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

Rare Joint Meeting Tuesday of Haverhill’s Elected Officials to Begin Change to Ward Representation

Rare Joint Meeting Tuesday of Haverhill’s Elected Officials to Begin Change to Ward Representation
Haverhill’s first steps toward carrying out voters’ wishes to change to ward and/or district representation and avoid a possible lawsuit take place Tuesday night. A rare joint meeting of the mayor, City Council and School Committee is set to bridge the differences between what voters approved earlier this month and what lawyers say will satisfy the federal Voting Rights Act. …

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Haverhill Firefighter 2022 Spiral-Bound Calendars Available to Support Firefighter Charities

Haverhill Firefighter 2022 Spiral-Bound Calendars Available to Support Firefighter Charities
A large, colorful and spiral-bound 12-month calendar depicting Haverhill firefighters at work over the last year is available for sale with all proceeds benefitting fire department charities. The calendar is the brainchild of Mike Jarvis of Jarvi Productions of Haverhill. Jarvis, whose photography is often featured on WHAV.net, has been working on the calendar over the past year to show …

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Photographs: 57th Annual VFW Santa Parade

Photographs: 57th Annual VFW Santa Parade
The 57th Annual VFW Santa Parade yesterday, marked by Santa Claus’ seasonal arrival, marching bands, Hallamore Clydesdales and more was welcomed by all ages from Bradford to downtown Haverhill. Themed as “Santa Claus IS Coming to Town,” the parade returned in full force after taking 2020 off when the coronavirus pandemic tightened its grip.

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Haverhill Chamber Dodgeball Tournament Dec. 1 Supports YMCA Giving Tree

Haverhill Chamber Dodgeball Tournament Dec. 1 Supports YMCA Giving Tree
The Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is daring residents to dodge during its business after hours dodgeball tournament Dec. 1 to help benefit the YMCA Giving Tree. The Chamber invites members and non-members alike to grab or join a team, play or cheer for others. The tournament takes place Wednesday, Dec 1., from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Plaistow YMCA, 175 Plaistow Road, …

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Regional News

Civil Service Rules in Favor of Methuen Firefighter Blanchette who was Bypassed for Promotion

Civil Service Rules in Favor of Methuen Firefighter Blanchette who was Bypassed for Promotion
The state Civil Service Commission ruled late last week that Methuen must grant Firefighter Tracy Blanchette a promotion to captain or an equivalent supervisory post with back pay to 2019. The Commission said Blanchette, a nearly 30-year veteran of the department and one of only three female firefighters, was improperly bypassed for promotion to captain by then-Mayor James P. Jajuga …

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Plaistow, N.H. Police Conduct Firearms Training for Officers Tuesday

Plaistow, N.H. Police Conduct Firearms Training for Officers Tuesday
Plaistow, N.H., Police Department is letting residents know they may hear “gun shots or loud noises” while it conducts firearms training tomorrow night. Training takes place Tuesday, Nov. 23, from 2-8 p.m., at its Old County Road firing range. Those with questions or concerns may call the dispatch center at 603-382-1200.

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Feaster Five Road Race Back on Track This Thanksgiving with Becca Pizzi as Grand Marshal

Feaster Five Road Race Back on Track This Thanksgiving with Becca Pizzi as Grand Marshal
The Feaster Five Road Race, a Thanksgiving Day tradition that annually attracts thousands of runners and walkers of all levels, is back to a full in-person race with World Marathon Challenge finisher Becca Pizzi of Belmont serving as the 2021 grand marshal. The 34th annual race day takes place Thursday with a kids’ fun run at 7:45 a.m., at the …

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Community Spotlight

Haverhill Native Morillo Delivers Message of Hope for Young People at Talks Today

Haverhill Native Morillo Delivers Message of Hope for Young People at Talks Today
Haverhill native Michy E. Morillo, who travels the country as a speaker and coach, talks with Haverhill High students today and the public tonight about her message of hope for young people. Haverhill Violence Intervention and Prevention, known as VIP, invited Morillo, now of Florida. She was expelled from Haverhill High School more than 20 years ago, served time in …

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See also Crime, Education, Business Bulletin and Merrimack Valley Newsmakers podcasts

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 Susie Bresney and Beth Haley of the Merrimack River Watershed Council.
  • 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. Guest: 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.
  • Lights Out: 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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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.

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