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Public Meetings This Week: Council Seeks Resolution to Downtown Paid Parking Stalemate

The public has opportunities to shape policy this week as various Haverhill boards meet. In the interest of transparency in government, WHAV provides this list of upcoming meetings every week. Haverhill City Council begins anew discussions of the city’s troubled downtown paid parking plan tomorrow, starting with a decision on whether to override Mayor James J. Fiorentini’s veto of a plan to help councilors get around state conflict of interest rules. Late last month, councilors and the mayor attempted to resolve a problem where certain councilors are barred from voting on parking issues because they either own property or have parking passes for downtown area. Because five votes are required—even when as many as four members cannot participate, most parking measures fail.

Early Massachusetts Presidential Primary Voting Begins Today; Here’s Where to Vote

Early voting for Massachusetts’ presidential primary is underway today in Haverhill and area communities. Although the Massachusetts presidential primary is next week—Super Tuesday, March 3, residents may vote as early as today. Haverhill, Methuen and most area communities accept ballots beginning at 8 a.m., every day this week. Merrimac, however, opens at 9 a.m.

Extended hours are also available tonight in Merrimac, until 7, and Groveland until 8. North Andover stays open late tomorrow, until 7 p.m., and Haverhill remains open Wednesday, until 8.

DiZoglio Bill Promotes Local Business, ‘MassMakers,’ with Web Portal, Holiday Promotion

Sens. Diana DiZoglio and Jason Lewis and Jon Hurst of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts plan to speak at a press conference this afternoon in support of a new DiZoglio proposal to support local businesses. DiZoglio’s bill, known as an Act to Support MassMakers, aims to assist small businesses, in part by establishing a Massachusetts Main Streets Office and a MassMakers web portal. The portal seeksl to assist aspiring start-ups and scale-ups, micro-businesses. Among other things, the bill also requires the governor to annually proclaim the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday following Thanksgiving Day as “Local is the New Black Weekend,” to “promote awareness of the vital role that local businesses play in the economy and general welfare of the Commonwealth throughout the year.”

“Our small businesses are the economic engines of our communities and essential to job creation and growth,” said DiZoglio.

Retired Marshfield Officer Speaks on SafetyNet Tracking System.

A retired Marshfield police officer is speaking Wednesday on the SafetyNet Tracking system at the next Haverhill Special Education Parent Advisory Council. SafetyNet’s Ralph Poland explains how the system works this Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m., at the Haverhill High School library, 137 Monument St. SafetyNet, founded in 2008, says it helps public safety agencies bring “loved ones who wander (back) home safely.” The service works with law enforcement and other public safety agencies to help rescue individuals with autism, Alzheimer’s, dementia and other similar cognitive conditions who have wandered off and become lost. The SafetyNet service is currently available in 18 states, including Massachusetts.

Mass. State Police Add Dozens of Patrols As Distracted Driving Warnings Begin

State Police plan are deploying “dozens of additional patrols” to Massachusetts roadways as a new distracted driving law kicks into effect. Motorists can expect to see troopers more frequently, particularly during busy commuting times, Massachusetts State Police Col. Christopher Mason said at a Thursday press conference highlighting the imminent implementation of the law that Gov. Charlie Baker signed in November. Some cruisers will carry two troopers, allowing one to serve as a “spotter” for motorists who do not comply with the new restrictions on virtually all handheld cellphone use behind the wheel. “Our goal is for you to get home safely to the ones that you care about and the ones that care about you,” Mason said.

This Week’s Radio Listings: Methuen Superintendent Kwong Among Daily Live Guests

Tonight’s Radio Highlights

Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
Wave Weather: Every 30 minutes
World News: Noon and 11 p.m.
Take Two Movie Review: “Birds of Prey,” 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
Mass Moments: “Lynn Shoeworkers Strike,” 1860, 6:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
Dave Mack’s Rock and Roll Oldies Party (live): 3-6 p.m., Saturday. Gunsmoke: “The Queue,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Sunday’s Radio Highlights

Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
Wave Weather: Every 30 minutes
World News: Noon, 6 and 11 p.m.
Take Two Movie Review: “Birds of Prey,” 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
Mass Moments: “Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Opens,” 1903, 6:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “The Buyer and the Cellar Matter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Week of Feb. 24
Monday’s Radio Highlights

Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
Local News: Every half hour from 6-9 a.m., hourly 9 a.m.-3 p.m., every half hour from 3-6 p.m.
WIN for Breakfast: Win Damon is light, lively and local, 6-9 a.m. Guest: Ralph T. Basiliere, chairman, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission. Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
Mass Moments: “U.S. Hockey Team Wins Olympic Gold,” 1980, 6:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Melinda’s Garden Moment: “Growing Mexican Sour Gherkin,” 7:45 and 4:45 p.m.
Sound Beat: “In the Still of the Night,” 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.
Insight Daily: “The Art of All Things,” 9:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
Suspense: “A Statement of Fact,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
World News: 11 p.m.

Tuesday’s Radio Highlights

Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
Local News: Every half hour from 6-9 a.m., hourly 9 a.m.-3 p.m., every half hour from 3-6 p.m.
WIN for Breakfast: Win Damon is light, lively and local, 6-9 a.m. Guest: Methuen School Superintendent Brandi Kwong. Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
Mass Moments: “William Dawes Dies,” 1799, 6:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Melinda’s Garden Moment: “Old-Fashioned Flower Favorites,” 7:45 and 4:45 p.m.
Sound Beat: “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.
Insight Daily: “The Art of All Things,” 9:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
Dimension X: “Universe,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
World News: 11 p.m.

Wednesday’s Radio Highlights

Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
Local News: Every half hour from 6-9 a.m., hourly 9 a.m.-3 p.m., every half hour from 3-6 p.m.
WIN for Breakfast: Win Damon is light, lively and local, 6-9 a.m. Guest: Haverhill Rotary Club President Megan Shea.