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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ December 04, 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 grown tremendously. This is especially noteworthy as other newsrooms are shrinking across the country with local news the biggest casualty. As Greater Haverhill’s only public radio station and nonprofit local news service, your monthly membership is critically important to keep accurate, reliable and timely reporting coming.

If you’re not already a monthly member, your subscription during this fall membership drive is critical. Click on “Membership” 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

Haverhill to Consider Zoning Change to Help Home-Based Businesses Serving Students

Haverhill to Consider Zoning Change to Help Home-Based Businesses Serving Students
Haverhill will consider adjusting its zoning rules after a local artist was forced to close his home studio because of a neighbor’s complaint. Paul Prue has been teaching arts and crafts at his 21 Salem St. home for the past 50 years, but was recently ordered by Haverhill Inspectional Services to stop seeing students there. Prue brought the issue to …

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Santa Claus Helps Light Haverhill’s Christmas Tree in Washington Square

Santa Claus Helps Light Haverhill’s Christmas Tree in Washington Square
Haverhill’s Christmas tree in Washington Square is lit for the season. The tree was illuminated following a brief ceremony Friday night, highlighted by carolers and the arrival of Santa Claus by horse-drawn carriage on loan to him by Haverhill’s own Kimball Farm. Mayor James J. Fiorentini, state Rep. Andy X. Vargas and city councilors were among those in attendance. Santa …

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First $1,000 of Haverhill Firefighter Calendar Sales Boosts Heroes and Helpers Childrens’ Program

First $1,000 of Haverhill Firefighter Calendar Sales Boosts Heroes and Helpers Childrens’ Program
The sale of Haverhill Firefighter calendars, donated and sold by of Mike Jarvis of Jarvi Productions, has, so far, put $1,000 toward Haverhill Police and Fire Department’s Heroes and Helpers Program. Jarvis presented the first $1,000 check to firefighters Sunday at the Water Street fire station, which was immediately matched by Haverhill Firefighters Local 1011. Firefighter Ryan Fairbanks told WHAV …

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D’Empanadas Restaurant, Featuring Latin Foods, Opens in Haverhill

D’Empanadas Restaurant, Featuring Latin Foods, Opens in Haverhill
D’Empanadas, Haverhill’s newest restaurant specializing in a variety of Latino-inspired foods, opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony last week on Hilldale Avenue in Haverhill. This is owner Miguel Del Valle’s second location, having opened his first in 2015 in Lynn. He and his family emigrated from the Dominican Republic. Rep. Linda Dean Campbell was on hand to present a House …

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I-495 Construction Update: With New Bridges Open, Dismantling and Adjustments Begin This Week

I-495 Construction Update: With New Bridges Open, Dismantling and Adjustments Begin This Week
Now that the new southbound bridge along Interstate 495 is open in Haverhill, crews from SPS New England turn their attention to dismantling some materials used during construction and adjusting other elements. Both the north and southbound bridges are complete, but work continues through next spring to, among other things, remove the temporary crossover that allowed cars and trucks to …

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Regional News

Pentucket Regional High Senior from Groveland Joins Northeastern Senior District Music Festival

Pentucket Regional High Senior from Groveland Joins Northeastern Senior District Music Festival
Pentucket Regional High School Senior Spencer Magan of Groveland was recently accepted into the 2022 Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association Northeastern Senior District Music Festival. Magan was one of four students accepted following the jazz trumpet auditions. He will participate in the Senior Festival, taking place Saturday, Jan. 8, at Galvin Middle School in Wakefield. He also will be invited to …

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Community Spotlight

Cogswell ArtSpace Project Nears the Finish Line, Hopes $50,000 Match Spurs Needed Donations

Cogswell ArtSpace Project Nears the Finish Line, Hopes $50,000 Match Spurs Needed Donations
In an effort to spur completion of the nearly $3 million Cogswell ArtSpace project in Haverhill, all donations received by Saturday, Dec. 18 will be matched up to $50,000. As reported by WHAV last month, Pentucket Bank is currently matching all donations to help complete renovations at the former George F. Cogswell School, 351 S. Main St., Haverhill. “When we …

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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: YMCA Regional Executive Director Tracy Fuller and Mary Martin of New England Equine Rescue North.
  • 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. Guests: Lauren Towler of Groveland Langley-Adams Library and Haverhill school Superintendent Margaret Marotta.
  • 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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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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