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April 18, 2013

The Lamp Post

:Potholes a plenty: With the arrival of spring, potholes have emerged across the city. They are everywhere — on main streets and side roads, parking lots and alleys — and city workers are trying to keep up with them. A reminder from the Lamplighter: Residents are encouraged to report potholes to the Public Works Department so repairs can be scheduled.

He’s moving it around: More than one local restaurant/watering hole is getting some extra business thanks to a well-known local Red Sox fan. Peter Carbone, owner of E-Z Way Cleaners, invited friends via email to watch the Sox’ season opener two weeks ago at The Tap restaurant and bar. His plan was to steal away for the afternoon to take in the game. Carbone was at it again last week, inviting friends to watch the Sox’ home opener from Fenway Park — but this time at Archie’s Little River Ale House. His email read, “Catch (no pun intended) us for opening day at Fenway Monday at 2pm for a late, late lunch.’’

An expert’s approval: It’s a bit like when a well-known politician endorses someone running for office. Elaine Barker knows her way around the city’s parks. The president of Brightside — the group that organizes cleanups and plantings in parks and other areas of the city — is supporting City Councilor Tom Sullivan’s plan to improve Winnekenni Park, which covers hundreds of acres. She emailed friends and associates before a hearing on the plan last week and urged them to back it as well.

But, maybe a catch for the park project: The most sensitive element of the proposal to improve Winnekenni Park is the suggestion that the city charge a fee for people to use it. The money would go toward park maintenance. Even though City Councilor Tom Sullivan’s plan calls for a relatively small annual fee for park users, some local pols and residents are frowning on it, saying its use should remain free. Period.

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