Haverhill’s Jaffarian Earns Third Consecutive Volvo Excellence Award

Third year and counting! River Street car dealership Jaffarian Volvo has received the Volvo Excellence Award from Volvo Cars USA for the third year in a row, recognized for sales and customer service throughout 2018. Volvo Cars USA President and CEO Anders Gustafsson made the announcement last week, praising Jaffarian CEO Gary Jaffarian for his commitment to best in class leadership and customer experience. “We are grateful for the continued support of our employees and customers that made this honor possible,” Jaffarian said of the honor. “Our employees have embraced the fourth-generation commitment to excellence that people have come to expect from Jaffarian Volvo.

YMCA Honoring Haverhill Rotary Club, Plaistow’s Pinnacle Physical Therapy at May 11 Legacy Gala

Haverhill’s Rotary Club and the Plaistow, N.H.-based Pinnacle Physical Therapy are among those being honored for their commitment to community at this year’s YMCA legacy gala, being held Saturday, May 11 at the Bradford Country Club. Tickets are still available for the 5 p.m. masquerade-themed event, featuring a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing. All proceeds from ticket sales go to support summer camp scholarships and Summer Learning Loss programs, YMCA Regional Executive Director Tracy Fuller tells WHAV. To reserve your seat, visit NorthshoreYMCA.org.

Haverhill Rotary Club Donates $2K to City’s Vietnam Memorial Commission

The city’s upgraded Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Mill Brook Park received its biggest monetary donation to date last week courtesy of the Haverhill Rotary Club, who gifted the group overseeing the renovations a $2,000 check during a recent meeting. Accepting the gift from Rotary Club President James Smith on behalf of Mayor James J. Fiorentini’s Vietnam Memorial Ad Hoc Memorial Commission was Chairman Ralph Basiliere. The funds will help the commission continue a second phase of improvements currently underway at the park in the Haverhill Highlands neighborhood near the entrance to Plug Pond. In the works are curbing upgrades, seeding and an ADA-compliant crosswalk, Basiliere said. The group also accepts donations online via the City of Haverhill website at cityofhaverhill.com.

Jimmy K’s Diner Plans Expansion, Longer Hours and Liquor Upon Move Next Door

Jimmy K’s Diner, a Haverhill breakfast and lunch spot near the New Hampshire border is not only expanding and moving a few feet, but plans to add dinner and beverages a bit stronger than coffee. Haverhill License Commissioners approved the transfer of Jimmy K’s food license last week, but postponed issuing a requested license for wine, beer and cordials. Commission Chairman Joseph C. Edwards asked for the delay to better define the types of cordials to be served. Cordials are described as a sweetened distilled spirit. The state Alcohol Beverages Control Commission allows communities to grant licenses for “cordials and liqueurs” for restaurants serving food and possessing a wine and malt license.

Haverhill Dancer Opens Downtown Fitness Studio Rise Movement

Haverhill’s pre-teens and teens now have a gym to call their own thanks to Melanie Capalbo’s Essex Street space Rise Movement Studio. City dancer Capalbo tells WHAV her 2,000 square-foot location at 145 Essex St., near Kruger’s—opening for business this weekend—offers more than 20 classes that run the gamut from abs to Zumba. Offered on a drop-in basis with no commitment, a 30-minute class costs $10, while a 60-minute sweat session runs $15. Flexibility and a family-friendly atmosphere is what sets Rise Movement apart, Capalbo tells WHAV. “Mom can take a yoga class while her child takes a Zumba class for pre-teens,” she tells WHAV.

Latest MVCC Networking Mixer Is Thursday Night in Haverhill

A business networking and referral mixer is planned for Thursday night April 11 at Benchmark Senior Living at Haverhill Crossings, 254 Amesbury Road. From 5-7 p.m., area locals can network, enter raffles and enjoy complimentary appetizers courtesy of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members are invited for a $10 entry fee, while potential members may attend for $20. Registration is accepted by calling 978-686-0900.

Harvard Pilgrim Grant Helps Elder Services Expand Anti-Fall, Caregiver Programs

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley recently received a $223,000 grant to expand training through its Healthy Living Center of Excellence aimed at preventing and managing falls and providing caregiver support. Coming from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, the grant supports “Savvy Caregiver” and “Matter of Balance” trainings and workshops. The grant is renewable for a second year and includes workshop implementation, technical assistance and collaboration with health care partners. “In the first year of this grant, we expect to train 40 Master Trainers, who in turn will train community-based coaches to implement workshops for close to 750 program participants,” says Jennifer Raymond, chief strategy officer and director of the Healthy Living Center of Excellence. A Matter of Balance program is a community based, small group program that helps older adults reduce their fear of falling and increase activity levels.

Coach Company Reconsiders Boston Commuter Bus; Drops Newburyport

Area commuters may not have to scramble to find a new way to get to and from work in Boston after all. About two weeks after the Coach Company, which garages buses in Plaistow, N.H., said it will end its bus runs between the North Shore and Boston on April 19, the company announced it will keep most of those trips going. For about 40 years, Coach Company has shuttled residents from Boxford, Georgetown, Newburyport, Peabody and Topsfield in and out of Boston for work. Last month, the company said it would stop providing that service due to slumping ridership, a sharp rise in insurance costs and the lack of a state subsidy. On Wednesday, Coach Company owner Benton Smith announced that his company will continue to make trips in and out of Boston from Boxford, Georgetown, Peabody and Topsfield, but cannot keep its Newburyport service going due to specific issues there.