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Recycling in Lowell: Clean Up Your Act!

Recycling in Lowell: Clean Up Your Act!

With the Chinese ban on plastics recycling imports at the beginning of this year, recycling has become a very hot topic, and Lowell is no exception. Past Council discussions have revealed that Lowell is being fined $8,000-$12,000 a month for recycling loads with too high a percentage of contamination. What constitutes contamination? Lots of things, from non-recyclable plastics, to plastic bags, to pizza boxes contaminated with food and oil residue. What’s worse, contamination over a certain percent means a batch of…

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3rd Congressional, Registrar of Deeds, State Senate, Gov Endorsements

3rd Congressional, Registrar of Deeds, State Senate, Gov Endorsements

All right. It’s time to get off the proverbial fence. There’s other phrases I won’t use about pots and getting off them, but the season is growing short, and time, tide, and primaries wait for no woman. I have no idea what kind of influence this on-again, off-again, sparsely visited little blog still has (or rather its author), but for what it’s worth, this is my official announcement about for whom I plan to vote. And let me say, as…

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Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance Tonight!

Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance Tonight!

Tonight, the City Council will hold the public hearing on the the plastic bag ban ordinance! This is a great first step not only to reducing our dependence on single-use plastic, but on keeping our streets (and trees!) clean. The item on the agenda is officially “Item 4.1 Ordinance-Amend Ch. 270 By Creating A New Section Prohibiting Single-Use Plastic Bags.” Check out the full proposed ordinance here (PDF). Any retail or grocery store 3,000 sq. ft. or geater distributing single…

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Kerouac Park Revitalization Project!

Kerouac Park Revitalization Project!

The City of Lowell is trying to bring a new renaissance to the park named after a Lowell-born founder of the San Francisco Renaissance. And if the city can raise $25,000, it will get a matching $25,000 from MassDevelopment, marking a $50,000 upgrade for an important but overlooked space. The fundraising page is now open and accepting donations. A rare bit of public park in the downtown area, Kerouac Park has long been used as a location for annual Kerouac celebrations,…

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Fellow White People…Can We Talk?

Fellow White People…Can We Talk?

This is a post that has been simmering in my mind for quite some time. I’m not going to say anything profound that hasn’t been said elsewhere, a hundred times and more eloquently, by both people of color and white people (and let’s face it, white people are more likely to listen to other white people, that’s been part of the problem all along). In the wake of just story after story after story of white people calling the cops on…

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Down To Two

Down To Two

How many people actually know there’s a governor’s race in Massachusetts this year? Probably a lot more people than the number who can name any of the Democratic candidates. In my humble, that’s a huge fault of local media, which can’t stop talking about Baker like he’s the smartest man in the room, even though it’s pretty evident at this point that he’s much more of an empty suit—and more corrupt—than they want to admit. There are so many reasons…

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Lowell Will Have a Plastic Bag Ban! And, On Leading From the Front

Lowell Will Have a Plastic Bag Ban! And, On Leading From the Front

If plastic bag ban enthusiasts tuned into Lowell City Council last night hoping to have an early evening, you were sorely mistaken. Two motions taken out of order—as described by Dick Howe in his CC report but which does not do any justice to the length of time the first motion out of order took—pushed the Subcommittee reports until, if I remember correctly, after 8:30pm. TBH the softball field thing took twice as long as the marijuana-in-public motion, which is…

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Lowell Plastic Bag Ban Reports Out of Committee

Lowell Plastic Bag Ban Reports Out of Committee

Tomorrow night is Prince Spaghetti—no, wait, that’s Wednesday. Tomorrow night is the Lowell City Council meeting! For a good overall preview, you can always turn to Mimi, who is now blogging over at RH.com. But tucked into the city council agenda doc is something very important. Namely, that the Environmental and Flood Subcommittee will be favorably reporting out the plastic bag ban in a 2 to 1 yea vote. Please note: the so-called “Democrat” Rodney Elliott voted against it, something…

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Want Free Money To Save The Planet?

Want Free Money To Save The Planet?

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you care about climate change and our planet. You probably, like me, are always trying to find ways to reduce your carbon footprint or reduce waste. (My latest was buying dishwasher safe reusable silicone freezer/microwave ziplock-like bags, cotton produce bags so I can stop using those plastic ones at the ol’ MB, and silicone cooking tray liners so I can stop using aluminum foil. I’m also trying hard to refuse plastic straws at…

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Third District and the Curse of the Open Seat

Third District and the Curse of the Open Seat

The Third Congressional District Democratic primary beat goes on, with 13 Democrats still in the race. More than enough to field a football team, or maybe host a small school dance. This race is more annoying than the ten spam phone calls a day that I get on my landline when I’m working from home. (Been meaning to get rid of that number finally.) Anyway, it’s so crowded and the candidates largely still so unknown, that at 11%, one person,…

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