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April 23, 2019 

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Meet Joe LeBlanc — New Chair of Events Committee

Newsletter: How long have you lived in Haverhill? Weren’t you born and raised here?

Joe: I’ve lived in Haverhill for most of my life with a couple of detours to New Hampshire and Maine as my wife’s career in education required us to relocate. I was born in the old Hale Hospital – older Haverhill residents might recall it – and raised in the Bradford section of the city on Abbott Street and Hoyt Road. Haverhill was and is a great place to raise children. My crazy parents had eight children. My four brothers and three sisters have all done well thanks in part to our upbringing in this city. 

Newsletter: I’m sure that most people know you; what are some of the local events, campaigns, etc. you’ve been involved in over the last few years? 

Joe: I’ve volunteered on too many campaigns to list or even remember. My earliest campaigns were Sharon Pollard and later Marjorie Goudreault – both for state senate. More recently, I’ve worked for national, state, and municipal elections. My favorites include Elizabeth Warren’s first campaign and both of my wife’s [Gail Sullivan, School Committee] campaigns, of course. 

Newsletter: In your spare time, you like to …. (hobbies? reading? etc.) 

Joe: I’m a reader. It’s a good habit I picked up in my early years at Sacred Hearts School and at the Haverhill Public library. I spent many happy hours at the HPL’s Bradford Branch. My tastes in books mostly focuses on literature and mysteries. I also read what’s left of the print press: Boston Globe,New York Times, and Washington Post. I work in making our small yard presentable, though it’s not the Palace of Versailles and I’m not the most talented gardener in the city. We love spending time at Cape Cod and attend lots of movies, plays, and concerts. We also dine out regularly and patronize Haverhill’s restaurants whenever possible. We need more restaurants – good and different ones are always welcome.]

Newsletter: What are your goals for the Events Committee for the coming year? For 2020? 

Joe: Goals for 2019 have been set by our committee. Our small but committed group committee members is planning a clean-up event for Earth Day, a cookout in June, a breakfast event in late summer, and an event connected to the presidential campaign in the fall. Future events are possible, but it’s up to our volunteers. If you have an idea, join our committee and work to make it happen.

Newsletter: Do you have any events in the planning stages that you haven’t announced yet? 

Joe: None to date.

Newsletter: Thank you for your time, Joe!  

News from the Committees

Events Committee: Earth Day Cleanup rescheduled to April 27: go to haverhillrec.com to sign up. Bring rakes and gloves and meet at the Citizens Center, 20 Welcome Street — bring rakes and gloves.

HDCC Action/Outreach Committee will meet on April 30th, 6:30-8:30, in the Milhendler Room of the Haverhill Library.  The agenda of the meeting is to develop the focus for the website update. Please RSVP to [email protected]. Some suggestions below made by Judy Mathews will be discussed and all others that participants bring to the table. 

  • What’s a City Committee?
  • What’s our mission statement?
  • Why should anyone join and/or participate in a City Committee?
  • Emphasis on grassroots action with an impact on the local, state, and national level
  • What audience are we trying to reach with the website?

Book Nook

HDCC Chair Bill Cox recommends The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise by Michael Grunwald. From Amazon.com: 

The Everglades was once reviled as a liquid wasteland, and Americans dreamed of draining it. Now it is revered as a national treasure, and Americans have launched the largest environmental project in history to try to save it. The Swamp is the stunning story of the destruction and possible resurrection of the Everglades, the saga of man’s abuse of nature in southern Florida and his unprecedented efforts to make amends.

Bill recommends this book because it stresses the environmental connections and how easy it is to destroy things. 

Readers, again a plea for you to help us out! What are you reading? Why do you think everyone else should read it too?  Whether it’s the perfect romance novel (we all need to escape!) or socially relevant nonfiction, let us know why the book is important to you and link to the book’s Amazon site. Send Book Nook  features to [email protected]. Please use the subject line Book Nook.


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Coming Events

April 27, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., join HDCC Events Committee at the Citizen’s Center for our Earth Day cleanup project. There are tasks for everyone to do no matter age or ability.   Go to haverhillrec.com to sign up.

April 30, 2019, 6:30-8:30, Action/Outreach Committee meeting to discuss website, Haverhill Public Library Milhendler Room

May 20, 2019,  6:30 p.m., Ward Committees 1 – 7 Caucus to elect delegates to the 2019 MA Democratic State Convention. Haverhill Public Library’s Johnson Auditorium.  You must be a registered Democrat to be elected. As long as a person is 16 years old or older on May 11 and is a registered or pre-registered Democrat as of the day of the Caucus, the person can participate in a local Caucus.  There will be a short meeting preceding the Caucus.

June 2019: Summer Kickoff Cookout. Join us for an afternoon of excellent company, good food, and fun at Winnekinni Castle. Tentative plans include our local legislators working the grills. Stay tuned for details.  

September 7, 2019, HDCC Annual Breakfast, details to come.

September 14, 2019, Democratic State Convention, details to come. 


Look at what our elected representatives are up to! 

Elizabeth Warren
Ed Markey
Lori Trahan 

Thank them, nag them, beg them — tell them how you feel! Until you have them on speed dial, find all of your representatives — state, local, and national — here!


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