:Timing is everything: The timing of traffic lights at the intersection of Main and Summer streets next to City Hall has improved, making travelling easier for the Lamplighter and other drivers who pass through that area. In the past, the light remained green for just a few seconds for drivers going between Main and Summer streets. That made it difficult for more than one or two cars to get through, before the light turned red again. But apparently the city has reset the lights.
:Check’s in the mail: A Haverhill resident told the Lamplighter that he was surprised at how quickly his tax return was processed this year. The man said he filed his federal and state taxes Feb. 1 at 11:30 a.m., and he received his state refund by direct deposit three days later.
:Warming to baseball fever: Feb. 5 was “Truck Day” and to the Lamplighter it signaled that spring is just around the corner. On Truck Day, the unofficial beginning of spring training for the Boston Red Sox, player uniforms and all the other equipment was loaded onto a tractor-trailer truck bound for JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Ft. Myers, Fla. The first games are Feb. 21, when the Sox take on Boston College and Northeastern University. Several Haverhill people plan trips to those and other spring training games.
:Popular priest dies: The Rev. Robert King, longtime of the city’s St. James Parish, died last week. His former parishioners miss him dearly.
:No love for runners: Due to last weekend’s snow storm, the 22nd Bradford Valentine Race had to be postponed. Organizers said this was the first time this popular road race had to be called off. The event will instead be held this Saturday, Feb. 16, at the same place and same time as originally scheduled. Online registration will remain open until noon on Friday, Feb. 15.