Driscoll Funeral Home Hosts First Responders, City Workers at Appreciation Cookout

Driscoll Funeral Home on Friday hosts its Third Annual Appreciation Cookout, an afternoon of celebration and honor for Haverhill’s public safety departments and city employees. Members of the Haverhill Police and Fire Departments; Trinity EMS division of PrideSTAR EMS; and City of Haverhill municipal departments are invited to a cookout featuring local restaurants and celebrity chefs. Owner Patrick Driscoll said Maria’s Family Restaurant, Wang’s Table and G’s Restaurant will offer foods to be prepared on grills and flattops outside on the Driscoll parking lot where attendees will be served by dozens of volunteers. He said the parking lot will be transformed into a “welcoming venue of celebration that will include tables and chairs for the anticipated 200 guests.” There will also be door prizes—including sports tickets, restaurant gift cards, gift baskets and golf foursomes—donated by local businesses, organizations and community partners. The cookout takes place Friday, Sept.

Greater Haverhill Chamber Names Kimberly Jones Photography Business of the Month

Kimberly Jones Photography of Haverhill has been named as the August Business of the Month by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. Jones specializes, in her words, in “capturing the grins of preschoolers and photographing weddings.” She was trained at the New England School of Photography and The Center for Digital Imaging Arts in Waltham. She was previously employed at the Sears Portrait Studio, where she photographed mostly children and, later, a nationwide portrait company working with preschoolers. There, Jones was voted one of the top five best photographers in the company of more than 200. Kimberly Jones Photography may be reached by calling 781-632-7040 or through its website at kimberlyjonesphotography.com.

Phoenician Restaurant in Haverhill Now Offers Deli Counter Every Day

The Phoenician Restaurant in Haverhill is now offering a deli-style lunch menu seven-days-a-week. According to owner Basam Geha, it features a deli line with healthy and fresh options, including made-to-order shawarma, salads, homemade pastries, salad dressings and more! Phoenician’s deli line is open every day, from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., at the restaurant, 12 Alpha St., Haverhill.

Merrimack Valley Credit Union Rolls Out Flood Disaster Relief Loan Program for Homeowners

Residents impacted by flood damage Haverhill, Methuen, North Andover and other area communities may be able to tap a Flood Disaster Relief Loan program offered by Merrimack Valley Credit Union. The credit union said Thursday it has set aside up to $1 million for a limited-time personal loan program that will help homeowners make needed repairs for damage caused by the August floods. “I’m so grateful for MVCU’s leadership in our community’s recovery effort. This initiative will make a meaningful difference for those who were hardest hit by this summer’s devastating weather events,” said state Senator Barry R. Finegold. The Flood Disaster Relief Loan offers homeowners in owner-occupied primary residences up to $20,000 at a fixed 3.59% annual percentage rate, with a maximum repayment term of 66 months.

Merrimack Valley Chamber Business Networking Tonight at Tuscan Market Cooking School

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce plans a business networking mixer tonight at Tuscan Market Cooking School at Tuscan Village. Sponsored by Haverhill Bank, the gathering includes appetizers and a cash bar and door prize drawings. It takes place tonight, Sept. 7, from 5-7 p.m., at Tuscan Market Cooking School, 9 Via Toscana, in Salem, N.H. Admission is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Reservations may be made online at MerrimackValleyChamber.com or by calling 978-686-0900.

Pieri, Founder of The Grommet, Addresses Local Business People Sept. 28

Innovator, entrepreneur and investor Jules Pieri talk to local business people at the end of the month about insights and visionary strategies that have shaped the business landscape. UMass Lowell Innovation Hub Haverhill and New England Invents is hosting Pieri, co-founder and former CEO of the e-commerce company, The Grommet, which launched thousands of products through its platform. Pieri is also the author of “How we Make Stuff Now,” and was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013.  Today, she invests in women-led companies as an investing partner with X Factor Ventures. The free, in-person event takes place Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m., at the iHub Haverhill, 2 Merrimack St., third floor, Haverhill.  Details and registration are online.

Greater Haverhill Chamber Monthly Leads Lunch Tomorrow

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is having its Leads Lunch for members tomorrow. The monthly networking event takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. It is free for Haverhill Chamber members and $10 for others. Tomorrow’s lunch takes place from noon to 1 p.m., at UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, 2 Merrimack St., third floor, Haverhill. Online registration takes place here.

Haverhill Restaurants, Owners, Staff Take Their Bows at Third Annual Tasty Awards

Haverhill restaurants and their owners, chefs, bartenders, servers and other staff were honored during this week’s Third Annual Tasty Awards—the capstone of Haverhill’s Restaurant Week. More than 350 diners and other patrons weighed in on 19 award categories by completing “Taste Test” cards available at participating venues during the sixth annual culinary celebration. The votes were counted and awards presented during a ceremony Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Barrios, Haverhill. “The local community and visitors eagerly engaged in the voting process, making their voices heard in support of their favorite restaurants, chefs, bartenders and personalities,” organizers said in a statement.