Essex County Greenbelt Secures State Grant to Help Protect Haverhill’s Crystal Lake

Essex County Greenbelt Association was awarded a $162,500 state grant Wednesday as part of the nonprofit’s continuing efforts to preserve land adjacent to Haverhill’s Crystal Lake drinking water supply. As only WHAV reported last fall, Greenbelt laid out plans to work with the city to jointly purchase development rights to 54 acres, buying 19 acres of land outright and accepting a donation of 15 acres of lakefront. At a neighborhood gathering last November, Greenbelt Vice President Christopher B. LaPointe outlined the urgency of the preservation effort. “If you can imagine these properties without trees…and with lawns and homes and driveways and dog waste and swimming pools and septic systems. All of that has to go somewhere and, in this case, that’s running into your drinking water,” he said. The grant is aimed preserving and using 18.61 acres of land for passive recreation, wildlife habitat and watershed protection purposes and is a part of a larger 88-acre protected area.

Haverhill Plans Annual Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks July 2

Haverhill’s annual Independence Day celebration and fireworks display features live music, food and children’s activities. The annual event is set for Sunday, July 2, beginning at 5 p.m., at Riverside Park, 155 Lincoln Ave., behind Haverhill Stadium. There is a backup rain date of Wednesday, July 5. Festivities start at 5 p.m. with live music beginning at 6 p.m. with Haverhill native Matt Jackson and then the headliner, The Woodstock Experience, which covers such legendary musical artists as Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Credence and others. Fireworks begin at 9:15.

Whittier Tech Students Explore Career Skills During Portsmouth Naval Shipyard STEM Event

Students from Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School recently explored career skills as part of a science, technology, engineering and math event put on at the school by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Whittier Tech Superintendent Maureen Lynch said the visit by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was organized by Plumbing Instructor Eli Roy, Metal Fabrication Instructor Chris Gerber and Shipyard STEM Outreach Coordinator Libby Hite. “The various demonstrations ignited a spark of curiosity and passion among our students, and we are grateful to the Shipyard for their invaluable support in shaping the future of our students and our communities,” Lynch said. Students could explore 21 pop-up demonstrations, including sheet metal mechanics, welders, air conditioning equipment mechanics, fabric workers, engineers, and more. A full list of demonstration descriptions can be viewed here.

Haverhill Public Library Nuclear-Themed Lewis Poster Exhibit Up Through June

The Haverhill Public Library is hosting another poster exhibit from the collection of Stephen Lewis. The collection’s theme is about eliminating nuclear weapons and stopping the use of nuclear energy because of the dangers. The exhibit is on display through June, during regular hours, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Haverhill Public Library, second floor, 99 Main St., Haverhill.

Canuel and Yang Join GLFHC, MCPHS Clinical Pharmacy Residency Program

Two new faces are joining the Clinical Pharmacy Residency Program hosted by Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Emily Canuel of Somerset and Qitong “Coco” Yang of Northbrook, Ill., begin their residencies this summer. Clinical Residency Director Alicia Mam DaCunha said “Our pharmacy residents have the opportunity to participate in innovative patient care and research, such as our COVID Therapeutics. It’s been a privilege to help train and witness our residents go on to become competent clinical pharmacists in a variety of practice settings such as academia, hospital and community health centers.”

Since the program’s start in 2014, pharmacy residents have received training in medication therapy management in chronic disease states such as diabetes, asthma and anticoagulation management. They have collaborated with the medical residency team to provide transitions of care services and have also assisted with the Accountable Care Organization formulary management.

Greater Haverhill Chamber Names Movement Strength & Conditioning as May Business of the Month

The Movement Strength & Conditioning of Haverhill has been named as the May Business of the Month by the Greater Haverhill Chamber. Movement Strength & Conditioning is owned and operated by certified and licensed athletic trainers Gordon Pan and Mike Thompson, who bring more than20 years of combined experience to clients. The business is located at Paul T. Gilmartin Memorial Arena, formerly Haverhill Valley Forum, 7 Parkridge Road, Suite 201, Haverhill. There’s more at

Rabbi Stevens Becomes New Spiritual Leader at Temple Emanu-El of Haverhill

Rabbi Ashira Stevens takes over as Temple Emanu-El of Haverhill’s new spiritual leader beginning July 1. Stevens succeeds Cantor Vera Broekhuysen, who has served as cantor since 2016 and spiritual leader since 2018. “We are so excited to have Rabbi Stevens back in our community,” said Temple Emanu-El President Jennifer Lampron. “Rabbi Stevens first came to Temple Emanu-El as an intern four years ago. Since then, she has continued her engagement and strengthened her bond with our community.

Haverhill Voters Support Debt Exclusion for Consentino School, But Opponents Put Up a Fight

Haverhill voters yesterday approved, by a relatively thin margin, paying for a new middle school through a debt exclusion. Voters approved—3,182 to 2,734, or 448 votes—the exception to the state’s tax-limiting law to pay for the new Dr. Albert B. Consentino School. The ballot question lost only four of 22 precincts, with residents of Ward 4, closest to the borders with Groveland, West Newbury and Merrimac, showing the most opposition. Yes for Consentino Co-Chair Joanna Dix thanked voters, saying the citizens committee is looking forward to the “continuing momentum of a healthy, thriving Haverhill.”

“A lot of community members from all different walks of life came together to do this. We’re really happy with the results tonight,” she said.