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Haverhill Chamber Turns Relief Effort Towards Local Retailers Harmed by Forced Closures

Following on the success of its Dollar-for-Dollar Gift Card program for restaurants, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is helping retailers give customers 25 percent off future purchases. The “#HaverhillLocal” program is open to Haverhill stores whether or not they are members of the Haverhill Chamber. The group will reimburse participating businesses 25% of total purchase prices, up to $100 per customer. For example, stores may sell a $100 gift card for only $75. Appearing live Friday on WHAV’s “Win for Breakfast” program, state Rep. Andy X. Vargas said the initiative is similar to what is being offered to restaurant owners.

While VA Clinics Remain Closed, Rep. Campbell Shares Resources, Provides Holyoke Virus Update

Although area Veterans Administration clinics are closed, Rep. Linda Dean Campbell reminds veterans that services remain available. Campbell, who is the House chair of the legislature’s Committee on Veteran and Federal Affairs, said veterans should call their VA primary care physicians if they need to coordinate routine care, refill medications or receive hospital care or testing, or have concerns about COVID-19 symptoms. Upon verification from primary care physicians, local veterans may be tested locally in the Merrimack Valley. She added, veterans who need emergency care should go to a local hospital emergency room. The representative noted the VA nursing, hospital and psychiatric care facility in Bedford remains open, but is receiving COVID-19 infected patients in a separate unit. Campbell noted family visits are limited and then only to those patients receiving non-COVID-19 palliative care.  Visitors to the Bedford VA should call ahead, 24 hours a day, by dialing 800-838-6331.

Winnekenni Castle Provides Recreational Space and Hosts Cultural Events

WHAV’s Community Spotlight is turning its microphones to those civic and charitable organizations that make Greater Haverhill a wonderful place to live. Haverhill chemist Dr. James R Nichols built Winnekenni Castle between 1873 and 1875 after being inspired by a visit to England.  The Victorian castle, serving as a summer home for Nichols and his cousin, was sold to the City of Haverhill in 1895 becoming a favorite landmark and valuable part of the community. Today, it serves as a recreational park and venue for concerts, plays, workshops, parties and fundraisers. In 1968, the Winnekenni Foundation was founded as a nonprofit organization by Haverhill citizens with the mission to restore Winnekenni Castle which was in ruins. Today, it promotes the arts and sciences for residents of Haverhill and the Merrimack Valley.

Meals List: Timberlane School District Begins Providing Student Breakfasts and Lunches Thursday

Timberlane School District is providing food assistance for students beginning Thursday, April 9. The district will provide bagged meals that include a three-day supply of breakfasts and lunches on Mondays, while Thursday pickup includes two days of breakfasts and lunches. There is no charge for students. Pickup times are 11:15 a.m.-noon each Monday and Thursday at Atkinson Academy, 17 Academy Ave., Atkinson, N.H., Danville Community Center, 169 Main St., Danville, N.H., TLC at Sandown Central, 295 Main St., Sandown, N.H., and at Pollard Elementary, 120 Main St., Plaistow, N.H.

Here is a summary of other local organizations, schools and businesses providing meals for Greater Haverhill residents during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Meals are being provided for Haverhill Public School students at several locations.

After Council Approves, Police Set to Enforce Rule Against 10 or More Gathering in Public

The Haverhill City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday night prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people in any public area. The ordinance, which gives police enforcement authority, mirrors state guidelines issued by Gov. Charlie Baker on March 23. In submitting the proposal, Mayor James J. Fiorentini said although it seems most people are practicing safe social distancing, police have told him they have tried to break up groups of people, but lack enforcement power. The mayor initially proposed the ban apply to groups of five or more unless they were blood related. “I thought about this earlier today and I would recommend that we change this—I spoke to the Council president earlier—from 10 people to five unrelated people.

FCC Chairman Pai Thanks Broadcasters for ‘Tireless Efforts During the Coronavirus Outbreak’

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai thanked radio and television broadcasters Monday for their tireless efforts during the coronavirus outbreak, including running public service announcements on social distancing, airing educational programming to help with distance learning, expanding COVID-19 reporting and holding fundraisers to help those who have faced financial hardship due to the virus. “As always, in times of emergency, broadcasters are stepping up to serve their communities and help keep people informed, healthy, and safe,” said Pai. “From airing PSAs on social distancing to supporting distance learning with educational programming, broadcasters are going above and beyond the call of public service. I want to especially recognize those reporters who are on the front lines, often putting themselves in harm’s way, to obtain vital information on COVID-19 to ensure their viewers and listeners have the most up-to-date and accurate information. We’ve seen time and again that broadcasters’ efforts to keep their communities informed during emergencies help save lives, including when it comes to this pandemic.”

For its part, 97.9 WHAV FM is pleased to have expanded hourly local newscasts to accommodate breaking news, safety information and notices of food programs, cancellations and postponements; increased the number of morning interviews with newsmakers on the front lines of the pandemic; provided special coverage of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s Dollar-for-Dollar Gift Card Program; aired public service announcements on COVID-19 protections; restored live broadcasts of Haverhill City Council and School Committee meetings upon City Hall closing; increased the number of podcasts and where they may be heard; and more thanks to the financial support of WHAV sponsors and members.