Open Mic Show: March 18, 2019

Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce President joins Bill Macek to discuss Chamber happenings and offer an update on the city’s early literacy effort Haverhill Promise. Attorney Paul A. Magliocchetti also stops by to chat about his work on the Haverhill School Committee.

Rep. Campbell Pushing for Public Transit Overhaul: ‘We Need a Game Changer’

Haverhill’s legislative delegation has commuters’ backs ahead of a possible six percent MBTA fare hike. Among those on Beacon Hill arguing for residents is state Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, who spoke out about the potential price increase on the March 4 episode of WHAV’s Open Mic Show. As Campbell said Monday, many of the very same people the area hopes to attract are being priced out. “In Massachusetts, we need to continue to keep these folks here,” Campbell said. “When they add up the traffic, the cost of getting somewhere, the cost of living—these issues just keep piling up on each other and it hurts our economy.”

In addition to supporting more affordable ticket prices, Campbell also vows to make commuter comfort a priority.

Veterans’ Secretary Urena Visiting Haverhill Friday in Support of Mill Brook Park

Haverhill’s Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Ad Hoc Commission is gearing up for a big visitor to Mill Brook Park this Friday: State secretary Francisco A. Urena. The secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Services, Urena is in town to meet with the commission and evaluate the city’s plans to update Mill Brook Park, the new home of Haverhill’s Vietnam War Memorial. According to Commission Chair Ralph Basiliere—who guest hosted this week’s WHAV Open Mic Show with Bill Macek—Urena will stop by Friday morning in an effort to drum up state support for the project, currently in the fundraising phase. “It’s in a really good spot. You’ve got a lot of traffic and it’s at the entrance to Plug Pond.

Disabilities Commission Ensures Handicapped Rules are Followed

When South Main Street was reconstructed several years ago and telephone poles emerged seemingly in the middle of sidewalks, it fell to the Haverhill Disabilities Commission to find out if handicapped access rules were being followed. It turns out, there was enough room for wheelchairs to pass and the sidewalks—although unsightly—were legal. In some cases, though, the slight ramps leading from the street to the sidewalks had incorrect slopes and had to be reconstructed. Commissioners Frances Hogan and Joyce Thibodeau discussed the little-known work of the city committee during an appearance Monday on 97.9 WHAV FM’s Open Mike Show. The kind of training they received and the tools they use are available to others.

The Merrimack Valley Project to Discuss Immigration Issues on WHAV’s Open Mike Show Monday

Members of Haverhill’s chapter of The Merrimack Valley Project are set to join WHAV’s Frank Komola for the Monday, July 10 broadcast of the Open Mike Show and the public is invited to take part in the evening’s discussion. Local co-chairs Alice Mann and Fermin de la Cruz will be in studio Monday for the broadcast and available to chat with listeners between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Founded in 1992, the MVP brings together 30 member groups from across the Merrimack Valley to promote peace and understanding among congregations, labor unions and community-based organizations. Have a question you’d like asked on Monday’s Open Mike Show? Leave it in the comments for host Frank Komola to read on air! To participate in the on-air discussion, call 978-374-1900.