State Names Hilldale Avenue Bridge After Charitable Haverhill Couple

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HAVERHILL, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Drivers in Haverhill may begin to notice new markers alongside Hilldale Avenue as they stroll over the bridge that crosses I-495, and plaques that recognize a local couple for their deeds within the city over the years.

On August 26, Governor Charlie Baker approved the renaming of the bridge to be "the Ted and Mary Murphy Bridge," in honor of Ted and Mary Murphy, Haverhill residents and the head professional at Garrison Golf Course since 1969. The Course is located fewer than a mile down the street from where the Ted and Mary Murphy bridge is.

Officials say the designation comes to honor the couple's continued charitable endeavors, golf instruction to young residents, and demonstration of civility, self-respect, and other virtues through sport. According to officials, the Murphy's have raised money for a variety of non-profits over the years.

Murphy's Garrison Golf Center offers Junior School Vacation Camps, where instructors teach children the fundamentals of the golf swing during certain dates in the spring. Other various Junior Clinics are held throughout the spring and summer. According to the Garrison Golf website, the GGC is a nine-hole par-three golf course.

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WBZ's Karyn Regal spoke to the couple, who remained humble to the point where they omitted the good deeds they've done over the years in an interview.

"It's been all fun, with a lot of work in the community," Ted said.

WBZ's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports.

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