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

Haverhill Voters Advance Fiorentini, LePage to Final Election in November

Haverhill Voters Advance Fiorentini, LePage to Final Election in November
Haverhill voters chose to have a faceoff between Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini and City Council Vice President Colin F. LePage the first week of November. Yesterday’s preliminary election saw the nine-term mayor receive 2,978 votes to LePage’s 1,345 and electoral first timer Guy E. Cooper garner 931 votes. About 12% of registered voters turned out. Fiorentini called his first …

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Haverhill Student Population Growing Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels; No. of Bus Drivers Still Lacking

Haverhill Student Population Growing Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels; No. of Bus Drivers Still Lacking
Haverhill students are back in class again and, despite a few hiccups along the way, school life is returning to normal. School Superintendent Margaret Marotta told the School Committee last week that enrollment is now close to what it was pre-pandemic and growing. “We’ve had a great start to the school year. I think we weren’t quite sure where enrollment …

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‘Housing Heating and Health Expo’ Thursday at Swasey Field Gives Info. on Rental and Utility Help

‘Housing Heating and Health Expo’ Thursday at Swasey Field Gives Info. on Rental and Utility Help
Haverhill residents have a chance to enjoy a hot dog while learning about rental and utility assistance available to them during tomorrow’s “Housing Heating and Health Expo.” Families may also apply for assistance, receive a free COVID-19 vaccine and compete for prizes during the Expo, from 3-6 p.m., at Swasey Field, Swasey Street, in Haverhill. The event is a joint …

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Regional News

DiZoglio, Backed by Former Fox News Employees, Renews Call Against Taxpayer-Paid ‘Hush’ Money

DiZoglio, Backed by Former Fox News Employees, Renews Call Against Taxpayer-Paid ‘Hush’ Money
State Sen. Diana DiZoglio, renewing her call to end the abuse of non-disclosure agreements, said taxpayers should not pay “hush” money to “silence employees and victims of abuse.” DiZoglio testified Tuesday before the legislature’s Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight on legislation she sponsored to prohibits such agreements as a condition of employment or in a settlement agreement …

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Groveland to Interview Two Finalists Tuesday for New Job of Town Administrator

Groveland to Interview Two Finalists Tuesday for New Job of Town Administrator
Two people with local ties have been named finalists for the job of town administrator in Groveland. The Board of Selectmen next Tuesday will interview Christine Lindberg, Dracut’s human resources director, and James Ryan, chief aide to the town manager of Salisbury. The finalists were among 18 applicants. Lindberg has worked as assistant to the town manager in the Town …

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Lowell Police Arrest Methuen Man, 35, on Gun-Related Charges for Alleged Sunday Shooting

Lowell Police Arrest Methuen Man, 35, on Gun-Related Charges for Alleged Sunday Shooting
A 35-year-old Methuen man was arrested on gun-related charges after allegedly shooting at someone Sunday in Lowell. Lowell Police reported Tuesday the arrest of Jaime Rodriguez of Methuen. He was charged with charged with assault with a dangerous weapon—a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm without a license and other firearms charges. Lowell Deputy Superintendent Mark LeBlanc said police said were …

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Community Spotlight

Free Walking Tour of Haverhill’s Historically Italian District Friday as Part of Trails and Sails

Free Walking Tour of Haverhill’s Historically Italian District Friday as Part of Trails and Sails
A free walking tour of “Haverhill’s Little Italy” is scheduled for this Friday as part of Essex National Heritage Area’s annual Trails and Sails. Historian Thomas Spitalere takes visitors on a Bella Building Tour through the city’s historically Italian district, including parts of River and Washington Streets and the lower end of Mount Washington. Information about Haverhill’s Italian culture and …

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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: Methuen City Councilor Eunice D. Zeigler on Methuen Day and Amy Tuneburg, Merrimack Valley Project Wheels of Hope.
  • 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.
  • Debut! Spotlight on Candidates: 6 p.m. Guests: Two mayoral finalists James J. Fiorentini and Colin F. LePage.
  • 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 Haverhill Veterans Services Director Luis Santiago.
  • 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.
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