April 2020 issue SL

Haverhill life during the coronavirus pandemic

On March 10, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency. On March 13, President Trump declared a state of national emergency in an effort to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19. Since then, schools have closed, restaurants have been limited to offering takeout and delivery only, libraries and government buildings have been closed, nonessential […]

From The Hill to Haverhill with State Representative Linda Dean Campbell

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources guide

WITH STATE REPRESENTATIVE LINDA DEAN CAMPBELL This is a difficult time for all of us, and with so much informa­tion circulating, it is very important to get your information from official sites written by experts. Visit mass.gov/covid19 for comprehensive guidance and daily updates, or call the Massachusetts COVID-19 information line at 2-1-1. The state has taken many essential steps to […]

Metalsmithing apprentices at Haverhill High

If you walked down the A wing hall of Haverhill High School, you might have heard the tap-tapping emanating from Sue Blim’s art class. No, it wasn’t San­ta’s elves at work, but her student met­alsmiths honing their craft. Blim, who earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in metalsmithing, has offered a jewelry-making class to the student body as an […]

Exchange Club presents $2,500 grant to NEET

Transportation is one of the big­gest hurdles for older adults. That is why the Breakfast Exchange Club of Greater Haverhill presented a check for $2,500 in matching funds to the Northern Essex Elder Transport pro­gram in January. The grant will help support NEET’s efforts to provide curb-to-curb, non-lift transportation for elders to local and out-of-town medical appointments, when other means […]


For at least for one day last month, St. Patrick’s, everybody could be Irish. I got to be Bob O’Johnson, and our publisher became Linc O’Jackson. This month’s quiz, though, focuses on people who are O’People for the entire year! The clues below describe men and women whose names start with O’. How many can you identify? 1. She lived […]


Hopping into a spectacular spring

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” —Alfred Austin It seems everyone has a little spring in their step come the month of April. The days of extreme cold should be behind us, and the gardens are coming […]


Jim McCarthy creates art with a little help from his friends

Artists often work in solitude. For many, the process of creation requires a quiet environment. Yet most creatives thrive when exposed to other artists, wheth­er they are exchanging ideas and tech­niques or simply spending time around like-minded individuals. From the cen­turies old French art “salons” to pres­ent day arts associations, artists through­out history have gathered together for inspiration and support. […]

Black and Latino Legislative Caucus honors Johnson and Brown

Haverhill’s Lynda Brown and Hartell Johnson stood before 250 guests Febru­ary 11 at the State House to be recognized for their dedication to their community at the Black Excellence on the Hill event. Hosted by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus and part of the Black History Month festivities, the event celebrated 42 honorees from around the state, recognizing […]

April 2020 issue HL