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November 14, 2013

The Lamp Post

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Tireless for Tyler: Even as darkness enveloped them and the polls were about to close on election day, supporters of mayoral write-in candidate Tyler Kimball were still working on his behalf, trying to squeeze out a few last votes for him. Several of them stood on a traffic island at the intersection of Lowell Avenue and Washington Street, waving Kimball signs at passersby minutes before the polls closed at 8 p.m.

Speaking of Kimball: The Lamplighter wonders how the failed mayoral candidate will be accepted over time, as he promises to be a fixture in city politics. The day after the election, Kimball, who is a Haverhill firefighter and owns Kimball Farm, was canvassing the city, talking to residents and saying he planned to regularly attend City Council meetings to share his ideas, and also offer them to Mayor James Fiorentini. Word is Fiorentini wasn’t particularly welcoming of Kimball’s plans.

Here’s to the Hillies: It’s remarkable how well Haverhill High teams are doing these days. The football team, which had that long losing streak a few years ago, has righted its ship and is in the playoffs this year. And so many other Hillie teams made the playoffs this year and last year. Athletic Director Tom O’Brien and his coaches and other staff members have done a great job and deserve the community’s thanks.

Winning dimly: It’s a strange way to get a home field advantage, but word is that Hillie teams playing night games at Trinity Stadium have a bit of an advantage because they are used to the relatively dim lights that illuminate the field. The Hillies are used to those conditions, while visiting teams have trouble adjusting at games. The athletic department is trying to raise money to install new lights, but it’s an expensive job.

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