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

Last Chance to Make a Big Difference


WHAV’s budget year ends tonight at midnight and it’s your last chance to make a big difference in our expanded multimedia world.

Become a WHAV member or donor to make sure all residents remain informed on-air, online, in social media, over cable television, in podcasts, etc. WHAV puts all of this media to work to make sure important news—sometimes money-saving and sometimes life-saving—is covered and distributed to the full community.

There are flexible and easy 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 before midnight tonight.
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Haverhill News

City Council Narrowly Approves Haverhill Budget After Barrett Stays with Compromise She Negotiated

City Council Narrowly Approves Haverhill Budget After Barrett Stays with Compromise She Negotiated
The City of Haverhill has a new budget for the year that begins tomorrow after a city councilor stayed with a compromise she helped negotiate and reversed her vote in favor of Mayor James J. Fiorentini’s $217 million spending plan. City Council President Melinda E. Barrett last week voted with the majority against the proposed budget because of a disagreement …

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Haverhill Whittles Police Chief Applicants Down to Five; Interview Panels Start Working

Haverhill Whittles Police Chief Applicants Down to Five; Interview Panels Start Working
Haverhill has whittled the number of candidates to be the city’s next police chief down from more than two dozen to five. Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini said his police chief panels will interview all five and the list of eligible applicants could still be pared down to a smaller group of finalists. The list was trimmed after city consultant …

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Northern Essex Community College Honors Retirees by Conferring Emeritus Status

Northern Essex Community College Honors Retirees by Conferring Emeritus Status
As part of this year’s commencement ceremonies, Northern Essex Community College President Lane Glenn conferred the rank of emeritus status on several long-time members of the faculty and staff who recently retired. At Northern Essex, the rank of emeritus is an honor that recognizes sustained excellence in performance, character, and meritorious service to the college. Stephen Fabbrucci of Atkinson, N.H., …

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M.V. Black & Brown Voices Postpones North Andover Market After Reported Haverhill Incident

M.V. Black & Brown Voices Postpones North Andover Market After Reported Haverhill Incident
Organizers of a “Black & Brown Owned Outdoor Market” that took place Sunday in downtown Haverhill say they are delaying a similar event in North Andover after, they say, someone reported “three openly armed men” placing racist stickers on cars during the Haverhill event. In a statement, the board of Merrimack Valley Black & Brown Voices said the stickers represent …

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Greater Haverhill Chamber Plans In-Person Leads Lunch Next Wednesday at iHub

Greater Haverhill Chamber Plans In-Person Leads Lunch Next Wednesday at iHub
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce plans a free “Leads Lunch,” networking event, next Wednesday, July 7. Space is limited for the in-person events which take place the first Wednesday of the month, from noon-1 p.m., at UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, 2 Merrimack St., third floor, Haverhill. Networking is free for Chamber members and $10 for non-members. Register at haverhillchamber.com.

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Regional News

Grand Jury Indicts Former Congressional Candidate ‘Beej’ Das of N. Andover for Campaign Fraud

Grand Jury Indicts Former Congressional Candidate ‘Beej’ Das of N. Andover for Campaign Fraud
A former congressional candidate from North Andover was arrested today after being indicted on charges of violating the Federal Election Campaign Act and making false statements. A federal grand jury indicted 47-year-old Abhijit “Beej” Das for accepting excessive campaign contributions; conduit contributions; conversion of campaign funds; engaging in a scheme to falsify, conceal and cover up material facts; and two …

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Community Spotlight

Buttonwoods Museum Plans Outdoor Walking Tours During July at Haverhill Historic Sites

Buttonwoods Museum Plans Outdoor Walking Tours During July at Haverhill Historic Sites
Haverhill’s Buttonwoods Museum is planning four outdoor walking tours during July at historic sites. Tours take place Saturday, July 10 at 11 a.m., at Bradford Burial Ground; Sunday, July 11 at 3 p.m., at Linwood Cemetery; Saturday, July 17 at 1 p.m., at Bradford Common; and Sunday, July 18 at 3 p.m., at Pentucket Burial Ground. In case of inclement …

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Obituaries

Today’s Obituaries—Robert Bertoni, 65, Owned Megahertz Computer

Today’s Obituaries—Robert Bertoni, 65, Owned Megahertz Computer
After a three-and-a-half-year battle with cancer Robert Bertoni, 65, passed away peacefully and in his own time at the Kaplan Family Hospice House Tuesday, June 29. Born to the late Elio and Marion (Blanchard) Bertoni in Norwood, he graduated from Barnstable High School before attending Boston College. In addition to his wife, partner and constant companion Elizabeth (Beth) O’Shea Bertoni, …

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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.
  • 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.

Thursday’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, and Heather Bonanno-Baker, Pleasant Valley Gardens.
  • 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.
97.9 WHAV FM Wavelengths is sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce
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Before You Go…


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.

Help protect WHAV’s independence by choosing a membership option here.
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