there was a welcoming atmosphere and over the course of the evening about 300 city employees and local residents came together to recognize Mr. Lynch’s accomplishments and to thank him for his service. A cake with the words “Happy 19th Hole Bernie!” representing his love of golf adorned the table with an array of refreshments for the crowd. The room echoed with laughs and well wishes, and Bernie was the recipient of many ‘thanks’ for his dedication to the city.
A graphic of the retiree walking into the sunset towards the 19th green was a recurring theme that carried throughout the reception. Bernie will now have time to improve his already stellar golf game. Lowell Fire Chief, Edward Pitta, presented a Lowell Firefighter’s helmet emblem, joking that initially it was going to be put on a helmet, but he didn’t want Bernie thinking he could start working fires and giving orders!
The Manager also received the most sought after ID card you can have once you retire, an official Lowell Senior Center ID! Given by Michelle Ramalho, executive director of the Lowell Senior Center, this card now allows him entrance to all city events enjoyed by our seniors to join in on the bus excursions!
Bernie Lynch will undeniably be missed by his colleagues and we wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors.
By future endeavors we mean perfecting his golf swing!
Enjoy your retirement Bernie!
For immediate release
Thursday, March 6th
MEN COMBAT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN WITH WHITE RIBBON International Campaign Takes Hold in City of Lowell-City Hall, on Thursday, March 6th @ 12 noon. City Hall Lobby-375 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA
As a local affiliate of the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign, City of Lowell is recruiting men from Lowell, MA to demonstrate their commitment to being part of the campaign to end violence against women. Men can take the White Ribbon Day pledge themselves as well as serve as an Ambassador who recruits male colleagues and friends to join in taking the pledge and wearing a white ribbon on March 6, 2014.
“By wearing a white ribbon, men and boys will show they do not tolerate or condone men’s violence towards women, men, or children,” stated Manager Bernard Lynch, head of the local White Ribbon Day Affiliate about the significance of the white ribbon.
City of Lowell community leaders, State Representatives, community volunteers, domestic violence task force members, UMass Lowell students, YouthBuild and more will be in attendance. “This is the seventh annual White Ribbon Day campaign. We appreciate the chance to join the conversation about men’s roles in decreasing domestic violence and sexual assault and to be a role model for other men and boys in our lives.”
The seventh annual White Ribbon Day is a statewide campaign sponsored by Jane Doe Inc. Throughout the month, men across the state will show their support by encouraging others in their organizations, families and workplaces to wear a white ribbon, place a poster up at their workplaces, spread the word about the campaign, organize local events to speak out against violence towards women, and challenge attitudes and behaviors which condone or tolerate violence.
White Ribbon Day began in Canada in 1991, two years after the Montreal Massacre in which 14 female students at the University of Montreal were killed and 13 other students wounded by a single gunman. Canadians organized a response to show their support to victims of violence everywhere. The White Ribbon Day Campaign has grown internationally in the past twenty years.
For more information, please contact: The City Manager’s Office @ 978-674-1001.
Click photo to find out more information about the Best Retail Practices program located on the City of Lowell’s website.
Please keep in mind that you do need to register for this event on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The City of Lowell – City Manager’s Task Force will be honoring the 7TH Annual White Ribbon Day Campaign (Jane Doe Inc.)
Thursday, March 6, 2014 @ 12 noon
City Hall Lobby-375 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA.
Please join us to show your support of boys and men working to end violence against women. Also, please take a moment to provide a statement, poem, or thought you have against the domestic violence of women. Thank you.
Residents of Lowell, as well as non-residents are welcome to attend the 32nd Citizens Police Academy Course at the Lowell Police Department’s new training facility. If you are interested in learning more about the department, personal safety issues or interested in a career in Law Enforcement this may be of interest to you.
Below is the full information about the event from the Lowell Police Department. Click here for the application.
“Beginning on Wednesday, March 5th, the Lowell Police Department will be running its 32nd Citizens Police Academy Course at our Training Facility at 115 Middlesex Street. The course will be held on Wednesday nights from March 5th until graduation night on April 23rd. Classes will run from 6 pm to 9 pm each night and will feature speakers and presentations on different police related topics each night which will include the Lowell Police Organizational Chart and Departments, the LPD K-9 Unit, Community Response, Crash Reconstruction and many Personal Safety related topics. Also, on week #2, the class will meet at the Lowell Police Department Main Desk for a tour of the Police Station and the 911 Emergency Center. The Citizens Police Academy is offered to residents as well as non-residents wanting to find out more about the Lowell Police Department, police related topics and personal safety issues. It may also be of particular interest to college students interested in a career in Law Enforcement or seeking volunteer and intern information.
Applications can be emailed back or sent to Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Callery at email@example.com or myself at PCorcoran@lowellma.gov.”
Paul G. Corcoran
Lowell Police Department
West Centralville Precinct
333 West Sixth Street
Lowell, Mass. 01850
978-674-1968 – Office
Located at the Lowell Health Department on Pine Street.
Looking for a Few Green People !
Are you interested in helping Lowell’s restaurants be more sustainable?
Do you want to get more involved in the community? Well, come and join us!
The Lowell Green Restaurant Program has a couple of vacancies on our Board and we’re looking for people with a passion for supporting more sustainable business practices and making Lowell a sustainable city.
If you’re interested, please email
With apologies to Shakespeare, our winter has also been a challenge but for different reasons. Unless you like skiing and sledding or you sell shovels and snowblowers! Or you’re Lowla Bear! We can only hope that, despite what the calendar says, winter will soon give way to “glorious summer”. If not, City DPW crews remain ready to keep the worst of winter at bay.
During the height of the latest storm, we took a ride with DPW spotters to get a front seat view of winter’s tempest. It was eye opening as we travelled up and down the hills of Centralville, through Belvidere and across downtown in near whiteout conditions.
For the most part residents were heeding the parking ban which made a big difference as plows tried to keep up with a 2-3 inch-an-hour snowfall rate during an early rush hour. We crisscrossed sanders and plows of all sizes whose priority at that point in storm operations was to keep a travel lane open. Unusual or dangerous conditions, blockages or hidden side streets not yet plowed were called in for attention.
After just a couple hours, it was difficult to imagine staying awake for 18 to 24 hours navigating city streets. With new equipment, including plows and sanders equipped with the latest temperature sensing and communications technology, DPW has new tools in their ongoing battle with winter. Operations will continue and move to cleanup phase as crews get back from much needed (and required) rests.
For more information and a complete outline of snow operations click here.
“Coats from Ann Above” Sponsored by Lowell Firefighters
Winter Coat Penny Drive
For 2014, the Lowell Fire Department will be hosting a winter coat penny drive to purchase winter coats for children in Lowell who are in need. Pennies will be collected at every firehouse in the City of Lowell from now until October, 2014. The City of Lowell Fire Department also encourages parents and children to visit the fire station between these months to donate as well as learn about the fire trucks in the station!
The department will be working with all Lowell schools, each of which will submit a list of 10 students who are most in need of those winter coats. Parents of these students will be contacted and informed of the process to secure the coats.
Those wishing to make a donation can also do so by visiting an Enterprise Bank, a Firefighters’ Credit Union branch, or any Lowell firehouse where they can drop it off. Checks should be made out to “Coats from Ann Above.”
All funds raised will be used solely to the purchasing of the children’s coats.
Larry Finn, LFD,