Podcast: Haverhill Restaurants May Apply Beginning Today for Temporary Outdoor Dining Seating

When Haverhill restaurants first reopen, it will be with outdoor dining. In fact, today is the first day eateries can apply for outdoor space made available by the city. Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dougan Sherwood, appearing recently on WHAV’s morning program, explained the thought process behind outdoor dining following the COVID-19 pandemic. “What I have heard is that six feet of distance is going to continue to be the standard for distance between tables. But, the city right now and the Chamber have been working very closely with Mayor (James J.) Fiorentini, Council President (Melinda E.) Barrett and a number of others and also the restaurant community at large, to make sure that by June 8, which is the earliest it could happen, that we’re hitting the ground running.,” he says.

Podcast: Northern Essex President Glenn Says Coronavirus Opens New Field of Study, Career Path

It has been said every cloud has a silver lining and Northern Essex Community College President Lane A. Glenn said that’s been true of the coronavirus cloud. Glenn, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, and said the coronavirus has opened a new field of study and career path for recent graduates. “A lot of colleges—and we’re starting to eye this—are looking at how to train people to be contact tracers. We already train a lot of first responders, so we’ve heard from a few businesses that need to hire recent graduates to take temperatures of workers as they’re coming back into the office, or back into the plant. So many of our graduates are going right to work in sort of new areas of healthcare training.

It’s #GivingTuesdayNow: An Emergency Response to Help Nonprofits, Including WHAV

You may recall that GivingTuesday took place last December—the nonprofit complement to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesdayNow, though, is today and intended as a global day of unity as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Your favorite charity likely needs extra help today. Various nonprofit organizations, serving people across all walks of life, are asking for your help. Among those is the region’s only public radio station and nonprofit news service, WHAV.

Podcast: Rep. Christina Minicucci Highlights Community Efforts During Pandemic

Individuals, groups and businesses have been getting the attention of 14th Essex District state Rep. Christina A. Minicucci for their help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Just one of many examples, she noted during a recent interview with WHAV’s Win Damon, Groundwork Lawrence was able to contract with eight local restaurants to make “grab-and-go” meals a couple of nights a week for those in need. The effort kicked off thanks to seed money donated by New Balance. Minicucci also offered praise for state Health and Human Services Director Mary Lou Sudders and Go. Charlie Baker.

On the Current Pandemic, Fiorentini Says, ‘Nothing in the World that Compares”

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini says nothing compares to the coronavirus outbreak in the city’s recent history. Appearing on 97.9 WHAV FM’s “Win For Breakfast” last Thursday morning, the mayor discusses current and continuing COVID-19 precautions, including a ban on 10 or more people gathering publicly and Haverhill businesses that are helping out. Fiorentini also heaps praise on city Public Health Nurse Mary Connolly. “There’s nothing in the world that compares to this,” Fiorentini said. Hear the entire interview by clicking above or subscribe to WHAV’s “Merrimack Valley Newsmakers” podcasts on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and Alexa.

FCC Chairman Pai Thanks Broadcasters for ‘Tireless Efforts During the Coronavirus Outbreak’

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai thanked radio and television broadcasters Monday for their tireless efforts during the coronavirus outbreak, including running public service announcements on social distancing, airing educational programming to help with distance learning, expanding COVID-19 reporting and holding fundraisers to help those who have faced financial hardship due to the virus. “As always, in times of emergency, broadcasters are stepping up to serve their communities and help keep people informed, healthy, and safe,” said Pai. “From airing PSAs on social distancing to supporting distance learning with educational programming, broadcasters are going above and beyond the call of public service. I want to especially recognize those reporters who are on the front lines, often putting themselves in harm’s way, to obtain vital information on COVID-19 to ensure their viewers and listeners have the most up-to-date and accurate information. We’ve seen time and again that broadcasters’ efforts to keep their communities informed during emergencies help save lives, including when it comes to this pandemic.”

For its part, 97.9 WHAV FM is pleased to have expanded hourly local newscasts to accommodate breaking news, safety information and notices of food programs, cancellations and postponements; increased the number of morning interviews with newsmakers on the front lines of the pandemic; provided special coverage of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s Dollar-for-Dollar Gift Card Program; aired public service announcements on COVID-19 protections; restored live broadcasts of Haverhill City Council and School Committee meetings upon City Hall closing; increased the number of podcasts and where they may be heard; and more thanks to the financial support of WHAV sponsors and members.

Is Local News Just for Wealthy Communities? Here’s Your Chance to Put ‘Skin in the Game?’

These are difficult times to be sure and all of us at WHAV hope you and your families are safe and well. This is the last formal day of WHAV’s annual March Membership Month. Thank you to new WHAV members and old friends who are staying the course. Even before the pandemic, major national funders of nonprofit journalism recognized demand for grants to pay for local news far outweighed money available. In rationing support, grantmakers appear to favor those communities with a good deal of skin in the game.

WHAV Podcast: Haverhill Mayor Fiorentini Urges Changes to Halt ‘Community Spread’ of COVID-19

In a special message, Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini says “community spread” of the COVID-19 virus is taking place in Haverhill and urges residents to stay home “whenever possible.”

The mayor says community spread means “you have to treat every person you meet as if they have the virus.” He asks residents to stay indoors, limit grocery shopping to one or two days a week and stay home at all times if they have cough or cold. He said the city is operating with skeleton crews, but remains available to help residents through the city’s telephone help center available by dialing 311 or online at cityofhaverhill.com. At the city’s website, as WHAV has previously reported, there is a new link to “Resident Support Services.” It connects people who need help are linked to volunteers and is a service provided by the new group Mutual Aid Society of Haverhill. Help is also available by calling 978-228-5322 or emailing [email protected] Fiorentini also reminds residents that unemployment assistance is available at mass.gov, including to those who were previously self-employed.