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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ October 24, 2021
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Haverhill News

Haverhill Families May Have Overlooked $1.6 Million in Unspent Grocery Money

Haverhill Families May Have Overlooked $1.6 Million in Unspent Grocery Money
Many Haverhill residents are sitting on more than $1.6 million worth of food purchasing power and may not realize it. Haverhill School Committee member Richard J. Rosa said he learned of the unspent grocery money recently during a conversation with state Rep. Andy X. Vargas. Rosa said the money is in the form of P-EBT cards which were distributed by …

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Election Central: Lewandowski Draws Top Haverhill City Council Position on November Ballot

Election Central: Lewandowski Draws Top Haverhill City Council Position on November Ballot
Haverhill’s preliminary election is two weeks from tomorrow with only the three men on the ballot seeking the office of mayor. A drawing determined incumbent Mayor James J. Fiorentini will be listed first, followed by City Council Vice President Colin F. LePage and Patrolman Guy E. Cooper. Voters will eliminate one and send two finalists to the November final. Speaking …

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I-495 Construction Update: Work Begins This Week on Concrete Deck for Southbound Bridge

I-495 Construction Update: Work Begins This Week on Concrete Deck for Southbound Bridge
A major milestone in the construction of the new Interstate 495 southbound bridge in Haverhill—the pouring of its concrete deck—contributes to overnight lane closings this week. A single right lane will be closed on I-495 north, between exits 107, River Street, and 108, Broadway, Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 30 and 31, from 10 p.m. each night to 5 the following …

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Regional News

Merrimack Valley Mourns Loss of U.S. Marine Corp Sgt. Johanny Rosario, Killed in Afghanistan

Merrimack Valley Mourns Loss of U.S. Marine Corp Sgt. Johanny Rosario, Killed in Afghanistan
The Merrimack Valley and beyond is honoring and remembering a Lawrence Marine who was among 13 U.S. servicemembers killed Thursday by terrorists near Kabul Airport in Afghanistan. Marine Corp Sgt. Johanny Rosario was 25 and attended Lawrence High School. She died in a blast that killed an estimated 175 people. President Joseph Biden ordered a retaliatory strike that reportedly killed …

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Camera Pole Installation Requires Route 213 Ramp Closing Overnight Wednesday

Camera Pole Installation Requires Route 213 Ramp Closing Overnight Wednesday
Installation of camera poles on the Interstate 495 on-ramp to Route 213 means closing the ramp overnight Wednesday. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said camera pole installation operations will take place along the on-ramp from I-495 south to Route 213 west in Methuen. Work is scheduled to take place from 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept.1, through 5 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 2. …

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Community Spotlight

Jesse Green of American Chainsaw Addresses Whittier Middle Students Friday

Jesse Green of American Chainsaw Addresses Whittier Middle Students Friday
Jesse Green, star of American Chainsaw on The National Geographic Channel, is coming Friday to the John Greenleaf Whittier School in Haverhill. The master chainsaw sculptor and speaker presents “Chainsaws, Cheeseburgers and Rock N’ Roll- Live!” Friday, Sept. 3. The show pledges to prove to kids from every background that any dream in life is possible no matter what it …

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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: Beth Morrow of Bethany Communities and Darlene Woodward of MSPCA-Nevins Farm.
  • 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: Salem Animal Rescue League Executive Director Jinelle Hobson and Jafreicy Castro, Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Lead Poison Prevention Program.
  • 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.
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