‘La Luna, La Luna!’

The moon is big tonight.

From the screenplay of the film ”Moonstruck”: Old Man: “La bella luna! The moon brings the woman to the man. Capice?”

From Edwin L. Aguirre, Science & Technology Writer, UMass Lowell, Public Affairs: “The Full Moon rising after sunset tomorrow, Saturday (March 19) is the largest Full Moon of the year since the Moon reaches its full phase at 2:10 p.m. EDT, which is less than an hour from the time of the Moon’s perigee (closest distance to Earth). Thus, the Full Moon will appear about 14 percent bigger and about 30 percent brighter than when it is at its farthest, and it can produce exceptionally high tides. This is the largest perigee Full Moon since March 1993, or in 18 years. At perigee on Saturday, the Moon is 221,565 miles or 356,577 kilometers away from Earth. Below is a photo that Imelda and I took of the biggest Full Moon of 2010. Go out and take a look tomorrow night!”

Largest full moon of 2010. (Photo by Joson-Aguirre, reprinted with permission)

Greater Lowell Area Dems (GLAD) to Meet Tomorrow – March 19, 2011


The next regular breakfast meeting of Greater Lowell Area Democrats  will be held tomorrow – Saturday March 19, 20011  at 8am at the Independence Grill at the Radisson Hotel in Chelmsford. The regular agenda will include:  the 5th District and the legislative redistricting plans and Joint Redistricting Committee hearing schedule and website;  and host committee plans for the MDP Convention in Lowell (June 4, 2011).  Members will be asked for their preliminary input on the 2012 National Convention delegate selection process – the selection plan was sent out to members earlier this week. Local and federal legislative activities continue to be on the agenda – including: the continued threat of a shut-down of the federal government,  the federal FY’12 budget, proposed cuts and the resulting fall-out, the state and local budgets and the budgetary philosophy and other related topics. Party events and local social and fundraising activities are also on the agenda.

GLAD Members, Associates and interested Democrats – especially town and ward chairs – are urged to attend the GLAD meetings along with elected and appointed officials.

Directions: Independence Grill at the Radisson Hotel – Exit 34/Rte. 495 – take right off Rte 110 at the hotel sign / parking in front and behind the hotel.


Note: State Senator Barry Finegold is holding a Town Hall Forum/Listening Session at 10am tomorrow at Harmony Hall in Dracut. You can still attend the GLAD meeting and get to the Forum as well. 

Tewksbury Public Library Showing “The Fighter”

A  Facebook notice from the Tewksbury Public Library:

Tewksbury Public Library

The Tewksbury Public Library is showing “The Fighter” on Tuesday, March 22 at 5:45pm in the Meeting Room. (The library’s ‘Must-See Movie Nights’ are shown on the third Tuesday night of every month!) Free popcorn and lemonade will be provided! Thank you to the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library and Tewksbury Lions Club for sponsoring all movie screenings at TPL! (RH)

Movie casting call and upcoming MRT play

Nancye Tuttle reports that Hollywood is coming back to Massachusetts. After the terrific experience we all had with “The Fighter”, a new movie, starring Kevin (King of Queens) James, will be filmed this spring. A casting call in Lowell will be held this Sunday. Details below:

Boston Casting has announced two calls this weekend for a new Kevin (King of Queens) film Here Comes the Boom, slated for filming in the area late March to early June. According to my sources at Boston Casting, they need hundreds of people of all ages for this comedy.

Here’s the specifics. There’s an open call on Sunday at the VFW Lowell, 190 Plains St., Lowell from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and another that day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Burlington Mall, 75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington. Bring a current photo.

Nancye also enthusiastically writes of the just-opened MRT play, Two Jews Walk into a War, which she predicts will be one of the funniest MRT performances in a long time. Nancye plans to see the show this weekend and will post a review later. For now, you can find her preview post on her blog, Nancye’s World.