Women’s City Club of Haverhill Presents Holiday Gift Swap, Rick Scalise Music Dec. 13

A holiday gift swap with holiday music sets the scene for an upcoming magical meeting of Women’s City Club of Haverhill. The club’s festive December meeting takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 13, beginning at 12:30 p.m., in the lower level of Advent Christian Church, 160 Carleton St., Haverhill. Doors open at 11:45 a.m.

Musician Rick Scalise returns to the club to entertain on his keyboard. Members may also take part in a holiday gift swap.

Election Day was Weeks Ago, but State Law Keeps Haverhill and Area Towns at Work on Voting Results

Although Election Day was almost three weeks ago, the balloting season isn’t over until the Governor’s Council certifies 2022 results likely this Wednesday. Haverhill City Clerk Linda L. Koutoulas and her office were still working up until last week on post-processing ballots that arrived over the weekend and the Monday before Election Day. She explains, by state law, these votes are not counted until after the election and are handled in a public session advertised in advance. “It’s just a very long process. You take the ballot.

WHAV Supports Your Favorite Causes Every Day; Help Support Its Downtown ‘Homecoming’

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, adding nonprofits to a string of post-Thanksgiving movements that include Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday. Every day, WHAV helps the charities and causes you already support by featuring these worthy groups in local news, Community Spotlight and live interviews over the radio, online, in newsletters and social media, via podcasts and in so many other ways. Not just on GivingTuesday, but every day WHAV gives civic groups, charities, veterans organizations and other nonprofits a bottom-line boost in the forms of larger audiences, bigger donations, ticket sales and awareness. In a very real sense, your support of WHAV, Greater Haverhill’s only public radio station and nonprofit local news service, leverages your charitable backing. On this GivingTuesday WHAV asks for your generous “Homecoming” gift as it returns to its downtown home to better serve you.

L’Arche Boston North Plans New Accessible Home with the Help of Haverhill Bank on #GivingTuesday

Haverhill Bank is matching contributions up to $20,000 to help L’Arche Boston North meet its $40,000 end-of-year fundraising goal. The match comes in time for GivingTuesday and remains in effect through the end of the year. “We are so grateful to Mr. (Thomas L.) Mortimer and all our friends at Haverhill Bank for their incredible support of our mission and for all they do to champion inclusion and belonging,” said the group in a statement. L’Arche Boston North, the nonprofit that organizes the Longest Table every summer now seeks the community’s help in setting the table at its new accessible home. For the first time in almost 20 years, L’Arche is adding a new home to continue to fulfill the promise of a home for life made to families and members almost 40 years ago.

Buttonwoods Museum Celebrates the Holiday Season with Annual Festival of Trees, Opening Tonight

The 21st annual Buttonwoods Festival of Trees opens tonight for its two-week presentation of f trees, wreaths and centerpieces with family entertainment. The Festival runs tonight, from 5-8 p.m., with a candlelight tour of the John Ward House between 6 and 7:30 p.m., all at Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water St., Haverhill. The opening weekend continues Saturday, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., with Family Day until 4 p.m. and coloring and fun crafts for the kids, plus a visit from Santa between 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday also features a holiday concert featuring Emily Forisso, between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., and including light refreshments. Sunday is Veterans and First Responders Appreciation Day, taking place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with free admission for veterans and first responders with identification and discounted admission for family members. Greater Haverhill Arts Association demonstrations take place with Tracey Meola at noon and Joan Turner at 2:30.

Haverhill’s Wreaths Across America Effort Seeks Donations by Wednesday Deadline

Haverhill’s Wreaths Across America is still shy about 50 wreaths needed for the mid-December ceremony at Hilldale Cemetery. Volunteer Tammy Dobrosielski, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning show, explains the goal is 474 sponsored wreaths, which will be placed on the graves of veterans. The group faces a wreath ordering deadline of Wednesday, Nov. 30. “Most folks do one, two or five.

Last Minute Effort of Public Safety and School Teamwork Helps Feed More Than 70 Families

Mike Jarvis and Haverhill’s first responders made fast work of distributing more than 70 turkeys to needy families of Haverhill students at the last minute before Thanksgiving. Jarvis of Jarvi Productions said the turkeys were made available from “a very generous and thoughtful group.” He said within 10 minutes of his getting the word out about the available fowl, Haverhill school resource officers, police officers and firefighters teamed up to handout more than 700 pounds of turkey. “Thank you very much to the Haverhill Fire Department, Haverhill Police Department, Haverhill Police Officer Dan Trocki and all of Haverhill’s school resource officers for helping set up and assisting with the drop-offs today. Especially for helping 70 plus families to have a turkey this Thanksgiving,” Jarvis said. Schools receiving turkeys were Dr. Paul C. Nettle, Dr. Albert B. Consentino, Caleb Dustin Hunking School and Gateway Academy.

Update: Gale Park Tree Lighting to Take Place Monday Night

A busy post-Thanksgiving weekend is taking shape with “Shop Small Day” Saturday and one of Haverhill’s first Christmas tree lighting ceremonies Sunday. “Shop Small Day” encourages consumers to buy from locally owned businesses. Michael Thompson, a Haverhill SCORE volunteer, recently gave WHAV listeners an overview. “You know, I think we’ve all driven through these small communities that have lost their downtown businesses. You know, big box stores in the suburbs that have drawn consumers away.