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August 22, 2013

The Lamp Post

Enough already: Residents of the Buttonwoods Avenue neighborhood have had their fill of late-night explosions in the area. As the firework-like explosions (which sound like M-80s) continue and complaints to police increase, patrols to the area are on the ride. One school of thought is that whoever is responsible sets off the explosions in nearby Linwood Cemetery, before disappearing into the darkness.

Bright stripes everywhere: If you think the yellow lines on many city streets are looking brighter than usual, your eyes are not deceiving you. As the Lamplighter pointed out a couple of weeks ago, city workers have been taking advantage of the good weather by repainting crosswalks — and now they are also tackling the yellow center lines on roads.

Doggone: What ever happened to the proposal for a dog park in the city? Remember a couple of years ago when city leaders and others were excited about creating a park, possible in the area of Winnekenni Park? Nothing has happened since, and dog owners still walk their pets at Winnekenni and other parks — often off leashes.

It’s about time: Hilldale Cemetery appears to be getting some attention after complaints about poor conditions there — everything from overgrown shrubs and weeds to gravestones that need uprighting. The Lamplighter noticed a large construction crane parked inside the cemetery’s main gate, indicating work is underway.

Signs of the times: Have you noticed the signs popping up along local roads, especially near intersections, advertising upcoming events such as the annual River Ruckus Festival? It’s one way to get people’s attention, especially the captive audience of drivers stopped at red lights.

Bleeding them for a buck: The additional Massachusetts tax on tobacco recently went into effect, and it didn’t take long for stores in southern New Hampshire to take advantage of the situation. Some stores have kicked up their cost for a carton of cigarettes by a buck or so — less than the Bay State sales tax hike. It keeps smokers going over the border to the north to avoid the tax, but still puts more money into the pockets of those New Hampshire stores.

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