Rick Bevilacqua is a familiar face to the Lamplighter, as he often runs into him in Haverhill District Court where Bevilacqua is a court officer. Recently though, the Lamplighter ran into Bevilacqua as he was doing police detail on Route 110 near Elliot Street. The Lamplighter also saw Bevilacqua directing traffic in Lafayette Square while construction was occurring.
Christmas is coming a little bit early in Haverhill it seems. A single strand of miniature Christmas lights was seen hanging from one of the trees in the plaza across from the Post Office. The tip of the strand is about two feet off the ground, and the Lamplighter literally ran into the string while walking through downtown.
The Lamplighter was shopping recently at Wally’s Vegetables on Amesbury Road when he overheard a conversation between a woman and local farmer Wally Lesiczka, who happened to be working behind the counter. The woman asked Lesiczka why his corn was so sweet this year. Lesiczka shrugged and said he wasn’t sure, but that he’d planted several varieties of corn. “Since you like it so much, please tell your friends,” he told the woman.
The Lamplighter was happy to see retired Haverhill police officer Osmond “Ozzie’’ Hardy back on his feet and looking well after a recent hospital stay. Hardy is the founder and operator of the Ozzie’s Kids organization, which raises money at holiday time and accepts donated items to help low-income parents give their children Christmas gifts. Hardy was back to work last week at the Kevin Comeau funeral home, where he works as an usher.