Man Wanted for Lawrence Shooting Takes Haverhill Police on Chase That Sends Two to Hospital

A 27-year-old Lawrence man sought on multiple firearm violations including armed assault with intent to murder was arrested Wednesday after leading Haverhill Police on an afternoon car chase that sent two people to the hospital, officials said. David Rafael Hernandez was taken into custody by Officer Conor Rogier Nov. 6 at 4:42 p.m. on a warrant out of Lawrence District Court for his alleged involvement in a shooting in Lawrence Aug. 25. The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section assisted the Haverhill Police Gang Unit with his arrest.

Haverhill Promise Promotes Early Literacy, Civics With ‘Book Election’

The adult voters of Haverhill have spoken to elect a new Mayor, City Council and School Committee—and as it turns out, the children of Haverhill Public Schools have sounded off, too. As part of Haverhill Promise’s first-ever “book election,” first-, second- and third-graders across the city exercised their civic duty and cast ballots for one of three books chosen by Haverhill Public Library staff to encourage early literacy. Haverhill Promise plans to give each child in grades 1-3 a book to take home at the end of this month, and to coincide with the election, the group decided to let the students vote as a class on which book they’d receive. First graders could choose from books by Mo Willems, Tedd Arnold or Dav Pilkey, while a National Geographic book about cats and dogs was among the picks for second grade students. Third graders had a chance to pit Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s “Rodrick Rules” against “Judy Moody and Stink” and “Geronimo Stilton” stories.

Whittier Tech Model United Nations Team Competes at Boston Statehouse

Model-minded and ready to wave their flags! Students from Haverhill’s Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School headed to the Boston Statehouse Oct. 25 to compete in a Model United Nations competition. Representing Kenya, Whittier Tech students Alanna Stafford and Isabelle Piscitelle were named Best Delegates in Negotiation at the conference after they developed a solution to solve world hunger and malnutrition by creating a food bank. They traveled to Boston with Whittier history teacher Stephanie Hatchell and UN Advisors Jana Brown and Scott Robertson.

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Raises $112K Through ‘In Pink’ Brunch

Laughing and lunching—for a cause. Five hundred supporters of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center came together for the health care provider’s 10th annual “In Pink” brunch and fashion show Oct. 26, raising $112,000 to fund women’s initiatives at the practice. It is the first year proceeds from the Loretta LaRoche-hosted affair at the Andover Country Club topped $100,000—a feat Senior Vice President for External Relations Rich Napolitano called “nothing short of remarkable.”

As WHAV reported last month, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center plans to expand into Haverhill with a new outpost projected to create 40 new jobs for the city within the first three years of operation. The partnership between Holy Family Hospital and the City of Haverhill will offer primary care, opioid treatment, behavioral health options and a pharmacy.

Report: Grand Jury Exploring Municipal Pot Agreements

A federal grand jury is looking into the mandatory agreements and payments between host communities and marijuana businesses, according to a report in the Boston Globe, delving into an issue that state regulators and legislators have also been wrestling with. The Boston Globe reported Monday night that at least six communities—Great Barrington, Eastham, Leicester, Newton, Northampton and Uxbridge—have received subpoenas from U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office seeking details on the communities’ host community agreements with marijuana businesses. State law requires applicants for marijuana business licenses to enter into a host community agreement before the Cannabis Control Commission will consider an application. The law stipulates that those agreements cannot run for more than five years and that the community impact fee paid to the municipality by the licensee cannot exceed three percent of the establishment’s gross sales. But the CCC has wrestled with the policy for more than a year now as entrepreneurs, lawyers and lobbyists have shared stories about cities or towns demanding a greater percentage of gross sales or other asks that would not appear to comply with the language of the law.

Buttonwoods’ Festival of Trees Seeks Holiday Tree, Wreath Donations for Weekend Drop Off

It’s beginning to look a lot like…Christmas?! Well, almost. The gang at Buttonwoods Museum is gearing up for their annual Festival of Trees and invites the public to decorate and donate trees, wreaths or centerpieces to be admired and raffled off as part of this year’s event, kicking off on Friday, Nov. 29. Fully decorated pieces can be dropped off this weekend at 240 Water St., from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Thursday or from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Perry Beats City Council Chairwoman Kannan in Methuen Mayor’s Race

Methuen has a new mayor and his name is Neil Perry. With approximately 30 percent of city voters casting ballots Tuesday, Raytheon employee Perry is poised to succeed James P. Jajuga as the city’s next leader. He emerged victorious after earning 6,386 votes to City Council Chairwoman Jennifer Kannan’s 2,666 votes. Nicholas DiZoglio, Jessica Finocchiaro and David “D.J.” Beauregard Jr. were elected as Methuen Councilors at-large. Allison Mary Saffie and Mike Simard received seats on the West District, while James McCarty and Joel Faretra represent the Central District and Eunice Delice Ziegler and Steven Saba represent the East District.

Trocki Reacts to Fiorentini Election Win: ‘He Won the Battle But the War’s Not Over’

Incumbent Mayor James J. Fiorentini was elected to his record ninth term Tuesday night, but that doesn’t mean challenger Daniel S. Trocki is finished fighting for the citizens of Haverhill. In fact, Trocki told WHAV after the ballots were tabulated, that he and his campaign staff are committed to “make change happen” in another two years. “He won the battle but the war’s not over. We still got a lot of issues that we’ve got to accomplish and push forward,” Trocki told WHAV at downtown Haverhill’s Barking Dog Ale House of his challenger Fiorentini. Twelve-year Haverhill Police Officer Trocki earned a respectable 4,785 votes to Fiorentini’s 6,503.