New Girls’ Softball Field Taking Shape at Haverhill High

Construction of the new girls’ softball field is underway, according to Haverhill Athletic Director Tom O’Brien. (Video screen capture)

Snow may cover Haverhill High’s construction on the new girls’ softball field at the moment, but Athletics Director Tom O’Brien confirms warm weather isn’t the only thing to look forward to this spring. A new, state-of-the-art, multi-use sports facility is taking shape after a five-year process makes good to give female athletes a field of their own. Under the direction of Kerwin Construction since November, the “thrilling” project brings to fruition a team effort from many in Haverhill, O’Brien said in a video recap of the construction. “I give all the credit in the world to the Mayor, City Council, School Committee and the Haverhill High School administration to not only build a softball facility, but a multi-purpose facility that’s going to benefit thousands of student athletes and our community,” the sports chief said.

Plaistow Citizen’s Police Academy Now Accepting Applications

Residents of Plaistow may submit applications for the town’s next free Citizen’s Police Academy, kicking off on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The 12-week course is held one night a week and covers a different area of the Police Department each week. Participants will have the opportunity to ride along with a patrol officer during a shift and learn defensive tactics and firearms training. A mock trial is also scheduled to take place.

NECC Names Lowell’s Marote New Men’s Soccer Coach

Eusebio Marote plans to prepare the team to hit the field for the first time since the mid-1990s. (File photograph)

Lowell native Eusebio Marote is ready to kick things into high gear at Northern Essex Community College as the school’s new soccer coach. A 2017 graduate of Daniel Webster College, Marote holds a degree in sport and fitness administration and management. According to Northern Essex Athletics Director Dan Blair, Marote begins his role on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Today’s Obituaries: Jan. 21

Patricia A. (LaVine) Langston, 64, a longtime Haverhill resident formerly of Medford, died on Friday, Jan. 18, surrounded by her family at the High Pointe Hospice House, Haverhill. Calling hours are Friday, Jan. 25 in the Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 South Main St., Haverhill from 4-7 p.m. Funeral Services will be Saturday in the Advent Christian Church of Haverhill, 160 Carleton St., Haverhill at 10 a.m. Burial follows in Linwood Cemetery. Barbara K. (Brien) Riley, 90, of Haverhill, died Friday, Jan.

Cannabis Control Commission Pushes for More Clarity in Host Community Agreements

Haverhill has signed agreements with three potential marijuana shop owners, who will soon petition the City Council for special permits. (File photograph)

State law around the required contracts between marijuana companies and their host communities is not clear enough, the Cannabis Control Commission concluded earlier this month as it agreed to formally request that the Legislature amend the law to give it the power to review and regulate the contracts. According to the State House News Service, the CCC has wrestled with the issue of host community agreements for months as activists and business owners point to the required agreements as one reason for the slower-than-anticipated rollout of the retail marijuana market. Haverhill’s Mayor James J. Fiorentini has signed agreements with three potential vendors hoping to do business in the city: Stem, CNA Stores and Full Harvest Moonz. Should the special permitting process and state licensing phases run smoothly, Haverhill could see a retail marijuana shop open in July.

Ruth’s House Receives $11K Grant to Provide Winter Wear to 200 Seniors

The grant will also serve those who participate in job training programs, Ruth’s House said. (File photograph)

Lafayette Square thrift shop Ruth’s House is able to offer warm weather gear to 200 city seniors this season through a grant worth more than $11,000 from the Griffin-White Foundation. Established in 2001, the Haverhill-based charity aims to serve elders in the Merrimack Valley area, including those who utilize Ruth’s House. The 25-year-old thrift shop plans to also use their donation to bolster their job training initiative, according to Board of Directors President Barbara Donegan. The shop currently trains four seniors and hopes to welcome at least four more in coming months.