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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ October 24, 2021
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Haverhill News

Gov. Baker in Haverhill Today for Announcement at New Mount Washington Homes

Gov. Baker in Haverhill Today for Announcement at New Mount Washington Homes
Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to be in Haverhill this afternoon to discuss the CommonWealth Builder Program, economic recovery and American Rescue Plan Act money. Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Michael Kennealy, Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan and MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay visit 430 Washington St. Back in January, Baker unveiled the …

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Covanta, Haverhill Reach Agreement on Extending Disposal Pact; Note Imminent Closing of Ash Landfill

Covanta, Haverhill Reach Agreement on Extending Disposal Pact; Note Imminent Closing of Ash Landfill
Covanta will continue taking Haverhill’s trash for up to another decade on terms favorable to the host city even as the energy-from-waste company makes plans to close its ash landfill. The Haverhill City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to extend its solid waste host agreement with Covanta Haverhill that dates back to the 1980s. The most recent contract expired about a …

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Haverhill Police Chief Candidates Come from Nine States with Variety of Educational Degrees

Haverhill Police Chief Candidates Come from Nine States with Variety of Educational Degrees
When Haverhill’s two police chief interview panels meet, they’ll discover interest from candidates spread across nine states with educational degrees ranging from bachelor’s to doctorate. According to Mayor James J. Fiorentini’s office, the city received resumes from 27 prospective police chiefs and preliminary interviews by telephone are underway with the top 10 candidates. “We are dedicated to getting the best …

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Haverhill Spends $100,000 to Discourage Intruders at Abandoned Mill, Site of 2015 Blaze

Haverhill Spends $100,000 to Discourage Intruders at Abandoned Mill, Site of 2015 Blaze
Haverhill is taking steps to protect remaining Lafayette Square-area mill buildings to prevent a repeat of a seven-alarm blaze that tore through the Stevens Street complex in 2015. LCBC of Wilmington is currently boarding up 490 windows using reinforced plywood to further discourage intruders. The boards are to be painted dark red to match the brick buildings and a six-foot-tall …

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Tawa Tandoor Restaurant Celebrates Opening on Haverhill’s Northern ‘Restaurant Row’

Tawa Tandoor Restaurant Celebrates Opening on Haverhill’s Northern ‘Restaurant Row’
Tawa Tandoor Restaurant, offering Himalayan, north Indian and Nepali Ayurvedic cuisines, formally opened last Saturday on Haverhill’s northern “Restaurant Row” on Route 125. The Greater Haverhill Chamber helped Tawa Tandoor celebrate the opening at 36 Plaistow Road with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Tawa Tandoor’s dishes are based on the principles of Ayurvedic, a tradition that dates back thousands of years and …

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Regional News

Baker Signs Late Legislation Extending Certain Pandemic-Related Measures Through Next Spring

Baker Signs Late Legislation Extending Certain Pandemic-Related Measures Through Next Spring
Remote public meetings, to-go cocktail sales, eviction protections and other pandemic-related measures will remain in force through next April and May after Gov. Charlie Baker signed the Senate- and House-approved measures into law yesterday. Senate President Karen Spilka thanked Baker by tweet for signing the legislation about 13 hours after it passed, but not before Baker’s state of emergency expired. …

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West Newbury First Responders Scramble to Three Auto Crashes—All in One Hour Tuesday

West Newbury First Responders Scramble to Three Auto Crashes—All in One Hour Tuesday
West Newbury Fire and Police Departments were busy Tuesday afternoon, responding to three automobile crashes—all in one hour—one with serious injuries. Fire Chief Michael Dwyer and Police Chief Jeffrey Durand report West Newbury Police and Fire, Cataldo Atlantic Ambulance and Merrimac Fire ambulance were dispatched around 4 p.m. to Ferry Lane, between Bridge and Church Streets. First responders found a …

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Community Spotlight

Northern Essex Presents ‘Reclaiming Black Identity on Juneteenth’ Online Tonight

Northern Essex Presents ‘Reclaiming Black Identity on Juneteenth’  Online Tonight
Northern Essex Community College presents “Reclaiming Black Identity on Juneteenth,” a free online webinar, tonight at 6:30. Edward Carson, Governor’s Academy dean of multicultural education and a member of the History Department, explores how the many achievements of Afro-connected peoples have disrupted the patterns of racism that persist. The talk introduces the audience to recent scholarship regarding Black progress, 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. Guests: Deborah Chiaravalloti, Holy Family Hospital.
  • 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.

Friday’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: Anya Wilczynski, operations director at Essex National Heritage Area, and Sen. Diana DiZoglio.
  • 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.
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