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

Updated: 51-Year-Old Haverhill Man May Have Held Firearm During Armed Robbery at Cannabis Store

Updated: 51-Year-Old Haverhill Man May Have Held Firearm During Armed Robbery at Cannabis Store
Haverhill Police confirm the 51-year-old man arrested for armed robbery at a River Street cannabis store used what appeared to be a firearm Wednesday, but there were no injuries. As WHAV reported earlier, police quickly tracked down and arrested Tony Hernandez of Haverhill at 2:30 p.m.—about two hours after the robbery at CNA Stores, 558 River St., Haverhill. Police said …

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Whitten Becomes Executive Director of Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

Whitten Becomes Executive Director of Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
A veteran of the Haverhill-based Merrimack Valley Planning Commission has been named the organization’s executive director. Jerrard Whitten, who most recently served as the quasi-public agency’s GIS and Information Technology program manager, succeeds Theresa Park who was named deputy director and senior executive vice president of MassDevelopment. Merrimack Valley Planning Commission Chairman Robert Snow of Rowley said Whitten “brings considerable …

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Haverhill Promise Presents Free Literacy Events Fridays at Summer Meal Sites

Haverhill Promise Presents Free Literacy Events Fridays at Summer Meal Sites
Haverhill Promise, the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, is partnering with Haverhill Public Schools and a number of community organizations to present a 10-week series of free family literacy events at summer meal sites. “Literacy Lunches” take place every Friday at noon, from June 25 through Aug. 27. Three Literacy Lunches will run simultaneously at the summer meal sites Albert …

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Haverhill Native and Poet Comeau Asks Essential Workers of the Pandemic What They are Thinking Now

Haverhill Native and Poet Comeau Asks Essential Workers of the Pandemic What They are Thinking Now
Editor’s Note: Haverhill native Raymond F. Comeau takes time with his current poem, “We’re Thinking Justice,” to call attention to the essential workers of the pandemic. Comeau previously reflected on phases of the COVID-19 pandemic in two poems published by WHAV, “Poem For A Pandemic” and “Waiting For A Cure.” Now of Belmont, Comeau is a retired dean and current …

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Regional News

‘Celebrity CEO’ Author Ramon Ray Offers Free ‘Power Branding’ Webinar for SCORE

‘Celebrity CEO’ Author Ramon Ray Offers Free ‘Power Branding’ Webinar for SCORE
Personal and business branding expert Ramon Ray, author of “Celebrity CEO,” offers a free SCORE webinar Thursday, July 1. Ray shares his key strategies during the talk, “Power Branding: Getting and Keeping Your Next Customer.” Attendees will learn that branding is more than logos and color. It’s also about “wowing” customers and other easy-to-implement tips to grow businesses. Ray is …

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In Light of Surplus, Gov. Baker Proposes Sales Tax Holiday for Both August and September

In Light of Surplus, Gov. Baker Proposes Sales Tax Holiday for Both August and September
With Massachusetts on track to end the year with a multi-billion dollar surplus, Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday proposed a two-month sales tax holiday that would give consumers a break from the state’s 6.25% sales tax in August and September in an effort to drive shoppers to local businesses. The major tax relief proposal would cost the state an estimated …

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Community Spotlight

‘Spooktacular Paranormal Walk’ Saturday to Benefit Asperger Works

‘Spooktacular Paranormal Walk’ Saturday to Benefit Asperger Works
The Essex County Ghost Project is having a “Spooktacular Paranormal Walk” this Saturday night to benefit Asperger Works of Haverhill. The tour of, what is being called one of the “most haunted cemeteries in New England,” Hilldale Cemetery, begins with a meet and greet at 7 p.m., followed by a ghost hunt at 8, at 331 Hilldale Ave., Haverhill. Admission …

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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: 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: Rep. Linda Dean Campell and Annmary Connor, Greater Lawrence Community Action Council.
  • 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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