Third Update: Haverhill Man Faces Armed Assault with Intent to Murder in Alleged Attack

One woman received what were described as “life-threatening” injuries and a 23-year-old Haverhill man is under arrest after the apparent “attack” last yesterday afternoon. Twenty-three-year-old Jake Kavanaugh, of 15 Fairview Farm Road, Haverhill was arrested, according to Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett’s spokeswoman Carrie Kimball. An arrest log provided by Haverhill Police this morning confirms charges of two counts each of armed assault with intent to murder; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, causing serious bodily injury; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; mayhem; and negligent operation of motor vehicle. WHAV News was on scene just before 5 p.m., Wednesday, when first responders, including police, fire and ambulance, were ordered to secure the scene at 4 Fairview Farm Road, Haverhill. Early, unconfirmed reports suggested two women were walking a dog when assaulted.

Educators Cheer Vaccination Eligibility, Skeptical Over Possible State Move Ordering School Return

Massachusetts educators are cheering orders that they are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations, but appear more skeptical of plans to allow the state’s education commissioner to effectively decide when students return to in-person learning. Starting March 11, teachers, early educators and school staff members will be able to try to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine appointments through any of the state’s 170 vaccination sites and mass vaccination sites plan to block off certain days to vaccinate educators, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday morning. The governor’s announcement from the West Parish Elementary School in Gloucester comes as Baker and Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley push for full-time, in-person education at all Massachusetts elementary schools by next month and after teachers unions ramped up a campaign backed by legislative leaders to get more of their members vaccinated sooner. One union official said teachers around the state were euphoric about the governor’s announcement Wednesday. It also followed President Joe Biden’s decision Tuesday to prioritize the vaccination of pre-K-12 teachers and staff and child care workers through the federal pharmacy program and his direction to the roughly 20 states that had not already made teachers eligible to do so.

Clean and Green Downtown Haverhill Effort Beautifies City, Turns to Basic Repairs

While there was much they couldn’t tackle during the pandemic, a group of volunteers found they could work to make downtown Haverhill a more inviting place to visit and live. Team Haverhill held a series of events called the Clean and Green Initiative, which involved cleaning up trash and debris, planting flowerbeds and undertaking other acts of beautifying the city. Team Haverhill Vice President Lisa Marzilli told the City Council Tuesday night what they accomplished since last spring. “The mission of our Clean and Green Downtown Haverhill Project is to have our downtown be great. The things that we focused on included greening like adding flowers and shrubs and trees, making sure it’s walkable for citizens.

Haverhill Asks Public to Consider Potential Impacts and Benefits of Removing Little River Dam

Even before a seven-alarm blaze in 2015 destroyed a Stevens Street Mill building, Haverhill was in talks to redevelop the sprawling industrial site. Today, the Little River Dam near Lafayette Square remains an impediment to development, but has also been named as a “climate-related hazard.”

The city is now seeking the public’s opinion on potential benefits and impacts of removing the dam during an online forum Wednesday, March 24, at 6 p.m. A link to the forum will be provided by the city closer to the date. The state’s Energy and Environmental Affairs Department awarded Haverhill $70,600 to conduct a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness study after city councilors approved the climate change grant application last June. The dam, which was originally built in the early 1800s, provided power to a long-gone flannel mill. It is believed to contribute to upstream flooding along Apple Street and Little River Street.

Haverhill’s Museum of Printing Displays Collection of Rare Bibles Through April 30

Haverhill’s Museum of Printing is displaying many rare Bibles from its collection through April 30. The Museum has one leaf from every Bible printed in Colonial America, including the first Bible printed in America—the Eliot Bible of 1663 in the Algonquin Indian language. Because the King James Bible had typographical errors, King James ordered what became known as the 1762 Baskerville Bible. It is considered one of the most beautiful Bibles and the typeface designed for it is named for its designer, John Baskerville, and still used to this day. There are also giant folio-sized Bibles and pocket-sized Bibles.

Greater Haverhill Chamber Names WBC Extrusion Products as February Business of the Month

WBC Extrusion Products was named as business of the month for February by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce for its outstanding commitment to the community during this past holiday season. “I am so grateful for the support of WBC Extrusion over the holiday season,” said Chamber President and CEO Irene Haley. “Their donations to our holiday celebrations and to the Santa Fund were crucial in this difficult time. Thank you to all the people at WBC Extrusion for your generosity and congratulations on being named February’s business of the month!”

Since 1979, WBC Extrusion’s 60 Fondi Road, Haverhill, plant has provided quality products, specializing in single-use blown polymer films for a variety of industries. Last year, the company was acquired by Gelpac, a Canadian leader of high-performance packaging solutions.

Police Arrest Man Alleged to Have Struck Two Haverhill Cruisers with Stolen U-Haul Van

A homeless Haverhill man who is said to have struck two Haverhill police cruisers Friday night with a stolen U-Haul van, was ordered held without bail during his arraignment yesterday in Haverhill District Court. Thirty-two-year-old Ryan M. Messina was arrested Friday night around 8:30 by Haverhill Police on two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of leaving the scene of an automobile accident, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, failing to stop for police, driving a stolen automobile, possession of drugs and being a fugitive from justice. Patrolman Kevin O’Brien reported he was sent to a Monument Square convenience store for a report of a stolen Chevrolet U-Haul van where he encountered Messina sitting in the driver’s seat at a gasoline pump. O’Brien said Messina “appeared to panic,” put the truck into drive and struck the police cruiser before heading north on Main Street. Messina reached speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour and crossed back and forth between Haverhill and Plaistow and Atkinson, N.H. He eventually returned to Haverhill via Hilldale Avenue, where he struck another Haverhill police cruiser that was driven by Patrolman Justin Graham before it was disabled with a flat tire.

Haverhill High Students Present Ideas for Greater Diversity in Teaching Materials

Haverhill High School students not only welcome diversity, but introduced a framework last Thursday night for multicultural changes to learning materials. The Haverhill School Committee heard from high school student leaders who presented ideas for creating greater diversity in the school’s curriculum

Haverhill High School Student Council Vice President Rebecca Hamel said students began working last summer on a plan to bring greater representation of minority groups, women and others who are often left out of traditional teaching programs.

“Not only do we want students to learn about other cultures, but we want them to be able to learn about themselves. We feel as though focusing on more cultures will bring so much benefit and so we want all scholars in this district to feel heard and seen and that starts with representation within the classroom,” she said. Hamel said diversity within the curriculum helps students relate to the material being taught. The curriculum changes, some of which have already begun to be implemented, are in all areas of study including art, science, business and technology, English, history, language and mathematics.