Final Construction Phase Begins at Haverhill’s New Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Mill Brook Park

The final construction phase of Haverhill’s new Vietnam Veterans Memorial—which will feature two new monuments—got underway yesterday with many thanks and little fanfare. Knight Construction of Walpole began preparations at the new Mill Brook Park site. The landscape masonry contractor will be creating brick-paved walkways to two circular areas where footings are to be placed for monuments, said Ralph T. Basiliere, chairman of Haverhill’s Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Ad Hoc Commission. He describes some of the work taking place. “We’re bringing in a seven-ton obelisk and a new ‘13’ memorial and education stanchions made of granite.

Police Arrest 20-Year-Old in Connection with Bradford Car Break and Theft

A 20-year-old Haverhill man was arrested early Wednesday morning after he allegedly broke into an automobile in Bradford. Gian Franco Gonzalez, of 27 Victor St., was arrested about 4:45 a.m. on Lincolnshire Drive. Gonzalez was taken into custody by Patrolman Richard St. Louis and charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime, larceny under $25 from a motor vehicle, attempting to commit a crime, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Haverhill Council Recognizes Businesses Stepping Up to Meet the COVID-19 Challenge

The Haverhill City Council took the opportunity during Tuesday’s meeting to recognize local businesses that have adapted production facilities to help in the fight against COVID-19. One of those is Southwick which has transformed from making Brooks Brothers clothing to creating face masks for front line workers during this crisis—a transition that Councilor Joseph J. Bevilacqua said provides two benefits. “This is an opportunity for them to do two things. One of which, it brings the employees back which is critically important. But secondly, what they’re doing is that they are providing for an urgent need.

Update: District Attorney Identifies 19-Year-Old Stabbing Victim Killed Tuesday Outside Haverhill Stadium

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The 19-year-old killed last night outside of Haverhill Stadium has been identified as Efrain Indio Maisonet of Haverhill. Carrie Kimball, spokesperson for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett, made the announcement shortly after 5 p.m. She also confirmed the stabbing took place at a parking lot near the rear of the stadium. Eighteen-year-old Oscar Quinones, of 22 Sunrise Drive, Bradford, was charged with murder after police were dispatched at 8:40 p.m., last night, to Haverhill Stadium, 117 Lincoln Ave. Quinones was formally arrested about 4 a.m. by Detective Kevin Portnoy. Kimball said earlier Maisonet was taken to Holy Family Hospital’s Haverhill campus for treatment of multiple stab wounds.

Haverhill Schools Ponder June Graduation, Senior Activities if Social Distancing Remains in Effect

If social distancing is still in effect when Haverhill High School seniors are scheduled to graduate, June 5, a special celebration will still take place as well as formal summer event. While May 4 is still Gov. Charlie Baker’s official day for returning to normalcy after COVID-19, Superintendent Margaret Marotta says she is “suspicious” of the date. Appearing live on 97.9 WHAV FM Tuesday, Marotta says special events such as senior activities, the prom and graduation will be observed one way or another. “We talked with some of our vendors. We were going to be having our prom—about pushing those sorts of things out further into the summer.

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.

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.