hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

October 25, 2012

The Lamp Post


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Most candidates for local office probably couldn’t find a better spot for their campaign signs than Paul Magliocchetti has along the highway. He has two signs along the southbound side of Interstate 495, near the Ward Hill exit. It’s a great spot, not just because of all the passersby, but because the signs are next to a huge metal dog sculpted by local artist Dale Rogers — a sculpture that is a real eye-catcher. Magliocchetti, a School Committee member, is running for the 1st Essex District state Senate seat.

As candidates for this year’s election ramp up their campaigns toward the Nov. 6 vote, at least one other local politician is continuing his behind-the-scenes campaigning — even though he will not face an election until next year. Mayor James Fiorentini emailed people across Haverhill last week that he planned his annual fundraiser for Oct. 17 at Maria’s Restaurant. In the email, he stressed he is not looking just for financial donations. “I really appreciate all your support, advice and friendship,’’ he wrote.

There have been plenty of mentions lately about the success of the Haverhill High football team this year. But what about the Hillies’ performances in other sports? The Lamplighter has noticed that most teams are doing well, several vying for state tournaments and even championships. The common thread here is Athletic Director Tom O’Brien. With him at the helm, several teams have experienced turnarounds. If you see him around, give him a pat on the back. He, his coaches and the players deserve it.

It seems like the new diagonal parking on Bailey Boulevard just north of downtown is working well. The Lamplighter was at the police station one day last week and noticed the spaces were about three-quarters full. There are even signs directing drivers on how to properly back into the new spaces and it seems as if drivers are obeying the signs.