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September 5, 2013

The Lamp Post

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Chance meeting: Haverhill resident Ellen Small Davis had to do a double take the other day when she was moving her son Egan into Emerson College in Boston. An SUV pulled up alongside them and a woman asked directions, coincidentally, to Emerson. The driver was celebrity Christie Brinkley, whose son will also be attending Emerson.

‘Tis the season: With the school year started, police are making use of electronic signs near schools, in particular Walnut Square Elementary School. The sign was there all last week, reminding drivers that school was open and people should use caution near school buildings.

Other signs of school starting: Last week was also a time of packed parking lots at city schools, not just during the day as parents dropped off their children, but at night as well. Parents flocked to places like Nettle Middle School for meetings. On one particular night, cars spilled out of the Nettle parking lot, down the driveway and onto Boardman Street.

How much longer? With all the paving being done in the area by state workers, people are wondering when the raised manhole covers on Route 125 in Bradford will be taken care of. The covers continue to be a challenge for drivers on the stretch of roadway that the state has spent $15 million to rebuild.

Highway headache: Now that much of I-495 that passes through Haverhill has been repaved, state workers are turning their attention toward replacing guardrails there. Drivers entering the highway from Route 125 in the northern part of the city have had to stay clear of the right shoulder recently, as workers use cranes to remove old guardrails.

No turn here: Highways and main roads aren’t the only places getting fresh coats of pavement this summer. The parking lot and driveway at West Congregational Church on Route 97 was repaved last week — good news for church-goers, but forcing some drivers in area to change their habits. The church is a favorite spot for some drivers to turn around on the road, which gets very busy at rush hour. After the new pavement was put down, yellow caution tape blocked off the area, forcing drivers to find another spot to turn around.

Meeting their heroes: The Boston Bruins partnered up with the YoKids organization to host a summer camp this week in Haverhill at the Haverhill Valley Forum ice rink. Several former Bruin greats made appearances, thrilling the kids.

Having her say: Congratulations to Emily Ramirez of Lawrence, who has been elected student representative to the Board of Trustees at Northern Essex Community College. She will bring forward the concerns of students and consider their point of view during trustee discussions.

More kudos: Locals are raving about the job Dick LeBlond and his fellow volunteers are doing at the Hannah Duston Park, which has been reopened on Route 110 by the city after being closed for 15 years. LeBlond and others are doing plantings there and will put in cornstalks during the fall.