Northern Essex Community College Students Elect Grace as College Trustee

Human Services major Chrissy Grace of Dracut is joining the Northern Essex Community College Board of Trustees as the newly student-elected representative. Grace graduated from high school in 2004 and quickly found success working in the tech field as a product representative. But, after having a daughter three years ago, she said she feared running out of options for career growth and decided to move back home and work for her family’s transportation business. When COVID-19 struck, she decided to enroll at Northern Essex for the spring semester as a human services major, saying she was inspired to take on the new challenge by seeing her young daughter adapt and thrive during the pandemic. “She is three, she has spent most of her life in COVID and if she can do it, I can do it,” Grace said.

Haverhill Police Department Seeks Public Comments on Accreditation

The Haverhill Police Department is scheduled for a site-based assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying if it meets professional standards. Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, known as CALEA, the accreditation program requires departments to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services. As part of the assessment, employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session June 21, at 4 p.m. The session takes place in the Haverhill Police Training Room, 40 Bailey Boulevard. Department employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling 978-722-1511 on June 21, between the hours of 1 and 3 p.m. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team. Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the department’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.

Former Haverhill Police Chief DeNaro Seeks Disability Pension in Retirement Filing

Former Haverhill Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro could receive nearly three-quarters of his pay in retirement if his application for a disability retirement is approved. DeNaro, who stepped down a few weeks early last month for what city officials described as “health reasons,” submitted both his application for standard retirement and disability retirement May 27, according to Retirement Administrator David Van Dam of the Haverhill Retirement Board. DeNaro is expected to receive his standard retirement pension, up to 50% of his salary, until or unless the Retirement Board approves a disability pension. Disability payments equal 72 percent of an employee’s salary. The nature of the disability was not disclosed and all Retirement Board deliberations are required by law to be conducted behind closed doors to protect the privacy of retirees.

City Inspectors Deem Bradford Home ‘Dangerous’ After Heavy Damage from Falling Tree Limb

Haverhill’s inspectional services department has declared a Bradford home off limits after it was heavily damaged by a large limb that fell during Tuesday afternoon’s electrical storm. Haverhill Fire Chief Robert M. O’Brien said there were no injuries and all residents escaped safely from the two-family, 155 Salem St., home after the limb fell around 4:15 p.m. He added no electrical issues were found that would cause a fire. Inspectional Services Director Richard MacDonald said he sent two inspectors to the home immediately. “On the front area of the home, we have posted it as a dangerous building because of the structural damage and no one can occupy that house until we receive a structural report from an engineer,” MacDonald told WHAV News. O’Brien said the fire department was dispatched after receiving a 9-1-1 emergency call.

In a Sign of the Post-COVID-19 Era, Haverhill Plans Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedication Sept. 11

Haverhill’s new Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Mill Brook Park receives its long-delayed formal dedication in September on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The new park didn’t receive a proper opening last fall as the city’s then COVID-19 ranking moved up to the moderate-risk “yellow” scale. Ralph T. Basiliere, chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Ad Hoc Commission, said the observance finally takes place Saturday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m., with Rep. Linda Dean Campbell as keynote speaker, songs by Neal Ferreira and other festivities. The dedication ceremony subcommittee is being led by Commissioner Linda Gambino Baxter whose brother, Michael J. Gambino, was one of Haverhill’s 13 who made the ultimate sacrifice during the war.

Haverhill LEADS Fellows Among Inaugural Graduates; Vargas Calls Program Transformational

Seventy “Leaders Engaged and Activated to Drive System-wide change,” otherwise known as LEADS fellows, celebrated graduation at Northern Essex Community College. Fellows from Lowell, Lawrence and Haverhill LEADS participated in the executive leadership program in partnership with Harvard Business School faculty. State Rep. Andy X. Vargas, one of three class speakers, gave concluding remarks before the more than 100 regional leaders who gathered. “This opportunity has been transformational for me personally, while also creating opportunities for making lasting and deep change in my community and across the region. These are the people and relationships that will move our communities and our region forward,” Vargas said.

Judge Sentences Former Methuen Man to Two Years in Prison for Identity Theft

A former Methuen man was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday for aggravated identity theft and fraudulent use of a Social Security number. According to Acting U.S. Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendel, 32-year-old Manuel Enrique Arias Aguasvivas was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel to two years in prison and one year of supervised release. Arias Aguasvivas will also be subject to deportation to the Dominican Republic after completion of his term. Arias Aguasvivas pleaded guilty Feb. 17, to one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of false representation of a Social Security number.