LTC Spreads Word on Meetings
LOWELL -- Lowell Telecommunications Corp., Working Cities Lowell and Eastern Bank have partnered in effort to broadcast City Council meetings in Khmer and Spanish, LTC Executive Director Wendy Blom said in a press release.
Meeting summaries are written in English by Register of Deeds Richard Howe, who posts them on his blog, richardhowe.com . LTC contracts with Khmer and Spanish interpreters to record audio interpretations of the summaries, which LTC edits onto video for broadcasts. Both the Spanish and Khmer versions are broadcast on LTC channels 95 and 99 daily, and they can be found any time on LTC’s website at www.ltc.org/watch/channel-99 /city.
-- SUN STAFF
Nomination papers available soon
CHELMSFORD -- Nomination papers for the 2019 town election will be available starting Jan. 2.
Many townwide offices are up for election in April, including: Board of Selectmen (two three-year seats), School Committee (two three-year seats), Planning Board (two three-year and one two-year seats), Board of Health (one three-year seat), Library Trustees (two three-year seats), Cemetery Commission (one three-year seat) and Housing Authority (one three-year unexpired term). Each of the town’s nine precincts also have six three-year Town Meeting representative seats up for election, as well as a number of shorter, unexpired terms in Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7.
Nomination forms can be obtained from the Town Clerk’s Office.
-- ALANA MELANSON
Portnoy honored for research
LOWELL -- UMass Lowell’s Jill Portnoy recently received a national award recognizing her groundbreaking research in the field of criminology.
Portnoy, an assistant professor in the university’s School of Criminology and Justice Studies, was presented with an Early Career Award from the American Society of Criminology at the organization’s national meeting.
The Early Career Award recognizes an individual who, within four years of receiving their Ph.D., makes a significant contribution to scholarly knowledge on developmental and life-course criminology. Portnoy was selected among a record-breaking number of applicants for the award this year. The award is given by the organization’s Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology.
Portnoy earned the honor with her research into biological and social factors that interact to explain and predict aggressive, impulsive and risky behavior, with an eye toward figuring out effective ways to intervene before anti-social behavior escalates into crime.
-- SUN STAFF
Florino retires in Tewksbury
TEWKSBURY -- Ron Florino, the town’s finance director, will be retiring come Jan. 7. After that, he will be working two days per week, Town Manager Richard Montuori said at a recent Board of Selectmen’s meeting. Florino took on the role of finance director in 2016 after serving as Stoneham’s town accountant.
Montuori said the assistant town accountant, Pamela Alfano, will be promoted to finance director, and the senior clerk will serve in the assistant town accountant role.
-- KORI TUITT