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May 15, 2014

The Lamplighter


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Seeing seafood

For the last few weeks the Lamplighter has seen the Gulf of Maine Seafood truck parked at the front of Goudreault’s Farmers Market on Route 110, just east of Biggart’s Ice Cream. The truck used to be parked on the Haverhill side of the Groveland Bridge, then last fall the operator moved into the former Pine River Fish Market building on Winter Street, but has since closed the business. When the truck is open for business, the operator turns on flashing lights. As for the farm stand, from what the Lamplighter can determine, the property is mostly used for harvesting and selling firewood along with landscaping materials.

Obstruction removed

Flowers and bushes have made some pretty additions to islands at intersections throughout the city. But they aren’t always desirable to drivers. In the case of an island at the intersection of Kenoza Street and East Broadway, opposite Pine Street, a bush grew so tall last summer that it blocked the Lamplighter’s view and posed a traffic safety hazard. The Lamplighter wants to thank the person that removed it as when he crosses over to Pine Street he can see who is coming up East Broadway without having to pull half way out into the road.

Barker’s stars

Elaine Barker of Haverhill’s Brightside had plenty of stars to go around this week. Barker regularly recognizes people who are helping to make the city look better.

This week’s recipients of stars include Chris Hardiman, who helped coordinate the recent Haverhill Goes Green event. Barker said the weather was not cooperative, but those who attended had a wonderful time. Barker said Michele Martell helped with the event as well and that the city needs more volunteers like her.

Barker gave a second star to Dick LeBlond, who helps coordinate frequent cleanups and plantings at Merrimack River Park on Route 110. A third star went to Dave LaBrode for his efforts in helping to organize the recent Earth Day city-wide cleanup. Barker also thanked the city for providing LaBrode with the support he needed to make Haverhill sparkling clean.

Way to go

The Lamplighter wants to congratulations all 56 Whittier Tech students who competed in the recent SkillsUSA State Competition, especially the school’s eight medalists. Silver medals went to: Natasha Williams for Cosmetology; Colleen McCabe for Culinary Techspo; Sabrina Bussey, Courtney Torrissi and Emily Mazza for Career Pathways Showcase. Earning bronze medals were: Chelsea Vaillancourt for Culinary Techspo, Alexander Barkas for Technical Computer Applications and Erika Caires for Photography. Great job to all!

Child’s play

Local folks have found an easy and effective way to raise money for worthy causes. It’s called “Go Fund Me,” and Team Haverhill is using it to raise money for the Portland Street Playground project. As of Monday they’d raised almost $900 from 16 donors. If you’d like to help the city and Team Haverhill in their efforts to rebuild this inner-city playground, visit online at www.gofundme.com/PortlandStreetPlayground. Contributions will help Team Haverhill “match” the city’s $25,000 investment (CDBG funds) toward a complete renovation of the playground. This playground and basketball court serves the Lower Acre, one of the city’s least-advantaged neighborhoods.

Quite an achievement

Eagle-Tribune Advertising chief Mark Zappala got a hole in one recently at Garrison Golf Course. Way to go!