Kudos to the Haverhill Promise organization for the installation of a colorful mural depicting children reading.

The mural is downtown, underneath the MBTA bridge on Washington Street. It is the latest piece of public art to adorn the city center.


Overnight parking rules start

The snow may not be flying yet, but residents are expected to act like it when parking their cars at night.

The winter overnight parking ban went into effect this week. It requires people who park on the street at night to leave their cars on the even-numbered side for the rest of November and all of December, and park on the odd-numbered side in January. The side to park on switches back to the even-numbered side for February and the odd-numbered side for March.

Vehicles must be left on the proper side of the street anytime after 6 p.m. until the next morning. The rule is subject to change with an announcement by city officials when there is a snow emergency.

People who fail to follow the rule can be fined $25 and have their vehicle towed.


Power of social media

Earlier this month, Bill LaPierre of the Sacred Hearts Church food pantry in Bradford posted a photo online of the pantry's empty shelves in a plea for donations.

A short time later, neighbors mobilized to fill those shelves to the brim, LaPierre reported. Talk about Hillies helping Hillies.

Sadly, the shelves were soon stripped bare, leaving LaPierre having to reach out to the community once again and host a recent two-day drive-thru donation.



Where is everyone?

From the looks of downtown Haverhill lately, the state won’t have to shut down any businesses because of increased instances of COVID-19.

There is often little activity and you can park anywhere you want, likely because people are self-quarantining to a certain extent and are avoiding going out in public.


Time for yard waste to 'leave'

Residents can put out leaves from their yards for curbside pickup next month.

Leaves must be in paper leaf bags or open-top barrels and left out by 6 a.m. on Dec. 5. No plastic bags will be accepted. You can also drop off leaves at the city's Highway Department on Primrose Street, but you'll need to pay for a sticker to do that. More information is available at haverhillrecycles.org.


That's one bumpy ride

The Lamplighter wonders if Kenoza Avenue and Amesbury Road near Winnekenni Park will get repaved before winter.

With the installation of new water and sewer pipes under those streets this year, the resulting rough surface is more like the roller coaster at Canobie Lake Park than a state highway.


A sad farewell?

The Lamplighter happened to drive by a house in Andover last week with a Trump-for-president flag on a flagpole.

The flag was flying at half staff.



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