Elizabeth Dobbins, The Lowell Sun

Elizabeth Dobbins

The Lowell Sun

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Past articles by Elizabeth:

Council debates racism in the city into the night

LOWELL — A call to declare racism a public health crisis spilt city councilors on Tuesday night. In an over three-and-a-half-hour meeting, councilors discussed several motions addressing raci… → Read More

Pandemic cancels high-profile LHS event

LOWELL — An annual event honoring alumni of Lowell High will not happen this year, organizers announced this week. James Moriarty, head of the Lowell High School Alumni Association, said the … → Read More

Working moving ahead on Lowell’s Lord Overpass project – Lowell Sun

LOWELL — Pandemic or not, work is moving forward on the Lord Overpass project. Transportation engineer Natasha Vance said the $21.6 million construction project is both on time and on budget.… → Read More

UMass Lowell braces for deep cuts

LOWELL — In higher education administration, it’s a good rule of thumb: when the economy tanks, enrollment blossoms. Out of work residents look to grow their opportunities in the classr… → Read More

Council backs citizens advisory panel for police

LOWELL — Should the Police Department create a Citizens Advisory Committee? City councilors say go right ahead. In an 8-0 vote on Tuesday, councilors supported a motion instructing the law de… → Read More

Lowell minorities infected with virus at higher rate

LOWELL — Of the 2,821 city residents diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak, a disproportionately high number of cases are people of color. The city publicly released these n… → Read More

LHS students, grads protest racist incidents

LOWELL — Lowell High student Ehud Fengabare dressed as a 2000s rapper on a “celebrity theme” day. When he got to school, he said a teacher told him his red do-rag and red shoes ma… → Read More

Former police chief Ed Davis on protests: In a small percentage of people, the worst comes out

It only takes a few people to turn a peaceful protest into the destructive scene that occurred in Boston Sunday night, according to Ed Davis, former head of the Lowell and Boston Police departments… → Read More

Lowell Council wants crackdwon on speeding in wake of double fatal crash

LOWELL — City councilors called for change days after two people walking along a sidewalk on Pawtucket Boulevard were killed when a car veered off the road. This included a push by City Counc… → Read More

Social and emotional learning gets focus amid a pandemic

To middle school students in Westford Public Schools, Melissa Werner should be a familiar face. In weekly online videos, the school psychologist talks through the feelings students might be experie… → Read More

Field hospital at UML closing; was not utitlized

LOWELL – Lowell General Hospital announced it is closing the alternative care space set up last month inside the UMass Lowell Campus Recreation Center as admissions for COVID-19 have leveled … → Read More

80% of all Lowell coronavirus deaths are in nursing homes

LOWELL — Residents of the city’s seven nursing homes make up nearly 82 percent — 68 out of 83 — of Lowell residents who have died due to the coronavirus, according to city o… → Read More

Lowell school nurses on front lines of contact tracing

LOWELL — They never meet face-to-face with the patients. But for a brief window in an anxious time they serve as a voice of authority and, often, comfort. School nurses at Lowell Public Schoo… → Read More

Lowell wins $300,000 grant for environmental redevelopment

LOWELL — A $300,000 grant announced Wednesday will help fund the next step in the redevelopment of Ayer’s City Industrial Park. Lowell is one of six communities around the state to rece… → Read More

Project LEARN volunteer inspired to help

LOWELL — It started as a summer job, but when summer ended Alison Forchoh didn’t want to leave. “Can I come and help you guys?” she remembers asking. “Can I come and v… → Read More

Despite pandemic, interest in entrepreneurship continues

LOWELL — Amid the coronavirus pandemic, entrepreneurship continues. The local chapter of Entrepreneurship for All, or EforAll, has seen an uptick in early interest in the year-long Business A… → Read More

Despite social distancing, this mic stays open online

LOWELL — Retirement allowed Ric Page, a 67-year-old Haverhill resident, to return to music and frequent open mics, including on Sundays at The Hearing Room in Lowell. “That was the good old d… → Read More

Lowell City Council seeks to bar members from holding more than one office

LOWELL — A call for a charter change that would bar councilors from holding multiple elected offices at a time was narrowly supported by City Council on Tuesday. On Tuesday, the council voted… → Read More

First responders with coronavirus can isolate in hotel per new agreement

LOWELL — First responders who test positive for COVID-19 will have a space to recover away from their families, City Manager Eileen Donoghue told city councilors on Tuesday. The city entered … → Read More

City offers parking spots for take-out

LOWELL — Of the many challenges restaurants are currently facing, the city of Lowell is trying to make sure downtown parking woes are not among them. Last month, the city started the “r… → Read More