:Locals brace after Newtown shootings: The Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre had local school officials and police on alert. On the Haverhill school web page, Superintendent James Scully posted this: “I have letters sent to parents and staff.... in addition to what is there, Chief Denaro and I have been in close contact ... we’ll have Police Officers around all buildings all week and all available school staff will be very visible to help calm anxieties, etc.’’
Reaching out to Newtown victims: They call it “Operation Fuzzy Wuzzy.’’ Kudos to those who are making it happen. A Haverhill high teacher and others have collected donations of teddy bears to be taken to Newtown and given to children there. They collected so many bears that a local trucker offered his vehicle to bring the stuffed animals to that Connecticut town.
Satellite college campus a big boost: Word that UMass Lowell will open a satellite campus downtown next September has people buzzing. It’s good news all around — for businesses, which can expect sales to college students and staffers; property owners, who have a chance to offer up their buildings for the project; local students, who can take college classes closer to home; and the city, which will get a boost to its downtown image.
Sidewalk interference: The new sidewalks in Bradford on Route 125 heading toward Ward Hill look good — except for the utility poles smack in the middle of the walkways. City Councilor Thomas Sullivan is leading the charge to complain about it, saying the state made a mistake with this part of the Route 125 reconstruction project. Some observers say they fear the poles will force walkers, like parents with baby carriages, to go out into the busy road.
Congrats: The Lamplighter wants to congratulate Margaret “Meg’’ Hogan on her recent appointment to the board of L’Arche Irenicon Inc. A Haverhill-based residential community for adults with developmental disabilities, L’Arche Irenicon is part of a worldwide network of more than 130 communities which provide a family-like atmosphere for their clients. Hogan is vice president of external relations for Home Health Foundation, one of the largest and most respected home care agencies in Massachusetts.