Wearing two hats: Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien is a busy woman these days. As if her work as a city councilor wasn’t enough, she has also become a member of the Northern Essex Community College Board of Trustees. Gov. Deval Patrick appointed Daly O’Brien to the board.
Panhandling at the plaza: Has anyone noticed the street people asking for money from passersby in front of Central Plaza? Recently, one of them took up a position that perhaps he thought was strategic. He was sitting on the walkway next to the door of a credit union and asking people for a dollar or some spare change as they left the ATM in the lobby.
It’s getting to be a habit: Mayor James J. Fiorentini recently celebrated Dominican Independence Day, inviting local Dominicans to an event in City Hall. It’s the latest in a series of such celebrations by the mayor, who invites people of various ethnic groups to celebrate their cultural roots. A proclamation from the city was read by Isa Adames and this year’s flag raiser was Veronica Guzman, who works in the city’s Community Development Block Grant Department.
Just when they thought it was safe: As nearly a foot of snow was falling on the city during last week’s storm, some locals were talking about signs of spring they noticed just a couple of days earlier. As one woman shoveled her driveway, the Lamplighter overheard her saying she spotted geese that apparently had returned from the south. It turned out to be a bit too soon for the return, as the late-winter snow blanketed the region.