web photo courtesy of gerrynutterslowell.com
I worked closely with Pat on Matt Donahue’s two winning City Council races in 1993 and 1995 and was always interested in his political “take” when we’d bump into each other on Market or Central streets, where he always seemed to be coming or going. Here are notes of appreciation at Gerry Nutter’s place and the Downtown Neighborhood Association.
In this past Sunday’s NYTimes, actor Christian Bale discussed his work on “The Fighter,” particularly the challenge of getting his character’s voice right for the place and time. Read the article here, and get the NYT if you want more.
Note: Amy Adams was interviewed about the movie on Good Morning America today. The publicity around the film is heavy.
First, how about that Tony Sampas photograph of Central Street decked out for the holidays?
Now—Dave Daniel, Dave Robinson, Steve Edington, Jay Atkinson, Steve O’Connor, Ernest Hemingway Jr., (no, not him), and your correspondent here will be talking books, selling books, signing books, and whistling jingle bells in the Gregorian Chant version this very Saturday, 12.30 pm to 2 pm, at the UMass Lowell Barnes & Noble Downtown Bookstore right in the middle of Merrimack Street. Come all ye reading faithful to the book counter and help make a scene, or the scene. BnNoble Manager Manya Callahan welcomes all to this holiday round-up. This will be the final single-gender appearance of the traveling roadshow of local yokel authors.
A view of Central Street in the evening, by Tony Sampas.
According to the Associated Press as reported on WBUR.org – Robert Manning – Chairman of the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees resigned his position today.
The chairman of the University of Massachusetts board of trustees has resigned after Gov. Deval Patrick weighed in on the search for a new system president. UMass spokesman Robert Connolly confirmed that Chairman Robert Manning resigned Wednesday. He promised a followup news release explaining the move.
Manning is a UMass-Lowell graduate who now runs one of the Boston’s biggest mutual fund firms, MFS Investment Management.
He and trustee James Karam have been overseeing the supposedly independent process to replace President Jack Wilson.
The Boston Globe reported that UMass-Lowell Chancellor Martin Meehan was emerging as a favorite, but Patrick weighed in, saying he wanted someone with national heft and an academic background.
The governor’s aides also requested a woman and black candidate be added to the group of semi-finalists.
Stay tuned for more on this resignation. Stay tuned for more fall-out as the search continues for a new president for the UMass system.
Link to story: http://www.wbur.org/2010/12/08/umass-chairman-quits
In a FOX News interview posted at HuffingtonPost.com, Massachusetts Congressman Michael Capuano (D) expressed his frustration with President Obama:
In an interview with Fox News in which he compared the recent negotiations process to a car sale, with Republicans being the salesmen and Obama the hapless buyer unwilling to get tough at the bargaining table, Capuano explained the 2012 landscape.
“I don’t live in an ivory tower,” Capuano said. “I have to pick the best amongst those people who are running, and it may or may not be President Barack Obama’s reelection.”
“Again, I was with him before the primaries the last time. At the moment I don’t see that as a useful tool, but I would hope that the president re-finds his footing.”
See the clip and interview transcipt here.
June Wulff of the Boston Globe tells us today that “you can go home again” as she notes that Joe Quinlan has done just that with his photo exhibit currently showing for the month of December at Lowell’s Whistler House Museum of Art.
There are two shows at the Whistler House Museum of Art, one is “Back Central in Black & White, Inside & Out,’’ a photography exhibit by Joe Quinlan. The Lowell native, known for his shots of old factories, storefronts, urban scenes, and railroads, has commented that this show recalls his childhood travels to visit his grandmother and aunt at his father’s boyhood home…”
Lowell-born photographer Joe Quinlan is known in another life as a highly-regarded, award-winning prosecutor. The former AP reporter turned lawyer worked for more than two decades as a prosecutor in Middlesex, Hampden and Franklin counties before coming to Worcester in 2007. Learn more about Joe Quinlan the photographer here and Joe Quinlan the prosecutor here.
View his exhibit throughout December:
Wed-Sat, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. through Dec. 30. $5, $4 students and seniors. Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St., Lowell. 978-452-7641. Check here at www.whistlerhouse.org for more information.