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Haverhill Councilor Says Developer Missed Mortgage Payments to City; Mayor Calls it Oversight

Updated: A sentence was added to detail the mayor’s response. Officials are calling it an oversight, but at least one Haverhill city councilor wants to know why the city hasn’t collected two years of mortgage payments on land below downtown’s newest building. Council Vice President Colin F. LePage says “The Heights” 10-story Merrimack Street building under construction by developer Salvatore N. Lupoli, owes more than $225,333. Assuming the payments on the purchase of city-owned land are made, LePage adds the money can be spent right away on such things as new fire trucks. Mayor James J. Fiorentini says he is not worried about receiving the money.

Elder Services’ Popular Hoarding and Decluttering Program Offers Solutions

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the merger between Merrimack Valley Elder Services and North Shore Elder Services. It was smooth sailing for the combined $95 million nonprofit until the pandemic. Elder Services Community Relations and Development Director Bonnie Sisson, a guest Monday on WHAV’s morning program, said the coronavirus sent all 550 full- and part-time employees home to work remotely. One of the benefits of the merger turned out to be the expansion of one of North Shore Elder Services’ most popular programs.

“They had a program for hoarding and decluttering. It’s an award-winning program.

Cancelled: Haverhill Chamber Plans Business After Hours at Zorvino Vineyards July 15

This event has been cancelled. The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce plans a “Business After Hours” mixer next week at Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown, N.H.

The networking event is free and includes light appetizers, wine tastings and a cash bar. There will be a Picnic Promenade with donated baskets, highlighting Chamber members, being raffled off throughout the evening. Chamber members meet Wednesday, July 15, from 5-7 p.m., at Zorvino Vineyards, 226 Main St., Sandown, N.H. There’s more information at

Haverhill’s Hobbs-Everett Joins ‘A Frank Conversation About Racial Justice’ Tonight

Haverhill’s Katrina Hobbs-Everett, CEO of Power of Self Education, joins Mass Alliance Executive Director Jordan Berg Powers and local activist and entrepreneur Laura Mackenzie, for an online talk tonight entitled, “A Frank Conversation About Racial Justice.”

Organized by Christina Eckert, candidate for Second Essex state representative, the panel discussion is described as “frank, but friendly.” It is co-hosted by Doug Edison of Haverhill and Ken Thompson of Boxford. The Zoom-based conference takes place at 7 p.m.

“After the recent deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks at the hands of law enforcement, millions of people across the country have been mobilized to take a stand against systemic racism,” Eckert said a statement, adding, there will be an “open floor for questions and free flowing conversation.”

Eckert said she supports Rep. Liz Miranda’s bill, “An Act Relative to Saving Black Lives and Transforming Public Safety,” which “advocates for uniform reporting for officer-involved injuries or deaths, de-escalation tactics required before use of force, deadly force used only as a last resort against imminent threat to human life and a ban on choke holds and other controversial techniques.”

In his more than a decade at Mass Alliance, Powers has helped elect new progressive leaders across the state, recruited progressive candidates to run and trained hundreds of grassroots organizers. In 2015, he was recognized for his work in politics as an inaugural inductee into the 40 under 40 Poly Award. He conducts trainings across the state on campaign strategy and management, candidate recruitment, progressive messaging and issue organizing. Jordan has a master’s in International Politics from the London School of Oriental and African Studies as well as a bachelor’s in International Development and bachelor’s in Economics from American University.

L’Arche Boston North Launches ‘We’re All in the Same Boat’ Fundraiser Saturday

“We’re All in the Same Boat,” a weeklong fundraiser for L’Arche Boston North’s International Solidarity Fund and COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, kicks off this Saturday, July 11. Organizers say money raised helps provide basic necessities such as food, medical care and housing to people with disabilities striving to overcome poverty and prejudice around the world. The Haverhill-based L’Arche Boston North launches the event with “Solidarity is in Our Hearts: A Conversation with Richard and Stephanie Bower,” at 11 a.m., Saturday, during a watch party n Facebook. Donor door prize drawings take place Monday at 9 a.m. to Tuesday at noon, Wednesday at 9 a.m. to Thursday at noon and Friday at 9 a.m. to Friday at 9 p.m. Prizes include L’Arche merchandise such as “We’re All in the Same Boat” t-shirts, L’Arche ankle socks and an embroidered L’Arche handbag. Local winners are also eligible to receive some of L’Arche’s Homemade Hummus.

Mail-in Voting Law Slams Into Dispute Over Postage Costs; Law Has Local Legislative Support

Disagreements over funding to mail ballot applications for the upcoming election cycle spilled into the public eye Tuesday after the state’s top election official and election reform advocates differed on the permissible use of federal money. Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation into law Monday that directs Secretary of State William Galvin to send mail-in voting applications by July 15 in order to give voters time to request a ballot for the Sept. 1 primary elections, fill it out and mail it back in. Crafted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, advocates and state officials have pointed to the new law as a way to help voters participate in the upcoming election cycle without putting themselves at risk for COVID-19. “We had hoped to do it by that date.

Man Accused of Destroying Veteran’s U.S. Flag on 4th of July Faces Charges

A driver, accused of ripping an American flag from the bed of a veteran’s pickup truck on the Fourth of July, will be answering for the act in Haverhill District Court. The veteran, who asked WHAV to omit his name, said he was at a stoplight Saturday afternoon in downtown Haverhill when he felt a shudder and thought his truck had been hit. “Thinking I had been hit, I glanced to the passenger side mirror only to be greeted by an angry white male, around his mid-twenties, pulling up next to me with the stars and stripes balled up in his fist, screaming at me through my closed window before driving off,” he said in a social media post. He quoted the man as saying, “This doesn't belong to you anymore…This will never belong to you again!”

Haverhill Police Capt. Stephen J. Doherty Jr. confirmed for WHAV the man, who allegedly tore one of two flags from its pole, is being summonsed into court. Doherty did not disclose the man’s name, but said he faces charges of larceny under $1,200 value and malicious destruction of property under $1,200 value.

State Plans Roadway, Parking, Sidewalk Upgrades at Northern Essex Community College

The public has opportunities to shape policy this week as various Haverhill boards meet. In the interest of transparency in government, WHAV provides this list of upcoming meetings every week. The Commonwealth is planning roadway, sidewalk and handicapped accessibility improvements on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College. Members of the Haverhill Conservation Commission will hear, among other matters, plans for utility and drainage improvements and paving and accessibility at the campus, 100 Elliott St. Commissioners meet Thursday, July 9, at 7:15 p.m., via Zoom video.