Northern Essex Community College Plans Open House Monday at Haverhill Campus

Northern Essex Community College is having an “Explore NECC May Open House,” a new event for prospective students with free dinner and a chance to win $1,500 off tuition, next Monday. There will be a short campus tour, information sessions in English and in Spanish and time to meet and mingle with current students. Attendees will also be able to connect with an advisor and learn about the various student support services available. “The event is an opportunity for new and prospective students to get a snapshot of all of the wonderful programs and support services available at NECC,” says Jonathan Miller, dean of students at Northern Essex. “We are confident that attendees will find the Open House to be both informative and fun!”

All prospective students and their families are welcome Monday, May 23, from 5-7 p.m., on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Psychic Readings and Paranormal Activity Focus of Saturday Night Charity Event

Psychic readings and paranormal activity are the theme of fundraiser Saturday night by the Essex County Ghost Project and Bohemian Cove. The event kicks off Saturday, May 21, at 6 p.m., at Hilldale Cemetery, 331 Hilldale Ave., Haverhill. Psychic readings are available until 8 when a guided tour takes place of, what the groups call, “all the paranormal hot spots.”

Tickets are $10 dollars per person with proceeds benefitting the Hilldale cemetery Restoration Fund. Those wishing to learn more may call Thomas Spitalere at 978-376-2807.

Chemalys Receive UMass Lowell Chancellor’s Medals for Public Service and Civic Engagement

John Chemaly, senior vice president of corporate strategies at PrideStar EMS, and his wife Linda were honored last Friday night for their commitments to UMass Lowell. As WHAV previously reported, the Chemalys were scheduled to be honored along with Haverhill native, award-winning and best-selling author Andre Dubus III; Lowell City Manager Eileen Donoghue and her husband, John O’Connor; and Lowell General Hospital. The Chemalys received the Chancellor’s Award for Public Service and Community Engagement during UMass Lowell Commencement Friday, May 13, at the Tsongas Center. “It’s all very humbling. Linda and I are honored to help represent all the wonderful people who do good things in the City of Lowell, and throughout the Greater Merrimack Valley,” John Chemaly said.

Wildflower Walk and Talk This Sunday at Haverhill’s Tattersall Farm

Spring has arrived and the wildflowers are back at Haverhill’s Tattersall Farm. Roland “Boot” Boutwell leads a walk through the meadows and forests at the farm Sunday, May 22, from 3-5 p.m., at 542 North Broadway. The freelance naturalist will focus on the identification of spring wildflowers as well as other plants not in bloom just now. He will also discuss interesting natural history and lore about the plants. There is a suggested donation of $10.

Haverhill Expects to Replace Animal Control Shelter, But Private Ownership Possible

The City of Haverhill will have a new animal control shelter in the not-too-distant future, but who builds and owns it is still up in the air. The current shelter was the subject of criticism two years ago when it was revealed that it was rat infested with several holes in the walls. At the time, then Councilor Timothy J. Jordan deemed the building beyond salvageable. Haverhill Police Chief Robert P. Pistone told councilors Tuesday night another replacement option has since come up. “There’s an organization called Sweet Paws in Groveland.

Council Hears Mayor Fiorentini’s $231.1 Million Spending Plan; Scrutiny Continues Next Week

Mayor James J. Fiorentini Tuesday introduced his proposed spending plan for the year that begins July 1. The Haverhill City Council, which began its scrutiny of the $231.1 million budget the night before, heard the mayor express his view that previous budgeting has played a hand in the redevelopment of Haverhill’s downtown. The result has been property values increasing there by $78 million—or $6.5 million more in property taxes—during the past two decades. Building on that success, Fiorentini said, he wants more money spent elsewhere. “Now, I’d like to concentrate on the neighborhoods.

U.S. Rep. Trahan Plans Public Town Meeting Sunday in Haverhill

Congresswoman Lori Trahan is inviting residents to attend a town meeting-style chat this Sunday. Trahan will address residents and take questions Sunday, May 22, at 10 a.m., at the Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St., Haverhill. The congresswoman said this is the first in-person town meeting here since the start of the pandemic.

Merrimack Valley Planning Commission to Use $1.5 Million in Fed Grants for Brownfields Cleanup

Cleanup of contaminated and blighted sites in the Merrimack Valley are moving ahead with $1.5 million in grants from the recently passed federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Haverhill-based Merrimack Valley Planning Commission was awarded $1 million to supplement its revolving loan program and $500,000 in Community-wide Brownfields Assessment Grants to address various sites. Cece Gerstenbacher, the Commission’s environmental planner, said the revolving fund provides loans and subgrants to carryout cleanup activities at contaminated Brownfields sites. “The assessment grant is funds we can provide to inventory, characterize, assess, conduct planning activities, develop site-specific cleanup plans and conduct community involvement related to brownfields sites, prior to cleanup activities,” she told WHAV by email. Grants come from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and are part of $8.1 million set aside for Massachusetts.