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

Haverhill High School Students to Return in Two Waves, Starting with Seniors April 12

Haverhill High School Students to Return in Two Waves, Starting with Seniors April 12
Haverhill High School students finally know when they will be returning to the classroom. The Haverhill School Committee and the school administration came to an agreement at last night’s meeting that will have high school seniors returning to full-time, in-person learning on Monday, April 12, while freshman, sophomores and juniors return two weeks later on April 26. Superintendent Margaret Marotta …

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Slavit Family Says MS Capt. Red Riverboat Makes Haverhill Appearances Saturday

Slavit Family Says MS Capt. Red Riverboat Makes Haverhill Appearances Saturday
Those who wish to catch a glimpse of the 400-passenger MS Capt. Red have opportunities to do so tomorrow along the Merrimack River. Tim Slavit, son of late Harbormaster William J. “Red” Slavit, told WHAV the ship makes appearances around 11 a.m. at the Rocks Village Bridge, 11:45 at the Groveland Bridge and downtown Haverhill about noon. For closeups, Slavit …

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Haverhill Police Behavioral Response Unit Set for May Launch; Mirrors Orange County, Fla., Plan

Haverhill Police Behavioral Response Unit Set for May Launch; Mirrors Orange County, Fla., Plan
Last summer, Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro marched out in front of a Haverhill Black Lives Matters protest march in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. DeNaro tells WHAV his efforts to create the department’s civilian behavioral response unit, slated to launch in May, is a continuation of those steps to deescalate …

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Haverhill School Superintendent Marotta Receives Three-Year Contract Extension

Haverhill School Superintendent Marotta Receives Three-Year Contract Extension
Haverhill Superintendent of Schools Margaret Marotta and the School Committee Thursday night agreed to a three-year contract extension. Under the terms of the contract, the superintendent will receive a 1.5 percent annual increase from her current base salary of $213,680. As a result, Marotta will receive $217,000 per year beginning July 1, $220,000 the following year and $223,000 on the …

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Haverhill to Observe National Vietnam War Veterans Day Monday with Ceremony

Haverhill to Observe National Vietnam War Veterans Day Monday with Ceremony
Haverhill is observing National Vietnam War Veterans Day Monday morning with a socially distanced ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Mill Brook Park. Haverhill City Councilor Thomas J. Sullivan serves as master of ceremonies with remarks delivered by Veterans Services Officer Luis Santiago, Mayor James J. Fiorentini and City Council President Melinda E. Barrett during the 9 a.m. observance …

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Regional News

Gov. Baker to Help Methuen and Other Communities Receiving Smaller Levels of Fed Aid

Gov. Baker to Help Methuen and Other Communities Receiving Smaller Levels of Fed Aid
After Methuen complained of being “shortchanged” by federal COVID-19 aid, Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration is granted $100 million for Methuen to share with Chelsea, Everett, and Randolph—communities designated as “hardest hit” by the virus The four communities received disproportionately smaller levels of federal help compared to other communities in the recently passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act. They will …

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Community Spotlight

Youth-Led Panel Discusses, Celebrates Haverhill’s Diversity During Saturday Virtual Forum

Youth-Led Panel Discusses, Celebrates Haverhill’s Diversity During Saturday Virtual Forum
A youth-led panel discussion on Haverhill’s diversity, including a celebration of the city’s “vast cultural diversity” and invitation to “expand cultural consciousness,” takes place late Saturday afternoon. The “Culture, Celebration, Consciousness” forum is moderated by Haverhill Youth Advisory Council members Gabriela Vargas and Dale Leone and includes youth panelists Nick Leung, Becca Hamel, Ambriel Mayhew, Chelsea Daigle and Ajmain Zahid, …

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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: Rep. Linda Dean Campbell and Whittier Birthplace Executive Director Kaleigh Paré Shaughnessy.
  • 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.
  • DJ Chris on the Radio: Live, 6:10 p.m.
  • Couple Next Door: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Saturday’s Radio Highlights

  • Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
  • Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
  • Wave Weather: Every 30 minutes
  • World News: Noon and 11 p.m.
  • Take Two Movie Review: 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
  • Mass Moments: Today in Massachusetts history, 6:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
  • Gunsmoke: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Sunday’s Radio Highlights

  • Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
  • Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
  • Wave Weather: Every 30 minutes
  • World News: Noon, 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Take Two Movie Review: 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
  • Mass Moments: Today in Massachusetts history, 6:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
  • Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Monday’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: Greater Haverhill Chamber President and CEO Irene Haley.
  • 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.
  • Suspense: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
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