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

A Year After New Controversy Arose Over Hannah Dustin Statue, Native American Task Force Meets Tonight

A Year After New Controversy Arose Over Hannah Dustin Statue, Native American Task Force Meets Tonight
In the aftermath of a community debate over a statue honoring colonial heroine Hannah Duston, Haverhill’s Native American Commemorative Task Force gets to work tonight providing equal recognition of the city’s indigenous people. The Task Force, headed by Daniel Speers, was organized after vandalism at the Duston statue a year ago added to historical complaints about racial stereotypes. Tensions especially …

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Podcast: Rep. Mirra, Future of Work Commissioner, Calls for ‘Job Guarantee’

Podcast: Rep. Mirra, Future of Work Commissioner, Calls for ‘Job Guarantee’
State Rep. Leonard Mirra, a member of the new Future of Work Commission, says money spent on public assistance might be better allocated to guaranteeing jobs. Mirra, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, said there are a record number of job openings right now. “We’ve never seen it like this. I was in the construction industry for 30 years …

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Elder Services’ Hatem-Roy Receives Leadership Award from National Assn. of Area Agencies on Aging

Elder Services’ Hatem-Roy Receives Leadership Award from National Assn. of Area Agencies on Aging
Joan Hatem-Roy, CEO of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore, was awarded the Excellence in Leadership Award Monday by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. The award is given to Area Agency on Aging and Title VI directors who have demonstrated exceptional leadership capabilities at the local, state or national level in advancing the mission …

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Regional News

Police Charge 50-Year-Old Merrimac Man with Home Invasion, Rape of Elderly Woman

Police Charge 50-Year-Old Merrimac Man with Home Invasion, Rape of Elderly Woman
A 50-year-old Merrimac man was arrested Monday night connection with the July 3 home invasion and sexual assault of a 74-year-old woman. Merrimac Police Chief Eric Shears and Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett jointly announced William S. Raia was arrested at his home by Merrimac Police, Essex State Police, and the Massachusetts State Police Special Tactical Operations Team. Raia …

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Community Spotlight

Haverhill’s Multicultural Festival Wants To Hear About Your Heritage and Culture This Friday

Haverhill’s Multicultural Festival Wants To Hear About Your Heritage and Culture This Friday
In advance of Haverhill’s Multicultural Festival, coming in September, committee members want to hear from the public about their families’ culture, heritage and lifestyle. Haverhill Cultural Council organizers are asking people to come forward this Friday, July 23, between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Northeast Veterans Outreach Center 10 Reed St., Haverhill. No appointment is needed and participants will be …

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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: Michael Thompson of SCORE.
  • 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.
  • 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. Guest: Haverhill Public Library Director Sarah Moser.
  • 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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