Groveland Says ‘Yes’ To New High School; Elects New Town Clerk

Voters in Groveland elected a new Town Clerk, filled two vacancies on the Board of Selectmen, and approved funding for a new regional high school. Voters also denied giving the green light to Marijuana sales while voting to have their elected Tree Warden become appointed. About 2200 residents turned out Monday to vote, according to outgoing Town Clerk Anne M. Brodie. In the race for Town Clerk, it was Elizabeth M. Cunniff who came out victorious with 931 votes. Bonnie J. Wood came in second with 394 votes.

School Committee Updated on J.G. Whittier Repairs

The Haverhill School Committee received updates on the repair status for J.G. Whittier Middle School Thursday night. School Committee member Paul A. Magliocchetti requested the update as a way to “provide clarity” on the 60-year old building. Magliocchetti put the item on Thursday’s agenda following an email that he received over the weekend from Whittier parent Paige Caswell. “There were some emails going back and forth over the weekend and we’re just trying to get some clarity about what’s going on over at the J.G. Whitter,” said Magliocchetti. “I know sometimes you can’t filter what’s being said out there, either on social media or on the emails.


Library Parking Plan Submitted to City Council

Haverhill Public Library Executive Director Sarah I. Moser submitted a proposal to help ease long-standing parking concerns in the library parking lot, at Tuesday night’s City Council Meeting. Mosher said that many library users have had a hard time parking in the lot during the week while nearby District Court is in session. Moser, along with Public Works Director Michael K. Stankovich, recommended additional signage and permits to help improve parking in the lot. “Our patrons often find it hard to even get into the parking lot. At certain times of day, it’s pretty impossible,” Moser said.

Historic Board Expresses Concern Over Downtown Haverhill Cannabis Storefront

A vote on the storefront design for a Haverhill marijuana store was delayed this past Friday. Members of the Washington Street Historic District expressed concerns about the rendering of the future cannabis shop, Stem. The long-vacant storefront at 124 Washington St. will soon be home to what Stem owner Caroline Pineau describes as a “chic and sophisticated” retail dispensary. But before Pineau’s plans can move forward, members of the Historic District requested that designers make changes to the storefront’s design.

Nevins Library in Methuen Looking for Literacy Volunteers

Nevins Memorial Library is looking for tutors to join the Literacy Volunteers of Methuen. The group is seeking volunteers to work with students to sharpen their English language skills. Upcoming tutor orientations take place March 30, April 2, April 4 and April 13. To donate your time and talents, call Kathleen Kenny at 978-686-4080, ext. 32.

DiZoglio Gives State House Tour to CREST Students

Some Methuen students were recently given a tour of the State House as well as an up-close glimpse of how the legislative process works. Students from the Methuen-based Collaborative for Regional Education Services and Training—known as CREST—took part in a State House tour that was sponsored by state Sen. Diana DiZoglio. In addition to the tour, the students from grades 6, 7 and 8 got to have lunch with DiZoglio. “It was an honor to host these students—our next generation of leaders—for a visit to the State House and encourage them to become actively involved in the democratic process early on in their lives,” DiZoglio said in a press release. CREST assists students and adults with various physical and developmental disabilities.

Haverhill Public Meetings: Week of March 11

The public has opportunities to shape policy this week as various Haverhill boards meet. In the interest of transparency in government, WHAV provides this list of upcoming meetings every week. Tuesday, March 12

The Haverhill Retirement Board holds its monthly meeting in room 303 at City Hall, 4 Summer St, Haverhill, starting at 9:15 a.m.

The Board of Assessors meets in the Assessor’s office, room 115, City Hall from 9-11 a.m. This week’s agenda includes excise abatements, statutory exemptions and a review of abatement applications. Haverhill’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council gathers at 6 p.m. in room K-17 at Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St. Kindergarten readiness and managing IEP paperwork are two topics being discussed.

Haverhill’s iHub Holds Intellectual Property Workshop March 13

Key legal issues that can make or break a startup company are the focus of a workshop taking place next week at UMass Lowell’s Haverhill Innovation Hub. Lawyers from Boston-based Foley & Lardner plan to discuss “Company Formation and Intellectual Property” as part of iHub’s monthly Entrepreneur Development Series. Representatives are expected to provide a practical insight-oriented overview of typical legal startup issues the firm has seen from the trials and tribulations of hundreds of startups it has represented. The presentation includes type of company structure, understanding of intellectual property rights and ownership and managing employees through contracts, equity or payroll. The seminar takes place Wednesday, March 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Innovation Hub, 2 Merrimack St., third floor, Haverhill.