Haverhill Dedicates 1,100-Foot Fiorentini Rail Trail Extension; Idea More Than 20 Years in the Making

The sun broke through just long enough yesterday afternoon for Haverhill officials to cut a ceremonial ribbon along an 1,100-foot extension to its rail trail on the Bradford side of the Merrimack River. The mostly state paid $1.3 million project extended the Mayor James J. Fiorentini Bradford Rail Trail. Community Development Director Andrew K. Herlihy served as master of ceremonies at Crescent Yacht Club, introducing various state and local officials including Fiorentini. The mayor went to great lengths to emphasize he was not the one to name the trail. “People think I named it after myself.

Haverhill Man Delivers Special Sept. 11 Tribute Sunday to Broadcasters Killed During Attack

Broadcast engineers who lost their lives during the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center 21 years ago will be remembered Sunday in Haverhill by amateur radio operators. Engineer Andrew Denoncour of Haverhill recently helped establish a new radio repeater just below the antennas of WXRV and WHAV on the tall tower atop Silver Hill. It will be formally dedicated with a reading of the names of engineers who perished while working on television and radio facilities on the 110th floor of the north tower. As two jets crashed into New York’s iconic World Trade Center on that fateful day, then-WXRV “The River” engineer Denoncour took steps to secure radio station operations atop Haverhill’s Silver Hill. “Obviously, it changed the world, but for us, my first visit securing the transmitter site, we didn’t really know the scope of what was going to happen.

I-495 Hilldale Avenue Overpass Becomes Ted and Mary Murphy Bridge to Honor Haverhill Couple

Ted and Mary Murphy, owners of Garrison’s Golf Center in Haverhill, are being recognized for their longtime service and dedication to the city with the Hilldale Avenue bridge over Interstate 495 being named in their honor. Gov. Charlie Baker last week signed the “Ted and Mary Murphy Bridge” legislation that worked its way quietly through the State House over the last year. The legislation was conceived by Haverhill attorney Sean P. Gleason and other members of the Penta Par 3 Golf Tournament Committee, which annually takes place at Garrison Golf. “We’d been thinking about how great the Murphys have been over the years to us, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg as far as what they’ve done for this community. We thought it was a nice gesture and appropriate.

Faro Family Proposes Route 125, Haverhill, ‘Village’ With 230 Apartments, Restaurant, Retail

Neighbors of Joseph’s Trattoria restaurant in Ward Hill received a briefing this week on plans to demolish a mostly vacant industrial building, two single-family homes and the restaurant and build 230 housing units, a restaurant and retail space on the site off Route 125. As only WHAV reported near the end of 2020, Tuscan Village Developer Joseph Faro hinted at building housing with Joseph’s Trattoria restaurant at the center of a “village,” as encouraged by the Haverhill’s new master plan. Faro, who founded Joseph’s Gourmet Pastas and Sauces in Haverhill, spoke in favor of zoning changes approved by the Haverhill City Council at the time. Plans, for what is being called “Oxford Crossing,” include constructing a six-story residential building with 230 units, 3,000 square feet of retail, a 1,200 square foot bakery and a 200-seat restaurant. A handout given to neighbors describes the project.

Vargas Economic Development Amendment Earmarks $8 Million for Downtown Haverhill

Downtown Haverhill will be the beneficiary of $8 million in state economic development aid if the state House of Representatives has its way. The House agreed Thursday afternoon to include the Haverhill amendment, proposed by Rep. Andy X. Vargas, as part of more than $85 million for local economic development and infrastructure projects. It is part of a $3.8 billion economic development bill which still must be approved by the Senate and Gov. Charlie Baker. Vargas, who serves as vice chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, told WHAV News shortly after the vote the money leverages Salvatore N. Lupoli’s planned $160 million investment. “This is the largest earmark for Haverhill that we’ve secured for Haverhill during my time in the House.

Haverhill Public Library’s Third Floor is For Sale; Well, Sort of

A major expansion of the Haverhill Public Library 25 years ago was made possible thanks to creative financing that saw the city buy a condominium atop what is actually a privately owned building. Now, the nearly 9,000-square-foot, third-floor space is for sale…sort of. To comply with state bid law, Haverhill is seeking proposals to purchase the floor that currently houses Special Collections. In all likelihood, the library trustees will take possession. “Obviously, we’re very interested in it,” library Director Sarah Moser told WHAV.

Archie Comics Co-CEO Updates Legend and More Closely Connects Haverhill to ‘Riverdale’

“Zam Wham Wow!”

With that comic book introduction, Nancy Silberkleit, co-CEO of Archie Comics, said history is being made this month with an exbibit that helps solve a mystery and bring a little more of the city to its counterpart “Riverdale.”

Silberkleit addressed Haverhill Rotary Club members last week, giving a preview of the 14-piece display at the Haverhill Public Library. The exhibit, in a sense, corrects a misperception dating back to Bob Montana, the artist who created the original likeness of the freckled-faced character based on his high school years in Haverhill. “Haverhill made an impact on him and he carried that to his pencils, to his pens, to his paper, to the comic book that became the globally known brand Archie Comics,” she said. Silberkleit said she became interested in the statue in front of the high school, while working with educators in Israel on an English proficiency project. She decided to pose with the statue in front of Haverhill High to make a point about contemplation.

Looming Showdown Over Fire Department Staffing Threatens Mayor’s Haverhill Spending Plans

Haverhill councilors are one vote away from another budget showdown with the mayor over staffing in the fire department. Councilors Monday night in 4-4 tie votes both rejected Mayor James J. Fiorentini’s $12 million spending plan for the fire department and a motion to increase minimum shift manning. The latter vote was largely symbolic since councilors may not add money to spending under the city charter. They, however, reserve the right to kill the budget outright. Fire Chief Robert M. O’Brien acknowledged he negotiated with the mayor to achieve a slight increase in his budget, but it is less than he requested.