Kudos to Kat Everett and the team from the POSE Inc. organization (Power of Self Education) for setting up an electronic conversation last week with local law enforcement, faith and political leaders about racism in the wake of George Floyd's death.

The discussion involving police Chief Alan DeNaro, state Rep. Andy Vargas and others left the Lamplighter grateful Haverhill has such a diverse group of community partners promoting peace.


Al fresco already

Kudos to Mayor Fiorentini, the City Council, the Inspectional Services Department and others for getting outdoor dining up and running for Haverhill restaurants so quickly.

The Lamplighter already has several reservations in to dine outside and hopes the weather cooperates.


Shh, it's late

It's not yet the Fourth of July, and the Lamplighter can't help but notice the amount of fireworks set off nightly over the past two weeks.

Not only are they against the law in Haverhill, but they're darn disturbing when set off so late at night.


Helping the Red Cross

Rebecca Hamel, a junior at Haverhill High School, helped organize an upcoming American Red Cross blood drive.

Rebecca said the Red Cross is very low on blood donations, and they need donated blood now more than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The class of 2021 was eager to help out, so we organized a blood drive that will be hosted at the high school on June 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.," Rebecca said.

Thanks to Rebecca and other students for their efforts.


No more mask

The big American Dog statue appears to be safe from the coronavirus.

The metal sculpture, which stands just off I-495 south in Ward Hill, wore a protective medical mask for weeks during the COVID-19 crisis.

The mask was placed on the metal sculpture by local artist Dale Rogers, who created the dog years ago. Rogers and his staff dress up the dog several times each year — in a Christmas suit at holiday time, with an American flag for the Fourth of July.

Apparently the dog, like all of us, is tired of the virus and its restrictions. So instead of the mask, the sculpture now has a small sculpture of a bird, a cardinal, sitting on its back.


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