Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Receives Cummings Grant to Support Mobile Health Unit

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, which will soon open the Haverhill Family Health Center and related pharmacy at 755 Main St., is one of 30 local nonprofits to share in $10 million in funding from Cummings Foundation. The 40-year-old organization will receive $500,000 over 10 years to support its mobile health unit which provides health care to the homeless throughout the Merrimack Valley. GLFHC also has five health centers and pharmacies in Lawrence and Methuen. The organization uses a comprehensive care service delivery model tailored to meet the needs of the target population – economically disadvantaged, minorities and working poor. All services are linguistically and culturally sensitive to patients’ needs.

Sen. DiZoglio and Rep. Vargas Address Pandemic Business Challenges Monday Morning

State Sen. Diana DiZoglio and Rep. Andy X. Vargas address, what the Greater Haverhill Chamber calls, “Challenges Facing the Business Community,” during a special virtual Q and A Monday morning. The free Zoom conference takes place from 10:30-11:30 a.m., and focuses on issues affecting businesses in Massachusetts and what actions the state is taking to help prepare for winter during the pandemic. Issues including changes in unemployment insurance. The conversation is open to the public. Register at

Stella Lee Joins Anna Jaques Hospital as Orthopedic Surgeon

Stella Lee, a Harvard-trained orthopedic surgeon, has joined the Anna Jaques Hospital Medical Staff and Seacoast Orthopedics. Specializing in hand and upper extremity surgery, Lee’s approach involves listening to her patient’s specific needs, considering the latest scientific evidence and, as needed, applying her surgical skill set—ranging from minimally invasive surgery to complex reconstruction. Lee, a native of New York, received her medical degree from the Health Sciences and Technology Program at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She completed orthopedic surgery residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program, where she received training in orthopedic trauma at multiple Level I trauma centers Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital. During her residency, Lee pursued additional training in pediatric hand surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital as well as complex reconstructive microsurgery at Ganga Hospital in Coimbatore, India.

Kobe Buddha House Hosts Hibachi Lunch Next Week for Members of the Merrimack Valley Chamber

Haverhill’s new Kobe Buddha House is hosting a Hibachi lunch next week for members of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce. The meal includes Hibachi chicken, steak or shrimp with soup, salad and fried rice and takes place between noon and 1:15 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2, at Kobe Buddha House, 89 Plaistow Road, Haverhill. Lunch is cosponsored by Michaud Insurance Agency of Methuen. Attendees are asked to wears masks entering and exiting the new restaurant and in-person attendance is limited by COVID-19 rules.

Haverhill Chamber Builds City Brand Around the Merrimack; Plans Kayaking and Networking Thursday

The Greater Haverhill Chamber has made the Merrimack River a focal point in marketing the city. It’s driving home the point tomorrow with its “Network on The Merrimack,” featuring kayaking on the river and an indoor mixer. Haverhill Chamber President and CEO Dougan Sherwood built the chamber’s new logo around the river, is working to ensure the waterway is navigable and wants to bring more business to the riverfront. He outlined his passion in a recent interview with WHAV. “Geographically speaking, the river is just about the most important thing in Haverhill.

Broco Oil Receives State Tax Credits for $2.8 Million Expansion on Haverhill Rail Line

Haverhill’s Broco Oil was approved Thursday for $100,000 in state investment tax credits. The veteran-owned company will spend nearly $3 million to add 750 feet of new railroad siding, regrading, paving and buildings for rail offload purposes on Hale Street. The project, one of six approved by the state Economic Assistance Coordinating Council, includes the purchase and installation of two additional 30,000-gallon horizontal double walled biostorage tanks, construction of several pipe bridges and equipment upgrades. Broco Oil plans to create 15 new full-time jobs and keep 30 full-time employees. Last month, Haverhill approved a five-year tax increment financing arrangement, providing property tax relief of $3,687.

Boston Business Journal Names Gaudette of Haverhill’s Cedar’s Foods 2020 CFO of the Year

Chris Gaudette of Haverhill’s Cedar’s Foods was recently named 2020 CFO of the Year by the Boston Business Journal. The newspaper’s award recognizes chief financial officers who make a difference in their companies, organizations and communities. The 2020 award especially recognizes business executives who have helped steer their organizations through the pandemic. Along with nine other award recipients in a variety of business sizes and categories, Gaudette was chosen from more than 200 nominations. Gaudette, who joined Cedar’s Food in 2001, was nominated in the large companies category.

Haverhill Chamber Receives Grant to Place Dining and Retail Booths on City’s Riverfront Boardwalk

The Haverhill Chamber plans to bring Haverhill’s downtown riverfront to life with dining space and retail booths on the Rep. Brian S. Dempsey Boardwalk. The Chamber is receiving a $10,000 Commonwealth Places grant from MassDevelopment to buy outdoor chairs, tables, planters, canopy canvasses, lighting and hardware to set up the what they call “Booth’lets.” The money is part of the state finance and development agency’s COVID-19 Response Round called “Resurgent Places.”

MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss said, “During this challenging economic climate, we’re pleased to help the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce set up an outdoor parklet in downtown Haverhill and enable residents and visitors to more easily patronize local restaurants and vendors.” She said the aim of the program is to improve public spaces, create foot traffic and stimulate economic activity. When complete, the Merrimack Street boardwalk will feature outdoor dining space and booths where local retailers can sell products. The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will also launch a crowdfunding campaign. If it reaches its $15,000 goal, the Chamber receives an additional matching grant from MassDevelopment.