Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer Tuesday, Dec. 14

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce is having its Business Networking and Referral Holiday Mixer Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Lanam Club. The annual event features appetizers, business card drawing for door prizes and raffles. Admission is $10 for members and $20 for guests. It takes place from 5-7 p.m., at the Lanam Club, 260 N. Main St., Andover.

Two Workers Receive Injuries at Ward Hill Company Following Chemical Mixing

Two workers at a Ward Hill business were taken to the hospital for treatment of, what were described as, relatively minor injuries after a chemical reaction late this morning. Haverhill Fire was called just after 11 a.m., to Fusion Worldwide, 55 Foundation Ave., for a report of workers with chemical burns. Fire Chief Robert M. O’Brien said Engine 4 from Bradford and Rescue 1 from downtown responded. Firefighters activated a state Hazardous Materials Emergency Response team for the lowest level response, known as Tier 1. “It was their manufacturing process.

Lupoli Haverhill Project Now Includes Higher Price, Absorbs Existing Bank, Adds Food Pavillion

When Haverhill city councilors formally receive Lupoli Companies’ $160 million redevelopment plan tonight, they will hear about its evolution. It now includes a $1 million purchase price, absorbs the existing Pentucket Bank office at White’s Corner, features a larger parking garage and more restaurants and increases estimated annual property tax payments to $1.75 million. Following WHAV News’ report yesterday, officials revealed each of the five downtown bidders met with the Merrimack Street Redevelopment Committee and had opportunities to adjust proposals submitted last spring. Haverhill Economic Development and Planning Director William Pillsbury Jr. told WHAV the Committee met at UMass Lowell’s iHub. “Two full days of grilling them on their proposals and ranking and rating them and coming up with up a synopsis which shows that this one clearly was the best project.

Judge Orders Haverhill Man, 49, Held Without Bail for Alleged 2018 Rapes of Seven-Year-Old Daughter

A 49-year-old Haverhill man faces a dangerousness hearing after being arrested on multiple charges of rape and indecent assault involving his then-seven-year-old adopted daughter in 2018. James J. Richardson of 7 Griffin St., Haverhill, was arraigned Monday in Haverhill District Court on three counts of rape of a child with force, two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under age 14 and aggravated rape of a child involving more than a 10-year age difference. First Justice Cesar A. Archilla ordered Richardson held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing and to have no contact with families. Richardson is scheduled to return to court via Zoom Dec. 8.

Committee Favors Lupoli for Redevelopment of 4.5 Acres of City-Owned Land in Downtown Haverhill

Lupoli Companies, builder of the 10-story glass “Heights” building in downtown Haverhill, is the unanimous choice of an advisory committee to redevelop 4.5 acres of city land in the heart of the city’s commercial district. An early and informal poll of city councilors, however, suggests the proposal faces an uphill fight for approval. The resistance is related to earlier flaps over Lupoli’s payments for city land where the Heights was built and the last-minute abandonment of a planned two-level parking deck on Lupoli land at 192 Merrimack St. In an email to city councilors last Wednesday, Mayor James J. Fiorentini acknowledged the debates ahead. “This will be a long process and there are many steps to go.

Groveland Voters to Consider Spending, Including Late-Billed Haverhill Sewer Bill, Next Monday

Groveland voters are asked to approve spending on various items during a special town meeting next Monday, Dec. 6. An unusual item calls for paying Haverhill $41,168 for last fiscal year’s use of the city’s wastewater treatment system. Officials explain voters must give permission to pay bills from a prior year and Haverhill failed to bill the Groveland Water and Sewer Department during the year that ended last June 30. The town has an agreement with Haverhill to process sewage and pay a portion of capital expenses.

Haverhill Christmas Tree Lighting Takes Place Friday, Dec. 3, with Santa Claus and Caroling

Haverhill’s Christmas tree lighting and caroling takes place this Friday. This year’s tree was donated by the Kennedy family, 338 Water St., It was planted more than 30 years ago by Brendan Kennedy, who brought home a sapling on Arbor Day from Sacred Hearts School. “I never would have thought when I planted this tree that it would become Haverhill’s Christmas tree! So awesome that it can be enjoyed by everyone!” Kennedy wrote in a social media post. Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini’s office said Santa Claus will be making an appearance at the tree lighting at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec.

Edwards Receives Honor as One of 2021’s ‘Lawyers of Distinction’

Haverhill attorney Joseph C. Edwards was again named among “Lawyers of Distinction” for 2021. According to the organization, lawyers are nominated by their peers and assigned numerical scores of 1 to 5 for each of the 12 enumerated factors which are meant to recognize the lawyer’s achievements and peer recognition. In both 2020 and 2021, Edwards was recognized for excellence in Social Security Disability law. Besides Social Security Disability, Edward’s practice focuses on unemployment denial, personal injury and criminal law. He is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives, American Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association and Haverhill Bar Association.