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

City Council Signs Off on $106 Million Haverhill School Budget; Plan to Meet Grade-Level Goals

City Council Signs Off on $106 Million Haverhill School Budget; Plan to Meet Grade-Level Goals
The Haverhill City Council gave its approval last night to the school department’s spending plan for the upcoming school year. School Superintendent Margaret Marotta presented the $106 million budget at a special City Council meeting. It represents an increase of $8 million over the current year, but also includes a one-time payment of $7.6 million from the federal government. Marotta …

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Podcast: Haverhill Superintendent Credits Higher Retention with Tonight’s Large Graduation Class

Podcast: Haverhill Superintendent Credits Higher Retention with Tonight’s Large Graduation Class
Haverhill High School holds one of its largest graduation ceremonies ever tonight at Trinity Haverhill Stadium. The in-person event, which begins at 6 p.m., still faces COVID-19 restrictions. Superintendent Margaret Marotta said each student is allowed to have up to six guests, and they must pre-register. In addition, there will be social distancing between groups, to the extent possible, and …

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Haverhill’s LGBTQA+ Pride Flag-Raising Ceremony Kicks Off Month-Long Celebration

Haverhill’s LGBTQA+ Pride Flag-Raising Ceremony Kicks Off Month-Long Celebration
Haverhill’s largest-ever LGBTQA+ Pride Flag-raising Wednesday afternoon kicked off Pride Month during a ceremony outside Haverhill City Hall. Haverhill City Councilor Thomas J. Sullivan served as master of ceremonies, thanking residents for joining in the celebration. “Today, I am especially proud of my city for recognizing and celebrating the importance and value of all our citizens and especially the LGBTQA+ …

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Rep. Vargas Says State Also Claws Back Nearly $1.75 Million from Former Brooks Brothers Suit Maker

Rep. Vargas Says State Also Claws Back Nearly $1.75 Million from Former Brooks Brothers Suit Maker
A day after the City of Haverhill said it recovered $462,000 in property tax breaks it gave a manufacturer of Brooks Brothers suits, Rep. Andy X. Vargas said Thursday the state also clawed back its incentives. Altogether, Vargas said, nearly $1.75 million dollars in tax breaks previously awarded to the former Southwick Clothing factory has been returned to taxpayers. He …

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Regional News

Methuen Man, 22, Going to Federal Prison Five Years for Fentanyl Drug Dealing That Began on Social Media

Methuen Man, 22, Going to Federal Prison Five Years for Fentanyl Drug Dealing That Began on Social Media
A 22-year-old Methuen man is going to federal prison for five years for conspiracy and fentanyl drug dealing. Acting New Hampshire U.S. Attorney John J. Farley said Doriel Guerrero contacted an undercover police officer on Facebook in early June 2019 in search of business partners to sell fentanyl. On several occasions between August and November of that year, agents used …

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Groveland Begins Writing Job Description for Recently Approved Town Administrator

Groveland Begins Writing Job Description for Recently Approved Town Administrator
Groveland is developing a job description for its future town administrator after the reorganization garnered voter support at town meeting. As WHAV reported early last month, two of 40 articles centered on hiring a town administrator and dismantling the current finance director system. Residents approved authorizing the Board of Selectmen to hire a town administrator by a vote of 79-21 …

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Community Spotlight

Robert Gablosky Memorial Scholarship Goes to Pentucket Regional High Senior

Robert Gablosky Memorial Scholarship Goes to Pentucket Regional High Senior
A graduating Pentucket Regional High School student is this year’s winner of the Robert Gablosky Memorial Scholarship from the Greater Haverhill Arts Association. Timothy Friend, who will receive the $1,000 scholarship in a ceremony June 13, plans to pursue a career in film at Connecticut College. Robert J. Gablosky founded the Greater Haverhill Arts Association in 1971 and served as …

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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. Andy Vargas.
  • 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: YMCA regional Executive Director Tracy Fuller.
  • 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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