hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

May 2, 2013

The Lamp Post

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — :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.

Doing their part: The Hilldale Cemetery Association put out a call for volunteers to help with a cemetery cleanup held last month, and members said they were happily surprised to have a dozen people from Ocasio’s True Martial Arts in Haverhill and Plaistow show up to help. They said they were even more surprised when many of those volunteers returned a week later, along with other volunteers from Ocasio’s. About 30 people in all helped make the front of the cemetery look better by clearing brush and removing trash.

Back from the break: Once the shock of the Boston Marathon bombings eased up, candidates for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat restarted their stalled campaigns, and Haverhill became center stage for one of them. Republican Gabrielle Gomez made a stop at Maria’s Restaurant downtown, reaching out for local votes as the primary approached.

In full bloom: The efforts of Haverhill’s Brightside organization late last year are paying off in a big way. During their Bloomfest event in the fall, members of the group planted about 2,300 daffodil bulbs on the Public Works Department property on Primrose Street and now the flowers are in full bloom. They were catching the eyes of passersby last weekend, as the Haverhill Goes Green Environmental Fair took over GAR Park at the edge of downtown.

Thanking the men and women in blue: Local members of the Knights of Columbus are winding down their efforts to bring spiritual and social thanks to the city’s police officers. The knights have organized a Blue Mass for Saturday at 4 p.m. at All Saints Church, followed by a dinner honoring the officers for their work. The events will include all the trimmings offered at most events organized by the knights, including an honor guard as part of the ceremony.

Top doc: The HealthTap Top Doctor Competition brought together the world’s best and most helpful online and mobile medical experts to compete for both local and national titles — and a local doctor finished high in the contest. Tens of thousands of doctors competed for Top Doctor, Top Specialist, Most Influential Doctor and Thought Leader Awards. Winners were selected by other doctors (who rated their peers based on demonstrated knowledge and expertise) as well as by consumers (who rated doctors on bedside manner and personality). Dr. Jason Hemming, practicing gastroenterology in Haverhill, was named top doctor in the Boston region, most influential doctor in the region and top gastroenterologist in Massachusetts.