City plans early voting for presidential primary

file photoHaverhill voters can cast their ballots early and avoid going to the polls.

Early voting for the presidential primary runs from Monday, Feb. 24, through Friday, Feb. 28, during regular business hours, which are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the basement (former Registry of Motor Vehicles location) of City Hall, 4 Summer St.

The hours have been extended from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, to allow for voting in the evening.

You need to be a registered voter in Haverhill to vote early. The deadline to register to vote for this election is Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. The city clerk’s office will be open only for voter registration that evening. Voters do not have to give a reason to vote early.

Once you have voted, your ballot will be secured in a locked vault and delivered to your regular polling location on election day to be counted.

You can check your voter status online at If you are an inactive voter, you will need to provide ID/proof of your residence at the time of your vote. Your status can also be checked online. For more information, call the city clerk’s office at 978-374-2312 or email Elections Administrator Jim Blatchford at



What: Early voting in Haverhill

Where: City Hall, 4 Summer St., basement level

When: Feb. 24 to 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (extended hours on Feb. 26)

More information: Call the city clerk’s office at 978-374-2312 or email Elections Administrator Jim Blatchford at



Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Tribute to Women: The YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts is seeking women who have made a difference in their work and community.

Nominations will be accepted through March 1. The Tribute to Women luncheon will take place at the Andover Country Club on May 14 from noon to 2 p.m. and serves as the YWCA’s major fundraising event.

Since 1983, the YWCA’s Tribute to Women awards luncheon has recognized more than 1,200 Merrimack Valley and North Shore women leaders from business and community organizations. 

Nominations can be sent to the YWCA, Attention: Jeanne Osborn, 38 Lawrence St., Lawrence, MA 01840 or by going online to and following the “Tribute’’ tab.

For more information, email or call 978-687-0331, ext. 1045.


Pajama collection: The public library has teamed up with the Boston Bruins to participate in the 13th annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive to benefit two nonprofit groups: the Department of Children and Families’ Wonderfund, and Cradles to Crayons.

The drive runs through March 15. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens. Please bring donations to the children’s room at the library.

The drive’s goal is to collect 13,000 pairs of new pajamas. Many of the pajamas donated go to local DCF offices in the area in which they were collected, benefiting local children and teens. DCF estimates that at any given time, the agency is working with 45,000 babies, children and teens.

Last year, libraries from across the state collected 13,022 new pairs of pajamas, a new record for the drive. In total, more than 20,000 pairs of pajamas were collected by 251 groups, 136 of which were libraries.

For more information, visit online at


CPR, first-aid classes offered: The Haverhill YMCA is offering CPR, AED and first-aid certification classes.

All classes are held at 6:30 p.m. at the YMCA, 81 Winter St., and are open to ages 10 and older. The cost is $55 per class. First aid classes are Feb. 24, March 11, April 27, May 18 and June 11. CPR and AED classes are Feb. 13, March 23, April 22, May 13 and June 1.

For more information about these classes or about group rate costs, contact Kristin Rodis at


Thursday evening book club: The public library will host a book club group on the last Thursday of each month from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

More information is available at the library’s front desk.


Job networking group: The 50-plus job seekers networking group that addresses the issues of age bias in hiring, workforce re-entry and career redirection enters the new year with a series of new sessions optimized for senior citizens intent on improving their employment status.

The program is aimed directly at men and women in the 50-plus demographic who live in the Merrimack Valley or Essex County area. The program meets at the North Andover Senior Center, 120-R Main St., on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 4:30 p.m.

Formed under the direction of the North Andover Senior Center, the program, which began in September 2019, has seen the largest participation to date of any similar program pioneered and sponsored by The Massachusetts Council on Aging.

Upcoming topic: Feb. 11, creating an elevator speech, quick and to-the-point description of yourself.

The program is free but preregistration is required at For more information, call Cahla Ahlstrom at 978-688-9560.

Funding for the networking program is provided by a grant from the state Office of Elder Affairs. It is managed by the Massachusetts Council on Aging.


Scholarship applications available: The Pentucket Kiwanis Club of Haverhill is accepting applications for three available scholarship awards that have been increased in size.

Each award is now $1,000. Eligible applicants are students who attend Haverhill High School, Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School or Pentucket Regional High School. Also eligible are Haverhill residents who attend another school or are home schooled.

The awards will be based on scholastic ability, character, activities and community service, and financial need. Completed applications must be received by April 3. Applications are available online at


Free screenings of recent movies: The public library will have free showings of recent films on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. and Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Check or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608, for specific titles.


Free classic movies: The public library is showing free classic movies on Tuesdays in February at 10 a.m.

Classic love stories are featured in February. Check or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608, for specific titles.


Kindergarten information sessions: Haverhill public schools will hold parent information sessions for incoming kindergarten students Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Haverhill High School library, 137 Monument St.

Parents only need to attend one of the sessions, not both.

Children must be 5 years old by Aug. 31 to be eligible for kindergarten in September.

Meet some of the district’s kindergarten teachers and learn about kindergarten programs and services such as nursing, food services, transportation, special education, English Language Learner education and the registration process.

When entering the high school property, please follow the main road to the back of the campus to parking lot E.

Registration appointments can be made when you attend one of these information sessions. For more information, call 978-420-1951.


New art exhibit: “Are We There Yet?” is the first show of the new decade to be presented in the Northern Essex Community College Linda Hummel-Shea ArtSpace and was created by Dianne Pappas, a Northern Essex adjunct art and design faculty member.

The exhibit runs through Feb. 28. An opening reception and artist talk is Thursday, Feb. 6, from 3 to 6 p.m.

The artspace is located in the Harold Bentley Library on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. The show is free to attend and is open to the public during library hours – Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pappas, a visual artist and educator who lives in Sudbury, has worked in the Linda Hummel-Shea Gallery since the beginning of January creating this unique installation within the space. She uses the signature materials of much of her previous works, including plaster, cement, corrugated metal, plastic and twine, among other materials.

For more information, contact Marc Mannheimer at


Annual Scout Shabbat: Temple Emanu-El at 514 Main St. will hold its annual Scout Shabbat service Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the National Jewish Committee on Scouting, this free event is open to all Scouts (Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers, Girl Scouts, Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadets, Seniors, Ambassadors, Stem Scouts) and their families, regardless of religious affiliation. Scouts should wear their uniforms and any Scouting Religious Awards earned. They should plan to arrive at 6:45 p.m.

Although walk-ins are also welcome, Scouts should preregister for this event before Jan. 31 by calling 603-382-5927 or emailing All Scouts who have preregistered will receive a commemorative patch.

The service will be followed by an Oneg Shabbat (refreshments and social hour). Everyone in the community is invited to attend.

For more information, visit online at or


Trivia night: The Pentucket Kiwanis Club will hold its third annual “Are you smarter than a Kiwanian” trivia night Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Elks Lodge, 24 Summer St.

Proceeds benefit Pentucket Kiwanis charities. First place prize is $200, second place is $100 and third place is $50.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the competition begins at 7 p.m.

The event will include a cash bar, light appetizers and raffles.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Pre-buy a table of 10 by Feb. 7 for $275. A maximum of 10 people per team is strictly adhered to.

Mail checks to: Pentucket Kiwanis, P.O. Box 123, Haverhill, MA 01831 or drop off checks at EZ-Way Cleaners locations, 143 White St. and 139 S. Main St. in Bradford. You can also pay by PayPal or credit card at


Cine Espanol: The public library will show a movie in Spanish on Feb. 8 at 11 a.m.

Check or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608, for the specific title.


Community baby shower: The public library will host a community baby show event Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m.

Learn about local family resources, play baby shower games, and hear an abbreviated baby story time. This event is for expectant parents and families who had a child in 2019 (little ones welcome to attend). Free car seat checks available and every family will get a board book gift. A staff member from WIC (Women, Infants and Children) will be attending.

Register for this event online at or by calling 978-373-1586. Please register one time for each family and list all attending family members.


Meditation class: The public library will host a meditation class with Wyatt Ward on Feb. 8 from 2 to 3 p.m.

The class will begin and end with a discussion. Ward will provide an introduction to meditation for beginners in the group. The class is limited to 10 participants. Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


Educators celebrated: The Plaistow Community YMCA will host its second annual Education Celebration Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the Tuscan Kitchen in Salem.

The YMCA is asking residents to submit nominations for teachers who have made exceptional impacts in the Timberlane and Sanborn Regional School Districts. To submit a nomination, send email to Tracy Fuller at

This year’s keynote speaker is Katherine Underwood, a NBC Boston 10 reporter and Timberlane 2005 graduate.

Tickets are available online at All proceeds benefit YMCA education scholarships.


Health care information sessions: Northern Essex Community College will hold a series of Information sessions highlighting the various health programs offered at the associate degree and certificate level.

The information sessions will be held once a month beginning in February in the Dr. Ibrahim El-Hefni Allied Health & Technology Center, 414 Common St., Lawrence, at 5:30 p.m. Information sessions are free and open to the public.

The dates are Feb. 12, March 25, April 15 and May 20.

Northern Essex offers associate degrees in business management, health care practice, exercise science, general studies, health specialization, health fitness instructor, nursing associate degree and nursing, advanced placement option – LPN to ADN, paramedic technology, public health, radiologic technology and respiratory care.

Learn more about Northern Essex health care programs at For more information, contact Linda Comeau at


Immigration expert to speak: Westy Egmont, PhD, founding director of the Immigrant Integration Lab of the Boston College School of Social Work, will discuss the risks of poor immigration policy decisions during a presentation titled "We Need More Immigrants" Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the presentation will be held in the Pentucket Bank Lecture Hall in the Spurk Building on NECC’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. A reception will follow the presentation.

This presentation is made possible through funds from the college’s Social Justice Award, which was presented for the first time to Dr. Paul St. Amand, retired English professor, at the college’s 2019 commencement. The recognizes individuals, groups, departments, or initiatives that promote values such as a commitment to equity and diversity or the advancement of human rights and social justice. It comes with a cash prize of $1,961 — in honor of the year the college was founded — that the recipient chooses to enhance social justice initiatives.

Saint-Amand, a Vietnam-era veteran, is committed to peace and to supporting veterans.

For more information, contact Janel D’Agato-Lynch at or 978 556-3471.


Health care information sessions: Northern Essex Community College will hold a series of Information sessions highlighting the various health programs offered at the associate degree and certificate level.

The sessions will be held once a month beginning in February in the Dr. Ibrahim El-Hefni Allied Health & Technology Center, 414 Common St., Lawrence, at 5:30 p.m. These sessions are free and open to the public.

The dates are Feb. 12, March 25, April 15, and May 20.

For more information, contact Linda Comeau at


Conversation Cafe coming to Haverhill: The public library will host Conversation Cafe events Feb. 19, March 25, April 22 and May 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Feb. 19 topic of discussion will be: “We Need to Talk: Crossing the Political Divide.” Participants will meet in the library auditorium.

Conversation Cafes, which are free and open to the public, offer a structured format which allows time for everyone to speak. Although the group’s organizers are interested in the process of discussing potentially polarizing topics, their underlying objective is to encourage intentional listening as a way to increase understanding and compassion and help capitalize on what people have in common rather than what divides them.

More information is available from Brendan Kieran at 978-373-1586, ext. 608, or


Get Lit Book Club: Join the public library’s Get Lit Book Club, a social book club designed for 20- and 30-something readers in Greater Haverhill.

The group will meet monthly to talk about books, socialize, eat, drink and do whatever else might come up. Join the group on Feb. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Peddler’s Daughter on Wingate Street. For more information, call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


Mardi Gras celebration: Celebrate Mardi Gras Saturday, Feb. 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Veasey Park, 201 Washington St., Groveland.

This event is hosted by the Groveland and Georgetown historical societies and the Friends of Veasey and will feature live jazz music, a costume contest, dancing, food, raffles, games, crafts and prizes.

Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under.


Frozen Shamrock planned: The 13th annual Maria’s Frozen Shamrock 3 Mile Run is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23, starting at 11 a.m. at Maria’s Family Restaurant on Essex Street.

Costs are $40 per person before the race and $45 post entry. Register online for all three Frozen Shamrock races for $110 and get a $10 discount.

There is a running club discount. Register online for all three races for $90.

New this year, sign up with a friend for the entire series and both you and your friend will receive a Hardman Super Bag.

Custom T-shirts will be given to the first 600 entries. Commemorative 2020 16-ounce glass Solo cups will be for sale at $10 for one or all three for $25.

For more information or to register, visit online at, or, for more information, email


Boys & Girls Club celebration: The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill will hold its annual celebration Saturday, March 14, at 6 p.m. at DiBurro's Function Facility, 887 Boston Road.

The event will include cocktails, generous stationary fare, dessert, live and silent auctions, seated programming, dueling pianos and dancing.

This event raises money to support various programs for club members.

Tickets are $100 before March 1 and $120 after that date. For sponsorship information, contact Melissa deFriesse at or 978-374-6171. ext. 102.


Haverhill Democrats to caucus: Registered Democrats in Haverhill will hold a caucus at the public library on Saturday, March 21, at 10:30 a.m. to elect delegates and alternates to the 2020 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention. Haverhill will be sending 28 delegates and 28 alternates to the convention, along with other ex-officio delegates.

The 2020 Convention will be held on Saturday, May 30, at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. 

The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Haverhill. Pre-registered Democrats who will be 16 by Feb. 15 will be allowed to participate and run as a delegate or alternate. Youth, minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ individuals who are not elected as a delegate or alternate at the caucus may apply to be an add-on delegate at the caucus or at

Registration for the Caucuses will begin at 10 a.m.

The caucus will be preceded at 10 a.m. with a business meeting of the committee to hear from several speakers and to discuss plans for the 2020 elections. All are welcome to attend, especially anyone interested in joining the committee.

For more information, contact Bill Cox at 978-374-6297.


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