City plans free leaf pickup for residents

TIM JEAN/Staff photoAfter cleaning their yards, residents will be able to places bags of leaves at the curb outside their home for pickup by the city.

The city’s Public Works Department will conduct a second, previously unscheduled curbside leaf collection day this fall, due to the large amount of leaves that have fallen over the past few weeks due to recent storms and high winds.

The new leaf collection day is Saturday, Nov. 9, and is in addition to the one already scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7. Curbside leaf collection is done by the city’s trash and recycling contractor, Capitol Waste company.

Leaves must be placed curbside by 6 a.m. in biodegradable paper bags or open-top containers that do not exceed 50 pounds. Lose leaves or grass in loose piles or in plastic bags or on tarps in front of homes will not be collected. This service is limited to leaves and grass only and does not include the collection of brush, branches, tree trunks and limbs.

As always, the Public Works Department's Recycling Center at 500 Primrose St. is open for residents six days a week, Monday through Saturday, for the disposal of leaves and grass from April through Dec. 14, weather permitting. For more information, visit the city’s website at



What: Curbside leaf collection days

When: Saturday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 7. Residents must place bags of leaves at curbside by 6 a.m.

Where: Outside homes across the city

Details: Leaves must be in biodegradable paper bags or open-top containers that do not exceed 50 pounds. Lose leaves or grass in loose piles or in plastic bags or on tarps in front of homes will not be collected. 



Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Real estate tax reductions available: Do you need help paying your real estate taxes? You can earn up to a $1,375 reduction from your real estate tax bill based on eligibility.

This offer is on first-come-first-served availability. Applications will be available starting in November. Call Steve Gullo at the city assessor’s office at 978-374-2316, ext. 363, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 2:30 p.m.


Take the master plan survey: The city’s master plan consultant, Utile, is promoting and collecting public input for the master plan process.

Vision Haverhill 2035 is an initiative to update the city’s master plan. Sponsored by the city and the mayor’s office, the planning process will craft a vision for the future of Haverhill as the city addresses the issues and seizes the opportunities presented this century. The plan will emphasize the needs of community and embrace the community’s values.

Residents who want to comment on the plan are asked to take an online survey at The survey is available in English and Spanish.


School to hold Christmas craft fair: Sacred Hearts School will hold a Christmas craft fair Friday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school's gymnasium, 31 S. Chestnut St., Bradford

The fair will feature home made crafts, Christmas gifts, local vendors, a wreath raffle, cookie walk, children's crafts and more.

For more information, send email to


Christmas fair planned: The Council on Aging is seeking senior citizens 60 and older to participate (at no cost) in its annual Christmas Fair at the Citizens Center on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tables and chairs will be provided. Call 978-374-2390 to register for a table.


Foot clinics planned: Dr. Arthur Lynch will hold foot clinics at the Citizens Center on the first Thursday of each month beginning Nov. 7.

Cost is $30. Contact Mary Connolly, R.N. to book your appointment at 978-374-2390, x3915.


NECC’s ArtSpace exhibit: An art exhibit by Derry, New Hampshire, artist Otto Lichtsinn, titled “Lost in Translation I Love You” is on display in Northern Essex Community College’s Linda Hummel-Shea ArtSpace in the Harold Bentley Library on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St., now through Nov. 15.

More than two dozen of his drawings are on display. The exhibit is open during gallery hours, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Otto Lichtsinn’s drawings are extremely moving and enigmatic works that draw you into his world and cause you to feel the real emotional content,” said Marc Mannheimer, NECC art professor and coordinator of the ArtSpace. “He creates layered works with endless lines that at first seem to be abstractions until ones sees the figures, faces and bodies emerge. His drawings can be small and complex works that are seemingly puzzles to be deciphered. Others are quite large and a bit more visually obvious but always equally detailed. Lichtsinn is able to reach the viewer on a very intimate and visceral level.”

For more information, contact Mannheimer at


Toy distribution registration dates: Calvary Baptist Church will hold its annual Toys 4 Tots pre-registration for toddlers up to age 12, Nov. 8, 15 and 22 in the Fellowship Hall, 13 Ashland St.

This pre-registration is open to Haverhill residents only with photo identification. Calvary cannot guarantee toys to those who have not pre-registered.

For more information, contact the church at 978-373-6466.


Poster exhibit: The public library will host an exhibit titled “Human Rights/Labor Rights” featuring about 40 posters from the collection of Stephen Lewis, now through Nov. 29.

The exhibit highlights violations of peoples’ human and labor rights around the world, and what those rights are. The posters come from several countries including the U.S., Turkey, Canada, Tunisia, France and Germany. Through graphics and written word, they address issues of political assassinations, torture, the death penalty, worker rights and other human rights.

Lewis encourages people to view the exhibit regardless of their attitudes and to think about the issues the posters speak to.

For more information, send email to

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Haverhill Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, as well as Bricklayers Local 3, Asbestos Workers Local 6, and Firemen and Oilers Local 3.


Veterans Day breakfast planned: The Haverhill Rotary Club will hold its fourth annual Veterans Day Awards Breakfast Thursday, Nov. 7, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Haverhill Country Club.

This event is open to the public and will include a full breakfast buffet, keynote address from state Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, D-Methuen, a presentation of awards to three exemplary veterans, and a thank-you to all veterans for their service.

The club established the Rotary Veterans Service Awards to promote and highlight positive accomplishments Haverhill veterans provide to the local community upon returning from service. Three awards will be presented based on the nominations received.

Tickets are $25 each and tables of 10 are $250. There is a limited number of free tickets available for veterans. Proceeds help support veterans’ needs and causes in Greater Haverhill. Tickets can be purchased during banking hours at Pentucket Bank, 1 Merrimack St. Tickets will also be sold at the door, pending availability.

For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact: Allison Field at 978-556-5517,, or Eva Valentine at 978-994-4002 or


Master Plan meeting: The city will hold a public meeting on its Vision Haverhill 2025 Master Plan Nov. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Consentino School, 685 Washington St.

At this pivotal meeting, according to Mayor James Fiorentini, the team of planners, architects, local officials and other experts will present its goals, strategies and action plan to the public.

Feedback will then be incorporated into a draft version of the final Master Plan, which the city hopes to finalize prior to the end of the year.

The draft plan and zoning changes to make it happen will be submitted to the Planning Board for a public hearing and review in mid-November and then to City Council for approval of the zoning changes sometime in December.

The Master Plan is a roadmap for bringing economic development, housing and tax revenue to the city while preserving Haverhill’s historical character and values, the mayor said. The final plan will also incorporate a vision for improving the local economy and transportation infrastructure, protecting and preserving open space and natural resources, and strengthening cultural and civic resources.

For more information, visit online at It includes an overview of the process and links to many resources and reports including Haverhill’s existing conditions report, previous presentations and notes from community and committee meetings.


Performances of theatrical comedy planned: The Fine Arts Academy and Haverhill High School’s Drama Club will present “The Man Who Came To Dinner,” a three-act comedy, Nov. 8 and 9 in the high school auditorium, 137 Monument St.

Set in the late 1930s, the story follows Sheridan Whiteside, a famous radio personality, as he recovers from a fall that caused him to be confined to a wheelchair. Hilarity ensues as audience members view the recovery process of Whiteside within the irresistible small town of Mesalia, Ohio, in the weeks leading to Christmas.

Performances are Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 9 at 2 and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 general admission. The show is directed by Melissa Allen, with costume design by Susan Blim. The tech team is led by Matthew Lima and construction is by Dan Hickey. Senior Michael Galvin as Sheridan Whiteside, senior Shannon Kaiser as Maggie Cutler, and sophomore Amanda Hinkle as Lorraine Sheldon perform alongside a cast of assorted characters who contribute to the chaos and comedy.

Tickets are available online at or at the door.


Portrayal of Cotton Mather: Local author and actor Michael Cormier will deliver a performance that will be filmed for inclusion in a forthcoming documentary about Hannah Dustin by filmmaker Siobhan Landry.

The performance, held at East Parish Church on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m., is a contemporary adaptation of the Cotton Mather lecture, “Humiliations follow’d with Deliverances.’’ It is considered the first written version of the Hannah Dustin story. The performance will be followed by a question-and-answer session.


Run to Overcome: Greenleaf Academy, formerly the Haverhill Alternative School, will hold its seventh annual Run to Overcome 5K Run and Walk Sunday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. at the former Greenleaf School, 58 Chadwick St., Bradford.

The event will include food and refreshments and the race will be officially timed. Medals will be given to the top three place winners in the various age categories. The first 200 applicants to register receive T-shirts. Wear your red, white and blue to honor our veterans.

Proceeds support academic and social events, including field trips and Project Adventure for at-risk students in grades five through 12.

Register online at


Talk on signs of dementia: Kim O’Connell of Bridges by Epoch Memory Care Assisted Living will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. to present a talk titled “When is Forgetfulness a Sign of Normal Aging ... and When Is It Dementia?”

If you or a family member is experiencing memory loss or unusual behavioral changes, learn about what’s normal, what’s not, and if it may be time for a professional memory screening. To register for this program, call 978-374-2390.


Church to host Veterans Day concert: The First Church of Christ at 10 Church St. in Bradford will host a Veterans Day concert Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m.

Special guest speaker is former Navy SEAL Salvatore DeFranco. This year’s theme is “A Musical Salute” to Veterans, sponsored by Merrimack Valley Credit Union. A freewill offering will be accepted. The musical tribute will include patriotic and inspirational selections from featured performers including New England tenor Damien Corcoran, mezzo soprano Mary Metvier, the Sacred Heart Select Chorus, Burlington High School Chamber Singers, and special guest tenor, 11-year-old Wade Turner. Mike Fay will serve as host. All service and civic organizations are encouraged to attend to help honor our veterans.

If you would like to participate as a group please, contact Mike Fay at or call 978-476-6053.


Flu clinics planned: The town of Groveland will hold flu clinics Thursday, Nov. 14, from 3 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Fire Station training room.

Three is a fee, so please bring insurance and Medicare cards. Children must be 9 or older.


Talk on people-friendly communities: Beth Hayden of Methuen Village will present a talk titled “Creating People Friendly Communities” Thursday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

This workshop will explore how senior communities can become more “people friendly” which focuses on the issues of senior bullying. Hayden will explore positive interventions to offer seniors a safe and welcoming environment for all. This will equip participants with tools and strategies to deal with difficult people in any social setting. To reserve a seat, call 978-374-2390.


Class reunion planned: St. James High School Class of 1957 will hold its 62nd mini-reunion Thursday, Nov. 14, at noon at Bradford Country Club, 201 Chadwick Road.

Dress is casual. Classmates and guests can order from the menu. RSVP to Gail Mantia Donovan at 603-382-8789 or 603-560-9379.


School to hold Christmas craft fair: Sacred Hearts School will hold a Christmas craft fair Friday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school gymnasium, 31 S. Chestnut St., Bradford

The fair will feature home made crafts, Christmas gifts, local vendors, a wreath raffle, cookie walk, children’s crafts and other activities.

For more information, send email to


Author talk by Angela Himsel: Author Angela Himsel will discuss her memoir — “A River Could Be a Tree” — Sunday, Nov. 17, at Temple Emanu-El.

A continental breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m., and the presentation follows at 10 a.m. A donation of $10 per person is suggested. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by contacting the temple office at or 978-373-3861. Walk-ins will also be welcome. The temple is at 514 Main St.

“A River Could Be a Tree” traces Himsel’s personal journey to Judaism. One of 11 children in a devout evangelical Christian family in rural Indiana, today she is a practicing Jew living in Manhattan. Her story is an odyssey of love and faith, told in a voice mixed with pathos and humor.

Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signings take place following the program.

Temple Emanu-El thanks its patrons, Cowan Insurance Agency, Stuart Mandell (in memory of his beloved wife, Ada), and Smith Motors Company of Haverhill, and its sponsors, H. L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes and Pentucket Bank, for their generous support of its 2019 Author Series.


Women’s City Club to meet: The Women’s City Club of Haverhill will meet Nov. 19 at the Advent Christian Church, 160 Carleton St.

Guest speaker, the Rev. Frank Jewett of Advent Christian Church, will share stories of famous women from Haverhill. The club meets in the church’s lower level at 1 p.m. This is the only club meeting in November. The Nov. 5 meeting was changed because of the election, where many members work at the polls. A brief business meeting is followed by light refreshments and the program.

New members are always welcome. Membership applications are available at each meeting.

For more information, send email to


Educator of the Year program: The Haverhill YMCA will hold its 11th annual Educator of the Year award ceremony and recognition Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. in Northern Essex Community College’s Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St.

Tickets, at $40 each, include dinner. Raffle baskets will be available at the event. Premier sponsor is Haverhill Bank.

RSVP by Nov. 8 to Colette Ekman at

For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Tracy Fuller at


Part D Prescription Drug Plan reviews: SHINE counselors from Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley will offer half-hour Part D Prescription Drug Plan review appointments Friday, Nov. 22, at the Haverhill Council on Aging, Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Preregistration is required for these appointments and can be made by calling 978-374-2390, ext. 3919.


Live theater: Pentucket Players, a nonprofit community theater organization founded in 1994, will present its fall production, “The Music Man,” by Meredith Willson, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 24, at 1 p.m., in the City Hall Auditorium, 4 Summer St.

Tickets for reserved seats, at a cost of $28, are available at or at the door.


Annual Christmas fair and luncheon: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church at 471 Main St. will hold its annual Christmas fair and luncheon Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For sale will be hand-crafted items, baked goods, jewelry, gift items and gently used treasures. There will also be a cookie walk. Lunch items will include hot dogs, soups, chili, sandwiches, beverages, and the popular lobster salad rolls.


Senior trips offered

The Council on Aging is offering Rite Way Travel trips for Haverhill senior citizens:

Foxwoods trips, Nov. 6 and 20, and Dec. 4 and 18 for $30.

New York City shopping Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14 for $65.

Wrights Farm and LaSalette lights, Dec. 8 including luncheon for $69.

New Year’s at Noon Party aboard the Odyssey in Boston Harbor for $109.

Cats the Musical orchestra seat and motor coach, Jan. 16 for $139.

Fiddler on the Roof March 5, orchestra seat and motor coach for $139 For details contact Riteway Travel at 978-682-3245 or


White Mountains trip planned: The Council on Aging is offering a trip to the White Mountain Hotel and Resort Dec. 13 to 15.

This holiday tour offers entertainment, festive activities, gourmet dining and all the finest amenities of the hotel. The trip includes a welcome reception; two-nights deluxe accommodations; five meals — two breakfasts, one luncheon, and two dinners; Austrian sleigh ride at Nestlenook Farm in Jackson; three shows; a Christmas gift; and motor coach transportation.

Cost is $479 per person, double occupancy, and $619 per person, single occupancy. To register or for more information, call Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.


Christmas with MARK209: Nashville’s MARK209 will bring Christmas in four-part harmony to New England. Recently completing a west coast tour, the popular quartet has scheduled 15 “Christmas from the Heart of Nashville” concerts during the month of December. New Life Christian Assembly of God Church, 966 Main St., Haverhill, will host a concert Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.

For information and tickets, call Dawn at 603-329-6047. Additional local concerts during that week include Newmarket, Plaistow, Fremont, and Dover, New Hampshire, and Lebanon, Maine. For information and tickets for those concerts call Steve at 603-842-9794. Tickets for all concerts are $5 and concert-goers are advised to order ahead since most concerts last year were sold out.



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