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January 10, 2013

The Lamp Post

:Proud of their Fighting Irish: The Powers family of Haverhill bleeds blue and gold — Notre Dame blue and gold, that is. Son Kevin is a 2010 graduate of the school and son Christopher is a student there now. Last weekend, the entire family was getting jazzed up for the Fighting Irish’s appearance in the college football national championship game on Monday night.

:Park correctly or pay: Here’s a reminder from the Lamplighter to make sure you’re parking on the correct side of the street now that the new year has arrived. The city’s winter parking rules require vehicles left on streets overnight to be parked on the odd-numbered side in January. Last month, vehicles were supposed to be parked on the even-numbered side of the street. Park on the wrong side and you’re risking a $25 fine. Several days ago, Webster Street neighbors who left their cars on the wrong side overnight awoke to orange stickers on their windshields.

:It’s official: Zion Bible College has changed its name to Northpoint Bible College. Last year, the college, on the campus of the former Bradford College, announced it would make the change. College officials said the name change will not affect addresses or other ways of contacting the school.

:Old habits are hard to break: A press release from Mayor James Fiorentini’s office about the outdoor skating rink built by the city at Riverside Park said the park is next to “Haverhill Stadium.’’ It’s a decades-old habit that is hard for Haverhill people to break. For about a year, the stadium has actually had the name “Trinity Stadium’’ because Trinity EMS ambulance company paid for the naming rights. In a followup release, the mayor’s office did reference “Trinity Stadium.’’

:Safety first: Speaking of outdoor skating, the Lamplighter joins safety officials in Haverhill in warning residents, especially children, to stay off lakes and ponds until their ice surfaces are deemed safe. The city built the outdoor rink next to the stadium to give people a safe place to skate because lakes and ponds had not frozen to a safe thickness as of last week.

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