Owner Says He Asked Trocki Mayoral Signs Be Removed; Declines Second Police Interview

The owner of the Lafayette Square property says he specifically asked that mayoral candidate Daniel Trocki’s campaign signs be removed from an island near his parking lot. Dave Vasta, owner of 23-43 Lafayette Square, came to the defense of City Council candidate Shaun P. Toohey and former Mayor William H. Ryan in a statement yesterday. “I asked Mr. Toohey to remove the signs, this was prior to speaking with the detective,” Vasta wrote. Haverhill Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro says the statement is such a departure from what Vasta told a detective that police sought to interview him again. However, the chief said, Vasta declined.

Veterans Alliance of Greater Haverhill Pre-Election Breakfast Is Sunday, Nov. 3

The Veterans Alliance of Greater Haverhill hosts a pre-election breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Primrose Street Amvets Post 147. Held from 9-11 a.m., the event serves as a last chance for local candidates to meet and mingle with city voters ahead of Haverhill’s municipal election on Nov. 5 while raising funds for local veterans in need. Tickets are $5 per person, with seniors and veterans able to eat free.

Police Name Toohey, Ryan Suspects in Theft of Trocki Signs; Toohey Says Signs Not Allowed

With one week until Haverhill voters head to the polls to elect Haverhill’s next mayor, candidate Daniel Trocki alleges his campaign signs have been stolen by members of one of the city’s most prominent political families. According to a police report obtained by WHAV, Haverhill Police officer Trocki said two of his red and white campaign signs placed on the island near the Copperhead Saloon’s parking lot in Lafayette Square were removed on Sept. 26. Filing a police report Oct. 3, Trocki—running against incumbent James J. Fiorentini—argues that William H. Ryan and Shaun P. Toohey were behind the alleged theft.

Students Quiz School Committee Candidates on Safety, Budget During Haverhill High Debate

Members of Haverhill High School’s government classes had their chance to question candidates running for the city’s three open School Committee seats last week in a debate over topics including safety, infrastructure improvements and creative arts funding. Moderators Sean Lanigan and Rachel Walsh from Tom Jordan’s and Shaun Ashworth’s classes quizzed incumbents Sven A. Amirian, Gail M. Sullivan and Scott W. Wood Jr., along with challengers Toni Donais and Thomas Grannemann in front of 85 of their peers Wednesday in the high school library as Superintendent Margaret Marotta and Principal Glenn Burns looked on. The highlight of the discussion was a lively back and forth about the importance of fine arts funding, which was deemed a priority by all candidates. Each person on the ballot also agreed school safety for Haverhill High students must be paramount, especially in the wake of the July 29 incident in which a sophomore allegedly brought a gun to campus. While critical issues were debated, the morning did include some fun by way of a ‘lightning round,’ that asked policymakers where they stood on the all-important “Carters vs.

Mayoral Candidate Trocki Hosting Ozzie’s Kids Toy Donation Drive Wednesday at Maria’s Restaurant

Mayoral candidate and Haverhill Police Officer Dan Trocki hosts a toy donation drive for Ozzie’s Kids on Wednesday night Oct. 23 from 6-8 p.m. at Maria’s Restaurant, 81 Essex St., Haverhill. Founded by late Haverhill Police Det. Osmond “Ozzie” Hardy and his wife Gayle, the charitable organization supplies toys, clothing and school supplies to city children in need throughout the year. In the wake of Ozzie and Gayle’s spring 2019 deaths, Ozzie’s Kids lives on through the generosity of Haverhill residents and the leadership of the couple’s daughter Khristina Hardy.

Trocki, Fiorentini Mayoral Debate: Agree on Education as Haverhill Focus, Spar Over Police Staffing

Haverhill’s mayoral challengers came together face-to-face for the first time Thursday night to discuss some of the city’s biggest issues—including education, police staffing and taxes—during a debate at Merrimack Street’s Harbor Place. While the Hale Hospital debt, cannabis and ward councilors were among the topics discussed, it was education and public safety that took center stage. Mayor James J. Fiorentini, Haverhill’s longest-serving mayor, touted the heavy hand he had in renovating Haverhill High School and rebuilding Hunking Middle School, while Dan Trocki pledged to spend the city’s $12 million in reserves on education “without a doubt.”

Less than a week after Haverhill Police Patrolman Trocki personally responded to a call in which a Lawrence man was allegedly shot in the face by a city teen, he implored voters to let him speak from his experience—on the streets. “If you want safer streets and better education, I think you’ll want to vote for me on Nov. 5.

Sullivan School Committee Fundraiser Is Oct. 21 at Willow Spring Vineyards

School Committee member Gail M. Sullivan hosts a fundraiser for her re-election campaign Monday, Oct. 21 at Willow Spring Vineyards, 840 West Lowell Ave., from 6-8 p.m.

Sullivan is running for one of three open School Committee seats this Tuesday, Nov. 5. Also appearing on the ballot are fellow incumbents Sven A. Amirian and Scott W. Wood Jr. and newcomers Thomas Grannemann, Toni Donais and Stephanie Viola. Voters will also cast ballots for Mayor and City Council on that date.

Campbell Hosts Italian Dinner Thursday at Haverhill’s Garibaldi Club

Mangia, Haverhill! Rep. Linda Dean Campbell will be visiting the district on Thursday, Oct. 17 to host an Italian dinner and greet locals during her campaign fundraiser at the Garibaldi Club, 86 Washington St., from 6-8 p.m.

Campbell plans to offer an update on the plans to rehab the Cogswell Artspace at the dinner, she tells WHAV. Suggested donation is $25 with veterans admitted free.