Nashua - Nashuatelegraph.com | Web Feeds http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/feeds/topics/nashua Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us pkincade@nashuatelegraph.com onlineeditor@nh.com Nashua High graduate, trekking in Nepal, was shaken but unhurt by quake http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062335-469/nashua-high-graduate-trekking-in-nepal-was.html A Nashua High School graduate who was hiking in Nepal when the devastating earthquake hit felt the earth shake but is fine, says his mother, who acknowledges that her relief can’t lessen the pain of many others. “My heart goes out to all of the families that have lost loved ones and all the people who lost their lives,” said Kathy Seward-MacKay, a nashua photographer and teacher. Dustin MacKay, 25, a 2007 graduate of Nashua High School and 2012 graduate of UNH, was in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu a couple of days before the earthquake hit. As of Monday morning, the death toll from the earthquake had topped 4,000 and was expected to climb further. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:43:00 EST Police say Nashua man choked another man http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062310-469/police-say-nashua-man-choked-another-man.html A Nashua man has been arrested and charged with assault for allegedly choking a man. Nashua police say that on Saturday, April 25, at approximately 10:34 p.m. they arrested Brandon Houle, 19, of 189-B Kinsley Street, and charged him with one count of second degree assault-domestic violence, a Class B felony, as well as five counts of class a misdemeanor offenses. Police say that on Friday, members of the Special Investigations Division were informed of a possible domestic assault. The complainant alleged that Houle had assaulted a male who was known to him. During the assault it is alleged that Houle placed the victim in a chokehold which impeded the victim’s breathing. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:13:01 EST Andover (Mass.) quiets Nashua North’s bats http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1062303-457/andover-mass.-quiets-nashua-norths-bats.html Andover (Mass.) 3, Nashua North 1 Tommy Hyland was the hard luck loser for North, going six innings giving up three runs on six hits, while collecting four strikeouts. Sam McCarthy pitched a perfect seventh in relief. Brennan Kastens was the North offense, going 2 for 3 with a solo home run. North moves to 2-3 with the loss and next plays at Central on Monday at 4 at Gill Stadium. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:02:39 EST Democracy at its best was on display at Nashua event http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/perspectives/1062270-474/democracy-at-its-best-was-on-display.html New Hampshire makes presidents. The way it’s done was in full view the weekend of April 18, when 16 Republican hopefuls pressed into the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua for two days of Q and A and coffee huddles with local voters. It was democracy at its best. Since 1952, winning the presidency almost always has started with a win in the New Hampshire primary, the first in the nation by law. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:01:29 EST Shots reported fired Sunday in downtown Nashua; one possible injury; suspects sought http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062277-469/shots-reported-fired-sunday-in-downtown-nashua.html NASHUA – Gunfire reportedly erupted on downtown city streets early Sunday evening, drawing multiple police units to the area of Kinsley, Wilder, Blossom and Ledge streets as well as Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. Police initially were sent at about 5:30 p.m. to the intersection of Kinsley and Wilder streets after dispatchers received multiple emergency calls from witnesses and residents. Descriptions of three vehicles were broadcast within a few minutes. Two police units were dispatched to the medical center to control a crowd that reportedly gathered near the entrance. Indications were that a person had been brought to the hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. Police didn’t immediately return a phone message seeking additional information. Police closed Wilder Street between Kinsley and West Hollis as several Nashua officers and State Police troopers worked in front of a house about halfway down Wilder. Yellow caution tape was strung across Wilder Street at Kinsley, where a State Police cruiser sat parked and several other officers stood guard. Two police cruisers also were stationed on Ledge Street at Fifth Street, where an officer had earlier stopped a white Subaru SUV in connection with the incident. The unoccupied Subaru sat on the side of Ledge Street with two cruisers behind it. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:01:44 EST Jindal expects to make decision on 2016 run in June http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1062279-476/jindal-expects-to-make-decision-on-2016.html NASHUA – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has stirred speculation that he will enter the packed Republican presidential field this summer after his speech this month in New Hampshire. The two-term Republican governor said he is taking a “hard look” at jumping into the 2016 race and expects to make his decision sometime around June 11, at the conclusion of the Louisiana legislative session. In the meantime, he has highlighted his education and health care policies to offer a more substantive option for GOP voters who he says will take their time in finding a candidate in a primary that could produce more than a dozen Republican hopefuls over the next eight months. “I think there’s plenty of time; I think it’s going to be a long and open race. And I think that’s a good thing – I think voters don’t want the insiders to handpick their candidate,” he told The Telegraph during the two-day “First in the Nation” Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:31:02 EST Nashua aldermen eye Franklin St. building for public health offices http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062281-469/nashua-aldermen-eye-franklin-st.-building-for.html T he aldermanic committee charged with overseeing land and buildings in Nashua is taking a strong look at a Franklin Street office building as the future home for the city’s public health and community services division. “This looks like an alternative that might cost about half what a new building would cost,” Alderman-at-Large James Donchess said after the committee met with the owner Wednesday. It would cost $2 million to buy the two-story 44 Franklin St. building that once housed the headquarters of Nashua Corp. But the owners are willing to turn the site into a condominium office space and sell the city half the space for $1 million and fit-up the site to meet the unique needs of a public health department for an estimated $750,000, he said. Committee members said this would be a significant savings over the more than $3.5 million cost of buying a blighted piece of property at 11-13 Mulberry St., razing the former church located there and building a new public health building in its place. Mayor Donnalee Lozeau has favored that option. Lozeau and aldermen have called the public health department’s current quarters in a former schoolhouse at 18 Mulberry St. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:20:59 EST Nashua officials prepare for ... tornados? We are overdue http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062282-469/nashua-officials-prepare-for-...-tornados-we.html On the list of things we have to worry about these days, tornadoes don’t seem to rank very high. All six New England states combined see an average of seven tornadoes a year, according to the National Weather Service. That’s minuscule compared to a place like Kansas, which has more than 90 twisters annually. However, as central Massachusetts found last summer and central New Hampshire found in 2008, unusual doesn’t mean impossible. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:02:50 EST Nashua high school students get hands dirty exploring aviation mechanics http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062283-469/nashua-high-school-students-get-hands-dirty.html Looking for new talent to maintain aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration teamed up with Nashua Community College to bring city high school students to NCC’s aviation technology center for a hands-on field trip. NCC aviation technology professor Bob Donadio said the goal of last week’s “Walk in My Boots” field trip is to find high school students interested in the field. “Our primary objective is to find a workforce for the future,” Donadio said. College students worked alongside high schoolers as they practiced using tools in the aviation technology shop. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:22:00 EST Nashua alderman to push for restoration of rail money http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062285-469/nashua-alderman-to-push-for-restoration-of.html NASHUA – The Nashua Board of Aldermen will review a non-binding resolution Tuesday that calls for the New Hampshire Senate to restore funding for the state’s rail project, which would include a feasibility study to bring a commuter line into the city. Alderman-at-Large James Donchess will sponsor the measure to call upon state senators to reinstate $4 million in rail funds to the capital budget removed by the New Hampshire House earlier this month, saying a passenger line would benefit Greater Nashua. “I just think the city should let the state Senate know that we’re concerned about this issue and concerned about the fact that the funds for the next step in the rail project has been cut,” Donchess said. He expects to bring up the resolution during the aldermen’s meeting slated for 7:30 p.m. April 28 in Nashua’s City Hall. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:31:02 EST Eileen Doris Goldman http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1062301-466/eileen-doris-goldman.html Eileen Doris (Lisansky) Goldman, 82, lifelong resident of Canton, MA before moving to Nashua, NH, died on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Langdon Place in Nashua, NH. Born on August 6, 1932 in Hartford, CT, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Beatrice (Kliman) Lisansky. She was the wife of the late Albert Samuel Goldman, who passed away in 2012. Eileen enjoyed dining out with family and friends and going to see movies and plays. She loved her arts and crafts and traveling. Eileen is survived by one son, Jay Goldman, of Mountain View, CA; three daughters and three sons-in-law, Debra Waterman and her husband, Bill, of South Attelboro, MA, Donna Tucker and her husband, Alan, of Mansfield, MA, Marla Phaneuf and her husband, David, of Merrimack, NH; as well as 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. SERVICES: A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:02:28 EST Agnes Akavinee Hovagimian http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1062302-466/agnes-akavinee-hovagimian.html Agnes Akavinee Hovagimian, a lifelong resident of Nashua, passed away peacefully at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, on Thursday evening, April 23, 2015. She was born on December 25, 1921 in Nashua, a daughter of the late Miszak and Osanna (Hamjian) Hovagimiam. Agnes was a bookkeeper and secretary for the former Little Shoe Store in Nashua for many years. She is remembered as a giving and generous person with her time and talents. Agnes volunteered for several area agencies including the Nashua Boys Club and at the Mt. Pleasant Elementary School Library. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:02:34 EST New England Flames girls hoop team goes 4-0 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/kidssports/1062230-457/new-england-flames-girls-hoop-team-goes.html The New England Flames eighth grade girls basketball team went undefeated recently at the Zero Gravity Best of Boston Tourney at Boston University, scoring just under 200 points in four games with help from several locals. Vermont’s, Becky Wright, led the scoring in all games. Olivia Gagnon of Pelham, had an outstanding weekend offensively and defensively and contributed 17 points in the final game including three 3-pointers. Sarah Lavoie (Hudson), Katie Carr and Kathryn Lynn (Nashua) controlled the boards on both ends. Defensively, Julie Gagnon and Janessa Lofton (Nashua) applied backcourt pressure. Offensively, Jasmine Sylvester, Jaden Smith, Peyton Ryan (Nashua) and Pelham’s Becca Marion also played well. The Flames, now 8-1, will play in the state tournament May 2-3. Lacrosse Blast U13 girls edge Seacoast The Nashua Blast Purple U13 girls downed Portsmouth recently in a 7-6 nailbiter that went down to the final eight seconds. Seacoast took a 2-0 lead to start despite Blast goalie Payson Mooso’s three first-half saves. Nashua’s Taylor Guilfoil scored unassisted to make the score 2-1, followed by Kaylie Keegan’s game-tying goal (assist to Bailey Morin on a long clear). Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:01:30 EST Contract presented tough choice http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1062231-474/contract-presented-tough-choice.html The debate over whether the Nashua School District should be rewarding all staff with raises when class sizes are large and only select staff members have contracts that insure automatic raises, has long tormented my reasoning. Raising salaries for those who are not under contract because contractual obligations force raises for staff who are under contract begs the question of fairness. Does fairness demand that if one receives a raise, then all must? Further complicating the question this year was the loss of 26 employees proposed by Superintendent Mark Conrad’s budget. In particular, six teachers from our middle schools, four high school teachers, two elementary teachers and four paraprofessionals. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:01:42 EST Timothy J. Klein http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1062243-466/timothy-j.-klein.html Timothy J. Klein, 42 of Nashua, NH unexpectedly took his last breath on April 22, 2015. He was born July 7, 1972 in Albany, NY, a son of John A. and Mary Ellen (Tuffey) Klein. Tim was a loving and devoted husband, father and friend to all. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:01:13 EST Armand Gagnon http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1062249-466/armand-gagnon.html Merrimack– Armand Gagnon, 75, son of Henri Gagnon and Berthe Plante, born and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire, passed away early morning Wednesday, April 22nd after complications from cerebral hemorrhage. His children Susan Hillman, Adam Gagnon and Antoine Gagnon were able to pay their last respects before he died. Armand joined the United States Air Force at age 17 and was proud of his service. His storied life had stops in Arizona, Astoria and Seattle before he settled back in Nashua for the rest of his days. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:43:00 EST No ride-sharing drivers have applied for a Nashua license http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062251-469/no-ride-sharing-drivers-have-applied-for-a.html NASHUA - Nobody has applied for a city license to be a driver for the smartphone ride-booking service Uber, and no citations have occurred in Nashua even though the company says it’s operating here. “We have had some reports that there may be people operating out there as Uber drivers,” said Nashua City Clerk Paul Bergeron, whose office oversees taxicab licenses and who said months ago that Uber drivers must have a taxicab license from the city. “We haven’t yet been able to substantiate that.” Meanwhile, Uber’s tussles throughout the region continue. Manchester officials are scheduled to meet with the company this coming week after last Tuesday’s vote by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to require the company to comply with at least some of the city’s taxi regulations about licensing and insurance, which is the position that Nashua officials have taken since Uber expanded into New Hampshire. “Manchester seems to be heading in the same position that Nashua has, which is that we have an ordinance in place for that,” Bergeron said Thursday. The Manchester vote prompted a Uber official to tell the New Hampshire Union Leader that the company intends to continue operating in the city despite that ruling, and led to enough outcry that city officials set up another meeting. Portsmouth, where Uber drivers have been picking up customers since last fall, is considering a similar ordinance. Uber has fought similar requirements in locations around the country and even around the world. A vote on the Portsmouth ordinance was delayed earlier this month until July, after aldermen were besieged with emails on the issue, according to press reports. In Massachusetts on Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker proposed a statewide law that would apply some regulations to people driving for the “ride-sharing” firms. They are less stringent than regulations for taxicab companies and are supported by firms such as Uber and its smaller competitor Lyft. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:01:57 EST Most read at Telegraph online: Benson’s elephant leads the way http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062254-469/most-read-at-telegraph-online-bensons-elephant.html Benson’s Wild Animal Farm may be long gone, but local interest in its legacy remains strong, as evidenced by the fact that “Benson’s Park elephant statue that moved to Tufts University is no more” was the most read news story on NashuaTelegraph.com for the week ending April 24, with more than 11,000 page views. “It kind of fell apart,” Kimberly Thurler, director of public relations for Tufts University, said about the 10-foot-tall concrete statue of an Indian elephant that was part of Benson’s lore for decades. The statue was installed at what was then Benson’s Wild Animal Farm in 1941, according to a Telegraph article that called it “the lucky Chinese elephant,” when the Hudson park was in its heyday with elephants, gorillas and other beasts. The “lucky Elephant” was bought by alumni of Tufts University because the university’s mascot is Jumbo the Elephant of P.T. Barnum fame. It was installed in the academic quad of the main campus in Medford, Mass., in 1979. The statue didn’t survive a move this winter to make way for a replacement pachyderm. Changes to downtown Nashua remained popular with readers last week with the next three most read stories. “Nashua restaurateur opening Main Street gyro shop” was viewed more than 7,000 times, “Nashua: Fletcher’s Appliance sold after 91 years” was looked at more than 5,000 times and “Outside seating in question at Nashua’s City Room; mayor forms study committee” generated more than 3,000 page views. Nick Tourlitis, who has owned several restaurants in the area, is turning part of the former Aubuchon Hardware Store on Main Street into a new gyro restaurant. Tourlitis figures it will be about a month and a half before he can open the doors to his newest venture, which is still unnamed. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:02:15 EST Shaheen to visit Nashua to discuss having woman on $20 bill http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062255-469/shaheen-to-visit-nashua-to-discuss-having.html U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., will speak Monday at Girls Inc. about her legislation to put a woman on the $20 bill. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:02:19 EST Nashua man raising funds for electronic goggles to overcome his legal blindness http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062256-469/nashua-man-raising-funds-for-electronic-goggles.html NASHUA – You would expect the man who helped found the Gate City Striders to be pretty mobile – and at age 68, despite hip necrosis that prevents him from running, Rodney Bellerive won’t disappoint you. “I walk four to six hours a day for exercise,” said Bellerive, who is often seen in Mine Falls Park. Now Bellerive, a Nashua resident, hopes new technology will help him overcome another obstacle to his mobility: macular degeneration, which has robbed him of most of his sight over the last two decades. “I started losing my sight in 1990. By ’91 at age of 45, I was legally blind,” said Bellerive, a 1965 graduate of Alvirne High School, who owned the Dogpatch dog grooming shop on Gilson Road in Nashua. He has a type of macular degeneration known as Stargards, after the doctor who identified it. “I can negotiate sidewalks,” he said. “I can negotiate around parked cars, but I couldn’t tell you if it’s a Volkswagen or a Greyhound bus. See light and dark, but when I see a person, I see like a shadow of a person until I get within a few feet.” On Monday, Bellerive traveled to the Boston area and tried eSight, augmented-vision goggles that allow the wearer to zoom in and out, change contrast and color, and otherwise alter what they’re seeing on tiny video screens. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:02:28 EST Nashua school board approves roof replacement projects http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062257-469/nashua-school-board-approves-roof-replacement-projects.html The Nashua Board of Education recently approved roof work at several schools and plant operations, to be funded by bonds, as well as other operational costs, including new books and software. The board passed a $665,565 contract for roof replacement at Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School, $382,000 for Elm Street Middle School and $125,700 for Fairgrounds Middle and New Searles Elementary schools. A shingled roofing replacement contract for $106,635 also passed for work at Fairgrounds and Pennichuck middle schools and plant operations. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:02:32 EST Comcast volunteers lend a hand in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062259-469/comcast-volunteers-lend-a-hand-in-nashua.html NASHUA – Considered one of the largest nationwide single-day corporate volunteer efforts, an estimated 1,500 Comcast NBCUniversal employees in New Hampshire joined their co-workers across the country on Saturday to assist 15 nonprofits within the state. As part of Comcast Cares Day, volunteers located in Greater Nashua undertook a variety of activities designed to aid organizations such as the Nashua Police Athletic League at its Ash Street facility, as well as the city-based MooreMart. Dozens of volunteers also participated in landscaping work at the Londonderry Athletic Fields off Sargent Road. While at the Nashua PAL Youth Safe Haven, a majority of the work was focused on organizing the storage rooms. Nashua PAL Executive Director Shaun Nelson said this is the third year the organization has worked with Comcast. “We rely on our volunteers, so when we get an extra push like this, it’s going to help the program in a huge way,” Nelson said. PAL throughout the year will provide services to approximately 2,000 Nashua children. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:02:42 EST Community events in Nashua – April 26 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1062312-478/community-events-in-nashua--april-26.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS ART EXHIBIT AT RIVIER UNIVERSITY “Between the Shadow and the Light: An Exhibition Out of Africa” is on display through April at the Art Gallery at Rivier University. The exhibit, on tour in the U.S. until 2018, when it moves to South Africa, features work in various media by American and South African artists. Admission is free. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:01:53 EST Container gardener’s growing needs call for usual – and unusual – planters http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1062314-469/container-gardeners-growing-needs-call-for-usual.html “Mistress Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells, and so my garden grows” is the oldest known version of this popular English nursery rhyme first published in “Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book” (circa 1744). The last line has the most variation, like the variety of vegetation one can grow in conventional containers – as well as whiskey barrels, a child’s wagon or dresser drawers. A Mailbag request hopes to sprout more ideas. Cultivating creativity “Here I am again, still talking about our gardening experiences, but we are so excited about getting our garden started, growing and beautiful,” writes Linda W., of Nashua (LTR 2,762). “With the winter that we had this past year, our Nashua housing managers are unable to squeeze out the funds to add our third raised garden bed to the two we currently have. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:02:33 EST The Comic Store in Nashua participates in FCBD http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1062315-469/the-comic-store-in-nashua-participates-in.html The Comic Store at 115 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, will participate in Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 2. A selection of specially marked comics will be available for free. They will also have their biggest sale of the year. In operation since 1986, The Comic Store has more than 30,000 back issues on display, and is also the home to one of New England’s largest selections of Gundam model kits. With a vast selection of games, trade paperbacks, statues, toys and many other hobby-related items, The Comic Store is sure to have something for everyone. A friendly and knowledgeable staff are ready to assist you, and there is an in-store gaming area with a number of events available throughout the week. Come in for some fun and frivolity and some plain old good readin’. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:02:44 EST Nashua Senior Activity Center presented Presidents’ Community Partner Award http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1062320-478/nashua-senior-activity-center-presented-presidents-community.html NASHUA – At the recent Campus Compact for New Hampshire Presidents Luncheon, the Nashua Senior Activity Center was awarded the Presidents’ Community Partner Award for partnering with Rivier University to hold monthly wellness clinics at the center. The award is given to a nonprofit organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and engaged in the development of a sustained reciprocal partnership with a college or university. The Senior Wellness Initiative is designed in conjunction with Rivier University, which is the only nursing school in New Hampshire to have its AS, BS and MS programs accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The MS in nursing program has reported a 100 percent certification rate in its family nurse practitioner and psychiatric/mental health programs. Their goal in participating in this project is to better educate students in a real-world atmosphere about the health care and psychological needs of older adults. Two $5,000 grants, one from the Ann DeNicola Trust and one from the Endowment for Health, have funded the supplies and equipment needed to outfit the center’s health room as a clinical site. Grants are being written to secure funding for the 2015-16 school year for the supplies, such as test kits that are needed on an ongoing basis for this clinical site. Medication reconciliation is also part of the initiative. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:03:38 EST Pets of the week for April 26 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1062322-478/pets-of-the-week-for-april-26.html Humane Society  for Greater Nashua MARCUS Hey, there! I’m Marcus, a gorgeous boy who is hoping to meet you soon. Don’t you love my bright green eyes? I’m 8 years old, and that means I’ve learned what I like and don’t like. I really enjoy hanging out with the scratch post, and absolutely love playing with my toys! I’ll come to you when I’m ready for some attention, but I’m not needy. It’s taken me some time to settle in here, and I’ll need my new family to have patience and let me feel comfortable once we get home. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:03:50 EST Scholarships available to students in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1062325-478/scholarships-available-to-students-in-greater-nashua.html These scholarships are available to students in Greater Nashua: NASHUA NHS CLASS OF ’74 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Applications for the Nashua High School Class of ’74 Memorial Scholarship are available at both Nashua public high schools through guidance offices. All applicants must be a Nashua high school senior enrolling full time in a two- or four-year accredited college in the U.S. no later than fall 2015. Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and have been a citizen of the U.S. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:04:25 EST Nashua North students take time out of learning for standardized tests http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1062327-478/nashua-north-students-take-time-out-of.html When it comes to education, competition is inevitable. Students compete academically to get into the best colleges, and continue to compete with each other after graduation, using skills necessary for work in the real world. The problem facing many students is that they aren’t always competing on an equal playing field with each other. High schools have the power to set certain standards for their students, and because these standards rarely align, it’s difficult to judge the potential success of one student versus another. A student in New Hampshire, for example, won’t be taught the same as a student in Texas or California. This creates an imbalance in the educational system students compete in. To combat this problem, New Hampshire adopted the policy of testing students based on Common Core State Standards in 2010. New Hampshire and other states participating in Common Core use this standard to provide a clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in English language arts and mathematics as they move from kindergarten to grade 12. From May 18-21, all juniors at Nashua High School North will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Tests. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:04:48 EST Events offer chance to support NH Veterans Count http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/military/1062328-478/events-offer-chance-to-support-nh-veterans.html Whether you are a business looking to sponsor a life-changing cause or just someone looking for something fun to do with your family, Veterans Count will offer a variety of fundraising events in the coming months that will raise money for and awareness of the Easter Seals New Hampshire program. Our mission is to provide critical and timely financial assistance and services when no other resource is available to veterans, service members and their families to ensure their dignity, health and overall well-being. Since 2007, we’ve served more than 8,000 individuals in a variety of ways, including suicide prevention, homelessness, substance abuse treatment, employment, transportation and mental health issues resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury. Veterans Count supports families through a care coordination model and provides emergency financial assistance for food, home maintenance, housing, rent, fuel assistance, utilities, vehicle repair, gasoline, medical bills and child care. To continue this important work, it takes a lot of fundraising. We invite you to join us this summer at one of our upcoming events to benefit Veterans Count. Without too much travel, you can gather your friends and family for the inaugural Veterans Count Walk through Downtown Nashua. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:04:55 EST Nashua South girls still fighting uphill battle http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1062329-478/nashua-south-girls-still-fighting-uphill-battle.html Democrats vigorously pushed Hillary Clinton for months to run in the 2016 elections. With her recent campaign announcement, this country is closer to electing its first female president. After 44 terms of male domination, Clinton could be breaking the highest glass ceiling in the country. While shattering glass ceilings on a national scale is important, shattering local glass ceilings needs just as much attention. Girls athletics are still given the shaft at Nashua High School South compared with boys athletics. Girls interested in technology-focused careers and clubs such as FIRST are still ridiculed by male classmates, coaches and instructors. Clubs and classes that represent traditional female jobs – Future Educators of America and the health occupations program at South – are dominated by girls, even though those fields are looking for males to join. In 2015, 167 years after the first-wave feminist movement, “feminism” is considered a controversial word, and the “feminist” title is tied with misandrist stereotypes. The true definition of feminism, “the doctrine – and the political movement based on it – that women should have the same economic, social and political rights as men,” has been misconstrued. Eighth-grader Sophie Thomas at Clermont Northeastern Middle School in Batavia, Ohio, knows this too well; Administrators at her school Photoshopped her class picture, removing the word “feminist” from her T-shirt. Ralph Shell, superintendent of the Clermont Northeastern School District, said, “It was not a very good picture,” and said the girl and her family were contacted prior to the airbrushing. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:05:05 EST Tree planted at Fairgrounds Middle School in Nashua to celebrate Arbor Day http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062260-469/tree-planted-at-fairgrounds-middle-school-in.html Nashua celebrated Arbor Day by planting a Fat Albert spruce at Fairgrounds Middle School on Friday. City and school officials were in attendance, including Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, who headed the speaking part of the program. Students and members of the Parks and Recreation Department planted the silver blue needle tree. Nick Caggiano, tree warden and superintendent of the Parks and Recreation Department, and Lisa Fauteux, director of Public Works, also took part in the program. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:02:46 EST Nashua South falls 11-8 in Exeter http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1062237-457/nashua-south-falls-11-8-in-exeter.html Steve Saucier scored three goals and assisted on another to pace Nashua South’s offense, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Exeter’s offense in an 11-8 Blue Hawks win. Brian McKinley did all he could in net for the Panthers, stopping 11 shots, while Mike and Max Osgood, Christian Lowell and Sean Holland all played well defensively in defeat. Also finding their way onto the South’s scoresheet were Collin Morrow (two goals, two assists), Shane Puleo (one goal), Zach Anzel (one goal), Jesse Clauss (one goal) and Josh Perry (two assists). Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:01:14 EST Family cautious in latest attempt at justice for Nashua murders http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062207-469/family-cautious-in-latest-attempt-at-justice.html NASHUA – The family of one of the victims of a 1988 homicide are speaking out after word that two men who had been under investigation by Canadian and American authorities will be extradited to the U.S. to face charges. It could mean a fourth trial for one of the men, Anthony Barnaby, who police have arrested and accused of murdering Charlene Ranstrom and Brenda Warner in Nashua in 1988 along with cohort David Caplin. It has been long believed by some that the women were killed because Barnaby disapproved of the couple’s same-sex relationship. Although having faced other trials in the 27 years since the murder, the move Thursday by Canadian authorities may bring closure for the families of the victims. “There’s hope, and I’m looking at that,” Warner’s brother Carl Warner said Friday at his Hudson home. Canadian Supreme Court justices ruled Thursday the men must be sent back to the United States to face the charges. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:33:49 EST Hassan visits Nashua Community College, calls for continued fight against substance abuse http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062208-469/hassan-visits-nashua-community-college-calls-for.html NASHUA – Gov. Maggie Hassan said nursing students are on the frontlines of the fight against the growing substance abuse challenges in New Hampshire. Hassan, speaking at a Friday morning forum put on by the Nashua Community College nursing class, said students and members of the health care industry have an opportunity to help people understand addiction as a sickness at a time when the state is trying to strength efforts to address prevention and recovery issues. The stories shared Friday are becoming all too common throughout the region, leading to an epidemic that has been masked for too long, Hassan said. “Substance misuse is a major public health and safety challenge facing our state,” Hassan said. “It strains our families, it hurts the productivity of our workers and it undermines the safety in our communities, so we need to focus on improving access to treatment for all substance abuse, especially among our young people.” The governor spoke for about 15 minutes in the college’s Judd Gregg Auditorium for a presentation called “Breaking the Silence – Addiction in the Community.” The event featured a panel discussion and viewing of “The Anonymous People,” a documentary about the millions of Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction. Hassan used the opportunity to tout her proposed increase in funding for the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. Her budget also called for the reauthorization of the state’s Medicaid expansion that provides coverage to residents for substance abuse treatment. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:34:00 EST Habitat for Humanity has plans to renovate former Nashua Soup Kitchen building http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062216-469/habitat-for-humanity-has-plans-to-renovate.html NASHUA – Nashua’s tree streets will see yet another effort at revitalization now that the site of the former Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter on Chestnut Street is headed to the care of Habitat for Humanity. The Soup Kitchen moved to Quincy Street last year, which left the aging 19th-century building out of service. “Their board said, ‘Maybe Habitat could make use of it,’ ” said Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity Director Leah Shuldiner. “They approached us, and that started the whole ball rolling.” Originally, money for the razing and asbestos abatement necessary at the site was to come from a community development block grant. With more applicants than available funds, Shuldiner said Nashua’s Aldermanic Human Affairs Committee approved an application switch for the grant money to a Housing and Urban Development Home grant for the $108,000 project. Federal Home funds are used to buy and renovate properties for low-income residents. All of Nashua’s aldermen will need to sign off on the plan. Then, Shuldiner said, it will go back to HUD for approval and environmental survey. “I think we’ve jumped through the biggest hoop,” Shuldiner said. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:34:47 EST Nashua focuses on Gate City Fall Festival as Pumpkin Festival finds new home in Laconia http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062217-469/nashua-focuses-on-gate-city-fall-festival.html NASHUA – After weeks of speculation, the organizers of the annual New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival announced Friday that Laconia will host the 25th year of the event on Oct. 24. After rioting near the 2014 Pumpkin Festival that led to about 100 arrests, the Keene City Council voted 13-1 on April 2 to deny an event license to festival organizer Let It Shine. Nashua was one of several towns and cities in New Hampshire and Massachusetts exploring whether to be the next home of the former Keene Pumpkin Festival. Paul Shea, executive director of Great American Downtown in Nashua, said after talking with Let It Shine, the organization decided against pursuing a partnership to bring the festival to the city. “We were contacted this past week by Ruth Sterling of Let It Shine in response to interest in exploring the idea of providing a home here for the great New Hampshire tradition that is the Pumpkin Festival,” Shea said. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:34:53 EST Dora L. (Brousseau) Desmarais http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1062220-466/dora-l.-brousseau-desmarais.html Dora L. (Brousseau) Desmarais, 95, of Nashua passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Courville of Nashua. Dora was born in Manchester on October 7, 1919, a daughter of the late George and Emilia (Lacasse) Brousseau. She was the widow of Paul P. Desmarais, who passed away on January 24, 1999. Prior to retirement, she had been employed by Sanders Associates. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:35:07 EST Exeter blows out Nashua South http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1062194-457/exeter-blows-out-nashua-south.html Exeter 16, Nashua South 2 Lexi Correa took the loss for Nashua South, allowing 10 earned runs in four innings of work. Delia Callery came pitched two innings of relief, allowing six runs. The two combined to walk 10 batters for South. At the plate, Jasmine Perez was 1 for 2 with a double and a run scored, while Dorothy Rodriguez was also 1 for 2 with a run scored. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:33:57 EST Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity to participate in Women Build Week http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1062071-308/greater-nashua-habitat-for-humanity-to-participate.html NASHUA – More than 50 women volunteers will unlatch the toolboxes and help build homes for local families in need during Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Week, to be held on May 2-9. The women will work on GNHFH’s Nashua projects at 45 Chestnut St. and 42 Nottingham Drive. National Women Build Week, a nationwide Habitat for Humanity event, brings women together across the country to build Habitat homes and learn construction skills, advocate for affordable housing in local communities and fundraise to build more homes for local families in need. While GNHFH has hosted Women Build Days in the past, this is the first year the organization will offer a week’s worth of volunteer opportunities, expanding the total number of volunteer spots to 50 and making a bigger dent in construction work. “Women Build Week is a fantastic opportunity for women to work together, learn some of the basics of home building from scratch and make new friends who also care about a great effort to work with low-income families toward homeownership,” said Mary Jarril, GNHFH board vice president and core Habitat build crew member. “Most of all, we have fun while doing it.” Registration is $25, with a suggested fundraising minimum of $225. Volunteer spots are limited. For more information or to register, visit nashuahabitat.org/womenbuild week. Proceeds directly support building more Habitat homes in Greater Nashua. Lowe’s is the national sponsor of Women Build Week. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:33:58 EST Roache to lead Nashua Regional Planning Commission http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1062078-308/roache-to-lead-nashua-regional-planning-commission.html MERRIMACK – The Nashua Regional Planning Commission announced the appointment of Timothy M. Roache as its new executive director. “The NRPC is fortunate to have someone of Tim’s talent, vision and professionalism take over the helm as executive director,” said Karin Elmer, chairwoman of the commission. “Tim has earned the respect and confidence of the commissioners and staff during his eight years at the commission.” Roache has an impressive depth of technical experience, ranging from transportation expertise to environmental consulting, project management and planning. “Tim Roache has extensive experience not only in transportation planning, but also with land use and environmental planning services,” Elmer said. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:36:02 EST Nashua Police Department arrest log for April 6-17 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1062126-228/nashua-police-department-arrest-log-for-april.html Nashua Police  Department APRIL 6 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Paige Lemire, 18, 120 Ridge Road, Nashua, electronic bench warrant: nonpayment of fine. Keith A. Morin, 40, 23 Temple St., Apt. 411, Nashua, violation of city ordinance – public drinking, disorderly conduct, littering. Gordon G. Paul, 41, 29 Temple St., Apt. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:33:42 EST George Ronald Gagnon http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1062134-466/george-ronald-gagnon.html George Ronald Gagnon, 77, of Hudson, a well-known barber, passed away early Tuesday morning, April 21, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after a brief illness. A resident of Nashua and Hudson for many years, Ron was born in Boston, Massachusetts on April 23, 1937, the only child of the late Delia (Long) and George Maurice Gagnon. Educated in local schools, Ron was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1955. Mr. Gagnon began his career in barbering at the age of 16, working with his father at the New Mode Barber School on Chestnut Street in Nashua. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:33:55 EST Maxine Margaret Crooker http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1062135-466/maxine-margaret-crooker.html Maxine Margaret Crooker “Ma” 71, of Nashua, NH, died peacefully at the Community Hospice House Merrimack, NH on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. She spent her final days surrounded by friends and family. She was born in Dublin, NH on July 13, 1943, a daughter of the late Robert and Phylis ( Crangle ) Doyle. Maxine was the wife of the late George William Crooker, whom she married on March 26, 1977. She was a graduate of Dublin High School. She held several jobs throughout her life, but the one she enjoyed most was being a mother and grandmother. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:34:19 EST One-time Nashua resident who posed as ‘Rosie the Riveter’ dies http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062159-469/one-time-nashua-resident-who-posed-as-rosie.html The striking pose of a dirty-faced Mary Doyle Keefe, adorned in denim overalls with a riveting gun across her lap and her loafer atop of a copy of Mein Kampf, has served as a symbol of female empowerment and patriotism since it graced the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in May 1943. Keefe, a former Nashua resident, once said there was a quiet and humbling pride she felt as a retired dental hygienist to receive the immortal depiction as Rosie the Riveter, the folksy icon that displayed the strength of women in the country during the war effort. “I think it had a great impact because at that time, everyone was getting that magazine, and it was there for everyone to see and have a little more appreciation,” said Dr. Fran Carter, founder of the American Rosie The Riveter Association. Keefe, the Arlington, Vt., native who sat with famed New England artist Norman Rockwell as a teenager for the illustration more than 70 years ago, died Tuesday at her Simsbury, Conn., home. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:37:48 EST Timberlane tops Nashua North, 9-1 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1062111-457/timberlane-tops-nashua-north-9-1.html The Titans fell to 0-3 as the Owls stayed unbeaten at 5-0 with seven hits. Despite taking the loss, pitcher Sarah Odierno drove in the Titans’ lone run with a double. Danielle Dumont and Ally Fortin also doubled for North. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:33:31 EST Unbeaten Spaulding pounds Nashua South, 14-1 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1062109-457/unbeaten-spaulding-pounds-nashua-south-14-1.html The Panthers gave up 14 hits to powerhouse (5-0) Spaulding as they fell to 0-4 on the seson. Pitcher Lexie Correa took the loss, going four innings. Offensively, Bryanna DiPaolo had an RBI single for South, while Delia Callery had a triple and Jazzy Perez added a double. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:33:13 EST BAE Systems donates nearly 1,000 pounds of food to NH Food Bank http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackreadersubmitted/1062084-308/bae-systems-donates-nearly-1000-pounds-of.html NASHUA – BAE Systems announced the delivery of 935 pounds of food to the New Hampshire Food Bank, which was donated by employees across the company’s Nashua, Hudson and Merrimack sites. “We hear from community food banks that this time of year is a tough one for them to fill their shelves,” said Lu Goncalves-Getty, director of community investment at BAE Systems’ Nashua-based Electronic Systems sector. “They indicate that after the spirit of giving during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays starts to lessen, the daily struggle of the families in our communities that don’t have enough to eat isn’t necessarily on peoples’ minds.” The food will be distributed to the many hunger relief agencies in New Hampshire that serve meals and provide groceries to people experiencing the negative effects of not having enough to eat. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:37:07 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1062067-478/blood-drives-in-greater-nashua.html The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 21: St. John Neumann Church, 708 Milford Road, Merrimack. 2-7 p.m. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:33:21 EST Goodman’s only student the guest clarinetist in Nashua concert http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1061944-485/goodmans-only-student-the-guest-clarinetist-in.html NASHUA – At 3 p.m. Sunday, First Music Concert Series will conclude its season by hosting Benny Goodman’s only student as a special guest at its Chamber Masters IV concert at First Church, 1 Concord St. Three great artists unite in one program, closing First Music’s seventh season: the Milkis-Newton-Kustanovich Trio. Julian Milkis, internationally acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, and jazz clarinetist – and the only student of clarinet icon Benny Goodman – joins bassoonist Gregory Newton and pianist Sima Kustanovich. This unique program invites all to experience chamber music up close and personal, in a beautiful Romanesque-revival architectural setting. Free admission through the generosity of the Huber Family Trust. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:33:50 EST Heather Pierson and Doug Farrell at Simple Gifts in Nashua this Saturday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1061951-485/heather-pierson-and-doug-farrell-at-simple.html NASHUA – Saturday, two very talented musical artists share the stage at Simple Gifts Coffee House, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 58 Lowell St. Heather Pierson brings her soulful and creative talent to Nashua. Pierson’s gorgeous, rich vocals and energetic musicianship leave audiences breathless. At a piano or on a guitar, she moves seamlessly through an eclectic mix of musical styles – New Orleans style jazz/blues, Americana and folk. Pierson was voted crowd favorite at Simple Gifts’ 2012 Performer’s Showcase. Doug Farrell’s seasoned songwriting, storytelling and musical melodies are deeply rooted in the hills of New England where he lives. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:34:27 EST Lots of options for enjoying beautiful music this weekend http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1061955-485/lots-of-options-for-enjoying-beautiful-music.html I’m always pleased to share the diversity of our arts community with you, and this week is no different. Looking over the offerings in my table of contents, it looks like music is on the menu for those who enjoy getting out and about. Don’t miss the season finale concert of Symphony NH this weekend. The evening is titled “Top Form,” and how could it be more aptly named? Conductor and music director Jonathan McPhee was recently voted “Busiest Conductor in the World,” but he still has time to offer beautiful, classical music experiences for young and old. First Music also closes its season on Sunday, with a roster of musicians sure to impress. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:34:43 EST Suspect in March sexual assault in Nashua charged with felonies http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061967-469/suspect-in-march-sexual-assault-in-nashua.html NASHUA – Police on Tuesday arrested a 21-year-old Derry man on felony sexual-assault charges, accusing him of raping a woman in March in Nashua, police said. Alexander D. Stoney, 21, who also lists an address of 19 Winter St., Lawrence, Mass., was taken into custody in Lawrence on Monday, then returned to Nashua to face the charges, which include three counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, police said. Stoney was held on $50,000 cash bail and was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, police said. Nashua police were informed on March 27 of a possible sexual assault that allegedly took place the previous evening, according to police. They said the complaint alleged that Stoney had sexually assaulted a female who is known to him. Police said an investigation by the department’s Special Investigations Division revealed that Stoney was the person responsible for the sexual assaults. The charges are Class A felonies, each of which is punishable by a minimum of seven years in State Prison, exclusive of fines. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:33:23 EST Donna Mae Philbrick http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061998-466/donna-mae-philbrick.html Donna Mae Philbrick, 66, of Nashua, N.H., died April 17, 2015 at Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a period of declining health. Born in Nashua, N.H. on August 12, 1948, she was the daughter of Donald and Mary (Mahoney) Condon. Donna was educated in local schools and graduated from Milford High School. She also attended and graduated from Daniel Webster Aeronautical School in Nashua. Donna was a caregiver. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:33:32 EST Robert J. Thompson http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061999-466/robert-j.-thompson.html Robert J. Thompson, 69, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack surrounded by his family. Robert was born in Haverhill, MA on April 28, 1945, a son of the late Lester and Cecile (Michaud) Thompson. Robert was the widower of Deborah (Lavoie) Thompson, who passed away on November 15, 2008. Robert grew up in Lynn, MA and moved to Nashua in 1950, remaining here until his death. He had been employed as a foreman for Larco Wallboard in Tewksbury, MA for 35 years retiring in 2004. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:33:40 EST Anita Marine http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1062000-466/anita-marine.html Anita (Smith) Marine, born in New York City on May 11, 1919, and until fairly recently a life long resident of Torrington, CT, died in Nashua, NH on April 21, 2015 after a brief illness. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University, she embarked on a career in advertising. In 1950, together with her husband, Mrs. Marine purchased the Quality Hat Store, a men’s retail establishment in Torrington. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:33:46 EST George Ronald Gagnon http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1062002-466/george-ronald-gagnon.html George Ronald Gagnon, 77, of Hudson, a well-known barber, passed away early Tuesday morning, April 21, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after a brief illness. A resident of Nashua and Hudson for many years, Ron was born in Boston, Massachusetts on April 23, 1937, the only child of the late Delia (Long) and George Maurice Gagnon. Educated in local schools, Ron was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1955. Mr. Gagnon began his career in barbering at the age of 16, working with his father at the New Mode Barber School on Chestnut Street in Nashua. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:33:58 EST Thomas F. Craib http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1062003-466/thomas-f.-craib.html Beloved father, grandfather and brother Thomas F. Craib, 54, of Lowell, but formerly of Nashua, NH, died Monday April 20th at Lowell General Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 9, 1960, the son of the late William F. and the late Barbara A. (Rourke) Craib, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Greater Lowell Vocational Technical High School in 1978. For over 37 years, Tom was a milk man delivery driver for Garelick Farms in Lynn, Massachusetts. A sports enthusiast who loved NASCAR, the Patriots, Red Sox and country music, he also enjoyed the outdoors. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:34:03 EST Jerald Berman http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1062005-466/jerald-berman.html Jerald Berman, 69, longtime resident of Merrimack, died at Southern NH Medical Cetner on April 21, 2015. Mr. Berman was born on August 13, 1945, in Paterson, NJ, a son of the late Jack and Jeannette (Abromowicz) Berman. He grew in New Jersey and the Bronx and graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson College. Post graduation, he attended the MIT to study Physics. Most recently, Jerry had been a teacher at Nashua High School South, where he taught physics, mathematics and science, and also worked closely with the Robotics Club. He is remembered as loving father, brother and friend, who worked hard all his life. His favorite pastime was spending time with his beloved daughters. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:34:12 EST Greater Nashua’s 25 ‘extraordinary women’ to be honored at special expo Friday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062014-469/greater-nashuas-25-extraordinary-women-to-be.html NASHUA – An afternoon exposition focused on recognizing the leading women of Greater Nashua will return for a seventh spring. The Total Women’s Showcase, a Telegraph event presented by Charles Schwab, offers visitors the chance explore a variety of informational booths, networking opportunities, local vendors and demonstrations designed to cater to working women. The event also features a luncheon for an annual recognition known as the “25 Extraordinary Women,” which pays homage to women in the region who have made significant contributions in their respective fields. The showcase takes place Friday, April 24 at the Radisson Hotel located at 11 Tara Blvd. It is broken into a two-hour luncheon session beginning at 1 p.m. (tickets are $30) and the free showcase running from 3 to 7 p.m. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:34:56 EST Nashua restaurateur opening Main Street gyro shop http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062020-469/nashua-restaurateur-opening-main-street-gyro-shop.html After one longtime business left Nashua, a longtime area businessman saw an opportunity. Nick Tourlitis, who has owned several restaurants in the area, is turning part of the former Aubuchon Hardware store on Main Street into a new gyro restaurant. Tourlitis figures it will be about a month and a half before he can open the doors to his newest venture, which is still unnamed. It will also feature Greek food such as salads and desserts, but he said “I’m going to concentrate on the gyro.” Tourlitis, who owns 7-Star Pizza down the street at the corner of Main and West Hollis streets, was busily renovating Aubuchon’s former paint shop Tuesday for his son Basil, who will run the operation. “I come from the island of Crete. Every summer I go to Greece. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:13:02 EST Nashua’s Harbor Homes to participate in veterans study http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1062021-469/nashuas-harbor-homes-to-participate-in-veterans.html A Nashua-based nonprofit was recently selected to participate in a research study to pinpoint the best practices for organizations that focus on veterans issues. Harbor Homes, a member of the Partnership for Successful Living, was one of 25 nonprofits chosen by the George W. Bush Presidential Institute after its Veterans FIRST program was identified as a top-tier initiative that provides a variety of housing and supportive services to those returning from military duty. “We take the whole person and make sure they get back on their feet so that they can then go out, find housing somewhere and become independent and productive,” said Donna Albertelli Collins, development manager for Harbor Homes. “It’s kind of a holistic approach to ending homelessness because homelessness is complex,” she added. “A lot of times there are so many factors (for homelessness) that come into place, and I think for veterans it is more so because, let’s face it, if I were there I don’t know if I would be OK when I came home and I’m sure it’s a huge transition.” Bush’s institute established its Military Service Initiative (MSI) in February 2014 to develop a first-of-its-kind research study of the needs of post-9/11 veterans and their families in an effort to better examine the overall effectiveness of services provided by veteran-serving nonprofits nationwide. MSI program manager Matthew Amidon said the institute conducted a two-day series of scheduled interviews with Harbor Homes President and CEO Peter Kelleher, as well as project managers and staff members working in the veteran housing and supportive services. Representatives from the former president’s organization also wanted an “inside look” at daily operations, organizational structure and the federally funded Harbor Care Health and Wellness Center. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:14:42 EST Art Fundraiser held in Nashua for Boston Children’s Hospital http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1062023-478/art-fundraiser-held-in-nashua-for-boston.html NASHUA – A recent Art Fundraiser for Boston Children’s Hospital was a success. Organizers rented the gallery at the Nashua Area Artists Association and supplied all materials. Light refreshments were made by the group’s young hosts. Local artist Kala Kumar, along with youth artists Katrhi Mahendrakumar, Nathan Kumar, Natasha Kumar, Preethi Mahendrakumar and Valli Muthukarupan, organized the event to support the research fund at Boston Children’s Hospital. Many artists young and old participated in the event and had fun drawing, painting and donating for the cause. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:33:21 EST Nashua Cub Scouts hold Pinewood Derby http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1062024-478/nashua-cub-scouts-hold-pinewood-derby.html NASHUA – Braving the snow, Nashua Cub Scout Pack 253, sponsored by St. Christopher, had its annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 21. The Scouts built cars to race in the event. Awards were given to the five fastest, the safest and the most creative cars. Competing were Quincy, Benjamin, Jackson, Ian, Charlie, Ryan, Patrick, Zachary and Sam. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:33:36 EST Lions honor Nashua Eye Associates http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1062025-478/lions-honor-nashua-eye-associates.html NASHUA – Nashua Eye Associates has teamed up with the Nashua Lions Club to treat children and adults in need of eye care for more than 40 years. Working with Nashua School District nurses, the Lions provide eye exams and a first pair of glasses for needy students referred to them. In recognition of its dedication to the efforts of the Lions, the club honored Nashua Eye Associates with a Progressive Granite State Fellow award. The award, from the New Hampshire Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, recognizes the efforts of individuals and businesses and funds the foundation’s endowment program. Club President Louise Deschenes presented the recognition to Nashua Eye Associats founder Lion Dr. Charles Wingate, Lion Dr. Karl Englehart, Dr. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:33:44 EST Nashua Catholic seventh-grader wins DAR essay contest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1062027-478/nashua-catholic-seventh-grader-wins-dar-essay-contest.html NASHUA – Grace Li, of Nashua Catholic Junior High School, was named the seventh-grade winner in the American History Essay Contest. The event is sponsored yearly by the Matthew Thornton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Grace’s essay has also taken state honors and has moved on to national competition. Grace’s work is a letter in the first person telling the story of a youngster immigrating to the United States through Ellis Island. When asked what made the greatest impact on her, Grace said, “I was amazed by the uncertainty. This child took a hard and dangerous journey and could have been sent back to her homeland at any point on Ellis Island.” In her letter, Grace writes to her fictional friend, “There were people like us who were trying to escape poverty, tyrants, famine, and just trying to begin a new life, a better life.” Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:34:04 EST Rotary Club of Nashua honors Lozeau http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1062029-478/rotary-club-of-nashua-honors-lozeau.html NASHUA – The Rotary Club of Nashua announced that Mayor Donnalee Lozeau was named an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow on April 13 in recognition of her commitment to the city. The designation was presented by Past District Gov. Rick Manganello and President Maryse Wirbal. The ceremony was held after Lozeau’s presentation on the state of the city at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Nashua. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:34:15 EST NRWA offers free stream ecology workshops http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetnews/1062040-308/nrwa-offers-free-stream-ecology-workshops.html The Nashua River Watershed Association invites the public, including families, Scout groups and seniors, to ecology discovery events to learn what it takes to determine the health of a river or stream. Participants will learn about water quality and invasive plants in the Nashua River and its tributaries. \Participants will also receive hands-on training on determining the health of a stream by aquatic bug identification, streamside observations and exploring the effects of storm-water runoff. Helps community Learn how this information will help your community. Most of these 60- or 90-minute sessions are held outside rain or shine, so dress accordingly. These sessions are offered in different locations covering the same content, open to all communities, so you can choose which date and location is most convenient for you: • April 25, 10 a.m. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:35:08 EST Marguerite’s Place in Nashua celebrates Week of the Young Child http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1062063-478/marguerites-place-in-nashua-celebrates-week-of.html NASHUA – Marguerite’s Place celebrated the Week of the Young Child from April 13-17, which concluded at the organization’s spring fundraiser, “Miami Nights.” Mayor Donnalee Lozeau accepted specially made artwork from the students of Marguerite’s Place Childcare as part of the Week of the Young Child celebration, which is recognized nationally. This year, the focus was on the importance of children in the community. Events scheduled for throughout the week included: An outdoor concert by Nashua High School North seniors Jake Nelson and Max Carlson on Monday. A visit by Pedro, manager from Agave Azul, who taught the children how to make guacamole as part of a healthy eating lesson on Tuesday. Ken Sheldon, president of the Bank of America – New Hampshire visited as a guest reader on Wednesday. Bank of America provided Marguerite’s Place with a community grant in 2014 that has helped the nonprofit in providing essential services. Positive Street Art engaged the preschoolers on Thursday with a painting project that was auctioned off at “Miami Nights” on Friday. For more information, call Marguerite’s Place at 598-1582. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:33:21 EST Nashua Lodge of Elks presents awards, installs first female exalted ruler http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1062066-478/nashua-lodge-of-elks-presents-awards-installs.html NASHUA – Several presentations were made by the Nashua Lodge of Elks at a recent installation of officers for the 2015-16 lodge year. Awards presented were: William Hooley was presented a Special ER Volunteer Award for his donation of time and service to the lodge throughout the year. Rose McDonough was presented with a Special ER Fundraiser Award for the hundreds of dollars she raised during the lodge year. Philip “Skip” Jacques was chosen Elk of the Year for his contributions to the principle and aims of the order of Elks and his hundreds of hours as a year-round member of the lodge’s “A” cooking team during the 2014-15 lodge year. Sy Mahfus was named the 2014-15 recipient of the Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award for his “outstanding and meritorious service to humanity” and as a member of the Veterans Count board of directors, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for veterans and families. Kelly Dorgan-Cote was selected as the Nashua Elks Officer of the Year for 2014-15 for her faithful and outstanding performance of duties as an officer and her year-round involvement with the Elks bingo and other lodge activities. Retiring Exalted Ruler Douglas J. Tremlett made the presentations. Dorgan-Cote, of Hudson, was installed as the first woman exalted ruler of the 750-member lodge. She was invested with her jewel of office by her father, Past Exalted Ruler Timothy A. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:33:58 EST Nashua South’s Correa solid in circle despite loss to Winnacunnet http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061989-457/nashua-souths-correa-solid-in-circle-despite.html Lexi Correa allowed just two earned runs over five innings of work in the circle, unfortunately Nashua South’s defense let Winnacunnet push 13 more across in a 15-3 mercy rule-shortened loss in Hampton. Leah Frost (1 for 3, two-run double), Delia Callery (1 for 3, RBI) and Paige Bouno (one hit upping her average to .667 on the season) stood out at the plate for the Panthers (0-3), who host Spaulding at 4 p.m. Thursday. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:33:06 EST RI woman accused of January baby formula theft surrenders to Nashua police http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061875-469/ri-woman-accused-of-january-baby-formula.html A Rhode Island woman who allegedly filled a shopping cart with baby formula at a Nashua store then failed to stop by the checkout counter on her way out, surrendered to Nashua police on Monday, police reported. Nicole Maynard, 36, of 250 Washington St., Providence, turned herself in early Monday morning to Nashua police, who arrested her on one count of theft, a Class A felony. Maynard was later released on $2,000 cash or surety bail pending arraignment, which is set for May 28 at Nashua district court. The arrest comes three months after Maynard committed the alleged theft at the Buy Buy Baby store at 213 Daniel Webster Highway, police said. Store personnel called police the afternoon of Jan. 22 to report a woman had fled the store with a cart full of baby formula that she hadn’t paid for, according to police. Members of the Nashua police Criminal Investigations Division reviewed video from the store’s surveillance system, and with the assistance of police agencies in Massachusetts were able to identify Maynard and issued a warrant for her arrest, police said. The offense is a Class A felony because the value of the merchandise exceeds $1,500, police said. The charge is punishable by up to 15 years in state prison plus fines. – DEAN SHALHOUP Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:02:06 EST Investigators wrapping up probe into cause of fatal Nashua fire http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061881-469/investigators-wrapping-up-probe-into-cause-of.html NASHUA – Investigators expect to release the cause this week of the April 13 fire that claimed the life of a Nashua woman and destroyed an apartment building on Girouard Avenue. Adam Pouliot, an investigator with the City Fire Marshal’s office, said Tuesday that officials are wrapping up their interviews and should have their final report completed by the end of the week. He said officials put off their interview with one of the occupants until his release from the Boston hospital where he was taken for treatment. The occupant, a man who lived on the second floor, sustained serious injuries, but was expected to be discharged Tuesday or Wednesday, Pouliot said. State investigators said in the days following the fire that their preliminary investigation indicated the blaze started on an outside porch. Officials haven’t said whether the fire appears accidental or if they suspect foul play. The fire, which broke out shortly before 4 a.m. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:02:42 EST Richard Ireland http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061905-466/richard-ireland.html Richard Ireland, a longtime resident of Nashua, died peacefully in his sleep at the Courville at Nashua on April 19, 2015. Mr. Ireland was born on January 13, 1934, in Stamford, CT, a son of the late Richard M. and Helen M. (Smith) Ireland. He was the husband of Nancy (Seward) Ireland, whom he married on August 13, 1971. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:03:11 EST Ralph E. Fitzgerald Jr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061907-466/ralph-e.-fitzgerald-jr..html Fitzgerald, Jr., Ralph E., 76, New Bedford, MA, entered eternity Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The son and only child of the late Ralph E. and Catherine K. Fitzgerald, formerly of Nashua, was born in Nashua in 1938. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:03:31 EST Suspect in fatal Nashua stabbing has criminal record http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061931-469/suspect-in-fatal-nashua-stabbing-has-criminal.html NASHUA – The second teen wanted in connection with last month’s fatal stabbing of a Navy veteran on the rail trail off Palm Street had been charged with violently attacking two individuals in the same area within the last eight months, court records show. But those charges and several others brought against Stephan D. Peno of Nashua since he legally became an adult when he turned 17 in 2011 were dismissed for “lack of prosecution,” court records show. Peno, now 20, also appears to have a history of mental health issues, according to court records. A current domestic assault case involving an ex-girlfriend was transferred to Nashua Mental Health Court this year, and his mother, Angela, asked the court to remove a 2013 protective order against her son, claiming, “We both suffer from mental illness.” Investigators continue to hunt for Peno, who is wanted on outstanding warrants charging him with robbery conspiracy, robbery, and falsifying physical evidence for his alleged role in the March 12 stabbing death of Benjamin Marcum, 49. Marcum, formerly of Hollis, was knifed repeatedly and left lying on the Heritage Rail Trail not far from his 57 Palm Square apartment at about 11 p.m. March 12. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:22:00 EST Nashua North’s Choate is Telegraph Girls Basketball Player of the Year http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061904-457/nashua-norths-choate-is-telegraph-girls-basketball.html Nashua North senior Taylor Choate is The Telegraph Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The rest of the first team includes: Taylor Choate, sr., Nashua North; Meghan Cramb, so., Bishop Guertin; Adelle Pitsas, sr., Milford; Hannah Neild, sr., Campbell; Marie Laplante, jr., Bishop Guertin; Kaycee Carbone, sr., Alvirne. COACH OF THE YEAR Rich Parent, Milford SECOND TEAM Sara Cordova, jr., Nashua North; Jocelyn Chaput, jr., Nashua South; Rebecca Cleary, sr., Milford; Jess Ryan, sr., Milford; Kali Trunca, sr., Campbell. HONORABLE MENTION Hannah Chick, jr., Souhegan; Cassandra Staplefeld, so., Hollis Brookline; Ally Schwab, jr., Wilton-Lyndeborough; Mia Len, fr., Souhegan; Adaeze Okorie, jr., Nashua North; Alissa Zajac, sr., Bishop Guertin; Amanda Wetmore, so., Alvirne. HOW TEAMS ARE CHOSEN Coaches from each school within The Telegraph’s circulation area are contacted for nominations and insight. Information from various coaches associations’ All-State teams as well. Staff observations are also used during the compilation process. Multimedia presentations on all of the All Stars will be available later this week at nashuatelegraph.com. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:02:58 EST Wilton-Lyndeborough’s Jordan Litts is The Telegraph Boys Basketball Player of the Year http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061903-457/wilton-lyndeboroughs-jordan-litts-is-the-telegraph-boys.html Wilton-Lyndeborough senior Jordan Litts is The Telegraph Boys Basketball Player of the Year The rest of the first team includes: Jordan Litts, sr., Wilton-Lyndeborough; Mike Osgood, sr., Nashua South; D.J. Frechette, so., Nashua South; Zach Bergeon, sr., Campbell; Austin Franzen, sr., Merrimack; Nate Hale, jr., Nashua North. COACH OF THE YEAR Steve Lane, Nashua North SECOND TEAM Matt Fothergill, sr., Hollis Brookline; Jack Zimmerman, jr., Bishop Guertin; Harrison Vedrani, so., Campbell; Trey Carrier, so., Wilton-Lyndeborough; Kyle Gavin, sr., Bishop Guertin. HONORABLE MENTION Jerrell Webster, jr., Souhegan; Kirk Palladino, jr., Milford; Ty Carrier, jr., Wilton-Lyndeborough; Dylan Richardson, sr., Merrimack; Sam Bonney-Liles, sr., Alvirne; Evan Hunt, sr., Alvirne; Conner Hodsdon, sr., Alvirne; Andrew Wetmore, sr., Alvirne; Brandon Rodriguez, jr., Nashua North. HOW TEAMS ARE CHOSEN Coaches from each school within The Telegraph’s circulation area are contacted for nominations and insight. Information from various coaches associations’ All-State teams as well. Staff observations are also used during the compilation process. Multimedia presentations on all of the All Stars will be available later this week at nashuatelegraph.com. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:02:52 EST Souhegan’s Moskowitz, Bishop Guertin’s Silck are The Telegraph’s Indoor Track Players of the Year http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061792-457/souhegans-moskowitz-bishop-guertins-silck-are-the.html BOYS INDOOR TRACK Souhegan senior Eli Moskowitz is The Telegraph’s Boys Indoor Track Player of the Year. The rest of the first team includes: Eli Moskowitz, sr., Souhegan; Evan Paterson, jr., Nashua South; Noah Bellomo, so., Alvirne; Blake Williams, sr., Merrimack; Lukas Atwood, jr., Bishop Guertin; Phillip Demers, sr., Alvirne; Evan Porter, sr., Hollis Brookline. Coach of the Year John Snell, Merrimack Honorable Mention Zakari Jenkins, sr., Nashua North; Benjamin Parent, jr., Merrimack; Chase Sweeney, jr., Merrimack; Kyle Saunders, sr., Alvirne; Guillem Pujadas, sr., Hollis Brookline. GIRLS INDOOR TRACK Bishop Guertin senior Briana Silck is The Telegraph’s Girls Indoor Track Player of the Year. The rest of the first team includes: Briana Silck, sr., Bishop Guertin; Olivia Rougeau, jr., Milford; Julia Perry, sr., Merrimack; Jen Coffey, sr.,  Merrimack; Gabrielle Masseur, so., Nashua North; Shaylyn Saunders, so., Alvirne; Madeleine Hunt, so., Souhegan. Coach of the Year Kurt Schulz, Bishop Guertin Honorable Mention Callie Dwyer, jr., Merrimack; Chloe Conway, jr., Bishop Guertin; Gabby Richardson, sr., Bishop Guertin; Danielle Poublon, jr., Bishop Guertin; Kaleigh Dozois, jr., Nashua North. HOW TEAMS ARE CHOSEN Coaches from each school within The Telegraph’s circulation area are contacted for nominations and insight. Information from various coaches associations’ All-State teams as well. Staff observations are also used during the compilation process. Multimedia presentations on all of the All Stars will be available later this week at nashuatelegraph.com. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:01:23 EST Bedford rallies for six in sixth to beat Nashua North http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061888-457/bedford-rallies-for-six-in-sixth-to.html Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Bedford rallied for six runs and a 6-2 win over Nashua North. Sam McCarthy suffered the tough loss for the Titans, giving up two unearned runs (three total) on one hit while striking out six over 51⁄3 innings. Brennan Kastens (1 for 3, two RBIs) gave North a 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth only to have Bedford respond in the bottom half of the inning. North (1-1) plays at Timberlane at 4 p.m. Thursday. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:01:59 EST Souhegan’s Johnson scores four in win over Nashua North http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061887-457/souhegans-johnson-scores-four-in-win-over.html Hailey Johnson scored four goals, while Emma Estabrook and Abby Cranney added three each, to lead Souhegan past Nashua North 19-7. Laura Vincent led the way for the Titans with three goals, while Jexi Williams (two goals), Gabby Masseur (one) and Christina Sulfaro (one) also found the back of the net for North (1-3). Michelle Loranger was key for the Titans in the transition game. The Sabers other goal scorers were Brigid Casey (two), Sammi Jay (two) and Jules Donohue. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:01:50 EST Nashua South cruises past Merrimack http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061891-457/nashua-south-cruises-past-merrimack.html Led by co-captains Kaushil Patel and Brian Barrows, Nashua South had strong singles play across the board to defeat Merrimack 8-1 and record the Panthers’ first win of the season. Patel (9-7), Barrows (8-3), Brandon Stempler (8-4), Sam McIntyre (8-2), Pranav Prabhal (8-2) and Aniradh Naidu (8-2) all won their singles matches for the Panthers. Patel and Stempler (8-6) paired up for a win at first doubles, while Diab Eid and Noah Telerski (8-2) teamed up for win at third doubles. Merrimack’s lone win came at second doubles, courtesy of Greg Keeler and Owen Tracey. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:02:12 EST Nashua South doubles up on Merrimack http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061893-457/nashua-south-doubles-up-on-merrimack.html Samantha Harden (8-3), Victoria Ziolek (8-6), Sarah Alison (8-0) and Tina Ta (8-2) posted singles wins for Nashua South in the Panthers’ 6-3 win over Merrimack. The doubles duos of Harden-Alison (8-5) and Ziolek-Ta (8-5) were also victorious for South (3-2). Rhianne Tallarico (8-5) and McKenzie Miller (8-0) posted singles wins for Merrimack (0-5), while the Tomahawks doubles win came via the duo of Courtney McCarthy and Kiera Crowley (8-2). Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:02:22 EST Nashua North sweeps singles on way to win over Salem http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061886-457/nashua-north-sweeps-singles-on-way-to.html Nashua North swept the singles matches, and the Titans rolled to an 8-1 win over Salem. Sam Kluger (8-3), Ethan Kim (8-6), Connor King (8-4), Kevin Kelly (8-1), Justin Yeung (8-6) and Will Barry (8-1) all recorded singles wins for the Titans. North won two of three in doubles action, courtesy of Kluger-Kim (8-5) and King-Kelly (8-2). Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:01:43 EST Joan C. Osgood http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061836-466/joan-c.-osgood.html Joan Curtis Osgood,75, of Nashua died 4/18/2015 at The Courville at Nashua after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. She was born August 6, 1939, in Lebanon, NH, the daughter of the late Fred and Ella Curtis. She graduated from Nashua High School in 1957 and received a bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 1961 from the University of Vermont. After college she worked as a staff nurse and head nurse at the former Nashua Memorial Hospital. She left nursing to raise her family and then returned to nursing for 23 years as a staff nurse at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, retiring in 2006. A tennis player in her younger years, she was a member of the Nashua Swim and Tennis Club and the Nashua Country Club. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:02:18 EST Alice G. Nute http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061837-466/alice-g.-nute.html Alice G. Nute, 89, formerly of Nashua, died peacefully at Concord Hospital, Concord, NH on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Miss Nute was born in Nashua on September 26, 1925, a daughter of the late John and Agnes (Gardner) Nute. She had worked as a manager for Lady Grace for over 22 years before retiring in 1996. After retiring, Alice kept busy with quilting, painting and travel. Miss Nute was a lifelong member of Main Street United Methodist Church, Nashua. She was a graduate of Nashua High School. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:02:22 EST Leo F. Laroche http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061839-466/leo-f.-laroche.html Leo F. Laroche, 91, of Nashua passed away on Friday April 17, 2015 at his home. Leo was born in Nashua on January 24, 1924 a son of the late Aime and Antoinette (Desautels) Laroche. He was the husband of Lucille B. (Denault) Laroche of Nashua. Leo served our country with the US Navy during WWII and the Korean War. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:02:31 EST Chilly rain this week unpleasant, but flooding unlikely in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061847-469/chilly-rain-this-week-unpleasant-but-flooding.html Just when New Englanders felt it was finally safe to put cold, wet weather behind and welcome the warmth and brilliance of spring, Mother Nature decided to toss a proverbial monkey wrench into the works. But while it might not seem so this week, meteorologists assure us that real spring, and summer, are still to come, and promise that we haven’t fallen into some kind of meteorological regression. Nor are we expected to be inundated this week with enough rain to cause trouble, although it will be chilly, and wet, for most of the week, according to Doug Webster, Hudson-based meteorologist and author of the Telegraph’s monthly column “Weather & Climate.” “I don’t think there will be any issues around here,” Webster said in reference to the flood watch the National Weather Service office in Gray, Maine, posted for Hillsborough and Cheshire counties through 8 a.m. Wednesday. The Gray office predicted as much as three inches of rain will fall during that period, but Webster’s forecast gives the Nashua area about half that amount. “Some areas up north and in central and northern Maine might see three inches, but I don’t see us getting that much,” he said Monday. “And actually, we need it.” Webster said he knows that might seem like an odd observation, given this year’s massive amount of melted snow and this prolonged period of rain. Still, the area’s rivers and streams are anything but swollen. “They’re all running a little bit below normal right now,” he said, citing how gradually all that snow has melted and the fact that this area has recorded only .85 of an inch of precipitation in the past three weeks. The culprit behind this unspring-like weather is an upper level low that’s actually been hanging around for most of April, Webster said. “This is the time of year we’re most prone to this kind of pattern … often when we come out of winter, pockets of cold air can remain trapped at the middle levels,” he said. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:03:23 EST Nashua residents air safety concerns at Indian Rock and Pine Hill roads Tuesday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061848-469/nashua-residents-air-safety-concerns-at-indian.html NASHUA – Residents will have a chance to air concerns tonight, April 21, about traffic safety at the intersection of Indian Rock and Pine Hill roads and Coburn Avenue. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the board room at Nashua High School North. Ward 1 Alderman Sean McGuinness, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and Public Works Director Lisa Fauteux will host the meeting. Residents have expressed concerns about the intersection, which does not have a stop sign for those traveling west on Pine Hill Road, McGuinness said. The other three points are controlled by stop signs, he noted. “There is a lot of concern from the folks that live on Indian Rock Road who are heading to Nashua east on Pine Hill Road. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:01:12 EST Greater Nashua runners say there’s no race like Boston http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061849-469/greater-nashua-runners-say-theres-no-race.html NASHUA – For greater Nashua runners, there is nothing like Boston. “Everyone wants to do Boston,” said Thomas Cassetty, a Nashua runner and president of the Gate City Striders running club, the state’s largest. “Boston is the ultimate marathon. It’s just the epitome of marathons,” said Cassetty, 37, who has four marathons under his belt and ran his first in Boston on Monday. It’s more than the allure of running the country’s oldest and most prestigious marathon. It’s being part of something special in a town where runners and running is revered, local runners said. Then there’s the thrill of 1 million cheering spectators carrying you along the 26.2-mile course. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:01:19 EST Nashua: Fletcher’s Appliance sold after 91 years http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061852-469/nashua-fletchers-appliance-sold-after-91-years.html NASHUA – Businesses merge all the time, but the takeover of Fletcher’s Appliances by Baron’s Major Brands is more like a family transfer. “I’ve known them most of my life,” said David Pastor, owner of Fletcher’s Appliances, on the three cousins who run the Concord-owned Baron’s Major Brands. As of Monday, the 91-year-old Fletcher’s Appliances at 531 Amherst St. became the seventh store in Baron’s New Hampshire chain. “Mike Baron even said we could have been brothers – we’ve finished our sentences during the process,” said Pastor, who took over the business in 1988 from his father, Bernie. Bernie Pastor, who died in 2009, had bought it from founder P.E. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:10:00 EST Supervised visits OK’d for Nashua mom accused of injuring her child http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061854-469/supervised-visits-okd-for-nashua-mom-accused.html NASHUA – A district court judge Monday granted permission to Ashley Smith, the 20-year-old Nashua resident charged with breaking her infant son’s leg and ankle, to visit with the child under certain conditions. Smith, also known as Ashley Bolarinho, of 79 Almont St., was arrested March 20 and charged with one count of first-degree assault – domestic violence, a Class A felony, for allegedly fracturing bones in the leg and ankle of her baby, who was 7 weeks old at the time. Judge Paul Moore, who presided over Smith’s probable cause hearing Monday morning in Nashua district court, modified Smith’s bail conditions by lifting the no-contact order that was imposed at her March 23 arraignment. In lifting the no-contact order Monday, Moore said that all visits between Smith and her son must be supervised, and be scheduled at the discretion of the state Division of Children, Youth and Families, which took custody of the baby following Smith’s arrest. Nashua police arrested Smith the morning of March 20 after personnel at Elliot Hospital in Manchester called to report they were treating an infant whose leg was broken in three places, and that the injuries didn’t appear to be the result of an accident. The child was taken to the Elliot from a Nashua hospital, officials said at the time. Police said the injuries weren’t considered life-threatening. The child was later put in the custody of DCYF. Judge Gregory Michael presided at Smith’s arraignment in March when he agreed to lower her bail from $100,000 cash only to $10,000 cash or surety after Smith’s mother and stepfather pleaded with him to reduce it to an amount within their reach. The parents also said they were worried for Smith’s safety if she were to remain in Valley Street jail in Manchester. Smith was eventually freed on bail. On Monday, Moore warned Smith, who appeared in court with several relatives and supporters, to obey the conditions under which she can visit her child. “If you have any contact at all (with the child) in violation of these terms, you will be in jail on high bail,” he told Smith. Other conditions of Smith’s bail order her to continue living with her parents at the Almont Street address and to not discuss the case with the father of the child. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, dshalhoup@nashua telegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:02:56 EST Kennedy, Cuba and Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1061866-469/kennedy-cuba-and-nashua.html 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, along with the story behind it. I’ve said this before: You can’t swing a dead cat around here during the months before a New Hampshire primary election without smacking a candidate. Not that I’d want to smack a candidate with a dead cat. Some might. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:22:00 EST 7th suspect in alleged DMV license fraud scheme arrested in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061758-469/7th-suspect-in-alleged-dmv-license-fraud.html NASHUA – The arrest in Nashua Friday of a man purporting to be a local resident in order to obtain a New Hampshire drivers license, brought to seven the number of people arrested on similar charges since March 9, police said. The man, who identified himself as Juanibal Otero Laureano, 26, of Woonsocket, R.I., was taken into custody without incident by Nashua police shortly before 5 p.m. Friday, and charged with one count each of unsworn falsification and tampering with public records, according to State Police. He was held on $15,000 cash bail pending arraignment, which was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Monday in Nashua district court. State Police, who said they are still attempting to verify Otero Laureano’s true identity, said officers from Troop G were alerted Friday by staff at the Division of Motor Vehicles office in Nashua that Otero Laureano was allegedly submitting false documents in an attempt to obtain a N.H. license. State Police contacted Nashua police, who responded to the DMV office at 110 Broad St. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:01:12 EST Doria S. Arel http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061767-466/doria-s.-arel.html Doria S. (Blais) Arel, 90, of Nashua, widow of Alfred A. Arel, passed away Saturday morning, April 18, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a brief illness. A lifelong resident of Nashua, Doria was born on October 6, 1924, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anais (Plourde) Blais. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:02:24 EST Books that you can eat part of Nashua’s National Library Week observance http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061780-469/books-that-you-can-eat-part-of.html NASHUA – When he published his children’s fantasy book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” around the turn of the 20th century, author L. Frank Baum had no idea that Dorothy’s airborne house would one day be recreated out of modeling chocolate and that fondant cake-icing would represent the Wicked Witch of the East’s curled-up, lifeless legs sticking out from underneath. Those are but two features of Nashua resident Cedi Rousseau’s concept of an entirely edible Land of Oz, which she built based on Baum’s book for the Nashua Public Library’s third annual Edible Book Contest held on Sunday. Rousseau, whose daughter, as well as her husband and son, also created all-edible entries for the contest, said the fact she didn’t win her category this year is of little importance compared to the fun she – and her family – had making their respective entries. “My daughter and I won last year for our Cheshire Cat, but win or lose, the most fun is coming up with the idea and making them,” Rousseau said. Linda Walker, an associate in the library’s Music, Art, Media department, debuted the contest in 2013 as a fun component to the Nashua library’s annual observance of National Library Week. “We had a lot of great entries,” Walker said Sunday. “We have some repeats, but it seems that a lot of families got together this time.” She referred to the family, or group, category, one of three categories along with youth, or child, and adult. The winners of each category are decided by visitors, who vote for their favorite in each category as well as the overall “Best in Show.” This year’s winners include: Child/Youth category: Laurel Nelson, for “Goodnight Moon.” Family/Group category: Mary Gardiner, age 5, and mom Renee Gardiner for “Rainbow Fish.” Adult category: Ai Yacharn, for “Room on the Broom.” Best of Show: Jen Berube family, for “Frog and Toad.” Mary Gardiner, quite shy and a humble winner, nodded her head when asked if she worked hard on her and her mom’s entry. Their creation was adorned by dozens of M&M candies, and while Mary said she didn’t know how many they used, her mom remembered how she counted: “One for the cake, two for me,” she said with a laugh. Rousseau, meanwhile, answered visitors’ questions about her elaborate, edible version of the Land of Oz. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:01:59 EST State Republican voters are relishing crowded field http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1061791-476/state-republican-voters-are-relishing-crowded-field.html NASHUA – For New Hampshire Republicans, the early days of the 2016 presidential campaign feel like an embarrassment of riches. The state’s notoriously fickle, independent-minded voters are relishing a wide-open Republican race and are in no hurry to crown a front-runner. Nearly 20 potential candidates – senators, governors, business executives and more – have paraded through the state in recent days to curry favor with voters and court party leaders. “The more, the better,” said Jim Blake, a Republican from Londonderry. The Republican landscape is the antithesis of the Democratic side on the nomination chase, where Hillary Rodham Clinton appears unlikely to face a serious primary challenge. Republican voters are cheering that contrast, and expect that the candidate who emerges from the GOP race will be battle-tested for the general election. John Cebrowski, a Republican from Bedford, called his party’s options “an all-star lineup” and the Democrats’ “like Double A ball.” Some New Hampshire Democrats should get a glimpse of Clinton on Monday when she planned to make her first campaign trip to the state. Martin O’Malley, the former Maryland governor who may challenge Clinton, has visited New Hampshire in recent weeks. A two-day Republican forum that ended Saturday in Nashua had the air of the frenzied final days of a primary contest, not a mid-April weekend the year before anyone votes. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:04:01 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – April 20 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1062062-478/classes-in-greater-nashua--april-20.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA SCORE SMALL BUSINESS TAX WORKSHOP Merrimack Valley SCORE will hold a small business tax workshop from 5-8 p.m. April 21 in Sylvia Trotter Hall at Rivier University, 16 Clement St. Registration/information: 666-7561 or merrimackvalley.score.org. FREE SMARTPHONE WORKSHOP U.S. Cellular, 375 Amherst St., will hold a free workshop on how to get the most out of your smartphone from 6-8 p.m. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:33:14 EST Dodie’s Doodads Consignment Boutique http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/business/newbusinessbio/1061281-464/dodies-doodads-consignment-boutique.html Name of business: Dodie’s Doodads Consignment Boutique. Type of business: Designer resale store and online consignment. Main location: 5 Pine St. Ext. (Mill House Cove), Suite 2T, Nashua. Company website address: www.dodiesdoodads.com. Social media website address: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dodies-Doodads/170205086488551. Date began business in southern New Hampshire: February 2013. Date opened at this location: March 2015. Is this a franchise? No. Owner: Stephanie Malette. Manager: Stephanie Malette. Days/Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, 12-5 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:33:35 EST Fish therapy completed, a new ‘Age of Aquarium’ becomes available http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1061704-469/fish-therapy-completed-a-new-age-of.html “Contemplation of fish in an aquarium seems to have a significant effect in reducing levels of stress and anxiety,” according to a 2004 Purdue University study. Viewing an established aquarium, decorated with rocks, plants, a colorful background and compatible fish, can have a dramatic positive effect on mental and physical health, providing meditation-like focus and serenity. A Mailbag offer could bring enjoyment and some benefits of nature into your home or classroom. Back in the swim “I have a 10-gallon aquarium with all the fixtures, and I am now willing to give the tank, chemicals and all the equipment away to a family, person, group or school who would enjoy the tank with 12-15 healthy fish and all the decor,” writes Diane S., of Litchfield (LTR 3,193). “I was off my feet for over five months, and being a former teacher, I asked for something I could watch and take care of while I was recuperating. I invested over $200 in materials. “We are moving now that I am healed, and I would like to pass the aquarium along to someone else who would enjoy and benefit from the experience.” Some aquarium keepers say even the sound of water running through the filter and back into the tank is therapeutic and calming. Are you excited about this offer? Remain calm and call Diane at 880-1758. Has oven, cooking mags “I have a NuWave oven (as seen on TV) to give away,” says Lorraine R., of Nashua (LTR 2,321). “It is in excellent condition, as it was used only a few times. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:01:08 EST Nashua North rallies behind student with MS http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1061708-478/nashua-north-rallies-behind-student-with-ms.html Every day at Nashua High School North, students and teachers are going through their own personal things. At this school, though, there is comfort from friends and faculty that make you feel supported by others when you need it most. One of the most beloved teachers at North is Mme. Leslie Anton – or just “Madame” for short –  a French teacher and National Honor Society adviser. She has truly left a mark in students’ lives when they talk to her, and always puts herself on the back burner for her students. Madame is not only a great life coach, but she is also a fabulous and spunky mom to another person popular with her students. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:01:40 EST Nashua Christian Academy holds Shakespeare Festival http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1061712-478/nashua-christian-academy-holds-shakespeare-festival.html Nashua Christian Academy held a Shakespeare Festival on April 10. For each of the three high school English courses – expository writing for freshmen, American literature for sophomores, and British literature for juniors and seniors –  teacher Carolyn Dyrvik assigned a Shakespeare video project. Students formed groups of three to six and chose an act or scene from the Shakespeare play that their class studied. Freshman videos were from the play “Much Ado about Nothing,” sophomore videos were from “Romeo and Juliet,” and junior and senior videos were from “Othello.” Students dressed in Shakespearean costume and developed a modernized script from the scene of their choice or used original text and filmed a short video. At the festival, the student body gathered and watched all of the groups’ videos. This project is an annual event that all of the students look forward to. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:01:59 EST Pets of the week for April 19 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1061714-478/pets-of-the-week-for-april-19.html Humane Society for Greater Nashua AUGUSTUS Hello, there! I’m Augustus, a handsome 7-year-old kitty hanging with my friends here at HSFN. I came into the shelter when my owner got sick and could no longer take care of me. It was really sad, but I’m thankful to be here where I have lots of people to get attention from and a variety of comfy beds to sleep in! I’m an all-around friendly guy who likes to be held and will even snuggle in your lap. I’ve done well with the kids I’ve met here, and I think I would just make the most wonderful family addition. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:02:07 EST Community events in Nashua – April 19 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1061715-478/community-events-in-nashua--april-19.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHERS FORUM CAMERA CLUB Photographers Forum camera club will meet at 7:15 p.m. April 20 at Bishop Guertin High School on Lund Road. This is a competition night with three categories: Assigned: “Black & White (sepia allowed)”; Challenge: “Creative”; and Open. All prints should be submitted at 7. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:02:21 EST Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity to participate in Women Build Week http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1061717-478/greater-nashua-habitat-for-humanity-to-participate.html NASHUA – More than 50 women volunteers will unlatch the toolboxes and help build homes for local families in need during Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Week, to be held on May 2-9. The women will work on GNHFH’s Nashua projects at 45 Chestnut St. and 42 Nottingham Drive. National Women Build Week, a nationwide Habitat for Humanity event, brings women together across the country to build Habitat homes and learn construction skills, advocate for affordable housing in local communities and fundraise to build more homes for local families in need. While GNHFH has hosted Women Build Days in the past, this is the first year the organization will offer a week’s worth of volunteer opportunities, expanding the total number of volunteer spots to 50 and making a bigger dent in construction work. “Women Build Week is a fantastic opportunity for women to work together, learn some of the basics of home building from scratch and make new friends who also care about a great effort to work with low-income families toward homeownership,” said Mary Jarril, GNHFH board vice president and core Habitat build crew member. “Most of all, we have fun while doing it.” Registration is $25, with suggested fundraising of $225. For more information, visit nashua habitat.org/womenbuildweek. Proceeds directly support building more Habitat homes in Greater Nashua. Lowe’s is the national sponsor of Women Build Week. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:02:32 EST Hudson, Nashua students inducted into National Dance Honor Society http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1061720-478/hudson-nashua-students-inducted-into-national-dance.html HUDSON – Thirteen local students in grades 6-11 from various schools across southern New Hampshire were inducted into the Showcase Performing Arts Center’s chapter of the National Dance Honor Society Nu Delta Alpha recently. Nu Delta Alpha was founded in 2001 to honor students who excel in dance, academics and service to the community. To be inducted, students must maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average and must participate in dance training and community service projects. The ceremony was held at Nashua Community College. Student-elected President Mariah Chamberlin, of Hudson, gave a speech on the future of the chapter, and her promise to bring unity and acceptance to the local dance community. Vice President Kaleigh Mulligan, of Nashua, led the audience in a poem on success. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:02:45 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/booksauthors/1061724-469/story.html NOTE: Library items are submitted by the libraries and are only lightly edited. For more library events, visit nashuatelegraph.com/community. NASHUA Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600, carol.eyman@nashualibrary.org, nashualibrary.org. FLUTE CHOIR PERFORMS AT NASHUA LIBRARY On Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m., guest conductor Rebecca Jeffreys will lead an eclectic concert by the Merrimack Valley Flute Choir. Included are works beloved by flutists and listeners alike, including selections from “Madame Butterfly” and “Jocelyn” and Bach’s Air from the Suite in D. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:03:04 EST Elm Street eighth-graders clean up Rail Trail, kicking off ‘Nashua Pride’ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061730-469/elm-street-eighth-graders-clean-up-rail-trail.html An Elm Street Middle School community service club ventured into the city to clean up the Rail Trail on Wednesday. “It’s good. Just cleaning and making it nice for everyone,” said Maggie Pare, 14, of Elm Street Middle School. The group, called Club Phenomenon, consists of more than 70 eighth-graders, along with Elm Street teacher Jon Michael Pearson and parent volunteer Allison Lynn. They partnered with the Nashua Police Athletic League for the event. Students started the afternoon at the PAL center on Ash Street and walked several blocks down the Rail Trail to begin the cleanup. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:03:37 EST Fatal French Hill fire, rolling Nashua gun attack were most read Web stories of week http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061732-469/fatal-french-hill-fire-rolling-nashua-gun.html The tragic early Monday morning fire that claimed the life of a mother of three was easily the most read news event on NashuaTelegraph.com for the week ending April 18. Our several stories about the French Hill apartment building blaze collectively attracted nearly 20,000 page views, with “Woman killed, several people injured Monday as fire guts Nashua apartments” the single most read article at more than 6,000 page views. State fire marshal’s office representatives determined Maria Barriga-Consoni, 37, died of smoke inhalation and ruled her death as accidental. Several other people were injured, including two firefighters. The most seriously injured was an adult male who officials said was rushed to a Nashua hospital, then transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. At week’s end, Nashua and state fire officials and Nashua police continued to investigate the fire’s cause. A wild rolling shootout on city streets was the second most read story of the week. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:03:48 EST Lorraine O. Buxton http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061734-466/lorraine-o.-buxton.html Lorraine O. (Brunelle) Buxton, 88, returned to her heavenly home on Friday, April 17, 2015 after a valiant battle with a brief illness. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace. A longtime resident of Hudson, Lorraine was born in Nashua on April 16, 1927 a daughter of the late Francis and Olivette (Gendron) Brunelle. Educated in local schools, Mrs. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:03:56 EST Lucille A. (Anctil) Lagasse http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061736-466/lucille-a.-anctil-lagasse.html Lucille A. (Anctil) Lagasse, 92, of Nashua passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at her home surrounded by family. Lucille was born in Merrimack on November 14, 1922, a daughter of the late Gerard and Claurilda (Deschamp) Anctil. Lucille was the widow of Rene Hector Lagasse, who passed away in 1975. Prior to retirement, Lucille worked in assembly at Nashua Plastics. Lucille is survived by: two daughters, Gloria Lagasse of Nashua and Jeanne Lagasse of Milford; one granddaughter, Lucy Belanger and her husband Daniel of Nashua; three great-grandchildren, Alex, Cierra and Shelby; two brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law. SERVICES: There are no visiting hours. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:04:05 EST Pauline C. (Dube) Buckwald http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061737-466/pauline-c.-dube-buckwald.html Pauline Cecile (Dube) Buckwald, 83, of Colchester, CT, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2015. She was a loving mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a generous and selfless soul who always put her family before herself and touched the lives of everyone who knew her. Pauline was born on August 1, 1931 in Nashua, NH to Herve and Lillian Dube of 148 Canal St. She graduated from Nashua High School in May of 1949. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:04:09 EST William J. Kipers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061738-466/william-j.-kipers.html William J. “Bill” Kipers, 89, of Nashua, New Hampshire, died peacefully on Sunday morning, April 12, 2015 at Aynsley Place in Nashua. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at both Courville at Nashua and Aynsley Place for their support and care during the past fourteen months. Bill was born in Whitesboro, New York on February 23, 1926, son of the late Henry and Nora (Sheehan) Kipers. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:04:14 EST Learning from FITN summit http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1061743-474/learning-from-fitn-summit.html Across New Hampshire, downtown areas are blossoming with magnetic, public destinations that create a strong sense of place and reflect the diverse communities that surround them. Emerging New Hampshire restaurant scenes outside of Boston are attracting people near and far. Boston Globe reporter Taryn Luna recently wrote, “If Portland, Maine, was the new Boston when it came to New England’s next burgeoning gastro scene, then Portsmouth is the next Portland, a small city hungering to enhance its renaissance through top-tier, farm-to-table dishes.” Manchester’s Verizon Wireless Arena is home to the Monarchs and hosts headlining concerts and events that draw huge crowds and fuel local business growth in and around its downtown. Concord’s thriving arts community is showcased by the Capitol Center for the Arts and Red River Threatre. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:04:35 EST Defense contracts are very big business, and Greater Nashua’s BAE is the area’s 800-pound gorilla http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061753-469/defense-contracts-are-very-big-business-and.html Greater Nashua has long been the center of manufacturing in New Hampshire, and by one important measure – federal contracts won by private companies – you can thank one business: BAE Systems. In fiscal 2014, defense contracts made up much more of federal spending for private companies in the Nashua region than the state as a whole: They were 86 percent of all federal contract dollars locally, compared with 68 percent for the state as a whole. Of the defense dollars in the Nashua area, about three-quarters were won by BAE Systems Electronics Division, based in Nashua and Merrimack, according to an analysis for The Telegraph by Targeted News Service. That includes a number of huge contacts, including $447 million for missile warning systems, a similar amount for night vision goggles, $74 million for support systems for the F-16 aircraft and $37 million for what is called the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System, plus some lesser ones. BAE is so dominant that giants such as Kollsman, of Merrimack – $57 million for night targeting upgrades to Navy helicopters – and ICad, of Nashua – $12 million for military radiology systems – are relegated to also-rans. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:01:13 EST In Nashua, GOP vows to regain White House http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061754-469/in-nashua-gop-vows-to-regain-white.html NASHUA – Republicans on Saturday wrapped up their two-day leadership summit highlighted by leading presidential candidates, including Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Scott Walker, all of whom hope to take back the White House in 2016. The “First in the Nation” Republican Leadership Summit also heard from businessman and reality TV host Donald Trump during an afternoon jam-packed with more than a dozen conservative speakers pushing to energize and expand the base heading into next year’s presidential primary. Trump, who is again flirting with the idea of a White House bid, briefly described his thoughts on foreign policy but focused his speech on the economy, saying that if elected, he would bring back jobs to the country. “Believe me, we’ll bring them back from China, where they’re ripping us like you’ve never seen,” Trump said. “And what they’re doing is they’re making it impossible for our companies to compete – impossible.” Concluding the mid- afternoon session was GOP firebrand Cruz, a first-term Texas senator and favorite among the conservative Christian branch of the party. Cruz, who on March 23 was the first to announce his presidential campaign, came out with a fiery message of rekindling the promise of America to bring the crowd to its feet. He recycled a handful of his jokes from his last visit to New Hampshire and reiterated his steadfast journey to Election Day in November 2016. “Every one of us understands this is a time of crisis – our nation is in crisis. And yet we don’t want to go back to the failed policies of the past,” he said. Both Cruz and Paul spoke about restoring the constitutional values the country was founded upon in their remarks, blasting the Obama administration for overstepping its executive powers. Paul – the jeans-wearing Kentucky senator with a strong libertarian streak and the second Republican to announce his candidacy – told the crowd in the Crowne Plaza Nashua that he entered the race because he was tired of seeing people in his party get in charge and “not do what they promised to do.” He touted his plans for economic freedom zones, but also on fixing the injustices within the judicial system that oftentimes discriminates against minorities. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:01:19 EST Fresh start for Nashua Senior Activity Center http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061755-469/fresh-start-for-nashua-senior-activity-center.html NASHUA – With a cash infusion from the city, new leadership and revised bylaws, the Nashua Senior Activity Center has righted its ship and is dusting off the worn image that senior centers are just hangouts for bingo-playing old-timers. “People get that stereotype in their minds, and it’s not true,” interim Executive Director Margo Bell said last week. “These folks are just so active. “The senior population has evolved. Thirty years ago, people were doing ceramics, arts and crafts, and they were having club meetings. And there is nothing wrong with those. “Today, you have tai chi. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:01:25 EST Nashua, state officials hosting voter get-togethers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061752-469/nashua-state-officials-hosting-voter-get-togethers.html A series of local officials will host meetings this week to speak with Nashua residents. On Monday, state Sen. Kevin Avard and state Reps. Eric Eastman, Elizabeth Ferreira and Carl Seidel will host what they’re calling a New Hampshire Legislative Forum to talk with voters about current legislation. The forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Nashua High School North lecture hall. On Tuesday, Ward 4 Alderman Pamela Brown will host a ward meeting at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 315 West Hollis St. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:01:06 EST Nashua release videos to help people understand health care http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061751-469/nashua-release-videos-to-help-people-understand.html Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:01:02 EST Broadway vet nominated for Nashua’s Auditorium Commission http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061750-469/broadway-vet-nominated-for-nashuas-auditorium-commission.html It looks as if Nashua’s Auditorium Commission will be getting more star power with an aldermanic committee’s endorsement last week of the mayor’s nomination of Keith Weirich as its newest member. Weirich, a New York City native and veteran Broadway performer, is the artistic director of the award-winning Peacock Players. Weirich lives in Hooksett. The full board must act on the appointment before it can become official. The Auditorium Commission makes recommendations related to the improvement and maintenance of the Edmund M. Keefe Auditorium to the Board of Education. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:00:58 EST Souhegan’s Barnett scores seven in win over Nashua South http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061748-457/souhegans-barnett-scores-seven-in-win-over.html Trevor Barnett scored seven goals and assisted on three more to lead Souhegan past Nashua South 16-8 at Stellos Stadium. Joe Nutting scored four and assisted on three, Brendan Cray had three goals and one assist, and the duo of Zach Bossi (one assist) and Ethan Hopey chipped in with one goal each for the undefeated Sabers (3-0), who also saw Taylor Farrow pick up an assist in the victory. Alex Burnley (11 saves) and Alex Maresco (one save) shared time in net for the win. Steve Saucier (six goals, one assist), Andrew DeCarteret (two goals) and Collin Morrow (one assist) stood out at attack for South. Brian McKinley stopped nine shots in the loss for the Panthers (1-2), who visit Merrimack on Monday. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:04:55 EST Nashua North drops close one to Bedford http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061697-457/nashua-north-drops-close-one-to-bedford.html Nashua North came up just short in a 14-11 loss to Bedford in a Saturday morning meeting at Stellos Stadium. Gabby Masseur, Christina Sulfaro and Jexi Williams scored three goals each for the Titans, while Delia Blondeau and Grace Tamposi netter one each in the loss. Outstanding defensive teamwork by Erin McInerney and Heather Roscoe kept North within striking distance, while midfielder Laura Vincent was key in the transition game. Zoe Fillebrowne suffered the loss between the pipe while making her varsity debut for the Titans (1-1), who travel to Amherst to face Souhegan at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:01:02 EST Kluger, Kim team up for Nashua North’s lone win in 8-1 loss to Bedford http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061687-457/kluger-kim-team-up-for-nashua-norths.html Sam Kluger and Ethan Kim combined for a 9-7 win at first doubles, unfortunately for Nashua North, that was the only victory had in an 8-1 loss to Bedford. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:01:11 EST Boston Celtics will play Cleveland Cavaliers tough in NBA playoffs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1061634-457/boston-celtics-will-play-cleveland-cavaliers-tough.html We begin this weekend essay of thoughts and whims by asking two questions: Who will win the NBA championship and why, or how, are the Boston Celtics in the playoffs? Let’s take the second question first. The Celtics really shouldn’t be in the playoffs if they stuck with their plan. They’d be getting another lottery pick and would be even one step closer to rebuilding. However, Danny Ainge did something curious back at the trade deadline – he dealt for a scorer named Isaiah Thomas. He is the reason, folks, pure and simple, that the Celtics are set to begin their best-of-seven series against the Cavaliers. They lacked points. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:01:24 EST Texas’ Perry calls to cut out Iranian agreement in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061676-469/texas-perry-calls-to-cut-out-iranian.html Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he would immediately eliminate any Iranian agreement made under the Obama administration if he were to win the presidency. Calling Iran the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, Perry said the negotiations between President Barack Obama and Iran legitimized the country’s attempts to obtain or construct a nuclear weapon. He said his first acts, if voters put him in the Oval Office, would be to reduce Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East and cancel deals put in place by the outgoing Democratic president. “Matter of fact, by the time my hand goes off the Bible until the inaugural ball, I will sign an executive order doing away with any agreement that the United States has with Iran,” he said. “You put nuclear weapons in the hands of Iran, you will set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East,” Perry added. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:01:11 EST After Nashua road rage, man pulls gun on other driver – then calls the cops to tell them about it http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061678-469/after-nashua-road-rage-man-pulls-gun.html NASHUA – A Hudson man who called police to tell them he was holding another man at gunpoint after a road rage incident has been charged with felony crimes. According to Nashua police, around 6:30 a.m. Friday , Christopher Nazario, 31, of 11 Granite Hill Road, Hudson, called them to report that he was holding a man using his 9 mm handgun. According to police, the incident began after Nazario and Anthony Santiago, 30, were engaged in a road rage incident that began as the two passed over the Sagamore Bridge from Hudson into Nashua. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:01:26 EST Republicans rally at ‘First in the Nation’ summit in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061679-469/republicans-rally-at-first-in-the-nation.html Republicans on Friday launched a full-scale presidential primary blitz in Nashua during the first of a two-day leadership summit to introduce GOP candidates to New Hampshire voters – and, they hope, spark an early interest in the party’s crowded 2016 field. Several hundred conservatives flocked to the Crowne Plaza Nashua to spotlight New Hampshire during the “First in the Nation” Republican Leadership Summit, the second such conference held regionally within the past year. In total, approximately 600 Republicans will partake in the activities between Friday and Saturday. Along with its multiple informational booths and conservative-led panel discussions, the summit also provided Republicans with a chance to lampoon leading Democratic figures, including President Barack Obama and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Both were frequent targets throughout the nearly 12 hours of speeches and panel discussions Friday. “It gives our Republican activists a chance to hear from all the candidates, to get energized, to get activated and engaged in the process,” said Ryan Williams, a Republican consultant and a New Hampshire staff member for the Mitt Romney presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012. “This is an advantage that Republicans have this cycle over Democrats, who are largely sitting on the sidelines watching a coronation take place until Hillary becomes the nominee,” Williams added. “We’re going to have a very competitive but productive primary that will energize our grassroots activists and get them ready to win in November 2016.” NHGOP Chairwoman Jennifer Horn said the summit is the first step in changing leadership in Washington. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:01:34 EST Judge gives Nashua man prison time, encourages him to better himself when released http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061681-469/judge-gives-nashua-man-prison-time-encourages.html NASHUA – A former Nashua man who pleaded guilty in February to three felony and three misdemeanor charges was sentenced this week to nearly two years in prison. Devonta Soto, 22, formerly of 7 Forge Drive, will need to “think long and hard about what you do when you get out” of prison, Judge Jacalyn Colburn told him during his sentencing hearing in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. “It sounds from all accounts that you’re a capable guy … and I think you should be afforded the opportunity to better yourself,” Colburn said after handing down the sentence. In February, Colburn accepted Soto’s guilty pleas to one count each of possession of a dangerous weapon, falsifying physical evidence and receiving stolen property, all felonies, as well as three misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest. This week, she imposed two 2 1/2-5 year state prison terms, to run concurrently, on the weapons possession and receiving stolen property charges, and one 3 1/2-7 year prison term, all suspended for five years, on the falsifying evidence charge. She also sentenced Soto to 12 months in the Valley Street jail on the three misdemeanor charges, also to run concurrently with the prison sentence. Public defender Steve Rosecan, who represented Soto, said his client wants to “put the issues he’s struggled with behind him” and “go forward with his life.” Assistant County Attorney Lisa Drescher, who prosecuted the case, said her sentence recommendation – the same as Colburn imposed – takes into consideration Soto’s young age and “balances his record with the nature of the crimes.” She noted that Soto’s criminal record includes several earlier felony charges stemming from his arrest in 2013. He has also been charged twice with violating his probation, which was  terminated as part of the agreement. Colburn, while noting that Soto “has a pretty significant record for a 22-year-old man,” encouraged him to make good use of programs and treatment offered at the State Prison. “You’re going to have a lot of choices … of who you hang out with and who you don’t hang out with” in prison, Colburn said. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:01:55 EST Nashua Savers shop, Fairgrounds Middle School team up to collect a ‘ton’ of stuff http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061682-469/nashua-savers-shop-fairgrounds-middle-school-team.html NASHUA – In an effort to fund student activities and programs, Fairgrounds Middle School families have gathered more than a ton of donations in just over a month. The idea, brought forward by sixth-grade parent and PTO member Tracy Spencer, partners Fairgrounds with Savers, a thrift retail chain with a location in south Nashua. Spencer said aside from funding student programs, the drive also ties in with Earth Day, which takes place next week. “This fundraiser will teach students the value of helping out a local community-conscience business and how recycling keeps usable items out of our local landfill,” Spencer said. Fairgrounds Principal Sharon Coffey said the drive has been going well. “People have really stepped up and donated their goods,” she said. Coffey said the drive exceeded the goal of 2,000 pounds of donations before the Saturday deadline. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:02:01 EST Pinkerton tops South http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061656-457/pinkerton-tops-south.html Pinkerton 12, Nashua South 5 The Panthers fell to 0-2 on the young season, as Pinkerton’s offense proved to be too strong. Lexi Correa took the loss for the Panthers, allowing 10 earned runs in six innings. She struck out two and walked three. At the plate for Nashua South, Paige Buono was a perfect 4 for 4 with four singles, one RBI, and two runs scored. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:07:18 EST Nashua North gets bats going in 7-4 win over Salem http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061654-457/nashua-north-gets-bats-going-in-7-4.html Ricky Constant struck out eight, walked six, hit one batter and allowed one unearned run in four innings of work to pick up the win on the mound in Nashua North’s 7-4 victory over Salem at Holman Stadium. Offensively for the Titans, Brendan Barrett, Brennan Kastens, Sam McCarthy and Tim Paige all had RBI doubles. Constant (3 for 3, two triples, two RBIs) was big at the plate for North, who plated an insurance run in the fifth inning on one of Constant’s RBI triples to score Tommy Hyland, who reached after being hit by a pitch. North heads to Plaistow on Monday for a meeting with Timberlane Regional. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:06:49 EST CASA volunteers make a difference http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1061626-465/casa-volunteers-make-a-difference.html Our CASA volunteers advocate on behalf of New Hampshire’s abused and neglected children in the State’s Family courts. Appointed by the court to the worst of the worst cases, CASAs advocate for the best interest of our state’s most vulnerable children. They visit these children every month, report to the court on the children’s progress and remain with them until they can be safely reunited with their families or end up in another safe, permanent home. These volunteers come from various backgrounds, but the one thing they have in common is they came to CASA of NH because they wanted to use their skills and experiences to give back and to help an abused child. CASA volunteers show these children that there is a caring adult who wants to get to know them and speak up on their behalf. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:01:26 EST NRWA offers free stream ecology workshops http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1061558-308/nrwa-offers-free-stream-ecology-workshops.html The Nashua River Watershed Association invites the public, including families, Scout groups and seniors, to stream ecology discovery events to learn what it takes to determine the health of a river or stream. Participants will learn about water quality and invasive plants in the Nashua River and its tributaries. You’ll also receive hands-on training on determining the health of a stream by aquatic bug identification, streamside observations and exploring the effects of storm-water runoff. Learn how this information will help your community. Most of these 60- or 90-minute sessions are held outside rain or shine, so dress accordingly. These sessions are offered in different locations covering the same content, open to all communities, so you can choose which date and location is most convenient for you: April 22 (Earth Day), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Willard Brook in Willard Brook State Park, Ashby, Mass. April 22 (Earth Day), 2-3:30 p.m. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:03:33 EST Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity to participate in Women Build Week http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1061561-308/greater-nashua-habitat-for-humanity-to-participate.html NASHUA – More than 50 women volunteers will unlatch the toolboxes and help build homes for local families in need during Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Week, to be held on May 2-9. The women will work on GNHFH’s Nashua projects at 45 Chestnut St. and 42 Nottingham Drive. National Women Build Week, a nationwide Habitat for Humanity event, brings women together across the country to build Habitat homes and learn construction skills, advocate for affordable housing in local communities and fundraise to build more homes for local families in need. While GNHFH has hosted Women Build Days in the past, this is the first year the organization will offer a week’s worth of volunteer opportunities, expanding the total number of volunteer spots to 50 and making a bigger dent in construction work. “Women Build Week is a fantastic opportunity for women to work together, learn some of the basics of home building from scratch and make new friends who also care about a great effort to work with low-income families toward homeownership,” said Mary Jarril,  GNHFH board vice president and core Habitat build crew member. “Most of all, we have fun while doing it.” Registration is $25, with a suggested fundraising minimum of $225. Volunteer spots are limited. For more information or to register, visit nashua habitat.org/womenbuild week. Proceeds directly support building more Habitat homes in Greater Nashua. Lowe’s is the national sponsor of Women Build Week. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:03:44 EST Roache to lead Nashua Regional Planning Commission http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1061564-308/roache-to-lead-nashua-regional-planning-commission.html MERRIMACK – The Nashua Regional Planning Commission announced the appointment of Timothy M. Roache as its new executive director. “The NRPC is fortunate to have someone of Tim’s talent, vision and professionalism take over the helm as executive director,” said Karin Elmer, chairwoman of the commission. “Tim has earned the respect and confidence of the commissioners and staff during his eight years at the commission.” Roache has an impressive depth of technical experience, ranging from transportation expertise to environmental consulting, project management and planning. “Tim Roache has extensive experience not only in transportation planning, but also with land use and environmental planning services,” Elmer said. “Tim’s been the commission’s lead on the Exit 36S planning study and discussions, as well as integrally involved in the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor project, looking at rail and transit alternatives, and the Granite State Future project.” Over the last five years, Roache has served as the assistant director of the commission and as the Metropolitan Planning Organization coordinator. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:03:56 EST ‘Catching Waves for CF’ to be held in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisreadersubmitted/1061565-308/catching-waves-for-cf-to-be-held.html NASHUA – Hannah’s Helpers are partnering with Surf’s Up New Hampshire to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. “Catching Waves for CF” will be held from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at Surf’s Up at SkyVenture NH, 100 Adventure Way. Not only is this a fun and unique event, but it is significant because the CF Foundation has found surfing to be an activity that can extend the life of those fighting cystic fibrosis. In addition to fun-filled activities and learning more about CF, the event will have door prizes, raffles, arts and crafts, and other activities. You can view the facility and attractions at surfsup.com. At the end of the night, Surf’s Up will make a donation to Hannah’s Helpers and the CF Foundation as they strive to hit their goal for their Great Strides Walk in May, which is CF Awareness Month. Email LeeAnn Vigeant at lvigeant22@gmail.com or Wayne Penn at surfwithwayne@skyventurenh.com to secure your spot or to serve as a team captain and help us reach out to more people for “Catching Waves for CF.” Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:04:01 EST Mary G. Goode http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061595-466/mary-g.-goode.html Mary G. (Brindley) Goode, 96 of Nashua, NH passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in Greenbriar Terrace Nursing Home, Nashua. She was born June 25, 1918 in Dedham, MA, a daughter of the late George and Elizabeth (MacAlear) Brindley. Mrs. Goode was a resident of Nashua since 2003, formerly living for 40 years in Horseheads, NY. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:02:22 EST GOP summit kicks off primary season in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061607-469/gop-summit-kicks-off-primary-season-in.html NASHUA – Some of the biggest stars in the Republican Party will be among more than two dozen conservative lawmakers, business leaders and journalists who will appear in Nashua over a two-day conference designed to energize the Republican base heading into the 2016 presidential campaign. The “First in the Nation” Republican Leadership Summit, taking place Friday and Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Nashua, features at least 19 announced and potential presidential candidates. It is expected to draw several hundred Republican and tea party guests, as well as national media attention, for roughly 20 hours of speechmaking and panel discussions. The event is sold out. For those who could not obtain tickets, the summit will be live-streamed on WMUR.com and on C-SPAN Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Organizers say the summit, similar to the March 2014 Northeast Republican Leadership Conference, marks the unofficial kickoff to the 2016 presidential primary. “Speakers at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit will deliver a hopeful message for the future of our country, drawing a stark contrast with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s failed foreign policy, tired domestic agenda and harmful, divisive rhetoric,” said Jennifer Horn, chairwoman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. “The Republican Party is fortunate to have an energized grassroots and a diverse field of potential and announced presidential candidates – unfortunately the same cannot be said for the Democrats, as the predictable coronation of Hillary Clinton continues,” Horn added. The featured speakers include some of the top-tier leaders in the party, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Louisiana Gov. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:37:38 EST Speakers at Holocaust Remembrance Day in Nashua reaffirm ‘Never forget. Never again.’ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061608-469/speakers-at-holocaust-remembrance-day-in-nashua.html NASHUA – The simple, solemn strains of a flute and guitar on Thursday turned the small park that hosts the New Hampshire Holocaust Memorial into a oasis filled with memories commemorating the six million Jews exterminated by the Nazi regime during World War II. Tucked between stores, homes and fast-food restaurants, the memorial – with its six granite slabs depicting the Nazi death camps and section of railroad track embedded in the earth that symbolizes the trainloads of families led to their deaths – may seem a “jarring and disturbing” scene amid the rush of daily life, Rabbi Jonathan Spira-Savett of Temple Beth Abraham said. But it is a fitting tribute to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day and “to stand up and say never again,” Spira-Savett told an estimated 60 people gathered at Rotary Park to remember the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943. The Nazi regime killed a total 11 million people – six million of whom were Jews – during the state-run, systematic assassinations from 1940 to 1945 known as the Holocaust. “Imagine a world without hate. Imagine ourselves creating that world,” the rabbi continued, noting global challenges of violence and tyranny that persist today. Dedicated nearly one year ago, the NH Holocaust Memorial expanded this year to include new markers that pay homage to the one million Jewish children tortured and murdered in ghettos and death camps. “The Nazis and their collaborators killed children without hesitation and without remorse,” said Fred Teeboom, a former Nashua alderman and the force behind the creation of the memorial. “(Adolph) Hitler said if you don’t kill the children, you will not kill off the Jews,” added Teeboom, himself a child survivor of the Holocaust. A new marker called the “Children’s Monument” now stands at the site to mark the murdered youth. Behind it rises a red-brick column topped by a smooth black cube. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:04:16 EST Rivier, temple host interfaith observance http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061609-469/rivier-temple-host-interfaith-observance.html NASHUA – Remembering victims, honoring survivors and looking toward the future, Rivier University and Temple Beth Abraham hosted an interfaith observance of Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance, on Thursday. The featured speaker, German diplomat and scholar Rolf Schütte, said the Holocaust is very much a part of his country’s identity. “The Holocaust is very present in today’s life in Germany,” said Schütte. He said the Holocaust and World War II informs the cultural attitude of pacifism in Germany. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:04:26 EST Nashua high schools keep reduced SRO staffing, school board approves budget reduction list, principal contract http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061610-469/story.html NASHUA – Nashua’s high schools will continue to operate with half the number of school resource officers they’re normally allotted at least into next school year, according to Superintendent Mark Conrad. Facing a budget deficit of as much as half a million dollars, Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie removed two school resource officers from their posts at the Nashua high schools in January to meet staffing needs elsewhere in the city. The move left one SRO at each high school. “Chief Lavoie noted at the time there were no other high schools in New Hampshire, including Manchester and Pinkerton, which had two SROs assigned, and he was correct in that,” said Superintendent Mark Conrad at the April 13 school board meeting. He said in speaking with both school principals, “we have made the transition to one officer, while still maintaining the safety of our school environments. Since reducing the staff level, we can’t, for instance, cite an example in the building where they needed immediate assistance from an SRO at two different locations.” Alexandra Norris, Nashua High School North’s student liaison to the school board said, “Right now, I think everything’s under control. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:04:33 EST NHIAA reviews ice hockey co-op between Nashua and Souhegan http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061619-469/nhiaa-reviews-ice-hockey-co-op-between-nashua.html NASHUA – The proposal for a cooperative ice hockey team between Nashua High School North and Souhegan High School in Amherst passed another hurdle this week after the proposal was heard by the NHIAA Classification Committee April 15. But school district officials are still uncertain whether the teams will be allowed to merge. Nashua Athletic Director Lisa Gingras, said the superintendents, principals and athletic directors from Amherst and Nashua presented the proposal in Concord on Wednesday. The NHIAA’s classification committee includes administrators, coaches and athletic directors from districts across the state, she said. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:05:21 EST Nashua’s Spit Brook Road fire station may expand http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061623-469/nashuas-spit-brook-road-fire-station-may.html The Spit Brook Road fire station may expand to meet the growth of hotels, apartment complexes, shopping malls, technology parks and residential housing that occurred in the city’s south end since the station was built in 1977. The station – known as Station 3 – currently has two bays, which house Engine 3 and a tower truck. It is one of six fire stations in the city. The bays are not large enough to allow firefighters to work on the tower truck while it is garaged, Nashua Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Steven Galipeau said Tuesday. A third bay is proposed that could fully accommodate Tower 1. One of the city’s two forestry trucks now being housed at East Hollis Street would be relocated to Station 3. The forestry trucks are used to battle brush fires. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:40:58 EST NH Teacher of the Year nominees for 2016 award announced http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061624-469/nh-teacher-of-the-year-nominees-for.html Six teachers in Greater Nashua are among the two dozen nominated as the 2016 Teacher of the Year in New Hampshire. The 24 nominees were recognized at a ceremony in Concord this week. Teachers in the Nashua area at the ceremony include Karen Coutu from Hollis Brookline Middle School teacher, Ashley Del Greco from Campbell High School in Litchfield, Karen Gilfeather from Derry Village School, Casey Roop from Londonderry High School, Bridgette Doucette-Howell, from the RSEC Academy in Amherst and Regina Michaud of Golden Brook Elementary in Windham. Manchester nominees are Karen Ricciardi of Hillside Middle School and Ashley Preston from Parker Varney Elementary. Next, semi-finalists will be announced, followed by site visits to semi-finalists’ schools in May. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:05:43 EST Officials still investigating cause of deadly Nashua blaze http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061621-469/officials-still-investigating-cause-of-deadly-nashua.html Investigators still haven’t determined what caused the fast-moving Monday morning fire that killed one woman, injured several others, and destroyed the French Hill apartment building. The state Fire Marshal’s office on Thursday said the deadly blaze that broke out at 4-6 Girouard Ave. around 3:45 a.m. remains under investigation. The fire claimed the life of Maria Victoria Barriga, 37, who lived in the building and died of smoke inhalation. Her death was ruled an accident. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:05:29 EST Hudson man jailed on charges of possessing child pornography, blaming father http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061527-469/hudson-man-jailed-on-charges-of-possessing.html A Hudson man charged with possessing child pornography and trying to convince police the images belonged to his father has been returned to New Hampshire from Virginia to face the charges. Hudson police said that David Dolloff, 39, was taken into custody in late March by Virginia State Police after Hudson officials listed him as wanted in connection with the alleged offenses. The complaints accuse Dolloff of possessing video images that depict children in various suggestive poses and engaging in sex acts. He is also charged with false report based on an earlier conversation between Dolloff and Hudson police during which Dolloff told police his father was in possession of child pornography, according to the complaint. Dolloff was arraigned Wednesday in Nashua district court on five counts of possession of child pornography, Class A felonies, and one misdemeanor count of false report to law enforcement, police said. Judge Paul Moore ordered him held on $100,000 cash only bail and set a probable cause hearing for April 28. – DEAN SHALHOUP Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:01:14 EST Nashua South tops Triton, 17-5 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061591-457/nashua-south-tops-triton-17-5.html The Panthers rolled to their first win (1-1) as Collin Morrow scored seven goals with two assists and Steve Saucier added a goal and five assists. Zach Anzel and Ryan Naber each had two goals and an assist while Shane Puleo added a goal and an assist. Jesse Clauss, Josh Perry, Zach Milot and Max Serra each had a goal. Brian McKinley had nine saves in the Panther net. South hosts Souhegan at Stellos Stadium on Saturday at 4 p.m. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:01:02 EST Bedford handles Nashua North, 17-4 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061588-457/bedford-handles-nashua-north-17-4.html The Titans fell to 0-2 despite two goals from Todd Redman, and one each from Joe Paige and Jake Redman. Han Sheikh had 10 saves in goal for North. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:01:11 EST Heat up at ‘Miami Nights’ event http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1061411-485/heat-up-at-miami-nights-event.html NASHUA – From 6-11 p.m. Friday, Marguerite’s Place will heat things up with an ’80s-tinged “Miami Nights” fundraiser at Sky Meadow Country Club, 6 Mountain Laurels Drive. The Nashua nonprofit is looking forward to offering food, fun and flamingos to attendees. “We only do two major fundraisers a year, and we’re hopeful this event will carry us until the fall,” said Melissa Ballard Sullivan, Director of Development & PR at Marguerite’s Place. “The fundraisers help pay for our operating costs; a lot of grants won’t cover those expenses.” The nonprofit helps homeless women and children transition to a safe, successful life. The event will feature Cuban-themed food created by Sky Meadow chef Joe Drift (of Saffron Bistro fame), auctions and raffles, a dance demonstration and lesson from Salsa Sabor, and ’80s music and fun, including a “Miami Vice Crockett and Tubbs” lookalike contest. Tickets are $50 on Eventbrite at bit.ly/1GHKjTR. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:04:40 EST R. J. Finlay, Jack Schroeder presented awards at Arts Awards Luncheon http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1061415-485/r.-j.-finlay-jack-schroeder-presented-awards.html NASHUA – The second annual Meri Goyette Arts Award was presented by Mayor Donnalee Lozeau to R. J. Finlay & Co. at the annual arts gala Sunday, produced by City Arts Nashua with the Nashua Arts Commission. “R.J. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:05:03 EST Get out to some live theater – there’s plenty to choose from! http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1061416-485/get-out-to-some-live-theater-.html I finally don’t have to wrap a scarf around my face like a weirdo on my lunchtime walks! It’s a miracle! I have been so busy lately with Encore-related duties, I may have to hibernate in spring instead of winter. Last weekend, I was tapped at the last minute to emcee the High Hopes Gala, which was incredibly fun. Then it was the Meri Goyette Arts Award Luncheon (find out about the winners here) and a staged reading at Riverwalk Cafe. I need a weekend after that weekend! This coming weekend, there’s more to see and attend than there are days. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:05:08 EST ‘All Shook Up’ at Janice B. Streeter Theater http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetnews/1061421-308/all-shook-up-at-janice-b.-streeter.html On April 17-19, the theater at 14 Court Street in Nashua will spring to life with the sounds of rock and roll while StageCoach Productions presents the infectious musical “All Shook Up” – a comedy built around songs made famous by Elvis Presley. The story takes place in 1955, somewhere in middle America, where one girl’s dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed,  guitar-playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock ‘n’ roll. The musical, under the direction of Scott Severance, with musical direction by Judy Hayward, of Mont Vernon, and choreography by Bethany Cassidy, includes such Elvis classics as “Jailhouse Rock,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You.” Performances are April 17 and 18 at 8:00 p.m., and April 19 at 2:00 at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court Street, Nashua. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:01:26 EST Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity to participate in Women Build Week http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetnews/1061422-308/greater-nashua-habitat-for-humanity-to-participate.html NASHUA – More than 50 women volunteers will unlatch the toolboxes and help build homes for local families in need during Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Week, to be held on May 2-9. The women will work on GNHFH’s Nashua projects at 45 Chestnut St. and 42 Nottingham Drive. National Women Build Week, a nationwide Habitat for Humanity event, brings women together across the country to build Habitat homes and learn construction skills, advocate for affordable housing in local communities and fundraise to build more homes for local families in need. While GNHFH has hosted Women Build Days in the past, this is the first year the organization will offer a week’s worth of volunteer opportunities, expanding the total number of volunteer spots to 50 and making a bigger dent in construction work. “Women Build Week is a fantastic opportunity for women to work together, learn some of the basics of home building from scratch and make new friends who also care about a great effort to work with low-income families toward homeownership,” said Mary Jarril, GNHFH board vice president and core Habitat build crew member. Registration is $25, with a suggested fundraising minimum of $225. Volunteer spots are limited. For more information or to register, visit nashuahabitat. org/womenbuildweek. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:01:33 EST Nashua man charged with failing to report to Sex Offender Registry http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061451-469/nashua-man-charged-with-failing-to-report.html Police on Tuesday charged a Nashua man with a felony count of duty to report, alleging that he failed to comply with the time requirements dictated by the state Sex Offender Registry. Kenneth Mills, 39, of 4 Chase St., was arraigned in Nashua district court Wednesday on the charge, which is a Class B felony. Police said members of the department’s Special Investigations Division determined through an investigation that Mills was “non-compliant with the terms of his sex offender registration,” and issued a warrant for his arrest. Mills was convicted in 1997 in an Ellsworth, Maine court of one count of felonious sexual assault, involving a victim who was between 13-16 years old at the time, according to the state Sex Offender Registry. In reference to Mills’ Tuesday arrest, police said that although he was charged with failing to register, he never posed an immediate threat to the public, and nobody was physically harmed. A Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines. – DEAN SHALHOUP Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:01:28 EST Manchester man accused of passing counterfeit check at Nashua credit union http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061452-469/manchester-man-accused-of-passing-counterfeit-check.html Police arrested a Manchester man early Tuesday morning on a warrant charging him with felony theft stemming from allegations he defrauded a local credit union. Jason Wirtz, 38, of 452 Pine St., Apt. 312, Manchester, was arraigned Wednesday in Nashua district court on the single count of theft by deception, a Class A felony. Police accuse Wirtz of committing a fraudulent banking transaction involving a counterfeit check at the Digital Credit Union at 379 Amherst St. in Nashua. Credit union officials reported the incident to police, prompting an investigation by members of the Criminal Investigation Division, which led to Wirtz being identified as the suspect who allegedly completed the act, police said. Bail was set at $2,500 cash or surety at Wednesday’s arraignment at Nashua district court. A Class A Felony is punishable by up to fifteen years imprisonment, exclusive of fines. – DEAN SHALHOUP Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:02:16 EST Rejeanne O. Migneault http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061479-466/rejeanne-o.-migneault.html Rejeanne O. Migneault, 79, of Bedford passed away on Tuesday April 14, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack surrounded by her family after a period of declining health. She was born on January 10, 1936 in Hudson, NH, a daughter of the late Thophile and Alvina (Poulin) Roy. She was raised in Hudson and Nashua, and graduated from Nashua High School. Rejeanne was last employed as a manager for Delta Education in Nashua for many years. She enjoyed knitting, playing bingo, watching the Red Sox, was an avid BG boys basketball fan, and was a loving grandmother and great-grandmother. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:02:56 EST Nashuan, 19, arraigned Wednesday on 10 counts of possessing child pornography http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061488-469/nashuan-19-arraigned-wednesday-on-10-counts.html NASHUA – A 19-year-old Nashua man charged Tuesday with 10 felony counts of possession of child pornography is accused of storing the graphic images on a “cloud” account, police said Wednesday. Antonio Savoy, 19, of 88 W. Hollis St., Apt. 1, was held on $100,000 cash or corporate surety bail following his arraignment Wednesday in Nashua district court. Nashua district court Judge Paul Moore set a probable cause hearing for April 28. The charges, all Class A felonies, accuse Savoy of possessing images that depict children ranging in age from infants to young teenagers in various states of undress posing and engaging in sexual activity with each other and with adults, according to summaries that Judge Paul Moore read at Savoy’s arraignment Wednesday morning, conducted via video link from Valley Street jail in Manchester. Savoy’s mother, Michelle Savoy, spoke briefly on her son’s behalf, telling Moore she was shocked by the allegations. “It was a complete surprise to me … I raised a good, Christian boy,” Savoy said tearfully. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:04:29 EST College Discovery Day connects Hudson high schoolers with Nashua college http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061489-469/college-discovery-day-connects-hudson-high-schoolers.html NASHUA – Offering application and financial aid advice and in-depth tours of programs, Nashua Community College hosted a “Discovery Day” of college exploration for Alvirne High School students Tuesday. Alvirne sophomore Casandra Johnson found the day helpful. “I learned a few things, I’ll probably come here for a two-year college program,” she said. Led by NCC Running Start Coordinator Louise Goulet, the group of about 40 sophomores, juniors and seniors came from several running start classes at Alvirne to tour the campus. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:04:40 EST Bail set at $25,000 for 2 Nashua men charged with Monday night shootings http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061490-469/bail-set-at-25000-for-2-nashua.html NASHUA – Bail was set at $25,000 cash or surety Wednesday for 20-year-old Rony Guzman, the Nashua man police say drove the car from which a passenger fired multiple shots at another vehicle Monday night as they moved through city streets. Guzman, earlier identified by police as Rony Encarnacion Guzman, was arraigned Wednesday in Nashua district court on multiple charges stemming from the incident, during which an unidentified male sustained a gunshot wound to the back, according to police reports. Guzman, who lives with his parents at 16 Nevada St., was arrested shortly after police were called to the area of Kinsley and Palm streets around 7 p.m. by residents who reported hearing multiple gunshots. Also arrested was Ryan Mateo, 19, of 4 Louisburg Square, Apt. 1, who police allege fired the shots from a 40-caliber handgun as he leaned out of the passenger side of the vehicle Guzman was reportedly driving. Mateo was arraigned Tuesday morning in the Nashua court. Judge Paul Moore, who arraigned Guzman by video conference from the Valley Street jail in Manchester, read through the charges, which include four counts of criminal liability to attempted first-degree assault; five counts of criminal liability to reckless conduct; and one count of criminal liability to first-degree assault. Because the charges are felonies, Guzman entered no plea at arraignment. Moore scheduled a probable cause hearing for April 28 in the Nashua court. About a dozen people sat in court for Guzman’s arraignment, including his parents and his employer, Rusty Gill, who owns Gill’s Pizza Co., a restaurant at 51 Wentworth Ave. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:04:49 EST Catholic and Jewish organizations sponsor Holocaust Remembrance event at Rivier http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061491-469/catholic-and-jewish-organizations-sponsor-holocaust-remembrance.html Rivier University and Temple Beth Abraham will host an interfaith observance of Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance, on Thursday, 70 Years after the Liberation of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. The featured speaker, diplomat and scholar Rolf Schütte, will discuss how the Holocaust affects the identity of Germans, and relations between Germans and Jews, and between Germany and Israel. Schütte has been Consul General of Germany to the New England States in Boston since 2012, and has given many talks on German-Jewish relations. Following the presentation is a question-and-answer period and a candle-lighting ceremony memorializing the victims of the Holocaust. The service will be held at Rivier University’s Dion Center reception room on Clement Street in Nashua on Thursday at 7 p.m. Also at the Dion Center, a photography exhibit, “A History of the Holocaust,” by the Anti-defamation League of B’nai B’rith, an organization working against anti-Semitism, will be displayed from 6-9 p.m. – Telegraph staff Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:05:07 EST History buff to lead Civil War walking tour in Nashua this weekend http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061494-469/history-buff-to-lead-civil-war-walking.html One-hundred fifty years and about a week after the end of the Civil War. Noted Nashua historian Alan Manoian will offer a walking tour of citywide sites with connections to the nation’s epic struggle. Manoian, the former development director for the city, said Nashua is “really deep in rich civil war history. It’s something I came to appreciate during my many years serving the city and after doing lots of historical research,” he said. Nashua’s civil war connection, said Manoian is a “story that meeds to be told more often.” Manoian’s walk, titled “Nashua’s American Civil War Experience,” will offer history aficionados a chance to connect with the city’s ties to what is both a divisive and unifying time in America’s history. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:01:00 EST Pennichuck Corp. wants Nashua’s OK to borrow $25.5 million to refinance, build new operations plant http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061495-469/pennichuck-corp.-wants-nashuas-ok-to-borrow.html NASHUA – Pennichuck Corp. wants to borrow $25.5 million to refinance outstanding debt with long-term bonds better suited to now being under city ownership and to build a $7 million operations center. The company seeks Board of Aldermen approval to allow its subsidiary, Pennichuck Water Works Inc., to issue the tax-exempt bonds. Aldermen on Tuesday referred the proposed resolution to the Pennichuck Water Special Committee for review. The board must approve all borrowing under the company’s articles of incorporation. The proposal calls for using $16.6 million to refinance already existing outstanding debt. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:40:14 EST Nashua borrows $27.3 million at 2.53 percent interest; Standard and Poor’s upgrades city’s rating to AA+/Positive http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061496-469/nashua-borrows-27.3-million-at-2.53-percent.html NASHUA – The city borrowed $27.3 million last week to pay for ongoing capital improvements – such as the Broad Street Parkway and Broad Street Elementary School renovations – and to refinance existing debt at a lower interest rate that will produce $512,219 in savings. The city’s strong bond ratings resulted in more bidders and lower interest rates for the tax-exempt, municipal bonds it sold, City Treasurer David Fredette said Wednesday. Prior to the sale, Standard and Poor’s upgraded the city’s bond rating from AA+/Stable to AA+/Positive, which is the second-highest rating. Fitch Ratings, another municipal bond credit rating agency, maintained the city’s bonding at AAA, the highest attainable. Both agencies cited the city’s strong economy and budget performance. Out of 10 bidders, Bank of America Merrill Lynch was the winner with an average interest rate of 2.53 percent over the life of the 20-year bonds. The city generally goes out to bond once a year, usually in the spring. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:05:52 EST Nashua Elks honor Eagle Scout http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1061499-478/nashua-elks-honor-eagle-scout.html NASHUA – Nashua Lodge of Elks 720 honored Boy Scout Troop 261’s newest Eagle Scout, Benjamin John Irwin, at his Court of Honor at the First Baptist Church recently. The Elks presented Irwin with a framed Elks American flag, which new Elk members receive when they’re initiated, and an Elks Eagle Scout Certificate from the Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Irwin’s project was the construction of a memorial garden at the church. The garden measures 36 feet by 38 feet and was built using bluestone, river stone, red brick and more than 60 plants. A large pondless water feature was built in the center of the garden to provide running water. The garden also includes engraved bricks to memorialize and honor loved ones. Sixty people participated in the construction of the project for a combined total of 714 hours. The total amount raised for the project was $5,014. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:01:17 EST Group organizes Trail Days to help keep Nashua park clean, safe http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1061500-478/group-organizes-trail-days-to-help-keep.html NASHUA – Mine Falls Park has long been recognized as a gem in the middle of the city of Nashua, and many volunteers and members of the Mine Falls Park Advisory Committee are seeing to it that the park remains a diamond. Past and present committee members, with the help of volunteers in the last six years, have removed more than an estimated 8 tons of trash from the 325-acre park, which skirts the north and south sides of the Nashua River from the hydro dam to the Millyard entrance downtown. Superintendent of Parks and Recreation Nick Caggiano on more than one occasion has qualified the committee membership as one of the most active and hard-working boards he works with. In fact, the committee goes beyond its charter, having volunteers in the park on a daily basis in the warm months striving to keep the main trails clean of debris and trash. That starts up again in April, when committee members have their after-winter walk-through to determine what Mother Nature did to the park during the long winter season. As an example of trash removal, when the Cove Trail on the east side of the park was reclaimed, the committee members and volunteers removed nearly 2 tons of trash on one trail day, getting rid of tractor tires, rusted barrels, car parts, metal signs, grills – just about anything one could see fit for a landfill, but not for a precious commodity like Mine Falls Park. Though there is a carry-in and carry-out trash policy, it has become more a carry-in and toss-it policy, which frustrates the cleaners of the park to no end. Signage will be put up once the snow is gone reminding Mine Falls Park visitors there is a carry-in and carry-out policy in effect. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the park, but alcoholic beverages and their containers seem to find their way inside, although some are tossed in an attempt to hide them. One such spot was filled with an estimated 100 pounds of glass, plastic bottles and aluminum cans, all removed by volunteers using trash bags supplied by the Parks and Recreation Department. Other places that have been cleaned include the triangle area in which the park crosses under the Everett Turnpike. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:01:30 EST Nashua Historical Society discusses ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ debate http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1061502-478/nashua-historical-society-discusses-mary-had-a.html NASHUA – The Nashua Historical Society will present “Two New England Towns do Battle Over an American Icon ... and now the rest of the story …” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 at the society’s home at 5 Abbott St. “Mary Had a Little Lamb … or did she?” The story of the event and the poem is still debated, and involves some historical heavy hitters from New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Two New England towns continue to claim bragging rights to the poem’s origins and tell two completely different stories. Learn about New Hampshire resident Sarah Josepha Hale and Sterling, Mass., resident Mary Sawyer, and discover how auto magnate Henry Ford and genius inventor Thomas Edison played important roles in the perpetuation of the “Little Lamb’s” popularity. In this photographic and  pictorial presentation given by  Susan Fineman, examine the controversy over the poem’s authenticity, meet a cast of historical characters, and draw your own conclusions about what is real and what is fictional. This tangled web of a story is for adults. The public is invited. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:01:47 EST BAE Systems donates nearly 1,000 pounds of food to NH Food Bank http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1061503-478/bae-systems-donates-nearly-1000-pounds-of.html NASHUA – BAE Systems announced the delivery of 935 pounds of food to the New Hampshire Food Bank, which was donated by employees across the company’s Nashua, Hudson and Merrimack sites. “We hear from community food banks that this time of year is a tough one for them to fill their shelves,” said Lu Goncalves-Getty, director of community investment at BAE Systems’ Nashua-based Electronic Systems sector. “They indicate that after the spirit of giving during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays starts to lessen, the daily struggle of the families in our communities that don’t have enough to eat isn’t necessarily on peoples’ minds.” The food will be distributed to the  many hunger relief agencies in New Hampshire that serve meals and provide groceries to people experiencing the negative effects of not having enough to eat. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:01:51 EST Exchange Club of Nashua presents ACE Awards http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1061506-478/exchange-club-of-nashua-presents-ace-awards.html NASHUA – The Exchange Club of Nashua held its annual Accepting the Challenge of Excellence Awards dinner at Nashua Country Club recently. The ACE Award recognizes students who have overcome adversity during their high school years. Receiving this year’s scholarships were Mariana Batista, of Nashua High School South, and Michelle Ostaudelafont, of Nashua High North. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:02:08 EST NRWA offers free stream ecology workshops http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1061511-478/nrwa-offers-free-stream-ecology-workshops.html The Nashua River Watershed Association invites the public, including families, Scout groups and seniors, to stream ecology discovery events to learn what it takes to determine the health of a river or stream. Participants will learn about water quality and invasive plants in the Nashua River and its tributaries. You’ll also receive  hands-on training on determining the health of a stream by aquatic bug identification, streamside observations and exploring the effects of storm-water runoff. Learn how this information will help your community. Most of these 60- or 90-minute sessions are held outside rain or shine, so dress accordingly. These sessions are offered in different locations covering the same content, open to all communities, so you can choose which date and location is most convenient for you: April 22 (Earth Day), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Willard Brook in Willard Brook State Park, Ashby, Mass. April 22 (Earth Day), 2-3:30 p.m. on Catecunemaug Brook in the Fredonian Park and Nature Center,  Fredonian Street, Shirley, Mass. April 23, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:02:33 EST Catherine M. McAndrews http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetobituaries/1061521-435/catherine-m.-mcandrews.html Loving Mom, Nana, Sister & Aunt Catherine Mary (Ruszczyk) McAndrews, a longtime Milford, NH resident, passed away on Saturday morning, April 11, 2015 peacefully with her family. She was 55 years old. Catherine was born in Lowell on November 10, 1959, a daughter of the late Ernest and Katherine (Hand) Ruszczyk. She was a graduate of the Sacred Heart Grammar School and Lowell High School. Prior to her illness, Catherine was employed as an Administrative Assistant at Lockheed Martin – Missiles and Firearms. Catherine was a strong, hardworking, independent woman. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:03:29 EST Nashua North’s Oliver French is Telegraph’s Boys Swimmer of the Year http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061477-457/nashua-norths-oliver-french-is-telegraphs-boys.html Nashua North senior Oliver French is the pick for the 2014-15 high school boys swimming Player of the Year for The Telegraph’s All Stars. There’s no debating the senior’s skills, as he dominated in a variety of events throughout the regular season. At the Division I championship, he won the 500 free and finished second in the 200 free, helping the Titans secure a seventh-place finish. The full Telegraph Boys Swimming All Stars are: First Team Oliver French, sr., Nashua North; Jack Olsen, sr., Bishop Guertin; Mark Zoda, fr., Bishop Guertin; Grant Levasseur, jr., Campbell; Alex Bedard, sr., Souhegan; Tyler Howard, sr., Souhegan; Matt Falcone, sr., Hollis Brookline. Coach of the Year Brendan McLaughlin, Bishop Guertin Honorable Mention ALVIRNE: Kendall Westhoff, jr. BISHOP GUERTIN: Jonathan Hack, sr. CAMPBELL: Michael Douglas, jr.; Trent Levasseur, fr. NASHUA NORTH: Connor Mullaly, so. Multimedia presentations on all of the All Stars will be available next week at  nashuatelegraph.com. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 22:34:00 EST Nashua North boys roll over Dover on the court http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061462-457/nashua-north-boys-roll-over-dover-on.html Nashua North utilized wins by its Top 5 singles players on the way to a 7-2 win over visiting Dover. Sam Kluger (8-0), Ethan Kim (8-1), Connor King (8-0), Kevin Kelly (8-6) and Justin Yeung (8-4) all scored solo wins, while the doubles pairings of Kluger-Kim (9-0) and Will Barry-Tom Claffey (8-1) won at first and third spot respectively. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:01:18 EST Fugitive of the Week for April 15, 2015: Stephan Daniel Peno http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1061418-228/fugitive-of-the-week-for-april-15.html Stephan Daniel PENO Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Robbery & Falsifying Physical Evidence ALIAS: None Known SEX: Male RACE: White DATE OF BIRTH: August 31, 1994 (20) PLACE OF BIRTH: NH HEIGHT: 5’06” WEIGHT: 150 LBS EYES: Green HAIR: Black SKINTONE: Medium SCARS/TATTOOS: TAT RF Arm–“NFL,” TAT RF Arm–Skeleton/ghost, TAT LF Arm-“603,” TAT R Arm FBI#: 564232PD3 FID#: 9777347 NIC#: W993224907 WARRANT ISSUED: Nashua Police Department DATE OF WARRANT: April 1, 2015 CHARGE(s): Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Robbery, & Falsifying Physical Evidence ***PENO may have cut his hair short and shaved his facial hair*** U.S. Marshals - New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force has been requested to assist in the location and arrest of Nashua Police Department fugitive, Stephan Daniel Peno. Peno is wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Robbery, & Falsifying Physical Evidence. These charges are in connection with Peno’s involvement in the events that led to the death of Benjamin Marcum on March 12, 2015, in Nashua, NH. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:00:55 EST Police look for second suspect in May 12 stabbing death of Nashua man http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061327-469/police-look-for-second-suspect-in-may.html NASHUA – Nashua police and the state attorney general’s office announced Tuesday they are looking for a second suspect connected to the March 12 stabbing death of Nashuan Benjamin Marcum. Police are looking for Stephan Daniel Peno, 20, who has been charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and falsifying physical evidence. Police believe he may have attempted to alter his appearance and is in hiding. Jonathan Goff, 17, was arrested two days after the stabbing near the Heritage Rail Trail on Palm Street. Peno stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He has black hair and green eyes. He also has several tattoos, including a skeleton/ghost and the letters NFL on his right arm and the numbers 603 on his left arm, according to the AG’s office. Officials said Peno may have cut his hair short and shaved his facial hair to change his appearance. He has acquaintances in Nashua and Manchester and is believed to be hiding in one of those two cities, according to the attorney general. Marcum, who grew up in Hollis and was a U.S. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:16:00 EST Friends, family mourn Nashua fire victim Maria Barriga; fund launched to help family http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061329-469/friends-family-mourn-nashua-fire-victim-maria.html Friends and family on Tuesday mourned the loss of 37-year-old Maria Victoria Barriga, the Nashua woman who died early Monday morning when she was trapped in a fast-moving fire that consumed her Girouard Avenue residence. Representatives of the State Fire Marshal’s office, who identified her on Tuesday as Maria Barriga-Consoni, said she died of smoke inhalation and that her death is ruled accidental. Several other people were injured, including two firefighters. The most seriously injured was an adult male who officials said was rushed to a Nashua hospital then transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The man and another person, believed to be a child, were forced to jump from a second-floor window to escape the flames, officials said. The child was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries that officials didn’t believe were life-threatening. The cause and place of origin of the three-alarm blaze, which broke out just before 4 a.m. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:25:01 EST Two arrested, charged in Monday gun battle in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061330-469/two-arrested-charged-in-monday-gun-battle.html NASHUA – Two Nashua men are in custody pending arraignment on numerous felony charges stemming from Monday evening’s wild shootout involving occupants in two vehicles through downtown streets, police said Tuesday. Officers responded to three different scenes within minutes, according to police, one of which was Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, where the victim, a 20-year-old man, had been taken for treatment of a gunshot wound to the back. Police a short time later said they located a vehicle they believed was involved, which led them to the arrest of two suspects: Ryan Mateo, 19, of 4 Louisburg Square, Apt. 1, Nashua: Charged with four counts of attempted first-degree assault; five counts of reckless conduct; and one count of first-degree assault. Rony Encarnacion Guzman, 20, of 16 Nevada St., Nashua: Charged with four counts of criminal liability to attempted first-degree assault; five counts of criminal liability to reckless conduct; and one count of criminal liability to first-degree assault. Police said Guzman is accused of being the driver of the suspect vehicle, while Mateo was identified as the alleged shooter. Both are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning in Nashua district court. They were held on bail at Nashua Police headquarters. Police Captain Denis Linehan said Tuesday that investigators are looking into the possibility the incident stemmed from a clash between local gangs. “We received information that they’d been feuding with each other, and that’s something we’re looking at,” Linehan said. While the investigation is continuing, it doesn’t appear that anyone else will be arrested in connection with the incident, Linehan added. The series of events began to unfold shortly after 7 p.m., police said, when officers were called to the intersection of Kinsley and Palm streets for a report of shots fired in the area. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:03:12 EST North, South turn out winners http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1061334-465/north-south-turn-out-winners.html As contests go, this one was a winner. Sure, Nashua High School South topped their rivals from Nashua High School North, but the real winners may not emerge until years down the road, when a life gets saved. The competition was to see which school could get the most students to learn CPR – cardiopulmonary resuscitation – in a single day. CPR is a first-aid technique that can be used in emergencies to save the life of someone – such as a heart-attack victim – whose heart has stopped beating. According to the American Heart Association’s website, “about 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, but statistics prove that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved. Immediate CPR can double, or even triple, a victim’s chance of survival.” This is the second year the schools have held the CPR Challenge, and South won last year, too, but neither school put up what you’d call a shabby number. During this year’s competition, 428 students from South and 306 students from North received the CPR training. South principal Keith Richard was presented with a trophy from American Medical Response, the ambulance company that ran the training sessions. All told, 2,925 students and faculty at the two school have been trained through the program so far. With that many people walking around carrying vital knowledge about how to restart a heart in an emergency, it increases the chances that that, somewhere, sometime, somebody’s life is going to be extended as a result. There isn’t a trophy case big enough to hold that kind of accomplishment. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:01:54 EST BG’s Pearson tops Telegraph Hockey All Stars http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061362-457/bgs-pearson-tops-telegraph-hockey-all-stars.html First Team Justin Pearson, jr., fd., Bishop Guertin; Shane Foye, sr., fd., Merrimack; James Wilson, so., fd., Souhegan; Nick Apostolakes, sr., def., Bishop Guertin; Jason Fortin, sr.,  def., Merrimack; Alex Maresco, sr., def., Souhegan; Matt Brewster, sr., goalie, Merrimack. Coach of the Year Dan Legro, Nashua North Second Team Arya Saliany, sr., fd., Nashua South; John Krapian, sr., fd., Bishop Guertin; Kevin O’Brien, so., fd., Souhegan; Joe Paige, so., fd., Nashua North; Tim Paige, sr., def., Nashua North; Jason Lutcza, sr., def., Bishop Guertin; Curtis Richall, jr., goalie, Alvirne-Pelham; Alex Hall, sr., goalie, Bishop Guertin Honorable Mention alvirne-pelham: Cam Blake, sr., fd.; Bryce Blanchard, jr., fd.; Brendan Parent, so., fd; Pat DeVito, sr., def. Bishop Guertin: Ryan Montbleau, sr., fd.; Tim Trudel, sr., fd.; Jordan Caito, so., fd. Hollis Brookline: Kyle Stephens, sr., fd.; Allen Mello, sr., fd. Nashua North: Tyler Searles, sr., def.; Nick Johnson, sr., def.; Ryan Marvin, sr., fd.; Robert LaVine, sr., fd. Nashua South: Bryan Connolly, jr., fd.; Arya Saliany, sr., fd.; Owen McNulty, sr., def.; Michael Noke, jr., fd.; Michael Fournier, so., def. Merrimack: Ryan Downie, jr., fd.; John Tiano, so., fd. Souhegan: Robbie Duarte, jr., fd.; Alek Medic, sr., fd.; Pat McGrath, so., fd. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:58:00 EST Lake M. Munday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061364-466/lake-m.-munday.html Lake M. Munday, 28, of Hudson, passed away on Sunday April 12, 2015. Lake was born in Nashua on April 23, 1986, a son of Carolyn Ouellette-Munday of Hudson and the late Karl Munday. Lake worked as a landscaper with Robert Tavares Landscaping. He played bass and drums. Lake had a great sense of humor and was always the comedian of the group. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:04:22 EST Alan Kupper http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061366-466/alan-kupper.html Alan Kupper of Ogunquit, ME, passed away on April 14, 2015. Alan was born in Boston, the cherished son of the late Joseph and Gertrude Gordon. He attended Hebron Academy, served in the United States Air Force and graduated from the University of New Hampshire. He and his wife Leila were longtime residents of Nashua, New Hampshire, where Alan ran the family furniture business, Franklin Furniture. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:04:31 EST Nashua South team places first in nationwide economics competition http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061373-469/nashua-south-team-places-first-in-nationwide.html Nashua High School South placed first in the Harvard Pre-Collegiate Economics Challenge on April 3. The Nashua South team includes captain and senior Samarth Desai, sophomore Mary Zhu, and juniors Dody Eid and Aditi Srinivasan. Nashua South is the only public high school to have won the competition in its five-year history, joining Philips Andover Academy, Choate Rosemary Hall, and Phillips Exeter Academy in the winners circle, according to team advisor and Nashua South social studies teacher Neil Claffey. “Our semifinal was one of the most stressful experiences in my life,” said Srinivasan. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:16:00 EST Nashua gala raises funds for child abuse prevention http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061374-469/nashua-gala-raises-funds-for-child-abuse.html NASHUA – Hundreds of well-dressed supporters of the Granite State Children’s Alliance Gala gathered Saturday evening at the Crowne Plaza Nashua for the organization’s 9th annual gala. Lawmakers and Greater Nashua community organizers attended the event, with the theme “Broadway’s Biggest Night,” to raise money for the alliance through a dinner and silent auction. Gov. Maggie Hassan said the organization, which focuses on preventing and identifying child abuse, serves a vital role because the topic is oftentimes considered taboo although it is impacts every community in New Hampshire. “It’s one of the most pressing public health and safety challenges that we face, and that’s why it’s so important to speak openly about it to reduce the stigma from it and to raise awareness of it so that we can continue progress toward establishing and maintaining a truly state community for every single Granite Stater,” Hassan said. The alliance is a collection of child advocacy centers in every New Hampshire county that provides coordinated services for child victims. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:05:10 EST $2.5 million settlement over liquor contract helps Law Warehouse move on http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061388-469/2.5-million-settlement-over-liquor-contract-helps.html NASHUA – In recent months, Law Warehouse has rehired some of the people it laid off after losing the New Hampshire Liquor Commission contract in 2012, and the company president says a $2.5 million settlement from the state, ending several lawsuits, will help the firm move ahead. “What it means the most for us is we feel vindicated that our claims have validity,” Brian Law said Tuesday. “It was the best interest of the business to move forward. ... We’ll just keep doing what we’ve been doing in terms of re-growing the business.” The company, which has been renamed Law Logistics, has been slowly growing back since it was clobbered by losing the state liquor contract that made up the bulk of its business, he said. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:06:09 EST Catherine M. McAndrews http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061273-466/catherine-m.-mcandrews.html Loving Mom, Nana, Sister & Aunt Catherine Mary (Ruszczyk) McAndrews, a longtime Milford, NH resident, passed away on Saturday morning, April 11, 2015 peacefully with her family. She was 55 years old. Catherine was born in Lowell on November 10, 1959, a daughter of the late Ernest and Katherine (Hand) Ruszczyk. She was a graduate of the Sacred Heart Grammar School and Lowell High School. Prior to her illness, Catherine was employed as an Administrative Assistant at Lockheed Martin – Missiles and Firearms. Catherine was a strong, hardworking, independent woman. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 22:01:47 EST Ruth S. Harris http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061274-466/ruth-s.-harris.html Ruth (Schewitzer) Harris, 89, of Nashua, died at her home, Sunday, January 15th with her husband by her side. Mrs. Harris was the wife of Dr. Seth O. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 22:01:52 EST Ernest Dumont http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061275-466/ernest-dumont.html Ernest Dumont, 84 of Nashua, died Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Kindred Health Care in Nashua. He was born June 7, 1930 in Nashua, son of the late Wilfred and Artillia (Laquerre) Dumont. Ernie enjoyed playing BINGO, listening to music and watching old western movies. He was employed for many years at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua as a custodian. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 22:01:55 EST Beatrice S. (Wollen) Bois http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061278-466/beatrice-s.-wollen-bois.html Beatrice Bois passed unexpectedly on April 11, 2015. The daughter of the late Evelyn and John Wollen, Bea was born in Nashua on June 21, 1923, where she was educated and remained a resident. She was predeceased by her husband Norman Bois; sister Theresa Wilkins; brother John Wollen, Jr.; and grandson Samuel Guerette. She is survived by her sister Rita Pare of Nashua; her daughter Norma Guerette and her husband Leo of Fallon, NV; and her four sons, Kenneth Bois and his life partner Kathleen Fitzgerald of Nashua, John Bois of Nashua, Norman Bois, Jr., and his wife Sue of Hollis, and Scott Bois and his wife Susan Shepard of Lyndeborough. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 22:02:08 EST Panhandler ordinance clears hurdle http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061280-469/panhandler-ordinance-clears-hurdle.html NASHUA - A bill that would curb panhandlers from accepting items from motorists in public ways came under attack Monday from Nashua firefighters who said it would block their “boot drives” for charity to activists who claim it would “criminalize poverty” to those who say adequate laws exist to ensure roadway safety. Several opponents acknowledged Nashua has a problem with panhandling, but suggested the city should better invest its efforts in addressing what drives people to risk their health and safety by publicly begging for money on street corners, traffic islands and medians. “Shouldn’t we be using our resources to come together…and seek to ameliorate the conditions that are sending people to the streets with their signs?” social worker and social activist Sylvia Gale asked. Gale was among 11 residents who spoke during the public comment period at the aldermen’s personnel and administrative affairs committee. The proposed ordinance seeks to ban pedestrians from accepting anything from motorists in public ways. The committee voted 4-1 to recommend to the full board that the bill pass. Ward 7 Alderman June Caron opposed it. The bill’s author, Ward 5 Alderman Michael Soucy, said it is intended to promote public safety. “The panhandling part is a fruit or a benefit. People call it the panhandling law because that is the group that is going to be most affected,” Soucy said. The bill would only penalize pedestrians who accept or exchange anything from motorists in a public way. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:31:00 EST Police report shooting in downtown Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061282-469/police-report-shooting-in-downtown-nashua.html NASHUA – Police are investigating a shooting in the city’s downtown around Monday evening Sgt. Lakeisha Phelps confirmed that a person had sustained a gunshot wound and was brought to a city hospital just after 7 p.m. Phelps did not immediately know how serious the injuries sustained were. Police were dealing with at least two scenes following the shooting at Kinsley and Palm streets, as well as a crowded hospital due to the number of people who followed the victim there, Phelps said. Police issued a be-on-the-lookout order for a car the shooter was seen fleeing the scene from, which was located by police at 9:30 p.m. Phelps said a second car, one that tranpsorted the victim to the hospital, was also being brought to the police station. Police issued another BOLO for a Hispanic man about an hour after the shooting, but it was not clear he was wanted as a suspect in the shooting itself. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 23:01:42 EST Nashua prepares for ‘Pride Day’ next weekend http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061283-469/nashua-prepares-for-pride-day-next-weekend.html NASHUA – Annual efforts to clean the Nashua Heritage Rail Trail have existed as long as the pathway itself, but this year brings a new day of service for civic-minded individuals, families and organizations from across the region. The newly dubbed “Nashua Pride Day” will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, and will have volunteers focus on clearing brush, debris and trash that has piled along the rail trail during the long winter months. Those attending are asked to gather at Nashua City Hall at 229 Main St. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 23:01:51 EST RadioShack stores in Milford and Nashua malls get Sprint ‘co-branding’ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061284-469/radioshack-stores-in-milford-and-nashua-malls.html The RadioShack stores at the Nashua Mall and Lorden’s Plaza in Milford are among 10 in the state that will tout the Sprint brand name and sell services and products from the cellular telecommunications company as part of attempts to save the bankrupt consumer electronics store from disappearing. The store in the Pheasant Lane Mall is apparently remaining a stand-alone Radio Shack. The two area stores have temporary Sprint signs in their windows, and displays carrying mobile devices and Sprint wireless phone plans, taking up about a third of the floor space. The Sprint portion of the store has slightly different hours, opening later than the RadioShack. They are among 1,435 co-branded Sprint-RadioShack stores across the U.S. The move had been expected, since Sprint announced what it calls a “store within-a-store” retail model in February, although it wasn’t certain exactly which stores would be involved. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 23:02:00 EST Robot helps Nashua students hone skills http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061286-469/robot-helps-nashua-students-hone-skills.html NASHUA – A robot from a New Hampshire university is helping students with special needs at Sunset Heights Elementary School in Nashua practice social skills. Two students at the school, including second-grade pupil John Ricks, are spending 30 minutes with the robot twice a week for about two months to practice social interactions and communications. Although the robot can be used to benefit a range of needs, in Nashua it is being used to help children on the autism spectrum. “It gives them a chance to practice turn-taking abilities and sharing without having to deal with everything else that comes with dealing with a typical person,” said Mike Craig, a speech pathologist at Sunset Heights. “The robot will never get impatient … they can practice the routine in a safe environment. “I think it’s been excellent,” he said on Monday. As part of a new program at Southern New Hampshire University, SNHU computer science professor Lundy Lewis travels to Nashua each week with the robot in tow. “It’s doing technology for social good, namely to develop social skills for children with autism,” Lewis said. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 23:02:11 EST ‘New Hampshire’s Finest’ ice cream at Durocher’s in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1061319-469/new-hampshires-finest-ice-cream-at-durochers.html 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, along with the story behind it. Durocher Ice Cream operated on Arlington Street for many years. It has since become a distributorship for Hershey, and the standing structure is essentially unchanged from what’s shown in this Nashua Historical Society photo. A postwar Telegraph business profile explains paints a picture in classic ’50s colors: “ICE CREAM!” A really truly honest to goodness American product the USSR certainly cannot lay claim to the original concoction of this delicious “dish” for it is as American as the “hot dog.” A recent poll (not the Gallup Poll) showed that ice cream is the top dessert in America today. And this brings up a point that I would like to put across to you, and that is … if a poll were to be taken, in this section, ten to one it would show that DUROCHER’S ICE CREAM is the favorite ice cream. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:01:26 EST Student concerts music to my ears http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1061321-469/student-concerts-music-to-my-ears.html When I worked in the Wheaton College Philosophy Department, one of my professors was the mother of two musical daughters. She rarely talked about work-life balance, except to describe the worst part of parenting as having to attend her daughters’ school concerts. This made me laugh quite a lot. But I could understand what she meant after I attended Lucy’s early band concerts. Lots of squeaks. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:01:45 EST Alvirne edges Nashua South, 5-4 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061309-457/alvirne-edges-nashua-south-5-4.html The Broncos took two of three doubles to secure the win, with the No. 2 team of Tim Bruner/Sam Bonney-Liles (9-7) and the No. 3 team of Brett Richardson and Andrew Wetmore coming out on top. The teams split singles. Alvirne won the bottom three singles matches, with Bonney-Liles (8-2), Kabir Kalis (8-6) and Jake Auger (8-4) coming out on top. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 23:04:03 EST Nashua man arrested for allegedly trying to break into a home http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061287-469/nashua-man-arrested-for-allegedly-trying-to.html A 25-year-old Nashua man has been charged with attempted burglary following a Sunday afternoon report. According to Nashua police, Jeremy Garcia, 25, of 18 Pasadena Ave. Nashua, was arrested at 2:43 p.m., on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 95 Canal Street and charged with attempt to commit burglary, Class B felony. The arrest followed a report at 2:04 p.m. that a man had attempted to force entry into a residence at 12 Atwood Court, but fled when confronted by the home owner. Officers located Garcia, who matched a witness description, by 95 Canal Street. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 23:02:15 EST Salem tops Nashua North, 10-7 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061256-457/salem-tops-nashua-north-10-7.html Todd Redman and Brendan Martin had two goals apiece but it wasn’t quite enough in the Titans’ season opener. Redman added three assists while Tom Haller had a goal and two assists for North. Jake Redman and Joey Paige had a goal and an assist each. Hansla Sheikh collected eight stops in the North goal. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:02:41 EST Pinkerton tops Nashua South, 15-6 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1061254-457/pinkerton-tops-nashua-south-15-6.html The Panthers put several players in the scoring column but it wasn’t enough in their season opener at Stellos Stadium. Collin Morrow had a pair of goals, while Shane Puleo added a goal and two assists. Single goals went to Ryan Naber, Andrew DeCarteret and Mike Osgood. Steve Saucier had two assists while Sean Holland and Kevin Genao played well defensively in front of Panther goalie Brian McKinley (18 saves). Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:02:04 EST Ernest Hill http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1061221-466/ernest-hill.html Ernest Hill, passed away on April 1, 2015 in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Ernie was born on May 5, 1934 in London, England and moved with his family to the US in 1962. They resided in Massachusetts where he was a tool and die maker, Ernie furthered his education and became an engineer and tool designer. Ernie purchased Dies and Stamping Company in Lowell, Massachusetts and eventually moved to Nashua, NH, where he founded Astron Products Corporation, a metal stamping manufacturing company. Ernie retired in 1990 and moved to Florida with his wife Linda, where they resided for sixteen years. Ernie enjoyed sailing, playing golf and carpentry. In 2008, he and his wife moved to Indian Trail, North Carolina. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 21:02:07 EST Carl Andrade stepping down after 1 year as Nashua police commissioner http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1061235-469/carl-andrade-stepping-down-after-1-year.html NASHUA – Carl Andrade, the former city alderman appointed to the Nashua Police Commission a year ago following the departure of commission chairman Thomas Pappas, said Sunday he is resigning his post to devote more time to personal and family matters. Andrade, appointed in early April 2014 by then- Executive Councilor Debora Pignatelli, was unanimously approved by the five-member council and Gov. Maggie Hassan on April 30. He was one of several candidates considered for the post, which came open in February 2014 when Pappas, a Nashua lawyer, resigned after being implicated in the controversy involving former State Rep. David Campbell of Nashua, Pappas’s friend and client who was charged with running over and killing several ducks at a Nashua hotel. “I’d been thinking about it for a long time,” Andrade said Sunday. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 22:01:56 EST