Gale Park Neighbors Seek New Fountain to Restore Grandeur of Memorial Park

Restoring the once-upon-a-time grandeur of the fountain at Gale Park is the aim of the park’s neighbors. Members of the Gale Park Neighborhood Association say they’ll never be able to replace the park’s original and ornate cast iron fountain. However, they have found a modern one that may restore a touch of class to the park that holds various war memorials. Association Co-Chair Kathleen Fitts explains. “The beautiful and elaborate Carleton Fountain was replaced with a pile of rocks, held together by concrete, with a firehose in the middle, and it’s fun when it works, but it doesn’t work all that often.”

She says the current fountain’s basin leaks and, despite resurfacing, continues to falter.

Groveland Man at Controls of Small Aircraft that Made Forced Landing July 3 at Ward Hill Farm

An 82-year-old Groveland man was the pilot of the small plane that made a forced, but safe, landing in Ward Hill July 3. A review of the plane’s records on file with the Federal Aviation Administration and talks with volunteers who helped after the crash at Crescent Farm, off Willow Avenue, reveal the small Pipistrel Sinus airplane was piloted by Thomas W. Walsh of Groveland. Farm owner C. Michael Davidowicz told WHAV earlier that he was among the first to tend to the pilot, saying the man “was already outside the plane” when he arrived. Davidowicz said the only injury he observed was a small cut on the man’s forehead. Attempts to reach Walsh have been unsuccessful.

After Hamel Lightning Strike, Officials Seek Solution to Lack of Local, State Regulations

Officials say restoration of lightning rods at an unused chimney at a downtown apartment complex might have saved the structure, but there are no local or state rules requiring them. City Councilor William J. Macek said he wants the state legislature to look into solving the problem. “After my research and trying to find what the standards might be in other communities and even in other states, I was unable to find any regulations we could use a s a model. I find this to be a public safety issue. It might be time to bring our state legislative delegation to bring it forward so that a committee can create some statutory guidelines.”

The approximately 140-foot chimney, once part of the L.H. Hamel Leather Co., was recently reduced in size after a June 30 lightning strike damaged the structure, forcing partial demolition.

Haverhill Police Relief Association Hosts Annual Golf Tournament

The Haverhill Police Relief Association hosts its 20th annual golf tournament on Friday, Aug. 9, at Bradford Country Club, 201 Chadwick Road in Bradford, with tickets still available. The golf tournament begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start, and will include awards, raffles, and a lunch buffet. In addition, golfers can vie to win a Mercedes-Benz two-year lease in the “Hole in One” competition. Tickets are $125 per golfer, or $500 for a foursome.

Haverhill Schools Pick Andover Woman to Lead Nettle School; Candidate Now Works in Malden

Shereen Escovitz of Andover has been named principal at Haverhill’s Dr. Paul Nettle School pending salary negotiations. Escovitz, who has served two years as one of four Malden High School house principals, succeeds Timothy Corkery. After six years in Haverhill, Corkery was named in May as principal of Andover’s West Middle School. School Committee Scott W. Wood Jr., who represented his colleagues on the screening committee, said Escovitz was one of four candidates interviewed. “She is young, energetic and very bright,” he said.

Haverhill Police Department Promotes 15-Year Veteran Keenan to Sergeant

Chief Alan R. DeNaro and Mayor James J. Fiorentini Monday celebrated the 15-year career of Haverhill Police Officer James Keenan by promoting him to the rank of sergeant at a City Hall ceremony attended by Keenan’s family, colleagues and department command staff. City Clerk Linda L. Koutoulas administered the oath of office to Keenan before he was pinned by his wife as his three daughters and parents looked on. DeNaro was among those to praise Keenan for his accomplishment, offering words of advice as he enters his new role within the department. “Keep in mind that we’re here to serve the public and we want to serve them like we’d serve our families, so if you stay in that frame of mind, things are going to go really well for you,” DeNaro said. Keenan, who currently serves as the president of the Haverhill Police Relief Association, is anxious to jump right into his new position.

Methuen Police, Cops for Kids With Cancer Donate $5,000 to 9-Month-Old Fighting Leukemia

A 9-month-old boy and his family received a $5,000 donation from the Methuen Police Department and Cops for Kids with Cancer. The ceremony, hosted by Chief Joseph E. Solomon, Mayor James P. Jajuga, and Cops for Kids’ Treasurer Ed McNelley was held last Friday at Methuen Police headquarters. The boy, Michael Burns Jr., was diagnosed with acute leukemia as a newborn last October and has undergone intensive treatments in the months since. His family struggled to coordinate frequent hospital visits with work schedules and eventually applied to the charity earlier this year. “No family, and certainly no young child should have to endure what the Burns family has throughout Michael’s young life,” Solomon said.

Northern Essex’s Glenn Pushes for Police Higher Ed. Requirements at Statehouse

Northern Essex Community College leaders were in Boston late last week to push for higher education requirements for police officers across the Commonwealth, delivering testimony during a hearing in front of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security at the Statehouse. The proposed bill backed by Glenn and NECC Chief Operating Officer Mike McCarthy, who joined Glenn at the Statehouse Thursday, comes at a time when the Merrimack Valley is working to manage a shortage in available police officers. Last month, Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini sought to hire part-time officers to help ease the deficit. During his appearance in Boston last week, Glenn supported a bill presented by Rep. Paul A. Tucker and Sen. Michael O. Moore, that would require candidates for full-time police positions to have an associate degree in criminal justice, among other suggested higher education alternatives. Currently, there are no education requirements for officers in the Commonwealth, except for those covered by Civil Service, who must have a high school diploma, equivalency certificate or three years’ experience in the armed forces.