Local Transit Authority Buses Begin Sporting New Look and Name

The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority not only rolled out two revamped buses yesterday, but also a new look for the 50-year-old quasi-public entity. Authority Director of Communications Niorka Mendez-Almonte said in an email the agency will continue wrapping buses until all sport the new brightly colored, almost all orange design. Newly rebranded buses will also sport a shortened name, “MEVA,” for Merrimack Valley. As WHAV reported in early August, Administrator Noah S. Berger’s goal is to improve the visibility of the public bus company and make it easier for potential riders to try the service. “MeVa Transit is spiffier, easier to say and we believe more inviting,” Berger told WHAV.

Haverhill Residents Could Save $200 Monthly on Electric Bills with City Plan, but Should Check Bills

While the cost of electricity is expected to skyrocket this winter, some Haverhill residents will be spared from an increase in their monthly bill because of a plan enacted by the city two years ago. The Energy Aggregation Plan bundles electrical users into a group who then look for a better rate by buying in bulk. Mayor James J. Fiorentini gave an overview to the City Council Tuesday night. “An Energy Aggregation Plan is: we put all of the residential electric consumers into a bucket, then go out to bid and says if we bundle all of them together, could we get a lower electric rate?” he explained. The mayor said, while the plan has backfired at times, this year, with rates expected to increase by as much as 61%, Haverhill residents in the plan have locked in a rate of 10.8 cents per kilowatt hour—a figure that will likely translate to a savings of more than $200 per month.

Updated: Haverhill Police Investigate Gunshots that Damaged Mount Washington Home

Haverhill Police are investigating gunshots, apparently fired early Tuesday morning, that struck a home in the Mount Washington neighborhood. Haverhill Deputy Police Chief Stephen J. Doherty Jr. told WHAV there were no injuries reported, but damage was observed at the building near the corner of Beacon and Central Streets. “We don’t know the specifics of the type of firearm used,” Doherty said. He said police had no suspects as of the start of its investigation Tuesday afternoon. A resident also reported gunshot damage to a car.

Whittier Tech Senior Craig Receives SkillsUSA Statesman Award, Attends Training in Washington

Jaidyn Craig, a senior at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, took part last week in the SkillsUSA Washington Leadership Training Institute in Washington, D.C.

The Institute provided students an opportunity to grow their professionalism, communication and leadership skills. Craig, of Haverhill, was invited to attend following his election as the SkillsUSA Massachusetts president for the 2022-2023 school year. “My favorite part…was meeting with Associate Deputy Secretary of Labor (Nikki) McKinney. It was really cool to advocate for (Career Technical Education),” Craig said. “The goal of CTE is to help close the skills gap.” He said he will share his experience with Whittier chapter members and members of the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators in October.”

Craig was awarded the SkillsUSA Statesman Award after demonstrating SkillsUSA knowledge, civic awareness and an understanding of the SkillsUSA Framework.

‘Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day’ Event Sunday Benefits Sarah’s Place Adult Day Health Center

A “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser” is on tap this Sunday with food, music, raffles and silent auction to benefit Sarah’s Place Adult Day Health Center. The annual remembrance by the Barker Family honors Harry J. “Joe” Barker Jr. on what would have been his 86th birthday. Music by E.J. Ouellette and Crazy Maggy with special appearances by Clan MacPherson Pipes and Drums and The Bracken School of Irish Dance. The benefit takes place Sunday, Oct.

Haverhill Special Education Parent Advisory Council Holds First School Year Meeting Virtually Thursday

Haverhill’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council, also known as SEPAC, is hosting its first meeting of the 2022-2023 school year online. Haverhill Public Schools Superintendent Margaret Marotta and Executive Director of Student Support Services Deborah Ibanez are attending to provide an update on Haverhill Public Schools special education and answer questions. The meeting takes place Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m., on Zoom. Registration is required and can be completed here.

Merrimack Valley Chamber Public Safety Breakfast Forum Features DA Blodgett, Sheriff Coppinger, Others

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce is offering a breakfast forum this Friday with public safety as its theme. Along with a continental breakfast, attendees will hear featured speakers including District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett, Essex County Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger, Haverhill Police Chief Robert P. Pistone, Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe, Lawrence Police Chief Roy Vasque, Methuen Police Chief Scott J. McNamara and North Andover Police Chief Charles Gray. The breakfast takes place Friday, Sept. 30, from 7:30-9:15 a.m., at Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane, Haverhill. Admission is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers.