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

Councilors Tie Cannabis Impact Fees and Haverhill Mayor’s Refusal to Add Second Police Clinician

Councilors Tie Cannabis Impact Fees and Haverhill Mayor’s Refusal to Add Second Police Clinician
The fate of Haverhill’s proposed $216 million spending plan for the year that begins in less than a month may hinge on collecting cannabis impact fees and hiring a second mental health clinician for the police department. The issues were tied together by City Council Vice President Colin F. LePage last week during a line of questioning centered on the …

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Haverhill High Graduates 484 with Pandemic Memories Looming Large Over Public Ceremony

Haverhill High Graduates 484 with Pandemic Memories Looming Large Over Public Ceremony
Haverhill graduated 484 seniors Friday night in as large a public gathering as the city has allowed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. The stark change hit home as the Class of 2021 honored one of the school’s own, 19-year-old Logan Todd, who became Haverhill’s youngest victim of the disease when he died this past January. “A …

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I-495 Construction Update: Steel Deliveries Mean Closing Lanes, Ramps; New Exit Numbers Emerge

I-495 Construction Update: Steel Deliveries Mean Closing Lanes, Ramps; New Exit Numbers Emerge
Several steel beams appear near to completing a new crossing of the Merrimack River and the state plans lane and ramp closings this week to continue progress on the new Interstate 495 southbound bridge being constructed in Haverhill. Possibly confusing the state’s explanation of what’s closing is the ongoing renumbering of exits across the state to comply with federal mile …

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Regional News

Gov. Baker Thwarts Legislative Efforts to Control Federal Aid, Awards $26.3 Million to Methuen

Gov. Baker Thwarts Legislative Efforts to Control Federal Aid, Awards $26.3 Million to Methuen
After being thrust into the middle of a spat between legislative Democrats and Gov. Charlie Baker, Methuen and three other cities deemed hit hard by the pandemic but shortchanged on federal relief were awarded a cumulative $109 million on Friday. Methuen is getting $26.3 million, while Chelsea receives $28.5 million; Everett, $33.3 million; and Randolph, $21 million. While House Speaker …

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Groveland and Bagnall School Receive Honors in State Safe Routes to School Program

Groveland and Bagnall School Receive Honors in State Safe Routes to School Program
Groveland and the Dr. Elmer S. Bagnall Elementary School was honored by the state’s Safe Routes to School Program in a ceremony last week recognizing improved pedestrian and bicycle safety efforts along Route 97. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation offers awards to partner schools, community champions and crossing guards in their efforts to allow and encourage students to safely walk, …

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Community Spotlight

Ruth’s House Providing Free Suits, with Alterations, to Veterans Thanks to Anonymous Donor

Ruth’s House Providing Free Suits, with Alterations, to Veterans Thanks to Anonymous Donor
Ruth’s House, the Lafayette Square, Haverhill thrift shop, is offering free suits for veterans thanks to an anonymous donor. The nonprofit organization said gently used suits, along with any needed alterations, will provide suits in time for interviews, summer weddings and other events. Ruth’s House, which also provides clothing and employment training opportunities to individuals and families, is located at …

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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: 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.

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.
  • Lights Out: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
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