Pines Speedway reunion chance to see old races cars

CARL RUSSO/staff photoRace car enthusiasts check out cars at a previous Pines Speedway reunion.

The 17th annual Pines Speedway Reunion is Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Pines Recreation area in Groveland. 

Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine, under a big tent. Donations are appreciated.

Fans are welcome to enjoy the many displays of racing memorabilia. There will be special exhibits from the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame, STAR racing legends and Coastal 181 publications.

Here is the schedule of events: 11 a.m., drivers and crew photos; noon, start race car engines; 12:30 p.m., honoree interviews, fans can ask questions.

Groveland Congregational Church is in charge of refreshments.



What: 17th annual Pines Speedway Reunion

When: Saturday, Oct. 5. Activities begin at 11 a.m.

Where: Pines Recreation area, Groveland

Admission: Free



Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Documentary showing: "Hailing César," a documentary directed by and featuring Eduardo Chavez, the grandson of civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, will be shown on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. in the Louise Haffner Fournier Education Center, 78 Amesbury St., Lawrence.

Chavez will discuss the film following the showing.

This showing, which is one of the events planned for Northern Essex’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the White Fund in partnership with Northern Essex Community College.

For more information, contact Analuz Garcia at For information about the film, visit

To learn more about NECC’s Hispanic heritage Month celebration, visit


Library scholarships offered: High school juniors living in Haverhill and who have plans to attend a two- or four-year college are eligible to apply for the Haverhill Public Library Trustee Scholarship Page Program.

Applications will be accepted until Oct. 18.

Accepted pages must complete two years of service in the page program to remain eligible for scholarships. Each class of pages will begin in the fall and continue through the following spring. Pages are required to complete two shifts per week (two to three hours per shift).

At the end of the two years, pages will be awarded with a trustee scholarship of $1,500. To apply, interested participants must submit a letter of interest, a letter of support from a guidance counselor or teacher, and a complete application. More information and applications can be found at For more information, contact Rachel Gagnon at


Tablets for seniors citizens: The Council on Aging, in partnership with T-Mobile, will have tablet computers available for free to senior citizens.

To receive a tablet, you must attend a training class on their use. Classes will be held in September, with dates to be announced. The program is limited to 30 people. For more information or to schedule a training session, contact Mary Connolly at 978-374-2390, ext. 3915. The Council on Aging thanks the Wadleigh Foundation for supporting the program.


Book inspired by poet Whittier is released: “Wittier Than Thou,” a collection of 20 short stories of humor and whimsy inspired by the life and works of poet John Greenleaf Whittier, is available for purchase on Amazon.

All proceeds benefit the Whittier Birthplace museum in Haverhill.

John Greenleaf Whittier, who lived from 1807 to 1892, is best recalled as a fiery abolitionist and one of New England’s beloved fireside poets. Along with impassioned anti-slavery verse and the later songs of faith and rural domesticity, Whittier had a sly and subtle sense of humor, most evident in poems composed for friends and correspondents, according to David Goudsward, who edited the book.

“Witter Than Thou” is the third and final book in a series related to Whittier. The first was “Snowbound with Zombies,” a horror/supernatural anthology, and the second was “Murder Among Friends,” a mystery anthology.

Contributing authors in this series include Christopher Golden of Haverhill and Edith Maxwell of Amesbury.


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 to 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.


Photography exhibit: An exhibit of black and white photographs by Jeremy Barnard is taking place now through Oct. 27 at Sweethaven Gallery, 25-L Inn St., Newburyport.

Opening reception is from 4 to 7 p.m., Oct. 5. Light refreshments will be served

More information is available by calling 978-465-7656 or online at


NECC open house: Northern Essex Community College will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliot St., starting outside of the Sports and Fitness Center.

People interested in learning more about NECC’s academic programs, admissions process, or possible financial aid options are invited to attend.

Northern Essex offers more than 60 academic programs leading to associate degrees and certificates in areas such as health care, business, engineering, computer science, criminal justice and liberal arts. Courses and programs are offered days, evenings, weekends and online.

Tours of the campus will be available and those interested can apply to Northern Essex on the spot. Bring along a friend or family members.

Northern Essex will host its homecoming event that same day, and all are invited to participate. There will be food, entertainment, games, sports and children’s activities. The NECC Campus Classic 5K race will be held at 9 a.m.


Ladies-only gun clinic planned: The Haverhill Hound Rod and Gun Club will hold its annual fall ladies-only firearms clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

Fee is $35 per person and includes instruction, ammunition, firearms use and lunch.

Advanced registration is required. Visit online at to register. Space is limited. Participants must be 16 or older. The club is at 10 Larch Road, Bradford.


Campus Classic planned: Online registration is open for Northern Essex Community College’s annual 5K Campus Classic road race, which will be Oct. 5 on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

NECC’s annual homecoming will begin immediately following the race and will feature activities for people of all ages. The public is invited to stop by the college's homecoming event to spend time with friends, celebrate the season, and enjoy arts and crafts, food, a “touch-a-truck,” live music and other activities.

The chip-timed USATF-certified 5K race will begin at 10 a.m. near the NECC Haverhill campus maintenance building, and will wind through the rural campus and its surrounding residential neighborhoods. Competitive runners – as well as novices and walkers – are encouraged to participate.

The general race entry fee is $25 through Oct. 3. The price increases to $30 after that date. Students with valid NECC IDs may register for a discounted price of $10. On-site registration is also available.

All race proceeds will benefit the NECC Fund, which supports student scholarships and academic programs. Covanta, one of the world’s largest owners and operators of energy-from-waste conversion infrastructure, is the event’s platinum sponsor.

Award categories include top three males and females overall, plus first-place male and female in various age divisions.

For more information, visit or contact Lindsay Graham at


Poetry reading: Diannely Antigua, a Dominican American poet and educator who was born and raised in Haverhill, has been receiving critical acclaim for her debut poetry collection “Ugly Music” published this year by YesYes Books.

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, she will deliver a special reading and discussion of her work at NECC’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. Free and open to the public, the reading is from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the Pentucket Bank Lecture Hall in the Spurk Building.

Sponsored by the NECC Liberal Arts: Writing Option program, the reading will serve as an opportunity for anyone who has an interest in poetry or literary arts to hear from an accomplished professional in the field. The event will include a question-and-answer session following the reading.

For more information about this event or the Liberal Arts: Writing Option program, please contact Patricia Portanova, NECC associate professor of English and program coordinator, at


Community resource fair: The Haverhill, Merrimac, Groveland and West Newbury Councils on Aging, in partnership with Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, will hold a community resource fair from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Health screenings, free consultation, and information about Charlie cards will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Wadleigh Foundation. For more information, call 978-374-2390.


Ozzie’s Kids signups: The Ozzie’s Kids 2019 Christmas program will hold three sign-up days for qualifying families with children ages newborn to 12 years old.

Sign-ups are in person only at City Hall, downstairs by the former Registry of Motor Vehicles office, as follows: From 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19; and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

You must bring a photo ID (for parents/guardians signing up), current bill with Haverhill address and your child’s report card, a letter from school or your child’s doctor, and a birth certificate or something showing the child’s name and Haverhill residency.

This program is open to Haverhill residents only. Please sign up for help at one location only or you will be removed from the program’s list (other locations include churches, schools and global Santa). Volunteers will be checking with local charities to verify. If you share custody and both parents sign up, please note that at this at sign up, you will be both given three to four gifts instead of the normal five to seven gifts.


NECC to host transfer day: Northern Essex Community College’s Transfer Day will be held on both the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses.

Thirty-five schools will participate. The events will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St., and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Atrium of the Dimitry Building, 45 Franklin St., Lawrence.

Representatives from state universities from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine as well as private institutions, such as Simmons College, Suffolk University, University of New Hampshire, Merrimack College and Southern New Hampshire University will attend.

Transfer Day is an opportunity to plan early, and for students to check in and make sure they are taking the appropriate courses they will need to transfer once they graduate from NECC. Students are invited to speak with representatives from the schools and gather materials about the schools.

Students are encouraged to bring an unofficial copy of their transcript for on-the-spot admissions or just to discuss their status as a transfer student.

These events are open to students and any community members who are interested in talking with representatives from public and private colleges from across New England. Get information on program offerings, transfer requirements, financial aid, scholarships and other topics.

For more information, call 978-556-3719 or send email to


Ozzie’s Kids fundraiser: A Halloween fundraiser for Ozzie’s Kids will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Haverhill Lodge of Elks, 24 Summer St.

The event will include visits by Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elf, Minion, Spongebob and Pika.

A parade begins at noon. Entry to the parade is $3 and prizes will be awarded for the top three costumes in each age group. The parade is optional. The event also includes food, raffles, music, entertainment and other activities.

Tickets for games and crafts are 50 cents each or 12 for $5. Children can decorate a pumpkin.

All proceeds go to helping children of Haverhill families who struggle financially receive something under the tree at Christmas through the Ozzie’s Kids program. The program was created and run for nearly the decades by Ozzie Hardy, longtime Haverhill police officer who died this year. His family is continuing the program.

Ozzie’s Kids is accepting donations of gift cards and gift baskets for the raffles. To donate, send a message to Khristina Hardy on Facebook at “Osmond Ozzieskids Hardy.”


Haverhill Fire 5K: Haverhill Firefighters Local 1011 will hold its fourth annual Haverhill Fire 5K race and walk Sunday, Oct. 13, from 11:30 to 3 p.m.

This event is open to all ages and was originally scheduled to be held Sept. 21, but had to be postponed.

Participants will meet at Smith's Tavern, 124 Essex St., and run a course that includes the Bradford Rail Trail and downtown areas. All money raised supports the Hector Segura Memorial Scholarship. Segura, a private with the Haverhill Fire Department, died in the line of duty on May 23, 1990.

For registration information, visit on Facebook at Haverhill Fire Department Local 1011 under “Upcoming Events.”


Talk on End of Life Options Act: John Berkowitz, director of Western Mass. Death with Dignity Inc., will be at the Citizens Center at noon Oct. 15 to discuss whether Massachusetts should pass the End of Life Options Act.

Death with Dignity is also known as Medical and Compassionate Aid in Dying. The proposed bill in the Legislature would make Massachusetts the 10th state, in addition to Washington, D.C., to pass such a law. These laws provide the option for citizens who are terminally ill, mentally capable, and facing unbearable pain and unrelieved suffering to end their lives with a peaceful, humane death.

To register for this presentation call 978-374-2390.


Free talk on Medicare fraud: A representative from the Massachusetts Senior Medical Patrol will be at the Council on Aging, 10 Welcome St., Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. to discuss Medicare fraud.

Participants will be provided with tools to become a better educated and engaged health-care consumer. Call 978-374-2390 to register for this program.


Flu clinic planned: A flu vaccine clinic presented by Walgreen’s Pharmacy will be held Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

No appointment is necessary. Participants are asked to bring medicare/insurance cards. For more information, contact Mary Connolly at 978-374-2390, ext. 3915.


Chili cook off: The Haverhill Firefighting Museum will hold its 13th annual chili cook-off Saturday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. 

Organizers are looking for chili aficionados to compete and to sample.

Tasting and judging is from 6 to 8 p.m. Prizes will be given for best individual, best business, best firehouse, police and EMS entry, and best restaurant.

The event will include mystery balloons, a silent auction, cash bar, food concession for non-chili lovers, and door prizes.

The museum is at 75 Kenoza Ave.

For tickets or more information, or to download an entry form, visit online at or call Cynthia Graham at 978-994-1854 or Patricia Graham at 978-835-1565.


Author series planned: A group of authors will speak at Temple Emanu-El each month through December as part of an author series.

Each program will begin with a continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m., followed by the presentation at 10 a.m.

The authors will be available to sign copies of their books following the programs. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by contacting the temple office at or 978-373-3861 by the Wednesday preceding each program. Walk-ins are welcome. A donation of $10 per person for each program is suggested.

National Jewish Book Award winner Joshua Rubenstein will discuss “The Last Days of Stalin” on Oct. 20. Angela Himsel will discuss “A River Could Be a Tree” on Nov. 17. Jamie Bernstein, eldest daughter of composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein, will discuss “Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein” on Dec. 8.

The temple is at 514 Main St. Visit online at


Talk on ‘Healthy Eating as We Age’: Registered dietitian and diabetes educator Joan Hultgren of Pentucket Medical will lead a discussion titled “Healthy Eating as We Age” Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Reserve a spot for this discussion by calling Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.


Diabetic shoe clinic: A diabetic shoe clinic will be held at the Citizens Center Thursday, Oct. 31,.at 1:30 p.m.

Pro Medical East will do fittings for shoes.

Medicare and some other insurers will cover the cost of one pair of diabetic shoes and inserts, once per year. Updated doctor’s orders are needed. Call Mary Connolly at 978-374-2390, ext. 3915, to schedule an appointment.


Talk on medication safety: Alexandria Papadimoulis of the Regional Center for Poison Control will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. to discuss safety tips on what to ask your doctor about medications, and precautions you can take around your household.

The Regional Center for Poison Control is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance and expertise in the medical diagnosis, management, and prevention of poisonings throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The presentation will discuss why poisonings are the number-one injury death in the United States, and ways to prevent poisonings from happening.

To register for the program, call Mary Connolly at 978-374-2390, ext. 3915.


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


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.


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