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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ December 04, 2021
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Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

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When you support WHAV with a monthly membership subscription, you are in a very real sense giving the community the gift of local news.

Besides comprehensive radio reports, members make it possible for WHAV News to be distributed free 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. No log-ins are ever requested.

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Haverhill News

District Attorney’s Office Releases Name of Haverhill Woman Killed in Sunday Crash

District Attorney’s Office Releases Name of Haverhill Woman Killed in Sunday Crash
The 62-year-old woman killed late Sunday afternoon in a two-car crash was identified Tuesday as Kathy Roy of Haverhill. The identification was made Tuesday by Carrie Kimball, spokesperson for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett, after confirmation next of kin had been notified. As first reported by WHAV Monday, Roy died after suffering injuries during a crash around 6 …

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Haverhill Council Gives Approval for Next Step in Protecting 22.5 Acres From Development

Haverhill Council Gives Approval for Next Step in Protecting 22.5 Acres From Development
The Haverhill City Council gave approval on Tuesday to a plan allowing the city to assign its option to purchase 22.5 acres of agricultural land to the Essex County Greenbelt Association. The property, located at 97 Corliss Hill Road, is currently owned by Mark A. Byra and Daniel S. Byra. The city’s primary interest in the property is keeping it …

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Supt. Marotta Isn’t Shy About Her Preferred Consentino School Outcome; See Plans Tonight

Supt. Marotta Isn’t Shy About Her Preferred Consentino School Outcome; See Plans Tonight
Residents have a chance to see options tonight for the renovation or replacement of the Dr. Albert B. Consentino School. Haverhill School Superintendent Margaret Marotta told WHAV listeners this week the architect will show drawings of potential outcomes and seek feedback. One drawing centers around adding classrooms and renovating the existing building. Another set of drawings present a completely new …

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Former U.S. Rep. Frank Among Those Speaking at Cannabis Workshop Thursday in Haverhill

Former U.S. Rep. Frank Among Those Speaking at Cannabis Workshop Thursday in Haverhill
Former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank is among those scheduled to speak at a cannabis education and networking conference Thursday night in downtown Haverhill. The GrowWell Conference, focusing in part on learning to properly and safely grow cannabis, is organized by Haverhill residents Andrew Mutty of Beantown Greentown and Jimmy Carbone of Craft Haverhill. Four panel discussions cover “Health and Wellness,” …

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Regional News

Rep. Minicucci: Low-Income Families Discover Diaper ‘Sticker Shock’ Due to Supply Chain Issues

Rep. Minicucci: Low-Income Families Discover Diaper ‘Sticker Shock’ Due to Supply Chain Issues
Not unlike its impact on the lumber supply or the cost of groceries, the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the difficulty many low-income parents face in being able to access and afford diapers for their children, legislators and advocates for needy families testified Monday. The need, according to advocates, has impacts beyond the obvious desire for parents to be able …

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VA Bedford Healthcare Seeks Licensed Practical Nurse Job Applicants

VA Bedford Healthcare Seeks Licensed Practical Nurse Job Applicants
VA Bedford Healthcare System is having a recruitment fair for new graduate licensed practical nurses next week. VA Bedford has the largest community living center in the Veterans Health Administration and looking for new graduate LPNs who have passed the National Council Licensure Examination in the past six months. Its competency-based new graduate program includes clinical and didactic education within …

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Community Spotlight

Donations of Christmas Stockings for Veterans Due by This Saturday

Donations of Christmas Stockings for Veterans Due by This Saturday
Donations of filled Christmas stockings for veterans are being collected through Saturday, Dec. 11. Stockings may be stuffed with thank you cards, hygiene products, gift cards, candy and other items not to exceed $20 in value and should not include tobacco or alcohol. Christmas stockings may be dropped off at Battle Grounds Coffee locations at 39 Washington St., in downtown …

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

Radio Listings

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Melinda Myers, host of WHAV’s “Melinda’s Garden Moment” appears live Thursday morning at 8:30 to discuss holiday plant care (rescheduled from earlier date).

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. Guest: Tom Spitalere, Buttonwoods Festival of Trees.
  • 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. Guests: Deborah Chiaravalloti, Holy Family Hospital, and Melinda Myers, host of WHAV’s “Melinda’s Garden Moment” appears live to discuss holiday plant care (rescheduled from earlier date).
  • 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.
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.

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