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 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/bedfordjournal/bedfordsports/1044868-308/story.html FOOTBALL Date Team Time/Result Sept. 5 at Manchester Memorial 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at Portsmouth 7 p.m. Sept. 19 Winnacunnet 7 p.m. Sept. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:00:26 EST Customers, employees delighted as area Market Baskets struggle to get back up to speed http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044894-469/customers-employees-delighted-as-area-market-baskets.html Something strange happened at a Nashua Market Basket store on Thursday: It got too crowded. “I just had to say: ‘Give me another register!’ I haven’t said that in six weeks,” said Scott Marsden, manager of the store at 261 Daniel Webster Highway, gesturing at the row of checkout counters, including one that was just opening to serve customers in line. The counters weren’t too crowded by usual Market Basket standards, since only half of them were open, but compared to the store’s echoing emptiness during the long boycott that ended Thursday, they were jammed. They were jammed with happy people, too, as was reflected by the customer who interrupted Marsden’s interview to give him a hug, saying how delighted she was to be back. “That’s happened all day,” said Marsden. It was part of the joyful, but erratic return of the grocery chain coming back to life Thursday, as news circulated that the Demoulas family struggle had apparently ended late Wednesday night. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:33 EST Nancy Ann Nesmith Perkins http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackobituaries/1044914-435/nancy-ann-nesmith-perkins.html Nancy Ann Nesmith Perkins, a longtime resident of Amherst, NH dies May 29th at Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler in Orange City, Florida after a brief illness. She was born in Derry NH on July 28th, 1938 to Daniel E. and Editha Bennert Nesmith. The family lived in Manchester NH prior to settling in Merrimack where Nancy and her sister Joyce were educated in the public schools. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:00:46 EST Richard Perkins http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackobituaries/1044915-435/richard-perkins.html Richard Perkins, a resident of Amherst for over fifty years passed away on June 5th, 2014 after a long illness at Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/ Flagler in Orange City, Florida. He was the seventh of ten children born to Fred and Ethel Perkins on February 1st, 1930 in Manchester, NH. Richard was raised on a farm on Turkey Hill Road in Merrimack NH and was educated in the Merrimack Public Schools. He held a Master Electrician license was a self taught Mechanical Engineer by trade. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:00:54 EST Merrimack police officer joins PLUS Company board http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackreadersubmitted/1044916-308/merrimack-police-officer-joins-plus-company-board.html NASHUA – Robert Purcell, chairman of the board of directors of The PLUS Company, announced the addition of two new members to the board. The PLUS Company, a nonprofit agency established in 1972, works to empower individuals with developmental disabilities by providing support and services that maximize their independence. “We are thrilled that Denise I. Roy, lieutenant on the Merrimack Police Department, and James Allard, of Nashua, a self-employed general contractor, have joined the agency,” Purcell said. “Both bring a commitment to our mission that will strengthen our agency.” Roy, of Merrimack, has been involved with New Hampshire Special Olympics and the Child Advocacy Center of Hillsborough County. Roy said she became involved with The PLUS Company because she has a sibling who is served by agency. Roy holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and is enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University’s public administration master’s degree program. Allard, of Nashua, said he became interested in The PLUS Company after working with an agency supporter on a construction project for the Nashua building. “I was impressed with their work and their mission, and wanted to support them where I could,” Allard said. The PLUS Company operates offices in Nashua and in Lawrence and Tewksbury, Mass. Purcell said volunteers who assist the staff members and oversee the agency’s operation are vital to the company’s success. “Volunteers play key roles in assisting with fundraising and raising awareness of the great programs and activities available for adults with developmental disabilities,” Purcell said. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:01:01 EST 35 agents join Manchester-Nashua realty board http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisreadersubmitted/1044924-308/35-agents-join-manchester-nashua-realty-board.html BEDFORD – Thirty-five people joined the Greater Manchester/Nashua Board of Realtors recently. “It was a great event on August 19th as 35 inductees took the pledge to protect the American dream of homeownership and abide by the Realtor Code of Ethics,” said Theresa Grella, GMNBR president. “The number of individuals entering the profession is an indication of an improvement to the market, with sales up over a year ago and interest rates that have dropped.” The inductees will also hold memberships in the New Hampshire Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Inductees were: Jason Belcourt, CB Residental Brokerage/Manchester. Kevin Brown, N.H. Real Estate Exchange. Ron Christman, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Verani Realty/Amherst. Denise Clermont, CB Residential Brokerage/Amherst. Barbara Davis-Walnum, Brin Realty Group, LLC/Bedford. Nicholas Febonio, Keller Williams Realty/Nashua. Victor Groleau, Century 21 Dumont and Associates. Alisa Johnson, Allison James Estates & Homes. Kelly Kisiday, Keller Williams Realty/Nashua. Kurt Knoettner, BH&G – The Masiello Group. Laura Lambrou, Scott Gregory Group. Louis Lapointe, Pelletier Realty Group. Jennifer Lawrence, Bean Group/Amherst. Jeff Moran, Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan/Bedford. Anne Moreau, Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan/Bedford. Christine Mucci, CB Residential Brokerage/Bedford. Joe Mucci, CB Residential Brokerage Bedford. Susan Murphy, Pelletier Realty Group. Florence Nicolls, Keller Williams Realty/Nashua. Susan Patterson, Keller Williams Realty/Nashua. Eric Pelletier, Century 21 Advantage. John Prieto, CB Residential Brokerage/Manchester. Timothy Radford, Elm Grove Realty. Rachel Ray, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Verani Realty/Amherst. Elizabeth Roosa, Kathy Roosa School of Real Estate. Louis Schwartz, Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan/Bedford. Angela Sullivan, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Verani Realty/Bedford. Rachel Swinford, Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan/Bedford. Katherine Tischler, Re/Max Properties Hollis. JamesTitus, Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan/Bedford. Carolyn Urbanski, Allison James Estates & Homes. Carl Vaillancourt, Regarding Real Estate. Amanda Von Hagn, Century 21 Cardinal. Julie Brown, CB Residential Brokerage/Manchester. Deborah Wass, Bean Group/Amherst. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:01:42 EST Body in Merrimack River identified as Ronald Deldotto of Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044976-469/body-in-merrimack-river-identified-as-ronald.html HUDSON – Police have identified the man who apparently drowned Tuesday after jumping into the Merrimack River as Ronald J. Deldotto Jr., 42, of Nashua, Capt. Bill Avery said Thursday. Deldotto, who lived at 36 Concord St., Apt. 9, in Nashua, had jumped from either the Taylors Falls or Veterans bridge, which span the Merrimack connecting Nashua and Hudson. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:03:37 EST Man hurt when motorcycle, car collide Thursday in Hudson http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044985-469/man-hurt-when-motorcycle-car-collide-thursday.html HUDSON – A motorcyclist escaped serious injury Thursday afternoon when was thrown from his motorcycle after a collision with a mid-size car on the Sagamore Bridge. The 23-year-old man, whose name wasn’t immediately available, was transported to Southern new Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua with what were described as non-life threatening injuries. He was conscious when police, firefighters and rescue personnel arrived at the scene, which was in the westbound lane just before the Nashua line. Preliminary reports indicated that the motorcycle collided with the rear of the car, which had either slowed or stopped. Several other drivers stopped to talk with police, who interviewed the driver of the car involved and other witnesses. Bridge traffic was narrowed to two lanes, causing minor slowdowns for westbound motorists. Police continue to investigate. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:06:43 EST Nashua police make second arrest in Aug. 20 purse snatching http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1045005-469/nashua-police-make-second-arrest-in-aug..html NASHUA – Police have made a second arrest in connection to the robbery of a 65-year-old woman last week. Jerald “JJ” Leith, 26, of 115 Almont St., Nashua, was arrested around 1 p.m. Wednesday, about a week after the woman was thrown to the ground by a man who then stole her purse around 11 p.m. on Aug. 20 near 27 Congress St., police said. A second man, Bradley Bernard, 35, of 69 Derry St., Apt. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:10:57 EST Nashua police charge man arrested following drive-by shooting with giving fake name http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1045008-469/nashua-police-charge-man-arrested-following-drive-by.html One of the Manchester men arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting in Nashua Wednesday morning is facing more charges after police said he gave them a phony name. Police arrested two brothers, Darrion Weekly, and who they thought was Darrius Weekly around 3 a.m. Wednesday after shots were fired from a car toward two people standing outside 12 Pratt Street, police said. On Thursday, police said they learned that the second brother’s name is actually David Weekly, 18, of 38 Orange St., Apt. 1, Manchester. He is now charged with unsworn falsification along with two counts of criminal liability to attempted first-degree assault, police said. Darrion Weekly, 19, of 219 Notre Dame Ave,. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:11:35 EST Attack was nasty and unwarranted http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1044983-465/attack-was-nasty-and-unwarranted.html On Monday night, Aug. 25, I was witness to the character assassination of a candidate for the Nashua Airport Authority. Mayor Donnalee Lozeau had nominated Sandra Adams to fill a vacancy on the Nashua Airport Authority created when a member suddenly resigned. Sandra is well qualified for the position. She has a degree in business, owns and operates a successful business at the airport, and holds a private pilot’s certificate. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:00:47 EST Eighth annual Kelly Mann Memorial run/walk planned in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1044903-478/eighth-annual-kelly-mann-memorial-runwalk-planned.html NASHUA – The ninth annual Kelly Mann Memorial 5K Run and 3K Fun Walk, part of the Toyota of Nashua Gate City Series, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27. In July 2004, Mann was murdered by her husband in her Nashua home while her three children listened in a nearby room. With the support of their family and friends, Mann’s daughters, Ashley and Lauren Mann, approached Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support with the idea of a fundraiser in memory of their mother. The fundraiser will provide funding for Bridges, provide awareness to the community, allow the community to show its support in ending domestic violence, and will help Mann’s daughters to heal and allow them to celebrate her memory with others. The race will be held at Sunset Heights Elementary School, 15 Osgood Road. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Timing is by Millennium Running. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:01:59 EST Bite Back for a Cure race/walk planned in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1044904-478/bite-back-for-a-cure-racewalk-planned.html NASHUA – The Greater Nashua Lyme Alliance will hold its Bite Back for a Cure 5K Race/Walk at noon Saturday, Sept. 20, in Mine Falls Park. The race will start at the Stellos Stadium entrance to the park. Race officiating is by 3C Race Produtions, of Merrimack. The registration fee is $25 for individuals or $70 per team. Proceeds go to the Tick Borne Disease Alliance and Greater Nashua Lyme Alliance. The Greater Nashua Lyme Alliance is made up of individuals who are patients as well as family members and friends of those suffering from Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:02:15 EST Lois’ Race Against Lyme to be held in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1044901-478/lois-race-against-lyme-to-be-held.html NASHUA – Sisters Valerie Casanave, of Manchester, and Elissa Johnson-Mullin, of Amherst, are planning to hold the second annual Lois’ Race Against Lyme 5K run/walk at Mine Falls Park at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Proceeds will support their mother, Lois Johnson, and Dick and Polly Brown, of Amherst, all of whom are suffering from Lyme disease. Johnson was bitten by a tick while gardening in her backyard more than two years ago, and she has been very sick ever since. She has been to several doctors, been through dozens of tests and has been on many treatments. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:01:38 EST Esophageal Cancer Awareness Walk planned at Mine Falls Park in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1044900-478/esophageal-cancer-awareness-walk-planned-at-mine.html NASHUA – The Burns family, of Nashua, will hold its first Esophageal Cancer Awareness Walk at Mine Falls Park at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, with all proceeds benefiting esophageal cancer research. Stephen Burns was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in May 2013 and is undergoing biweekly treatments at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Esophageal cancer starts at the inside lining of the esophagus and spreads through the outer layers. It affects more men than women, and is a challenging condition to treat. The early stages of esophageal cancer usually don’t produce any physical symptoms. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:01:34 EST Front Door Agency in Nashua names new board members http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1044906-478/front-door-agency-in-nashua-names-new.html NASHUA – The Front Door Agency welcomed four new members to its board of directors for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Kate Binder, of Nashua, is a publishing and graphics expert who has authored several books on Mac computers and graphics technologies. Zach Duprey, of Litchfield, is a commercial lending officer for the Provident Bank in Nashua. He previously held positions with TD Bank, People’s United Bank and Fidelity Investments. Cory Hussey, of Hollis, is chief operating officer and general counsel for Stanley Elevator in Merrimack. He joined the family business after earning a law degree from Suffolk University and an MBA from Babson College. Hussey handles legal affairs, government relations and corporate development for Stanley and its subsidiaries. Amy LaBelle, of Amherst, is the founder of LaBelle Winery in Amherst. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:02:40 EST PLUS Company in Nashua adds two board members http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1044897-478/plus-company-in-nashua-adds-two-board.html NASHUA – Robert Purcell, chairman of the board of directors of The PLUS Company, announced the addition of two new members to the board. The PLUS Company, a nonprofit agency established in 1972, works to empower individuals with developmental disabilities by providing support and services that maximize their independence. “We are thrilled that Denise I. Roy, lieutenant on the Merrimack Police Department, and James Allard, of Nashua, a self-employed general contractor, have joined the agency,” Purcell said. “Both bring a commitment to our mission that will strengthen our agency.” Roy, of Merrimack, has been involved with New Hampshire Special Olympics and the Child Advocacy Center of Hillsborough County. Roy said she became involved with The PLUS Company because she has a sibling who is served by agency. Roy holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and is enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University’s public administration master’s degree program. Allard, of Nashua, said he became interested in The PLUS Company after working with an agency supporter on a construction project for the Nashua building. “I was impressed with their work and their mission, and wanted to support them where I could,” Allard said. The PLUS Company operates offices in Nashua and in Lawrence and Tewksbury, Mass. Purcell said volunteers who assist the staff members and oversee the agency’s operation are vital to the company’s success. “Volunteers play key roles in assisting with fundraising and raising awareness of the great programs and activities available for adults with developmental disabilities,” Purcell said. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:01:03 EST Nashua charter school to hold Starry Night Gala http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1044896-478/nashua-charter-school-to-hold-starry-night.html NASHUA – Join Gate City Charter School for the Arts from 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Nashua Country Club for an evening inspired by the arts. Dress to impress in evening attire inspired by your favorite musical, visual or preforming artist. While mingling with school faculty and community members, you can enjoy dinner and entertainment by local talent, including musical duo Song of the Lark and flute duets by Marjorie Hogan and Rebecca Jeffreys. There also will be silent and live auctions of unique items such as vacation packages, signed memorabilia, paintings, handcrafted pottery and more. Funds from the Starry Night Gala will enable the purchase of new tools and equipment. Tickets are $65. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:00:50 EST Nancy Ann Nesmith Perkins http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetobituaries/1044806-435/nancy-ann-nesmith-perkins.html Nancy Ann Nesmith Perkins, a longtime resident of Amherst, NH dies May 29th at Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler in Orange City, Florida after a brief illness. She was born in Derry NH on July 28th, 1938 to Daniel E. and Editha Bennert Nesmith. The family lived in Manchester NH prior to settling in Merrimack where Nancy and her sister Joyce were educated in the public schools. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:00:55 EST Richard Perkins http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetobituaries/1044805-435/richard-perkins.html Richard Perkins, a resident of Amherst for over fifty years passed away on June 5th, 2014 after a long illness at Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/ Flagler in Orange City, Florida. He was the seventh of ten children born to Fred and Ethel Perkins on February 1st, 1930 in Manchester, NH. Richard was raised on a farm on Turkey Hill Road in Merrimack NH and was educated in the Merrimack Public Schools. He held a Master Electrician license was a self taught Mechanical Engineer by trade. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:00:43 EST ‘Downtown Arts Fest: Cultural Canvas’ combines art, music, dance, food, fashion at Nashua’s French Renaissance Park http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1044831-485/story.html Marrying visual arts, dance, music, fashion and food, the inaugural Downtown Arts Fest will take place from 1-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 on Water Street and at French Renaissance Park. The event, subtitled “Cultural Canvas,” is a celebration of Nashua’s diversity in art, culture and expression. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:03:29 EST Savor September in downtown Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1044834-485/savor-september-in-downtown-nashua.html The month of September is full of exciting events in Downtown Nashua. Many area residents will be enjoying a first-time event on Main Street: The Farmers Dinner on Sept. 21. This event brings the collaboration of chefs from award-winning downtown restaurants together with local farms. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:04:10 EST ‘Wicked’ author Gregory Maguire in Nashua Sept. 10 to preview latest, ‘Egg & Spoon’ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1044835-485/wicked-author-gregory-maguire-in-nashua-sept..html Not surprisingly, interviewing Gregory Maguire is hilarious. The feted and beloved author best known for penning “Wicked” answered the phone with “Well, I’m honored (to be interviewed). And I’m delighted to be awake and relatively focused.” His legions of fans, from adults to children to rabid Broadway lovers, will have the opportunity to meet Maguire at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 at Barnes and Noble, 235 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:04:26 EST Something ‘Wicked’ this way comes in September http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1044840-485/something-wicked-this-way-comes-in-september.html One of the incredible gifts of my job is the chance to meet and interview people who excel at their passion. This week, I went full-on fan geek when I was afforded the opportunity to interview celebrated author Gregory Maguire for my cover story. I read Maguire’s book “Wicked” years before it became a Broadway smash, as well as several others. On my vacation, I was given an advance copy of his latest novel, “Egg & Spoon,” to preview. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:05:39 EST Nashua police make arrest in purse snatching; still looking for second suspect http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044842-469/nashua-police-make-arrest-in-purse-snatching.html Nashua police have arrested a man in connection with the robbery of a 65-year-old woman last week and are looking for another man said to have been involved. Police have released surveillance photos of a man they wanted to talk to as part of an investigation into an Aug. 20 incident, in which the woman was thrown to the ground while walking on Congress Street in Nashua around 11 p.m. Police said a white or Hispanic man wrestled the woman’s purse away from her and fled in a dark-colored pickup truck. Tips given to police after the surveillance photos were released Tuesday led to the arrest of Bradley Bernard, 35, of 69 Derry St., Apt. B, in Hudson. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:01:34 EST Nearby officer makes quick arrests following Nashua drive-by shooting Wednesday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044843-469/nearby-officer-makes-quick-arrests-following-nashua.html Two brothers from Manchester were arrested by Nashua police early Wednesday morning in connection with a drive-by shooting downtown. Nashua officer Don Weise was patrolling Main Street around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday when he heard what he thought were three gunshots. Seconds later he saw a white Dodge Avenger speed onto Main Street from Pratt Street, between Lincoln and Russell avenues, police said. Weise was able to stop the car with the help of other patrolmen. Three residents approached and said someone in the car had just fired a weapon at them while they were standing in the area of 10-12 Pratt St., police said. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:02:26 EST Androniki Gatgos Scontsas http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044862-466/androniki-gatgos-scontsas.html Androniki Gatgos Scontsas, 95, of Wilmington, NC formerly of Nashua, NH died Wednesday, August 13, 2004, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center. Nikki was born in Lowell, MA, but lived most of her life in Nashua. She moved to North Carolina after the death of her husband, John, to whom she was married for 53 years. Nikki enjoyed living close to her son, George, and made many new friends, but she often spoke of “up home in Nashua.” Nikki with her husband, John, was a former member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and later of St. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:00:29 EST Richard D. Aitken http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044863-466/richard-d.-aitken.html Richard D. Aitken, 72, of Nashua, died early Saturday morning, August 23, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital after a brief illness. A son of the late Francis D. and Katherine (White) Aitken, he was born in East Boston, Massachusetts on November 27, 1941. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:00:34 EST William R. Prescott http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044864-466/william-r.-prescott.html William R. Prescott, 43, died unexpectedly on August 22, 2014. He was born on March 3, 1971, the beloved son of Rose M. Prescott and the late John F. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:00:38 EST Police investigate death of man who jumped into Merrimack River from Nashua-Hudson bridge http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044888-469/police-investigate-death-of-man-who-jumped.html NASHUA – The body of an adult man was pulled from the Merrimack River on Wednesday morning, about 100 feet down the river from the bridge where people say he jumped in what seems to have been a lark. The body was recovered by New Hampshire Fish & Game divers at about 10:45 a.m. in approximately 8 feet of water. The man’s identity has not been released, pending notification of his family. The victim, an adult white male, was wearing street clothes. The search began Tuesday night after a Londonderry resident, Chad Gagnon, who was fishing on the Nashua side of the Merrimack River near the twin bridges connecting Nashua and Hudson, reported at about 7 p.m. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:06:24 EST Nashua’s Gate City Charter School for the Arts ready for its debut http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044889-469/nashuas-gate-city-charter-school-for-the.html MERRIMACK – Among New Hampshire’s four new charter schools opening across the state this fall is an arts-oriented K-8 charter school in Merrimack. The new Gate City Charter School for the Arts plans to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Thursday at 10 a.m. In the weeks leading up to the ceremony, school staff, families and other volunteers came together to complete the facility. Gate City’s debut year begins Tuesday, Sept. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:06:31 EST Nashua job fair offers veterans resources, a little hope http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044892-469/nashua-job-fair-offers-veterans-resources-a.html NASHUA – James Dooley said when it comes to hope, he doesn’t have any. Dooley, a former U.S. Army tank crewman, wore a kahaki cap and carried a camouflage shoulder bag as he walked around the tables set up at Harbor Homes on High Street in Nashua Wednesday morning during a job and resource fair co-hosted by the organization and Rep. Ann McLane Kuster. “I take my life hour by hour, because everything changes,” said Dooley, a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. “It’s the only thing that’s constant.” “The anxiety, depression – it ain’t easy,” he added. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:06:49 EST ‘Stuff the Truck’ in Nashua requests donations for those in need http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1044902-478/stuff-the-truck-in-nashua-requests-donations.html NASHUA – People can make a difference for Greater Nashua residents in need by supporting United Way and UPS in their “Stuff the Truck” collection of nonperishable food and other items during the United Way’s 23rd annual Day of Caring. A UPS truck will accept donations from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church, 500 West Hollis St. Demand for basic needs assistance from Greater Nashua food pantries and other nonprofit organizations remains high. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:01:45 EST Nashua students excel in national math competitions http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1044907-478/nashua-students-excel-in-national-math-competitions.html NASHUA – Three Nashua students who attend the Russian School of Mathematics for after-school math enrichment posted top scores in national math competitions. The Nashua students were among hundreds of RSM students from New England recognized for outstanding achievement in mathematics. The American Mathematics Contest 8 is the most rigorous nationwide mathematics competition at the middle school level. The AMC 10 is arguably the most difficult math competition in the U.S. The test is geared to the most gifted high school math students. The highest-scoring AMC 10 and 12 participants are invited to take the American Invitational Mathematics Exam. The RSM Olympiad is a 75-minute individual competition open to any student in grades 2-9, and features fun and challenging problems for novices and veteran test takers. Nearly 2,000 participated in RSM’s first Olympiad in 2014. Top-scoring Nashua residents were: Anmol Goraya, grade 8, AMC 8, honor roll. Aditya Gandhi, grade 8, AMC 10A, achievement roll. Ayush Chakraborty, grade 2, RSM Olympiad, honorable mention. The Russian School of Mathematics will open a Nashua location at 84 Lake St. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:02:48 EST Achievements by kids in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1044908-478/achievements-by-kids-in-greater-nashua.html Here is a listing of achievements by youths from Greater Nashua: FRANK CADWELL HOLLIS – Frank Cadwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Cadwell III, of Hollis, was named to the spring 2014 dean’s list at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:02:53 EST Thank you for donation in honor of Nashua Rotary member http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1044909-478/thank-you-for-donation-in-honor-of.html To the Editor: Thank you, Carolyn and Gordon Choate, for joining Rotary Club of Nashua West. Your heartfelt testimony of your path the past 20 years was both poignant and touching. Thank you for your generous donation to the Paul Harris Foundation (polio eradication) in honor of our beloved member of distinction, Ken Grabeau. Thank you for being part of Rotary West! From Carolyn: “Today was, without a doubt, a highlight of my life – becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, most especially in honor of Ken Grabeau and Gordon, a polio survivor.” ROTARY CLUB OF NASHUA WEST Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:03:01 EST Milford, Nashua participants complete national service program http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetreadersubmitted/1044939-308/milford-nashua-participants-complete-national-service-program.html Over the 20 years since the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps launched, 17,000 young adults have strengthened countless communities across the nation and developed into involved citizens and leaders. Veterans, people who are homeless, people with disabilities, at-risk youths, schools, parks, disaster zones and nonprofit organizations all benefit from the ongoing service of the 18- to 24-year-olds who dedicate 10 months to the program. Samantha Minshull, of Milford, and David Schwartz, of Nashua, were among 480 members who graduated from AmeriCorps NCCC in late July. The July graduates completed more than 800,000 hours of service and more than 250 community service projects. Each member was part of a team of about 10 individuals. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:02:13 EST Nominations sought for Nashua chamber’s Citizen of Year award http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044856-469/nominations-sought-for-nashua-chambers-citizen-of.html NASHUA – It’s been 10 months since 93-year-old Nashua native and well-known businessman Bob Weisman received the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Citizen of the Year award, and now the Chamber is asking people to nominate candidates for Weisman’s successor. Nominations are being sought for the coveted honor, which will be presented at the chamber’s 86th annual Gala on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the newly opened Apartments at Cotton Mill, 30 Front St. Anyone interested in nominating someone can find the form on www.nashuachamber.com. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 5. More information on the gala, which this year has the theme “Bourbon Street in the Millyard” and runs from 6-9 p.m., can also be found on the Website. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:04:18 EST Nashua’s Phil Pleat wins record 18th NHGA title http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1044885-457/nashuas-phil-pleat-wins-record-18th-nhga.html WOLFEBORO – Nashua Country Club’s Phil Pleat did it again. He shot a 2-under par 70 on Wednesday at Kingswood Golf Club to record a 2-under 142 in the 36-hole event to nip Derryfield Country Club’s Dan Arvanitis by one shot on his way to a New Hampshire Golf Association Senior Open championship. It’s his fourth straight Senior Open title and record 18th NHGA win overall. Arvanitis shot a 3-under 69 for the low round of the day, but Pleat held on for the win. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:06:03 EST Nashua North splits with Bedford, Spaulding on the links http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1044875-457/nashua-north-splits-with-bedford-spaulding-on.html Nashua High School North’s Brandon Gillis was three shots off the pace of medalist Ryan Brown on Wednesday at Rochester Country Club as Brown’s 34 paced Bedford to a 194-209 win over the Titans and 194-223 win over host Spaulding. Gillis’ 37, combined with a 38 from Michael Jensen and 44’s from Brian Provencher and Alex Richard helped the Titans earn the split with a win over the Red Raiders on the opening day of high school golf action statewide. Now 1-1, North will travel to Keene for a meeting with the Blackbirds Wednesday, Sept. 3. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:02:24 EST Nashua South splits opener with Pinkerton, Salem http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1044851-457/nashua-south-splits-opener-with-pinkerton-salem.html Pinkerton 194, Nashua South 202, Salem 213 Peter McManus shot a 36 to help the Panthers split their first Division I match of the season at Salem’s Campbell Scottish Highlands. Christian Sullivan and Jeff Mitchell each added a 40 for South (1-1) while Sam Nielsen shot a 41 and Spencer Durand added a 45. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:02:35 EST Nashua police seek man who threw elderly woman to the ground, snatched her purse http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044760-469/nashua-police-seek-man-who-threw-elderly.html NASHUA – Police are looking for a man who threw an elderly woman to the ground on a residential street earlier this month and stole her purse. Police were called to the area of 27 Congress St. shortly before 11 p.m. on Aug. 20 for a reported robbery. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:25 EST Lot sells for hefty $1M per acre on Amherst Street in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044752-469/lot-sells-for-hefty-1m-per-acre.html NASHUA – One of the last large undeveloped parcels on Amherst Street has been sold for more than $1 million per acre. The parcel at 565 Amherst Street, between Best Ford and Gate City Collision, adjacent to Nimcor Road, was owned by the Piekerski family as part of a large section of property that has been subdivided. “They were contemplating developing it for automotive uses but decided to sell it,” said Mark Prolman of Prolman Realty. Prolman said the sale price of $1.84 million for 1.78 acres is “one of the highest sale prices per acre in New Hampshire.” It was sold to JDC New England Ventures, a commercial group. Cushman & Wakefield, a commercial real-estate firm in Manchester, handled the sale for them. Plans for the property have not been announced. The sale is a reflection of increased retail and commercial interest along Amherst Street, Route 101A, in Nashua over the past year or so, following a long hiatus caused by the recession. This interest includes the just-opened Whole Foods and a new retail plaza being built next to Exit 7 of the Turnpike, a new Chik-Fil-A and LA Fitness coming to Somerset Plaza, a new Residence Inn being built at Trafalgar Square, the area’s first stand-alone Service Credit Union, and an expanded lube and car wash facility on the city line, replacing the former Mikata restaurant. The closed former Nim-Cor plant alongside 565 Amherst St., behind Best Ford, is slated to be torn down and replaced with a facility for Alzheimer’s patients. The land at 565 Amherst Street was owned by the family of Wil Piekarski, who passed away July 6 at age 84. The prominent businessman was best known as President of Toyota of Nashua, and was long a major presence in the area’s car sales business. David Brooks can be reached at 594-6531 or dbrooks@nashua telegraph.com. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:02:12 EST After jury visits scene of alleged crime, trial begins in 2013 Nashua rape case http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044757-469/after-jury-visits-scene-of-alleged-crime.html NASHUA – A 15-year-old girl took the witness stand Tuesday and told jurors that a 29-year-old Massachusetts man who had befriended her over their shared interest in cooking, then raped her in the parking lot of an abandoned Nashua building last summer. The testimony came as the trial began of Frank Moore, formerly of Massachusetts, who allegedly assaulted and raped the girl on July 11, 2013. On Tuesday, Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Karinne Brobst told jurors they won’t have to rely just on the girl’s testimony, but will also be shown photos of her injuries and hear evidence about DNA found on her body. “There, on the cement, he raped her,” Brobst said during her opening statement. On Tuesday, the jury of nine men and five women were taken by bus to the parking lot of an abandoned building on West Hollis Street and a nearby field where the assault allegedly took place. Brobst said Moore’s defense will be that the sex was consensual, but the girl was 14 at the time. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:01:28 EST Nashua charges landlords with violations, including dumping sewage http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044758-469/nashua-charges-landlords-with-violations-including-dumping.html NASHUA – Three Nashua landlords have been charged with a variety of offenses following lengthy investigations, often prodded by complaints. “These appear to be getting more frequent, that’s why we had to take a more involved action,” said Nelson Ortega, code enforcement manager for the city of Nashua. On Friday, Aug. 22, the Nashua Police Department and members of the Nashua Building Safety and City of Code Enforcement departments completed a months-long investigation, which led to the following arrests: Kyle Lamerand, 50, of 6 Cottage Ave., was arrested for fuel gas fitters, a Class A Misdemeanor in April of this year following an inspection of a property he owns at 44 Temple St. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:43 EST Carl J. ‘Jigger’ Jeglinski http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044775-466/carl-j.-jigger-jeglinski.html Carl J. “Jigger” Jeglinski, 75, of 8 Westhill Drive, Nashua died August 24, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after a brief illness. He was born Nov. 5, 1938 in Nashua, the son of Stephen and Eva (Chandler) Jeglinski, and resided in Nashua all his life. Mr. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:02:21 EST Concetta M. (Bartolucci) Russo http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044776-466/concetta-m.-bartolucci-russo.html Concetta M. (Bartolucci) Russo, 86, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 25, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. Concetta was born in Boston MA on February 20, 1928, a daughter of the late Agripino and Josephine (Russo) Bartolucci. Concetta was the widow of Charles Russo who passed away on January 6, 2011. Concetta is survived by: one daughter, Margaret Gifford and her husband Bruce of Nashua; two sons, Joseph Russo and his wife Marie of Burlington MA, Charles Russo Jr. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:02:50 EST Maurice N. Viens http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044777-466/maurice-n.-viens.html Maurice N. Viens, 86, a long time Hudson resident and well-regarded business man, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, August 26, 2014 at the Laurel Center in Bedford, New Hampshire surrounded by his loving family. Maurice is survived by his best friend and loving wife of over 43 years, Carol A. Viens; his eldest son, Robert Viens; his twin daughters, Denise Viens and Diane Dwyer, and her husband Steve Dwyer; stepdaughter Laurie Cannata, her husband Joe Cannata, all of Hudson; his grandchildren, Mark Masterson, and his wife Chaunacey Masterson of California, Jacqueline Roy, Colby Cannata and Brittani Cannata of Hudson, as well as Nicholas Cannata, and his wife Melissa Cannata, of Londonderry. His career began early with a tour of duty in the United States Army and then he began working at Old Colony Furniture as a wood carver for over 15 years. 1955 began his foray into entrepreneurship, opening his first business, Hudson Construction, where he even put his skills on display building the first family home on Highland Street, where it still stands today. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:03:04 EST Body recovered of man who jumped from Nashua-Hudson bridge http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044787-469/body-recovered-of-man-who-jumped-from.html UPDATE: The body of an adult man was pulled from the Merrimack River shortly before noon Wednesday, apparently the person who was reported to have jumped off Veterans Bridge connecting Hudson and Nashua. “Last night we were not able to locate anyone,” Hudson Police Chief Jason Lavoie. “This morning, Fish and Game was able to locate a body. At this time we’re just trying to identify who that body is.” Emergency personnel stood over a Stokes basket with a white male’s body in the shade on a hill just above the dock used by the Independence Rowing Club. Nashua Fire Rescue’s dive team and Hudson Fire Department worked Tuesday night to search the water downstream from the twin bridges. Two boats were seen in the water searching Wednesday morning. Lavoie said the water is relatively shallow, approximately 8 feet deep, where the body was found. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:43:00 EST Nashua’s Broad Street Elementary begins school amid construction http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044793-469/nashuas-broad-street-elementary-begins-school-amid.html Broad Street Elementary students returned to a changed school Tuesday morning. Renovations started last spring meant fewer trees, expanded parking and a new entrance to the building for students, who started classes along with all other Nashua schools Tuesday. “Things are a little different today,” said Principal Christine Breen. Before the buses arrived, Breen said she had already seen parents and students approaching the old entrance, which is  currently fenced off and busy with construction activity. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:53:19 EST Old barn torn down as part of work on Milford Medical Center http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044794-469/old-barn-torn-down-as-part-of.html MILFORD – A barn that was among the 1920s-era buildings used by the Milford Medical Center was torn down this week as part of continuing work on a new building. St. Joseph Hospital will open a multi-level, 19,500-square-foot outpatient facility on Nashua Street in the summer of 2015. All services are being offered during construction. St. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:05:23 EST 35 agents join Manchester-Nashua realty board http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/business/1044795-464/35-agents-join-manchester-nashua-realty-board.html New members for real estate board BEDFORD – Thirty-five people joined the Greater Manchester/Nashua Board of Realtors recently. “It was a great event on Aug. 19 as 35 inductees took the pledge to protect the American dream of homeownership and abide by the Realtor Code of Ethics,” said Theresa Grella, GMNBR president. “The number of individuals entering the profession is an indication of an improvement to the market, with sales up over a year ago and interest rates that have dropped.” The inductees will also hold memberships in the New Hampshire Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Inductees were: Jason Belcourt, CB Residental Brokerage/Manchester. Kevin Brown, N.H. Real Estate Exchange. Ron Christman, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Verani Realty/Amherst. Denise Clermont, CB Residential Brokerage/Amherst. Barbara Davis-Walnum, Brin Realty Group, LLC/Bedford. Nicholas Febonio, Keller Williams Realty/Nashua. Victor Groleau, Century 21 Dumont and Associates. Alisa Johnson, Allison James Estates & Homes. Kelly Kisiday, Keller Williams Realty/Nashua. Kurt Knoettner, BH&G – The Masiello Group. Laura Lambrou, Scott Gregory Group. Louis Lapointe, Pelletier Realty Group. Jennifer Lawrence, Bean Group/Amherst. Jeff Moran, Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan/Bedford. Anne Moreau, Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan/Bedford. Christine Mucci, CB Residential Brokerage/Bedford. Joe Mucci, CB Residential Brokerage Bedford. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:05:35 EST Nashua aldermen weigh $6M city radio upgrade http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044797-469/nashua-aldermen-weigh-6m-city-radio-upgrade.html NASHUA – A city-based entrepreneur who helped found a global communications firm and currently works out of its Spit Brook Road office cautioned the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night that equipment contained in the $6 million upgrade the city is proposing to its public safety communications system will likely be obsolete in just 3-4 years. Steve Papa, chairman of Parallel Wireless, held up a manual typewriter to illustrate his point, asking the board, rhetorically, “nobody would buy typewriters for the city, right?” “This is what it will look like in 3 or 4 years. The bond you’re proposing is for equipment that will be obsolete in 3-4 years,” Papa said. His comments came during the public hearing that asked residents to weigh in on a pair of resolutions that ask aldermen to issue bonds to fund a sweeping overhaul of the city-wide communications system. One resolution, R-14-052, seeks $750,000 in bonds to design and pay for a new telephone system for all city divisions, including the schools and the fire and police departments. In a meeting of the aldermanic Budget Review Committee that was held following the public hearing, committee members voted unanimously to table the resolution pending further discussion. The other resolution, R-14-056, calls for the issuance of bonds not to exceed $6 million to fund the second and third phases of the upgrade, drew more committee discussion. In the end, the committee approved the measure 5-1, with board president David Deane casting the lone dissenting vote. The discussion period revolved around whether the city should move forward with the upgrade if the equipment will in fact be obsolete in just 3-4 years. Alderman at Large Jim Donchess suggested the project should move ahead because “we still need (a system) that won’t fail.” Papa, who also addressed the Budget Review Committee, said there have been “significant” advances in technology “even in the two years you were studying it,” he said, referring to the upgrade that city Communications Division supervisor Lt. Bill Mansfield presented at the hearing. Mansfield backed the proposal, which involves contracting with Motorola, the firm the city has been using for years, saying the company guarantees the equipment will continue to be “upgradable as long as we keep up with the upgrades, whether it be to an LTE system or a more enhanced P25 system,” Mansfield said, referring to the acronym for long-term evolution, which is commonly marketed as 4G LTE, and “Project 25,” the new national technology standard for public safety agencies that allows radios from different manufacturers to communicate with one another. “The problem we have here is that this sytem is 14 years old. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:54:38 EST Nashua trash pickup delayed a day next week due to Labor Day holiday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044759-469/nashua-trash-pickup-delayed-a-day-next.html NASHUA – The city’s Solid Waste Department will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 in observance of Labor Day, including the Four Hills Landfill and the Nashua Recycling Center. In addition, there will be no curbside trash or recycling collection on Monday and normal operations will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:20 EST Nashua’s Phil Pleat leads New Hampshire Senior Golf event http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1044789-457/nashuas-phil-pleat-leads-new-hampshire-senior.html Nashua Country Club standout Phil Pleat’s quest for his fourth New Hampshire Senior Golf title and record 18th NHGA championship overall has gotten off to a good start at Kingswood Golf Club in Wolfeboro. Pleat is in a four-way tie for the lead after the first day Tuesday of the two-day event with an even par 72. Tied with Pleat are Bill Everett of Owl’s Nest Golf Club, Mike Blair of Bretwood Golf Course, and Richard Peek of Farmington Country Club. The group has a collective two shot lead over five golfers tied at two-over 74. Other local golfers in the top 25 include Allen Pattee of Souhegan Woods, tied for 12th with a four-over 76; Nashua Country Club’s Thomas Bouchard and Jay Leonard, tied for 16th at 78; Nashua Country Club’s Bill Sheridan, tied for 23rd at 79, and Sky Meadow’s Scott Jangraw, tied for 26th at 80. Pleat has been around the block. His 17 record New Hampshire Golf Association titles include eight Mid-Ams (1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2011, 2012), three State Ams (1981, 1985, 1997),three Stroke Play (2002, 2003, 2005) and three Senior titles (2011, 2012, 2013). Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:01:00 EST Nashua police arrest two men in connection to check cashing scheme at TD Bank http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044718-469/nashua-police-arrest-two-men-in-connection.html NASHUA – Police arrested two men last week and accused them of running a check cashing scheme that defrauded banks out of thousands of dollars. Police were contacted by employees at TD Bank on Oct. 24, 2012, and told that a number of accounts had been opened and used to deposit fraudulent checks. The suspects had been able to deposit the phony checks and then withdraw the money from the accounts before the bank identified them as fraudulent, police said. Detectives investigated and on Thursday arrested Robert Bates, 29, of no fixed address, and Jason Burns, 24, of 29 Temple St., Nashua. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:43:00 EST Amherst couple charged with selling man’s wedding ring http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044719-469/amherst-couple-charged-with-selling-mans-wedding.html NASHUA – Police arrested an Amherst couple and charged them with stealing and pawning a man’s wedding ring. Nashua police were called Aug. 10 after the victim contacted the Milford police to report that he had lost a wedding band worth more than $1,500. The man unsure whether he had lost the ring in Nashua or Milford, police said. Milford police investigated and found paperwork at a Nashua pawnshop that showed that Emmalyne Castillo, 28, of 27 Mill St., Amherst, had sold the ring. Nashua detectives investigated and said that the ring was found by Nicholas Baldasare, 25, of the same address, who gave it Castillo, his girlfriend, to sell, police said. Both were arrested around 4:20 p.m. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:37:00 EST Shirley M. Healey http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044700-466/shirley-m.-healey.html Beloved mother of Sharon Giglio Died peacefully at her home on August 22, 2014 at the age of 89. She was predeceased by her parents, her stepmother, and her brother, John. Shirley was born in Cambridge, MA, on June 12, 1925 to John C. and Minnie (Harnish) Beaver. She was educated in the Cambridge Public Schools. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:00:36 EST Nashua school district reopens alternative school in Merrimack http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044715-469/nashua-school-district-reopens-alternative-school-in.html MERRIMACK – Nashua district administrators revived the Brentwood alternative high school just in time for students’ return. Now known as The Nashua Program at Brentwood, the facility opened its doors Tuesday along with the rest of the city’s schools. “This is the quickest I’ve seen a program ever come together. If we didn’t have the facility, we might not have done so because of renovations and approvals,” said Superintendent Mark Conrad. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:03:03 EST Gate City Brewfest, seen from on high http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044716-469/gate-city-brewfest-seen-from-on-high.html The Gate City Brewfest drew crowds to Holman Stadium on Saturday, although things were still in the calm set-up phase when this photo was taken by Nashua resident Bill James, using his camera-carrying drone. Photography by drones is allowed in New Hampshire for non-commercial purposes – and James is not a professional photographer and doesn’t sell his pictures. The legislature attempted to tighten the rules this year, but a bill requiring permission from people who would be photographed by drones was shelved. The Federal Aviation Administration forbids commercial use of drones while it works out rules for where and when they can be flown, which is why The Telegraph doesn’t use them for news coverage. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:51:12 EST With the start of another school year, buses roll out to transport 8,400 students daily to Nashua schools http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044723-469/with-the-start-of-another-school-year.html When school buses roll to pick up students for the first day of school Tuesday, there will be some new wheels on the street. A new $28.4 million, five-year contract with First Student bus company required some older buses to be replaced with new ones. But the new buses are more about maintenance than expanding the fleet, said Nashua’s Director of Transportation David Rauseo. “First Student’s always rolling in some new buses to keep with the contract which has an ‘average age’ requirement,” said Rauseo. Besides, Rauseo said, there are always changes to the bus services from year to year – some more noticeable than others. “For the most part, we try to keep the same routes except for special education. The routes were rebuilt because children change programs,” said Rauseo. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:52:03 EST Brown hammered for outsourced jobs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044724-469/brown-hammered-for-outsourced-jobs.html NASHUA – A state senator from Nashua, the mayor of Berlin and the former commissioner of the state’s economic development wing criticized Republican Scott Brown on Monday for profiting from a company that outsourced jobs overseas. Brown, a candidate for U.S. Senate, has earned $270,000 sitting on the board of directors of a Massachusetts company that capitalized on cheap foreign labor in places such as China while shielding millions of dollars in profits from U.S. taxes. Details about Brown’s position with the company, Kadant Inc., of Westford, Massachusetts, and its history of outsourcing jobs were first reported in The Sunday Telegraph. In response, Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier, former Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner George Bald and Nashua state Sen. Bette Lasky criticized Brown on Monday during a conference call organized by the re-election campaign of U.S. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:52:41 EST Harvey Martel, father of convicted murderer Molly Martel, is sentenced to 5-10 years in prison http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044726-469/harvey-martel-father-of-convicted-murderer-molly.html NASHUA – Molly Martel finally got her say. Speaking to her father, Harvey Martel, the convicted murderer and former high school sports star tried to explain how the sexual abuse she suffered at his hands affected her life. “You will never know or understand the impact you had and still have on me,” Martel said. “You should have been warning me about sexual offenders like yourself. That was the day I realized I could never trust anyone and I lost all respect for you.” Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Charles Temple sentenced the elder Martel to 5-10 years in prison and ordered him to register as a sexual offender more than two months after a jury found him guilty on one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault. His trial came in June, four years after Molly Martel, 26, was convicted in the stabbing death of Stephanie Campbell in Manchester. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:53:31 EST Police arrest two city men on charges related to 2012 home break-in http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044720-469/police-arrest-two-city-men-on-charges.html NASHUA – Police arrested two men last week they said burglarized a home in the city’s north end nearly two years ago. Police were called to the home on Sept. 18, 2012 when a homeowner reported that several items had been taken from his locked garage. Detectives investigated and arrested Martin Sheehan on Aug. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:03:59 EST Nashua man charged with wielding handgun during argument, no shots fired http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044717-469/nashua-man-charged-with-wielding-handgun-during.html NASHUA – A city man was arrested early Sunday morning after police accused him of recklessly displaying a handgun during an argument with another man. Police were called to Lock Street shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday for a report of a disorderly man screaming and yelling at another person. The verbal argument escalated, and Stephen Welch, 25, of 49A Cross St., Nashua, is accused of pulling out a gun and waving it around and pointing it at other people, police said. Welch was arrested shortly before 12:30 a.m. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:03:24 EST Not everybody can afford higher taxes http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1044684-465/not-everybody-can-afford-higher-taxes.html As another school year begins, and we see another huge increase in the school budget. It seems there is never enough money to run the school department. Most of the increases are due to teacher salaries and benefits. School board member, Kimberly Muise stated that some people she spoke to did not mind tax increases. If you’re making high five-figure salaries, then I guess it doesn’t matter how high your taxes go. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:00:55 EST Daler his pick for Executive Council http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1044683-465/daler-his-pick-for-executive-council.html Jennifer Daler is running a campaign to be elected to the Executive Council District 5. Having met Jennifer and knowing that Nashua is not well aware of her qualifications I affirm that Jennifer is my candidate of choice. Jennifer has served in the House of Representatives and has voted for bills like equal pay for women and men in similiar jobs, the Joshua Law, and women’s health care. She won a special election in a Repubican district, which makes her a valuable candidate in the General Election in November, where voters can cross party lines. As a person who has worked in Massachusetts she is well aware of the need for commuter rail in the Nashua and the center part of the state. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:00:48 EST Removal of Main Street trees revisited http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1044273-465/removal-of-main-street-trees-revisited.html As a Nashua resident, I followed the storylines and comments in The Telegraph regarding the mayor’s decision to have the trees removed along Main Street to make way for work on the sidewalks. I felt it best to reserve my comments until I saw the progression of the work and what Main Street would look like going forward. Coming home from the Lakes Region, I turned onto Elm Street in Manchester and was met with a spectacular view of a “tree-lined” section of Elm Street. It was obvious from the size of the trees that they had been there for many years. The view of the street and the city beyond was breathtaking. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:00:38 EST Jennifer Tracy Parzych http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044641-466/jennifer-tracy-parzych.html Jennifer Tracy Parzych, 39, of Nashua, NH, died Friday August 22, 2014 at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston from complications due to a previous auto accident in 1989. Jennifer was born in Nashua, NH on October 26, 1974, the only daughter of Kevin and Judy (Hickox) Parzych. Jennifer was a courageous women that so many of us were lucky to call family, friend or both. At the young age of fourteen, she was paralyzed in an auto accident and confined to a wheelchair. Jenn made the conscious decision to continue on and make the most of everyday. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:04:23 EST Shirley M. Healey http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044642-466/shirley-m.-healey.html Beloved mother of Sharon Giglio Died peacefully at her home on August 22, 2014 at the age of 89. She was predeceased by her parents, her stepmother, and her brother, John. Shirley was born in Cambridge, MA, on June 12, 1925 to John C. and Minnie (Harnish) Beaver. She was educated in the Cambridge Public Schools. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:04:28 EST The Buzz on Facebook: Whole Foods opens in Nashua to cheers, jeers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044647-469/the-buzz-on-facebook-whole-foods-opens.html Whole Foods’ opening in Nashua ranked among The Telegraph’s most-read stories last week, and readers on Facebook were right there to share their reactions. More than 5,300 users viewed the post, which topped 24 shares and 75 “likes” by Saturday night. While opinions ranged the gamut from pleased to peeved, many commenters were planning to give the store – and its parking lot – time for the excitement to settle. “I’ll be there in a few weeks when the lines calm down,” Rene Foran wrote. “I am anxious to see it and shop there, but I won’t go near Whole Foods Market Nashua for at least a few weeks,” added Debbie Ward Clement. “I went by there around 10 this morning and the cares were lined up in both directions. I went by again around 11:30 and the police were directing traffic.”  Paula Mader Brensinger compared the excitement to when another out-of-state grocery chain opened a new store in her Massachusetts  village.  “They opened up a Wegman’s market down the street from me in Chestnut Hill MA and traffic was snarled up for weeks,” Mader Brensinger wrote. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:04:59 EST Some students head back to class before Labor Day, others after http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044649-469/some-students-head-back-to-class-before.html Schools in Nashua, Milford, Hollis and Brookline stand apart from other schools in the area for scheduling the first day of school the week before Labor Day. Nashua starts classes on Tuesday, Aug. 26, while students in Milford, Hollis and Brookline  return a day later on Wednesday. Meanwhile schools in Litchfield, Hudson, Merrimack and Amherst school districts begin after the holiday on Tuesday, Sept. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:58:57 EST On the Web, it’s was a week all about grocery stores http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044650-469/on-the-web-its-was-a-week.html News about grocery stores dominated the list of most read articles on nashuatelegraph.com last week, as high-profile national food chain Whole Foods opened its first New Hampshire store in Nashua and the long-time regional favorite Market Basket struggled to return to normal. “Crowds line up in advance to shop at state’s first Whole Foods” took the top stop with more than 5,000 pageviews. If you add to the mix 18 other Whole Foods related stories we’ve written the past few months that were read on our website, the total views skyrocket. Litchfield resident David Chirlin was one of the happy first Whole Foods shoppers. “We’ve been waiting for 10 years for this to happen,” he said. “We can get stuff here we can’t get anywhere else.” Still, overall reader interest in Whole Foods paled in comparison to the reader fascination with Market Basket’s fate with 67 articles collecting tens-of-thousands of views. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:05:18 EST Nashua considers bonding for $6 million radio system upgrade http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044651-469/nashua-considers-bonding-for-6-million-radio.html NASHUA – City officials are contemplating a $6 million upgrade for the city’s radio communication systems that could help lay the groundwork for a regional partnership with public safety agencies in Manchester. The Board of Aldermen is scheduled to hold a public hearing Tuesday night on whether the city should issue bonds to pay for the new radio equipment, which comes as part of a sweeping overhaul of the city-wide communications system. Aldermen also are asking the public to weigh in Tuesday on a separate request to issue bonds of up to $750,000 to design and pay for a new telephone system for all city divisions, including the schools and the fire and police departments. The radio communications upgrade was initiated in 2012 after spotty performance prompted Mayor Donnalee Lozeau to assemble a committee to study the city’s needs. Nashua’s 800 megahertz radio system has been in operation since 2000 and uses obsolete equipment that can no longer be repaired. The committee called for upgrading and replacing the system in five phases, with an overall cost in the range of roughly $7.5 million to $10 million. The crossover will bring the city into compliance with a new technology standard for public safety entities across the country, referred to as “Project 25.” The new standard allows radios from different manufacturers to communicate with one another. The city implemented the first phase of the overhaul in December 2012. Aldermen approved issuing up to $1.6 million in bonds to pay for new radio infrastructure equipment from Motorola, which carried a cost of a little more than $1.5 million. The remaining work consists largely of transitioning the city’s 10 radio channels for firefighters, police and other employees to new technology and replacing portable and mobile radios with newer models compliant with the Project 25 standard. An inventory conducted last year showed the city had 697 portable radios in use. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:00:16 EST If a development doesn’t allow children, should it have to help pay for schools? http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044652-469/if-a-development-doesnt-allow-children-should.html NASHUA – The developer marketing 17 new residential units on Pine Hill Road is asking the city to waive more than $8,000 worth of school impact fees for the project. Nashua native Randy Turmel, the developer behind Stinson Park Condominium at 65 Pine Hill Road, submitted a fee waiver petition for the age-restricted housing project earlier this month. Wedged between the Nashua Airport and Saint Stanislaus Cemetery, Stinson Park is being built in the area formerly known as Pulaski Park. The 4.9-acre parcel was previously owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester. It was sold to Turmel for $600,000 in 2012. The new development includes 15 single-family, detached condominiums and two residential units situated together in a duplex building. The condominiums are aimed at people 55 and older and designed to facilitate “aging in place” through architectural and construction features, such as single-level living and  community services. Plans call for a community building that will be the hub of social life for residents, offering a kitchen and hosting continuing education programs and counseling services. In addition to paying property taxes, residential developers are required to pay the city a one-time impact fee for each new housing unit. The money is intended to support capital costs at city schools. To date, three of the single-family units at Stinson Park have been sold and the developer has pending purchase and sale agreements for four others. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:13:00 EST Reunions of interest to Greater Nashua residents http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1044655-478/reunions-of-interest-to-greater-nashua-residents.html Reunions of interest to Greater Nashua residents: NASHUA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1959 The Nashua High School Class of 1959 will celebrate its 55th reunion at the Holiday Inn in Nashua from 3-9 p.m. Sept. 13. Missing classmates: Richard Turcotte, Melanie Bailey Henkley, Ron Bentley, Leo Dionne, Russell Caron, Bob Depointbriand, Martha Gagnon Prizer, Paul Moussette, Arthur Robillard and Ann Theriault Manning. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:00:39 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – Aug. 25 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1044656-478/classes-in-greater-nashua--aug.-25.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA RISE FALL INFORMATION SESSION The Rivier Institute for Senior Education (RISE) Fall Information Session will be held 9-11 a.m. Aug. 22 in the Demoulas Room at Rivier’s Education Center on Clement Street. Seniors, ages 55 and older, can choose from more than 60 five-week courses with two start dates. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:00:47 EST College honors for students from Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1044657-478/college-honors-for-students-from-greater-nashua.html College achievements by Greater Nashua students: BATES COLLEGE These local students graduated this spring from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. FROM AMHERST: Matthew Comstock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott G. Comstock, graduated after majoring in physics. FROM HOLLIS: Grace VanNoy, daughter of Mr. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:00:52 EST Library events in Greater Nashua – Aug. 25 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1044658-478/library-events-in-greater-nashua--aug..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. LARA SEAGULL EXHIBIT “Places and Moods,” an exhibit of paintings by Nashua artist Lara Seagull, will be on display at the Nashua Public Library through Aug. 29. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:01:05 EST Six Nashua youths move on in Elks Soccer Shoot http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/kidssports/1044559-457/six-nashua-youths-move-on-in-elks.html Six Nashua youths won their respective age divisions at the 15th annual Elks Greater Nashua Soccer Shoot at the Main Dunstable Road Soccer Fields in Nashua. Twelve-year-old Joey Morse won the Boys U-14 Grid Division, scoring 31 points. Thomas Prentice , age 12, won runner-up honors with 27 points and 12-yer-old Gabe Buxton placed third. Connor Dowling, age 10, won the Boys U-12 Grid Divison with 25 points. Alex Noel, age 7, won the Boys U-8 Five Goal Division with 23 points. Six-year-old Abhinau Khandeshi was runner-up and 6-year-old Maxlu Makar placed third. Hannah Swain, 13, won the Girls U-14 Grid Division as she kicked in 26 points, edging out second place finisher Olivia Krisak, 12, who had 25 points. The Girls U-12 Grid Division was won by 10-year old Carly Morse ,who scored 37 points. Alex Pike , 10, won runner-up honors with 10-year old Natalie Coutu placing third. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:07:00 EST With crossfit workouts, friends and family pay tribute to Nashua man Pat Terrin http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044564-469/with-crossfit-workouts-friends-and-family-pay.html MERRIMACK – As he reeled from the news earlier this month that one of his best friends and most popular members of CrossFit Earned gym in Merrimack had been struck by a train and died, gym owner Troy Rathke set out on a mission to “show the world” what kind of young man Patrick Terrin was. On Saturday, Rathke and a small army of friends, family members and even plenty of people who barely knew the 22-year-old wrestler, weightlifter and gregarious athlete took a giant step toward that goal, turning out in droves for a day-long, multi-faceted tribute to his life and fundraiser for his family at CrossFit Earned. From raffles to grueling cross-fit regimens, along with food, vendors and  built-in time to socialize and trade their favorite Pat Terrin memories, the day went a long way to help sooth the emotional scars the tragedy inflicted in the days following the Aug. 7 accident. “It’s just amazing, to see how many people Patrick met, how many were part of his life,” said Terrin’s mother, Dawn Mayo, as she scanned the busy gym from her vantage point near the entrance. Pat Terrin’s siblings, his grandparents and his father, John Terrin, mingled with the athletes, thanking them for turning out and contributing to the cause and listening to more than one story about how much their fellow Crossfit Earned member meant to them. The family found the stories therapeutic, Dawn Mayo said. “We’ve heard a lot of amazing stories today. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:00:00 EST James Michael Boardman http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044568-466/james-michael-boardman.html James Michael Boardman, 41, of Nashua, NH died unexpectedly on Monday, August 18, 2014 at his home in Nashua. James was born on May 12, 1973 in Nashua, NH son of Lauren (Dowd) Boardman of Kittery, ME and the late James N. Boardman Jr. (2013). James was the loving husband of Tracy (Boucher) Boardman of Nashua, NH. James had a passion for cooking and BBQ, spending time at the beach and New England sports teams. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:01:07 EST Questions linger at Nashua senior center http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1044591-474/questions-linger-at-nashua-senior-center.html At the Nashua Senior Activity Center’s annual meeting on Aug. 13, Elizabeth Cepaitis, the SAC board treasurer, asked the question, “What will it take to keep this wonderful center going?” I don’t know, exactly. I don’t even know exactly how much money it will take, partially because I cannot make sense of Ms. Cepaitis’s statements at the annual meeting, which were the following: The SAC had losses totaling $36,000 from 2011-13. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:39:00 EST Nashua aldermen seeking to keep tabs on public safety requests http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044598-469/nashua-aldermen-seeking-to-keep-tabs-on.html NASHUA – For the second time this year, aldermen are considering a change to city regulations that would help them to stay abreast of what’s happening at City Hall. An ordinance sponsored by Alderman-at-Large Jim Donchess would require the city’s purchasing department to notify the Finance Committee of any purchase requests it receives from the police or fire departments. Five aldermen have signed on as co-sponsors of the ordinance, which would cover any request to buy equipment or supplies or to contract for services if the request would ultimately require approval from the Finance Committee. The move comes after a request to buy new laptop computers for several police cruisers became stalled after it reached the purchasing office. Some Finance Committee members openly questioned whether Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, who sets the Finance Committee’s agenda, had dragged her feet on forwarding the request on for approval. Lozeau said at the time that she was still vetting the purchase request with city staff and was unaware of the urgent need for the new laptops, a crucial component for getting the new police cruisers on the road. Aldermen-at-Large David Deane, Lori Wilshire and Diane Sheehan, Ward 5 Alderman Michael Soucy and Ward 9 Alderman Ken Siegel are co-sponsoring the new legislation, which is expected to be reviewed by a committee before going to the full board for a decision. Aldermen previously approved legislation that requires the mayor to notify the board when contracts that were previously approved by the Finance Committee are altered or terminated early. Jim Haddadin can be reached at 594-6589 or jhaddadin@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Haddadin on Twitter (@Telegraph_JimH). Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:01:07 EST Nashua school board reviewing hiring practices to discourage favoritism http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044599-469/nashua-school-board-reviewing-hiring-practices-to.html NASHUA – School officials are reviewing the district’s hiring practices after one board member’s accusation of nepotism in the city’s hiring practices. Sandra Ziehm has pushed for further safeguards against favoritism when hiring employees since she first raised the issue at a July 21 Board of Education meeting. “Our community has the unfortunate label of ‘nepotism’ – it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. … It’s not a good image, it’s not healthy for the community,” Ziehm said at the meeting. Out of a list of personnel recommendations reviewed by the board in July, Ziehm said one person pegged to be hired did not meet basic qualifications. “There were 40 applicants” for the position, Ziehm said. “I couldn’t believe not one could meet all qualifications.” She said top candidate wasn’t certified and didn’t have enough experience to manage a classroom. “Most disheartening to me is the fact that his wife works in administration,” Ziehm said. Ziehm said nepotism, or more broadly, favoritism, could be affecting hiring in the district and city. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:06:12 EST Even a small highway bridge takes a lot of material to build http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044601-469/even-a-small-highway-bridge-takes-a.html As highway bridges go, the one that will carry the Broad Street Parkway over the Nashua River isn’t particularly big – nothing compared with the bridge built over the Merrimack River for the Manchester airport access road, let alone Boston’s Zakim Bridge. But even middle-size bridges take a huge amount of material, as shown by recent work in the city’s Millyard, where just one of the many supports for the bridge requires more than 12 tons of metal inside at least as much concrete. The bridge is part of work for the 1.8-mile parkway that began after a 2008 Board of Aldermen vote approving a $37.6 million bond. Adding another Nashua River crossing was a major selling point for the road, which will connect downtown and Broad Street while bypassing Main Street. Work is underway on the northern section of the parkway, which includes building new bridges over railroad lines for Baldwin Street and Fairmount Street. The city is preparing to issue a request for bids for the remaining contract for work in the Millyard area, where some demolition has already begun. The limited-access, two-lane Broad Street Parkway is scheduled to open in August 2015. The latest projections put the cost of the project at close to $64.4 million. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:02:39 EST Crafter seeks wool fabric to create hand-hooked rugs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1044607-469/crafter-seeks-wool-fabric-to-create-hand-hooked.html Rug hooking is an art and a craft, popular in North America for at least 200 years. A person creates a rug by pulling lengths of cloth, usually wool, through a woven fabric, usually burlap, using a crochet-type hook mounted on a wooden handle, not to be confused with latch-hooking, which uses precut strips of yarn. Strips of wool are cut by hand using a mechanical cloth slitter, or are hand-torn. A rug maker hooks up with the Mailbag to find the fabric of her craft. Pulling the wool “I am looking for wool for rug hooking to be used with our elderly for rug making, and will gladly take small or large pieces,” says Sandy L., of Hudson (LTR 3,139). “Also, I’m looking for cutters, frames and hooks. “In addition to a hobby, I also teach the art of rug hooking to individuals or in groups, including cancer patients, the disabled, etc. I’m hoping some of your Mailbag readers may be able to help.” The modern preference for using cut wool strips in hooked rugs originated in the 1930s when Pearl McGown, founder of the National Guild of Hookcrafters, published strict guidelines for rug hooking. Sandy can be reached at 504-2867. Bicycle for homeless man Friends of a homeless man living in a local shelter have asked Chris’ Mailbag to publish a request to replace a bicycle stolen from Brian G., of Nashua (LTR 3,140). Brian used his bike to get around town to appointments, temp agencies for work, etc. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:07:10 EST Nashua Veterans Count event sets sights on $1M goal http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/military/1044608-478/nashua-veterans-count-event-sets-sights-on.html The value of a life is the most precious of all things. Across New Hampshire since 2007, Veterans Count has successfully intervened in 86 cases of significant suicide risk for members of our military. Did you know deaths by suicide outnumber deaths on the battlefield for veterans? Did you also know New Hampshire leads the way with the lowest suicide rate among our soldiers per capita in the country? That is why Veterans Count is committed to raising awareness of and funding for the services veterans and their families desperately need when struggling with the challenges of deployment. Veterans Count, a program of Easter Seals New Hampshire, is dedicated to ensuring veterans get the support they need in a dignified way, and Nashua volunteers are leading the way. As with most great successes, what at first seemed impossible eventually became a reality when the Veterans Count Nashua Chapter launched in 2012. This small and passionate group of volunteers, led by local businessmen Sy Mahfuz and Tom Tessier, had lofty ideas of pulling off a blockbuster event that raised more than $350,000 and which would raise $1 million for Veterans Count over the course of three years. Well, the day of reckoning has arrived. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:07:16 EST Hockey players help Nashua Children’s Home http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1044609-478/hockey-players-help-nashua-childrens-home.html NASHUA – The seventh annual All Day Power Play, a 24-hour hockey event benefiting the Nashua Children’s Home, was held  Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 9-10, at Conway Arena. The Power Play was conceived by Bill Dwyer, who serves on the board of directors of the Nashua Children’s Home, and Paul Clark, teammates in a Sunday night hockey league. The All Day Power Play carries the motto, “If You Want Something Done, Ask a Hockey Player.” The Power Play has been the top fundraiser for the Nashua Children’s Home every year since its inception in 2008. The Nashua Children’s Home, founded in 1903 as the Nashua Protestant Orphanage Association, serves as home for 46 of New Hampshire’s at-risk youths. The organization also provides special education services to 30 local students, and provides transitional housing and associated staff support and guidance to eight young people who have aged out of the child-protective or juvenile justice system, and are entering adult living absent any financial support from their families of origin. This year’s yield from the Power Play was assisted by a gift of $26,700 from Credit Tenant Capital. John and Jack Hyslip, of Credit Tenant Capital, said they view this donation as a way to “pass the puck” to a future generation. “It’s an investment in young people at a critical time with an enormous potential to make a difference in their lives for decades to come,” Jack Hyslip said. The contribution of $26,700 represents the largest private or corporate gift in the history of the Nashua Children’s Home, raising the level of giving from the Hyslip family, of Plymouth, to $50,000. For more information, contact David Villiotti, executive director of the Nashua Children’s Home, at 883-3951 or dvilliotti@aol.com. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:07:22 EST Marguerite’s Place plans hot 20th anniversary celebration http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1044610-478/marguerites-place-plans-hot-20th-anniversary-celebration.html NASHUA – Marguerite’s Place will celebrate 20 years of service to the Nashua community at its annual fall fundraiser, Fire & Ice: A Hot Night for a Cool Cause. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. “Celebrating this milestone is a testimony to the many volunteers, board members and donors that have generously contributed their time, talents and treasures to us over the years,” said Barbara A. Alves, CEO and president. The transitional housing program was founded in 1994 by two sisters of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart of Yardley, Pa.: Mary Sharon Walsh (1939-2013) and Elaine Fahey. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:07:29 EST Cross-country bicycle trip an education for young Nashua woman http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/sundaymagazine/1044612-469/cross-country-bicycle-trip-an-education-for-young.html Nashua resident Rachel Picard was pedaling with six other young women down a long, lonesome road somewhere in rural Nebraska last month when one of the few cars they saw passed them, slowed, then doubled back. The driver, a middle-aged man, read the words on the huge van accompanying the bicyclists and asked them if he could tell them his story. To sweeten the request, he offered to buy them dinner. They accepted, but with or without dinner, the young women would have insisted he tell his story. It was one of living with AIDS, and how, even in 2014, the societal stigma associated with the disease still has a way of dropping more than a few obstacles between people with AIDS and treatment. And that’s precisely why Picard, a second-year student at Fordham University, and her fellow cyclists were meandering down that seemingly endless stretch of pavement in Nowheresville, USA: It was part of one leg of their 4,000-mile, summerlong coast-to-coast journey to raise funds and awareness in the battle against HIV and AIDS. Picard, the daughter of John and Maryann Picard, of Nashua, has been helping out with, then organizing, local fundraisers as far back as middle school. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:07:41 EST Community events in Nashua – Aug. 24 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1044616-478/community-events-in-nashua--aug.-24.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS GIVE BACK DAYS BENEFIT NASHUA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER Ruby Tuesday’s at 275 Amherst St. has partnered with the Nashua Senior Activity Center to host Community Give Back Days. Dine Aug. 28-30 and 20 percent of your purchase will be given to the center. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:08:07 EST Library Happenings http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/booksauthors/1044617-469/library-happenings.html NOTE: Library items are submitted by the libraries and are only lightly edited. For more library events, visit nashuatelegraph.com/community. NASHUA Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600, carol.eyman@nashua library.org, www.nashualibrary.org. LARA SEAGULL EXHIBIT “Places and Moods,” an exhibit of paintings by Nashua artist Lara Seagull, will be on display at the Nashua Public Library through Aug. 29. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:08:13 EST Pets of the week for Aug. 24 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1044618-478/pets-of-the-week-for-aug.-24.html Humane Society  for Greater Nashua EMMA LU Hi! I’m Emma Lu, lots of spunk in a small package. I’m young, only 2½ years old, and I’m ready to move into my new home where I can get spoiled rotten. I’m a very loyal gal once I’ve had a chance to get to know you, and I’m a one-person kind of dog. That means I will be the best, most faithful sidekick in town! I need to live in a quiet home with adults only who will give me time to settle into my new surroundings. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:08:17 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/health/1044625-469/story.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Helping Hands is a bi-weekly feature that provides information about the needs of local nonprofit agencies. Animal Rescue Network of New England P.O. Box 1053, Pelham, NH 03076 NEEDS: In desperate need of volunteers! We have a constant supply of dogs coming in from the south with short coats and they need warm bedding (easy to wash) and dog coats (mostly medium, but we do have some tiny dogs and large ones too). We need buckle collars for dogs 50-80 lbs., Martingale collars for 60-80 lbs., dog harnesses for small to large dogs, paper towels, hand sanitizer, dish detergent, quality cookie and training treats, nylabones, kongs, canned pumpkin, high quality canned meat (cat or dogs) or gift cards to relevant stores for these supplies. COLLECTION HOURS: By appointment only; donations can be made by contacting naughtyrotty42@msn.com for local pick up. Or drop off at the Monthly Pet Adoption Days at the First Congregational Church, 3 Main St., Pelham, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:08:56 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua – Aug. 24 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1044627-478/blood-drives-in-greater-nashua--aug..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. Donors in August will receive a coupon for $2.50 off Turkey Hill’s All Natural Ice Cream. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Aug. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:09:07 EST Boston Red Sox work their back into New England’s conversations http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1044767-457/boston-red-sox-work-their-back-into.html Having reached their destination for the season – that would be nowhere – several weeks ago, the Red Sox managed to work their way back into conversation by signing Cuban defector Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72 million deal. Of course, they aren’t paying Castillo $12 million a season to inspire barroom banter. The plan is for the 27-year-old outfielder to give the Red Sox some pop in the middle of their lineup. Still, rarely have the Red Sox been so irrelevant since the Pinky Higgins-Billy Jurges days a half-century ago. The Bobby Valentine season may have been more disappointing, but it inspired more anger than ambivalence, and it was the 100th anniversary of the lyric little bandbox. Give Ben Cherington credit for moving quickly to improve his club’s greatest flaw, first trading for Yoenis Cespedes, then signing Castillo. But if he doesn’t find a frontline starting pitcher over the winter, 2015 may conjure frustration more in line with Red Sox tradition. LET’S SEE THAT AGAIN: Generally speaking, baseball’s replay-challenge system has functioned reasonable well this season. There are times when the call from New York take longer than they should – how many times does someone have to watch a ball wrap around the foul pole to decide if it is a home run – but it is hardly a primary factor in sluggish games. Saturday, though, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon protested the game after Toronto manager John Gibbons was granted a challenge after the pitcher, Mark Buehrle, was back on the rubber and the batter, Kelvim Escobar, was back in the box. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:28:00 EST Free health screening at Walgreens in Nashua on Sept. 5 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044596-469/free-health-screening-at-walgreens-in-nashua.html The Way to Well Health Tour, which travels the country delivering free health tests, education and consultations to adults, is coming to Nashua in September. The tour, a collaboration among Walgreens, the AARP and the National Urban League, features free preventive and early detection health services that provide a baseline status of visitors’ overall health. The tour will be at Walgreens Drug Store, 283 Main St., from noon-6 p.m. Sept. 5. It will be at Walgreens stores in Manchester on Sept. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:05:53 EST Job fair for veterans to be held in Nashua on Wednesday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044595-469/job-fair-for-veterans-to-be-held.html A second job fair to help New Hampshire veterans will be held in Nashua on Wednesday. The Veterans Jobs and Resource Fair will be held at Harbor Homes, 45 High St., from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., giving veterans a chance to meet with employers and other representatives offering important services such as job training, health care and mental health services, and housing assistance. The fair will be hosted by U.S. Rep. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:05:47 EST Brews, food and fun at Holman http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044589-469/brews-food-and-fun-at-holman.html “Festive” is one way to describe the second annual Gate City Brewfest & Wing Competition, and others would be “very popular” and “successful.” The event, which donates part of its proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters and Nashua PAL – Police Athletic League – drew a crowd estimated to surpass the 1,000 mark to Nashua’s historic Holman Stadium Saturday afternoon. As its name implies, Brewfest has a lot to do with tasting beer, specifically craft beers concocted by local and regional craft breweries, and a wide variety of chicken wings. Visitors could sample the products with a souvenir tasting glass that came with the entry fee, which also included a “wing tasting card,” to sample wings that local restaurants entered in the always popular competition. Kids found plenty of games to play, and live music and other types of entertainment made the day complete. The Gate City Brewfest & Wing Competition, which debuted last year with the goal of making it an annual event, is organized by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department along with key sponsors including Rock 101 FM, the Silver Knights, New Hampshire Craft Alliance, 2Beerguys.com and Bellavance Beverage Company. --DEAN SHALHOUP Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:06:07 EST Nancy Ann Nesmith Perkins http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackobituaries/1044513-435/nancy-ann-nesmith-perkins.html Nancy Ann Nesmith Perkins, a longtime resident of Amherst, NH dies May 29th at Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler in Orange City, Florida after a brief illness. She was born in Derry NH on July 28th, 1938 to Daniel E. and Editha Bennert Nesmith. The family lived in Manchester NH prior to settling in Merrimack where Nancy and her sister Joyce were educated in the public schools. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 03:00:35 EST Wife of convicted Hudson sex offender: “I’m sorry I didn’t protect the victims” http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044502-469/wife-of-convicted-hudson-sex-offender-im.html NASHUA – The former Hudson man who admitted to molesting a now 16-year-old girl for four years and then stalking her on Twitter while free on bail was sentenced to up to eight years in prison on Thursday – but not before the girl and her family got their say. Edmund Mallett, 48, formerly of Hudson and Tewksbury, Mass., pleaded guilty to pattern aggravated felonious sexual assault, attempted felonious sexual assault and a host of stalking charges at Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua. Judge Charles Temple sentenced him to 31⁄2 to eight years in prison on the aggravated charge. The victim, her parents and even his now former wife excoriated Mallett  while he sat at the defense table in silence, staring straight ahead. “What do you say to the man who sexually abused your child?” the victim’s father said. “Words cannot accurately describe the disgust and hate I have toward you.” Mallett admitted to sexually assaulting the girl repeatedly beginning when she was 12 and was one of several children in a tightly knit neighborhood in Hudson. Several of the families in the neighborhood trusted Mallett, the family said, and allowed their children to visit his home. But Mallett took advantage of that trust, Assistant County Attorney Catherine Devine said, and developed a fantasy that he was in love with the victim. The victim, reading a statement she had written earlier, said the manipulation started far before the abuse. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:07:18 EST New music venue at Nashua’s Riverwalk Cafe opens with jazz, funk – and full house http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044519-469/new-music-venue-at-nashuas-riverwalk-cafe.html Nashua resident Bob McIntosh, a voracious reader, often lands at reader-friendly downtown shops and restaurants to catch up on things. On Thursday night, McIntosh sat at one of his favorite stops, the Riverwalk Cafe in Railroad Square, books and laptop open in front of him. But there was something new that night, which McIntosh said only made reading at Riverwalk an even more enjoyable experience. Thursday marked opening night of the 4-year-old Railroad Square staple’s newest endeavor, a live music venue accompanied by a new cocktail menu and expanded appetizer and “evening” menu that owner Steve Ruddock built in a recently vacated space adjacent to the coffee shop. “I like it; it’s a great sound,” McIntosh said, taking a break from his reading to watch an ensemble called Joe Cunningham and Friends and to take in the musicians’ jazzy, funky selections. “I think (music) is a great addition here.” With the new room comes a new name: Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, to reflect its twin venues. While some finish work remains in certain spots in both rooms, the grand opening went off well, owner Steve Ruddock said. “Great so far,” Ruddock said from behind the bar as he, bartenders and servers worked around one another to take care of the customers. “Good crowd; the music’s great.” Ruddock and his wife, Jane, opened the business in July 2010 under the name Riverwalk Roasters Coffee and Cafe, taking over from the shop’s previous owner. They began specializing in their own blends of organic and fair-trade coffees that they roasted in-house, and served breakfast and lunch fare, including pastries, sandwiches and soups, all day. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:03:33 EST Nashua tennis tournament keeps memory of John F. Cody III fresh http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044539-469/nashua-tennis-tournament-keeps-memory-of-john.html Nashua resident Scott McDougald, an avid tennis player, coach and instructor, was finishing up a lesson at the Sargent Avenue courts some years ago when a young man rode by on his bicycle and called out to him. “He said, ‘Hey, you want to hit some?’ I said, ‘Sure, I’d love to,’ ” McDougald said this week, recalling the happenstance meeting that seeded a close, lifelong friendship on and off the tennis court. Nobody remembers whether McDougald or his challenger, a fellow Nashuan named John F. Cody III, even kept score, never mind who won. It didn’t matter. What does matter is how that friendship developed, and how it grew yet stronger as Cody, a husband, father of children ages 4 and 6 and only in his late 30s, suddenly found himself fighting for his life after being diagnosed with cancer. The enemy won that long battle, claiming Cody on Oct. 16, 1999, three months before what would have been his 40th birthday. Today, McDougald remembers sharing with Cody sometime in those final months his plan to help Cody and his family with mounting medical bills and the long list of challenges, monetarily and otherwise, that inevitably compound the struggle for families in the Codys’ situation. “I told him, ‘I’m going to raise funds for your kids with a tennis tournament,’ ” McDougald said. Surely Cody appreciated the gesture, but his friend recalled, not so much the posters announcing the tourney. “John was such a private, humble guy, I think he got a little irritated when I put up a giant banner with his picture on it and people were wearing T-shirts with his picture,” McDougald said. “So a couple years later, he sent me a hurricane.” McDougald laughs when recalling those five straight days of tropical, windswept rains in the tournament’s early years, narrowing them down to the remnants of either Hurricane Isabel in 2003 or Ivan in 2004. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:07:02 EST Devin D. Parent http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044551-466/devin-d.-parent.html Devin D. Parent, 20, of Nashua, passed away on Thursday, August 7, 2014 in Alabama. Devin was born in Nashua on October 25, 1993, a loving son of Troy A. Parent and his companion Cherie L. Post of North Billerica MA and Heather Herbert of Theodore AL. Devin was raised in Nashua and attended school in Nashua until recently moving to Alabama to reunite with his mother. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 03:00:49 EST Richard Perkins http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetobituaries/1044516-435/richard-perkins.html Richard Perkins, a resident of Amherst for over fifty years passed away on June 5th, 2014 after a long illness at Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler in Orange City, Florida. He was the seventh of ten children born to Fred and Ethel Perkins on February 1st, 1930 in Manchester, NH. Richard was raised on a farm on Turkey Hill Road in Merrimack NH and was educated in the Merrimack Public Schools. He held a Master Electrician license was a self taught Mechanical Engineer by trade. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:00:38 EST Richard Perkins http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackobituaries/1044515-435/richard-perkins.html Richard Perkins, a resident of Amherst for over fifty years passed away on June 5th, 2014 after a long illness at Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler in Orange City, Florida. He was the seventh of ten children born to Fred and Ethel Perkins on February 1st, 1930 in Manchester, NH. Richard was raised on a farm on Turkey Hill Road in Merrimack NH and was educated in the Merrimack Public Schools. He held a Master Electrician license was a self taught Mechanical Engineer by trade. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:00:32 EST Nancy Ann Nesmith Perkins http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetobituaries/1044514-435/nancy-ann-nesmith-perkins.html Nancy Ann Nesmith Perkins, a longtime resident of Amherst, NH dies May 29th at Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler in Orange City, Florida after a brief illness. She was born in Derry NH on July 28th, 1938 to Daniel E. and Editha Bennert Nesmith. The family lived in Manchester NH prior to settling in Merrimack where Nancy and her sister Joyce were educated in the public schools. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:00:20 EST Merrimack Police Department arrest log for May 18-June4 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1044473-228/merrimack-police-department-arrest-log-for-may.html Merrimack Police Department May 18 Accidents Daniel Webster Highway and Harris Pond Drive: 1:12 p.m. Two-vehicle accident. Drivers: Theresa Lamothe, Nashua, and Allan Burns, Merrimack. Premium Outlets Boulevard: 5:50 p.m. Two-vehicle, hit and run accident. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:00:51 EST Nashua Police Department arrest log for Aug. 9-16 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1044467-228/nashua-police-department-arrest-log-for-aug..html Nashua Police Department AUG. 9 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Stacy Jean Dalesio, 33, no fixed address, Nashua, electronic bench warrant: non-payment of fine. Darlene Underwood, 38, 2 Grace Drive, Nashua, driving while intoxicated-second offense. AUG. 10 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Cody M. Brown, 21, 136 Kimball Hill Road, Apt. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:00:15 EST Nashua Regional Plan open for public comment http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackreadersubmitted/1044354-308/nashua-regional-plan-open-for-public-comment.html MERRIMACK – The Nashua Regional Planning Commission is holding a 30-day comment period on the draft 2015-35 Nashua Regional Plan. The plan is the culmination of a three-year effort that has focused on soliciting public opinion, developing and analyzing census data, and developing a plan that reflects the values of the residents in the region. A copy of the plan can be found under “Regional Plan Draft Chapters” at www.granitestatefuture.org/ regions/nashua-region/ documents. The NRPC will host a public information session from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at its office at 9 Executive Park Drive, Suite 201. NRPC staff will present a summary of each chapter, including key data, proposed vision statements, recommendations and strategies. The NRPC Full Commission will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:09:58 EST Marjorie L. (Staples) Dow http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackobituaries/1044360-435/marjorie-l.-staples-dow.html Marjorie L. (Staples) Dow, 90, of Merrimack passed away on Sunday August 10, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after a lengthy illness. She was born on April 14, 1924 in Eliot, ME, to the late Edwin Staples and Mary Strout. Many years ago, she worked at the Portsmouth Naval Yard, and also had worked at Bradlees, Rich’s and Child World Dept stores. Also Marjorie and her husband delivered the Nashua Telegraph for many years. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:00:37 EST Annual back to school celebration held in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044449-469/annual-back-to-school-celebration-held-in.html The city of Nashua and local businesses came together on behalf of local students to host the 10th annual “Back to School Night” yesterday. The celebration drew its largest crowd yet, transforming the Nashua Public Library into a party scene. Back to School Night celebrates the new academic year, but it also gives students and parents a chance to meet with their school principals, gather information from community agencies and receive a bundle of school supplies. “This has really become part of our fabric … it’s how we kick off the year,” said Superintendent Mark Conrad. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:29:04 EST Rita L. Jean http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044454-466/rita-l.-jean.html Of Nashua Rita L. Jean, 91, of Nashua, NH died Wednesday August 20, 2014 at the Greenbriar Terrace Nursing Home in Nashua. Born in Nashua on Feb. 7, 1923, she was one of eight children of the late Thomas and Elise (Archambault) Jean. A life long resident of Nashua, she graduated from St. Louis High School with the Class of 1941. She worked as a Production Control Director for Sprague Electric Corp. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:04:32 EST Cecile F. Beaucher http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044455-466/cecile-f.-beaucher.html Cecile F. Beaucher, 89, of Hollis, NH, wife of Edgar L. Beaucher, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, August 19, 2014 at Ledgewood Bay in Milford, NH after a lengthy illness. Born in Nashua, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Emilia (Ricard) Niquette. Cecile met her first husband Stephen W. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:04:51 EST Nashua South marching band to preview halftime show http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044457-469/nashua-south-marching-band-to-preview-halftime.html Tyler Vartabedian plays saxophone while practicing with the Nashua High School South marching band at the school Thursday. Band camp is wrapping up for the group this week. A short presentation of their marching and musical expertise that band director Tony Courounis calls a Works in Progress Show is scheduled for Friday night at 7 p.m. at the school’s football field. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:09:46 EST Restaurant raises $5,000 for Nashua Soup Kitchen http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1044336-478/restaurant-raises-5000-for-nashua-soup-kitchen.html NASHUA – Nashua Noodles & Company held a fundraiser for the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter the night before its grand opening on July 16 and raised $5,000. The money raised will be used to buy 27,700 pounds of food, which will provide 1,250 meals to people living in the community. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:02:44 EST Fire renders parts of Nashua apartment building uninhabitable after flames doused Tuesday night http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044272-469/fire-renders-parts-of-nashua-apartment-building.html NASHUA – Fourteen people were forced from their homes and one person was taken to a local hospital as Nashua Fire Rescue fought a blaze late Tuesday night at 84 Palm St. Firefighters report they arrived around 10 p.m. after initially being dispatched to the corner of Pine and West Hollis streets. Crews found flames coming from the top left floor of the 3 1⁄2-story, multi-family apartment building. All the residents had left the building. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:54 EST Cecile F. Beaucher http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044284-466/cecile-f.-beaucher.html Cecile F. Beaucher, 89, of Hollis, NH, wife of Edgar L. Beaucher, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, August 19, 2014 at Ledgewood Bay in Milford, NH after a lengthy illness. Born in Nashua, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Emilia (Ricard) Niquette. Cecile met her first husband, Stephen W. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:01:00 EST Amanda Witzig http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044286-466/amanda-witzig.html Amanda Witzig, 23, of Nashua died Monday after a lifelong battle with neurofibromatosis. Amanda was born in Camp Lejeune, NC in 1991 and she lived on various Marine Corps bases throughout her life. Amanda graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire in 2013. Her fondest memory of UNH, aside from the time she spent with her close friends, was the summer program she completed at the Shoals Marine Laboratory doing hands on learning and research. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:01:21 EST Rita L. Jean http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044287-466/rita-l.-jean.html Of Nashua Rita L. Jean, 91, of Nashua, NH died Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at the Greenbriar Terrace Nursing Home in Nashua. Born in Nashua on Feb. 7, 1923, she was one of eight children of the late Thomas and Elise (Archambault) Jean. A life long resident of Nashua, she graduated from St. Louis High School with the Class of 1941. She worked as a Production Control Director for Sprague Electric Corp. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:01:32 EST Paula Cynthia (Miller) Buckley http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044288-466/paula-cynthia-miller-buckley.html Paula Cynthia (Miller) Buckley, 63, of Nashua, NH passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014. Paula was born on May 28th, 1951 in Germany, daughter of the late Sumner S. and Shirley (Rivitz) Miller, and was also predeceased by her first husband and father of her children, Michael Joseph Buckley (1985), with whom she had shared 14 years of marriage. Paula loved gardening, all animals, cooking and had an appreciation for, and saw the beauty in art. She touched many around her, and will be deeply missed. Paula is survived by her husband, Victor Shipley of Nashua, NH; two daughters, Fawn Erin Ouellette and husband Geoff of Plymouth, NH and Summer Lyn Thornburg and husband Matthew of Naples, FL; a brother, Joseph B. Miller and wife Sue of FL; and four grandchildren, Jessica Lyn Ouellette, Michael Joseph Buckley Ouellette, Ashley Virginia Thornburg and Emily Lisa Thornburg. Visiting Hours will be held on Friday, August 22nd from 9-11am at the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Ferry St., Hudson, NH. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:01:38 EST Labor Department claims Nashua painting firm sidestepped overtime, intimidated witnesses http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044305-469/labor-department-claims-nashua-painting-firm-sidestepped.html NASHUA – A city painting and contracting company, Corriveau Contracting, is denying federal allegations that it underpaid workers and later “harassed and intimidated workers into signing affidavits which contained false statements.” However, it has agreed to an injunction that, among other things, says it must read statements to workers about their labor rights and the dispute. “It is the company’s hope that the dispute … will be resolved amicably. We voluntarily agreed to enter into this agreement as a reflection of its intent to be in full compliance with all applicable federal and state wage and hour laws,” said attorney Mark Broth, who is representing Corriveau Contracting, of 17 Marshall St. As for the overall allegations, Broth said, “The company does not agree that those things happened.” The case dates back almost two years in U.S. District Court in Concord. In September 2012, the U.S. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:57:42 EST New Nashua charter school could help satisfy demand for STEM education http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044309-469/new-nashua-charter-school-could-help-satisfy.html Science, technology, engineering and math skills continue to be coveted qualities for potential employees, particularly in New Hampshire. With that in mind, Nashua is set to welcome a new after-school charter program this September. The program has the sole purpose of fine-tuning students’ advanced math skills. The Russian School of Mathematics plans to open its After-School Math Program at 84 Lake Street on Sept. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:19:00 EST Nashua United Way seeking volunteers to fill out Day of Caring roster http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044310-469/nashua-united-way-seeking-volunteers-to-fill.html NASHUA – United Way of Greater Nashua personnel are busy matching up volunteers with their list of projects for this year’s 23rd annual Day of Caring, and at the same time encouraging groups and individuals to register to fill the vacancies that inevitably come up. “It’s kind of a balancing act,” United Way spokeswoman Lisa Conti said Tuesday. “We’re starting to match up the volunteers with projects now, and are still looking for more (volunteers) to sign up because we do anticipate there will be vacancies.” The Day of Caring, taking place this year on Wednesday, Sept. 10, is a daylong event that partners volunteer teams from various local businesses with social-service and nonprofit agencies that need repair, cleaning or light renovation work done, but don’t have the means to do it. Conti said that teams and individuals are welcome to sign up. Roughly two-thirds of this year’s 300 spots have been filled, and more are expected to commit in the coming days. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:41:49 EST Gate City Brew Fest this weekend at Holman Stadium in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/food/1044315-485/gate-city-brew-fest-this-weekend-at.html Hot summer days and cold refreshing beers just seem to go together. When the sun gets bright, pushing the temperatures into the mid-eighties, a cold, frothy beer just makes everything a bit cooler. Luckily for Nashua residents, the second annual Gate City Brew Fest will take place at Holman Stadium from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:06:12 EST Nashua woman becomes VP at Academy of Notre Dame http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1044331-478/nashua-woman-becomes-vp-at-academy-of.html TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. – The Academy of Notre Dame announced the hiring of Karen Weidner, of Nashua, as vice president of institutional advancement. Weidner currently serves as director of alumni relations at the Tilton School, a coeducational college prep school in New Hampshire. Weidner has extensive experience in Catholic advancement, having also been the director of institutional advancement at Bishop Guertin High School for 12 years. She has experience in managing advancement programs and special events. “This is an amazing opportunity both professionally and personally,” Weidner said. “I am very excited to be a part of this great community rooted in the teachings of the Sister of Notre Dame de Namur.” Weidner holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Rivier University. “Karen brings an amazing skill set to the academy,” said Dr. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:00:49 EST Surfing competition held at Surf’s Up in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1044332-478/surfing-competition-held-at-surfs-up-in.html NASHUA – Competitive surfers showcased their skills on American Wave Machines’ SurfStream technology in the first official surfing competition held indoors in the United States on Sunday, Aug. 17. More than 25 surfers ages 9-18 participated in the Eastern Surfing Association competition at Surf’s Up in Nashua. Kainalu “Kai” Nichols, 14, of Hampton, claimed the championship in the Junior Men’s Division for ages 15-17 and the Open Division categories. Robbie Goodwin, from Cape Cod, was the champion in the 11-and-under division, with Braeden Logue, of Hampton, leading the age 12-14 category. “With a talented group of young surfers and amazing waves provided by American Wave Machines at Surf’s Up, our first indoor surfing competition was a huge success,” said Lenny Nichols, Northern New England district director for the Eastern Surfing Association. American Wave Machines’ SurfStream technology generates natural-feeling standing waves. The SurfStream at Surf’s Up is the world’s largest standing wave machine, with a 32-foot channel that can produce 2- to 6-foot waves, including barreling waves that challenge even experienced surfers. “We are really proud to have this official event use American Wave Machines’ technology,” said John Luff, business development, American Wave Machines. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:01:09 EST Friel Memorial Golf Tournament benefits Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1044333-478/friel-memorial-golf-tournament-benefits-boys-.html HUDSON – The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua will hold its 36th annual Friel Memorial Golf Tournament, Keeping Kids on Course, on Wednesday, Sept. 3. The tournament is held in memory of Phil and Jeanne Friel, founders of Green Meadow Golf Club and longtime supporters of the Boys & Girls Club. The Friel family has donated use of the course since 1978. The tournament, a key fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Club, provides operating funds to help support programs for the nearly 3,400 boys and girls who attend the club each year. The tournament will open with a double shotgun at 8:15 a.m. using both courses. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:01:24 EST Souhegan Valley Rotary Club donates $9,000 to Nashua’s Front Door Agency http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1044334-478/souhegan-valley-rotary-club-donates-9000-to.html NASHUA – Michael Gonzales, immediate past president of the Front Door Agency’s board of directors, recently accepted a check for $9,000 from Jed Anderson, president of the Souhegan Valley Happy Hour Rotary Club. The funds were raised from the club’s annual Kentucky Derby event held at Boston Billiards with more than 400 people in attendance. “The Front Door Agency is grateful to Souhegan Valley Rotary for choosing us as a partner and beneficiary for the event,” said Gonzales, adding that the funds will help support the agency’s four core programs designed to transition individuals and families in Greater Nashua from crisis to self-sufficiency. For more information, visit frontdooragency.org. New members are always welcome to the Souhegan Valley Happy Hour Rotary Club, which meets at Martha’s Exchange at 5:30 p.m. Mondays. For a meeting schedule, visit happyhour club.org. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:01:40 EST Club National Golf Tourney raises $15,000 for Nashua Children’s Home http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1044335-478/club-national-golf-tourney-raises-15000-for.html NASHUA – The 15th annual Club National Golf Tourney was held in June at Souhegan Woods Golf Club in Amherst. The tournament once again raised $15,000 for the independent and transitional living programs of the Nashua Children’s Home, increasing the total yield from this annual event to $230,000. The check was presented at Club National on Pine Street on Thursday, Aug. 7. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:02:13 EST Nashua club honors Lion of the Year http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1044338-478/nashua-club-honors-lion-of-the-year.html NASHUA – Cort Mendez was honored as the Lion of the Year for 2013-14 by the Nashua Lions Club recently. Mendez was presented with a plaque by immediate past President Elaine Lecius at a recent meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Mendez was instrumental in many fundraising efforts by the Lions during Lecius’ presidency. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:03:11 EST Nashua Presbyterian Church provides homework kits to Dr. Crisp Elementary http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1044340-478/nashua-presbyterian-church-provides-homework-kits-to.html NASHUA – The Nashua Presbyterian Church donated 30 homework kits, as well as additional supplies, to Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School. The church was happy to help meet the goal of the PTO at Dr. Crisp School to provide all students with supplies they need to do schoolwork at home. Nashua Presbyterian Church has enjoyed an ongoing relationship with the school through members who have taught there and volunteered there. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:03:41 EST So what’s in  a name? A lot. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabineteditorials/1044370-308/so-whats-in-a-name-a-lot..html We hope Nashua has started something. Recently, our sister newspaper, the daily Telegraph of Nashua, reported that “some new terminology” was being used at meetings of the city’s official governing body: When Pamela Brown was sworn in to represent Ward 4, she “received the go-ahead from her colleagues ... to use the title ‘alderwoman’.” To which we say: Excellent. We could ask: What took so long? But we won’t. Nashua is Nashua and free to do as it wishes with little comment from us except in cases such as this when we can ask this question of our Cabinet towns: So? What’s keeping you? Of course at the moment, only one of the five towns we cover has a woman on its governing body. That would be Milford, where “Selectman” Kathy Bauer has served for several years. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:01:36 EST Blaze damages Nashua apartment building early Wednesday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044304-469/blaze-damages-nashua-apartment-building-early-wednesday.html NASHUA – Water from activated sprinkler heads kept the bulk of an early-morning fire in an apartment building storage area in check until firefighters arrived, entered and attacked the blaze, officials said. No injuries were reported in the fire, which was reported just before 3 a.m. Wednesday at 11 Blackstone Drive, part of the Laurel Oaks mid-rise condo community off Amherst Street. The blaze was the second working fire in about five hours Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Crews were called around 11 p.m. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:01:30 EST Crowds line up in advance to shop at state’s first Whole Foods http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044210-469/crowds-line-up-in-advance-to-shop.html NASHUA – The curious and the hungry lined up early outside the state’s first Whole Foods Market in Nashua on Tuesday morning, as the doors opened for business. Whole Foods hired Nashua police officers to help deal with the expected traffic, but even so, cars backed up Route 101A as early as 9 a.m., a half-hour before opening, due to the crush of fans. Connor Strobel, 22, of Nashua was first in line. He waited for the festivities to start sitting in a camp chair in front of the large crowd. “One, I had vacation days I had to use up, and two, I think it’s important to kind of support institutions or ventures that help to bring a healthier access to food to communities, especially when Nashua is pretty deficient compared to other places in the area,” he said. “I try as best I can to go to farmers markets and things like that. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:57:15 EST Telegraph has questionnaire for state rep candidates in contested Sept. primaries http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044234-469/telegraph-has-questionnaire-for-state-rep-candidates.html The Telegraph will be compiling candidate information and questionnaires for state representative hopefuls to help readers decide for the Sept. 9 party primaries. As in the past, candidates in contested state representative primaries can participate by sending an email to dbrooks@nashuatelegraph.com, with “Candidate questionnaire” in the subject line. The bio form and very short questionnaire will be returned, for candidates to fill out and send in. Only state representative in contested party primaries – those where the number of candidates exceeds the number of seats – in Greater Nashua, please. There will be state representative primary races for Republicans in Nashua’s Ward 5 (Hillsborough District 32), Ward 7 (District 34) and Ward 9 (District 36), as well as in Amherst, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack and Pelham. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:02:10 EST Nashua police charge Brookline man had gun as convicted felon http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044231-469/nashua-police-charge-brookline-man-had-gun.html A Brookline man police were called to check on almost a month ago was arrested last week and charged with illegally possessing a gun. Nashua police were called to the area of 58 Palm St. on July 21 to check on the well-being of a man sitting in a car. Officers found Bret Cooper, 47, of 134 Old Milford Road, Brookline, and learned he had a 9mm handgun in the car, police said. After more investigation, detectives learned Cooper is a convicted felon. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:56:16 EST Merrimack man charged in Nashua burglary http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044230-469/merrimack-man-charged-in-nashua-burglary.html Nashua police arrested a Merrimack man Monday and charged him with breaking into a city home earlier this summer. Police were called to a home on Ash Street around 5 p.m. on July 22 after the residents said they returned home to find that someone had broken in and taken some of their property, police said. Detectives investigated and later charged Abimael Castillo Castro, 41, of 53 Fairway Drive, Merrimack, with burglary. Castillo Castro refused bail and was arraigned Tuesday at Nashua district court, police said. The Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines, police said. – JOSEPH G. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:57:43 EST Nashua startup DataGravity enters the market helping firms make sense of ‘big data’ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044209-469/nashua-startup-datagravity-enters-the-market-helping.html NASHUA – One of the city’s highest-profile startups, DataGravity, has released its first product, designed to help mid-sized firms make sense of and learn from the deluge of data that is part of modern business. The firm has drawn attention since it first opened in temporary quarters on Spit Brook Road because it’s founded by two of the people who created EqualLogic, a Nashua-based storage networking startup that was bought in 2008 by Dell for $1.4 billion. In May, as reported by The Telegraph, it moved into a permanent home on Innovation Way. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, it left “stealth mode,” announcing DataGravity Discovery Series, which it calls the first “data-aware storage platform that tracks data access and analyzes data as it is stored to provide greater visibility, insight and value from a company’s information assets … enabling mid-market companies to glean new insights and make better business decisions.“ DataGravity said its software architecture “lets IT teams, and security, compliance and line-of-business users unlock the value in their data by automatically analyzing information as it is ingested, without impacting production operations.” “DataGravity has the ability to not only replace our current storage vendor, but also enhance how we run our law practice by providing insights into data we couldn’t easily search before,” said Chris Berube, IT manager at Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, a DataGravity beta customer, in a press release from DataGravity. “The future of storage is about much more than just the data container; it’s about delivering integrated technology that lets users hear what the data they’re storing has to say about their business,” said Paula Long, CEO of DataGravity, in a press release. The DataGravity solution delivers these all-inclusive features at a price competitive with other primary storage solutions, between $50,000 and $100,000. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:00:42 EST Nashua mom charged with facilitating daughter’s sex work http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044227-469/nashua-mom-charged-with-facilitating-daughters-sex.html NASHUA – Nashua police arrested a Dexter Street woman Monday and charged her with helping her daughter engage in prostitution with a Massachusetts man. The relationship was uncovered by members of the Nashua Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit after they began investigating complaints about suspicious activity at 33 Dexter St. During the investigation, officers made contact with the daughter, Arieana Manzi, and learned that she was “engaging in prostitution” with Christopher Baldwin, of Tyngsboro, Mass., according to an announcement released Tuesday evening by the police department. Officers “furthered their investigation” with Manzi’s mother, Amy Manzi, and learned that Amy Manzi had full knowledge of her daughter’s activities, police said. Amy Manzi, who resides at 33 Dexter St., is accused of helping to facilitate the sex-for-money relationship between Baldwin and her daughter by providing her address and cell phone. Officers arrested all three parties on Monday at 3:43 p.m. Police said Arieana Manzi, who resides at 34 9th St., Norwich, Conn., was in possession of heroin when she was taken into custody. She was charged with prostitution and drug possession. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:34:00 EST Nashua job fair connects veterans and employers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044229-469/nashua-job-fair-connects-veterans-and-employers.html NASHUA – Employers from Mary Kay cosmetics to the Army Reserves showed up at a state-sponsored job fair at Nashua Community College on Tuesday, drawing applicants and interviews from two dozen military veterans and four times as many civilian job-seekers. A total of 40 employers – offering more than 375 open positions – turned out for the job fair hosted by the New Hampshire Employment Security Agency. “Job applications are usually done online, this way (applicants) can talk directly to employers and get a foot in the door,” said Pam Szacik, NHES administrator. “It’s the easiest way to reach multiple applicants at once.” She said the foot traffic at Tuesday’s job fair was slow but steady. “It’s a little slower than what we usually have, but it’s a targeted job fair,” said Szacik. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:01:44 EST Two women charged with Nashua gas station robbery http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044233-469/two-women-charged-with-nashua-gas-station.html Nashua police arrested two women who they charged with robbing a city gas station Saturday night. Police were called to the Hess Express station at 79 East Hollis St. a little after 9:30 p.m. for a report of an armed robbery. A woman had walked into the store, pointed a gun at a customer and demanded cash, police said. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:02:04 EST Despite Manchester overdoses of synthetic marijuana, all clear in Nashua, police say http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044235-469/despite-manchester-overdoses-of-synthetic-marijuana-all.html NASHUA – While it’s not precisely clear why, Nashua has so far avoided the rash of spice overdoses that have plagued Manchester this month, and police say there’s no sign of the particularly dangerous brand called “Smacked!” at convenience stores in the city. Nashua police detective Lt. David Bailey said police have received no reports of the synthetic marijuana – often sold as incense and also referred to as K2 or bath salts – in Nashua. Bailey said a handful of independent convenience stores agreed to stop selling the product at narcotics detectives’ request two years ago. “I haven’t heard anything. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:02:18 EST Richard Perkins http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044239-466/richard-perkins.html Richard Perkins, a resident of Amherst for over fifty years passed away on June 5th, 2014 after a long illness at Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler in Orange City, Florida. He was the seventh of ten children born to Fred and Ethel Perkins on February 1st, 1930 in Manchester, NH. Richard was raised on a farm on Turkey Hill Road in Merrimack NH and was educated in the Merrimack Public Schools. He held a Master Electrician license was a self taught Mechanical Engineer by trade. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:02:39 EST Nancy Ann Nesmith Perkins http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044240-466/nancy-ann-nesmith-perkins.html Nancy Ann Nesmith Perkins, a longtime resident of Amherst, NH dies May 29th at Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler in Orange City, Florida after a brief illness. She was born in Derry NH on July 28th, 1938 to Daniel E. and Editha Bennert Nesmith. The family lived in Manchester NH prior to settling in Merrimack where Nancy and her sister Joyce were educated in the public schools. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:02:47 EST Nashua’s Twill wins international award http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/business/1044259-464/nashuas-twill-wins-international-award.html Nashua’s yarn shop, Twill, is much more than a store to buy yarn and fabric. It is a place in which knitters, crocheters, and sewers come together to learn and grow. The sense of community is strong from the moment you enter the door. Now Twill has received recognition which reflects this spirit. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:01:18 EST Beatrice S. Kerouac http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044260-466/beatrice-s.-kerouac.html Beatrice S. Kerouac (Tremblay), died comfortably in her home on August 11, 2014. She was predeceased by her parents, Grace and Louis Tremblay; her sister, Laurette Gillis; her daughter, Jessie F. Kerouac, and her husband Edmond S. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:01:28 EST Outraged and disgusted by sign http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1044201-465/outraged-and-disgusted-by-sign.html As a concerned mother of two living in Nashua, I am disgusted and outraged by The Mortgage Specialists posting such vulgar language on their electronic billboard. It looks like the owner is using this profanity in support of Kevin Avard, who is running for state Senate. Mr. Avard appears to be cooperative in this, as his face has been appearing on the sign for some time. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:01:15 EST Nashua driver hits Hollis police cruiser in breakdown lane of Route 101A http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044134-469/nashua-driver-hits-hollis-police-cruiser-in.html HOLLIS – A Nashua man ran his car into a police cruiser Saturday evening while the cruiser was stopped in the breakdown lane of Route 101A, but nobody was injured. Hollis police said Officer Joseph Wallent was conducting a vehicle stop on the short stretch of Route 101A that runs through Hollis at about 8:50 p.m. on Saturday when the accident occurred. The cruiser was in the breakdown lane on the eastbound side of the roadway with its emergency lights activated. Just before Wallent left the cruiser to approach the operator, a car traveling in the right lane on the eastbound side of the roadway failed to move over and struck the cruiser in the driver side front end. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:01:02 EST Job fair with focus on veterans at Nashua Community College on Tuesday, Aug. 19 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044144-469/job-fair-with-focus-on-veterans-at.html NASHUA – The state is sponsoring a job fair at Nashua Community College on Tuesday, Aug. 19, that will be focused on veterans, although it will also be open to the general public. New Hampshire Employment Security is hosting the Job Fair at the college, 505 Amherst St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The first two hours of the job fair, from 10 a.m. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:01:31 EST Female victim in Nashua weekend shooting disputes man’s claim that gun accidentally fired during cleaning http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044142-469/story.html NASHUA – New details about a weekend shooting that left a woman in critical condition reveal that the victim told police she was shot twice, while the man who shot her said he was cleaning his gun when it accidentally fired, according to court documents released Monday. Christopher Martini, 41, of 3 Balcom St., Apt. A, Nashua, was held on $25,000 cash or surety bail following his arraignment at Nashua district court. He was charged with first-degree assault, reckless conduct and criminal threatening, all of which are domestic violence-related and are felonies, according to court documents. Police were called to 101 1⁄2 Gilman St. shortly before 7:30 p.m. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:52:05 EST Rita Marie (Gagne) Hartson http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044159-466/rita-marie-gagne-hartson.html Rita Marie (Gagne) Hartson, 85, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson, NH. She was born on August 7th, 1929 to Louis Gagne and Ida (Meunier) Gagne in Nashua, NH. She is predeceased by her sister Dorothy Gagne. Rita made her home in Merrimack, NH, with her son John and his family for 18 years. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:01:01 EST Beatrice S. Kerouac http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044160-466/beatrice-s.-kerouac.html Beatrice S. Kerouac (Tremblay), died comfortably in her home on August 11, 2014. She was predeceased by her parents, Grace and Louis Tremblay; her sister, Laurette Gillis; her daughter, Jessie F. Kerouac, and her husband Edmond S. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:01:14 EST Joseph Francis Guerra http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044161-466/joseph-francis-guerra.html Joseph Francis Guerra, 48, of Manchester, NH, and formerly Nashua, NH, died Saturday August 16, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. Born October 22, 1965 in Nashua, NH, he was the son of Richard James and Clara Jean (Tiernan) Guerra, of Hudson, NH, and was husband of Melanie (Gomez) Guerra, of Nashua, with whom he married on June 9, 1990. Joseph was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Rose Gomez; and a brother-in-law, Fred Gomez. Joseph was a 1982 graduate of Alvirne HS and went on to attend technical college obtaining a degree in auto mechanics. Joseph worked as an auto mechanic and most recently worked for Monroe Muffler. He enjoyed camping boating and fishing with his children, especially in Greenfield State Park. He also tied his own flies for fly fishing and enjoyed the outdoors in general. He enjoyed working on small motors and was an all around handy-man. Besides his wife of twenty-four year and his parents, survivors include three sons, Joseph Richard Guerra, Matthew Salvatore Guerra and Nathaniel Ronald Guerra, all of Nashua; one brother, James Richard Guerra, of Chester, VT; one sister, Ann Margaret Peterson, of Surry, NH; father-in-law, Richard Ernest Gomez, of Nashua; three brother-in-laws, Lester Gomez Sr., of Weare, NH Richard Gomez Jr., of Nashua and Lester Gomez Jr., of Nashua; a special thanks to Melanie’s cousin, Fred Davis Jr., of Nashua and Melanie’s aunt, Ann Gomez, of Nashua; as well as several aunt, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Services: Visiting hours will be held Friday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Lock St., Nashua, NH 03064. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:01:27 EST Arleen M. Quirion http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044163-466/arleen-m.-quirion.html Arleen M. (Soucy) Quirion, 69, of Nashua, widow of Normand Guy Quirion, died Sunday morning, August 17, 2014 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a period of declining health. A lifelong Nashua resident, Mrs. Quirion was born on August 30, 1944, a daughter of Yvette (Pelletier) Soucy of Nashua and the late Lewis Soucy. Arleen grew up in the French Hill neighborhood of this city and attended the former St. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:01:43 EST Mazerolle adding new role to resume at Nashua South http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1044167-457/mazerolle-adding-new-role-to-resume-at.html NASHUA – The basketball coach was a very visible figure at football practice the other day at Nashua High School South. That’s because Nate Mazerolle is also the school’s new athletics coordinator. Mazerolle, who was a frequent game manager at South events and has been the head boys basketball coach since the late 1990s, has replaced Scott Insinga, who left to become the athletic director at Salem High School. The job handles the day-to-day athletic issues for overall Nashua athletic director Lisa Gingras, but don’t think Mazerolle, who teaches English at South and was a standout senior point guard on Nashua’s 1991 state title team, has ever had administrative aspirations. “Nope” he said, “and still don’t. The biggest thing was still being able to coach. As people told me, ‘You go to a lot of the events anyway.’ And no offense to anyone else, but if it were another position, I probably wouldn’t have taken it. But I’m ensconced here at South, the South position opened up, and I want to do all I can to help athletics here.” As Mazerolle alluded, he will still be allowed to coach basketball at South. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:00:41 EST Nashua Board of Education approves additional $60,000 in cuts to 2015 budget http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044186-469/nashua-board-of-education-approves-additional-60000.html The Nashua Board of Education satisfied the city aldermen’s revised 2015 education budget Monday by approving an additional $60,000 in cuts. Members reached the $60,000 target by combining the reduction of a vacant teaching position at $45,815, $10,000 from the furniture budget, and $4,185 from the computer technology budget. All three reductions were proposed to the board in one motion, which passed by a 5-3 vote. Board member Robert Hallowell made the motion to remove one high school teaching position for $45,815. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:31:00 EST Baldwin Street bridge replacement on schedule for Nov. 1 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044187-469/baldwin-street-bridge-replacement-on-schedule-for.html The one-lane, shaky timber Baldwin Street Bridge is long gone, and the modern bridge to replace it is proceeding on schedule as part of the Broad Street Parkway. Ryan Audley, vice president of R.S. Audley Construction, which is contracted to complete a portion of the parkway job, said Tuesday that the bridge job is “right on target” and should open by Nov. 1, as planned – and he is even “hoping to get it open before that.” The primary reason for the old Baldwin Street Bridge, which connected Amherst Street to the neighborhood alongside the Nashua River known as Little Florida, was to span the railroad tracks underneath. The new bridge, said Audley, can span the tracks as well as the parkway lanes that will run under it, and accommodate heavier loads. The longer, more modern bridge is being built as part of the Broad Street Parkway, a $38 million two-lane bypass that will connect Broad Street with downtown. The Baldwin Street Bridge and a similar Fairmount Street bridge that also connects to Little Florida, have been the cause of many legal tussles over the decades between the city and the railroad company – first Boston & Maine, then Guilford, now Pan Am – about who would repair them. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:58:25 EST Past and present from the Millyard stack http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1044202-469/past-and-present-from-the-millyard-stack.html The original image was made by Frank Ingalls, who I can see was braver than I am. This is the second of two photographs I’ve been able to secure from the Millyard stack (the other I featured last month). As was the case in the first creation, the contemporary photo was made by Andy Bower of International Chimney, who hoisted one of my cameras up a very, very long rope and used it to peek out over roughly the northern part of the city – if you can use that word to describe that area in the early 1900s. Off in the distance is the Amherst Street School. Holman Stadium hasn’t been built yet, a product of Works Projects Administration in 1937. As notable as what’s not there then is what’s developing in the photo now – another river crossing over the Nashua River. Dave Dube is with O.E. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:00:23 EST Closing of Concord bureau was a shock http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1043740-465/closing-of-concord-bureau-was-a-shock.html In New Hampshire, where politics is often more brutal than playing hockey, it is with shock that the newspaper for the second-largest city would close its Statehouse bureau and lay off one reporter who knows his way around the Statehouse. In Nashua, it’s “Dare to Begin.” At this paper, it should be “Dare to Report.” Ed Stebbins Nashua Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:01:40 EST Woman shot during domestic dispute in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044098-469/woman-shot-during-domestic-dispute-in-nashua.html NASHUA – A 41-year-old Nashua man will be arraigned Monday on a charge that he shot a woman in the stomach during a domestic dispute at his residence over the weekend. Christopher Martini, of 101 ½ Gilman St., is accused of injuring the woman with a handgun early Saturday evening. Nashua police Lt. Denis Linehan said officers were called to the area at 7:23 p.m. to investigate a report of gunfire. Neighbor Scott Duplessis told WMUR-TV that he heard the gunshot and suspected it could be someone setting off fireworks in the neighborhood. “I didn’t hear no screams or anything like that and the next thing you know, the whole street just filled with cops within minutes,” Duplessis told the television station. Police found the 32-year-old victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound. She was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, then flown by medical helicopter to a facility in Worcester, Mass., for treatment. Linehan said her injuries were not life-threatening. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:16:00 EST Another one coming http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/statenewengland/1044075-469/another-one-coming.html NASHUA – New Hampshire’s first court dedicated to helping veterans charged with crimes won’t be its last. Veterans’ advocates and health care providers will meet this month to begin planning a similar court for Grafton County, located near Vermont’s White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The first session of the Veterans Behavioral Health Track program was held last week in Nashua District Court, where three veterans facing various misdemeanor charges faced a judge. Among them was Jimmie McNeil of Nashua, who served in an Army Rangers combat support division unit from 1981 to 1984 and in the Army Reserves for nine years after that. McNeil, 50, was originally charged with felony theft for stealing $584 from a Nashua restaurant when he quit as kitchen manager over a long-running wage and overtime dispute. His crime was reduced to a misdemeanor, and he was referred to veterans court. He told The Associated Press he trained hard as part of the elite military unit, and the notion to fight, kill and not take any guff from anybody “was pounded into our heads every single day.” “When you get out, It doesn’t stop,” McNeil said softly. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:03:18 EST Nashua Back to School Night on Thursday expected to draw a crowd http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044093-469/nashua-back-to-school-night-on-thursday.html Organizers of the 10th annual Back to School Night are striving to make Nashua students’ return to school a joyful event. “This year, it’s more than a school supply event, it’s a celebration. Every age group, every school child is invited; private, charter, homeschool students – everyone,” said George Katis, chairman of the Fundraising Committee at the Nashua Chamber of Commerce. “With parents, we’re expecting 3 to 4,000 people.” Katis has had a part of Back to School Night for the last nine years. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:13:00 EST Budget Committee and Board of Education to review 2015 education budget http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044095-469/budget-committee-and-board-of-education-to.html NASHUA – Now that the Board of Aldermen have set the bottom line for the 2015 education budget, the Board of Education and its Budget Committee will convene Monday to review the budget and makes changes. The Board of Education originally proposed a 2015 education budget of $100,748,192, a 3.37 percent increase over the previous year. The draft budget then went through the mayor and aldermen before coming back to the school board for review and approval. Mayor Donnalee Lozeau recommended cutting the school board’s proposed education budget by $160,000. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:06:29 EST Nashua Soup Kitchen and Fidelity help students prepare for new year http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044099-469/nashua-soup-kitchen-and-fidelity-help-students.html NASHUA – The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter will help close to 1,000 Nashua children get ready to head back to the classroom this fall by handing out backpacks stuffed with school supplies this week. The 925 backpacks will be handed out at Ledge Street Elementary School from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, or until supplies run out. The soup kitchen and Fidelity Investments volunteers gathered and packed donated backpacks for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The bags contain supplies everything from   calculators and flash-drives to crayons and glue sticks depending on the target student age group. Cindy Rizzo, regional communication director of Fidelity Investments in Merrimack said the company volunteer effort goes along with their tradition of community outreach for School Transformation Days. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:06:51 EST Nashua preparing to sell off Broad Street Parkway surplus properties http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044100-469/nashua-preparing-to-sell-off-broad-street.html NASHUA – After acquiring vast swaths of land for the Broad Street Parkway, Nashua is looking reduce its property holdings by selling off a dozen parcels that are no longer needed for construction of the two-lane road. Mayor Donnalee Lozeau is asking Nashua aldermen to approve putting a dozen surplus properties up for sale. Many of the properties were taken by eminent domain, but as the design of the parkway changed, they were no longer in its path. Once envisioned as a four-lane highway, the parkway has been scaled back to a limited-access, two-lane road. It will link Broad Street with Nashua’s downtown via a new bridge over the Nashua River. Under the eminent domain process, properties needed for public projects, such as roads, must be sold to a city, town or state for the project. Appraisers set a fair market value for the sale price. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:06:57 EST City board debates affordable housing plan for Bridge St. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044102-469/city-board-debates-affordable-housing-plan-for.html NASHUA – With plans in the works for Renaissance Downtowns to convert a portion of its Bridge Street project to low-income housing, some in the city are questioning whether the change is in Nashua’s best interest. Aldermen approved an administrative change last week that will help Renaissance apply for low income housing tax credits ahead of an Aug. 28 deadline. Nashua’s Business and Industrial Development Authority recommended the move earlier this year to help Renaissance get the first phase of the major housing project off the ground. Renaissance, based in New York, has struggled to secure conventional financing for the development, which is planned for the east end of Bridge Street. The first phase alone could cost as much as $36 million. To entice financing, the project would need to be priced at about $1.53 per square foot, according to assistant project manager James Vayo, but plans  developed by Renaissance put the project at about $1.40 per square foot. With a lack of capital threatening to sink the project, Renaissance developed a plan earlier this year to offset costs with tax credits for affordable housing. A type of federal subsidy, the credits can be sold by developers to raise capital or equity. Investors receive a dollar-for-dollar credit against their federal taxes over a period of 10 years. To implement the plan, Renaissance has teamed up with Dakota Partners, a Massachusetts firm that has extensive experience with low income tax credit programs. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:07:12 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – Aug. 18 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1044108-478/classes-in-greater-nashua--aug.-18.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA CLASSES/PROGRAMS AT ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL St. Joseph Hospital on Kinsley Street will offer these classes. To register or for more information, call 595-3168 or visit stjosephhospital.com/classes. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:07:47 EST KidSports Bulletin Board http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/kidssports/1043957-457/kidsports-bulletin-board.html GID tryouts Tryouts for the Team GID summer tournament baseball teams are set for Sept. 13 at North Common field. For more information visit www.leaguelineup.com or Sporttryouts.com. Tryouts for the 2015 Nashua Baseball Academy teams will be held Sunday and also on Sept. 14 at the Baseball Academy, rain or shine, at 265 Proctor Hill Road in Hollis. Tryouts are at 9 a.m. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:43:00 EST Family of Merrimack drowning victim looking for answers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044021-469/family-of-merrimack-drowning-victim-looking-for.html NASHUA – Abel Urena doesn’t accept that it was his father he saw inside a casket at a Nashua funeral home. It just didn’t look like him. It was the first time anyone in Lucas Urena’s family had seen him since Aug. 4 when his step-daughter Clara Benjamin had dropped him off at his Vine Street home after a trip to Pennsylvania to visit family and to visit Washington, D.C., fulfilling Lucas’ lifelong dream to see the White House. “He always dreamed to see it,” Benjamin said. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:58:57 EST After the ice melts, the need remains http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1044031-474/after-the-ice-melts-the-need-remains.html The “Ice Bucket Challenge” has officially taken over this month, flooding social newsfeeds and soaking the nation while raising awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. In a time when daily headlines seem to go from bad to worse, this viral movement for good seems like a breath of fresh air, with seemingly everyone getting in on the action – from Justin Timberlake and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, to my friend’s cat. As with every social media phenomenon, countless pieces have been written arguing the merits of the movement. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:49:01 EST Marjorie L. (Staples) Dow http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044034-466/marjorie-l.-staples-dow.html Marjorie L. (Staples) Dow, 90, of Merrimack passed away on Sunday August 10, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after a lengthy illness. She was born on April 14, 1924 in Eliot, ME, to the late Edwin Staples and Mary Strout. Many years ago, she worked at the Portsmouth Naval Yard, and also had worked at Bradlees, Rich’s and Child World Dept stores. Also Marjorie and her husband delivered the Nashua Telegraph for many years. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:00:35 EST Dr. H. Tracy Schier http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044035-466/dr.-h.-tracy-schier.html Dr. H. Tracy Schier, 74, of Hudson, died of complications from cancer on August 14, 2014 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH, with her family by her side. Tracy was born in Ohio to Harold and Grace Johnson and an older brother, Charles, all of whom preceded her in death. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:00:54 EST Donald F. Dale http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044039-466/donald-f.-dale.html Donald F. Dale, 72, of Nashua, passed away on Friday, August 15, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. Affectionately known as “Nascar Donnie,” he was born in Tewksbury MA on November 28, 1941, a son of the late Theodore and Margaret (Murphy) Dale. He was the beloved husband of Beverly (Rich) Dale of Nashua for 27 years. Prior to retirement, he worked as a Diesel Mechanic for Pelham Diesel and was employed with M & L. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:01:16 EST Centrix Bank, with locations in Nashua and Milford, acquired by Massachusetts company http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/business/1044040-464/centrix-bank-with-locations-in-nashua-and.html NASHUA – Customers of Centrix Bank & Trust can expect to see a new name on the door and an expanded set of financial products this fall as the company merges with Eastern Bank Corp. Centrix, a commercial bank headquartered in Bedford with seven branches around the state, is being acquired in a cash transaction valued at approximately $134 million. Executives from the two companies say the deal will bring few changes to the existing services Centrix customers receive, while also introducing a new set of insurance and wealth management products with the backing of one of the country’s oldest mutual banks. “We firmly believe this is going to be a very positive thing not only for Centrix as an organization and their employees who are joining us, but we think it’s going to be very positive for the central New Hampshire communities and the coastal communities that we’ll be operating in,” said Robert F. Rivers, president and chief operating officer of Eastern Bank. Launched in 1998, Centrix grew over the last 15 years with a singular focus on becoming a high-performing commercial bank. It’s currently valued at about $1 billion. The company’s corporate overseers began looking for a partner in the past year as they assessed the company’s short-term outlook and contemplated the regulatory and technological burdens facing the banking industry, CEO and co-founder Joseph Reilly said. “The more infrastructure and scale you have, the more adept you are at being able to deal with those sorts of challenges,” he said. Headquartered in Massachusetts, Eastern Bank has assets of about $8.8 billion and is one of the largest mutual banks in the country. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:03:42 EST Local fish, fresh: Nashua’s first community seafood pickup draws 48 customers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044047-469/local-fish-fresh-nashuas-first-community-seafood.html NASHUA – James Poitras stopped by Railroad Square on Tuesday afternoon as a first step for celebrating “shark week,” the jokey holiday built around cable-TV programming, although he admitted he was unsure of the follow-up details. “I was thinking of making fish-stuffed peppers,” he said, gazing thoughtfully at the half-pound of cape or dogfish shark he had just picked up from the city’s first community seafood operation. “But I don’t know what to do with shark.” Do pretty much anything, advised Sarah VanHorn, cofounder of New Hampshire Community Seafood. “It’s a white flaky fish,” she said, noting that it could be fried, grilled or put into a sandwich. Whatever is done by the 48 people who paid in advance for eight weeks of fish, many spurred by a recent story in The Sunday Telegraph, and who picked up their order at the Brookfield Farm stand at Railroad Square, they will have a satisfaction extending beyond just taste. “I’m trying not to buy fish at the grocery store,” said Joan Kunkel, of Amherst. She and husband, Jack, were the first people to get their fish after the farm stand set up at 3 p.m. “You don’t know where it’s from, when it was caught.” The shark picked up Tuesday, for example, was caught by boats sailing from Rye Harbor. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:04:22 EST Moore Mart celebrates 10 years of shipping compassion to troops overseas http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044049-469/moore-mart-celebrates-10-years-of-shipping.html NASHUA – To the soldiers who receive them, every single one of the 65,000 care packages the volunteer group Moore Mart has sent to U.S. troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 10 years is special. But it can be said the 1,100 packages that went out in Saturday’s latest shipment are just a tad extra special, given that they came on the 10th anniversary of Moore Mart’s founding. And nobody connected with the immensely successful and heartwarming mission, which blossomed out of Sgt. Brian Moore’s fairly routine 2004 request that his family send him and his squad some cleaning supplies, wanted to let Saturday’s anniversary pass without pausing to thank the hundreds of volunteers, including countless donors, throughout New Hampshire who have contributed goods and manpower to growing Moore Mart far beyond its early expectations. “Some say it takes a village, but in the case of Moore Mart, it took a state,” co-founder Carole Moore Biggio, Brian Moore’s sister, said at the outset of Saturday’s hour-long event held at the N.H. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:04:38 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/booksauthors/1044055-469/story.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.nashua library.org. LARA SEAGULL EXHIBIT “Places and Moods,” an exhibit of paintings by Nashua artist Lara Seagull, will be on display at the Nashua Public Library through Aug. 29. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:05:17 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua – Aug. 17 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1044062-478/blood-drives-in-greater-nashua--aug..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. Donors in August will receive a coupon for $2.50 off Turkey Hill’s All Natural Ice Cream. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:05:59 EST Volunteer opportunities in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1044068-478/volunteer-opportunities-in-greater-nashua.html NASHUA American Red Cross The American Red Cross N.H. Region has several volunteer opportunities available in Nashua: development intern, volunteer services and emergency services. Visit www.redcross/org/nh/volunteer and click on Ways to Help, then scroll down to the Nashua Office. Or call 889-6664, ext. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:46:00 EST Information session set for RISE program at Rivier University in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1044118-478/information-session-set-for-rise-program-at.html NASHUA – The Rivier Institute for Senior Education fall information session will be held 9-11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, in the Demoulas Room at Rivier University’s Education Center on Clement Street. Seniors can choose from more than 60 five-week courses with two start dates. First-term courses run Sept. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:01:25 EST Pets of the week for Aug. 17 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1044120-478/pets-of-the-week-for-aug.-17.html Humane Society for Greater Nashua PEBBLES Well, hello, I’m Pebbles! I’m the sweetest gal around, and can’t wait to meet my new family. I love everyone I meet – adults, kids, even dogs. I’m young at only 2 years old, which means I still have lots of pep in my step and would really enjoy an active family who will include me in their outings. Another doggie companion would be great, but isn’t necessary. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:01:53 EST Community events in Nashua – Aug. 17 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1044123-478/community-events-in-nashua--aug.-17.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS GREELEY PARK ART SHOW The Nashua Area Artists’ Association will host its 61st annual Greeley Park Art Show from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17. The art show hosts artists from all over New England, with two art competitions – one for adults on Saturday and the other for ages 6-18 on Sunday. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:03:47 EST Woman goes from Nashua Patch to Manchester Ink Link http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044046-469/woman-goes-from-nashua-patch-to-manchester.html Carol Robidoux, who became well known to Nashua during her years running the Nashua Patch news site, has plunged into the new-media world with a solo news blog covering Manchester, where she lives. The site, Manchester Ink Link, has been running since June in blog format – that is, a stream of news stories with the most recent on top. It features a mix of police items, press releases, meeting coverage and feature stories by Robidoux, with an emphasis on city government, as well as “news you can use” tidbits, profiles of stores, opinion pieces by others and traditional local news items such as a “pet of the week” from the local shelter. In other words, the content is similar to Nashua Patch during the three years Robidoux oversaw it. Nashua Patch was one of hundreds of local-news operations started around the country by America Online in an ambitious attempt to meld local journalism into a national force. Nashua Patch operated for three years before financial problems led AOL to sell Patch to investment firm Hale Global in January. Robidoux was laid off, and Patch was downsized sharply. Its operations continue in Nashua, Amherst, Milford, Merrimack and a few other New Hampshire towns, but with little local content. By heading out on her own, Robidoux is taking the path adopted by many journalists around the country as newspapers and TV stations struggle with declining revenue from advertising and circulation. – Telegraph staff Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:04:16 EST Kuster meets with Nashua passenger rail proponents http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044045-469/kuster-meets-with-nashua-passenger-rail-proponents.html U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster knows that lots of people in Nashua would like to see passenger rail to Boston, and she heard it again Friday morning. Kuster hosted a roundtable at Nashua Community College to discuss the possible expansion of passenger rail into New Hampshire and other ways to support transportation around the state. Participants included Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, Nashua Chamber of Commerce President Chris Williams, state Sens. Bette Lasky and Peggy Gilmour, and representatives from the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and Nashua Municipal Airport. “During today’s roundtable, I was grateful to hear from so many business and community leaders about the importance of maintaining a strong transportation infrastructure to spur economic development and job creation in the region and across the Granite State,” Kuster said in a statement. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:04:12 EST Nashua alderman qualifies for international triathlon competition http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044044-469/nashua-alderman-qualifies-for-international-triathlon-competition.html Nashua Alderman-at-Large Dan Moriarty went the distance earlier this month, clinching a spot in an international triathlon competition next year. Moriarty, 46, competed in the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee on Aug. 9. The event combines a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10K run. Moriarty finished in 2 hours, 6 minutes, 56 seconds, placing 23rd overall in the 45-49 age category. As one of the top 25 finishers in his age group, Moriarty qualified to represent Team USA in the 2015 International Triathlon Union Short Course Triathlon World Championships, which will be held in Chicago. – Telegraph staff Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:04:07 EST After 65,000 care packages to soldiers, MooreMart celebrates 10-year anniversary http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1043970-469/after-65000-care-packages-to-soldiers-mooremart.html NASHUA – When Ted Luszey opened a crisp white envelope, he didn’t realize it would mark a moment in his life when he fully understood how he had made a difference in the life of a soldier. The letter was brief, but stated that the care package the soldier had received from MooreMart was the first time he had ever received mail that wasn’t a bill. Luszey is a dedicated member of MooreMart, which provides deployed soldiers with items that might make their stay in a foreign country a little bit easier, both physically and emotionally. MooreMart has been serving soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2004. On Saturday, when a shipment of care packages goes out, the MooreMart team will celebrate its 10th anniversary. The shipment will consist of about 1,100 packages, and will take three days and about 110 volunteers to prepare. Although the shipment itself will be routine, the purpose of the 10th anniversary event will be to thank the hundreds of people who have supported, and who continue to support, MooreMart. An hourlong ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the National Guard Armory, 154 Daniel Webster Highway South. Luszey said plenty of officials from the area will attend to commemorate the humanitarian efforts of MooreMart, including Gov. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:09:42 EST Ileene J. (Emerson) Johnson http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1044001-466/ileene-j.-emerson-johnson.html Ileene J. (Emerson) Johnson, 95, widow of Ernest G. Johnson, and a native and lifelong Nashua resident, died Thursday afternoon, August 14, 2014 at the Hillsborough County Nursing Home in Goffstown after a period of declining health. Born in Nashua on November 1, 1918, she was a daughter of the late John and Nora (Mockler) Emerson. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:00:44 EST Nashua golfers happy to support Folds of Honor http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044005-469/nashua-golfers-happy-to-support-folds-of.html There are two reasons the color green so often comes to mind when the topic is “country clubs”: the handsomely manicured grass of their golf courses and the formidable number of greenbacks it often takes to be a member. Nashua Country Club, which will turn 100 years old in 2016, is no exception, and although Greater Nashua generally falls in the upper end of the middle of the socioeconomic scale, there are certainly plenty of richer country clubs across the nation. So it’s quite impressive to learn, as I did this week from NCC member Norm Belanger, that when it comes to philanthropic causes such as the annual Folds of Honor Foundation’s Patriot Golf Day, good ol’ Nashua CC perpetually ranks in the top 20 most generous clubs among the thousands that host the tourney each year. As has been the case since Dan Schuster brought the Patriot Golf Day to Nashua in 2009, this year’s tourney will take place a week ahead of most others, which puts it on Sunday, Aug. 24, rather than the more common Labor Day weekend. The purpose of the tournament is to raise funds for the Folds of Honor’s scholarship foundation, which provides college scholarships for the children and spouses of military men and women who were disabled or killed while serving in U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The main reason local organizers like to get the word out, Belanger said, is not so much to recruit golfers – there are plenty of members eager to play a round for the cause – but to make sure young men and women right here in Greater Nashua and in New Hampshire know the foundation exists. Plus, Belanger added, there are never too many donors and sponsors, and every pledge or offer is welcome. As of this week, well over $100,000 has been pledged in donations or sponsorships, Belanger said, which is pretty cool when you consider that no donation is too small. For instance, sponsoring a hole in Nashua’s tournament starts at $100. At the extraordinarily moneyed Medinah Country Club near Chicago, which features three 18-hole courses, enforces a fairly draconian golfer dress code and touts itself a “world class facility” complete with guarded entry gates, the threshold is $100,000. “A friend of mine who lives near there said there’s no way he can afford to belong, and he’s a doctor,” Belanger said with a laugh. In Nashua, members just pay the $25 greens fee to play in the tourney. “But most pay more – some a lot more,” Belanger said. At tournament’s end – Belanger estimates 3:30 p.m. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:06:54 EST World’s oldest, largest democracies join in Nashua to celebrate India’s 67th birthday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1044007-469/worlds-oldest-largest-democracies-join-in-nashua.html NASHUA – Under tents, before a stage shared by speakers and musicians, and amid the bold aroma of Indian culinary staples, the world’s oldest democracy and the largest came together Friday evening to celebrate something that both value dearly: independence. Roughly five weeks after many members of the Nashua area’s Indian population helped the United States celebrate its 238th birthday, scores of local Americans returned the favor Friday night by joining a large representation of the city’s Indian residents at the Rotary Common park to hail India’s 67th independence day. The two-hour event, which organizers proclaimed to be the first of what will become an annual celebration each Aug. 15, came together through the efforts of several people, including longtime Nashua resident Latha Mangipudi, a former Board of Education member who became the state’s first Indian legislator two years ago. “With all the unrest in the world, I thought, ‘Why not celebrate something peaceful,’ ” Mangipudi told the more than 100 people gathered at Rotary Common. She referred to India’s recent election, in which more than 300 million voters came out in what she called “a very tasteful transition of government.” Mangipudi said the idea really got rolling when she approached the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. Chamber CEO Chris Williams, in turn, called the celebration “a first step. …  This not a once and only event.” Aug. 15 “falls on a Saturday next year,” Mangipudi said. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:11:42 EST Correction http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1043993-469/correction.html An indoor surfing contest will be held at Surf’s Up in Nashua on Sunday, Aug. 17. The date was incorrect in a story in Friday’s Telegraph. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:05:35 EST Whole Foods, complete with in-store pub, prepares for Aug. 19 opening http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1043921-469/whole-foods-complete-with-in-store-pub-prepares.html NASHUA – For those looking for evidence that Whole Foods isn’t your average grocery store, consider this: the new Nashua store opening on Tuesday comes complete with an in-store bar with a bunch of beers on tap. On Thursday, a few days before the official opening of the store at Turnpike Plaza at 225 Amherst St., workers were setting up stylized displays and rows of products. “What we really try to do is take the guesswork out of shopping for people,” Katie Lamie, a spokesperson for the chain, said during a tour on Thursday. “We really want people to know what they’re shopping for.” The Nashua store will make its own tortillas and its own ground beef, and will serve prepared foods, including sushi and sandwiches. Whole Foods, based in Austin, Texas, has been one of the fastest-growing grocery chains in the country for years, based on its reputation for organic, locally grown and other high-end foods. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:49:01 EST Not your typical surf Mecca: Nashua to host surfing contest on Saturday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1043924-469/not-your-typical-surf-mecca-nashua-to.html Competitive surfers, who usually have to battle mother nature for the perfect wave, will gather in Nashua this Sunday for what is being billed as the first-ever sanctioned indoor surfing contest at Surf’s Up. There will be about 25 competitors from all over New England at the event, which is sponsored by major surf companies. Points garnered at the indoor event can be combined with regular outdoor competitions and count toward a season’s overall score. The Eastern Surfing Association set up the competition, said Laurie Greer, a co-owner of the indoor surfing facility with her husband Rob. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:37:00 EST Nashua PD issues ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ to other departments http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1043935-469/nashua-pd-issues-ice-bucket-challenge-to.html NASHUA – Deputy Police Chief Andrew Lavoie was still on vacation Thursday morning when he returned home and checked his email. One message caught his eye; soon he was putting on his uniform with plans to head down to headquarters. “I saw the email and thought, ‘I can’t miss this,’” Lavoie said Thursday afternoon, moments after he and 35 fellow NPD officers each picked up full buckets of ice water and dumped them over their heads. At 3:10 p.m., right between first and second shifts, Nashua became the first police department around, and perhaps in the state, to take the so-called “Ice Bucket Challenge,” the ALS-awareness stunt that has gone viral since the family of 29-year-old Peter Frates doused themselves two weeks ago. Frates, a former Boston College baseball player diagnosed with ALS in 2012, unknowingly touched off the rapid spread of the challenge when he posted his own ice bucket video online, accompanied by the song, “Ice, Ice Baby,” and issued a challenge. According to the rules, if the individuals or groups challenged online don’t accept within 24 hours, they’re asked to donate to ALS research. Locally, that means that officers from Hudson, Manchester and N.H. State Police need to get together an ice bucket event, because Nashua officers challenged those three departments moments before drenching themselves Thursday afternoon. “I saw it online, and got the idea to call out the other departments before we get called out,” said Nashua Officer Mike Dore, who organized the event with Officers Mike Sullivan, Dan Archambault, Dan Hodges and Joshua Trefry. Thirty-five officers across the rank spectrum took part, from Lavoie to patrolmen. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 01:00:46 EST Robert J. Goldsack http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1043942-466/robert-j.-goldsack.html Robert J. “Bob” Goldsack, 82, of Nashua, passed away Wednesday morning, August 13, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. Born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, he was the son of Robert and Marguerite Goldsack. He graduated from Plainfield High School where his fellow students elected him President of his 1949 Senior Class. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:00:24 EST Doris E. Rhodes http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1043944-466/doris-e.-rhodes.html Doris E. Rhodes, 86, of Nashua, NH, died Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Nashua Crossing in Nashua, NH surrounded by her loving family. Doris was born in Queens, NY on December 29th, 1927 daughter of the late Theodore and Hulda (Kristoffersson) Gundersen and was also predeceased by her loving husband, Bert Rhodes of Manhatten, NY; a son, Steven Rhodes; and a sister, June Gundersen. Doris was a faithful Christian and active member of the Wading River Congregational church for over 40 years. She was the previous Chairwoman of the Christian Women’s Club of Long Island where she was also the featured speaker on dozens of events for many years. She started and ran the first preschool in Wading River, NY. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:00:34 EST Trudy (Gertrude) Carmichael http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/statenewengland/1043945-469/trudy-gertrude-carmichael.html Trudy (Gertrude) Carmichael, 98, of Nashua, died peacefully at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, after a short illness. She was born April 27, 1916, in Contoocook, the eldest of two children of Roy and Florence (Currier) Emerson. Her sister, Jeanne Emerson, of Seattle, predeceased her in 2008. Trudy attended Concord High School and graduated in 1936 from Keene Normal School. Her first teaching position was of four grades in a one-room school before teaching mathematics in Henniker where she met her husband, John D. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:00:39 EST Nashua Police Log for July 31-Aug. 9 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1043947-228/nashua-police-log-for-july-31-aug.-9.html Nashua Police Department JULY 31 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Mark Grenda, 38, 7 Shedds Ave., Nashua, two counts resisting arrest or detention, electronic bench warrant: non-appearance in court. Shannon Mitchell, 29, 223 John Dyer Road, Apt. 2, Little Compton, R.I., issuing bad checks. Eric Paul Sophos, 48, 56 Tyler Road, Apt. 75, Nashua, two counts domestic violence: stalking, two counts violation of protective order-penalty. Joshua Rosario, 20, 35 Temple St., Nashua, receiving stolen property. Robert Magee, 22, 246 Route 13, Brookline, driving after revocation or suspension, driving without giving proof. John Campbell, 43, no fixed address, Nashua, disorderly conduct. William Ernest McKnight, 43, 94 Page Road, Litchfield, two counts domestic violence: simple assault. Jonathan Joseph Simmons, 32, 464 Boston Post Road, Apt. 33, Amherst, capias. Natacha L. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:04:19 EST Nashua calls for proposals to redevelop downtown parking lot and beyond http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1043955-469/nashua-calls-for-proposals-to-redevelop-downtown.html NASHUA – City officials took a major step this week toward spurring new development in the area of High Street and School Street, calling for proposals to build a new hotel, performing arts venue or mixed-use project with residential housing in the area. The Board of Aldermen on Tuesday authorized Mayor Donnalee Lozeau to work with the city’s business development board to draft a request for proposals to reshape a city-owned parking lot and – potentially – the surrounding property. The idea was offered earlier this year by Alderman at Large Jim Donchess, who was seeking to bring new activity downtown and expand the housing stock by revamping the underutilized parking lot. Members of the Committee on Infrastructure expanded the scope of the proposal over the last several months, giving developers more latitude to work on larger projects that could help rejuvenate a bigger section of the neighborhood. Donchess and Alderman at Large Brian McCarthy said members of the Business and Industrial Development Authority  suggested taking a more expansive view of the project, allowing for participation from private landowners who control nearby property. “I think the feeling there on my part, and on the part of a number of other people that looked at it, is there’s a lot of underutilized property in that area and it might be a good idea to let someone look at a project that was larger and would take into account all of those things,” McCarthy said. The area now open for development proposals stretches from a small, city-owned parking lot east of School Street to the area known as “the oval” to the west. It is bounded by School Street to the south and High Street to the north. A resolution authorized by the board offers three types of acceptable proposals, including mixed-use buildings at least four stories tall, with retail or other business uses on the first floor and at least 60 residential units above. The board envisions using the existing High Street parking garage as supplemental parking for a new development. New residential units could theoretically yield $100,000 in annual property taxes, plus $40,000 per year in parking permit fees from tenants, according to the resolution approved Tuesday. Other suggested uses for the area are a new hotel to service business and recreational visitors downtown or a standalone performing arts venue – one of the top priorities for the city’s arts community. Developers who respond with proposals are asked to provide a conceptual site plan and floor plan, as well as details about the architectural style of any proposed buildings and landscaping features. The city also is requesting information about how the land would be owned or leased and a description of how the High Street garage would be incorporated into the plan. Proposals will be evaluated based on the strength of the conceptual site plan, as well as how appropriate the development would be for the area and how much property would be utilized. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:03:21 EST