Thursday’s Obituaries- Jan. 23: McCarthy

James P. McCarthy, 57, of Haverhill, died peacefully Monday, Jan. 20. He was born in Haverhill on May 31, 1962 and raised in Haverhill. He worked as a draw bridge engineer for MassDOT for more than 10 years and previously worked for Wayne’s Drains in Burlington. He was an assistant coach during his child’s hockey activities from Learn to Skate through Midgets.

Haverhill’s The Switchboard Receives $25,000 State Grant for Downtown Artist Residency Program

The Switchboard in downtown Haverhill has received a $25,000 state grant to bolster its Artist Residency Program. The Switchboard Artist Residency Program at 43 Washington St. is inviting artists in such mediums as painting, sculpture, fiber arts, dance, photography, music and performance art with temporary studio space. Two and four-week residencies are available. The grant was one of $340,000 in grants to 11 organizations to complete art and other creative-industry projects in Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities.

Learn How to Register for Haverhill’s Free All-Day Kindergarten Feb. 4 or Feb. 12

Registration for Haverhill’s free all-day kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year is now open for children turning 5 on or before Aug. 31. Information sessions take place Tuesday, Feb. 4 and Wednesday, Feb.12, from 6-7:30 p.m., at Haverhill High School Library, 137 Monument St. At meetings, parents may meet kindergarten teachers, receive a brief overview of kindergarten programs, learn about the registration process, be introduced to nursing, food services and transportation services, learn about special education and English learner education and plan for the months ahead.

Haverhill, Methuen and Others Receive Student and Senior Fire and Life Safety Education Grants

Haverhill, Methuen and other area communities are receiving grants to educate students and seniors about fire and safety. Haverhill Fire Department is receiving $6,963 for the Student Awareness of Fire Education—or SAFE—program and $2,930 for Senior SAFE. For the programs, Methuen also receives $5,663 and $2,730; North Andover, $4,565 and $2,552 and Groveland and Georgetown each $3,965 and $2,348. “Since 1995, the SAFE program has brought fire education to hundreds of thousands of students in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “This program allows firefighters and teachers to work together to provide fire and life safety education to young people.”

The Baker-Polito Administration said Wednesday 248 fire departments across the state will share in nearly $2 million in grants to pay for programs geared toward children and older adults across Massachusetts.

Gov. Baker, Lt. Gov. Polito Celebrate Career Tech Initiative at Greater Lawrence Technical School

Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito are celebrating the launch of the Career Tech Initiative Greater Lawrence Technical School this afternoon. They will joined by Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta, Secretary of Education James Peyser, Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, Greater Lawrence Tech Superintendent John Lavoie and other local leaders. As Baker announced in his State of the Commonwealth address, the Initiative expands the capacity of vocational high schools by running three shifts a day, in order to train more than 20,000 additional residents over the next four years. The Career Tech Initiative Celebration is to take place at 3:30 p.m., at Greater Lawrence Technical School, 57 River Road, Andover.

Temple Emanu-El Plans Annual Scout Shabbat Service Feb. 7; All Scouts Welcome

Temple Emanu-El is holding its annual Scout Shabbat service on Friday, Feb.7, 7 p.m., at 514 Main St., Haverhill, as part of its standard Friday night Shabbat service. The date coincides with the founding of the Boy Scouts of America on Feb. 8, 1910. This free event is open to all Scouts, regardless of religious affiliation. Scouts can pre-register before Jan.

Haverhill Police Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Armed Robbery Suspects

Haverhill Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men who robbed a man at gunpoint last month. Police provided a photograph of each of the two men wanted. Officials said the men approached a man who was sitting in his car Sunday, Dec. 22, on the corner of North Street and Fourth Avenue. They said, “a Spanish male opened the driver’s side door and pointed a gun at the victim and stole his wallet along with $550 in cash.”

Anyone who can identify the men are asked to call Detective Joseph Benedetti at 978-373-1212, extension 1563.

Today’s Obituaries—Jan. 22: Daneau, Kyle

James A. Daneau, 87, a longtime resident of Haverhill, died Jan. 16, at Country Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Newburyport. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and served honorably as an Airman until his discharge in September of 1953. Daneau was a leather worker employed locally at Operation Alligator and Clicker City and later at Blue Ribbon Sports in Exeter. He also worked as an apple picker at Woodman’s Orchard in Londonderry and finally as a driver for the Coach Company of Plaistow, N.H. Calling hours are Friday morning, Jan 24, from 10-noon, at Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, 47 Broadway, Haverhill.