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

Merrimack Valley Remembers 9/11 With Series of Ceremonies and Tributes

Merrimack Valley Remembers 9/11 With Series of Ceremonies and Tributes
Tomorrow’s 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks brings services, remembrances and other activities throughout Greater Haverhill. The Haverhill Firefighting Museum plans a memorial service, beginning at 9:30 a.m., near its 9/11 memorial, 75 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill. There will be a march of the Haverhill Fire Department, Haverhill Police Department and Trinity EMS Honor Guards; sounding of the last alarms at …

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Benevento, Who Managed the Aftermath of Haverhill’s Hospital Debt, to Retire in January

Benevento, Who Managed the Aftermath of Haverhill’s Hospital Debt, to Retire in January
The Haverhill official who has managed the city’s financial rebound from the dark days following the collapse of the former city-owned Hale Hospital to today’s surpluses is retiring in January. City Chief Financial Officer Charles Benevento was first hired by former Mayor John J. Guerin in 2003. The position had historically been known as city auditor with an additional stipend …

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Wright, a Whittier Tech Grad and State Legislative Aide, Takes Post as Haverhill Assistant City Clerk

Wright, a Whittier Tech Grad and State Legislative Aide, Takes Post as Haverhill Assistant City Clerk
Haverhill native and state legislative aide Kaitlin M. Wright was named yesterday as the city’s assistant city clerk. Wright, who most recently served as chief of staff for Republican state Rep. Steven Xiarhos, succeeds James R. Blatchford, who recently left to become West Newbury Town Clerk. Wright begins the job Wednesday, Oct. 6.  Wright said she was “humbled” to be …

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‘Bradford’s Enchanted Farm,’ ‘Chris’ Farm Stand’ Plans Children’s Activities and Food Sunday

‘Bradford’s Enchanted Farm,’ ‘Chris’ Farm Stand’ Plans Children’s Activities and Food Sunday
Chris’ Farm Stand in Bradford is becoming “Bradford’s Enchanted Farm” during “Fairy Day” this Sunday. The farm at 436 Salem St., plans a variety of activities Sunday, Sept. 12, from 2-5 p.m., including a scavenger hunt hayride, crafting of wands, making take-home fairy gardens, fairy story time, hoop Jams demo, petting zoo, face painting and more. There will also be …

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Regional News

Lawrence Marine, 21, Dies After Reported Fall on First Day of Recruit Training

Lawrence Marine, 21, Dies After Reported Fall on First Day of Recruit Training
The Merrimack Valley is mourning a second Lawrence Marine who apparently died Tuesday while in training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Following notification of next of kin, the Marine Corps Thursday reported 21-year-old Pvt. Anthony Munoz died on his first day of training. Munoz was a member of Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion. Marine Capt. Philip …

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Community Spotlight

Hilldale Cemetery Spooktacular Fundraiser and Paranormal Walk Tonight

Hilldale Cemetery Spooktacular Fundraiser and Paranormal Walk Tonight
Essex County Ghost Project and the Hilldale Cemetery Association is having a “Spooktacular Fundraiser and Paranormal Walk,” tonight. Gates open at 7 p.m. with tours beginning at 7:30, at the cemetery, 331 Hilldale Ave., Haverhill. A $10 donation is requested with all proceeds going to the Hilldale restoration fund. Reserve by calling Thomas Spitalere at 978-376-2807.

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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: Haverhill mayoral candidates Guy E. Cooper and City Council Vice President Colin F. LePage.
  • 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.
  • DJ Chris on the Radio: Live, 6:10 p.m.
  • Couple Next Door: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Saturday’s Radio Highlights

  • Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
  • Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
  • Wave Weather: Every 30 minutes
  • World News: Noon and 11 p.m.
  • Take Two Movie Review: 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
  • Mass Moments: Today in Massachusetts history, 6:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
  • Gunsmoke: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Sunday’s Radio Highlights

  • Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
  • Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
  • Wave Weather: Every 30 minutes
  • Pulse on Health: On this week’s episode of Pulse on Health, hear part two of the interview with Greater Lawrence Family Health Center President and CEO Dr. Guy Fish. He talks about health insurance reform in Massachusetts and the country as well as the new electronic medical records system being rolled out at the Health Center.
  • World News: Noon, 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Take Two Movie Review: 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
  • Mass Moments: Today in Massachusetts history, 6:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
  • Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Monday’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 Rep. Leonard Mirra.
  • 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.
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