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Opinion

September 2, 2013

Editorial: Some cheers, some jeers for recent newsmakers

CHEERS to Lawrence for a weekend of popular festivals.

Few weekends showcase the cultural history of Lawrence better than Labor Day weekend, when the city celebrates several important aspects of its heritage.

The Feast of the Three Saints puts Lawrence’s Italian-American culture on proud display. Hosted by the St. Alfio Society, the festival was expected to draw 75,000 visitors over three days. The festival honors three saints — Alfio, Filadelfo and Cirino — brothers who were martyred in third century Sicily.

Mahrajan celebrates the city’s Lebanese heritage. The festival, centered at St. Antony’s Church on Amesbury Street features Middle Eastern food and music, as well as performances of dabka, an Arabic folk dance.

Finally, today the city hosts the Bread and Roses Festival, which remembers the historic textile strike of 1912. The festival takes place on Campagnone Common from noon to 6 p.m. and has become a celebration of Lawrence’s cultural diversity featuring international food and music.

Labor Day weekend shows Lawrence at its best. It is a time for which the city can be proud.

JEERS to organized thieves who have hit regional shopping centers, including the Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem. Several stores in the mall have been hit, including Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch and Sephora. The thieves get away with a few thousand dollars worth of merchandise in each hit, according to police. The thefts are believed to be part of the operations of an organized ring that has stolen $100,000 worth of merchandise from stores in two states over the past several months.

Here’s hoping police catch these criminals soon. Their thievery raises prices for the rest of us law-abiding citizens.

Anyone with information on any of these suspects is asked to call police at 603-893-1911 or the Southern N.H. Crimeline at 603-893-6600.

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