“RichardHowe.com provides commentary and content about politics, history and culture in Lowell, Massachusetts and the surrounding communities.

Richard P. Howe Jr. created and contributes to the site.  He is the Register of Deeds for the Middlesex North District.  Dick lives in Lowell.  Please send email to DickHoweJr[at]gmail.com. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Tony Accardi is a contributor to richardhowe.com.  For many years he was the Assistant Register of Deeds for the Middlesex North District. He formerly served on the Wilmington School Committee.

Marie Sweeney is a contributor to richardhowe.com.  She is chair of Greater Lowell Area Democrats (GLAD) and a member of the Democratic State Committee.  Marie lives in Tewksbury.

Paul Marion is a contributor to richardhowe.com. He is executive director of Community Relations and co-director of the Center for Arts and Ideas at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the founder of Loom Press, a poet and an author of several books. He lives in Lowell.

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  1. The Little Dig – noted from Dave
    Anyone stopping by Suffolk Street had to wonder what was going on. The three archaeologists from Ireland and the six diggers from UMass Lowell were melting under the summer sun. The nine of them were covered with dust from digging in the pits. But it was all worth it. Day Two hit the jackpot. Dozens of oyster shells, multitudes of hand-wrought nails, shards of brown glazed pottery and transfer ware, animal bones, and kid’s marbles were among the finds of the day. Visitors started dropping by, anxious to see the artifacts. The media was there too. The Lowell Sun, UMass Lowell alumni magazine, and Channel 4 news were there to document the event. If you saw the 5 o’clock news, you heard Dr. Donnelly sharing the vision of what the dig is about. The greatest find of the day was a clay pipe that is synonymous with the type used by Irish males.

    At the end of the day the workers were assessing a new soil layer they found. Is it the remains of a floor from the Paddy Camps? Could it be rubble from construction of the church? Or could it be just a pile of rocks?

    While all of this is exciting, the real work is still to come. Each and every piece is cataloged and needs to be identified. It’s a lot of paperwork, but all part of the process. Future plans are to share the findings with the wider community. This is all part of the Acre story and is just another piece being added to the puzzle of who we are.

  2. I’m just writing to suggest that some of your readers may be interested in my new book, WOMAN IN THE WILDERNESS: LETTERS OF HARRIET WOOD WHEELER, MISSIONARY WIFE, 1832-1892. Harriet grew up in Lowell and although she left in 1841 to begin a new life as a missionary wife to the Ojibwe Indians in northern Wisconsin, her ties to Lowell remained strong and constant. The book relies almost entirely on primary documents, including many letters from Lowell residents to Harriet. The book was published by Michigan State University Press (link given above) and is available from the press and from Amazon.com. Comments and inquiries welcome at bunge@msu.edu

  3. Hello Richard,
    In speaking with Suzzanne Cromwell the other day she mentioned you as a point of interest for someone that might like to know what we have to offer here at The Space. So we would first like to ask you to be our guest at tomorrow nights show for Air Traffic Controller.
    Friday, January 14th – Air Traffic Controller with The String Quartet
    7:00 p.m., $10.00 at the door – cash bar
    Serving in the US Navy as a real-life air traffic controller, singer/songwriter Dave Munro sent home 4-track demo tapes of songs written during his deployment. Munro returned to hometown Boston and discovered an impressive number of fans, prompting the genesis of the aptly-named rock band Air Traffic Controller. http://www.myspace.com/airtrafficcontrolllermusic
    Please let us know if you can attend so that we will expect you and will reserve a seat for you. I have also attached an invitation to our One Year Anniversary Celebration for our Jazz Camp. This is free and open to the public so you are welcome to spread the word on this as well.
    We hope that you can make it to either or both of these events but if not please come by anytime for a tour and check us out at http://www.inthespace.net
    Hope to see you tomorrow night.
    Thank you,

    Sharon Nista
    The Space & The Place at the Space Cafe
    150 Western Ave.
    Mill B, Unit 5-A
    Lowell, MA 01852

  4. I am looking for auto dealerships that were in Lowell during the 1950s, specifically the Pontiac dealership that was located on Middlesex Street in the lower highlands.

  5. My 1965 Lowell City Directory has an ad for Waldimer Pontiac at 660-674 Middlesex Street which is across the street from the current Lowell Boys Club, just down from the Lord Overpass. More recently, I thought Jim Witt Pontiac was located further out Middlesex Street where the City’s DPW headquarters is now located, just before the intersection with Pawtucket Street

  6. Good afternoon Richard:

    I work for a small affordable housing organization that just purchase the flat iron building on Westford Street in Lowell on Cupples Square. This building is going to be used for boys aging out of foster care that need safe and affordable housing while going to school. We’re looking to name the community and would like some more information about Cupples Square and perhaps the building itself. Any information that you could provide to me by email would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

  7. Do you have a photo of the Lawrence Civil War Memorial Guard marching the Baltimore parade last weekend that I could use? I’ve been asked to write an article about it for MethuenLife magazine.


  8. We thought readers of the Richard Howe blog and friends would be interested in an upcoming meeting on Community Innovation in Lowell, to be held on Tuesday, April 26, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Coburn Hall, Room 205, on UMass/Lowell’s South Campus (corner of Broadway and Wilder).

    Given the fiscal outlook in Lowell and beyond, innovative ideas will be more important than ever to help maintain our community quality of life. This event is designed to build upon the successful Innovative Cities conference held in the city last June, and to take some next steps toward making innovation a part of Lowell’s civic culture.

    At the meeting we will both hear about innovative work that participants are engaging in, and talk about how we might move toward establishing Lowell as a model Innovation City.

    All community members are welcome. Since space is limited, though, we would be grateful to receive an RSVP, which can be sent to Prof. Bill Berkowitz of the Psychology Department at Bill_Berkowitz@uml.edu.

    Bill Berkowitz
    Dept. of Psychology

  9. Hello Richard,

    My name is Rohit Sharma. I was referred to your site by Jerry Bisantz as someone that helps promote events and activities in Lowell. I am hosting a stand up comedy show in Lowell at the Old Court on Saturday, April 30th at 7:30 featuring up and coming comics from Boston. I have lived in Dracut since I was a 5. I went to UMass Lowell for my undergrad and love Lowell for what it has to offer. Please let me know if we can disucss this further.

    Thank you,

    Rohit Sharma

  10. Hi Richard -
    I am a teacher at LHS in the Freshman Academy. I am running The Compass Summer program for incoming 9th and 10th grade students. You had posted some of our students’ photos a few months back from google earth. We are hoping to spread the word to parents and students about this exciting opportunity which is running at the Stocklosa school for the month of July. Info and signup sheets can be found on the LHS website. This summer we have a variety of offerings that are just plain fun opportunities. Hope you can help drum up some support.

    Please let me know if you have an questions.
    All the best,
    Katie Keefe

  11. Also we have a video up on channel 22 of some of the work our kids did over the past year.
    It is running at the following times:
    Thursdays – 2 pm

    Saturdays – 7.30 pm

    Sundays – 10 am

    Mondays – 5 pm

    Tuesdays – 1 pm

  12. Owner listed as:

    I believe the principal is Elkin McCallum, and I doubt he would sell it at a firesale price.

  13. Just wanted to remind folks about the NEW Greater Lowell Music Theatre, and our upcoming production of THE MUSIC MAN IN CONCERT, set for August 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Durgin Hall, Wilder Street, UMass Lowell. Leon Grande, Phyllis George and I have embarked upon this venture, and so far the experience has been exhilarating. The concert will include THE MUSIC MAN in its entirety–book, music, lyrics and even some fancy dancing. What the audience may miss in scenery, we’ll certainly try to make up in musicianship and performance, as we will feature noted soprano Mara Bonde, Northshore favorite John Budzyna, Boston television legend Dick Flavin, and some stellar voices from the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Call 978-935-2099 for tickets, or visit our web site at http://www.glmt.org.


    Jack Neary

  14. Hi Mr. Howe,
    This is a way out in left field question, but it is one that has been been driving me insane. I have lived in the Highlands for about 11 years now. There are two beautiful houses, 1181 and 1199 Middlesex Street, that my Grandmother insists were at one time funeral homes. Can you verify this for me? I have tried to find out via the internet, but I apparently am not looking in the correct place.
    Thank You!

  15. Mr H:
    How do I go about purchasing a print of Dylan and Ginsberg @ Kerouac’s Gravesite??

    Been looking for this–or similar–print since the mid-70′s……god help me.

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