Greater Haverhill Arts Association’s McCarthy Work on Display at iHub

James McCarthy is Greater Haverhill Arts Association’s featured member artist for July and August. Works by McCarthy, who works in digital art with various subjects, are on display in the Art Niche at the UMass Lowell iHub at Harbor Place, 2 Merrimack St., in downtown Haverhill. The Art Niche open to the public during regular iHub hours.

The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

Groups Share in State Community Investment Tax Credits to Support Small Business, Housing and More

A number of area organizations were formally awarded Community Investment Tax Credits last week to help leverage their own money aimed at expanding programming for low- and moderate-income residents. Those receiving tax credits for use throughout the area include Act Lawrence, $50,000; Groundwork Lawrence, $200,000; Lawrence Community Works, $250,000; and Mill Cities Community Investments, $200,000. The credits enable the groups to raise more from local donors for small business support, community development, art and placemaking initiatives, affordable housing preservation and development, youth programming and more. Mill Cities Community Investments, for example, is a collaborator in The Haverhill Partnership Venture Fund along with Align Credit Union, Enterprise Bank, Haverhill Bank and Pentucket Bank. Each of the banks seeded the fund with $125,000 in capital for a total of $500,000 to be made available to qualifying businesses.

Podcast: Rep. Campbell Says Civics Law Helps Young People Check Their Sources of Information

Learning the basics of how government works is a lesson that state Rep. Linda Dean Campbell wants to make sure is taught in the schools. Campbell, who represents Methuen and Haverhill and not running for re-election this fall, recently worked with Haverhill state Rep. Andy X. Vargas to advocate for support to further the state’s nearly four-year-old civics education requirement

“It was fantastic because you had the older person, like myself, and you had the younger person, like Andy, really, really pushing for this. He brought so much to the table. He brought a lot of excitement with young people,” Campbell said during a recent appearance on WHAV’s morning show. As previously reported by WHAV, Campbell said the legislature committed $1.5 million for civics education in each of the past three state budgets, with much of the money going directly to schools to help with curriculum implementation.

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Honors Emmaus’ Murphy with Excellence in Leadership Award

Emmaus’ CEO Jeanine Murphy was recently awarded the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s 2022 Excellence in Leadership Award. Murphy, along with more than 120 professionals, was nominated earlier this spring for one of the six Excellence awards. She was then named a finalist and presented the award at Nonprofit Network’s annual award celebration on June 22. “Our mission of hope embraces the philosophy, ‘there but for the grace of God go you or I,’ Murphy said, while accepting her award during the virtual award ceremony. “This award is the validation of the incredible work being done at Emmaus—changing lives one person at a time.”

The Excellence Award in Leadership, recognizes a senior nonprofit executive who has an extraordinary record of organizational results, exemplifies strategic vision, passion, integrity, innovation, perseverance and a collaborative spirit.

215th Army Band Performs Free Concert Thursday in Haverhill

The 215th Army Band is having a special two-hour performance in Haverhill this Thursday. The collaboration of Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, Haverhill Veterans Services, Haverhill Veterans Council, City of Haverhill and Mayor James J. Fiorentini, were instrumental in securing the free concert for July 7, at 6 p.m., at Haverhill’s Riverside Park. “Anytime where there is an opportunity for the 215th Army Band to perform in our community, you have to jump at the chance,” said Veterans Northeast Outreach Center Executive Director Scott Forbes. He added, “The City of Haverhill has invested in VNEOC for over 25 years, and we can’t be more appreciative. This event is a perfect illustration of our long-lasting partnership, and it also highlights the support we have from local organizations as well.”

Concertgoers are advised to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Haverhill Motorcyclist, 28, Receives Serious Injuries in Plaistow; Other Driver Faces DWI Charge

A 28-year-old Haverhill man is being treated at a Boston hospital for, what were described as, “serious injuries” after he and the motorcycle he was driving were struck by an allegedly drunk driver early Friday morning in Plaistow, N.H.

Matthew J. Wilson suffered “serious injuries to his lower extremities” and was flown to Tufts Medical Center by Boston MedFlight, where he was listed in serious condition, according to a statement by Plaistow Police. Police said 27-year-old Joshua Somma of Fremont, N.H., was arrested and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a felony-level charge. Police said they came upon the crash at approximately 12:30 a.m., on Route 125 south, near 20 Plaistow Road. They said Somma was driving north and making a left-hand turn. Initial reports described the accident as a head-on collision with Wilson being thrown and suffering compound leg fractures.

Haverhill Establishes Cooling Locations Today as Temperatures Rise Into the 90s; Plug Pond Opens

Haverhill is setting up locations for residents to keep cool today as temperatures are expected to soar into the 90s. WHAV’s Wave Weather Meteorologist James Covington says temperatures are expected to reach a high of 94 today. Mayor James J. Fiorentini says residents may seek relief today until 4 p.m., at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.; until 7 p.m., at the Swasey Field Splash Pad; and at water cannons set up at Riverside Park near the stadium. The revamped Plug Pond Recreation area is open for swimming with a limit of 200 people. A new playground there opens next week followed by a splash pad later on when construction is completed.