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October 24, 2013

The Lamp Post

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — On the road again: Best-selling author Andre Dubus III is touring the nation to market his latest book, “Dirty Love.’’ Dubus, who grew up in Haverhill and lives in Newbury, also wrote the popular novels “House of Sand and Fog’’ (from which a movie was made) and “The Garden of Last Days,’’ as well as the memoir “Townie’’ about his younger years on the tough streets of Haverhill.

Speaking of celebrities: Actor John Travolta was seen at several locations in Haverhill recently, and autograph and photo seekers took advantage. Among the places he was spotted was the Target store, where he made a stop with his wife and daughter. “He took pictures with whoever asked and was so nice!’’ a Tweet from one person said. “Best Target trip ever!’’

Locals in the spotlight: The Rev. Timothy Kearney, pastor of All Saints Parish, celebrated Mass at the Catholic TV Network studios with student council members from St. Joseph School on Oct. 17. Eighth-graders Meredith Buddz and Mary Rose Steed served as lectors and Devon O’Connell and Shaun Mears were the altar servers. Maureen Cartier, director of religious education at All Saints, coordinated the Mass and a tour of the television studios for the students.

From junk to cash: Recycle IT in Central Square recently held a recycling fundraiser for Sacred Hearts School and raised nearly $1,000. Owner Bob Bertoni, who also operates Megahertz Computer on the other side of the square, wants to thank the many families who participated. Nonprofit groups interested in such a fundraiser can contact Bertoni at 978-374-9677.

‘Tis the season (Part 1): As we get deep into campaign season, candidates’ signs are popping up on lawns all over the city. Prime spots, of course, are in front of homes where lots of traffic passes.

‘Tis the season (Part 2): Giving us a break from the serious tone of politics this election season is the arrival of Halloween and the displays brought to local houses by the ghoulish holiday. With Haverhill’s trick-or-treat tradition just a couple of days away (Oct. 26), displays of graves, ghosts, goblins and other scary characters are emerging around homes.

Celebrating the Sox: As the Red Sox worked their way toward the World Series, some local students reaped a special benefit. St. Joseph School relaxed its uniform rule one day recently, allowing kids to wear jeans, sneakers and a red t-shirt or a Red Sox shirt, and also a Sox cap. But to participate, the students had to be true to their Sox. Shirts from no other teams were allowed.

Showcasing the city: For the past three years, part of Comcast’s annual sponsorship of the Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council has taken the form of a video promoting the Merrimack Valley. In 2011, the video focused on the Revitalization of Osgood Landing in North Andover. Last year’s video, “Lowell: Portrait of a Creative City,” was nominated for a New England Emmy Award. This year’s video is titled “Haverhill: 21st Century Renaissance,’’ and showcases the impressive rebirth of an historic community and its success in attracting new businesses and new residents. All of the videos can be viewed online at www.merrimackvalley.info.