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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ June 15, 2021
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Haverhill News

Archdiocese and Lupoli Among Five Developers Vying to Redevelop Prime Downtown Haverhill Land

Archdiocese and Lupoli Among Five Developers Vying to Redevelop Prime Downtown Haverhill Land
Two familiar names connected with downtown Haverhill redevelopment are in competition with each other and three other companies to replace a Merrimack Street parking garage and add a mixture of residential and commercial development. At WHAV’s request, Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini named the five companies in a statement Wednesday. They include a joint effort of Jefferson Apartment Group and …

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Haverhill City Council Calls for More Electric Vehicle Charging Stations as Demand Increases

Haverhill City Council Calls for More Electric Vehicle Charging Stations as Demand Increases
As more and more electric and hybrid vehicles take to the roads, Haverhill city councilors say the city must provide additional electric charging stations. City Councilor Joseph J. Bevilacqua told the Council, with utility incentives now available, those stations could end up not costing the city anything to install. Council President Melinda E. Barrett agreed, noting the City of Melrose …

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State Awards Security Grants to Haverhill’s All Saints Parish and Methuen’s M.V. Islamic Academy

State Awards Security Grants to Haverhill’s All Saints Parish and Methuen’s M.V. Islamic Academy
A Haverhill church and Methuen faith-based school are among 53 organizations and houses of worship to share in nearly $1 million in state grants designed to address safety and security. All Saints Parish in Haverhill was awarded $30,000, while the Merrimack Valley Islamic Academy of Methuen was awarded $17,690 for grants to help pay for safety improvements to protect attendees …

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Whittier Tech Offers Adult Marine Technology Program; Industry Offers ‘Reliable Jobs’

Whittier Tech Offers Adult Marine Technology Program; Industry Offers ‘Reliable Jobs’
Just in time for the warm season, Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School will soon offer a marine technology adult education program for the first time. Whittier Tech Superintendent Maureen Lynch said the 80-hour, hands-on program takes place Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m., beginning May 24. Students will complete the program on July 21. It will be partially …

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DiZoglio Sponsors ‘Virtual Rally and Digital Day of Action for Local Businesses’ Monday

DiZoglio Sponsors ‘Virtual Rally and Digital Day of Action for Local Businesses’ Monday
Local business and advocacy organizations across the state are hosting a “Virtual Rally and Digital Day of Action for Local Businesses” next Monday with state Sen. Diana DiZoglio and Rep. Dylan Fernandes. The online event, taking place Monday, May 17, from 10-11 a.m., is described as “an opportunity for local businesses, their employees and loyal customers to understand policy measures …

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Regional News

Federal Judge Sentences Former Methuen Man to Nearly Two Years’ Time Served for Fentanyl Dealing

Federal Judge Sentences Former Methuen Man to Nearly Two Years’ Time Served for Fentanyl Dealing
A 42-year-old former Methuen was sentenced this week to nearly two years of time served in jail for fentanyl drug dealing. Milton Elias Lara was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf to 22 months’ time served in prison and three years of supervised release. The U.S. Attorney’s office said Lara will be deported to the Dominican …

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Smolak Farms Hosts Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Members Today

Smolak Farms Hosts Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Members Today
North Andover’s Smolak Farms is hosting members of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce this afternoon. A business mixer under the tent takes place from 4-6 p.m., at the farm, 315 S. Bradford St., North Andover. There will be networking opportunities, appetizers and cash bar and door prizes. Admission is $10 each for members and $20 for nonmembers. Those interested …

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Community Spotlight

Essex County Ghost Project Plans Fundraising Tour for Hilldale Cemetery Saturday

Essex County Ghost Project Plans Fundraising Tour for Hilldale Cemetery Saturday
Essex County Ghost Project invites those who wish to be paranormal investigators to a night of learning and exploring, what it calls, “one of the most haunted cemeteries in New England, Hilldale Cemetery.” Gates open this Saturday night, May 15, at 7:30, with a ghost hunt beginning at 8 p.m., at Hilldale Cemetery, 331 Hilldale Ave., Haverhill. Admission is $10 …

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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: Deborah Chiaravalloti, Holy Family Hospital, and Massachusetts Marine Trades Association Executive Director Randall Lyons discusses new program at Whittier Tech.
  • 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.
  • Haverhill School Committee: 7 p.m., Live.
  • Our Miss Brooks: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Friday’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: Kathy Fitts, Haverhill Garden Club, and Ruth’s House Executive Director Amy Smith-Boden.
  • 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.
97.9 WHAV FM Wavelengths is sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce
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