Nashua - | Web Feeds Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us SWAT team deployed to Nashua home NASHUA – Nashua police deployed officers and at least one tactical team to a house in the city’s southwest quadrant Saturday evening, closing down streets and drawing curiosity from residents of the otherwise quiet neighborhood. “All the neighbors were outside,” said resident Christine MacNeil, who watched with others as police closed down the area surrounding Pioneer Drive. MacNeil photographed a group of law enforcement personnel hanging off the sides of an armored police vehicle as it drove through the neighborhood around 7:30 p.m. Some wore helmets and camouflage gear. “Pioneer Drive is a circle, and they had both ends of it blocked off for a while,” MacNeil said. “We kept trying to ask what was going on, but they weren’t really giving much information.” A Nashua police dispatcher said Sunday that officers were first called to Pioneer Drive at 4:40 p.m. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:44 EST Latino-American Festival draws community to Nashua church NASHUA – The Latino-American Festival drew about 500 people to the parking lot of St. Aloysius of Gonzaga Church on Sunday afternoon, regardless of some rainy weather. “It’s a fundraiser for the church, but also I want the community to be aware of who we are … we are a community of one although we are many cultures,” said the Rev. Marcos Gonzalez-Torres. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:24 EST Katherine C. O’Neill Katherine Clancy O’Neill, of Nashua, widow of Attorney Thomas E. O’Neill, died Saturday morning, July 26, 2014, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a brief illness. A Nashua native, Mrs. O’Neill was born on May 20, 1923 a daughter of the late Judge Frank B. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:04:11 EST Shirley Ann Field Dedicated to a career of nursing Shirley Ann Field, 64, of Nashua passed away on Monday July 14, 2014 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on April 12, 1950 in Dover, NH to the late Arba and Regina (Gosslin) Field. Shirley graduated from Concord High School and later attended Boston Deaconess School of Nursing. She worked as an ICU Nurse and Charge Nurse at various hospitals in Concord NH, Nashua NH and New York City including Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua and Boston Deaconess in Boston. She enjoyed cooking, dancing, traveling and attending sport car club events of SCCA and Porsche of Nashua. Surviving members of Shirley’s family include three sisters, Cora Parker of Rochester NH and Ocala, FL, Ruth Simard of Merrimack, NH and Ocala FL, and Yvonne Forest of Syracuse, NY. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:04:30 EST Smooth town-gown relations around Rivier EDITOR’S NOTE: Neighborhoods by the Numbers is a multipart six-day series profiling Nashua neighborhoods by digging into economic data. To read previous installments, visit Like the neighboring Kinsey Street area, Nashua’s Census tract 110, the area around Rivier University and the Nashua Country Club, is a neighborhood in the middle. Covering much of South Main Street and the northernmost part of Daniel Webster Highway – and stretching east just past East Dunstable Road – it’s near, but not in, the city center. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:06:01 EST Nashua welcomes first ‘alderwomen’ to City Hall Nashua City Hall watchers might have noticed some new terminology flying back and forth across the horseshoe this year. Officials representing each ward have traditionally adopted the title of “alderman” regardless of gender, but that changed when Pamela Brown was sworn in to represent Ward 4. Brown, who is serving her first term, received the go-ahead from her colleagues earlier this year to use the title “alderwoman.” “I just believe that the term ‘alderman’ just didn’t seem right to me, and if the term ‘congresswoman’ or ‘congresswomen’ is very commonly used today, I didn’t think it would be a big deal,” she said. As it turned out, the request proved to be more complicated than she imagined. Decades-old language in the city charter officially refers to the position as “alderman,” with a masculine ending. That has deterred members of the board from using a different title in the past. “I was actually very surprised when I first requested it and we were told by our printing room that the title was requested before, but it was denied because it wasn’t consistent with our charter,” Brown said. She raised the issue with board President David Deane, who signed off on the change in January, paving the way for Brown and Ward 8’s Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja to begin using the title “alderwoman.” The term appears on business cards and on their nameplates in the aldermanic chamber. Women now hold five seats on the 15-member Board of Aldermen. Diane Sheehan, Lori Wilshire and June Caron opted to continue using the traditional title. – JIM HADDADIN Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:34:00 EST Myron Earl ‘Mike’ Sanderson Myron Earl “Mike” Sanderson, 83, of Nashua NH passed away peacefully at home on Friday July 25th, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born June 2, 1931 in Tuscola IL to the late Hugar Benjamin and Dorcas Mae (Hardwick) Sanderson. Mike graduated from Tuscola HS in 1949 and served in the US Air Force from 1951 – 1955, with a tour of duty in Korea. Mike married Gertrude Anna Jordan on 6/12/1954 at Forty Martyr’s Catholic Church, Tuscola, IL and recently celebrated 60 years of marriage to the love of his life. Mike was proud to have ‘broken the mold’ by becoming a programmer for IBM in 1959, a job which took his family all over the United States. During his 34 year career working on computer hardware, systems, software, and project management, he was fortunate to work on interesting and impactful large-scale projects, including the SAGE national defense system, Gemini and Apollo LEM docking simulators, and Boeing 747 flight simulators. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:00:57 EST Nashua joins National Night Out against crime NASHUA – Neighborhoods throughout Nashua are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 31st annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event from 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5. NNO is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Nashua Police Department, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua and the Nashua Police Athletic League. It will involve more than 15,325 communities in all 50 states, U.S. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:00:48 EST Monkeys, dragons and more entertain Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua NASHUA – Members of the Kids Club and Clubhouse programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua were treated to a presentation on Monday, July 21, with New Hampshire storyteller Simon Brooks and brand-new books to keep, thanks to a Summer Readers grant from the Children’s Literacy Foundation. Brooks led an interactive presentation for 125 youth members. His presentation included folk and fairy tales, as well as exceptional stories that included monkeys, dragons and questionable bakers. At the end of the entertaining, hourlong presentation, all participants were able to select two new books to keep from among hundreds of titles. The grant also includes an onsite library for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua to provide children even more access to books. This opportunity is essential to helping members avoid losing their reading and comprehension skills during summer vacation. “Reading is an essential skill to help our members continue their learning and academic growth through the summer months,” Kids Club Assistant Director Amy Laro said. “We are grateful to the Children’s Literacy Foundation in helping our organization to achieve of our goals of academic success for all of our youth. This reading opportunity and library will help our young members to develop and strengthen their reading and writing skills in preparation of returning to school in a few short weeks.” The foundation seeks to reach young readers in New Hampshire and Vermont who are most vulnerable to growing up with low literacy skills. The presentation at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua is provided through a grant available to social service providers, school-based programs and community organizations that serve at-risk populations in New Hampshire and Vermont. These include low-income families, foster children, teenage parents, migrant workers and refugees. Other grant recipients include shelters, Head Start programs, ELL classrooms and similar organizations. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:01:13 EST Community events in Nashua – July 27 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS Local authors seeking veterans to share their stories Nashua writer Lowell Williams, along with Donald Tongue, of Derry, have decided to bring the idea of storytelling like the HBO mini-series “Band of Brothers,” to New Hampshire. Williams is a co-founder of New Theater Works, a Nashua theatrical production company. The idea behind the Veterans Project is to tell the stories of veterans in New Hampshire communities, and tell those stories with a combination of videotaped interviews and live actors onstage. Productions will be the weekend leading to Veteran’s Day, Nov. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:01:35 EST Busy families around Conant Road in Nashua EDITOR’S NOTE: Neighborhoods by the Numbers is a six-day series profiling Nashua neighborhoods by digging into economic data. To read previous installments, visit Coming Monday: Nashua Country Club/Rivier University. On a warm summer evening, Evan Chapman raced around his grassy front yard before crouching by a tree and admiring a bug on his hand. The 2-year-old’s parents, Peter and Laura, kept a close eye on him, but they didn’t stress out when he ventured near the street, a looping horseshoe that only has local traffic. The neighborhood is a good one for a young child, Laura said. “Lots of kids, lots of dogs,” she said. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:58:00 EST Fleet of Fidelity volunteers transforms Nashua’s Elm Street Middle School NASHUA – More than 150 Fidelity Investments employees played hooky from work on Friday, but they had the boss’s OK, given where they were heading. A horde of volunteers 160 strong took over Elm Street Middle School as part of the company’s annual School Transformation Day. It’s the fifth time the financiers descended on the school, and they spent the day sprucing up the building and grounds and painting a pair of murals. The volunteers were joined by Tom Hassan, New Hampshire’s “first gentleman,” along with Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, Nashua Superintendent of Schools Mark Conrad and the school’s principal, Mike Fredricksen. “I look around this room and see the numbers of people, and I can’t wait to see the work you do,” Hassan said. Hassan has championed volunteerism since his wife took over the governor’s office. He launched the Help Out New Hampshire initiative last summer, and visited each of the state’s 10 counties to meet with various community service groups. “I really wanted to go around the state and thank people for their efforts,” he said. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:02:50 EST Medical equipment on track for patients in need of a lift The ceiling lift is a newer type of patient lifter. Also known as overhead lifts and track lifts, these battery-powered hoists are guided on an overhead track system to lift, transfer and transport people with physical limitations, in this case in and out of a bathtub, helping a caregiver assist a patient even in a horizontal direction. The Mailbag directs your attention to an offer potentially providing a great deal of assistance – after research, which could carry weight on a decision. Handicap equipment “My husband recently passed away, and I have a Hoyer bath lift that goes across the ceiling,” writes Judy D., of Nashua (LTR 3,129). “It is battery operated; the battery is only 6 months old. I have two mesh body supports that hook onto the machine to lift the handicapped person up and put them in the tub and bring them back out when they are done bathing. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:03:45 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit Donors in August will receive a coupon for $2.50 off Turkey Hill’s All Natural Ice Cream. 1-6 p.m. July 30: White Birch Banquet Hall, 222 Central St., Hudson. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:03:50 EST EDITOR’S NOTE: Helping Hands is a bi-weekly feature that provides information about the needs of local nonprofit agencies. Animal Rescue Network of New England P.O. Box 1053, Pelham, NH 03076 NEEDS: In desperate need of volunteers! We have a constant supply of dogs coming in from the south with short coats and they need warm bedding (easy to wash) and dog coats (mostly medium, but we do have some tiny dogs and large ones too). We need buckle collars for dogs 50-80 lbs., Martingale collars for 60-80 lbs., dog harnesses for small to large dogs, paper towels, hand sanitizer, dish detergent, quality cookie and training treats, nylabones, kongs, canned pumpkin, high quality canned meat (cat or dogs) or gift cards to relevant stores for these supplies. COLLECTION HOURS: By appointment only; donations can be made by contacting for local pick up. Or drop off at the Monthly Pet Adoption Days at the First Congregational Church, 3 Main St., Pelham, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:04:30 EST Tavares homer sinks Silver Knights, 4-3 By TOM KING Staff Writer NASHUA - Good pitching is supposed to always beat good hitting. Well, almost always. The opposite came true on Saturday night when Seacoast Maverick Martin Tavares smacked a stunning three-run homer off Nashua Silver Knights ace Sam Nepiarsky. That bomb, Tavares' fourth of the season, erased a 3-1 Knights lead in the seventh and carried the Mavs to a 4-3 win that shocked the Holman Stadium crowd of 1,358 and snapped the Knights' five game winning streak. Tavares is no slouch. The University of Rhode Island sophomore went into the game leading the Futures Collegiate League in hitting at .378, and he has done damage previously against Nepiarsky, who suffered his first loss (5-1) of the summer. "I was expecting a fastball because he's a fastball thrower," Tavares said. "And I got it." "It was probably right where he could get it," said Nepiarsky. "That was the last batter (he would face) anyway, I didn't need that." The stage was set for Tavares when Seacoast's Keith Oren led off the inning with a single, but two outs later moved to third on ninth spot hitter David Hopkins' bloop hit to right on an outside change up. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:58:00 EST Changes approved for Nashua landfill gas system Nashua residents living near the Four Hills Landfill will have reason to celebrate a set of legal agreements executed by the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday. The board voted to settle a legal battle with the company that previously operated the gas collection system at the landfill. It also executed a 25-year contract with a Pennsylvania company to operate the system that converts the gas into electricity. While residents probably won’t see a significant change in the way those systems are operated, they might smell the difference. For the first time in decades, the city will soon have control over how much foul-smelling gas is being sucked up out of the ground, giving Nashua the ability to prevent it from escaping into the air. Preventing odors was one of the central issues that stemmed from the court battle between Nashua and Fortistar, the company that previously operated the entire system. Nashua has been at odds with the company over the last several years regarding how much gas is being collected. Fortistar has challenged requests to pay for expansions of the gas collection system mandated by the state Department of Environmental Services. “We had a lot of odor issues at the landfill, and we had a company that wasn’t willing to work with us to try to minimize the odors,” Nashua corporation counsel Stephen Bennett said previously. Nashua agreed to pay $525,000 to end its 30-year contract with Fortistar and take over all of the equipment at the landfill. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:02:54 EST Man detained after reported liquor store robbery attempt in Nashua Police apprehended what they said was a would-be robber on Friday afternoon, roughly 50 yards away from the store that was targeted. Officers were called around 4 p.m. to the State Liquor Store at 300 Main St. for the report of a robbery, and were advised store employees were detaining the suspect in the parking lot. Police didn’t immediately return a call seeking more information Friday evening, and further details aren’t yet known. Police were seen putting a man into the back seat of one of several cruisers that responded. They also spoke for a time with several civilians who may have been witnesses or may have been involved in detaining the suspect. An AMR ambulance was standing by, but there was no indication of any injuries. – DEAN SHALHOUP Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:01:21 EST Rural in the city: Lovewell’s Pond area has plenty of green space EDITOR’S NOTE: Neighborhoods by the Numbers is a six-day series profiling Nashua neighborhoods by digging into economic data. To read previous installments, visit Coming Sunday: Conant Road. To a lot of people outside New Hampshire, the state’s name brings to mind relaxed rural living. Many spots in Nashua don’t fit that image, from the busy shopping corridor on Daniel Webster Highway to the tight-packed apartment buildings of French Hill. But head to Groton Road in the southwest corner of the city, and the stereotypes start looking more accurate. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:34:06 EST Pelham man charged with cheating elderly Nashua resident Nashua police finished an eight-month investigation by charging a homeless man with cheating an elderly woman and her disabled daughter out of thousands of dollars. Police were contacted Jan. 13 by a resident who reported she and her daughter had written several checks for work to be done at their home and on a vehicle to Eric Oak, 33, of no fixed address, police said. The Nashua police arrest log lists Oak as living at 18 Mercury Lane, Apt. B, Pelham. Police said Oak had taken the checks for work on the HVAC system in the woman’s home but never completed the work. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:02:06 EST Nashua real estate, development icon Nash dies at 90 Prominent local business owner Gerald Q. Nash has died, family members announced Friday. Nash was a born businessman who as a child sold popcorn balls to WPA workers for a nickle apiece, worked his way up to co-owner of a thriving Nashua manufacturing concern, then teamed up with an acquaintance to form one of the most powerful, and successful, real estate sales and development partnerships of the 20th century. Nash died about 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, just one day after entering the facility. He was 90. He leaves his wife, Lucille, three daughters and two sons. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:02:49 EST Merrimack day camp offers fun for youth attending YMCA day camp, Camp Sargent The YMCA’s Camp Sargent day camp is a place to go for summer fun for kids ages 5-16 who want a c hoice of dozens of offerings – arts and crafts, boating, sports, picnics, performance theater, nature studies and more. The day camp, located at 141 Camp Sargent Road., alongside Lake Naticook, operates from June 16 through Aug. 20. It offers swim lessons in the lake’s shallow, cool waters. A period of free swim, purely for the enjoyment, could be followed with board games, scavenger hunts, fishing, hiking, parachute games, fort building, drama, yoga and other activities. The schedule of pre-camp activities, early morning diversions, surely is a valued resource for parents needing to arrive at camp, entrust their children to the camp’s expert staff, and head for work. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:01:02 EST Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts of Nashua breaks gavel at New York Stock Exchange NEW YORK – Former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts, of Nashua, who was awarded the Medal of Honor this week, brought a definitive close to the trading day at the New York Stock Exchange, inadvertently breaking a gavel used in the ceremony. Pitts was invited to ring the closing bell Wednesday, two days after he was honored at the White House for his valor during combat in the Afghanistan War. Video shot by the New York Stock Exchange shows the 28-year-old striking the gavel three times before watching the mallet snap, leaving him holding only the handle. “Talk about #Army Strong: don’t worry about the gavel, @USArmy SSG Ryan Pitts. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:58:44 EST Two hurt in Wednesday night turnpike crash in Nashua NASHUA – Two individuals continued Thursday to recover from serious injuries they sustained when their car and a tractor- trailer unit collided on the Everett Turnpike during a heavy thunderstorm Wednesday night. Deputy Nashua Fire Rescue Chief Karl Gerhard said the occupants of the car, who haven’t been identified, were taken to St. Joseph Hospital after firefighters and paramedics removed them from the vehicle. Gerhard said crews had to extricate the driver, who was trapped in the car. He said the extrication was “rapidly completed” by the crew of Ladder 1. Lightening and heavy rain from a line of strong storms passing through compounded the hazards rescuers faced while working at the scene, Gerhard said. Sharply diminished visibility and the fact the vehicles and debris covered most of the turnpike’s southbound lanes made rescuers’ work “extremely challenging,” he said. The crash occurred between exits 6 and 5. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:30 EST Claire A. Mulcahy Claire A. Mulcahy, 88, of Nashua, NH, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare in Nashua, NH. She was born in Lynn, MA, on October 17, 1925, a daughter of the late Thomas and Anna (Kennedy) Mulcahy. She had been a resident of Nashua for the past year, formerly living in Hudson, NH, since 2008, Derry, NH, and N. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:02:34 EST Suzanne D. (Burke) Lampognana Suzanne Dorothea (Burke) Lampognana, 53, of Hollis, died peacefully at The Community Hospice House in Merrimack on July 20, 2014, surrounded by her devoted family. With the support of family and close friends, Suzanne fought a year-long courageous battle with Non- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and while it stole her beautiful body, it NEVER won over her spirit. On May 8, 1961, in Jersey City, NJ, Madlyn (House) Burke of Farmington, CT, and the late Edward L. Burke Jr. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:03:18 EST Nashua firefighters’ longevity pay dispute headed to arbitration NASHUA – A grievance filed this summer by the union representing Nashua firefighters over a change in the method through which firefighters receive a stipend called “longevity pay” is headed to arbitration, city and union officials said. City attorney Stephen Bennett said last week that he and Richard Boland, the attorney representing the union, are in the process of compiling their respective briefs to submit to an arbitrator, a step the sides agreed on because, Bennett said, “there aren’t a lot of disputed facts in the case.” Bennett said a recent technological upgrade to the city’s payroll system now allows the payroll department to include longevity stipends in firefighters’ regular paychecks, thereby saving the time and cost of issuing a separate set of paychecks. Until now, members of the union, Nashua Firefighters Local 789, received their longevity paychecks separately at the end of each November. Bennett said wrapping longevity pay into firefighters’ regular checks doesn’t change the net amount they receive. “They would get exactly the same amount they would have gotten (in a separate paycheck),” he said. Local 789 president John McAllister, who recently succeeded former president Capt. Jim Kirk, said last week the case “is at the lawyers’ level,” and discussion is ongoing. Longevity bonuses were discontinued in 2005, but all department members hired before mid-2005 were “grandfathered,” meaning they continued to receive the stipend. Several other city departments, such as police and teachers, also receive longevity pay. The current firefighters’ contract states that employees with 7-9 years of uninterrupted service are eligible for $200 annually, while those with 10-16 years receive one week’s base pay and members with 17 or more years of service get 11⁄2 weeks base pay. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:05:36 EST ZBA OKs wetlands exemption for new Nashua elderly housing project near Fields Grove The local division of a statewide advocacy agency that assists low-income residents and elderly poor took another step forward this week in its plan to build an elderly housing unit at the end of Ash Street in Nashua. The Zoning Board of Adjustment on Tuesday granted Southern New Hampshire Services a special exception to the city’s wetlands ordinance to allow the agency’s contractors to work within the required 75-foot buffer zone to install a stormwater drain to improve drainage flow from the proposed building. “The criteria in this case is that they do no harm” to the wetlands, ZBA chairman Gerry Reppucci told the roughly two dozen people at the meeting. The wetlands in question are part of Salmon Brook where the brook pools at the site of the former Fields Grove swimming area. Reppucci’s fellow board members agreed, some saying that the drainage work will actually improve the existing drainage and runoff system. “I’m confident this will be a step up from what’s there now,” member Jack Currier said. “I’m favorable to this as it is proposed.” The ZBA at Tuesday’s meeting dealt only with SNHS’s request for the special wetlands exception, Reppucci told members and onlookers. “The project itself is not before us tonight (and is) not under our consideration,” he said. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:56:49 EST Where to cool off in the Nashua area NASHUA – Spending some time in the water can be a welcome relief after a series of high 80 to low 90 degree days. And New Hampshire has plenty of bodies of water fit for swimming. But Nashua is home to none of them – at least none of the state’s official public beaches. So where do Nashua residents swim? Aside from city pools, Nashua residents have few options for swimming spots. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:05:50 EST Couple indicted for allegedly whipping boy with a belt NASHUA – A Hudson man and Nashua woman arrested in May for allegedly whipping an 8-year-old boy with a belt and forcing him to kneel until his legs and knees were bruised have been indicted by a Hillsborough County grand jury on related charges. Michael Rivera, 30, of 525 Abbott Farms Lane, Hudson, and Katlyn Marin, 25, of 14 Oak St., Nashua, were each indicted on one count of second-degree assault, Class B felonies, according to indictments released this week. Rivera also faces a second count of second-degree assault stemming from allegations he forced the boy to kneel “for 15 minutes to an hour, bruising his legs and knees,” according to the indictment. The two were among a number of individuals for whom the grand jury handed down indictments in July. An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but a decision by the grand jury that there is enough evidence for prosecutors to bring the case to the Superior Court level. The incidents took place between January 1 and April 2, documents state. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:05:56 EST A melting pot off Amherst Street EDITOR’S NOTE: Neighborhoods by the Numbers is a multipart six-day series profiling Nashua neighborhoods by digging into economic data. To read previous installments, visit According to his parents, 10-year old Josh Jalundhwala is usually a pretty reserved kid. But ask him about the diversity he sees in his neighborhood and he has a lot to say. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:35:18 EST Nashua Police Logs for July 18-24 JULY 18 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Michael Leon Treadwell, 50, 28 Railroad Square, Apt. 17, Nashua, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief-vandalism. Krystal A. Case, 24, 35 Lock St., Nashua, out-of-town warrant. Michael J. Raymond, 65, 6 Fifield St,. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:05:30 EST Merrimack Police Log for May 16-18 Merrimack Police Department May 16 Arrests/Summonses Ernesto Mateo, 24, 404 Belmont St., Apt. 1, Manchester: Operating after suspension, 1:03 a.m. Samantha Sanborn, 19, 923 Valley St., Apt. 3E, Manchester: Electronic bench warrant, 12:55 a.m. Liandra Gonzalez, 26, 5 New Haven Drive, Apt. 105, Nashua: Driving while intoxicated, 2:09 a.m. Meghan Ryan-Ketterman, 27, 6 Rice St., Nashua: Possession of narcotic drug, 8:49 a.m. Andrea Sanchez, 32, 128 Spruce St., Lawrence, Mass.: Receiving stolen property, 2:15 p.m. Kathleen Borrini, 50, 11 Boynton St., Apt. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:05:10 EST Hollis Brookline Dodgers tip Nashua Knights The Hollis Brookline Dodgers defeated the Nashua Knights on Thursday 4-2 as Austin Pigott threw a complete game, allowing six hits and three walks while striking out six. Cam Chrystal had two hits and two RBIs, Cam LaFleur had a double, and Hugh Devlin had a hit and an RBI. Knights pitcher Robert Holbrook pitched well in the loss while CJ Boykin had a hit and multiple stolen bases. The West Division playoffs are set for Saturday and Sunday at Hollis Brookline High School. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:22:00 EST Paul R. Hamilton Paul R. “Chuck” Hamilton, 65, resident of Nashua, NH, died suddenly on July 10, 2014 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua, NH. He was born in Melrose, MA on November 3, 1948, a son of Paul A. and Dorothy (Campbell) Hamilton. Chuck was raised and educated in Brookline, NH and graduated from Nashua High School. He owned and operated Chuck’s Concrete Foundations for more than 40 years and when he wasn’t working, he enjoyed fishing and watching the New England Patriots. He was predeceased by a son, Sgt. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:00:35 EST Magical performance at Nashua Fairy Tale Festival NASHUA – Bob Bodman, of Merrimack, a member of the Granite State Conjurers magic club, performed at the recent Fairy Tale Festival in Greeley Park. The club does many such charitable community events in the Nashua-Manchester area. It invites hobbyists or more advanced magicians to join the group. For more information, call Don at 429-8480. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:01:22 EST Analysts see bleak outcomes in Market Basket struggle NASHUA – With an insurrection gaining steam among employees and customers vowing to boycott the grocery chain, Market Basket could be on the path to a debilitating struggle over the future of the company, industry analysts warned this week. “I think there’s going to be bad blood for a long time,” said David J. Livingston, a supermarket consultant who has been watching the situation unfold. Deliveries to Market Basket stores across the region were interrupted this week as employees took to the streets to demonstrate in support of former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. Demoulas was removed from his position by the company’s board of directors last month after a lengthy power struggle between factions of his family. The development touched off widespread protests among employees, at least eight of whom were fired. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:00:15 EST Nashua Theatre Guild has theater ‘As You Like It’ NASHUA – Nashua Theatre Guild will perform its 21st annual Shakespeare in the Park production with “As You Like It” at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday this weekend and next at the half-shell stage in Greeley Park. The production, presented in association with Nashua SummerFun, is directed by Karelynn Devorak and features Claire Amirault, Dave Atkinson, Bill Canavan, Mary Commisso, Anne Devorak, Katelynn Devorak, Justin Fredenburg, Sarah Lord, John McLaughlin, Jeffrey Richardson, Kevin Riley, Val Verge and Mike Wood. Shakespeare’s classic comedy follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone, the court jester, to find safety and, eventually, love in the forest of Arden. The production is free to the public and, since there are no chairs, it is suggested attendees bring something to sit on, sunscreen and even a lunch. For more information, call 880-0243 or go to Nashua Theatre Guild’s Facebook page. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:03:12 EST Nashua 15-year-old All Stars fall Nashua’s 15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars’ run in the state tournament in Salem ended Tuesday night with a 2-1 loss to the A. J. Laramie stars from Laconia. Nashua held a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning when A. J. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:43:12 EST Lucille Mildred (Malzahn) Wright Lucille Mildred (Malzahn) Wright, 97, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Kindred Healthcare at Greenbriar in Nashua. She was born in Chesanng, Michigan, the daughter of John William and Alma Marie (Drahiem) Malzahn. She was the wife of the late James Earl Wright, whom she married on June 20, 1936. After retiring from General Motors (AC Spark Plug), Lucille and her husband moved to Jonesboro, Georgia. Lucille enjoyed crocheting, collecting (dolls, figurines, decorative vases and bowls), ceramics, and reading (especially about Presidents and First Ladies and the Royals). She was predeceased by her husband, James E. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:08:34 EST Jeffrey R. Robert Jeffrey R. Robert, the most wonderful son of Judy and Rick Robert, amazing brother to Jim and savior to his rescue dog Nala, has peacefully passed away on Monday, July 14, 2014. He was born on June 18, 1986, in Nashua, New Hampshire. Jeff enjoyed life with so much enthusiasm; playing football from a young age in Pop Warner in Pelham, NH, to Pelham High School, earning the Python Award, the Joe Yukica Award, playing in the Shriners Football Game, as well as playing football through his college career at Assumption College. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:08:58 EST Eleanor (Crooker) Redick Johnson Artist and ‘The Blueberry Lady’ Eleanor (Crooker) Redick Johnson, 99, formerly of Lexington, MA died Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Courville Nursing Home in Nashua, NH. She was the wife of the late Harold W. Johnson who died Feb. 21, 2012, after 25 years of marriage and the late Hugh D. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:09:17 EST Former Nashua court officer charged with sexual assault on child awaits probable cause hearing MERRIMACK – The alleged incidents of sexual assault on a young girl for which 72-year-old Superior Court officer David S. Morse was arrested Monday reportedly began in November 2010, around the time the girl turned 6, according to documents filed in Merrimack district court. Morse, an officer for 12 years at Hillsborough County Superior Court South in Nashua who was terminated Tuesday by county Sheriff James Hardy, has been held on $100,000 cash or corporate surety bail since his Tuesday arraignment on three counts of aggravated felonious assault and two counts of felonious sexual assault. He is scheduled for a probable cause hearing at the Merrimack court at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police said Tuesday that they continue to investigate the case, and could level additional charges against Morse, who lives at 18 Highland Green with his wife, according to documents. The alleged assaults, which police said occurred between November 2010 and July 1, took place at Morse’s home, documents state. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:22:00 EST Education, professional jobs bring stability to Nashua’s west EDITOR’S NOTE: Neighborhoods by the Numbers is a multipart six-day series profiling Nashua neighborhoods by digging into economic data. To read previous installments, visit Coming Friday: Amherst Street. Pemberton Road, near Nashua’s western border, is a quiet street of big yards with nicely maintained flower gardens. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:37:11 EST New eBlock period to help students catch up, get ahead The phasing-in of an “enhancement block” in the city’s two high schools was officially approved by the Nashua Board of Education last week. After several years of development from teachers, administrators and parents, the 35-minute “eBlock” period will be added to each student’s daily schedule starting Sept. 29. “The initial focus would be on academics … remediation and enrichment,” Superintendent Mark Conrad said at a July 14 Board of Education meeting. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:10:46 EST Nashua aldermen seek to wrap up city budget Monday NASHUA – Nashua aldermen will reconvene Monday to finalize the city budget after failing to reach consensus on the annual spending plan at a special meeting Tuesday night. Board members tabled the proposed $256 million budget after a request to approve it failed by a single vote. Aldermen were divided over relatively small sums of money as the evening wound down, with some pushing for the board to offset a $160,000 increase for the school department with cuts elsewhere in the budget. The Budget Review Committee previously recommended adding money back into the budget for schools and police after budget increases for the two departments were trimmed by Mayor Donnalee Lozeau. The current iteration of the budget adds about $123,000 to the proposal submitted by the mayor earlier this year. Passing it requires support from two-thirds of the board, but that obstacle was insurmountable when aldermen voted Tuesday, with nine aldermen supporting the budget and six opposed. During their deliberations Tuesday, aldermen approved cutting $50,000 from a contingency account and narrowly rejected a proposal to provide $60,000 less to the school department. The board also voted down a suggestion from Ward 9 Alderman Ken Siegel to reduce funding for the downtown sidewalk project from $500,000 to $400,000 and use money left over from the previous year’s budget to make up for the difference. Marylou Blaisdell, who chairs the city’s Downtown Improvement Committee, rose during the public comment portion of the meeting to encourage aldermen to leave all funding for the sidewalk project in tact. “We’ve come a long way with our sidewalks,” she said of the Main Street project, which is in its third year. “We’re nearing the end and it’s crucial that we finish the project.” In one of its most significant actions Tuesday, the board approved a request from the mayor to funnel $2 million worth of state grants and motor vehicle revenues into a new fund for paving projects. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:11:30 EST Driver accused of killing pedestrian among July indictments for Hillsborough County NASHUA – The Nashua woman charged with running over and killing a pedestrian in February in downtown Nashua and two men each facing a slew of domestic violence-related offenses lead the list of July indictments released Wednesday by Hillsborough County Superior Court officials. Cara Smith, 39, of 6 Satin Ave., Nashua, was indicted by a grand jury on a single count of negligent homicide, a Class A felony, for allegedly striking Robert Derome, 63, with her vehicle as he walked near the intersection of West Hollis and Pine streets, then leaving the scene, according to police and court documents. A tip led police to Smith, whom they arrested March 6. Police also charged her with driving while intoxicated. Indictments are not a finding of guilt but convey the grand jury’s determination that prosecutors have enough evidence to move the case forward at the superior court level. A full list of the indictments is available at Meanwhile, the grand jury also indicted Rodney Curtis, 22, of Nashua, currently incarcerated at Hillsborough County Department of Corrections in Manchester, on 11 counts of domestic violence-related simple assault, all Class A misdemeanors, along with one count of criminal threatening, a Class B felony, and two counts of criminal mischief, Class A misdemeanors. The charges stem from a May 7 incident in Nashua in which Curtis allegedly punched, slapped and pushed to the floor a female victim, also pulling her hair and grabbing her arms, and in addition punching a male victim and pushing a second female victim. Curtis also is charged with damaging the first female victim’s apartment and with threatening her by holding a knife to her throat, the indictment states. Alleged incidents of assault and criminal threatening also led to the indictment of former Milford resident Raymond Ferragamo Jr., who also is currently incarcerated. Among the charges are three counts of simple assault – domestic violence, Class A misdemeanors, and one count of second-degree assault, Class B felony, which allege that Ferragamo “engaged in the strangulation” of a female victim, pulling her hair, placing his hand over her nose and mouth and drawing blood, then striking her with a coffee table April 18 in the victim’s home. The grand jury also indicted Ferragamo on four counts of criminal mischief, Class A misdemeanors, and one count each of criminal threatening, a Class B Felony; driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor; and reckless operation, a violation. The criminal mischief charges accuse Ferragamo of crushing the victim’s cellphone, smashing a coffee table, kicking in her front door and then carving his name in the door with a sharp object. He is charged with threatening her by placing a gun in her mouth and telling her, “I just wanna die and you’re gonna go with me,” according to the indictments. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:12:19 EST Reunions of interest to Greater Nashua residents NASHUA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1959 The Nashua High School Class of 1959 will celebrate its 55th reunion at the Holiday Inn in Nashua from 3-9 p.m. Sept. 13. Missing classmates: Richard Turcotte, Melanie Bailey Henkley, Ron Bentley, Leo Dionne, Russell Caron, Bob Depointbriand, Martha Gagnon Prizer, Paul Moussette, Arthur Robillard and Ann Theriault Manning. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:02:06 EST Nashua, Derry authors seek veterans for video, stage project NASHUA – Two local authors are seeking veterans to share their stories for an upcoming Veterans Day project. Lowell Williams, of Nashua, and Donald Tongue, of Derry, decided to bring the idea of storytelling like the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” to New Hampshire. Williams is a co-founder of New Theater Works, a Nashua theatrical production company. “You have to be lucky to be a part of a story like ‘Band of Brothers,’ ” Williams said. “But there are stories just as compelling known to our local vets.” The idea behind the Veterans Project is to tell the stories of veterans in New Hampshire communities with a combination of videotaped interviews and actors onstage. “What’s unique about this idea is we’re bringing the stories directly to those communities for one-night-only shows,” Williams said. “The point is to celebrate the service of your neighbors with stories you’ve never heard. We think it will be surprising.” Productions will be the weekend leading up to Veterans Day, Nov. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:02:19 EST Scholarships presented to Greater Nashua students Here is a listing of local scholarship recipients: REGIONAL SNHMC AUXILIARY SCHOLARSHIPS The Southern New Hampshire Medical Center Auxiliary presented its annual scholarship awards recently, honoring four teen volunteers and five employees. Recipients were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Local recipients were: Amelia Gentes, of Nashua, was awarded the Richard L. Coit Scholarship for $1,000. Gentes has volunteered for five years and has given 351 hours to messenger service. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:02:48 EST College honors by students from Greater Nashua Here is a listing of college honors received by students from Greater Nashua: MOUNT IDA COLLEGE These local students graduated this spring from Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass. FROM HUDSON: Rachel Kobelenz Silverhus, B.S. in applied forensic science, forensic psychology. FROM NASHUA: Erica Frasca, B.S. in veterinary technology. NAZARETH COLLEGE Sean Dorman of Brookline graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy this spring from Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. Nicole Kabel of Hollis, a nursing major, was named to the spring 2014 dean’s list at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:02:58 EST Derryfield School honor roll for spring trimester of 2013-14 MANCHESTER – The Derryfield School announced its honor roll for the spring trimester of the 2013-14 school year. Greater Nashua students recognized were: HIGHEST HONORS GRADE 9: Ryan Quinlan of Amherst, Annalise Groves of Hollis, Julia Hillsgrove of Hollis, Paige Voss of Nashua. GRADE 10: Jessy Bryan of Amherst, Luke Chapdelaine of Hollis, Nathan Hillsgrove of Hollis, Burton Owen of Wilton. GRADE 11: Nicole Anthony of Amherst, Samantha Carbery of Amherst, Kaitlin Cintorino of Nashua, Elisha Shah of Nashua. GRADE 12: Sierra Smith of Amherst, Neil McCalmont of Hollis. HIGH HONORS GRADE 9: Rosalie Steiner of Hollis, Andrea Mello of Nashua, Erika Wentz of Nashua. GRADE 10: Eric Anthony of Amherst, Noah Doherty of Nashua. GRADE 11: Benjamin Groves of Hollis. GRADE 12: Cory Greer of Amherst, Brianna Smith of Amherst, Hannah Menakaya of Merrimack, Jennifer Goleman of Nashua. HONORS GRADE 9: Ethan Chen of Amherst, Thomas Cissel of Amherst, Victoria Imbriano of Amherst, Lauren Rolfs of Amherst, Christopher Hopey of Nashua. GRADE 10: No local students. GRADE 11: Dameian Bossarte of Nashua, Allen Mello of Nashua. GRADE 12: Taylor Huxtable of Amherst, Lily Steiner of Hollis, Madeline White of Hollis. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:03:24 EST Brief Nashua standoff appears to end peacefully NASHUA – The police SWAT team surrounded a home on Trestle Brook Drive around 8 p.m. Wednesday after residents called police saying that a man with a gun was threatening to take his own life. The exact address wasn’t clear Wednesday night, but the home was believed to be toward the end of Trestle Brook Drive, the main road in a small development of manufactured homes that runs off West Hollis Street near the city landfill. No official word was available late Wednesday, but reports from the scene indicated that the unidentified man exited the home without incident around 8:45 p.m. and was secured by police. Shortly after 8, SWAT team members safely evacuated two females from the home. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:08:11 EST Police warn of scam involving fake IRS agents demanding money, threatening arrest NASHUA – Police are warning area residents of a new scam in which callers, identifying themselves as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service, threaten potential victims with arrest if they don’t immediately pay the IRS the money they owe. The imposters in some cases scare victims, many of whom are elderly, into following their detailed instructions to “withdraw cash then purchase gift cards or green dot cards,” Nashua police said, referring to prepaid debit cards. They said one such attempt by perpetrators fell through when an alert convenience store clerk told an elderly couple that the purchase of such a large number of gift and green dot cards was more than likely a scam. “As a result,” police said, “the elderly couple suffered no monetary loss.” Police said the scheme closely resembles another recent ruse in which callers, identifying themselves as police officers or hospital personnel, tell victims that a particular family member is either under arrest or had been seriously injured and is in need of immediate medical attention. The perpetrators then tell the victim that payment is needed at once, and give directions on how and where to direct the money. Police urge anyone who suspects they may have been a victim, or intended victim, of a scheme to contact the department at 594-3500. They also encourage residents to verify the identities of anyone from any agency that demands cash via telephone or e-mail. – DEAN SHALHOUP Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:15:06 EST Shaheen has helped veterans As a Nashua-area veteran, I support Sen. Jeanne Shaheen because of her outstanding support for the Harbor Homes Center, a non-profit that for more than 35 years has provided excellent service to homeless veterans, helping them find employment, fight addiction and become self-sufficient once again. Jeanne Shaheen has shown tireless dedication to our veterans across the board and this is no different when it comes to Harbor Homes services and programs. She has helped secure several grants to Harbor Homes: A $5 million federal grant from the Health Resource Service Administration to renovate and expand the facility at 45 High Street; a $1 million grant for the Veterans FIRST program to provide employment, housing and VA benefits assistance to approximately 300 New Hampshire vets and their families; and a $1 million grant to fund their programs and services that keep veterans off the street. Sen. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:00:50 EST Rogers made mayor’s office look good It is so sad that the mayor’s office eliminated or terminated Patti Rogers position. She was amazing at what she did and great for the citizens of Nashua. I hope the next mayor we elect will bring her back. I have been working with her for the past couple years in regards to the “Safe Walking Routes” in Nashua – which I believe are not that safe – and she always responded to emails and phone calls and made things happen to assure our children were safe. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:00:36 EST New Hampshire American Legion baseball tourney in Nashua It took until the final game of the regular season, but the eight-team field for the American Legion Senior baseball state tournament has been determined and will get under way Thursday at Holman Stadium. When Concord Post 21 wrapped up an 18-11, 15-inning win over Lebanon Post 22 Sunday evening – Post 21’s third road win in under 24 hours – it set up a four-way tie for third place in District A. Concord, along with Bedford Post 54, Milford Post 23 and Laconia Post 1, all finished the regular season at 11-7 in the district, but only two spots in the tournament remained. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head competition, and all three teams went 3-3 against each other; the second tiebreaker is record against tournament teams. Concord had a 5-5 record in such games, giving it the third seed over Bedford, Milford and Laconia, which were all 4-6. To break the three-way tie between those three, the third tiebreaker – runs allowed in head-to-head games – came into play, and Bedford (22 runs) finished ahead of Laconia (24) and Milford (28). Lebanon (14-4) and Sweeney (14-4) are the No. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:25:01 EST Nashua Babe Ruth 15-year-old stars post two wins The Nashua 15-year-old all-stars split their first two games at the baseball state tournament in Salem over the weekend. In the first game Friday, Nashua fell to Manchester 10-0, getting just a hit each from CJ Mellen and Cam Paquette. Larry Lassiter suffered the loss for Nashua. The all-stars bounced back on Saturday with a 5-2 win over Goffstown. Noah Oullette went seven innings to get the win while Grant Coy was 3 for 4 and Mike Pelletier and Joe Bernard had two hits apiece. Nashua finished with 13 hits as a team. The team was scheduled to return to action Tuesday Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:55:00 EST Howard C. Richards, Jr. Howard C. Richards, Jr., 98, of Nashua, died peacefully at The Hunt Community on July 21, 2014, with his family at his side. He was born on February 11, 1916 in Derry, NH, a son of the late Howard C. and Dorothy May (Witham) Richards, Sr. He was the husband of Hazel J. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:01:00 EST Edward F. ‘Big Ed’ Wells Edward F. “Big Ed” Wells, 59, of Manchester, died July 18, 2014 at Catholic Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was born in Bangor, ME, on January 10, 1955, to Edwin and Eleanor (Hastings) Wells. He lived in Manchester, Hampton and Nashua for many years. Edward was co-manager at Blackout Cafe and had also worked at Glass America, both in Manchester. He was an avid bingo player and supporter of several charities at Community Bingo Center in Manchester. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:01:19 EST Jeffrey R. Robert Jeffrey R. Robert, the most wonderful son of Judy and Rick Robert, amazing brother to Jim and savior to his rescue dog Nala, has peacefully passed away on Monday, July 14, 2014. He was born on June 18, 1986, in Nashua, New Hampshire. Jeff enjoyed life with so much enthusiasm; playing football from a young age in Pop Warner in Pelham, NH, to Pelham High School, earning the Python Award, the Joe Yukica Award, playing in the Shriners Football Game, as well as playing football through his college career at Assumption College. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:01:25 EST Board of Education approves opening new Nashua Program at Brentwood NASHUA – The Nashua Board of Education will move forward with plans to reopen The Brentwood School in Merrimack through the Nashua district at a special meeting Monday. The Nashua Program at Brentwood will continue to offer intensive-needs services for high school students. “Now we will move forward with hiring, negotiating the lease, speaking with students and parents,” Superintendent Mark Conrad said. Although the board had approved posting open positions for program, the overall plan had not been approved until Monday. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:05:14 EST Without diplomas, and sometimes with them, some struggle in Nashua’s Tree Streets EDITOR’S NOTE: Neighborhoods by the Numbers is a multipart six-day series profiling Nashua neighborhoods by digging into economic data. To read previous installments, visit Coming Thursday: West. When Brandy Guerrero got pregnant 22 years ago, she dropped out of school to take care of her daughter. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:19:32 EST Sullivan’s return a spark for Silver Knights In email and Knights072214 CUTLINE Staff photo by TOM KING Ryan Sullivan has returned to the Silver Knights as their regular third baseman after spending the first month of the summer with Laconia in the NECBL. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:00:31 EST Ursula Dolores (Hudon) Cote Ursula D. (Hudon) Cote, 87, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at the Hunt Community in Nashua. Ursula was born in Nashua on October 6, 1926, a daughter of the late Theodore and Eva (St. Onge) Hudon. She was the widow of Ernest Cote who passed away in 1983. Ursula was employed with New England Telephone for 38 years. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:32 EST Michael L. ‘Mr. Sok’ Sokolowski Michael L. “Mr. Sok” Sokolowski, 73, of Nashua, N.H., teacher of English and Dramatic Arts for forty years at Lowell High School and two years at Spring Street Junior High School in Nashua, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer July 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Julia (Papadimitriou) Sokolowski with whom he celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on April 28th of this year. He was born on November 16, 1940, in Plainfield, Connecticut, where his father ran the town’s movie theater. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:40 EST Competency of victim of alleged sex assaults at issue in court hearing NASHUA – Lawyers for a Nashua man accused of sexually assaulting a disabled man in his care want to examine a competency evaluation that the alleged victim underwent two years ago. John “Jack” Holland, 74, of 3 Kessler Farm Drive, is facing several counts of felonious sexual assault and is accused of having sex with a developmentally disabled man he cared for, according to court documents. The attacks were alleged to have occurred multiple times over the past two years. He was arrested by Nashua police in January and charged by Merrimack police in April, police said. In a motion filed at Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua, Holland’s attorney, public defender, Paul Borchardt, asked a judge to review the competency evaluation the alleged victim underwent in 2012 when he was accused of having sex with a girl under the age of 13. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:52:00 EST Nashua Board of Education sees presentation for iReady programs NASHUA – The Board of Education saw presentations on the iReady pilot programs from the Elm Street Middle Birch Hill Elementary School representatives. Elm Street, Birch Hill and Fairgrounds Elementary had all participated in pilot programs, although Fairgrounds is still in the process of reviewing results, said Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Seusing. Superintendent Mark Conrad compared iReady to the NECAP in terms of gathering information on students. Conrad said NECAP’s primary purpose was to measure how the school and district was doing for standards in reading, writing and math, but it wasn’t really meant as a teaching tool. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:59:28 EST Customers, employees frustrated at bare shelves, uncertainty as Market Basket protests continue NASHUA – Joel Ashe doesn’t want his Market Basket to lose its small-town feel. That, and he wants his Polish slab bacon. Ashe, of Nashua, and his wife Debi loaded plastic Market Basket bags into the trunk of their red sedan Monday in the parking lot of the store on Amherst Street in Nashua after their regular shopping trip. There were plenty of open parking spaces on what was often a very busy time of the day, according to an employee inside the store. The Ashes talked about the current wrangling at the popular chain’s corporate headquarters over leadership and how it may or may not affect local shoppers. Some shelves were less than full and some food display cases downright empty Monday as deliveries were delayed by ongoing protests by employees of the 71-store chain. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:22:00 EST Nashua man awarded Medal of Honor WASHINGTON, D.C. – Moments after he was presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor on Monday, the military’s highest accolade for valor in combat, Sgt. Ryan Pitts stood stoically outside the White House. With the award freshly around his neck, he read nine names. Sergio Abad, Jonathan Ayers, Jason Bogar, Jonathan Brostrom, Israel Garcia, Jason Hovater, Matthew Phillips, Pruitt Rainey and Gunnar Zwilling. “The real heroes are the nine men who made the ultimate sacrifice so the rest of us could return home,” Pitts said of the soldiers who died fighting alongside him in the battle of Wanat, one of the bloodiest in the Afghanistan War. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:22:00 EST Agency plans to build low-income housing for seniors in Nashua NASHUA – Southern New Hampshire Services is looking to expand its stock of low-income housing for seniors with the construction of a new three-story building near Salmon Brook at the corner of Lovell and Ash streets. The local community action agency is seeking low-income tax credits to help finance a residential development with 31 one-bedroom units. The new building would be open to people 62 and older whose earnings fall below a certain percentage of the average median income in the area. With seniors in the region experiencing long waits to find housing, SNHS housing and facilities development director Bill Hart said the project would come at a crucial time. “The need in Nashua for senior housing, and for low-income senior housing, is substantial,” he said. “We currently own and operate four properties and have a pretty significant waiting list in the city right now.” In the past, Southern New Hampshire Services has tapped funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 202 Program to finance new housing projects. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:37:00 EST Genevieve A. Karczewski Genevieve A. Karczewski, 89, of Nashua, NH died Saturday July 19, 2014 at her home in Nashua. Born July 11, 1925 in Chelsea, MA she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Agnes (Konopka) Kupczewski and widow of the late Stanley J. Karczewski whom she had married on May 25, 1947 in Chelsea, MA. She was also predeceased by nine sisters and brothers: Mary Iwanicki, Annie Mahoney, Hedy Heinis, Helen Weirs, Nancy Leonard, Florence Carlan, Joseph Kupczewski, Teddy Kupczewski, and Henry Kupczewski. At one time, Genevieve worked as an office assistance for Nashua Pediatrics. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:01:18 EST Raymond L. Couillard Raymond L. Couillard, 84, of Nashua, NH died at his home Saturday July 19, 2014. Born August 30, 1929 in Lowell, MA he was the son of the late Leo J. and Claire (Moisan) Couillard. He was the husband of Estelle (St. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:01:24 EST ‘Dream’ becomes reality as new mural is unveiled in downtown Nashua NASHUA – The sights and sounds of the early 20th Century returned to downtown Nashua on Sunday as a small crowd gathered to celebrate the dedication of the city’s newest outdoor mural. “Vivian’s Dream,” which depicts life in Nashua in 1909, was rendered on the side of a building near the corner of West Pearl Street and Main Street this summer by muralist Barbara Andrews. The 1,400-square-foot piece stands as one of the city’s largest pieces of public artwork, and joins a stable of other pieces in the city created by Andrews. Andrews put the finishing touch on the piece during Sunday’s dedication ceremony, using a hydraulic construction lift to rise about 10 feet into the air and sign her name. “It touches everyone’s heart,” Andrews said of the historical scene, which centers around the old Tremont House hotel. “It really does. It’s not about the type of people or the culture or any of that. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:07:48 EST Citizen services position debated NASHUA – When aldermen begin their final deliberations on the city’s proposed $256.7 million budget this week, one of the most contentious issues is likely to involve one of the smallest expenditures in the annual spending package. The board will decide Tuesday whether to take control over the position of citizen services director by moving the job out of Mayor Donnalee Lozeau’s office. The Budget Review Committee recommended the change earlier this month amid discussions about whether Lozeau intended to terminate the woman who formerly held the job. That employee, Patricia Rogers, ended her employment with the city last week, after the budget committee recommended taking charge over her position. Some aldermen have speculated that Rogers was fired by the mayor, although Lozeau has not publicly addressed the circumstances surrounding her departure. Lozeau declined to comment on the issue through a spokeswoman because it involves city personnel. Amendments to the budget will go before the full Board of Aldermen on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at a special meeting at Nashua City Hall. The revised budget calls for aldermen to zero out the salary for the citizen services director and create a new staff position under the Board of Aldermen with the same duties. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:04:47 EST Nashua Post 124 finishes season with 18-4 romp over Derry Post 9 DERRY – It’s an empty feeling, having to take the field less than 24 hours after being eliminated from playoff contention. After failing to qualify for the American Legion baseball tournament with a 5-3 loss to Salem Post 63 Saturday night, that’s exactly what Nashua Post 124 dealt with on Sunday in its final District B game against Derry Post 9. Instead of feeling sorry, Post 124 embraced the chance to play with an 18-4 route of playoff-bound Derry in seven innings at Pinkerton Academy. The Nashua players were loud in the dugout, played loosely and were as aggressive as they would be if it were a meaningful game. The result was one of their strongest showings of the year. Post 124 collected a whopping 18 hits and got a strong, six-inning effort from starting pitcher Joe Gouveia. The offense turned a two-run game into a blowout with a nine-run sixth that saw 15 Nashua hitters come to the plate. “Everyone is kind of loose and everything,” Nashua coach Kevin Palanski said. “It’s probably tougher on (Derry). Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:54 EST Woman seeks $2 million in damages from Nashua’s St. Joseph Hospital NASHUA – A Massachusetts woman is suing a city hospital for $2 million nearly three years after her mother died of a heart attack she says doctors should have stopped. Mariann Gobbi filed a suit against St. Joseph Hospital on behalf of her mother, Ann Blanchette’s, estate. Blanchette, 59, suffered a fatal heart attack Aug. 13, 2011, more than six hours after going to the emergency room, according to documents filed at the U.S. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:03:05 EST Free speech, unintended consequences Nashua Alderman Pamela Brown took some heat last week for a Facebook posting in which she referred to Nashua Board of Aldermen President David Deane as “King David.” “Is this all about taking down the Mayor because 2 Aldermen are planning to run for Mayor in 2015?” Brown said. “She’s our first woman Mayor (YEA!) – are the guys feeling emasculated or ‘neutered’ as Deane put it?” Brown’s remarks – made on the Facebook page “Nashua, NH Civic Sounding Board” – generated a variety of responses. Some people encouraged her to say whatever is on her mind, while others think she should “stifle,” as Archie Bunker used to say to his wife, Edith, in the TV show “All in the Family.” Still others chided Brown for doing the city a disservice by running afoul of the Board of Aldermen’s Code of Conduct that restricts the things board members can properly say. June Lemen, who writes a biweekly column for The Sunday Telegraph, articulated such a viewpoint in a column that ran yesterday. The Nashua code contains the standard stuff that everybody can get behind, such as directing board members to treat each other with respect, no cursing, etc. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:04:00 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – July 21 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA CLASSES/PROGRAMS AT ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL St. Joseph Hospital on Kinsley Street will offer these classes. To register or for more information, call 595-3168 or visit Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:00:54 EST Nashua Babe Ruth team in New Hampshire tournament The Nashua Babe Ruth Baseball 14-year-old All-Star team is currently competing in the state tournament in Portsmouth after winning the District Title, topping Hudson 4-3 at Concord’s Memorial Field. The team is managed by veteran coach Jim Sanderson from the Tigers, who is in his final season managing in Babe Ruth after a storied 50 year coaching career. Prior to the title victory over Hudson, the team had defeated Merrimack 7 -1 and Concord 9 - 0. Nashua was led by pitchers C.J. Barrett (wining pitcher against Merrimack and Hudson) and Pat McCarthy (winning pitcher against Concord). They were both aided by the catching of A.J. Mele and solid fielding by the entire team. Nashua also supported its pitchers with a .318 team batting average for the three games, producing 24 singles. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:58:00 EST Nashua fighting order to pay $2.8 million for Broad Street Parkway land NASHUA – Costs are beginning to add up for land seized by the city to make way for the Broad Street Parkway, and one eminent domain case pending in superior court could affect the bottom line by more than $2 million. Nashua is appealing a recent decision by the New Hampshire Board of Tax and Land Appeals about the value of roughly 11 acres of land taken for the parkway – one of the largest acquisitions in the project’s history. The city contends that $1.3 million is a fair price for the land, but a separate evaluation paid for by the former owners – local developers Samuel Tamposi Jr. and Stephen Tamposi – pegged the price at $2.8 million. The BTLA ruled in favor of the Tamposis, agreeing that the property – which was once eyed for a condominium development – can now only feasibly support a handful of new single-family homes. The determination could have a significant impact on the cost of building the Broad Street Parkway. The roughly $67 million  initiative is being subsidized with federal money, but Nashua also is taking on millions of dollars in debt to finance the project. Any savings will be passed on to Gate City taxpayers. The project is currently several million dollars under budget, but eminent domain costs are on track to exceed earlier estimates. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:10:56 EST With hundreds more apartments being built, Gateway Hills near Exit 1 become visible NASHUA – Major work continues on the huge Gateway Hills project off Spit Brook Road, but the latest steps, which include completing a loop road through the 200-acre development that runs alongside the F.E. Everett Turnpike, has raised its profile greatly. Especially among southbound commuters. The removal of some trees alongside the long ramp that leads south from Exit 2 as part of the loop road has made the extent of the development visible to Turnpike passers-by for the first time. This sudden visibility has spurred comments and questions in the community and even a bit of surprise from Kevin Walker, who as a civil engineer for developer John J. Flatley Co. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:09:41 EST End in sight for Broad Street Parkway acquisitions in Nashua NASHUA – The decades-long process of acquiring land to pave the way for the Broad Street Parkway is expected to finally finish this year. “The acquisitions are wrapping up,” said Chuck Schmidt, administrator of the Bureau of Right of Way at the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. In the late 1990s, the city designated the state department of transportation as its agent to coordinate and execute all eminent domain actions relating to the Broad Street Parkway. After a process that lasted years, nearly all property rights have been secured. The state finished two of the final transactions in the fall, securing the rights to build on 38 Front St. and 0 Pine St. Ext. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:12:09 EST The toxicity of Nashua City Hall From canvassing New Hampshire, born-again Granite Stater Scott Brown told The Telegraph’s editorial board this week that among the top five concerns he has heard from voters is the vile nature of congressional politics. U.S. Senate candidate Brown describes himself as a pro-choice moderate Republican who isn’t afraid of cutting deals with the other side if it means resolving issues crucial to the nation’s best interests. The principal failure of our national government, he said, is a lack of leadership. His observations strike home. And by home we mean Nashua, where the virulent essence of local politics is eroding a lot of what is good about this proud city. If you haven’t noticed, the Board of Aldermen and Mayor Donnalee Lozeau are locked in something akin to a professional wrestling “Cage of Death” match. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:03:00 EST Nashua Alderwoman Brown should clarify her thinking There is a Facebook page called the “Nashua, NH Civic Sounding Board.” It is not owned or moderated by the city of Nashua. It is a page put up by Paul Shea, in his words, “to connect with fellow Nashuans to discuss challenges that we face together, work to come up with solutions, or would like a place to share and find out about great community events!” All well and good. But many people assume, without close reading, that it is run by city government because the first thing you see on the page is a picture of the Nashua Board of Aldermen. I read the page to find out what people are thinking about city events, although aldermen do not frequent the page. They occasionally chime in – usually when someone asks something like, “I live in Ward X and I want to know when my street will be paved.” If there are debates, most of the time the tone is polite, although it can descend into incivility rather quickly. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:29:30 EST Cynthia Rolanda (Valesh) Roth Cynthia Rolanda (Valesh) Roth, 59, went home to be with the Lord on July 12, 2014. She was born in Illinois, the daughter of Joseph Valesh and Mary Kozeny Valesh. She was married to William Roth for 38 years. Cindy received a Bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana in 1976. She had a tremendous gift of motherhood, and stayed home to rear her two children, Rebecca and David, with love and excellence. She also delivered a paper route in south Nashua for 18 years, starting out delivering with her children in 1995. Cindy was a wise, compassionate lady, full of beauty and grace, with a wonderful sense of humor, who loved to laugh. Animals were drawn to her, and she knew just the right place to scritch them. Hers was a loving presence that improved the atmosphere wherever she went. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:02:47 EST Helen G. Scott Nashua – Helen G. Scott, 80, of Nashua, formerly of Harrisburg, PA succumbed on July 16, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital. She is survived by three children, Richard Goines, Sheila Scott Wallace and Patricia E. Scott; also, two grandchildren, Antwon Scott and Brianne Wallace; and one great-grandchild. The family will observe private services through the Cremation Society of New Hampshire, 243 Hanover St., Manchester, NH. For more information please visit Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:02:56 EST Carole E. (Stennes) Johnson Carole E (Stennes) Johnson, 69, of Nashua NH died peacefully at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester on July 13, 2014.  She was born on March 20, 1945 in Boston MA, the daughter of Dorothy Butters and John Stennes. Carole was the glue that kept her family together, always thinking of others before herself. She had worked as a Taxi driver for the majority of her adult life, which is how she will be remembered. Carole was the strength for so many and the rock for her children. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:03:02 EST Robert Leonard O’Leary Robert Leonard O’Leary, 82, a previous long-time Nashua, N.H. resident, died early Sunday morning, July 6, 2014 at Fairfax (Virginia) Hospital after a brief period of declining health. As the second son of the late Robert and Elizabeth (McCarthy) O’Leary of Milford, N.H. and Peterborough, N.H., respectively, Robert (Jr.) was born in Nashua on October 26, 1931. He attended Saint Patrick School with his older brother, the late James C. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:03:13 EST Liz McQuinn recalled as ‘the boss’ with ‘a heart of gold’ and hearty, contagious laugh NASHUA – Liz McQuinn was Cico Vargas’ grandmother, but to him, she was more like a second mom. And because McQuinn was loath to “treat you like a baby if you got hurt,” instead ordering kids to “just suck it up,” Vargas also called her “my best friend” out of respect and admiration. The young man was among roughly 200 family members, friends and associates of Elizabeth Goode McQuinn who gathered Saturday to remember the longtime Nashuan described as a “very young, full-of-life 60 years old” who died early Wednesday morning when her car and a dump truck collided in South Merrimack. Anthony Silva Paquin, another of Liz McQuinn’s 13 grandchildren, followed Vargas to the lectern at St. Joseph the Worker parish Saturday morning and quietly shared how much she meant to him. “Grammy … was very supportive of me,” the young man began. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:06:36 EST Nashua sets the stage for romance in couple’s proposal video One couple added some extra color at a Nashua’s Art with a Splash paint bar on June 20. Dan Messick, of Manchester, chose to propose to Elyse Therrien, of Litchfield, at the Main Street shop and recruited local film-making company Lightcanvas to capture the moment. Their proposal video has spread on social media – coming to The Telegraph’s attention via Twitter from Paul Shea, board member at CityArts in Nashua. Shea tweeted the couple’s video using #DaretoBegin, the city’s official new motto, and #Nashua  Romance. The city guest-stars as the  backdrop to the couple’s proposal in the video. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:13:00 EST Inclement weather threatens whether to take on projects Got no motivation, you’re not alone – feels like it’s an effort just to pick up the phone! Fans and ACs working to cool – into the pool, but wait, that idea’s down the drain, when once again here comes the rain. We all need to get things done, but humidity takes out a lot of the fun. The best way to go is to take it easy, take it slow. Whatever you’re up to, make sure you’re up to it, even when it comes to responding to requests and offers. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:03:45 EST Nashua symphony holding yard sale fundraiser NASHUA – Did you forget (or just neglect) to do spring cleaning this year? Are you looking for an easy and free way to get rid of unwanted clutter? Then look no further than Symphony NH’s yard sale fundraiser. Tax-deductible donations are being accepted at the symphony office at 6 Church St. for a yard sale of gigantic proportions, which will take place at 91 Concord St. on Saturday, Aug. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:03:57 EST Community events in Nashua – July 20 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS PETER B. DAVIS CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT The 28th annual Peter B. Davis Charity Golf Tournament will be held July 21 at Nashua Country Club. Event benefits the Marguerite d’Youville Fund and the St. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:04:30 EST NASHUA Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600, carol.eyman@, www.nashua CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION IN NEW HAMPSHIRE On TV, forensic science is a fast and flashy thrill ride in which the crime is always solved. The reality at the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Laboratory is that a small staff of scientists provides forensic services for the entire state. Join criminologist Shane Zeman at 7 p.m. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:05:00 EST Pets of the week for July 20 Humane Society for Greater Nashua Blaze Hi there, I’m Blaze! I am a one and a half-year-old, playful and outgoing guy who is ready to find my family! I love to play with toys, other dogs and kids; I just LOVE to play! I have heard that hiking is pretty fun, and I hope my new family will take me on these adventures as I can’t wait to explore New Hampshire. Even though I am an active fella, I really enjoy some snuggle time with my people after an eventful day. The staff here at the shelter say I’m pretty cute because I have such a unique look, but you’ll just have to come meet me and see for yourself! Come visit me and let’s take a walk together. Like all of my friends here at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua, I am neutered, up to date on vaccinations and microchipped! Q-Tip and Vanilla Ice Hi, I’m Q-tip and here with my sister, Vanilla Ice, who looks just like me! We’re both lionhead mix rabbits and oh so adorable! We’re looking for a new home together, though if it means we could both be adopted sooner, we would consider being split up. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:05:16 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua – July 20 update The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 22: Elks Lodge, 120 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:05:44 EST Telegraph’s Tom King now a ‘bobblehead’ NASHUA – When Telegraph sportswriter Tom King heard the Silver Knights had picked Friday as “Tom King bobblehead night,” former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez came to mind. “First thing I thought was, ‘I’m going to outdraw Pedro Martinez bobblehead night,’” King said with the hearty laugh for which he’s known. Indeed, only about 950 fans came to Holman Stadium on July 12 for Martinez’s bobblehead night, and, King said, more than 1,000 tickets for Friday were sold in advance and as many as 1,000 more fans could show up, thanks to complimentary tickets they received for donating blood at the recent American Red Cross blood drive in Nashua. The idea of making the veteran Telegraph scribe, who also has a pretty robust following on “Christian and King,” the weekday ESPN New Hampshire radio show he co-hosts with Christian Arcand, a “bobblehead honoree” first came up back in December, King said. “They called me in February, during my radio show,” he said. “They said this is what we want to do, what’s a good date?” King said the Silver Knights indicated they chose to bestow the honor not only for his coverage of the Knights, but his years of covering all other teams that have called Holman Stadium home over the decades. While he’s flattered by the gesture, King said that being the subject of a bobblehead Night is only a small part of the story. “The big story is the fact there’s a team in Holman Stadium in Nashua that’s able to do bobblehead nights,” he said. – DEAN SHALHOUP Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:02:28 EST Rivier University leader named to NH Charitable Foundation board NASHUA – Sister Paula Marie Buley, president of Rivier University in Nashua, is serving in a new leadership role with one of New Hampshire’s largest charitable groups. Buley was recently named to the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The 14-member board includes leaders from the business, public and nonprofit sectors. The public charity funds projects that improve the quality of life for New Hampshire citizens, including 5,000 grants and scholarships totaling $30 million annually. “As New Hampshire’s largest provider of unrestricted scholarships in the state, we are excited to have Sister Paula’s added perspective on higher education,” NH Charitable Foundation President and CEO Richard Ober said in an announcement. Buley became president of Rivier, an 81-year-old Catholic liberal arts school, in 2012. She has more than 25 years of experience in higher education administration and has held senior positions at Anna Maria College, Mount St. Mary University and Immaculata University, and was previously executive vice president of administration at Seton Hall University, according to information provided by Rivier. Buley holds a doctoral degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an MBA from Villanova University and master’s degree in Catholic Studies from Georgetown University. Buley serves as a director for New Hampshire Catholic Charities and St. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:11:39 EST Nashua should link river, trail project Jim Haddadin’s excellent update on the slow progress of the Nashua Heritage Rail Trail toward the Merrimack River warrants a reminder that the Merrimack shore itself is well worth extension of the Heritage Trail. The city already owns land (Greeley Park) or has public access easements (Thornton’s Landing) along much of its Merrimack shoreline and should seek more – for instance, along the Tie Plant/Beazer shore. It is not too late to aspire to proving a Merrimack River Greenway along Nashua’s shore consistent with the state’s longstanding Heritage Trail program. We may not be able to fully match Boston’s Charles River Greenway, or our neighbor Lowell’s effective efforts to provide waterfront amenities, but it is past time to start, and the availability of federal and state funding could surely help. Gene Porter Nashua Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:02:06 EST Mayor may have sealed political fate Every political miscue generates a nail that seals the coffin of a politician’s fate. Nobody knows how many it takes and the number required to seal a coffin remains a mystery. Astute voters can sometimes recognize the particular nail that seals the political fate of an elected official.They also know that it usually isn’t the most recent nail that seals that coffin of political fate. I believe we have seen the generation of such a nail when the employment of Nashua’s Citizen Services Director was terminated by Mayor Donnalee Lozeau on Monday. Michael Chrissis Nashua Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:01:46 EST Former employee was huge help to many Ms. Patti Rodgers, employed for years in the mayor’s office, assisted me in locating information, services for many of my advocacy clients and acted in a most professional and caring manner. Her responses were prompt and helpful. She has been let go. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:01:11 EST Nashua should set spending priorities This letter is to the aldermen and women, board of education and finance committee. Why are we spending $762,000 on preserving a chimney? Paying thousands to a consulting firm to tell them which site to put a playground; and $222,204 for two new trucks and an additional $150,499 to outfit them. The paper also stated that the Finance Committee earlier this year approved four more trucks and $287,726 to outfit them. How much is the Broad Street Parkway costing, and what will the Main Street sidewalk renovations cost when done? No one seems to know that number. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:03:11 EST Nashua Silver Knights top Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide NASHUA – Friday night was one of those “bottle it up for safekeeping” for the Nashua Silver Knights. The challenge will be for them to do just that. Starting pitcher and Nashua native Jake Mellin spun a masterpiece with seven innings of five-hit ball, and the Silver Knights delighted the franchise’s largest announced Holman Stadium crowd ever of 3,020 with a 6-0 win over Old Orchard. “It starts with starting pitching,” Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said. “And you need big hits in big situations, and we got that tonight.” The win, coming off the heels of a frustrating loss to Wachusett the night before, puts Nashua back over .500 at 19-18. “Today we really wanted to have fun,” said outfielder Matt Sanchez, who homered and drove in two runs. “And winning is always fun.” Mellin’s big key: He didn’t walk a batter, fanning six, a big change from recent Silver Knight pitching outings. Old Orchard’s Raheim Cooper led the game off with a single, and wound up at third with a steal/error with nobody out and was stranded. “This crowd, seeing all these fans out here gave me a boost of energy,” said Mellin (1-4), the University of Hartford hurler who makes no secret of how much he loves pitching at Holman. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:55:00 EST The trip of a lifetime: Sans the frills and creature comforts It was the middle of summer – that magic, paradisiacal interlude pleasantly devoid of structure, homework and collared shirts – and a dozen Nashua boys had a no-frills road trip on their minds. At age 9, Rob Sakey was the youngest of the lot, and among the memories he’s kept fresh in the 45 years since that hot July of 1969 is being photographed sitting on a car upon reaching the gang’s destination: Cape Kennedy, Fla. “Here I was, this nerd, the only one wearing shorts,” Sakey, now a husband, father and businessman living in Arlington, Mass., said this week with a laugh. That ominous “nerd” feeling was short-lived, because Sakey and his pals were on a far more exciting mission than making fashion statements: They’d flown, then driven, south to witness the launch of Apollo 11 on what would go down in history as one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments. The “moonshot” is what this unforgettable mission was often called in the multitude of breathless news reports that peaked 45 years ago Sunday when the Apollo 11 crew – Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. and Michael Collins – set their space capsule softly into moondust and made world history. What the boys, who came from Nashua, Hollis and Hudson, had in common is that their parents were closely involved with the Nashua’s former Arts and Science Center, and one of them – the inimitable Meri Goyette – got thinking how cool it would be if some local kids could get a one-of-a-kind history lesson up close and personal. The boys were members of “The Muses,” a center-sponsored youth group that Goyette led. So she recruited her husband, physician Charlie Goyette, and the late Joseph Sakey, Rob Sakey’s dad and the popular longtime city librarian, as chaperones for the journey. Then she called New Hampshire’s own famous astronaut, Derry’s Alan B. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:02:43 EST Portland Pie plans pizza contest Sean Morris, of Nashua, was first to sign up. His technique? “Grab it by the crust and use your fingers. Taco style. Three bites.” Morris and nine other contestants will be showing off their pizza-eating prowess Monday evening when the Portland Pie restaurant conducts the first of what it hopes will be many competitions to benefit local charities, “It’s not a quantity pie eating contest, it’s a speed eating contest,” said Frank Gioffre, manager of the Canal Street eatery. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:03:48 EST Ramona Sue Laflamme Ramona Sue Laflamme, 61, took her parents’ hands for her next journey after a long battle with Breast Cancer on July 14th, 2014 surrounded by loving family. Born in Nashua, NH on May 4th, 1953 to the late Raymond and Madeline Laflamme (Covey), she attended Nashua schools all her life. She worked in Manufacturing most of her life, most recently at Perry Slingsby in Jupiter, FL. She is survived by her ex-husband but lifelong friend, Yvon Champagne; one daughter, Sharon Stafford, and one son and daughter-in-law, Raymond and Melissa Champagne, all of Nashua, NH; five grandchildren, Corey Macphee, Amber Stafford, Desiree Stafford, Dylan Thibodeau, and Ashley Champangne; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary Laflamme and Paula and John Majewski, also all of Nashua; one brother and his wife, George and Gloria Laflamme of Henderson, Nevada; 5 nieces and nephews; and many aunts and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and one brother, Donald Laflamme. No funeral services or wake. There will be a memorial service to be announced at a later date. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:00:05 EST Nashua suffers crucial loss to Londonderry in Legion baseball NASHUA – Not only did Nashua Post 124 not look like a playoff team Friday night, its 13-3 mercy-rule loss to Londonderry Post 27 at Bishop Guertin High School all but ended its hopes of making the American Legion baseball tournament as well. At 7-8, Nashua dropped to sixth in the District B standings with three regular-season games to go. Post 124 needs to win its final three games and have both Londonderry and Derry, which Nashua plays in its regular-season finale Sunday, lose its remaining games to clinch that fourth and final playoff spot. “Right now, we could’ve sealed our fate by winning out the four games we had this weekend,” Nashua coach Kevin Palanski said. “Now, we need some help.” The game was actually close at one point. Londonderry’s Rob Del Signore and Nashua starter Jeff Lunn were locked in a pitcher’s duel through the first four innings. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:10:00 EST Silver Knights have a golden opportunity It’s a hot, event-filled week in the middle of July. In particular, it’s a big week for the Nashua Silver Knights. This is their time. This is when they need to make a push on the field to get back to where we’re all used to them being, at or near the top of the standings. They’ve been treading water for awhile now, hanging around the .500 mark, and at 17-16 and about 20 games left to play (yeah, it goes by fast), it’s time to make a move. This is a perfect week to do it. First, they have back-to-back games with the team that leads their division, the 19-13 Worcester Bravehearts. They’ll just have to adjust their body clocks, as the games Tuesday at Holy Cross College’s Fitton Field in Worcester and on Wednesday at Holman Stadium are both 11:05 a.m. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:00:09 EST Silver Knights have a golden opportunity It’s a hot, event-filled week in the middle of July. In particular, it’s a big week for the Nashua Silver Knights. This is their time. This is when they need to make a push on the field to get back to where we’re all used to them being, at or near the top of the standings. They’ve been treading water for awhile now, hanging around the .500 mark, and at 17-16 and about 20 games left to play (yeah, it goes by fast), it’s time to make a move. This is a perfect week to do it. First, they have back-to-back games with the team that leads their division, the 19-13 Worcester Bravehearts. They’ll just have to adjust their body clocks, as the games Tuesday at Holy Cross College’s Fitton Field in Worcester and on Wednesday at Holman Stadium are both 11:05 a.m. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:00:36 EST Silver Knights have a golden opportunity It’s a hot, event-filled week in the middle of July. In particular, it’s a big week for the Nashua Silver Knights. This is their time. This is when they need to make a push on the field to get back to where we’re all used to them being, at or near the top of the standings. They’ve been treading water for awhile now, hanging around the .500 mark, and at 17-16 and about 20 games left to play (yeah, it goes by fast), it’s time to make a move. This is a perfect week to do it. First, they have back-to-back games with the team that leads their division, the 19-13 Worcester Bravehearts. They’ll just have to adjust their body clocks, as the games Tuesday at Holy Cross College’s Fitton Field in Worcester and on Wednesday at Holman Stadium are both 11:05 a.m. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:01:05 EST Local student receives Scholastic Award at Nashua Catholic SOPHIA BEMISS Sophia Bemiss, daughter of Kathleen and Scott Bemiss, was honored during the Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School scholastic awards ceremony in June. Bemiss received top honors for her Rube Goldberg Science Fair project. She plans to attend Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua in the fall. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:03:36 EST Take action when your family’s ‘check engine’ light is on Are you the type person who takes action when the “check engine light” comes on? Or, do you wait for a more subtle announcement – like an engine that won’t start or an oil leak? This has nothing to do with the check engine light; rather it’s a wakeup call for all who are responsible for their families. In carrying out those responsibilities, do you wait for a problem to show itself or are you proactive? As a Red Cross disaster responder, I help people who are affected by disasters. Over the past 20 years, I have observed how unprepared most Americans are for just about any type of emergency. From hurricanes, wildfires, tornados and home fires, too many people are ignorant of the dangers they face. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:16:01 EST Nashua Silver Knights fall to Wachusett Dirt Dawgs NASHUA – The Nashua Silver Knights simply can’t stand prosperity. Trying to get to two games over .500 for the first time since they started the season 2-0, they faltered badly with a 9-4 loss at the hands of the last place (14-22) Wachusett Dirt Dawgs before a Thursday night Holman Stadium crowd of 1,934. The problem? Pitching. Five Silver Knights hurlers combined two give up 11 hits, walking six Dirt Dawgs and hitting two. Trailing 9-2 in the ninth, Nashua (seven hits) got a two-run Mike Pierson double, but too little, too late. “I don’t have an answer,” Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:37:00 EST Donor buys replacement for Bank of America clock removed for Nashua sidewalk project An anonymous donor has purchased a replacement sidewalk clock for Main Street, said Carolyn Mortellaro, communications director for City Hall. “The clock is on order, and the city will receive it in the next couple of weeks,” Mortellaro said Thursday. She said installation arrangements will be made once it arrives. The old clock was removed in April from its spot in front of the Bank of America, which owns it, as city workers continued their sidewalk upgrade work. A light pole at the corner of High and Main streets also was removed and an information kiosk was hauled away and placed in storage. Most structures planted in the city’s existing brick sidewalks are being displaced by the rebuilding project. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:05:05 EST Policy banning pets from Nashua restaurants with outdoor seating has some barking mad NASHUA – Dog owners should keep their furry friend at home if they hope to get a bite to eat at any downtown restaurants with outdoor seating this summer. A letter sent to eateries with sidewalk seating by the city health department reminded owners that dogs can’t accompany their owners in outside seating areas. The letter has one restaurant owner growling over the restriction. “We love the dogs. I’ve never had a problem with them,” said City Room Cafe owner Terry Wade. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:34:00 EST Scott Brown calls himself a ‘problem solver,’ labels Jeanne Shaheen a ‘rubber stamp’ for Obama HUDSON – Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown, of Rye, says repealing the Affordable Care Act can be done as he’s hopeful enough Democratic senators will come to realize the health care mandate is crippling the nation’s economic recovery. Brown supports returning power to the states to craft their own affordable health insurance reform laws as then-Republican Gov. Mitt Romney achieved in Massachusetts. As a Massachusetts state senator, Brown voted for what became known as Romneycare. “We repeal and change laws everyday. They want you to think that Obamacare is the only answer,” Brown said during an interview with The Telegraph editorial board Thursday. “I believe everyone should have access to health care; I am not saying that’s a bad thing. I believe we can do it better in our state effectively and more efficiently than our federal government. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:57:19 EST Elizabeth ‘Liz’ McQuinn Elizabeth “Liz” McQuinn, 60, of Nashua, NH, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from injuries she sustained in an automobile accident in Merrimack, NH. She was born January 5, 1954 in Brooklyn, NY, daughter of Mary (Brindley) Goode and the late James Goode. Liz was full of life. She had a HUGE personality and you felt you knew her within minutes of meeting her whether you wanted to or not. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:06:13 EST LaVerne Glynese Jencks LaVerne Glynese Jencks, 82 of Nashua, died Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Greenbriar Health Care in Nashua surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 22, 1932 in Dalton, GA, daughter of the late George and Etta Lindsey. LaVerne was also predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Jencks; and a daughter, Cynthia Roberts. In her younger years, LaVerne spent many summers at Beverly Harbor where she developed a joy for boating. She was an LPN for over 20 years. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:06:18 EST JULY 10 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Jonathan Jacob Calvin, 29, 18 Abbott St., Apt. C, Nashua, criminal trespass. JULY 11 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Grant Michael Gray, 26, 14 Strawberry Bank Road, Apt. 13, Nashua, two counts conduct after an accident. Denis I. Velez, 33, 90 Pine St., Apt. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:06:25 EST One pint at a time, Red Cross blood drive at Nashua High School South’s goal is 660 pints Every one of the donors at Wednesday’s blood drive at Nashua High School South had a reason to give. Kristie Archer, of Pelham, said her story began with her father, Robert Cousins. Reclining in a lounge chair set up with dozens of others in the school’s two gymnasiums Wednesday, she said her father has “given over the years 280 times. I’m just continuing the saga.” The annual WZID Chill & Grill Super Blood Drive set up shop at the school and attracted a steady stream of willing donors despite the off and on rain. “He had a quadruple bypass about seven years ago,” Archer continued. Additional heart complications limited his own health and ability to be a donor. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:15 EST Downtown Music Fest brings top names to Nashua Turns out, there is a cure for the summertime blues. The blues. Saturday, the first in the three-concert Downtown Music Fest series fills Main Street with a Roomful of Blues and The Love Dogs, established bands ready to lay down all the horn-heavy, bass-slapping beats you can shake a tailfeather to. The Grammy-nominated former and Boston-based latter start out the strong lineup of known names coming to rock downtown this summer. Co-organized and hosted by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and local special events company Community Events LLC, the dynamic duo of Chris and Chris – Chris Williams and Chris Malloy – are driving people downtown in droves again this summer. The roster of bands ups the ante in the event’s third year. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:03:08 EST Teen Actorsingers bring ‘Legally Blonde’ to Nashua NASHUA – From the big screen to the Janice B. Streeter Theater, Elle Woods and all the well-known characters from the film “Legally Blonde” are coming to Nashua. This weekend, Teen Actorsingers will be performing “Legally Blonde The Musical” at the 14 Court St. venue in downtown Nashua. Director Joseph Juknie-vich, along with music director Eric Berthiaume and choreographer Brittney-Lynne Stanley, have been working with a group of teenage actors since May in preparation for this weekend’s opening performances. This is not the directorial staff’s first time working together, however: The trio produced last year’s production of “Urinetown” as well. “We have a really great mix together,” Stanley said of the team. This year’s family- friendly comedy is a completely different type of musical compared to “Urinetown.” As such, “Legally Blonde” comes with all its own challenges. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:03:34 EST Writers seek  veterans to share their stories NASHUA – Two local authors are seeking veterans to share their stories for an upcoming Veteran’s Day project. During the course of the HBO mini-series “Band of Brothers,” we get to know the members of Easy Company: their hopes, fears and plans for the future. We feel the pain of a loss, the relief of a victory and, especially, the strength of their bonds to each other. Nashua writer Lowell Williams, along with Donald Tongue, of Derry, have decided to bring this idea of storytelling to New Hampshire. Williams is a co-founder of New Theater Works, a Nashua theatrical production company. “You have to be lucky to be a part of a story like ‘Band of Brothers,’” Williams said. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:04:11 EST ‘Vivan’s Dream’ mural dedication Sunday on West Pearl Street, Nashua NASHUA – In 1909, West Pearl Street was the center of a bustling downtown Nashua. Clothing stores, hat shops, barber shops and coffee shops were prominent in this predominantly Greek neighborhood. This vision of turn-of-the-century Nashua has been depicted on a wall behind TD Bank at the corner of Main and West Pearl streets, and will be officially unveiled to the public Sunday. The project – called “Vivian’s Dream,” in honor of Vivian Walker, one of the women with the original idea for the mural – is sponsored by City Arts Nashua and was officially proposed about four years ago by local artist Barbara Andrews. Andrews said she came across an image of West Pearl Street as it looked in 1909 and thought the wall behind TD Bank would be the ideal spot for a mural replicating the image. “It made complete sense to put that mural there,” Andrews said. West Pearl Street used to be the center of the Greek community in Nashua in the 19th and 20th centuries. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:04:34 EST Downtown Nashua has music, art and theater this weekend Think of it this way: You’re saving so much time and money, not having to water your lawn. Ugh! This rain better abate before the weekend, because Nashua has some great things planned that are happening outdoors. In fact, two of them are right downtown. The first is the kickoff concert for the third annual Downtown Music Fest, presented by the Chamber of Commerce, Community Events LLC, and major sponsor AutoFair. The organizers have lined up some impressive names to play in the Gate City, including this first show featuring Roomful of Blues and the Love Dogs (on the cover of Encore), who will perform on a stage set up in the middle of Main Street in front of Martha’s Exchange. I spoke with Chris Williams, Chris Malloy and Andy Crews about the series, what’s new, and how they’re bringing top-notch, affordable nights of music right to the streets. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:04:39 EST Nashua Silver Knights drub Worcester Bravehearts, 10-2 NASHUA – Wednesday was a day of firsts for the Nashua Silver Knights and pitcher Tom Hudon. The lefty from Merrimack and St. Anselm College checked the Worcester Bravehearts on just two hits over 61⁄3 innings, giving him his first win of the summer (1-4). The 10-2 Nashua triumph was also the first win for the Silver Knights (18-17) over the West Division leading Worcester Bravehearts (20-14) in five tries. The Holman Stadium Camp Day announced crowd of 817 also endured a 1-hour, 40-minute rain delay. “If we’re going to make it to the playoffs, we’ve got to beat Worcester,” said Hudon, who struck out 10, walked two and hit a batter. “Location was there, and the same with the off-speed. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:36:53 EST Mari E. Chapman MILFORD, NH – Mari E. Chapman, 35, lifelong resident of Milford, died on July 13, 2014 at her home. She was born in Philadelphia, PA on June 20, 1979, a daughter of Cheryl (Hamel) Sarao of Milford and the late Harold W. Goss II. Mari had been employed as an independent contractor for the Nashua Telegraph for more than 13 years. Her greatest joy was being a mom and spending time with her daughter. She was an avid NASCAR fan, loved animals and had adopted several rescue dogs. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:00:24 EST David Jourdain Jr. David Jourdain Jr., 79, passed away on July 14, 2014 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Manchester, NH following a lengthy illness. He was the son of the late David Jourdain Sr. and Anna Viel. Dave attended Chelmsford, MA schools and graduated from Keith Academy in Lowell, MA before enlisting in the Air Force. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:00:52 EST Theresa (Poney) Levesque Theresa (Poney) Levesque, 85, a life-long resident of Nashua, NH passed away on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack, NH. She was born October 12, 1928 in Nashua, daughter of the late Felix and Alma (Gagnon) Poney. Mrs. Levesque worked for over 25 years in the electronics industry for Sprague Electric and Sanders Associates. She made beautiful needle work and enjoyed gardening. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:01:01 EST Ryan Kohler pacesetter at NH State Am golf in Goffstown GOFFSTOWN – Ryan Kohler was at it again Wednesday. After earning medalist honors and the top seed during the 36-hole qualifying, the Hooper Golf Club member made things look relatively easy when he teed off at 8 a.m. in the 111th State Amateur Championship’s Round of 64 at Stonebridge Country Club. By the time he wrapped up his 5-and-3 victory over 64th-seeded Rich Reeves, of Canterbury Woods Country Club, the rest of the field was running for cover. Although the rain that delayed play for 50 minutes was expected, Wednesday’s Round of 64 had a few surprises – most notably, 58th-seed Kurt Eddins’ upset of seventh-seeded Craig Steckowych. The Exeter Country Club golfer pulled out a 4-and-3 win over the former two-time champion (1990, 1998) from Portsmouth Country Club. Kohler was one of four golfers to wrap up their matches before the horn sounded for that rain delay. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:01:00 EST Club holds 118th  Anniversary Tea NASHUA – The Nashaway Woman’s Club recently celebrated its 118th Anniversary Tea at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. President Linda Twombly was presented with proclamations from the offices of U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Gov. Maggie Hassan and state Sens. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:41:47 EST Nashua student among those honored in Letters About Literature program TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. –  Saniya Singh, of Nashua, and Lauren Bradley, of Tyngsborough, both recent eighth-grade graduates of the Academy of Notre Dame, were honored at an awards ceremony at the Massachusetts Statehouse recently for their participation in the Letters About Literature Program. The national writing contest for students in grades 4-12 is sponsored locally by the Massachusetts Center for the Book and affiliated nationally with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Students participate by reading a book, poem or speech, then writing a letter to the author about how that book affected them. Nationally, more than 69,000 letters were entered into the competition this year, with only 10 percent advancing to the third round for state-level judging. “All seventh- and eighth-grade students here at the academy participated,” elementary library media specialist Kathleen Smith said. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:02:51 EST Resolution reached in suit against Nashua Historical Society NASHUA – Ten months of legal wrangling over how the Nashua Historical Society board of directors ousted former society President Terry Romano has been “amicably resolved,” according to a statement issued by both sides Monday. According to the resolution, which was reached through a state Supreme Court mediation session, the society will award Romano the title of past president emeritus through 2016 “in recognition of her many years of service.” In turn, the group’s current president, Joanne Ouellette, said the society “welcomes Ms. Romano’s continued support of the society and the Ce Ce Romano Memorial Scholarship Fund,” which was created in memory of Romano’s late sister. Romano said in the statement that she “looks forward to assisting the membership and … continuing my support of the society.” Ouellette, who was named president in May, taking over for interim President Cecile Renzi, said the terms of the agreement are confidential and she could not comment further. Romano was one of the 18 plaintiffs listed in the lawsuit, which was filed by attorney Francis Murphy on their behalf in the wake of her dismissal. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:52 EST Extending Nashua Rail Trail to Merrimack River hits a stumbling block NASHUA – The city is still working to acquire two vacant properties and a steel bridge on Commercial Street that will pave the way for the opening of an eastern section of the Heritage Rail Trail. Nashua was given a transportation enhancement grant, through the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, to purchase land or easements on two properties along the former abandoned railroad corridor and railroad bridge over Commercial Street. The parcels are the last remaining areas the city needs to obtain public access for the future trail from Main Street to Temple Street. Dubbed “Heritage Rail Trail East,” the path would be an extension of Nashua’s existing 1.3-mile Heritage Rail Trail, which runs from Simon Street to Main Street, parallel to West Hollis Street. It is on land that once carried Boston & Maine Railroad’s Worcester-Nashua line. The trail opened in 1999, and city officials have long envisioned extending it east toward the Merrimack River. The city previously secured federal money to acquire other properties along the abandoned rail corridor. One of the two remaining parcels the city is looking to acquire measures a third of an acre, adjacent to Howard Street, between Spruce and Commercial streets; the other is a quarter-acre, stretching between Mason and Spruce streets. Aldermen signed off on the idea of acquiring the land nearly two years ago. City officials had hoped to wrap up the acquisition process sooner, but Nashua Planning Department Director Roger Houston said using federal funds requires a lengthy approval process, including an environmental review. “We thought back then that we could avoid that process, but we have to go through that process,” he said. As part of the review, Houston recently solicited comments from more than 20 groups, including the fire department and the city Planning Board, which gave the trail extension a favorable recommendation. Houston said once the initial comment period closes, the city will request a programmatic exclusion to try to speed along the review process. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:31:00 EST Goodbye heavy rains and humidity; hello dry, sunny skies The skies in the Nashua area opened up several times from Tuesday through Wednesday night, and while there were several reports of streets flooding and waterlogged parking lots, there were no funnel clouds over Nashua. A photo of a funnel cloud that appeared on Twitter on Wednesday morning turned out to be an apparent hoax, according to the National Weather Service’s Boston office. Several users unwittingly retweeted the photo, which was of a real tornado – except it was one of the many twisters photographed during the deadly Nebraska outbreak last month. What was real in these parts, though, was heavy rain and water, especially in northwestern Hillsborough and a large part of Cheshire counties, according to  Hudson-based meteorologist Doug Webster. The town of North Weare appears to be Hillsborough County’s rainfall jackpot over the last 48 hours, where, according to Webster’s figures, 4.13 inches came down during the period. Even more – upwards of 4.5 inches – was reported in parts of Cheshire County, where flooding was widespread in towns like Winchester and Swanzey, both of which had a number of washed-out roads by the time things calmed down. Meanwhile, Webster said, Hudson managed just over 1 inch of rain; less was recorded in Nashua. Pennichuck Water Works’s automated rain gauge – which is a good indication but isn’t official, Webster said – recorded about 0.60 of an inch Tuesday and another 0.17 Wednesday, for a two-day total of about three-quarters of an inch. The wide disparity in totals is indicative of the nature of summer storms, which, Webster said, can produce blinding downpours in one place but barely a sprinkle as close as a mile or so away. “They’re known to vary greatly,” he said of rainfall totals associated with the seasonal storms, adding that the same goes for the frequency, and intensity, of lightening, thunder and wind. Other local totals include about three-quarters of an inch in Merrimack and Litchfield, while Manchester reported 1.16 inches, Webster said. While Tuesday’s round of storms affected Greater Nashua more than the brief Wednesday downpours, many Massachusetts towns and cities saw the most action Wednesday. Lowell, for instance, came in at 2.75 inches of rain through the period, while rainfall totals coming out of nearby Pelham and Windham hovered at a mere 0.04 to 0.05 inches, Webster said. Wednesday also was worse than Tuesday on the Seacoast and southern York County, Maine, where multiple incidents of downed trees and wires, flooding and other wind damage were reported. Many residents throughout the region may have been startled Tuesday afternoon when their cell phone or other devices suddenly came to life with ominous tones and the words “tornado warning” as the rain pelted down and thunder and lightening filled the skies. Such early warnings are becoming more common, Webster said, because recent advances in meteorological technology allow forecasters and severe-weather experts to detect even the earliest hint of cloud rotation on their Doppler radar. “They can see how the wind is blowing, and if they see indications of rotation, they issue a tornado warning,” Webster said. “You’ll start seeing more (tornado) warnings now.” Experts advise people to not panic when a tornado warning is issued, but plan a route to a safe place like a basement and keep closely apprised of emergency warnings until the danger has passed. The upside to all the storminess, Webster said, is that by Thursday, they will be replaced by a fine stretch of summer-like weather. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:02:16 EST Nashua Board of Aldermen to vote on landfill gas contracts NASHUA – The Finance Committee gave its stamp of approval Wednesday to legal agreements allowing the city to take over the gas collection system at the Four Hills Landfill and hire a renewable energy firm to generate electricity at the site for the next 25 years. The committee voted to recommend executing a new long-term contract with Pennsylvania-based PPL Renewable Energy. It also recommended terminating the city’s relationship with the company that currently runs the entire gas-to-electricity system. A set of contracts executing the change now heads to the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday for final approval. The deals would put the city in charge of the gas collection wells at the landfill for the first time in decades. The change would give the city more control over the amount of gas that escapes into the air, leading to foul odors in the neighborhoods surrounding the facility. They also would resolve pending litigation filed against the city last year by Fortistar, the company that currently operates the landfill gas system. Nashua has been at odds with the company over the last several years regarding how much gas is being collected. Fortistar also has challenged requests to pay for expansions of the gas collection system mandated by the state Department of Environmental  Services. “We had a lot of odor issues at the landfill, and we had a company that wasn’t willing to work with us to try to minimize the odors,” Nashua Corporation Counsel Stephen Bennett told Finance Committee members Wednesday. Lawsuits filed by Fortistar and the city are on hold in federal court while Nashua investigates its options for running the landfill gas system. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:02:31 EST Blue Bus off to good start WILTON – The Board of Selectmen have named Martha Greene as the town’s representative to the board of Souhegan Valley Transit Collaborative, operators of the “Blue Bus,” the area service for the elderly and disabled provided through Nashua Transit Service. The pilot program, begun four months ago, “was an excellent start,” Janet Langdell, planning coordinator, told the selectmen on Monday, July 7. “We provided 34 rides,” which is comparable to use in similarly sized towns. It is an excellent start.” Mont Vernon also joined the service last spring. Greene, she added, “jumped in with both feet. We are excited to have her on the board.” Rides are available to those who are unable to drive, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., for $2 each way. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:01:53 EST New director of sales for Nashua hotel WILTON – RGH Hospitality, the hotel management subsidiary of Roedel Co., has named Steven Morabito as director of sales at the Courtyard by Marriott in Nashua. Morabito is responsible for revenue production and strategic planning for the 200 room hotel and 11,000-square-foot conference center. He manages room revenue targets and all on-property event sales. With more than 15 years experience in directing hotel sales and marketing, Morabito has expertise in the hospitality industry. Most recently, he served as the director of sales at the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Manchester, which is also managed by RGH Hospitality. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:02:53 EST Amherst student among those honored in Letters About Literature program TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. – Saniya Singh, of Nashua, and Lauren Bradley, of Tyngsborough, Mass., both recent eighth-grade graduates of the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsborough, Mass., were honored at an awards ceremony at the Massachusetts Statehouse recently for their participation in the Letters About Literature Program. This annual nation-wide writing contest for students who are in grades 4-12, is sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for the Book and affiliated nationally with the Center for the Book  in the Library of Congress. Students participate by reading a book, poem or speech, then writing a letter to the author about how that book affected them. Nationally, more than 69,000 letters were entered into the competition this year, with only 10 percent advancing to the third round for state-level judging. “All seventh- and eighth-grade students here at the academy participated,” elementary library media specialist Kathleen Smith said. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:01:24 EST James C. Starke AMHERST – James C. Starke, M.D., well-known dermatologist, age 85, died on July 6, 2014, from pulmonary fibrosis in the house he restored, lived in and loved for 52 years, known as the Melendy Farm. Starke was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Carl and Ada Starke. He attended the University of Wisconsin/Madison and received his medical degree from Marquette Medical School (now Medical College of Wisconsin). After graduation, Starke served his internship at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (Dartmouth-Hitchcock) in Hanover, N.H. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:02:30 EST Rotary Club of Nashua West announces board, officers NASHUA – The Rotary Club of Nashua West announced its board and officers for the 2014-15 year. They are President Paul Decarolis, President-Elect John Sullivan, Vice President Mike LaChance, Treasurer John Phelan, Secretary Steve Wilson, Assistant Secretary Treasurer Beth Sheehan, Sergeant-at-Arms Jill Gage, Past President Betsy Houde, and directors Lee Allison, David Kosofsky and Marie Mayotte. The club is a group of like-minded professionals dedicated to serving others less fortunate than themselves. They aspire to the ideals of Rotary, including “Service Above Self” and the “4-way test.” The club’s membership includes more than 90 professionals from the Nashua area. Professions represented in the club include banking, finance, marketing, retail merchants, medical, insurance, printing, lawn care, legal, hospitality, real estate, municipal, telecommunication and a variety of nonprofit management. For more information about the Rotary Club of Nashua West, visit any of its meeting, which are held at 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:03:29 EST Nashua citizen services director no longer working for the city, presumed to be fired by mayor NASHUA – Citizen Services Director Patricia Rogers’ employment with the city of Nashua has ended amid a quarrel between the Board of Aldermen and Mayor Donnalee Lozeau over her job. Rogers ceased working for the city Monday, according to the mayor’s communications director, Carolyn Mortellaro. Mortellaro declined to say whether Rogers, who was hired in 2008, left voluntarily or was terminated by the mayor. “We don’t really discuss personnel matters, as the mayor has said,” Mortellaro said. The change came as Nashua aldermen were preparing to vote next week on whether to transfer the citizen services director position out of the mayor’s office and under their wing. The Budget Review Committee recommended the move, which Board of Aldermen President David Deane said was aimed at keeping Rogers in her job. City attorney Stephen Bennett issued a legal opinion Friday that said the Board of Aldermen doesn’t have the authority to establish and control a position that performs administrative functions. Deane said he believes the mayor then fired Rogers on Monday, although he hasn’t received any communications about the situation from the mayor. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:01:09 EST Nashua church stronger than fire The response by members of the Heritage Baptist Church the day after a fire caused serious damage to their church building on Lock Street in Nashua says at least a little about the power of faith – and a lot about the human spirit. We have no doubt that members of the church are hurting. A fire, even where everyone gets out safely as was the case in this instance, can be a traumatic event. But on Monday morning – less than 24 hours after 68 members of the Heritage Baptist Church were forced out of their building and onto the street by fire – Heritage Baptist parishioners gathered to pray for the seven victims of last week’s deadly fire in Lowell, Mass., and for the safety of the firefighters in Nashua who responded to their own disaster the night before. That those who were touched by danger at Heritage Baptist still had the grace of spirit to think of others at such a time suggests that they possess a collective strength of character that bodes well for the future of the church. It reminded us of a fire in another New Hampshire city in the 1990s, when the pastor took pains to point out that although the building they worshiped in had been destroyed by a spectacular midnight fire, the church itself was still very much intact. It was important to keep in mind, the pastor said, that the real church was composed of the people within and their faith in God. They would soldier on, he predicted resolutely, and he was right. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:00:24 EST Eleanor Y. Ford Mrs. Eleanor York Ford, age 86, of 1065 Shadow Lane, Williamston, NC, died Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Williamston, NC officiated by Father Bill Long. Mrs. Ford was born on September 26, 1928 in Nashua, NH, to the late Jessie and Harriet York. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:01:05 EST Woman accused of Hollis home invasion competent to stand trial NASHUA – A judge has ruled that a Massachusetts woman is competent to face attempted murder charges stemming from a home invasion in Hollis last year. Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Kathleen McGuire found that Cynthia Nagele, 58, of Lowell, Mass., can stand trial and will be able to adequately discuss the case with her lawyers after hearing from the state’s chief forensic examiner earlier this month. Dr. Daniel Comiskey testified that Nagele’s competency has improved since she began receiving mental health treatment. Nagele is facing the possibility of life in prison for an attempted murder charge that accuses her of breaking into a trailer on Mooar Hill Road in Hollis on May 17, 2013, and beating and stabbing the man inside, according to court records. Two Massachusetts men are facing less serious charges from the same incident. Nagele’s attorneys asked the court to order a competency evaluation after having concerns about her ability to understand and retain vital information about her case. Public defenders Amanda Steenhuis and Eleftheria Keans filed a motion in April after they noticed Nagele’s growing difficulty processing information as they talked to her about accepting a plea bargain or going to trial, according to their motion. “Counsel isn’t sure if Ms. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:02:21 EST With start of school year looming, Nashua school board decides to hire staff to fill open positions NASHUA – The school district will begin hiring staff to reopen the Brentwood School in Merrimack, a small alternative school for intensive needs students. School board members on Monday unanimously approved a move to reopen and run the school located in a small red house outside Merrimack High School. The school district will lease the building and hire staff to educate as many as 16 students at the program. Besides Brentwood, another option would be an out-of-district placement. The average tuition rate for out-of-district placements would be about $42,250 per student, according to Superintendent Mark Conrad. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:03:14 EST Board of Public Works approves contract with firm to run electricity-generating system at Nashua landfill NASHUA – City officials moved one step closer Tuesday to signing a long-term contract with a Pennsylvania-based renewable energy firm to run the electricity-generating system at the Four Hills Landfill. The Board of Public Works voted to enter into a 25-year contract with PPL Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of PPL Corp. with energy projects at 25 sites across the mid-Atlantic. The deal – which will go before the Finance Committee on Wednesday night – would bring major changes to the oversight of the power-generating system at the landfill. It would put the city in charge of the gas collection wells at the facility for the first time in decades, while also bringing in a new contractor to run the system that converts the gas to electricity. Nashua is seeking to replace the company that currently provides both of those services, Fortistar Methane Group, after engaging in a series of legal challenges with the company late last year. Dueling lawsuits filed by Fortistar and the city are on hold in federal court while Nashua investigates its options for running the landfill gas system. The city is facing an August deadline to come up with a new operational plan. For years, Fortistar has been responsible for collecting gas that wafts up through the piles of garbage at the landfill and using a large engine to convert it to electricity. The city’s relationship with the company has been rocky over the last several years because of disputes regarding how much gas is escaping into neighborhoods around the landfill, bringing with it foul odors. Fortistar also has challenged requests by the city to pay for expansions of the gas collection system mandated by the state Department of Environmental Services. The proposal on the table would allow Nashua to terminate its existing agreement with Fortistar and take over the entire gas collection and power- generating system for a fee of $525,000. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:03:36 EST 2nd Congressional District Candidate Garcia hopes to bring new approach to solving country’s problems with smaller reform NASHUA – With Congress failing to address the nation’s challenges, Salem Republican Marilinda Garcia said Tuesday that she hopes to be part of a new generation of lawmakers who look beyond traditional labels to solve the country’s problems. Garcia, a New Hampshire state representative who hopes to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District, shared her outlook on the country’s political climate during a meeting with the Telegraph editorial board Tuesday. Garcia said distrust of government has grown to the point where voters feel not only that politicians are dishonest and corruptible, but that government is working to deceive people by any means necessary. That sense has been heightened in recent years by scandals involving the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, she said, as well as the response by President Barack Obama’s administration to the attack on an American diplomatic compound in Libya in 2012. While she accepts that mistakes will be made, Garcia said cover-ups and a lack of honesty by federal agencies has eroded the trust of voters. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:00:00 EST Humid air spawns strong storms in Nashua area, across New England on Tuesday Strong thunderstorms rife with thunder, lightning and torrential rains that at one point triggered a brief tornado warning jangled the nerves of residents across Hillsborough and Rockingham counties Tuesday afternoon. But aside from several reports of street flooding and a slew of power surges that set off residential and business security and fire alarms throughout the area, the storms left little, if any, damage and caused no known injuries. Weather experts cautioned Tuesday night that more storms are due to move through the area in the next 24-36 hours. On Tuesday evening, meteorologists were watching a line of storms in New York and southern New England that were moving northeast. During the height of Tuesday afternoon’s storms, deep water accumulated at two perpetually flood-prone locations in Nashua – parking lots in parts of the Twin Ponds and Bayridge residential complexes and the intersection of Daniel Webster Highway at Silver Drive – around 4:30 p.m., roughly 20 minutes after the heaviest downpours began. The water receded fairly quickly around the apartments and condos, but nearly 3 feet of standing water made travel tricky for motorists on the Daniel Webster highway for more than an hour. A significant traffic backup resulted in the southbound lanes as drivers skirted the edges of the small pond that covered the right lane and part of the middle one in front of McDonald’s restaurant. One mid-size car that apparently got in a little too deep sat in the right lane with its flashers on, causing a second bottleneck just south of the flooded area. Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Karl Gerhard said the department responded to between eight and 10 alarms that were activated by power surges attributed to lightning. The first few came in from the north end of the city, he said, then the pattern switched to several south-end locations. A crew also responded to the Daniel Webster Highway flood, Gerhard said, adding that wind didn’t seem to play a major role in Tuesday’s round of storms. But a series of powerful wind bursts did blast their way through the southern end of Hudson, according to Fire Capt. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:55:00 EST Nashua Silver Knights fall to Worcester Bravehearts WORCESTER, Mass. – Another opportunity missed. That seems to be the theme of the Nashua Silver Knights season, and Tuesday was yet another example as they couldn’t hold a 5-2 lead en route to a rain-delayed, 7-5 loss at the hands of the West Division-leading Worcester Bravehearts. “We had four, four-pitch walks, and every kid we walked today scored,” Nashua manager Ted Currle said. “It’s pretty frustrating.” The Silver Knights who matched Worcester’s nine hits, dropped to 17-17, 3.5 back of the 20-13 Bravehearts, as starter Shawn Heide and reliever Lucas Olen (1-1) couldn’t hold the lead before an announced Camp Day crowd of 2,770 at Holy Cross’ Fitton Field. Olen walked in a run and gave up a sacrifice fly for two Braveheart runs in the fifth. He then walked two of the first three he faced in the sixth and paid for it with Tom Paine’s game tying double. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:28:00 EST Nashua Silver Knights need to get hot in FCBL It’s a hot, event-filled week in the middle of July. In particular, it’s a big week for the Nashua Silver Knights. This is their time. This is when they need to make a push on the field to get back to where we’re all used to them being, at or near the top of the standings. They’ve been treading water for awhile now, hanging around the .500 mark, and at 17-16 and about 20 games left to play (yeah, it goes by fast), it’s time to make a move. This is a perfect week to do it. First, they have back-to-back games with the team that leads their division, the 19-13 Worcester Bravehearts. They’ll just have to adjust their body clocks, as the games Tuesday at Holy Cross College’s Fitton Field in Worcester and on Wednesday at Holman Stadium are both 11:05 a.m. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:55:00 EST Parishioners from burned out Nashua church look to faith for comfort as they prepare to rebuild NASHUA – David Ramos sat on a concrete step Monday at Heritage Baptist Church, the day after fire forced parishioners into the parking lot and seriously damaged the building. Ramos sat with his 9-year-old daughters Bianca and Brianna. Next to them was a slightly sooty white bible. “Last night was a really, really big experience for us as a family,” Ramos said as he held his daughters and wiped away tears. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:06:02 EST ‘To be prepared when death shall come’ Editor’s Note: Imagine Nashua: Then & Now is a weekly photo column by Don Himsel. Each week, he will feature an old photo within a more recent photo and an explanation of how he got the shot. I found this story at Lowell’s Textile History Museum. Some may find it uncomfortable to read, so be forewarned. Such is life – and death. It appeared as part of a small poster, called a broadside, measuring about 6 inches wide by 12 inches deep. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:50:25 EST Norman J. Fraser ENGLEWOOD, FL – Norman J. Fraser, 84, of Englewood Fl, passed away on June 30, 2014 after a period of declining health. He was born in Nashua on May 8, 1930, the son of the late William and Rose (Gould) Fraser. He was a member of the class of 1948 from Nashua High School. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:00:20 EST Nashua committee signs off on FY15 budget plan NASHUA – A panel of aldermen on Monday voted to send their budget recommendations to the full Board of Aldermen after narrowly defeating a measure that would have reduced funding for the downtown sidewalk project in hopes of replacing it with other money. Ward 9 Alderman Ken Siegel asked members of the Budget Review Committee to consider cutting close to $200,000 from the $500,000 budget line for downtown improvements. The money has been used each year to pay for materials and overtime labor costs for the ongoing sidewalk  rebuilding project. Committee members began debating last week whether to fully fund the initiative, which has generated mixed opinions in the community. Some aldermen spoke in favor of temporarily halting the project last week, or reducing the budget to help offset other budget increases for schools and city police. Work resumed April 10 on the sidewalk project, which is in its third year. Thus far, crews have finished three of five blocks included in the project. They began construction on the west side of Main Street, between Factory and High streets, and are continuing work on the west side of the block, reaching to Santander Bank at 223 Main St. Each block has cost the city approximately $500,000, according to the mayor. That figure does not include straight time labor costs for workers from the Department of Public Works, who are assigned to work on the sidewalks as part of their regular duties. The city has $107,191 remaining from the appropriation made in fiscal 2014 for sidewalk work. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:54:17 EST Judge rules Nashua man violated deferred sentence, sends him to jail NASHUA – A Nashua man arrested after an alleged rape in Mine Falls Park last fall is going back to jail following a hearing Monday about whether he  violated the terms of his sentence. Ryan Howe, 47, pleaded guilty on May 8 to one count each of domestic violence: second-degree assault, domestic violence: criminal restraint and obstructing the report of a crime or injury. He was sentenced to 2-4 years in state prison, all of which was deferred, according to court records. One of the conditions of his sentence was that he have no contact with the victim in the case. But the next day, May 9, police responding to a 911  hangup call found Howe and the woman together outside a store in the Nashua Mall on Broad Street. The woman, who was intoxicated, first denied calling 911, then told police she had gotten scared when she spotted Howe in the area, then said they had spent the day together, arriving from Manchester by bus, according to an officer’s testimony on Monday. Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Michele Battaglia asked a judge to impose the full two-to-four-year sentence. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:55:15 EST Good-smelling Nashua man accused of stealing cologne from department store NASHUA – Police charged an employee of a cleaning service working third-shift at a city department store with robbing the store by trying to steal cologne. Police were called to the Target store at the Pheasant Lane Mall on Daniel Webster Highway around 9 a.m. Friday for the report of a shoplifter armed with a knife who had fled the area on foot, police said. Nashua police Lt. Jeff Maher said loss prevention officers at the store had become suspicious of Denis Velez, 33, of 901⁄2 Pine St., Nashua, and began investigating him. On Friday police said Velez was caught taking bottles of cologne and they confronted him. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:00:41 EST Red Cross to hold annual Chill and Grill blood drive in Nashua The American Red Cross will again host its huge summer blood drive, the annual WZID Chill and Grill drive, at Nashua High School South next week. The blood drive will be Wednesday, July 16, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The summer drive is particularly important to the Red Cross because many regular blood donors travel during the warmer months, which can have a significant impact on blood stores in the region. The Red Cross has teamed up with 95.7 FM WZID for several years and again this year will be handing out a 2014 Chill and Grill T-shirt and American Red Cross Tote bag to each donor. Other giveaways include coupons to Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, Weathervane Seafood restaurants and Cumberland Farms. Donors also will get two tickets to the Nashua Silver Knights game on July 18 and a coupon for $10 off a M/S Mount Washington Cruise. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-Red-Cross or visiting Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:00:33 EST Make Pennichuck Corp. records as open as aldermen’s One of the reasons for the city of Nashua to own the Pennichuck Corporation was the better interest rates that are available to municipalities. Now that the new Pennichuck board of directors is restructuring its long term debt to reflect this advantage, they need to consider the public’s right to know how they make their decisions. It is time that their board of director’s minutes be as complete and available to the public as the minutes of the Nashua Board of Aldermen – their new owners – are required to be. Barbara Pressly Nashua Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:00:17 EST Gate City Charter School finalizes lease in Merrimack Gate City Charter School has signed a lease for a 17,850-square-foot property at 7 Henry Clay Drive in Merrimack. The school had explored space in the former Dartmouth-Hitchcock building on West Hollis Street in Nashua this spring. Plans fell through at the last minute because of high renovation costs, prompting the move. Gate City is an elementary public charter school scheduled to open in September with 140 students. The school anticipates growth to 180 students by 2016. The school will have an arts-integrated curriculum for grades K-8. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:19:01 EST New drug court in Nashua gets its first participant; focus on supervision, treatment not incarceration NASHUA – The first participant in the Hillsborough County Superior Court’s drug court program began his journey this week by pleading guilty to drug possession but not going to prison. Douglas Roberge pleaded guilty to possession of a narcotic drug Monday and received a pair of suspended prison sentences. In return he agreed to abide by the strict guidelines of the newly established court, including intensive treatment, weekly meetings with a judge and treatment team and frequent drug testing. “These are the eight or nine people who have your best interest at heart now,” Judge Jacalyn Colburn told Roberge referring to the drug court team. “We believe in you and we’re going to work with you.” Colburn has identified five criminal defendants she believed would benefit from the drug court program. The drug court team – including police, prosecutors and defense attorneys, treatment providers and a probation officer – then screened each person, three of whom have been approved for the program so far. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:23 EST Three-alarm blaze forces evacuation of baptist church in Nashua NASHUA – More than five dozen people were forced to evacuate from Heritage Baptist Church at 103 Lock St. on Sunday, when the building caught fire during an evening service. Pastor Larry Hileman said about 68 people were sitting in the pews for the 6 p.m. service when fire alarms began to sound. The group safely evacuated the building and watched as fire companies from Nashua arrived to tackle the three-alarm blaze. “Thank God we all got out safe,” said Richard Corrigan, a Hudson resident who has attended the church for about six years. The fire was reported shortly before 7 p.m. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:55:02 EST Nashua Historical Society is hosting an opening reception for its new exhibit on farms and agriculture in the early days of Nashua. NASHUA – Pretty much anywhere that present-day Greater Nashua residents live, play, work and recreate – even parts of today’s downtown – hardy men and women once toiled from sunup to sundown tilling and cultivating by hand sweeping farmlands that extended for hundreds, sometimes thousands, of acres. As much as a century before America was even born as the nation whose birthday we celebrate every July 4, when sun, wind, water, horsepower and human know-how and muscle pretty much covered the extent of mankind’s available resources, the multi-town region called Old Dunstable, with its rich soil and bountiful waterways, was rapidly becoming the go-to place for growing farming families with plenty of mouths to feed. If you find yourself wondering what was life like for our agrarian predecessors, you can find plenty of answers on Thursday, when the Nashua Historical Society hosts an opening reception for its newly- completed exhibit. Called “Settling the Lands of Old Dunstable: Farms and Agriculture in the Early Days of Nashua,” the program starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, in the Frank B. Clancy Library, part of the Speare House Museum at 5 Abbott St. A welcome and introduction to the exhibit will kick off the evening, followed by ample time for visitors to peruse the many types of items on display. Those planning on attending are asked to either call or email the society (see accompanying details) sometime Monday for planning purposes. While Old Dunstable and, eventually, Nashua, were home to scores of farms big and small until the industrial revolution came along in the mid-19th century, the exhibit is highlighting artifacts associated with 12 local farm properties. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:00:57 EST Leavitt hoping to recapture strong play that helped him win 2012 State Am. Atkinson’s Joe Leavitt has been on point this season, at least at New Hampshire courses, which bodes well for the Atkinson Resort and Country Club golfer heading into Monday’s 111th State Am at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown. Leavitt is feeling good about every thing, including his chances to repeat his performance of 2012 at Concord Country Club. He was one stroke behind hometown favorite Bob Mielcarz after two days of stroke play qualifying before going on to win the State Am title. “I’m ready for it,” Leavitt said. “I feel really good. Coming out of the first few events I feel as good as I did the last time I won the State Am. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:01:40 EST Study: New exit could cut traffic by 20 percent on D.W. Highway NASHUA – Constructing a new southbound exit on the F.E. Everett Turnpike could significantly reduce travel times and congestion on the Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua, according to a new study, which found that an off-ramp at Exit 36 could be a linchpin for economic development in the area. The study projected that building a southbound off-ramp at Exit 36 could lower traffic volume by 20 percent on the Daniel Webster Highway, south of Spit Brook Road. For the average driver, the change would translate into  saving up to seven minutes on a trip south toward the Pheasant Lane Mall, the study found. The findings were included in a draft report released in June about the potential benefits of constructing a new southbound off-ramp at Exit 36 near the border of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The study is being undertaken jointly by the Nashua Regional Planning Commission and the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments in Massachusetts. Getting the exit constructed is high on the wish list for Nashua officials, since it’s expected the new off-ramp would alleviate congestion throughout the area. Traffic counts from fall 2012 showed nearly 40,000 cars travel on the Daniel Webster Highway on a typical Saturday. The highest traffic volume was recorded just south of Spit Brook Road, where drivers who take Exit 1 off the turnpike end up. Traffic decreases steadily as you head south on the Daniel Webster Highway – presumably because drivers are reaching retail destinations along the way. A new Exit 36 South would deposit drivers near the entrance to the Pheasant Lane Mall in Massachusetts. It would connect drivers with the existing Exit 36 off-ramp on the northbound side of the turnpike – known as Route 3 before it crosses into New Hampshire. The exit would allow drivers to bypass the dense retail corridor along Daniel Webster Highway to reach the mall and destinations in Massachusetts. The exit also is being eyed as a positive step toward bringing passenger rail service back to southern New Hampshire. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:58:00 EST Veterans helped, hurt by programs We were struck in recent days by two items in the news concerning veterans, one encouraging, the other not so much. On Thursday, the state’s first court designed specifically to help veterans who run afoul of the law deal with service-related issues like post-traumatic stress disorder opened in Nashua. It’s called the Nashua Veterans Behavioral Health Track – part of Nashua district court’s mental health program – and its aim is to recognize that,when it comes to administering justice to veterans who have been in combat, one size does not necessarily fit all. In the case of the veterans court, in fact, the idea is to tailor the outcomes as much as possible to the needs of veterans and to get them help if they land in court for relatively minor offenses. “It’s an opportunity to streamline veterans through the court system and recognize some of the specific issues that veterans face, particularly post-traumatic issues,” New Hampshire National Guard Brigadier General Carolyn Protzmann said. “This court will hopefully shed light on those issues veterans are facing and hopefully push them toward treatment and not incarcerating them.” Also in attendance at the dedication were Gov. Maggie Hassan and Linda Dalianis of Nashua, the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, along with the man who will run it, Judge James Leary, who already oversees the mental health court. He said one of the keys for the court is its flexibility. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:00:54 EST Mine Falls Gatehouse open for tour on July 17 NASHUA - Area residents have a chance this week to view up close the city’s historic Nashua River Gatehouse, an 1886 building in Mine Falls Park restored over a period of years by an extracurricular middle school program called the Student Historic Preservation Committee. A tour that runs from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, was scheduled to accommodate visitors who can’t make the once-a-month Mine Falls Park Trail Days open houses, according to Greg Andruskevich, chairman of the Mine Falls Park Advisory Committee. Andruskevich and committee member Pamela Anderson will conduct the tour. No registration is needed and there is no charge. The Gatehouse was a vital link in the operation of the many textile mills that flourished in 19th and 20th century Nashua. The mechanics that operated the four gates are visible during the tours. --DEAN SHALHOUP Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:00:36 EST Police: Driver sped into oncoming traffic to escape state trooper in Merrimack NASHUA – A Massachusetts man is accused of swerving his car into oncoming traffic while he was being chased by state troopers after fleeing from a traffic stop on the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Merrimack Saturday night. The pursuit began at approximately 11:45 p.m. when a trooper who was on duty on the turnpike saw a vehicle driving erratically in the southbound lane. The driver sped away when the trooper tried to pull the vehicle over and got off the turnpike at Exit 11. New Hampshire State Police said at one point, the driver crossed into the northbound lane and “purposely drove at other vehicles” while attempting to escape from an officer who was in pursuit. The trooper eventually terminated the chase and broadcast the vehicle’s description to police departments in the area. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:16:45 EST Paul R. Hamilton Paul R. “Chuck” Hamilton, 65, resident of Nashua, NH, died suddenly on July 10, 2014 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua, NH. He was born in Melrose, MA, on November 3, 1948, a son of Paul A. and Dorothy (Campbell) Hamilton. Chuck was raised and educated in Brookline, NH, and graduated from Nashua High School. He owned and operated Chuck’s Concrete Foundations for more than 40 years, and when he wasn’t working, he enjoyed fishing and watching the New England Patriots. He was predeceased by a son, Sgt. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:00:42 EST James C. Starke AMHERST – James C. Starke, M.D., well-known dermatologist, age 85, died on July 6, 2014, from pulmonary fibrosis in the house he restored, lived in and loved for 52 years, known as the Melendy Farm. Starke was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Carl and Ada Starke. He attended the University of Wisconsin/Madison and received his medical degree from Marquette Medical School (now Medical College of Wisconsin). Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:00:57 EST James M. McInnis James M. McInnis, of Cazenovia, NY, passed away July 4, 2014, after a brief illness. Jim was born on December 19, 1950, in Nashua, NH, to the late Donald and Marion McInnis. James attended St. Joseph’s School, Bishop Guertin High School, Nashua, NH, and was a graduate of New Hampshire College. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:01:07 EST Lola J. Quinn Mother, Grandmother Lola Jean (Scopa) Quinn, 69, of Nashua, NH passed away on Friday July 11, 2014, surrounded by her family. Mrs. Quinn was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on September 10, 1944 to Robert Stevens and the late Margaret (Jolley) Stevens. Lola graduated from East High School, Sioux City, Iowa in1962. Lola was employed for over twenty years at Nashua Corporation and later, at JMK Filters Inc. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:01:18 EST Abortion buffer zone lawsuit only the beginning of the battle in NH Don’t think for a minute that the lawsuit filed against the state’s abortion clinic buffer zone law is going to settle this matter once and for all. As The Telegraph first reported, Attorney General Joe Foster, of Nashua, decided to suspend enforcement of the law once the Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit against the state, alleging that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Massachusetts law likewise would set ours aside. This is no slam-dunk argument by either side. New Hampshire’s law is different; infringing on the buffer zone here is a violation, not a crime, as it was in Massachusetts. There’s no fine on the first offense here; rather, there’s a written warning. Abortion clinics have flexibility on whether to post buffer zone signs if they choose to and to limit the size of that buffer, an option not available in Massachusetts. And the law permitted local zoning authorities to further tailor the terms of the buffer zone to each community’s liking. All of this legal jousting, however, is only the beginning no matter how it comes out. Should the court decide New Hampshire’s law is just as unconstitutional as the Bay State law, watch abortion rights supporters and Gov. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:02:09 EST Liberty Utilities: Pipeline would help expand service, but location could be moved from Hollis LONDONDERRY – The state’s biggest natural gas provider would like to see a new pipeline built to bring more supply from U.S. shale fields to help it expand, including selling trucking fuel from a Concord-based operation, but the pipeline doesn’t have to run through Hollis or connect to its existing network in Nashua. “Certainly our preference is to have it on the west side of the system, for system reliability and flexibility,” Richard Leehr, president of Liberty Utilities’ New Hampshire operations, said Thursday. “But the specifics of the route aren’t up to us.” The company, which has 75,000 residential and 15,000 business, industrial or utility customers in New Hampshire, gets all of its natural gas in pipelines that come from Massachusetts to the east of Nashua. A controversial connection proposed by Kinder-Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:02:33 EST Nashua Fire Rescue lands lucrative grants totaling close to $1 million NASHUA – Nashua Fire Rescue has had a profitable few weeks. Nearly $1 million in federal grant money has received the stamp of approval this summer and will be heading the Gate City’s way soon, including one grant that will pay for a new mobile training facility. The city’s Board of Fire Commissioners accepted nearly $500,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant at its meeting on Monday, bringing the federal addition to city coffers to more than $964,000 when combined with another grant from the same program for contained breathing apparatus, according to fire officials. “To win two grants of that size is very fortunate for us and the city,” NFR Assistant Chief Steve Galipeau said. The city is lucky to get one such grant in most years, he said. The grant accepted earlier this summer – around $465,000 to buy 65 self-contained breathing apparatus, or SCBAs – will allow the department to leave a capital reserve account for the equipment unspent, Galipeau said. The city bought the current stock of SCBAs around 2000, and all of them will be reaching or nearing the end of their serviceable lives in the next fiscal year, he said. “By winning this grant, we are able to not eat up that chunk of change from the city’s funds,” Galipeau said. “Getting this grant was a big help for the city.” The grant for $498,950 that fire commissioners accepted last week will pay for a 50- by 75-foot, prefabricated and mobile training structure that will call NFR’s training grounds near the Four Hills Landfill home. The building will allow firefighters to practice a number of procedures not possible at the smaller concrete structure at the training grounds, Galipeau said, including small-space entries, repelling and interior stairwell attacks. The steel building will be equipped with gas hookups so trainers can simulate a number of types of fires and smoke conditions, he said. “There’s a hundred-and-one uses for it,” Galipeau said. While technically the building – called a training prop – is mobile, it will still take four to five months to build it, and that can only happen after the money is officially accepted by aldermen and site work at the training grounds is completed. Galipeau said Nashua firefighters, as well as any of the city’s mutual aid partners, will hopefully be able to start using the building by June. Joseph G. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:21:19 EST Craft book projects seen as inspiration for cherished treasures Crafting reflects the culture, traditions and history of a civilization, age or place – the earliest objects made strictly by hand, using human skills, patience and creativity. The Cultural Revolution of arts and crafts during the Renaissance and the use of tools and synthetic materials during the Industrial Revolution took the focus of crafting from utilitarian to decorative, opening opportunities to pursue crafting as a hobby. The Mailbag offers instruction for a variety of arts and crafts. How to make, decorate “Going through the bookcase, I’m curious to know whether there is any interest in craft books on subjects such as braiding, hooking rugs, weaving, net craft, flower arranging, potpourri and countryside crafts such as dyeing, spinning, etc.,” asks Connie S., of Nashua (LTR 517). “I would like to pass these books along to others who would enjoy their content and instruction.” Many crafts such as braided rugs, which are decorative and provide warmth, knitted garments and tablecloths woven on a loom may be classified as “functional” and “just for fun.” Potpourri ingredients and instruction give one a “scent of accomplishment.” Learning to arrange flowers “stems from a love of plants.” If you would like to contact Connie, call 888-1386. New family, new baby “My son and girlfriend are starting out on their own with their new baby, and have an apartment with not much furniture,” writes Carol G., of Nashua (LTR 2,011). “If anyone has a living room set and bedroom set they no longer need, my son would appreciate it. “The furniture would have to be delivered, since they have no car at the moment.” Many a couple can surely relate to that practically empty first apartment, paying rent and utilities, and the responsibilities of parenthood all bundled with unfamiliar surroundings, numerous obligations and limited funds. If you can help this young family get settled into that first home, you can call 820-5891 and ask for Carol. Let me know if the kids need more help. Getting around on a bike “I am hoping someone may have a woman’s bicycle, maybe with 19-inch wheels, in good riding condition, that they are no longer using and that I could get for my wife,” says Bert K., of Nashua (LTR 1,775). “She tried riding a 26-inch bike, but was uneasy about not being able to touch her feet to the ground without getting off the seat. She still talks about the three-speed Columbia she had as a teenager and enjoyed riding.” Cycling is good exercise, as long as one exercises caution on exceptionally hot and humid days, on which pedaling could trigger a “chain reaction” and potentially “rapid-cycle” a trip to the ER. Bert can be reached at 883-0990 and is willing to pick up the bike. Furnishing an apartment “I was staying at a shelter for almost two months before I was able to get my own place, but unfortunately, I have still not found work and I don’t have any furniture,” says Eddie T., of Nashua (LTR 3,127). “I was able to get a table and two chairs from Goodwill, but am sleeping on a foam eggshell-type thing. I would dearly love to have, as well as need, a queen-size bed with a firm mattress and preferably new, due to the bedbug problem; living room furniture of any kind; a dining room set with chairs; artwork for the walls; and extra chairs, as I don’t have anywhere to sit except in the kitchen right now. “Anything would be appreciated.” Having been through hard times in the past, the Mailbag lady is always happy to help folks moving from a shelter to a place of their own, helped by wonderfully generous Mailbag readers and folks associated with local shelters and agencies. Eddie can be reached at Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:04:21 EST Farm exhibit to open at Nashua Historical Society NASHUA – The Nashua Historical Society will host an opening for a new exhibit, “Settling the Lands of Old Dunstable: Farms and Agriculture in the Early Days of Nashua,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, in its Frank B. Clancy Library at the Speare Memorial Museum, 5 Abbott St. After viewing the exhibit, attendees are invited to an ice cream social featuring Hayward’s ice cream. Twelve farm properties are highlighted in the exhibit, including the Hayward Farms property, where the Nashua Mall is now located. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:04:45 EST Nashua youth heading to Belarus for firefighters rally MANCHESTER – Young Rescuers USA, a Manchester-based nonprofit organization, will participate in the annual International Rally of Young Rescuers and Firefighters from July 15-23, hosted by the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus. The program is available to seven youths from the United States who are ages 13-17. Team USA consists of Gleb Zhurauliou, Nashua; Holly Antoine, Chester; Shauntel Sawyer, Manchester; Emily Goldstein, Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; Navaar Naimie, Cape Neddick, Maine; and Zachary and Jordan Wiskow, Indian Trail, N.C. The competition is sponsored by UNICEF, attracting youths from 13 nations, including Germany, Moldova, Switzerland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and the United States. Upon arrival in Belarus, Team USA will receive a briefing at the U.S. embassy. “Our Young Rescuers learn and compete in basic life safety exercises, enjoy excursions to cultural, scenic and historic sites throughout Belarus and make lasting international friendships, all to the benefit of the U.S.,” said George Bruno, of Manchester, the program founder, a former ambassador and immigration attorney. Lt. Leo Roy, of the Manchester Fire Department, and Chief Richard Antoine, of the Chester Fire Department, provided training on first aid, firefighting and  rescuing, which are just some of the skills that Team USA will demonstrate in Belarus. Richard Antoine and Ann Huxable Naimie will go on the trip as chaperones, as will organization President David Tille, of Concord. Funds for the program, now in its sixth year, are donated. Supporters include Books-a-Million, Ambassador Joe Petrone and Augusta Petrone, The Barley House in Concord, Hollis inventor Kedar Gupta, Dr. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:00:22 EST Dedication ceremony planned for West Pearl Street Mural Project in Nashua NASHUA – If you take a stroll south on Main Street starting at the Hunt Memorial Building, you will see Art with a Splash, Riverside Barbecue, Studio Mark Emile and Darrell’s Music Hall. Continuing down Main, Twill Yarn and Fabric is across from Dick Avard’s Haberdashery, Cardin Jewelry, Verde Salon and Scontsas Home Decor. Walking farther along Main, you pass Wine Not Boutique, Fresh of Nashua, Jaja Belle’s Cafe, Myoptic, Ikebana Flower, Martha’s and TD Bank. Alec’s Shoes is across from the bank on West Pearl, with Fortin-Gage around the corner. Before reaching City Hall, you see MT’s Local, Beckonings and Persian Rug Gallery. What do all of these establishments have in common besides their downtown locations? They all helped make a dream come true. Every one of these establishments was among the 110 individuals, organizations and businesses large and small that donated to “Vivian’s Dream,” the West Pearl Street Mural Project managed by City Arts Nashua. “We are very pleased with the community involvement in this historic public art project,” said Kathy Hersh, president of City Arts Nashua. “It took us only a little over a year to raise over $30,000 in cash, in-kind donations and proceeds from fundraising events.” Mural artist Barbara Andrews is spending her days high on a lift, finishing the painting of the 35- by 40-foot historic mural depicting West Pearl Street in 1909. The mural is on the wall next to the parking lot of the TD Bank branch on the corner of Main and West Pearl streets. “It represents what this very site looked like in 1909,” Andrews said from her perch on the lift. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:00:34 EST All eyes on the defending champion at State Am It’s a new year, a new venue and a fresh start for Granite State golfers hoping to be crowned New Hampshire Golf Association’s State Amateur champion. Yet whenever the State Am has been discussed this spring and early summer, it’s still Stratham’s Golf Club of New England and the final duel between Michael Martel and Chris Rivard that’s on people’s minds. Not surprisingly. Hudson’s Rivard, who golfs out of Candia Woods Golf Links, was 4-up heading into the clubhouse after 18 holes of the 36-hole final. During their lunch break, New Ipswich’s Martel, a Crotched Mountain Golf Club member, regrouped and flipped the script over the final 18 holes. Well, 17 to be exact, as Martel wrapped things up in 35 holes on the 17th green to win the 110th State Am championship 2-and-1. There’s been talk of a final rematch heading into Monday after last year’s exciting finish. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:01:37 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua – July 13 update The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 15: St. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:01:52 EST Community events in Nashua – July 13 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS TICKETS ON SALE FOR FARMERS DINNER The first Farmers Dinner will be held 5-9 p.m. Sept. 21 during Restaurant Week in downtown Nashua. The six-course menu will feature an outdoor pig roast, along with dishes highlighting seasonal, local produce, created by chefs from Estabrook Grill, MT’s Local, The Peddlers Daughter, Portland Pie Co., Martha’s Exchange, Riverside Barbeque, Riverwalk Cafe, Stella Blu, Surf and Villa Banca. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:02:21 EST EDITOR’S NOTE: Helping Hands is a bi-weekly feature that provides information about the needs of local nonprofit agencies. Animal Rescue Network of New England P.O. Box 1053, Pelham, NH 03076 NEEDS: In desperate need of volunteers! We have a constant supply of dogs coming in from the south with short coats and they need warm bedding (easy to wash) and dog coats (mostly medium, but we do have some tiny dogs and large ones too). We need buckle collars for dogs 50-80 lbs., Martingale collars for 60-80 lbs., dog harnesses for small to large dogs, paper towels, hand sanitizer, dish detergent, quality cookie and training treats, nylabones, kongs, canned pumpkin, high quality canned meat (cat or dogs) or gift cards to relevant stores for these supplies. COLLECTION HOURS: By appointment only; donations can be made by contacting for local pick up. Or drop off at the Monthly Pet Adoption Days at the First Congregational Church, 3 Main St., Pelham, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:02:28 EST Noodles & Company opening in Nashua NASHUA – On July 16, Noodles & Company, serving classic noodle and pasta dishes from around the world, will celebrate its first New Hampshire location in Nashua. The Nashua restaurant is located in the Daniel Webster Shops on Daniel Webster Highway. The fast-casual restaurant serves fresh, fast globally inspired dishes that are cooked to order. The restaurant will open its doors on July 15 with a RSVP-only event to benefit Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. Noodles & Company will donate 100 percent of proceeds from the day to the organization. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:03:16 EST Nashua alderman proposes tree oversight committee Trees planted in Nashua’s public spaces have been the subject of controversy in recent years, but one alderman is offering a proposal that could help quell discord by introducing a new level of oversight. Alderman-at-Large Diane Sheehan proposed forming a committee to help guide the management of Nashua’s trees. The ad hoc committee would consist of three aldermen, at least one of whom also would be assigned to the Planning and Economic Development Committee. Another would sit on the Committee on Infrastructure. Commissioners of the Board of Public Works and Conservation Commission also would be invited to participate. The committee would make recommendations to the BPW regarding trees on public lands and other issues. A resolution proposing the committee notes communities increasingly recognize the benefits of trees, such as reducing air and noise pollution, furnishing habitat for wildlife, and enhancing aesthetics and property values. The committee would try to protect and enhance the city’s trees by guiding a comprehensive policy. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:02:03 EST Nashua aldermen want more info before approving Mine Falls boardwalk contract Members of the city’s Finance Committee are asking to see a finished contract before they sign off on plans to design a new boardwalk beside Mill Pond. The Mine Falls Park Advisory Committee proposes hiring Holden Engineering & Surveying, of Bedford, to design a boardwalk on the south side of the pond. The Board of Public Works is backing the idea, but with negotiations continuing over the final terms of the contract, aldermen were reticent earlier this month to authorize the work. The Finance Committee tabled a request to approve spending up to $20,000 from the Mine Falls Park Trust Fund to pay for the design work. Alderman-at-Large Dan Moriarty said he was concerned that approving a dollar amount without seeing a finished contract was tantamount to signing a blank check. “I’m looking at this and saying, ‘The i’s are not dotted and the t’s are not crossed,” Ward 6 Alderman Paul Chasse said. With exposed tree roots and steep slopes, a portion of the Red Trail has become a challenge for some users to navigate. The dirt path has eroded so much that it becomes narrow in places, with a steep drop-off toward the pond. Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said the area also is prime wetland, and conservation officials believe it’s important to prevent erosion and bring vegetation back to the trail – a goal that would be easier to accomplish if users travel across a raised boardwalk. Although members of the Finance Committee delayed taking action on the proposal, they voiced support for the idea. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:23:12 EST At Nashua hospital decontamination drill, ‘The big takeaway was get naked, get wet’ NASHUA – The medical staff and first responders ran around the parking lot, looking shockingly like astronauts. They raced back and forth in their full-length plastic suits and yellow rubber boots trying to rescue the victims who had been exposed to a hazardous substance. It was sticky business. The group of 25 people sweated in 90 degree heat in their plastic suits while they rinsed and cleansed test dummies during a decontamination training session at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center on Tuesday. And the hazardous substance used to simulate a chemical spill? That was chocolate sauce, and rescuers had to rinse the brown, gooey substance off the inflatable victims. The training program was an all-day affair, consisting of a morning class followed by the practical demonstration in the afternoon. The training program was designed to teach hospital staff and first responders throughout New Hampshire how to decontaminate patients in case they’re covered in chemicals or toxins prior to entering the hospital. “We can’t let them in when they’re contaminated,” said Mark Hastings, director of emergency management at SNHMC. When a person has come in contact with a hazardous substance, hospitals and first responders need to be trained on how to deal with decontaminating patients. There usually are about four decontamination classes offered throughout the state each year. The training session Tuesday was taught by John Prickett, the emergency preparedness coordinator at LRG Health Care. “They’ve got to experience the suits … and the patients,” Prickett said as his class ran the chocolatey blowup dolls through an inflatable decontamination center. The decontamination apparatus inflates in four minutes when there’s an emergency, and has three sections for patients. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:24:59 EST Nashua 15-year-old Babe Ruth All Stars win two Nashua’s 15-year-old Babe Ruth All Stars opened the state tournament in Goffstown with a pair of victories. Nashua posted a 1-0 decision over the host team Thursday, and topped Londonderry on Friday, 10-0, in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule. In the Thursday win, Noah Ouelette took the win on the mound, allowing four hits and striking out six. Mike Pelletier and C.J. Mellon each had two hits and Connor Mullaly had the deciding RBI. Mullaly took the win on the mound Friday against Londonderry, allowing one hit and striking out eight. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:25:01 EST Nashua World Cup girls soccer team at national tourney Competing in the US Youth Soccer Nationals in Greenville, S.C., the Nashua world Cup U-16 All Stars dropped a 2-1 decision to Lady Nomad from Nevada both teams went into halftime scoreless. Lady Nomad’s Mackenzie Reynolds scored first in the 42nd minute, and Caitlyn Rotonnelli recovered quickly for Nashua World Cup in the 49th minute. Megan Sando broke the tie in the 61st minute and ultimately gave her team a 2-1 win. On Thursday, a pair of goals by Emily Kirchner helped give Classics Eagles Black from Ohio South their first win. Classics Eagles defeated Nashua World Cup 2-1. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:49:00 EST Nashua T.J. Maxx banishes marathon bombing survivor’s service dog NASHUA – What started out as a stop on an afternoon shopping trip to Nashua on Thursday suddenly descended into a stressful encounter for Lowell, Mass., resident Sydney Corcoran when a manager at T.J. Maxx told the 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing survivor she couldn’t walk her service dog into the store. Corcoran, who adopted Koda to help her deal with the post-traumatic stress disorder with which she was diagnosed in the wake of the explosions in which she suffered leg injuries, told Boston television station WCVB that the manager at the T.J. Maxx clothing store told her she needed to put Koda in a shopping cart or she would have to leave. Shaken, Corcoran said she picked up Koda and left. “I was ready to burst into tears,” she said. She then called her mother, Celeste Corcoran – who lost both her legs in the bombings – to tell her what happened. Celeste Corcoran headed to the Nashua store, where she confronted the unidentified manager. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:01:23 EST June: Sunny, dry, a bit warm June has the longest days of the year, and June 2014 took advantage of that by supplying us with a very sunny month. Bright sunshine was recorded 67 percent of the time at the Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, Mass., 12 percent above normal and the sunniest June in 35 years. Blue Hill Observatory is the nearest location to Nashua that records sunshine data after the National Weather Service ended these observations in Boston and Concord during the mid-1990s during its modernization. June was quite a nice month for almost everyone, whether you were watching a baseball game, hosting a family cookout, made a day of it at the beach or tended to your garden. The only down side of June was for farmers, who found it too dry as the month went along. After below-normal rainfall during May and especially June, topsoil moisture became scarce by mid and late June, resulting in browning lawns locally. This was the case only across southeastern Hillsborough and southern Rockingham counties, where thundershower activity seemed to be reluctant to develop. Farther north and west, rainfall was more prolific, and lawns stayed green in places such as Concord and Dublin. Shower and thunderstorm activity to begin July has mitigated dry topsoil conditions locally, and there are no signs of drought at this point. Palmer Drought indices as of July 5 are positive, indicating we are in very good shape for at least several weeks with respect to groundwater supplies. The reasons behind our nice June weather are based on the idea that we are in a summer version of the winter blocking pattern that brought so much cold to the heartland last winter. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:01:32 EST Piekarski, Tulley: Recalling a pair of Nashua auto-dealer giants One started out on Main Street, the other on Lake Street. One put his name on his products, the other didn’t. But when they became neighbors in a brand-new retail experiment called the New England Automotive Village some 50 years ago, it marked just one more thing that Vincent F. Tulley and Wilfrid J. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:01:16 EST REALTOR award recipients BEDFORD – The Greater Manchester/ Nashua Board of REALTORS (GMNBR) would like to congratulate the 2014 REALTOR of Year Gail R. Athas, Affiliate of Year Tracy Hawkins, and Good Neighbor Award recipient John MacGilvary. Gail is a lifelong resident of Manchester and is a REALTOR with Keller Williams Metropolitan in Bedford. She has been practicing real estate for over fifteen years and was president of GMNBR in 2007 and 2013. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 02:01:57 EST Pennichuck Corp. seeks to issue $54.5 million worth of bonds NASHUA – Pennichuck Corp. is seeking authorization from the city of Nashua to sell up to $54.5 million worth of bonds to refinance existing debt and pay for capital projects through 2016. Nashua’s Board of Aldermen took up a resolution Tuesday that would allow Pennichuck Water Works, one of the corporation’s subsidiaries, to move forward with a new long-term financing plan. Pennichuck is working to transform the corporation’s capital structure from one suited for a publicly-traded company to one “better aligned” with Pennichuck’s new status as a city-owned public utility. Part of that transition is laying the groundwork for Pennichuck to finance projects with long-term debt rather than private equity in the future. Specifically, Pennichuck is seeking to refinance approximately $23.4 million worth of outstanding debt with new bonds. The company’s plan calls for the bonds to be issued through the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority, bearing a fixed interest rate of approximately 5.5 percent. Pennichuck Water Works is currently carrying approximately $50.1 million of long-term debt. The lion’s share was taken out before the corporation was acquired by Nashua in 2012. Approximately $39.8 million of the outstanding debt exists as “balloon” or “bullet” maturities, a form of financing that requires making large payments at the end of the borrowing term. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:01:18 EST Nashua man charged with calling in phony bomb threat at homeless shelter NASHUA – Police arrested a homeless man Thursday and charged him with contacting the media to cover what he said would be a bomb explosion at a Nashua homeless shelter. Nashua police were contacted by WBZ-TV, Channel 4 News in Boston, around 5:20 a.m. on July 6 and told that a man had called and said he was going to blow up the Dalianis House at 59 Factory St., Nashua, and that he wanted media coverage, police said. Police responded and found no evidence of a bomb within the shelter for homeless veterans and determined the call was a hoax. On Wednesday they arrested Mark Sacco, 48, of no fixed address, and charged him with false report as to explosives, a felony, police said. Sacco was held on $1,500 cash or surety bail and arraigned Thursday morning at Nashua district court, police said. The Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison, plus fines, police said. – JOSEPH G. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:04:09 EST Kenneth E. Churbuck Kenneth E. Churbuck, 69, passed away on May 28, 2014. Mr. Churbuck was a defense attorney and alumnus of Suffolk University Law School, Tufts University, and Bourne (Mass.) High School class of 1962. He ran a long-standing law practice on Main Street in Nashua. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:04:24 EST Nashua sent firefighters, ladder truck to help fight fatal Lowell fire that killed seven One look at the amount of blackened, smoldering rubble where, just hours earlier, as many as 50 people slept in multiple apartments was all Nashua firefighter Jim Douzanis needed Thursday morning to recognize just how rapidly and intensely flames had roared through the rambling tenement on Branch Street in Lowell. Douzanis was one of a crew of four Nashua firefighters manning Ladder 2 out of the Lake Street Station who were dispatched to the four-alarm pre-dawn blaze at 81-85 Branch St. that claimed seven lives, including five members of one family, injured about 10 more and left 50 people homeless. But as bad as was the fire damage, Douzanis said it wasn’t until he and his crew returned to Nashua that he learned of the horrific death toll. Capt. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:31:00 EST State’s first court for veterans opened in Nashua Thursday NASHUA – New Hampshire’s first court program designed to assist veterans who are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and other combat-related conditions to navigate through the criminal justice system got off the ground Thursday. The Nashua Veterans Behavioral Health Track will be rolled into Nashua district court’s mental health court program that allows criminal defendant’s to get treatment rather than going to jail for minor offenses. The veterans track will focus specifically on former military members whose crimes are related to illnesses and substance abuse that stem from their tours of duty. “It’s an opportunity to streamline veterans through the court system and recognize some of the specific issues that veterans face, particularly post-traumatic issues,” said New Hampshire National Guard Brigadier General Carolyn Protzmann. “This court will hopefully shed light on those issues veterans are facing and hopefully push them toward treatment and not incarcerating them.” Gov. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:05:38 EST Nashua Police Log Nashua Police  Department July 2 ARREST/SUMMONS Mackenzie Vicaire, 27, 17 Tampa St., Nashua, driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated excess alcohol concentration. JULY 3 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Christopher Peak, 45, 14 Auburn St., Apt. B, Nashua, two counts out-of-town warrant. Brittany M. Dubray, 22, 455 Amherst St., Manchester, driving after revocation or suspension, suspended registration, driving without giving proof. Brandon A. Houle, 18, 188 Concord St., Apt. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:05:50 EST