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The Future of Downtown Haverhill

Our past successes have come from our ability to work together to get things done.  When we unite around a common goal, anything is possible. I am proud to be a part of transformational changes to both Merrimack Street and the historic Washington Street Downtown District.  I believe the next downtown growth area will be Essex Street.  In order to make this happen we need to find additional parking in the downtown area.  A new parking garage on Essex Street could be a viable future option.  We also need to explore now adding two floors to the existing parking garage on Granite Street.   I look forward to reviewing the five developers proposals for the area known as the Herb Goecke Parking Deck, which if brought to fruition, will bring transformational change to the Merrimack Street part of our downtown.  The future of downtown Haverhill is bright!

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Parks and Recreation

My love for our parks and recreational facilities has been apparent, long before I became a City Councilor.  Whether they be located in urban neighborhoods or in more rural areas of our city, our parks and recreational facilities are second to none, and provide a safe gathering place for everyone to relax, exercise, play sports, hike, bike, learn about nature, and explore.

As a member of the Winnekenni Foundation Board of Directors and Vice President of Development, I have worked hard to improve Winnekenni Castle and Park.  Many positive changes have taken place and many more are planned for the future.  As the author of an eleven (11) page plan to improve Winnekenni Park and Plug Pond back in 2013, my recommendations were received favorably by the Mayor and my fellow councilors, and major improvements have been made since that time,  including sprucing up the front entrance area, repairing the tennis court surface, replacing the tennis court fence, renovating the bathrooms both at the tennis court and at Plug Pond, and clearing the Winnekenni Basin area,installing a fountain in the Basin, and placing park benches periodically along the Basin for people to relax and enjoy the beauty that is Winnekenni.   Most recently I helped the Haverhill Youth Violence Prevention Coalition erect a lasting monument to Peace at the area of the Park along Route 110 now known as Meditation Meadow (next to the playground). 

As a member of the city's Forest Management Committee, I am proud of the work we have done to design and implement a program to clean our trail systems and to promote healthy reforestation.  I look forward to working with the Mayor's Advisory Committee making substantial improvements to the Plug Pond recreational facility, and I will continue to advocate for improvements to all our parks and recreational facilities in 2021 and beyond.

As a Councilor and as Chair of the Natural Resources & Public Property Sub-Committee, I have worked to protect our conservation areas from development, and have fully supported the purchase of private lands abutting our watershed in both the Brandy Brow and Corliss Hill Road areas.

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Education

Providing all of our children the best possible public education is always at the top of my overall priorities.  We have made great progress in recent years, with the Hunking School and renovated Haverhill High School, and we've major improvement projects at our other schools as well  But we still have much more to do and a long way to go.  The renovation/addition to the Consentino School is next in line, as well as improvements to Moody School and Silver Hill School.  And John Greenleaf Whittier should be next in line to receive a complete renovation if not rebuild.  With the additional federal funds from the American Rescue Plan, along with record amounts of state support for education, I believe now is our chance to move on many fronts to ensure equal educational opportunities for every child in our city.

Both my children attended the Haverhill Public Schools and graduated from Haverhill High School.  My eldest is a social sciences teacher in the Lawrence Public School system, and my youngest is a Physician Recruiter with Tufts Hospital.  My kids have done very well.  I know I am blessed.  Your kids deserve to do well too.  That's why I still care deeply about the quality of public education and our school facilities.

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Housing for All Income Levels and Everyone

Providing all our citizens a decent place to live has always been one of my top priorities and major concerns.  One of the most important responsibilities I have as City Councilor is reviewing and approving both major residential and commercial projects across the city.  I have strived to achieve balance over the years when it comes to these projects, and fully understand that we need a mix of housing type here in Haverhill, from affordable to market rate rental units to new housing projects both small and large across the city.

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Public Safety

Ensuring Haverhill is a safe city for everyone is paramount to ensuring a high quality of life.  The needs are great and the challenges are many.  We are very fortunate to have strong leaders at the helm of our public safety departments, and hard-working men and women who dedicate their lives to making our city as safe as it can be.  I will continue to be supportive of improvements in public safety efforts which result in making Haverhill as safe and secure as possible. 

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