A new history book about Lowell by Richard P. Howe Jr and Chaim Rosenberg to be published on March 11, 2013. To order a copy and to learn about local readings and book signings, check out our Legendary Locals of Lowell page.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression or winter blues, is a mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms in the winter . . . Once regarded skeptically by the experts, seasonal affective disorder is now well established. Epidemiological studies estimate that its prevalence in the adult population of the US ranges from 1.4 percent (Florida) to 9.7 percent (New Hampshire).
NECN Weather person Matt Noyes at 9 pm predicts the next wave of snow will begin between 3 and 5 am and will continue throughout the day tomorrow. He described a line running from Springfield to Worcester to Boston and said along and south of that line will have snow at first that will quickly change to a sustained period of sleet. North of the line, particularly along and north of Route 2, the precipitation will be all snow with 15 to 20 inches falling before it ends tomorrow night.
The Globe has a fun graphic that uses Shaquille O’Neal to put the total snowfall into perspective. As much as I like Shaq, I preferred the old Shelby Scott meter. For those too young or too new to the region to recognize the name, Shelby was a WBZ-TV news stalwart who wrapped up her 30 year career in Boston TV by doing live shots in the record-setting snowstorms we experienced in the winter of 1995-96 when the all time snow fall record of 107.6 inches fell. To put that in perspective, our seasonal November to April average is 41.8 inches. As of 6 pm tonight, Boston had received 64.5 inches.
Even with all the snow we’ve received, the road crews in Lowell have done a masterful job of clearing the streets but with the sheer volume of snow that has fallen, there’s just no place to put it. Snow banks have pinched in streets leaving barely enough room for two cars to pass and none for parked vehicles. High snow banks at intersections also block line of sight, increasing the chances of intersectional collisions. Because there are so few places to park, walking might be a better way to get around but with so few sidewalks shoveled, pedestrians are forced out into the already too-narrow streets, a dangerous alternative.
As for school, the robo-call arrived tonight just after 8 pm. According to the Lowell public school calender, classes were to end on June 10 but with the seven cancellations so far this winter, the last day of school has been pushed back to June 21 by my count. Our next storm is due to arrive on Saturday night, but Matt N says there will be another one hitting us next Tuesday night into Wednesday.
Note this alert from the Lowell City Manager’s blog:
Winter Curbside Delay
Due to the Winter Storm, curbside collection (of trash & recycling), for Wednesday 2/2, will be delayed by one day.Please do not place carts and bins curbside until Thursday morning; this will give streets crews time to open the right-of-ways. Wednesday routes will be collected on Thur. 2/3. Thursday routes will be collected on Fri. 2/4
Friday routes will be collected on Sat. 2/5. Today, Tuesday, is on a ‘regular’ schedule. Collections crews might be behind schedule due to road conditions. Please wait until after 5 PM to report a ‘miss’ from a Tuesday stop.
Report ‘misses’ here: www.egovlink.com/lowell/action.asp?actionid=5577
“Misses” will be scheduled for Thursday 2/3 (some time during the day)
Celebration Honors Black History Month, Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
“A performance by a nationally known poet, a screening of a documentary, a visit to the Black History Trail and a leadership workshop are just some of the events scheduled for the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Social Justice Series, a month-long lineup of events celebrating Black History Month, the work and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and social justice achievements.
“The theme for the series was inspired by the African philosophy of ‘Ubuntu,’ which means ‘I am because we are.’ All of the month’s activities were developed around this theme.
“’This concept reminds us that we are all connected, that we cannot be ourselves without community,’ said Jaime Nolan-Andrino, director of UMass Lowell’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, which is coordinating the series. The series includes the following events that are open to the public:
Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7 to 9 p.m. – “Bring Your ‘A’ Game,” a documentary directed by Mario Van Peebles that details strategies that have transformed the lives of successful black men. The film will be followed by a panel discussion. Location: Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell.
Thursday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m. – “Voices of Innocence,” a stage performance by John Thompson and Greg Bright, who were both exonerated after being incarcerated in the Louisiana prison system. The men will share their stories, recounting their experiences as innocent men wrongly imprisoned. The event will begin with a performance by the UMass Lowell Gospel Choir. Location: O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell.
Thursday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. – Spoken-word performance by nationally acclaimed slam poet Beau Sia. Opening the performance will be special guests including the UMass Lowell/Middlesex Community College Slam Poetry Team. Location: O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell.
For more information on the event series, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs, 978-934-4336.
The Eagle-Tribune is reporting today that the Andover Board of Selectmen has approved the alternative design for a new interchange off Interstate 93 into Lowell Junction. This allows plans for the project to move forward.
There has long been a concern that federal officials would not give their needed approval since the alternate design includes direct access to the east side of the highway into the industrial district of Ballardvale and also for development on the west side of the highway but has a series of new roads that do not connect to South Street in Tewksbury. Tewksbury officials have long held a connection would adversely affect the residents who live on that street. An emergency access to South Street is – however- included in the design.
Locals will remember that Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHoude – who visited the Merrimack Valley a few month ago at the request of 5th District Congresswoman Niki Tsonagas - agreed that he would support the alternative design without a connection to South Street if the three towns all agree on the same design. That agreement has been reached.
“I think it is critically important for the town in terms of job growth, commercial tax revenue growth, and for helping to reduce traffic congestion in Ballardvale,” said state Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover. “So I applaud the selectmen for their support.”
Tonight Chronicle – WCVB/Channel 5′s iconic television magazine program – tells the tale of the real people and the real world behind the awarding-winning, made-in-Lowell movie – ”The Fighter.” From the Chronicle website:
It’s taken in more than 70 million dollars at the box office, and took home seven Oscar nominations last week. The buzz around the Mark Wahlberg – Christian Bale movie The Fighter continues to build. Tonight, Anthony Everett gets the real story behind the film, as he meets the two men at the center of this family tale, “Irish” Micky Ward and his troubled but very talented older brother Dickie Eklund. Both grew up on the streets of Lowell. Both faced amazing adversity. And one became a world champion fighter.
Tune-in to Channel 5 at 7:30pm tonight to see the Anthony Everertt piece on Micky Ward and Dickie Ekland.
This Universal Newsreel from August 25, 1955 deals with several topics including a train derailment in Lowell near the Concord River. Unfortunately, I had trouble editing the video and the Lowell item doesn’t start until 3:25 into it. Anyway, it is a great watch.