Photos by Tony Sampas
As we approach Monday’s celebration of Lowell’s 150th anniversary as a city, I pulled out a booklet I have from the 1926 Centennial Observance of Lowell’s incorporation as a town. The booklet contains many things, but most interesting to me was a brief survey of many of the city’s major buildings. Here’s what is said about City Hall back in 1926:
In her public buildings Lowell has made marked improvement especially during the latter half of our centennial year. The old City Hall, made famous by the presence of Abraham Lincoln, who visited Lowell in 1848, still stands, although the upper stories have been adapted to the use of private tenants, successors to the town and city governments which had met there continuously until 1893 when the city fathers moved into the new and imposing structure fronting on monument square whereon stands the granite shaft erected to the memory of the young patriots, Luther C. Ladd, Addison O. Whitney and [Charles] Taylor, members of the Sixth Mass. Volunteers, the first to fall in defense of the Union, while passing through Baltimore, Maryland, April 19, 1861.
In this video, 2052 singers from 58 countries perform Eric Whitacre’s choral piece called “Sleep” in an amazing YouTube mashup. Each singer recorded him or herself singing a particular part on YouTube and then submitted the recording to Whitacre who edited them together. This is the result. It premiered just an hour ago.
To the citizens of Lowell,
This April marks the 175th Anniversary of the City of Lowell’s incorporation. Throughout the year there will be lively festivals, events and activities happening all over the city to commemorate the occasion. On behalf of the committee and my colleagues in government it is my distinct honor to invite you to celebrate in this important milestone at a kick-off reception.
This year’s celebration will take place on Monday, April 11th at JFK Plaza, City Hall at 4:30pm. The program will include a multicultural parade with Lowell High School Marching Band, a speaking program, birthday cake for all attendees and tours of City Hall.
Please join the City Council, School Committee Members, City Manager Bernie Lynch, Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Senator Eileen Donoghue, and Representative Thomas Golden to celebrate this occasion.
There will be musical performances by Lowell High School Marching Band, Gentlemen Songsters, and Amy Black.
Please visit our website for more information as we celebrate and showcase the city throughout the year: www.lowell175.org
Thank you for your continued support to the City of Lowell.
James L. Milinazzo Mayor
There may be a slow down in building elsewhere but in North Tewksbury there’s a boomlet of building. A new home is under construction on North Street just beyond the light at Route 133. Beyond the light on Andover Street/Route 133 – a complex of twenty luxury condos set on the northside behind a very nice stone wall amenity is back on track. Down on Fiske Street – a new one-story accessible-looking home is in the ground and rising. One home away – an historic home is getting a sizable addition – while on River Road near the Andover line new construction continues on a cluster of up-scale homes. Farther down on River Road across from the Trull Brook Golf Course and Tennis Center – a project long delayed by the blasting of rock impeding any building – a new up-scale house is ready and others should appear on the site as the side road work continues. River Road itself is undergoing an re-do and reconstruction from the Andover line to the dip at Trull Brook. South-side sidewalks are an added safty feature along with a road widening to the original configuration plans of many years ago. Entering River Road from the Tewksbury end of Bailey Road will be much safer with the tree removal from the awkward triangle and a different angle of vehicular entry. The residents of this part of North Tewksbury have waited a longtime for these changes.
North Tewksbury is seeing a nice blending of public and private activity. Thank you Governor Patrick and Senator Finegold and the town departments who kept at this project.
Talk by about being creative, informative and fun all in one…You’re going to love this video from the people over at Lowell General Hospital.
Ignite Hope, Inspire Courage, join Lowell General Hospital’s TeamWalk for CancerCare, Sunday, May 15, 2011 at the Tsongas Center at UMASS Lowell. For more information or to register, visit http://www.lowellgeneral.org/teamwalk or call 978-937-6434. TeamWalk is unique because all proceeds stay in our community to help cancer patients with the fundamentals they need most. Since it began in 2000, TeamWalk has raised more than 4.2 million dollars and has helped more than 12,000 people at the Cancer Center at Lowell General and beyond. TeamWalk provides transportation to and from treatment, prescription medication not covered by insurance, living expenses, wigs, prosthetics, medical supplies, and the region’s most extensive array of support groups open to cancer patients and their families. Whether you walk, volunteer, or sponsor, you can truly make a difference when you join Lowell General Hospital’s TeamWalk for Cancercare. Produced by Flag Day Productions – http://www.flagdayproductions.com , Thomson Communications – http://www.thomsoncommunications.com and Lowell General Hospital – http://www.lowellgeneral.org
In this YouTube video, conductor/composer Eric Whitacre leads a virtual choir of 158 singers in a performance of “Lux Aurumque.” Whitacre collected YouTube auditions from singers all over the country and blended them all together for this video. I post this today because at 6 pm this evening, Whitacre unveils his latest project: another video choir mashup of more than 2000 singers from 58 countries performing a single piece of music. Not only is the sound wonderful, the imaginative use of technology is inspiring. I’ll post the latest piece once it comes available on YouTube.
I’m not quite sure of the details of this medflight shown in this video landing in Lowell. It was posted on April 6, 2011 by kbd863087