Nicole DeFeudis, The Lowell Sun

Nicole DeFeudis

The Lowell Sun

Lowell, MA, United States

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Recent articles by Nicole:

UMass Lowell campus to reopen this fall: Here’s what you should know – Lowell Sun

LOWELL — Classes will resume onsite at the University of Massachusetts Lowell this fall — but at reduced capacity and with major changes. About a quarter of all classes will occur fully in-person, … → Read More

Supporting the ‘most vulnerable’: Nonprofits hit hard by pandemic – Lowell Sun

Purchasing food was a rare occasion for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. That is, until the pandemic struck. Typically, local donations and supplies from the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance … → Read More

‘A big heart’: Pastor of 24 years retires from Chelmsford Congregational Church – Lowell Sun

CHELMSFORD — After officiating 105 weddings, 375 funerals, and 131 baptisms and dedications at the Congregational Church, Pastor Steve Burkett will make one big move to Rockland, Maine. Sunday will… → Read More

‘All about adaptability’: Local restaurants reflect on first week of outdoor seating – Lowell Sun

Local restaurant owner Scott Plath likened the COVID-19 pandemic to a drawn-out battle. This week, the fight to stay open moved to the patio. “‘Disinfect, disinfect disinfect,’ ha… → Read More

Westford diner donates to seniors while Meals on Wheels suspended

WESTFORD — Seven masked Medical Reserve Corps volunteers shuffled into Paul’s Diner on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. Minutes later, they emerged with insulated bags stuffed with chicken brocc… → Read More

Lowell police officer charged with assault of child

PEPPERELL — A Lowell police officer charged with assault and battery of a child was released from Ayer District Court on personal recognizance on May 29. George Asamoah was arrested at a Pepperell … → Read More

Commuter rail service to increase this month

LOWELL — As part of Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan, commuter rail will increase service beginning June 22. Trains currently leave the Charles A. Gallagher Transit Terminal roughly ever… → Read More

Dracut Housing Authority board member dies in possible drowning

DRACUT — Longtime Dracut Housing Authority board member and pharmacy owner Bob Audet died Sunday at 86 years old. Dracut Police, Firefighters and Trinity EMS responded to a Flowers Lane residence a… → Read More

Social distancing complaints lead to closure of two Chelmsford beaches

CHELMSFORD — A lack of proper physical distancing has led the Chelmsford Board of Health to close Heart Pond Beach and Varney Playground, according to Town Manager Paul Cohen. Construction fencing … → Read More

Local Dunkin’ franchise continues to offer ‘a little bit of normalcy’

LOWELL — A line of cars idling at the Dunkin’ drive-thru nearly spills onto Pawtucket Boulevard. Inside, a masked cashier takes to-go orders from behind a sheet of plexiglass. The coffee shop… → Read More

Sterling man arrested in Tewksbury drug bust

TEWKSBURY — A 35-year-old Sterling man is being held on $7,500 cash bail after his arrest at the Tewksbury Holiday Inn on multiple charges, including trafficking fentanyl. Officers responded to the… → Read More

Nonlethal casings found after report of gunfire in Lowell

LOWELL — Officers who responded to a report of shots fired on Forest Street Sunday night found non-lethal blank casings, according to Lowell Police Capt. James Hodgdon. Police were dispatched at ab… → Read More

Bull Run changes gears to survive pandemic

SHIRLEY — Mother’s Day is typically the Bull Run Restaurant’s busiest day of the year. But for the first time in 74 years, no families crowded the restaurant’s seven dining rooms … → Read More

‘Simple act of kindness’: Lowell General nurse delivers family photos to patients – Lowell Sun

LOWELL — Brooke Newell wished she could be there to hold her grandmother in Lowell General Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. But like many hospitals, LGH has restricted visitors to prevent the … → Read More

73 Northwood Rehabilitation and Health Care Center residents positive for COVID-19

LOWELL — Donald Garneau noticed his brother, Raymond, didn’t sound well when they spoke over the phone in early April. “Just a head cold, no big deal,” Raymond “Gus” G… → Read More

UMass assistant professor receives grant for wind energy research

LOWELL — Damage to massive wind turbine blades often goes unnoticed until the blade has failed. University of Massachusetts Lowell Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Murat Inalpolat seek… → Read More

Entrepreneur launches ‘little vinegar works’ in Lowell – Lowell Sun

LOWELL — Rodrigo Vargas was browsing a grocery-store aisle in 2018 when it clicked: He could make his own line of vinegar. “How is it that we have so much great craft alcohol and we have nobody pro… → Read More

‘Heroes to us’: LRTA employees drive those on front lines – Lowell Sun

LOWELL — These essential employees don’t work at grocery stores or pharmacies — but they make sure you can get there. Nearly every day, Lowell Regional Transit Authority staff disinfect vehic… → Read More

Middlesex DA Marian Ryan outlines local resources in Opioid Task Force meeting

For many with substance abuse disorders, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a trigger, Newton-Wellesley Hospital Recovery Coach Hallie DeLorey said. “During this virus, our patients are really, r… → Read More

Massachusetts legislators call for oversight at nursing homes

LITTLETON — Prompted by mounting COVID-19-related deaths at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley, Rep. Lori Trahan, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Ed Markey have urged the Centers for Medicare & … → Read More