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 Merrimack High School Highlights http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacksports/1050295-308/merrimack-high-school-highlights.html FIELD HOCKEY DIVISION I  QUARTERFINALS Oct. 25: No. 2 Timberlane 3, No. 7 Merrimack 1 Second-seeded Timberlane Regional (13-2) jumped out to a two-goal halftime lead off the sticks of Kylie Fitzpatrick and Jessie Mezquita then held on for the quarterfinal win over No. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:01:14 EST Nashua man remains in critical condition after Wednesday truck-pedestrian accident http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050390-469/nashua-man-remains-in-critical-condition-after.html NASHUA – The 53-year-old Nashua man seriously injured Wednesday evening when he was struck by a truck on Amherst Street remained in critical condition Thursday night at a Boston Hospital, police said. Emergency personnel who responded around 6:30 p.m. to a report of an auto-pedestrian accident on Amherst Street near Cotton Road found Timothy O’Donnell lying unconscious in the road suffering from a serious head injury, police said in a statement earlier on Thursday. The vehicle, described as a box truck that is owned by a firm called Hudson-RPM Distributors, was being driven by Nashua resident Ryan Hughes, 26, police said. Hughes told officers at the scene that he spotted O’Donnell in the middle of the street as he turned the truck onto Cotton Road, but that he wasn’t able to brake in time to avoid hitting O’Donnell. Police noted that it was dark and rain was falling at the time of the crash. They said initial investigation does not indicate speed or impairment were factors in the accident. Paramedics treated O’Donnell at the scene then transported him to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, police said. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:00:43 EST Former deputy police chief sues Seusing, Nashua; claims Seusing forced retirement http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050410-469/former-deputy-police-chief-sues-seusing-nashua.html NASHUA – Former Deputy Police Chief Scott Howe has claimed in a lawsuit that Chief John Seusing connived to force his ouster from the police force last year. Howe alleged the chief forced him to resign Sept. 30, 2013, after Seusing told him “you’re not coming back” and falsely claimed that he had the votes on the Nashua Police Commission to remove Howe if Howe did not retire immediately, according to the complaint. “After his retirement, Howe learned that Seusing did not (as he had stated to Howe) have the necessary votes of the police commissioners to fire him,” the 10-page complaint said. “Howe realized that he had in fact been forced to retire under a false narrative.” A 26-year veteran of the force, Howe filed suit in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Manchester on Oct. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:00:54 EST Diana, Irving share bond in Y-Achievers mentoring program http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackreadersubmitted/1050420-308/diana-irving-share-bond-in-y-achievers-mentoring.html An interest in sharing her personal and professional experiences with a young person led Big Sister Diana to apply for two years ago to be a mentor in the Y-Achievers teen mentoring program. But Diana says what she has learned in the course of her match with Little Brother Irving has been as enriching as what she has taught. “You not only positively affect a child’s development and future, but you make a lifelong friend and the growth and development is mutual,” she said. Y-Achievers is a collaboration between the YMCA of Greater Nashua and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua & Greater Salem. Focused on engaging students in character development, leadership, skills training, and college and career exploration, teens from Nashua and Merrimack are paired with adult mentors. Participants meet twice monthly in evening group sessions at the YMCA, and Bigs and Littles can also go on outings in the community for one-on-one time. For Irving, 15, the experience is special because it gives him a chance to spend time with a trusted adult. “If I could tell the world about my Big, I’d talk to them about how much I can trust her, how awesome hanging out with her is and what a blessing she is,” Irving said. Along with regular Y-Achievers meetings, Irving and Diana enjoy going for bike rides, getting pizza or ice cream, bowling and seeing movies together. Diana admires Irving’s sense of humor, ambition to do well in school and commitment to the Y-Achievers program. Irving says the program and his friendship with Diana has helped change the way he feels about different aspects of his life. “I would encourage someone to be a Little and I would tell them to spend as much time as they could with their Big Sister or Brother, and to make a social bond with their Big,” he said. Diana, who also volunteers as a Girl Scout troop leader, encourages other adults in the community to consider the impact they can make by being a mentor for a child. “It is an incredible program,” she said. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:00:46 EST Nashua dentist helps create chemistry lab at Academy for Science and Design http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackreadersubmitted/1050421-308/nashua-dentist-helps-create-chemistry-lab-at.html NASHUA – Scott F. Bobbitt marked the celebration of his 25 years as a family dentist by establishing a community partnership with the Academy for Science and Design charter school. Last year, ASD reached out for community partners to support its science, technology, engineering and mathematics education mission, stating its need for a full and properly fitted chemistry lab for its students. The call was answered by Bobbitt, DMD, MAGD, DICOI, of Nashua, who made a $30,000 donation. New Hampshire faces a critical shortage of students who develop and sustain their interest in STEM fields from elementary school through college. The academy is aimed at expanding students’ interest and ability in STEM locally and statewide. Bobbitt, an honors scholar graduate with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Connecticut, stays current with the dynamic changes in science, technology dental engineering and math with hundreds of hours of continuing education. “It would be impossible to deliver the kind of dentistry I do without a strong STEM background,” Bobbitt said. “I would have thrived in a school like this were it available when I was a student. “My general dental practice incorporates and integrates chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics and medicine every day. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:00:50 EST Bishop Guertin gets last laugh on reporter’s football picks http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1050466-457/bishop-guertin-gets-last-laugh-on-reporters.html Roaming the sidelines at Stellos Stadium last week, it was only a matter of time before that misguided prognosticator would be heckled. With one minute left in Bishop Guertin’s 32-14 win over Alvirne that Saturday afternoon, it started. From the stands: “Nice pick big guy!” “Hey, Big G – great pick!” From players on the sideline: “Pick six! Pick six!” Even from an assistant coach on his way off the field: “Hey, which one of you (reporters) is with The Telegraph? Tomorrow’s headline should say ‘Oops!” All because one moron went and picked the Broncos to win a game in the Cardinals’ nest. I may be as big as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, but hecklers don’t get me mad. They make me laugh. Especially in situations like this. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:16:00 EST Michael H. Lavoie http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1050470-466/michael-h.-lavoie.html Michael H. Lavoie of Mason, NH passed away October 27, 2014. Michael was born May 19, 1954 in Nashua, NH to the late Omer V. Lavoie Sr. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:00:33 EST Conrad C. Boucher http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1050473-466/conrad-c.-boucher.html Conrad C. Boucher, 67, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Courville Nursing Home. Conrad was born in Nashua on August 24, 1947, a son of the late Edmond and Velma (Salvail) Boucher. Conrad served our country with the U.S. Army for three years. Prior to retirement, he worked in Nuclear Medicine at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:00:46 EST Bishop Guertin girls soccer tops Nashua South http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1050479-457/bishop-guertin-girls-soccer-tops-nashua-south.html NASHUA – The Bishop Guertin High School girls soccer team knew it was going to have to come up with something special to beat Nashua South goalie Adaeze Obinelo and Panthers defense. So, when the Cardinals lined up for a free kick from about 20 yards out early in the second half of Thursday’s Division I preliminary round game, they pulled a trick out of the bag. Marie Laplante lined up like she was going to take the kick, but instead ran past the ball, and Kiley Deignan came up to pass the ball to the center of the field, around the South wall. Marissa Burns was there waiting and she sent a pass back to the right, where Laplante was waiting. The Bishop Guertin junior buried a shot into the far side of the goal, past an outstretched Obinelo to give the Cardinals the only goal they’d need as No. 6 Bishop Guertin defeated No. 11 Nashua South 4-0 at Stellos Stadium. Laplante, Grace Linnehan, Mikayla Elliott and Meghan Cramb each had a goal and Caroline Hoffer made five saves as the Cardinals (13-4) broke open a scoreless game early in the second half. “We worked really hard and played better in the second half,” Bishop Guertin coach Pat Mulcahy said. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:34:00 EST Hundreds gather for Telegraph’s Best of Greater Nashua celebration http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050485-469/hundreds-gather-for-telegraphs-best-of-greater.html Close to 300 attendees, including Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Christopher Williams gathered to honor the Best of Greater Nashua at a business reception that took place at the Holiday Inn in Nashua. In August, The Telegraph published a Best of Greater Nashua ballot in the paper and online, and readers to voted for their favorites in 143 categories. Thousands voted online and in print. Fortin-Gage generously donated the floral arrangements for the event. They also were an honoree for Best Florist Shop. Comcast Business was the supporting sponsor, and Eastern Bank, which officially Centrix Bank over the weekend, was the presenting sponsor for the event. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:01:24 EST Boys injured in Oct. 12 bounce house accident released from hospital http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050486-469/boys-injured-in-oct.-12-bounce-house.html NASHUA – While the welfare of the two tots injured in a freak accident at Sullivan Farm on Oct. 12 remains the top concern for farm owner Kathy Sullivan Williams, she also feels it’s important that she define publicly the relationship between the farm and Rickety Ranch, the Hollis farm and amusement company that owned the bounce house involved in the accident. “They’re my biggest worry right now,” Williams said of the kids, ages 2 and 3, who were hurt when a gust of wind got a hold of the bounce house they had climbed into the early afternoon of Oct. 12. The bounce house went briefly airborne, then landed near some apple trees about 50 feet away. The more critically injured boy was treated at the scene by American Medical Services paramedics, then flown by helicopter to Tufts Medical Center in Boston. The other boy suffered less serious injuries and was taken to St. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:01:36 EST Spook-tacular: Nashua family decks out home for Halloween http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050487-469/spook-tacular-nashua-family-decks-out-home-for.html If anyone doubts Christopher Corbett’s dedication to Halloween haunting, they’d be wrong. Dead wrong. Corbett’s Wellesley Road, Nashua, home has developed – or degenerated, perhaps – into a ghastly collection of haunts, ghouls and crazed clowns, all for the frightful entertainment of area trick-or-treaters. “All year round, they stop by and ask me what I’m building, when I’m setting up,” said Corbett, 26, on Tuesday. The Halloween season means his parents’ garage, shed, rented storage units and space under the porch empties out its mass of homemade scary creations and the yard becomes a full-blown spook maze. “A couple of them spend the winter in his bedroom,” said his mother, Jennifer. The process of setting up the giant spiders, monsters and assorted creeps takes about two weeks, he said. Currently, Corbett works in a machine shop, but he would like to turn his hobby into a full-time gig in animatronics or set design. “It’s just a passion for Halloween,” Corbett said. “We started doing this years ago. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:01:44 EST Ghostly fun apparition on Nashua lawn http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050489-469/ghostly-fun-apparition-on-nashua-lawn.html The front lawn at 13 Hillside Drive in Nashua is sporting a new seasonal look. Guy Boucher, known for his themed lawn-cutting expertise, has provided a Halloween ghost for passersby. “The lawn is my canvas, and the mower is my paintbrush,” Boucher said after previously cutting a Boston Bruins team logo on the lawn. Halloween is Friday, and all communities in Greater Nashua have trick-or-treat from 6-8 p.m., except for Windham and Pelham, which both start at 5 p.m. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:25 EST Nashua Police Department arrest log for Oct. 13-29 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1050490-228/nashua-police-department-arrest-log-for-oct..html Nashua Police  Department OCT. 13 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Milen Angelov, 44, 21 Oakland Ave., Nashua, out-of-town warrant. Justin Anthony Leonard, 24, 40 Chestnut St., Nashua, criminal trespass, three counts receiving stolen property. Farrah Vander-Heyden, 32, 40 Amhest St,. Apt. 4, Nashua, domestic violence: stalking. Hector Luis Lopez Jr., 24, 781 Hevey St., Manchester, suspended registration, driving after revocation or suspension-first offense. OCT. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:35 EST Nashua North girls soccer tips Merrimack in tourney http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1050476-457/nashua-north-girls-soccer-tips-merrimack-in.html NASHUA – Ali Nelson was in the right place at the right time. The Nashua High School North goalie tracked the ball as it went from Merrimack’s Rachel Mack to Alexis Kapsambelis, who one-timed a shot that Nelson somehow was able to get a hand on to keep out of the net. That stop, combined with two goals from Keegan Burch, and a solid defensive effort from the Titans helped No. 7 Nashua North to a 2-0 win Thursday over No. 10 Merrimack in the Division I preliminary round at Stellos Stadium. The win sends the Titans (10-6-1) to the quarterfinals Sunday, where they will take on No. 2 Bedford – the defending champion – at 7:30 p.m. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:01:00 EST Nashua family center in need of sheets, more http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1050355-478/nashua-family-center-in-need-of-sheets.html NASHUA – The Cynthia Day Family Center, a key program at Keystone Hall, 615 Amherst St., is in desperate need of new twin-size sheet sets, blankets, pillows and towels. It is the only substance use disorder treatment program in the state that allows pregnant and parenting women to live with their young children at the facility while undergoing critically needed treatment. Having that little person in the room is a huge incentive for moms to get back on track to having a healthy and happy family. Many of the women are struggling with mental health challenges, homelessness – or are at risk of homelessness – unemployment or poverty. No one is turned away from the program, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, contact Sue Carmen at 881-4848 or at s.carmen@keystonehall.org. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:00:20 EST Greater Nashua Great Clips offer free haircuts for veterans http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1050354-478/greater-nashua-great-clips-offer-free-haircuts.html Great Clips hair salon is giving veterans a free haircut from Veterans Day through December. Customers can come into any U.S. Great Clips salon on Nov. 11 and, with the purchase of a service, receive a free haircut card to give to a veteran. Limit one card per customer. The cards are redeemable by veterans at any U.S. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:00:17 EST Nashua aldermen vote to rename Boys & Girls Club street http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050191-469/nashua-aldermen-vote-to-rename-boys-.html NASHUA – The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua got a boost Tuesday when the Board of Aldermen renamed its address One Positive Place. The board unanimously adopted the resolution that changed the small section of Grand Avenue. The club is the sole occupant of the dead-end stretch of road, so the change does not affect the rest of the street. “We felt this move would help the club and reinforce the message that the club has,” said Alderman-at-Large Jim Donchess. Four teens spoke in favor of the name change when it went before the Infrastructure Committee last week, saying the club had been a positive experience in their lives. The board also voted to transfer the unused portion of a federal Brownfields cleanup grant to Hudson so that town could complete the cleanup of the Zach Tompkins youth football field. Aldermen stressed that the transfer would have no impact on Nashua taxpayers. The city was not using the remaining $100,000 portion of the grant, aldermen said. The town of Hudson will use the money to finish cleanup of asbestos and other contaminants at the Industrial Drive site so a youth football field can be established there. Ground-breaking on the 13-acre field took place in 2012. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:20 EST November means Holiday Stroll time http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1050236-485/november-means-holiday-stroll-time.html NASHUA – Each year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, Downtown Nashua closes to vehicular traffic and opens its doors for the City’s Winter Holiday Stroll. This free event draws thousands of visitors to the downtown area. Entertainment and activities abound for all ages. The Stroll is presented by Great American Downtown, a nonprofit organization that promotes the downtown community through business partnerships, event promotion and effective marketing. Always a free event, the Stroll is made possible through sponsorships, partnerships and donations. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:01:27 EST Murder mystery dinner benefits Front Door Agency http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1050237-485/murder-mystery-dinner-benefits-front-door-agency.html NASHUA – At 6 p.m. Thursday, The Front Door Agency invites you to bring your detective skills, sense of humor, spare change and appetite to LaBelle Winery, 345 Rte. 101, Amherst, for ”Gangsters in Love,” a murder mystery dinner. The special event is part of the Agency’s “Harvesting Change” campaign, which includes its signature Penny Drive. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:01:31 EST Pressed Cafe in Nashua offers fresh food, fast http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1050240-485/pressed-cafe-in-nashua-offers-fresh-food.html It’s only been four months, but Pressed Cafe in Nashua is ready to take on the world. Local foodies will know owner Roi Shpindler, 37, of Nashua. Previously helming the popular Bridge Cafe and Mint Bistro restaurants in Manchester, Shpindler has now applied his skills to creating a “fresh food, fast” restaurant at the new Tara Commons plaza on Spit Brook Road. “Our intention is to use fresh, better ingredients, turning them into fast items, instead of traditional fast food,” Shpindler said. “We make all our soups from scratch, marinating our chicken from fresh, never frozen. From marinades to dressing, we don’t just open up a jar. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:01:48 EST Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter hosts dinner auction http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1050244-485/nashua-soup-kitchen--shelter-hosts-dinner.html NASHUA – At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter will hold their 14th annual dinner auction at the Crowne Plaza. This year’s event has a selection of live and silent auction items with professional fundraising auctioneer, John Terrio. Dinner will include a cash bar throughout the evening. There will be an international cheese and fruit display paired with seasonal fruits and flavored crackers, and a crudite station with fresh garden vegetables and flavored dipping sauce. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:01:55 EST No tricks, just lots of treats this Halloween weekend http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1050249-485/no-tricks-just-lots-of-treats-this.html Thank goodness tomorrow is Halloween. My kid was going to burst from excitement if she had to wait one more day. We live in a great trick-or-treating neighborhood. Some of the houses really go all-out on the spooky decorations. There’s one house in particular that my daughter has been auditing daily, trying to memorize the ghoulish mannequins on their lawn in anticipation of the real people who dress up, pose with them, and spring out at visitors. If you’d rather enjoy some adult fun Friday, the Dana Center in Manchester opens its season with political satire troupe The Capitol Steps. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:02:07 EST Nashua police charge two in connection with Monday’s East Hollis Street Variety robbery http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050255-469/nashua-police-charge-two-in-connection-with.html NASHUA – Police have arrested two city men in connection with the knifepoint robbery of an East Hollis Street convenience store earlier this week. Ryan Paquin, 28, of 10 Faxon St., was arrested Tuesday afternoon during a traffic stop in downtown Nashua, about 12 hours after the robbery. Devin Coutu, 22, of 4 Crown St., Apt. 2, was later arrested and charged with driving Paquin to and from the robbery, police said. Police were called shortly before noon Monday to East Hollis Street Variety, where a clerk told them a white man had entered the store brandishing a knife, demanded money, and then fled the area in a dark-colored pickup truck, police said. Surveillance photos of the suspect were distributed to the media and all patrol officers. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:25 EST Diane Sheehan for Executive Council http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1050260-465/diane-sheehan-for-executive-council.html While the U.S. Senate race between Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown has dominated the state’s political dialogue over the past several months, the District 5 Executive Council contest between Diane Sheehan and David Wheeler is regarded in some circles as nearly as critical. Executive councilors function, in many respects, like the state’s fourth branch of government. All state contracts worth more than $25,000 must get past the five-member council before agencies can spend state money, and the governor must also get the blessing of the council for certain key appointments, like agency commissioners. Sheehan, a Democrat, and Wheeler, a Republican, are trying to fill the seat being vacated by Debora Pignatelli of Nashua. We believe Sheehan is a far superior candidate for the job and should be elected. Wheeler held the position before and was criticized for being The Invisible Man. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:00:31 EST Michael H. Lavoie http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1050273-466/michael-h.-lavoie.html Michael H. Lavoie of Mason, NH passed away October 27, 2014. Michael was born May 19, 1954 in Nashua, NH to the late Omer V. Lavoie Sr. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:00:20 EST Arthur Rochussen http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1050274-466/arthur-rochussen.html Arthur Rochussen, 81, of Manchester, NH died Sunday, October 26th after a long illness. He was the husband of the late Lorraine (Landry) Rochussen. Mr. Rochussen lived in Nashua, NH until 2002. He is survived by his son, Glen Rochussen and his wife Adele; his daughter, Jennifer (Rochussen) Havens and her husband Chris; and his grandchildren, Krista, Anya, Elliott and Landry. A brief service followed by interment will be held on Friday, October 31, 2014, 11:00 AM at Edgewood Cemetery, Nashua, NH. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:00:26 EST Gerard E. Papineau http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1050275-466/gerard-e.-papineau.html Gerard Earl “Gerry” Papineau, 93, of Nashua, died Friday morning, October 24, 2014 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a period of declining health. A resident of Nashua for many years, Gerry was born in Norwich, Connecticut on February 4, 1921, a son of the late Earl and Elizabeth (Charron) Papineau. Educated in Connecticut schools, Mr. Papineau was a Navy veteran, proudly serving as a tail gunner and radioman aboard the TBF Avenger on the aircraft carrier Natoma Bay in the Pacific Theater of operations during World War II. He twice survived his plane being shot down. After the war, Mr. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:00:31 EST Donna (Nelson) Bryant http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1050278-466/donna-nelson-bryant.html Donna (Nelson) Bryant, age 61 of San Antonio,TX, formerly of Nashua, New Hampshire, passed away on August 3, 2014 after a brief illness. She was born on May 5, 1953 in Nashua, New Hampshire, to the late Ralph Nelson and Marjorie Nelson. She is survived by her children, Stephanie Bryant of Chalmette, LA, and Aaron Bryant of San Antonio,TX. She is also survived by her mother, Marjorie Nelson; her brothers, Bill Nelson and his wife Sherry, David Nelson and his wife Denise; her sister, Karen Leblanc and her husband Peter; she is also survived by nieces and nephews, Erik Nelson, Gregg Nelson, Douglas Nelson, Bianca Nelson, Amanda Turcotte, Matthew Leblanc, Tabitha Bryant and William Bryant. Services: A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at 11 am at the Trinity Baptist Church, Lund Road, Nashua, New Hampshire. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:00:43 EST Conrad C. Boucher http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1050279-466/conrad-c.-boucher.html Conrad C. Boucher, 67, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Courville Nursing Home. Conrad was born in Nashua on August 24, 1947, a son of the late Edmond and Velma (Salvail) Boucher. Conrad served our country with the U.S. Army for three years. Prior to retirement, he worked in Nuclear Medicine at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:00:46 EST Nashua North volleyball routs Londonderry in tourney prelim http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1050282-457/nashua-north-volleyball-routs-londonderry-in-tourney.html NASHUA – Taylor Choate and her Nashua High School North teammates dominated the net. Honestly, the third-seeded Titans controlled every spot on the court during Wednesday night’s Division I preliminary round meeting with 14th-seeded Londonderry. Choate recorded nine service points to go along with her 10 kills and four blocks as the Titans (16-3) coasted to a 3-0 win over the Lancers (7-12). North was on the attack early, and never let up in the 25-14, 25-13, 25-16 victory. “Before the match we talked about going on the attack first,” Choate said. “Sometimes you can stay back on your heals, like no matter who you play, so we wanted to just push ourselves right from the beginning and make sure we were hitting and not playing soft.” The Titans were anything but soft on their home court. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:55:00 EST Chick-fil-A opening buzz about free chicken, yes, but also about culture http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050304-469/chick-fil-a-opening-buzz-about-free-chicken-yes.html Oscar Avalos realizes that plenty of restaurants serve good, and often great, chicken. But he’s also more than eager to point out that his favorite – Chick-fil-A – is the only one whose chicken sandwiches, nuggets, wings, strips and salads are so good that they can lure dozens of people to camp out overnight in New Hampshire in late October – and in the rain, to boot. The Reading, Mass., resident was among a growing assemblage of hardy souls who literally set up camp throughout the day Wednesday in Nashua’s Somerset Plaza, their collective eyes – and taste buds – focused on weathering the chilly night to be among the first 100 people to enter Chick-fil-A’s newest store when it opens at 6 a.m. Thursday. But their motivation to go to such great lengths to be present for the opening of the second Chick-fil-A in Nashua – and New Hampshire – also includes an economic component: In Chick-fil-A tradition, the first 100 adults to pass through the new store’s doors win 52 free meals, one each week for an entire year. Many campers were in a festive mood as Wednesday afternoon wore on toward evening, some entertaining their kids, others buried in technological devices, and still others playing games and occasionally bragging about how far they’d traveled to get a year’s worth of Chick-fil-A chicken. The reason Pete Hutchinson made the trip from Providence, R.I., is pretty straightforward: “I came because I love Chick-fil-A and you get 52 free meals,” he said around mid-afternoon Wednesday. “It’s not all that far away … I stopped at a buddy’s house in Marlborough (Mass.) and got here about 5:30 this morning.” But doesn’t paying for the gas to Nashua and back offset at least a good part of getting 52 free meals? “Oh, it’s worth it, definitely … the free meals counteract your gas (costs) in the long run,” Hutchinson said. A quick bit of arithmetic shows that 52 Chick-fil-A meals at an average of $7-$8 each come to $364-$416, a nice chunk of change no matter how you slice it. But the freebies are only part of the reason these bands of Chick-fil-A devotees think nothing of hitting the road for hours, sometimes many hours, to claim their spots in the line of the first 100. Dave Sabalusky, for instance, said that while “the free food comes in handy” given that he’s a single dad raising a 13-year-old, it’s “the fellowship … the morals of the company” and what it stands for that inspire him to take part in grand openings. Sabalusky, who hails from Morrisville, Pa., and says this makes his 24th Chick-fil-A opening, referred to the chain’s reputation as a corporation steeped in traditional Christian values, a philosophy that has sparked some controversy, including a demonstration two years ago at the Pheasant Lane Mall, over some of the values espoused by its founders, the S. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:07:00 EST Nashua PD hosting New England K9 teams for tactical training http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050310-469/nashua-pd-hosting-new-england-k9-teams.html Nashua is hosting dozens of police department canine officers, and their human partners, for a three-day training session throughout the city this week designed to help K9 teams and police tactical units work together better. The training, provided by S.K.I.D.D.S. (SWAT and Canines Interacting During Deployment School) of California, is designed to place police officers, their dogs and tactical units in different scenarios so they can learn to work effectively together. Nashua Police Department Capt. Scott Hammond, who runs the department’s canine unit, said about 35 teams from throughout New England and as far as New Jersey are attending the workshop, started by California police veteran Brad Smith. Nashua has two canine/human partner teams. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:01:11 EST Retiring police chief Seusing looks back over 32 years in uniform http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050311-469/retiring-police-chief-seusing-looks-back-over.html NASHUA – Now that all the police department’s collective bargaining agreements are settled and signed and the stage has been set for growing the force to its 185- member goal, Police Chief John Seusing can turn his focus to more leisurely pursuits, such as spending more time with his family and, he said Wednesday, doing a lot more cooking. Seusing, who took his first patrol shifts in the winter of 1982-83, then rose through the ranks until becoming chief at the start of 2012, notified the Police Commission on Tuesday night that he intends to retire effective Dec. 31, capping a 32-year career and opening the door to the next chapter of his life. Standing ready to step into Seusing’s shoes is Deputy Chief Andrew Lavoie, also a career NPD officer who, like Seusing, began as a patrolman and rose steadily through the ranks. Change at the top has been brisk of late, with Seusing’s retirement and Lavoie’s promotion the latest of several retirements and promotions that have taken place over the past three or so years. Seusing served as deputy chief from 2008 until he replaced retiring Chief Donald Conley at the end of 2011. Previously, Seusing was a captain, commanding a uniformed patrol division before taking over as the head of the department’s Professional Standards division. Lavoie and the Police Commission will fill the deputy chief post that comes open at the end of the year. Deputy Chief Michael Carignan was recently named to the other deputy chief post. Seusing said Wednesday that researching the department’s recent staffing history and building a foundation on which to “get more police officers on the street” ranks among his proudest accomplishments as chief. “When I became chief, I spoke about some things that were important to me, and one of them was the staffing issue. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:01:21 EST Nashua Public Library presents How-To Festival http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1050320-478/nashua-public-library-presents-how-to-festival.html NASHUA – Spend Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Nashua Public Library’s How-To Festival and go home with some useful – or just plain fun – new skills. Featured speakers will present one-hour sessions throughout the day. In addition, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. you can ramble through the library, watch short demos and learn new skills in 15 minutes or less. Featured presentations include how to: “Succeed on eBay,” presented by Greg Page, Merrimack Analysis Group. “Manage Paper Overload,” presented by Carol Martin-Ward, Practical Organizing Solutions. “Make Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen,” presented by Whole Foods. “Cash in on Your Invention,” presented by Patricia Nolan-Brown, inventor. “Succeed on Craigslist, Click by Click,” presented by Page. “Zumba,” presented by Ginger Kozlowski, Zumba Gold. “Line Dance,” presented by Kozlowski, Line Dance Max. “Decide What Publishing Path Suits Your Book,” presented by Sonja Hakala, author. “Decorate in Small Spaces,” presented by Jackie Davis, RoomScape Interiors. “Make a Movie,” presented by Lauren Tracy, X-Factor Filmmakers. “Make Fabric Flowers,” presented by Lisa Allen Lambert, LisaAllenLambert.com. “Bang Your Bucket,” presented by Ray Aucoin, Nashua Community Music School. The full list of sessions is at www.tinyurl.com/npllectures. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:00:38 EST Gagnons, of Nashua, celebrate 60th anniversary http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/anniversaries/1050323-469/gagnons-of-nashua-celebrate-60th-anniversary.html Gerald and Lucille (Marquis) Gagnon, of Nashua, recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. The Gagnons were married Oct. 2, 1954, at St. Louis Church, Nashua. Their children are David Gagnon and Denise Kulingoski, and they have three grandchildren. The children surprised the Gagnons with a family anniversary celebration at Valentino’s Restaurant in Hudson and with family and friends at a Mass at St. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:00:53 EST Bissonnettes, of Nashua, celebrate 50th anniversary http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/anniversaries/1050324-469/bissonnettes-of-nashua-celebrate-50th-anniversary.html James and Elizabeth (Murphy) Bissonnette, of Nashua, recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. The Bissonnettes were married Oct. 24, 1964, at St. Charles Church, Gardiner, N.Y. Their four daughters and their husbands are Ann and Ray LeClaire, Jane and Paul Pisano, Carolyn and Jim Mail, and Noelle and Stephen Landry. They have eight grandchildren ranging in age from 5-20: Jake, Alex, Ella, Nancy, Carly, Thomas, Katherine and Miranda. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:00:57 EST YMCA of Greater Nashua to hold 12th annual Auction & Gala http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1050326-478/ymca-of-greater-nashua-to-hold-12th.html NASHUA – Tickets are on sale for the YMCA of Greater Nashua’s 12th annual Auction & Gala, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. In addition to the silent auction, the event will include raffles and a live auction of about 40 items, including a birthday party with food and disc jockey for up to 50 guests at The Point Restaurant in Boston; a two-night stay at Mills Fall Inn in Meredith, with $250 toward restaurants or Cascade Spa; a Porsche Boxer rental for a weekend; a sailing trip in private boat in Boston Harbor; theater tickets; a private chef creating dinner in your home for six people; fine jewelry shopping expeditions; a Cape Cod vacation; golf packages; and gift baskets. The Y is still in need of raffle and auction items from local merchants. Such gifts can include restaurant gift certificates, golf equipment, condominium weekends, concert tickets, signed sports memorabilia, theater tickets, cycling equipment, resort vacation weeks, limousine service and sports equipment. The event also includes a three-course dinner. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:01:05 EST Nashua Catholic to hold open house on Nov. 5 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1050329-478/nashua-catholic-to-hold-open-house-on.html NASHUA – Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School will host an interactive open house for prospective parents and students at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the school’s gymnasium at 6 Bartlett Ave. The program will begin with a presentation, followed by self-guided and student-led tours providing families a chance to explore the facilities, learn more about the programs, and chat with faculty and staff. “You will see active classrooms during our open house,” said Mary Kirkwood, director of admissions. “Our teachers, students, various organizations and clubs demonstrate our complete educational story for every student.” For more information, call 882-7011 or visit www.ncrjhs.org. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:01:14 EST Nashua school donates to American Cancer Society http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1050330-478/nashua-school-donates-to-american-cancer-society.html NASHUA – Infant Jesus School raised $325 on Friday, Oct. 17, for the American Cancer Society to support the fight against breast cancer. Students donated $1 to be able to wear something pink and contribute to the cause. Students who normally wear uniforms every day found this a good reason to be out of their regular uniforms and to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. For more information, visit www.cancer.org. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:01:18 EST Mayor recognizes Nashua woman’s 100th birthday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1050331-478/mayor-recognizes-nashua-womans-100th-birthday.html NASHUA – Laurette Begin Vanasse was honored by Mayor Donnalee Lozeau in recognition of her 100th birthday recently. The recognition took place at Alpine Grove Banquet Facility in Hollis, where more than 150 family members and friends, including her six children, 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, gathered to celebrate her milestone. Vanasse lives in Nashua with her daughter and son-in-law Beth and Ken McDaniel. She is an accomplished bridge player and golfer, and is a member of the Nashua Senior Activity Center. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:01:22 EST Nashua schools, Merrimack feature familiar foes in girls soccer http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1050337-457/nashua-schools-merrimack-feature-familiar-foes-in.html Familiarity often breeds contempt, but that won’t be the case as the local high school girls soccer tournaments get underway, especially in Division I. Four area teams who know each other well will square off in one spot, Stellos Stadium, on Thursday in the Division I preliminary round. Seventh seed Nashua High School North (9-6-1) hosts No. 10 Merrimack (7-8-1) at 3 p.m. while No. 6 Bishop Guertin (12-4) hosts No. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:01:46 EST Wheeler, of Milford, faces Sheehan, a Nashua alderman,in Executive Council race http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetnews/1050342-308/wheeler-of-milford-faces-sheehan-a-nashua.html MILFORD – Two words are key to the race to fill the Executive Council District 5 seat: commuter rail. On Election Day, Nov. 4, Diane Sheehan, a Nashua alderman-at-large, is challenging David Wheeler, of Milford, for the seat being vacated by Debora Pignatelli. Wheeler voted against a rail study when he was an executive councilor in 2012, angering Nashua aldermen, and Sheehan decided to run for the seat after Pignatelli announced in May she was stepping down to deal with a short-term health issue. Wheeler, a Republican, contends that the state can not afford commuter rail and extension of the line that now runs between Boston and Lowell, Mass. would duplicate the service provided by the Boston Express, jeopardizing the fiscal health of the bus service. “The bus pays for itself. This is not about getting to Boston,” he said, and a rail project would cost nearly half a billion, endanger the state’s bond rating and use up federal congestion mitigation funds that are needed for local projects, like the Route 13/Emerson Road intersection in Milford. “We really should not be spending general fund money or borrowing,” he said in a phone interview last week. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:02:10 EST Plans for new Milford library building unveiled http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetnews/1050350-308/plans-for-new-milford-library-building-unveiled.html MILFORD – Residents got their first look at plans for a new Wadleigh Memorial Library building during an open house Sunday. The project, estimated at $5.4 million, would involve demolishing the current building and building a new one that extends nearly to the Nashua Street sidewalk. The library is considered too small, out of date, and with serious structural problems. Joel Trafford, the library’s facilities manager, gave tours during the Sunday afternoon session, and Ron Lamarre, an architect specializing in library design with the firm Lavalle Brensinger, showed drawings and plans. Trafford, who has been in charge of the building since 2003, showed some of its defects, including problems with moisture, flooding, ceilings and a wall that isn’t structurally sound. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:02:45 EST Nashua teen charged with felony after July theft http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050312-469/nashua-teen-charged-with-felony-after-july.html NASHUA – Police arrested a city teenager Monday and charged him with stealing more than $1,000 in various items from an apartment. Police arrested Aaron Sisto, 17, of 119 Temple St., Apt. 309, after investigating a theft complaint from another resident at 119 Temple St. on July 22. Detectives said Sisto had taken the items, worth more than $1,500, all of which were later recovered. Sisto is charged with theft by unauthorized taking – consolidated and was arraigned at Nashua district court Tuesday. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:01:25 EST Two felony charges against former Nashua woman nol prossed by prosecutors http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050307-469/two-felony-charges-against-former-nashua-woman.html NASHUA – Two charges lodged in the past against Kimberly Weeks, now 39 and a former Nashua resident whose last known address was in Hudson, have been nol prossed, according to documents filed in Hillsborough County Superior Court. One of the charges – receiving stolen property – was nol prossed in October 2010, while the other – one count of controlled drug: acts prohibited – was nol prossed in January 2013, the documents state. Both charges are felonies. Documents show that both cases were closed the same day that each charge was ordered nol prossed. The term “nol pros” is derived from the Latin phrase “nolle prosequi,” which means “we shall no longer prosecute.” Prosecutors in criminal cases, or plaintiffs in civil cases, use the phrase to indicate that they no longer wish to pursue action against defendants. Judge Diane Nicolosi presided over the controlled drug: acts prohibited case. The name of the judge in the other case is not included in documents. The controlled drug: acts prohibited charge stemmed from allegations that Weeks altered a prescription in order to obtain a controlled drug. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:57 EST Concord blanks North http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1050291-457/concord-blanks-north.html DIVISION I FIRST ROUND Concord, 4 Nashua North 0 The Titans’ playoff dreams fell short, as Concord’s offensive performance was just too much for North to handle. Jack Healy played well in the loss for North. Despite the early playoff exit, coach Igor Monteiro still sees promise going forward, “It was my first year and we were still able to get the best school record since the split. We are going to make sure we keep developing the players so that in the future we can have a good program.” Concord will advance to play Timberlane in the quarterfinals. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:00:59 EST Nashua Police Chief Seusing to retire, be replaced by Deputy Chief Lavoie http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050223-469/nashua-police-chief-seusing-to-retire-be.html NASHUA – Police Chief John Seusing has announced his retirement as of the end of the year He will be replaced by Deputy Chief Andrew J. Lavoie. The Nashua Police Commission accepted the retirement at its meeting on Tuesday. Seusing will retire on January 1, 2015, following a 32-year career with the department. The Nashua Police Commission unanimously selected Deputy Chief Lavoie as his successor. Lavoie has held the position of Deputy Chief for the past three years. He has been a member of the department’s command staff since 2007 and a member of the Nashua Police Department since 1987. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:34:00 EST Nashua gets its first public electric car charging station, in Elm Street garage http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050220-469/nashua-gets-its-first-public-electric-car.html Nashua has its first public electric-car charging station that isn’t at an auto dealership. A “plug-in” ceremony will happen today at the lower level of the Elm Street Parking garage next to the Transit Center, unveiling a Level 2 EV charging station which allows users between 10 and 20 miles of range per hour of charge. The unveiling happens at 2 p.m., although the charger was turned on this morning. The charger was created in partnership with PSNH, which has opened public stations at Antioch University New England in Keene and Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth, with two other locations to be announced. The ceremony, which will featured Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and officials from PSNH, is sponsored by Peter’s of Nashua - which, as a seller of the electric Nissan Leaf, has had a charging station for two years. – DAVID BROOKS Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:17:42 EST Jenna Pearlstein & James Synborski http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/engagements/1050219-469/jenna-pearlstein--james-synborski.html Mr. and Mrs. David and Anne Pearlstein are excited to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jenna, to James (Jim) Synborski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:00:22 EST Nashua to open electric car charging station at Elm Street garage http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050207-469/nashua-to-open-electric-car-charging-station.html Nashua is about to get its first public electric-car charging station that isn't at an auto dealership. A “plug-in” ceremony will happen today at the lower level of the Elm Street Parking garage next to the Transit Center, unveiling a Level 2 EV charging station which allows users between 10 and 20 miles of range per hour of charge. The unveiling happens at 2 p.m. The charger was created in partnership with PSNH, which has opened public stations at Antioch University New England in Keene and Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth, with two other locations to be announced. The ceremony, which will featured Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and officials from PSNH, is sponsored by Peter's of Nashua - which, as a seller of the electric Nissan Leaf, has had a charging station for two years. - DAVID BROOKS Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:26:31 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/granitegeek/1050206-468/nashua-to-install-electric-car-charging-station-at.html Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:45:10 EST Yvonne A. Light http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1050171-466/yvonne-a.-light.html Yvonne A. Light, 83, of Merrimack, widow of Andrew J. Light, passed away peacefully on Monday morning, October 27, 2014 at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH after a prolonged illness. Born in Nashua on October 10, 1931 she was a daughter of the late Victor and Alice (Labrecque) Labrie. Yvonne raised eight children in Nashua and was a dedicated mother with a listening ear and a caring heart. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:00:33 EST Robert N. Beaudoin http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1050172-466/robert-n.-beaudoin.html NASHUA – Robert Napoleon “Pepere” Beaudoin, 85, of Nashua, formerly of Tempe, AZ, died peacefully on October 24, 2014 at the Veterans Nursing Home in Tilton, NH. Born in Lowell, MA, he was the son of the late Ernest and Yvonne Beaudoin. Robert was a longtime employee of the Federal Aviation Agency in New England. Following his retirement, he loved fishing, praying to God, and just being with friends to talk with. Robert is survived by his two sons, Norman Beaudoin of Nashua, and Roger & wife Beth Beaudoin of Nashua; his 5 grandchildren; his 2 great-grandchildren; his sister, Angel Cote; his brother, Raymond Beaudoin; his stepdaughters, Theresa and Debora, both of Arizona; several nieces, nephews, and extended family; and many great friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by wife, Mildred; his brothers, Maurice, Andrew, and Henry; his sister, Julie; granddaughter, Danessa Horn; and grandson, Matthew Beaudoin. ARRANGEMENTS: A Memorial Service will be held in the New Hampshire State Veteran Cemetery Chapel, 110 Daniel Webster Hwy, Boscawen, NH on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11:30A.M. followed by military honors. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:00:38 EST Ryan James Sola http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1050173-466/ryan-james-sola.html Ryan James Sola, 28 of Nashua, NH died Saturday, October 25, 2014 at his home. Born August 27, 1986 in Bermuda, he was the son of Efrain Sola, of Nashua, NH and Patricia (Gonzalez) Walker, of Virginia Beach, VA. Ryan had recently been employed as a fabricator at Textiles Coated Inc. in Manchester. He enjoyed listening to music, was known to be a superb lyricist, and was passionate about watching and playing sports. He was into sports so much that he had a vast knowledge of team and player statistics. Besides his parents, survivors include his stepfather, David Walker, of Virginia Beach, VA; his longtime girlfriend, Savanah Barboza, of Nashua; one son, Xavier Alicea, of Hagerstown, MD; one daughter, Ariana Sola, of Nashua and an additional daughter to be born soon; one brother, Ricky Sola, of Nashua; two sisters, Erica Walker, of Virginia Beach, VA and Tonya Patterson, of Athens, OH; and one niece, Amelia of Nashua. Services: Visiting hours will be held Thursday from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Lock St., Nashua, NH 03064. A funeral service will be held in the chapel of the Davis Funeral Home at 7:00 PM (immediately following visiting hours). Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:00:44 EST Charles Robert ‘Bob’ Mackey http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1050175-466/charles-robert-bob-mackey.html Charles Robert “Bob” Mackey, 91, longtime resident of Nashua, NH, died at The Hunt Community on Sunday, October 26, 2014. He was born on February 19, 1923 in Camden, New Jersey, a son of the late E. Clinton and Amelia (Ecker) Mackey. He grew up in the Philadelphia area and raised five children in Danvers, MA with his wife, Mary Ellen Duggan, who died unexpectedly on June 1, 1967. He moved to Nashua in 1977, with his new wife, Ethel T. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:00:53 EST Michael J. Medeiros http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1050176-466/michael-j.-medeiros.html Michael J. Medeiros, 68, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Courville in Nashua. Michael was born in Manchester on February 6, 1946, a son of the late Cazemiro and Irene (Champagne) Medeiros. He was the beloved husband of Diane (Chauvrette) Medeiros of Nashua. Prior to retirement, Michael was employed with Hitchiner Manufacturing. Besides his wife, Michael is survived by: one aunt, Betty Barreto of Fall River MA; as well as several cousins. SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held on Friday, October 31, 2014 in the Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home, 21 Kinsley Street, Nashua, from 4-6 PM. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, November 3, 2014 in the funeral home at 11 AM. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:00:57 EST Riley, former Nashuan shot by police in March, slated for plea and sentencing Friday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050179-469/riley-former-nashuan-shot-by-police-in.html NASHUA – The former Nashua man shot by a Nashua police officer as the two fought following a foot chase in a local apartment complex in March has apparently reached a plea deal with prosecutors concerning the slew of criminal offenses with which he was charged. Craig Riley, 41, formerly of 5 New Haven Drive, is scheduled to appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua Friday morning to enter pleas to some of the felony charges lodged in connection with the incident, according to court documents. He is also scheduled to be sentenced at Friday’s hearing. The deal, the terms of which have not been released, follows a lengthy series of motions and counter motions filed by Riley’s lawyers and state prosecutors. It was apparently reached earlier this month after motions to continue the case and to suppress evidence were filed. Jury selection in the case had been scheduled for Nov. 3, with the trial set for about Nov. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:31 EST Start-ups vie for space in Nashua’s Gateway Hills via Flatley Challenge http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050180-469/start-ups-vie-for-space-in-nashuas-gateway.html NASHUA – Friday is the deadline for the third annual Flatley Challenge, a competition for tech entrepreneurs that includes free office and lab space in Nashua as part of the prize. The challenge is from John J. Flatley Co., owner of Nashua Technology Park and Nashua Office Park at Gateway Hills. It’s designed to assist start-ups in the fields of IT, communications, data storage, connectivity, robotics, medical devices, life sciences and other technologies. Winners get free rent for one year for up to 5,000 square feet of office and/or lab space as well as up to $10,000 in fit-up, connectivity and related costs in the complex, just off Spit Brook Road near Exit 1 of the Everett Turnpike. The Flatley Challenge is one of the several competitions in southern New Hampshire to aid start-ups, of which the best known is TechOut by NH High Tech Council and tech incubator Alpha Loft. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:36 EST Law Warehouses files new suit against state Liquor Commission and Exel Inc. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050182-469/law-warehouses-files-new-suit-against-state.html NASHUA – Attorneys for Law Warehouses Inc. of Nashua on Tuesday brought forward a new lawsuit against the State Liquor Commission and Exel, the firm the commission chose last year over Law for its liquor warehousing and distribution needs. The new suit, which accuses state officials and Exel of violating federal and state antitrust laws, stems from Law’s allegations that the state and Exel acted “in collusion during the bidding process,” according to Law attorney Christopher Carter. The two sides had been scheduled Tuesday for a trial management conference in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua involving Law’s original suit against the liquor commission and Exel, which it filed in February 2013. That suit faulted the bidding process and the commission’s eventual decision to choose Exel and sign a 20-year, $200 million contract. Partly in light of the new lawsuit being filed Tuesday, Judge Charles Temple continued the case until early May, Carter said. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:28:02 EST Nashua ambulance crews train to transport an Ebola patient http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050183-469/nashua-ambulance-crews-train-to-transport-an.html When it comes to handling a patient with a disease like Ebola, the modern, high-tech ambulance has some extra weapons: heavy plastic sheets and duct tape. On Monday, American Medical Response staff practiced outside their Nashua ambulance bays, setting up an ambulance to simulate what would be necessary if they had to transport a patient infected with the Ebola virus, which can be transmitted through bodily fluids such as sweat, blood and urine. They were creating a “cocoon of 6-millimeter plastic, taped at all seams,” said Christopher Hickey, shift commander for AMR, isolating the entire patient care area of the vehicle “to provide safety for our people and for other patients,” he said. Hickey said they were “mocking up an ambulance to see the best way that we could set up the truck to keep it hermetically sealed to prevent the spread of the disease, to both our providers and future patients who ride in the ambulance.” “Even with something as simple as sweat, there’s a possibility of catching the disease,” Hickey said. “You have to be prepared when the time comes.” Most of the equipment had been removed from the ambulance. Thick sheets of plastic were unrolled onto all of surfaces inside the vehicle’s patient care area. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:34:55 EST 29 new agents join local ranks of Realtors http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/business/businesspeople/1050197-464/29-new-agents-join-local-ranks-of.html BEDFORD – At an induction ceremony that took place at the Greater Manchester/Nashua Board of Realtors office, 29 new agents accepted the honor and responsibility of becoming a Realtor. These new Realtor professionals pledge to hold themselves to the highest standards of professionalism and to conform to the lofty ideals of the Realtors Code of Ethics. “It was a great event on Oct. 7 as 29 inductees took the pledge to protect the American Dream of Homeownership and abide by the Realtors Code of Ethics,” said Theresa Grella, GMNBR president. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 01:01:02 EST Brown is not bipartisan http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1050210-474/brown-is-not-bipartisan.html The Nashua Telegraph wrote an endorsement of Scott Brown on Sunday that needs a response. The editorial claims that Scott Brown will somehow be bipartisan and a consensus-builder. I could not more strongly disagree, because Scott Brown is neither of those things. Scott Brown is beholden to the special interests that have worked to undermine sensible approaches to improve energy efficiency and address climate disruption, and he has shifted his positions on energy and climate issues, depending on when and what audience he trying to attract. As a state senator from Massachusetts, Brown supported the highly successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:26:49 EST Lasky has earned another term in the Senate http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1050211-465/lasky-has-earned-another-term-in-the.html Nashua voters would do well to return Bette Lasky to the New Hampshire Senate when they go to the polls Nov. 4. Lasky is a Democrat in her second go-round as a state senator representing District 13, which includes Wards 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in the city. Before her election to the Senate, she represented the city for 10 years in the House and served 17 years on the city Planning Board. She is among the Senate’s quietest members – not much given to tooting her own horn – but what she lacks in splash, she makes up for in consistency. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:00:31 EST State to hold Nashua meeting to improve bus, rail service http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050145-469/state-to-hold-nashua-meeting-to-improve.html NASHUA (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting next month to seek input on a set of transportation alternatives to improve bus and rail service between Concord and Boston. The Nov. 20 meeting will be held at Nashua Public Library from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The department is evaluating opportunities to improve inter-city rail and transit service through a study jointly funded by the Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration. It was approved by New Hampshire’s Executive Council in February 2013. The study will examine rail and bus transit options and intercity rail alternatives to address transportation, economic development, sustainability, quality of life and environmental issues along the Interstate 93 and Everett Turnpike corridors from Concord to Nashua, with connections to Boston. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:28:32 EST Donna (Nelson) Bryant http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1050106-466/donna-nelson-bryant.html Donna (Nelson) Bryant, age 61 of San Antonio,TX, formerly of Nashua, New Hampshire, passed away on August 3, 2014 after a brief illness. She was born on May 5, 1953 in Nashua, New Hampshire, to the late Ralph Nelson and Marjorie Nelson. She is survived by her children, Stephanie Bryant of Chalmette, LA, and Aaron Bryant of San Antonio,TX. She is also survived by her mother, Marjorie Nelson; her brothers, Bill Nelson and his wife Sherry, David Nelson and his wife Denise; her sister, Karen Leblanc and her husband Peter; she is also survived by nieces and nephews, Erik Nelson, Gregg Nelson, Douglas Nelson, Bianca Nelson, Amanda Turcotte, Matthew Leblanc, Tabitha Bryant and William Bryant. Services: A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at 11 am at the Trinity Baptist Church, Lund Road, Nashua, New Hampshire. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:00:25 EST Cynthia Dobrowolski http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1050110-466/cynthia-dobrowolski.html Cindy Dobrowolski, 56, of Rye, a native and longtime resident of Nashua, and a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, died on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at a Boston hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. Cindy fought the good fight against pancreatic cancer, inspiring us with her courage, dignity and strength. She never gave up hope. This last year with her was an amazing gift we will always cherish. Cindy was born in Nashua on Dec. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:00:30 EST Suzanne M. Duhamel http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1050113-466/suzanne-m.-duhamel.html Suzanne M. Duhamel, 54, of Nashua passed away peacefully on Monday October 20, 2014 at her home. Suzanne was born in Nashua on June 11, 1960, a daughter of Richard Duhamel of Merrimack and Pauline (Dionne) DeCunto of Windham. Suzanne was a wonderful artist and surrealism was her love. Her artwork meant the world to her and helped serve as an outlet for creativity and relaxed her from everyday stresses. Her artwork won her the Friendship Award of the Nashua Area Artists Association (NAAA) and she won second place in the Mixed Media category at the association’s annual Greeley Park Show. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:00:57 EST Plea, sentencing expected for Amado, alleged Nashua shooter http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050124-469/plea-sentencing-expected-for-amado-alleged-nashua.html NASHUA – One of the two Nashua men charged and later indicted in connection with the shooting and attempted robbery of another man in January has apparently reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and is scheduled for a sentencing hearing on Nov. 24, according to court documents. Alexandre Amado, 21, formerly of 15 Kessler Farm Drive, was indicted in March on five felony charges that include second-degree assault; armed robbery; attempted falsifying physical evidence; and two counts of sale of marijuana. A court official said Amado is expected to enter pleas and be sentenced on the armed robbery, assault and attempted falsifying evidence charges at the hearing, which begins at 10 a.m. in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua. The charges stem from a confrontation on Rochette Avenue in Nashua on Jan. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:01:46 EST Nashua aldermen to consider millions in grant funds at Tuesday meeting http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050130-469/nashua-aldermen-to-consider-millions-in-grant.html NASHUA – Aldermen will consider accepting a $3.4 million federal housing grant to target lead-paint hazards in city housing when it meets Tuesday night. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant will help the city clean up homes at high-risk of lead-paint exposure, train workers in lead safety and heighten public awareness of childhood lead paint poisoning. Lead is a toxin known to impair children’s development and to have long-lasting effects into adulthood, and lead poisoning is the top environmental health threat to children, HUD officials said. Lead-contaminated dust is the primary cause of lead exposure. It can lead to health problems in young children, including reduced IQ, learning disabilities, developmental delays, reduced height and impaired hearing. At higher levels, it can damage a child’s kidneys and central nervous system, and cause anemia, coma, convulsions and death. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:30:20 EST Happy to be back at home http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1050134-457/happy-to-be-back-at-home.html NASHUA – How anxious was Eric McCambly to return home? When he was coming back to the area with hockey teams from other schools, McCambly would stop by the same local barber’s shop unannounced. “He’d see a bus and he’d think some celebrity was coming,” McCambly said. “I told him, ‘You’re the only one who knows how to cut hair.’” McCambly, who grew up here and played his high school hockey at Bishop Guertin (winger, 1990 graduate), can get all the haircuts he wants at his favorite local barbershop now. He’s now the coach of the first varsity men’s ice hockey team Daniel Webster College has ever had, and the Eagles open their season on Saturday vs. Harvard University’s club team at Conway Arena. They will be playing a schedule that eases them into the world of varsity hockey, with an upgraded club schedule that includes four NCAA varsity  contests, the first of which is Nov. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:02:46 EST Grant’s department store in Nashua a huge success … until its bankruptcy, that is http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1050139-469/grants-department-store-in-nashua-a-huge.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 and an explanation of how he got the shot. Let’s get this out of the way right off. This isn’t going to be a comprehensive accounting of all the Main Street department stores in Nashua since the first non-native paused on the riverbank years ago. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:03:35 EST Trick or treat is Halloween night (Friday), 6-8 p.m. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050123-469/trick-or-treat-is-halloween-night-friday.html Halloween is Friday, Oct. 31, and all communities in Greater Nashua have trick-or-treat from 6 to 8 p.m., except for Windham and Pelham, which both start at 5 p.m. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:01:39 EST Nashua police investigating East Hollis Street robbery at knifepoint http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050099-469/nashua-police-investigating-east-hollis-street-robbery.html Nashua police are looking for a man who robbed the East Hollis Variety at knifepoint around noon Monday. Police were called to the convenience store at 131 East Hollis St. around 11:50 a.m. and were told by a clerk there that the man had entered the store, displayed a knife, and then fled with an undisclosed amount of money, according to Nashua detective Sgt. Daniel Mederos. The suspect is described as a white male, 6 feet tall with a thin build. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:01:13 EST State Senate District 13 (Nashua Wards 3,4,6,7,8,9) http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1049248-476/state-senate-district-13-nashua-wards-346789.html ​The Telegraph invited candidates for Executive Council, NH Senate and NH House of Representatives in districts that include Greater Nashua to fill out a short form. Here are the responses we have received from candidates for this office: DORIS HOHENSEE (R) Age: 60 Address: 15 Swart Terrace, Nashua Contact: DorisHohensee.com; Doris.Hohensee@comcast.net; 881-8323 Years of residence: 35 years in NH; 32 years in Nashua Family: Married to Paul Hohensee; 6 children and 3 grandchildren Education: College of Mt. St. Vincent, BA Math Occuipation: Software engineer in NYC metro area prior to moving to NH; wife, mother, homeschooling parent; education advocate for parents and education activist for 24 years. Political history: NH GOP delegate 2012 and 2014 Affiliations: Chair and Co-founder of NH Families for Education, advocating for parents, teachers and local control of education Please list what you consider the three most important issues that will be facing this office in the coming term, and give your position on each, in a single sentence each. JOBS: Improve New Hampshire’s business climate through lower taxes, fees and regulation to attract entrepreneurs and small business, which is the backbone of our state, so they can create the high paying jobs we need to keep young families from leaving New Hampshire to find work. HEALTHCARE: Help families keep their doctors and hospitals as well as increase access to affordable, high quality healthcare that meets their individual needs. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:04:01 EST Nashua student organizes inspirational guest speaker event for peers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049529-469/nashua-student-organizes-inspirational-guest-speaker-event.html NASHUA – A Nashua student organized the first of what he hopes will be many inspirational guest speaker events Friday at NHS North. David Grossman, a senior at Nashua High School North, officially started the “Inspiration Club” this week by inviting the managing editor of the “Harvard Gazette,” Terry Murphy, to speak with students. “It’s been an idea that I’ve been playing with for a while. I’ve been interested in broadening the perspective in high school. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:33 EST Most-used city bus stops are in shopping centers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1050047-469/most-used-city-bus-stops-are-in-shopping.html NASHUA – The most popular bus stops for the city’s Nashua Transit service are Pheasant Lane Mall, the Nashua Mall, and West Side Plaza on the Merrimack border. This is one of a number of charts and maps taken from the draft of the 2015-2035 Regional Plan from the Nashua Regional Planning Commission. The plan examines the current and future state of the 13-town Nashua region, which stretches from Lyndeborough in the west to Pelham in the east and to Merrimack in the north. The draft can be viewed online at www.granitestatefuture.org/regions/nashua-region/ documents. The commission is seeking public input on its draft. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 05:35:36 EST Rita N. Couturier http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1050060-466/rita-n.-couturier.html Rita N. Couturier, 88, of Nashua, widow of Robert H. Couturier, died Sunday morning, October 26, 2014 at Kindred Healthcare at Greenbriar, after a period of declining health. A resident of this city for the past 75 years, Mrs. Couturier was born in St. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:00:30 EST Karate school in Nashua, Merrimack completes 10th year of service to fundraising walk http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1050065-478/karate-school-in-nashua-merrimack-completes-10th.html The Independent Karate Schools of Nashua and Merrimack celebrated a milestone on Thursday, Oct. 2, when volunteers arrived at Greeley Park in Nashua in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light The Night Walk for the 10th straight. Led by Jeff Maistrosky, a black belt instructor and IKS community ambassador, 25 volunteers devoted their time to registering teams and handing out food, T-shirts and illuminated lanterns to the walkers and fundraisers. “The character trait that we are stressing for the month of October is balance,” Maistrosky said. “All of this year’s volunteers have many school, work and family obligations, but they exemplified balance by building this walk into their schedules. “We really like it when they make events like these a part of their lives.” The society is dedicated to finding cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improving the quality of life for patients and their families. The Light The Night campaign is one of its largest national events involving blood cancer supporters and survivors, as well as those who have lost a friend or family member to these diseases. “The funds raised by our Nashua walk participants help LLS support leading-edge research and provide much needed patient services in New Hampshire,” said Sarah Callahan, LLS campaign specialist. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:00:59 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – Oct. 27 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1050076-478/classes-in-greater-nashua--oct.-27.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION CLASSES St. Joseph Hospital’s Community Health Education will offer the following free classes. To register, or for more information: 595-3168 or stjosephhospital.com. Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster: A Guide to Mind-Body Techniques: 4-6 p.m. Oct. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:01:47 EST Nashua Adult Learning Center holding Community Resource Expo http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049951-478/nashua-adult-learning-center-holding-community-resource.html NASHUA – The Nashua Adult Learning Center will hold its annual Community Resource Expo from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, and 10:30 a.m.-noon Friday, Oct. 31, at 4 Lake St. The expo began as a way to connect the students with resources in the community such as housing, health care and job placement. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:00:33 EST Harbor Homes in Nashua provides housing for 38 in need http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1049952-478/harbor-homes-in-nashua-provides-housing-for.html NASHUA – Harbor Homes, a member of the Partnership for Successful Living, announced its success in providing permanent housing and supportive services to an additional 38 chronically homeless individuals and families, eight of whom are veterans, and anticipate two more to be housed in the  coming days. A safe and secure roof over the heads of our most vulnerable neighbors has been made possible by the agency’s Ending Homelessness Fund. The fund’s mission, initiated in January by a small group of concerned citizens, is to raise the funds necessary to permanently house and maintain the chronically homeless in Greater Nashua in an attempt to bridge the gap from the amount of funds allocated by the federal government. Since January, the fund has raised close to $125,000 in pursuit of its $200,000 year-end goal. Time is running out, and the fund must raise about $75,000 in just a few weeks to allow Harbor Homes to house all of the remaining chronically homeless individuals and families in the Nashua area. “Chronically homeless” is defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as “either an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has been continuously homeless for a year or more or an unaccompanied individual who has had a least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years.” These men and women are our most desperate and difficult to place in housing. They require the highest level of public resources, often have life-threatening medical needs and their mortality rate is two to three times higher than the general population. Substantiated reports have indicated that this group comprises the highest users of costly hospital-based acute care and concluded that placing individuals and families in supportive housing can lead to improved health care costs, especially when frequent users of health services are targeted. Gifts of any size are respectfully requested. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:00:36 EST CrossFit Nashua holds fundraiser for Cure With Hope http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1049954-478/crossfit-nashua-holds-fundraiser-for-cure-with.html NASHUA – CrossFit Nashua and CrossFit Ad Finem of Manchester came together Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Nashua facility at 106 Perimeter Road to hold the second Fight With Hope, a fundraising event for Cure with Hope. Cure With Hope is a charity created by the late Rebecca Rose Tabat. The event included an award competition, raffle prizes, massages and a Cure With Hope information table. It raised more than $2,600 for Cure With Hope. More than 80 people registered and competed in three categories. Level 1 was for beginners or those who had never done CrossFit, Level 2 was for the average CrossFit athlete and Level 3 was for people who could handle more of a challenge. CrossFit is a mix of aerobic exercise, gymnastics (body weight exercises) and Olympic weightlifting. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:00:44 EST Nashua dentist helps create chemistry lab at Academy for Science and Design http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1049955-478/nashua-dentist-helps-create-chemistry-lab-at.html NASHUA – Scott F. Bobbitt marked the celebration of his 25 years as a family dentist by establishing a community partnership with the Academy for Science and Design charter school. Last year, ASD reached out for community partners to support its science, technology, engineering and mathematics education mission, stating its need for a full and properly fitted chemistry lab for its students. The call was answered by Bobbitt, DMD, MAGD, DICOI, of Nashua, who made a $30,000 donation. New Hampshire faces a critical shortage of students who develop and sustain their interest in STEM fields from elementary school through college. The academy is aimed at expanding students’ interest and ability in STEM locally and statewide. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:00:48 EST Pets of the Week for Oct. 26 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049956-478/pets-of-the-week-for-oct.-26.html Humane Society  for Greater Nashua SNICKERS Hi, there! I’m Snickers, a young pup looking for a family to go on adventures with. Don’t you just love my cute smile and pretty face? I would do best in a dog-savvy, adult-only home, as I can be too bouncy for kids. I’m a rough and tumble kind of gal who just loves to play! Tennis balls are my favorite. I think I would prefer to be the only pet in my new home, but don’t worry, I have so much love to give that you won’t need anyone else. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:00:52 EST Community events in Nashua – Oct. 26 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1049957-478/community-events-in-nashua--oct.-26.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS DINING FOR A CAUSE TO BENEFIT NASHUA SENIOR CENTER The Ninety Nine Restaurant at 10 Saint Laurent St. has partnered with the Nashua Senior Activity Center to host a Dining for a Cause Evening. Dine on Oct. 28 from 5-10 p.m. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:00:58 EST Nashua South students recognize importance of voting http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1049965-478/nashua-south-students-recognize-importance-of-voting.html My favorite day of elementary school was mock election day. Even at 10, I took voting and politics seriously. I remember feeling so ecstatic when the presidential candidate I had “voted” for won New Searles Elementary School’s mock election. At 17, sadly, I won’t be able to make my voice heard on Tuesday, Nov. 4. However, as a future political science major, I understand how important making your voice heard is. We still have two years before we vote for the 45th president of the United States, but voting in local and state elections each year can have even more of an impact on your everyday life. “It is important for people to vote for who they want to represent them and their community in our government,” said Katelyn Frechette, a senior at Nashua High School South. New Hampshire’s U.S. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:01:36 EST Nashua North volleyball team inspires school http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1049966-478/nashua-north-volleyball-team-inspires-school.html Nashua High School North is a school filled with diversity. There is a wide variety of students who fill the halls who are brought together by different events such as dances, clubs, assemblies, plays and sports. Out of all of these unifying congregations, there are none that surpass girls volleyball in creating a sense of school pride. Titan volleyball games consolidate student spectators, parents, coaches, athletes and faculty members into a being filled with spirit. Nashua North is recognized statewide as the toughest place to play a game because of the overwhelming atmosphere created by the crowd. The girls are having the best season in North history. They’re on a 15-game win streak, only having lost two close games at the beginning of the year. “Being a part of North volleyball this year, in my senior season, is all I wanted it to be,” senior captain Kaylee Verrington said. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:01:40 EST Raise the limit on Everett Turnpike http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1049974-474/raise-the-limit-on-everett-turnpike.html I leave town for a few days, and when I return, I find the speed limit on the Everett Turnpike between Exits 1 and 8 has been raised to something matching what normal traffic flow represents each day. This is a good change, as I’m one of the many who feel the posted speed limit of 55 is too slow. However, it does appear that the New Hampshire Department of Transportation has not been able to post the new speed limit signs yet. They must be backed up. Oh, wait! The speed limit has not been officially raised. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:00:36 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua – Oct. 26 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1049979-478/blood-drives-in-greater-nashua--oct..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. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 26: Hannaford Supermarket, 175 Coliseum Ave., Nashua. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:01:02 EST Bags sewn from donated fabric will hold necessities for Honduran women http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1049982-469/bags-sewn-from-donated-fabric-will-hold.html All around the world, people face problems such as in Honduras, where women continue to fight for their basic human rights. For women, violence is both a cause and a consequence of poverty, as loss of income and impaired capacity to earn wages already diminished by gender prevents the acquisition of items to meet the most basic human needs. A Mailbag reader carrying the message is looking for fabric for bags to carry needed items. Fabric for Honduras “Once again, I am seeking fabric to make drawstring bags that go to ladies, moms-to-be and young people in Honduras, which are then filled with necessities and distributed to the needy, and the need is great,” writes Helen B., of Nashua (LTR 2,747). “I wish to thank everyone who responded to my last appeal, and hope if any of you have fabric that you do not need to please give me a call. Thank you so much.” Once the breadbasket of the region, growing enough staple crops to feed its own people, Honduras now ranks second poorest country in Central America and third poorest in all of Latin America and the Caribbean. If a search of your workbasket or craft room turns up fabric that you’d like to donate, call Helen at 889-1059. God bless! Has desk, fridge “We have a computer desk (particle board) that we bought at Staples. It has shelves above and below the table, with a pullout for the keyboard, and is in good shape,” says Karen G., of Lyndeborough (LTR 3,159). “We also have a dorm-size black refrigerator with an attached microwave oven on top. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:01:17 EST Nashua patient: Slow arrival of medical cannabis makes her painful disease harder to bear http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049986-469/nashua-patient-slow-arrival-of-medical-cannabis.html There are some days when Sherri Levesque just can’t get out of bed. The pain is just too much. But at the same time, she can’t just stay in bed, either. The 47-year-old mother of six was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease that has caused chronic and painful inflammation throughout her body, eight years ago. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:33:09 EST BG students snip their locks to benefit cancer patients http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049991-469/bg-students-snip-their-locks-to-benefit.html NASHUA – Bishop Guertin High School girls rallied Friday to take a big step – and big snip – to help people fighting cancer. Students stepped up to get their long hair snipped and to donate the cuttings to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, which benefits cancer patients. The event was organized by Mikayla Elliot, Rachel Zuercher and Kayleigh Phillips. The hair will be used to make wigs for cancer patients. Pantene reports that since the program was started in 2006, it has donated 24,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks. “Everyone knows someone who has a family member, friend or neighbor who has been affected by cancer, so we wanted to do something significant to show our support and help those in need,” Elliot said. “Some of our own family, friends and people within our community are battling cancer,” Phillips said, “and this is the least we can do to make their fight a little bit easier.” Elliot said the seed for the idea was planted last year at a school soccer game. The school’s principal had commented on her long locks, and Elliot mentioned that she was planning to donate her hair for a cause. The principal said she had really wanted to do a drive at school. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:34:28 EST Hillsborough County indictments for October 2014 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049992-469/hillsborough-county-indictments-for-october-2014.html Two people arrested last summer after a lengthy undercover drug operation by Nashua police and other drug agencies have been indicted on a total of 14 counts of sale of a narcotic drug, crack cocaine, according to the list of October indictments handed down by a Hillsborough County grand jury. Yahira Acevedo-Torres, also known as Yennifer Lara-Torncoso, 29, was charged with eight counts, while Luis Ruiz-Gonzalez, 22, who “worked in concert with” Acevedo-Torres, according to the indictments, faces six counts. All counts are categorized as unclassified felonies. Both are currently incarcerated at the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections in Manchester. The two were among a number of individuals for whom the grand jury handed down indictments in October. An indictment isn’t a finding of guilt, but a decision by the grand jury that there is enough evidence for prosecutors to bring the case to the superior court level. Other indictments of note include: Michael DeMarco, 36, 16B Colby Road, Litchfield: Five counts, possession of child sexual abuse images, Class A felonies; July 22 in Litchfield. Kyle Witty, 44, 4 Squag City Road, Cornish: One count, manslaughter, unclassified felony, in connection with the July 16 fatal accident in Merrimack that claimed the life of Nashua resident Elizabeth McQuinn. Christian Davis, 24, 64 Snow St., Penacook: Three counts, second-degree assault, Class B felonies; three counts, simple assault, Class A misdemeanors; one count each, criminal threatening and endangering the welfare of a child, Class A misdemeanors, in connection with an incident on Sept. 1 in Litchfield. Mark Worcester, 36, 147 Josiah Lane, Temple: Seven counts, pattern aggravated felonious sexual assault, special felonies, for engaging in a pattern of sexual assaults in Temple from May 2009 to May 2014 involving a girl born in 1999. Joshua Griffin, 34, formerly of 9B Bockes Road, Hudson: One count each, felon in possession a dangerous weapon, falsifying physical evidence, criminal restraint and reckless conduct, all Class B felonies, and one count of resisting arrest, Class A misdemeanor, on July 31 in Hudson. Eric Oak, 33, 18 Mercury Lane, Apt. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:02:07 EST George Farris http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1050005-466/george-farris.html George Farris, 72, of Nashua died October 6, 2014 of a sudden illness. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on June 3, 1942. He was the son of the late George and Hedwig (Jarmulowicz) Farris. After graduation from Nashua High School, Mr. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:03:05 EST Gordon R. Jones http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1050006-466/gordon-r.-jones.html Gordon R. Jones, formerly of Nashua, NH, and Westford, MA, died at his home in West Palm Beach, FL October 19th after a prolonged illness. He was 88 years old. Gordon was born in Nashua, N.H. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:03:09 EST Wilhelmina Chamberland http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1050010-466/wilhelmina-chamberland.html Known to her friends as “Willie,” and to many as “Mémère,” died at age 95 on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Born in Brockton, MA, on November 28, 1918, Wilhelmina was a first generation American and an only child. Her father immigrated to the United States from Lithuania via Ellis Island. She spent much of her youth in close familial relationships with her cousins Millie, Albina, and Betsy. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:03:25 EST Ledge St. girls, Bicentennial boys win PAL cross country titles http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/kidssports/1050017-457/ledge-st.-girls-bicentennial-boys-win-pal.html Ledge Street took the Deb Fraser Cup edging out Sunset Heights and Bicentennial in the 3K divison of the 19th annual Nashua Police Athletic League Elementary School cross country city championship race at Nashua High School North. In the 3K boy’s race, Bicentennial repeated as champions claiming the Mark Fraser Cup ahead of Main Dunstable and St. Christopher School. Race distances were 2K for 2nd and 3rd graders, while older elementary school runners ran 3K. The top 10 finishers in each race were: Girls 2K: Ella Benzekri (Bicentennial), Zelena Long (Bicentennial), Christina Juris (St. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:16:00 EST Nashua man charged with failing to register as sex offender http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049884-469/nashua-man-charged-with-failing-to-register.html A Nashua man has been arrested and charged with not completing a required semi-annual registration as a sex offender. On Friday, Oct. 24, at approximately 11:22 a.m. Nashua detectives along with members of the U.S. Marshals Service Sex Offender Unit arrested Paul Emond, 62, of 23 Temple Street Room #205, pursuant to an arrest warrant. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:00:36 EST Trial to begin for Merrimack man facing sex assault charges http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049887-469/trial-to-begin-for-merrimack-man-facing.html Trial is set to start Tuesday for a Merrimack man arrested nearly a year ago on multiple sexual assault charges, according to court documents. Christopher Slayback, 43, whose last known address is 2 Maple Ridge Road, Apt. 15, Merrimack, is facing seven counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault stemming from incidents from 2003-06 involving a girl younger than 13. He was released after arrest on $100,000 personal recognizance bail pending trial in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua. Court personnel said the trial is expected to last through at least Thursday . – DEAN SHALHOUP Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:00:41 EST Londonderry football tops Nashua South for seventh win http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049903-457/londonderry-football-tops-nashua-south-for-seventh.html LONDONDERRY – The Nashua South offense had difficulties finding any success through the first three quarters of its game Friday night against Londonderry. Quarterback Malik Langa turned that around in the fourth quarter, but the rally began too late as the Panthers fell to the Lancers 22-13. The Nashua South defense contained its opponent early, forcing the Lancers to a three-and-out and a Collin Morrow interception on their first two possessions. The Londonderry offense found the end zone on their next drive, however, when quarterback Eric Fairweather ran the ball 63 yards for a score. The Panthers continued to apply pressure on the Londonderry offense in the second quarter, and it looked like Nashua South was going to halt a potential scoring drive in the final minute of the half. On fourth down, Fairweather bobbled the ball and looked like he was about to be taken down, but he found Dennis Bishop open for the first down. Sun, 26 Oct 2014 17:00:31 EST Salem stymies North http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049904-457/salem-stymies-north.html NASHUA – The good news for the Nashua High School North team: The Titans finally got in the end zone, ending a drought of 11-plus quarters. The bad news? One Myles Cassin-Reed touchdown in the fourth period wasn’t enough as while North avoided a third straight shutout, it dropped a 12-7 decision at the hands of the Salem Blue Devils. This one hurt, especially since Salem starting quarterback John Cerretani did not play for an unknown reason, and the Titans also had a huge goal line stand in the first half. They also recovered a Salem fumble at the North 16 with 1:44 left but turned it over with 54 ticks remaining on a Salem’s Bryce Haynes’ interception of a Colby Gunter offering. “We don’t prepare for a game to lose,” North coach Jason Robie said, the Titans falling to 2-6. “A missed opportunity for sure.” The game was marred by penalties, the two teams with a combined 27 penalties for 224 yards. It was scoreless at halftime but Salem grabbed a 6-0 lead on Charles Sibanda’s 5-yard TD run with 6:03 left in the third quarter. The Blue Devils added to their lead, 12-0, with 8:07 remaining on Johnny Bartose’s 1-yard run. Sun, 26 Oct 2014 17:00:37 EST Annual Nashua Making Strides cancer walk set for Sunday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049913-469/annual-nashua-making-strides-cancer-walk-set.html NASHUA – Several days of clouds and rain are expected to be long gone by Sunday, setting the stage for dry, seasonable conditions to greet the hundreds of participants in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, which will step off at 11 a.m. at Greeley Park. The Nashua walk is one of several statewide that each year raise funds to help the American Cancer Society provide support services for women and to advance research to treat and cure breast cancer. The Manchester version also will take place Sunday. Peterborough’s was held Oct. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:56 EST Participants in Nashua event urge support for NH Democrats’ re-election http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049916-469/participants-in-nashua-event-urge-support-for.html NASHUA – Top national and state labor leaders endorsed the New Hampshire slate of Democratic female candidates for governor, U.S. Senate and Congress on Friday, saying they could be counted on to stand strong on issues that matter most to women. “Women’s issues are the economy. Family is the economy, and every single day, women are struggling in this economy,” national AFL-CIO Secretary- Treasurer Liz Shuler said. Equal pay for equal work, a higher minimum wage, sick and family leave, access to quality education and preserving workers’ rights to form unions are key issues facing working women today, Shuler said at the Working Women Speak Out event held at the Elks Lodge. Facing what she and other speakers called a razor-edge race for state and congressional office on Nov. 4, Shuler urged the nearly 70 people gathered to support Gov. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:52:00 EST Stephen S. Buczynski http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049917-466/stephen-s.-buczynski.html Stephen S. Buczynski, 89, of Marco Island, FL formerly of Zephyrhills, FL, and Nashua, NH, passed peacefully to “Fly with the Angels” on September 25th 2014. He was born in Franklin, NH on July 24, 1925, the youngest boy of thirteen children, to his parents Michael (Michal) and Katherine (Katarzyna) Biergiel Buczynski. Stephen graduated from Franklin High School at the age of 17. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:01:35 EST Edmund J. Telage, DDS http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049918-466/edmund-j.-telage-dds.html Edmund J. Telage, DDS., 81, of Nashua passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, surrounded by his loving family. Edmund was born in New London, CT on April 11, 1933, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Norman D. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:01:41 EST Peggy L. Campolongo http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049919-466/peggy-l.-campolongo.html Peggy L. Campolongo, 66, of Litchfield, NH, passed away Thursday, October 23, 2014, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Boston, MA on December 3, 1947, a daughter of the late Doris (Russell) Labrie and Salvatore DiFonzo. She loved crocheting, jigsaw puzzles and yard sales. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:01:48 EST Joan M. (Esposito) Tousignant http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049920-466/joan-m.-esposito-tousignant.html Joan M. (Esposito) Tousignant, 64 of Nashua, NH and Quebec, Canada, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014 at CSSS de I’Energie in Quebec. She was born April 21, 1950 in Nashua, daughter of the late Carmen T. And Olivette B. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:01:56 EST Pinkerton tops North http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049898-457/pinkerton-tops-north.html Pinkerton 2, Nashua North 1 Brett Leblanc was solid for North in net with 12 saves. On offense, Andrea Jungkman was very aggressive in the mid field, and created many opportunities. Nashua North finished the season 7-9, their best record since the two Nashua high school schools separated. With their finish, North also earned a playoff seed in the Division I playoffs. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:01:14 EST Merrimack sweeps North http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049894-457/merrimack-sweeps-north.html Merrimack 3, Nashua North 0 Game scores in the Tomahawk sweep were 25-13, 25-18, and 25-13. Playing well for Merrimack were Caitlyn Paulson (six digs), Elise Jolly (nine digs and 10 kills), Jackie Petricelli (two kills), Jen Coffey (two blocks,10 digs, and 19 kills), and Lianna Klinger (eight digs). Jo Coffey had a historic night for the Tomahawks, as the junior broke the school’s assist record with 31 assists on the night. She also had seven aces and three digs. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:00:56 EST Corrections http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049869-469/corrections.html Correction Nashua resident Francis Murphy, who spoke at Wednesday night’s meeting of the aldermanic Committee on Infrastructure, was incorrectly identified in a story on pages 1 and 4 of Friday’s Telegraph. Correction Nashua alderman Pam Brown represents Ward 4. The ward she represents was incorrect in a story on pages 1 and 4 of Friday’s Telegraph. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:13:00 EST State Rep. District 30 (Nashua Ward 3) - 3 seats http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1049867-476/state-rep.-district-30-nashua-ward-3.html ​The Telegraph invited candidates for Executive Council, NH Senate and NH House of Representatives in districts that include Greater Nashua to fill out a short form. Here are the responses we have received from candidates for this office: MICHAEL O’BRIEN Age: 59 Address: 4 Woodfield St. Nashua Contact: 888-8051; OBNFD@comcast.net Years of residence: 34 Faily: Married to Diane O’Brien 31 years with 3 children Mike Jr. Kayla, and Haley, and 1 grandchild, Aidan Edcuation: Don Bosco Tech High School Boston MA. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:55:01 EST State Rep. District 29 (Nashua Ward 2) - 3 seats http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1049839-476/state-rep.-district-29-nashua-ward-2.html ​The Telegraph invited candidates for Executive Council, NH Senate and NH House of Representatives in districts that include Greater Nashua to fill out a short form. Here are the responses we have received from candidates for this office: SUZANNE HARVEY (D) Address: 8 Crawford Lane, Nashua Contact: 598-0582; www.suzanne-harvey.com; email suzanne4nh@gmail.com; Twitter @Suz4NH; Facebook Suzanne Harvey 4NH Years of residence: 13 Family: Married, one adult child, two grandchildren Education: 3 years college Occupation: Retired magazine editor and project director for continuing medical education programs Political history: Ward 2 State Representative, 3 terms, 2005-20010, Vice Chair, House Science, Technology & Energy Committee for 2 terms; Former Commissioner on Nashua Conservation Commission; Member, Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change; Chair, Statewide Interagency Commission on Human Trafficking; Past member, Nashua Green Team & Ethnic Awareness Committee Affiliations: the Board, NH Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence; member and past chair, Hillsborough County Cooperative Extension Advisory Council; member, NH Attorney General’s Commission to Combat Human Trafficking Please list what you consider the three most important issues that will be facing this office in the coming term, and give your position on each, in a single sentence each. As we work to ensure a balanced budget, it’s important to me that while a) funding essential services, b) we also help those in most need, and c) make our public education system a model that provides NH businesses with a work-ready workforce. As NH’s population ages, finding ways to attract our youth to stay here, find jobs here, and raise healthy families here means paying attention to our education system (K through higher ed), our natural resources for leisure activities (and tourism), consideration of rail, and sustaining a friendly climate to start and grow businesses. Just as we have a federal law protecting the privacy of medical information, we need to ensure that women have complete privacy and sovereignty over their own health decisions. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:31:00 EST Senior Andrew Decarteret is Nashua South football’s stabilizing force http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049786-457/senior-andrew-decarteret-is-nashua-south-footballs.html When injuries strike a team  as hard as  Nashua High School South’s football program has been hit this fall, there needs some sort of glue that keeps an entire season from falling apart. Panthers coach Scott Knight knows he has that in senior Andrew Decarteret. Whether he’s leading the ground attack as a running back on offense or stuffing the run as a linebacker on defense, the 5-foot-8, 195-pounder is the one true constant in purple and white. “He’s a guy that’s set the tone for the last two years, physically,” Knight said. “Very consistent, he’ll never miss – he’s a kid you can always count on. “He’s pretty durable. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:52:00 EST Look for Alvirne to dash Bishop Guertin’s football hopes http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049787-457/look-for-alvirne-to-dash-bishop-guertins.html Bishop Guertin was flying high coming off last week’s 22-0 win over Nashua High School North. The Cardinals have every reason to be. It’s been a long season for BG’s football program, one that appeared to be heading nowhere fast after three straight losses to Londonderry (28-6), Merrimack (16-13) and Timberlane (27-22) to open the season. Then came the refreshing trip to Keene to face a Blackbirds unit that was in even worse shape. BG secured its first win of the fall, 28-7. The celebration was short-lived. Following the victory over still-winless Keene was a visit to Stellos Stadium by undefeated Pinkerton Academy. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:00:28 EST Keep spending cap the way it is http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1049796-465/keep-spending-cap-the-way-it-is.html Spending by the city of Nashua has been restricted for the last 20 years by a cap tied to the Consumer Price Index – a fairly well-known measure of annual inflation – to limit how much above the previous year’s budget the aldermen and mayor are allowed to spend. The CPI, as it’s often known, relies on a variety of consumer goods and services – food, clothing, housing, transportation, energy, medical expenses and other items – to provide a picture of how much the cost of living is going up. Language in the Nashua charter limits city spending to no more than the previous year’s budget, plus the average changes in the CPI-U (the “U” stands for “Urban”) for the previous three years. But critics of the way the spending cap is calculated argue that it is overly restrictive. They want to unhook the cap from the CPI-U and link it to another measure – the “Implicit Price Deflator for State and Local Government Services.” That mouthful of an index, they argue, would give city and school officials more flexibility by hitching the cap to the rate of inflation experienced by other local governments around the country. The biggest proponent of changing the way the cap is figured, Nashua teacher Gary Hoffman, reasoned in a recent column that “essentially, the only thing the new spending-cap formula would do is give the city the opportunity to increase spending at the same pace as other local governments in the country.” That is probably true, but we think that’s a reason to reject the proposed charter change. One of the principles of referendums is that it should be clear to voters what is being asked of them, if at all possible. The charter question on the Nashua ballot doesn’t pass the clarity test. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:00:48 EST Tinamarie (King) Corriveau http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049810-466/tinamarie-king-corriveau.html Tinamarie (King) Corriveau age 47 of Hudson, NH, died Tuesday unexpectedly at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Nashua, NH. She was born in Boston, MA, grew up and was educated in Dorchester, MA. She graduated from Greater Lawrence Vocational School. She was a resident of Hudson for the past 12 years, formerly of Fremont, NH. Tinamarie was a master scheduler for BAE Systems in Nashua, NH. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:00:37 EST Lucille Yvette (Cote) Champagne http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049811-466/lucille-yvette-cote-champagne.html Lucille Yvette (Cote) Champagne, 83, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 in Ventura, California. Daughter of Joseph and Antoinette (Coutu) Cote of Canada, Lou, as her family and friends knew her, graduated from Nashua High School with the class of 1949. She was a long-time resident of Nashua, and later Lincoln, NH, of which she was fiercely proud. Lucille was a long-time telephone company employee, and also worked for Finast Grocery Stores as well as Home Health and Hospice and was a communicant of St. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:00:43 EST Nashua’s proposed Legacy Playground again dominates aldermanic committee meeting http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049831-469/nashuas-proposed-legacy-playground-again-dominates-aldermanic.html NASHUA – Another lengthy Legacy Playground discussion, another vote to table the issue until the aldermanic Committee on Infrastructure meets again. The playground, a gift from the Leadership Greater Nashua Class of 2012 that’s been discussed, debated, praised and panned for more than a year and pored over by aldermanic committees and the full Board of Aldermen for several months, took center stage yet again at Wednesday’s Committee on Infrastructure meeting, where members spent more than an hour trying to come to a consensus on where they should go next in a process fraught with debate and saddled with more than its share of surprises and confusion. In the end, members agreed to table the matter and put it on the agenda for its next meeting on Nov. 13. In other matters Wednesday, the committee heard from Nashua police Lt. Eric Nordgren, who said the department supports a proposal to extend for another year the overnight downtown permit-parking program that debuted last year. Nordgren said 129 permits have been issued, and there are currently 120 in use. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:02:36 EST Nashua Police Department arrest log for Oct. 9-13 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1049833-228/nashua-police-department-arrest-log-for-oct..html Nashua Police  Department OCT. 9 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Thomas Pettiglio, 47, 801⁄2 W. Hollis St., Apt. 2, Nashua, theft by unauthorized taking. Erika Ritchie, 32, 801⁄2 W. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:02:50 EST Final household hazardous waste and electronics collection planned in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisreadersubmitted/1049843-308/final-household-hazardous-waste-and-electronics-collection.html NASHUA – The final household hazardous waste and electronics collection of 2014 will be held 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Nashua Public Works Garage, 9 Stadium Drive. The collection is open to residents of Nashua, Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Pelham and Windham. The cost is a $10 user fee per vehicle. There are additional charges for quantities exceeding 10 gallons or 20 pounds, and for electronics recycling. For a complete list of accepted items or more information, visit www.nashuarpc.org/hhw or call 424-2240. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:00:48 EST Temple Beth Abraham in Nashua to hold benefit rummage sale http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisreadersubmitted/1049845-308/temple-beth-abraham-in-nashua-to-hold.html NASHUA – Find treasures and bargains at Temple Beth Abraham’s giant rummage sale, which will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 4 Raymond St. Clothing, jewelry and accessories, household items, small appliances, baby and child items, sports equipment, DVDs and CDs and more will be available. Proceeds will benefit local social services agencies. For more information, call 883-8184. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:00:58 EST Karate school in Nashua, Merrimack completes 10th year of service to fundraising walk http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackreadersubmitted/1049855-308/karate-school-in-nashua-merrimack-completes-10th.html The Independent Karate Schools of Nashua and Merrimack celebrated a milestone on Thursday, Oct. 2, when volunteers arrived at Greeley Park in Nashua in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light The Night Walk for the 10th straight. Led by Jeff Maistrosky, a black belt instructor and IKS community ambassador, 25 volunteers devoted their time to registering teams and handing out food, T-shirts and illuminated lanterns to the walkers and fundraisers. “The character trait that we are stressing for the month of October is balance,” Maistrosky said. “All of this year’s volunteers have many school, work and family obligations, but they exemplified balance by building this walk into their schedules. “We really like it when they make events like these a part of their lives.” The society is dedicated to finding cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improving the quality of life for patients and their families. The Light The Night campaign is one of its largest national events involving blood cancer supporters and survivors, as well as those who have lost a friend or family member to these diseases. “The funds raised by our Nashua walk participants help LLS support leading-edge research and provide much needed patient services in New Hampshire,” said Sarah Callahan, LLS campaign specialist. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:01:23 EST Final household hazardous waste and electronics collection planned in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackreadersubmitted/1049857-308/final-household-hazardous-waste-and-electronics-collection.html NASHUA – The final household hazardous waste and electronics collection of 2014 will be held 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Nashua Public Works Garage, 9 Stadium Drive. The collection is open to residents of Nashua, Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Pelham and Windham. The cost is a $10 user fee per vehicle. There are additional charges for quantities exceeding 10 gallons or 20 pounds, and for electronics recycling. For a complete list of accepted items or more information, visit www.nashua rpc.org/hhw or call 424-2240. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:01:33 EST Harbor Homes in Nashua provides housing for 38 in need http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackreadersubmitted/1049860-308/harbor-homes-in-nashua-provides-housing-for.html NASHUA – Harbor Homes, a member of the Partnership for Successful Living, announced its success in providing permanent housing and supportive services to an additional 38 chronically homeless individuals and families, eight of whom are veterans, and anticipate two more to be housed in the coming days. A safe and secure roof over the heads of our most vulnerable neighbors has been made possible by the agency’s Ending Homelessness Fund. The fund’s mission, initiated in January by a small group of concerned citizens, is to raise the funds necessary to permanently house and maintain the chronically homeless in Greater Nashua in an attempt to bridge the gap from the amount of funds allocated by the federal government. Since January, the fund has raised close to $125,000 in pursuit of its $200,000 year-end goal. Time is running out, and the fund must raise about $75,000 in just a few weeks to allow Harbor Homes to house all of the remaining chronically homeless individuals and families in the Nashua area. “Chronically homeless” is defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as “either an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has been continuously homeless for a year or more or an unaccompanied individual who has had a least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years.” These men and women are our most desperate and difficult to place in housing. They require the highest level of public resources, often have life-threatening medical needs and their mortality rate is two to three times higher than the general population. Substantiated reports have indicated that this group comprises the highest users of costly hospital-based acute care and concluded that placing individuals and families in supportive housing can lead to improved health care costs, especially when frequent users of health services are targeted. Gifts of any size are respectfully requested. To donate, call Donna Collins at 882-3616, ext. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:01:56 EST Friday’s Nashua Greeley Park ‘Fright Night’ cancelled http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049797-469/fridays-nashua-greeley-park-fright-night-cancelled.html NASHUA – The city’s annual Halloween Fright Night is a no-go this year, officials said Thursday, because this week’s heavy rains saturated the grounds at Greeley Park. Officials said there isn’t enough time for the park’s turf to sufficiently dry out by Friday evening, when the Parks and Recreation Department-sponsored event would have begun at 6 p.m. --DEAN SHALHOUP Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:49 EST Vote no on spending cap question http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1049744-465/vote-no-on-spending-cap-question.html On Nov. 4, residents of Nashua will vote on a spending cap charter amendment. A yes vote means changing the cap law that will allow for higher spending increases in the city’s yearly budget. A no vote will keep the spending cap the way it is I urge the citizens of Nashua to vote no. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:00:59 EST Lasky a great choice for Senate http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1049564-465/lasky-a-great-choice-for-senate.html I am not going to vote Democrat in the upcoming election. Or Republican, either. In any race. I never vote Republican or Democrat. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:00:37 EST ‘The Art Forger’ author visit by Shapiro http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1049643-485/the-art-forger-author-visit-by-shapiro.html NASHUA – Tickets are still available for “Beyond the Book: An Evening with B.A. Shapiro” at the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., at 7 p.m. Friday. Shapiro is the author of “The Art Forger,” the selection for the 2014 Nashua Reads: One City, One Book program. Lisa Allen, vice president of the Friends of the Library, will interview Shapiro on stage in the library’s Music/Art/Media Wing. After the interview, audience members will have a chance to ask questions and to purchase copies of “The Art Forger” for signing. About the book: After a scandal involving the provenance of an acclaimed painting derails her career, promising young Boston artist Claire Roth makes a living reproducing famous artwork for an online retailer. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:01:26 EST It’s ‘Dracula’ in Milford and ‘Frankenstein’ in Nashua for theatergoers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1049650-485/its-dracula-in-milford-and-frankenstein-in.html So you’re an adult and it’s Halloween season. You’ve done all the corn mazes and harvest festivals. You don’t much care for the startle-horror houses. You’re looking for something entertaining that’s made for the aged-out trick-or-treater. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:01:49 EST Local theater looking to scare up audiences for Halloween http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1049651-485/local-theater-looking-to-scare-up-audiences.html This has certainly been a great month for those who love Halloween. Between the corn mazes, the haunted houses, the pumpkin and harvest festivals in every town … We certainly know how to enjoy autumn in New England! We still have a couple weeks of frightful fun remaining until Trick or Treat. And there some fun adult offerings to have you howling with laughter. This weekend, sink your fangs into “The Passion of Dracula,” performed by the Milford Area Players at the Amato Center. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:01:57 EST Young Americans at MHS http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetnews/1049676-308/young-americans-at-mhs.html The cast of the Young American College of Performing Arts, Corona, Calif., is invading the East coast from Indiana to New Jersey and will be in Milford and Nashua from Oct. 23-28. Local cast members include Emma Ayotte and Rebecca Vasques, of Milford, Isaiah Silvia-Chandley, of Amherst, and Daniel Adams and Andrea Sarasin, of Nashua, along with others. The Young Americans were founded in 1962 by Milton Anderson who auditioned students at Birmingham High School in Los Angeles to form a choral group. Over time, the “YA’s” advanced to include dance, instrumentals and backstage technology, with their current focus on the outreach and touring programs (in the U.S. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:01:40 EST Faith (Goldsmith) Armington http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049690-466/faith-goldsmith-armington.html Faith (Goldsmith) Armington, 87, died on October 19, 2014 at the Huntington in Nashua. She was born on March 21, 1927 in Berlin, NH, the daughter of the late Chester and Carola (Keller) Goldsmith. She was the wife of the late Alton F. Armington. Faith was a graduate of the Keene Teachers College in 1949. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:00:33 EST Lucille V. Guerette http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049691-466/lucille-v.-guerette.html Lucille V. Guerette, 90, of Nashua, New Hampshire passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at The Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson, NH. She was the wife of the late William L. Guerette. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:00:37 EST Janette (Hurley) Merrill http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049692-466/janette-hurley-merrill.html Janette (Hurley) Merrill, 97, died on October 18, 2014 at Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading, MA. She was born on April 26, 1917 in Wilton, daughter of the late Albert and Effie (Nickerson) Hurley. She was the wife of the late Robert H. Merrill. She was a graduate of Wilton High School, as well as Nashua Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. Janette was a Registered Nurse with a career spanning over 30 years. Equally important to her was the over 30 years of volunteer work she contributed to St. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:00:41 EST George L. Forrence http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049694-466/george-l.-forrence.html George L. “Jigger” Forrence, 83, of Hudson, died at his home, early Wednesday morning, October 22, 2014 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. A lifelong resident of Hudson, he was born on June 6, 1931, a son of the late Lillian V. (Palmer) and George A. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:00:49 EST John T. Marino http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049695-466/john-t.-marino.html John T. Marino, 51, of Nashua, NH passed away on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at his home. He was born June 3, 1963 in Long Island, NY, a son of Angelo A. and Gloria C. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:00:53 EST New chemistry lab at ASD funded by Nashua dentist http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049725-469/new-chemistry-lab-at-asd-funded-by.html A generous donation by a local dentist will go a long way toward solving a space crunch at one of the most important places at the Nashua charter school focused on the sciences: the science lab. Dr. Scott Bobbitt donated $30,000 to the Academy of Science and Design, to build a second chemistry lab, halving the free-for-all of four classes sharing the lab space and better fulfilling the school’s mission to focus on education in science, technology, engineering and math. Amy Bewley, Coordinator of Admissions, Marketing and Communications for ASD, said students currently have to share one lab between four separate science classes. “We have one lab for both biology and chemistry, both classes rotate through ... sometimes there are up to four classes running at the same time,” said Bewley. She said the space issue can cause scheduling conflicts, and teachers routinely have to coordinate with other instructors for space in the lab. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:04:36 EST ‘Beat Beethoven’ at Symphony NH 5K run/walk http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049746-478/beat-beethoven-at-symphony-nh-5k-runwalk.html UPDATE: Postponed until Spring of 2015 NASHUA – Do you have what it takes to “Beat Beethoven”? Join Symphony NH at Mine Falls Park in Nashua on Saturday, Oct. 25, for a 5K run/walk like you’ve never experienced. Runners will take off from the starting line just as the iconic opening theme of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony cuts through the air. Participants who “Beat Beethoven” – finishing the race before the end of the recording – will receive free concert tickets to the symphony’s “Forever Beethoven” concert on Saturday, Jan. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:14:36 EST Nashua DAR sponsoring essay contest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1049747-478/nashua-dar-sponsoring-essay-contest.html NASHUA – The Matthew Thornton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Nashua has sent out essay contest packets to schools in Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack and Pelham. Grades 5-8 are eligible to participate in the American History essay contest, “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island.” Grades 9-12 are eligible for the Christopher Columbus essay, “Joining Christopher Columbus on His Voyage to the New World.” The essays are due Sunday, Nov. 30. Certificates will be given to winning students in April. If your school did not receive a packet and you are interested in participating, email Carol at cawflew@yahoo.com. For more information about the Daughters of the American Revolution, visit www.dar.org or the Matthew Thornton chapter website at www.freewebs.com/matthewthorntondar. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:01:09 EST Final household hazardous waste and electronics collection planned in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049748-478/final-household-hazardous-waste-and-electronics-collection.html NASHUA – The final household hazardous waste and electronics collection of 2014 will be held 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Nashua Public Works Garage, 9 Stadium Drive. The collection is open to residents of Nashua, Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Pelham and Windham. The cost is a $10 user fee per vehicle. There are additional charges for quantities exceeding 10 gallons or 20 pounds, and for electronics recycling. For a complete list of accepted items or more information, visit www.nashuarpc.org/hhw or call 424-2240. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:01:12 EST Nashua Catholic announces Student Council officers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1049753-478/nashua-catholic-announces-student-council-officers.html NASHUA – Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School recently named the officers to its Student Council. Eighth-grader Angad Chugh, of Nashua, was named president. Vice presidents are eighth- graders Andrea MacFarlane, of Brookline; Leah Stutzman, of Wilton; and Julia Koperniak, of Nashua. For more information, call 882-7011 or visit www.ncrjhs.org. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:01:31 EST Film about Celia Thaxter to be presented at Nashua Garden Club meeting http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049755-478/film-about-celia-thaxter-to-be-presented.html NASHUA – The Nashua Garden Club’s meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 5, will feature “Celia Thaxter’s Island Garden,” a new film by photographer Peter Randall. Although best known as a poet and author, Thaxter was an enthusiastic gardener. Her Isles of Shoals garden on Appledore Island was a bright spot of color in the rugged landscape and was a popular spot for guests of the large Appledore House in the late 19th century. At the urging of friends, Thaxter penned the story of her garden in the book “An Island Garden,” illustrated by her great friend, famed Impressionist Childe Hassam. Published in June 1894, just three months before Thaxter’s death, the book became the guide when Dr. John Kingsbury, founder of the Shoals Marine Laboratory, re-created the garden in the late 1970s. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:01:39 EST Temple Beth Abraham in Nashua to hold benefit rummage sale http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1049756-478/temple-beth-abraham-in-nashua-to-hold.html NASHUA – Find treasures and bargains at Temple Beth Abraham’s giant rummage sale, which will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 4 Raymond St. Clothing, jewelry and accessories, household items, small appliances, baby and child items, sports equipment, DVDs and CDs and more will be available. Proceeds will benefit local social services agencies. For more information, call 883-8184. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:01:43 EST Halloween Fright Night, Senior Outing planned by Nashua Park-Rec http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049758-478/halloween-fright-night-senior-outing-planned-by.html NASHUA – The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Halloween Fright Night from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Greeley Park. There will be haunted hayrides, scary walk-through mazes, bounce houses, a caricaturist and animal balloons for all participants. This is a free event for Nashua area residents, with recommended ages of 5-12. The Parks and Recreation will hold its 44th annual Senior Outing on Sunday, Nov. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:01:53 EST Migneaults celebrate 50th anniversary http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/anniversaries/1049759-469/migneaults-celebrate-50th-anniversary.html Robert and Laurel (Gendron) Migneault, of Nashua, recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. The Migneaults were married Oct. 18, 1964, in Nashua. Their children are son Alan Migneault and his wife, Darlene, and daughter Dee Tyler. Their grandchildren are Jennifer and Nicole Migneault. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:00:37 EST Nashua area will just miss Thursday’s partial solar eclipse http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049722-469/nashua-area-will-just-miss-thursdays-partial.html Even if clouds don’t get in the way, we won’t see much – if anything – of Thursday’s partial solar eclipse, because it will occur just as the sun is setting. The moon will block up to 90 percent of the sun in parts of the Northwest and western Canada, and around 40 percent of the sun as seen from the Northeast. However, the sun is slated to set at 5:50 p.m. just as the edge of the eclipse arrives around Nashua. Anybody who can get high enough to see over obstacles to the west – climb a fire tower, go up in a hot air balloon – would see only a small sliver of moon cut into the sun. Better luck next time. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:06:40 EST Nashua South finishes strong vs. Merrimack http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049715-457/nashua-south-finishes-strong-vs.-merrimack.html Ryan Guidaboni recorded a hat trick and Daniel Dukeshire added one of his own as Nashua South beat Merrimack 4-1. Chris Jimenez stopped six shots between the pipes for the Panthers (7-8-1). Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:01:24 EST Nashua North tops Memorial on the court http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049684-457/nashua-north-tops-memorial-on-the-court.html Taylor Choate was a force at the net, blocking four Manchester Memorial attempts and finishing on 14 kill shots of her own, to lead Nashua North to a 25-16, 25-15, 25-21 win. Kaley Verrington (eight service points, five kills), Allison Paluzzi (six points, five kills), Rosa Casalduc (seven kills, four points), Samantha Holloran (seven points, two kills) and Erica White (nine points) also played well for the Titans (15-2), who close out the regular season Friday at undefeated Merrimack. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:00:52 EST Temple Beth Abraham in Nashua to hold benefit rummage sale http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetreadersubmitted/1049665-308/temple-beth-abraham-in-nashua-to-hold.html NASHUA – Find treasures and bargains at Temple Beth Abraham’s giant rummage sale, which will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 4 Raymond St. Clothing, jewelry and accessories, household items, small appliances, baby and child items, sports equipment, DVDs and CDs and more will be available. Proceeds will benefit local social services agencies. For more information, call 883-8184. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:00:45 EST Final household hazardous waste and electronics collection planned in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetreadersubmitted/1049664-308/final-household-hazardous-waste-and-electronics-collection.html NASHUA – The final household hazardous waste and electronics collection of 2014 will be held 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Nashua Public Works Garage, 9 Stadium Drive. The collection is open to residents of Nashua, Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Pelham and Windham. The cost is a $10 user fee per vehicle. There are additional charges for quantities exceeding 10 gallons or 20 pounds, and for electronics recycling. For a complete list of accepted items or more information, visit www.nashuarpc.org/hhw or call 424-2240. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:00:41 EST Richard A. ‘Dick’ Bradley http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049568-466/richard-a.-dick-bradley.html HAMPTON – Richard A. “Dick” Bradley, 75, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Rockingham County Nursing Home, Brentwood, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born June 15, 1939, in Nashua, the son of the late Maurice A. and Dora (McLellan) Bradley, and had resided in Hampton since 1976. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:00:40 EST Michael A. Lerman http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049569-466/michael-a.-lerman.html Michael A. Lerman, 72, of Merrimack, NH, died at his home on October 20, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. Michael was born on June 7, 1942 in Passaic, NJ, a son of the late Harry and Caroline (Kaiser) Lerman. He was the husband of Diane (Corrado) Lerman, whom he married on October 12, 1967. They had just celebrated 47 years of marriage. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:00:45 EST Cassie Ann Clermont http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049571-466/cassie-ann-clermont.html Cassie Ann Clermont, 30, passed away unexpectedly on October 18, 2014. She was born August 12, 1984 to Rodney and Lisa (Demers) Clermont. Cassie was a graduate of Nashua High School South and the Empire Beauty Academy. She lived in Portsmouth, NH. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:00:57 EST Free emergency response training in Nashua this weekend http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049592-469/free-emergency-response-training-in-nashua-this.html Training in emergency preparedness, fire aid, fire safety and search and rescue will be part of the sixth Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program being offered by the Nashua Office of Emergency Management this weekend. To date over 150 people have been trained in basic emergency preparedness by the city’s program. The program is free and open to all abilities. Participants will receive the National CERT certification upon completion. The CERT course is taught by emergency response professionals with a mix of classroom and hands on activities, including a live fire drill to teach participants how to operate a fire extinguisher correctly. The class is being held at Dartmouth Hitchcock’s Nashua Campus on Friday night, Oct. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:01:39 EST Nashua educators train to help increasing number of English language learners http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049593-469/nashua-educators-train-to-help-increasing-number.html NASHUA – While the number of Nashua students who speak a language other than English has increased by nearly 30 percent in the past five years city education officials are trying to keep up with those students’ needs. Nashua students hail from 80 countries and speak more than 50 languages. That’s why about 40 Nashua teachers have enrolled in the University of New Hampshire’s GATE CITY program since January 2013 and began getting tuition-free training as they work to become certified to English to Speakers of Another Language, or ESOL. The project is now looking for a second group of educators for ESOL certification. Started in 2012, the program is paid for by a five-year, $1.8 million National Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:01:46 EST Nashua chamber, symphony bring school alcohol sales before committee http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049595-469/nashua-chamber-symphony-bring-school-alcohol-sales.html NASHUA – School officials said they will consult with city attorneys before draft a set of protocols to serve alcohol in the city’s largest performing arts space, which also happens to be inside a school. During initial talks on a proposal by Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Christopher Williams and Symphony-NH Director Eric Valliere to serve beer and wine at symphony performances at Keefe Auditorium inside Elm Street Middle School, the Board of Education’s policy committee said it would consult with the full board as well as Stephen Bennett, the city’s corporation counsel, before drafting a set rules that would govern alcohol sales. Those procedures would have to be ironed out before the full board actually voted to change the policy and allow alcohol sales. Willams and Valliere asked school officials in September to allow them to serve beer and wine at symphony performances, which they hope will help foster a more traditional symphony atmosphere and convince more people to stay in Nashua rather than heading to performances in Manchester or Portsmouth. “I hope that there’s a path toward finding a way for responsible adults to enjoy some wine in moderation,” Valliere said. Several committee members said they have been encouraged by residents they’ve spoken with to keep the status quo. Board members Sandra Ziehm, David Murotake and Kimberly Muise all received negative feedback from residents regarding the potential policy change. “I fail to see how this benefits the students,” said Murotake. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:01:57 EST Nashua pair charged in check cashing scheme http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049594-469/nashua-pair-charged-in-check-cashing-scheme.html Nashua police arrested two people accused of stealing from another person using a check cashing scheme at a local bank. Police were contacted in March about a customer at TD Bank missing money from their accounts due to fraudulently cashed checks. Detectives investigated and determined that Angela Semons, 35, and Jeremy Gendron, 42, both of 31 Cypress Lane, Apt. 4, in Nashua, had taken the money from the victim’s account through a series of phony transactions, police said. Semons and Gendron were both arrested Monday and charged with theft by deception-consolidation, which is a Class A felony and punishable by up to 15 years in prison plus fines, police said. They were both released on bail and will be arraigned at Nashua district court, police said. – JOSEPH G. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:01:51 EST Pike’s OT goal lifts Nashua North past Memorial, 1-0 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049581-457/pikes-ot-goal-lifts-nashua-north-past.html Abi Pike scored in the fourth minute of the second overtime, assisted by Keegan Burch. Ali Nelson needed just one save to earn the shutout in goal for the Titans, now 9-5-1. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:00:50 EST Nashua South slips by Londonderry, 2-1 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049577-457/nashua-south-slips-by-londonderry-2-1.html Mauricio Acevedo scored the game winner for the Panthers with four minutes left to elevate them to 6-8-1. Dan Dukeshire scored South’s other goal, as both were assisted by Kevin Batista Dos Santos. Chris Jimenez had four saves in goal, while seniors Max Leatherman, Ryan Guidaboni, Srishail Thapa and Evan Lowe also played well for South. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:00:31 EST State Rep. District 32 (Nashua Ward 5) - 3 seats http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1049249-476/state-rep.-district-32-nashua-ward-5.html ​The Telegraph invited candidates for Executive Council, NH Senate and NH House of Representatives in districts that include Greater Nashua to fill out a short form. Here are the responses we have received from candidates for this office: MICHAEL PEDERSEN (D) Age: 60 Address: 11 Delaware Road, Nashua Contact: 603-801-0878; Pedersen4Rep@gmail.com; http://www.nashuademocrats.org/candidate-profile-michael-pedersen-ward-5/ Years of residence: 5 Family: Widowed, 3 adult daughters Education: Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering Occupation: Retired from Enterasys Networks (formerly known as Cabletron Systems) Political history: Executive Board Member on the Nashua Democratic City Committee Affiliations: Volunteered with Boy Scouts of America; taught religious education; active in Trestle Brook Community Crime Watch Group; Neighborhood Earth Day Cleanup; Nashua Soup Kitchen Please list what you consider the three most important issues that will be facing this office in the coming term, and give your position on each, in a single sentence each. Promote a healthy business environment in New Hampshire with smart tax policies, public transportation, good roads, high speed internet and green business. Build a strong public education system from kindergarten through higher education with a focus on an affordable community college and state university system. We need to protect the gains we have made in health care, with over 50,000 Granite Staters having access to coverage unavailable before. BARRY PALMER Age:74 Address: Shore Drive, Nashua Years of residence: 44 Family: Married for 49 years, two children Education: B.A., behavioral science; B.A. theology, Notre Dame College. Certified Emergency Medical Technician, Nashua Community College. Occupation: Retired New Hampshire newsman, both newspapers and radio Political history: State representative, 2011-2012. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:16:00 EST State Rep. District 30 (Nashua Ward 3) - 3 seats http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1049244-476/state-rep.-district-30-nashua-ward-3.html ​The Telegraph invited candidates for Executive Council, NH Senate and NH House of Representatives in districts that include Greater Nashua to fill out a short form. Here are the responses we have received from candidates for this office: ALAN COHEN (D) Address: 4 Monterey Ave, Nashua Contact: 889-0965, alancohenward3rep@gmail.com, Facebook:alancohenforstaterepnashuwardthree Years of residence: 31 Family: Married to Ellen, three adult children Edcuation: Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree in Education, Executive MBA, Suffolk University, Boston Occupation: Staffing consultant Political history: None Affiliations: Former Executive Council, AARP NH; former folunteer, NEW Hampshire Public Radio, “The Exchange”; former volunteer, member Board of Directors, New Hampshire Historical Society Please list what you consider the three most important issues that will be facing this office in the coming term, and give your position on each, in a single sentence each. Continuation of a strong and vibrant economy: Support legislative efforts at incentivizing and encouraging business retention and job creation. New Hampshire is losing many young people after they complete their studies and migrate away from the Granite State: Expand the Work, Stay and Play initiative to create an atmosphere where young people will want to stay and grow careers and families in New Hampshire. New Hampshire is one of the oldest states in the country, by percentage: Provide an environment where seniors are comfortably able to age in place where vital services are available. CINDY ROSENWALD (D) Address: 101 Wellington St. Contact: 595-9896, CindyRosenwald@Yahoo.com, Facebook: Cindy Rosenwald for New Hampshire, CindyRosenwald.com, Twitter: @CindyR4NH Years of residence: 26 Family: Married to Peter Klementowicz. Children: Henry and Carrie Education: Harvard College, A.B., Rivier University, M.A. Occupation: Retired. Worked as Adjunct Faculty, UMass Lowell; community relations associate, Southern NH Medical Center; vice president, Ted Bates Advertising Political history: State Representative, first elected 2004; Committee Chair, Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs, 2007-2010; Committee Vice Chair, Finance, 2013-2014 Please list what you consider the three most important issues that will be facing this office in the coming term, and give your position on each, in a single sentence each. There will be continuing pressure to fund important programs with limited revenues; I am proud of our bi-partisan work that found ways, without tax increases, to develop a budget that funded critical services and restored funding so that UNH tuition could be frozen for two years and community college tuition could be reduced. We face a growing need for mental health and substance abuse treatment services; we need to aggressively monitor the implementation of the mental health service legal settlement and oversee state health plans to build up our work force while also improving access to community treatment services. Our aging population and out-migration of New Hampshire’s young people will continue to affect New Hampshire’s economy and the vibrancy of its communities, so we need to work on ways to foster new business development, make higher education more affordable, and improve the ability of our older residents to live in their communities with safety and dignity. MARIELLEN MACKAY (D) AGE: N/A Address: 9 Webster St. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:49:00 EST Nashua man charged with domestic assault, criminal threatening http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049515-469/nashua-man-charged-with-domestic-assault-criminal.html NASHUA – Police arrested a city man Friday and charged him with strangling and injuring a woman he knows. Police were called to a home for a reported domestic disturbance on Thursday and were told by the woman that Johnathan Lozada, 25, of Nashua, had strangled her during an altercation and assaulted and threatened her, police said. Police arrested Lozada the following day and charged him with domestic violence: second-degree assault for the alleged strangling, as well as two counts of domestic violence: simple assault and one count each of domestic violence: criminal threatening, theft and resisting arrest. The woman sustained minor injuries, police said. Lozada was held at the Nashua Police Department on $12,000 cash bail and was arraigned at Nashua district court on Monday, police said. The Class B felony second-degree assault charge is punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines. The rest of the charges are misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail plus fines, police said. – JOSEPH G. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:01:11 EST Climate change hits water infrastructure, NRPC gets grant to study the issue http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049508-469/climate-change-hits-water-infrastructure-nrpc-gets.html The Nashua Regional Planning Commission was awarded $24,997 for a project called “Holistic Water Resiliency Planning” to help municipalities become more resilient to the impacts that climate change has on their water infrastructure. The award is one of 14 EPA Healthy Communities Grants New England. The grants total about $340,637 that will go towards community projects addressing environmental and public health issues in New England. EPA’s Healthy Communities Grant Program brings together discretionary funding across many different programs to fund community projects that reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health, improve the quality of life, and advance resilience. There were initially 70 submissions for applications. “The projects funded by the Healthy Communities Grant Program will prioritize environmental health in some of New England’s at-risk communities,” said Curt Spalding EPA Regional Administrator. “They are projects that are going to help reduce high asthma rates and improve resilience in communities that are vulnerable to climate change impacts like storm surge.” Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:57:31 EST George (Judd) Lundberg http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049501-466/george-judd-lundberg.html George (Judd) Lundberg, age 74, died at Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH, on Monday, October 13, 2014. The cause was chronic pulmonary disease. Born October 10, 1940, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Florence Child and George Lundberg, Sr., Judd attended St. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:44 EST Robert D. Dionne Sr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049503-466/robert-d.-dionne-sr..html Robert D. Dionne Sr., 68, of Nashua, passed away on Saturday morning, October 18th at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Bob was a son of the late Arthur and Lucille (Twombley) Dionne and was a lifelong resident of Nashua, N.H. He was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1964. Bob started working young and his first job was at The Modern Restaurant. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:54 EST Scott Brown touts differences from Jeanne Shaheen at Nashua Rotary lunch on Monday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049509-469/scott-brown-touts-differences-from-jeanne-shaheen.html NASHUA – There’s a lot to fix in this country, Scott Brown said at a Nashua Rotary lunch on Monday, including a lack of leadership at the top. “The world is on fire,” said Brown at the start of his remarks Monday. He spoke of international issues such as Ebola, military buildup in China, kidnappings by Boko Haram and fighting in Syria, citing a lack of leadership. “Here we are playing catch up all the time,” Brown said. “It seems like every time you wake up there’s a new challenge,” said Brown. Brown is running against Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen and delivered a pro-business message while highlighting differences between him and Shaheen during his remarks at the Nashua Country Club.. “This race is going to be about differences,” Brown said. “She’s a good person. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:58:00 EST Educators honored at Crowne http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049517-469/educators-honored-at-crowne.html NASHUA – Compared to the Emmys, but for teachers, the Nashua Education Foundation threw its first educator award ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Thursday. The NEFie Awards honored city educators who were nominated by administrators, peers or the NEF board for the positive impact they have had on education. Chris Williams, president CEO of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, served as emcee, and Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and Superintendent Mark Conrad welcomed attendees and recognized the hard work of Nashua faculty and staff. Nominated by the Nashua Education Foundation board, the featured winner was long-time Nashua educator and principal, Stanley Stoncius, who was honored with the Ron Kraus Outside the Profession Award. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:01:25 EST Nashua North cruises past Keene, 3-0 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049491-457/nashua-north-cruises-past-keene-3-0.html The Titans improved to 14-2 with a relatively easy 25-4, 25-12, 25-11 win. Taylor Choate had eight points, eight kills and two blocks while Sabrina Ivory added 15 points and two kills. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:01:03 EST Democrats were willing to debate http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1049433-465/democrats-were-willing-to-debate.html I am disappointed to read Doris Hohensee’s recent statement that state Sen. Bette Lasky is unwilling to hold a public debate during this campaign. As chair of the Nashua Democratic City Committee, I reached out to my counterpart with the Nashua Republican City Committee in late September to express an interest from the Democratic candidates for state Senate and Executive Council to engage in a public forum with their Republican opponents. I never received a response from the RNCC about this offer. Nevertheless, because I knew Mrs. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:00:41 EST Seeking customers of Fuller Oil company http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1049487-465/seeking-customers-of-fuller-oil-company.html Your Sept. 23 article about Fuller Oil & Propane Co., being sued asked what would happen “to Fuller’s customers who paid in advance for oil this coming winter?” An application for a writ to seize Fuller’s fleet could be granted on Tuesday, Oct. 28.  If granted, it would effectively transfer Fuller Oil’s delivery business to Sprague, including all the money Fuller has deposited on behalf of its customers.  To make it possible for the Fuller Oil customers to be heard, I have formed an organization, “NHHeat.org” to protect all the citizens of New Hampshire from avoidable property or personal injury damages. I will file a “friend of the court” objection during the week of Oct. 24, objecting to the motion until our questions are answered. Fuller customers having prepay deposits to Fuller Oil are invited to join me in this filing by sending a copy of their signed and notarized total pre-payment amount statement to me at 15 Brookline Street, Nashua, NH 03064; including their contact information. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:00:46 EST State Rep. District 36 (Nashua Ward 9) - 3 seats http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1049246-476/state-rep.-district-36-nashua-ward-9.html ​The Telegraph invited candidates for Executive Council, NH Senate and NH House of Representatives in districts that include Greater Nashua to fill out a short form. Here are the responses we have received from candidates for this office: MARTY JACK (D) Age: 65 Address: 83 Cadogan Way Contact: 318-0457; MartyJackNHHouse@gmail.com Years of residence: 16 Family: Divorced, one adult child Education: Bachelor’s degree, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Occupation: Retired from computer industry, software engineering Political history: State Representative, Hillsborough District 36 (Nashua Ward 9), 2013-2014 Affiliations: N/A Please list what you consider the three most important issues that will be facing this office in the coming term, and give your position on each, in a single sentence each. Assuming I am reappointed to the Public Works and Highways committee, continue working to prioritize and secure funding to maintain our roads, bridges, and telecommunications infrastructure. Continue supporting the community college system, which does a great job of producing a skilled workforce tailored to the needs of our local employers, continue supporting local public schools, and continue driving down the debt load on our university students. Continue finding ways to get as many residents as possible covered by insurance, since this produces the best outcomes at the lowest overall cost. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:37:00 EST State Rep. District 34 (Nashua Ward 7) - 3 seats http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1049245-476/state-rep.-district-34-nashua-ward-7.html ​The Telegraph invited candidates for Executive Council, NH Senate and NH House of Representatives in districts that include Greater Nashua to fill out a short form. Here are the responses we have received from candidates for this office: DUANE ERICKSON (R) Age: 83 Address: 10 Allds St., apt 295 Contact: 566-5544 Years of residence: 57 Family: Married 58 yrs., 2 children Education: High School, technical school (electronics) Occupation: Retired , 40 years in industrial sales, Then ran a business, Recycling Laser Systems Political history: Ward 9 state representative elected 1972; delegate to the 1974 Constitutional Convention; elected ward 7 state representative 2010 Affiliations: Served in US Army during the Korean War Please list what you consider the three most important issues that will be facing this office in the coming term, and give your position on each, in a single sentence each. Get industries and start-ups in NH. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:37:00 EST State Rep. District 28 (Nashua Ward 1) - 3 seats http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1049243-476/state-rep.-district-28-nashua-ward-1.html ​The Telegraph invited candidates for Executive Council, NH Senate and NH House of Representatives in districts that include Greater Nashua to fill out a short form. Here are the responses we have received from candidates for this office: CARL SEIDEL (R) Age: 76 Address: 39 Pilgrim Circle, Nashua Contact: 598-2795, seidel4staterep@ mindspring.com, www.nhrepresentativecarlseidel.com, Years of residence: 12 Family: Married to Lorraine Currier Seidel, 4 children, 3 stepchildren Education: BS Chemistry U. of Wisconsin, MS Chemistry U. of Notre Dame, Occupation: Retired. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:34:00 EST State Rep. District 4 (Lynd., Wilton, 2 other towns) - 2 seats http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1049228-476/state-rep.-district-4-lynd.-wilton-2.html ​The Telegraph invited candidates for Executive Council, NH Senate and NH House of Representatives in districts that include Greater Nashua to fill out a short form. Here are the responses we have received from candidates for this office:​ CAROL ROBERTS (D) Age: 71 Address: 31 Curtis Farm Road, Wilton Contact: 654-6922 Years of residence: 21 Family: My life partner and I have 5 children between us and 9 grandchildren. Education: AAS, Nashua Vo-Tech., Nashua, NH 1987. Bachelor of Science - Business Management, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:34:00 EST Hike for Health to promote wellness in Nashua region http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049471-478/hike-for-health-to-promote-wellness-in.html HOLLIS – The public is invited to participate in the Hike for Health, a free event on the Beaver Brook Nature Center trails from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 25. Participants can check in anytime between 10 and 11 a.m. Hikers can choose one of five paths, from half a mile to a 10K hike. The event is co-sponsored by the center and the Nashua Obesity Prevention Work Group. The group hopes to increase access to exercise in the Nashua region, as well as to promote health and wellness in Greater Nashua. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:00:41 EST Nashua hospital has support group for substance abuse issues http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049470-478/nashua-hospital-has-support-group-for-substance.html NASHUA – A new peer support group in Nashua for parents of children, teens and young adults with substance abuse issues will meet twice a month at St. Joseph Hospital. Meetings of FASTER – Families Advocating Substance Treatment Education and Recovery – will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. They are free, confidential and accepting of chemical dependency as a treatable disease of the brain. For more information, call Sue at 351-8356. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:00:36 EST Robert D. Dionne Sr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049421-466/robert-d.-dionne-sr..html Robert D. Dionne Sr., 68, of Nashua, passed away on Saturday morning, October 18th at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Bob was a son of the late Arthur and Lucille (Twombley) Dionne and was a lifelong resident of Nashua, N.H. He was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1964. Bob started working young and his first job was at The Modern Restaurant. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:00:57 EST Normand A. Raymond http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049422-469/normand-a.-raymond.html Normand A. Raymond, 83, of Nashua passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday October 17, 2014 at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack. Normand was born in Nashua on October 4, 1931 a son of the late Joseph and Alphonsine (Tanguay) Raymond. He was the husband of Claire (Brodeur-Soucy) Raymond of Nashua. Normand served our country with the US Air Force during the Korean War. Prior to retirement, Normand had been employed by Raytheon for 25 years. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:18:05 EST Even at 2-5 Bishop Guertin still has shot at playoffs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049431-457/even-at-2-5-bishop-guertin-still-has.html Tied atop the Division I West conference at 4-3, it would appear that Alvirne (3-0 conference) and Nashua South (2-1 conference) have playoff spots locked up. Think again. Sitting at 2-5 overall and 2-0 in conference, Bishop Guertin is still alive in the hunt for a tournament spot. The Cardinals playoff hopes rest squarely in their own hands with two games to go. None of this is lost on BG senior Kyle Cushion or any of his Cardinals teammates. “It’s pretty crazy,” Cushion said. “That’s what has been driving us over these last few weeks. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:00:57 EST Library events in Greater Nashua – Oct. 20 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1049443-478/library-events-in-greater-nashua--oct..html NOTE: Library items are submitted by the libraries and are only lightly edited. For more library events, visit nashua telegraph.com/community. NASHUA Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600, carol.eyman@nashualibrary.org, www.nashualibrary.org. NASHUA READS: ‘THE ART FORGER’ “The Art Forger” by B.A. Shapiro is the selection for the 2014 Nashua Reads: One City, One Book program. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:01:26 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – Oct. 20 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1049444-478/classes-in-greater-nashua--oct.-20.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA SENIORS COUNT WORKSHOP: HOARDING & CLUTTERING The October Seniors Count workshop will feature a general discussion of the reasons people hoard and how to help them through the de-cluttering and/or de-hoarding process. Time will be set aside for questions and answers. The free workshop will be held 1 p.m. Oct. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:01:30 EST Aldermanic Infrastructure Committee to discuss Legacy Playground, other topics Wednesday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049446-469/aldermanic-infrastructure-committee-to-discuss-legacy-playground.html NASHUA – A potpourri of resolutions and ordinances, some tabled as long as 9 months ago, await the aldermanic Committee on Infrastructure when it convenes Wednesday, Oct. 22, at City Hall. One of the most talked-about topics of late – the proposed Legacy Playground – comes up again on the agenda, this time under unfinished business after the issue was discussed at length at last week’s special Board of Aldermen meeting then referred back to committee once again. Several other agenda items address traffic or parking, including extending the overnight on-street parking permit program for another year, tabled on Sept. 24; authorizing angled parking on part of the west side of Main Street, tabled Feb. 26; adding stop signs at Beauview Avenue and Hooker Street, tabled Aug. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:01:35 EST Lawyer says police destroyed important evidence in fatal-crash case http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049448-469/lawyer-says-police-destroyed-important-evidence-in.html NASHUA – Lawyers for a man accused of killing a Brookline woman in a car crash the day before Christmas want the charges dismissed because of evidence destroyed by police. Greg Cullen, 32, of Milford, was charged with negligent homicide after prosecutors accused him of being distracted by the GPS on his cellphone and causing a crash near the Brookline Safety Complex, killing 30-year-old Katie Hamilton. In court paperwork filed this month, Cullen’s attorney, Michael Iacopino, said police destroyed three pieces of evidence that robbed Cullen of his right to a fair trial. First, Iacopino says, state police failed to inspect the other two vehicles involved in the crash, including Hamilton’s, to rule out the possibility that a mechanical failure in one of those vehicles contributed to the crash. A state trooper also manipulated Cullen’s cellphone before documenting its home screen, making it impossible for defense lawyers to argue that Cullen wasn’t distracted by the phone by showing that there were unread messages on it, according to court documents. Finally, according to Iacopino’s motion, police destroyed a video bearing a timestamp showing Cullen’s pickup truck approaching the intersection of Routes 130 and 13 in Brookline that could be compared to any text messages sent by Cullen’s phone. “A crucial piece of evidence documenting the time of the accident, which was different than the Verizon Wireless time, was then destroyed by the state,” Iacopino wrote. “They knew they had in their possession a piece of evidence reflecting a time that did not corresponded with their timeline. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:20:33 EST Most of the region’s minorities are in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049450-469/most-of-the-regions-minorities-are-in.html It’s no secret than New Hampshire has relatively few residents who are racial or ethnic minorities – we’re one of the three whitest states in the country, by Census data. As might be expected, most of the region’s minorities live in Nashua, but they’re not evenly distributed around the city. This map shows percentages of minorities in various Census districts, which do not always correspond to obvious neighborhoods. This is one of a number of charts and maps taken from the draft of the 2015-2035 Regional Plan from the Nashua Regional Planning Commission. The plan examines the current and future state of the 13-town Nashua region, which stretches from Lyndeborough in the west to Pelham in the east to Merrimack in the north. The draft can be seen online at www.granitestatefuture.org/regions/nashua-region/documents. The commission is seeking public input on its draft. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:58:00 EST Crusaders get past PAL Force in Nashua football battle http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/kidssports/1049556-457/crusaders-get-past-pal-force-in-nashua.html FOOTBALL Seventh grade:  Crusaders 24, Nashua PAL 7 The Nashua Seventh Grade Elks Crusaders ended their season in style with a 24-7 win over rival Nashua PAL. The Crusaders had a strong ground game with hard running from Kyle Salemi, Ryan Rutstein and Joe Buturla. The passing game was equally effective as Ben Levine connected with both Colby Martel and Adam Akel for positive yardage. The rushing attack led to all four touchdowns led by Mark Case, Zach Gauthier and Ben Levine who added two scores. Defensively, the Crusaders had interceptions from Akel and Zach Berthiaume and controlled the line of scrimmage with hard work in the trenches by Nate Johnson, Kalique Jones, Kyle O’Conner, Charlie McKelvey, Stone Foley, Cody Cargill, Colin Keavey, Brad Dietrich and Nate Zalzal. The Elks were without injured players Alex Swisher and Zach Hureau. EIGHTH GRADE:   Manchester East 22, Crusaders 6 Nashua fell to Manchester East, 22-6, with Tanner Plourde scoring Nashua’s only touchdown on a 90-yard kick return to open up the second half. In addition to the kick return, Plourde also ran the ball 10 times, recorded two first downs, and hauled in one pass. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:37:00 EST Bishop Guertin stymies Nashua North in D-I West matchup http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049403-457/bishop-guertin-stymies-nashua-north-in-d-i.html NASHUA – Based on statistics alone, you would assume the Nashua North offense was successful against Bishop Guertin on Saturday evening. Then again, you’d be underestimating the talent of the Cardinals’ defense. Despite compiling more yards and nearly twice the number of offensive plays in the first half, the Titans ultimately came up short in a must-win contest. Three turnovers and a lack of success in the red zone ultimately led to Nashua North’s demise, as Bishop Guertin pulled off the 22-0 victory. The Titans (2-5) offense had success in the first half, compiling 138 yards, including 96 from running back Myles Cassin-Reed. The Cardinals (2-5) defense continually came up with big plays when it mattered, though, including halting three drives inside their opponent’s own 20. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:00:40 EST Cap proposal is self-interest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1049321-465/cap-proposal-is-self-interest.html Proposed spending-cap change is rooted in salary concerns I did not realize that The Telegraph moved the comics. In his argument for changing the spending cap (“Should city change spending cap calculation?” Oct. 12), Nashua teacher Gary Hoffman uses as one of his arguments that the city of Nashua doesn’t buy such consumer goods as “clothing, food, electronics, and housing costs.” While the city as an entity may not buy those items, its residents (read taxpayers) certainly do. Mr. Hoffman, I suggest, is not as interested in the price of “firemen’s protective gear or the cost of your child’s textbook” as he is in seeing the spending cap increased as much as he can get away with to assure that teachers’ step increases and other salary increases can be maximized. To suggest that the Consumer Price Index – Urban is not a true measure of inflation is nothing but self-interest. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:00:54 EST Lasky | From schools to economic growth, a belief in the good government can do http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1049325-474/lasky--from-schools-to-economic-growth.html On a bright, warm summer day, I waited in the Statehouse for the governor to come out to sign a bill that I sponsored. I greeted a few constituents and colleagues and was chatting about the bill when one of them rushed up, hugged me and started to cry. As I hugged her back, she seemed overwhelmed with happiness. She shared her story with me. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:00:51 EST Community events in Nashua – Oct. 19 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1049335-478/community-events-in-nashua--oct.-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 hold its next meeting at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 20 at Bishop Guertin High School on Lund Road. This is a competition night with three categories: Assigned: “Door(s) and Window(s)” Challenge: “Cliché” and Open. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:01:11 EST Fairs in Greater Nashua – Oct. 19 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1049334-478/fairs-in-greater-nashua--oct.-19.html NASHUA OLDE FASHIONED COUNTRY FAIR First Baptist Church of Nashua, 121 Manchester St., will host its Olde Fashioned Country Fair from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 25. Fair will include breakfast and lunch items to enjoy while listening to some country tunes; homemade jams and jellies, canned vegetables, salsa, applesauce, “dilly beans,” baked beans, and pies, cakes and cookies; specialty craft and food tables; extensive silent auction; and free activities for children. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:01:00 EST Greater Nashua Habitat For Humanity celebrates 20 years http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049340-478/greater-nashua-habitat-for-humanity-celebrates-20.html NASHUA – Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a dinner at LaBelle Winery in Amherst at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. The event will seat up to 220 people and include dinner and specialty cocktails created by LaBelle Winery at a cash bar. The evening also will include a presentation and live auction. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:01:53 EST Nashua Hunt Community employees ‘band together’ in fight against breast cancer http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049343-478/nashua-hunt-community-employees-band-together-in.html NASHUA – Corey Kearns, asked what gave him the idea to make pink macrame bracelets to help in the fight against breast cancer, said he has been making these types of bracelets for friends and family members in the military for several years. They’re called 550-paracord survival bracelets and actually have hundreds of documented uses for members of the armed forces. Made from parachute cord that can hold up to 550 pounds, each cord is  made up of seven strings wrapped together. The bracelets can be taken apart down to the individual strings and used to tie down tarps for shelter, bundle things together, secure camouflage and even as a tourniquet in a dire combat situation. When asked if it was difficult to find paracord in hot pink, the Nashua native’s answer was simply, “No, not at all.” After two of his wife’s aunts died from breast cancer, Kearns, who is the security supervisor for the Hunt Community Continuing Care Retirement Community, decided he wanted to do something to help prevent more lives from being lost to this disease. Through the countless hours he worked on them, Kearns wondered if his  co-workers would actually contribute the $5 requested donation for one of the hot pink breast cancer survival bracelets. Kearns lost track of how many he made for the project, but he said he used 2,250 feet of 550-paracord make them. In the end, his co-workers at Hunt Community, along with its sister Continuing Care Retirement Community, The Huntington at Nashua, purchased 206 bracelets, helping him raise $1,030 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to find a cure for breast cancer. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:02:10 EST Nashua Christian Academy Spanish students embrace new way of learning http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1049348-478/nashua-christian-academy-spanish-students-embrace-new.html Before this year at Nashua Christian Academy, classes have just been the typical room setting that anyone would expect from a school. This year, however, NCA has become a part of a high school pilot program introducing a new style of learning to the school students. NCA approached the Signum University Language Institute to look into doing video conferences for a Latin course. While the Latin course didn’t have enough interest, the school decided to look into the program for Spanish courses. Video conferences are essentially a mix between an online course and a typical classroom setting. The instructor Skypes the students twice a week in groups of about seven or eight and teaches a class. This format helps the students because the main language spoken is Spanish, not English. Students are forced to speak the language they desire to learn, immersing them in conversations and applied speaking skills they will need to successfully learn Spanish. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:02:32 EST Support groups in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1049349-478/support-groups-in-greater-nashua.html NASHUA BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP The Bereavement Support Group is open to any bereaved individual and is free of charge, with no registration is necessary. Information: Barbara Halbmaier at 882-3000, ext. 63907. BLOOD CANCER SUPPORT GROUP The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offers a monthly support group for adult patients and family members who are coping with a blood cancer diagnosis. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:02:36 EST Pets of the week for Oct. 19 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049351-478/pets-of-the-week-for-oct.-19.html Humane Society for Greater Nashua HARLEY Hi, everyone, I’m Harley! I’m an absolutely adorable 4-year-old gal looking for my new family. I’m so cute that it’s hard to believe no one has scooped me up yet! One thing that you can’t tell from my picture is that I’m blind. I’ve been that way since birth, so I’m very well adjusted. I need a home where I can have some consistency in my surroundings, and would love to have a doggie door leading to a fenced-in yard like I did at my previous home! I like just about everyone I meet, kids and other dogs included! I have good manners and walk well on leash, too – you just need to talk and lead me in the right direction. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:02:44 EST Nashua South dress code draws controversy http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1049352-478/nashua-south-dress-code-draws-controversy.html Throughout the years, the student dress code has been a controversial topic at Nashua High School South. This topic started affecting me at the beginning of my senior year. Before that, I had been oblivious to the fact that many of my female classmates had been shamed for what they wear. The day I was “dress coded,” my eyes opened and I needed my voice to be heard. I wanted to support the girls in my school; I didn’t want to be in the shadows. I began with a Facebook post and proceeded from there. One day, someone in my class who is a part of the school newspaper, Panther Prints, asked me to write an article on the topic. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:02:48 EST Kazimierz ‘Kaz’ Bielawski http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049365-466/kazimierz-kaz-bielawski.html Kazimierz “Kaz” Bielawski, 90, of Nashua, died Thursday evening, October 16, 2014, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, surrounded by his loving family and friends. Born in Beznik, Poland, on February 5, 1924, he was a son of the late Stanislaw and Magdalena Bielawski. Educated in Polish schools, Kaz was part of the underground resistance in Poland during World War II. Mr. Bielawski immigrated to the United States in 1951 and worked as a tailor for Hickey Freeman in New York City. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:00:57 EST Nita Van Zandt http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049367-466/nita-van-zandt.html Nita Van Zandt of Nashua passed away on October 14 at age 65. She was the only child of Bryce Johnson and Evelyn (Plucar) Johnson. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, James Van Zandt, and their daughter, Tracy Van Zandt of Woburn, MA. Nita earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Wichita State University, and her master’s degree in literature and writing from Rivier University. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:01:12 EST Mona P. (Delude) Caron http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049369-466/mona-p.-delude-caron.html 7/11/37-10/14/14 Mona P. (Delude) Caro, of Nashua NH, daughter of the late Ernest Delude & Delia (Levesque) Delude. Mona was a life long residence of the Nashua Area. She grew up on Amherst St., where Acura is now, when the road was gravel and used to count cars going by after school. Her summer camp was on Honey Pot Pond at the Homestead location on Boston Post Rd. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:01:27 EST