Thursday, December 31, 2009

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The Vanguardian Artists raised funds for their program by auctioning their Winter Fashion Line at their first runway show.

How did it go?



They did great!

Their mentors are jazzed!

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Meanwhile, the tough got going...


We had to be tough this year. We cut costs by 50% while delivering the same programs, maintaining our pace of public art installations for the community, and tripling youth presence at Western Avenue Studios.






...we are amazing!



...we're not too proud to beg.


Please donate now!

Your contributions make up half our budget.

and we'd like you to tell other little birdies...




that Anne Ruthman photography is the best. She's the coolest!


And remember, you have until midnight tonight to make your tax deductible contribution for 2009!

Wishing you a prosperous and peaceful 2010.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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"No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference. It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left. It is the nativity of our common Adam." -- Charles Lamb

Celebrate the 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest!

First Saturday at Western Avenue Studios

Celebrate Movie Magic of the 30's in Lowell!

Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union Supports Local Art Community

CD Release Party with Amy and the Rascals

"Uncommon Application" at Groton Public Library

Amish Quilt Exhibition at the New England Quilt Museum

Upcoming Events at Indian Hill Music

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Celebrate the 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest!

The City of Lowell is pleased to announce the 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest from Friday, February 5 - Saturday, February 6, taking place at various indoor and outdoor locations throughout the downtown area!

Activities include:
* The ever popular National Human Dog Sled Competition
* "Mittens and Museum Madness" activities for kids
* The Glacier Gallery Artisans Market
* The North Bowl Soup Competition
* The annual snowman competition
* Outdoor ice skating

Winterfest opens on Friday, February 5 at 6:45pm with the kick-off of the National Human Dog Sled Competition. Festivities are capped off on Saturday night with a 5:30pm fireworks display over Tsongas Arena.

Call for Human Dog Sled Competitors
Get your human dog sled team together and join in the fun -- only 6 team members are needed! Deadline for entry is Mon. Jan. 25. For complete details and entry forms, visit
Please continue to visit the official website for event details and program updates.

First Saturday at Western Avenue Studios

The northeast's largest concentration of working artists in one facility opens its doors to the public the first Saturday of every month. See more than 160 artists in all disciplines, media and styles located in two converted mill buildings.

Next Open Studios:
Sat. Jan. 2
, Noon to 5 pm, Western Avenue Studios,122 Western Ave., Lowell.

For more information about the studios and directions visit

Celebrate Movie Magic of the 30's in Lowell!

Don't miss the 3rd Annual Lowell Film Festival, Thursday, April 8 - Saturday, April 10: "Hollywood and the Great Depression: 10-cent Entertainment During Difficult Times"

Come see the films the nation watched during the Golden Age of Hollywood: the 1930s. It was an era of big budget musicals, outsize actors and actresses, crime and gangsters, and many films considered today's movie classics. Using newsreels from the 1930s, cartoon features, and motion picture screenings, the Festival will recreate what a movie goers' experience was like in downtown Lowell during the Great Depression.

Celebrate the Opening Night of the Fest!
Lowell Film Festival Opening Night 1930s Soiree
Thursday, April 8 at 6:30pm
Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Hall of Flags
50 E. Merrimack Street, Lowell
Food | Live Music | Cash Bar | Classic Cars
Festive 1930s attire encouraged!

Volunteer at the Lowell Film Festival
Enjoy the movies and meeting great people? Come volunteer with us! Greet visitors, help with venues and film screenings, and assist with organizing the event. Free t-shirts for all volunteers! For complete information, please contact Suzz Cromwell at 978-674-1483 or



Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union Supports Local Art Community

The following press release was issued from the Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union announcing their partnership with the Arts League of Lowell to provide art exhibitions in their facility. The credit union's pleasure with the first exhibition has cemented this year-long partnership.

Dec., 18, 2009 Lowell, MA. Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union is pleased to announce they have partnered with the Arts League of Lowell to promote artists in the local community. Throughout the upcoming year, Jeanne D'Arc will host a series of open house, art exhibits at their new corporate headquarters located at 1 Tremont Place in downtown Lowell.

The first art exhibit is scheduled for Tue., Jan., 12, 2010, 6-8pm. All artwork is for sale and admission is free. Those interested in attending must RSVP, by Jan., 8, to Jeanne D'Arc by calling 978-323-3451 or by email to

CD Release Party with Amy and the Rascals

Come and party with Amy and the Rascals at Lowell's Old Court Irish Pub!

Join us for a CD release party and show on Sat., Jan. 23 at 8pm. upstairs at the Old Court Irish Pub
the heart of downtown Lowell.

Come into the city early and eat downstairs at the Old Court or at one of the great restaurants in Lowell, then come to the party at 8PM.!

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on the day.

The party will include give-aways throughout the night (lots of CDs, t-shirts and more!) and a fundraising raffle with GREAT prizes for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.

"Uncommon Application" at Groton Public Library

Uncommon Application
On exhibit at the Groton Public Library Own Smith Shuman Gallery

Through February 6, 2010

An art exhibit of unusual application and endeavor,Uncommon Application features artists Jeanne Williamson and Brian Hart and their works that celebrate and explore a modern sensibility. There will be a reception featuring an artists' talk by Jeanne Williamson and Brian Hart on Sun., Jan. 10 from 1-2:30 pm in the gallery. This event is free and open to the public. Children are welcome and light refreshments will be provided.

About the Artists
Jeanne Williamson is a mixed media artist who works with fabric and paint and thread.
Brian Hart is the son of artist and teacher Mary Hart. His work has its roots in history painting, a modern day Poussin with references to both classical art and popular culture, such as video games and comics.

The exhibit was made possible by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust. The artists' talk is funded by the Groton Trust Funds Lecture Fund.

Library hours: Tues/Thurs. 10am-9pm, Wed/Fri. 10am-5pm, Sat. 10am-3pm, and Sun. (January - April) 1-5pm

For more information, visit (click on 'Events and Activities' and 'Art Gallery') or contact the curator, Deborah Santoro, at

Amish Quilt Exhibition at the New England Quilt Museum

Don't miss Kinder Komforts: Amish Crib Quilts on exhibit March 4 - May 9, 2010. An opening reception on March 6 at 1pm will feature a lecture on the Amish lifestyle and its intimate connection to quilting by guest curator Bettina Havig, an internationally-renowned quilt expert and author. In addition, historical quilting expert Gerald Roy will give a talk on the Amish use of color in conjunction with the exhibition on April 17 at 1pm. During the exhibit, the museum will also feature, in its permanent collection rooms, the work of Dorothy Bosselman. The late artist set out to recreate 60 historical Amish quilts, most dating from the early 20th century, in miniature.

Support for this exhibition is provided in part by A Quilters' Gathering/Eastcoast Quilters' Alliance LLC.

More information:

Upcoming Events at Indian Hill Music

"Jammin' on the Hill"
Open mic night for teens ages 13-18, Fri., Jan. 8, 7-10pm. Local bands and solo acts are invited to perform in a safe, informal setting. Refreshments served. Admission: $5 cover charge for audience and performers.

Weilerstein Duo:
Indian Hill Music presents acclaimed chamber musicians Donald Weilerstein (violin) and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein (pinao) performing works by Schumann, Ravel and Enescu, Sat., Jan. 9, 8pm at The Kalliroscope Gallery, 264 Main Street, Groton, MA.
Tickets: $25/adults, $15/students (includes post-concert wine and cheese reception with the artists).

Jazz Jam:
Amateur jazz instrumentalists and vocalists are invited to an open jam session led by Indian Hill Music School faculty. Bring your music and play in a relaxed atmosphere! Fri., Jan. 15, 7-10pm, Admission: $5 per person.

Bach's Lunch Concert:
Indian Hill Music School's monthly faculty series presents jazz standards with fabulous vocalist Paul Pampinella and guitarist Eric Baldwin: Thurs., Jan. 21, 12-1pm.Coffee, tea, cookies served; bring your lunch. FREE admission.

Family Pajama Jam:
Put on your PJs and have fun with us! Young families are invited to sing, dance and play musical instruments at our free musical story hour: Fri., Jan. 22, 6:30 -7:30pm. FREE admission.

Orchestra Of Indian Hill:
BAROQUE & BEYOND! Sun., Jan. 24, 3pm at Littleton High School, 56 King St.,. Pre-concert talk at 2:15 pm with Maestro Hangen. Tickets: $48, $35, $22, and $15/students & seniors.

Art Exhibit:
The Gallery at Indian Hill presents hand-colored lithographs of American Indians of the early 1800s by Joseph O. Lewis, on loan from Fruitland's Museum. On display Jan., 5-March 12 at Littleton High School. Exhibit hours: Mon.-Fri.,10am-8pm; Sat., 10-5pm. FREE admission.

All the above event are happening at 36 King Street (Rte. 495/Exit 30), Littleton, MA. Call 978-486-9524 x128 or e-mail to request a spot.


Lowell Memorial Auditorium,

Merrimack Repertory Theatre,

The Bridge Review: Merrimack Valley Culture,

Website for Lowell artists,

Art community chronicle,

Arts League of Lowell,

Western Avenue Studios,

Ayer Lofts,

The Brush Art Gallery and Studios,

The Image Theater,

Whistler House Museum of Art,

American Textile History Museum,

For a fuller listing of links see the COOL website,

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Upcoming Seminars For 2010 At The Lowell Small Business Assistance Center

Dear Readers,


Upcoming Seminars for 2010

  • January 25, 2010 - So You Want To Start A Consulting Business
  • January 28, 2010 - Legal Clinic
  • February 1, 2010 - Developing Your Marketing Plan
  • February 1&3, 2010 - QuickBooks Training (2 days)
  • February 8, 2010 - Payroll & Taxes For Business Start-Ups
  • February 22, 2010 - Financing Your Business
  • March 1, 2010 - How To Be Successful At Business Networking
The Center Will Be Close From December 24, 2009 through January 3, 2010

We Wish you every happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year. We look forward to continuing our relationship in the coming year.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

News from City of Lowell's Office of Economic Development

Winter 2009 - 2010
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Hamilton Canal District Moves Ahead
SBA, Unis Offer Biz Training for Vets
H1N1 Preparedness Guide for Small Biz
Cutting Your Business's Energy Costs
Cristek Interconnects Chooses Lowell
Lowell Co. Taps the Sun at Patriot Place
Target Opens for Business in Lowell
Working to Better Serve Your Business
City of Lowell - Alive. Unique. Inspiring.


Edward "Bud" Caulfield

Rita M. Mercier

Kevin P. Broderick
Rodney M. Elliott
Michael J. Lenzi
William F. Martin
Armand P. Mercier
James L. Milinazzo

Bernard F. Lynch
Adam Baacke
Theresa Park


January 5, 2010
Developing Future Leaders:
What School
Taught Us
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Panera Bread
120 Highland Ave
Needham MA

January 5, 2010
The Boston Business Strategy
and Networking Meetup
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Vlora, Boston, MA

January 11, 2010
Sandler Executive Sales
Boot Camp Ultra

12:00 - 2:00 PM
Bay Colony Corporate Center,
1050 Winter St., Suite 1000
Waltham, MA

January 14, 2010
Business Development Group Meeting
1:00 - 3:15 PM
Lord Wakefield Hotel, Wakefield MA

January 14, 2010
Evening Mixer
5:00 - 7:00 PM
177 Merrimack Street, Lowell MA

January 20, 2010
Business Longevity-
Will Your Business Survive
the Long-Haul?

5:00 - 8:00 PM
Holiday Inn
4 Highwood Drive
Tewksbury, MA

January 22, 2010
Economic Outlook 2010
7:30 - 9:30 AM
Westin Hotel, Waltham MA

February 2, 2010
MIT Enterprise Forum:
Start-up Clinic for

Early-stage Technology Companies
5:30 - 9:00 PM
Royal East Restaurant
792 Main Street
Cambridge MA

March 2, 2010
2010 High Technology Summit
7:30-10:00 AM
Westin Hotel Waltham, MA

April 21 - 22, 2010
BIOMEDevice Forum
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center- Boston, MA
WinterFest 2010
February 5 - 6, 2010
Downtown Lowell

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While development projects across the Commonwealth are falling apart due to lack of financing and support, Lowell is celebrating the groundbreaking of the $800 million Hamilton Canal District revitalization project. On November 12th Governor Deval Patrick joined dozens of local and state officials and members of the community to launch the kick-off of construction of the new Appleton Mills in the Hamilton Canal District. Appleton Mills will soon be home to 135 units of live/work space for artists in Lowell. This phase is just the beginning of what will be a new urban landscape for downtown Lowell which will offer 350,000 square feet of commercial and office space, 50,000 square feet of retail space and 800 units of affordable and market-rate housing, and be home to the new Lowell Trial Court.

Hamilton Canal District ground-breaking

In September 2008, the Hamilton Canal District was labeled a "Growth District," by the Patrick/Murray Administration, which enables the state to make targeted projects "development ready," and expedites commercial and residential development in the area. $50 million was set aside by the Legislature to help support and develop the 20 growth districts found across the state; the Hamilton Canal District now accounts for more than 25 percent of the available funding. Governor Patrick presented a $13 million Growth District grant on November 12th to help facilitate the $64 million Appleton Mills redevelopment. The project is collaboratively supported by the Commonwealth's Growth District initiative which includes $42 million in private equity provided by MetLife, Inc, a permanent mortgage of $1.6 million from MassHousing, and a $34 million construction loan from Mass Housing. The project is being developed by Trinity Financial and the deal was brokered through Redstone Capital Partners. November 12th was a day that celebrated the private/public partnership that is working this expensive redevelopment project to get off paper and become reality.

The Hamilton Canal District is another sign of the Commonwealth's optimism for the City of Lowell's future. The project is not only creating immediate jobs, but is positioning the city for long-term growth, economic health and vibrancy according to Governor Patrick. Through this project Lowell is continuing to move forward during our nation's economic recession. To learn more about the Hamilton Canal District project, please visit the website
 The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced a three-year program to expand and deliver entrepreneurship training for veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars. This management and mentorship program will expand the amount of small business assistance available to veterans, service-disabled veterans, reservists, and dependents or survivors looking to start or expand their own businesses. Additionally, SBA has launched a new online contracting tutorial on which expands their services to veterans and military spouses who own small businesses. This tutorial identifies federal contracting opportunities that will benefit their small business.

This expansion of the SBA's entrepreneurship training initiatives is possible through the Patriot Express loan program. This loan program has supported nearly $400 million in loans to more than 4,700 veterans and spouses looking to establish or expand their small businesses in the last two-and-a-half years. Lowell veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can obtain more information by visiting
HHS, CDC, DHS logosIn October, President Obama declared the H1N1 swine flu a national emergency. With the H1N1 outbreak moving rapidly, it is important that people take the right precautions to ensure the safety of themselves and their employees and customers.

The Small Business Administration and Department of Homeland Security recognize the possible effect that the H1N1 and seasonal flu could have on small businesses and have announced the availability of a preparedness guide in planning for the possibility of a flu outbreak this fall and winter season. The preparedness guide offers small business employers tools and information to help them plan for and respond to the issues that may occur due to increased absenteeism, restricted service capabilities, and supply chain disruptions from the H1N1 flu. For more information and to view the preparedness guide, please visit
One of the largest drains on a company's bottom line is the cost of energy to keep equipment running and to maintain the comfort of your facilities for your employees and/or customers. Currently energy costs are climbing out of their temporary price decrease. The city would like to assist your business in energy efficiency and is applying for a grant to supplement the many opportunities already available. If your company may be interested in participating or learning more about any energy efficiency program that could offer your generous rebates to upgrade your facility, please contact:

        Sandy Swaile 978-446-7200 x1419

We would also like to hear from businesses who have already taken some action in energy efficiency so we might be able to share your experiences with others.
Cristek International The City of Lowell welcomes Cristek Interconnects, an Anaheim, California based company, to their new east coast facility on Lawrence Street. Founded in 1985 by Cristi Cristich, the award winning company manufactures electronic connectors for the military, aerospace, and biomedical markets. These components are used in radar systems, spacecraft, missiles, soldiers' equipment, medical devices and many more applications that require small packaging and high reliability. Cristek's competitive advantage comes from its in-house design and manufacturing ability combined under one roof. Its product reliability and ability to meet customer demands are evidenced by Cristek's receipt of numerous awards including the U.S. Small Business Administrators Award for Excellence and the Mass Mutual Blue Chip. Cristek promises to be a great addition to the list of specialty manufacturers in Lowell.

After careful consideration, Cristek selected Lowell over New Hampshire for various reasons, the primary being ready access to a trained labor force that will accelerate Cristek's growth. Cristek, assisted by the Economic Development office, identified 5,000 square feet of suitable space at 663 Lawrence Street. The end result will be a renovated space that will meet both office and manufacturing functions, and complement the other building tenant. Cristek will create 40 new jobs within the next 5 years; jobs that will be available to Lowell residents. The company hopes to begin business in Lowell at the start of the 2010. To learn more about this company visit
 Patriot Place, the 1.3-million-square-foot entertainment, retail and dining destination adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts will be making a significant step in energy efficiency for the state of Massachusetts. With the help of a local Lowell company, Constellation Energy, a photovoltaic power system will be constructed that will generate approximately 525 kilowatts of clean, renewable solar power at Patriot Place.

Open since 2008, Patriot Place was constructed using sustainable design practices, including low-emitting construction materials; white roofs to facilitate heat isolation reduction, solar-powered trash receptacles, and on-site wastewater re-use systems. The installation of the 2,800 crystalline photovoltaic panels will contribute greatly to the innovative design practices already present at Patriot Place. The solar power system will supply 30 percent of Patriot Place's power and span seven building rooftops at the complex. In addition, Constellation Energy's Projects & Services Group estimates that the system will generate more than 12 million kilowatt hours of electricity over 20 years, and prevent the release of more than 8,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere!

Constellation Energy's Projects & Services Group is located at Boott Mills in Lowell and is the energy services arm of Constellation Energy. They hope that this solar power system at the highly visible and highly trafficked Patriot Place will give them the opportunity to demonstrate to the general public that distributed renewable power systems are a viable and practical component of our energy future.
The Plain Street Plaza has been reinvigorated. Hannaford's Supermarket's move to Rogers Street has opened the way for the opening of a new Target store. On October 11, 2009 public officials and residents of Lowell came together to celebrate the grand opening of Target. In addition to expanding Lowell's retail offerings, Target has created approximately 160 jobs in the city.  Lowell residents, workers and students can now skip the drive to Nashua or Woburn to do their Target shopping. The new store offers a wide variety of products, everything from a Starbucks coffee shop to grocery to kitchenware. With Christmas right around the corner it makes for a perfect time to go check out Target!

Target Store oprns in Lowell
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If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at
The Economic Development Office
Division of Planning & Development
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Lowell, MA, 01952
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