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September 13, 2013

North Andover man's 'Wicked Blue' wins UMass-Lowell field-naming contest

LOWELL — Following a month-long social-media contest, UMass Lowell announced “Wicked Blue” as the winning nickname of its new field hockey surface at halftime of its game against Northwestern University Monday afternoon.

The nickname, one of more than 200 nominations, was submitted by David Alaimo of North Andover, whose daughter, Hope, is a freshman on the UMass Lowell field hockey team.

Alaimo was presented a framed print of the nickname, signed by each member of the team, at halftime of the match with Northwestern.

The contest was a joint effort between UMass Lowell’s Office of University Relations and the Department of Athletics and utilized social-media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and a poll on UMass Lowell’s website.

“In the end, the vote was overwhelmingly in favor of ‘Wicked Blue,’” said Scott Donnelly, assistant athletic director of marketing and promotions. “The name generated almost half the votes. I think it has regional flair and highlights the field’s bold blue color.”

Part of a $2 million facilities upgrade over the summer (UMass Lowell’s soccer/lacrosse fields simultaneously renovated), the blue surface – one of only a handful in the country – was a perfect match. It is the university’s primary color. The blue field surface was licensed to UMass Lowell by Boise State University for free and in perpetuity.

“We wanted to make a statement as we enter our first year in Division I as a member of the America East Conference,” said Director of Athletics Dana Skinner. Broadening awareness of the university is always a goal and the uniqueness of the blue field has already generated a great deal of interest.”

‘High-dose’ flu clinics for seniors

ANDOVER — Three “high-dose” flu clinics for seniors ages 65 and up have been scheduled for this fall in Andover.

The clinics will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24; Thursday, Sept. 26; and Tuesday, Oct. 1, by appointment only from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at The Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court.

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