Food drive is June 27

A food drive in support of Haverhill’s food pantries will be held June 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at City Hall, 4 Summer St.

This event is organized by the Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council, the United Way of Massachusetts, the One Haverhill Fund, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and Sacred Hearts Parish.

For information about assistance or if you are able to contribute, visit or call Tom Raiche at 781-609-6443.

Golf tournament planned

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill will hold its annual golf tournament Monday, Aug. 3, at the Haverhill Country Club. Tee-off is between noon and 2 p.m. There will be no sit-down dinner, but grab-and-go meals will be available.

Proceeds from this event support the club's Back a Kid campaign, which supports a variety of programs for club members.

Register online at

A free virtual annual celebration is planned for Thursday, Aug. 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Facebook Live, which will be on the club's Facebook page. A silent auction, which will be available through the club's website, will run from Aug. 3 to Aug. 13 and feature lottery ticket baskets, gift certificates to local restaurants, signed sports memorabilia and other items.

To donate an item to the auction, contact Melissa DeFriesse at 978-374-6171, ext. 102, or

River Ruckus 2020 canceled

Team Haverhill has cancelled the 2020 River Ruckus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A subcommittee had been working for the last two months in anticipation of celebrating the event's 10th anniversary in September.

Since 2010, tens of thousands of attendees have enjoyed the classic car show, children’s activities, local food, beer garden, local and national music acts, and the biggest fireworks display north of Boston.


“Our subcommittee of incredibly hard-working volunteers were determined to make this year’s festival the best ever,” said River Ruckus Chair Joe LeBlanc. “Unfortunately, the pandemic presented us with too many public health challenges. Regretfully, it’s just not possible to do it this year, but we’re looking forward to seeing everyone in 2021.”

Annual seafood festival canceled 

The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, an annual attraction for people throughout the region, has been cancelled.

This year, the Chamber of Commerce will produce a summer-long Hampton Beach Seafood Guidebook that will direct Seafood Festival fans to the businesses where they can enjoy food, shopping, and fun. Many of these businesses will be advertising in the guidebook and will be offering a variety of discounts, Chamber officials said.

Starting on July 6, the guidebook will be widely distributed along the seacoast area including all of the area business locations up and down the coast. These free guidebooks will also be available at the chamber’s beach office on Ocean Boulevard.

The chamber also plans to have some seafood festival activities during the scheduled dates, Sept. 11 to 13, that would include a 9/11 tribute, fireworks and a 5K road race. More information will be provided during the summer.

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$2,000 scholarship deadline extended

The Haverhill Commission on Disability Issues has extended its scholarship application deadline to July 1 because of the disruption caused by COVID-19.

Any Haverhill student who has a developmental, intellectual or medical disability may apply for the $2,000 scholarship, whether he or she graduated from Haverhill High School or Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School.

Commission Chairman Fran Hogan said the scholarship winner doesn’t have to be a straight-A student.

“We look at the overall background of the student, and what their goals are, and we want to be able to assist those students,” she said.

Students looking to apply should contact their school guidance counselors between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. as follows: Jami Dion, Haverhill public schools, 978-374-5700, ext. 1133, or 978-872-2884; Michelle Catena or Kristine Morrison, Whittier Regional High School, 978-272-4101, ext. 265.

Salvation Army stores reopen 

The Salvation Army has reopened its Family Stores and donation centers in Haverhill and Salem, New Hampshire.

The stores were closed due to the pandemic and are now ready to welcome shoppers with bargain-priced clothing, household items, electronics, books, toys, furniture and collectibles.

The Salvation Army is accepting donations of small, resalable items including gently used clothing. Large items such as sofas and television sets are not being accepted.

Tax receipts will be provided as donations are made during store hours — Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After-hours clothing donations can be dropped in the bins located in Family Store parking lots. Please do not stuff the bins with damaged or unusable items. For more information, visit

Ruth’s House thrift shop reopens

Ruth’s House thrift shop at 111 Lafayette Square has reopened after a brief interruption due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Customers must wear face coverings and preferably gloves, and the number of customers allowed in the store at one time is being limited to adhere to social distancing rules.

Ruth’s House invites the public to stop in and browse a large selection of household goods, including several sewing machines, decorative pieces, bedding and drapes. The shop also carries a big selection of books by best-selling authors, along with some travel and history books, all of which are two for $1.

The thrift shop is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The shop is closed on Sundays. For more information, email or call 978-521-5575.

Parish fundraiser enters second phase

The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has announced a second phase for “90-Days Now, For Your Parish,” a parish support initiative recently boosted by a $100,000 matching pledge from an anonymous donor.

This online program of giving is helping parishes respond to the immediate needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic by offering a simple online giving tool for parishioners or members of the community.

During the first phase of the program, the Archdiocese said more than $450,000 in gifts and pledges were raised from 1,500 donors, benefiting 236 parishes which have experienced reduced offertories due to the pandemic. Funds raised go directly to the parish of donors' choice.

This new phase has a goal of reaching $1 million with the assistance of a matching pledge from an anonymous donor. The hope is to raise an additional $450,000 for a total of $900,000. For every $2 raised above the $700,000 level, the donor will match it with a $1 contribution, up to $100,000, bringing the overall total raised to $1 million.

To donate to your parish, visit online at and click on the “Donate” button.

Amtrak Downeaster resumes limited service

The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority announced that the Amtrak Downeaster has begun the first phase of service restoration.

Service has resumed with one round-trip on weekdays only between Brunswick, Maine and Boston on southbound Train 680 and northbound Train 685. Downeaster service had been suspended since April 13.

Procedures have been implemented, including frequent cleaning and disinfection, to protect the health and safety of passengers and crews.

Station facilities will not be open. Passengers should go directly to the outdoor platform to wait for their train.

Cafe service will not be available, however, complimentary water will be available upon request.

The rail authority’s Board of Directors plans to meet later this month to consider adding more daily trips.

The schedule for Train 680 has been modified slightly to adjust for construction-related delays. Passengers on Train 685 to stations north of Haverhill should expect delays of about 15 minutes.

For more information, visit

Library provides curbside pick-up

The Haverhill Public Library is offering a curbside pick-up service for patrons weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To schedule a pick-up time, call the library at 978-373-1586 or use the app “myLibro.” You will need your library card number and the titles of the items you are requesting. Items must be available at the Haverhill Public Library. There is a five-item limit per pickup or 10 for children’s items.

More information is available at

Library offers summer reading program

Haverhill Public Library is holding a virtual summer reading program for people of all ages.

Track reading and activities from June 15 to Aug. 10 online at or download the Beanstack app from Google Play or the Apple App Store. Register for this program at

Sign up for one of four challenges based on grade level as follows: Tiny Heroes Club (babies and toddler, preschool), Fairy Tale Champions (kindergarten to sixth grade), Teen Reading Challenge (grades six to 12, sixth graders get to choose their challenge) or Adult Reading Challenge.

For every prize won, the library will donate matching dollar amount to the Sacred Hearts Church food pantry. For terms and conditions, visit

Drive-in church services continue

Phoenix Rising United Church of Christ, in partnership with Groveland Congregational Church UCC, will continue to host drive-in services on Sundays at 10 a.m. until the end of July, and possibly later.

Services are held at 10 a.m. in the Groveland Congregational Church parking lot, 4 King St., Groveland, and are conducted by the Rev. Chris Hart, pastor of Groveland Congregational, and the Rev. Donna Spencer Collins, pastor of Phoenix Rising, which is now based at Groveland Congregational Church.

The parking lot can accommodate more than 50 vehicles.

During the services, attendees stay in their vehicles and can watch the two pastors, who are usually on an outdoor stage, and listen via FM 90.3 on their car radios.

Library offers virtual programs

The Haverhill Public Library is offering a variety of virtual programs this month.

You can get more information and register for these programs at under Calendar of Events.

Kanopy film discussion virtual group meets Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. Participants will discuss LGBTQ films.

A virtual crafters group meets Fridays from 2 to 3 p.m.

Virtual yoga with Ellen Moschetto meets June 27 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Mountain Landscape will be presented virtually by the Pop Up Art School on June 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The children’s department hosts virtual lapsit programs on Facebook Live Mondays at 10 a.m. for toddlers to age 2, and virtual story circle on Zoom on Saturdays at 10 a.m. for preschoolers. Check out the library’s YouTube channel for additional videos from the children’s staff.


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