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Lowell Fights Urban Blight

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Veterans Homebuyer Program

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  Please see Jen Myer’s blog post “Breaking Ground, Building Community” to read more about this exciting project.

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The visitors included American Teachers Federation President Randi Weingarten, United Teachers of Lowell President Paul Georges, Superintendent of Schools Jean Franco and Mayor Patrick Murphy. Weingarten was back in Lowell to talk to teachers and administrators at the school to find out how the school labeled “underperforming” in 2010 and a Level 4 school on …

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Reporter Charlene Smith tells the story of Mayor Murphy’s relationship with the community here.  In part she claims, Murphy’s ability to connect with politically disenfranchised immigrants has clearly helped the city. It also happens to be an instinctive application of ideas that have worked in economically challenged developing nations, says Robert Rotberg, president emeritus of the World …

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Mayor Murphy speaks at the recent raising of Cameroon’s flag at City Hall.  Bamenda, Cameroon is one of Lowell’s Sister Cities.  If you are interested in participating in the Mayor’s initiative to revitalize and grow the city’s sister relationships, please learn more about how you can get involved here.

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Lowell has again received a Green Communities grant, which will go largely toward improving capital items at some of our schools.  To date, the city has received over $670,000 in grants to make infrastructure improvements in our schools and city buildings that lead to significant energy savings and set an example for our kids.  Lowell, …

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Ajabu Africa has the write-up and photos, all by Harrison Maina including the one above, of the African Festival in Lowell.  You can read and see the snapshots here.  The community was very generous and welcoming, and fed me well.  I look forward to next year’s celebration.

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In fight against urban blight, Lowell adds tool to arsenal By John Laidler, Globe Correspondent / May 27, 2012 A once-blighted Lowell house has been rehabilitated and put on the market through the city’s use of a state tool that allows abandoned properties to be placed into receivership. City officials Tuesday held a ribbon cutting ceremony to highlight the completed …

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On Saturday, April 28, Greater Lowell’s Sierra Leonean-American community came together at City Hall in Lowell to commemorate 51 years of independence for Sierra Leone, a former British colony. The event was marked by both Muslim and Christian prayers, speeches, and excellent renditions of both the U.S. and Sierra Leonean national anthems. It was followed …

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On Monday, April 30, members of the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust (LP & CT) commemorated Arbor Day with an environmentally-minded group of students from the Daley Middle School in the Lowell Highlands. Together, the students and the staff from LP & CT planted two trees on the grounds in front of the school. The …

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From the City of Lowell website: On Sunday, May 6, Greater Lowell’s Polish-American community raised Poland’s national colors over City Hall in Lowell. This year’s ceremony marked the 221st anniversary of the 1791 signing of the Polish Constitution. This historic document is the first democratic constitution in Europe and second in the world, following the …

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