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July 25, 2013

The Lamp Post

How hot was it last week? So hot that some local organizations canceled their golf tournaments. Look for lots of golfers to be on the links when those tourneys are rescheduled. Wonder if all that activity will affect the ability of people to walk onto public courses and play?

Battling for business: Gas price wars are on at either end of the city. The battle has been going on for the last couple of years on Route 125 in Ward Hill where the neighboring Prime and Blue Canoe stations always try to undercut each other by a couple of cents. A similar battle is brewing now in Duston Square, where Main and Primrose streets meet. The Mobile station there that was closed for months has reopened and is keeping its prices close to those of the Gulf station and convenience store across the street.

Dangerous moments: Drivers near a construction site on Mill Street next to Gale Park the other day had a scare. A heavy metal plate that covered a construction ditch in the road shifted, opening up the ditch to oncoming cars. Thankfully, a driver noticed the problem, stopped and used his cell phone to call police. The plate was soon placed back in its proper spot.

An adoption and a facelift: Several neighbors have been spending lots of time at the park at the western edge of Plug Pond lately, giving it a facelift. They have adopted the park and are planting flowers, pruning shrubs and doing other work to give the area a new look. The park is the latest of more than a dozen locations in the city to be adopted by volunteers.

New million-dollar look: Speaking of competition, the restaurant row along Route 125 near the Plaistow line is driving one eatery to improve its image. The Friendly’s restaurant is making nearly $1 million in improvements. It is located on a strip that has a variety of restaurants for customers to choose from.

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