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Community Meeting(s) Tonight

The following info was sent to me by a resident:

The city is holding a meeting tonight, Tuesday, 6:30 at LTC (246 Market Street) to present design ideas for a light barrier scrim on the new garage behind Canal 3. This project has gone through a series of budgetary adjustments, becoming starker and less green with each step. If you care about “what goes up in your backyard” please attend!

I can’t seem to find anything about this online but it’s definitely worth checking out for anyone interested.

There’s also a City Counsel meeting at City Hall this evening with a number of items on the agenda.

Snow Emergency

Lowell has declared a snow emergency as of 6:00 PM with an on-street parking ban going into effect at midnight. If your car is parked in the surface lot please be sure to move it to a garage so that the lot can be plowed. I don’t think anyone will be towed prior to the midnight deadline but there’s always some confusion about the time in between the start of the “emergency” and the start of the ban so sooner is better than later.

The Leo Roy Garage next door will charge for parking, but there is free parking for downtown residents at the Lower Locks garage on Warren Street, the Ayote garage by the Tsongas Arena, and the Downes garage on John Street. Once the snow emergency is lifted, cars must be removed from those garages within two hours or they’ll be charged.

City of Lights Festival

Lowell’s annual City of Lights Festival is tomorrow, the 30th. There will be caroling, trolley rides, skating, food trucks, crafts, and more. The City of Lights Parade begins at 4:30 and the City Hall Lighting takes place immediately thereafter.

Some of these activities will surely involve road closures, the parade in particular. I’ve been unable to find any online info, but the parade’s usual route is Jackson Street to Central to Merrimack to Arcand Drive so be aware that there may be traffic issues in the afternoon and evening if you’re driving anywhere. On the bright side traffic-wise, if you’re having any visitors tomorrow, there are signs about town saying parking in city garages will be free—but again, I haven’t found anything online to confirm that.

Trick-or-Treating on the 31st

The input I’ve gotten is running just slightly in favor of keeping Trick-or-Treating at Canal Place on Thursday the 31st despite Lowell changing the city-wide date to Nov. 1st. This isn’t a board-sponsored activity, nor is anyone in officially in charge of it, so there’s no one to make a formal decision. But I would encourage residents to stick with the original date and celebrate Halloween on Halloween, as planned, from 6-7:30. I know some people have set up their schedules that way and can’t change them.

That said, if anyone shows up at my door on Friday evening during those hours, they’re welcome to candy too!

City Halloween V.s CP1 Halloween

The City of Lowell has rescheduled general Trick-or-Treating to Friday due to weather concerns. Does anyone feel we should follow the city schedule or should we leave it alone and enjoy our warm and cozy indoor event as scheduled on Thursday the 31st?

Last time this happened we followed the city schedule and changed the date, to the dismay of some residents. My personal preference is to leave it on the 31st now that the flyers have gone out and everyone would have to be notified of any change. But input in the comments or directly to me is welcome!


The tradition in this building for the past several years has been to trick-or-treat between 6:00 and 8:00 (although we cut it to 7:30 last year because that last half hour is always dead). The usual flyers haven’t gone out as of yet but as far as I’ve heard it’s still on for tomorrow night. It’s a fun opportunity to see your neighbors and admire the kids’ costumes.

I’ll see that some sort of flyer with a “trick-or-treaters welcome” image for the doors of anyone who wants to participate gets distributed tonight—even if I have to do it myself!