Pentucket Bank closes its main branch today and opens a temporary downtown office as well as a revamped Riverside branch—all in preparation for a $160 million downtown Haverhill redevelopment. The long-considered plans, first reported by WHAV more than two years ago and confirmed last year, are now taking shape following developer Salvatore N. Lupoli’s closing on city and bank land. The mixed-use housing and retail project covers White’s Corner through the entirety of what is known as the Herbert H. Goecke Jr. Memorial Parking Deck. Pentucket Bank CEO Jonathan H. Dowst and President Eric G. Leuteritz detailed the plans Tuesday morning for WHAV listeners.
Samuel J. “Sammy” Bonnell, 82, husband of Mary Ellen (Quirke) Bonnell of Haverhill, passed away with his loving wife of 55 years by his side on Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Hannah Duston Healthcare Center in Haverhill after a lengthy illness. Bonnell was born in Haverhill to the late Francis and Elizabeth (Zangari) Bonnell.
Gov. Maura Healey Tuesday released a list of demands—including financial records and safe staffing and supply levels—she said she is making of Steward Health Care, owner of Holy Family Hospitals in Haverhill and Methuen. Healey, in a letter sent to Steward CEO Ralph de la Torre, asked the chain to take a number of steps by Friday or face the state “freezing admissions, closing beds, canceling procedures and transferring patients to other hospitals.” One step asks Steward to produce financial records that are required of other health care systems, but that Steward has refused to submit for years.” The governor said information would show whether spending and resources might “put profits over patient care.”
“The time has come to move past our many months of discussions and begin executing a safe, orderly transition of your seven licensed facilities in Massachusetts to new operators as soon as possible,” the letter read. The governor went on to say, “For years, you have refused to engage in the same level of basic transparency that every other system in Massachusetts offers by not releasing your audited financial statements,” wrote Healey.
The public is invited Saturday to learn about help and resources available from the state attorney general’s office during Community Action Hours Saturday in Lawrence. In the first in a series of community outreach programs, Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell’s Community Engagement Division and Consumer Advocacy and Response Division staff will present information in both English and Spanish. Her office, according to the attorney general’s website, protects consumers, combats fraud and corruption, investigates and prosecutes crime and protects the environment, workers and civil rights.