Interstate 495 Lanes to Close Sunday Night for Variable Message Board Installation

Lanes along Interstate 495 in Haverhill and Methuen close Sunday night for installation of a variable message board. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said a single travel lane closes on I-495 southbound, between exit 106, Ward Hill, and exit 105, Route 213, Sunday, June 26, from 8 p.m.-5 a.m., Monday. All travel lanes will be closed for a maximum of 20 minutes between midnight and 4 a.m. to safely set the sign structure. The work is being conducted as part of a $3.1 million intelligent transportation system project at various locations throughout highway District 4. The state says drivers should expect delays, to reduce speed and use caution.

Museum of Printing Plans Member Appreciation Day and Ludlow Typograph Lecture June 25

Haverhill’s Museum of Printing is having its Member Appreciation Day tomorrow along with a lecture on “The History of the Ludlow Typograph” open to the public. Frank J. Romano, the museum’s chairman and executive director, discusses the Ludlow Typograph and how many of today’s computer fonts are based on this hot metal system. Romano is the author of “History of the Ludlow Typograph,” a book available both in hardcover and softcover editions. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Lectures are scheduled Saturday, June 25, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Museum of Printing, 15 Thornton Ave., Haverhill. During the museum’s Member Appreciation Day, there is a 20% discount on all Museum Store items.

Plaistow Police Releases Name of 21-Year-Old Motorcycle Crash Victim from Haverhill

A 21-year-old Haverhill man died after a motorcycle crash Tuesday afternoon in Plaistow, N.H.

Plaistow Police formally released the man’s name Thursday morning. They said Michael Roy was riding a 1995 Honda CBR600 motorcycle just before 5 p.m., north on Route 125 near Plaistow Center Plaza, when he collided with a 2002 Toyota Avalon driven by 46-year-old Veronica Pellegrino. Police said Pellegrino was making a left turn into the Mavis Tire entrance. Roy suffered serious injuries and was taken by MedFlight to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he later died of his injuries. Police said Pellegrino was not injured.

Haverhill Farmers Market Opens Saturday with Food, Music, Children’s Activities

The Haverhill Farmers Market kicks off for the season this Saturday in downtown Haverhill. While one expects to find fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods and homemade treats, there are local musicians and, as Manager Jeff Grassie points out, many new features and plenty for the kids to do. “We have a couple new vendors. We have El Camino Café. We have Chef Victor Andrade, who vegan and vegetarian dishes like spring rolls.

Conservation Restriction on Land Within Haverhill’s Watershed Grows to Nearly 80 Acres

The Haverhill City Council gave its approval Tuesday night to a plan to further protect the city’s drinking water supply by creating a conservation restriction on nearly 80 acres of land. It calls for the city to, once again, work hand-in-hand with Essex County Greenbelt Association to set aside three parcels of land, known as Meserve Woods, for open space, water protection and passive recreation. The property, located off Crystal Street, includes 58.3 acres located entirely within the Crystal Lake Watershed, a public drinking water supply for Haverhill. Vanessa Johnson Hall, assistant director of land acquisitions for Essex County Greenbelt, presented details. “This is part of a package of lands that we’ve negotiated acquiring with the Meserve family.

Dejesus and Depena Receive Wysocki Campership Awards from Haverhill Boys and Girls Club

Saige Dejesus and Louis Depena are this year’s recipients of the Wysocki Campership Award given by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill. Dejesus and Depena received the opportunity to attend Camp Tasker in Newton, N.H., for all nine weeks free thanks to a donation from the family of W. Robert “Bob” Wysocki, former longtime president of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill. Depena is 10 years old and has been a Club member since 2018 when he started attending Camp Tasker. He also participated in after school programming and Camp Tasker since then.  The Club says he is always helping other members and staff when needed. “He is kind, polite and genuine.

Northern Essex’s Schade and Martin Receive Awards for Building Online and Hybrid Courses

Two Northern Essex Community College faculty members were recently recognized by Massachusetts Colleges Online for their work on their online and hybrid courses. Courses designed by Patricia Schade and Brian Martin each won an MCO Course of Distinction—or COD—Award. They are presented to state faculty who develop and teach innovative online and hybrid courses that creatively use eLearning instructional tools to enhance teaching and promote student success. Schade’s Reading, Writing and Reasoning course was nominated by the College Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Online Learning Sue Tashjian. Schade uses Open Educational Resources—various free instructional materials—in the course.

Haverhill City Council Approves City Spending Plan by 6-3 Over Objections of Firefighters

After several weeks of sometimes tempestuous negotiations, the Haverhill City Council last night passed 6-3 a spending plan for the year beginning July 1, albeit with a number of changes to the mayor’s original budget proposal. Those amendments include a $742,000 school department budget increase, $50,000 for sidewalk repairs and an agreement to add $250,000 more for youth mental health programs. The latter issue has been a sticking point in negotiations with the mayor originally offering $500,000 and the Council requesting $750,000. Speaking before the vote, Mayor James J. Fiorentini said this spending plan, with all its compromises, is a solid plan for the upcoming year. “This is a great budget for our city. It increases funding for public education to record amounts.