City provides curbside pickup of leaves for residents

file photoResidents who remove leaves from their yards can put the bags at curbside for pickup Dec. 7. 

The city’s Public Works Department will conduct a curbside leaf collection day Saturday, Dec. 7.

The 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.

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

When: Saturday, Dec. 7

Who: Residents can place leaves next to the street for pickup.

Details: 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. Pickup limited to leaves and grass only.



Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Local boxers in show: Brendon Simonds and Harry Gigliotti of Haverhill, both of whom train at Haverhill Downtown Boxing, will be fighting in the second Thanksgiving Eve Boxing Spectacular, to be held Nov. 27 at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham, New Hampshire.

Gigliotti, two wins and one loss with two knockouts, will take on the pro-debuting Robert Bricks of New York. Simonds (3-0 with 3 knockouts) will take on New York’s Ian Beatease in a four-round welterweight fight. This will be Simonds' last professional fight.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the first fights are at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available at Haverhill Downtown Boxing, 84 Locust St. or by calling Ray Hebert at 978-420-9718.


Thanksgiving breakfast planned: The annual Haverhill Touchdown Club Thanksgiving Day breakfast will be held again this year at the Garibaldi Club at 86 Washington St. Breakfast is from 7 to 9 a.m. Members eat free and the club is asking for a $5 donation for others.


Free classic movies: The public library will show free classic movies Tuesdays in December at 10 a.m.

December movies are classic westerns. Check or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608 for specific titles.


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 are now available by calling 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.


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. For more information, ask at the front desk.


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

All classes are held at the YMCA, 81 Winter St., at 6:30 p.m. and are open to ages 10 and up. The cost is $55 per class. First aid classes are Dec. 5, Jan. 20, Feb. 24, March 11, April 27, May 18 and June 11. CPR and AED classes are Dec. 12, Jan. 16, 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


Free robotics and automation offered: Northern Essex Community College will hold an information session on Dec. 11 about a seven-week, 140-hour Robotics and Automation Training Program that begins this winter.

The grant-funded, noncredit program is free to qualified applicants.

The information session, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Greater Lawrence Technical School, (GLTS) 57 River Road, Andover, at 4 p.m. The program, designed for unemployed and underemployed people ages 17 to 29 with the minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent, runs from Jan. 21 through March 13, Mondays through Thursdays, from 4 to 9 p.m. at GLTS.

Students who successfully complete the robotics portion of the program by passing the online modules, hands-on labs and final exam, will receive the FANUC CERT “Handling Tool Operations and Programming” Cert Level I.

The program, offered through NECC’s Center for Corporate and Community Education, is sponsored by a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. For more information, or to register for one of the information nights, call 978-556-3067 or 978-722-7054.


A Festival of Trees: The Groveland Historical Society will present its third annual A Festival of Trees Nov. 29 and 30, and Dec. 1, 6, 7 and 8 from 1 to 8 p.m. at historic Washington Hall, 101 Washington St., Groveland.

Admission is $5 and free to children under 5. Each tree has a different theme. Raffle tickets for the trees, wreaths and centerpieces that will be on display are $1 each, six for $5 or 12 for $10. Proceeds from this event benefit the Groveland Historical Society.


Class reunion: Haverhill High School’s Class of 1989 will hold its 30-year reunion Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at DiBurro’s function hall, 887 Boston Road.

Tickets were $40 until Nov. 11, and are now $45.

Tickets are available at Mark’s Deli in Railroad Square or through committee members Heather (Dunn) Tittman, Tar (Murphy) McLaughlin, Jen (Wheeler) Drelick or Stavros Dimakis and Candy (Baxter) Pagliccia. Please provide your name (from yearbook), the name you would like to appear on your tag, guest names if applicable, as well as email, mobile number (for text confirmation) and mailing address.

For more information, contact Antigone Simmons at 978-471-1191 or



Talk on immigration: Distinguished Professor Robert Forrant will discuss a century's worth of immigration history in the region's mill cities and present a look at the past and future of immigration during a lecture on Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at UMass Lowell's iHub, located on the third floor of Harbor Place, 2 Merrimack St.

This lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of the iHub’s Cultural Speaker Series, which brings leading faculty and experts from the university's main campus to Haverhill for lectures and presentations.

Massachusetts has a history of immigration dating back to the first settlement of newcomers who built colonies along the New England coast. Today, immigrants remain an integral part of diverse and thriving communities and make extensive contributions that benefit society.

In the 19th century and early 20th century, the top countries of origin for immigrants were in Southern and Eastern Europe. Top countries of origin today are China, the Dominican Republic, India, Brazil and Haiti. Through a look at the immigration histories of Haverhill, Lawrence and Lowell, the event will dedicate an hour discussing "old'' and "new'' immigration and leave the discussion with a greater understanding of the state's rich immigration history.

This series is sponsored by Pentucket Bank. Visit for more information and to register for this event.


Calling  all knitters and crocheters: The public library’s knit and crochet group will meet Dec. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m., and Dec. 17 from 7 to 8:45 p.m.

Participants talk about their favorite books, yarns and patterns. They bring their knitting and crocheting projects and make some progress while chatting. No registration is necessary.



Senior citizen trips offered: The Council on Aging is offering these Rite Way Travel trips for Haverhill senior citizens:

Foxwoods trips are 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


Cine Espanol: The public library will show a movie in Spanish on Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

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


Free screenings of recent movies: The public library will have free showings of recent films on Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.

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


Holiday concert and silent auction: The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra will present its Holiday Concert Spectacular and host its silent auction fundraiser Dec. 15 at the Timberlane Performing Arts Center, 40 Greenough Road, Plaistow.

The concert will feature many instrumental and choral favorites of the season.

A special highlight will showcase North Andover vocal soloist Megan Onello, a junior at Pingree School, performing Broadway selections from "Anastasia and Natasha,'' "Pierre'' and "The Great Comet of 1812.''

Timberlane High School’s Chamber Singers, directed by Mike Green, will also perform seasonal choral pieces. To round out this holiday concert, MVPO interim conductor Louis Stewart will lead the orchestra and audience in many favorites, including "The Harry Potter Suite" and some festive holiday sing-a-longs.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for the orchestra’s annual silent auction. Visitors will be able to browse and bid on a variety of items, including last-minute holiday gifts.

The auction will be held during intermission, and winners will be announced during the concert. Cash, check and credit card may be used to pay for auction items on the day of the concert.

Tickets — $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens, $10 for students and $5 for children ages 4 to 12 — are available at the door or online at or Seating is general admission.


Author talk at Temple Emanu-El: Temple Emanu-El will host a talk by Jamie Bernstein, who will discuss her book "Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein" on Sunday, Dec. 8.

A continental breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m., and the presentation will follow 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 978-373-3861 or Walk-ins will also be welcome. The temple is at 514 Main St.

Leonard Bernstein was a composer, conductor, television star and humanitarian. He was also a father. In "Famous Father Girl," Jamie Bernstein, his eldest daughter, invites the reader into her family’s private world.

Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing following the program.

The presentation is the final program in Temple Emanu-El’s 2019 Author Series.

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.


Christmas book sale planned: New England Author’s Expo will hold a Christmas Book Sale Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers.

This event is open to the public and admission is free. About 30 authors will be attending this event, which is sponsored by Pear Tree Publishing and Rosstrum Publishing. Visit online at


Author talk planned: The public library will host a talk by local author Daniel Zimmerman on Dec. 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Zimmerman will discuss his book "Shots in the Dark: The Saga of Rocco Balliro" which is based on prison interviews with Balliro, who lost his girlfriend and her son, who were also Zimmerman's aunt and cousin, in a shootout with police. This program will include a question-and-answer session, and books will be for sale. Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


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 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 603-329-6047.

Additional local concerts during that week will be in the New Hampshire communities of Newmarket, Plaistow, Fremont and Dover, and Lebanon, Maine. For information and tickets for those concerts call 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.


Caroling and other holiday fun: East Parish Meeting House will host caroling and camaraderie Dec. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of candlelight, a warm fire, refreshments, and songs of hope and joy for the Christmas and Hanukkah seasons.

For more information, visit on Facebook or email or visit online at


Get Lit Book Club: The public library's Get Lit Book Club, a social book club designed for 20- and 30-something readers in Greater Haverhill, will meet Dec. 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m at the Peddler’s Daughter on Wingate Street.

The group meets monthly to talk books, socialize, eat, drink and do whatever else might come up. Call 978-373-1586, ext. 608, for more information.

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 for individual sign up 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

Registration in each race includes the Wild Rover Series medal, personalized race bibs, hot food after the race, live entertainment, beverages, chip timing and Facebook integration (opt in during registration). Race organizers will post your finishing time on your timeline, email results and provide step-up results (video screens at the finish). Special awards will be given to the Wild Rover Series winning male and female. Winners will be determined by age grading.

For more information, email



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