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Citing Gas Explosions, Haverhill Continues Ban on Gas-Related Street Openings

Citing Gas Explosions, Haverhill Continues Ban on Gas-Related Street Openings

United Steelworkers Local 1202 Negotiating Committee member Keith Rice said the ban supports public safety. (WHAV News photograph.) Those seeking new or updated natural gas service in Haverhill must still await approval from city councilors as that body decided Tuesday night to continue its ban. Councilors voted to continue its moratorium, enacted originally in July

Maureen R. (Baker) Donohue, 85, Worked at Western Electric

Maureen R. (Baker) Donohue, 85, of Merrimac, passed away Sept. 16, surrounded by her family. Born in Haverhill, she was the daughter of the late Frederick J. Baker and Malvina (Lambert) Baker. Raised and educated in Haverhill, she was a graduate of Haverhill High School, class of 1950. She was employed at the former Western

District Attorney Identifies 28-Year-Old Motorcyclist Who Died in Early A.M. Crash

The 28-year-old motorcyclist killed in a crash early Tuesday morning has been identified as Stephen Merritt, of Willie Street, Haverhill. Confirmation came Tuesday afternoon from Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett. Merritt was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the 1 a.m. crash near 1038 Main St., Haverhill.

Trahan Wins Democratic Congressional Primary

Lori Trahan on WHAV’s Open Mic Show earlier this year. (WHAV News photograph.) The votes have been counted—and recounted—and Lori Trahan is the 3rd District’s Democratic pick to replace retiring Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. Dan Koh, who nearly tied with Trahan, conceded in an email statement Monday afternoon. “Today, my heart is filled with love and

Analysis: A Time When A Regulator Took Gas Utility Problems Seriously

Gov. Charlie Baker spoke during a press conference in the wake of Thursday’s explosions and fires across the Merrimack Valley. (Jay Saulnier photograph for WHAV News.) In the aftermath of natural gas-related fires and explosions covering three communities, attention is turning to how events came to pass and whether Columbia Gas had enough regulatory oversight.