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Envision 2050 Kick Off a The Long Range Regional Transportation Plan

Northern Middlesex Council of Governments (NMCOG) staff is embarking on an update to the Northern Middlesex Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (NMMPO) Long-Range Regional Transportation Plan called Envision 2050. Our first public event will

Low-income landlords get first statewide advocacy program

BOSTON  – The coronavirus pandemic has added intense, sudden stress to the financial well-being of small landlords in Massachusetts. Many of these mom-and-pop landlords, who often provide affordable and moderately priced housing for

Success Story of Middlesex CC Alumi Landed a job in New York City

When deciding to go back to school, turning a childhood passion for video editing into a career path made all the difference for Brian Chhom from Lowell. In Middlesex Community College’s Communications


The next meeting of the Northern Middlesex Metropolitan Planning Organization (NMMPO) will be held on January 25, 2023 at 2:00 PM. At this meeting, the NMMPO will consider endorsing a draft amendment

Maura Healey Sworn in as Massachusetts Governor

Boston –Governor Elect Maura Healey and Lieutenant Governor Kimberly Driscoll swore in on January 5th. She is the first woman and openly gay person ever elected as Governor in the Massachusetts history.

Massachusetts Minimum Wage $15 per Hour Begins January 1st, 2023

BOSTON – Attorney General office is reminding employees and employers that the state’s minimum wage will increase to $15 per hour beginning Jan. 1, 2023. The AG’s Office has also made available

Cambodia: In visit to genocide museum, UN chief warns of the dangers of hate and persecution

Preserving the memory of people who suffered and died during the Khmer Rouge’s rule in Cambodia helps to ensure such atrocities are never repeated, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in the country’s

Treasurer Goldberg Announced Latest Release of Unclaimed Properties that are Owed to Individuals and Businesses 

BOSTON – Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg announced the latest grouping of names that have been added to the state’s list of unclaimed property owners. Over 51,000 new properties worth millions of

Middlesex Community College Awarded Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad to Cambodia

Middlesex Community College was awarded its fourth Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad (GPA) grant to send 10 educators from Middlesex and Lowell Public Schools to Cambodia in the summer of 2023. According to

President Joe Biden’s Meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met with 2022 ASEAN Chair Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia in Phnom Penh on November 12. The leaders reflected on the success of the historic U.S.-ASEAN Special

TrialWatch Condemns Trial Against Theary Seng as “Travesty of Justice” With an “F” Grade

September 15 — Clooney Foundation for Justice’s TrialWatch Initiative and the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights released a 43-page Trial Observation Report: Cambodia v. Theary Seng, a Cambodian American human rights defender, as “a

Cambodia: UN-backed tribunal ends with conviction upheld for last living Khmer Rouge leader

The final Khmer Rouge leader to be prosecuted under a UN-backed special tribunal in Cambodia, has had his 2018 conviction upheld for genocide and crimes against humanity, committed during the brutal rule of

Massachusetts Primary Election Results

Attorney General Maura Healy, the Democratic candidate for governor, will face the Republican candidate Geoff Diehl in November. Healy received 633,156 votes or 85.6% on Tuesday night September 6. Her democratic challenger

ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting: Secretary of State Antony Blinken Visits Cambodia and the Philippines

August 5, 2022 – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attended the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Cambodia. A press conference was given at Raffle Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh,

30 Looted Antiquities Returned to Cambodia

New York — the United States Attorney announced 30 Cambodian statues and artifacts will be returned to Cambodia as a result of joint investigation with U.S. Homeland Security and the Cambodian government.

UN Expert Proposes Human Rights Agenda for Cambodia to Pave the Way for Democratic Reforms

GENEVA – UN Special Rapporteur Vitit Muntarbhorn has issued a 10-point human rights agenda to improve the human rights situation in Cambodia, open up civil and political space and pave the way for democratic

Baker-Polito Administration Signed a New Executive Order to Create Supplier-Diversity Office Oversight and Accountability

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration signed a new Executive Order that will provide more opportunities for diverse and small businesses. The new executive order includes elements that will strengthen the state’s commitment to equity and inclusion

Dominik Lay Joins the 18th Middlesex District State Rep. Race

Lowell, MA — The 18th Middlesex District State Rep. election has gotten more competitive as Dominik Lay, a current 3rd term Lowell School Committee member, has joined the race.  Lay resigned from

Merrimack Valley Food Bank Changes in Leadership

Lowell, MA — the Merrimack Valley Food Bank recently announced a staff reorganization that will promote Assistant Director Debbie Callery to Executive Director. Amy Pessia, who has been the with the MVFB

American-Cambodian Human Rights Defender Theary Seng Convicted, Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

Phnom Penh, Cambodia –an American-Cambodian human rights and democracy activist Theary Seng was convicted of “conspiracy to commit treason” and “incitement to create gross chaos impacting public security.”  On June 14, 2022,

Middlesex CC Awarded $735,000 Workforce Training Grant

Lowell, MA — Middlesex Community College received $735,000 as part of the Baker-Polito Administration $15 Million Workforce Training Grant awarded to the 15 Massachusetts community colleges. The funding supports “the creation and

CMAA Annual Meeting at UMass Lowell Innovation Hub

Lowell, MA — Wednesday June 22, Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell held its first in person annual meeting since the Covid-19 pandemic. The meeting marks 38 years of social services

Re: The hosting of an ASEAN dictator by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, (CSIS)

The Center for Strategic and International Studies, (CSIS), has invited Vietnam’s Prime minister Pham Minh Chinh to be its keynote speaker on May 11, 2022. This is a shameful example of pro-business

Maura Healey Secures Democratic Nomination for Massachusetts Governor with 71% of Convention Vote

WORCESTER – Maura Healey secured the Democratic nomination for Governor of Massachusetts, earning 71% of the vote from delegates at the Democratic State Convention in Worcester. Healey received the highest vote percentage

The White House Welcomed a “Dictator Club”

Washington, D.C., –the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations were welcomed to the White House for the Special U.S. – ASEAN Summit on May 12-13, 2022. It marked the 45th anniversary