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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ January 23, 2021
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Haverhill News

Haverhill City Council to Hear Request Tonight to Allow Cannabis Cultivation in Ward Hill

Haverhill City Council to Hear Request Tonight to Allow Cannabis Cultivation in Ward Hill
Haverhill City Councilors are being asked tonight to allow a cannabis cultivation operation to open up shop in Ward Hill. Andre Colon, CEO of True House Cannabis, or THC, from Lawrence, is asking city zoning be changed to allow a building at 25 Bond St. in the Ward Hill Business Park to grow cannabis for distribution only to licensed marijuana …

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Committee Approves Air Conditioning On Third Floors at Four Haverhill Schools

Committee Approves Air Conditioning On Third Floors at Four Haverhill Schools
The Haverhill School Committee gave the go-ahead last Thursday to begin the process of installing and upgrading air conditioning units in several Haverhill school buildings. Although fall weather is now helping to attenuate the problem, parents, teachers and students reported during the warmer weather, temperatures in classrooms on the second and third floors became almost unbearable. School Facilities Director Stephen …

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Covanta Powers Haverhill YMCA’s STEAM Club With Support for Engineering Program

Covanta Powers Haverhill YMCA’s STEAM Club With Support for Engineering Program
Since Covanta’s operation in Ward Hill generates steam to make electricity, it seemed entirely fitting for the energy-from-waste company to help power Haverhill YMCA’s STEAM Club. STEAM, which adds “art” to the educational integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, is being embraced by middle school students in the YMCA’s before and after school program. Regional Executive Director Tracy Fuller …

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Baker Signs Vargas Bill Into Law, Ending Pupil Shaming Over Lunch Money Debt

Baker Signs Vargas Bill Into Law, Ending Pupil Shaming Over Lunch Money Debt
A bill to end the shaming of students without lunch money, championed by Haverhill Rep. Andy X. Vargas, was signed into law last week by Gov. Charlie Baker. As WHAV reported in August, Vargas hailed the bill that would prohibit schools from publicly identifying students who owe meals, serving an alternative meal, denying a student a meal as a form …

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LePage Wins Backing From Two Mayoral Candidates, Two Council Colleagues in Bid for Corner Office

LePage Wins Backing From Two Mayoral Candidates, Two Council Colleagues in Bid for Corner Office
Former mayoral candidates Dan Trocki and Guy Cooper and two city councilors recently endorsed Colin F. LePage’s bid for mayor. Trocki and Cooper cited the City Council vice president’s energy, ideas, knowledge of Haverhill government and support for education and public safety as key factors in moving the city forward. Trocki called LePage a watch dog for taxpayers who will …

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Regional News

Groveland Fire Department Receives FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant For Operations and Safety

Groveland Fire Department Receives FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant For Operations and Safety
Groveland Fire Department was recently awarded a federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Department will use the $7,226 for operations and safety. The money is part of $5.3 million in FEMA money approved by Congress, according to 6th District Congressman Seth Moulton. “These FEMA grants bring us steps closer to helping our fire departments …

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Community Spotlight

Twitch Your Nose to See Groveland Panel on Haverhill, Other Local Connections to ‘Bewitched’

Twitch Your Nose to See Groveland Panel on Haverhill, Other Local Connections to ‘Bewitched’
See also David Goudsward’s “For Halloween: Haverhill’s Horror Movie Heritage” here. Haverhill-born actress Mabel Albertson, who played Darrin Stephens’ mother in “Bewitched,” is just one of the local connections to the television series that will be featured by Groveland’s Langley-Adams Library in time for Halloween. The online presentation, “Bewitched in Massachusetts,” takes place Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. “Bewitched” …

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See also Crime, Education, Business Bulletin and Merrimack Valley Newsmakers podcasts

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: Guests: Michael Thompson of SCORE and Patty Sargent, Community Action director of Family Services.
  • 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.

Wednesday’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: Haverhill Police Detective Joseph Benedetti discusses the Pink Ribbon Cruiser Campaign and Jafreicy Castro, Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Lead Poison Prevention Program.
  • 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.
97.9 WHAV FM Wavelengths is sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce
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