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

Haverhill School Committee Adopts Mandatory Mask Policy in 6-1 Vote; Subject to Review Next Month

Haverhill School Committee Adopts Mandatory Mask Policy in 6-1 Vote; Subject to Review Next Month
With the return to school only weeks away, the question of mandatory masking was on the minds of parents and educators at last night’s School Committee meeting. Committee members heard from parents with strong feelings on both sides of the issue as well as educators and medical professionals, before ultimately reaching the decision to require masks for all teachers, students …

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House Advances Vargas Bill Requiring All Pupils in Poor Areas to Receive Free School Meals

House Advances Vargas Bill Requiring All Pupils in Poor Areas to Receive Free School Meals
Free breakfast and lunch for all students at schools or in school districts with a majority of poor households would become state law under a bill sponsored by state Rep. Andy X. Vargas and recently passed by the full House. An Act Promoting Student Nutrition, originally filed by Vargas and Rep. Sean Garballey of Arlington, also prohibits shaming students with …

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Podcast: Distefano Recalls How She Became First Woman in Sons of Italy Drum and Bugle Corps

Podcast: Distefano Recalls How She Became First Woman in Sons of Italy Drum and Bugle Corps
When it comes to volunteer organizations, many groups have learned to expand their horizons and embrace a new way of doing things. That was the case almost 30 years ago, when Annette Belfiore Distefano of Haverhill became the first female to perform in the local Sons of Italy Drum and Bugle Corps. The pioneer, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning …

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Regional News

Lawrence, Haverhill, Methuen Show Significant Population Growth Since 2010 Census

Lawrence, Haverhill, Methuen Show Significant Population Growth Since 2010 Census
Haverhill and area cities grew significantly during the last decade with Lawrence gaining 12,766 people for a total of 89,143 people, Haverhill growing by 6,908 residents for a total of 67,787 and Methuen growing by 5,804 residents to 53,059. After months of pandemic-induced delays, the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday released the local-level population and demographic data from the 2020 …

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Community Spotlight

Mayflower’s Crossing 400 Years Ago Theme of Atkinson Garden Club Show Aug. 27-28

Mayflower’s Crossing 400 Years Ago Theme of Atkinson Garden Club Show Aug. 27-28
The Atkinson Garden Club remembers the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s tumultuous trans-Atlantic crossing when its Standard Flower Show takes place Friday, Aug. 27. Area gardeners may participate in the Mayflower tribute. The Horticulture Division, titled “Indigenous Americans,” is open to all amateur gardeners. There are sections for perennials, annuals, Hosta, bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers and all variety of …

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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. Andy Vargas.
  • 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: 7 a.m. From pulled muscles to sprains and strains, sports medicine has quickly become its own medical specialty. Dr. Warren Bodine, director of sports medicine at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, talks about some of the innovative methods being used in sports medicine, and he answers the age old question: do you ice or heat an injury?
  • 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. Christina Minicucci.
  • 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.
97.9 WHAV FM Wavelengths is sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce
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