Haverhill Chamber Teams With MassHire for Thursday Networking Breakfast

Local professionals gather for breakfast on Thursday morning in Haverhill. (File photograph)

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is helping MassHire spread the word about their recent rebranding at a Thursday morning networking reception at MassHire’s Merrimack Valley Career Center. From 8-9:45 a.m., head to 671 Kenoza St., on the grounds of Northern Essex Community College, to network with business-savvy peers over breakfast. Plans for the revamped MassHire, formerly known as ValleyWorks Career Center, will also be discussed. The event is free and drop-ins are welcome.

Dana-Farber Cancer Center Plans Outpatient Methuen Expansion

Dana-Farber plans to treat Merrimack Valley cancer patients out of Methuen starting in 2020. (File photograph)

The Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is coming to the Merrimack Valley. Last week, Methuen Mayor James P. Jajuga announced that the oncology-focused healthcare provider plans to open a 30,000 square-foot hospital on the city’s Branch Street. With plans to serve locals in an outpatient capacity, the new Dana-Farber location is currently in the renovation phase at 5 Branch St., with a 2020 opening anticipated. “Providing cancer care in locations that are convenient for our patients is integral to our mission,” Dana-Farber Chief Medical Officer Craig A. Bunnell said in a statement.

Shoe City Bistro Opens Above Peddler’s Daughter on Haverhill’s Wingate Street

Shoe City Bistro, 45 Wingate St., Haverhill, opens at 4:30 p.m. daily for dinner and introduces a weekly Sunday brunch starting June 24. (Courtesy photographs)

Haverhill’s downtown restaurant scene is expanding with the introduction of Wingate Street’s Shoe City Bistro, now open above Peddler’s Daughter at 45 Wingate St. Owned and operated by the Peddler’s Daughter’s Michael and Mags Conneely, Shoe City is managed by Haverhill’s Mackenzie Smerdon, a restaurant vet who dished to WHAV about the new spot’s menu. Smerdon calls the restaurant’s menu “completely different” from the traditional pub fare served by their Irish neighbor. “It’s more of an upscale menu with prime ingredients, super contemporary dishes.

New Source of Funding for Small Businesses in Haverhill

A new source of funding is available to new and growing businesses in Haverhill. The Haverhill Partnership Venture Fund is hosting an announcement today at 3 p.m. at Welcome to Floristry, that the fund is live and hoping to attract other financial and community organizations to participate. The fund seeks to help as many local businesses as possible. “We don’t want to limit [participation] if the demand is there,” said Pentucket Bank President Chuck Walker. Welcome to Floristry, 600 Broadway, Unit 1, is only the second recipient of a small business loan provided by The Haverhill Partnership Venture Fund which is a collaboration of five institutions: Mill Cities Community Investments (MCCI), Align Credit Union, Enterprise Bank, Haverhill Bank and Pentucket Bank, all committed to helping Haverhill’s small business community thrive by providing funding for Haverhill-based businesses that do not yet have access to conventional bank loans.

Chipotle Mexican Grill and Aroma Joe’s Next Up on Plaistow Road

Developer Stephen Stapinski shows plans for the $4.5 million Plaistow Road complex during a meeting of the Haverhill Conservation Commission last year. (WHAV News photograph.)

Burritos, tacos and other fast food and a coffee company that promises “no intercoms, no mistakes, no attitudes” will soon join the menu at Haverhill’s northern restaurant row. Chipotle Mexican Grill and Aroma Joe’s are coming to a new $4.5 million plaza of five shops at 89 Plaistow Road. They join the previously announced Five Guys sandwich shop and Kobe Buddha House. By this summer, builders hope to add a fifth dining establishment near the Plaistow, N.H., border.

Merrimack Valley Credit Union Donates $30,000 to Emmaus Homeless Programs

Emmaus Executive Director Jeanine Murphy with Merrimack Valley Credit Union’s Peter Matthews. (Courtesy photograph.)

The Merrimack Valley Credit Union recently donated $30,000 to help Haverhill-based Emmaus serve the area’s homeless. Emmaus’s Executive Director Jeanine Murphy said the gift comes during “a particularly difficult time” since the agency’s emergency shelter, Mitch’s Place, faces cuts or reductions in long-term public grants. “The Merrimack Valley Credit Union is an incredible supporter of the work we do each day at Emmaus,” said Murphy. “Under the leadership of Peter Mathews, this contribution will save lives.” The credit union has supported Emmaus for more than 20 years.

Haverhill Chamber Golf Tournament with Benefit for First Responders

Getting ready to play are attorney Michael Hart; Brian Morisseau, principal, MEG Companies; James Henebry, relationship manager and commercial loan officer, Haverhill Bank; and Thomas L. Mortimer, president and CEO, Haverhill Bank. (Courtesy photograph.)

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is having its 26th Annual Golf Tournament next Monday, Sept. 11, at the Haverhill Golf and Country Club., with a special benefit for Haverhill’s emergency first responders. During this year’s tournament, a raffle will be conducted to benefit Haverhill’s first responders with proceeds given to Haverhill Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro at a later date. “We want to recognize first responders, especially the men and women that protect and serve the Haverhill community”, said Steve Stewart, senior vice president of commercial lending at Pentucket Bank and chair of the Greater Haverhill Chamber Golf Committee.

Lowell Five Employees Give to House of Hope Shelter

From left to right, Lowell Five’s Leigh Jaynes, retail banking supervisor; Pam Duncan, receptionist; Down Boyle, assistant branch manager; and Susan Silva, branch manager; House of Hope’s Marianne Staid, shelter coordinator; Jennifer Sharkey, associate director, business and development; Lowell Five CEO and President David Wallace; Jennifer Moura, bank customer service representative; David Leighton, teller; and Debbie Trull, bank human resources representative. (Courtesy photograph.)

Lowell Five Bank, which has a branch in Haverhill, last week donated more than $7,500 to Lowell’s House of Hope Shelter. Members of the Lowell Five Bank Employee Charitable Giving Committee and Lowell Five Bank staff gave its second quarter Employee Charitable Giving Award, given by employees through payroll deductions and matched by the bank. The award totaled $7,671. Since 1985, House of Hope Shelter has served tens of thousands of homeless mothers and children by providing emergency shelter services in the greater Lowell community.