Mitre Corporation Presents Advanced Manufacturing Trust Showcase Oct. 19 in Haverhill

Mitre Corporation brings its Advanced Manufacturing Trust Showcase to Haverhill this month with opportunities to network and make five-minute pitches aimed at addressing barriers and solutions for buyers, designers and suppliers. Advanced manufacturing includes use of 3D printing, smart manufacturing and robotics. The principal speaker is Astro America President Neal Orringer, who is leading President Biden’s Additive Manufacturing Forward Initiative. Other speakers representing industry and startups include Tim Bell, additive manufacturing business manager at Siemens; Kevin Slattery, metallic additive and metals manufacturing expert and former chief scientist of additive manufacturing at Boeing; Jason Ray, CEO of Paperless Parts; and FORGE Executive Director Laura Teicher. The program takes place Wednesday, Oct.

Women’s City Club Presents ‘Women of ‘76’ Tuesday, Oct. 18

Five women who helped change the course of the American Revolution are brought to life in the one woman play, “Women of ’76,” featuring Rita Parisi of Waterfall Productions. The production, sponsored by the Women’s City Club of Haverhill, takes place at its Tuesday, Oct. 18, meeting. The club part of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. and the public may join at 1:45 p.m. for the 2 p.m. performance, at Advent Christian Church, lower level, 160 Carleton St., Haverhill. A few of the women to be portrayed include a Massachusetts housewife who led an all-female militia searching for British spies.

Rep. Vargas to Receive La Promesa Award at State of Latino Education Event Wednesday

Haverhill Rep. Andy X. Vargas is set to receive the La Promesa—or The Promise—award at Wednesday afternoon’s annual State of Latino Education event at the State House. Latinos For Education celebrates its fifth anniversary during the presentation, which features discussion of “progress that Latino students and educators in the Commonwealth have made towards educational equity as well as the challenges that remain ahead.” According to a statement, Vargas is among those Latino educators and policymakers “that have played a critical role in advancing the Educator Diversity Act.” Former Springfield Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Lydia Martinez is recipient of the La Lucha Award. Former House Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez serves as master of ceremonies. Other scheduled participants include House Speaker Ronald J. Mariano, Education Committee co-chairs Rep. Alice H. Peisch and Sen. Jason M. Lewis, Ways and Means Committee chairs Sen. Michael J. Rodrigues and Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Marta Garcia and former Rep. Juana Matias, who is now a regional administrator in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Careers in Intelligence or Security Get a Boost From Northern Essex and UNH Partnership

Students seeking a career in intelligence or security are expected to benefit from a new partnership between Northern Essex Community College and the University of New Hampshire. The federal Office of the Director of National Intelligence recently designated UNH as a national Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence and established the Northeast Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence. The consortium includes Northern Essex Community College, Howard University, College of Mount Saint Vincent and University of Massachusetts Lowell. “Northern Essex is honored to have been selected by UNH to join them in the establishment of the Northeast Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence,” said Northern Essex Provost Paul Beaudin. “As the only community college in this group of graduate-level institutions, our inclusion is peer recognition of the rigor and quality of our academic programs and our commitment to the diversification of our regional and national workforce.”

Over 10 years, UNH will distribute $2.5 million to develop intelligence-related curricula, workshops, simulations, conferences and seminars at partner institutions.

Haverhill’s Electricity Supplier Pulls the Plug on New Enrollments; Mayor says 16,000 will Still Benefit

The City of Haverhill’s discount energy supplier pulled the plug Thursday—at least temporarily—on some residents hoping to save hundreds each month on home electricity costs. Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini and Energy Consultant Orlando Pacheco told the public Tuesday night that those who were not automatically enrolled in the city program for whatever reason could still “opt in” on Marlborough-based Colonial Power Group’s website. By Thursday morning, 363 people took advantage of the chance to join before the company closed the option. “The current supplier for the City of Haverhill’s Community Choice Power Supply Program has informed us that, given the extraordinarily high energy costs in the current market, they will not add any new customers to the aggregation and will not be processing any OPT-IN forms. They have said that adding new customers will jeopardize the entire aggregation for everyone,” a statement read. It turns out, the city’s contract with the supplier, Residents Energy, allowed the company to halt new enrollments, saying it “does not guarantee that any individual Eligible Consumer will be served by the Competitive Supplier.”

Attorney General Maura Healey’s office told WHAV it has some concerns and is seeking more information.

Councilors Call on Haverhill Mayor, State and Federal Legislators to Find Money for Drug Treatment

The Haverhill City Council is looking for new strategies and alternative sources of income to help fight the problem of drug addiction in the community. Recent legislation signed by Gov. Charlie Baker will likely eliminate the 3% impact fees local governments are collecting from adult-use cannabis stores in their cities—money that was earmarked in many cases for addiction treatment services. City Councilor Melissa J. Lewandowski said Tuesday, while that revenue source is drying up, the problem is not going away. “We have a substance abuse problem here in Haverhill. Our rates are above state average.

Haverhill Student MCAS Scores Echo Post-Pandemic State Results, Losing Ground in English

Haverhill school officials aren’t relishing the latest MCAS scores, but appear to largely agree with the state that much was lost during the pandemic and, as uttered by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, “show continued need for improvement.”

State education officials Thursday released 2022 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System results, providing the second overview of statewide learning since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Haverhill improved overall in math and science, but like many communities across the state, lost ground in English language arts in the category of “meeting or exceeding expectations.”

“The latest MCAS results demonstrate that Haverhill students and students statewide are struggling to recover from pandemic learning loss. Given the interruptions in learning over nearly three years, it’s so important that students attend school every day unless they’re sick. It’s also why I will continue to fight for every penny of the Student Opportunity Act received from the state to be used to support students and close the achievement gap,” said Haverhill School Committee member Richard J. Rosa. According to state figures, roughly a quarter of Haverhill students met or exceeded expectations in English compared with almost a third last year.

Second Annual ‘Pink Party’ Takes Place Oct. 1 in Haverhill to Benefit Dana-Farber

The second annual Pink Party is taking place in Haverhill Saturday to benefit Dana-Farber and Dr. Sara Tolaney’s Novel Therapeutic Fund. The free event is Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Riverside Church, 278 Groveland St., Haverhill. All guests receive one free ticket for the chance to win a door prize. An art show and silent art auction are also featured.