‘The Heights’ Promises Mortgage Payment This Week; Haverhill Plans to Tighten Collection Policies

Following the revelation that a downtown developer had not made two required mortgage payments, the city has received a promise that at least the oldest amount will be paid this week. City Council Vice President Colin F. LePage told WHAV this week that “The Heights” 10-story Merrimack Street building under construction by developer Salvatore N. Lupoli, owes more than $225,333 to the city for two annual mortgage payments. A statement from Mayor James J. Fiorentini’s office yesterday confirmed the amount. “The current tax payment was due about two weeks ago. It is still within the payment grace period.

Santiago Becomes Haverhill’s Veterans Services Officer; Served in Brigade Capturing Hussein

A bilingual veteran of the Iraq War became Haverhill’s veterans services officer this week. Luis Santiago, 39, was appointed by Mayor James J. Fiorentini, replacing Amanda Buckley, who left last month after her Marine fiancée was transferred to another military base. Santiago served as an infantryman in the Army from 2001 to 2005 and was a soldier in the brigade that captured Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003. Fiorentini said Santiago already has worked with veterans, serving recently as an intern in the Lawrence Veterans Services Office. The mayor said, “He has tremendous enthusiasm and has the experience from working in the Lawrence office to start the job immediately.

Haverhill Swears in 13 Patrolmen at Ceremony, Bringing Police Force to 102 Officers

Haverhill has 13 new police officers. The recruits were sworn-in Wednesday by Mayor James J. Fiorentini on the same day they graduated from the police academy. The mayor said the city now has 102 officers, which he called “the highest number of officers actually on the street in recent history and perhaps ever.”

“The city has been reaching out to diversify its police force and its workforce in general and these 13 new recruits, which include five minorities and two female officers, are a significant step in that direction,” Fiorentini said. His office noted there are currently 12 female officers on the Haverhill force, of which four are supervisors. Joining the force are Jhonathan Almonte, Douglas Angus, Angel Aviles, Jamal Babiker, Timothy Campbell, Jared Grazio, Geraldine Jimenez-Rivera, Daniel McDonagh, Parker Rogers, Kaylee Sarfde, David Steed, Daniel Surette and Camden Titus.

Salem Animal Rescue League 16th Annual Fore Paws Golf Tournament Takes Place Aug. 10

Salem Animal Rescue League is having its 16th Annual Fore Paws Golf Tournament next month to benefit homeless animals. The 18-hole tourney takes place Monday, Aug. 10, from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at Windham Country Club, 1 Country Club Road, Windham, N.H. A registration fee of $175 per golfer includes one square for the wine and spirits board, cart, on-course contests, driving range, individual golfer gift and golf balls, hot dog at the turn, gourmet box lunch, 10 raffle tickets and one beverage ticket. Registration is open through Aug. 3.

Plaistow, N.H., Town Hall Partially Reopens to the Public Next Monday with New Rules

Plaistow, N.H., Town Hall is partially reopening to the public next Monday, July 13. Public access will be provided only to the town clerk and tax collector’s offices on the first floor.  All other departments will be by open by appointment only. Officials say they have adopted rules since the COVID-19 pandemic remains “a clear and present threat to the health of our staff, patrons and the community.” They ask that anyone experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, chills, shortness of breath, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, severe fatigue or sudden change in sense of taste or smell are asked to stay home. Rules require patrons to wear face masks while in the building, use the provided hand sanitizer upon entry, maintain physical distancing, adhere to a maximum occupancy inside the lobby and at the service counters of six people total and follow directional arrows for exiting the building. Town Hall hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.  Online services remain available and residents may also submit renewals by mail or use the drop box in the vestibule.

State Police Identify Woman Killed in I-93 Crash, Now Believe She Was Ejected in Accident

Massachusetts State Police have identified the woman who was killed in an automobile accident Tuesday night on I-93 and now believe she was ejected from her car before being struck in the travel lane. Police said 43-year-old Kristina Lee of Tewksbury died after, according to an investigation, she was ejected from her 2002 Ford Escape after losing control of it around 10:30 p.m. on I-93 north, between exits 38 and 39. After the Escape hit the guardrail and the woman was thrown, the report said, the vehicle returned to the roadway, continued northbound unoccupied and came to rest in the woodline. The woman was then struck by a 2004 Honda CRV, driven by a 24-year-old Methuen man, who remained at the scene. A preliminary report initially suggested the woman was walking on I-93 north after her own vehicle crashed.

Woman, 43, Dies After Being Struck Walking on I-93 After Crash

A 43-year-old Tewksbury woman was killed late last night when she was struck by a car while walking on I-93 north after her own vehicle crashed. Massachusetts State Police said the accident took place around 10:30 p.m., in the right travel lane between exits 38 and 39. The woman, whose name was not immediately released, was struck by a 2004 Honda CRV operated by a 24-year-old Methuen man. State Police said the driver remained at the scene. State Police said a preliminary investigation suggests she was on foot after her 2002 Ford Escape crashed into the woodline to the right of the roadway.

Haverhill Councilor Says Developer Missed Mortgage Payments to City; Mayor Calls it Oversight

Updated: A sentence was added to detail the mayor’s response. Officials are calling it an oversight, but at least one Haverhill city councilor wants to know why the city hasn’t collected two years of mortgage payments on land below downtown’s newest building. Council Vice President Colin F. LePage says “The Heights” 10-story Merrimack Street building under construction by developer Salvatore N. Lupoli, owes more than $225,333. Assuming the payments on the purchase of city-owned land are made, LePage adds the money can be spent right away on such things as new fire trucks. Mayor James J. Fiorentini says he is not worried about receiving the money.