The city's Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission raised $12,000 through its "Tour of Italy" food even

About 150 people attended the event held Aug. 21 at the Garibaldi Club on downtown Washington Street. They included Francisco Urena, the state's secretary of veterans' services. The money raised will support construction and improvements to the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Mill Brook Park.

So far the commission has raised $42,000 in cash and has received $50,000 in Public Works Department services and $30,000 in in-kind services, but still must raise $147,000 towards its goal of $250,000 for the memorial.


Speaking of the memorial ...

The new Vietnam Veterans Memorial is getting top-shelf landscaping and lawn-cutting care.

Since being created at Mill Brook Park, the memorial has had regular visits from a local landscaping service and is always looking well-maintained, never neglected.


What's the rush?

Parking attendants at Hampton Beach appear to overly zealous in handing out tickets.

The Lamplighter parked in front of the beach recently, in a designated metered spot, then walked about 75 feet to the kiosk to pay. When the Lamplighter returned to his car, a meter attendant was in the process of writing him a ticket. You have to wonder, how many other drivers have been ticketed at Hampton Beach while in the act of paying at a kiosk?


What's in a name?

For nearly 20 years, the Haverhill Alternative School has worked to brand itself as the HALT program, which was known to educators throughout the region.

This year, when the program was moved from St. James School on Primrose Street to Greenleaf School in Bradford, the district's administration decided to rename it Greenleaf Academy. So much for maintaining a brand name.


Worth a 'Pat' on the back

Local funeral home owner Patrick Driscoll wowed the crowd at the annual gala held at Haverhill Country Club to support Ruth’s House.

Driscoll drew a big round of applause when he donated back to Ruth's house a big cash prize that he won.

Ruth's House is a thrift shop that helps low-income people





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