Golf Tournament to Benefit Whittier Tech Planned for Aug. 15

The Whittier Tech Educational Foundation is hosting a golf tournament Thursday, Aug. 15, at Bradford Country Club, 201 Chadwick Road, Haverhill. The tournament is devoted to benefiting Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, by providing more financial resources and community support to the students and faculty of the district. Golfers may contact Tina Roy at 978-373-4101, extension 327, or by emailing [email protected]

Macek Intends to Make Haverhill History by Using Nickname on City Council Ballot

City Councilor William J. Macek, the longest currently serving member of the City Council, has become the first candidate in Haverhill election history to use his nickname, Bill, on the ballot, City Clerk Linda L. Koutoulas confirmed to WHAV. Macek explained to WHAV that a candidate can use a nickname if his or her voter registration reflects that name prior to pulling nomination papers. When asked about his rationale for using a nickname, Macek explained, “I have been known as Bill since I was a child. People know me as Bill.” Macek further emphasized the need to create a “better connection” between what voters see on the ballot and the name he is known by. “Every vote counts,” he added.

Merrimack Valley Chamber Holds Networking Mixer in North Andover Thursday

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce hosts a business networking mixer at Onepath, 56 High St., North Andover, Thursday, July 18 from 5-7 p.m.

The mixer provides an opportunity to meet local professional and businesspeople. Complimentary appetizers and beverages are to be served and door prizes are on hand for attendees. The cost for Chamber members is $10, and prospective members can enter for $20.

Groveland Lifts Temporary Water Restriction After 2 of 3 Wells Go Offline

Groveland has lifted a temporary water restriction which took effect Monday morning, as a result of two of the town’s three wells malfunctioning. Superintendent Colin Stokes of the Groveland Water and Sewer Department said Monday two of the town’s three wells were out of order due to electrical and mechanical problems. By Tuesday, one of the two wells had been repaired, ending the need for the restriction. “We want to thank residents for their cooperation during our period of water restriction. At this time we are pleased to say outside watering can be resumed,” Stokes said. Repairs continue on the second well, but water use can return to normal with the repair of the other well.

NECC Welcomes Prospective Students to Athletic Information Session Monday

Northern Essex Community College is hosting an athletic information session, geared towards students who have yet to make college plans, Monday, July 22, from 9:45 a.m. to noon, in Room 106 of the Haverhill Campus, 100 Elliot St., Haverhill. The session is for students who have attended another school or are new to college, Northern Essex’s Enrollment Services Meredith Gagnon-Dube tells WHAV. At the session, prospective students are introduced to the varsity sports the college offers, and learn about enrolling at the college, applying for financial aid and more about the athletic program and wellness center. Those interested may sign up in advance at

Haverhill Police Relief Association Hosts Annual Golf Tournament Aug. 9

The Haverhill Police Relief Association hosts its 20th annual golf tournament on Friday, Aug. 9, at Bradford Country Club, 201 Chadwick Road in Bradford, with tickets still available. The golf tournament begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start, and will include awards, raffles, and a lunch buffet. In addition, golfers can vie to win a Mercedes-Benz two-year lease in the “Hole in One” competition, sponsored by Smith Motors of Haverhill. Tickets are $125 per golfer, or $500 for a foursome.

Haverhill Public Meetings—Week of July 15: School Repairs Among Top Items

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. The status of school roof repairs taking place during summer vacation is one focus of Haverhill’s Joint Facilities Subcommittee of the School Committee and City Council planned for tomorrow. Councilor Colin F. LePage, one of two city councilors on the committee, said he is looking for information on “multiple school roof repairs,” other building repairs, whether a “master matrix of repairs” was completed and the status of hiring maintenance workers. Members are also expected to learn of any updates to hear updates on discussed repairs or replacements of the Albert B. Consentino and John Greenleaf Whittier middle schools.

Haverhill Author, Publisher Named as Finalist for Prestigious Writing Award

Haverhill author and Haverhill House Publishing owner John M. McIlveen was recently named of one of nine finalists from around the world for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. The author of more than a dozen books, McIlveen’s unpublished novel, “Girl Gone North,” is his entry under consideration. The ultimate prize is a publication deal for the novel with Bonnier Books UK. The manuscripts were selected as finalists moved through a blind review process of more than 400 manuscripts. This year, selected winners reflect a diverse batch of writers, with a nearly equal balance between male and female writers, and authors hailing from United States, United Kingdom and South Africa.