Haverhill City Councilors were beside themselves with praise for a plan, presented at Tuesday’s meeting, to construct three affordable townhouses at the corner of Washington and Ayer Streets in Haverhill. That property, at 462 Washington St., contains an abandoned hair salon once known as “Mr. Wayne Hairstylists” as well a large paved parking area. Attorney Donald F. Borenstein, representing property owner Richard P. Early Jr, began by telling councilors the planned building will be an excellent fit in the neighborhood. “Basically, in the immediate area of that building, we have approximately one-third of the buildings are two family homes and two-thirds of the buildings are either three family or four plus, so we believe the density of this as a three unit project is very appropriate for that neighborhood, a good use of that corner,” he said.
The Haverhill Police Department honored its outstanding officers and community leaders during its Annual Policeman’s Ball earlier this month. Haverhill Detective John Orsillo was named the 2023 Police Officer of the Year, while Officer Justin Graham was presented with the 2023 Life Saving Award and the Zefta Family, owners of Maria’s Restaurant were awarded the 2023 Citizen of the Year during the event hosted by the Haverhill Police Relief Association. Orsillo was commended for his outstanding efforts in community policing, addressing quality of life issues for the citizens of Haverhill and his proactive work as a Criminal Investigations Division detective responsible for the closure of hundreds of cases.
Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School and Veterans Northeast Outreach Center are developing a partnership to assist area veterans. Whittier Superintendent Maureen Lynch said a recent school visit was coordinated by Vocational Coordinator Paul Moskevitz and involved Veterans Northeast Outreach Center Outreach Coordinator Jim Behen and various Whittier Tech instructors, including HVAC Instructor Scott Marchand, Auto Body Instructors Paul Debenedictis and Steve Polidoro, Auto Tech Instructor Gene Thomas, Marine Tech Instructor Mike Murray, Advanced Manufacturing Instructor Bruce Boisselle and Plumbing Instructor Eli Roy. “Anything we can do to help veterans, we would love to help out,” said Debenedictis.
Pentucket Bank Tuesday reported it has reached the milestone of topping $1 billion in assets, making it one of the largest mutual banks in Massachusetts and New Hampshire by asset size. Pentucket Bank CEO Jonathan H. Dowst and President Eric G. Leuteritz issued a joint statement noting the accomplishment for a bank that began in 1891 by being open only one day a week. “This achievement is a testament to the dedication, hard work and unwavering commitment of each and every one of our employees.