Haverhill City Council to Name Baseball Diamond at Swasey Field in Memory of Mike Ryan

The Haverhill City Council is set tomorrow night to name the major league baseball diamond at Swasey Field in memory of Haverhill native Mike Ryan, the Red Sox’ “Impossible Dream” season catcher. Councilors are expected to name the diamond the “Mike Ryan Memorial Baseball Field.” Members will also order the Ryan family be authorized to place a granite bench overlooking the newly designated space. Ryan, who died at age 78 a little more than a year ago, signed a contract with the Red Sox as an amateur free agent in October 1960 and began his professional career in 1961 with the Olean Red Sox of the New York-Penn League. He went on to spend 35 years in professional baseball, including his first seven in the Red Sox organization as a player. A former catcher, he played in 79 regular season games for the Red Sox during their 1967 Impossible Dream season, also appearing in Game 4 of the 1967 World Series against the St.

North Andover Firefighter Bird Among 23 Graduates of Massachusetts Fire Academy

Samuel Bird of the North Andover Fire Department was one of 23 students from 17 fire departments to graduate Friday from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. Bird completed the 50-day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program with Class 293 at the Stow campus. State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Deputy State Fire Marshal Maribel Fournier announced the graduation. Besides North Andover, other departments represented in the class were Auburn, Braintree, Charlton, Clinton, Devens, Gloucester, Hopkinton, Middleton, Nantucket, Newton, Norfolk, Northborough, Plymouth, Reading, Tewksbury and Weston. “This rigorous professional training provides our newest firefighters with the basic skills to perform their jobs effectively and safely,” said Ostroskey.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill Raffling off Billy Joel Aug. 4 Concert Tickets

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill wants to put a little music in your summer. The club is conducting a fundraising raffle for the upcoming Billy Joel concert at Fenway Park. Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Javier Bristol was a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program. “We made it very easy. You just go to our website haverhillbgc.org and right on the home page there’s a button that says Billy Joel Raffle, and you just click on the button you purchase your tickets,” he said.

Hobbs-Everett Formally Launches Haverhill City Council Campaign, Pledges ‘Solution-Driven Strategies’

Katrina Hobbs-Everett recently launched her campaign for Haverhill City Council with 60 guests in attendance, including state Sen. Diana DiZoglio. Hobbs-Everett greeted voters earlier this month at La Pizza di Forno in Haverhill. “My goal for Haverhill is to improve the overall quality of life for all citizens,” she said. “Through solution-driven strategies that come directly from our community, we can effectively identify and solve the issues limiting our city’s full potential. We all have a part to play.”

Hobbs-Everett said she has been a champion for change for the past 20 years, working collaboratively with local and state leadership to address issues that impact the city of Haverhill.

MassHousing’s Kornegay Discusses ‘Building Community Through Homeownership’ at Chamber Talk

MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay addresses members and guests of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce during a talk on “Building Community Through Homeownership: The Importance of Affordable Housing.”

Kornegay discusses the importance of establishing and promoting homeownership programs, especially among minorities, to transform communities. The Chamber describes her as “a passionate advocate for this work” who “makes the compelling case that equity helps all members of a community thrive.”

Kornegay’s talk takes place Thursday, Aug 12, from 10-11 a.m., at UMass Lowell iHub, 2 Merrimack St., third floor, Haverhill. Admission is free for Chamber members and $10 for non-members. Kornegay leads MassHousing which lends more than $1 billion annually to produce and preserve affordable rental housing and create homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income borrowers. During her time, MassHousing launched a Down Payment Assistance program, secured more than $80 million to expand its Workforce Housing initiative and developed a nationally recognized program for homeownership production in communities of color.

Haverhill Honors its Living World War II Veterans During Downtown Ceremony Saturday

Haverhill recognized its living World War II veterans with a special ceremony Saturday morning in downtown Haverhill. Honorees included Ralph DiVincenzo, Loreto DiVincenzo, Edwin Girrior, Ed Parker, James Boland, David Lane, Stanley Williams and Hy DerBogosian. Each were presented with plaques, military pins and U.S. flags by Haverhill Veterans Services Director Luis Santiago, who served as a keynote speaker along with 1st Sgt. Jeffrey E. Thompson. A color guard welcomed the veterans, guests and speakers in Washington Square, where the city’s World War II memorial is located.

I-495 Construction Update: Daytime Lane Closings This Week for Road Widening, Paving

As steel rebar is placed on the new southbound bridge along Interstate 495 in Haverhill, state transportation officials plan daytime lane closings all week for work on related elements. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation reports there will be single right lanes closings on I-495 southbound. between exits 108 and 106, Monday, July 26, through Friday, July 30, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., each day for roadway widening and paving work. There will also be single right lane closings on Route 97, Broadway, westbound over I-495 Monday, July 26, through Friday, July 30, from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., each day for highway lighting cabinet and conduit installation. Drivers should expect delays.

Macek, Haverhill’s Longest Serving City Councilor, Not Seeking Re-Election; Higher Office Possible

Haverhill’s longest serving city councilor under the city’s current form of government is making it official he won’t be a candidate for re-election this fall. He, however, is not ruling out higher office. Councilor William J. Macek, often called the “dean” of the Council, has been elected to 13 two-year terms over two stints on the legislative body. “I’m not going to be running for re-election to the City Council. I’m not running for any local office this time.