Haverhill Owned Coppola Bus Sold to North Reading Transport

The 46-year-old Haverhill bus company Coppola has officially been sold to North Reading Transport after the School Committee approved the transfer of contract at Thursday night’s meeting. Changes to daily function are planned to be minimal, as buses will continue to be housed in Haverhill, according to NRT owner John McCarthy, who addressed the Committee Thursday. When Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini asked McCarthy if local jobs would be impacted as a result of the sale, McCarthy used humor in his response. “With all due respect, Mayor, school bus drivers don’t grow on trees,” McCarthy said, when letting the Committee know all drivers’ positions would remain in tact. The motion to approve the transfer was made by committee member Scott W. Wood Jr. with a second from Attorney Richard J. Rosa.

Berkshire Hathaway Verani Merges with Ben Consoli Real Estate

A new development in the real estate world comes with the recently cemented merger between Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty and Ben Consoli Real Estate. With locations already in Somerville and North Andover, this is just the latest expansion of the growing Verani Realty group. The former Ben Consoli Bradford office remains open under the new Verani Realty name, with Verani agents joining the Consoli team. Charlie Zappala, Verani Realty’s Massachusetts regional manager, is thrilled to bring the agents together as one and is confident the Consoli team will be an asset to the Haverhill and Bradford customer base. “Adding their expertise shows our continued commitment to expand our Massachusetts base and presence.

Haverhill Servpro Franchise Receives National Award

A local Servpro franchise received national recognition at a companywide gathering to mark the 50th anniversary in Sacramento, Calif. The Haverhill/Newburyport outpost, headed by David Hart, was honored for the location’s disaster cleanup efforts in the wake of September 2018’s gas-related fires in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence. Hart accepted the Chairman’s Silver Award for his location’s top performance status late last month. “It is always gratifying to earn a distinction for our business but it feels especially good this year,” said Hart. “We are proud to be part of Servpro’s team of dedicated disaster remediation professionals, and to know that we have both the tools and the knowledge to serve home and business owners in our community should the need arise.”

Haverhill’s Jimmy K’s Opening Second Restaurant in Seabrook, N.H.

Jimmy K’s Diner is on the move—up North! Three months after announcing plans to expand their Plaistow Road location this fall, the popular breakfast and lunch spot confirms they’re breaking ground on a second location in Seabrook, N.H. with the intention of opening by Sept. 1. The new restaurant will be located at 264 Lafayette Road in Seabrook, Jimmy K’s said in a social media post last week. Plans for the second spot comes on the heels of their relocation from 101 Plaistow Road to a space a few feet behind their existing space near the New Hampshire border.

Greater Haverhill Chamber Names High Vibration Wellness Business of the Month

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce has selected their July Business of the Month: Sue Cullen’s High Vibration Wellness. Stationed in Newburyport, the therapy center offers Reiki healing as well as classes on wellness and stress relief. Reiki is a Japanese practice wherein the practitioner aids in moving and releasing energy throughout the client’s body. Reiki has roots dating back to the ancient world and is now used as a form of alternative medicine. High Vibration’s owner Cullen is a certified Wellpro Wellness Coach who previously worked as a personal trainer and is active in several community groups, including Emmaus.

Haverhill YMCA Childcare Program Receives $20K Cabot Foundation Grant

Students enrolled at the Haverhill YMCA’s before- and after-school programs next fall will see a revamped curriculum surrounding science, technology, engineering, arts and math—STEAM for short—thanks to a recently awarded $20,000 grant from the Cabot Foundation. YMCA Regional Director Tracy Fuller tells WHAV the funds will go toward supplies for the program, along with additional curriculum materials for the new school year. “We are continually exploring ways to expand our collaboration with the public schools to provide additional enrichment programming that is affordable to all. Cabot Foundation’s support helps us reach more children, deepen our community partnerships and strengthen our community.”

The YMCA program is offered at Haverhill elementary schools Greenleaf, Nettle, Pentucket Lake, Silver Hill, Tilton and Golden Hill. Located on Rogers Road, Cabot Corporation is a global chemicals and materials company headquartered in Boston.

Northern Essex Names Dolan-Wilson New VP of Institutional Advancement

Changes this summer are on the way at Northern Essex Community College. A Lowell woman, Allison Dolan-Wilson, began her post last week as the vice president of institutional advancement. Dolan-Wilson has had a long career working related posts at other colleges, most recently serving as the executive director of alumni relations at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Northern Essex, she will be in charge of fundraising, communications and workforce development. Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex says Dolan-Wilson will be a great addition to their team.

Haverhill Chamber Hosts Workouts on Boardwalk This Summer—Starting Saturday

Work out—outdoors! Beginning Saturday, July 6, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce offers free workouts at Harbor Place on the outdoor boardwalk. Classes are held Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. weekly in July and August. Local fitness pros from The Giving Tree Yoga and Wellness Center, Cedardale Health and Fitness and Empowered Body are offering their services free of charge, with attendees asked to bring water and a mat for comfort. No advance registration is required and more information and a full list of classes is available by calling 978-373-5663.