:Dubus in print — again: Well-known local author Andre Dubus has done it again. His publisher is about to release another work by the Haverhill High graduate. This time it’s a collection of short stories called “Dirty Love.’’ Dubus is also the author of the novel “House of Sand and Fog,’’ which was made into a movie, and the novel “The Garden of Last Days,’’ scheduled to become a movie. But locally, perhaps his best-known work is the memoir “Townie,’’ the story of him growing up in Haverhill in the 1970s and 1980s.
Dedicated to his work: Tom Sullivan is always looking for a worthwhile cause, and his latest is the gardens at Winnekenni Park. He’s using the social network of the local Brightside volunteer organization to find help for the project. Sullivan, a city councilor and lawyer, is exercising his green thumb as an adopt-a-park volunteer. He and others will be working at the park June 1 from 9 to noon, and hope other residents will show up to help with weeding and planting.
A ‘brush’ with local greatness: Mayor James J. Fiorentini has named Linda Koutoulas as Artist of the Month for May. She is a 1986 graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, and began her art education at Boston University. She has been creating art for as long as she can remember. Her preferred medium is oil paint but also works in many other mediums and disciplines. Recently, she created a series of collages, some of which are on display in the mayor’s office. These collages express ideas about modern society.
Playing religiously: What a musical commotion was coming from All Saints Church a couple of Sundays ago. Members of the Sons of Italy Drum and Bugle Corps made their annual appearance at the church to play at the end of Mass, before marching through nearly neighborhood streets. The show had church members and neighbors cheering.
He does indeed shine: Mark Hargreaves of Methuen, a Computer Information Technology major at Northern Essex Community College, was among the honorees at the recent “29 Who Shine” student recognition ceremony in Boston. The event was created in 2011 to recognize outstanding students at all 29 of the state’s public campuses.
And so does she: Mary Chatigny, director of human resources at Northern Essex Community College, recently received the Gary L. Filan Excellence in Leadership Award at the 22nd annual Chair Academy International Leadership Conference. Chatigny is an Amesbury resident.
Rain causes baseball pain: With the city’s youth baseball season underway in earnest, some teams will likely have a few games to make up due to the recent rains. Even if they did not lose games to the falling rain itself, wet and even flooded fields get in the way of the kids taking to the diamond.