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April 25, 2013

The Lamp Post

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — :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.

With deep thanks: The recent auction to benefit St. Joseph’s School at All Saints Parish was a big success, and Principal Carol Simone wants to thank everyone involved — and there were many. In an email, she said: “To our wonderful auction committee: A huge thank you for putting together not only a successful fundraiser but truly a fun night out for our school community. To all the volunteers that pitched in with their time, energy and talents: You are one of the best reasons that St. Joseph School is such a great family! To the companies and individuals that donated and contributed auction items and support for our event: We could not do this without you and we are so grateful to have you in our corner. Finally, to everyone that attended the auction: Thank you for your continued patronage. We are blessed to have such enthusiastic supporters.’’ St. Joseph depends on the auction each year to bring in money to operate the school.

Late-night nuisance: The repeated late-night highway construction on Interstate 495 is necessary, but continues to be a nuisance for drivers. Over the last two weeks, the work has been focused on I-495 north in Haverhill just beyond the Route 125 exit, forcing cars to merge from three lanes to one. The Lamplighter hopes the work is worth the hassle.

Sharing a taste of history: The Lamplighter always appreciates Gazette reader Gerri Danforth’s guesses at the newspaper’s Thanks for the Memories photos, especially when she sends them on an historical post card. Her previous mailings have included post cards of Winnekenni Castle and other historic Haverhill sites.

Remembering the missing: Congressman Stephen Lynch recently joined more than 60 veterans and their families in Haverhill for a Vietnam Veterans Day Remembrance. Lynch thanked attendees for their service and discussed a bill he filed last week, the POW/MIA Accounting and Recovery Support Act of 2013, which would ensure that the Department of Defense’s Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command is protected from sequester cuts. “I never served in the military,” Lynch noted. “So in Congress, I feel a special obligation to serve those who did. I believe that we must make every effort to continue our search for our missing and fallen American troops.”