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March 7, 2012

The Lamp Post

Congratulations are in order for the Haverhill High girls cheerleading team. The girls finished in second place at regionals and will compete at the states this weekend in Lowell.

Bradford families are thanking a neighborhood businessman for helping restore a religious statue that was the target of vandals. They said Robert Driscoll, owner of Driscoll Funeral Home on South Main Street, had a broken statue of the Virgin Mary repaired and returned to its owners near Bradford Square. When vandals tipped over the statue, its head was broken from the body. The neighbors said Driscoll collected the heavy pieces of the statue and paid to have them reassembled.

The Lamplighter hears there was confusion at the polls this week during the presidential primary election. New lines between voting precincts left some residents of Victor Street not knowing where to vote. Everyone on the street typically votes at the same polling place at Haverhill High School — Ward 1, Precinct 3. But when neighbors from the odd-numbered side of Victor Street went to the high school poll, they found they were not listed as being eligible to vote there. Eventually, poll workers figured out those neighbors are now listed to vote at another poll in Haverhill High — Ward 6, Precinct 1. They were finally able to cast their ballots.

Many city officials were thrilled with the turnout at the public hearing on the MBTA proposed fare and service changes. Some noted it was the biggest turnout for a public hearing in Haverhill in years.

There were also two great turnouts at the Whittier Regional High playoff basketball games. Although both games ended up as losses, the games were played in a college-like atmosphere which will no doubt make Athletic Director Kevin Bradley proud. Bradley routinely refers to the school as "Whittier Tech University."

The Haverhill Chamber of Commerce announced this week that they have begun searching for a new executive director. The new hire will replace James Jajuga.

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