MakeIT Haverhill, Haverhill Public Schools Score at Digital Equity Challenge

MakeIT Haverhill walked away with the top prize and Haverhill schools won the Fan Favorite Award at the Digital Equity Challenge April 27. The inaugural event, which took place at UMass Lowell’s Innovation Hub in Haverhill, gave entrepreneurs and nonprofits a chance to pitch their ideas and projects for increasing digital access and literacy. The Challenge was open to Essex County’s 34 cities and towns and offered a total of $10,000 in prize money. MakeIT Haverhill collected $5,000 for its Affordable Internet Access Program. Volunteer Tim Haynes, who leads the organization’s digital literacy and equity programs, said the program wishes to hire a “digital ambassador” to educate community members and create a public WiFi hotspot outside its Washington Street headquarters.

Edwards Vacuum, Monogram Foods, Rapid Coatings, Others on Hand for Thursday’s MakeIT Job Fair

Haverhill’s newest employers, Edwards Vacuum, Monogram Foods and Rapid Coatings, join a variety of businesses meeting those in search of new careers at a job fair this Thursday. MakeIT Haverhill again offers job seekers the chance to meet local employers in a friendly environment where bi-lingual assistance is available for Spanish speakers. Its job fair takes place Thursday, May 12, from 4-6 p.m., at 301 Washington St., Haverhill. Edwards Vacuum, currently building a new manufacturing plant, warehouse and R&D lab in Haverhill’s Broadway Industrial Park is bringing staff on board at its Chelmsford location until the Haverhill operation opens this fall. Positions include material handler/driver, kitting technician, mechanical assembler, welder-fabricator, equipment maintenance technician, manufacturing engineering and manufacturing test technician.

Greater Haverhill Chamber Plans Free Leads Lunch for Members Wednesday, June 1

The next Leads Lunch of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce takes place on the first of June. Leads Lunches encourage Chamber members to grow their professional networks and increase lead generation within Greater Haverhill. Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of the month, from noon-1 p.m., at UMass Lowell Innovation Hub. 2 Merrimack St., third floor. Attendance is free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Raff’s Café Hosts Merrimack Valley Chamber Breakfast May 11

Haverhill’s Raff’s Café is hosting members of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce during an upcoming networking breakfast. Besides meeting business prospects, attendees will receive a complimentary breakfast and opportunity to participate in a business card drawing. The breakfast takes place Wednesday, May 11, from 8-9:15 a.m., at Raff’s Café, 620 Primrose St., Haverhill. Admission is $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Registration takes place online at merrimackvalleychamber.com or by calling 978-686-0900.

Moriarty, Arntz, Dowst and Seavey to Receive Haverhill Chamber’s Top Honors in June

A number of local community leaders are set to be honored when the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce holds its 106th Annual Award Dinner next month. Top honors go to George Moriarty, recipient of the coveted Charles E. Billups Award; Gretchen Arntz, Emmaus, Jerry Loy Outstanding Director of the Year; Jonathan H. Dowst and Pentucket Bank, Community Leadership Award; and Melissa Seavey, Bethany Communities, Chamber Service Award. Moriarty recently came out of retirement to serve as interim president and CEO of the Chamber. He previously served as the Northern Essex Community College’s executive director of workforce development and corporate relations. He also helped establish state’s newest Police Recruit Officer Training Academy at the college.

UMass Lowell iHub Program Gives Employers Tips for Retaining Workers After Great Resignation

“Tackling the Turnover Tsunami” is the subject of a program at UMass Lowell’s Haverhill Innovation Hub. The free program discusses the Great Resignation of 2021 when one out of four workers quit their jobs. Reilly Billian, human resource strategy consultant, and Chris Donovan, business development executive from OneDigital discuss how forward-thinking employers are seizing the opportunity to reposition their culture and workforce strategy, to become an employer of choice. Sponsored by Haverhill Bank, the Lunch and Learn series takes place Wednesday, May 11, from noon to 1 p.m., at iHub Haverhill, 2 Merrimack St., third floor, Haverhill.   Registration is open for in-person attendance or online.

Applebee’s Plans Support for Nurses, Teachers and Special Olympics with Patron Incentives

Haverhill’s Applebee’s restaurant is celebrating National Nurses Day and Teacher Appreciation Week and conducting a New England North Special Olympics Fundraiser beginning next week

National Nurses Day and Teacher Appreciation Week is being celebrated with free appetizers with any entrée purchase for nurses and teachers from Monday, May 2, through Sunday, May 15. Participating nurses and teachers may dine-in or order to go with a valid work badge. A New England North Special Olympics Fundraiser takes place Monday, May 2, through Saturday, May 28. Applebee’s is raising money for Special Olympics chapters in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. Guests may purchase pin-up cards in $1 or $5 increments, with 100% of proceeds benefitting each state’s local Special Olympics chapter.

Nascembeni and McArthur Discuss ‘The Gift of Gratitude’ for Merrimack Valley Chamber Members

Two local sisters discuss “The Gift of Gratitude” when they address the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business lunch. Karen Nascembeni, general manager of the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, and Sandra McArthur, Haverhill Public Schools’ human resources director, suffered through the initial onslaught of COVID-19 that sent Nascembeni and her husband, Steven Richard, to the hospital at the same time. As McArthur recounted in an interview with WHAV last fall, Richard passed away a week later, while Nascembeni fought “like a warrior” to survive after being intubated for 31 days. “It was back March of 2020, very early on when all of this started happening and unraveling here in the states. Karen and her husband Steven were so very sick one weekend, and it was on St.