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Lowell Fights Urban Blight

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Prescription Drug Discounts

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Veterans Homebuyer Program

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What began a year and a half ago, has finally been unveiled as a successful renovation to a well-used, but long-neglected community park.  City investment in this neighborhood, coupled with the Cambodia Town project, ought to encourage greater private investment, and further economic development and growth.

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LOWELL — City officials have expanded the eligibility requirements for Lowell’s fiscal 2012 first-time homebuyer program to allow veterans who are not first-time homebuyers to apply for and receive assistance buying a home.  The tweak to the eligibility requirements to include veterans who may have previously owned a home but no longer do so was …

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LOWELL — Health-care costs have skyrocketed for years and prescription drugs have not been immune to the increases. To help Lowellians who have struggled to keep up with the rising costs of their prescriptions, City Councilor Patrick Murphy asked city officials at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting to examine a prescription-drug discount program in Gloucester …

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Lowell Sun Editorial March 10, 2011 It’s obvious that Lowell needs a strategy to get foreclosed properties back to becoming productive homes. Sitting back and waiting for the economy to improve, or battling big banks in court for fees and penalties is not being proactive. Over the past six months, City Councilors Franky Descoteaux and …

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The following is a Letter to the Editor appearing in today’s Lowell Sun.  It responds to both a Sun article and an irresponsible editorial. Councilor sticks up for collaboration January 25, 2011 Recently I sat down for an interview, at the invitation of a Sun reporter, at a venue selected by that reporter, to discuss my …

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LOWELL — City Councilor Patrick Murphy said yesterday if Lowell wants to convey that it is truly alive, unique and inspiring, the city’s marketing efforts need to reflect those qualities. Murphy urged the administration at last night’s City Council meeting to overhaul its current approach

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Lowell activists push for change in city voting system Seeking more equitable representation, increased participation By Jennifer Myers, jmyers@lowellsun.com LOWELL — As 2010 came to an end, the beginning of a revolution was brewing in a downtown pub.

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  LOWELL — City councilors are hoping to broaden the city’s voter base, while fanning the flame of civic engagement in young people while they are still in school. Last night, they approved a motion made by Patrick Murphy to draft a home-rule petition

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On October 25, 2010, the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs awarded the City of Lowell a nearly $550,000 grant. The grant is a result of the efforts to both obtain a Green Communities Designation, and to submit a successful application. Only 34 other communities among Massachusetts’ 351 cities and towns were awarded a grant. There …

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LOWELL — Roberto Clemente Park, a mecca for Cambodian volleyball players, is slated for about $150,000 in improvements this summer, City Manager Bernie Lynch announced Saturday morning. Seven stadium-quality floodlights, four new sets of bleachers, a picnic grove and a concession stand/restroom facility will be installed, and landscaping work will be performed at the park, …

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