Emmaus’ Regan Previews ‘Stepping Out with the Valley Stars’ for WHAV Listeners

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Emmaus’ Margot Regan appeared on WHAV’s “Win for Breakfast” this week to preview one of the community housing organization’s major fundraising events, the sixth annual “Stepping Out with the Valley Stars,” coming up in April. Regan explained seven local celebrities appear with professional dancers during the competition. “They do different style of dancing. There up there for a couple of minutes at a time and we have judges and the audience votes…It’s just a real fun event.”

Participants include business people, community activists, elected officials and others. They are Yariel Alvarez, Merrimack Valley Credit Union’s North Andover branch manager; Jonathan Dowst, Pentucket Bank’s executive vice president and chief credit officer; Jeff Grassie, local artist, Haverhill Farmers Market Manager, and Team Haverhill member; Trisch Grimes, Holy Family Hospital physical therapist; Paul Magliocchetti, attorney and Haverhill School Committee member; Rachel Monroe, who won the opportunity to dance at last year’s gala; and Lela Lischke Wright, sales associate at William Raveis Real Estate.

Fiorentini, DiZoglio and Vargas to Attend Grand Opening of Carbone’s Kitchen Today

After a week of a soft opening at Carbone’s Kitchen in Central Square Bradford the restaurant is formally opening this afternoon. Carbone’s Kitchen describes itself as a fusion of classical Italian food with an American twist. It is owned and operated by Haverhill’s Kristen Carbone and is committed to offering delicious, handmade recipes with a convenient approach. “We’re taking the hassle out of eating fresh, homemade food by offering delicious, ready-to-eat meals, baked goods and desserts that families will love,” said Carbone. Mayor James J. Fiorentini, Sen. Diana DiZoglio and Rep. Andy X. Vargas are amongst those attending the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Carbone’s Kitchen, 151 South Main St.

Public Meetings: Carbone’s Kitchen, Specializing in Italian-American, Coming to Central Square, Bradford

The public has opportunities to shape policy this week as various Haverhill boards meet. In the interest of transparency in government, WHAV provides this list of upcoming meetings every week. A recently vacated Central Square, Bradford, breakfast spot will soon be filled by Carbone’s Kitchen, operated by Kristen Carbone. Carbone told WHAV she expects to open next month and the store’s specialty is “Italian-American, with an emphasis on fresh pasta and fresh sausage.”

Carbone is expected to be granted restaurant and entertainment licenses at a special meeting of the Haverhill License Commission Friday morning in room 118 of City Hall. For more than two years, the 151 S. Main St.

Reminder: Greater Haverhill Chamber’s 27th Annual Christmas Stroll Tonight

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is lighting up downtown tonight with holiday festivities during the 27th Annual Christmas Stroll. As WHAV previously reported, events include Pentucket Bank’s Santa’s Village. a promenade of ice sculptures, cookie decorating, S’mores and Pearl Pop-Up Camper with hot cocoa, cider and donuts. Columbus Park will also be lit up with blue and white lit trees for Elsa’s Wonderland. Covanta donated a 30-year-old blue spruce for this year’s Christmas Tree.

Last Night of Psychic Readings Tonight at Winnekenni Castle

Medium Judith-Anne, crystal ball energy specialist Amy Sabatino, guest tarot card reader Amy Major and surprise guests will be on hand tonight for psychic readings from 5-9 p.m. at Winnekenni Castle, 347 Kenoza Ave., Route 110, in Haverhill. The Stone Sisters Pop Up shop will also be open for holiday shopping

Readings are $25 per each 15-minute block of time purchased. Appointments are booked at the door only and doors open about 4:55 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be available. The next night of Castle readings takes place at the end of April 2020. There’s more information online at winnekenni.com or by emailing [email protected]

Haverhill Receives Benefits Update from Methuen Festival of Trees; Event Opens Friday

The Methuen Festival of Trees is getting underway beginning Friday and once again the City of Haverhill is one of the beneficiaries of this annual event. Thomas Lussier, president of the Festival, spoke before the city council on Tuesday where he explained the organization has been able to provide the city with nearly $137 thousand dollars in historic preservation grants over the past four years. “We’re very excited about the projects that we have with your city. We’re very grateful for all the support we get from you. And, before I sit down, the shameless commercial is that the festival opens on Friday, runs for two weeks.

Sunday’s 55th Annual VFW Santa Parade Brings Downtown Parking Restrictions

In preparation for Sunday’s 55th Annual VFW Santa Parade, downtown residents and visitors are being informed of parking restrictions. The parade, “Santa Celebrates Haverhill’s Heroes,” begins at Hunking School on South Main Street at 1 p.m., continues down 125 over the Basiliere bridge and takes a left onto Merrimack Street. It will march downtown to Washington Square and take a right onto Emerson Street, ending at the Boys and Girls Club. Although the parade runs from 1-4 p.m., Merrimack Street, from 125 to Emerson Street; Emerson Street to Bailey Boulevard; and all of Bailey Boulevard will be closed from noon-4:30 p.m. There will be no parking on any of these downtown streets, and vehicles not moved by noon will be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense. Cars also will not be allowed to leave any parking lot located the closed area.

VanDeuson Performs Free Concert Sunday at Winnekenni Castle

James VanDeuson performs a mix of folk influenced blues and old country during a free concert Sunday Nov. 17, at 3 p.m., at Winnekenni Castle, 347 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill. VanDeuson, from Cortland, N.Y., is an inventive singer/songwriter looking to share his music far and wide. Having grown up listening to his father perform at bars, pubs and restaurants, he was motivated to fashion his own musical career at an early age. The show takes place inside the Castle with seating provided.  Food and refreshments will be available.