Podcast: Rep. Vargas Enjoyed a Front-Row Seat Watching EforAll Help Haverhill Startups

Lowell-based Entrepreneurship for All, which is opening a Haverhill office, has already helped launch Haverhill startups. As only WHAV reported last week, the group plans to celebrate Thursday its receipt of a $242,779 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for its Haverhill satellite. State Rep. Andy X. Vargas, a former employee of EforAll, told WHAV he had a front row seat to observe the group’s successes. “I was fortunate enough out of college to have worked for them, for some time, as their marketing and communications lead, and saw all the amazing work that they did in getting entrepreneurs off the ground. There are several in Haverhill, actually, who have gone through the program already because they’ve gone to Lowell, or they’ve gone to Lawrence, where they have their offices and their programs,” he said.

Podcast: Methuen Readies for the Arrival of the Wall That Heals

Preparations are well underway in Methuen for the arrival of The Wall That Heals, honoring those that served and sacrificed in the Vietnam War. Methuen Veterans Services Officer Paul Jensen, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, says The Wall arrives Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Methuen. “The Wall That Heals is a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Its 375 feet in length and stands seven and a half feet high at its tallest point and it’s the same design as the wall in Washington. It has the chevron-type design.

Podcast: September Muck March in Haverhill to Benefit Veteran Trauma Relief Programs

Trauma relief programs for veterans and their spouses will benefit from a 24-hour fundraising Muck March next month. The event supports Mission 22, a nationwide nonprofit with a goal of helping and supporting, veterans and their families and raising awareness of veteran suicide. U.S. Air Force veteran Jim Taylor, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, said Recover Resiliency is the organization’s biggest program. “We have a 12-month program for combat veterans, and then we have a six-month program for veterans. All our programs are for veterans that have PTS, post-traumatic stress, terminal brain injury and military sexual trauma,” he explained.

Podcast: Gariepy Provides Sneak Preview of ‘The Lion King Jr.,’ Presented Tonight and Thursday

It’s show time for the John Greenleaf Whittier Drama Club in Haverhill. For the past several weeks about 35 students have been working on their theatrical skills and will debut their version of The Lion King Jr. tonight. Bobby Gariepy, drama coach and music teacher at John Greenleaf Whittier School, appeared live over 97.9 WHAV this past Monday. “We’re doing the Lion King Jr at Consentino Middle School right now as our summer program through the Discovery Club of Haverhill,” he said. Performances takes place tonight, Aug.

Podcast: ‘Moments of Bravery’ Features Local Firefighters and First Responders Protecting Others

Editor’s Note: Michael Jarvis is also a regular paid contractor for WHAV News. “Moments of Bravery,” a 50-photograph exhibit of local firefighters and first responders risking their lives to protect others, goes on display next week at the Haverhill Firefighting Museum. Taken by Mike Jarvis, the photographs feature firefighters and other first responders from Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, Andover, Amesbury, Merrimac, West Newbury, Newburyport, Newbury, Plaistow, N.H., and other communities. Haverhill Firefighting Museum Board member Dave Shultz, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, described the exhibit. “In addition to documenting the fire events, or the emergency events, as a whole, he has captured the first responders, he captured the people, of the comradery of the firefighting teams and moments of bravery that are moving and harrowing and sometimes even beautiful,” Shultz said.

Podcast: Rep. Campbell Says Civics Law Helps Young People Check Their Sources of Information

Learning the basics of how government works is a lesson that state Rep. Linda Dean Campbell wants to make sure is taught in the schools. Campbell, who represents Methuen and Haverhill and not running for re-election this fall, recently worked with Haverhill state Rep. Andy X. Vargas to advocate for support to further the state’s nearly four-year-old civics education requirement

“It was fantastic because you had the older person, like myself, and you had the younger person, like Andy, really, really pushing for this. He brought so much to the table. He brought a lot of excitement with young people,” Campbell said during a recent appearance on WHAV’s morning show. As previously reported by WHAV, Campbell said the legislature committed $1.5 million for civics education in each of the past three state budgets, with much of the money going directly to schools to help with curriculum implementation.

Podcast: Haverhill City Council Again Considers Fate of City Spending Plan Tonight

Interviews with both Haverhill Firefighters Local 1011 President Timothy Carroll and Mayor James J. Fiorentini may be heard back-to-back on WHAV’s “Merrimack Valley Newsmakers” podcasts. Haverhill city councilors meet again tonight to decide whether to approve a city spending plan for the year that starts July 1. One of the sticking issues is fire department staffing levels. Both Mayor James J. Fiorentini and Haverhill Firefighters Local 1011 President Timothy Carroll both pitched their points of view directly to the public on WHAV’s morning show. Last week, Fiorentini argued the City Council should not give in to pressure from the firefighters’ union

“We don’t just represent special interest groups.

Podcast: Haverhill’s New Veterans Services Officer At Work Building Bonds With Organizations

Haverhill Veterans Services Officer Jeffrey C. Hollett now in his fourth week on the job, has been busy building relationships with area organizations helping and supporting veterans. A recent guest on WHAV’s morning show, Hollett says, working collaboratively is very important. “The game in Veterans Services today is really about building those relationships with as many resources that are available out there. Some people like to consider a veterans services officer as a one stop shop, and the reality is that it’s really not,” he explained. Among his local contacts are Veterans Northeast Outreach Center Executive Director Scott Forbes; the Haverhill Exchange Club, which is operating the Hometown Heroes Program; and Veterans of Foreign Wars Lorraine Post 29 Commander Shawn Watkins.