GLFHC’s John Silva, Local Physicians Kick Off 97.9 WHAV’s ‘Pulse on Health’ Sunday

A new local program is set to air on 97.9 WHAV beginning this Sunday morning. “Pulse on Health” features health professionals from Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, which operates centers in Lawrence, Methuen and Haverhill. Hosted by Marc Lemay, the show is expected cover a range of issues every week. The first episode features GLFHC President and CEO John Silva, who retires in June. He reflected on 2020—his last full year in health care.

Podcast: A Virtual Meeting with New Haverhill Chamber CEO Irene Haley

The new president and CEO of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will be “Guest of Honor” at tomorrow’s Virtual Leads Lunch hosted by the organization. Irene Haley took over job last month. Speaking recently on WHAV’s morning program, Haley praised her predecessor Dougan Sherwood

“Dougan did some excellent work with support, of course, of the board and I am very interested in keeping a lot of the programs going and making sure our members and stakeholders—people who have faith in the Chamber—know that I’ll continue that work and I’m excited to understand more about how I can influence not only the strategy but some of the program we have going forward,” she said. Haley’s career began in accounting, but she decided a change was in order during the 1990s when she returned to school an obtained a master’s in Business Administration from Boston University. She went on to answer the call from Mobil Oil about a new program the fuel giant offered, called “Friendly Serve.” The position entailed working with owners of gas stations, greeting people at the pump, checking oil and tire pressure and making sure stations are clean.

Merrimack Valley Planning Commission Studies COVID-19 Impact on Businesses and Internet Access

The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission is looking at how COVID-19 is impacting businesses and internet usage. Nate Robertson, a planner with the Haverhill-based agency, is working with the Essex County Community Foundation. He says the pandemic has forced more businesses to rely on the internet, but some need added help. “We’ll be setting up our Small Business Technical Assistance Program over the next month or two, and in that process we’re going to be reaching out to small businesses about what their needs are, and then the goal is to pair them up with technical assistance advisors that can help them with that need,” he says. Robertson, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, says the events of the past year have brought the issue of internet inequality to the forefront.

Podcast: Haverhill’s Ruth House Reminds Residents in Need of Availability of Free Clothing

Haverhill’s Ruth House is reminding residents that free new clothing is available for seniors and others in need. Recently, the Lafayette Square nonprofit began a streamlined clothing referral program, allowing persons to obtain help directly rather than having to go through a social service agency. With photo identification and proof of receiving assistance, residents may receive up to 10 articles of clothing, four times a year. Ruth’s House Executive Director Amy Smith-Boden, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, says individuals may receive up to three pairs of underwear, three pairs of socks and a pair of “long johns.” All of this clothing is new. The organization’s flagship program also provides free coats to people over the age of 50 with proof of assistance.

Fiorentini to Take Public’s Questions During TV/Radio Simulcast of ‘Point of Reference’ Tuesday Night

Surviving 2020 and the promise of 2021 is the theme Tuesday night when Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini takes calls from the public. In a special joint simulcast, the mayor appears live on Frank Novak’s “Point of Reference” program seen on HC Media Channel 22 on Comcast and heard on 97.9 WHAV and Tuesday, at 7 p.m.

Residents may call 978-372-8070 beginning at 7 p.m. to talk directly with the mayor.

Podcast: Haverhill Promise on Campaign to Promote Good School Attendance

The grade level reading program known as Haverhill Promise is promoting good school attendance habits as a means to bolster all forms of learning. Haverhill Promise Campaign Director Jenny Arndt, who recently appeared on WHAV’s morning show, said attending every day of school is critical. “Good attendance habits, and this is something we are trying to help parents of young children understand. They start in pre-school. Start those good attendance habits right away.

Podcast: Leaving the Streets Ministry Saw Success Finding Jobs for Youth at Risk in 2020

The year 2020 was a good one for a relatively new, independent, social service organization focused on helping Haverhill youth at risk. Leaving the Streets Ministry, founded by Chaplain Jesus Ruiz and his wife Wanda, is working to redirect young people in danger of becoming high school drop outs, or choosing a life of gangs and drugs that could lead to prison. “All we really want to do is serve the community, serve the broken, serve the youth that have backgrounds, that have records, kids that don’t have families. They’re broken, pretty much. Give them a chance of employment, a chance on a place to live that through resources they are able to get a chance move forward in life, and not be stuck in this gang world,” he says.

Help WHAV Help Others with Your Membership or Donation Before Midnight

2020 is on its way out and most, it appears, are ready to say “good riddance” at midnight tonight. Before the year ends, however, please consider a monthly membership or substantial gift to make sure WHAV has the resources to keep delivering local news in 2021. Like other nonprofits, WHAV is struggling to make ends meet even as it helps others get the word out about relief aid. History tells us people turn to their radios—including online variations—during a crisis, and 202 was no exception. WHAV rose to the challenge, providing breaking news; greater coverage of government during this time of remote meetings; the most comprehensive listings of cancellations, postponements and closures; live interviews with newsmakers on the front lines; podcasts; and special broadcasts.