Podcast: Methuen Welcomes Wall That Heals, Vietnam Memorial Replica, Thursday-Sunday

The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is in Methuen this week and open to the public 24 hours a day starting Thursday morning. The Wall That Heals also features a mobile Education Center, telling the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the divisive era in American history. The exhibit is on display from Thursday, at 9 a.m., through 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, at Pfc. Richard E Potter Field on Pelham Street.

Merrimack Valley Chamber Public Safety Breakfast Forum Features DA Blodgett, Sheriff Coppinger, Others

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce is offering a breakfast forum this Friday with public safety as its theme. Along with a continental breakfast, attendees will hear featured speakers including District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett, Essex County Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger, Haverhill Police Chief Robert P. Pistone, Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe, Lawrence Police Chief Roy Vasque, Methuen Police Chief Scott J. McNamara and North Andover Police Chief Charles Gray. The breakfast takes place Friday, Sept. 30, from 7:30-9:15 a.m., at Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane, Haverhill. Admission is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers.

Whittier Tech Invites Parents to Review Progress on Plans to Renovate or Replace School

Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School is making progress on renovating or replacing its nearly 50-year-old campus in Haverhill. The school recently retained JCJ Architecture.to prepare concepts for review. A committee of Superintendent Maureen Lynch and Whittier Tech School Committee members Richard Early Jr. and Brett Murphy interviewed architectural firms. Lynch, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, said parents and families will have a chance to weigh in next week. “Our building looks great because we’ve had tradesmen in the building to help us fix and renovate, but at this point we cannot do any more renovations in this building until we get a sprinkler system. So, we are maxed out.

Former Methuen Man, 57, Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Fentanyl and Cocaine Dealing

A former Methuen man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston to his role in a Lawrence-based drug trafficking operation involving fentanyl and cocaine. Fifty-seven-year-old Pablo Rosario Pablo, also known by the names Angel Ayala Roque and “Cuco,” pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, cocaine and other drugs and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and other drugs. U.S. District Court Judge Angel Kelley scheduled sentencing for Feb. 8, 2023. According to court documents and information presented in court, police began investigating a Lawrence-based drug group during May 2020.

Vargas to Participate Wednesday in White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

State Rep. Andy X. Vargas will be in Washington Wednesday, participating in the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. He joins government, nonprofit and private sector leaders to discuss food insecurity and diet-related diseases. The conference will work alongside anti-hunger and nutrition advocates, local and state leaders and food companies to determine the best path towards ending hunger and reducing diet-related diseases in the U.S. by 2030. “I’m honored to be in attendance for this historic conference and look forward to building coalitions to end hunger. Hunger is a problem that can be solved through smart public-private partnerships that can ensure no American goes hungry or malnourished.

Lt. Gov. Polito Tours Merrimack Valley YMCA in Methuen; Y Gets $250,000 State Grant for Roof, HVAC

The Merrimack Valley YMCA in Methuen is getting a new roof and HVAC systems thanks to a state grant aimed at child care organizations primarily serving low-income families. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visited the YMCA last week, which received $250,000 from the Executive Office of Education Early Education and Out-of-School Time grant. She joined state Reps. Linda Dean Campbell and Frank A. Moran, among others, for a tour. “We are committed to supporting child care providers across the Commonwealth who have worked tirelessly to care for children and support Massachusetts’ families,” said Polito.

FEMA Reimburses Lawrence General Hospital $3.2 Million for Pandemic-Related Costs

Lawrence General Hospital is receiving a $3.2 million federal reimbursement for its increased costs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it will be sending more than $3.2 million public assistance grant to the state to reimburse the 189-bed general hospital in Lawrence which took extra steps to protect the health of its work force, patients and the general public while operating in a pandemic environment between July and September 2020. “FEMA is pleased to be able to assist Lawrence General Hospital with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation.”

The expenses incurred included purchasing additional medical equipment and supplies for the treatment of COVID-19 patients; hiring additional medical care staff and supporting services; purchasing personal protective equipment, disinfection services and supplies; and using staff to manage access points and ensure COVID-19 protocols were followed.

Portion of Interstate 495 to be Named in Memory of Salem Witch Trial Victim

A stretch of Interstate 495 in Amesbury is on its way to being named the “Susannah North Martin Highway.”

Both the state House and Senate Thursday enacted the bill, sponsored by Sen. Diana DiZoglio. The highway “runs through (Martin’s) original farmstead,” according to the bill. The proposed law would “commemorate her life and unjust persecution during the Salem Witch Trials.”

Born in England, Martin settled in Massachusetts and was accused of witchcraft, convicted, and executed in 1692.