Memorial for Longtime Haverhill Priest Planned

Eagle Tribune
March 31, 2016

A Mass in memory of longtime local priest the Rev. Frederick Sweeney will happen April 9 at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Lincoln Avenue, across from Trinity Stadium.

Sweeney, former pastor of St. John the Baptist, died in early March.

After the Mass, the church will provide coffee and desserts.

Sweeney was a whistle blower in the the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. When he became pastor of St. John the Baptist in the early 1980s, he began collecting information about former pastor Ronald Paquin, who was later convicted of assaulting boys and spent years in prison.

Air Force recruiter focuses on Haverhill

Air Force Staff Sgt. Steven Scott has been assigned to the Air Force Recruiting Office at 18 John St., Lowell.

Scott is responsible for recruiting people from Haverhill, Lawrence and Andover to join the Air Force.

He can be reached at 603-988-9517. More information is available at

Event will remember local contractor

Smith's Tavern will host a celebration of life event in memory of David O'Connell April 2 at 2 p.m.

O'Connell, a local contractor, rebuilt the popular downtown spot after a fire in November 2010. Six months ago, he retired and moved to Florida, but became ill and died.

The memorial event at the tavern on Essex Street will feature food, drink and people sharing memories of O'Connell.

NECC to host Expo for military

A Veterans and Military Expo focusing on educational and career opportunities, as well as veterans services, will be held April 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northern Essex Community College in the lobby of the Sport & Fitness Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Representatives from the college will be available to review educational options and resources available to veterans and active military personnel.

Human resource representatives from Renewal by Anderson, Sig Sauer, UPS, ValleyWorks, and Verizon will discuss employment possibilities, and professionals from the Lowell Vet Center and the Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership program which works to help veterans succeed in college and inform them of the programs and resources made available by the VA, will be on hand to review veterans services.

Resume reviews by professionals will also be available.

For more information, visit or contact Jeff Williams at 978-556-3631 or

This event, which is free and open to all veterans and veteran personnel, is sponsored by NECC’s Veterans Services and Veterans Council.

Library plans book sale

The Friends of the Haverhill Public Library will hold a book sale beginning with a preview night on April 5 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Preview night admission is $20.

Opening day to the public is April 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The sale continues April 8 and April 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a $5-per-bag sale.

The sale will continue April 10 from 1 to 4:30 p.m., also featuring a $5-per-bag sale. Hardcover books are $1. All paperbacks and children’s books are 25 cents each.

DVDs and CDs are $1 each. The library is at 99 Main St. The book sale is in the auditorium on the second floor.

All proceeds go directly to the library. The Friends of the Library are a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization.

Republican City Committee to meet

The Haverhill Republican City Committee will hold an organizational meeting on April 7 at 6 p.m. at the public library, 99 Main St., in the Milhendler Room on the first floor.

The meeting is open to all Haverhill residents. More information is available from City Republican Chairman William Ryan at 978-521-1130.

Trip to Coast Guard Academy cancelled

The Council on Aging has cancelled its trip to see Doc Severinsen and the Guardians Big Band at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, on April Sunday.

More information about other trips that are planned is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Choir presents spring concert

DERRY — The Interfaith Choir invites music lovers to its annual spring concert titled "American Classics.''

Performances are April 16 at 7 p.m. at Church of the Transfiguration, 1 Hood Road, Derry, and April 17 at 6 p.m. at the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, 8 Pleasant St., Salem.

Special guests are the Windham Flute Ensemble. The choir will present a mix of sacred and secular selections, including "The Rose," "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" and selections from "My Fair Lady.'' Admission is free and refreshments will be served following each concert. A freewill offering will be taken.








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