Greater Lawrence Tech Senior and Class President is Nominee for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Greater Lawrence Technical Regional High School senior Edgar Martinez was recently selected to represent the Commonwealth as a Career and Technical Education nominee for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Greater Lawrence Tech Superintendent John Lavoie said, each year, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes up to 161 of the country’s most exceptional students. The program was expanded to include and celebrate the accomplishments of students studying career and technical education in 2015. Martinez, of Lawrence, is a student in the Greater Lawrence Tech’s Dental Assisting program. “To me, this nomination is significant because it illustrates my hard work and dedication throughout my high school years,” said Martinez.

Haverhill Councilors Pressure Mayor to Detail Mental Health Program Specifics and Payments

The Haverhill City Council again asked Mayor James J. Fiorentini Tuesday night to come up with a strategy for addressing local mental health issues, including how payments will be made for services. Council Vice President John A. Michitson and Councilor Melissa J. Lewandowski placed the matter on the agenda. Lewandowski asked about the needs of Haverhill public school students, what school officials have already done to meet those needs and what new efforts, if any, are underway. In response, Haverhill School Physician Dr. John L. Maddox first addressed the issue of paying for necessary programs, telling councilors the money is available. “There appears to be about $3.7 million to invest.

Endicott College Presents Phoebe Potts Feb. 8 in ‘Too Fat For China’

The Tadler Center for Humanities at Endicott College welcomes acclaimed comic and storyteller Phoebe Potts Feb. 8 to present her one-woman show, “Too Fat For China,” a comedic look at the agony of adoption. “Too Fat For China” follows Potts as she tries, fails and eventually succeeds in adopting a baby. After a U.S. adoption goes horribly wrong, Potts finds herself surprised, disgusted and ultimately resigned to the role she plays as a middle-class white lady in the business of adopting babies in the U.S. and internationally. Potts’ tragicomic journey is about looking for more love, more life and more family, and she will do anything to get it, including having her morals and values fold in on themselves.

Students, Nearby Households Safe After Contractor Accidentally Strikes Gas Line Near Pentucket Regional

Pentucket Regional Middle and High School students stayed in their classrooms and several nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution Wednesday morning when a contractor accidentally struck a natural gas pipeline near the school’s new athletic fields. Pentucket Regional School Superintendent Justin Bartholomew was on the air live from WHAV studios when notification came around 8:50 a.m. West Newbury Fire Chief Michael Dwyer said his department received support from West Newbury Police and Groveland Police and Fire. “We are grateful to our mutual aid partners in Groveland for their support,” said Dwyer. “A quick and professional response to this incident by first responders, schools, the contractor involved and National Grid helped ensure there were no more serious issues this morning.”

West Newbury Fire Department, Police and mutual aid partners evacuated several homes near the site of the leak on Main Street as a precaution while the leak was active. Students at the high and middles school were placed in, what was described as, “a secure hold in their classrooms to ensure they were all accounted for and that the school’s hallways remained empty.” There were no evacuations at the high school or middle school.

Board Seeks Merrimac Resident to Represent Town on Whittier Tech School Committee

Merrimac candidates are being sought to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School Committee. Paul Tucker, who has represented Merrimac on the Committee since 1994, plans to retire at the end of his current term on April 1. The board member serves to represent the best educational interests of children from the Town of Merrimac. Applicants will be interviewed in public session by the Pentucket Regional School Committee, which is the appointing authority. The selected applicant commits to serving a three-year term.

Northern Essex Community College Plans ‘One and Done’ Spring Enrollment Wednesday

Northern Essex Community College plans a streamlined “One and Done” Express Registration Day Wednesday to enroll students for the spring semester. On Jan. 11, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., at the Ourania Behrakis Student Center on the Haverhill campus, the Office of Enrollment Services offers “One and Done” Express Registration Day. “Express Registration Day offers a convenient way for new and continuing students to register for spring classes without having to wait for an appointment,” says Dean of Enrollment Services, Donna Bertolino. “They can walk in at a time that works best for their schedule.

Podcast: Whittier Tech to Spend the Next Year Deciding Between Renovation or Building New

Cities and towns making up the membership of Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School won’t be asked for at least a year to sign off on whatever plans emerge for a renovated or replacement school. During 2023, the School Building Committee will review what approach is most feasible, while following the process set down by the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Whittier Tech Superintendent Maureen Lynch, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, said there are three options—renovate the current building, renovate and expand to allow for more students or construct a new school altogether. “Over the next year or so, we are really going to be looking at what our best option is going to be. Then next year, next spring, we will be going to our communities, the spring of 2024, wow!

Haverhill High School Drama Club Presents Two, One-Act Plays Jan. 13-14

The Haverhill High School Drama Club presents two one-act plays during upcoming performances. The shows take place Friday, Jan 13, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 14, at 2 and 7 p.m., at Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St., Haverhill. The first show is a comedy called “Men on Boats,” following 10 explorers in 1869 setting off to chart the Green and Colorado rivers. The second show, “Completely, Absolutely, Normal” is a series of scenes following LGBTQ+ teens.