Haverhill’s Spring Hazardous Waste Disposal Day Planned for March 30

Haverhill holds a spring household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, March 30 at the wastewater treatment plant, 40 South Porter St., from 9 a.m. to noon. Proof of residency is required. Accepted items include pesticides, polishes, waxes, wood strippers, wood stains, pool chemicals, drain cleaners, brake fluid, antifreeze, old gasoline and fluorescent bulbs. No latex paint, electronics, motor oil, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, car batteries, or smoke detectors will be accepted. Each resident may turn in up to 25 gallons each of liquid and/or dry chemicals.

Merrimack Valley School Nurse Job Fair Is Friday at Northern Essex

Local nurses interested in getting hired at a Merrimack Valley school are encouraged to attend Friday’s school nurse job fair on Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus. School nurse managers and human resource staff members from districts including Haverhill, Andover, Chelmsford and Lowell will be on hand at Northern Essex’s Hartleb Technology Center 100 Elliott St., between 4-6 p.m.

For more information, call Shanyn at 978-420-1919.

Michitson, Chamber’s Sherwood Tout Benefits of Municipal Broadband

Tired of the Comcast monopoly in Haverhill? So is City Council President John A. Michitson. If the local leader has his way, Haverhill residents might just have their say on products and pricing with the introduction of municipal broadband. At the March 12 City Council meeting, Michitson recommended the city solicit proposals for fiber optic network installation in Haverhill. Through a municipal broadband program, Michitson said the city would own and control the fiber, letting any internet service provider take part—with the trickle-down effect meaning competition and more consumer control.

Court Orders Man Held Without Bail on Methuen Murder Charge

The 24-year-old accused of gunning down and killing a Lawrence man early Friday at a Methuen vape shop was ordered held without bail today at his arraignment for murder. Remy Salazar, also of Lawrence, was ordered to return to Lawrence District Court May 3 for a probable cause hearing. He is accused of killing 30-year-old Kelvin Frias at a gathering at the Mr. Hookah vape shop, 170 Broadway, Methuen. Salazar was arrested in Nashua, N.H., Friday afternoon, on unrelated warrants after being tracked to a home there by the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section. The Essex State Police Detective Unit and Methuen Police obtained an arrest warrant Saturday afternoon charging Salazar with murder.

Council to Hear Hexagon Energy’s Revised Plan for Haverhill Solar Farm Tuesday

Three weeks after Hexagon Energy representatives vowed to shore up their plan for a solar farm in Haverhill and allay neighbor fears over diminishing property values, the Virginia-based company plans to again appear before the City Council Tuesday night. During a late February Council session, Councilors Michael S. McGonagle and William J. Macek were among those left with unanswered questions about the one-and-half acre array said to be able to power 40 homes in the area of 1037 Broadway. Macek’s concerns, among others, centered around the lack of clarity in Hexagon’s initial proposal. He also touched on aesthetics, arguing that the city wants to prevent something as “hideous” as the solar display currently located on Hilldale Avenue. Kristine Lane neighbor Diane Hudson argued at the time that a potential 20-year lease is nothing more than a blatant money grab.

City Puts Finishing Touches on Downtown Haverhill Electric Car Charging Stations

Mayor James J. Fiorentini touted the Haverhill of the future in this month’s State of the City address, and downtown’s Herbert H. Goecke Parking Garage is one step closer to that idea with the installation of three new electric car charging stations. WHAV joined Fiorentini on Merrimack Street Monday to inspect the trio of units expected to be up and running within the next week. Owned by the city and operated by ChargePoint, the units were installed over four days by Methuen subcontractor State Line Electrical on behalf of the Voltrek company out of Andover. “There is more and more demand for electric vehicle charging station, so this is a service for the public and residents, as well as part of the city’s ongoing efforts to be environmentally responsible and a green leader,” Fiorentini said. Each charging station includes two ports to accommodate two parking spaces and two vehicles, Fiorentini’s office said.

Methuen’s MSPCA Hosting Low-Cost Spring Vaccination Clinic This Weekend

Methuen’s MSPCA at Nevins Farm will hold a low-cost vaccination clinic for dogs and cats on Sunday, March 24 with no appointment necessary. Pet owners are invited to bring their dog on a leash or cat in a carrier, along with any available previous vaccination records, to 400 Broadway in Methuen from 7-11 a.m.

Services, including microchipping, are available on a first-come, first-served basis from volunteer veterinarians, groomers and vet technicians. All money raised will benefit the homeless animals cared for at Nevins Farm. Available services and pricing:

$15 Rabies Vaccination
$15 FVRCP or DHLPP vaccination (distemper)
$25 Microchip (permanent identification)
$45 Rabies vaccination, Distemper, & Microchip
$10 nail trims

Whittier Tech to Share in $123K in Financial Education Grant Money

Haverhill’s Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School is among 43 high schools across the Commonwealth to share in more than $123,000 in grant funding to bolster financial literacy courses and programs locally. Through the Innovation Fund grant program, $2,500 is earmarked specifically for the city’s vocational school. Elsewhere across the Merrimack Valley, matching grants were extended to both Georgetown and Methuen High School. The four-year-old program aims to help schools create or expand “Credit for Life” fairs that help students become fiscally responsible. “Learning skills such as budgeting and money management is essential for students as they enter college or the workforce,” Acting Commissioner of Banks Merrily S. Gerrish said in a statement.