Photo by Tony Sampas
Photo by Tony Sampas
The Greater Lowell Community Foundation announced the deadline for completing the first step in the process for “Capacity-Building Grants” applications.
The Greater Lowell Community Foundation is seeking concept papers for our Capacity-Building Grant cycle.Deadline to submit a Concept Paper is Wednesday, July 11 @ 12 noon(step 1 in the application process).What are Capacity Grants?
Capacity grants are intended to strengthen organizations so they can better meet strategic goals and long-term objectives. GLCF encourages applications for projects that improve organizational effectiveness through technology, staff training and development, technical assistance, improved financial systems, strategic partnership or collaboration with another organization, diversifying or developing new funding sources, and strategic planning.For more information about the 2012 Grants Program Guidelines and Procedures: click here
The Tewksbury Public Library is always a busy place beyond the circulation of books and other communication media. The Library is truly a community center – offering programs and speakers for all ages and all interests. Next week the Library continues its theme of boxing in the Merrimack Valley. Irish Mickey Ward himself made a recent appearance speaking about his memoir before over 100 patrons. This week look for:
Blood, Sweat & Tears: Training MickyMonday, June 18 at 7pmTewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler StreetTrainer Mickey O’Keefe will discuss Micky Ward, “The Fighter”, and his own career, before taking questions from the audience.Mickey O’Keefe, a Golden Gloves winner in his own right, trained both Dicky Eklund and Micky Ward, childhood friends. Mickey played himself in “The Fighter”. Mickey, a police sergeant, has been with the Lowell Police Department for more than thirty years.
Boxing for DummiesTuesday, June 19, 7pmTewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler Street
Mel Peabody will demonstrate the basics of boxing with the help of his students.
Mel Peabody has been the owner of Lawrence Boxing Club for the past 20 years. The Lawrence Boxing Club provides a safe, well-supervised and supportive haven for at-risk youth to learn the art of boxing. In the process, they develop self-discipline, self-confidence and sportsmanship that will serve them throughout their lives. Lawrence Boxing Club has an open door policy and a family-friendly atmosphere. Former champions mingle with young men and women, providing positive examples of how learning self-discipline leads to success in life. The Lawrence Boxing Club does not charge for the services and lessons provided by the highly trained and certified volunteer staff. Most members come from Lawrence and range in age from 11 to 34
An Evening with Tony DeMarcoThursday, June 21, 7pmTewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler Street
Tony DeMarco will discuss his legendary career; show a short documentary; answer questions from the audience; and sign copies of his brand new biography - Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion. Copies of Tony’s book will be available to purchase for all interested fans.
Tony DeMarco was an Italian kid from Boston’s North End, who rose through the boxing ranks to eventually become Welterweight Champion of the World during the Golden Era of Boxing. Tony, one of Boston’s most beloved sports figures, is now active in the community and involved with many organizations such as the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and the Veterans Boxing Association.
Breaking Into the Boxing BusinessFriday, June 22, 7pmTewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler Street
USA Boxing’s Gary Bevis will discuss how individuals can become boxers and boxing officials.
Gary Bevis is the Chief of Officials for the New England Association of USA Boxing. The New England Association is the governing body of amateur boxing in the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont under the authority of USA Boxing. The objectives of the New England Association are to foster, develop, promote, and coordinate recreational and competitive amateur boxing opportunities for all member athletes and supportive participants. The Association is a charitable, federal tax-exempt organization.
Merrimack Valley Business magazine just released its second “40 Under 40” edition, which features 40 “up-and-coming business people who are making a profound difference in their fields and the [Merrimack Valley]. Among the honorees is Jessica Wilson, Executive Director of Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (front row, fourth from right) and Danielle Bergeron, President and CEO of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce who also serves on the board of directors of LTC.
The honorees will be officially recognized at a luncheon scheduled for noon on Friday, June 15, 2012 at Northern Essex Community College. Congratulations to Jessica, Danielle and all the other recipients.
This is the first in a series of short commentaries about the Lowell Public Art Collection by students from an Art History course taught this spring by Prof. John Christ of the UMass Lowell Cultural Studies Dept.
Stele for the Merrimack
By Carolyn Campbell
One of the last installed pieces of the Lowell Public Art Collection, Stele for the Merrimack, is, arguably, the clearest expression of the city’s eternal dependence on the Merrimack River for its livelihood. It is located at the corner of Father Morrisette Boulevard and Suffolk Street on a shared property containing a little parkland belonging to Lowell Historical National Park and a Jeanne d’Arc Credit Union office building. Sculpted by Peter Gourfain in 1996, Stele for the Merrimack is a bronze column with symbols and figures carved in relief and stands approximately seven feet tall on a square granite base. A narrative runs along each of its four sides as images of female and male mill-workers are interwoven with items from nature (i.e. “Lowell in its wild state”).
At the time of the stele’s original installation in 1997, the crumbling ruins of Tremont Mill stood where the bank building is today. After city planners opted to develop the site in the early 2000s, the mill was demolished with the condition that the park space and stele remain. The sculpture sits on a small mound within a landscaped open space just feet away from the building.
Delineated by the building’s walkway, the sculpture’s park space is obvious if one enters from the north side. However, if one approaches it from downtown (home to the tourist-drawing historic sites and the majority of the Lowell Public Art Collection), it looks like the sculpture is on private property. This is concerning because there is a limited volume of pedestrians who would pass by the sculpture and take interest in it. This lack of visibility and relation to its location raises the call to move the stele to where it was originally designed—the canal-side parkland adjacent to the Tsongas Center and Riverwalk. The stele would convey its strongest meaning if it was relocated to within sight of the river for which it was named. Though relocation would require notable effort and pose challenges, the potential to reinstill this work and Lowell’s waterways with deeper significance suggests that this endeavor would be worthwhile.
Photo by Carolyn Campbell
Ezra Pound said something like “poetry is news that stays news.” John Greenleaf Whittier made Poem of the Week in The Guardian of the UK with his “Telling the Bees.” The commentary is as interesting as the poem. Read it here–thanks to Rus Bowden on Facebook for the link.
Makes me think of all those Merrimack Valley writers in the new “River Muse” anthology and how their work will go on and on and on now that it has been published.