Early one recent pleasant morning, three Gazette and Eagle-Tribune staffers were enjoying the fresh air outside the Merrimack Street office when a woman approached, holding out a credit card. She had found it on the floor at the Central Plaza Market Basket and was intending to turn it in at Bank of America, which had issued it, but couldn’t open the automatic teller machine door without the right key. One of the newspaper people volunteered to take it to the bank when it opened. Now Nancy Moyer knows her honesty was appreciated. She didn’t know she handed the card to The Lamplighter.



Another “good deed” item: Teri and Marcia O’Brien live on Kenoza Avenue, but they own property at Broadway and Victor Street. One recent Sunday they saw a pile of trash on Blaisdell Street at the corner of Broadway, so they stopped and picked it up. They didn’t know someone would tell The Lamplighter about their civic improvement work.



When Tom Bergeron resumes his “Dancing With the Stars” duty soon, one of the first dancers will be Gisele Bundchen, said to be the world’s richest model, and also the current girlfriend of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Gisele is the person who bought several presents, including a Gucci bib, for Tom’s new baby, John Edward Thomas Moynihan. (Maybe the baby’s name should have been Patrick Andrew Thomas Brady, with initials P.A.T. instead of J.E.T.)



Some real estate activity is stirring on Middlesex Street, where Steven Faro bought property next to the Roma Restaurant at a listed price of $600,000. The site is where a large house burned a few months ago. In what might be a related move, the owner of the Roma bought the Gerson Furniture property on Washington Street, near the end of the new Comeau Bridge, on the opposite side of the Merrimack River and a bit upstream.



Want a cooling thought in this period of warm weather? Last winter, 28.5 feet of snow landed on Whittier. That’s right. Feet, not inches. Oh, that was Whittier, Alaska. Residents there this summer were reading about a Haverhill blizzard of almost 200 years ago in the poem “Snow-Bound,” by John Greenleaf Whittier, as part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the poet’s birth. Several books about the poet and his neighborhood were sent to the Alaskan town by the trustees of his birthplace.



There was a good show of political and community clout at Mark’s Deli last Thursday morning when Democratic congressional candidate Eileen Donoghue sat with Chamber of Commerce President Jim Jajuga, Sen. Steve Baddour and prominent court official and civic activist Bill Moynihan, as the congressional primary race was drawing to a close.



The changing face of Washington Street: The License Commission is holding a hearing next week on the transfer of these licenses: All-alcohol from Mandarin Buffet Bar and Grill to Taste of Bangkok; Johnny’s Martini Bar, 59 Washington St. to be known as Bar 59; and, now that River City Billiards has closed, its original owner, Anthony W. Allen, is seeking the all-alcohol license for the 81 Washington St. location and the new business is slated to be a restaurant called Trattoria Al Forno. And don’t forget the Enchanted Bake Shoppe, owned by Kristen Eastman, that should soon appear near Antique World.



Change in appearance: Crescent Yacht Club in Bradford is trying to add a 30-by-90-foot area in front of the club along the river and another, 68-by-45-footer, on the side of the building along the boat ramp.



Speaking of the city boat ramp, it reopened last week in time for Labor Day after repairs were finished. Repairs were done through city engineering and labor, plus engineering oversight and materials provided by the state. The mayor and state Reps. Brian S. Dempsey and Barbara L’Italien were present for the groundbreaking Friday.



Haverhill Rotary Club served 206 meals to the needy at the Citizens Center last week and Chairman Don Beaton said in all the years he has participated in the community meal program, he has never seen clients waiting in line against the back wall.



Speaking of Haverhill Rotary Club, it celebrates its 93rd anniversary Sept. 14.



With regard to the Aug. 23 Haverhill Gazette story on the Bradford Burial Ground: From 1995 to 2006, Haverhill’s Brightside, directed by Denise Johnson, did plenty of work at that cemetery and the workers want people to be aware of that, and the hard work of many others over the years at the Bradford site. Although Brightside is not that active anymore, it deserves credit for taking care of the sacred ground, some of it through a Heritage Tree grant.



Have A Heart Animal Hospital, which is always voted one of Haverhill’s Best, has a new owner, veterinarian David McGrath, who also owns seven other veterinary hospitals, including Main Street Animal Hospital in Salem, N.H., and Wignall Animal Hospital in Dracut.



Get your red and green ready. The Italian Festival is set for Sept. 30, and organizers are requesting the use of Riverfront Park, including the bocce court and parking lot beside it.



Speaking of ethnic colors: Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day is Sept. 15 on Wingate Street, where the flag of the Republic of Ireland is flying, courtesy of The Peddler’s Daughter, Guinness, Seaboard Products and 92.5 The River, with Irish food, music, fun and a street festival from noon to 1 a.m.



Congressional candidate Niki Tsongas counted down the last 100 hours to Tuesday’s primary with a series of events and spent Friday night in Haverhill. The first stop was the MBTA station, followed by a “Get the ‘Tscoop’ on Tsongas” event at England’s Microcreamery, then an appearance at The Tap. The night ended with a “picniki” at the home of Haverhill Democratic City Committee leader Bill Cox. Tsongas spent more time campaigning in Haverhill than any other candidate.

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