Spinners to play for NYPL Championship

LowellSpinnerss.jpgThe Lowell Spinners have had a storied history since then-city manager Brian Martin helped bring them to the Mill City in 1996.  Now this, the 24th season of Lowell Spinners baseball is shaping up to be the most successful on the field season yet.

As the New England Patriots and the greatest quarterback of all time prepare to lift a sixth banner at Gillette Stadium tonight, LeLacheur Park will play host this afternoon, September 8th, to its first ever New York Penn League championship game as the Spinners take on the Brooklyn Cyclones in Game One of the deciding series. Game Two (and Game Three if necessary) will take place in Brooklyn.

The Spinners advanced to the championship in dramatic fashion, coming from behind to defeat the Batavia Muckdogs in three games, winning both games two and three at home in dramatic walk off fashion.

The first pitch will be at 1:05.

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A Back to School Bash

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The first Lowell Public Schools academic year with Dr. Joel Boyd as superintendent is upon us.  And it started with a bash!

On August 22nd, the city welcomed students and parents back to school with the first ever “Back to School Block Party” at JFK Plaza.

Mayor William Samaras and Dr. Boyd officially kicked off the school year with welcoming remarks.

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Free food, ice cream, and backpacks were provided first come first serve to youth who came to the party, with over 1300 backpacks distributed in under an hour.

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Still, even those who arrived late had a good time with entertainment provided by a DJ and music and dance performances throughout the afternoon.

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Bob Hoey, Joel Boyd, Bill Samaras, Gerry Nutter, Andy Descoteaux

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A Festival of Water, A Festival of Culture

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No downpours of rain this year.  The Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival was blessed with beautiful weather and wonderful crowds at Lowell Heritage State Park as the annual tradition returned for its 23rd edition.

The festival once again featured a mix of classical and contemporary cultural performances, dozens of food vendors from around the country, and the always competitive Dragon Boat races, which were won by Team Top Gun for the 5th year in a row, a verified SEAWF dynasty.

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Mayor William Samaras again welcomed the crowd to Lowell and spoke of the importance of the river to Lowell’s history, present, and future.  He joined Lowell City Council Vice Chairman Vesna Nuon, Congresswoman Lori Trahan, and State Representative Rady Mom  in addressing the crowd during the speaking program.

The Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival began in 1997 and annually attracts crowds of over 50,000 to the banks of the Merrimack River.  An event of truly national significance in the Southeast Asian diaspora, guests attend from many states including as far away as Minnesota, Ohio, and beyond.

Next year’s festival will mark the 24th year of the event, and organizers are already looking forward to a milestone celebration at the 25th festival in 2021.

 

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“The Spinners will leave Lowell the day after never!”

With those words, Spinners Owner Dave Heller rallied the crowd at the 2019  Opening Night at LeLacheur Park for the 24th season of Lowell Spinners baseball.  As an added bonus Heller, and Spinners General Manager Shawn Smith received their World Series rings from the Red Sox’ 2018 championship season in a pregame ceremony.

Unlike last season, Mayor William Samaras delegated his first pitch duties to his granddaughter, who threw a strike to kick off what will hopefully be a wonderful year of minor league baseball in Lowell.

 

Congratulations to the LHS Class of 2019!

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As most people know, prior to entering politics, Mayor William Samaras served as the headmaster of Lowell High School for 19 years, from 1991 to 2010.  On June 5th, the mayor returned to a very familiar scene for him, the Lowell High School graduation at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell.  Here is the text of his remarks to the graduating class.

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Good Evening,

Superintendent Jeannine Durkin, Head of School Marianne Busteed, Members of the School Committee, teachers, parents, friends, honored guests and, most of all, graduates – it is an honor to join you for the commencement exercises of the Lowell High School Class of 2019. 

I stand before you tonight as the Mayor of Lowell, the second best job in the city—because for 19 years, I had what I consider to be the best job in the city of Lowell—headmaster of Lowell High School. It is with that background that I speak to you tonight.

First, I applaud each and every graduate who is receiving a diploma this evening for your hard work and dedication to receiving this status.  The High School years are filled with distractions, unforeseen challenges, and sometimes self-doubt. When you add any or all of those things to a rigorous four-year high school curriculum – and succeed in completing the task, as you have done, it is commendable. Graduation is a time to look back at what you have accomplished and to be proud of yourselves. I hope the pride that you have in yourself, as you walk across the stage this evening, will stay with you forever.  Always remember how Lowell High was the place you forged new beginnings and relationships. Never forget where you came from, continue to build on the knowledge that you have acquired at Lowell High, and embrace the exciting new opportunities that lay ahead for you.

Second, I am sure that your families are proud of you tonight. Let me join with you in thanking your families for the support that they provided for you along the way. This night is their celebration as well.

I think you should be proud to say that you come from a city that truly values education. And with that I am proud to have been a part of that movement in support of bringing a new Lowell High School to downtown.

In a few years your younger brothers and sisters, cousins and friends will be attending a state of the art Lowell High School campus.  I have little doubt that the new Lowell High School will be the best of its kind in the entire Commonwealth. 

But those future students will also be benefiting from a positive school culture and an environment of learning that you have helped shape with your time here over the past four years.  You have paved the way for our future students.

That brings me to my final point which I want to touch on briefly.  As mayor, one of my goals is to make Lowell the first city in the United States to be designated as a UNESCO Learning City. Lowell will soon be part of a Global network of cities around the world that emphasizes lifelong learning opportunities for its residents and you.  

The philosopher John Dewey once said, “Education is not the preparation for life, it is life itself.”

Today marks a beginning—not an end—to your educational experience. Whatever path you take from here, whether it is continuing your academic journey through higher education, enlisting in the military, or entering the workforce, learning has to always be a lifelong endeavor.

My advice to you is to keep an open mind and an eagerness to embrace new challenges—that is how you will be successful.    

 I hope that your experience at Lowell High School has instilled in you the skills, the aptitude, and most importantly the passion to remain learners throughout your lives. If you can apply that mindset to your future path, wherever it takes you, I am certain you will make our city proud.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!