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October 31, 2013

The Lamp Post

A great showing: The city’s annual Bloomfest event, held by Haverhill’s Brightside organization, was Saturday, and many people pitched in to make it a success. The event, where flowers are planted in anticipation of the spring blooming season, was at the 110 Merrimack River Park. The sun was shining on everyone, as they munched on doughnuts, corn bread made by park volunteer Dick LeBlond, and enjoyed coffee, cider and juice. Nearly 100 people showed up to help, and many are receiving Brightside STAR awards for their efforts. They include students from Ocasio’s True Martial Arts, students from the Haverhill High field hockey team, Darlene Miller and her group from Bradford, Peter Boisselle and the Community Service group, Larry Olasky, Tom Sullivan, Mayor Fiorentini’s secretary, Bill Rogers, LeBlond, Sharon Parker, Christine Hardiman, park neighbors and friends.

A Halloween hit: Matt Obert, 16, wrote in to tell the newspaper about the pride he and his family take in decorating their Haverhill home for Halloween, and indeed it was a hit with trick-or-treaters last week (on Saturday, when the city allowed door-to-door candy collections). “What started out as just a little bit more ... than just orange lights has turned into frightening tunnels and our street swarmed with people,’’ Matt wrote about the evolution of his Halloween home during the last five years. He was right. Congrats to him and his family for a great job.

The dangerous side of trick-or-treating: The Lamplighter couldn’t help but notice that while most drivers slowed down and were and careful when going through neighborhoods during trick-or-treating, others failed to slow to a safe speed. Trick-or-treating started at 5 p.m. Saturday, but went to 7 p.m., with much of it in the darkness. Luckily, parents watched their children closely and no one got hurt.

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