Strikers Say Pay Between Units Not Equal; Fidelity House CRC Makes ‘Strong Final Offer’

Striking workers outside of the former Career Resources Corporation offices in Ward Hill say they want a “fair, equal and living wage.”

Picketing SEIU Local 509 employees told WHAV Tuesday that wage disparities became clear following CRC’s merger with Lawrence’s Fidelity House this year. Employment Specialist Richard Sweeney explains employees of the former CRC group homes received wage increases after the merger, but there were no raises for employees at Haverhill’s Parkridge Road day and employment programs.

“I work at Parkridge and we want our wages brought up to what the group homes are making,” Sweeney says. A nine-year employee, Sweeney says, workers at CRC group homes received increases because their counterparts at Fidelity House were already making more. He knows because his wife, Danielle, is a skills instructor at a former CRC group home. “We feel we should be paid above minimum wage.

On Third FM Anniversary, WHAV Ponders Future After Thanksgiving

It was three years ago today that WHAV began broadcasting over the FM airwaves. It was nothing less than a Herculean battle to bring WHAV back to the radio dial, but it may prove all for naught. It is up to local residents and businesses to decide WHAV’s fate after Thanksgiving. That’s the purpose of WHAV’s current appeal for residents to become monthly supporting members and businesses to place community needs front and center. To learn more, visit

This Week’s Radio Drama: New Version of the ‘The Hangman Won’t Wait’

One of the difficulties of airing old-time radio shows seven-nights-a-week is many shows didn’t survive the golden age of radio. If what were often live shows were recorded at all, they were saved to fragile discs—often made of glass or other brittle material. Programs longer than 15 minutes required several discs and parts of the shows may have been lost or destroyed. One such program is the Feb. 9, 1943 edition of “Suspense.” Only the first half of 30-minute show, “The Hangman Won’t Wait,” survived.

Council Postpones Decision on 60 Bradford Waterfront Condos Until Opposing Sides Meet

Plans to build 60 market rate condominiums overlooking the Merrimack River in Bradford are on hold until the developer meets with neighbors to hear their concerns. After hearing concerns about traffic, narrow streets, building height and a possible lack of privacy, Haverhill City Councilors postponed a decision on allowing the project proposed by Ernest Coito for 38 Railroad St. A presentation by attorney Paul A. Magliocchetti, architect John Sava and designer Chris Crump explained how the project would dovetail with the city’s plans for expanding the rail trail. Sava and Crump also displayed drawings showing how the building would be stepped to allow nearly all future residents to have river views. Glass-roofed corridors would also afford plenty of interior light and maintain view of the Merrimack.

Bradford Landmark Denworth Hall Isn’t Coming Down Anytime Soon, College President Says

Despite apparent rumors, there are no current plans to demolish the iconic Denworth Hall on the campus of Northpoint Bible College. College President David Arnett appeared before the Haverhill City Council Tuesday night to put those reports to rest. While the building once associated with the defunct Bradford College should come down, Arnett said, the college doesn’t have the $10 to $20 million needed to complete the job. “It’s astronomically expensive. One architectural study was done.

Opposing Street Change, Haverhill Woman Learns She Can Fight City Hall…and Win

Despite the popular saying to the contrary, you can fight city hall and win. Antoinette Metheny, a 15-year Bellevue Avenue resident, discovered that last night when stood alone against a city plan to change the name of the portion of the street where she lives. City Engineer John H. Pettis III was before the City Council saying a part of the street with three houses would better align with adjacent Hillside Street. Metheny, of 21 Bellevue Ave., wouldn’t have it. She complained changing her address is no small task in this day and age.

Haverhill Patrolman at Center of School Immigration Fray Chooses to Retire After 31 Years

The Haverhill patrolman, who came under fire last spring for allegedly telling middle school students they could be deported if present illegally, has retired. Embattled Patrolman Stephen Iannalfo recently retired from the Haverhill Police Department. He had been assigned as a school resource officer at Albert B. Consentino School. According to one parent’s complaint, Iannalfo told students at the school last April they could be deported if they are inside the United States illegally. He had been on paid administrative leave until his retirement.

Haverhill Councilor Calls for Statewide Marijuana Advertising Ban; Plan Before Council Tonight

Haverhill City Council Vice President Thomas J. Sullivan says the city won’t need to regulate marijuana advertising—as discussed last week—because he hopes the state will outright ban pot-related billboards. Sullivan placed an item on this week’s agenda, asking his colleagues to support a plan to ask the city’s statehouse delegation to nix marijuana advertising altogether. During an interview at WHAV, the councilor explained his proposal. “This matter belongs in Boston at the statehouse because we need legislation filed to ban marijuana advertising on public billboards. It’s really as simple as that.