And a reminder about student violence: In the wake of the brawl at Haverhill High between Haverhill and Methuen students, Superintendent Scully used a mass phone calling device to contact families throughout the city. He told them incidents like that and another fight involving a Haverhill High student accused of stabbing people outside a party will not be tolerated. Scully’s phone message said, if part, “Both situations tarnish the good things that so many have accomplished at Haverhill High School. Please know that any individual who distracts from the good and interferes with any aspect of the purpose of that school will not only be prosecuted, but will also be removed from the student body as permissible by law and statue. There are so many great young men and women who attend that school that deserve better.’’
Hizhonor in their honor: Mayor James Fiorentini hosted a celebration of Lithuanian Independence Day on Feb 20 in his City Hall office. As he does regularly at such events, the mayor hosted several members of the local Lithuanian community.
Taking to the TV screen: Local cable TV recently premiered the new show “Spontaneous Construction,” which featured students and faculty from Northern Essex Community College. The hosts of the show contacted Michele Deane, coordinator of NECC’s dance program and a Haverhill resident, through social media last summer. She rallied students and faculty to lead a flash mob on the site of a home located on the North Shore, and to help with creating a backyard paradise for the homeowners. The Lamplighter thinks it’s an interesting concept.
Singing for peace: Northern Essex Community College student Amanda McCarthy is singing out against young people who threaten others. McCarthy of Londonderry recently wrote an anti-bullying song titled “I Don’t Deserve This” for popALERT, a Boston-based teen pop/rock band.
Congrats: Three Northern Essex Community College employees have received the quarterly employee recognition award for the first quarter of 2013. Congratulations to Patricia Malone Schade of Byfield, Richard Padova of Andover and Richard Lizotte of Amesbury.