Educator of the Year award to be given

CARL RUSSO/Staff photoMoody School teacher Danielle Gregoire reacts as she is named Haveerhill's Educator of the Year in 2017. 

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



What: Annual Educator of the Year award ceremony

When: Nov. 19, 5 p.m.

Where: Northern Essex Community College’s Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St.

More information: Contact Tracy Fuller at



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 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


YMCA to hold CPR AED and first aid classes: 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 Nov. 16, 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


Christmas fair planned: The Council on Aging is seeking people 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.


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 preregistration for toddlers up to age 12 on Nov. 15 and 22 in the Fellowship Hall, 13 Ashland St.

This preregistration is open to Haverhill residents only with photo identification. The church cannot guarantee toys to those who have not preregistered.

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.


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.


People-friendly communities is focus of talk: 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 citizen 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.


Free concert at Winnekenni Castle: James VanDeuson will perform an acoustic guitar and vocals concert at Winnekenni Castle on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m.

VanDeuson is touring the northeast and the castle is fortunate to be one of his stops, organizers said.

With a mix of folk influence and a bit of blues and old country, VanDeuson is an inventive singer/songwriter looking to share his music far and wide. Having grown up listening to his father perform at bars, pubs and restaurants, he was motivated to fashion his own musical career at an early age. VanDeuson had his first show at the age of 14 and has performed professionally ever since. From California to New York, he travels wherever his music allows him to go.

The show will take place inside the castle with seating provided. Food and refreshments will be available.

The castle is at 78 Castle Road within Winnekenni Park at 347 Kenoza Ave. For more information, email

Visit VanDeuson online at


Talk on end-of-life planning: Attorney Gerald Shyavitz will discuss end-of-life planning Monday, Nov. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the public library.

Estate planning attorneys prepare living wills, healthcare proxies, durable powers of attorney, wills, trusts and more. These end of life directives are given to the clients by the attorney and therefore the attorney believes that their job is done. But it isn’t. These directives do little good unless the clients also participate in extensive conversations with their healthcare agents and family. Learn more about End of Life Planning to help protect yourself and your loved ones. Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


Improve your life with laughter: Northern Essex Community College professor Dave Rattigan will present a talk titled "Laughter in Your Life” Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Merrimac Public Library, 86 West Main St., Merrimac.

Rattigan will focus on how to bring more humor into work and life. Laughter reduces stress, improve outlook, and leads to a better quality of life, says Rattigan.

In this variation of his “Laughter in the Workplace” corporate presentation, Rattigan will use his stand-up material to lighten the mood, and then facilitate a combination of improv games, funny stories, stand-up, and Q&A's to help the audience create their own comedy experience.

This presentation is offered through NECC's Speakers Bureau. For more information, visit online at or contact or at 978-556-3862. For information about this presentation, contact Tracy Shaw at or call 978-346-9441.


Financial planning seminar: The public library will host a seminar Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. by financial adviser Michael Bakanosky of Ameriprise Financial.

This seminar will focus on balancing your life today while saving for your future. Bakanosky will discuss ways to continue living your life the way you want to today while also ensuring that you are able to continue doing that in retirement.

The seminar goes into the hurdles that most individuals face while they save for the future. Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


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


Photography lecture planned: Sweethaven Gallery and the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport will host a photography lecture, "From Personal to Universal — Photographs" by Rania Matar Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Matar was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to the U.S. in 1984. Originally trained as an architect at the American University of Beirut and at Cornell University, she studied photography at the New England School of Photography and the Maine Photographic Workshops. Matar started teaching photography in 2009 and offered summer photography workshops to teenage girls in Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps with the assistance of non-governmental organizations. She now teaches personal documentary photography, and portrait and identity at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

This event is part of the Northshore Photography Lecture Series, which is co-produced by the Firehouse Center for the Arts and Sweethaven Gallery. The Firehouse Center for the Arts is located in Market Square, Newburyport. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students (plus a $2 ticketing fee). For more information, call the box office at 978-462-7336 or visit online at


Speaking with confidence: The public library will have a talk on speaking with confidence Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Linda Ugelow inspires audiences to lead and live with a presence of ease. As a visibility and confidence coach, she guides clients to transform their inner experience to reach their potential. She produces and hosts the TV show "Women Inspired.'' Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


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.


Local artists display works in Ipswich: Members of the Greater Haverhill Arts Association will have their works on exhibit in the historic Hall-Haskell House Gallery in Ipswich, from Friday Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 24, from noon to 4 p.m. each day.

The focus is on small works that are just perfect for gifting. Sunday afternoon will feature a public reception to meet the artists. The show and reception are free to the public, and all are welcome.

Visit online at or send email to


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.


Church to hold craft fair: First Church of Christ, 10 Church St., Bradford, will hold a Candy Cane Christmas Fair Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fair will feature more than 40 craft vendors. Take your picture with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Coffee and goodies, breakfast, soup and sandwich lunch. A bakery and sweet shop will have pies for Thanksgiving. Raffles will take place as well.

Please bring non-perishable food items, personal care items and household cleaning items and receive free raffle tickets. Those items will go to the Northeast Veteran’s Outreach Center following the fair.


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, 887 Boston Road.

Tickets were $40 until Nov. 11, and $45 after that date.

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


Curbside leaf collection: 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.

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


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

Foxwoods trips, Nov. 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


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


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 603-329-6047. Additional local concerts during that week include 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 camradrerie 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



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