All Haverhill Legislators Unopposed for Re-Election, Talk Holy Family Hospital Crisis, Cost of Living

All Democrats and all running unopposed, Haverhill’s incumbent state legislators say they have advocated for the city as Steward Health Care faces bankruptcy proceedings, and the fate of Holy Family Haverhill hangs in the balance. With the approach of the primaries Sept. 3 and general election Nov. 5, WHAV asked each of the four about their priorities for their next term, particularly as related to the Steward crisis, which could lead to the closure of the city’s only hospital, a possibility residents have rallied against. If reelected, Rep. Andy X. Vargas, Sen. Pavel M. Payano and Rep. Ryan M. Hamilton all said they would highly rank reducing the cost of living as Massachusetts becomes less and less affordable.

Cemetery Visit Unveils Lives of Haverhill’s Early Settlers

Elementary and middle school-aged kids and their families will take a giant leap back in time when the Buttonwoods Museum visits Haverhill’s first burial ground. A scavenger hunt in Pentucket Cemetery on Water Street will uncover the hidden stories about the lives of Haverhill’s earliest settlers. A first-hand look at the art of stone carving is an added bonus. This activity takes place on Tuesday, July 16, beginning at noon. It’s free, but parents are asked to register either by completing the form on the museum’s website, or emailing [email protected], listing the number of children they will bring.

Shaw, Garcia, Burcke and Smalley Join Northern Essex Community College Foundation Board

Northern Essex Community College Foundation is welcoming four new members to its board. They are Gregory Shaw, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Haverhill Bank; Tobit Garcia, a senior tax manager and partner at JBS Tax Corp in Lawrence; John Burcke, president and chief lending officer at Newburyport Bank; and Steven Smalley, government affairs manager for National Grid. Shaw, of Manchester, N.H., says he learned much about Northern Essex from his time coordinating workforce training for a previous employer and found the program to be very beneficial. He is also a board member of Penacook Place and Family Services of the Merrimack Valley. Shaw holds a degree in Economics from the University of Vermont.

Report: Federal Prosecutors Begin Criminal Investigation of Holy Family Hospital Owner

Federal prosecutors in Boston have begun a criminal investigation into the parent company of Holy Family Hospital in Methuen and Haverhill. CBS News, citing two people familiar with the matter, said U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Levy’s office is investigating Steward Health Care on allegations of fraud and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. According to the U.S. Justice Department, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 prohibits bribing foreign officials for business favors. CBS News investigative reporter Michael Kaplan says the company had no comment. “They previously told us that they always put patients first and said that they deny there are any other considerations, i.e., profits, that go ahead of that.

Group Seeks Public Input Ahead of Latest Round of Beyond Walls Murals in Haverhill

The City of Haverhill and Creative Haverhill are partnering with Lynn-based Beyond Walls to develop and install another round of epic community-driven murals throughout the city by professional and internationally renowned muralists. The goal this year is to install two to three murals in the last two weeks of September, culminating in a mural tour and celebration to close out the Haverhill Art Walk season on Saturday, Sept. 28. Toward this end, Beyond Walls is asking the public to complete a brief survey to share ideas and input. The language of the survey at beyondwalls.org/haverhill-survey is selectable by users.

View the Moon by Telescope at Haverhill’s Tattersall Farm Sunday, July 14

Haverhill’s Tattersall Farm hosts stargazing Sunday night to provide locals with an opportunity to explore the night sky, particularly the moon. Attention will be on the many craters, mountains and other surface phenomena of the moon, which guests can view using the telescopes provided by three local amateur astronomers. To preserve the night vision of other attendees, guests are asked not to use flashlights or flash photography. Attendees can follow the red glowsticks from the parking lot to reach the observation area. Bug spray is recommended.

Haverhill Boys & Girls Club, Methuen Arlington Neighborhood Offer Summer Nights Program

Haverhill and Methuen groups are participating in the state’s Summer Nights program, providing recreational program geared to urban young people ages 13-21. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill offers free Summer Teen Nights, Monday through Friday, from 4-8 p.m., at 55 Emerson St., Haverhill. Methuen Arlington Neighborhood hosts organized sports and games including basketball drills, field trips, yoga and karate classes, summer reading, strategic games, arts and crafts for children 7 and up, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Tenney Street Park, 141 Tenney St., Methuen. The state Department of Conservation and Recreation is celebrating 10 years of the Summer Nights program, running locally through Aug. 23, and partnering with 100 organizations at approximately 125 locations statewide.

Greater Haverhill, Newburyport Organizations Receive Anna Jaques Hospital Grants

Anna Jaques Hospital is awarding $100,000 in grants over the next two years to 10 community-based organizations serving the health needs of residents throughout the Greater Haverhill and Newburyport areas. Receiving grants of $5,000 each for the next two years are Common Ground Ministries food pantry and thrift store in Haverhill; Mitch’s Place, Emmaus’ overnight emergency shelter in Haverhill; McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Program at Haverhill Pubic Schools; Youth Empowerment Services of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in Amesbury; Children and Teen Center for Help of the Link House in Amesbury; Northern Essex Elder Transport; VEGOUT program of Nourishing the North Shore in northern Essex County; Wednesday Meal Program of Our Neighbor’s Table in Amesbury; Behavioral Event and Substance Support Team of Pettengill House; and Sarah’s Place adult day health program in Haverhill. “We are proud to support these local organizations and the important work they do to reduce health disparities and inequities throughout our region,” said Anna Jaques Hospital President Glenn Focht. Grants are part of the hospital’s Community Benefits Program, which supports organizations in Amesbury, Haverhill, Merrimac, Newburyport and Salisbury. Grants are based on how each organization supports the four major health priorities identified during the hospital’s most recent Community Health Needs Assessment, completed in 2022, including equitable access to care, social determinants of health, mental health and substance use and chronic/complex conditions.