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February 7, 2013

The Lamp Post

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — :It’s official: The name of the college on the old Bradford College campus has changed, with the arrival of the new year. Zion Bible College is now Northpoint Bible College. College leaders said the change is because the public was sometimes confused by the word “Zion.’’ They said the change has no effect on the school’s mailing address, phone numbers or other contact information.

:A year-long peek at history: The public library’s historical calendar is out, and with it comes a nostalgic look at the community. It’s a real treat for locals and shows some fascinating scenes from Haverhill’s past. The calendar is available in the Friends Shop of the public library. The Lamplighter suggests picking one up.

:Business keeps booming: News that a Miami-based company is looking to build a hotel in the East Parish section of the city is another signal that Haverhill’s importance in the business community is growing. One observer wondered whether The Birthplace of poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier, which is near the site of the proposed hotel, is a landmark that draws it to that part of Haverhill. Then there’s the nearby Northern Essex Community College and its Technology Center, the site of events that draw many visitors. They could find lodging at the nearby hotel.

:A good investment: During a recent cold snap, the city opened the Citizens Center at night for the homeless and people whose heating systems failed. The city is lucky to have such a building and local leaders made the right decision to plan improvements to the building, which has deteriorated in places.

:Congratulations are in order: Northern Essex Community College graduate and current UMass-Lowell student Lindsey Curole of Merrimac recently received the Massachusetts Educational Opportunity Association Scholarship. Displaced by Hurricane Katrina, this New Orleans native is rebuilding her life in Massachusetts.

:More congrats: State Rep. Brian Dempsey of Haverhill, who has long championed causes for the rights of people with disabilities, was named Legislator of the Year by the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers at its annual luncheon in the Statehouse. Dempsey, the chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, has long been a leader in protecting the interests of people with developmental disabilities.

:Doing their good deed: On Martin Luther King Day, 11 teen leaders from Haverhill’s YMCA held a canned food drive at the Veteran’s Memorial Skating Rink. They invited the community to enjoy a fun day of ice skating. But instead of collecting an admission fee, they asked each person to bring a canned good. More than 300 people showed up and donated 1,000 cans of food, which were donated to Someone Cares New England in Haverhill. Ryan Allen, senior program director for the YMCA, said the opportunity developed from an existing event and the teens promoted it, creating flyers, collecting cans and then sorting the items at the pantry. “They did an amazing job,” Allen said, and the Lamplighter agrees. “Not only did they get some practical experience managing a project, but they also got to see their hard work turn into something good for Haverhill area families.’’