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July 18, 2013

The Lamp Post

That’s one way to cool off: As temperatures soared above 90 recently, some Summer Street neighborhood kids found their escape at nearby Linwood Cemetery. They cooled off by getting wet standing under a waterfall that is part of a memorial there. Some neighbors were angry, saying it was disrespectful for the kids to use the waterfall, and given the fact that they were only a few minutes’ walk to the public beach at Plug Pond.

Taking no chances: The Lamplighter has noticed that some Haverhill police officers have recently been wearing their bullet-proof vests at local events where large crowds gather, such as the annual KidsFEST celebration. Some of the officers were among those who went to Boston after the marathon bombings to help with security when the big city was shut down.

Plenty of room to stretch those legs: The grounds of Haverhill High School, with a variety of driveways and sidewalks, have become an exercise area for many neighbors, especially during the early evenings of summer. Pass by any night before dusk and you’re bound to see people walking, jogging and in-line skating — getting in those workouts once the afternoon heat is gone.

The same old place — they promise: One of the city’s most popular breakfast and lunch stops is changing ownership — but those involved in the sale are telling patrons it will continue operating as it always did. Mary Rafferty is selling her Raff’s Cafe on Primrose Street, after five years of working seven days a week to make it a successful business. A husband and wife who have worked there for years will take ownership in February. They and Rafferty say the menu and atmosphere will remain the same as always.

Surprised to see red: The new traffic light at the intersection of Middlesex and Route 125 in Bradford is surprising some drivers. The light, installed as part of the state’s huge Route 125 reconstruction project, started operating recently, and the red light has shocked some drivers as they travel over Basiliere Bridge. They are used to rolling right through the intersection on the Bradford side of the bridge — but the red light has caused a few tires to lock up and squeal.

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