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

Haverhill Police Chief Pistone Says Downtown Foot Patrols a Hit With the Public

Haverhill Police Chief Pistone Says Downtown Foot Patrols a Hit With the Public
Haverhill Police say a patrolman walking the beat is a practice that will continue thanks to a recent grant. Haverhill Police Chief Robert P. Pistone told the City Council Tuesday the department added an extra officer to the downtown foot patrol on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. A move, he says, that has been well received by the public and …

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Haverhill Moves Ahead with Building City’s First Public Pickleball Courts in Riverside

Haverhill Moves Ahead with Building City’s First Public Pickleball Courts in Riverside
Haverhill is moving ahead with plans for the city’s first public pickleball courts. The city received the OK from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation after, as WHAV previously reported, state Sen. Diana DiZoglio secured $100,000 in this year’s state budget to begin building at Riverside Park. “The pandemic has magnified the importance of outdoor activities, with more and …

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Podcast: Pre-Election Breakfast Sunday Benefits Veterans, Offers Chances to Meet Candidates

Podcast: Pre-Election Breakfast Sunday Benefits Veterans, Offers Chances to Meet Candidates
A tradition continues Sunday when the Veterans Alliance of Greater Haverhill holds its pre-election breakfast in Haverhill. The breakfast was started by former state Rep. Brian S. Dempsey, but City Councilor Michael S. McGonagle took it over in 2017 on behalf of the city’s veterans. At the time, he noted, veterans’ organizations’ fundraising efforts had been curtailed by the city’s …

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Haverhill Joins Area Communities, Moving Trick or Treat to Sunday

Haverhill Joins Area Communities, Moving Trick or Treat to Sunday
The weather forecast means Haverhill is joining its neighbors in scheduling children’s Trick or Treat to early Sunday night. The candy-gathering, costumed exercise now takes place Sunday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m. The mayor’s office said the decision was made after consulting with police and latest weather reports showing heavy rain Saturday evening, but no rain Sunday. Methuen, North Andover …

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The Night the Martian ‘Death Ray’ Missed Haverhill; ‘War of the Worlds’ Airs Sunday

The Night the Martian ‘Death Ray’ Missed Haverhill; ‘War of the Worlds’ Airs Sunday
Editor’s Note: This is an update of earlier versions of this story. Marking the 83rd anniversary of the historic broadcast, 97.9 WHAV airs the original “Mercury Theater on the Air” presentation of the “War of the Worlds” after treat or treat, at 10 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31, with an encore three hours later at 1 a.m.  The supposed Martian invasion …

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Campaign Notes: Fiorentini Receives Backing of Former Mayoral Opponents

Campaign Notes: Fiorentini Receives Backing of Former Mayoral Opponents
A former mayor and two other well-known residents who previously ran against Mayor James J. Fiorentini are backing his re-election Tuesday, Nov. 2. Former four-term Mayor James Rurak this week joined former City Council President Mike Bresnahan and Tyler Kimball, retired firefighter, former Firefighters Union president and former mayoral candidate in endorsing the incumbent mayor. Bresnahan, who ran for mayor …

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Regional News

Sen. Warren Endorses Vasquez in Lawrence Mayoral Contest

Sen. Warren Endorses Vasquez in Lawrence Mayoral Contest
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is supporting former Lawrence City Council President and Mayor Kendrys Vasquez in next week’s election. Vasquez, who took over for Mayor Daniel Rivera after Rivera was hired as CEO of MassDevelopment, is seeking a full term as the city’s mayor Tuesday, Nov. 2. The former Democratic presidential candidate launched her presidential campaign in the mill city …

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Community Spotlight

North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau Calls Haverhill’s Museum of Printing Best Story Teller

North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau Calls Haverhill’s Museum of Printing Best Story Teller
Haverhill’s Museum of Printing is among area tourist attractions being recognized by North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau during next week’s annual meeting. The Museum of Printing and its founder Frank Romano are receiving the “Story Teller Award” during the Bureau’s 2021 Annual Meeting Thursday, Nov. 4, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester. “The tourism …

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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: 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.

Saturday’s Radio Highlights

  • Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
  • Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
  • Wave Weather: Every 30 minutes
  • World News: Noon and 11 p.m.
  • Take Two Movie Review: 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
  • Mass Moments: Today in Massachusetts history, 6:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
  • Gunsmoke: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Sunday’s Radio Highlights

  • Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
  • Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
  • Wave Weather: Every 30 minutes
  • Pulse on Health: As November nears, COVID-19 is still front and center here in the Merrimack Valley. During Sunday morning’s edition of Pulse on Health, Dr. Zandra Kelley, chief medical officer at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, brings listeners up to date on information needed to make a smart decision regarding booster shots and third vaccine doses.
  • World News: Noon, 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Take Two Movie Review: 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
  • Mass Moments: Today in Massachusetts history, 6:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
  • Mercury Theater on the Air: “War of the Worlds,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Monday’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: YMCA Regional Executive Director Tracy Fuller and Max Popolowski discusses Haverhill High School Drama Club’s presentation of “Our Town.”
  • 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.
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