hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA


May 2, 2013

The Lamp Post

:In her memory: Mayor James Fiorentini planted a tree to commemorate Arbor Day in memory of Renee Pelletier Costa, a Haverhill resident who has died and will be missed for her leadership and inspiration, the mayor said. Joining Fiorentini at the dedication was Renee’s husband, Sean Costa, along with their four children and Renee’s sister and her daughter. Renee was trained as a registered nurse and graduated from nursing school in 1994. She was a busy volunteer and an inspiration to others. She was a “box top coordinator’’ for her children’s school and was always involved in her children’s activities. Whether it was Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or family time, Renee was always in the middle of it. “The tree that we are planting ... will live hundreds of years, giving Renee’s family and friends a place to visit to reflect on her life for many years to come,’’ the mayor said.

Searching for a slice of history: Do you have a photograph of the Majestic Theatre, which was at 65 Washington St. from 1911 to 1912? Steve Berezansky, an IT worker at the city’s public library is hoping to find such a photo. He said he can’t find one in the library’s Special Collections room and has searched the Internet as well. He does have articles from the old Evening Gazette, but photographs were rare at the time. He said the old city directory would have listed the Majestic Theatre’s address as 61-65 Washington St. If you have a photo of the theatre or know where to find one, please contact Berezansky at sberezansky@mvlc.org.

Remembering their suffering: Mayor James Fiorentini proclaimed April 24th as Armenian Martyrs Day in Haverhill, in recognition of those who gave their lives in the cause of religious freedom. The date marks the start of a persecution of the Armenian people in 1915. The persecution caused millions to flee their homes and become wanderers. More than 1.5 million Armenians were victims of starvation, exposure, ruthless treatment and mass murder.

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