Premier Martial Arts’ Godin Hopes to Raise $20K for Fifth Boston Marathon Charity Run

For his fifth Boston Marathon run next month, Haverhill’s KC Godin is running for a friend who can’t: Haverhill High senior Ryan Clough. Linked up with Clough through the Credit Unions Kids at Heart charity, Godin—the owner of Premier Martial Arts—hopes to raise $20,000 to assist his Children’s Hospital “patient partner” Clough, he tells WHAV. During practice runs along Bradford’s Route 125 and each Saturday with the 200-member Boston Hospital Marathon team, Godin keeps Clough, who suffers with cerebral palsy, top of mind. He also uses the time to live the mantras he teaches to karate students. “It’s a good chance for me to walk my talk.

Fiorentini to Petition for Increased School Funding Friday at Statehouse

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini is taking his plea for increased school funding to Beacon Hill Friday, testifying at the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education hearing, his office tells WHAV. He plans to address the committee in an 11:30 a.m. panel discussion alongside Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and other urban city leaders to push for money for public schools. “Gateway cities like Haverhill don’t have the tax base and have more needs than more affluent communities,” Fiorentini told WHAV in a statement Thursday. “The only way to close the achievement gap between the rich and the poor is to give more resources to cities. Right now, that achievement gap is increasing, not decreasing, and it is critical that we start addressing these inequities.”

Friday’s legislative hearing considers a reform to the 25-year-old education funding formula that would earmark additional money for school districts like Haverhill with large enrollments of low-income and special education students.

City to Soon Accept Bids for Haverhill Stadium Name Change

Merrimack Valley emergency medical service provider Trinity EMS has seen the company’s name in lights at Haverhill’s Lincoln Avenue stadium, and later this spring, the city is giving other businesses or individuals a chance to do the same. As part of an open request for proposal (RFP) process, the seven-member Haverhill Stadium Commission plans to consider applications for naming rights, Commission Chairman and Haverhill High School Director of Athletics Thomas O’Brien tells WHAV. “Trinity has been an outstanding partner for the last eight years and we hope they can continue, but at the same time, we will be considering other bids if they’re out there,” O’Brien said. Trinity acquired naming rights in 2013 for $200,000, entering into an initial three-year contract that was extended for another five years. As O’Brien explains, the opportunity is a big one for those looking for presence in the City of Haverhill.

Haverhill City Council Hopeful Golden Hosts ‘Coffee With the Candidate’ Session Sunday

As November’s Election Day inches closer, Haverhill City Council hopeful Nick Golden continues his effort to network with residents. On Sunday, Golden heads to Washington Street’s Kaldi’s Café for the first of several “Coffee with the Candidate” listening tours. From noon-1:15 p.m., the Haverhill native plans to chat with locals about the issues they care about most. “I want to bring transparency and accessibility to the Haverhill City Council and this is just the first step in accomplishing that,” Golden told WHAV in a statement. Additional sessions are planned for April 7 and 14, also at Kaldi’s, Golden said.

Haverhill Native O’Neil Returns to Complete Medical Residency at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center

Haverhill native Patrick O’Neil is one of 12 medical students completing their residencies through the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, making the cut from a pool of 746 international applicants. O’Neil’s time back in the Merrimack Valley follows coursework at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Others in his residency program hail from as close as Fall River and as far as Pakistan and Vietnam. As a result of increased state funding, the program was able to accept one additional doctor, for an incoming residency class of 12. “We are able to train 20 percent more family physicians here in Lawrence thanks to new state funding focused on increasing the primary care workforce in Massachusetts, particularly in community health centers,” Residency Director Dr. Wendy Barr said.

Legal Ruling Kills Broadway Residential Solar Farm Before Vote; Haverhill Adds Moratorium

A developer’s plans to build a small solar farm on the site of a Broadway residence was struck down by the city’s legal department before a scheduled Haverhill City Council vote Tuesday night. Councilors also imposed a six-month moratorium on such projects. Hexagon Energy of Charlottesville, Va., had proposed to build the array on just under two acres at 1037 Broadway, saying it would create enough electricity to power 40 homes. Development Manager Scott Remer told WHAV he isn’t ruling out legal action. City Solicitor William D. Cox Jr. ruled earlier Tuesday the project does not meet city requirements for ground-mounted solar generation.

Haverhill Council Approves Retail-to-Apartment Conversion; Symbolically Saves Storefront

A 50-year precedent, requiring retail spaces on the ground floors of downtown buildings, was left at least symbolically intact when Haverhill City Councilors voted to allow additional apartments at 1 Water St. Councilors Tuesday night allowed Arrowpoint Burlington, owner of the mostly residential building, to convert first-floor space into three additional apartments. In a compromise engineered by Councilor William J. Macek, a less than 1,000-square-foot space facing Water Street will remain a storefront. “It would stay in conformity with what we’re doing everyplace else in the downtown area,” Macek said. Councilors voted 6-2 in favor of the plan with members Joseph J. Bevilacqua and Melinda E. Barrett opposing the conversion that would bring the total number of apartments to 167 at the nine-story building.

Haverhill’s Spring Hazardous Waste Disposal Day Planned for March 30

Haverhill holds a spring household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, March 30 at the wastewater treatment plant, 40 South Porter St., from 9 a.m. to noon. Proof of residency is required. Accepted items include pesticides, polishes, waxes, wood strippers, wood stains, pool chemicals, drain cleaners, brake fluid, antifreeze, old gasoline and fluorescent bulbs. No latex paint, electronics, motor oil, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, car batteries, or smoke detectors will be accepted. Each resident may turn in up to 25 gallons each of liquid and/or dry chemicals.