Haverhill River Bards Poetry Series Continues Tonight with Featured Poet Surya Sarkhel

Creative Haverhill tonight presents its next installment of the Haverhill River Bards Poetry Series with a featured reading from local poet Surya Sarkhel followed by a free, first-come-first-serve open mic. The event takes place tonight, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m., at HC Media, 2 Merrimack St., Haverhill. Sarkhel was born in West Bengal, India, but is a longtime Haverhill resident. She grew up surrounded by different forms of art, music, dance and literature and has credited her mother as being her number one fan.

Haverhill Public Schools Monitor Sysco Strike, but Expect No ‘Drastic Impact’ on Student Meals

Haverhill Public Schools has food on hand for student meals, but is carefully watching a strike by workers at food distributor Sysco. In an email to families, school Assistant Superintendent Michael J. Pfifferling noted Sysco drivers stopped working this week, causing one- to two-day food delivery delays to the schools. He said, however, school menus are prepared in advance and fresh dairy, bread and produce come from other sources. “As a result of our pre-planning, we typically have a full week of food products on hand at any given moment,” Pfifferling told families. The assistant superintendent warned published menu offerings could change with delivery interruptions.

Seabrook Man Who Allegedly Stole Home Improvement Deposits in Haverhill, Other Towns, in Court

A 32-year-old Seabrook, N.H., man wanted for allegedly stealing home improvement deposits in Haverhill, West Newbury and other area communities, was arraigned on larceny charges Wednesday in Newburyport District Court and ordered held on $50,000 cash bail. Robert J. Merrill was arrested Tuesday in Marblehead on six warrants as the result of an investigation involving Newburyport and Marblehead Police Departments and other agencies. Merrill was charged with larceny greater than $1,200. Newburyport City Marshal Mark Murray and Marblehead Police Chief Dennis King said in a statement the departments worked together to find and arrest the local contractor. “This was a lengthy investigation into alleged crimes that cost homeowners tens of thousands of dollars, and this arrest is the direct result of the collaborative efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies,” said Murray.

Haverhill High School Drama Club and Fine Arts Academy Presents ‘Treasure Island’ This Weekend

The Haverhill High School Drama Club and Fine Arts Academy is putting on its production of Robert Louis Stevenson’s and Bryony Lavery’s “Treasure Island.”

The show takes place Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 8, at 2 and 7 p.m., in Haverhill High School auditorium, 137 Monument St., Haverhill. Tickets cost $5 for students and seniors and $10 for general admission. Attendees may purchase tickets at the door or ahead of time by using this link. 

For any questions, contact [email protected]

Gov. Baker to be On Hand When Merrimack Valley Chamber Honors Local Businesses Oct. 12

Area business and community leaders are set to be honored next week at the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce annual dinner with guest speaker Gov. Charlie Baker. United Way Senior Director Cal Williams will take away one of the Chamber’s highest honors, the Ralph B. Wilkinson Good Citizenship Award. Other winners are Joseph DiPietro of Revise, Emerging Leader Award; Haverhill Exchange Club’s Hometown Heroes Veterans Program, Community Spirit Award; Merrimack Valley and Haverhill YMCAs. Non-Profit Award; and Lupoli Companies’ Salvatore N. Lupoli, Business Development Award. The annual dinner takes place Wednesday, Oct.

Ronald Sanville, Taught Electronics at HHS, Veteran of Korean War, Dies at 93

Ronald J. Sanville, 93, husband of Rita M. (Morin) Sanville, passed away Oct. 2, at High Pointe Hospice in Haverhill with his loving family by his side. Born in Lawrence, he was the son of the late Louis V. and Florence E. (Towne) Sanville. Raised in Haverhill, he was a graduate of Haverhill High School, class of 1948. Sanville was a classic “do it yourselfer”, always fixing things.

Haverhill Council Gives Green Light to Ward Hill Zoning Change, Delays Action on Ending Paper Street

The Haverhill City Council gave its approval Tuesday night to moving a zone line—termed a “correction”—effectively reclassifying seven acres of property at 130 Neck Road from Residential High Density to Business Park. The property, which abuts Ferry Road, is owned by Hardal which also owns 33 acres of adjacent property designated as Business Park. Attorney Donald Sheldon, representing Hardal explained the reason for the request. “We are here to reset the Business Park zoning border to the edges of the property, thereby making the entire parcel Business Park. We believe the zoning change would benefit the city and the neighbors by converting the seven acres of high residential land into the business park, alleviating potential additional traffic that a residential development could otherwise bring,” he said.

Kallin Becomes Director of Haverhill Promise, Continues Focus of Grade-Level Reading by Third Grade

Jessica Kallin has been named to lead Haverhill Promise, the city’s community-wide initiative focused on increasing grade-level reading by the third grade. Kallin, who becomes director, comes to Haverhill Promise after serving more than four years as   family and community engagement specialist for the Utah Board of Education. Haverhill Promise Steering Committee President and Haverhill Public Library Director Sarah Moser welcomed Kallin. “In our next leader, we were looking for someone with strong leadership and advocacy skills, a solid appreciation for collective impact and the ability to bring diverse constituencies together for a common mission. Not only does Jessica fit this profile, she is also an outstanding communicator who will bring her enthusiasm and passion for early childhood issues to the work ahead,” Moser said.