Haverhill Public Library Hosts Chair Yoga Class

You know you should get some exercise, but you’re out of practice or have difficulty with balance or stamina. Chair yoga is an alternative that delivers benefits and can be a move toward a more active lifestyle. The Haverhill Public Library, at 99 Main St., offers regular chair yoga sessions. It is a choice for older adults who can’t move around like they used to. It can help build strength, improve flexibility, strengthen muscles, reduce the risk of falls, relieve stress, and boost energy.

Finegold Says Unanimous Senate Vote to Increase Education Aid Shows Unified Commitment

Haverhill and area communities running into shortfalls when it comes to paying for schools during the next term may receive a bit of relief if a state Senate bill becomes law. The Senate this week voted unanimously to increase minimum state aid to schools from $104 to $110 per pupil during debate on the budget for the year that begins July 1. Sen. Barry R. Finegold, a co-sponsor of the budget amendment, said he advocated for the resources both as the child of public-school educators and the product of a public education. “This increase in funding reflects modern-day costs and will help schools continue to serve its students at the highest level. The Senate’s bipartisan action on this issue demonstrates a unified commitment to our student’s wellbeing and academic success,” said Finegold.

To Enforce Dog Poop Pickup, Haverhill Councilors Weigh Punitive Measures

Dog poop downtown was top of mind for Haverhill city councilors last week. Past measures to reign in the downtown doodies—like increased trash cans and doggy bag stations—appear to have been ineffective. Councilors last week called for more punitive enforcement, including steeper fines, mobile surveillance cameras and directing an animal control officer to stake out hotspots. “I think we could find the mad pooper if we had the cameras in the right spot.” McGonagle said. Councilor Shaun P. Toohey grew passionate about someone who left their dog’s number two “all over” the street leading to his and his wife’s businesses.

Conservation Dept. Seeks Further Feedback on Haverhill’s Open Spaces at June 4 Presentation

Haverhill’s conservation department invites residents to an upcoming presentation on how the city manages its public lands, which will include the opportunity to give feedback. After collecting 850 responses in an online survey, Head Clerk McKayla Arsenault told WHAV they are seeking further input as the department updates Haverhill’s state-mandated Open Space and Recreation Plan, a process that happens every seven years. After a brief presentation, the public can “peruse informational tables and leave comments,” Arsenault wrote in an email. She added she and her colleagues “want to receive real feedback from anyone and everyone.”

The plan is guided by the desires of residents and shapes the city’s approach to spaces under its stewardship, including areas of historical significance, hiking trails, bodies of water and parks, as well as buildings like the library, recreational facilities and the high school pool. Updating the plan means the city can continue receiving state money, which has paid for projects like the playground at Plug Pond and conserving parcels on Crystal Street and Parsonage Hill Road.

Following Indictment, Haverhill Tax Adviser, 78, Faces Sexual Trafficking, Drug Charges June 24

A 78-year-old Haverhill financial adviser is set to appear next month in Essex County Superior Court after a grand jury handed down indictments, moving sexual trafficking and drug distribution out of the lower district court. With 10 initial allegations in March, a grand jury handed John L. Caruso two more counts of trafficking a person for sexual servitude, while removing two counts of sexual conduct for a fee. In sum, he faces four counts of human trafficking, four drug charges—including one felony—and maintaining a house of prostitution. The removal of a usury charge was the only other change. Caruso is scheduled face a pre-trial hearing scheduled Monday, June 24 at the Essex County Superior Court with Judge Thomas Drechsler presiding.

Ciderfeast New England June 20 Celebrates the Valley’s Apple Heritage

An event designed to broaden familiarity with hard cider makers and artisanal foods is coming again to downtown Haverhill this summer. “We’re excited to bring back CiderFeast New England for another year,” said Jimmy Carbone, founder of Destination Downtown Haverhill and Craft Haverhill. “New England has a rich apple heritage. This event is a great way to celebrate.”

This is the fourth year for the festival, which includes a tasting event featuring craft hard ciders from some of the area’s top makers. Artisanal foods also will be available.

AHEPA 39’s 23rd Annual Greek-American Golf Tournament Set for June 15

American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association Acropolis Chapter 39 of Haverhill is having its 23rd Annual Greek-American Golf Tournament in mid-June to benefit student scholarships and local charities. The tournament is described as one of the best in the area with slots available on a first-come, first served basis. Golfers receive a gift bag, golf cart and dinner following completion of the tournament. There will be prizes and raffles. It takes place Saturday, June 15, with registration beginning at 7 a.m. and tee time at 7:30, at the Apple Hill Golf Course, Route 107, in East Kingston, N.H.

Admission is $150 for a single golfer and $580 for a foursome.

Nurse’s Union Leader Reports Lack of State Resolve to Keep Holy Family Hospital’s Haverhill Campus

The state may give up on Holy Family Hospital’s Haverhill campus amid Steward Health Care’s financial turmoil, a leader in the state nurse’s union told city councilors last night. “Within the highest level of the administration, there is a resignation, that maybe it’s just not so important to worry about Haverhill surviving,” Massachusetts Nurse Association Statewide Director Dana Simon said he learned from private conversations with officials. He said he recently noticed a subtle shift in the state’s initial promise to keep all Steward hospitals open. “If you parse some of their public statements, they’re starting to soften on that. They’re saying, ‘it’s our core concern to ensure as many of the hospitals as possible survive.’”

In his view, closing some hospitals over others is a political calculation.