Victorian-Themed Valentine’s Day Party at Buttonwoods Planned for Feb. 12

Water Street’s Buttonwoods Museum is getting ready for a Victorian-themed Valentine’s Day party. The Haverhill museum invites the public to an all-ages party that serves as a throwback to a fancier era. Tea, cookies and a tour of the Victorian-era Duncan House are planned, as is a craft session to create DIY love letters. A $5 donation is suggested for the event that takes place at 240 Water St., between 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Haverhill High-Methuen Varsity Basketball Games Feb. 5 Double as Cancer Fundraiser

The brown and gold are giving back during on Feb. 5. (Jay Saulnier file photograph for WHAV News)

Students at Haverhill High are coming together to support members of their school community fighting cancer, and encourage locals to participate in a fundraiser night on Tuesday, Feb. 5. In between the Haverhill-Methuen girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball games, students and faculty touched by the disease will speak in an effort to raise awareness and funds during “Blackout for Cancer” night.

Next Haverhill High Supper Club Is Thursday, Jan. 31

Mangia, Haverhill! Students and staff at Haverhill High School invite the school community to attend their next supper club event on Thursday, Jan. 31. The potluck style meal carries a theme of “Game Day” and guests are asked to bring a dish to share if possible. Held from 6-7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at 137 Monument St., the dinner is put on by the school’s math, business and JROTC departments.

Haverhill Line Dancing Class Begins in February

Grab your partners! A new line dancing class at Haverhill’s Welcome Street Citizens Center is set to begin on Monday, Feb. 4 from 9-9:50 a.m.

A variety of songs and dance steps are included in class and beginners are welcome. No experience is necessary and attendees need not be seniors to take part. Each class is $5 and more information is available by emailing Susan at [email protected]

Haverhill Groups Host Ballot Question Q&A Sessions Oct. 25

Confused about the three questions on November’s upcoming election ballot? You’re not alone. Voters across the Merrimack Valley are torn over, among others, question 1, which details the proposal that could limit the number of patients assigned to registered nurses at hospitals across the state. To help residents make a more informed decision at the polls on Nov. 6, Haverhill’s Citizens Center hosts a session with representatives from Lawrence General Hospital to discuss both sides of the issue.

‘Denim Day’ Raises Awareness of Sexual Assault

YWCA Haverhill encourages everyone to participate in 'Denim Day' to help raise awareness of sexual assault and sexual violence. (WHAV file photograph)

As previously reported by WHAV, April is sexual assault awareness month. To continue to raise awareness about this crime, the Haverhill YWCA is asking everyone to wear denim on April 25. Denim Day was sparked by a 1998 decision by an Italian Supreme Court judge to overturn a 1992 rape conviction on the grounds that since the woman was wearing tight jeans, she must have been complicit in the rape. The Italian Supreme Court stated in its decision “it is a fact of common experience that it is nearly impossible to slip off tight jeans even partly without the active collaboration of the person who is wearing them” and that “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them...and by removing the jeans...it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”

The following day, women in the Italian Parliament wore jeans and held signs that read “Jeans: An Alibi for Rape.” In support, the California Senate followed suit and denim day soon became an annual event.

Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger Speaks Tonight in Haverhill

Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger addresses the 2018 graduating class of Essex County Correctional Officers during their commencement exercise at Northern Essex Community College. (WHAV News photograph)

Essex County Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger is headed to Haverhill for a discussion on prison and judicial reform. The talk on Monday, March 5 begins at 6 p.m. in the Haverhill Public Library’s Johnson Auditorium and is sponsored by the Haverhill Democratic City Committee. Coppinger is also expected to address the issue of opioid addiction. He will be joined by guest speaker Eileen Duff of the Governor’s Council.

Haverhill Historian Gus Reusch Presenting John Greenleaf Whittier Talk

Curator of the Whittier Birthplace Gus Reusch will talk about the poet Feb. 7 at Haverhill's Citizens Center. (File photograph)

Note: New date. The life and legacy of Haverhill’s John Greenleaf Whittier comes to life Wednesday, Feb. 21, when local historian Gus Reusch presents “Nuggets from the Letters of John Greenleaf Whittier” at the Citizens Center, 40 Welcome St.