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.
The City of Lowell is currently seeking interested Lowell residents to fill (2) vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees for the Pollard Memorial Library. The Library Board of Trustees provides policy direction in matters and concerns related to the Lowell Public Library. The Board of Trustees meets the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Public notice of the meetings is posted at least two weeks in advance on the City of Lowell’s online Event Calendar and on the bulletin board outside of the City Clerk’s Office. This is a volunteer position.
Applicants should send a letter of interest and a resume by Wednesday, Dec. 14th at 5:00 pm to the Office of the City Manager, City Hall, 375 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 01852. Application materials may also be sent via email to Donna McIntosh, Executive Assistant to the City Manager at email@example.com. For more information call the City Manager’s Office at 978-970-4000.
From breakingnews on the Lowell Sun web-site: – State House News and Matt Murphy – late of the Lowell Sun staff – is reporting that Speaker DeLeo has summoned members to the State House for a Democratic caucus meeting tomorrow morning. Now that the redistricting dilemna has been addressed and voted and the long-considered casino gaming bill is now law, perhaps Speaker DeLeo feels the time is right to address his rumored plan to shake-up and realign his leadership team. Whether as a demotion rap on the knuckles to Rep Charlie Murphy (D-Burlington) who seems to many to be laying the ground work for his own run for Speaker or for some other reason, neither DeLeo or his staff has announced the agenda for the caucus. Murphy notes:
DeLeo informed the Democratic members of the House on Monday morning through an email that there would be a caucus meeting held at the State House on Tuesday morning. The message from one of DeLeo’s top aides did not specify to members the reason for calling them back to Beacon Hill, where the lawmaking schedule is light.Read more here: http://www.lowellsun.com/breakingnews/ci_19473716#ixzz1fganGteP
The election of five new city councilors in November 1969 made City Manager Charles Gallagher’s tenure in office uncertain. Gallagher, who had worked for the city for 33 years, was elected City Manager in December 1966 after a long stint as city treasurer. The end came when Gallagher resigned as City Manager on August 11, 1970. City Auditor Leo Morris was made “interim” City Manager pending a formal search and selection process.
An appreciation of Gallagher’s plight appeared in a Lowell Sun column:
[Gallagher] did not boldly push himself into the public eye. He conceived of himself as the instrument by which the broad outline of policy set down by the council would be implemented. With division becoming even more hardened on the council, this became a near impossible task . . .
Five candidates received serious attention during the search process. They were interim manager Morris; James Sullivan, who had been fired as Cambridge City Manager in June 1969; Kenneth Sheehan, the manager of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who had received two votes when Gallagher had been elected; Richard Bowen of Andover who had served as manager in Andover and Porstmouth, NH; and Charles Zettick who was a former Lowell City Planner.
Sullivan was elected City Manager on September 31, 1970 by a five to four vote. Voting for Sullivan were Mayor Richard Howe and councilors Paul Tsongas, Brendan Fleming, Armand LeMay and John Mahoney. Voting for Morris were councilors Leo Farley, Sam Pollard, Ellen Sampson and Phil Shea. Sullivan’s salary was $25,000 plus, for the first time for a manager, the use of a city-owned car.
In an interesting twist, Charles Gallagher was elected to the city council in the next election. He was reelected to the council in 1973 but lost his reelection bid in 1975 and did not again seek public office.