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April 4, 2013

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The Haverhill Gazette

---- — :Springing into Red Sox mode: Local man-around-town Peter Carbone put out the word to friends late last week to gather momentum for the Red Sox. An email from Carbone to people he converses with electronically welcomed them to meet him at a popular downtown restaurant and watering hole for opening day. “Join us for a late lunch after 1 p.m. at The Lasting Room to see Jackie Bradley and The Red Sox open the season at Yankee Stadium,’’ the invitation from the well-known owner of E-Z Way Cleaners said.

A bad ad: As city declares war on graffiti, trains passing through the heart of Haverhill are moving advertisements for the blight. The Lamplighter recently noticed large graffiti marks on just about each of the dozen cars on one freight train passing through downtown. City councilors have been insisting Haverhill do more to fight graffiti, after a recent outbreak in neighborhoods and business areas.

Coming and going: That old barn next to a house at the east end of Lawrence Street is gone, demolished by heavy equipment that made quick work of the deteriorated structure. At the same time, a new house being built at the site of a fire-demolished building two blocks away is quickly coming together. Carpenters began working on the house less than a month ago, but already the outside is nearly complete.

Sandy streets of spring: All the sand on the side of local roads reminds the Lamplighter that a rite of passage into spring is the arrival of street sweepers. This year, the sweepers operated by city workers have plenty of ground to cover. The city’s effort to fight slippery roads during this winter’s storms has left plenty of sand behind. And, as always, police warn drivers to be aware of the sand, especially at intersections where it can affect their ability to stop.

Bank continues to branch out: Haverhill Bank is continuing its push out of downtown, this time joining CVS and other stores in a planned 22,000-square-foot retail plaza along Route 97 at the Methuen and Salem, N.H., line. The Salem Planning Board has approved the plaza for the site of the old Green Barn restaurant. Haverhill Bank plans two drive-up teller lanes and a drive-up ATM lane. The bank branch, Haverhill Bank’s first in New Hampshire, will have six to eight employees.

Remembering their big day: The city’s Greek community had a moment in the spotlight last week, when Greek Independence Day was celebrated in City Hall. Mayor James Fiorentini hosted the event, where he was joined by the Holy Apostles Greek Church and school. The Greek flag was raised and everyone enjoyed a reception in the mayor’s office.

300 years ... and counting: Students at Northern Essex Community College are taking a trip back in time — and having a few laughs along the way. “The Beaux Stratagem,” a 300-year-old comedy first adapted in 1939, will be presented by the NECC Top Notch Players April 5, 6,12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.; April 11 at 4 p.m.; and April 14 at 3 p.m.

Taking home the hardware: Congrats to local police officer Brian Proulx, who received his Hero Award from the American Red Cross at an event late last month. The Gazette featured a story on Proulx when the award was announced two months ago. He was honored for his quick and effective response to an accident involving a local boy who rode his bicycle into a car, causing severe head injuries to the child. Proulx treated the boy and prepared him to be taken to the hospital, where he recovered.