CHEERS to the decision of the Lawrence City Council to name a bridge in honor of Army Sgt. Alex Jimenez.
Jimenez gave his life in Iraq in service to our country. It is important and fitting that he will be remembered in his hometown.
Jimenez and two others were captured in an an ambush west of Mahmudiyah, Iraq, on May 12, 2007. His remains were recovered more than a year later. Jimenez was 25.
The City Council approved a proposal by Councilor Frank Moran to name a bridge on Canal Street in honor of the fallen sergeant. Moran, the council president, made the request after being approached by several veterans.
“That bridge is perfect because it’s one of the gateway entrances to the city and every time residents and visitors drive by, it will allow us to remember Alex for his ultimate sacrifice in defending our country and our freedom,” Moran told reporter Yadira Betances.
A memorial plaque will be placed at the bridge and a ceremony will be held in November.
Andy Jimenez, the soldier's father, grew teary-eyed when he heard that the bridge will be dedicated to his son.
“I’m happy they’re going to name the bridge after Alex,” he said. “His name will remain etched in time long after we’re gone.”
It is important to remember our veterans and honor the sacrifices they have made for our country. The City Council did the right thing in naming the bridge for Jimenez.
CHEERS to Haverhill, as the one-time "Shoe City" recasts itself as the Hollywood of the East.
No long after Columbia Pictures wrapping up filming scenes for "The Equalizer" at the former Lowe's building, crews from HBO were in town filming scenes for the upcoming miniseries "Olive Kitteridge." The series stars Frances McDormand, best known for her role as Marge Gunderson in the 1996 film "Fargo." McDormand was filming a scene at the Merrivista elderly housing complex on Water Street Friday.
Mayor James Fiorentini told reporter Shawn Regan that there were about 160 people in the production and film crew in Haverhill and that they patronized city restaurants and rented the Elks Lodge for a party for Merrivista residents while they were here. Some two dozen residents of Merrivista were used as extras during filming.
Filming for "Olive Kitteridge" will take place across the North Shore this fall.
That makes two major productions and a lot of star power in Haverhill in recent months. In addition to McDormand, actor Denzel Washington was in town during the summer for the filming of "The Equalizer."
Haverhill, of course, has a long history with the movie business. In the early 1900s, Louis B. Mayer opened his first theater downtown. Mayer went on to own several other local theaters before moving on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest movie moguls.
Fiorentini said the film crews make use of local businesses and services, including restaurants, while in town.
“It’s exciting and it’s good for the local economy,” Fiorentini said. “They told us we are getting a reputation for being easy to deal with, and that’s what we want.”
That's a good reputation to have with the movie business or any other industry.