Merrimack Valley Credit Union Members to Vote Dec. 9 on Second Merger in a Year

Members of Merrimack Valley Credit Union vote in December to approve or reject a merger of the local institution with Ocean Spray Employees Federal Credit Union. According to a letter to members, the about 1,000 members and $11 million in assets of Ocean Spray will be added to Merrimack Valley Credit Union if approved at a special meeting, Monday, Dec. 9, taking place from 5-7 p.m., at Merrimack Valley’s headquarters in Lawrence. The merger is similar to one that took place earlier this year with Bridgewater Credit Union. In fact, according to board Chairman Dom Mazzocco and President and CEO John J. Howard, Ocean Spray has shared an office location at the Bridgewater location for the past two years.

Developer, Officials Welcome New Market Rate Apartments, Retail Space in Downtown Haverhill

By the end of this month, visitors to Haverhill’s Washington Street Historic District will find a new street level storefront and 24 loft-style apartments ready to be occupied. Developer David Traggorth was on hand Tuesday for the ribbon cutting at 87 Washington Street—site of the former Al Forno restaurant and now known as the Granville—to hail the opening of the new market rate apartments. As he explains, it’s not Traggorth’s first project in Haverhill. “For those of you who know JM Lofts just down the way we’ve seen that over these past couple years as far as what these projects can do for Washington Street, for Haverhill, and for the Commonwealth in terms of showing what small businesses can do, showing what market rehousing in cities can do, and we’re really proud to be a part of it.”

Traggorth previously developed the 18-unit JM Lofts project at the former Surplus Office Supply building in 2016. Acknowledging the fact that “without municipal support, these projects don’t happen,” Traggorth introduced representatives from financing and development, as well as members of city government and state legislators.

Haverhill’s Fantini Bakery Store Closing on Nov. 1 to Focus on Wholesale Business

Neighbors on Haverhill’s Washington Street won’t be entirely losing that beloved smell of fresh baked bread, but it’ll be a little less prevalent come Nov. 1 when iconic bakery Fantini closes its thrift store. On Friday, the family-owed company announced that the shop at 375 Washington St. in Haverhill’s Mount Washington neighborhood would be shuttering as the brand shifted its focus to wholesale. “We will continue to support donations of breads and rolls for worthy charities and also continue supplying the food pantries throughout the Merrimack Valley,” fifth-generation owners Joe and Robert Fantini said in a statement.

Merrimack Valley Chamber’s Young Professionals Picking Pumpkins, Sipping Cider Oct. 16 in North Andover

Young professionals are getting into the fall spirit on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce’s latest gathering at North Andover’s Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St. From 5-7 p.m., the Next Generation Leaders event features networking, pumpkin picking and cider and donuts. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 978-686-0900.

Haverhill Law Firm Kazarosian Costello Earns National Recognition

A trio of Haverhill-based attorneys from the boutique city law firm Kazarosian Costello is celebrating a national honor with their recognition in the 2020 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.”

Attorneys Marsha V. Kazarosian, Walter A. Costello Jr. and Marc A. Moccia have been named to the directory for their work in personal injury litigation, their firm told WHAV in a statement. They were assessed on excellence in 146 practice areas. While Kazarosian and Costello have received the honor previously, it is the first time Moccia, an immediate past president of the Haverhill Bar Association, has been recognized in the peer-review guide. He has been in practice since 2011. With 30 and 40 years’ of law experience respectively, Kazarosian and Costello are both past presidents of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys.

Gov. Baker to Headline Merrimack Valley Chamber’s Oct. 2 Dinner at DiBurro’s

Gov. Charlie Baker is set to deliver remarks at the Wednesday, Oct. 2 Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner at Bradford’s DiBurro’s, with tickets still available. Tickets are $125 per person and include 6:30 p.m. dinner with passed hors d’oeuvres starting at 5:30 p.m. The event takes place at 887 Boston Road. In addition to Baker’s appearance, Haverhill’s Patrick Driscoll of Driscoll Funeral Home is among the locals being honored Oct. 2.

Haverhill’s Wingate Residences Hosts Next MVCC Networking Mixer Wednesday

A business networking and referral mixer is planned for Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Wingate Residences, 10 Residences Way, put on by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce. From 5-7 p.m., professionals can network, enter raffles and enjoy complimentary appetizers. Chamber members are invited for a $10 entry fee, while potential members may attend for $20. Registration is accepted by calling 978-686-0900.

Haverhill Chamber, UMass iHub Plan Sept. 18 Local Startup Product Showcase

Ten local startups are set to showcase their products and offer tips to other budding entrepreneurs at the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s Sept. 18 Mass Innovation Nights showcase at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub. GoodieKrunch, SpiritBox and Laughing Tree Organics are among the companies expected to address attendees, Senior Director of Innovation Initiatives at UMass Lowell Tom O’Donnell said. “With our Innovation Hubs in Haverhill and Lowell, UMass Lowell has proven its commitment to supporting innovators and entrepreneurs. We have a wealth of talented startups in the greater Merrimack Valley and we’re thrilled to partner with Mass Innovation Nights to showcase these young companies,” O’Donnell told WHAV in a statement.