Podcast: City Cost Options for Buying East Haverhill Land Range From $0 to $150,000

A number of Haverhill city councilors are asking for an update on options for preserving land, preventing development and protecting drinking water supplies in the eastern part of the city. City Council President Melinda E. Barrett and Councilors Timothy J. Jordan, John A. Michitson and Colin F. LePage placed the inquiry about a 22.5-acre parcel at 97 Corliss Hill Road on tonight’s City Council agenda. Essex County Greenbelt President Kate Bowditch and Assistant Director of Land Conservation Vanessa Johnson-Hall appeared yesterday on WHAV’s morning program. Johnson-Hall reiterated the city has several options before it. “The first is that Greenbelt would buy the land in partnership with a private buyer and this would mean at no cost to the city.

Podcast: Fly the Stars and Stripes on This Flag Day, Says Haverhill’s Veterans Services Officer Santiago

Today is the 244th anniversary of the adoption of the American flag by the Continental Congress. Flag Day began in the midst of the Revolutionary War in 1777. In a recent appearance on WHAV’s morning program, Haverhill’s Veterans Services Officer Luis Santiago talked about the significance of the day. “Flag Day is a day that we are going to celebrate and recognize the stars and stripes of our flag, to reflect upon the values and the valor of the men and women in uniform to defended it. So, if you have a flag, raise it up high and show your patriotism towards our country,” he said.

Podcast: Haverhill Superintendent Credits Higher Retention with Tonight’s Large Graduation Class

Haverhill High School holds one of its largest graduation ceremonies ever tonight at Trinity Haverhill Stadium. The in-person event, which begins at 6 p.m., still faces COVID-19 restrictions. Superintendent Margaret Marotta said each of the 484 graduates is allowed to have up to six guests, and they must pre-register. In addition, there will be social distancing between groups, to the extent possible, and masks are preferred. “I’d just like to say how proud we are of our seniors for what they have done.

Podcast: Haverhill YMCA Prepares for Ninth Year of its Haverhill Literacy Academy

As spring turns into summer, the YMCA in Haverhill is preparing for the ninth year of its Haverhill Literacy Academy. Regional Executive Director Tracy Fuller says the program is in collaboration with Haverhill Public Schools and designed to help students with their reading skills, especially this year. “We’re excited to prepare for that, and we know that speaking of COVID that a lot of students have experienced a little bit of a learning slide, and this great program that we were able to secure funding for provides mornings of tutoring and literacy support and then afternoons at our summer camp at Tricklin’ Falls. So, it’s a six-week program and we have from pre- and post-assessments show that students who participate in the program, instead of experiencing the summer slide, they experience the summer step up,” she says. Fuller, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, says the YMCA’s strategic initiatives are addressing the achievement gap and helping every child be on the appropriate reading level.

Podcast: Holy Family’s Macdougall Stresses People to ‘BE FAST’ When Stroke Symptoms Appear

As the month of May nears a close, there’s still time to take notice of National Stroke Awareness Month. Lisa Macdougall, Holy Family Hospital’s stroke coordinator at. Macdougall, explains symptoms of stroke may come on suddenly, which is why they have a memorable acronym. “That acronym is BE FAST We want you to BE FAST when you think you are having symptoms of a stroke. What that stands for is the B is Balance.

Podcast: Banners Honor Haverhill Veterans, Past and Present, Throughout Downtown; Ceremony May 27

Those visiting downtown Haverhill have likely noticed an addition to many of the utility poles—banners honoring Haverhill Veterans. The Haverhill Exchange Club, with the help of Haverhill Veterans’ Services Officer Luis Santiago and the Haverhill Public Works Department, are installing banners honoring local Veterans. Santiago, a guest recently on WHAV’s morning program, says the original plan was to limit the number of banners to 80, but more than 100 were purchased. “We didn’t want for any individual who wanted to participate in the program to feel left out, so we actually took a little bit more than what was expected in order to accommodate certain individuals who either found out a little late or had a little trouble with the website, so we accommodated as much as we could. It will be a program that will be ongoing, so this is the first year.

Podcast: Michitson Says Private Investment Backs Plan for Haverhill Fiber Optic Network

Haverhill is closer than ever to “bridging the digital divide” with a New Jersey-based developer of fiber optic networks backing its Haverhill plans with private investment. Haverhill City Councilor John A. Michitson, who has warned for the past five years that the city risks being left behind unless it can bring in affordable, high-speed data networks, says SiFi Networks has time-sensitive plans for the city. “SiFi is pushing for June/July of this year because they do have investors, and they do need to move forward with their agreements with the various cities across the country. So, they are putting a little bit of pressure on the city. I’m hoping for a decision in the next two or three months,” he says.

Mayor Calls for Expanded Haverhill Public Health Department in TV/Radio Call-In Show

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini says he is hopeful the city will be able to set up a true Public Health Department when the federal government releases more COVID-19 relief funds. The mayor made that announcement last night, on the Point of Reference program with Frank Novak, which aired here on WHAV. While the mayor praised the work done over the past year by Public Health Nurse Mary Connolly, he admitted a city as large as Haverhill needs more than one person to handle the workload. “I’d like to establish a full-fledged Public Health Department where we can do more immunization clinics, where we can go out into the neighborhoods and do blood pressure checks. Blood pressure checks save people’s lives; where we can do health education, tell people about safe eating habits, safe nutrition, exercise programs. We’ll see if we can find the money to do it,” the mayor said.