Anna Jaques Hospital Receives ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group

Newburyport-based Anna Jaques Hospital reports it earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog that sets standards for excellence in patient care. Leapfrog assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as the systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm. “At Anna Jaques Hospital, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional care to all our patients,” said Dr. Glenn Focht, president of Anna Jaques Hospital. “Receiving an ‘A’ grade is a significant accomplishment and a testament to the dedication, hard work and excellent care provided by our nurses, doctors and staff in every position in the hospital. These efforts include recently adopting a new computerized provider order entry system that improves efficiency and allows for the best patient safety practices at the bedside.

Merrimack Valley Chamber’s Holiday Party, Wine Tasting and Fashion Show Nov. 30

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Holiday Party, Wine Tasting and Fashion Show is coming up at the end of the month. Members are welcome to enjoy a dinner buffet, fashion show by Consignment Bridal and Prom and Uncommon Closet, opportunity to sample various wines and music and dancing. The holiday outing takes place Thursday, Nov. 30, beginning at 6 p.m., at Salvatore’s at the Riverwalk, 354 Merrimack St., Entrance B, Lawrence. Tickets are $55 per person or $499 for a table of 10.

Greater Haverhill Chamber Asks Businesses to Weigh In During Haverhill Tax Vote Tonight

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is asking its members to take a position on the way taxes are proportioned between homeowners and commercial, industrial and personal property owners when councilors meet tonight to assign property tax rates. As WHAV reported Monday, if councilors maintain a 165% proportion for commercial and industrial properties, Assessor Christine M. Webb notes property taxes for the average single-family homeowner will rise $180 annually, while average commercial property tax bills decrease by $133 and average industrial property decrease by $284. The single-family average is based on a home valuation of $501,431 and a tax bill of $5,334 if nothing changes. Haverhill Chamber President and CEO Alexandria Eberhardt said Monday, “Each year, the Chamber speaks on behalf of our businesses to help maintain or lower the tax rate for our businesses in the city of Haverhill. We will do so again tomorrow night!

Aspen Hill Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center Hosts Merrimack Valley Chamber

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce plans a business networking mixer next week at Haverhill’s Aspen Hill Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. Besides networking, the event features door prizes and raffles and complimentary appetizers and wine. It takes place Monday, Nov. 20, from 5-7 p.m., at Aspen Hill Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, 190 North Ave., Haverhill. Admission is $10 each for members and $20 for nonmembers.

MakeIT Haverhill Job Fair Nov. 16 Offers Variety of Skilled and Entry Level Positions

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Home Instead, the Massachusetts Trial Court, Coastal Industries Windows and Doors, L’Arche Boston North, Haverhill Public Schools, Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods, Opportunity Works and Department of Developmental Services are among the employers showcasing job opportunities when MakeIT Haverhill holds its November job fair next week. Employers will conduct interviews for a variety of jobs ranging, including customer support center representatives, custodians, case specialists, secretaries, security guard, licensed practical nurses and other professions. Employers offer free training, and bilingual assistance is available for Spanish speakers. The job fair is Thursday, Nov. 16, from 4-6 p.m., at MakeIT Haverhill, 301 Washington St., Haverhill.

Greater Haverhill Chamber Launches Santa Stumble Stroll, Dec. 1 in Downtown Haverhill

A new holiday tradition—a “Santa Stumble Stroll”—is being introduced by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. The first ever annual Santa Stumble Stroll takes place Friday, Dec. 1, from 7 on, around downtown Haverhill. It features specialty cocktails from such participating restaurants and bars as Casa Blanca Mexican Cantina, 7 p.m.; G’s Texas Southern Flare, 8 p.m.; Peddler’s Daughter Restaurant and Pub, 9 p.m.; and Smith’s Tavern, 10 p.m.

Santa costumes are mandatory for this 21+ event. For admission, participants are asked to bring a toy for Ozzie’s Kids to be dropped off at Casa Blanca.

Jarvi Productions Releases Plaistow Fire Dept. Calendar to Support Jr. Firefighters Program

The Plaistow Fire Department has a new tool in its arsenal to support its nearly one-year-old Plaistow Junior Firefighters Program. Mike Jarvis of Haverhill’s Jarvi Productions has produced the 2024 Plaistow Fire Department Calendar to raise money for the program. Plaistow Fire Lt. Derek Travers told WHAV about the Junior Firefighters and the larger goal. “They’re a group of young man and woman who are in high school Most of them belong to the Timberlane School District, however, we don’t turn any kids away. We do have kids from Salem, Haverhill, Hampstead who join the program as well.

Buono Bistro Restaurant Hosts Merrimack Valley Chamber Members for Lunch

Buono Bistro Restaurant in North Andover hosts members of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce for a Networking at Noon lunch later this month. Meal offering includes a choice of Chicken Parmesan Penne Puttanesca or Chicken Caesar Salad. The lunch takes place Tuesday, Nov. 28, from noon-1:15 p.m., at Buono Bistro Restaurant, 220 Sutton St., North Andover. Admission is $28 for members and $38 for non-members and may be purchased at or by calling 978-686-0900.