MakeIT Haverhill Job Fair May 23 to Present Opportunities in Manufacturing, Health Care, More

Lightspeed Manufacturing, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and others are among those making hires during MakeIT Haverhill’s next monthly job fair May 23. Lightspeed Manufacturing, which specializes in hardware prototypes and assembly, seeks to fill several positions in product assembly, while Greater Lawrence Family Health Center seeks customer support center and patient services representatives. Other employers on hand include L’Arche Boston North, Opportunity Works, Emmaus, Waystone Health & Human Services, Covenant Health’s Penacook Place and Mary Immaculate, Revise Energy, NRT Bus and Home Instead. MakeIT Haverhill’s job fair takes place Thursday, May 23, from 4-6 p.m., at 301 Washington St., Haverhill. The fairs provide a platform for individuals to connect with local employers in a welcoming environment.

Author’s Storytime Doubles as Children’s Book Drive Saturday

Historic New England, the oldest, largest and most comprehensive independent preservation organization in the United States, will collaborate with Ruth’s House and the Haverhill Public Library for a children’s book drive and storytime featuring author Josh Funk. Funk will read from his award-winning “Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast” series. Those who attend are asked to bring and donate a gently used children’s book for Ruth’s House as a way to pass on the joy of reading to another family. Funk is a software engineer and a prolific children’s book author who often blends information from his work life into his stories. The book drive/storytime is Saturday, May 18, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St.

North Andover, Haverhill Driving School Owner, Arrested for Drugs, Accepts Ban, $300K Settlement

The owner of a now-closed driving school with offices in Haverhill, North Andover and Andover school is banned from again owning such a business and must pay $300,000 to settle refund complaints with the Massachusetts attorney general. North Andover Auto School and owner Michael J. Larocque entered into a settlement related to the abrupt closing of his business following his October 2020 arrest on trafficking in the drug methamphetamine, as WHAV previously reported. The payment will be used to refund impacted consumers and for initiatives that promote consumer protection. Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell’s office said some students may have already received refunds through the driving school’s state-required surety bond. The settlement permanently bars Larocque from both operating any driving school and providing any form of driver’s education in the Commonwealth.

Haverhill High Teacher Remains on Leave After Unspecified Allegation

Shaun Ashworth, a history teacher at Haverhill High School, has been on administrative leave since April 1 for reasons left unspecified by the school district. “Upon notification of an allegation, the employee was immediately placed on administrative leave,” Superintendent Margaret Marotta wrote in a statement to WHAV. “All proper authorities were notified and an investigation is underway. The employee remains on leave as the investigation is nearing conclusion. This is a personnel matter and I am currently legally unable to share any further details.”

Ashworth led his AP U.S. Government and Politics class in creating a voter registration campaign for the most recent presidential primary.

State Begins Repaving Upper Broadway, Route 97, Beginning Monday Through Mid-June

Lanes will close from time to time from next Monday through mid-June along Route 97 for repaving between the Broadway Industrial Park and the Methuen line. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation confirmed the lane closings Wednesday. It said work will take place Monday, May 20, through Monday, June 17, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, from the Haverhill/Methuen border and Silver Birch Lane, and between Research Drive and the easterly side of the Interstate 495 interchange. Haverhill city councilors last week received a heads-up from Public Works Director Robert E. Ward. He explained he and City Engineer John H. Pettis III lobbied for installation of sidewalks.

Pfifferling Submits Resignation, Tells Haverhill School Committee He Wishes ‘Smooth Transition’

Haverhill schools’ Assistant Superintendent Michael J. Pfifferling made it official Wednesday that he plans to leave his post, but told the School Committee he wishes to “ensure a smooth transition by completing any outstanding tasks and assisting with the handover of responsibilities to my successor.”

As WHAV reported first, Pfifferling of Groveland, said he accepted the post of assistant superintendent of finance and operations for Marblehead Public Schools pending completion of contract negotiations. In his letter to School Committee members, Pfifferling said, he “decided to pursue new opportunities that align more closely with my core values and a positive work environment. This decision was not made lightly, as I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working with the staff and talented teams at HPS under my supervision.”

He asked that the School Committee or its designee to discuss a transition plan and a “mutually acceptable effective date of my resignation. He concluded by thanking the committee for hiring him in 2019. “I was a Hillie from birth, and will be a Hillie for life.

Downtown Haverhill MassHire Career Center Closes Friday in Advance of Move

The downtown Haverhill office of MassHire Merrimack Valley Career Center closes Friday in preparation for a future relocation. The office is operated by Northern Essex Community College and located within the College’s space at The Heights, 160 Merrimack St., Haverhill. “The goal is to have a space that is more accessible and visible for local job seekers, employees and employers,” college Director of Public Relations Melissa L. Bouse told WHAV. Meanwhile, those who need services may visit MassHire Merrimack Valley Career Center in Lawrence at 420 Common St., Lawrence. Appointments may also be made by calling 978-722-7000.

Bradford’s Callen Cronin Earns Fourth in National Youth Golf Competition

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Callen Cronin, of Bradford, won fourth place in his age division at a national youth golf competition for seven- to 15-year-olds. After making it through Drive, Chip and Putt’s three qualifying rounds, kids from across the country demonstrated fundamental golfing skills on the legendary Masters Tournament course in Augusta, Ga., including shooting putts at the 18th hole. As the name suggests, competitors shot two drives, chips and putts Sunday, April 7, before the professional tournament began April 11. “It’s only six shots for the day, but it’s not even where he finished, it’s the fact that he made it there,” said Kevin Murphy, owner of Bradford Country Club, where Cronin plays. He got to go to Augusta.