Hillies Taking on Chelmsford Saturday: Hear the Football Game Live on 97.9 WHAV FM

Coach Tim O’Connor’s Hillies hope to bounce back from last week’s 34-14 loss against St. John’s Prep this weekend with a Saturday afternoon game against the Chelmsford Lions at home, and WHAV is broadcasting all the action live only on 97.9 FM. “Voice of the Hillies” Paul Ryan and color commentator Tommy Morgan kick off coverage starting at 2:30 p.m. before the players take the field at 3 p.m. In addition to interviews and play-by-plays, the pair will also host a post-game show from Trinity Stadium. Haverhill High School football on WHAV is sponsored by Andy DiPietro’s Climate Zone, Brian S. Dempsey Insurance Agency, Duffy’s Diner, Attorney Gerard LaFlamme, NRT Bus, Simmons Plumbing and Heating, Smith Motor Sales of Haverhill and Wingate Residences at Haverhill. Can’t catch the game on the radio?

Northern Essex Hires Culinary Manager for Programs at New Haverhill Heights Complex

Exeter, N.H. chef and restaurant manager Denis Boucher is getting fired up about Northern Essex Community College’s new Haverhill Heights complex. Tapped by the school to lead the culinary and hospitality programs on Merrimack Street, Boucher isn’t just keeping an eye on the kitchen: He’s also overseeing construction as Northern Essex’s two floors take shape. Part of developer Salvatore N. Lupoli’s 10-story Heights mixed-use complex that includes luxury apartments and a Salvatore’s restaurant, the Northern Essex satellite location will include classrooms, laboratories and a teaching kitchen. College President Lane Glenn is confident Boucher—who directed a similar project through Tompkins Cortland Community College in Ithaca, N.Y. called Coltivare—is the right fit for the job. “Denis’s background makes him uniquely qualified for this position.  I’ve been to Coltivare and I was so impressed.  I can’t wait to see what he can do in downtown Haverhill,” Glenn said.

As Patrols Added, Fiorentini to ‘Do Whatever It Takes’ to Keep Haverhill Safe After Jackson Street Shooting

In the wake of a brazen daytime shooting that put a Haverhill gang member behind bars, Mayor James J. Fiorentini vows to “do whatever it takes” to keep gang violence at bay. On Tuesday night, Fiorentini met with several Jackson Street neighbors, telling WHAV later those he chatted with were “scared” after the Sunday afternoon incident near 65 and 69 Jackson St. Ext. As WHAV previously reported, Haverhill police responded to High Street and Jackson Street Extension to interview possible witnesses, who said they saw a blue Ford Focus hatchback driven by a woman pull out from behind a white van parked in front of 43 Jackson St. and two males—including one with a gun in his waistband later identified as 18-year-old Brian Grande—get inside.

Wednesday Accident at Bradford’s South Main Street Dunkin’ Donuts Sends Two to Hospital

An early morning accident near the Dunkin’ Donuts at 915 South Main St. in Bradford sent two people to the hospital and diverted traffic during Wednesday’s busy morning rush hour for nearly an hour, police and fire officials tell WHAV. The two-car crash just before the Ward Hill Connector on Route 125 took place at 7:08 a.m. and Haverhill Police shut down the stretch of Route 125 near the donut shop for 45 minutes, diverting traffic around Boston Road, police spokesman Capt. Stephen J. Doherty Jr. said. Fire Chief William F. Laliberty told WHAV both drivers were treated on scene by firefighters and Trinity EMS before being transported to local hospitals for evaluation. No other details were available about the accident or their injuries.

Haverhill Nurse Pleads Guilty to Tampering With Hospice Patient’s Morphine

A licensed practical nurse from Haverhill pleaded guilty Monday in a Boston federal court to tampering with a hospice patient’s morphine and faces up to 10 years in prison for the crime. Lauren Perrin, 47, entered her plea on one count of tampering with a consumer product—the Schedule II controlled substance morphine—before U.S. District Court Senior Judge Mark L. Wolf and will be sentenced on Dec. 4. As WHAV previously reported, Perrin worked at Amesbury’s Maplewood Care and Rehabilitation Center when she tampered with three morphine bottles prescribed to a hospice patient by replacing extracted medication with another liquid. In the process, she lowered the potency of the medication to between four to 29 percent of the intended potency.

The English Beat Headlines Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus Saturday; Activities, Food, Fireworks Too

Internationally known ska pioneers, The English Beat, headline Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus this Saturday, Sept. 21, at Riverfront Park. The musical group is one of several playing during the festival, which also features activities for children and adults, food, beer and wine and a fireworks finale at dusk. The English Beat, appearing with founder Dave Wakeling, have made their name with singles including “Mirror in the Bathroom,” “Save It for Later” and “Too Nice to Talk To.” Regional favorites Entrain, from Martha’s Vineyard, will also perform. Entrain is a six-piece band known for infectious rhythms, funky drumming and inspired jams.

The all-day music-lineup also includes Bailen, Air Traffic Controller, The Alex Anthony Band and Life of the Party.

Council Postpones Decision on 60 Bradford Waterfront Condos Until Opposing Sides Meet

Plans to build 60 market rate condominiums overlooking the Merrimack River in Bradford are on hold until the developer meets with neighbors to hear their concerns. After hearing concerns about traffic, narrow streets, building height and a possible lack of privacy, Haverhill City Councilors postponed a decision on allowing the project proposed by Ernest Coito for 38 Railroad St. A presentation by attorney Paul A. Magliocchetti, architect John Sava and designer Chris Crump explained how the project would dovetail with the city’s plans for expanding the rail trail. Sava and Crump also displayed drawings showing how the building would be stepped to allow nearly all future residents to have river views. Glass-roofed corridors would also afford plenty of interior light and maintain view of the Merrimack.

Bradford Landmark Denworth Hall Isn’t Coming Down Anytime Soon, College President Says

Despite apparent rumors, there are no current plans to demolish the iconic Denworth Hall on the campus of Northpoint Bible College. College President David Arnett appeared before the Haverhill City Council Tuesday night to put those reports to rest. While the building once associated with the defunct Bradford College should come down, Arnett said, the college doesn’t have the $10 to $20 million needed to complete the job. “It’s astronomically expensive. One architectural study was done.