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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ October 24, 2021
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Call for Members as WHAV Closes Fiscal Year Next Week, June 30


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WHAV’s fiscal year ends next week, June 30, and your help is needed to keep original, timely and comprehensive local news coming.

If you are not already a member, please support Greater Haverhill’s only public radio station and nonprofit local news service by becoming a WHAV member at any level by clicking here.
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Haverhill News

Councilors Take Last Look at Haverhill Spending Plan Tonight; Police Budget May Be Focus

Councilors Take Last Look at Haverhill Spending Plan Tonight; Police Budget May Be Focus
Haverhill City Councilors tonight take a final look at the city’s $209 million spending plan for the year that begins next week. In recent years, the final budget review has become heated and this year’s point of contention may be Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini’s reluctance to immediately add a second behavioral response clinician or add five more officers as …

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Rep. Vargas Says Mount Washington Homes Help Address Homeowner Disparities

Rep. Vargas Says Mount Washington Homes Help Address Homeowner Disparities
Building on Gov. Charlie Baker’s housing announcement in Haverhill last week, Haverhill Rep. Andy X. Vargas said his efforts with the legislature’s Black and Latino Caucus helped bring “disparities for homebuyers of color into clearer focus.” Baker, celebrating the construction of affordable owner-occupied homes in Haverhill’s Mount Washington neighborhood, said he wants to spend $1 billion of federal COVID-19 aid …

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Haverhill Democrats to Elect State Convention Delegates at Online Caucus July 12

Haverhill Democrats to Elect State Convention Delegates at Online Caucus July 12
Registered Democrats in Haverhill are having a virtual caucus to elect delegates and alternates to the 2021 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention this fall in Worcester. Haverhill is sending 28 delegates and 28 alternates to the State Convention, along with other non-voting delegates. The caucus takes place online Monday, July 12, 6:30 p.m. Registration begins at 6:30 and a short business …

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Kennealy to Address Merrimack Valley Chamber at Business Development Forum Wednesday

Kennealy to Address Merrimack Valley Chamber at Business Development Forum Wednesday
State Housing and Economic Development Secretary Michael Kennealy is scheduled to address the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce during its Business Development Forum tomorrow at lunchtime. Besides Kennealy, who will be introduced by Chamber Chairman Salvatore N. Lupoli, there will be a panel moderated by Northern Essex Community College President Lane A. Glenn, who serves as Economic Development Committee chairman. …

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Regional News

Former Veterans’ Services Secretary Urena Takes Job with Republican Party

Former Veterans’ Services Secretary Urena Takes Job with Republican Party
Former Veterans’ Services Secretary Francisco Urena, who has received local support after being ousted last year in the aftermath of 76 COVID-19 deaths at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, is taking a role at MassGOP where he will “help lead” the party’s Veterans Coalition. The party said Sunday night Urena’s new role represents one of his first political moves since he was …

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Community Spotlight

Haverhill Schools Continue Free Summer Grab and Go Meals Each Weekday

Haverhill Schools Continue Free Summer Grab and Go Meals Each Weekday
Haverhill schools may be out for summer for the most part, but free breakfasts and lunches continue. Free Summer Grab and Go meals sites began Monday at Dr. Albert B. Consentino, Paul Nettle School, Caleb Dustin Hunking, John Greenleaf Whittier and Haverhill High Schools. Meals are provided weekdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. All children and teens 18 and under may …

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Obituaries

Today’s Obituaries—Carolyn M. Doherty, 93, Was V.P. of Eagle Wood Heel Co.

Today’s Obituaries—Carolyn M. Doherty, 93, Was V.P. of Eagle Wood Heel Co.
Carolyn Mary (Dougherty) Doherty of Groveland and Cape Canaveral, Fla/, passed away Friday, June 18, of natural causes while being cared for at Penacook Place in Haverhill. Doherty was born in Brockton, June 3, 1928, daughter of William E. Dougherty and Lillian E. Dougherty, both now deceased. Her family moved from Brockton to Haverhill where her father joined the booming …

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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: Michael Bevilacqua of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce.
  • 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.

Wednesday’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: Arelis Huertas, YWCA Teen Parenting Program, and Anya Wilczynski, operations director at Essex National Heritage Area.
  • 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.
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