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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ December 04, 2021
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Haverhill News

Haverhill Firefighters Quickly Contain Ward Hill House Fire to Basement

Haverhill Firefighters Quickly Contain Ward Hill House Fire to Basement
There were no injuries reported as Haverhill firefighters Saturday morning were able to contain a Ward Hill house fire to the basement. Firefighters were dispatched to a single-family, wood-framed home at 36 Cross Road just before 10 a.m. Engine 4, en route from the Bradford Fire Station, saw smoke from a distance and quickly declared it a “working fire.” Fire …

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Haverhill City Council Urges Consideration of New Finance Transparency Tool

Haverhill City Council Urges Consideration of New Finance Transparency Tool
Haverhill city councilors say the time is right to consider expanded financial transparency tools for the public to better assess how local government operates. The city has used a budget management tool called ClearGov since 2016. The online program shows the city’s income and expenses and makes comparisons with similar communities. Council Vice President Colin F. LePage, who originally advocated …

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I-495 Construction Update: Night Lane and Ramp Closings for Pavement Marking, Lighting

I-495 Construction Update: Night Lane and Ramp Closings for Pavement Marking, Lighting
Pavement marking and lighting along the Interstate 495 twin bridge replacement project in Haverhill means overnight lane and ramp closings this week. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said double right lanes close on I-495 southbound, between exits 108, Route 97/Broadway, and 106, Ward Hill, from Sunday, Oct. 24, through Friday, Oct. 29, from 9 p.m.-5 a.m., each night. The exit …

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Regional News

Oldham’s Second Promotion This Year Puts Her in Groveland’s Driver’s Seat

Oldham’s Second Promotion This Year Puts Her in Groveland’s Driver’s Seat
Rebecca Oldham received her second promotion of the year last Wednesday night, becoming named as Groveland’s first town administrator. Oldham had served as town planner since September of 2018, but was promoted this past spring to director of Groveland’s new Economic Development, Planning and Conservation Department. Oldham was a last-minute applicant after one of three finalists withdrew. As WHAV reported …

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Sixteen-Year-Old Suffers Serious Injuries After Groveland Horseback Riding Accident

Sixteen-Year-Old Suffers Serious Injuries After Groveland Horseback Riding Accident
A 16-year-old girl was airlifted to a Boston hospital early Friday night with serious injuries after a horse she was riding became “spooked,” and rolled over and landed on top of her. Groveland Police and Fire were dispatched around 6 p.m., to a private horse farm and riding school on King Street for 9-1-1- report of a “serious traumatic incident,” …

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Community Spotlight

Ruth’s House to Honor Vargas During ‘Changing Seasons Changing Lives’ Dinner Nov. 6

Ruth’s House to Honor Vargas During ‘Changing Seasons Changing Lives’ Dinner Nov. 6
State Rep. Andy X. Vargas will be honored at a dinner that also features live dance music, a $1,000 cash raffle, silent auction and more Saturday, Nov. 6. The autumn fundraiser, “Changing Seasons Changing Lives,” benefits Ruth’s House, the Lafayette Square charitable thrift shop. Music is to be performed by Airtight and there will also be grab bags for sale. …

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Still Time to Seek Arts Grant from Haverhill Cultural Council; Deadline Nov. 1

Still Time to Seek Arts Grant from Haverhill Cultural Council; Deadline Nov. 1
There’s still time for local artists, nonprofits and others to share in $45,400 in grants from the Haverhill Cultural Council. The Council, which receives the money annually from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, extended this year’s deadline for applications until next Monday, Nov. 1. Council seeks proposals for arts, humanities or interpretive sciences programs applicants of all cultural backgrounds. Those seeking …

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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: Greater Haverhill Chamber President and CEO Irene Haley and Lauren Towler discusses Groveland Langley-Adams Library Halloween programs.
  • 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.

Tuesday’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: Michael S. McGonagle, Veterans Alliance of Greater Haverhill Pre-election Breakfast, and Michael Bevilacqua of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce.
  • 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 City Council: 7 p.m. Live
  • Lights Out: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
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