Haverhill to Collect Leaves at the Curb Early This Saturday; No Brush Accepted

Haverhill’s citywide curbside leaf pick-up takes place this Saturday. Households that receive city curbside trash collection may place leaves in open-top barrels or biodegradable paper leaf bags before 6 a.m., Saturday, May 1, according to Haverhill Solid Waste Manager Gunther Wellenstein. Barrels or bags must weigh no more than 40 pounds.  Capitol Waste, the city’ trash hauler, will not collect loose leaf piles or leaf bags containing trash, debris or dirt.  Any loose leaves, plastic bags or leaf bags containing trash, debris or dirt or will not be accepted. There will be no curbside collection Saturday of brush, limbs, branches, sticks or tree trunks. Instead, brush may be dropped off Wednesdays, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Saturdays, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Recycling Center, behind the Public Works Department at 95 Downing Ave.  Residents must have the 2021 sticker or a day pass to drop off brush or branches.

View Material from Haverhill Public Library’s Special Collections During Online ‘Show and Tell’

Items from Haverhill Public Library’s vast special collections are featured in an online video “show and tell” this Thursday. Materials from the library’s Special Collections department will be shown Thursday, April 29, from 2 to 3 p.m. The program will be pre-recorded and a link will be sent to those who register ahead on the Calendar of Events page at haverhillpl.org. Those with questions may contact Brendan Kieran by calling 978-373-1586, extension 608, or emailing [email protected]

Charity Coalition Moves Forward with Plans for Fourth Annual Veterans’ Fishing Trip

Merrimack Valley Hope Mission, a humanitarian project, is partnering with two local nonprofit organizations to again provide fishing trips for homeless and transitional veterans. The Fourth Annual Veterans’ Fishing Trip is being planned by the coalition, which now includes support from Common Ground Ministries, headed by Ron Mills, and 411 Cares, founded by Dee Jacobs O’Neil. They are notifying veterans of the upcoming opportunity and also seeking community donations to help the endeavor, according to Joseph D’Amore, Merrimack Valley Hope Mission founder. D’Amore is scheduled to appear on WHAV’s morning program, “Win for Breakfast,” Wednesday, April 28, at 8:45 a.m.

For a second year, Merrimack Valley Hope Mission is working with Newburyport-based F/V Emme Charters and Captain Rick Boudrow and his family. For more information or to make a donation email D’Amore at [email protected]

Fidelity House CRC ‘Chances for Change’ Raffle Begins Friday with Multiple Prizes Worth $1,000

Fidelity House CRC, which serves people with disabilities, is having a weeklong raffle, “Chances for Change,” beginning Friday. The fundraiser offers the chance to win one of seven packages, each valued at $1,000 or more. These include “Shop ‘til You Drop,” “Groceries for a Month,” “Newburyport Get-Away,” “A Day at the Beach,” “12 Nights of Dining” and “A Year of Chances.” Raffle tickets are $10 each. A raffle ticket purchase and/or donation to a Fund-A-Need of $100 or more automatically enters donors for a chance to win a “Mystery Adventure-Themed Package,” also valued at $1,000. There are 10 virtual door prizes, sponsored by Haverhill Bank, with values of $100 or more.

Author Edith Maxwell Speaks During Next Whittier Birthplace Lecture Series April 29

Whittier Birthplace continues its spring Virtual Lecture Series next week with local author Edith Maxwell speaking on her Quaker Midwife Mystery series. The Agatha-winning historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries feature unconventional Quaker midwife Rose Carroll in late 1880s Amesbury. The Quaker poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier is a character in the series. Maxwell’s seventh book in the series, “A Changing Light,” is being released this month. Besides the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, Maxwell writes the Local Foods Mysteries as well as award-winning short crime fiction.

Haverhill Lions Club Taking Orders for Butter Braid Pastry Through Sunday, April 25

A “Tasty Spring Fundraiser with Butter Braid Pastry” is currently benefiting the charities supported by the Haverhill Lions Club. The Haverhill Lions Club is taking orders for Butter Braid pastries online through next Sunday, April 25. At $14 each, selections include Strawberry Cream Cheese, Cinnamon, Apple, Blueberry, Raspberry, Bavarian Creme, Four Cheese and Herb Braid and Cinnamon rolls,

Pastries arrive frozen for local delivery only on Thursday, May 6. Order online here. For more information, call Deb Martin at 978-390-0872.

Zoffoli Co-Facilitates LGBTQ+ Bereavement Group with Merrimack Valley Hospice

A new virtual support group for those in the LGBTQ+ community who are grieving a death is meeting every other Tuesday. David Zoffoli, who lost Stephen Fales, his husband of 20 years, in 2018, and Merrimack Valley Hospice Clinical Social Worker Kara Cheek are co-facilitating the drop-in group which requires no long-term commitment. The group was conceived after Zoffoli experienced shock, overwhelming grief and numbness, but said his healing was slowed by “discriminatory behaviors and anti-queer microaggressions which are common to marginalized groups.”

“It’s sad to say that the LGBTQ+ community still experiences significant disenfranchisement,” said Zoffoli, recalling how “heads swiveled” when he was overheard discussing his late husband’s death benefits at a Social Security office. Despite his grief, he then felt forced to summon energy he didn’t have in order to make those around him laugh and feel comfortable. “It’s a familiar adaption that many in disenfranchised communities face,” Zoffoli said.

Haverhill and Plaistow YMCA Readies for ‘Mission Possible’ Gala with a Little Help From Friends

The combined Haverhill YMCA and Plaistow Community YMCA is gearing up for its “Mission Possible” Virtual Legacy Gala with a little help from friends. The Y’s Legacy Gala takes place Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m., online. Covanta renewed its commitment by presenting a check for an undisclosed amount to support the Y’s science, technology, engineering, arts and math program—known as STEAM, for short; kids summer reading programs; and summer camp attendance and activities. Meanwhile state Rep. Andy Vargas pledged to jump in the YMCA pool if at least $50,000 is raised. YMCA Regional Executive Director Tracy Fuller “Our community partners help the YMCA make impact that supports the community.”

Tickets for the Gala, which includes an event swag bag, entry for a virtual door prize, charcuterie from Bradford Country Club, signature cocktail courtesy of Tito’s handmade vodka, are $60 each or two for $100 and may be purchased online here.