On Saturday evening, the Lamplighter was driving on Primrose Street with his windows down and he could hear the sound of music. It was pouring out of open windows of homes in the area and from vehicles passing by. Recent Haverhill Police incident report logs have been filled with complaints of loud music.
The TD Garden was rocking on Sunday, as the Celtics came away with a huge win against the Miami Heat, but the tone may have been set by a Haverhill woman. Jillian Cardarelli, a sophomore at Providence College, got the crowd rocking before the game with her rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner.'' Cardarelli received a tremendous ovation from the sellout crowd of 18,624.
The Lamplighter wishes to congratulate Haverhill firefighter Matt Goudreault, 20, who graduated from the State Firefighting Academy on March 30. Goudreault, the youngest member of the force, was among the 69 graduates (65 men and four women) of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy's 60-day Recruit Firefighting Program. The graduation ceremony took place at the Department of Fire Services in Stow.
MassWildlife recently stocked Haverhill's ponds with fresh trout. The Lamplighter wants to remind local fishermen not to leave trash along the shoreline.
Two white swans used the wetlands across from Kenoza Lake as a resting spot Sunday morning. Around 10:30 a.m., a man and a woman stopped to photograph the swans, which were several hundred feet from the edge of Route 110, where the couple had set up a camera and telescopic lens. When the Lamplighter returned several hours later, the swans were gone.
The Lamplighter wants to congratulate Whittier boys basketball head coach Tom Sipsey for being named the MIAA Division 3 Coach of the Year. Sipsey did a tremendous job as the Wildcats had an impressive 18-1 regular season. Although the playoffs were a disappointment, the future of Whittier basketball looks bright thanks to Sipsey.