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Destination Downtown Haverhill Plans Eating, Shopping, Entertaining Events Through Oct.

Destination Downtown Haverhill Plans Eating, Shopping, Entertaining Events Through Oct.
A series of public events this summer and fall promises to make downtown Haverhill the place to be in 2022. Destination Downtown Haverhill is promoting events and programs from June to October that, organizers say, “bring people together and highlight Haverhill’s historic downtown.” Activities include Haverhill ArtWalk, Farmers Market, CiderFEAST New England, Longest Table, Restaurant Week, Tasty Awards and River …

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Haverhill Superintendent Backs Hiring of Former Watertown Principal at Silver Hill School

Haverhill Superintendent Backs Hiring of Former Watertown Principal at Silver Hill School
Haverhill’s school superintendent is standing behind her hiring of a former Watertown principal who was accused in some quarters of not cracking down enough on a former teacher there who strayed from the approved curriculum. Superintendent Margaret Marotta last week appointed Donna K. Martin as the new principal of Silver Hill Elementary School, succeeding interim Principal Scott Gray. “Mrs. Martin …

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Rep. Vargas to Participate in Legislative Panel, Q & A, During MetroCommon 2050

Rep. Vargas to Participate in Legislative Panel, Q & A, During MetroCommon 2050
Haverhill Rep. Andy X. Vargas is taking part in a legislative panel during MetroCommon 2050, reviewing “ways the Boston region can become more equitable, more prosperous and more sustainable.” Vargas will be joined Thursday morning by Reps. Christine Barber and Michelle Ciccolo for the panel and question and answer session moderated by Metropolitan Area Planning Council Deputy Director of Public …

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I-495 Construction Update: Lanes and Ramps Close Beginning Sunday Night

I-495 Construction Update: Lanes and Ramps Close Beginning Sunday Night
Continuing construction along Interstate 495 in Haverhill means day and night lane closings and a night ramp closing this week. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said work on the Haverhill I-495 Bridge Replacement Project includes excavation, soil operations and substructure repairs to the Ward Hill overpass. A left lane closes northbound between exits 106, Ward Hill, and 107, River Street, …

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Regional News

Methuen Begins Yard Waste Collection This Week While Searching to Lease Truck

Methuen Begins Yard Waste Collection This Week While Searching to Lease Truck
Methuen begins picking up household yard waste at the curb this week as it searches for a packer truck to lease. Mayor Neil Perry said the original plan was to bring collection in-house, allowing the Department of Public Works to pick-up yard waste on a regular schedule. “Our plan was to purchase a used truck so we could save money …

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Education

First Black Woman Astronaut, COVID-19 Leader to Speak at UMass Lowell Graduation; Dubus Honored

First Black Woman Astronaut, COVID-19 Leader to Speak at UMass Lowell Graduation; Dubus Honored
The first Black woman astronaut and a national COVID-19 response leader will be at the center when UMass Lowell conducts its commencement ceremonies. Dr. Ashish Jha, a public health expert currently coordinating the COVID-19 response nationally, speaks during the Saturday, May 14, morning ceremony as graduates from the Francis College of Engineering, Kennedy College of Sciences and Zuckerberg College of …

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Community Spotlight

Haverhill Library, Northern Essex Partner to Give Bilingual Computer Classes Starting This Week

Haverhill Library, Northern Essex Partner to Give Bilingual Computer Classes Starting This Week
Over the course of 10 weeks, the Haverhill Public Library is offering a variety of free, hands-on computer classes—from basic internet skills to using Microsoft products like Word and PowerPoint. The first of five courses begins Wednesday and the entire program continues until July 7. Instructors are be able to assist limited English-speaking individuals, but the program is geared to …

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  • WIN for Breakfast: Local news, weather, traffic, sports and information. Win Damon is light, lively and local, 6-9 a.m. Guest: Haverhill school Superintendent Margaret Marotta.
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  • 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.
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