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The Lowell Sun

Athens Township, OH, United States

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Past articles by Luke:

Local churches help those in need during pandemic

CHELMSFORD — In a time of anxiety and panic for some, local churches are stepping up to help those in need. The Chelmsford Bible Church is willing to run errands or go grocery shopping for anyone w… → Read More

Worker protections continue to be priority during pandemic

CHELMSFORD — While citizens across the country stay home and businesses close down to combat the growing Coronavirus pandemic, a new concern has some worried: how to protect workers and customers i… → Read More

First school in Massachusetts closes down due to Coronavirus – Lowell Sun

MALDEN — The first school in Massachusetts has officially canceled classes due to fears surrounding the new coronavirus. Mystic Valley Charter School will close its doors this upcoming week, Wednes… → Read More

Eckroth remains with school committee – Lowell Sun

WESTFORD — Megan Eckroth has decided not to resign from the School Committee, she announced recently to the public. During a meeting of the School Committee on Feb. 24, Eckroth made a statement reg… → Read More

Local schools getting much-needed repair, upgrades through MSBA grants – Lowell Sun

LOWELL — Some local schools should be getting some much needed upgrades soon. On Feb. 13, the Massachusetts School Building Authority board of directors approved up to $24,359,096 for accelerated r… → Read More

Burlington fire victim identified – Lowell Sun

BURLINGTON — The victim of a fatal house fire in Burlington earlier this month has been identified by authorities. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Burlington Fire Chief Michael Patterson, … → Read More

Resident seeks more handicap parking at public spaces – Lowell Sun

CHELMSFORD — Phil Stanway just wants more handicap parking in town. Stanway said about 20 signs are all that’s needed for parks and public spaces, including Southwell and Roberts fields, to help ma… → Read More

Westford Public Schools expect stagnant school enrollment until 2028, data shows – Lowell Sun

WESTFORD — School enrollment is expected to flatline during most of the next decade, town officials say. Recent enrollment projection data shared by Town Manager Jodi Ross show the school districts… → Read More

Those in Merrimack Valley continue to fight for the “Right to Dry” – Lowell Sun

CONCORD — On the rear bumper of Peggy Brace’s white Toyota Scion reads a sign in bold, black lettering: “Question Growth.” The two-worded bumper sticker perfectly encapsulates the… → Read More

Chelmsford man, Nashoba Tech bring Thanksgiving to homeless veterans – Lowell Sun

WESTFORD — John Conner pours his Canada Dry ginger ale and quietly eats his Thanksgiving lunch in the far left corner of The Elegant Chef. He’s seated right next to a glass window Tuesday aft… → Read More

Migrant woman from the Dominican Republic purchases first home in time for holidays – Lowell Sun

LOWELL — Mayelin Saldana tightly hugs Cathy Mercado and smiles outside her home on Suffolk Street. It’s a gloomy Friday afternoon in Lowell. Saldana and Mercado are wearing long jackets as li… → Read More

Local basketball players look to make impact at international games, reconnect – Lowell Sun

LOWELL — Lee Hok sprints back-and-forth, elbow-to-elbow at the Collegiate Charter School Saturday morning. Sweat is dripping down the forehead of the 20-year-old Cambodian basketball player from Ch… → Read More

Federally funded program coming to Middlesex County drug courts – Lowell Sun

LAWRENCE — With the opioid epidemic continuing to harshly effect Middlesex County families, more federal spending is coming to local courts to address the issue and help those in need. Massachusett… → Read More

Chelmsford volunteer finds ‘second home’ at Senior Center – Lowell Sun

CHELMSFORD — Nancy Grippo declares the town’s Senior Center her “home away from home.” One of the center’s tax rebate administrators — as well as a long-time resident and fo… → Read More

DA Ryan: Fatal opioid-related ODs expected to decline

Middlesex County is expected to hit its greatest total decrease of fatal opioid-related overdoses since 2017, District Attorney Marian Ryan told The Sun Tuesday morning. → Read More

Cambodian deportations protested in Boston – Lowell Sun

Asian American activists outside the Boston federal immigration courthouse Monday chanted for a halt to the deportations of Cambodians, a few days before 10 refugees living in Massachusetts have be… → Read More

LGBTQ+ members pack Chelmsford selectmen’s meeting on Pride flag policy – Lowell Sun

CHELMSFORD — Allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community packed Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting to respond to a controversial flag policy that was approved during a previous board me… → Read More

Hudson police used Taser on hit-and-run suspect – Lowell Sun

HUDSON — A local man has been arrested and is awaiting arraignment after a hit-and-run incident turned violent with police. David Horne, 57 and of Hudson, struck a utility pole at 100 Pelham Road a… → Read More

West Nile virus found in Middlesex County – Lowell Sun

BOSTON — The West Nile virus has been found in Middlesex County, the Department of Public Health announced Wednesday evening. It is the first human case of West Nile virus in the state this year as… → Read More

Arciero continues to push for more resource officers in schools – Lowell Sun

BOSTON — As mass shootings continue to shake communities across the country, Rep. James Arciero is seeking more school resource officers in local schools — a move that could increase school safety … → Read More