If you've been in the parking lot of the Hartleb Technology Center at Northern Essex Community College lately, you might have noticed a number of ornamental trees have been removed from islands in the lot.

College officials say they brought in a tree company to remove several trees that were dead, dying or a potential hazard


Sole food

As the city enters another week of outdoor dining, the mayor's office has purchased vinyl slipcovers to go over the concrete jersey barriers used to keep diners safe while eating outside restaurants near streets.

The design features the slogan "Haverhill: Dine Out With Sole" and an image of a shoe — a nod to the city's former shoe-making industry. The covers are expected to arrive within the next 10 days, the mayor's office said.


Graffiti be gone

The Essex County Sheriff's Department graffiti removal truck was in Haverhill recently to rid the city of some offensive markings.

Thank you to Sean Gallagher and Mark Mazzaglia from the Sheriff's Department for sending the truck to Haverhill.


At long last

Kudos to the City Council for recently approving the $1 million sale of the Ornsteen Heel property on the Bradford side of the Merrimack River.

The city had issued four different Requests for Proposals over the past 20 years and Mayor James Fiorentini says the Procopio Companies of Lynnfield presented an "outstanding" proposal for redeveloping the property and creating as many as 290 waterfront apartments.


Thanks for the books

Many thanks to the Haverhill Promise organization for recently distributing free, new and gently-used books to children at several locations in the city.

The idea is to keep children reading during the summer so they aren't behind at the start of the next school year.


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