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

O’Brien to Retire from Haverhill City Council After a Tenure Bookended by National and Local Crises

O’Brien to Retire from Haverhill City Council After a Tenure Bookended by National and Local Crises
Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien is not on the Haverhill ballot this year after two decades as a city Councilor—a tenure bookended by national crises—the attacks of 9/11 and the COVID-19 pandemic. O’Brien campaigned for City Council during the uncertain times surrounding the hijacking of four airplanes by Al-Qaeda that were used in attacks on New York’s World Trade Center and …

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Receive a COVID-19 Vaccine at Haverhill’s National Night Out Tomorrow and Get a $25 Gift Card

Receive a COVID-19 Vaccine at Haverhill’s National Night Out Tomorrow and Get a $25 Gift Card
Free COVID-19 vaccinations are being offered as part of tomorrow’s National Night Out and recipients will receive a $25 gift card. The city is also partnering with Greater Lawrence Family Health Center to provide COVID-19 vaccinations. Haverhill Police plan an expanded National Night Out this year with State Police demonstrations, food, games and activities for all ages. The event takes …

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Business and Community Leaders Join Northern Essex Community College Foundation Board

Business and Community Leaders Join Northern Essex Community College Foundation Board
Nine local business and community leaders were recently appointed to the Northern Essex Community College Foundation Board. New members include Tim Coco of Haverhill, president and general manager of WHAV; former Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins Jr. of Newburyport; Eduardo Crespo of Boca Raton, Fla., founder and CEO of Hispanic Market Solution; Jose Cruz of Salem, N.H., vice president and …

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I-495 Construction Update: Daytime Lane Closings Affect Southbound Traffic and Route 97 West

I-495 Construction Update: Daytime Lane Closings Affect Southbound Traffic and Route 97 West
Work relating to the $102 million Interstate 495 twin bridge replacement project will cause daytime lane closings this week. Massachusetts Department of Transportation reports the closings affect travel along I-495 south and Route 97 west. A single right lane closes on I-495 southbound, between exit 108, Route 97, and exit 106, Ward Hill, from Monday, Aug. 2 through Friday, Aug. …

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Haverhill Chamber Plans Business Before Hours Wednesday at River Street Café

Haverhill Chamber Plans Business Before Hours Wednesday at River Street Café
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is having a Business Before Hours networking event this week at River Street Café. Chamber members and guests meet from 8:30-10 a.m., at the restaurant, 558 River St., Haverhill. There is free admission for Chamber members and $10 for non-members. Register at haverhillchamber.com or call 978-373-5663, River Street Café, owned by Kelly DiFazio and …

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Campaign Parties Takes Place Wednesday Separately for Councilor Candidates Morrow and Everett

Campaign Parties Takes Place Wednesday Separately for Councilor Candidates Morrow and Everett
Haverhill City Councilor William J. Macek is the principal speaker this Wednesday when Josiah Morrow officially launches his campaign for Haverhill City Council Campaign. The event takes place Wednesday, Aug. 4, from 5-7 p.m., at Morrow’s home, 38 Columbia Park, Haverhill. Light refreshments will be served. Contributions are welcome, but those who have already donated or cannot do so remain …

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Community Spotlight

Haverhill River Bards Host Whittier Poetry Readings and Open House at Whittier Birthplace

Haverhill River Bards Host Whittier Poetry Readings and Open House at Whittier Birthplace
Haverhill River Bards plan an open mic and readings from the poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier at the poet’s own birthplace. The special night begins Wednesday Aug. 18, at 6 p.m., with a tour of Whittier Birthplace, 305 Whittier Road, Haverhill. Poetry readings follow from 6:30-8 p.m. It is a free in-person event. Open mic sign-ups will be available on-site …

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Obituaries

Today’s Obituaries: William J. Hammond, 62, Longtime Haverhill Volunteer

Today’s Obituaries: William J. Hammond, 62, Longtime Haverhill Volunteer
A funeral service for William J. Hammond, 62, a longtime Haverhill volunteer, takes place Wednesday, Aug. 11. Hammond of Brattleboro, Vt., and formerly of Plaistow, N.H., and Haverhill died from natural causes Feb. 10, in Brattleboro. Born in Haverhill, son of the late Robert Hammond and Victoria (Selvaggio) Hammond, he moved to Plaistow with his family in 1969 and graduated …

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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: YMCA Regional Executive Director Tracy Fuller and John Macone, Merrimack River Watershed 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.
  • 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. Guest: Haverhill school Superintendent Margaret Marotta.
  • 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.
97.9 WHAV FM Wavelengths is sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce
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