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April 25, 2013

The Lamp Post

:Enough waiting already: Drivers waiting at red lights at the intersection of Ginty and Bailey boulevards are getting frustrated, and who can blame them? The light at the busy intersection remains green so briefly that drivers can get hung up for two and sometimes three light changes. The Lamplighter experienced the problem the other day and appreciates how difficult it can be to get through that intersection, especially if you’re taking a left turn. Hopefully, city officials change the sequence to make the light green longer.

Punching things up: Haverhill Downtown Boxing, a new boxing club that plans to open at the corner of Locust and Orchard streets, held a successful fundraiser pasta dinner on April 14 at VFW Lorraine Post 29, 64 Kenoza Ave. Local tailor Frank Quintiliani cooked the sauce and served it over ziti, while Eileen Hebert served meatballs, sausages and salad. About 350 people turned out for the event, and organizers nearly ran out of food. Hebert’s husband, Ray Hebert, is opening the club with his business partner Derek Couture, a 2008 New England Golden Gloves champion. Hebert’s son Raymond “Rocky” Hebert sold tickets in advance and at the door with help from his brother Scott “Scooter” Hebert and Josh Couture, brother of Derek Couture.

A good choice: The park at Round Pond, while simple, is one of the best things the city has done for a neighborhood in some time. As the weather improves, more and more families visit the park to spend time at the edge of the pond, fishing or just enjoying the relaxing atmosphere. Creating the park didn’t take much — just setting up a couple of benches and then committing city workers to keeping the area clean and mowed. The park, named in memory of the late Fred Debartolomeo, a Highway Department official, is on the Lawrence Street side of the pond. A drawing point of the pond for anglers is that each year the state stocks it with fish.

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