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.
Credit counseling, the busiest table at today's finance fair
I spent this morning at the UMass Lowell Tsongas Center participating in the “Money Strong” Fair sponsored by Jeanne d’Arc Credit Union for the benefit of seniors at Lowell High School. It was an amazing event, one that all students (and many adults) should be required to attend. The JDCU folks put an incredible amount of work (and money) into making this a huge success. Here’s how it worked:
Each student was assigned to a particular occupation and was given a portfolio containing financial information such as annual salary, savings balance, and credit availability. The student also was given a worksheet with spaces for clothing, education, health, luxuries, furniture, housing, insurance, savings and transportation. Around the perimeter of the arena floor, separate booths were set up for the above categories. Every student had to go to every booth where the student would make financial decisions. Would the student rent a studio apartment, a one bedroom, or find a roommate and take a two bedroom. Was it cheaper to get a furnished apartment or an unfurnished one and acquire furniture separately. Each student had to make the dozens of financial decisions and calculations, large and small, that each of us continuously has to make.
I was assigned to the Housing Booth. Early customers opted for more opulent apartments. Many of them returned a few hours later after meeting with credit counselors after discovering that their expenses exceeded the income (see above photo). They asked to switch to a cheaper, less desirable housing option to be able to live within their budgets.
The exercise was remarkably lifelike and the students were wonderful. All seemed to seriously contemplate their decisions and none treated it frivolously. And the folks from Jeanne d’Arc were fantastic. They provided a true community service. I left the event thinking that if many folks who purchased homes during the housing bubble had first experienced an exercise such as this, we wouldn’t be plagued by the foreclosure crisis that continues to engulf us.
Alan Khazei has told us today on Twitter, Facebook and through the mainstream media that he is officially “in” the race for the Massachusetts United States Senate seat currently held by Scott Brown. While many others have declined to run including former Congressman Joe Kennedy, former Congressman Marty Meehan, Governor Deval Patrick, Vicky Kennedy and Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll - he joins Bob Massie who officially announced in January. Massie has been actively campaigning speaking before city and town committees and other groups like Greater Lowell Area Democrats and Third Middlesex Area Democrats. Others “thinking about” becoming challengers for the Democratic nomination include - Newton Mayor Setti Warren, businessman Robert Pozen and of course the “usual suspects” – Congressmen Mike Caupano and Stephen Lynch. Also, a certain wing of the Democratic Party keeps consumer guru Elizabeth Warren’s name on the radar screen.
From the Globe MetroDesk:
Alan Khazei today officially declared he is running for the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by Republican US Senator Scott Brown. On his website, through Twitter and Facebook, the founder of City Year sent out the same message.
The J.C. Ayer lot is the home of a most splendid monument – the Ayer lion. The monument by celebrated sculptor Mr. Price Joy is made of Italian marble. Above it lies in repose amid the spring flowers, plants and trees so beautiful and abundant in the Lowell Cemetery.
Here’s a reminder from the Lowell Cemetery that the Spring tours of this historic, garden-style cemetery wil begin in May – in fact – next week:
Lowell Cemetery Spring Tour Schedule:
We are pleased to announce that Richard Howe Jr. – local Historian and Register of Deeds for No. Middlesex County - has scheduled the following Spring Tours:
Friday, May 6th at 1:00 PM
Saturday, May 7th at 10:00 AM
Friday, May 20th at 1:00 PM
Saturday, May 21st at 10:00The tours will begin at the Belvidere Entrance to the Cemetery on Knapp Avenue (off Route 38/Rogers Street). There is plenty of free parking inside the cemetery.
All tours are free to the public and reservations are not necessary. Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes.
Join us for an interesting walk through our beautiful garden-style cemetery, focusing on both art and history. Explore early mourning customs, learn the significance of Victorian monument symbols and listen to engaging anecdotes about the people buried here.
Please check out “Unreliable Narrator“, the latest addition to our blogroll. Written by Lowell resident Dell Smith, the site provides a movie review each week with great detail and precision. His most recent review is of The Conspirator. Having seen the film last week, I recommend both the review and the movie. Here’s how Unreliable Narrator describes itself:
One movie review a week for a year. Featuring the experiences of a writer struggling to become better at his craft while holding down a day job and supporting his struggling-writer lifestyle to which his family is accustomed. Featuring occasional observations on pop culture. Requests welcome.
This is a great video of Road Scholar Transport delivering a piece of steel beam from the World Trade Center for the Dracut 911 Memorial. The memorial is expected to be completed sometime in July of this year.
This video was originally posted by roadscholarawareness.org