The city’s new pay-for-parking kiosks are very efficient in generating revenue and are nothing like old-fashioned parking meters. If you put a dime or a quarter in the old meters and left before your time expired, the next driver got to use your remaining time. Now, if you pay 50 cents to park for an hour but only park for five minutes, the next driver has to pay 50 cents as well, and so on — unless you hand the next driver your receipt. People who have been parking in the city lot next to the bus station downtown to go to the post office say they don’t want to pay 50 cents to park for five or 10 minutes and that there aren’t enough free spots in Washington Square.
More than a half dozen people from the Haverhill District Court Community Service Program were doing groundskeeping around the Police Station last week. They were pushing lawnmowers, mowing grass, weeding, trimming hedges and bushes and making the grounds a lot more presentable. They do this every few weeks and the work is supervised by Peter Boisselle of the Highway Department. The Lamplighter was very impressed with the quality of the work that was being done.
The Gazette received an interesting submission for this week’s Thanks for the Memories section. The submission was from William and Mary MacLeod of San Diego, and the couple were friends with the late Barney Gallagher, longtime Gazette staffer who died this year. The couple submitted this week’s picture to honor Gallagher as they believe he would have known each of the gentlemen standing in front of the store that is picture, as well as a story to go along with each one.
Verizon announced this past week that 4G service will be available on their phones in the Haverhill area. Any phone that has 4G capability should experience much faster service in Haverhill. Unfortunately for the Lamplighter, the iPhone isn’t built to have 4G quite yet.
Lakeview House Skilled Nursing and Residential Care Facility and Baker-Katz Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, both of Haverhill, were again deemed “deficiency free” by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Division of Health Care Quality after separate surveys. The employees of both nursing homes were rewarded with pizza parties for their hard work in giving the facilities a safe and clean atmosphere.