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

Following Recent Violence, Behavioral Response Unit to Soon Join Haverhill Police

Following Recent Violence, Behavioral Response Unit to Soon Join Haverhill Police
Three months after Haverhill Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro asked for a social worker to help police, his wish was granted Friday after two high-profile incidents of violence which may have mental health causes. When he appeared before the City Council in December, DeNaro cited suicides, drug overdoses, domestic violence, runaways and other situations where a social worker would be …

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State Aid Based on Misleading School Enrollment Figures to ‘Shortchange’ Haverhill $2 Million

State Aid Based on Misleading School Enrollment Figures to ‘Shortchange’ Haverhill $2 Million
A formula the state uses to determine how much money public schools should receive in aid next year leaves Haverhill shortchanged by more than $2 million. The Haverhill School Committee agreed last week to ask Gov. Charlie Baker to adjust the formula after member Richard J. Rosa noted it is based on the number of students enrolled the previous year. …

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Fiorentini to Thank Health Care Workers and Volunteers in State of the City Address Next Week

Fiorentini to Thank Health Care Workers and Volunteers in State of the City Address Next Week
Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini plans to thank health care workers and volunteers who have helped the city get through the pandemic when he delivers his annual State of the City speech next week. The mayor said Monday his “Salute to The City’s Health Care Workers” will “give an overview of the challenges and obstacles the city and its residents …

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Vargas Bill Requires Completing College Financial Aid Forms Before High School Graduation

Vargas Bill Requires Completing College Financial Aid Forms Before High School Graduation
State Rep. Andy X. Vargas says fewer students are seeking help paying for college, increasing the gap between rich and poor. Vargas of Haverhill is pushing for passage of a bill that would require students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid—known as FAFSA—before graduating from high school. He said he recently filed the bill, modeled after a similar …

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Regional News

Methuen Receives More than $80,000 State Grant to Contract with Taxi Company

Methuen Receives More than $80,000 State Grant to Contract with Taxi Company
The City of Methuen has been awarded $80,766 to have a local taxi service help with deliveries from food pantries and provide transportation to medical appointments, grocery stores, pharmacies and public transit stations for seniors, individuals with disabilities, veterans and low-income households. The money is part of $2.5 million in grants awarded to 47 communities, agencies, transit authorities, nonprofits and …

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Community Spotlight

VFW Lorraine Post 29 Offers Veterans and Families Free Easter Dinner; Call by April 1

VFW Lorraine Post 29 Offers Veterans and Families Free Easter Dinner; Call by April 1
Veterans and their families in Haverhill are being treated to a free Easter ham dinner courtesy of Haverhill’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Lorraine Post 29. All meals will be prepared and delivered on Saturday, April 3, and will just need to be reheated on Easter Sunday, April 4. “While we wait for things to get better, we want the Veterans …

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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: Michael Thompson, Haverhill SCORE Volunteer, and Sen. Diana DiZoglio.
  • 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. Guest: Ann Jones, Greater Haverhill Arts Association.
  • 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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