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Founded in the 1820s as a planned manufacturing center for textiles, Lowell is located along the rapids of the Merrimack River, 30 miles northwest of Boston. The so-called Boston Associates, including Nathan Appleton and Patrick Tracy Jackson of the Boston Manufacturing Company, named the new mill town after their visionary leader, Francis Cabot Lowell, who had died five years before its 1823 incorporation.

Population: 105167
Local Newspapers: The Sun
Local Sports Teams: Lowell Devils (AHL)
Local Colleges: University of Massachusetts Lowell

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Towns/Cities near lowell, massachusetts : Dracut Belvidere Highlands Chelmsford Pawtucketville Nabnasset

Lowell News
Busteed named permanent head of Lowell High

Busteed, who has been the interim head of school at Lowell High School since Brian Martin retired last year, was named the school's permanent leader at Wednesday's School Committee meeting. Superintendent of Schools Salah Khelfaoui announced his selection at the meeting.

Girls Inc. gives three cheers to Four Oaks

Group from Girls Inc. of Lowell recently spent an afternoon at Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut with CEO Cindy Kuenzler, who led the girls through a tour of all of the different departments that comprise Four Oaks, and described what type of work is done, as well as what skills are needed, in each department, including Grazie Restaurant. As the girls toured, Kuenzler shared her career journey, spanning the last 20 years, culminating with her position today.

Chelmsford latest to benefit by dual enrollment at college

If all goes as planned, Chelmsford High School students will be able to take some classes for college credit next year thanks to a partnership with Middlesex Community College. Superintendent of Schools Jay Lang said the school district and the college are still finalizing all of the details.

Khmer Rouge survivor's goal: Music to the ears of Cambodians

About 90 percent of Cambodia's artists did not survive the Khmer Rouge regime, but Chorn-Pond is a survivor. Born into a family of artists, he was sent to a children's labor camp.

Third major snowstorm in 10 days kicks into high gear

As snow continues to fall across Massachusetts, the latest nor'easter has already knocked out power for some residents in several towns throughout Greater Lowell. The region is expected to receive between 12 and 16 inches of snow today, according to the National Weather Service .

Lowell blaze wrecks home for 10

Ten people were displaced following a one-alarm fire that broke out in a rear apartment unit behind the Acre Sports Pub on Fletcher Street at around 7:45 a.m. Sunday. The sprinkler system was activated and contained the fire until Lowell firefighters arrived on scene and quickly extinguished the blaze, according to Lowell Fire Chief Jeff Winward.

JDCU starts Small Acts campaign

Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union launched its new community outreach initiative, called Small Acts That Give Back, through which the credit union performs random acts of kindness throughout the local community and within its branches. JDCU kicked off the initiative last month at Market Basket on Fletcher Street in Lowell, where team members greeted nearly 100 shoppers at the entrance and throughout the store with a Market Basket gift card and a free reusable tote bag.

Spurrell carries on tradition at SVTHS

"I've always been a hard worker, and I've always wanted to be prepared," he said. "I'm always looking forward, thinking about what's next."

Lowell High official: School safe after student arrested in threat

A threat made by a student through social media against fellow Lowell High School students and teachers has led to an arrest, according to a tweet issued by interim Head of School Marianne Busteed on Sunday night. She also stated in the tweet that it's safe to come to school Monday and Lowell police officers will be on hand to ensure safety.

Generators hum on as power slowly returns to Greater Lowell

If you stood on Lake Shore Drive with your eyes closed on Saturday, you could be forgiven for thinking the neighborhood was overrun with leafblowers on a late fall afternoon. The droning hum of gas-powered generators was audible all along the road as seemingly every other house hooked up a unit to provide at least some power.

the Column: Can't we all just get along?

IT'S BEEN four weeks since the touching incident between City Councilor Jim Milinazzo and City Councilor Rita Mercier, and their colleagues are fed up with the argument. Mercier has refused to sit next to Milinazzo since he touched her on the arm in anger during a heated discussion at the Feb. 7 council meeting.

Most Greater Lowell students agree: Guns in schools no solution

Sisters Maddie and Bella Dinsmore and their friend, Kelsey Landers, all of Westford, recently sat down with The Sun for a discussion on arming teachers. Bella, 12, far left, and Kelsey, 14, middle, listen while Maddie, 15, front right, speaks.

Unions look for growth in Lowell

It has been a worrying few weeks, and years, for labor unions across the country, but at least one group sees Greater Lowell as a promising place to expand its membership and reach young workers. The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 35, which covers much of New England, plans to open a new office on Market Street and has begun talks with Greater Lowell Technical High School about possible partnerships.

Slow recovery from latest nor'easter; 3rd storm on tap?

The sun came out across much of the Northeast on Friday as utilities tackled the arduous task of restoring power to hundreds of thousands of customers who lost electricity during the storm that hit the region this week, all with the possibility of a third nor'easter in the offing. Utilities asked for patience, warning that because of the damage caused by the storm that dropped 2 feet of snow in some areas, pulling down trees, branches and power lines and blocking roads, it could be days before power is back on.

Region copes with warm meal, cup, conversation

It was a wild and crazy day in Greater Lowell on Thursday, as residents tried to shovel themselves out and prayed for the power to return. The Dunkin' Donuts along Dutton Street in Lowell swelled with customers on Thursday morning.

Lowell wins waiver for bigger gym in high school plan

The city has secured a key waiver from the Massachusetts School Building Authority that will allow it to build a gymnasium space in the new Lowell High School larger than the agency's rules would otherwise allow. During previous discussions, the MSBA had suggested reducing the space or splitting it into two separate areas.

The commuter rail is using generators to power trains into North Station

The commuter rail system around Greater Boston lurched into service Friday morning, with trains repaired, tracks cleared of 100 downed trees, and dozens of generators replacing power lost to the nor'easter. Keolis Commuter Services and the MBTA said the system is on a regular work week schedule, a day after massive delays and cancellations rippled through the system due to blocked tracks, misfiring signals, and a low-speed derailment caused by a branch stuck into a switch on the Lowell line.

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