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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ June 15, 2021
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Haverhill News

Police Arrest Man Alleged to Have Struck Two Haverhill Cruisers with Stolen U-Haul Van

Police Arrest Man Alleged to Have Struck Two Haverhill Cruisers with Stolen U-Haul Van
A homeless Haverhill man who is said to have struck two Haverhill police cruisers Friday night with a stolen U-Haul van, was ordered held without bail during his arraignment yesterday in Haverhill District Court. Thirty-two-year-old Ryan M. Messina was arrested Friday night around 8:30 by Haverhill Police on two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts …

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Haverhill High Students Present Ideas for Greater Diversity in Teaching Materials

Haverhill High Students Present Ideas for Greater Diversity in Teaching Materials
Haverhill High School students not only welcome diversity, but introduced a framework last Thursday night for multicultural changes to learning materials. The Haverhill School Committee heard from high school student leaders who presented ideas for creating greater diversity in the school’s curriculum Haverhill High School Student Council Vice President Rebecca Hamel said students began working last summer on a plan …

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Rep. Vargas to Participate in Legislative Briefing Wednesday on Bill Requiring Free School Meals

Rep. Vargas to Participate in Legislative Briefing Wednesday on Bill Requiring Free School Meals
Haverhill Rep. Andy X. Vargas participates in a legislative briefing Wednesday morning on a bill mandating schools “make breakfast and lunch available at no charge to each attending student.” Besides lead House sponsor Vargas, the online briefing is organized by The Feed Kids Coalition, led by Project Bread, and Senate sponsor Sal DiDomenico. Speakers also include Project Bread CEO Erin …

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Public Meetings This Week: Fed Grant Workshop Today for Nonprofits Helping Needy

Public Meetings This Week: Fed Grant Workshop Today for Nonprofits Helping Needy
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 nonprofits serving the needy that may be eligible to share in the city’s allocation of federal Community Development Block Grant money have an opportunity today to receive assistance preparing …

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Two I-495 Right Lanes Southbound and On Ramp to Close Overnight Wednesday for Rebar Installation

Two I-495 Right Lanes Southbound and On Ramp to Close Overnight Wednesday for Rebar Installation
Two right lanes on I-495 south and the River Street on-ramp southbound are expected to close overnight Wednesday for installation of steel for the replacement southbound bridge over the Merrimack River in Haverhill. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said double right lanes on I-495 south, between exits 49 and 48, close Wednesday, March 3, from 2-5 a.m. The closings are …

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Regional News

Area Lawmakers Seek Emergency Salisbury Beach Erosion Help, Calling it ‘Dire Situation’

Area Lawmakers Seek Emergency Salisbury Beach Erosion Help, Calling it ‘Dire Situation’
Four area lawmakers are flagging what they call a “dire situation” with rapid erosion at Salisbury Beach. Sens. Diana DiZoglio and Bruce Tarr and Reps. Lenny Mirra and James Kelcourse wrote to Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides last week, seeking a severe weather emergency declaration. “This must be addressed as soon as possible,” the letter said. “We can …

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Groveland, Merrimac and West Newbury to Develop Plan for In-Person School Return

Groveland, Merrimac and West Newbury to Develop Plan for In-Person School Return
Groveland, Merrimac and West Newbury’s working group to determine how Pentucket Regional School District will return to five-day, in-person instruction this spring, met for the first time yesterday. Members of what’s being called the “100% Pentucket” initiative noted social distancing is the “single greatest barrier that must be addressed in order for Pentucket schools to return to fully in-person learning.” …

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Community Spotlight

VA Bedford and Haverhill Veterans’ Services Plan COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Locally March 21

VA Bedford and Haverhill Veterans’ Services Plan COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Locally March 21
VA Bedford Healthcare System and the Haverhill Department of Veterans’ Services plan a local Veteran COVID-19 vaccination clinic later this month. VA will administer the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by appointment to local veterans Sunday, March 21, at 9 a.m., at the Dr. Albert B. Consentino School, 685 Washington St., Haverhill. The vaccines are provided for those who are currently …

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Radio Listings

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. Guests: Sarah Wescott, Haverhill Exchange Club’s 19th Annual Rick Barry St. Patrick’s Day Celebration; and Haverhill school Superintendent Margaret Marotta.
  • 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.
  • Haverhill City Council: 7 p.m., Live.
  • Lights Out: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Wednesday’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: Luis Santiago, Haverhill Veterans Services Officer, and Jenny Arndt of Haverhill Promise.
  • 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.
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