American Heart Association Honors Pridestar Trinity EMS for Rapid Care Approach

Pridestar Trinity EMS has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze achievement award for its commitment to offering rapid and research-based care to people experiencing the most severe form of heart attacks and strokes, ultimately saving lives. The Mission: Lifeline EMS achievement award focuses on agencies’ on-scene care, bringing to the forefront the collaboration and contributions to patient care for prehospital providers. “Pridestar Trinity EMS is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said David Green, director of Clinical Services and Education. “The Mission: Lifeline program puts proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, so patients have the best possible chance of survival.”

Emergency Medical Services staff can begin treatment when they arrive—up to an hour sooner than if someone goes to the hospital by car. EMS staff are also trained to provide resuscitation efforts to someone whose heart has stopped.

All Haverhill Legislators Unopposed for Re-Election, Talk Holy Family Hospital Crisis, Cost of Living

All Democrats and all running unopposed, Haverhill’s incumbent state legislators say they have advocated for the city as Steward Health Care faces bankruptcy proceedings, and the fate of Holy Family Haverhill hangs in the balance. With the approach of the primaries Sept. 3 and general election Nov. 5, WHAV asked each of the four about their priorities for their next term, particularly as related to the Steward crisis, which could lead to the closure of the city’s only hospital, a possibility residents have rallied against. If reelected, Rep. Andy X. Vargas, Sen. Pavel M. Payano and Rep. Ryan M. Hamilton all said they would highly rank reducing the cost of living as Massachusetts becomes less and less affordable.

Shaw, Garcia, Burcke and Smalley Join Northern Essex Community College Foundation Board

Northern Essex Community College Foundation is welcoming four new members to its board. They are Gregory Shaw, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Haverhill Bank; Tobit Garcia, a senior tax manager and partner at JBS Tax Corp in Lawrence; John Burcke, president and chief lending officer at Newburyport Bank; and Steven Smalley, government affairs manager for National Grid. Shaw, of Manchester, N.H., says he learned much about Northern Essex from his time coordinating workforce training for a previous employer and found the program to be very beneficial. He is also a board member of Penacook Place and Family Services of the Merrimack Valley. Shaw holds a degree in Economics from the University of Vermont.

Haverhill Boys & Girls Club, Methuen Arlington Neighborhood Offer Summer Nights Program

Haverhill and Methuen groups are participating in the state’s Summer Nights program, providing recreational program geared to urban young people ages 13-21. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill offers free Summer Teen Nights, Monday through Friday, from 4-8 p.m., at 55 Emerson St., Haverhill. Methuen Arlington Neighborhood hosts organized sports and games including basketball drills, field trips, yoga and karate classes, summer reading, strategic games, arts and crafts for children 7 and up, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Tenney Street Park, 141 Tenney St., Methuen. The state Department of Conservation and Recreation is celebrating 10 years of the Summer Nights program, running locally through Aug. 23, and partnering with 100 organizations at approximately 125 locations statewide.

Groveland Begins Curbside Compost Program July 24

Groveland is beginning a curbside compost program in collaboration with Black Earth Compost. The program starts Wednesday, July 24, and aims to take food waste from residents and businesses, which makes up nearly 40 percent of our waste stream, and recycle them into high-quality compost to grow more food. Black Earth Compost will collect bins on Wednesdays. Residents may sign up for weekly collection services for $114.99 every six months, or for every other week collection services for $89.99 every six months. Residents who enroll in the program will receive a voucher for a free bag of high-quality compost.

Plaistow Police Welcomes Officers Merwarth, Ventullo and Medvecky

The Plaistow Police Department recently swore in Officers Colten Merwarth, Ryan Ventullo and Christian Medvecky. Merwarth and Ventullo will be going to the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training July 29 for 16-weeks, followed by a 12-week field training program. Merwarth is a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, squad leader of the of the Combined Anti Armor Team section. He also attended the Northampton Community College where he graduated in Automotive. Ventullo is a sergeant in the U.S. Army National Guard and his assignment is that of the 11 Bravo Infantryman with the A scout platoon.

In Wake of Supreme Court Homelessness Decision, NH Advocates Say Fight Not Over

by Ethan DeWitt, New Hampshire Bulletin
July 9, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last month to allow an Oregon city’s efforts to clear out homeless encampments is already rippling through New Hampshire. On July 2, the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to strengthen a ban on camping on city property, subjecting people to fines. And the board removed an exception that had allowed camping during evening hours if there were not enough shelter beds available. The vote, which will make it easier for city officials to remove encampments on public sidewalks and parks, was a priority for Mayor Jay Ruais, a Republican who was elected in November. And it heralds a potential shift in the way New Hampshire cities and towns approach homelessness after the Supreme Court ruling, critics say.