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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ October 24, 2021
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Keep Local News Continuing Strong This Fall

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Haverhill News

Haverhill City Council Ponders Making Two Downtown Streets Pedestrian-Only During Events

Haverhill City Council Ponders Making Two Downtown Streets Pedestrian-Only During Events
The City Council is considering a proposal to close a portion of downtown Haverhill to traffic on Friday and Saturday nights to help local restaurants and businesses. Councilor Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien presented the idea last week, saying making Washington and Wingate Streets pedestrian only on weekends might be a needed shot in the arm for the city’s eateries and …

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Conversion of Former St. Joseph’s School in Haverhill Receives $6.5 Million in Financing

Conversion of Former St. Joseph’s School in Haverhill Receives $6.5 Million in Financing
The planned redevelopment of the former St. Joseph’s School into 36 apartments has received about $6.5 million in financing. St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish, a Haverhill Catholic elementary school since 1888, closed its doors in 2017. Neighbor and parishioners alike endorsed its conversion by Atlantis Investments, operated by Jonathan Cody, into apartments when the plan went before the …

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New Police Dispatchers Union Signs First Contract; Civilians Replace Officers on the Phones

New Police Dispatchers Union Signs First Contract; Civilians Replace Officers on the Phones
The new Dispatchers Union Group within the Haverhill Police Department recently inked its first contract with the city as civilians replace officers on telephones. There are currently 10 civilian dispatchers working with two more on the way to fill the dozen positions. The contract includes pay increases over three years to make the pay competitive with other public safety dispatchers …

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‘Politics in the Park’ Next Week to Bring Casual Conversations with Haverhill Candidates

‘Politics in the Park’ Next Week to Bring Casual Conversations with Haverhill Candidates
The Historic Highlands Neighborhood Association hosts “Politics in the Park,” a candidate meet and greet, next week All candidates for mayor, City Council and School Committee have been invited. Politics in the Park takes place Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 5-7 p.m., at White’s Park on Mill Street. All city residents are invited. Confirmed attendees include all three candidates for mayor, …

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Community Spotlight

River Bards Poetry Series Returns This Fall With Turner, Vallario and HHS’s Reservoir Writers

River Bards Poetry Series Returns This Fall With Turner, Vallario and HHS’s Reservoir Writers
Creative Haverhill’s River Bards Poetry Series is back this fall as both in-person and virtual event. Priscilla Turner Spada of Newburyport is first up Friday, Sept. 10. She is a member of the Powow River Poets, an artist and singer. Her chapbook, “Light in Unopened Windows,” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2016. She is included in seven Ibbetson …

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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: 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.

Wednesday’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: Luis Santiago, Haverhill Veterans Services Officer, and Jenny Arndt of Haverhill Promise.
  • 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.
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