That Noise You Heard Was State Police Bomb Squad Destroying Old Fireworks in Haverhill

The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad Monday afternoon conducted the safe detonation of fireworks previously confiscated by Haverhill Police. Deputy Police Chief Stephen J. Doherty Jr. told WHAV his department routinely collects old or confiscated fireworks and keeps them in a secure shipping container behind the police station at 40 Bailey Boulevard. As was the case Monday, the material was taken around 5 p.m. to the city’s Public Works lot at 500 Primrose St., where they were destroyed. The Haverhill Fire Department accompanied Haverhill Police to the site. A number of residents in the area and adjacent neighborhoods flocked to social media to report they heard the detonation.

Reading Food Labels—Haverhill Council on Aging Explains What it All Means

Those who read food labels and wonder what words like organic, grass-fed and non-GMO really mean have a chance to learn during a talk sponsored by the Haverhill Council on Aging. AgeSpan’s Leigh Hartwell and Mariely Almonte provide an interactive lecture on deciphering food labels. They’ll discuss how to identify certified food labels, what to watch out for and why it is important to know where food comes from. The presentation takes place Tuesday, March 12, at 11 a.m., at the Haverhill Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., Haverhill. Those interested may reserve a seat by calling Paula at 978-374-2390, ext.

Third Annual Northern Essex Community College Giving Day Supports Areas of Greatest Need

Northern Essex Community College is readying for its third annual Giving Day—a 24-hour fundraiser uniting alumni, friends, staff, faculty and students in supporting the college and its students. Giving Day takes place Thursday, April 4, with themed challenges, prizes and more. The date is significant since more than 60 years ago, April 7 was the date students could first register for classes at the newly formed Northern Essex Community College. Donors who contribute $50 or more will be eligible to receive a special prize. Donations are accepted online and at tables in the Dimitry Building on the Lawrence Campus and the Student Center and Spurk buildings on the Haverhill Campus, where there will be giveaways.

Methuen Democrats to Elect State Convention Delegates at Caucus March 11

Methuen Democrats plan to meet online to elect 24 delegates and five alternates to represent Methuen at the 2024 State Democratic Convention. The Methuen Democratic Caucus takes place Monday, March 11, beginning at 6 p.m., via Zoom. The caucus is open to all registered Democrats and the Methuen City Democratic Committee I encouraging participation. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women, and all ballots will be written and by voice voting. Youth, minorities and people with disabilities not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be “add-on” delegates at the caucus or by visiting

MakeIT Haverhill Offers Free Computer Classes in April and May; Free Chromebooks for Grads

MakeIT Haverhill is registering those interested in taking free basic and intermediate computer classes during April and May. Classes take place over eight weeks, starting in April and ending in May, and include Computer Basics, taught in English or Spanish, and Intermediate, taught in English. Classes are open to anyone ages 16 years or older regardless of city or town where they live. Graduating students receive a new Chromebook to keep thanks to our partnership with Tech Goes Home. Registration takes place Monday, March 4, from 4-6 p.m., at MakeIT Haverhill, 301 Washington St., Haverhill.

Merrimack Valley Chamber Urges Residents to Take a ‘Leap of Kindness’ on Feb. 29

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce is urging residents to use Thursday’s Leap Day to take a “Leap of Kindness” by donating time or resources to a charity, senior or first responder. Leap Year adds a 29th day to February and Leap of Kindness Day was invented by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 2016. In 2020, more than 200 communities in the U.S., Canada and Ireland participated. Employers and employees are asked to donate “time, talent, and treasure to support local nonprofits, seniors, first responders, health care workers, veterans, animal shelters, etc.”

Specifically, the Saratoga County Chamber suggests using the extra day to make a donation to a nonprofit organization; take a coworker, family member or friend for a meal and tip big; write and deliver a thank you note to someone who has made a positive difference; volunteer for a local charity; and leave a positive online review for a favorite local business.

Finegold to Introduce Resolution Thursday Remembering Late Sen. Susan Tucker

The state Senate will remember late Sen. Susan C. Tucker and honor her legacy Thursday. Tucker of Andover died last November at age 79. She served as a state representative from 1982 to 1992 and then as a state senator from 1999 to 2011. Her successor, Sen. Barry R. Finegold will deliver a resolution and personal remarks at the beginning of the Feb. 29 session at 1 p.m.

Friends of Tucker will gather following the adjournment of session.

Haverhill Schools’ Pediatrician Maddox to Provide Drug Misuse Stats to HOPE Task Force

Dr. John L. Maddox, Haverhill Public Schools’ pediatrician, is scheduled to provide an update on efforts to secure a Drug Free Community Grant during tomorrow’s meeting of the mayor’s Haverhill Overdose Prevention and Education—HOPE—Task Force. Maddox will report on the four core measures—alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and prescription drug misuse—that grant award recipients must collect and the data being collected by Haverhill schools. The HOPE Task Force meets Wednesday, Feb. 28, 4 p.m., at the Haverhill Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., second floor. Besides the report, said HOPE Program Director Charlie Manzi, Pridestar Trinity EMS will provide an overdose report for January.