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Haverhill News

Haverhill Ponders How to Spend $38.4 Million in Federal COVID-19 Relief; Awaits Rules

Haverhill Ponders How to Spend $38.4 Million in Federal COVID-19 Relief; Awaits Rules
Haverhill is in line to receive a financial windfall, but how that money can be spent is still unclear. The American Rescue Plan Act was passed and signed into law March 11, allocating $1.9 trillion to help states, cities and individuals recover from the COVID-19 crisis. Haverhill is set to receive $38.4 million of that money, but there will be …

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Haverhill Schools Seek to Add After School Program at Nettle; Invite Comments

Haverhill Schools Seek to Add After School Program at Nettle; Invite Comments
Haverhill Public Schools is seeking a new after school site at the Dr. Paul Nettle School and accepting resident comments on the plan. Haverhill currently offers Discovery Club and Access 21 programs before and after school, and during the summer for students at Bradford, Golden Hill, John C. Tilton elementary and Upper, Dr. Albert B. Consentino, John Greenleaf Whittier and …

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Maria’s Family Restaurant to Host Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Members April 15

Maria’s Family Restaurant to Host Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Members April 15
Maria’s Family Restaurant in downtown Haverhill is hosting members of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce for an in-person lunch. Maria’s, 81 Essex St., hosts the staff and customer lunch Thursday, April 15, at noon. The menu includes chicken cutlet parmigiana, meatballs, pasta, garden salad and coffee. Attendees are asked to wear masks when entering or leaving the restaurant. Admission …

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Regional News

Methuen Man Who Served as Bank Branch Manager Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than $560,000

Methuen Man Who Served as Bank Branch Manager Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than $560,000
A 41-year-old Methuen man pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to using his position as a Salem, N.H., bank branch manager to commit fraud. Kazi Pervez, a branch manager at Santander Bank, used his position to steal or attempt to steal more than $560,000, according to Acting New Hampshire U.S. Attorney John J. Farley. For example, the U.S. Attorney’s office …

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North Andover’s O’Brien Receives Honors for her Nearly Two Decades of Serving Seniors

North Andover’s O’Brien Receives Honors for her Nearly Two Decades of Serving Seniors
Irene M. O’Brien, executive director of the North Andover Senior Center, was honored recently for her nearly two decades of service. State Sen. Diana DiZoglio, joined by Sen. Bruce E. Tarr and state Reps. Christina A. Minicucci and Tram Nguyen, presented O’Brien with proclamations from the legislature in honor of her service and accomplishments. “In her role as executive director, …

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Community Spotlight

Basile Kicks off Creative Haverhill’s Three-Month River Bards Poetry Series Friday Night

Basile Kicks off Creative Haverhill’s Three-Month River Bards Poetry Series Friday Night
Haverhill poet Al Basile kicks off Creative Haverhill’s River Bards Poetry Season Friday night, April 2, in an online presentation. This year’s series takes place the first Friday night of the month, April through June, from 7-8:30, with readings by published poets followed by open mic readings. Basile taught English, Physics and Music for 25 years; spent years as a …

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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. Guest: Rep. Lenny Mirra.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
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