Reception Opens Haverhill High Fine Arts Academy Seniors’ Art Show

A student art show opens in May with a reception celebrating seniors enrolled in Haverhill High School’s Fine Arts Academy. Participating students are Reem Balbesi, Mila Barbrick, Keira Bushey, Amara Ezeoke, Jay Faxon, Jorie McIrvin, Dean Reinoso, Elina Sam, Nico Vaillancourt and Vasiliki Vourtsas. The gallery reception takes place Thursday, May 9, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., at HC Media, 2 Merrimack St., Haverhill.

Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Leads Lunch May 1 Explores AI Marketing Tools

A workshop on “Using AI for Digital Marketing” takes place as part of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s next monthly Leads Lunch. The workshop, which discusses artificial intelligence tools for email and other digital marketing campaigns, takes place Wednesday, May 1, from noon- 1 p.m., at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, Harbor Place, 2 Merrimack St., third floor, Haverhill. Admission is free for Haverhill Chamber members and $10 for guests. Registration takes place online at Leads Lunches takes place on the first Wednesday of every month.

Poet Karen Kline Helps Haverhill’s River Bards Launch Spring Season Next Week

Featured poet Karen Kline, a former poet laureate of North Andover, helps Haverhill’s River Bards kick off its spring season next week

River Bards, organized by local poets, offer poetry, prose, spoken word and other literary arts during its seasonal meetings. The spring series starts Wednesday, April 17, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., at HC Media Studio 101, 2 Merrimack St, Haverhill. There is parking at the Herbert H. Goecke Memorial Parking Deck across the street. Kline starts the night with a reading, followed by open mic time until all attendees have a chance to read. Those interested in sharing during the open mic portion may sign a sheet and wait to be called.

Haverhill City Council Takes Up School Committee’s Call for More State Public School Aid

Correction: The story has been updated to note School Committee members Thomas Grannemann, Mikaela D. Lalumiere and Yonnie Collins met with representatives of 19 gateway cities. As the school district grapples with an anticipated $11.1 million shortfall, Haverhill city councilors last night took up the call for more state money two school committee members have been championing across the state, including at Beacon Hill. Vice Chairman Paul A. Magliocchetti told councilors a “glitch” member Thomas Grannemann identified in the formula for state aid has left the Haverhill public schools with an estimated $19.2 million less than the 2019 Student Opportunity Act promised. “This is one of the biggest budget problems, I think, facing the legislature at this point in time,” Grannemann said. “It’s a lot of money, and people tell us, every time we talk with them, ‘you’re asking for a lot of money.

Rep. Vargas to Participate in Forum on the Pros and Cons of Lowering the Voting Age

Update: Rep. Andy X. Vargas’ office informed WHAV Wednesday morning that the legislator is no longer available to attend the forum because of the House budget calendar. Haverhill Rep. Andy X. Vargas is one of five panelists offering their perspectives on whether those under 18 should have the right to vote. The forum, “Expanding the Franchise: Under-18 Voting Rights,” intends to “explore the pros and cons of extending voting rights to people under age 18, the current limit for federal elections.” It is sponsored by Revolutionary Spaces—formed in 2020 as a merger of the Bostonian Society and Old South Association that oversee Boston’s Old South Meeting House and Old State House. Besides Vargas, panelists are James Nichols-Worley who convinced voters at Southborough’s town meeting to endorse making the local voting age 17 years; Katherine Silbaugh, a professor Boston University School of Law; Kelly Siegel-Stechler, a senior researcher at the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life; and state Sen. James Eldridge. The free forum takes place Wednesday, April 24, starting at 6 p.m., at Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston.

Poet Comeau Reflects on Gun Violence in New Work, ‘Bodies in our Times’

Haverhill native and poet Raymond F. Comeau, reflecting recently on 656 mass shootings last year, laments the growth in gun violence in his latest poem, “Bodies in our Times.”

Now of Belmont, Comeau is a retired dean and current lecturer at Harvard University Extension School. He is also a trustee, emeritus, of the John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace in Haverhill.  
Bodies In Our Times
Every epoch has its bodies
And painters shaping a name
Like Botticelli
Whose bodies helped fashion the Renaissance
And David
Who gave Napoleon’s a noble look
But it’s noticeable
That our bodies have bullet wounds
Especially in crowded spaces
Like schoolrooms and malls
Cinemas and concert spots
Where journalists these days anticipate
And screaming bodies falling in mounds
Do you remember Guernica
Picasso’s painting of rabid war
Not too far from our favorite films
(Like paintings in our times)
Whose tantalizing bullet-sprayed scenes
Are as American as credit card debt
© Raymond Comeau January 2023

Essex County Gamers Offers Thursday Game Nights in April at Haverhill Public Library

The Haverhill Public Library hosts game nights for all experience levels on Thursdays, with a variety of simple and complex games. Essex County Gamers MeetUp Group offers strategy games, abstract games, filler games, complex and non-complex alike and also invite people to bring their own. Game nights take place Thursdays in April. from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Haverhill Public Library’s Milhendler Room, 99 Main St., Haverhill. No registration is required.

Child on Scooter Receives Non-Life-Threatening Injuries After Being Struck by Jeep

An eight-year-old riding a scooter received apparently non-life-threatening injuries early Monday night when he was struck by an automobile in the Mount Washington neighborhood. Haverhill Deputy Police Chief Stephen J. Doherty told WHAV the unidentified child was “was taken to a Boston area hospital for treatment.” The eight-year-old was struck by a 2004 Jeep Liberty around 6:40 p.m., near 31 Arch Ave. Doherty added no charges were filed against the driver of the Jeep, who was also unidentified. The accident remains under investigation.