Pope announcement a hit with local students: Leaders of the city’s two Catholic schools — St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish and Sacred Hearts School — said students there were captivated by the process of choosing a new pope. Consider this email to St. Joseph parents from Principal Carole Simone: “Habemus Papam! We have a Pope! I wish you could have heard your children when I announced that we saw the white smoke. Since February we’ve been praying for the cardinals at the conclave. Wednesday the fruit of our prayers was realized. This was and will continue to be a teachable moment for these children.’’
A push for development along river: The community can only hope the mayor’s new zoning proposal aimed at luring developers to riverfront properties works. The zoning’s goal is to convince developers to bring forward plans for properties along the river such as the old Cleary’s Cleaners and the old Friend’s Landing nightclub. Both lots have been sitting vacant for years and are eyesores in locations with strong potential. The zoning guarantees developers the ability to fast-track their projects through city departments, avoiding red-tape delays. Other riverfront properties that may be affected by the zoning are the old Taylor-Goodwin lumberyard and the old Ornstein Heel company. They have also sat vacant for years.
Former Bruins a hit in city: The cell phone cameras were clicking at a fast pace when former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque appeared at the Boys & Girls Club’s annual celebration two weeks ago. The cameras were also working overtime when former Bruin Rick Middleton appeared at the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony two weeks before that. People attending the event and organizers were anxious to get their pictures taken with the hockey legends. Some even emailed the photos to family members and friends during the events, gaining bragging rights over other Bruins fans.