In advance of the March 5 presidential primary, students from Haverhill High School put together a voter awareness campaign—recording videos with HC Media, helping their peers register, and distributing information through the school’s website and social media. The goal was to not only increase turnout for the national primary, but encourage voting on the state and local levels, according to Shaun Ashworth, the teacher whose AP U.S. Government and Politics class created the campaign. He added that the effort came out of the city clerk’s office requesting he help get young people registered. “Local elections, local politics and local matters have the biggest impact on our lives, but the turnout, out of all three levels, local, state and federal, the local turnout is awful,” Ashworth said.
Holy Family Hospital’s landlord said Wednesday that Steward Health Care hospitals have drawn significant interest from other potential operators, the latest hint that facilities might soon be transferred away from the financially floundering for-profit system. A day after Gov. Maura Healey issued a biting call for Steward to hand off its licensed, operational Bay State hospitals to new parties “as soon as possible,” the firm that owns the hospital real estate suggested there could be a willing market. “With regard to Steward, we are encouraged by the amount of interest received to date from other hospital operators for these mission-critical facilities, and we expect this real estate portfolio will either resume its contributions to earnings or become additional sources of liquidity as the year progresses,” said Medical Properties Trust CEO Edward Aldag Jr.
At the same time, MPT—which in January said Steward owed it about $50 million in unpaid rent—appeared to open the door to steering more money to its tenant.
Registered Democrats in Haverhill are having a virtual caucus to elect delegates and alternates to the 2024 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention. Haverhill will be sending 33 delegates and 28 alternates to the party convention, along with other ex-officio delegates. The caucus takes place Monday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m., and is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Haverhill who may vote and be elected as delegates or alternates during the caucus.
The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce is having a Networking Breakfast at 505 Sutton in North Andover. The session features networking, continental breakfast and business card drawing for door prizes. It takes place Friday, March 8, from 8-9:15 a.m., at 505 Sutton, 495 Sutton St., North Andover.