Haverhill High Pilots First Live, Virtual Tour of Auschwitz in U.S.; Program Set for 9th Grade

(Additional photographs below.) Haverhill High School students and educators saw a live, virtual tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp from Harbor Place yesterday, the first of its kind in the United States. As if the viewer is walking beside her, the projectors in the conference room showed video from the guide’s perspective as she crossed the grounds. Survivor testimony and archival images overlayed the live stream, which was interspersed with drone footage and two introductory videos. The occasional visitor coming into view, as well as snatches of conversation in foreign languages, further added to a sense of realism, of being present in the former death camp. The learning opportunity is set to become a regular part of the ninth-grade modern world history curriculum beginning this fall.

Developer Seeks Haverhill Council Approval for Eight One-Bedroom Apartments in Historic District

Haverhill city councilors tonight will consider approving plans to construct eight, one-bedroom apartments above two storefronts in a building within the Washington Street Historic District. The property, in the Adams Building at 38-42 Washington St. in downtown Haverhill, was for many years the home of the Rosen family’s Modern Paint and Hardware store. The three-story, Italianate-style building was constructed in 1882 after the Great Fire of the same year. According to attorney Robert D. Harb, representing Rob Landry of Four Points Property Management, two apartments are to be set aside as affordable rental units to comply with the city’s Inclusionary Zoning ordinance, adopted last fall.

U.S. Supreme Court Gave Go-Ahead 72 Years Ago to Radio for Bus Riders; Proves Too Late for WHAV

‘Music as You Ride’ Fails to Save Original WHAV-FM in 1952

Editor’s note: A version of this story originally appeared in a WHAV newsletter May 17, 2010. Additional photograph below. The original FM incarnation of WHAV was a relatively short-lived affair of about only four years. It was conceived under difficult circumstances, lived in painful agony and died in part because of complaints from, of all people, bus passengers. WHAV FM was supposed to be Haverhill’s first radio station and would have been one of the first FM stations in the northeast.

Haverhill Schools’ Pediatrician Maddox to Provide Drug Misuse Stats to HOPE Task Force

Dr. John L. Maddox, Haverhill Public Schools’ pediatrician, is scheduled to provide an update on efforts to secure a Drug Free Community Grant during tomorrow’s meeting of the mayor’s Haverhill Overdose Prevention and Education—HOPE—Task Force. Maddox will report on the four core measures—alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and prescription drug misuse—that grant award recipients must collect and the data being collected by Haverhill schools. The HOPE Task Force meets Wednesday, Feb. 28, 4 p.m., at the Haverhill Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., second floor. Besides the report, said HOPE Program Director Charlie Manzi, Pridestar Trinity EMS will provide an overdose report for January.

Holy Family Hospital Owner Pledges to Sell Physician Group and Private Jets as Part of Turnaround Plan

The owner of Holy Family Hospitals in Haverhill and Methuen said Friday it is seeking to sell its physician group and private jets as part of, what it calls, a “six-point action plan” to save the company. As WHAV previously reported, Friday was a state deadline for Steward Health Care to meet certain demands, including producing financial records. The company said its lenders agreed to continue to withhold taking collections action against the chain through April 30 “to give the company time to execute this plan.”

“First and foremost, we want to continue to do the right thing for patients, our staff and our communities. That is our commitment going forward. In the future, that will take a different form, but the mission remains the same,” said Dr. Michael Callum, Steward’s executive vice president for physician services and interim president of the northeast region.

Haverhill Police and Schools Present Talk Tonight on Protection Against Cyber Crimes

The Haverhill Police Department and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force will present a talk tonight on Cyber Crimes as part of the Haverhill Public School Wellness Caregiver Series. Topics include online dangers, popular social media apps, how to keep safe and identify a dangerous situation and available resources and support. It takes place tonight, Feb. 26, from 6-7 p.m. in the auditorium at Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St. Spanish translation will be provided.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill Elects Tsagaris as President; 4 Directors Join Board

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Thea P. Tsagaris was elected last month as board president of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill and four new directors joined the board. Tsagaris, of Bank of New England, succeeded Patrick J. Driscoll, of Driscoll Funeral Home, who concluded his four-year tenure as board president following the Jan. 25 annual meeting. New board members are Alex Fantini, general manager of Fantini Bakery; Michelle Lavigne, co-owner of Servpro of Haverhill; Dr. Margaret Marotta, Haverhill superintendent of schools; and Matthew Russo, vice president at TD Bank. The full board of directors now consists of Tsagaris; Scott Pare, vice president; Daniel A. Jacobs, treasurer; Kerrianne G. Petalidas, secretary; Driscoll, immediate past president; Bryan Chase; William DeLuca IV; Richard Early Jr.; Leanne Eastman; Fantini; David R. Hart; James Henebry; Lavigne; Stephen McKeon; Timothy MacLean; Marotta; Josue Mendez; Meaghan Pare; Russo; and Steven Stewart.

Haverhill Boys and Girls Club One of Two Bidders for State Land Near 495; Site Shares Some Club History

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill is contemplating a move, placing a bid on state-owned property near Interstate 495 at Broadway. The Club, which is nearing its 125th birthday in downtown Haverhill, still faces several hurdles before obtaining the 6.5-acre property at 393 Broadway. It faces a competing $850,000 bid, purportedly from a housing developer, and any land sale still requires Federal Highway Administration approval, according to John Goggin, spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Goggin told WHAV the state received “two bids that tied and is now awaiting a best and final offer between the two bidders. The bid process is still ongoing, so MassDOT cannot identify the bidders at this time.”

The land, at the corner of Broadway and Monument Street, isn’t far from Haverhill High School.