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October 3, 2013

The Lamp Post


Speaking of colors of the landscape: Not far from Round Pond, nature’s colors are exploding in a park on a traffic island — and we have Tom Sullivan to thank. Sullivan, a city councilor and lawyer, has adopted the traffic island next to Gale Park and planted lots of colorful mums on the island. His work has caught the eye of Elaine Barker, leader of the Haverhill’s Brightside organization. She named Sullivan one of her stars of the week for his efforts. Another star goes to Haverhill High teacher Phil Brown, who has taken over a small area at the corner of Concord Street and Kenoza Avenue. He took a blighted area and spruced it up. Stars also go to Allen Drelick and Rogers and Scatamachia Funeral Home for their plantings and care of the area at Monument Square.

Young celebrities in our midst: Fourth-grade students from St. Joseph’s School took the spotlight last week. They appeared on Catholic TV for the first showing of the WOW program. Locals had plenty of chances to see the kids. The show aired on five different days at various times of the day and night.

Location, location: The Lamplighter has noticed plenty of small signs planted in the ground at intersections to advertise events like local festivals. But one of the best-occupied spots is the park at Walnut Square next to the elementary school of the same name. And who could blame the sign planters for choosing that location? It’s at the crossroads of two busy streets — Main Street and North Avenue — so plenty of people see those signs.

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