So far in this school year, Hillie teams have captured five conference championships. It’s the first time this has happened since 1998, and is just the third time in the modern era, school official said. Six Haverhill coaches received Coach of the Year honors and five student athletes were named Player of the Year.
The Hillies were successful in the classroom, as well. Ten of the top 15 students in last year’s senior class rankings were student-athletes.
All the Hoopla: The public library is planning to offer a new movie streaming and download service through a company called “Hoopla.” Beginning Feb. 3, patrons with a library card will be able to stream or download up to seven movies, full length CDs or audiobooks per month to their computer, tablet or smartphone. Library officials said Hoopla doesn’t yet work with streaming devices such as Roku or Apple TV, but they said Midwest Tape, the company that provides libraries with various forms of media, is currently working on applications to make them compatible.
New concept: A new business called the “Paint & Wine Lounge” is opening at 57 Wingate St., Suite 103. The business is based on a concept that started in the south and is catching in this part of country. Adults can enjoy a night out and receive a painting lesson while sipping wine, beer, soda, juice or other refreshments. Instructors will be available to help beginners, aspiring artists and others create their own works of art. Saturday afternoons are for families, so kids can paint as well. The lounge is run by Shawna Kelley, a member of the Haverhill Cultural Council, and can be reserved for birthdays, private parties, bachelorette parties, bridal and baby showers, family reunions and other fun events. Soft openings are planned for next month and a grand opening is planned for March 15. Visit online at www.paintandwinelounge.com.