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Council Approves Special Permit to Replace Abandoned Salon with Three Townhouses

Council Approves Special Permit to Replace Abandoned Salon with Three Townhouses
Haverhill City Councilors were beside themselves with praise for a plan, presented at Tuesday’s meeting, to construct three affordable townhouses at the corner of Washington and Ayer Streets in Haverhill. That property, at 462 Washington St., contains an abandoned hair salon once known as “Mr. Wayne Hairstylists” as well a large paved parking area. Attorney Donald F. Borenstein, representing property …

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Haverhill Names Police Detective Orsillo Police Officer of the Year; Also Honors Graham, Zefta Family

Haverhill Names Police Detective Orsillo Police Officer of the Year; Also Honors Graham, Zefta Family
(Additional photographs below.) The Haverhill Police Department honored its outstanding officers and community leaders during its Annual Policeman’s Ball earlier this month. Haverhill Detective John Orsillo was named the 2023 Police Officer of the Year, while Officer Justin Graham was presented with the 2023 Life Saving Award and the Zefta Family, owners of Maria’s Restaurant were awarded the 2023 Citizen …

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Regional News

Feds Award Merrimack River Watershed Council $600,000 to Address Contamination

Feds Award Merrimack River Watershed Council $600,000 to Address Contamination
The Merrimack River Watershed Council will help address pollution after receiving $600,000 from a federal settlement with a company alleged to have allowed runoff to contaminate the waterway. According to the Council, the settlement comes from a lawsuit filed two years ago against Oregon-based Schnitzer Steel and several of its subsidiary companies, alleging federal Clean Water Act violations at metal …

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Education

Whittier Tech, Veterans Northeast Outreach Center Partner to Help Veterans with Needs

Whittier Tech, Veterans Northeast Outreach Center Partner to Help Veterans with Needs
Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School and Veterans Northeast Outreach Center are developing a partnership to assist area veterans. Whittier Superintendent Maureen Lynch said a recent school visit was coordinated by Vocational Coordinator Paul Moskevitz and involved Veterans Northeast Outreach Center Outreach Coordinator Jim Behen and various Whittier Tech instructors, including HVAC Instructor Scott Marchand, Auto Body Instructors Paul Debenedictis …

Sections: Education, Haverhill

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Community Spotlight

Haverhill Public Library Conducts Patron Pantry Food Drive in December

Haverhill Public Library Conducts Patron Pantry Food Drive in December
The Haverhill Public Library is asking for donations of non-perishable food to benefit those in need. The Patron Pantry Food Drive begins Monday, Dec. 11, and continues through Friday, Dec. 22, during regular hours at the library, 99 Main St., Haverhill. Donations to benefit Sacred Hearts Food Pantry. Those with questions may call 978-373-1586, ext. 603.

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Business Bulletin

Pentucket Bank Reports Reaching Milestone of Topping $1 Billion in Assets

Pentucket Bank Reports Reaching Milestone of Topping $1 Billion in Assets
Pentucket Bank Tuesday reported it has reached the milestone of topping $1 billion in assets, making it one of the largest mutual banks in Massachusetts and New Hampshire by asset size. Pentucket Bank CEO Jonathan H. Dowst and President Eric G. Leuteritz issued a joint statement noting the accomplishment for a bank that began in 1891 by being open only …

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It may be the day after #GivingTuesday, but there is still time to donate to nonprofit WHAV, and for good reason.

That’s because it wasn’t that long ago that residents of Essex County in Massachusetts and Rockingham County, N.H., enjoyed local news from a multitude of radio stations, but WHAV is now the only broadcast news outlet serving this vast area.

WHAV is part of a national trend of household and small business-supported nonprofit local news services stepping up to fill “news deserts” left after the collapse of other news media. On-air, online, over cable television and via smart apps, only WHAV provides hourly local news; Community Spotlight; live, daily interviews with newsmakers; government meetings; and more.

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Today’s Radio Highlights

  • WIN for Breakfast: Local news, weather, traffic, sports and information. Win Damon is light, lively and local, 6-9 a.m.
  • 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.
  • Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
  • Mass Moments: Today in Massachusetts history, 6:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
  • Melinda’s Garden Moment: Melinda Myers offers tips, 7:45 and 4:45 p.m.
  • Sound Beat: 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.
  • Insight Daily: 9:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
  • Great Gildersleeve: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
  • FSN World News: 11 p.m.

Thursday’s Radio Highlights

  • WIN for Breakfast: Local news, weather, traffic, sports and information. Win Damon is light, lively and local, 6-9 a.m. Guests: Major Walter Rivers of the Salvation Army and and Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Ashira Stevens.
  • 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.
  • Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
  • Mass Moments: Today in Massachusetts history, 6:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
  • Melinda’s Garden Moment: Melinda Myers offers tips, 7:45 and 4:45 p.m.
  • Sound Beat: 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.
  • Insight Daily: 9:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
  • Our Miss Brooks: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
  • FSN World News: 11 p.m.
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