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

Council Agrees to Delay Kenoza Avenue Condo Hearing to Allow Talks with Neighbors

Council Agrees to Delay Kenoza Avenue Condo Hearing to Allow Talks with Neighbors
A proposal by a Salem, N.H., construction company to convert the Grondin-Carnevale Funeral Home at 125-129 Kenoza Ave. into seven condominium units was put on hold at last night’s Haverhill City Council meeting. Attorney Robert D. Harb, who represents Mazraany Construction, asked the Council for a continuance until Nov. 9, to allow the builder to meet personally with abutters and …

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Pandemic Pause Harm Some MCAS Scores; Haverhill High, Whittier Tech Show English Progress

Pandemic Pause Harm Some MCAS Scores; Haverhill High, Whittier Tech Show English Progress
Haverhill and communities across the state are learning the pandemic indeed took its toll on student achievement, as measured by MCAS scores. Despite mirroring declining math trends statewide, however, 10th graders in Haverhill’s and Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School actually improved in English language scoring this year. “The MCAS tests administered in the spring provide Massachusetts educators and families …

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Campaign Notes: Haverhill Candidates Plan Events, Spell Out Platforms This Week

Campaign Notes: Haverhill Candidates Plan Events, Spell Out Platforms This Week
Haverhill candidates for City Council and School Committee are busy trying to earn voter support with a little more than a month to the final election. City Councilor Michael S. McGonagle is hosting a campaign fundraiser Thursday, Sept. 23, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Garrison Golf Center, 654 Hilldale Ave., Haverhill. Donations may be made to the Committee to Elect Michael …

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Haverhill Man, 31, Faces Gun and Drug Charges After State Police Traffic Stop

Haverhill Man, 31, Faces Gun and Drug Charges After State Police Traffic Stop
A 31-year-old Haverhill man faces firearm, drug, alcohol and automobile-related charges after being pulled over early Monday morning near Brockton. Ramon Silvelo-Miles was arrested after State Police said they observed his Toyota Camry sedan nearly strike a construction detail setup on Route 24 southbound. Trooper Tyler Hopkins reported the scent of an alcoholic beverage when he approached the man, who …

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Regional News

Federal Judge Sentences Former Methuen Man to 15 Years in Prison for Fentanyl Dealing

Federal Judge Sentences Former Methuen Man to 15 Years in Prison for Fentanyl Dealing
A former Methuen man was sentenced Tuesday to more than 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to fentanyl trafficking. Thirty-three-year-old Joel Cortorreal, also known as Angel Javier Morell-Oneill, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin to 15.5 years in prison and five years of supervised release for fentanyl trafficking. Back in April, Cortorreal pleaded guilty to …

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Community Spotlight

Haverhill High School Soccer Plans Car Wash Fundraiser This Saturday

Haverhill High School Soccer Plans Car Wash Fundraiser This Saturday
A car wash to benefit Haverhill High School soccer takes place this Saturday, Sept. 25. A donation of $5 per car is requested when the fundraiser takes place Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Water Street Fire Station, 131 Water St., Haverhill.

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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: Jeanne Osborne of the YWCA Haverhill and Ben Kilbride, assistant editor, “Old Farmer’s Almanac.”
  • 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.
  • Spotlight on Candidates: Mary Ellen Daly O'Brien and Ralph T. Basiliere, 6 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 and George Moriarty, Ruth's House.
  • 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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