Needs a good cleaning: The Lamplighter couldn’t help but notice a stretch of I-495 where trash dots the edge of the highway for quite a distance. It’s along the southbound lane near the Ward Hill Connector. Maybe it’s time for inmates from Middleton Jail to be brought in for a cleanup. They often pick up debris along the highway.
New-fashioned school shopping: A boy who appeared no older than 6 or 7 was school shopping at Walmart in Plaistow with his mother recently. They were in an aisle picking out notebooks, pens, pencils and other typical school supplies. The Lamplighter happened to overhear the boy tell his mother, “Don’t forget, I need to get a flash drive too,” in reference to a small, portable data storage device that is plugged into a computer’s USB port.
No time to waste: If the city hopes to open up South Central Street in Bradford to two-way traffic again, local officials better act quickly. They said if they are to get the state to pay for the change, it must happen by this fall. If it comes later, the city must pay. The one-way traffic flow was set up by the state as part of its $15 million Route 125 reconstruction project, but merchants, residents and city leaders say it has caused more problems than it has solved.
An award-winning blend: Kudos to two Northern Essex Community College professors — Linda Desjardins of Hampton, N.H., and Christopher Rowse of Haverhill — who received the Massachusetts Colleges Online Course of Distinction Award. It is given to state teachers who develop and teach innovative online and blended courses.