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

Whittier Tech Teachers and Students Reflect on Pandemic Life, Successes and Lessons Learned

Whittier Tech Teachers and Students Reflect on Pandemic Life, Successes and Lessons Learned
As Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School transitions back to full in-person learning by the end of the month, the institution is reflecting on the events of the past year. The kind of hands-on learning vocational education requires meant staff had to adapt on the fly to new technologies and adjust the curriculum for learning in-person and remotely. Michael Sandlin, …

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Cyberattack at Haverhill Schools Keeps Seniors from Returning Monday; Educators Tentatively Reach Return Pact

Cyberattack at Haverhill Schools Keeps Seniors from Returning Monday; Educators Tentatively Reach Return Pact
Haverhill High School seniors will continue to learn remotely Monday as the effects of last week’s ransomware attack linger. School Committee members accelerated seniors’ return in a vote last month, expecting them back to in-person classes Monday, April 12. However, in an email to families Sunday night, Superintendent Margaret Marotta wrote, “the limited internet access in the schools makes wide-spread …

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$40,000 HHS Scholarship Honors Late Pentucket Bank Chairman Edmund Cote

$40,000 HHS Scholarship Honors Late Pentucket Bank Chairman Edmund Cote
The family of former Pentucket Bank President and CEO Edmund J. Cote Jr. and Pentucket Bank recently established a scholarship for graduating Haverhill High School seniors beginning this year. Cote’s family raised $20,000 which was matched by Pentucket Bank for a total of $40,000. Two $1,000 scholarships will be given annually to Haverhill High School graduates. The fund is intended …

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I-495 Construction Update: Daytime Lane and Ramp Closings Take Place This Week

I-495 Construction Update: Daytime Lane and Ramp Closings Take Place This Week
Continuing work on I-495 bridge foundation pier protection, overhead sign foundation work and removal of temporary barriers, mean various daytime lane closings this week. A single right lane closes on I-495 south, between exits 49 and 48, Monday, April 12, through Thursday, April 15, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for the barrier work below the Ward Hill Connector and River Street …

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Bates, Rocks Village and Other Drawbridges to Receive Testing in Advance of Seasonal Boating

Bates, Rocks Village and Other Drawbridges to Receive Testing in Advance of Seasonal Boating
Area drawbridges over the Merrimack River, including the William H. Bates and Rocks Village Bridges, are being tested over the next few days. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will be conducting multiple test openings of the Rocks Village Drawbridge, between Haverhill and West Newbury, take place from 8 p.m., Monday, April 12, through 4:30 the next morning. Similarly, the Bates …

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Regional News

Rhode Island Man Receives Nine-Year Prison Sentence for Robbing Andover Bank, Four Others

Rhode Island Man Receives Nine-Year Prison Sentence for Robbing Andover Bank, Four Others
One of two men who robbed an Andover Bank and four others in 2018 was sentenced Friday to a little more than nine years in prison. U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns sentenced 50-year-old Dong Lee of Rhode Island to 110 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Lee pleaded guilty last October. His accomplice, Charles Lamont …

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West Newbury Fire Reports No Injuries From Saturday’s Four-Alarm Single-Family Home Blaze

West Newbury Fire Reports No Injuries From Saturday’s Four-Alarm Single-Family Home Blaze
No injuries were reported following a four-alarm fire Saturday afternoon at a single-family home in West Newbury. West Newbury Fire Chief Michael Dwyer said residents of the home at 2 Reeds Lane were able to safely escape prior to firefighters’ arrival. Damage to the home, however, displaced the family. Firefighters were initially dispatched at about 12:15 p.m. for a report …

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Community Spotlight

Creative Haverhill Invites Artists to Join Haverhill Art Walk Series Starting May 8

Creative Haverhill Invites Artists to Join Haverhill Art Walk Series Starting May 8
The Haverhill Art Walk Series kicks off next month and is seeking artists, musicians and businesses to participate. Haverhill Art Walk is an outdoor and indoor event taking place on the second Saturday of the month from May 8 through Sept. 11, throughout downtown Haverhill’s Riverfront Cultural District spanning Washington, Wingate and Essex Streets. Walks highlight businesses, forgotten alleyways and …

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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: Meredith Melick, domestic violence/sexual assault counselor, YWCA.
  • 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.

Tuesday’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: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill Executive Director Javier Bristol.
  • 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.
97.9 WHAV FM Wavelengths is sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce
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