Northern Essex Community College Invites Photograph Entries for its 60th Anniversary

Northern Essex Community College is collecting photos through Jan.14 for a mosaic celebrating the college’s 60th anniversary. Alumni, current students, former and current faculty and staff and the community at large are invited to submit photographs celebrating their connections to the college. These include graduation and other campus photos as well as recent photos with anniversary greetings and simple portraits. “People are getting creative with this, and we love that,” said Allison Dolan-Wilson, the college’s vice president of institutional advancement. “Our goal is to capture thousands of photos that cover the 60-year history of the college and bring them together to create one searchable image.”

For example, Lawrence Dentist Joseph Beninato, a longtime supporter of the college, posted a photo holding a sign celebrating his own 25 years of involvement with the college.

At Covanta, a Star is Born and a Holiday Tradition Continues High Above Haverhill

More than 25 years ago, Covanta placed a star high upon its condensation stack 287 feet in the air on Ward Hill. It had been traditionally lit late Thanksgiving Day and remains on until the morning of New Year’s Day, but this season a new star is born. Employees and staff came together earlier this year to design a new star for the next 25 years.  They developed a new LED star 20 feet across and brighter with hundreds of color schemes available. Although the plant produces its own power, energy consumption reduction was a key factor. The LED panels are highly efficient, functional and replace 50 large incandescent light bulbs that consumed four times the energy.

Bill in State Legislature Would Grant Haverhill Firefighter Retirement Credit for Time Served in Military

The state Senate Monday backed advancing a House bill that, if eventually enacted, would allow a Haverhill firefighter to earn retirement credit for certain time served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Senators agreed to refer a petition on behalf of Firefighter John Farrell to the Committee on Public Service. The bill was filed by Amesbury state Rep. James M. Kelcourse. If approved, the bill would authorize the State Retirement Board to credit Farrell with two years and four months of creditable service for the period of Nov. 1, 1998 to Nov.

Podcast: Haverhill Lions Club Collects Canned Soup for Local Food Pantries

Members of the Haverhill Lions Club were collecting glasses for improving eyesight around the world during the recent VFW Santa Parade, but now, one could say, they are turning their sights to helping stock food pantries with soup. Lions Club member Tony Pecci was a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program. “We have several hundred cans of soup right now. We are collecting them to distribute to the local shelters. We have a drop off location at Maria’s in Haverhill at 81 Essex St., and the soups will be going to Haverhill food cupboards and pantries,” he said.

Emmaus Joins Other Nonprofits in Seeking Donations on #GivingTuesday Nov. 30

After nearly two years of a global pandemic, local nonprofits are counting on people not forgetting the critical work they are doing to ensure people are fed, housed and healthy this holiday season. Emmaus is one of those nonprofits and hopes to build upon its past success on #GivingTuesday and reach a new and ambitious goal of $50,000 on Nov. 30. This is the eighth year Emmaus has participated in the international day of giving. Last year, Emmaus raised $46,545, bringing the seven-year total for gifts made on #GivingTuesday to Emmaus to just over $176,000.

Consensus Forms Around Nine-Member, Mostly Ward-Elected Haverhill Council, School Committee

Both the Haverhill School Committee and City Council should elect representatives from each of Haverhill’s seven wards, limit both bodies to nine members and preserve candidate choices made by voters earlier this month. The overall consensus emerged last night during a joint meeting of Mayor James J. Fiorentini, City Council and School Committee as they took the first steps to change the city’s charter to comply with voting rights laws. City Councilor Thomas J. Sullivan spoke first, saying he and most of his colleagues share voters’ beliefs that this is the right move and the right time to make it. “We know that we have to make change. We’re willing to make the change and I think that we could certainly do the job with seven ward councilors and two at-large and with seven ward School Committee men and one at-large and the mayor,” he said.

Haverhill VFW Provides 80 Veterans and Their Families ‘Thanksgiving Kits’ for the Holiday

This past Monday 80 veterans and their families received, what was called, a “Thanksgiving Kit” with a turkey and all the fixin’s in time for tomorrow’s holiday. The Haverhill Veterans of Foreign Wars Lorraine Post 29, working with Disabled and Limbless Veterans and the Middlesex County Deputy Sheriffs Association, provided the kits, which included a frozen turkey of about 12-14 pounds, boxed stuffing and instant mashed potatoes, fresh produce and dessert. One kit is expected to feed a family of four to six people. VFW Senior Vice Commander Donald Jarvis said, “It was an honor to be able to work with not just the other veteran organizations, but the Middlesex Sheriff, Peter Koutoujian, and the Middlesex County Deputy Sheriffs Association to provide enough food for 80 Veterans and their families to have a Thanksgiving meal. In a sense the Haverhill VFW was able to provide over 300 thanksgiving meals this year to the local veteran community.”

In addition to the Thanksgiving kits, the Haverhill VFW also provided Veterans Northeast Outreach Center with boxes of fresh produce and other items for their food pantry.

Haverhill Garden Club Invites ‘Holiday Doors of Haverhill’ Home and Business Entrants

Following on the success of last year’s “Holiday Doors of Haverhill” celebration, The Haverhill Garden Club is seeking contenders for its second annual contest. Homeowners or businesses are invited to email photographs of their decorated doors to [email protected], where they will then be shared by the Garden Club on Facebook. There is no fee for those who want to share images “just for fun,” but there is a $10 fee for those who wish to be judged “Best Residential” or “Best Business” decorated door. Judges will select winners by Dec. 20.