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

Haverhill Schools Compete with Nation’s Biggest Companies for Teachers, But Still Keep 90%

Haverhill Schools Compete with Nation’s Biggest Companies for Teachers, But Still Keep 90%
Although Haverhill retains nearly 90% of its teachers, it is facing competition from the likes of the country’s biggest industries. School Committee member Paul A. Magliocchetti raised the topic at a recent meeting, relating statistics he’s heard suggesting that since the pandemic began, more people are looking for jobs they can do from home. In addition, he said, schools are …

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Second Police Resource Officer Begins at Haverhill High School Today Following Scrutiny

Second Police Resource Officer Begins at Haverhill High School Today Following Scrutiny
Haverhill High School has a second police resource officer as of today and another officer is also being assigned to the police department’s psychological counseling team. The moves came Friday after school officials reported increased vandalism and fighting since schools went back into session. What has been described as relatively minor vandalism is part of a national trend stemming from …

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City Councilors Praise WHAV for Five Years of FM Service, Expansive Local News Coverage

City Councilors Praise WHAV for Five Years of FM Service, Expansive Local News Coverage
Haverhill’s WHAV received accolades from members of the Haverhill City Council last week. Councilor Joseph J. Bevilacqua, who placed the item on the City Council agenda, praising the station for five years of FM service to the community and introducing WHAV President and General Manager Tim Coco. “Today’s WHAV is Greater Haverhill’s only public radio station and nonprofit news source …

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Recent COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Haverhill Attracts About 40, Exceeding Expectations

Recent COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Haverhill Attracts About 40, Exceeding Expectations
About 40 Haverhill residents received COVID-19 vaccines last week during one of the most successful drives recently. The Latino Coalition sponsored the vaccine clinic at GAR Park in partnership with the City of Haverhill, Rep. Andy Vargas, Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, Community Action, Veteran Services Outreach, Haverhill Police Department, Leaving the Streets Ministry and Covanta. Shots administered by Elder …

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Regional News

I-495 Construction Update: Southbound Bridge Opening Appears Imminent

I-495 Construction Update: Southbound Bridge Opening Appears Imminent
While there is no official announcement from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the current Interstate 495 work schedule suggests the opening of the new southbound bridge is imminent. The concrete deck has been installed on the new bridge and pavement preparation calls for daytime and overnight lane and ramp closings this week. An earlier construction schedule expected “median restoration” this …

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Community Spotlight

Coalition Seeking Haverhill Ward and District Representation Plans Online Session Tuesday

Coalition Seeking Haverhill Ward and District Representation Plans Online Session Tuesday
A coalition that is threatening legal action over Haverhill’s lack of elected district representation on the City Council and School Committee is having an informational meeting online tomorrow night. The presentation, “Haverhill Electoral System Informational Session,” promises to help residents “learn more about advocacy efforts underway and steps being undertaken to make Haverhill's electoral system more inclusive of its community.” …

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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. Guest: YMCA Regional Executive Director Tracy Fuller.
  • 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. Guest: Dave Shultz, Haverhill Firefighting Museum.
  • 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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