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

State Investigates School Sexual Harassment Matter, While Fed Rules Complicate Haverhill Review

State Investigates School Sexual Harassment Matter, While Fed Rules Complicate Haverhill Review
A state investigation is underway into a reported incident of sexual harassment of a sixth grader attending at Caleb Dustin Hunking School, but Haverhill school officials say federal rules temporarily have their hands tied. Attorney Amy McDonald Rogers of Lyons & Rogers told the Haverhill School Committee’s Policy Subcommittee Friday morning the city must adopt the federal government’s newly updated …

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Haverhill Schools to Receive National Guard Help This Week to Drive Mini Vans and Mini Buses

Haverhill Schools to Receive National Guard Help This Week to Drive Mini Vans and Mini Buses
Haverhill joins Lawrence and other communities across the state in getting help from the National Guard driving school transport vans in light of a national driver shortage. Six National Guard bus drivers are expected this week to drive minivans and minibuses—not full-size buses, but the assistance frees up to two drivers with Commercial Drivers’ Licenses, Assistant Superintendent Michael Pfifferling notified …

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Haverhill Scientist Receives Recognition as Part of Team Developing Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Haverhill Scientist Receives Recognition as Part of Team Developing Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine
A Haverhill resident, part of the team at Pfizer that developed the company’s BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, was recently honored for creating the “Greatest Patient Impact” in connection with the rollout of the drug. Principal Scientist Sarah E. Weiser was awarded the Breakthrough Science and Innovation Prize, described as Pfizer’s highest honor for scientific achievement, and also received hometown recognition by …

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I-495 Construction Update: Overnight Lane and Ramp Closings for Pavement Preparation

I-495 Construction Update: Overnight Lane and Ramp Closings for Pavement Preparation
There will be overnight lane and ramp closures this week along Interstate 495 southbound in Haverhill as part of the ongoing twin bridge replacement project. This week’s work involves preparing road surfaces for pavement. Two right lane closings take place on I-495 south, between exits 108, Route 97, and 106, Ward Hill, from 9 p.m.-5 a.m., nightly beginning Monday and …

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Regional News

Gov. Baker to Speak at Merrimack Valley Chamber Annual Meeting Oct. 4

Gov. Baker to Speak at Merrimack Valley Chamber Annual Meeting Oct. 4
Gov. Charlie Baker addresses members of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce at the business group’s annual meeting next week in Haverhill. Baker is the keynote speaker during the event which takes place Monday, Oct. 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at DiBurro’s Function Facility, 887 Boston Road. During the meeting, Pfizer of Andover is to be honored with the Chamber’s …

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Community Spotlight

Whittier Birthplace Lecture Series Sept. 30 Discusses Fireside Poet William Cullen Bryant

Whittier Birthplace Lecture Series Sept. 30 Discusses Fireside Poet William Cullen Bryant
Harrison and Linda Hunt are the authors of “William Cullen Bryant’s Cedarmere Estate” discuss the fireside poet when Whittier Birthplace’s Virtual Lecture Series Returns this Thursday. The Hunt’s present “William Cullen Bryant: Fireside Poet, Journalist, Civic Reformer and Successful Businessman” Thursday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m., online. The talk examines Bryant’s multifaceted career, legacy and connections with John Greenleaf Whittier. Bryant …

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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: Greater Haverhill Chamber President and CEO Irene Haley and Carol Ireland of Haverhill Walk for Peace.
  • 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: Thea Tsagaris, Haverhill Exchange Club, and Michael Bevilacqua of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce.
  • 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.
  • Haverhill City Council: 7 p.m. Live.
  • Lights Out: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
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