Update: Sons of Franky Cabot- Election Fantasy Draft begins Wednesday October 30th.

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While the city’s collective attention is fixed on Rodney and Ed’s campaign for Women’s rights, we thought it would be a good time to shift gears. We like to think of The Cabot as a local blog, rather than a political blog. But with an upcoming City Election in November that will define the scope of the City leadership (ie. A City Manager possibly heading to free agency, New High School, Rodney Elliott starting bikram yoga to manage stress), it can’t be ignored. So we popped over to the MrMillCity storage unit and pulled out a classic…The Lowell City Council Fantasy Draft.

We will be rolling out the results beginning Wednesday, October 30th, wrapping up on that Friday. But feel free to play along at home or in the office.

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Alive. Unique. Inspiring.

If you were wondering what’s going into the old Gary’s Ice cream parlor on Merrimack and Dutton Street that then turned into a cell phone store then wonder no more.  Need a DNA test to see if “you da baby daddy” or not?  Or maybe you want to find out if that “skeezah” you met down Molly Kay’s is your long-lost cousin before going on a date?  Look no further!!  MVP Testing is moving in!!!  The Chamber of Commerce is even having a ribbon cutting at 2pm on October 11th!!!  No word on if Maury will be there to sign your test results as of yet.  Bringing families together no matter how psyched you are!!!  Awesome!!  I’m hoping they’re running a two for one special as a welcome to the neighborhood deal.  So convenient for high school students and  trolley riding tourists.  Just get a cheek swab, hit up Fuse for some lunch, and then go and find out what the deal is!!!  I for one think this is a fantastic message and image for a city “on the come” as they say in Vegas.   

Oh, the horror!

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Lowell Sun

LOWELL — The city’s chicken lady is all cooped up.

Rachel Chandler, one of the leaders of the push for the city to allow backyard chickens, has been illegally keeping hens on her property.

The city’s Animal Control department recently issued a notice of violation to Chandler’s husband, Richard Stec, for the keeping of chickens at their home on Lawrence Street in the city’s Back Central neighborhood.

According to a Lowell police-incident report, animal-control-compliance officer Darleen Wood visited the property Aug. 14.

“All cooped up?” What a doozie. Make no mistake about it, our friends down at the Sun wanted to make sure you got your 75 cents worth this week. Just in case you weren’t floored by the STUNNING scenario that someone championing backyard chickens at City Hall might actually have few chickaroos roaming their property, the Sun staff goes for the kill with “All Cooped up.” “Running a fowl” had to be a finalist, no?

More importantly, Rachel Chandler and her husband are obviously fans of the Cabot, and enjoyed Mark and Tobes’ emails regarding Lowell Chickens. Practically copied the entire play book. And if you’re keeping track at home, that puts our blog readership at about 6, if you count Mark’s wife. Don’t tell our friend over at LiL but Revolutions have started with less.

Pic ganked from Rick Holland via My Lost Bardo

Whoops…about those contribution filings…

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Lowell Sun
LOWELL — City Councilor Vesna Nuon, who recently supported a push for greater campaign-finance transparency in city elections, has repeatedly failed since 2011 to comply with state requirements for filing deposit reports and disclosing the source of campaign contributions.

Nuon has received 10 letters from the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) since October 2011 seeking more information about deposits into his campaign account.

In one belatedly filed campaign report where some of Nuon’s donors were disclosed, Nuon reported he received contributions from businesses, another apparent violation of campaign-finance law.

“Listen Mr. Samsonite, about those deposit reports…my friend Paul Ratha Yem and I have every intention of fully disclosing every contribution…..

….That’s as good as money, sir. Those are I.O.U’s. Go ahead and add it up. Every cent’s accounted for. Look, see this? That’s a car. 275 thou….ya might wanna hold onto that one….”

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Whoops…about those contribution filings…

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Lowell Sun
LOWELL — City Councilor Vesna Nuon, who recently supported a push for greater campaign-finance transparency in city elections, has repeatedly failed since 2011 to comply with state requirements for filing deposit reports and disclosing the source of campaign contributions.

Nuon has received 10 letters from the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) since October 2011 seeking more information about deposits into his campaign account.

In one belatedly filed campaign report where some of Nuon’s donors were disclosed, Nuon reported he received contributions from businesses, another apparent violation of campaign-finance law.

“Listen Mr. Samsonite, about those deposit reports…my friend Paul Ratha Yem and I have every intention of fully disclosing every contribution…..

….That’s as good as money, sir. Those are I.O.U’s. Go ahead and add it up. Every cent’s accounted for. Look, see this? That’s a car. 275 thou….ya might wanna hold onto that one….”

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Give me strength. Give me perseverance. Give me a man who can stare adversity in the face and laugh like a comic book villain. Give me Darius Mitchell for Lowell City Council 2013.

20130806-132254.jpgLOWELL — A former Future City Council candidate is being held without bail championed after being accused by his former girlfriend hopeful citizens of Lowell, who has taken out seven restraining orders against him willingly handed over their signatures, of violating the latest restraining order by calling her 24 times in less than 24 hours for his candidacy for the Lowell City Council.
In Lowell District Court On the steps of City Hall, Darius Mitchell, 40, pleaded not guilty pitched the finer points of his campaign on Monday to violation of a restraining order for a March 19 incident November’s election.
Mitchell allegedly called the victim twice while police to handle the mobs of excited voters who were at the scene.
Police Opponents have unsuccessfully tried to contact match Mitchell’s vigor and enthusiasm when it comes to multiple times at multiple addresses to serveing him with a restraining order a woefully underwhelmed voting public.

Thanks for the assist Lowell Sun…and our local tipsters.