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July 11, 2013

The Lamp Post

:Good sign for the economy: The Lamplighter is noticing an increasing number of “sold” signs on homes around the city and in neighboring towns. It’s always a good sign when real estate is moving — and local experts say summer is the time families tend to move because the kids are out of school and their studies won’t be interrupted.

July, the patriotic month: As July 4 was approaching, many homes around Haverhill were sporting not only American flags, but also other red, white and blue displays draped on their porches. In past years, the Lamplighter has noticed that some folks leave the patriotic dressings on their homes well into July, not just for the holiday. That extends the Independence Day tradition well beyond the Fourth.

Back to normal, it seems: After the secretive search of Plug Pond by state police divers a couple of weeks ago, the area seems to have returned to normal. The divers were searching for what local police said was a gun used in a crime, though they would say little else. The night after the search, a police vehicle was parked deep into the evening at the area of the search, shining its lights on the water. But the next day, all was back to normal as a couple of families tossed fishing lines into the water there.

Mayor gears up: Mayor James Fiorentini has made it official — he’s running again, this time for a sixth two-year term. This leave political types wondering if anyone will step up and take on the man who has been Haverhill’s mayor longer than anyone in history. In a mass emailing, Fiorentini said, “Friends, thank you so much for your friendship and support over the years. ... It has been a great honor representing you for the past 9 and half years. I intend to work hard over the next few months and hope to earn your trust for a new term.’’

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