Nine Area Graduates Share in $9,000 in Scholarships by Kiwanis Clubs

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Community service clubs Kiwanis Club of Haverhill and Pentucket Kiwanis Club granted $9,000 in scholarships to nine graduating seniors from local high schools. The clubs work in association with Kiwanis International, an organization of volunteers that seeks to improve the lives of children and their communities. Members say the scholarships celebrate the students’ academic achievements and the work they’ve dedicated to their communities. The Kiwanis Club of Haverhill awarded four students $1,000 each in scholarships. The David Moughan Scholarship went to Gino Figliola and Autumn Guertin of Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School in Haverhill.

Veterans Hold Christmas in July Toy Drive July 25 in Haverhill

Veterans Northeast Outreach Center is celebrating Christmas in July with a toy drive. The drive will collect toys for the children of veterans in need in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Attendees can bring new or gently used toys, participate in free activities such as writing letters to Santa and raffles and receive free boogie board entries and door prizes. Citizens may also donate directly through the center’s Amazon registry at amazon.com. AmVets Post 147 hosts the event Thursday, July 25, from 3-6 p.m., at 576 Primrose St., Haverhill.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill Receives Recognition for Workforce Development Program

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill was honored recently with the 2024 Education and Career Development Award from The Professional Association, Yankee Chapter, for its workforce development initiative, The BRIDGE Club. Partnering with HP3 Director Allison Heartquist, the program is aimed at preparing middle and high school students for future careers through, what is described as” a comprehensive and engaging curriculum.”

“The partnership with HP3 and the program represents our commitment to equipping young people with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in today’s competitive workforce,” said Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill Executive Director Javier Bristol. The BRIDGE Club, short for Building Relationships and Integrating Dynamic Growth Experiences, is a five-month initiative that runs twice a year. Organizers said it is designed to empower students by helping them identify their interests, skills and career aspirations through a variety of activities. These include personal, skill and career assessments; discussions on achieving a living wage; insights from local career representatives; tours of local businesses; and immersive virtual reality training provided by Transfr VR.

Georgetown Police Arrest Haverhill Teen for Alleged Assault, More After Drinking Party

A Haverhill teen was arrested Thursday in Georgetown on a variety of charges, including assault and battery on a police officer, after an alleged drinking party. The 17-year-old boy, not identified because of his age, was arrested in connection with a drinking incident around 5:30 p.m. at American Legion Park, according to Police Chief David Sedgwick. He was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, trespassing, being under 21 in possession of liquor and disturbing the peace

Police received reports that a group of people drinking alcohol on the beach, a violation of town bylaws. Officers found two males and four females socializing near a tree and several were in possession of alcohol. Everyone except the teen boy obeyed an order to disperse.

Judge Sends Haverhill Man, Found Guilty of Groveland Murder, to Life in Prison Without Possibility of Parole

Leedell Graham of Haverhill was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2019 murder of 82-year-old Patsy “Pat” Schena. A jury in Salem Superior Court found 53-year-old Graham guilty this past Tuesday of first degree murder with extreme atrocity or cruelty and breaking and entering with the intent to commit larceny over $1,200. Schena was killed inside his home on Governor’s Road in Groveland. The sentence was imposed by Judge Kathleen McCarthy-Neyman. “While no one can undo this horrific murder, we hope that the verdict in this case brings Mr. Schena’s family some small measure of peace in the knowledge that justice has been served,” said Essex County District Attorney Paul F. Tucker.

Similar to Haverhill, New Mobile Clinic Will Bring Care Directly to Methuen’s Unhoused Population

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A third mobile health clinic—the other two already serving Haverhill’s and Lawrence’s homeless—allows the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center’s homeless healthcare program to expand its direct-to-patient primary care into Methuen. During yesterday’s ribbon-cutting, Health Center President and CEO Guy L. Fish said, “It’s super, super important that we get under the bridges, to the shelters, to the hotels where new immigrant families are being housed, and bring healthcare to them because healthcare is a human right.” Mobile clinics are necessary for those who can’t navigate the hospital system, or don’t have the means to get there, he added. Roughly the size of a large RV, the brand-new vehicle has three rooms. In the frontmost, the three-to-five-person staff can do simple assessments—take vital signs, do lab work or offer vaccines, said Health Care for the Homeless Medical Director Dr. Ryan Dono. The middle one functions both as a waiting area and space for evaluation. The third room, separated by a door, looks like a scaled down doctor’s office, allowing staff to perform full physical exams.

He said they do mostly the same procedures as at their brick-and-mortar office, including women’s health exams, ultrasounds and treating Hepatitis C. “Being able to treat people for Hepatitis C in the moment is an amazing intervention,” he added.

Grand Jury Indicts 41-Year-Old Haverhill Man for Alleged False Pandemic Jobless Claim

A Haverhill man was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for allegedly filing a false Massachusetts Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claim in 2020 for an ineligible man who was living in Brazil at the time. Forty-one-year-old Julio Roncaly Morais was charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He will appear in federal court in Boston at a later date. According to court documents, Morais filed a state pandemic benefits claim June 3, 2020, on behalf of an unnamed man who was living in Brazil before and after the claim was filed. In the application, Morais allegedly certified under penalty of perjury that the other person was a resident and able and available to work in Massachusetts, but was unable to due to the pandemic.

Role-Playing Game and 3D Printing Stores Hold Grand Opening June 22

Haverhill-based Creatorpult Design agency and Queen’s Gambit game store host a joint grand opening Saturday—which is National Free RPG Day—geared to tabletop role-playing game fans. Both companies plan events, sales, tours, demonstrations and giveaways. In addition, Creatorpult will be demonstrating its 3D printers and laser cutters all weekend. A subset of Creatorpult Games, Creatorpult Design specializes in 3D rendering, printing and engravings as well as repair for 3D printers for individuals and small businesses alike. Queen’s Gambit is a game and hobby shop focused on family boardgames, role-playing games, accessories, puzzles and more.