Time for a comeback: With all the boats we see docked at the Crescent Yacht Club on the Bradford side of the river, the Lamplighter wonders why the club can’t pull some of the owners together and bring back the end-of-summer boat parade, which has not happened for the last few years. The annual parade was popular for many years, starting at the North End Yacht Club in Newburyport and travelling up river to the Crescent club for a huge cookout and performances by local bands. But the event died out a few years ago because few boat owners were participating.
Speaking of the yacht club...: Here’s hoping the relatively new speed boat races happen again this year on the stretch of river near the club. The boats are an incredible sight, practically skimming across the water at speeds near 70 mph. The races have drawn big crowds in recent years.
Italy bound: The world languages and cultures department at Salem State University announced that four of its recently graduated students were chosen as recipients of competitive fellowships to teach English in Italy and France next year. The students include Tessa Allen of Haverhill, who graduated from Salem State in May. She will leave for the Lombardy region of Italy in September under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Boston, and as part of the Future Teachers of Italian in the U.S. program. The Network of Autonomous Schools in Lombardy, through a relationship with Salem State, provides competitive fellowships to Salem State University students to study and teach in Italy. Allen was an honor student at Salem State and president of its Italian club. She majored in art design and art education, and minored in Italian.