Haverhill Councilors Reject Plans for Housing Development Near Lake Street and Mohawk Trail

A developer hoping to build 14 single-family homes on 25.3 acres of land at Lake Street and Mohawk Trail in Haverhill, was unable to convince the City Council Tuesday night the project would be a good fit with the neighborhood. Aaron Orso, co-owner of Cedar Crest Development, attempted to use an element of the city’s new zoning master plan known as “Flexible Development” to build 14 homes closer together, while creating open space. Typically, only 10 would be conventionally allowed. Jeffrey Brem, representing the developer, explained the zoning feature. “The whole idea of flexible development is to provide the applicants the opportunity to use the land more than the regulations and allow the applicant to design around the best features from the land,” he told councilors.

Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill Displays AIDS Memorial Quilt for World AIDS Day

Five panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt are being presented by the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill this weekend in honor of World AIDS Day today. While planning a march in 1985, gay rights activist Cleve Jones asked his fellow marchers to write the names of friends and loved ones who had died of AIDS on placards. They stood on ladders and taped the placards to the walls of the San Francisco Federal Building, creating the look of a patchwork quilt. Inspired, construction began on a larger memorial in 1987 which served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. The project aimed to honor those who died of AIDS and help the public understand the devastating impact of the disease. Now, the quilt has grown to more than 50,000 panels, with more than 110,000 names stitched into its fabric. It weighs 54 tons, stretches more than 50 miles in length and is the largest community-arts project in the world.

The Merrimack Valley String Orchestra Hosts Free Winter Concert Saturday

The Merrimack Valley String Orchestra presents a free winter concert this weekend for the general public. The concert is happening Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., at Universalist-Unitarian Church, 15 Kenoza, Ave., Haverhill. Music includes Corelli, Vivaldi and arrangements of Intermezzo and Catalonian Carols, Pirates of the Caribbean, Colors of the Wind, Ode to Joy and more. Violin soloists will be Carla Stein and Jeffrey Rubino and cello soloists will be Juliette Tardiff and Nick Rosa.

Relay for Life of Greater Haverhill Holds Breakfast with Santa to Benefit American Cancer Society

Relay for Life of Greater Haverhill is having a pancake breakfast with Santa this weekend to benefit the American Cancer Society. The breakfast is on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8:30-11:30 a.m., at the American Legion, 1314 Main St., Haverhill. Activities include crafts, photos with Santa and gingerbread houses to decorate. Attendance costs $7 per person or $30 for a family pack which includes two adults and four kids.

Podcast: Haverhill Lions Club Brings Back Breakfast with Santa…and Mrs. Claus Dec. 10

The Haverhill Lions Club is bringing back Breakfast with Santa after a three-year-hiatus. Past President Laurie Cantwell, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning show, said the breakfast has always been a popular event with kids and adults alike. “They love bringing their little ones, and having them have that breakfast and visit with Santa and, like I said, Mrs. Claus should be making an appearance. We might have Mr. and Mrs. Lion there too,” she said. The breakfast takes place Saturday, Dec.

Ward, Nearly 30-Year Veteran of Haverhill’s Public Works Department, Becomes its Director

Robert E. Ward, who has worked for Haverhill’s Public Works Department for nearly 30 years, was recently promoted as the department’s director. Ward has served as deputy public works director in charge of water and wastewater since 2004 and interim director following the retirement of Michael K. Stankovich last January. He was promoted by Mayor James J. Fiorentini and now oversees the highway, parks, solid waste and recycling, water, wastewater, water purification and engineering divisions. Ward, of Haverhill, received his bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from UMass Lowell and has been acting DPW director since Stankovich left. Prior to 1995, Ward worked as an engineer in the private sector.

Haverhill Council on Aging Presents ‘Celebrating the Season’ with Davis Bates Friday

Haverhill’s Council on Aging is offering a performance of songs by award-winning storyteller Davis Bates. The performance takes place Friday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m., at the Haverhill Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., Haverhill. Entitled “Celebrating the Season,” the program includes traditional and contemporary participatory folk songs and stories in the cultural traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and the Winter Solstice. Stories include how a teacher saved Santa Claus’ life, the origins of snow and a teaching tale from Zimbabwe.

DA Reports Haverhill Man Who Died From Gunshot Wound Took His Own Life After Police Questioning

This story has been updated with comments by Haverhill Police Chief Robert P. Pistone. A man, reported to have died of a gunshot wound to the head Tuesday afternoon on River Street in Haverhill, was a 24-year-old city resident who apparently shot himself following questioning and a foot chase by police. Carrie Kimball, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett, gave the update early Tuesday night. She said in a statement that a Haverhill Police detective saw a motorcyclist without a helmet drive up at 12:10 p.m. to a 7-Eleven gas station at 503 River St. While speaking with the motorcyclist, “the detective determined that the motorcycle was unregistered and uninsured.