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November 7, 2013

The Lamp Post

What’s in a color? Plenty for the city’s candidates, when it comes to their signs on display on lawns and elsewhere during this year’s campaign. Candidates of Irish descent such as City Council incumbents William Ryan and Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien featured, not surprisingly, lots of green on their signs. Councilor Colin LePage chose the traditional Haverhill High colors of brown and gold. Then there were challengers like Melinda Barrett, who used a bright, eye-catching shade of red.

Speaking of campaign signs: Once they knew their number on the ballot, some candidates attached that number to their signs in the days before the election. It is said that candidates are better off having their names at the start of the list on the ballot or the end, but not in the middle where their names can be overlooked by voters.

It’s about time: Word that the city is finally going to build a dog park after years of talking about it is making pet owners happy. It will probably also please people who visit the public park along Lawrence Avenue next to Round Pond. Despite a sign that bans the walking of dogs in that park, which is popular with neighbors, some people do take their canines there — and sometimes don’t clean up after them. The planned dog park at Riverside Park next to the stadium will be a fenced-in area equipped with bags and barrels so visitors can clean up after their pets.

City must rebound from loss: It wasn’t like shopping the finer shops of Andover or walking from store to store in a Southern New Hampshire mall, but Building #19 in Haverhill had its followers — and not for just a short time. For about two decades, locals got good buys there and found jobs there as well, but it’s all coming to an end. This week’s announcement that Building #19 stores here and elsewhere are closing confirmed rumors that endured for most of this year. City officials say they are hard at work trying to find a replacement business to move into the soon-to-be-vacant location in Riversedge Plaza. They should be aggressive because Haverhill cannot afford to let such a property sit vacant for long.

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