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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ January 23, 2021
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Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

This fall, 97.9 WHAV celebrates five years of FM broadcasting. During this time, WHAV’s original, community reporting has become the area’s greatest source of local news. Besides comprehensive radio reports, members have made it possible for WHAV News to be distributed online at WHAV.NET and via the daily Wavelengths e-newspaper, Merrimack Valley Newsmakers podcasts, social media and a growing number of cable television stations.

As Greater Haverhill’s only public radio station and nonprofit local news service,” your monthly subscription during this fall membership drive is critical. Click to review the new and easy giving options. For a limited time, you’ll make an even greater impact as donations will be matched by Early Contractors up to $500.
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Haverhill News

Officials Say Haverhill ‘Kids are Struggling Mightily;’ School Fights Not Gang-Related

Officials Say Haverhill ‘Kids are Struggling Mightily;’ School Fights Not Gang-Related
Since the start of the school year, Haverhill High School has experienced 15 fights involving a total of 44 students. Contrary to popular guesswork, though, police say the fisticuffs are not gang related and school staff find those involved tend to be younger students. Haverhill Police Capt. Wayne Tracy told a gathering of families Tuesday night at Haverhill High School …

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Haverhill Councilors Choose to Keep Proportion of Taxes Between Homes and Businesses Unchanged

Haverhill Councilors Choose to Keep Proportion of Taxes Between Homes and Businesses Unchanged
Haverhill home and business owners will see a moderate increase in their tax bills. The Haverhill City Council Tuesday chose to keep last year’s proportion of residential and commercial, industrial and personal properties unchanged. However, because residential property values outpaced commercial, while industrial values dropped, the average single-family homeowner can expect to pay more. The total amount of money to …

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Merrimack Valley Chamber Plans Business Networking and Referral Mixer Tonight

Merrimack Valley Chamber Plans Business Networking and Referral Mixer Tonight
The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce is having a Business Networking and Referral Mixer at DiBurro’s Function Facility, tonight, in Haverhill. Networking, appetizers and drawings are among the activities during the mixer Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 5-7 p.m., at DiBurro’s, 887 Boston Road. Admission is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Register by calling 978-686-0900 or online at merrimackvalleychamber.com.

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Lightspeed Manufacturing, Cabot Corporation Among Firms Hiring at Job Fair Thursday

Lightspeed Manufacturing, Cabot Corporation Among Firms Hiring at Job Fair Thursday
Representatives from Lightspeed Manufacturing and Cabot Corporation, both located in the Ward Hill Business Park, are among businesses looking to hire at a job fair by MakeIT Haverhill tomorrow. The companies, on site to discuss open positions in manufacturing, offer on-site training and advancement opportunities. They will be joined by Amazon Workforce Staffing, Penacook Place and Atria Senior Living Thursday, …

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Regional News

Judge Sends Former Bank Manager from Methuen to Prison for Taking from Deceased Depositor Accounts

Judge Sends Former Bank Manager from Methuen to Prison for Taking from Deceased Depositor Accounts
A former bank manager from Methuen was sentenced this week to a year and a day in federal prison for stealing or attempting to steal more than $560,000 from deceased account holders. Forty-two-year-old Kazi Pervez of Methuen was a branch manager for a bank in Salem, N.H., where he opened or instructed bank employees to open accounts in the name …

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Community Spotlight

Haverhill’s Museum of Printing Plans Prixel Holiday Card Workshop Saturday, Dec. 4

Haverhill’s Museum of Printing Plans Prixel Holiday Card Workshop Saturday, Dec. 4
Haverhill’s Museum of Printing is having a holiday card printing workshop, where participants will leave with 25 four-by-six-inch cards to send to friends and family. Brandon Gamm, inventor of the Prixel printmaking kit, shows printmakers of all ages how to design and print a greeting card using Prixel’s unique grid system of raised letters and symbols. The workshop takes place …

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Obituaries

Today’s Obituaries: Olive Reynolds Macdougall, 98, Known for Generosity

Today’s Obituaries: Olive Reynolds Macdougall, 98, Known for Generosity
Olive Reynolds Macdougall, 98, passed away peacefully Nov. 15. She was born in Brockton on July 29, 1923, daughter of the late Horace Franklin Reynolds and Edith Mason MacDonald Reynolds. She was predeceased by her husband John S. Macdougall Jr., and sisters Florence Reynolds and Jean Reynolds Thomson. Macdougall spent her early years in Chatham.Later in life, she was on …

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Today’s Obituaries: Mary Zappala, Former Aide to Sen. Nicholas Costello, Dies at 92

Today’s Obituaries: Mary Zappala, Former Aide to Sen. Nicholas Costello, Dies at 92
Mary E. (Marino) Zappala, 92, lifelong resident of Haverhill, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 13. She was born in Haverhill April 25, 1929, daughter of proud Italian immigrants Gaspare and Elisabetta (Ardagna) Marino. Zappala was raised by Rosaria (Ripa Catanzaro) Marino after the passing of Elisabetta. She worked at St. Rita’s Church Rectory as a bookkeeper and also participated …

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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: Ginny Salem, Northern Essex Elder Transport and Daniel Plourde Sr., VFW Santa Parade.
  • 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: Deborah Chiaravalloti, Holy Family Hospital.
  • 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: Live. 7 p.m.
  • Our Miss Brooks: 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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Before You Go…


If you believe, as WHAV does, that an informed public makes for better neighbors, employees, volunteers, customers, leaders, voters and citizens, we have a small favor to ask.

Unlike others, WHAV makes its journalism available to all. If you’re not already a donor or member, WHAV needs your ongoing support to do its job. The news media is hurting with thousands of outlets closing across the country. Local news has suffered the most. While we may not always agree on what event should or should not have been covered, WHAV’s philosophy is to err on the side of disclosure. If you share a belief in these principles, help WHAV to continue being Greater Haverhill’s most trusted, reliable and thought-provoking source of news—whether on-air, online, over cable television or in social media.

Help protect WHAV’s independence by choosing a membership option here.
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