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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ October 24, 2021
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Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

WHAV’s budget year ends Wednesday and it takes only a minute to become a WHAV member to keep local news going strong.

Becoming a member of nonprofit WHAV is absolutely critical because when local news goes away, fewer people run for office and fewer vote. That’s according to a study by Cleveland State’s Meghan Rubado and the University of Texas’ Jay Jennings. WHAV acts as your local government watchdog, but investigating and reporting local news is expensive.

There are affordable membership options here. If you’re already a member and/or wish to make an additional end-of-year contribution, thank you.

WHAV, Greater Haverhill’s only public radio station and nonprofit local news service, needs your help today to keep on keeping on.
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Haverhill News

Haverhill Police Investigate Ward Hill Shooting; Man, 37, Receives Serious Injuries

Haverhill Police Investigate Ward Hill Shooting; Man, 37, Receives Serious Injuries
A 37-year-old Haverhill man suffered a “serious, but non-life-threatening” gunshot wound last Saturday night along the Ward Hill Connector. The unidentified man was taken to a Boston-area hospital after Haverhill Police, Fire and emergency medical services were dispatched around 10:47 p.m., along the Ward Hill Connector and Shelly Road. Haverhill Police said an investigation is underway and ask anyone that …

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McGonagle Breaks with Haverhill Administration on Cannabis Impact Fees, Backs Stem

McGonagle Breaks with Haverhill Administration on Cannabis Impact Fees, Backs Stem
One Haverhill city councilor publicly broke with the city administration’s stance on cannabis “impact fees” last week and accepted a ceremonial check in non-disputed payments from a downtown retailer. Standing in front of City Hall Thursday, City Councilor Michael S. McGonagle accepted a ceremonial check for $365,796 from Stem Haverhill owner Caroline Pineau. The amount represents local option tax payments …

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Commission Names Connolly, Haverhill’s COVID-19 Manager, a ‘Commonwealth Heroine’

Commission Names Connolly, Haverhill’s COVID-19 Manager, a ‘Commonwealth Heroine’
Haverhill Public Health Nurse Mary Connolly, who will lead the city’s future Public Health Department, was celebrated Thursday as a “Commonwealth Heroine” by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, she managed calls to residents in quarantine, seniors in need of groceries and families seeking support. Once vaccines became available, she helped clinics vaccinate …

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I-495 Construction Update: Southbound Steel Beams Complete; Lane Closings This Week

I-495 Construction Update: Southbound Steel Beams Complete; Lane Closings This Week
Contractor SPS New England has completed placing steel beams across the Merrimack River in Haverhill that is expected to carry southbound Interstate 495 traffic by this fall. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation confirms the milestone crossing and plans daytime lane closings this week for work related to the $102 million twin bridge replacement project. A single right lane closes on …

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Haverhill Police, Regional SWAT Team, EMTs Respond to Unspecified Acre Disturbance

Haverhill Police, Regional SWAT Team, EMTs Respond to Unspecified Acre Disturbance
Haverhill Police, a regional SWAT team and emergency medical technicians responded to an incident early this afternoon on the edge of the city’s Acre neighborhood. What appeared to be officers of the Special Weapons And Tactics Unit of the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, Haverhill patrolmen and Trinity EMS were dispatched around 1 p.m., Friday, to Cedar Street, between Fifth …

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Regional News

Greater Lawrence Tech. Students Complete COVID-19 Vaccination-Themed Sculpture for Lawrence

Greater Lawrence Tech. Students Complete COVID-19 Vaccination-Themed Sculpture for Lawrence
Students and staff at Greater Lawrence Technical School recently completed a COVID-19 vaccination-themed sculpture for the City of Lawrence. Approximately 10 metal fabrication juniors began working in May alongside instructors to build a metal and plexiglass heart sculpture commissioned by Mayor Kendrys Vasquez for Lawrence. The heart will be filled with plexiglass slats representing the percentage of the community which …

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Community Spotlight

Greater Haverhill Arts Association Members’ Summer Art Show Begins Friday

Greater Haverhill Arts Association Members’ Summer Art Show Begins Friday
There are expanded opportunities this year to explore local works of art when the Greater Haverhill Arts Association launches its Members’ Summer Art Show. The art show begins this Friday, July 2, and runs the entire month during regular hours at Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water St., Haverhill. In addition, Buttonwoods remains open Saturday, July 10 for the Haverhill Art Walk, …

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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: Greater Haverhill Chamber President and CEO Irene Haley.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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If you believe, as WHAV does, that an informed public makes for better neighbors, employees, volunteers, customers, leaders, voters and citizens, we have a small favor to ask.

Unlike others, WHAV makes its journalism available to all. If you’re not already a donor or member, WHAV needs your ongoing support to do its job. The news media is hurting with thousands of outlets closing across the country. Local news has suffered the most. While we may not always agree on what event should or should not have been covered, WHAV’s philosophy is to err on the side of disclosure. If you share a belief in these principles, help WHAV to continue being Greater Haverhill’s most trusted, reliable and thought-provoking source of news—whether on-air, online, over cable television or in social media.

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