Nicole DeFeudis, The Lowell Sun

Nicole DeFeudis

The Lowell Sun

Lowell, MA, United States

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Past articles by Nicole:

Getting tested for COVID-19? Here’s what it’s like – Lowell Sun

LOWELL — I stand in line, ready to shove a Q-tip up my nose. My feet are planted on a black mat that reads, “Thank you for practicing social distancing.” The rumble of idling cars perme… → Read More

Two Lowell men face bail for drug, gun charges after traffic stop

LOWELL — Two Lowell men who were pulled over for a missing front license plate and tinted windows were ordered held on bail on drug and gun charges in Lowell District Court late last week. During a… → Read More

Pelham Old Home Day celebrations limited amid pandemic

PELHAM, N.H. — Like many events this year, the 114th annual Pelham Old Home Day will look a bit different. Celebrations on Sept. 19 will be limited to two traditional events — the quilt raffle and … → Read More

Police respond to false report of stabbing

LOWELL — Lowell police officers responding to a reported stabbing found the alleged victim intoxicated, but unharmed, Capt. James Hodgdon said. Police arrived at 200 Mass Mills Drive at about 7:45 … → Read More

‘I want her to enjoy life’: Lowell woman to donate kidney to sister – Lowell Sun

TYNGSBORO — It was July of 2003 when Karina Fuentes began swelling up. Must be the heat, she initially thought. Her mother urged her to check with a doctor. A diagnosis confirmed the worst: Fuentes… → Read More

Morning commuters: Expect Route 2 lane closures

LOWELL – If you commute on Route 2, expect lane closures between exits 56 and 60 in Arlington and Lexington beginning Monday. The closures will take place on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. fo… → Read More

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