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Music and More When Women’s City Club of Haverhill Meets Feb. 4

Piano stylings will entertain members and guests of the Women’s City Club of Haverhill Tuesday, Feb. 4. Rick Scalise, who has worked for many theater companies, will perform at the club’s meeting at the Advent Christian Church, 160 Carleton St., Haverhill. The 1 p.m. business meeting is followed by light refreshments and entertainment. Scalise has been an accompanist since age 11 and has performed onstage with Patti Page, The Mills Brothers and Connie Francis.

Rep. Dean Campbell Applauds Passage of ‘Nicky’s Bill;’ Sent to Gov. Baker for Enactment

Legislation to protect individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities from abuse at the hands of care providers passed the state House of Representatives last week with a unanimous vote of 154-0. The bill, first submitted three years ago, was filed by Rep. Linda Dean Campbell and Sen. Michael Moore It passed the Senate unanimously last October and awaits Gov. Charlie Baker’s signature. The legislation addresses a shortcoming in the powers of the state’s Disabled Persons Protection Commission in that when an investigation finds that a care provider has committed serious abuse against an individual with a disability, the Commission can only communicate the investigation results to the care provider’s current employer. According to Campbell’s office, “Unless the care provider is convicted in a criminal court, and very few are, there is no way for other employers to know that the care provider previously committed abuse. This means abusive care providers can easily seek new employment in the same line of work, where they are able to abuse again.”

Campbell said, “The stories of these families are gut-wrenching and too numerous.

Emmaus Offers Free Breakfast, Lunch During Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday; Seeks Volunteers

A free hot breakfast and lunch, children’s activities, raffles, giveaways and a community resource fair are among the offerings Monday when Emmaus commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “MLK Day: Continuing the Legacy of Dr. King” takes place at Trinity Episcopal Church, 26 White St., Haverhill, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is open to single adults and families with children. The first 150 households registered will receive a “Healthy Living” kit filled with useful items such as first-aid kits, deodorant, water bottles and personal care items.

Emmaus’ main goals are to provide nutritious food and educational resources to local homeless and low-income households on a day when most other community organizations are closed. Breakfast takes place from 10-11 a.m., and lunch from noon-1:30 p.m.

Emmaus is also seeking individual or group volunteers to help Sunday, Jan. 19 with event set-up at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, and Monday, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., during three-to-four-hour shifts.

Congresswoman Trahan Among This Week’s Guests on WHAV’s ‘Win For Breakfast’

Congresswoman Lori Trahan is scheduled to appear live with WHAV morning show host Win Damon Thursday, following local news at 8:30 a.m.

Other guests this week on “Win For Breakfast” are Ginny Salem, Northern Essex Elder Transport coordinator; Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School Superintendent Maureen Lynch; Deb Chiaravalloti, Holy Family Hospital; Rep. Linda Dean Campbell; and Jesus Ruiz of Leaving the Streets Ministry. Damon is heard live every weekday from 6-9 a.m., only on 97.9 WHAV FM, Haverhill’s only public radio station. Saturday’s Radio Highlights

Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
Wave Weather: Every 30 minutes
World News: Noon and 11 p.m.
Take Two Movie Review: “Little Women,” 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
Mass Moments: “Marconi Transmits Radio Message,” 1903, 6:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
Dave Mack’s Rock and Roll Oldies Party (live): 3-6 p.m., Saturday. Gunsmoke: “Going Bad,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Sunday’s Radio Highlights

Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
Wave Weather: Every 30 minutes
World News: Noon, 6 and 11 p.m.
Take Two Movie Review: “Little Women,” 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
Mass Moments: “Isaiah Thomas Born,” 1749, 6:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Philadelphia Miss Matter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Week of Jan. 20
Monday’s Radio Highlights

Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
Local News: Every half hour from 6-9 a.m., hourly 9 a.m.-3 p.m., every half hour from 3-6 p.m.
WIN for Breakfast: Win Damon is light, lively and local, 6-9 a.m.
Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
Mass Moments: “UMass Researchers Clone Calves,” 1998, 6:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Melinda’s Garden Moment: “Trees and Shrubs with Winter Character,” 7:45 and 4:45 p.m.
Sound Beat: “Strong to the Finish,” 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.
Insight Daily: Maya Angelou “Caged Bird Songs,” 9:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
Suspense: “Headshrinker,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
World News: 11 p.m.

Tuesday’s Radio Highlights

Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
Local News: Every half hour from 6-9 a.m., hourly 9 a.m.-3 p.m., every half hour from 3-6 p.m.
WIN for Breakfast: Win Damon is light, lively and local, 6-9 a.m. Guest: Ginny Salem, Northern Essex Elder Transport coordinator.

Three Haverhill Residents Receive Prison Terms Related to Fentanyl Drug Trafficking

Three Haverhill residents, arrested for fentanyl-related drug trafficking charges in 2018, pleaded guilty this week in Essex County Superior Court and were sentenced to prison terms ranging from two to five years. They were among four residents arrested nearly two years ago after police seized 3.7 kilograms of the drug from their Winter Street home. Arismendy J. Santana, 29, and Wilman Diaz, 27, each received a prison term of four to five years, with two years’ probation. Milagro Santana, 28, was sentenced to state prison for two to three years, with two years’ probation. All had been charged with trafficking fentanyl, 10 grams or more; conspiracy to violate drug laws; and unlawful possession of ammunition.

Today’s Obituaries—Jan. 17: Pearl

Sandra (Ward) Pearl, 68, longtime Haverhill resident, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, surrounded by her loved ones. She was raised in Salem, N.H., and was a graduate of Salem High School, class of 1968.  Visitation is Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 S. Main St., Haverhill, from 9 a.m.- noon.

Taking Live Calls, Haverhill Mayor Says One City Neighborhood Not Represented in Decades

Mayor James J. Fiorentini took questions from residents about the city’s most pressing concerns during a live call-in show Thursday night, but also took time to spell out his vision for electing ward councilors. Appearing on “Point of Reference” with host Frank Novak, aired jointly by HC Media Channel 22 and 97.9 WHAV FM, the mayor said the public will receive better services if each neighborhood has its own councilor. “I want every neighborhood, in every part of the city, to be represented. I want the public to vote on this. This isn’t something that we just want to do.

Michitson: Haverhill Master Plan Good Start, But More Must Be Done to Bring Industry Here

Haverhill’s success in the future depends on strategic thinking and innovation in the present.  That was the conclusion of a presentation by Councilor John A. Michitson at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Michitson began by praising the work of Mayor James J. Fiorentini and fellow Councilor Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien in shepherding the independent Vision Haverhill 2035 master plan, which he says identifies the city’s goals. “The next steps that I am proposing are to establish specific tasks and programs to meet those goals and outcomes,” he said. The councilor said that one of the keys to the city’s continued success has been, and remains in, manufacturing, which he pointed out has evolved significantly in the digital age. And, he said, the people that can do those jobs are already here.