Local police recently introduced "Storytime With the Haverhill Police Department" on Facebook, a video series where officers in uniform read children's books in both English and Spanish.

Thanks to the officers who participate in this community policing effort, and for keeping our youngest neighbors calm amid the crisis.


When life gives you lemons ...

Cheers to Haverhill High School Principal Glenn Burns and his staff for making plans to celebrate the Class of 2020 in the safest, most memorable way possible this year, despite the pandemic.

Due to the ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people, the traditional ceremony at Haverhill stadium had to be called off, so Burns is instead having each graduate accept their diploma in front of the iconic Thinker statue. Each student's appearance will be recorded and woven into a local TV production.


Taking his service to the next level

Congratulations are in order for former Haverhill police officer Keith Crowley, who recently graduated from the Massachusetts State Police Academy.

Crowley is also a veteran of the Essex County Sheriff's Department. He and his new state trooper colleagues marked their milestone with a socially distant graduation at Gillette Stadium on May 6.


Business casualties?

The Lamplighter was saddened to learn that some downtown restaurants are considering closing for good, as a result of the coronavirus crisis and the ban on in-person dining.

It's now a wait-and-see situation.


Social distancing done well

The Lamplighter dropped by Shoe City Hardware on Winter Street several times recently and encountered workers wearing face coverings.

Workers also blocked off most of the store. All you need to do is ask for a particular item and they will fetch it — a great example of social distancing!


Getting rid of graffiti

A rash of graffiti has appeared recently on signs near the city's Interstate-495 on and off ramps.

The markings were recently in the process of being removed by a dedicated group of citizens who wish to remain anonymous.


Drives support local food pantries

Thumbs up to Haverhill's service clubs for organizing regular food drives to support local food pantries such as those at Sacred Hearts Parish and the Salvation Army.

Kudos to Lisa Corr of the Exchange Club and Dave Ginieres of the Pentucket Kiwanis Club for their efforts to organize the drives.



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