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

Haverhill Schools Seek $8 Million More in Spending Next School Year to Help Students Catch Up

Haverhill Schools Seek $8 Million More in Spending Next School Year to Help Students Catch Up
Haverhill school administrators say, as a result of the toll the pandemic has taken on students, the school budget for next year needs to increase by more than $8 million and include 70 new employees. School Superintendent Margaret Marotta presented a proposed budget of little more than $106 million to the School Committee last night. That figure compares to about …

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Haverhill Postmaster Deals with a COVID-19 ‘Gloom of Night’ by Making Mail Deliveries Himself

Haverhill Postmaster Deals with a COVID-19 ‘Gloom of Night’ by Making Mail Deliveries Himself
The Haverhill Post Office recently tackled a metaphorical “gloom of night” as it had to scramble over the last few weeks to cover deliveries—with the postmaster, himself, making the rounds. Acting Haverhill Postmaster Keith Miller and supervisors from Haverhill and surrounding towns helped cover routes. Already tight staffing was compounded by “employees who are either sick, quarantining because they’ve been …

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With Spring, Haverhill Councilors Say, Comes Excessive Motorcycle Noise and Enforcement Need

With Spring, Haverhill Councilors Say, Comes Excessive Motorcycle Noise and Enforcement Need
With warmer weather, Haverhill streets are seeing more and more motorcycles and hearing them as well. As a result, City councilors say, they are hearing more noise complaints from residents. Councilor Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien raised the subject at Tuesday’s meeting, saying she has received complaints from a number of people already “It really comes down to lack of courtesy …

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What Really Happened: Bradford Stabbing Wednesday was a Drug Deal Gone Bad

What Really Happened: Bradford Stabbing Wednesday was a Drug Deal Gone Bad
Yesterday morning’s stabbing in Central Square now appears to be a drug deal gone bad. Twenty-three-year-old Carson S. Hamilton, 30 Clydedale Ave., Haverhill, and 22-year-old Haley S. Thomas, of North Andover, were held without bail at their arraignment today before Haverhill District Court First Justice Cesar A. Archilla. They were charged after first responders found a 24-year-old homeless man “naked …

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Regional News

Massachusetts State Senate Adopts Resolution Honoring Late Methuen Athlete Daniel Ford

Massachusetts State Senate Adopts Resolution Honoring Late Methuen Athlete Daniel Ford
Methuen Sen. Diana DiZoglio again took the senate president’s chair this week to honor a former Methuen High School athlete who died of cancer in 2009. Sen. William N. Brownsberger, who was presiding Monday, invited DiZoglio to read a resolution she filed, honoring the memory of Daniel Ford on the occasion of the dedication of Dan Ford Field in Methuen. …

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Community Spotlight

Buttonwoods Museum Virtual Scavenger Hunt Takes Place Sunday Night at Your Home

Buttonwoods Museum Virtual Scavenger Hunt Takes Place Sunday Night at Your Home
A “Virtual Scavenger Hunt” to benefit Haverhill’s Buttonwoods Museum takes place Sunday with all of the items to be scavenged found in your own home. Raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the event. The hunt takes place this Sunday, May 23, from 7-8 p.m. There is a $50 per team entry fee. Teams may have an unlimited number of participants, …

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Obituaries

Today’s Obituaries—Peter John Dirsa, 53

Today’s Obituaries—Peter John Dirsa, 53
Peter John Dirsa, 53, of Bolton, and formerly of Haverhill, died unexpectedly, but without any pain, Friday, May 14. He was born in Methuen, March 29, 1968, son of Mitchell and Jacqueline (Paolino) Dirsa of Haverhill. Educated in Saint Monica’s Grammar School, Methuen, Peter graduated from Haverhill High School, class of 1986 and completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at …

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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: Sen. Diana DiZoglio.
  • 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
  • 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. Guests: Greater Haverhill Chamber President and CEO Irene Haley and Ginny Salem, Northern Essex Elder Transport.
  • 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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