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Haverhill News

Haverhill Becomes a Purple Heart City, Honors Most Recent Recipient Donald Jarvis

Haverhill Becomes a Purple Heart City, Honors Most Recent Recipient Donald Jarvis
More photographs below. See related stories: Purple Heart City Ceremony Calls Attention to World War II Heroism of Late Haverhill City Councilor Methuen Also Becomes Purple Heart Community and Honors Recipients for Sacrifices Haverhill formally became a Purple Heart City Saturday morning with the pinning of the city’s newest recipient of the medal, Donald R. Jarvis, and honoring all wounded …

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Purple Heart City Ceremony Calls Attention to World War II Heroism of Late Haverhill City Councilor

Purple Heart City Ceremony Calls Attention to World War II Heroism of Late Haverhill City Councilor
Saturday’s Purple Heart City ceremony in Haverhill brought a moving and emotional tribute that revealed the largely untold saga of late City Councilor Theresa Baumann’s heroic service during World War II. City Councilor John A. Michitson called his aunt Terry his “inspiration for public service” and read the tribute prepared by Baumann’s daughter Sandy O’Dea. Baumann became a Purple Heart …

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I-495 Construction Update: Daytime Lane Closings Continue This Week Between Broadway and Ward Hill

I-495 Construction Update: Daytime Lane Closings Continue This Week Between Broadway and Ward Hill
There will be daytime lane closings again on Interstate 495 and Route 97 this week to accommodate construction of the twin bridge replacement project. There will be a single right lane closing on I-495 south, between exits 108, Route 97, and 106, Ward Hill, Monday, Aug. 9, through Friday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., each day. The closings are …

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Regional News

Methuen Also Becomes Purple Heart Community and Honors Recipients for Sacrifices

Methuen Also Becomes Purple Heart Community and Honors Recipients for Sacrifices
More than 150 Methuen residents gathered Saturday morning to respect Purple Heart recipients during a ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8349 in Methuen. Methuen joined area communities in becoming a Purple Heart City and will hold Purple Heart Day every year on Aug. 7. Methuen also becomes part of the “Purple Heart Trail,” a “national network of …

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Firefighters Extinguish Second Fire in Three Days at New Pentucket Regional Schools’ Construction Site

Firefighters Extinguish Second Fire in Three Days at New Pentucket Regional Schools’ Construction Site
Fires both Friday and Sunday on the site of the new Pentucket Regional Middle and High School building project were quickly extinguished, but remain under investigation. West Newbury Fire Chief Michael Dwyer and Pentucket Superintendent Justin Bartholomew said Sunday’s fire was reported about 3:45 p.m. at the 22 Main St. campus. Firefighters found smoke showing from the roof in the …

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Gilford, N.H., Woman Receives Three-Year Sentence After Dealing in Fentanyl Bought in Methuen

Gilford, N.H., Woman Receives Three-Year Sentence After Dealing in Fentanyl Bought in Methuen
A 36-year-old Gilford, N.H., woman was sentenced to three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to dealing in the drug fentanyl she purchased in Methuen last year. Acting New Hampshire U.S. Attorney John J. Farley said Friday Sara Zareas was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for participating in a conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to …

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Andover Man, 45, Dies in Rollover Crash Early Sunday Morning on I-93

Andover Man, 45, Dies in Rollover Crash Early This Morning on I-93
A 45-year-old Andover man died early Sunday morning after a rollover crash on Interstate 93 in Andover. Massachusetts State Police from the Andover Barracks were dispatched at 4:22 a.m. to the scene of a single car rollover crash on I-93 north at mile marker 36.7, south of Dascomb Road in Andover. Troopers said the vehicle went off the roadway to …

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Community Spotlight

Haverhill High, Trade and St. James Classes of 1966 to Host 55th Reunion Saturday, Sept. 18

Haverhill High, Trade and St. James Classes of 1966 to Host 55th Reunion Saturday, Sept. 18
The Committee for the Haverhill High School, Haverhill Trade School and St. James High School Class of 1966 is hosting a 55th class reunion Saturday, Sept. 18, at Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane. The dinner menu includes prime rib, shrimp cocktail and champagne. To reduce fears of COVID-19, the reunion is taking place on the outside deck and redwood …

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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: 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.

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: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill Executive Director Javier Bristol.
  • 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.
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