Update: Because of predicted inclement weather, the event originally scheduled for Sunday, June 28, has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 12.
Taking Haverhill Back, organized to fight heroin addiction in the city, is having its third annual awareness event Sunday, July 12, at Haverhill High School.
The free event is open to the public and takes place from 1 to 6 p.m., behind Haverhill High School by the track field, according to organizer Chris Shine of Haverhill. It features information about treatment programs, live music, speakers, shirt raffle, free bracelets, free face painting by Jess Carotenuti, recovery poetry and a picnic. The group was organized by Matthew Rogers after the loss of his brother.
“We will be flying kites in remembrance to the friends and family we lost due to substance abuse,” Shine said. There will also be a performance by Latriah Jelks Masters, appearance by “Spoon” Scott Bedard, Lawrence’s Sonic and disc jockey “Finga Tipz “ Jason Therrien. Shine suggests attendees bring Blankets for the field and their own food for the picnic.
Shine said he is in recovery after being revived last Oct. 14 by Narcan after an overdose. He said the incident inspired him to help others in the group.
Besides Shine, participants include Matthew Rogers, poet Matt Ganem, Dury Elduro, Rich Barnes, Lauren Saben, Haverhill School Committee President Scott W. Wood Jr., Jerry Robito, Spectrum Health Systems Inc., Power of Self Education (POSE), Learn 2 Cope, Habit Opco of Lawrence, Banyan Treatment, Merrimack Valley Prevention and Substance Abuse Project (MVPASAP), Whittier Pavilion and New Beginnings peer recovery center.