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

State Awards Haverhill $750,000 Grant to Replace Downtown Garage; City Calls it ‘Signal’ to Developers

State Awards Haverhill $750,000 Grant to Replace Downtown Garage; City Calls it ‘Signal’ to Developers
Haverhill is sending a “signal” to five prospective downtown developers that it will contribute to the project by helping to construct a replacement parking garage. The city was awarded $750,000 in a state MassWorks grant to design a new and larger Merrimack Street garage to replace the Herbert H. Goecke Jr. Memorial Parking Deck. The state program has previously made …

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Haverhill to Use $35,083 Federal Justice Assistance Grant to Buy All-Terrain Vehicles

Haverhill to Use $35,083 Federal Justice Assistance Grant to Buy All-Terrain Vehicles
Haverhill and Lawrence are among area communities sharing in $160,000 in federal grants aimed at preventing and controlling crime. Congresswoman Lori Trahan said Wednesday Haverhill received $35,083 and Lawrence $52,624 from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. “Throughout the 3rd District, our law enforcement officers and first responders go above and beyond the call of duty every day …

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Covanta Donates Downtown Haverhill U.S. Flag Retirement Drop Box; City Now Offers Three Sites

Covanta Donates Downtown Haverhill U.S. Flag Retirement Drop Box; City Now Offers Three Sites
Haverhill residents now have easy access to three U.S. Flag retirement drop boxes with Covanta donating one at the Citizens Center in downtown Haverhill. The new box, designed to collect worn flags for proper and dignified disposal, was installed in the center of the city at 10 Welcome St. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission Chairman Ralph T. Basiliere said Covanta contributed …

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Sens. DiZoglio and Finegold Oppose Partition of Haverhill Senate Districts, But Bill Passes 36-3

Sens. DiZoglio and Finegold Oppose Partition of Haverhill Senate Districts, But Bill Passes 36-3
The state Senate made final Wednesday its decision to split Haverhill between districts with two of the three “no” votes coming from the Valley. The bipartisan 36-3 vote cements a minority majority district of Lawrence, Methuen and a central section of Haverhill. It was opposed by Democratic Sens. Diana DiZoglio of Methuen, Marc Pacheco of Taunton and Barry Finegold of …

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Campaign Notes: Haverhill Mayoral, Council Candidates Win Backing From Familiar Names

Campaign Notes: Haverhill Mayoral, Council Candidates Win Backing From Familiar Names
Haverhill’s two mayoral candidates and several vying for City Council during next Tuesday’s balloting are touting endorsements from various individuals and groups. Mayor James J. Fiorentini received the endorsement of the Merrimack Valley Labor Council. The group, which represents more than 18,000 union members and their families in the Merrimack Valley, said Fiorentini “best represents the interests of working families …

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Regional News

Groveland to Use $435,000 State Grant for New Traffic Signals at Salem and School Streets

Groveland to Use $435,000 State Grant for New Traffic Signals at Salem and School Streets
Groveland is receiving $435,000 from a state MassWorks grant to install new traffic signals at the intersection of Salem Street, School Street and Groveland Village driveway. The improved signaling will include pedestrian countdown signals and vibratory/audible push buttons to increase pedestrian safety. Signaling will be timed to improve traffic flow at peak travel times and overhead signals will help drivers …

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Community Spotlight

Pentucket Kiwanis Plans Dinner, Wine Tasting and Jazz Nov. 4

Pentucket Kiwanis Plans Dinner, Wine Tasting and Jazz Nov. 4
Pentucket Kiwanis is bringing back its wine tasting dinner next week to support local charities. The wine tasting party includes samples of exclusive imported wines, a full dinner buffet, live jazz band and raffles. The dinner takes place Thursday, Nov. 4, 6-8 p.m., at Maria’s Galleria Banquet Hall, 81 Essex St., in downtown Haverhill. Tickets are $45 per person or …

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Obituaries

Today’s Obituaries: Geraldine Cesati; Worked for Haverhill Fire Chief Burton

Today’s Obituaries: Geraldine Cesati; Worked for Haverhill Fire Chief Burton
Geraldine F. “Geri” (Heymans) Cesati, 70, of Atkinson, N.H., and a former longtime resident of 11th Avenue in Haverhill, died peacefully, following a long illness, on Tuesday Oct. 26, at High Pointe Hospice House in Haverhill, with her loving family by her side. Born in Methuen, daughter of Frank and Helen (Currie) Heymans, she was raised and educated in Methuen …

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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.
  • 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.

Friday’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: Thomas Spitalere and Veterans Northeast Outreach Center Executive Director Scott Forbes.
  • 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.
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