Future of Local News: Help WHAV Keep On Keeping On as Budget Year Ends

WHAV’s budget year is ending and it takes only a minute to become a WHAV member to keep local news going strong. Becoming a member of nonprofit WHAV is absolutely critical because when local news goes away, fewer people run for office and fewer vote. That’s according to a study by Cleveland State’s Meghan Rubado and the University of Texas’ Jay Jennings. WHAV acts as your local government watchdog, but investigating and reporting local news is expensive. There are several membership options here.

Police Find Former Groveland Building Inspector Murdered; DA Calls Crime ‘Shocking and Brutal’

Groveland’s former building inspector was murdered Friday, and local police and the District Attorney’s office say it is too early to speculate on motives or the person responsible. Just before midnight Friday, Groveland Police found 82-year-old Patsy Schena “unresponsive” and “suffering from multiple wounds” at his 20 Governors Road home. He was pronounced dead at the scene. “This is a shocking and brutal crime,” said Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. Schena as they try to comprehend this horrific event.”

Groveland Police Chief Jeff Gillen said the State Police Detective Unit and Groveland Police secured the home and initiated an investigation.

Woman, 20, Faces Charges in 2018 Haverhill Rollover Crash That Killed Friend

A 20-year-old Methuen woman was arraigned today in Haverhill District Court for felony motor vehicle homicide and manslaughter in connection with a 2018 crash that killed her friend. Judge Stephen Abany ordered Emily McGovern to remain drug and alcohol free with random screens and not to drive while the case is pending. She appeared on a summons that was issued following an investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section. Essex Assistant District Attorney Calvin Skeirik told the court that, on March 31, 2018, Massachusetts State Police responded to a roll over crash on Route 495 north near exit 50 in Haverhill.  A State Police trooper found a 2004 Lincoln LS overturned. Passenger Alexis Spartz, 18, of Methuen, was removed from the vehicle and taken to Lawrence General Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Smoky Basement Fire Temporarily Closes Bradford’s Roma Restaurant; No Injuries

A small fire Thursday night in the basement of the Roma Restaurant was knocked down quickly with no injuries and little damage. Haverhill Fire Chief William F. Laliberty told WHAV a malfunctioning ice maker overheated around 7:45 p.m., and caused the small fire. The Middlesex Street restaurant was closed for cleaning-related tasks in the aftermath. “All of the staff and diners were asked to evacuate. Roma’s staff did a great job getting everyone out safely and without any injuries,” Laliberty said.

Buttonwoods Museum Shows Haverhill Election-Oriented Documentary June 25

Buttonwoods Museum will hold its annual meeting Tuesday, June 25. The meeting will take place HC Media’s studios, 2 Merrimack St., Haverhill, starting at 6 p.m.

The first hour of the meeting will be devoted to museum business, while starting at 7 p.m., the public is invited to watch the Haverhill-based documentary “If It Fits.” The documentary focuses on Haverhill in the late 1970s, most especially the mayoral election between Mayor George K. Katsaros and Fire Chief Lewis C. Burton. The showing is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Linda Greenstein at 978-390-2425, or visit buttonwoods.org for more details.

Jaffarian Volvo Ushers in Renovated Scandinavian-Inspired Haverhill Showroom

Haverhill’s Jaffarian Volvo ushered in a new showroom look at a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday. The renovation, according to Volvo, is “designed to reflect Scandinavian-inspired values of calm, clean lines with ‘cool on the outside and warm on the inside’-style architecture.” Volvo officials, customers and members of the business community heaped congratulations and best wishes on President and General Manager Gary Jaffarian and his family. Jaffarian explained his grandfather was born in Haverhill and his father first began selling Volvos in 1958. All four generations of family involved in the business have graduated from Haverhill High School. “Our roots are Haverhill and committed to the community and surrounding communities in serving the automotive needs for many years to come.

Vargas to Appear on Educational Television Sunday, Detailing Political Ascendancy

State Rep. Andy X. Vargas appears on television this weekend, where he discusses his story of grassroots political activism that compelled him to seek public office. The video is called “Stand Up,” and is part of a World Channel series called “Stories from the Stage,” which uses the storytelling technique to present new ideas and faces to the community. “Personal stories rich in human experience and emotion can create understanding, empathy and appreciation for people very different from us,” said Liz Cheng, the channel’s general manager and co-executive producer of the series. “With Stories from the Stage we hope to prove how much we all have in common and inspire community dialogue about our differences.”

Vargas’ installment airs Sunday, June 23, 2 p.m., and can also be viewed on the “Stories from the Stage” Facebook page.

New Balance Plans Methuen Expansion after Receiving State Economic Development Award

Shoe manufacturer New Balance is set to expand into Methuen after being named the recipient of an economic development initiative award from the Commonwealth. Boston-based New Balance was one of twelve companies to receive the awards Wednesday from the administration of Gov. Charles D. Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn A. Polito, in conjunction with the state’s Economic Assistance Coordinating Council. The incentive awards are part of the state’s Economic Development Incentive Program, and were distributed throughout Massachusetts. The Methuen expansion of New Balance is expected to bring 60 new jobs to the community, along with the retention of 15 current positions. New Balance plans to experiment with new technologies, including an increased focus on automation and 3D manufacturing.