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

Bradford Traffic Improvements Help Seal Approval of 290-Unit Housing, Retail, Park Riverfront Project

Bradford Traffic Improvements Help Seal Approval of 290-Unit Housing, Retail, Park Riverfront Project
The Haverhill City Council gave the green light last night to construction of a 290-unit apartment complex, on the Merrimack River across from the Bradford commuter rail station. Key to the City Council’s support of the project by the Procopio Company of Lynnfield was a proposed nearly $2 million realignment and signalization of adjacent streets. The complex includes two five-story …

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Recent Conservation Walk-Through Reveals Why Ornsteen Industrial Land Could Not Be Preserved

Recent Conservation Walk-Through Reveals Why Ornsteen Industrial Land Could Not Be Preserved
A recent walk-through of the Ornsteen Heel property by the Haverhill Conservation Commission delivered another perspective on the property’s redevelopment that was approved 8-1 by city councilors Tuesday night. (See separate story.) Commissioners Ralph T. Basiliere and Thomas Wylie and city Environmental Health Technician Robert E. Moore Jr. toured the site and found various remnants of the former factory. “We …

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Judge Denies Emergency Delay of ‘Impact Fee’ Payments from Haverhill’s Stem Cannabis Store

Judge Denies Emergency Delay of ‘Impact Fee’ Payments from Haverhill’s Stem Cannabis Store
A downtown Haverhill cannabis retailer must make its first “impact fee” payment to the city tomorrow after a Superior Court judge denied a request for an emergency delay. Stem, 124 Washington St., had argued it would suffer “irreparable harm” while waiting for a hearing on its larger case—that the city must give it a detailed accounting of any impacts and …

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Haverhill Man, 54, Pleads Guilty to Raping Disabled Woman, Sentenced to Prison Up to 2.5 Years

Haverhill Man, 54, Pleads Guilty to Raping Disabled Woman, Sentenced to Prison Up to 2.5 Years
A 54-year-old Haverhill man admitted Monday he raped an intellectually disabled woman who had been placed in his home by an adult foster care agency. Joseph Gagnon pleaded guilty to rape, two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 and permitting abuse on a disabled person at a change of plea hearing in Lawrence Superior Court. …

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Haverhill Eighth Graders Set to Enjoy Middle School Promotion/Graduation Ceremonies

Haverhill Eighth Graders Set to Enjoy Middle School Promotion/Graduation Ceremonies
Haverhill eighth graders are set to enjoy graduation ceremonies in June, but they still will not be the traditional type. While Gov. Charlie Baker recently loosened restrictions on public gatherings, School Superintendent Margaret Marotta told the School Committee recently that plans for this year’s middle school graduations have been in the works for several months and it would be difficult …

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Regional News

Area Public and Private Non-Profit Colleges and Universities to Receive Millions in Rescue Aid

Area Public and Private Non-Profit Colleges and Universities to Receive Millions in Rescue Aid
Congresswoman Lori Trahan said Tuesday area public and private colleges and universities can expect post-COVID-19 financial relief from the American Rescue Plan Act. Trahan said nearly $82 million in emergency aid is coming for colleges, universities and students in Massachusetts’ Third Congressional District. Under the plan, UMass Lowell receives $27.6 million; Middlesex Community College, $13.6 million; Northern Essex Community College, …

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Community Spotlight

Haverhill Public Library Presents Stephen Lewis’ Collection of May Day Posters in June

Haverhill Public Library Presents Stephen Lewis’ Collection of May Day Posters in June
Area residents have a chance to have a taste of May Day as it is celebrated around the world, with a poster exhibit at the Haverhill Public Library during June. Stephen Lewis’ collection of May Day posters will be the first to display in the library’s reopened exhibit gallery hall. Lewis presents posters he has collected from France, Spain, Namibia, …

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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: Ross Steinborn, community outreach coordinator, YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center, and Kaleigh Pare-Shaughnessy, executive director, Whittier Birthplace.
  • 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.
  • Great Gildersleeve: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Thursday’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 Lisa Corr of the Crescent Yacht Club.
  • 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.
  • Our Miss Brooks: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
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