Podcast: Hillies Shop at Haverhill City Hall Teaches Business While Ready for Peak Holiday Shopping

Haverhill High students are taking advantage of a learning opportunity that’s perfectly timed with the holiday shopping season. They are learning about retail, while operating the Haverhill Hillies Shop is in the basement of Haverhill City Hall. Matt Scanlon, one of the faculty advisors, was a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program. “I’m one of the special education supervisors for the school district, and last year we started rolling out the idea of a Hillies Shop that would be accessible to the community and I have been overseeing it. I’m not in there every day.

Podcast: Salvation Army Bells Begin Ringing Monday at Haverhill’s Westgate Plaza

A familiar sound will be in the air soon. It’s the ringing of the Salvation Army Red Kettle bells as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approach. Major Walter Rivers of the Salvation Army in Haverhill recently told WHAV’s morning listeners what to expect and when. “We’re planning a kickoff event Monday at noon at the Market Basket at Westgate Plaza. We hope that some of the public will come out and support us.

Podcast: Vargas Reveals Re-Election Plans During Live Broadcast Friday On 97.9 WHAV

Rep. Andy X. Vargas told WHAV listeners first he is abandoning his quest for a state Senate run and seeking re-election to his expanded Haverhill House district next year. The statement during a live broadcast Friday morning confirmed hints Vargas made two weeks ago when the Senate redistricting plan which split Haverhill into two districts. Vargas, who has been eyeing a run for state Senate, told WHAV the plan to create minority majority districts may actually take away his opportunity. The 3rd Essex District representative made it official on WHAV’s morning show. “Your listeners will be the first to hear it here.

Podcast: Haverhill High School Drama Club Presents ‘Our Town’ Friday and Saturday

The Haverhill High School Drama Club and Fine Arts Department is presenting Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” this Friday and Saturday. “Our Town” follows the small town of Grover’s Corners, N.H., throughout three acts. Narrated by the stage managers, the audience follows the lives of the Gibb’s and Webb’s families as their children grow up and live out their childhood, adulthood and everything that follows. The show takes place Friday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov.

Podcast: Pre-Election Breakfast Sunday Benefits Veterans, Offers Chances to Meet Candidates

A tradition continues Sunday when the Veterans Alliance of Greater Haverhill holds its pre-election breakfast in Haverhill. The breakfast was started by former state Rep. Brian S. Dempsey, but City Councilor Michael S. McGonagle took it over in 2017 on behalf of the city’s veterans. At the time, he noted, veterans’ organizations’ fundraising efforts had been curtailed by the city’s ban on roadside charity collections that had been called a safety concern. This past Tuesday, Maureen Menzie, an Alliance member, told the Haverhill City Council about the organization. “The Veterans Alliance of Greater Haverhill is a nonprofit board, dedicated to providing assistance to veterans and we help when and where it is needed,” she said.

The Night the Martian ‘Death Ray’ Missed Haverhill; ‘War of the Worlds’ Airs Sunday

Editor’s Note: This is an update of earlier versions of this story. Marking the 83rd anniversary of the historic broadcast, 97.9 WHAV airs the original “Mercury Theater on the Air” presentation of the “War of the Worlds” after trick or treat, at 10 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31, with an encore three hours later at 1 a.m. 

The supposed Martian invasion of Earth and its aftermath 83 years ago this week didn’t seem to faze Greater Haverhill residents. In fact, most locals didn’t even know about the “death rays” that destroyed metropolitan New York the night before. That is, until they picked up their newspapers Monday, Oct.

Podcast: Still Time to Support Haverhill Pink Ribbon Campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness

Haverhill police officers have been wearing pink-trimmed badges and placing magnetic ribbons on cruisers as part of its month-long Pink Ribbon campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness. Efforts have been geared to raising money, and Detective Joseph Benedetti, whose wife Michelle Benedetti passed away in 2019, says there is still time to help. Placing cruisers into service for the cause was an idea raised several year ago by now Chief Robert P. Pistone. Benedetti, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, told the story. “He came up with this idea of putting pink magnetic ribbons on the cruisers.

With Expanding Local News and Events, WHAV Memberships Must Also Grow to Keep Pace

As someone who follows the local news presented here by 97.9 WHAV, you surely must have noticed the growing number of important stories and events presented daily. Only WHAV has reported potentially major changes to our roster of local and regional elected officials and the districts in which they will run. Only WHAV has reported the deliberations of city boards and commissions as development expands. Only WHAV has reported the silver linings inside public school issues even as others report events out of context. Further, whether it is pent up demand after more than a year of the pandemic or a new trend, the numbers of events and critical happenings have grown substantially.