Merrimack Valley Credit Union Staff Help Serve Haverhill Community Meals

Merrimack Valley Credit Union this week sponsored a community meal at the Haverhill Citizen Center on Welcome Street. Every Monday, the nonprofit Community Meals serves meals prepared by a local chef that are free to the public. Local organizations and businesses sponsor these weekly meals and provide volunteers. In addition to a financial donation and bringing desserts, the credit union’s volunteers helped prepare and serve a meatloaf dinner to dozens of Haverhill residents. “MVCU looks forward to sponsoring Haverhill Community Meals each year,” says Anthony Marino, the credit union’s senior vice president of Organizational Development.

Whittier Tech School Committee Elects Wood Chairman; Process Marks Whirlwind Turnaround

Former Haverhill School Committee member Scott W. Wood Jr. last night was unanimously elected chairman of the Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School Committee. The election by his Whittier Tech peers brings full circle a series of moves that began in February to oust Wood from the regional board, invite candidates last month to complete Wood’s unexpired term, then—without full explanation from the Haverhill School Committee or city solicitor—shelve a policy that kicked off the confusion and ultimately to change its interview process for the other Haverhill Whittier seat held for 24 years by Richard P. Early Jr.

Wood, whose appointment by the Haverhill School Committee expires March 31, 2026, succeeds Garry James of Ipswich as chairman. James’ board seat is now held by Carol Sullivan who was seated April 1. Back on Feb. 29, the Haverhill School Committee’s Policy subcommittee voted to recommend a new policy that cut Wood’s term short.

Orgs Seeking Federal Money from Haverhill to Help Low-Income Residents Present April 16 and 18

Two more groups of organizations vying for federal money set aside to help low- to moderate-income residents pitch their projects next week to Haverhill’s Community Affairs Advisory Board. Roughly $150,000 will be split among the 28 proposals. The pot is drawn from around 15% of the federal Community Development Block Grant devoted to “public services,” according to Economic Development and Planning Director William Pillsbury Jr. With most requests falling between $5,000 and $25,000, leaders proposed initiatives to provide food access, new clothes, rental assistance, job training, school support, money for utilities, shelter, financial literacy training and substance abuse counseling. The rest of the federal money, which totals around $1 million, goes primarily toward “neighborhood stabilization,” including housing rehabilitation and code enforcement, Pillsbury said. In a Jan.

Reception Opens Haverhill High Fine Arts Academy Seniors’ Art Show

A student art show opens in May with a reception celebrating seniors enrolled in Haverhill High School’s Fine Arts Academy. Participating students are Reem Balbesi, Mila Barbrick, Keira Bushey, Amara Ezeoke, Jay Faxon, Jorie McIrvin, Dean Reinoso, Elina Sam, Nico Vaillancourt and Vasiliki Vourtsas. The gallery reception takes place Thursday, May 9, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., at HC Media, 2 Merrimack St., Haverhill.

Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Leads Lunch May 1 Explores AI Marketing Tools

A workshop on “Using AI for Digital Marketing” takes place as part of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s next monthly Leads Lunch. The workshop, which discusses artificial intelligence tools for email and other digital marketing campaigns, takes place Wednesday, May 1, from noon- 1 p.m., at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, Harbor Place, 2 Merrimack St., third floor, Haverhill. Admission is free for Haverhill Chamber members and $10 for guests. Registration takes place online at HaverhillChamber.com. Leads Lunches takes place on the first Wednesday of every month.

Poet Karen Kline Helps Haverhill’s River Bards Launch Spring Season Next Week

Featured poet Karen Kline, a former poet laureate of North Andover, helps Haverhill’s River Bards kick off its spring season next week

River Bards, organized by local poets, offer poetry, prose, spoken word and other literary arts during its seasonal meetings. The spring series starts Wednesday, April 17, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., at HC Media Studio 101, 2 Merrimack St, Haverhill. There is parking at the Herbert H. Goecke Memorial Parking Deck across the street. Kline starts the night with a reading, followed by open mic time until all attendees have a chance to read. Those interested in sharing during the open mic portion may sign a sheet and wait to be called.

Haverhill City Council Takes Up School Committee’s Call for More State Public School Aid

Correction: The story has been updated to note School Committee members Thomas Grannemann, Mikaela D. Lalumiere and Yonnie Collins met with representatives of 19 gateway cities. As the school district grapples with an anticipated $11.1 million shortfall, Haverhill city councilors last night took up the call for more state money two school committee members have been championing across the state, including at Beacon Hill. Vice Chairman Paul A. Magliocchetti told councilors a “glitch” member Thomas Grannemann identified in the formula for state aid has left the Haverhill public schools with an estimated $19.2 million less than the 2019 Student Opportunity Act promised. “This is one of the biggest budget problems, I think, facing the legislature at this point in time,” Grannemann said. “It’s a lot of money, and people tell us, every time we talk with them, ‘you’re asking for a lot of money.

Rep. Vargas to Participate in Forum on the Pros and Cons of Lowering the Voting Age

Update: Rep. Andy X. Vargas’ office informed WHAV Wednesday morning that the legislator is no longer available to attend the forum because of the House budget calendar. Haverhill Rep. Andy X. Vargas is one of five panelists offering their perspectives on whether those under 18 should have the right to vote. The forum, “Expanding the Franchise: Under-18 Voting Rights,” intends to “explore the pros and cons of extending voting rights to people under age 18, the current limit for federal elections.” It is sponsored by Revolutionary Spaces—formed in 2020 as a merger of the Bostonian Society and Old South Association that oversee Boston’s Old South Meeting House and Old State House. Besides Vargas, panelists are James Nichols-Worley who convinced voters at Southborough’s town meeting to endorse making the local voting age 17 years; Katherine Silbaugh, a professor Boston University School of Law; Kelly Siegel-Stechler, a senior researcher at the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life; and state Sen. James Eldridge. The free forum takes place Wednesday, April 24, starting at 6 p.m., at Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston.