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Haverhill News

Group Asks Environmental Officials to Overturn Approval of DiBurro’s Ward Hill Redevelopment

Group Asks Environmental Officials to Overturn Approval of DiBurro’s Ward Hill Redevelopment
A group of Haverhill residents is asking the state Department of Environmental Protection to overturn and replace the city’s conditions on a proposal to construct 152 apartments and commercial space at the site of current DiBurro Function Facility. Few of the 10 petitioners appear to have any connection to the property at 887 Boston Road, between Route 125 and Boston …

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State Officials Plan Routine Review of Haverhill Schools’ Special Education and Civil Rights

State Officials Plan Routine Review of Haverhill Schools’ Special Education and Civil Rights
State education officials plan to conduct a routine review of Haverhill Public Schools in February, and parents are asked to play a role. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring undertakes, what it calls, a “tiered focused monitoring review” with a focus on verifying compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. …

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Haverhill Offers Free Downtown Parking Through Saturday, Plans Added Trash Pickups Next Week

Haverhill Offers Free Downtown Parking Through Saturday, Plans Added Trash Pickups Next Week
The City of Haverhill is playing Santa, sort of. There are no toys, but free downtown Haverhill parking began Thursday and remains in effect through Christmas, Saturday. Further, residents with curbside collection may put out an extra bag or barrel next week. Mayor James J. Fiorentini said parking is free on all public downtown streets and lots. He added there …

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Familiar Village Square Restaurant in Bradford Formally Reopens

Familiar Village Square Restaurant in Bradford Formally Reopens
The well-known Village Square Restaurant in Bradford’s Central Square formally reopened yesterday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce helped owner Anthony Raia cut the ribbon at the 109 S. Main St., Haverhill. Calee Merenda from state Sen. Diana DiZoglio’s office and Ryan Dekeon from Rep. Linda Dean Campbell’s office were on hand as well for …

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Community Spotlight

Atkinson Congregational Church Holds In-Person and Online Christmas Eve Service

Atkinson Congregational Church Holds In-Person and Online Christmas Eve Service
Atkinson Congregational Church hosts a Christmas Eve service tonight, both in person and online. There will be Christmas-inspired messages, various music and a candlelight component. The service begins at 7, at the church, 101 Main St., Atkinson, N.H. Those attending in person are asked to wear a face mask. Online attendees may join the service through a link found at …

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It’s An Old-Time Radio Christmas Eve on 97.9 WHAV, Featuring a Local Connection

It’s An Old-Time Radio Christmas Eve on 97.9 WHAV, Featuring a Local Connection
WHAV continues its Christmas Eve old-time radio tradition with some familiar favorites along with a few offerings aimed at introducing a new generation to popular entertainers of the 20th century. New to WHAV’s holiday lineup Friday, Dec. 24, but with radio careers spanning back to the 1930s and at least one local connection, are Fred Allen and Fibber McGee and …

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Haverhill’s Louis Alter Brings Back Christmas Spirit Near End of World War II

Haverhill’s Louis Alter Brings Back Christmas Spirit Near End of World War II
(Holiday encore. This story first appeared in 2020.) The United States entered World War II starting with the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor—78 years ago today. By the autumn of 1944, there was cause for optimism the war’s end might actually be in sight. D-Day forces had landed in Normandy, Paris had been liberated, and the Allies were …

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Haverhill Native Poet Comeau Shares His latest, ‘Jesus in a Boston Pub’

Haverhill Native Poet Comeau Shares His latest, ‘Jesus in a Boston Pub’
Haverhill native Raymond F. Comeau has released a new poem, “Jesus in a Boston Pub,” timed for the Christmas holiday, but, as he puts it, “the poem stresses many things, especially compassion, perseverance and persistence, qualities that we can all use during pandemic times.” Now of Belmont, Comeau is a retired dean and current lecturer at Harvard University Extension School. …

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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.
  • 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.

Special Programming

7 p.m. Superman’s Christmas Adventure
From 1940, Superman helps a spoiled brat, unhappy with his toys, by introducing him to a poor boy who has no toys. First, however, Superman must stop Dr. Grouch and Mr. Meaney who set out to destroy Santa’s workshop and steal the reindeer.
7:30 p.m. Fibber McGee and Molly
Fibber sets out to install Christmas lights and decorations outside his house with hilarious results. Billy Mills and his Orchestra perform a Christmas medley and “Teeny” visits and leads carolers in singing “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
8 p.m. It’s a Wonderful Life
Jimmy Stewart returns as George Bailey in this radio adaptation of the 1948 movie. When Stewart regrets ever being born, his guardian angel grants his wish on Christmas Eve. Besides Stewart, others appearing are Donna Reed as Mary Hatch and Victor Moore as Clarence.
9 p.m. Miracle on 34th Street
Maureen O’Hara, John Payne and Edmund Gwenn, stars of the classic 20th Century Fox 1947 movie, return for this radio adaptation. In the story, Macy’s founder Rowland H. Macy insists a man named Kris Kringle (Gwenn) play Santa Claus in the store even as another store manager tries to have Kringle committed for believing he is the one and only Santa Claus.
10 p.m. Town Hall Tonight
The Mighty Allen Art Players, later the inspiration for Johnny Carson’s Mighty Carson Art Players on television, perform “Santa Claus Sits Down.” Beforehand, listeners are treated to Jack Benny’s efforts to sell his Maxwell to Fred Allen and performances by Basin Street Boys, singing “You Drove the Gloom Away,” Peter van Steeden playing “Limehouse Blues,” The King’s Men singing “Nobody Loves a Riveter but His Mother” and Eugene Lester performing “Rosalie.”
11 p.m. A Christmas Carol
Lionel Barrymore plays Ebenezer Scrooge in this 1939 Mercury Theater on the Air production of Charles Dickens’ timeless story, “A Christmas Carol.” Radio listeners closely identified Barrymore with the grouchy character since he performed the role almost every Christmas between 1934 and 1953.

All Christmas Eve programs are repeated at midnight.

Saturday’s Radio Highlights

  • Holiday Music: All day until 6 p.m., 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.
  • A Christmas Carol: WHAV is pleased to join WATD, WBMS, WKKL and WSDH in presenting this new, 2021 production by the Massasoit Radio Players at Massasoit Community College in Brockton.
  • Take Two Movie Review: 8:45 a.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: Greater Lawrence Family Health Center operates one of the only “Healthcare for the Homeless” programs north of Boston, serving a host of communities in the Merrimack Valley. Dr. Ryan Dono, one of the providers in the program, talks about healthcare for the homeless, why a program like this is so important, some of the challenges faced by the patients and the providers.
  • 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. Guest: Greater Haverhill Chamber President and CEO Irene Haley.
  • 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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