Haverhill Schools Ponder What Happens When Artificial Intelligence Writes a Term Paper

Artificial intelligence, also known as AI, is a rapidly developing field with a lot of promise. It provides a wide range of benefits to society and is quickly becoming an integral part of daily life. Although AI has many useful applications, some people have expressed concerns regarding its ethics. For example, student use of AI to help with homework. Student use of artificial intelligence is a growing trend which, in some cases, allows the program to perform the work for you.

Boy Scouts Troop 87 Suggests Pizza Next Week to Help Defray Scouting Costs

Groveland Boy Scouts Troop 87, with members from Groveland, Haverhill and West Newbury, are asking supporters to enjoy a meal next week and help defray Scouting-related expenses. Georgetown American Flatbread will donate $3.50 for every large and $1.75 for every small pizza ordered, dine-in or take-out, Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 5-9 p.m., at 258 Andover St., Georgetown. Proceeds will help pay for camping, events, supplies and other costs. Those who can’t make it, but still want to help may Venmo @Groveland-Scouts.

Officials Identify 80-Year-Old Haverhill Man as Victim of Saturday Afternoon Fire

Eighty-year-old Richard Wallace has been identified as the victim of Saturday afternoon’s apartment fire in Haverhill and “smoking materials” is listed as the official cause of the fire. Haverhill Fire Chief Robert M. O’Brien, state Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Essex County District Attorney Paul F. Tucker jointly delivered the update Monday morning. “On behalf of the Haverhill Fire Department, I want to express our condolences to Mr. Wallace’s family and loved ones,” said O’Brien. “I also want to remind everyone in our community that the unsafe use of smoking materials is the leading cause of fire deaths. If you smoke or have guests who do, please remember to put it out, all the way, every time.”

The origin and cause of the fire were jointly investigated by the Haverhill Fire Department, Haverhill Police Department and State Police assigned to the offices of the Essex County district attorney and state fire marshal.

Updated: Officials Name 23-Year-Old as Victim of Lafayette Square, Haverhill, Crash

Twenty-three-year-old Kevin Casado of Haverhill was named as the man killed in a single-car crash early this morning in Lafayette Square. Essex County District Attorney Paul F. Tucker and Haverhill Police Chief Robert P. Pistone confirmed the man’s identity after earlier explaining his name was withheld pending confirmation of his identity and notification of next of kin. Casado died at Lawrence General Hospital after the car he was driving crashed around 2:06 a.m. through the front windows of KC Carpets, 35 Lafayette Square, owned by City Councilor Shaun P. Toohey. Tucker and Pistone said in a joint press release the car came into the square from Broadway and struck the building. The crash is being investigated by Haverhill Police and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstructions Section.

Edwards Vacuum Officially Opens New Haverhill Plant; Celebrates with $10,000 Gift to Boys & Girls Club

Edwards Vacuum officially moved into its 135,000-square-foot new headquarters in Haverhill last week, marking the occasion along with its contractor Dacon Corporation by making a $10,000 gift to Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill for a digital arts program. Edwards Vacuum planned the two-story, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—or LEEDs-certified building, to accommodate its acquisition of Brooks Automation in Chelmsford.  The former location is now closed with employees from Chelmsford, Lowell, Haverhill and Methuen now in the new building. Edwards is a designer and manufacturer of advanced technology parts used in the semiconductor, power, renewable energy, scientific R&D markets, analytical instrument manufacturers, chemical and food processing industries. The Broadway Business Park location in Haverhill is dedicated to cryopump manufacturing. “The objective was to create a state-of-the-art, innovation and solutions center that improved the overall efficiency of assembly, research and development, new product introductions and related operations activities,” said Edwards Vacuum General Manager John O’Sullivan.

Corporators Approve Combining Parents of Newburyport Bank and Pentucket Bank

Corporators of both of the parent companies of Newburyport Bank and Pentucket Bank Wednesday gave unanimous approvals to plans for a single mutual holding company. Following the favorable votes, the banks are seeking regulatory approvals from the Board of Bank Incorporation and the Federal Reserve Bank, the final step in the process of combining their mutual holding companies into one. As WHAV reported in December, the holding company allows the two institutions to share costs while each bank maintains separate identities. “We couldn’t be more pleased to have the support of our Corporators. It is a huge step forward in the exciting journey toward finalizing our single mutual holding and we are proud of their endorsement and understanding of the abundant benefits that this strategic partnership will yield for the employees, customers and communities of both independent community banks,” said Newburyport Bank President and CEO Lloyd Hamm.

Haverhill Public Library Collecting Pajamas as Part of 16th Annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive

The Haverhill Public Library is teaming up with the Boston Bruins to participate in the 16th annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive to benefit Department of Children and Families’ Wonderfund and Cradles to Crayons. The PJ Drive’s goal is to collect 10,000 pairs of new pajamas. Many of the pajamas donated go to local DCF offices in the area in which they were collected, benefitting local kids and teens. The state agency estimates that at any given time the it is working with 50,000 babies, children and teens. The Boston Bruins PJ Drive runs from Feb.

Maintenance Budget Cut Last June Said to Play Role in Haverhill School Safety Concerns

Worries, expressed last spring when Haverhill cut a maintenance position from the budget, surfaced again last Thursday when School Committee members reported possible safety issues. Committee members Paul A. Magliocchetti and Toni Sapienza Donais, both members of the School Maintenance Subcommittee, reported they toured Greenleaf Academy in Bradford last week and found a number of problems, which they photographed and presented at the meeting. “There were some real issues of concern. That’s a hole in the wall. It looks like a low voltage wire.