Updated: Haverhill Police Arrest Two for Mount Washington Shooting; Victim Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries

A Lawrence man was airlifted to a Boston hospital with life-threatening injuries after being shot Sunday night in Haverhill’s Mount Washington neighborhood. Two are under arrest in connection with the shooting, which took place around 6 p.m. near Freeman Street and Ashworth Terrace, but their names were initially not available. Carrie Kimball, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett confirmed this morning two people were arrested, but one is a juvenile. They are scheduled to be arraigned today. “Obviously, these things are very concerning to us.

Haverhill Honors 10-Year-Old Committed to Keeping the Merrimack River Clean

A 10-year-old with obvious business acumen in support of keeping the Merrimack River clean won city praise Tuesday night. Ava Valianti of Newbury, who created the nonprofit Domino of Good Deeds three years ago, has set a goal of donating $7,000 to Rocky Morrison’s Clean River Project. She explained her mission before Haverhill city councilors. “People can inform us if anything is going on, and we can try to do our part to help. I started this when I was seven years old because I really wanted to help people for a while,” she said.

Haverhill Councilors Endorse Farm Protection Acts, Including Local Agricultural Commission

Although many outsiders see Haverhill simply as an urban center, Haverhill city councilors Tuesday night recognized the city’s eight working farms. They endorsed creation of an agricultural commission and a right-to-farm ordinance. Devan Ferreira, introducing the Haverhill Friends of Agriculture, told councilors farmland is being threatened by development. She explained an agricultural commission would work with other communities to obtain guidance, mediate disputes between farms and neighbors and suggest regulatory changes to help farms thrive. With the city working on a new master plan, she said the time is right. “I think we’re long overdue for this here in Haverhill.

Haverhill Nursing Home Patient, 76, Dies After Assault by 83-Year-Old

A 76-year-old Haverhill nursing home patient is dead and an 83-year-old is charged in connection with his death. The victim, Robert Boucher, was assaulted sometime before 7:30, last night, at Oxford Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, 689 Main St., according to Carrie Kimball, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett. “Police found a 76-year old male suffering from injuries a result of a physical assault.  He was transported to Holy Family Hospital where he was pronounced dead,” Kimball said. Jose Veguilla, Boucher’s roommate, was arrested and taken to Holy Family Hospital and later Bridgewater State Hospital where he is being evaluated, she said. He will be arraigned Monday at Haverhill District Court.

Haverhill Teachers Vote 310-146 In Favor of 3-Year Pact; About 6 3/4% Total Increases

Haverhill teachers voted yesterday to ratify a new three-year agreement with city schools. Members approved the pact 310-146, with Haverhill Education Association members casting ballots at individual schools. Union President Anthony J. Parolisi told WHAV ballot counting ending about 5:30 in the afternoon. He then sent emails to his members. “…there’d be no contract to vote on if not for the support from dozens of members who participated in the most open rank-and-file bargaining process in our history and the hundreds of you who stood out and came out to support the negotiation team,” he told members.

Battistini Reflects on End of An Era as Vintage Magnavox TV Sign Comes Down

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It is the end of an era for the Battistini family as it parts with the downtown Haverhill building that housed its television and appliance business for most of its 98 years. The landmark Haverhill TV and Appliance sign, with its distinctive vertical spelling of Magnavox, came down yesterday. The building was purchased from Frederick A. “Rick” Battistini Jr. and his brother Matthew by a West Newbury developer last month for $500,000. It will become up to nine market rate apartments with a new storefront at street level. Rick Battistini told WHAV the business was launched by his grandfather Mario, an Italian immigrant, in 1921 as bicycle repair shop on Locke Street.

Iconic Sign Comes Down at Downtown Haverhill Storefront; Developer Plans Apartments

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A downtown Washington Street landmark came down yesterday—the first step toward rehabilitating the former Haverhill TV and Appliance building into a new storefront and market rate apartments. The at least half-century-old vertical Magnavox sign, which has seen its way into at least two Hollywood motion pictures, was removed about a month after the sale of the building to a West Newbury developer. Frederick “Rick” A. Battistini Jr., grandson of the store’s founder, was among those waxing nostalgic. “We were very sad to see it go. It’s been part of Haverhill history.

Bevilacqua Wins Approval for Marijuana Delivery Review; Worries About Newly Permitted Shops

Concerned about the impact of newly approved delivery service and social consumption cafes, Haverhill city councilors approved investigating how new regulations affects the city’s recreational marijuana store permitting. Councilor Joseph J. Bevilacqua, who has opposed siting adult-use marijuana stores in Haverhill, Tuesday night sought to find out if special permits previously granted need to be changed. “During the discussions of the four pot shops that were approved by the City Council, there was no mention of delivery, and the delivery could be literally anywhere in the city, anywhere outside of the city as well,” he said. Councilors voted to approve sending a letter to City Solicitor William D. Cox Jr. asking if special permit conditions must be updated. The motion passed 7-0 with Council President John A. Michitson absent and Councilor Michael S. McGonagle abstaining.