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

Planned 6,000-Panel Solar Farm in East Haverhill Likely to Win Conservation Approval

Planned 6,000-Panel Solar Farm in East Haverhill Likely to Win Conservation Approval
The Haverhill Conservation Commission is expected to give the final go-ahead Thursday to a proposed 6,000-panel solar farm off Amesbury Line Road. Members held off giving approval to Solar Smart of Summerville, S.C., at its last meeting when a last-minute change came forward. East Haverhill resident and retired firefighter Tyler C. Kimball suggested a compromise involving land owned by Albert …

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Wingate Receives Haverhill Council Approval to Replace Nursing Beds with Memory Care

Wingate Receives Haverhill Council Approval to Replace Nursing Beds with Memory Care
The Haverhill City Council gave approval last night to a plan that decreases the capacity of a North Avenue nursing home while increasing its ability to serve as an assisted living memory care unit. Wingate Healthcare of Haverhill, 190 North Ave., asked the Council for a special permit to convert the existing property from a 127-bed nursing home to a …

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Podcast: Still Time to Support Haverhill Pink Ribbon Campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness

Podcast: Still Time to Support Haverhill Pink Ribbon Campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness
Haverhill police officers have been wearing pink-trimmed badges and placing magnetic ribbons on cruisers as part of its month-long Pink Ribbon campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness. Efforts have been geared to raising money, and Detective Joseph Benedetti, whose wife Michelle Benedetti passed away in 2019, says there is still time to help. Placing cruisers into service for the cause was …

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Regional News

Urena to Address Free Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Veterans Recognition Breakfast

Urena to Address Free Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Veterans Recognition Breakfast
Former state Secretary of Veterans Affairs Francisco Urena is the speaker when the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce holds a free Veterans Recognition Breakfast Wednesday, Nov. 10. Urena, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, also served previously as veterans service officer for the cities of Boston and Lawrence. The program also features a panel discussion of veteran entrepreneurs Salvatore DeFranco, former …

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State Education Officials Extend Student Mask Requirement Through At Least Jan. 15

State Education Officials Extend Student Mask Requirement Through At Least Jan. 15
An indoor mask requirement for Massachusetts public schools remains in effect through the start of 2022. Tuesday’s move marks the second time the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has extended its universal masking policy. It was previously in place through at least Nov. 1 Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley notified districts Tuesday the rule would be extended through at least …

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House Votes to Give Sgt. Rosario Pichardo and Others Killed in Afghan Attack Posthumous Honors

House Votes to Give Sgt. Rosario Pichardo and Others Killed in Afghan Attack Posthumous Honors
A Congressional Gold Medal is being posthumously awarded to the 13 U.S. servicemembers, including Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo of Lawrence, killed in an August bombing at the Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul. Congresswoman Lori Trahan joined with her colleagues in the House of Representatives to unanimously Monday night to pass bipartisan legislation she cosponsored to make the awards. “We feel …

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Community Spotlight

Essex County Ghost Project Plans Spooktacular Halloween Weekend in Haverhill, Lawrence

Essex County Ghost Project Plans Spooktacular Halloween Weekend in Haverhill, Lawrence
As Halloween nears and the vale thins, the Essex County Ghost Project plans a spooktacular Halloween weekend. Following Trick or Treat, Saturday, Oct. 30, there will be a paranormal tour at Hilldale Cemetery, 331 Hilldale Ave., Haverhill. Gates open at 7 p.m., and a ghost hunt starts at 7:30. Visitors may wear costumes for this family-friendly event. Tickets are $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: YWCA Site Director Renee McGuire discusses October Domestic Violence Awareness month and Stacy Landry of Essex County Community Foundation.
  • 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. Guest: Michael Thompson of SCORE.
  • 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.
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