Haverhill’s Salvation Army Seeks Volunteer Red Kettle Bell Ringers

It’s Christmas Kettle time and the local Salvation Army is in search of volunteer bell ringers! Majors Walter and Lynnann Rivers from Haverhill’s Main Street office need the community’s help to staff red kettle donation locations across the city until Christmas Eve. The Salvation Army seeks outgoing and flexible people who can smile and talk to strangers while ringing bells at the kettles to raise money for the year-round services. The shifts may be split up among several bell ringers and groups or teams are encouraged to participate. Volunteer musicians are also welcome to perform at kettle locations.

Famous Haverhill Women Take Center Stage at Free Nov. 19 Lecture

Stories of some of Haverhill’s most famous women will be shared when the Women’s City Club hosts its next meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Advent Christian Church on Carleton Street. The session’s guest speaker will be Advent Church’s Rev. Frank Jewett, who plans to deliver remarks starting at 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, email [email protected]

Kiwanis Turkey Drop Planned for Saturday Nov. 16 at Murphy’s Garrison Golf in Haverhill

The Kiwanis Club of Haverhill’s annual pre-Thanksgiving fundraiser takes over Murphy’s Garrison Golf on Hilldale Avenue, at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 for the fourth annual turkey drop contest. For $10, locals may purchase a ticket with a number that corresponds to a random square on a landing grid. For every rubber turkey—dropped from a helicopter—that lands in that square, the ticket holder wins a prize. In the past, prizes have ranged from Mann’s Orchard pies to Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards and frozen turkeys.

I-495 Bridge Closures on the Way Tuesday Through Thursday

Heads up, Haverhill: This week’s lane closures on the northbound stretch of Interstate 495 are taking place Tuesday, Nov. 12 through Thursday, Nov. 14. A single right lane of the highway between exits 48 and 49 will be closed from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. to allow for the construction of a new protection barrier, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation said. Signage will be used to alert drivers to the closure, and the 55MPH speed limit is still in place within the construction zone.

Fiorentini’s ‘Aggressive’ Approach to Combat Gang Violence: Community Meetings, Reconvening Task Force

One week after Haverhill Police arrested a known gang member for allegedly shooting at a city couple on Washington Street, Mayor James J. Fiorentini is doubling down on his efforts to eradicate violence in the area. As part of what he calls a “broad and aggressive approach” to combat gangs and gun violence in Haverhill, Fiorentini on Friday announced a Dec. 5 community meeting to be held in the Mount Washington neighborhood along with the Haverhill Police Department as a first step to discuss issues in the city. “We’re going to continue our broad and aggressive approach to fighting gangs and gun violence with a series of initiatives including at least two community meetings, supporting neighborhood crime watches, reconvening my gang task force and other initiatives that are still in the planning stages,” Fiorentini said. The meeting takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Somebody Cares New England Building at 458 Washington St.

Judge Sets $100K Bail for Accused Lawrence Shooter Who Injured Two During Haverhill Police Chase

The Lawrence man wanted in connection to a shooting in that city is being held on $100,000 cash bail after taking Haverhill Police on a chase last week, Judge Stephen Abany ruled. Twenty-seven-year-old David Hernandez appeared in Haverhill District Court Thursday to answer to three counts of leaving the scene of personal injury and two counts of drug possession after being arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Lawrence on Nov. 6. In his attempt to evade State Police, Haverhill detectives and FBI agents, Hernandez struck three cars—including one driven by a grandmother with her 5-year-old granddaughter inside—during a rush hour pursuit near Broadway and Monument Street. Two people were treated for minor injuries after the accident, police said.

PHOTO: Haverhill Navy Sailor Kelley Serving Aboard USS Milius

Ian Kelley is a Hillie on a mission in the East China Sea. This Veterans Day weekend, the Haverhill native is serving aboard the USS Milius, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, his Navy command staff tells WHAV. The Navy Office of Community Outreach recently let WHAV know Kelley helped his colleagues simulate a damage control drill while stationed in the in Indo-Pacific region.