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Fiorentini Proclaims Saturday ‘Tryout’ Smith Day in Haverhill

WHAV sponsors a dedication of Smith’s new Hilldale Cemetery headstone on Saturday, Sept. 22. (Courtesy photograph) Haverhill is getting ready to celebrate early amateur journalism pioneer Charles W. “Tryout” Smith this weekend, with Mayor James J. Fiorentini proclaiming Saturday “Tryout Smith Day” in the city. Ahead of Saturday’s WHAV-sponsored headstone dedication in Hilldale Cemetery, Fiorentini

Education

Updated: Haverhill High ‘All Clear’ After Threat Initiates Lockdown

Haverhill Public Schools has issued the “All Clear” message, ending this morning’s lockdown at Haverhill High School. School Superintendent Margaret Marotta earlier confirmed for WHAV that Haverhill Police received what was deemed a “non-credible” threat. Sources tell WHAV the threat suggested a would-be shooter was en route to the school. Marotta said police are sweeping

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24 Loft Apartments, Retail Space Coming to Downtown Haverhill’s Washington Street

A mixed-use property is coming to downtown Haverhill’s 87 Washington St. (Courtesy photograph/Traggorth Companies) Boston-based developer David Traggorth is bringing 24 loft-style apartments and a 3,500 square-foot retail space to downtown Haverhill’s Washington Street, breathing new life into the long-vacant brick building at 87 Washington St., that most recently housed the Trattoria Al Forno restaurant.

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Andover Teacher Placed on Leave After Alleged Child Endangerment Incident

Anthony Helinski has been placed on leave from his teaching position at Doherty Middle School after his arrest for alleged child endangerment. (Courtesy photograph/Salem, N.H. Police Department) An engineering teacher from Andover’s Doherty Middle School has been placed on leave in the wake of his Wednesday arrest for alleged child endangerment, school officials confirm to

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Obituaries

Eleanor M. West, 89, Former Yum Yum Shop Cake Decorator

Eleanor M. West, 89 of Haverhill, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Ivy Hill Court (Stevens-Bennett) surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Jan. 27, 1929 in Haverhill, the daughter of the late Richard and Adelaide (Peaslee) Walsh. West was raised in Haverhill and graduated from Haverhill High School in 1947.

Sports

Hillies Face Westford in Friday Football Home Opener at Trinity Stadium

The Hillies return home to Trinity Stadium on Friday, Sept. 21. (Jay Saulnier photograph for WHAV News) After two weeks on the road, the Hillies varsity football marks their home opener Friday night at Haverhill’s Trinity Stadium, where the brown and gold go head-to-head against Westford Academy. 97.9 WHAV FM broadcasts all the action live

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Haverhill Chamber Plans Healthy Living Expo Saturday at Holy Family

Haverhill gets healthy! The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce plans their fourth annual Healthy Living Expo at Lincoln Avenue’s Holy Family Hospital campus. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., attendees can take a Zumba class, enjoy a barbecue lunch and receive wellness checks and samples all free of charge. A Touch-a-Truck exhibit and disc jockey add to

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News About WHAV

Future of Local News is in Your ‘Selfie;’ Help Before WHAV’s Saturday Year-End

In the last few weeks, 97.9 WHAV FM has earned public praise for its objective and critical analyses of gang violence and the proposed, but contentious, city budget. Deep digging, time-consuming research, interviews with multiple sources and viewpoints and quality writing comes at a great cost. Yet, WHAV managed to undertake these projects even while

Haverhill Heritage Series

Reflecting on My 40 Years in Radio and Local News

I am all the way back holding a spoon in this photograph taken for a readers’ cookbook shortly after I left WHAV and joined the Haverhill Gazette. Sports reporter Fred Burnham appears at left, front. Who else do you recognize? By Tim Coco WHAV President and General Manager Somehow, I never thought I’d be old

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