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.

With Pfifferling Leaving, Haverhill School Committee Considers Reduced Role For Replacement

With Assistant Superintendent Michael J. Pfifferling on his way to Marblehead, Haverhill School Committee members talked over changing the title, and potentially responsibilities, of his role at Monday night’s budget hearing. Alternatives include business administrator, which would only oversee three departments—as opposed to the assistant superintendent of finance and operation’s six—and chief operating officer. The operating officer position would be quite like Pfifferling’s, with the new title aimed at attracting more candidates, according to Superintendent Margaret Marotta. “It’s a well-known fact that there’s just a dearth of people that can do these positions well out in the community, and I think that’s why some school systems are changing the names up a little bit to see if they can attract people from the business world,” she said. “Whether or not that’s a tactic that works, I don’t know.”

Member Jill Story spoke against hiring outside of the education field.

Whittier Tech Honors 125 Northern Essex Community College Early College Students

Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School honored 125 participants for completing the Early College Program during a ceremony last week at Northern Essex Community College. The ceremony included addresses by Northern Essex Community College Associate Dean of PK12 Partnerships Aaron Altman; alumni speaker Osaym Omar; Northern Essex Provost of Academic and Student Affairs Paul Beaudin; faculty speaker Dawn Wheaton; and student speaker Gabriella Ortiz of Haverhill, a Whittier Tech senior studying marketing. “As all of us graduates come together this evening to reflect on our accomplishments, we can also recognize the perks that this program has offered us,” said Ortiz. “An invaluable and priceless benefit of taking Early College courses, is that we are able to get a real taste of what college will be like. We now know what it means to get assignments in on time, be independent, and learn the routine of a what it takes to be successful in college each semester.

Updated: Fashion Trendsetters Yolanda Cellucci and Sondra Celli to Address Women in Business Lunch

Fashion icons Yolanda Cellucci and Sondra Celli, mother and daughter, will address members of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce and the public at a different location than originally announced. They’ll share their stories during a Women in Business Lunch, Thursday, May 30, from noon-1:15 p.m., at Michael’s Function Hall at Phoenician Restaurant, 12 Alpha St., Haverhill. Cellucci created a successful fashion house and bridal center in 1967, which continues as an online store, while Celli has been featured in TLC’s “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” and its spinoff series “Gypsy Sisters.”

Admission is $35 per person. Registration is accepted online at or by calling 978-686-0900.

Updated: Ceremony Marks 4th Year of Hometown Heroes Tributes

Update: Because of the possibility of thunderstorms, the Haverhill Exchange Club’s annual Hometown Heroes tribute, scheduled to take place beginning at 2 this afternoon, is moving inside. The tribute now takes place in Haverhill City Hall auditorium, second floor of City Hall, 4 Summer St. Motorists in Haverhill, whether residents or visitors, have for the last few years seen banners with the images of local veterans hanging throughout the city. This year, the Hometown Heroes banners will again be on full display in time for Memorial Day. The Haverhill Exchange Club organizes this annual tribute with the city.