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

Conservation Commission Hears Plans for Hilldale Avenue Solar Panels; Project Co-Exists With Farm

Conservation Commission Hears Plans for Hilldale Avenue Solar Panels; Project Co-Exists With Farm
The Haverhill Conservation Commission heard last night, from a group looking to install a large-scale, ground-mounted solar energy system on upper Hilldale Avenue just north of St. John’s Cemetery. The 1050 Hilldale Ave. site is approximately 88 acres and is already home to one solar panel array. This proposal would create two other solar arrays on the property.  Michael Zhe …

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Haverhill Considers Requiring 10% Affordable Housing at New Projects; Mayor Plans Task Force

Haverhill Considers Requiring 10% Affordable Housing at New Projects; Mayor Plans Task Force
A growing chorus of Haverhill residents are complaining about the rising cost of rental housing as local and state officials blame a shortage of stock causing supply and demand issues. Now, the Haverhill Planning Board will consider an ordinance requiring 10% of units at new housing projects—both single and multifamily—be set aside as affordable, while Mayor James J. Fiorentini plans …

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Haverhill and Methuen Become Purple Heart Communities in Ceremonies Saturday Morning

Haverhill and Methuen Become Purple Heart Communities in Ceremonies Saturday Morning
Haverhill and Methuen both officially become Purple Heart Communities tomorrow morning, Saturday, Aug. 7, with separate ceremonies. City Councilor Thomas J. Sullivan, a guest this week on WHAV’s morning program, is serving as Haverhill’s master of ceremonies. “We have color guards coming. The ROTC will be with us from Haverhill High, we’re always happy to have them. We also have …

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Judge Sends Haverhill Woman to Prison for Stealing from Local Nursing Home Residents

Judge Sends Haverhill Woman to Prison for Stealing from Local Nursing Home Residents
The former business office manager at Penacook Place Nursing Home in Haverhill was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and paid $19,050 in restitution after being convicted of stealing from residents. Attorney General Maura Healey said 50-year-old Bridget Briand of Haverhill pleaded guilty in Essex Superior Court to charges of four counts of larceny over $250 from a person over …

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Regional News

Main Street in Plaistow, N.H., to Close Aug. 17 and 18 for Railroad Crossing Work

Main Street in Plaistow, N.H., to Close Aug. 17 and 18 for Railroad Crossing Work
Main Street in Plaistow, N.H., is closing daytimes for two days for railroad track replacement. Pan Am Railways is replacing the crossing at Route 121A, in the area of 144 Main St., Plaistow. The cross streets are Duston and Maple Avenues. Closing takes place between Tuesday, Aug. 17, 7 a.m., through Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 5 p.m. Residents are advised …

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Community Spotlight

Seniors Reflect on Pandemic Isolation with ‘Art & Music Through the Age of Covid’ Aug. 12

Seniors Reflect on Pandemic Isolation with ‘Art & Music Through the Age of Covid’ Aug. 12
“Art & Music Through the Age of Covid,” featuring original artwork created by senior residents, is coming to downtown Haverhill Thursday, Aug. 12. Bethany Community Services, under the guidance of Art Therapist and Resident Services Coordinator Linda Maxwell, shares new mediums residents used to express themselves during the days of lockdowns and social isolation. From dream catchers to drawings, each …

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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: David Kowalski of the Labor Guild.
  • 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.

Saturday’s Radio Highlights

  • Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
  • Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
  • Wave Weather: Every 30 minutes
  • World News: Noon and 11 p.m.
  • Take Two Movie Review: 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
  • Mass Moments: Today in Massachusetts history, 6:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
  • Gunsmoke: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Sunday’s Radio Highlights

  • Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
  • Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
  • Wave Weather: Every 30 minutes
  • Pulse on Health: This week’s edition of “Pulse On Health” takes a look back at the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency graduation that took place in June. Ten new physicians graduated from the program, during one of the toughest years ever witnessed.
  • World News: Noon, 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Take Two Movie Review: 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
  • Mass Moments: Today in Massachusetts history, 6:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
  • Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Monday’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: Rep. Leonard Mirra.
  • 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.
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