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August 27, 2016
by MariePosted in Education, History, Lowell, Lowell Walks, Politics
From the mid-1960s to later in the 1970s, I was a English teacher at Lowell High School… that’s why I asked to make my comments here in Lucy Larcom Park – for the props! Look around… what’s behind you (St. Anne’s Church, the Masonic Temple, The York Club (now Cobblestones), Lowell High School – Coburn Hall and the 1922 building), those building were all there… but across the canal the office building, the high school addition and walkways were not!
I was interested in history and with my deep roots in the Acre and elsewhere – Lowell History, in particular. My Irish heritage and culture and the broad spectrum of cultures in the city reflected in my own classes with my students were also an interest. I had a deep admiration for Dr. Patrick Mogan as an educator and as a thinker…. so I was naturally drawn to Human Services and their mission. I was a political animal… it was part of my nature and upbringing – my great uncle was a state rep and a Lowell Mayor and my maternal grandfather was a Lowell City Councillor in the 1930s… politics was dinner table talk. So the machinations that swirled around getting support for the goals HSC – Pat Mogan’s projects – Lowell: the Educative City, the City as a Classroom and, of course, the creation of the Lowell Urban Cultural Park had politics 101 written all over! It was a local and state as well as a federal government push-pull. I was fully-into Congressional politics and knew the players, the pitches, the necessary partners and just how close the political play would be! Pat Mogan got the attention of Republican Congressman Brad Morse. Morse laid the foundation with his colleagues and the very skeptical Dept. of the Interior/Park Service but it was the vigorous research and follow-through of Democrat Paul Tsongas and his talented and dogged staff that created a bipartisan coalition of supporters in DC. At home the skeptics were everywhere but so were the believers… many of the believers were people of influence and just as dogged.
I was at JFK Plaza on that June day in 1978 when the LNHP legislation signed by President Carter was brought home…. thousands, including many school kids – celebrated… I cut that huge cake made by the Voke School for all to enjoy…. that day began my 38 year and still ongoing relationship with the Park Service… I could write a book…
Here is the Lowell Walks schedule for Fall 2016. Please note that these walks start at different places and times. Also included are like events that might be of interest to Lowell Walks participants:
Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 6 p.m. – Lowell Walks: Downtown Lowell First Thursdays – begins at National Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street. DH will lead a 90-minute walk along the downtown canals, discussing the history of the canals and the mills constructed alongside of them. The tour will end at Swamp Locks, just in time for the lighting up of the canals.
Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 10 a.m. – The Pawtucket Power Walk – begins at Boott Cotton Mills Museum. Led by Lowell National Historical Park’s Ranger Ken, this 3-mile (roundtrip hike) will follow the Riverwalk and the Northern Canal Walkway to the Pawtucket Gatehouse overlooking Pawtucket Falls.
Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 9 a.m. to noon – Hawk Valley Farm – Part of Lowell National Historical Park’s “Bringing the Park to the People” and co-sponsored by Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, this event will explore Pawtucketville’s Hawk Valley Farm and will include a walking tour led by LP&CT’s Jane Calvin. Hawk Valley Farm is at the end of Varnum Terrace, which is off of Varnum Ave, opposite West Meadow Road.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7 p.m. – Lowell Walks: Building Community – Panel discussion led by Richard Howe on how community events like Lowell Walks bring people together and create a stronger sense of community. We’ll also review the Summer 2016 Lowell Walks experience and begin planning for the 2017 season.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 10 a.m. – Lowell Walks: How Entrepreneurs turn Cities into Communities – begins inside Mill No. 5 (250 Jackson Street). Led by Franky Descoteaux and Lianna Kushi, the former and current executive directors of EforAll Lowell/Lawrence, this tour will explore Mill No. 5 and downtown Lowell to learn about entrepreneurs, old and new. Gather on 4th floor of Mill No. 5 beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 from noon to 4 p.m. – Mill City Grows’ 5th Annual Harvest Festival at North Common.
Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. – Lowell Walks: Back Central Street – begins at Rogers School, 43 Highland Street. Led by Richard Howe, this tour will explore the Back Central neighborhood and will end at Rotary Park Garden, where gardeners will host a Lowell National Historical Park “Bringing the Park to the People” event.
Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 10 a.m. – Lowell Walks: Lowell Cemetery tour – begins at Knapp Avenue entrance of historic Lowell Cemetery (next to Shedd Park) for this free 90 minute walking tour. The same tour is also offered on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Thursday, October 6, 2016 – Lowell Celebrates Kerouac – evening kickoff of four days of activities celebrating the life and works of Jack Kerouac. Visit the LCK website for full schedule.
Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10 a.m. – Lowell Walks: Concord River Greenway – begins at Davidson Street Parking Lot, across from Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Led by Jane Calvin of Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust, this 90-minute walk will explore the Concord River Greenway which runs along the Concord River in Lowell.
Please check the richardhowe.com calendar to the left for more information about these and other events.
The following real estate sales took place in Lowell last week:
August 22, 2016 – Monday
43 Brunswick St for $305,000. Prior sale in 2015 for $280,000
65 Lane St Unit C fof $147,000. Prior sale in 2008 for $155,000
August 23, 2016 – Tuesday
491 Dutton St Unit 501 for $300,000. Prior sale in 2007 for $300,000
175 Willard St Unit 15 for $55,000. Prior sale in 2000 for $43,500
35 Riverwalk Way Unit R202 for $215,000. Prior sale in 2006 for $240,000
130 John St Unit G003 for $270,000. Prior sale in 2014 for $229,000
13 Boylston Ln Unit 13 for $230,000. Prior sale in 2010 for $175,000
102 Baldwin St for $160,000. Prior sale 2016 foreclosure
August 24, 2016 – Wednesday
52 Whipple St for $285,000. Prior slae in 2013 for $192,000.
11 West Bowers St Unit 7 for $150,000. Prior sale in 2006 for $175,000
August 25, 2016 – Thursday
32 Newell St for $299,000. Prior sale in 1996 for $73,000
40 Oak St for $160,000. Prior sale in 2016 for $90,000
71 Harland Ave for $339,900. Prior sale in 2012 for $252,000
82A Fisher St for $222,500. Prior sale in 1976
223 Wilder St for $156,000. Prior sale in 2014 for $139,000
886-896 Middlesex St for $225,000. Prior sale in 1994 for $30,000
30 Angle St Unit 49 for $115,000. Prior sale in 2013 for $94,000
31 Rivercliff Rd for $281,000. Prior slae in 2005 for $195,333
43 Riverside Ave for $122,000. Prior sale in 2008 for $80,000
255 White St for $233,000. Prior sale in 2007 for $230,000
August 26, 2016 – Friday
4 Hanks St Unit 4 for $187,000. Prior sale in 2003 for $142,500
164-166 Smith St for $345,000. Prior sale in 2007 for $255,000
11 Morton St for $160,000. Prior sale in 1984
33 May St for $200,000. Prior sale in 1999 for $132,900
49 Beech St for $214,000. Prior sale in 2007 for $198,000
21 Cresta Dr for $389,000. Prior sale in 1994 for $149,900
21 Gold St for $100,000. Prior sale 2015 foreclosure
200 Market St Unit 3412 for $155,000. Prior sale in 2010 for $141,650
200 Market St Unit 615 for $175,000. Prior sale in 1997 for $61,000
117 Andover St for $360,000. Prior sale in 2003 for $255,000
112 Rogers St for $309,000. Prior sale in 2012 for $145,000
Foreclosure auctions advertised last week
444 Stevens St on August 31
48 Jewett St on Sept 2
35 Berwick Rd on Sept 6
170 Princeton Blvd on Sept 7
30-32 Saratoga St on Sept 7
282-284 Concord St on Sept 9
288-290 Varnum Ave on Sept 9
34 McKinley Ave on Sept 9
30 Angle St Unit 48 on Sept 12
120 Amesbury St on Sept 14
8 Brooklyn St on Sept 8
This post is by Mimi Parseghian
Although half of Massachusetts voters are registered as Unenrolled (not affiliated with any political party) we do tend to vote for people representing a particular party. This year’s contentious, uncivil, at times ugly, Presidential Election has created the opportunity for “third parties” to emerge.
Unfortunately, the same factors that make it difficult for outsiders to get elected—money, media attention, and the power of the two established political parties—still dominate this election cycle.
However, there appears to be in both the Democratic and Republican parties a dissenting faction that wants to take action. Yesterday’s Boston Globe had a front-page article about a letter distributed by State Senator James Eldridge. The Globe wrote, “E-mailing a group of Sanders supporters, the Acton Democrat also contemplated the creation of a third, progressive party. But he focused on a reform-from-within approach to push the [Democratic] party to the left.”
Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, Curt Schilling of red sock and Red Sox fame, announced on a number of local radio stations that he is thinking of running against Senator Elizabeth Warren. On WBUR Cognoscenti web page, Tim Snyder writes about what may happen to Donald Trump supporters if he loses. “Is the dawn of a viable third party in American politics finally here? If so, it appears that the Trump Party (which of course would bear the great Trump brand) has it first down-ballot candidate: No. 38, Curt Schilling.”
Will Massachusetts we see at least one new political party after this Presidential Election? If this occurs, will it attract a faction of unenrolled voters? If people want a change, they need to get involved, organize, and agitate. Civic participation is not a spectator sport. It requires a lifetime commitment.