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February 12, 2010

The Lamp Post, published Feb. 11

Department of Public Works Director Mike Stankovich has the most interesting collection of job titles in the city. Last year, Mayor James Fiorentini named Stankovich the city's stimulus czar, an impressive title to be sure. But did you know he is also the city's tree and forest warden as well as its gypsy moth control superintendent? Now you do.

There was quite a commotion in Washington Square on Tuesday morning, when police were alerted to a "suspicious" suitcase near the Washington Square bus terminal. The area was cleared as police checked on the suitcase. When they X-rayed the case, all police found was a solitary automobile license plate. Nothing dangerous there.

Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini told attendees at a recent Chamber of Commerce breakfast for the region's leaders that "you wouldn't know there's a recession if you visit Haverhill — unless you go to City Hall." He was remarking on the 29 jobs that have been cut since the economic downturn. The rest of the city, Fiorentini said, is in the midst of a "renaissance."

Are you missing a snow tube? Early last Friday morning, a neighbor was driving down Washington Street off of Lowell Avenue when a rubber inflatable snow tube blew onto the road. The driver didn't want anyone else to hit it, but wasn't sure who it belonged to, so she put it in the trunk of her car. Now she is looking for the tube's owner so she can return it. Please call the Gazette at 978-556-8525 to get connected with the driver.

While some folks are still enjoying the recreational opportunities of winter, others can't wait to celebrate spring. Haverhill's Brightside is already preparing an event for Earth Day that will involve the whole family. Called Haverhill Goes Green, it will be at Winnekenni Castle on April 25 from noon to 4 p.m., featuring speakers and vendors from the area. If anyone is interested in helping at the event, they are invited to the next Haverhill's Brightside meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18t, at 7 p.m. in Room 205, City Hall.

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