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March 21, 2013

The Lamp Post

:Remembering the cardinal’s visit: All that talk of Cardinal Sean O’Malley being a candidate for pope brings to mind his visit to All Saints Parish several years ago. The event celebrated the successful merger of four Haverhill Catholic churches into one. O’Malley was notably personable during the visit, talking time to talk informally at the church door with parishioners as they left the Mass. That demeanor was reportedly one of the qualities that had insiders talking about him as a candidate for the Catholic church’s highest position.

Safety first: It’s wasn’t pretty in many places, but city workers got sidewalks leading to schools and bus stops cleared of the snow from the last storm. One of the machines used to remove the snow is a special snowblower that also churned up mud next to some sidewalks, making a mess. But what counted was that students were able to walk on the sidewalks and not at the edge of busy streets.

Making their mark: Women have been making strides in the city’s Police Department in recent years, and a promotion last week brought their biggest achievement yet. Patrol Officer Doreen Champagne was the first woman to join the ranks of Haverhill’s superior officers when she was promoted to sergeant.

From the ashes: It’s amazing how quickly a house goes up, once the carpenters start working in earnest. Big things are happening at the corner of Fountain and Lawrence streets, where fire ruined a house last year. The house was eventually demolished and a new home is going up — and taking shape fast. The Lamplighter noticed that in only a few days last week, the entire building was framed. It’s good to see that happening after the fire-gutted building sat for months before being torn down. Wonder if the family forced off the property by fire is moving back? The Lamplighter recalls the husband and father is a custodian with the city who got a lot of support from his coworkers when the family lost most of its belongings in the blaze.

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