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May 1, 2014

The week's news in review

Sale, demolition coming for three worst buildings

Help is coming to families who are angry about run-down homes hurting property values in their neighborhoods.

Three of the five worst buildings in the city are scheduled for repair or demolition.

The process began last week, when the man who owns two of the buildings told city officials he plans to sell them and that they would renovated. Then, the owner of a third building on that list told the city that the structure will be torn down and a new home built there.

— Mike LaBella

Push for new school heats up

If you didn’t know better, you might think a City Council or mayoral campaign is under way.

People are going door to door, canvassing neighborhoods to give out campaign literature.

But they aren’t the faces you usually see during election season — veteran politicians seeking re-election and political newcomers whose names are plastered on lawn signs across the community.

These are the faces you see regularly at PTO meetings and school sporting events.

Parents are on the campaign trail, pushing voters to support a proposal to build a new school to replace the deteriorated Hunking School.

The vote is just over a month away and parents are campaigning just as a candidate for mayor, council or School Committee would.

They are knocking on the doors of homes, handing out informational flyers and shaking the hands of visitors at social events.

“We’ve been busy,” said Karen Peugh, media relations representative of the parent group Haverhill for Hunking. “We’ve been asking for support as well as educating people about the vote.”

— Mike LaBella

Haverhill youth coach dies in I-495 rollover crash

As she displayed the family portrait Saturday night, Ellen Cunha recalled that her late husband Carlos’ great passion for soccer was topped only by his love for family.

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