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October 17, 2013

The Lamp Post

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — A dangerous drop: It’s good to see the city working so hard to improve roads, especially the new curbing on Mill Street near Boardman Street. But it was foolhardy to leave open ditches along the side of the road where kids could have fallen in while the project was happening. The ditches were left open for days at a time, leaving open the possibility that kids walking to and from nearly schools could have been hurt.

Speaking of kids walking on Boardman Street: The Lamplighter happened to be driving on the stretch of road near Nettle Middle School the other day and was shocked to see how close some of the kids horsing around on their way home came to passing cars. People driving in that area when school lets out must be extra careful.

Outfitted for action: The city’s Boys & Girls Club has been approved as a FUNdamental Field Hockey host site. Sponsored by USA Field Hockey, the club received donations of field hockey sticks, balls, and cones to run its very first field hockey program. Starting in the spring, club staff member Deb Card, a USA Field Hockey Olympic alternate member, will be coaching the program. Training begins indoors next April and games are planned for next summer at Camp Tasker, the club’s summer camp in Newton, N.H.

Time to plant: Organizers of the city’s annual Bloomfest event, set for for Oct. 26, are looking for volunteers to help out. The event goes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will plant bulbs at the 110 Merrimack River Park, adding an asset to all that Dick LeBlond and the city have done at that recently reopened park. The bulbs will come out in the spring.

Who’ll step up? The Brightside program needs new leaders, someone to help run its plantings and other programs, plus a secretary. Anyone interested is asked to contact Elaine Barker at the Paper Pot Pourri company.

Plenty to eat: Zoraida Jordan, the director of food services for the Boys & Girls Club, has done such an amazing job with the snack program that the club will be having a dinner night every other Thursday, an increase from last year’s monthly dinner nights. The dinner program is from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Hot, nutritious meals cooked in the club’s new commercial kitchen will range from meatball subs to roast turkey dinners. The goal is to teach club members that a healthy lifestyle is the way to go. Kids can also enjoy nutritious snacks daily from 3:30 to 4 p.m. The snacks are made in the club’s kitchen.

Stars of the week: Elaine Barker and her Brightside program continue to name volunteer stars who take care of public gardens and parks. Barker said the traffic island in Monument Square cared for by Rogers and Scatamacchia Funeral Home recently caught her eye. The vast assortment of yellow mums, rows and rows of them, were a sight to behold, she said, adding “I just wanted to stop and absorb the beauty that they presented.’’