Nashua - | Web Feeds Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us Nashua Police Department arrest log for Dec. 22-Jan. 2 Nashua Police  Department DEC. 22 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Varian Ricard, 24, 27 Pleasantviiew Ave., Tyngsborough, Mass., two counts electronic bench warrant: failure to appear at arraignment. Shayna M. McDonald, 29, 14 Whitney St., Apt. 5, Nashua, theft by unauthorized taking. George Goodwin, 19, 28 Arlington St., Apt. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:00:55 EST Jose and Patti performing in concert in Nashua on Feb. 6 NASHUA – At 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, the Nashua Community Concert Association is pleased to present “A Musical Journey with Jose and Patti,” the fourth concert of the 2014-2015 season, in the Keefe Auditorium at Elm Street Middle School, 117 Elm St. Doors open at 7:10 p.m. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:05:50 EST New Hampshire Master Chorale visits Gate City NASHUA – At 3 p.m. Sunday, First Music Concert Series presents New Hampshire Master Chorale, under conductor Dan Perkins, in its first return to Nashua since 2005. NH Master Chorale will present works by Brahms, Esenvalds, Ratledge and others. As one of New England’s finest choral ensembles, the 2014-15 concert season of the touring Chorale features the New England premiere of John Ratledge’s cantata, The Divine Siren. This lush, new work is based on the life and poetry of Gaspara Stampa, a 16th-century Italian poet. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:06:59 EST Blizzards often involve a flurry of activity for many folks Last night, I dreamed I was at an all-inclusive tropical resort, starring in a film. Then I woke up to 20 inches of snow and gale-force winds. I pulled the blankets over my head and said something entirely unladylike. The best thing I can say about living in an area with this kind of extreme weather is the immense pride and gratitude I have for people who have to work in it. As you’re grumbling your way through the mountain at the end of your driveway, consider the person who had to plow all night long in dangerous conditions to put it there. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:08:02 EST Unofficially, Tuesday’s snowstorm was the biggest ever for Nashua Monday’s storm may have produced a record snowfall in Nashua – 33.2 inches fell here, by unofficial National Weather Service measurements, which is 3.2 inches higher than the biggest-ever recorded tally. And while a local measurement, a preliminary one taken at the Pennichuck Water Works reporting station on Concord Street, recorded slightly less snowfall – 30.5 inches – that’s still enough to put this storm, which The Weather Channel calls “Juno” and other outlets call The Blizzard of 2015, at number one of all time for Nashua. When the official numbers are entered into the record books, the storm only needs a minimum of 30.1 inches to hold onto the number one spot, which has been occupied for almost 127 years by the famous blizzard of March 1888. Number one or not, the storm was by all accounts a powerful, moisture-laden Nor’easter that packed plenty of potential to raise havoc throughout the area. But while the snow certainly fell in earnest, as predicted, the havoc part never materialized. A check on storm-related incidents across the region proved what city and town officials have been saying since before the snow stopped following Tuesday night: That residents’ choice to heed warnings to stay home and keep off the roads, along with the cooperation of businesses who shut down for the day, allowed plow trucks and snow-removal equipment to operate unencumbered to keep streets open and passable for the duration. State police spokesman Lt. Jerry Maslan, for instance, said that the department handled more calls Wednesday, when the storm was long gone, than they did on Tuesday, when hours of blinding, white-out conditions dominated. “We were busier this morning than we were all of Tuesday,” Maslan said Wednesday. “This morning we had a dozen, maybe two dozen, accidents and vehicles off the road, but not during the storm.” The reason for that difference is easy to see, Maslan said: People responded to all the warnings, including the state of emergency issued Monday by Gov. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:24 EST After storm, Greater Nashua high schools cope with scheduling issues What is now being recorded as Nashua’s biggest storm in terms of inches of snow that fell – 33 inches in some parts of the city – may have broke a 126-year-old record, but it’s not breaking the will of Nashua and Alvirne athletic directors Lisa Gingras and Karen Bonney. Tuesday’s storm, which surpassed the 30-inch mark set in March, 1888, postponed several games, but it’s nothing that can’t be handled. “The toughest part, honestly, is hockey,” Gingras said. “We had to postpone two games Saturday and then another today. Conway Arena is great to us, but between North, South, Souhegan and DWC, there’s only so much ice time to be had.” Two hockey games were played Wednesday as the Alvirne-Pelham boys visited Campbell-Pembroke at Tri-Towne Ice Arena in Hooksett, while Conway Arena hosted the Souhegan girls against Kingswood. For Nashua, it was more than just Wednesday’s South-Manchester Central boys hockey game being called off. The Panthers were also scheduled to send their wrestling team to Alvirne, their boys and girls indoor track teams to a multi-team meet at the Hampshire Dome in Milford and their boys basketball team to Merrimack. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:34:00 EST Blizzard babies Hospital reports two women brave storm to give birth NASHUA – Despite record-breaking, ruler-shattering snowfall this week in Greater Nashua, there is only one measurement that matters to a pair of local families. For the Whipples of Windham, that measurement comprises 21 inches, 7 pounds and 13 ounces. In the Plante family’s Nashua household, the figures are 22.5 inches and 10 pounds, 6 ounces. Both the Whipples and the Plantes braved the whiteout, blizzard conditions early Tuesday morning to travel to St. Joseph Hospital to welcome a new member to their respective families. “Most of the lights were green. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:36 EST Aida Capiello Aida Iris Capiello, 57, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on January 25, 2015, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She was born on August 14, 1957, a daughter of the late Jose Ramos and Catalina DeJesus. Mrs. Capiello was the wife of Hector Capiello, they were married for over 26 years. She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Capiello, of Nashua. She will be missed and never forgotten by her loved ones. Besides her husband and daughter, she is survived by her granddaughters, Yeraliz and Lidianys Rosario; her brothers and sisters, Jose Ramos, Benjamin Ramos, Victor Ramos, Domingo Ramos, Juan Ramos, Petra Gagnon, Wanda Ramos and Ana Ramos; and several nieces, nephew and cousins. SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held at the DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock St., Nashua on Friday afternoon and evening from 2:00 -4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:01:27 EST Dina Greene Dina Greene, 92, a resident of the Hunt Community in Nashua, NH, and a former resident of Avon, CT, Sarasota, FL and Tenafly, NJ, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2015. She was born on November 28, 1922 in New York, to Nathan and Jeanette Adelstein. She met her husband, Sol Greene, as a union organizer in Pennsylvania for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. They raised their three children in Allentown, PA and Tenafly, NJ, later moving to Connecticut in 1985. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:01:38 EST Gary Gilbert Gary W. Gilbert, 70, of Hollis, NH, and formerly of Nashua, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, January 27, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, with his loving family by his side, after a courageous three year battle with cancer. Born in Rochester, NH on August 8, 1944, Gary was a son of the late Walter W. and Ellen M. (Johnson) Gilbert. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:01:48 EST Kathryn Holbrook Kathryn “Kassy” V. (Winn) Holbrook, 80, of Nashua, NH passed away on Monday, January 26, 2015 at Courville at Nashua Nursing Home, Nashua, with her family at her side. She was born September 7, 1934 in Nashua, a daughter of the late Thomas D. and Kathryn (Wilcox) Winn. Mrs. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:01:54 EST Jane Cullen-McOsker Jane E. Cullen-McOsker, 62, a resident of Nashua, NH, died Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. She was the beloved wife of Frederick J. McOsker, with whom she would have celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary on October 16, 2015. Born in Newton on April 18, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Albert H. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:02:01 EST Nashua native enjoying Patriots visit to new hometown There’s nothing like a New England Patriots fan enjoying his home away from home. You don’t see too many in the Arizona sunshine yet, but one of them on Wednesday was the picture of relaxation, sitting in the shade outside the Phoenix Convention Center downtown, just enjoying the experience in his No. 12 Tom Brady jersey. Meet Chris Ledoux, who is in heaven. He moved out to the Phoenix area from Nashua with his dad Roger and mom Estelle nearly some 25 years ago. He now lives in the Phoenix suburb of Surprise, and for him, there’s no surprise in the fact that the New England Patriots are in the Super Bowl. “I’ve been lucky,” he said. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:03:03 EST Police: Nashua man pulls knife over pizzeria parking dispute A Nashua man was arrested Monday for allegedly brandishing a knife in a pizzeria parking lot. Shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 26, Nashua officers arrested Eugene Robinson, 47, of 30 Wilder St. on one count of criminal threatening, and a secondary charge for possessing a dangerous weapon as a convicted felon. Officers responded to the parking lot of Dominos Pizza on Northeastern Boulevard for reports of an assault in progress. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:02:44 EST After reporting a non-emergency, but potently dangerous, problem to the Nashua Fire Department that we were not able to handle ourselves due to health and age problems, the response was quick and courteous. They took care of that, and some other things that could be trouble for us also. It now is our hope and prayer that this is the most serious and dangerous problem that the emergency responders face for the remainder of this trying period of this great city’s history, and among the recorded history of this event the most memorable will be the lack of damage to life health and property. Please continue to be safe Dick O’Leary Nashua Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:00:50 EST In Nashua, 2,201 fire hydrants need to be shovelled out after every storm EDITOR’S NOTE: This story ran in December 2013, but it’s just as relevant today. . Think you have a lot of shoveling to do after snowstorms? Consider this number: 2,201. That’s how many public fire hydrants exist in Nashua. The city fire department is supposed to clear the snow away from every one after every storm. “Traditionally, it takes 2 or 21⁄2 days, but it can take up to half a week if it’s a really big storm,” said Deputy Fire Chief Karl Gerhard. “Getting out there can be time-consuming.” That figure doesn’t include private hydrants at apartment complexes or industrial sites, which are the responsibility of the property owner – nor does it include the hundreds of Pennichuck Water Works hydrants outside the city limits, most of which have to be cleared of snow by the water utility. “Nashua is one of the few communities that clears their own hydrants,” said Don Ware, chief operating officer for Pennichuck. Whether they’re with a fire department or water utility, however, all hydrant-shovelers have a concern familiar to everybody who has shoveled out a driveway, only to find it blocked when the road gets plowed. “We wait until (plows) finish winging back all the snow,” said Ware. “Otherwise, invariably, it’s going on the hydrant.” Gerhard agreed: “We try to coordinate with the city, to make sure we’re not shoveling them out, then seeing them get winged back.” (That use of “wing” as a verb, incidentally, refers to a term for the side of snowplow blades – the portion that pushes snow up against roadside objects, like hydrants, as the plow clears the pavement.) The issue of cleared hydrants came up Dec. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:04:02 EST Blowing snow makes Nashua a white-out, even if you avoid the drifts A snowstorm that is likely to rank among the 10 biggest ever for Nashua hit the area Tuesday, and although the dry light flakes meant power outages were few, high winds caused near-whiteout conditions much of the day – so it’s a good thing the roads were empty. “It’s been very slow, just plow guys. Anybody who comes in here has a truck,” said Michael Stover of Nashua, a server at the Dunkin’ Donuts near Everett Turnpike Exit 7 in Nashua, at about 9:30 a.m. That restaurant and the Walmart in Amherst were the only stores open along the entire stretch Route 101A between Milford and the F.E. Everett Turnpike, normally a crowded retail mecca. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:25:00 EST Leo Caron Leo Emile Caron, 87, of Nashua, NH, died Saturday January 17, 2015 at the Inn at Fairview in Hudson, where he received excellent care. Born July 29, 1927, in Nashua, NH, he was the son of the late Auguste and Claudia (Ouellette) Caron. He was also predeceased by his siblings, Henry and Albert Caron. He was the husband of Gloria (Boucher) Caron, of Nashua, with whom he married on November 28, 1953. Prior to retirement, Leo was a steel cutter for Edgecombe Steel in Nashua. He was a very family oriented individual. Besides his wife of sixty-one years, survivors include two sons and one daughter-in-law, Bruce Caron and his wife, Hannah, of South Carolina and James L. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:01:39 EST Estelle Rodier Estelle M. (Belanger) Rodier, 93, of Nashua passed away on Friday January 23, 2015 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. Estelle was born in Nashua on March 13, 1921, a daughter of the late George and Edith (Marquis) Belanger. She was the widow of Hormidas Rodier who passed away in 1980. Prior to her retirement, Estelle was employed with Sprague Electric. She was a volunteer at the Nashua Senior Center for 21 years and a communicant of St. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:01:44 EST Louis Sharpe Louis Everett Sharpe, 94, of Nashua, NH, passed away on Tuesday January 20, 2015 at the Hillsborough County Nursing Home, surrounded by his family. He was born on December 4, 1920 in St. Louis, MO, where at a young age he met the love of his life, Martha Jane Huntington. Louis and Martha married on January 19, 1942 and shared 64 years of laughter and joy until her death in 2006. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:01:49 EST Gisele Tardif Gisele L. (Charest) Tardif, 71, of Manchester, passed away peacefully on Friday January 23, 2015 at Parkland Medical Center in Derry. Gisele was born in St. Hermenegilde, Canada on December 3, 1943, a daughter of Therese (Desorcy) Charest of Sherbrook, Canada and the late Napoleon Charest. She was the beloved wife of Victor Tardif, of Manchester. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:01:54 EST Two SROs removed from Nashua high schools; chief cites investigations, surge in fatal drug ODs NASHUA – Facing a budget deficit of as much as half a million dollars, Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie has removed two school resource officers from their posts at the Nashua high schools to help meet staffing needs. The Nashua Police Department has funded 5 officers as a resource between the 17 city schools for years. Each Nashua high school had two SROs, while the fifth covered the elementary and middle schools. Lavoie said because of increased crime in the city, including drug-related activities and homicide investigations, the department is looking for ways to mitigate the overtime costs. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:58:01 EST From Stadium Drive headquarters, Nashua streets officials coordinate plowing attack NASHUA – While most city emergency and street department personnel were out in force to handle the region-paralyzing nor’easter that blanketed Nashua and southern New England in 20-plus inches of snow Tuesday, a few key city employees stayed inside and quarterbacked the city’s efforts to get traffic going again. Throughout the morning, plow drivers checked in to the Street Department on Stadium Drive via radio to give status updates, report problem areas and stranded drivers. Maps hung on the wall showing the plow and salt routes for drivers. “I have 74 pieces of equipment on the road right now,” said Streets Superintendent, Eric Ryder. At one point, Ryder asked plow drivers to prioritize a funeral home so a vehicle could transport a woman who had died in hospice care to the facility. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:02:49 EST Grocery stores see high traffic and long hours to accommodate shoppers preparing for Tuesday’s blizzard While the sun still shone mid-day Monday, the parking lot of Hudson’s Market Basket on Lowell Road was jammed with cars as shoppers stocked up in preparation for the impending blizzard due to hit Monday night. Every cash register was open and nearly every aisle had employees busily restocking shelves. By early morning on Jan. 26, the National Weather Service changed the winter warning to a blizzard warning for the Nashua area, anticipating whiteout conditions with 18-to-24 inches of snow and 10-to-20 mile-an-hour wind gusts. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:53:45 EST All cars must be off Nashua streets by 11, as preparations for storm continue As customers were scrambling through grocery stores, officials off all types were preparing Monday for the first blizzard of the season, with fears that it might be a blizzard for the record books, especially near the coast. The city of Nashua has declared a snow emergency starting 11 p.m. Monday, until further notice. No vehicles can be parked on city streets during the snow emergency or they will be towed at the owner’s expense, the city’s emergency management director Justin Kates said. Cars may be parked at the city-owned High Street and Elm Street parking garages. The city also will send a Code Red telephone message when the snow emergency has been lifted. For more information, see Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:39:31 EST Nashua jiu jitsu instructor sentenced to 6–12 years in prison for child sexual assaults NASHUA – Before sentencing convicted child molester Aldo Batista dos Santos to a minimum of six years in State Prison on Monday, a superior court judge told him she found it “shocking” that he would “take advantage of a young girl” whose family trusted him to keep her safe. Additionally troubling, Judge Jacalyn Colburn said, is the fact dos Santos “has shown no remorse” for the acts for which he was convicted Dec. 15 by a Hillsborough County Superior Court jury. Colburn heard emotional statements from the victim’s parents as well as three people close to dos Santos and his family during the sentencing hearing, which lasted roughly an hour and a half and drew about two dozen onlookers. The sentence, which dos Santos began serving immediately following Monday’s proceedings, is slightly less than the prosecution’s recommendation of a minimum of 7 years in prison, but significantly higher than defense attorney Tim Bush’s request for a minimum of 1 1/2 years. Dos Santos, 39, most recently of 32 Gingras Drive, had been incarcerated at the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections in Manchester since his Dec. 15 conviction on all the charges, which include two counts of felonious sexual assault, both felonies, and 10 counts of sexual assault, all misdemeanors. Until his arrest, dos Santos owned and operated ABC Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a martial arts gym on Northeastern Boulevard in Nashua. The victim was one of his students, having joined the gym in early 2012, shortly after moving to Hudson with her father and brother. Dos Santos is an accomplished martial arts competitor and was the chief instructor at his gym. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:47:01 EST Nashua board to weigh in on 152-unit apartment complex on former rubber company site NASHUA – A Londonderry-based developer is looking for city approval for the final piece of a total 152-unit apartment complex he wants to build at the former Beebe Rubber Co. site off Marshall Street. Vincent Iacozzi, managing partner of 22 Marshall St. LLC, applied to the Planning Board this month for approval to build a four-story, 40-unit apartment building at 2 Marshall St. The site is situated at the southeast corner of East Hollis and Marshall streets next door to a McDonald’s restaurant and Robbins Auto Parts. It abuts a second lot the developer owns at 20-22 Marshall St. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:48:04 EST Judge declares mistrial in case of Nashua resident Sheldon Grant NASHUA – A Superior Court judge has declared a mistrial in the case of Sheldon Grant, the 32-year-old Nashua man charged with two felony counts of witness tampering. Judge Jacalyn Colburn said she declared the mistrial on Friday because the jury was unable to reach a verdict “after significant deliberations.” The charges against Grant, who prosecutors said has ties to local gangs, stem from allegations he enlisted the help of an associate to try and bribe a woman who was set to testify against him in Grant’s previous trial on charges of first-degree assault and criminal threatening. The witness is Grant’s former wife, who Grant allegedly assaulted and threatened with a knife in October 2013. He was ultimately acquitted in that trial, which took place in April. The jury in last week’s trial entered deliberations around midday on Thursday, Jan. 22, after the prosecution and defense delivered their closing statements. They deliberated for the remainder of Thursday and through Friday, Jan. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:07:00 EST Derry man charged with felony thefts from Nashua stores NASHUA – A Derry man was arraigned Monday in Nashua district court on felony charges stemming from alleged thefts from two Shaw’s supermarkets in Nashua in November and December. Police said Mark Foster, 23, of 46 Derryfield Road, Apt. R, Derry, was arrested Friday at the Rockingham County Department of Corrections in Brentwood and charged with two counts of theft, both Class B felonies. Foster is accused of stealing items from Shaw’s at 213 Daniel Webster Highway on Nov. 30, and while the investigation was underway, police received a report on Dec. 17 of a similar theft from the Shaw’s at 300 Main St. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:34:00 EST Nashua police chief set a good example One thing left out of the wonderful story about this year’s Martin Luther King Day breakfast sponsored by the Southern New Hampshire Outreach for Black Unity was the presence of Nashua Police Chief Andy Lavoie and Deputy Police Chief Michael Carignan. They were not there to provide security or to speak, but to listen. They listened as more than one speaker described “the talk” that parents of black children, especially boys, have to have: if you are stopped by police, keep your hands on the wheel, do not put your hands in your pocket too quickly to get your ID, and other admonishments, showing the outright fear many have of law enforcement. They also heard the history of the struggle for civil rights in this country, saw and listened to the wonderful music and dancing and conversed with members of the community. Chief Lavoie is showing true leadership in taking the first steps to prevent the type of tragedy that we have seen in Ferguson, Mo., from happening in Nashua, a diverse city. Showing interest in the perspectives and experiences of others is key, as are communication and understanding. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:01:10 EST Representatives need to remember who elected them Three cheers for Art Faint of Milford and JoAnne St. John of Nashua for bringing up the fact that our state representatives should represent the people of New Hampshire and not former House speaker Bill O’Brien. If these representatives are not happy with Speaker Shawn Jasper, tell them to resign. New Hampshire residents cannot afford to have representative not working for them. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:01:57 EST Extradition hearings in Canada for former Nashuans Barnaby, Caplin are postponed Extradition hearings scheduled for last week in a Canadian courtroom for former Nashua residents Anthony Barnaby and David Caplin have been postponed, according to information posted to the website of the Supreme Court of Canada. The hearings, for which a new date has not yet been set, are part of the latest attempt by Nashua and state law enforcement officials to return Barnaby and Caplin to New Hampshire to face charges stemming from a 1988 double-murder. Both men were developed as suspects shortly after the Oct. 2, 1988 killings of Charlene Ranstrom and Brenda Warner in their apartment on Mason Street in Nashua. Both were also arrested and charged in the murders, but neither was ever convicted. Barnaby underwent three trials, but none of the juries convicted him. Caplin, meanwhile, had his charges dropped due to lack of evidence. They soon returned to Canada, their homeland, where they remained free until they were re-arrested in April 2011 on the strength of new forensic evidence and witnesses statements collected by the state’s Cold Case Unit, according to investigators. Caplin, now 53, and Barnaby, 46, have been incarcerated since their arrests, and have repeatedly fought extradition. – DEAN SHALHOUP Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:46:00 EST Plea deal gives Nashua domestic violence offender chance ‘to totally change his life’ NASHUA – When he’s clean and sober, Rodney J. Curtis is an “amazing person,” a “very good person” who loves his family, dotes over his weeks-old son and is all but unbeatable at the game of chess, his father, Jeryl Curtis, told Judge Amy Ignatius Friday in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua. “Rodney is a good person, he really is. What he needs is counseling, serious drug rehab. Not prison,” Jeryl Curtis said in a brief, emotional statement during his son’s plea and sentencing hearing on charges stemming largely from a May 2014 domestic disturbance in which he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend, threatened her with a knife and assaulted several other people at the Williams Street apartment. Ignatius, after considering the prosecution’s recommendation Rodney Curtis serve 2-to-4 years in prison and the defense’s request for a 1-to-4 year sentence, settled on a 1 1/2-to-4 year prison term for the 23-year-old Nashua native, with the condition he participate in all drug counseling and other programs prison officials recommend. Ignatius credited Rodney Curtis 109 days toward his sentence for time already served. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:57:36 EST Greater Nashua stocks up, braces for impending Nor’easter The final flakes of Saturday’s moderate snowstorm were still falling when area residents, along with pretty much the entire Northeast, began bracing for a classic Nor’easter that has the potential to dump enough snow to rank among Nashua’s top 10 heaviest snowfalls since 1885. Dubbed “Juno” by The Weather Channel, the storm as of late Sunday was coming together in impressive fashion, giving meteorologists the impression that many places in the Northeast could be measuring the snow in feet come Wednesday morning. “In my book, this is the best-looking storm for years,” said Doug Webster, The Telegraph’s weather columnist and a senior meteorologist at DTN/The Progressive Farmer, a division of Schneider Electric in Andover, Mass. “This does look like a potentially important storm, even by my standards,” he added. “I’d expect that by (dawn) Tuesday most everything will be shut down.” Parts of seven states, including New Hampshire, had been placed under a blizzard warning by late Sunday night. A warning was issued Sunday evening for Rockingham County, which includes the state’s seacoast area, while the remainder of New Hampshire remained under a combination of winter storm and heavy snow warnings. As more and more “special weather statements” and lengthy updates featuring multi-colored maps hit TV and computer screens Sunday and Sunday night, more than a few area residents decided they’d better hit the road to stock up on food, gasoline and such necessities. Hudson resident Cheryl Zdumiak was one of those, and by mid-afternoon Sunday found herself trying to negotiate the packed aisles of the Market Basket store in Hudson. “I was in Connecticut yesterday when I first heard about it,” Zdumiak said of the approaching Nor’easter. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:54:03 EST Nashua considering bus runs to Lowell commuter station, Manchester airport to ease Route 3 commute NASHUA – The city would like to run a dedicated bus route to the train station in Lowell, Mass. to help ease the long slog thousands of greater Nashua commuters make daily on heavily congested highways. The idea also is under serious consideration because it would provide evidence of the region’s demand for public transit that city officials will need as they advocate to expand passenger rail from Lowell to New Hampshire, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said in a recent interview. The concept of running a Nashua Transit System bus line to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s commuter rail station in Lowell – as well as a related idea of introducing bus service to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport – are under preliminary review, director of the city’s community development division Sarah Marchant said Wednesday. “There is a significant population that commutes south. The traffic on Route 3 is a problem in multiple ways, not just for commuters but in the ability for businesses and employers to get back and forth to their jobs. If we could extend a service like this that is financially viable, it would be a wonderful way to help solve the problem,” Marchant said. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:37:30 EST Reorganization for little known Nashua company doing big business worldwide NASHUA – The Nashua operations of General Dynamics will become part of a new multi-billion-dollar business unit within the global aerospace and defense giant as part of a corporate restructuring this month – but don’t feel embarrassed if you didn’t even realize there was a Nashua operation of General Dynamics. Roughly 100 people work in the 78,000-square-foot facility on Simon Street, creating high-tech imaging systems as part of the world’s fifth-biggest defense contract. But its lack of retail business and signage on busy roads (it can be seen from the Everett Turnpike, but just barely) means that like its predecessor, Axsys Inc., it often gets overlooked. The Nashua unit’s incorporation this month into General Dynamics Mission Systems probably won’t change its visibility too much, even though the CEO has a little Nashua in his past. “I lived in Nashua for a while, when I was 4 years old,” said Chris Marzilli, currently CEO of a General Dynamics unit that will be combined with the Nashua operation. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:25:00 EST Annette Delude “Change in day of funeral due to snowstorm.” The Funeral for Annette G. (Poulin) Delude, 89, of Nashua has been rescheduled for THURSDAY, January 29th at 10 a.m. in St. Louis de Gonzague Church, 48 West Hollis Street, Nashua. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:06:25 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – Jan. 25 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA FREE INTRO MONTH AT HSCC The Holistic Self Care Center, 12 Murphy Drive, will offer several free introductions to its classes in January, including: “How To Live Better” with Dr. Jodie MacDonald on Jan. 26 and “Therapeutic Breathwork” with April Grabowski on Jan. 28. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:00:59 EST Merrimack wrestlers do well in Tomahawk Throwdown The Merrimack Youth Wrestling Program had several good showings in their ninth annual Tomahawk Throwdown tournament, as 180 wrestlers from kindergarten through 4th grade competed for 14 teams from New Hampshire and Massachusetts. First grader Owen Forrest made a strong showing in his first tournament by pinning all three of his opponents to claim the first place crown. Likewise, second grader Ivey Johnson pinned her way to a first place finish. Second graders Christian Chestnut and Jackson Meehan, third graders Mitchell Krupp and Kennedy Dillon, and fourth grader Gavin Ross all racked up multiple wins to claim second place medals. Third place medal winners included kindergartners Kael McAloon and Rhys Dewar, first graders Gryffen Gelinas, Cayden Dine and Mason Tremblay, and third graders Logan Maynard and Christian Makowski. Fourth place finishers were kindergartner Colin Schuster, first grader Katelyn McCormack, third graders Marshall Koranda and Kevin Sheridan, and fourth grader Willem McNay.] GYMNASTICS Nashua School of Gymnastics teams solid at Hudson qualifier Nashua School of Gymnastics Levels 4 and 5 team competed at a local recent qualifying meet in Hudson with some impressive showings. Level 4 (9-10 Division): Megan White had an All Around of 36.150 (third place); she scored a 9.10 (first) on vault, 9.250 (fifth) on bars, 8.80 on beam and 9.00 (sixth) on floor. Makenzie Berleth had an All Around of 36.050j, good for fourth as she scored a first at 8.250 on vault, 9.60 (first) on bars, 9.350 (first) on beam and 8.850 on floor. Jillian Gillis had an All Around of 33.750 as she scored an 8.850 (fourth) on vault, 7.50 on bars, 8.00 on beam and 9.40 (fourth) on floor. Level 5 (9-10 Division): Cristina Cross had a first place All Around of 36.100 with a 9.20 (first) on vault, 8.10 on bars, 9.50 on beam and 9.30 on floor. Level 5 (11-plus Division): April Koczalka had winning All Around of 37.650; she scored a 9.40 (first) on vault, 9.150 (first) on bars, 9.650 (first) on beam and 9.450 (second) on floor. Sue Mai White had an All Around of 35.400 (third place); she scored a 9.250 (third) on vault, 8.050 on bars, 9.050 on beam and 9.505 on floor. Annika Sinclair had an All Around of 35.150 (sixth place) with and an 8.70 on vault, 8.350 on bars, 8.80 on beam and 9.30 on floor. Gabbi Gillis had an All Around of 34.900, scoring an 8.20 on vault, 8.10 on bars, 9.40 (second) on beam and 9.20 on floor. Lindsey Campbell had an All Around of 34.550; she scored a 9.30 (second) on vault, 7.80 on bars, 8.050 on beam and 9.40 (third) on floor. Meanwhile, the Nashua School of Gymnastics Levels 7-10 competed at the Boston Classic Invitational. Individual results as follows: Level 7 (Child Division): Corey Foster had a third-place All Around of 36.775; she scored a 9.30 (sixth) on vault, 9.125 (third) on bars, 9.10 (fourth on beam and 9.25 (fifth) on floor. Level 7 (Junior Division): Emily Colburn had an All Around of 26.250 with a 9.20 (sixth) on vault, 7.80 on bars and 9.250 on beam. Abbey Catalano had an All Around of 16.650, scoring an 8.80 on vault and 7.850 on beam. Level 7 (Senior Division): Emmie White had a fist place All Around of 36.40 as she scored a 9.20 (second) on vault, 8.80 (first) on bars, 9.050 (first) on beam and 9.350 (second) on floor. Alexa Sarro had an All Around of 33.750 (fourth); she scored an 8.450 on vault, 7.650 (seventh) on bars, 8.50 (fourth) on beam and 9.150 (third) on floor. Level 8 (Junior Division): Devon Rosier had an All Around of 35.150 (eighth); she scored an 8.70 (sixth) on vault, 8.30 on bars, 8.750 (eighth) on beam and 9.40 (second) on floor. Level 8 (Senior Division): Deanna Poirier had an All Around of 33.500 (fifth place); she scored an 8.750 (first) on vault, 9.150 (first) on bars, 6.50 on beam and 9.10 (first) on floor. BASKETBALL CYO St. Chris Girls win The St. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:16:01 EST Volunteer group provides weekend groceries for Nashua elementary students in need Once a week, a pack of volunteers gathers on a Thursday evening in the corner of a Nashua flooring and tile warehouse. They pop open a dozen plastic bins with boxes and cans of food, set up a production line across several folding tables and get to work assembling parcels of weekend meals for hungry children. Lisa Gribbin-Perrin, co-coordinator for End 68 Hours of Hunger in Nashua, said the organization has taken off since it was established in 2013. “It’s grown tremendously,” she said. “We started with 26 bags to our first school. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:01:28 EST Stories about downtown business closings popular among Telegraph readers The future of downtown Nashua captured the attentions of readers for the week ending Jan. 23, with stories about the closing of two businesses ranking among the top four most read. “Downtown Nashua eatery Unum’s to close Saturday” was the most read story of the week, with more than 12,000 page views, while “Silverlight Candle to shut” was the fourth most read story with more than 2,500 page views. Unum’s owner Sergio Metes, who bought the business about a year ago after four years as head chef, said, “Business is down. Too many people don’t want to come downtown anymore. They don’t feel safe.” Metes described decreasing neighborhood customer traffic attributable to increasing vandalism and vagrancy. “A lot of customers tell me, ‘I parked in your lot. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:13:00 EST Dorothy G. Gentes MANCHESTER – Dorothy G. Gentes, 86, of Nashua, NH, passed away on January 16, 2015, at Catholic Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. Dorothy was born at home on the farm in Hopkinton, NH, on September 19, 1928. She was the youngest daughter of Matilda and William Harris and had three sisters and four brothers. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:01:42 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 26: St. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:03:57 EST College achievements by students from Greater Nashua: Here are college achievements by students from Greater Nashua: KEENE STATE COLLEGE These local students were named to the fall 2014 dean’s list at Keene State College: FROM AMHERST: Hannah Beauchesne, Holly Bourassa, Evelyn Cauchon, Nicholas Doiron, Allison Mensh, Shannon Nugent, Emily Payrits, Katelyn Shaw, Katarina Silva, Cassandra Stepanek, Thomas Troie, Micaela Wilson. FROM BROOKLINE: Barbara Arnold, Jacquiline Arnold, Julia Bisbee, Savannah Robert. FROM GREENVILLE: Jessica Comeau, Sarah DelVal, Michael Gens, Mark Razzaboni. FROM HOLLIS: Rachel Dunn, Bethany Towne. FROM HUDSON: Scott Bernstein, Caitlin Calhoun, Tara Coates, Michael Falcone, Jacob Huggins, Brandon Karugu, Matthew Kulch, Lauren Ledoux, Paige MacIntosh, Hannah Norton, Elizabeth Truesdell. FROM LITCHFIELD: Scott Dyer, John Elliot. FROM LYNDEBOROUGH: Shawnna McCormack, Zackary Reynolds. FROM MERRIMACK: Jessica Butterfield, Kaleigh Craig, Danielle Donahue, Alexandra Figueroa, Amy Gibson, John Hancock, Lukas Irizarry, Steven Jaynes, Julia Libby, Taylor Lindsey, Austin Martin, Dylan Myles, Chelsea Shoemaker, Madison Smith, Zachary Staffiere, Louis Watt. FROM MILFORD: Jason Bolduc, Meghan Bouffard, Ross Briggs, Kelly Desmarais, Peter Desnoyers, Cory Kaufold, Rebecca Mitchell, Skylar Sinde, Hannah Soucy, Anna Stephens, Sarah White. FROM NASHUA: Dana Angellis, Erica Archambault, Elise Beaulieu, Cory Boule, Ellen Decotis, Hailley Dufresne, Diogenes Espinal, Morgan Fisher, Jennifer French, Christopher Guay, Alexander Habibi, James Hagan, Kyle Hastbacka, Megan Hein, Brandon Kloppenburg, Rebecca LaFlamme, Sarah Laramie, Ryan Lear, Amber LeBlanc, Megan Lindsey, Sydney Little, Jeffrey Lunn, Jared McFarland, Margaret Metzger, Michael Muise, Philippa Naugle, Emily Neverett, Brandon Porter, Garrett Rabasco, Mason Robbins, Savannah Scribner, Sydney Shultz, Jarrod Thibodeau, Nicholas Tocci, Robert Tocci, Hanna Tucker, Steven Urquhart, Lauren Weiner. FROM NEW IPSWICH: Zachary Dejesus, Adam Harmon. FROM PETERBOROUGH: Mary Kate Stewart, Shawn Broderick, Katie Copeland, Drake Cutter, Abigail Darin, Erin Douglass, Michael Eneguess, Thomas Fox, Michael Lundsted, Brenna Morss-Fish, Alyssa Nichols. FROM WILTON: Jamie Bourdon, Patrick Farrell, Meghan Higgins, Taylor Jorgensen, Ashley Joyal, Erika Nichols, Kalie Randlett, Mitchell Salisbury, Theresa Shea, Rebecca Stackpole, Adam Teger. TRINITY COLLEGE Matthew Fellows, of Hudson, was named a President’s Fellow at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. Fellows is a 2011 graduate of Alvirne High School. Each academic department at Trinity is invited to nominate a senior who demonstrates outstanding achievement within his or her major along with evidence of wide-ranging intellectual interests. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:04:14 EST Nashua Christian class takes field trip to Boston hospital Nashua Christian Academy’s anatomy and physiology class of three seniors – Lindsey Luna, Anne  Niemaszyk and Mandy Smith – and teacher Monique Niemaszyk took a field trip to three Boston hospitals in December. They went to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. Two physician assistants, Noellia and Lynne, helped organize a shadowing opportunity for the students in the emergency room and general surgery. While the excursion was definitely out of the ordinary, it proved helpful and exciting. Having a day to shadow different aspects of hospital work was a perfect trip for students who are looking into similar jobs. Luna said that while she was interested in the field of medicine, she didn’t have any previous experience. However, “Going on this trip really solidified my decision,” she said. Anne Niemaszyk came to another conclusion: “I was debating whether or not I wanted to enter the medical field, but I found out that it’s not a fit for me.” This visit to the hospital was definitely eye-opening, because it gave the students such a real-life example of what a medical job would look like and what the experiences involved. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:04:20 EST Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua bestows awards NASHUA – The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua welcomed new board members and officers, recognized years of service and presented awards at its annual business meeting recently. Each year, the club recognizes one caring, passionate individual for his or her contribution of time, talent and treasure with the Man/Woman & Youth Award. Chief Executive Officer Norm Bouthilette presented the award to this year’s recipient, David Elliott. Elliott has volunteered with the Boys & Girls Club for nearly two decades, and has been an advocate of the club members since the beginning. Over the last few years, he has been instrumental in leading the club through a change in culture with the board framework, its responsibilities and accountability. With the help of the members of the Board Governance Committee and executive officers, Elliott led the way in developing a new culture for the Nashua organization in governance. Boys & Girls Clubs of America staff members Mike Travis and Jack Glazebrook presented several board members awards for their years of service to the club. Those receiving awards included: Fred Roedel III, five years. John Ireland and Lori Liberty, 20 years. Mary Jane King, 25 years. Staff members were recognized for their commitment to the organization with services awards: Janail Archer and Julie Dube, five years. Marcia Brown and Ginger Bailey, 10 years of service. Catherine Klisz, 15 years. Officers elected for one-year terms are: David Heath, of Melanson Heath, chief volunteer officer/president. Fouad Mahfuz, of Persian Rug Gallery; Deborah Blondin, of Eastern Bank; and Jonathan Shirley, of Devine Millimet, vice presidents. Lori Liberty, of Melanson Heath, treasurer. Sal Magnano, a retired Sanders finance executive, secretary. The club also welcomed newly elected board members, nominated from the community because of their dedication to the club’s mission and willingness to champion for youth. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:04:49 EST Nonprofits receive donations from Nashua Area CROP Walk NASHUA – Rebecca Green, who led the latest Nashua Area CROP Hunger Walk to more than $40,000 in total donations, presented checks to four local hunger-fighting agencies at the Jan. 7 meeting of the Nashua Area Interfaith Council. Checks were presented by Rebecca Green, of the Nashua Area Interfaith Council, who led the CROP Walk, to Evelyn Verbeck, of the St. John Neumann Food Pantry; RoseMarie Dykeman, of the Nashua Salvation Army; Eileen Brady, of the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter; and Delores Davis, of the Corpus Christi Food Pantry. Each agency received $2,543. About 450 members of more than two dozen faith communities and other Nashua area organizations participated in the walk. In CROP Hunger Walks, 25 percent of the money raised goes to local agencies and the rest combats hunger in many parts of the world through Church World Service. The Nashua Area CROP Hunger Walk has been stepping out in Nashua for 30 years, passing $1 million in donations last year. The next CROP Hunger Walk will be held Sunday, Nov. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:04:53 EST Community events in Nashua – Jan. 25 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS RUBY TUESDAY GIVE BACK DAYS TO BENEFIT NASHUA SENIOR CENTER Dine at Ruby Tuesdays, 275 Amherst St., on Jan. 28, 29 or 30, or Feb. 26, 27 or 28, and 20 percent of your purchase will be given to the Nashua Senior Activity Center. Present a voucher to your server to have your purchase count. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:05:00 EST Pets of the week for Jan. 25 Humane Society  for Greater Nashua CLEOCATRA Well, hello there! I’m Cleocatra, and I’m as glamorous as I sound. I’m a young kitty at only 4 years old, and came to HSFN after finding my way into an apartment building. The nice people there fed me for a long time, but decided that it was time for me to come here and find my forever home. They don’t come more beautiful than me, and I’m just hoping to find a family where I can be the center of your universe. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:05:17 EST Three-year Nashua PD veteran is city’s Police Officer of the Year Don Weiss, a three-year veteran of the Nashua Police Department, was named the 2014 Nashua Police Officer of the Year by the Nashua Exchange Club. The award was presented Wednesday in a ceremony at Nashua Country Club. The command staff of the Nashua Police Department selected Weiss based on his work ethic and his commitment to keeping Nashua safe, police said. Prior to his police service, Weiss was a member of the Marine Corps. He has a bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. Weiss is assigned to the Uniformed Field Operations Bureau. According to police, some examples of the work Weiss accomplished in 2014 are: The pursuit and arrest of a burglary suspect who had broken into the Simoniz Car Wash on Daniel Webster Highway during the early morning. The apprehension of two individuals who moments before had committed an early morning drive-by shooting at a downtown address after a dispute with a resident. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:01:44 EST New MicroSociety-themed charter school opens enrollment for Greater Nashua students The MicroSociety Academy Charter School of Southern New Hampshire has opened enrollment for its debut semester in the fall. MACS will be a K-8 public charter school, beginning its first year with 120 K-5 students at a Greater Nashua location yet to be determined. Team member Marc Sylvester encourages interested parents to attend information sessions to learn more about the school’s “MicroSociety” theme. “MACS teachers will be teaching the required New Hampshire Core Curriculum and infuse technology as they provide students with opportunities to practically apply and reinforce their classroom learning by operating the agencies, ventures and institutions of their own small society, similar to our larger society,” Sylvester said in a release. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:01:19 EST Nashua mayor wins national arts group recognition at DC conference Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau returns from the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 83rd winter meeting in Washington, D.C., this week with a national award for her promotion of the arts. On Friday, Lozeau received the national award for local arts leadership for cities with fewer than 100,000 people from the Americans for the Arts, a national nonprofit group, and the Conference on Mayors. Lozeau said in a statement that a vibrant arts presence is critical to the success of a community. “Art is timeless: It entertains us, provides conversation between strangers and spurs inspiration,” she said. Lozeau was commended for her efforts at helping form the Nashua Arts Commission, making Nashua the only U.S. city to host an annual international sculpture symposium, and supporting efforts to have the city’s first dedicated arts and cultural plan. The conference ran Wednesday through Friday. – Telegraph staff Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:52 EST Uber targeted by city for wrong reasons I found that Monday’s article regarding why Uber can’t operate in Nashua did not illustrate the whole picture. I agree that it would be much safer to not allow Uber to operate within the city limits. The catch is that it would be a lot safer only for control-crazed governments in need of justifying their multiple unnecessary offices and committees by doling out various titles, permissions and special privileges to those they see fit, while skimming off fees and taxes from the profits. They admonish celebrated, efficient peer-to-peer free exchanges which benefit all people not in power, because they cannot control it. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:01:04 EST Assessing the blame for downtown closings I’m a little tired of hearing recently shuttered downtown businesses blaming their closing on everything but themselves. I shop downtown regularly and eat downtown regularly – almost daily – and “dangerous” has never, ever, ever been something I thought about. I do not work downtown – it’s a destination. Maybe Unum’s new owner wasn’t as good a businessman as his predecessor, who made it a destination for many years. Maybe the 1-year-old candle and gift shop isn’t being run by someone with business experience? Cooking Matters was always full at lunch. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:01:18 EST Be proud of Nashua’s social conscience The Jan. 21 edition of The Telegraph contained an interesting juxtaposition: an editorial extolling the virtues of the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, literally right next to the continuation of an article in which an interviewee blamed the proximity of the Soup Kitchen to Main Street for adding to the demise of downtown businesses. As a Soup Kitchen volunteer, I can tell you from firsthand experience that the previous facility was a Rube Goldberg apparatus that functioned only because of the profound dedication of the staff, volunteers, and clientele. The new building represents a vast improvement, allowing for the servicing of an increased number of clients in a dignified and efficient manner. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:01:29 EST Blames mayor for downtown failures This is in response to the article regarding the closing of the upscale restaurant Unums; wherein, we were all reminded of the closures of many fine stores and eateries dating back to 2013. I agree with the insight of the struggling business owners in downtown Nashua when they say that the administration of Mayor Donnalee Lozeau has failed our downtown businesses. It is painfully obvious that their attention has been on other areas of the city with little to no regard for the once thriving Main Street. All one has to do is look for the missing trees, the vacant store fronts and the empty restaurants to know that the lack of parking as well as the fact that a dollar buys you less time to park has been detrimental to our downtown area. People of any age have lost reasons to come to the downtown area. This is the legacy that our mayor will leave this city and why I will not vote for her should she run for any higher office. Scott Beausoleil Nashua Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:01:42 EST Doesn’t feel safe in downtown Nashua This week you published information on a few more businesses closing in downtown Nashua. I’d have to vehemently agree with the remark that downtown is not safe. I don’t even shop at Shaw’s on Main Street because it was about the same every time I went there. I’d be approached by someone wanting money, day or night. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:01:51 EST Leo Torosian AMHERST, NH – Leo Torosian, 84, longtime resident of Amherst, NH, died on January 21, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH. He was born in Litchfield, NH on March 1, 1930, a son of Margos and Margaret (Charkmachian) Torosian. He graduated from Nashua High School, Class of 1948. Mr. Torosian had been a co-owner and operator of Peoples Laundry, Milford for many years. In his earlier years, he was a short order cook at the Miss Nashua Diner and had also been employed as a driver for Cushman Bakery. He was an avid fisherman and also had a keen interest in politics and finances. Mr. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:01:02 EST Jamie A. Gamble Jamie Anne Gamble, age 25, passed away on January 20th, 2015 at her home on Sunapee Street in Nashua, NH. She was born on February 7th, 1989 in Lowell, Massachusetts, and was the beloved daughter of Kimberly and James Gamble. Jamie worked for her father James as an office manager at Jay Engineering in Chelmsford, MA until 2014, and was considered the core of the company. She was a 2007 graduate of Nashua High North and attended Nashua Community College. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:01:11 EST Doreen (Primatello) Fusco Service Date and Time Change Doreen (Primatello) Fusco, 57 of Nashua, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 22, 2015. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born August 28, 1957 in Revere, MA, daughter of Lawrence and Rose (Salerno) Primatello of Revere, MA. Doreen was the wife of Joe Fusco of Nashua, with whom she shared 34 years of marriage. Doreen will be remembered for always placing family and friends before herself. Whether it was making Halloween costumes for the kids, cooking a delicious meal, or sewing and mending, every task was always done with love. She was a member of the Nashua Country Club, where she enjoyed socializing, curling, and golfing. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:22:00 EST Family, friends believe Milford man was victim of foul play in Saudi Arabia NASHUA – Friends and family of a Milford man who died in Saudi Arabia on Jan. 15 say they have no doubt he was murdered. The body of Christopher J. Cramer, 50, was found under the window of the hotel where he was staying in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. Cramer was in the Mideast country as a representative of Kollsman of Merrimack and its parent company, Elbit Systems, an Israel-based international defense electronics company, to work with Saudis on thermal optical devices that are part of its missile systems. Shad Smith, a longtime friend and roommate, said minutes before Cramer died, he sent Smith a text message saying he feared for his life. “He said he was afraid something bad was going to happen to him and to call the U.S. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:05:01 EST New bacon-scented scratch tickets enthrall NH gamblers The state Lottery Commission’s latest gimmick, a bacon-scented scratch ticket, is the topic du jour at the counter of almost every local market these days, but can they maintain their early popularity once the novelty wears off? Several local people who offered their thoughts on the matter this week had mixed reactions to the commission’s recent unveiling of the whimsical $1 tickets – which, they all agree, emit that familiar bacon scent even before the first scratch. “I think it’s kind of weird, I really do. … Coffee or something” would have been a better choice, said Lorri Geoffroy, of Nashua. “If I get one and scratch it and get the smell of bacon, do (I) win extra money?” No, she was told, but if she’s one of the zillions of people who never tire of smelling bacon, every ticket is a winner. A man leaving West Hollis Street market Fotene’s didn’t have time to stop and chat, but said simply “I don’t care what it smells like as long as it’s a winner,” never looking up from the handful of tickets he just purchased. Fotene’s cashier Deb Leblanc said most customers who play the lottery or buy scratch tickets regularly have heard about the new tickets. “Oh, yeah, people are coming in and asking for them,” Leblanc said. “Sometimes (another) customer who didn’t know about them hears someone ask for a ‘bacon ticket,’ ” then asks Leblanc if they heard what they thought they had. “When I tell them, most people want one,” she said. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:00:34 EST Nashua DPW contract gets preliminary approval; aldermen to weigh in next NASHUA – The Board of Public Works approved a three-year collective bargaining contract with the city’s estimated 110 parks and recreation, wastewater, solid waste and street department employees on Thursday. The Board of Aldermen must sign off on the agreement between the city and Local 365 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. If approved, it would take effect retroactively to July 1 and continue through June 30, 2017. The proposed contract would provide a total of 6 percent in wage increases over three years, Director of Public Works Lisa M. Fauteux said Friday. The wage hikes are 2.1 percent each during the first and second years and 1.8 percent the third year, she said. As part of the contract, parties agreed to form a committee to address staffing “and ways to gain efficiencies” during snowstorms,” Fauteux said. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:02:41 EST Once the dust clears, old magazines evoke nostalgia Desperately needing a break from the rapidly escalating cacophony that is this “Deflategate” thing, the latest talker – or in this case, screamer – to fill that excruciatingly lengthy gap between conference championship Sunday and the Super Bowl, I turned the other day to an almost forgotten bin full of old magazines and started digging. I have this thing for “anniversary years” – that is, looking for things that happened an even 40, 50, 60, 100, 150 or 200 years ago and comparing the goings-on then to the present day. So when I yanked from the bottom of the pile a slightly dusty, but very intact, copy of the January 1955 New Hampshire Profiles, I flipped to Page 41 and basked in a bit of nostalgia. Profiles, launched in 1952 and based in Portsmouth, hasn’t been around for a while, but anyone lucky enough to come across a copy or two can relive its classic stories of down-home New Hampshire people, places and things. Monthly features such as “Search Your Vocabulary” and “New Hampshire Through the Stereopticon” never fail to entertain, especially when viewed 60 years into the future. Before I get to what I found on Page 41, I need to share a couple of items in that vocabulary piece, a reader-submitted column of “colorful old-time Yankee expressions,” according to the editors. Remember that these expressions are “old-time” from a 1955 perspective, so they get a 60-year head start: Of a not-too-bright individual, one might comment, “She doesn’t know enough to ache when she has a pain.” Of a particularly skittish person, one might observe, “You’re lookin’ like a long-tailed cat in a roomful of rocking chairs.” Profiles went light on politics, devoting most of its space to feature stories; vignettes about interesting, odd or accomplished Granite Staters; and letters from readers. This issue’s centerpiece feature was on Billy Pappas, “New Hampshire’s Mr. Athlete,” according to author Bill Stearns. Pappas, the consummate local-boy-makes-good, was apparently quite the athlete: a three-sport star at Manchester Central High who made a total of four all-state teams – three in basketball and one as the Little Green’s star quarterback on a football team that we Nashuans used to love to beat – and still do. The “Home of the Month” for January 1955 was a stately farmhouse on the campus of what owners Jane and Bill Messeck called “Airedale Acres,” where they raised champion Airedale dogs. It’s hard to say what town Airedale Acres was actually in; the story describes its location as “between Hopkinton and Contoocook” in an area once known as College Hill. Then there’s “roving correspondent” John Brennan’s little last-page essay “Special Report for Skiers: Snow Mosquitoes Nearly Extinct.” I envision Profiles readers from away furrowing a brow, perhaps trying to remember if they saw one of these creatures last time they headed up to hit the slopes. Surely any self-respecting Yankee knew right off that Brennan wrote with tongue firmly planted in cheek, and hopefully even our friends from away got it after reading his first sentence: “Fortunately for the skiing public, the snow mosquito (Goosebumpus Giganticus) is growing scarcer every year.” And the ads, of course, are fun to peruse, generating the typical reactions: “Wow, imagine getting that house and all that land for $20,000?” and “Look at those TVs with giant cabinets and tiny screens and all those knobs.” My copy is in good enough condition that the order card is still intact, warning readers not to miss out on a single issue by renewing their subscription today for only $3.50 for 12 issues. And if you couldn’t cough up the $3.50 right away, they offered to bill you later. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:03:15 EST Downtown problems are real and fixable As the article “Dwindling Downtown” (The Telegraph, Jan. 21) states, downtown Nashua has dramatically changed. When my husband and I first moved to Southern New Hampshire eight years ago, we were thrilled to see many excellent businesses along a main street that evoked memories of the way downtown areas used to be. Now, despite the recent beautification of Main Street, with many of those stores closing or already closed, the public is left with little of interest to attract them to the area. Over these last months, I have had cause to be in the area of  Temple/Main Streets twice a week on a regular basis. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:00:53 EST Nashua man accused of trying to take child during home invasion A Nashua man was arrested in Massachusetts this week for allegedly breaking into a Manchester home and trying to leave with a 2-year-old child. Police sasid three Hispanic men entered a Douglas Street home and held the resident at knifepoint while removing items. The men fled after the victim reportedly broke free, but he said the suspects grabbed a 2-year-old and tried to put the child in a car. The father fought with one of the suspects and was able to take the child back. Police said the suspect who allegedly took the child, identified as Willy Valentin, 29, of Nashua, was arrested Thursday in North Andover, Mass., and is awaiting extradition. He has been cited for robbery and kidnapping. – Telegraph staff Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:02:46 EST South tops Exeter with NBA like score Nashua South 91, Exeter 79 Down 18 points with just three minutes left to play in the second quarter, Nashua South went on a 10-0 run taking their first step to a 30 point swing that would open up the game for them. DJ Frechette had a game high 39 points, just one more than Exeter’s Braynt Homes. Mike Osgood had an amazing game, dropping 23 points to help carry his team. Rohan Patel was also excellent with 11 points. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:01:40 EST Boomers & Beyond to be presented in Nashua NASHUA – Boomers & Beyond, a Telegraph event for 50 and older, will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St. The event will feature products and services designed for seniors. Exhibitors will include health care, financial planning, insurance, retirement communities, assisted living, consumer products and more. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:00:38 EST Nashua Actorsingers to hold auditions for ‘Crazy For You’ NASHUA – The Actorsingers of Nashua will hold auditions for its spring production of the Gershwin favorite “Crazy For You.” Auditions will be 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, and 7-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:00:49 EST Boomers & Beyond to be presented in Nashua NASHUA – Boomers & Beyond, a Telegraph event for 50 and older, will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St. The event will feature products and services designed for seniors. Exhibitors will include health care, financial planning, insurance, retirement communities, assisted living, consumer products and more. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:02:26 EST Nashua Actorsingers to hold auditions for ‘Crazy For You’ NASHUA – The Actorsingers of Nashua will hold auditions for its spring production of the Gershwin favorite “Crazy For You.” Auditions will be 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, and 7-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:02:31 EST Nonprofits receive donations from Nashua Area CROP Walk NASHUA – Rebecca Green, who led the latest Nashua Area CROP Hunger Walk to more than $40,000 in total donations, presented checks to four local hunger-fighting agencies at the Jan. 7 meeting of the Nashua Area Interfaith Council. Checks were presented to Evelyn Verbeck, of the St. John Neumann Food Pantry; RoseMarie Dykeman, of the Nashua Salvation Army; Rebecca Green, of the CROP Walk and the Nashua Area Interfaith Council; Eileen Brady, of the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter; and Delores Davis, of the Corpus Christi Food Pantry. Each agency received $2,543. About 450 members of more than two dozen faith communities and other Nashua area organizations participated in the walk. In CROP Hunger Walks, 25 percent of the money raised goes to local agencies and the rest combats hunger in many parts of the world through Church World Service. The Nashua Area CROP Hunger Walk has been stepping out in Nashua for 30 years, passing $1 million in donations last year. The next CROP Hunger Walk will be held Sunday, Nov. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:02:38 EST Nashua Actorsingers to auditions for ‘Crazy For You’ NASHUA – The Actorsingers of Nashua will hold auditions for its spring production of the Gershwin favorite “Crazy For You.” Auditions will be 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, and 7-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:07:21 EST Raymond Laquerre Raymond A. Laquerre, 89, of Hudson, New Hampshire, passed away on January 20, 2015. He was born in Hudson on October 3, 1925, the son of J.B. Laquerre and Victoria (Ouellette) Laquerre. Educated in Nashua schools, Raymond left school at an early age to work and help support his family. A life-long resident of New Hampshire, Raymond lived in Nashua prior to moving to Hudson in 2004. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:47:07 EST Harold Langill Harold Langill, 90, longtime resident of Nashua, NH, died at his home with his wife beside him on January 20, 2015. He was born on September 12, 1924 in Somerville, Massachusetts, a son of the late Percy and Gertrude Langill. Mr. Langill was the husband of Dororthy (Ashe) Langill, of Nashua. They shared over 67 years of marriage. Following his graduation from high school, Mr. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:04:34 EST Thomas Siteman Thomas J. Siteman, 70, a longtime resident of Nashua, died peacefully while holding his beloved wife’s hand on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Mr. Siteman was born on July 6, 1944 in Cambridge, MA, the son of the late Thomas A. and Mary (Cancella) Siteman. He was the husband of Anne-Marie (Fauvel) Siteman, whom he married on October 11, 2003. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:04:42 EST Drilling difficulties to delay Nashua’s Broad Street Parkway to November NASHUA – The Broad Street Parkway project will not meet its projected August completion date because of problems with drilling foundation shafts needed to support the new bridge that will be built across the Nashua river, city officials said Thursday. Alderman-at-Large James Donchess said the city attorney is discussing with a contractor working on the bridge to determine whether the delay will increase the cost of the project and, if so, who would be liable to pay it. Nashua Director of Public Works Lisa M. Fauteux did not return a call Thursday to explain delays the city is encountering with the $80 million project. Mayor Donnalee Lozeau was in Washington, D.C. Thursday and unavailable to comment, her spokeswoman said. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:59:55 EST Adopted pug flies to Nashua through all-volunteer Pilots N Paws program When Chester, a blind 13-year-old pug, moved to Nashua, it wasn’t in a travel kennel in the back of his owners station wagon, nor was it with his head hanging out the window of a moving van. No, Chester arrived in style. Hudson residents Tracy, Jay and Emily Elston spent their Tuesday morning at the Midfield Cafe at the Nashua Airport. Before long, Chester’s charter flight swung into view, and the pilot, Rhode Island resident John Holmander, taxied to a stop. The Elstons darted onto the ramp to meet the newest member of their family. Chester is a rescue dog from Southhampton, N.Y. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:49:01 EST Energy gurus lead geothermal talks NASHUA – Three energy professionals offered their expertise in geothermal technology during a two-hour back-and-forth Wednesday evening, providing information on the startup costs and long-term benefits of the increasingly popular technology. Approximately 65 guests attended the monthly Science Cafe New Hampshire forum at Killarney’s Irish Pub to learn about geothermal energy in the Granite State. The wide-ranging conversation touched on the basic mechanics and operation of ground-source heat pumps and retrofitting homes. In New Hampshire, ground-source heat pumps are the most conventional method of tapping geothermal energy and can offer heating and cooling to buildings by taking advantage of the year-round temperature of approximately 50 degrees Fahrenheit just below the ground surface.  “It’s basically a refrigerator that runs in forward and reverse - pumping heat out of the Earth in the wintertime, storing unwanted solar game heat in the summertime,” said Martin Orio, president of New England Geothermal Professionals Association and vice president of Water Energy Distributors, Inc. During the presentations the speakers said geothermal in New England does not refer to steam-producing thermal vents, but to a system that uses constant temperatures of underground water as a source of heat that can be pumped into buildings during the winter or out of them in the summer. Properly installed, a heat pump can produce two-to-six times as much energy from the same amount of electricity as an electric heaters, the panelists said. Roger Skilling, co-owner of Skilling & Sons, which has been drilling geothermal wells in New Hampshire and elsewhere since 1981, said installing a geothermal system in an existing home in this region usually costs around $30,000 to $35,000, but federal tax incentives and state credits lasting through the end of 2015 can drop that cost by $10,000 or more. Residential permitting is relatively easy in New Hampshire, although ground loops need to be reported to the state’s Department of Environmental Services, Skilling added. The payback time - the period over which energy savings cover the initial installation costs - can be as little as five years when heating oil, the most common fuel source in New Hampshire, is expensive. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:00:35 EST 110 Grill in Nashua offers casual dining in nice setting I am amazed how quickly 110 Grill has become a hopping place. The restaurant opened Dec. 8 at Trafalgar Square (its other location is in Chelmsford, Mass.) – near the super Market Basket in Somerset Plaza, but tucked sort of behind the Five Guys strip of establishments – and the first time I went, the place was deserted. That was the first week of the new year, and my friend Marilou and I sat at a high-top table against the window, perusing the large, open-concept restaurant built around a central oval bar. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:01:35 EST All-Beethoven program a great intro to orchestral music NASHUA – At 8 p.m. Saturday, Symphony NH continues its 91st season with a program featuring works by the defining 19th century composer Ludwig van Beethoven, including his immensely popular Violin Concerto, played with the “luscious and velvety tone” of Romanian-born violinist Irina Muresanu. Under the baton of music director and principal conductor Jonathan McPhee, Symphony NH brings the composer’s music to raucous life – on Friday at Concord City Auditorium and Saturday at the Keefe Auditorium in Nashua. For more information behind the music, a free public pre-concert talk will be presented by longtime SNH bassist Robert Hoffman at 4:30 p.m. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:01:55 EST Nominations sought for  Arts Award NASHUA – City Arts Nashua is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Meri Goyette Arts Award, to be presented at the annual champagne luncheon and auction. The gala will be held Sunday, April 12, at Sky Meadow Country Club, hosted by City Arts Nashua and the Nashua Arts Commission. The Meri Goyette Arts Award recognizes and honors individuals that support making Nashua a vibrant arts community. At the inaugural ceremony last April, long-time arts supporters Meri and Charlie Goyette were presented with the award, named in Meri’s honor. Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce president Chris Williams also received the award for supporting the arts in Nashua, and for his work as a member of the New Hampshire State Council for the Arts. This year, the Meri Goyette Arts Award will be expanded to three categories: individual, large corporation, and small business. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:03:07 EST Trial underway in Nashua for Sheldon Grant, accused of witness tampering NASHUA – The trial got underway Wednesday in the state’s latest case against reputed gang leader Sheldon Grant, who is charged with two felony counts of witness tampering for acts he allegedly committed while awaiting a 2014 trial on assault and criminal threatening charges. Grant, 32, most recently of 7 Broad St., Apt. 5 in Nashua, was eventually acquitted in April of domestic violence-first-degree assault and domestic violence-criminal threatening, charges that stemmed from an October 2013 incident in which he allegedly threatened his wife, then stabbed her with a butcher knife, reportedly over her cellphone bill, police said at the time of Grant’s arrest. At issue now is whether Grant was involved in an attempt by another man, who prosecutors describe as an associate of Grant’s, to offer Grant’s now former wife $5,000 if she agreed not to testify against Grant at trial. Grant, according to court documents and Telegraph archives, has a lengthy history with the legal system, dating back more than 10 years and involving terms in state prison and Hillsborough County jail. In 2007, Grant was sentenced to a year in federal prison for a parole violation, which was added on to a term he was already serving in county jail. Grant has been free since the April 2014 acquittals, having posted bail following his arrest on the witness tampering charges, on which he was indicted in July. Grant appeared in court Wednesday with his attorneys, public defenders Amanda Steenhuis and Kara Simard. The indictments accuse Grant of “acting in concert with (his associate) to try and induce (the witness) not to testify … and that the associate told the witness “that Sheldon Grant would give (her) $5,000 to make everything go away.” “You don’t say no to Sheldon Grant,” Assistant County Attorney Karinne Brobst, the prosecutor, said at the outset of her opening arguments. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:49:00 EST Humane Society for Greater Nashua puppies star in 2015 Puppy Bowl NASHUA – From shelter to stardom, seven local puppies will be featured in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl on Feb. 1. All puppies starring in the game are shelter animals, as are the kittens in the half-time show. The Nashua dogs in the Puppy Bowl were all adopted shortly after filming ended in October, although the bowl was only one leg of their journey to meet their new families. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:25:00 EST William Holland William C. Holland, 75, of Nashua, died unexpectedly at his home, Monday, January 19, 2015. Born in Winthrop, Massachusetts on October 19, 1939, he was a son of the late William G. and Rita (Moran) Holland. He moved to Manchester, Connecticut at the age of three and then to Warwick, Rhode Island, where he grew up and graduated from Warwick Veterans Memorial High School Class of 1958. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:01:25 EST Annette Delude Annette G. Delude, 89, of Nashua, widow of Norman R. “Red” Delude, died early Tuesday morning, January 20, 2015 at Kindred Healthcare, after a period of declining health. A lifelong resident of this city, Mrs. Delude was born on June 4, 1925, daughter of the late Louis A. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:01:30 EST Wayne Barron Wayne D. Barron, 70, of Lecanto, Florida, a native and former Nashua resident, died Monday, January 13, 2015, at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. Wayne was born in Nashua on January 7, 1945, a son of the late Donald H. and Lena (Shepherd) Barron. He was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1965 and furthered his education at Lowell Tech. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:01:35 EST Telegraph’s Alan Greenwood wins baseball writers’ award NASHUA – The Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America will present longtime Nashua Telegraph sports editor Alan Greenwood with the Dave O’Hara Award on Thursday night, celebrating his two decades with the organization. Greenwood, a 30-year veteran with The Telegraph and secretary/treasurer of the association, will receive the award during the 76th annual Boston Baseball Writers Dinner – presented by New Balance in partnership with The Sports Museum – at Agganis Arena in Boston.  “I feel honored because being part of the baseball writers is my link to baseball,” said Greenwood, who has traditionally shied away from the spotlight. That may have been why newspapers were an appealing option for someone who loathes public speaking. “I’m honored, and it’s a nice feeling to get an award and to be recognized by people. It’s my moment in the sun, and I appreciate that, but I’m going to appreciate it a lot more once I speak Thursday,” he added. The award, named after former Associated Press reporter Dave O’Hara in 1993, has been presented annually to a member of the Boston chapter for their long and meritorious service to the organization. Past winners include Peter Gammons, now an analyst with MLB Network and NESN; Howard Ulman, of the Associated Press; and well-known Boston Globe columnists Bob Ryan and Dan Shaughnessy. “(O’Hara) was a great guy; he was an old-school newspaper guy,” Greenwood said. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:16:05 EST NH economists optimistic on 2015 at Nashua chamber’s annual forecast event Several local economic experts on Wednesday forecasted a rosy 2015 market, both nationally and within the Granite State. While there was concern about lackluster job growth in New Hampshire, a majority of the panel said the economic trends indicate the country has turned a corner after solid growth in the American economy in the final quarters of 2014, with strong showings in the housing market and lower energy costs. “As Americans, we all need to understand that the mess – how’s that for an economic term? – is really over,” said Paul M. Provost, senior vice president of Merrimack County Savings Bank. Provost was one of four panelists to share their predictions for economic trends imperative to local business in the upcoming year during the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook Luncheon. “We’ve made it to a new stage,” he said. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:00:29 EST Nashua Education Foundation receives thousands in donations NASHUA – The Nashua Education Foundation announced it received donations from several local companies and individuals. The mission of the NEF is to enhance educational opportunities for Nashua public school students. The foundation awards grants to Nashua teachers and staff for projects that creatively enhance the education and instruction of students in any academic discipline. Recent donations include: An anonymous donation of $20,000 coupled with an addition $20,000 pledged as a matching gift over the next year. A $5,000 donation from The Telegraph. The funds came from the proceeds of its series “Nashua 50,” which highlighted 50 members of the Nashua community who contributed to the growth of the city. The Portland Pie Co. donated more than $1,600 after holding a literacy fundraiser. The Earl and Marilyn Prolman Family Fund contributed $1,000. The foundation awards grants twice annually. For more information about the NEF, to apply for a grant or to make a donation, visit Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:00:41 EST Nashua-based Village Network receives $6,000 grant NASHUA – The Village Network has received a $6,000 grant from the Cogswell Benevolent Trust to develop senior memberships. “We are grateful for the generous support from the Cogswell Benevolent Trust and their faith in our mission to provide an affordable alternative for older adults in the Greater Nashua area,” founder Ellen Curelop said. “These funds will assist us in developing our membership base in Nashua, Hudson and Litchfield.” The Village Network helps older residents to remain in their homes safely and independently through access to a network of trusted, high-quality nonmedical service providers, and is recruiting older Americans who are interested in joining. Older adults and their families are looking for value-added alternatives to moving from their homes to assisted living or nursing home facilities. The Village Network provides links for its members to an extensive range of services, including landscaping, snowplowing, transportation, social activities, meal preparation and employment assistance that are vetted for their quality and trustworthiness. For more information, visit www.villagenetwork or call 891-0008. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:00:49 EST Nashua woman named Mrs. India USA first runner-up NASHUA – Sheetal Kelkar, of Nashua was crowned Mrs. India USA 2014 first runner-up at the Miss India USA 2014 pageant in December. Miss India USA is the oldest running Indian pageant outside India. The 33rd annual event was organized by IFC New York. The three-day national pageant was held at Royal Albert’s Palace, Fords, N.J. Kelkar is the first New Hampshire resident to win  a national Mrs. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:01:04 EST Boomers & Beyond to be presented in Nashua NASHUA – Boomers & Beyond, a Telegraph event for 50 and older, will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St. The event will feature products and services designed for seniors. Exhibitors will include health care, financial planning, insurance, retirement communities, assisted living, consumer products and more. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:01:14 EST Amherst brokerage donates $500 to Nashua Children’s Home AMHERST – The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Amherst announced it donated $500 to the Nashua Children’s Home through the company’s charitable foundation, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares. The Nashua Children’s Home provides housing and support services to boys and girls in southern New Hampshire, as well as an educational program for students with educational disabilities ages 7-15. “We are so proud to continue our support of Nashua Children’s Home, which provides critical services to local children who need support in order to thrive,” said Dave Hennessey, sales manager of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Amherst. “We hope this donation will help the Nashua Children’s Home as it continues to assist local youth through its various programs.” Affiliated sales associates and employees in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island donate a portion of their sales commissions or paychecks to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares, which supports nonprofit organizations throughout New England. Since it was established in 2003, Brokerage Cares has donated millions of dollars to hundreds of nonprofit organizations in the region. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares is the New England chapter of The Realogy Charitable Foundation. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:01:18 EST Nashua’s Mine Falls Park committee elects officers, chooses Trail Days NASHUA – Greg Andruskevich was elected to his third term as chairman of the Mine Falls Park Advisory Committee recently. Officers for 2015 were elected at the committee’s meeting on Monday, Jan. 5. Other officers elected were David Silva, of Pelham, as vice chairman; Ed Moran, of Nashua,  re-elected as secretary; and past Chairman Peter Testa as parliamentarian. There are vacancies on the committee, and anyone interested should email Andruskevich at Other committee members include Nick Serpa, Kim Crider, Pam Anderson, Dick Gillespie and Brian Edwards. Trail Day dates for 2015 were approved. Trail Days are used to clean and maintain the naturalness of the park. The dates are April 25, May 16, June 13, Aug. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:01:27 EST Upper Room in Nashua thankful for help throughout 25 years To the Editor: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 After 25 years of serving Nashua and the surrounding areas, the Upper Room Compassionate Ministries has ended a season of service and is closing their doors. Teen Challenge, a Christian discipleship program, will be opening at 36 Tolles St., Nashua. Along with other programs Teen Challenge will be involved with, they will continue to hand out meat, breads and pastries. In 1990, Diane Verranault and Audrey Civiello founded the Upper Room to help the poor and needy in Nashua. The Upper Room was an all-volunteer Christian ministry that provided food, clothing and spiritual guidance to anyone in need. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:54:03 EST Thank you from Nashua-based Cure With Hope To the Editor: As 2015 begins, so does Cure With Hope’s sixth year. The Cure With Hope family would like to share its gratitude and thank each and every one of our supporters for their continued and unselfish contributions to our cause. We would like to thank Embroidery Creations of Londonderry, Juniper Networks, the Nashua High School North National Honor Society, Suss Caramels, the youth group of St. John Neumann Parish, Cross Fit Nashua, Cross Fit Ad Finem, You’re Fired Pottery Studio, Giannis’ Pizza, Granite State Salvage, Samantha Corbeil from Scentsy, The Lady Project and Tom McPherson ReMax. We would also like to thank all those who donated merchandise and services as prizes for our annual gala, An Evening With Hope. Finally, a sincere thank you to all those who donated to corporate matching programs, attended our events, purchased merchandise or donated online, and donated their time and talent as board members or volunteers. Because of this support, Cure With Hope has been able to continue the mission Rebecca Rose Tabat started: to brighten the hospital stay of children. Cure With Hope recently completed its two-year commitment to raise $85,000 for the Pediatric Inpatient Unit Refresh Project and has promised another $15,000 toward the project. Martin and Charlene Tabat, Nashua Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:47:38 EST Amherst woman top fundraiser for Nashua walk NASHUA – Amherst resident Marge Curry was honored for her remarkable work as a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis research and services. Curry and her team, Team Cathleen, were the top fundraisers for the latest Walk MS: Nashua. Walk MS: Nashua offers a 3- or 5-mile walk that raises money for the National MS Society, which provides funding for research and programs for people living with multiple sclerosis. This year, Curry reached the level of Super Star Fundraiser when she brought in $15,907. Team Cathleen raised a total of $19,257, making them the highest fundraising team in New Hampshire in 2014. Since Team Cathleen first began walking together in 2009, its members have raised more than $76,000. The National MS Society celebrated Curry’s and Team Cathleen’s output recently at the annual MS Shining Stars dinner in Concord. For more information or to register for Walk MS, visit Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:01:53 EST Boomers & Beyond to be presented in Nashua NASHUA – Boomers & Beyond, a Telegraph event for people ages 50 and older, will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St. The event will feature products and services designed for seniors. Exhibitors will include health care, financial planning, insurance, retirement communities, assisted living, consumer products and more. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:02:23 EST Nashua reps support O’Brien It is quite clear to nearly everyone in the voting public that former Speaker Bill O’Brien represented just about everything wrong with politics and politicians today. Divisive, discourteous – especially to those in his own caucus – and a bully, O’Brien has been a mouthpiece for a right-wing, out-of-state agenda. Too extreme for New Hampshire, the former speaker has been rejected twice, first when voters decided they didn’t like his harmful budget cuts, and more recently by members of the House of Representatives who declined to elect him speaker for the new term. It is surprising, therefore, that eight of Nashua’s Republican representatives voted to return Bill O’Brien to power. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:31 EST Wilfrid Fortin Wilfrid L. Fortin, M.D., age 79, died on January 19, 2015, surrounded by his loving family, at “The Inn” at Fairview, in Hudson, NH, after an extended illness. Dr. Fortin was born in Manchester, NH on June 22, 1935, the son of the late Joseph Fortin and Berthe (Vachon) Fortin. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:00:30 EST William Holland William C. Holland, 75, of Nashua, died unexpectedly at his home, Monday, January 19, 2015. Born in Winthrop, Massachusetts on October 19, 1939, he was a son of the late William G. and Rita (Moran) Holland. He moved to Manchester, Connecticut at the age of three and then to Warwick, Rhode Island, where he grew up and graduated from Warwick Veterans Memorial High School, Class of 1958. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:00:41 EST Nashua's new citizen services director settles in to helping residents NASHUA – The phone lines in the mayor’s office light up with callers looking for help. Some didn’t get their streets plowed. Others are homeless or their immigration proceedings stalled. Most often, Debra D. Stohrer is at the other end of the line. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:44:07 EST South Nashua school proposes expansion, looks to double size NASHUA – The owners of The Nature of Things school propose doubling the size of their campus by expanding to a portion of the 17.3-acre site across Groton Street from the existing school. Plans call for adding a high school and building a new, two-story building that would house a middle and high school on the 9 Groton St. property. They also would expand the existing barn and convert it into an enrichment center, gymnasium and auditorium, said Denis G. Gleeson, who co-owns The Nature of Things with his wife, Deborah. The couple will grant to the city a conservation easement on 10 of the 17.3 acres, which they bought last July and use as a working farm. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:22:00 EST Airshow Experiences hosts aerobatic thrill rides at Nashua Airport this winter NASHUA – Robert Pinksten didn’t pack his bags for college after graduating from Nashua High School North last year. He started a business – a business where terms like loops and hammerheads are common, and his customers are required to ride a parachute. Pinksten, 18, is the owner of Airshow Experiences, LLC, based at Boire Airfield and taking customers up in the air for what he calls “The Ultimate Thrill Ride” in his new Extra 300L two-seater airplane. The ride includes those loops, hammerheads and flying upside down. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:01:27 EST Silverlight Candle to shut; Nashua Main Street sidewalk work, Aubuchon closing hurt it The unexpected closing of adjacent Aubuchon Hardware was the nail in the coffin for Silverlight Candle & Gift Shoppe, which will shut Feb. 1, but the owner thinks the geometry of Nashua’s downtown didn’t help. “In Nashua, you have a big, long Main Street, with a few side streets with business in the first block,” said co-owner Gary Dorion. He contrasted that with Portsmouth, where he and his wife, Uraiwan, ran a similar store for a decade. “There, you’ve got Main Street, Bow Street, Market Street ... you go out of one nice gift shop and walk 10 feet and there’s another one. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:30 EST Downtown Nashua eatery Unum’s to close Saturday Downtown Nashua will lose yet another popular destination later this week, when Unum’s, an upscale restaurant at the corner of East Pearl and Spring streets, shuts its doors for the last time. Owner Sergio Metes, who bought the business about a year ago after four years as head chef, confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Saturday will be Unum’s last day. “Business is down. Too many people don’t want to come downtown anymore,” Metes said. “They don’t feel safe.” Unum’s, at 47-49 E. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:37 EST Nashua’s World Academy stays open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to celebrate holiday with students NASHUA – While many schools closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the World Academy in South Nashua held voluntary activities for students to celebrate the civil rights pioneer. Academy Director Kathleen Nelson said they wanted to mark the holiday by teaching students about King’s legacy. “It’s really sad how holidays are misused. I was sad that would happen to Dr. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:27:41 EST Accidental fire claims life of Nashua man, 75; woman rescued, recovering An elderly Nashua man died early Monday morning after he accidentally set his clothing on fire while trying to light a cigarette using a gas stove, officials said. Investigators with the state fire marshal’s office said Monday that William Holland, 75, died from inhaling flames and super-heated gases in the kitchen of his home at 19 Waltham Drive, a neighborhood located between South Main Street and the Merrimack River. Deputy State Fire Marshal Keith A. Rodenhiser and investigator Sean Plumer said an autopsy conducted earlier on Monday confirmed the cause, and that the death has been ruled accidental. The other occupant of the home, a woman who investigators didn’t identify, was rescued from a back bedroom by firefighters and treated for smoke inhalation, and ultimately taken to a local hospital. The initial call came in just before 2 a.m. through a Lifeline medical alert alarm, investigators said. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:19 EST Nashua woman charged with theft from several city stores NASHUA – A Nashua woman is free on bail following her arrest Friday on charges stemming from an alleged shoplifting spree involving several stores, police said. Denise Doucette, 60, of 7 Coliseum Ave., Apt. 119, faces a Class A felony count of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer – consolidation – when she appears at arraignment scheduled for Feb. 12 in Nashua district court, according to police. Uniformed officers arrested Doucette at Kohl’s department store at the Nashua Mall just before 6 p.m. Friday, a little more than an hour after they responded to the store for a report of shoplifting, police said. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:23 EST Greater Nashua observes King Day at annual OBU breakfast, speaking program HOLLIS – Natalie Lewis remembers clearly the day last fall that the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., came up for discussion in her English class at Hollis-Brookline High School. “A couple of kids looked over at me out of the corners of their eyes. Another whispered to me, ‘does this bother you?’” she said. As the only African-American student in the class – and one of few in the entire school – Lewis told about 150 people gathered Monday morning, for Southern New Hampshire Outreach for Black Unity’s 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast, of her hope that someday the color of a person’s skin won’t matter when such topics arise. Lewis, a junior, was this year’s “Youth Speaks Out” speaker for the roughly three-hour observance of the birthday of the Rev. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:03:52 EST Expert report IDs problems, needed repairs at Nashua’s ailing, aging wastewater treatment plant NASHUA – The city is making significant strides to repair broken equipment at its aging and ailing wastewater treatment plant, to ensure the seamless operation of a facility that processes an average of 13 million gallons of sewage a day, a consultant reported. It remains unclear though how much the city has spent on band-aid solutions this year or what it will cost taxpayers to fully restore the facility. “The city has already initiated an aggressive effort to bring all inoperable equipment to a fully functional level. This requires a substantial capital investment,” Weston & Sampson Engineers Inc. Senior Associate Christopher M. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:06:45 EST College-bound Nashua students advised to file FAFSA ahead of deadline NASHUA – As the percentage of first-time undergraduates receiving student aid steadily increases, experts say students should file federal aid applications as soon as possible to get the best shot at receiving funds. The Free Federal Application for Student Aid, or FAFSA, determines student eligibility for financial aid including the Pell Grant, federal loans, work study programs, and state and institutional funding. Although the application window is open from Jan. 1 to June 30, students should file early as some funds can run out, said Gianna Sen-Gupta, a writer and analyst for “Nerdwallet.” Nerdwallet is a San Francisco-based consumer advocacy site. “We’re really trying to encourage students to fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:03:50 EST The choices we face with heroin They’re called first responders for a reason. When dispatchers in many communities receive a call about a heroin overdose, police officers who happen to be patrolling the area are often the first to arrive on a scene. Emergency medical technicians may arrive by ambulance just a few minutes later, but those minutes matter. Especially if giving the patient a dose of naloxone is the difference between life and death. Better known by the brand name Narcan, the drug can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose, and is credited with saving thousands of lives. To its credit, the state acted last year to make Narcan more widely available by allowing more emergency medical technicians to administer the drug, but police officers are not permitted to do the same under current law. Thankfully, that may be about to change. Gov. Maggie Hassan has proposed that the Legislative Rules Committee allow police officers to be trained to administer the drug, too, since they’re often the first ones to reach overdose patients. Hassan called the expansion “a common-sense step forward that will help us save lives,” and she’s right, but that’s not the end of it. It’s clear that the state and its cities and towns have not acquired much of a handle on the heroin problem itself. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:01:22 EST Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:25:28 EST Geothermal energy – does it make sense? Sounds like a good topic for Science Cafe You’ve got to like somebody who uses “the wonders of thermodynamics” in a sentence. That phrase, sounding like one of Bill Nye The Science Guy’s cue cards, is how “Chip” Crocetti described the essence of so-called geothermal energy in New Hampshire, more accurately described as ground-source heat pumps. This technology, which has been around for decades but has gained more prominence as part of the alternative-energy mix, will be the subject of the next Science Cafe New Hampshire, at Killarney’s Irish Pub this Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 01:00:59 EST Nashua city clerk tells Uber drivers to get taxi licenses or face fines, car seizure NASHUA – People who pick up passengers for the smartphone ride-booking service Uber in Nashua without first having a cabdriver’s license could be fined or even have their vehicles seized, says the man who oversees taxis in the city. “Would-be Uber drivers need to be aware of the financial exposure they may face if they choose to operate an unlicensed taxicab in the city of Nashua,” City Clerk Paul Bergeron wrote in a letter to The Telegraph, responding to an article that speculated about the legal status of Uber here. Bergeron’s letter also caution riders that using Uber exposes them to more danger and less protection than if they use licensed taxis. The controversial private firm Uber, which operates in more than 50 countries around the world, officially launched in Nashua last week. It launched in Portsmouth at the same time, but had been the subject of angry meetings even before that. The Portsmouth Taxi Commission, which issues medallions for taxi companies, has scheduled hearings on its legality. Nashua has no limit on the number of companies it licenses as taxi firms. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 01:01:04 EST Local N.H. Rebellion marchers left Nashua Sunday, on way to Concord MERRIMACK – Bundled up against the icy breeze and frozen pellets of drizzle, more than a dozen activists who make it their mission to fight corporate and big-money influence in the election process carried signs from Nashua City Hall to the Merrimack Public Library Sunday morning in one of four statewide marches that will culminate in Concord on Wednesday. “We want to get money out of politics, and give a voice back to the people,” said Windham resident Kristi St. Laurent, who took part in a similar walk in July along New Hampshire’s seacoast. “The candidates and politicians who claim to be conservative oppose long-term fixes to these problems,” Bedford resident Keith Yergeau said, referring to what NH Rebellion, the group organizing the walks, calls the “root problem of systemic corruption driven by money in politics.” NH Rebellion, founded in 2013 by Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig, is working toward making “big money in politics” the central issue in the 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary, according to organizers. Leaders include Daniel Weeks, a Nashua resident and executive director of New Hampshire-based Coalition for Open Democracy. NH Rebellion is a spinoff of the coalition, whose most famous member, the late Doris “Granny D” Haddock, was also its founder. Colin Exavius, a native of Haiti and one of the organizers of the walks, said the Nashua-to-Merrimack walk and a similar one in Portsmouth began Sunday. The Dixville Notch walk began Jan. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 01:01:10 EST Judge in 2013 Hollis home invasion case hears motions, makes rulings NASHUA – A Superior Court judge has granted a motion by Cynthia Nagele, one of three defendants accused in May 2013 of breaking into a Hollis man’s home and stabbing him, to disallow some statements by hospital personnel who treated the victim for his injuries. Judge Charles Temple also agreed with attorneys for Nagele, 59, formerly of Lowell, Mass., that it be made known in Nagele’s upcoming trial that the May 2014 death of the victim, Christopher Whitehead, had no connection to the injuries he sustained in the alleged home invasion. Temple filed the rulings last week, several days after Nagele’s most recent hearing in the case that stems from the May 17, 2013 incident at Whitehead’s mobile home in Hollis. Nagele faces a number of charges, including attempted first degree murder, for allegedly orchestrating the attack, in which she and two men – Paul Carbonneau and Ralph Doucette – are accused of breaking into Whitehead’s Mooar Hill Road home and assaulting him in retaliation for an incident earlier in the day. Nagele, whom police describe in reports as the “primary aggressor,” was indicted in October 2013 on charges that allege she used a box cutter to repeatedly stab Whitehead in the arm and chest and hitting him in the head with a hammer. Carbonneau, 44, and Doucette, 55, were indicted on charges that include criminal liability to first-degree assault. A fourth suspect, Ronald Dunphy, who is Nagele’s younger brother, was also arrested in connection with the incident, but prosecutors have since dropped charges of criminal solicitation and second-degree assault. Dunphy had pleaded guilty to another charge, felon in possession of a weapon, in 2014. At the most recent hearing for Nagele, public defenders Eleftheria Keans Amanda Steenhuis motioned successfully to exclude some of the references in notes taken by an emergency department doctor and nurse to Whitehead’s injuries. Temple denied, however, a motion by prosecutors to exclude parts of Whitehead’s 911 call the night of the incident, specifically when he told the 911 operator he’d been shot, which is inconsistent with the injuries he suffered. Temple ruled that Whitehead’s words are admissible as “excited utterances.” Moving forward, Nagele’s next court appearance is a trial management conference set for Friday, Jan. 23, in Hillsborough County Superior Court South in Nashua. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:17:01 EST Freezing rain Sunday keeps Merrimack, Hudson officials hopping; Nashua largely spared Local motorists, many of them scurrying around to stores to stock up for a Sunday afternoon and evening of championship NFL football, suddenly found themselves concentrating on getting themselves and their vehicles home in one piece after raindrops began turning to ice the instant they hit the ground. Although relatively short-lived, a period of freezing rain nevertheless caused plenty of vehicles in Greater Nashua towns to slide off the road and into each other, rattling passengers’ nerves but otherwise leading to no serious injuries, police and fire officials said. Forecasters had predicted rain for the area, beginning midday Sunday and lasting through much of the night. But while they assured listeners that this latest storm would produce only rain for central and southern New England, warnings that the ground would still be cold enough to cause freezing rain early on were few and far between. Anyone driving in Nashua Sunday afternoon likely didn’t encounter any icy conditions, but perhaps found roads slippery only in isolated spots on the outskirts of the city. Nashua police Sgt. Peter Urban said he knew of no reports of weather-related accidents in the city, but heard about spots that became icy. “The ground was so cold, it was freezing on contact for awhile,” Urban said. Not so in Merrimack, where police, firefighters and rescue crews were suddenly inundated with calls for accidents and vehicles off the road. “It was pretty crazy for awhile,” Sgt. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:18:55 EST Relay For Life of Greater Nashua to hold kickoff NASHUA – The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Nashua will hold a kickoff for the annual event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Leda Lanes Glow Bowling, 340 Amherst St. Anyone interested in learning more and getting involved is invited. The kickoff program will honor cancer survivors and caregivers and will feature the society’s mission to save lives from cancer. Attendees will have the opportunity to register a team for the Relay For Life, which will be held Saturday, June 27, at Nashua High School North. The Relay For Life is a community event in which teams and individuals camp out at a school, park or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team has at least one participant on the track at all times and participates in fundraising that supports the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives and finish the fight against cancer. Four million people participated in more than 6,000 events worldwide in 2014. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:00:31 EST Nashua Elks Hoop Shoot champs win district competition Five Nashua Elks Hoop Shoot champions won the 2015 State Elks’ Southwest District Hoop Shoot Free Throw competition Nashua’s 13-year-old Peyton Adams and 9-year-old Ryan Haskell won in the Boys Division and three Nashua girls, 12-year-old Bianca Gershgorin, 10-year-old Ariana Sola and 9-year-old Morgan Gillis swept the Girls Southwest Division. Nashua’s other participant, 11-year-old Sebastian Coelho, finished in second in the 10-11 division. The winners will move on to compete in the State Free Throw Championship in Portsmouth against the Northwest and Northeast District champions on Sunday, Feb. 1. State Champions will compete in the New England Elks Regionals on March 22 in South Portland, Maine, with the winners competing in the Nationals in Springfield, Mass., in April. Nashua Nighthawks eighth graders win The Nighthawks went 4-0 at the First Annual NSA Christmas Tournament, scoring a total of 224 points and held their opponents to a total of 122 points. Also, the Nighthawks beat Windham, 54-44, as Arianna Motivala and Amber Dube (four 3-pointers) led the team in scoring with 14 points each. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:00:36 EST Milford woman, seriously injured in 2013 Wilton crash, guilty of felony alcohol charges NASHUA – A superior court jury rejected a lawyer’s claim that her client, Cindy April, should be convicted of misdemeanor offenses rather than felonies for driving drunk and causing a three-vehicle accident in Wilton since she was the one who was seriously injured. April, 28, of 144 Elm St., Milford, was charged a year ago with one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated for causing a motor vehicle collision that resulted in serious bodily injury, and one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated-excess alcohol concentration after the Dec. 30, 2013, crash on Route 31, also known as Greenville Road. The excess alcohol concentration charge means April’s blood alcohol content was .16 or higher; Assistant County Attorney Karinne Brobst, who prosecuted the case, said it was measured at .20. April, a mother of three, doesn’t deny that she was impaired by alcohol and shouldn’t have been driving that day, public defender Lauren Prusiner told the jury. Nor does she disagree that she “made a terrible mistake” when she got behind the wheel. “The issue is not whether she was driving while intoxicated, because she was, and she will tell you that,” Prusiner told the jury. “Driving while intoxicated is normally a misdemeanor charge. This is now a felony because of serious injury. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:20:42 EST Nashua leaders: Boston Olympics could lead to local boom Commerce leaders in Greater Nashua said Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics could have a rippling economic impact on southern New Hampshire. The Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce has reached out to the Boston-based organizing committee to offer support to bring the Summer Games to New England because of the perceived benefits not only to the Hub, but also to the Granite State in terms of tourism and infrastructure improvements. For Nashua, it also presents an opportunity to make a solid push to expand passenger rail into the region. “I believe if Boston hosts the Olympics, they are going to have to significantly improve infrastructure and transportation options around the Greater Boston region, and I believe that will be a tremendous impetus for actually bringing passenger rail into Nashua and possibly Manchester much sooner than we otherwise hope,” said Chris Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. “Should that invitation (from Boston) be accepted, then we will aggressively go out to be a part of that in any way we can.” Thomas Galligani Jr., Nashua’s economic development director, said the local economy benefits from its proximity to Boston.  Specifically for this bid to work, Boston will need to use regional resources and, in the process, increase awareness of the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor project that studies rail and bus transit investments from the population centers in southern New Hampshire to metropolitan Boston, he said. If the project is made a priority, rail could be ready up to five years before the opening ceremonies. “With or without the Olympics, we are pushing ahead progressively with plans to bring passenger rail into southern New Hampshire,” Williams said. “The addition of the Olympics simply adds a clear impetus and a stronger incentive for rail to happen more quickly than it might otherwise.” U.S. Rep. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 21:02:09 EST Highlights and low points of Nashua Mayor Lozeau’s tenure Mayor Donnalee Lozeau’s to-do list for her final year in office is an ambitious mix of major infrastructure improvements, positioning the city for future economic growth, gearing up for a tough budget year and continuing efforts to bring commuter rail to New Hampshire. “I look at my job as the CEO of a $250 million corporation,” Lozeau said Friday. “There is still a lot that needs to be done,” she added in an interview to discuss key events that so far defined her seven years as mayor and final projects she hopes to complete before she leaves office Jan. 2. Lozeau announced Tuesday that she wouldn’t seek re-election to a third term. Topping her list is the completion of the $80 million Broad Street Parkway project that was conceived before the 54-year-old Nashua native was born and progressed in fits and starts for decades until she helped make it reality in 2008. The limited-access roadway will connect the F.E. Everett Turnpike at Exit 6 to the Millyard and is slated to be finished by year’s end, Lozeau said. “The parkway is going to serve as the key catalyst for redeveloping our entire Millyard, which has been severely underutilized since the 1960s,” said Chris Williams, Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce president and CEO. The parkway is among several key projects achieved as a result of Lozeau’s “hands-on management style and her intuitive understanding of how important economic development is to the city’s future,” Williams said. Others include the city’s acquisition in 2012 of Pennichuck Water Works and her support for and recruitment of industries to Technology Park, located off Exit 1 of the turnpike, Williams said. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:34:01 EST Alderman Moritary is semi-officially running for Nashua mayor Another hat has been thrown closer to what will be a crowded ring, as Alderman-at-Large Dan Moriarty has launched a committee to explore running for mayor of Nashua. Moriarty said his 70-person exploratory committee includes former U.S. Rep.  Charlie Bass, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, former Mayor Bernie Streeter, State Rep. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:00:58 EST Joseph P. Voveris Joseph P. Voveris, 96, of Nashua, NH passed away on Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Greenbriar Terrace Nursing Home, Nashua. He was born March 7, 1918 in Lowell, MA, son of the late Mecislavas and Theosilia (Leskiavicius) Voveris. Joseph worked in a tannery in Lowell, some construction work and a number of years at Nashua Corp. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:01:19 EST Laptops, tablets would help PAL connect kids to education, activities The Nashua Police Athletic League offers a variety of recreational, sports and enrichment programs to help build positive relationships between youngsters and police. At the community center on Ash Street, supervising Nashua police officers, PAL staff and volunteers are dedicated to helping young people with life skills and opportunities to give them a better chance at a successful life. The Mailbag hopes readers will help provide technology key to access resources. PAL seeking friendly help “Nashua PAL’s youth safe haven located at the Nashua Community Center currently only has four working computers, but there are always about 10-12 kids waiting to use them,” prompts a request for donations of working laptops and tablets from Officer Philip Belmont, of the Nashua Police Department (LTR 3,181). “Donations of these items would be greatly appreciated, as PAL relies on the generosity of citizens and corporations to provide the resources to keep our youths active, productive and safe.” Since safety in cyberspace is a growing concern for youths, educators and law enforcement, Nashua PAL will hold the first of a series of safety workshops, sponsored by the Nashua Patrolman’s Association and Nashua Teachers Union, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the St. Patrick gym on Main Street. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:01:23 EST NOTE: Library items are submitted by the libraries and are only lightly edited. For more library events, visit NASHUA Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600, carol.eyman@, www.nashua BEETHOVEN FOREVER: A  SYMPHONY NH CONCERT TALK On Jan. 20 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Symphony NH and the Nashua Public Library will give music lovers a behind-the-scenes look at the music to be performed at the orchestra’s January concert. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:03:15 EST Nashua North class participates in We the People competition The Constitution is normally considered a rather dry topic of discussion for most high school students; however, for one group of juniors and seniors, it’s the premise for a lively conversation. Nashua High School North competed once again in the We the People competition. Students in the Advanced Placement government and politics class participate in this program to delve into the Constitution and American government to have a more hands-on learning experience. Preparing for the competition involves thorough research on each group’s specific questions that the judges will be asking them. The groups have a four-minute response to three known questions pertaining to their topic of the U.S. Constitution. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:03:33 EST Hungry students face decisions at Nashua South As the lunch bell rings, dozens of students rush out of their classrooms to receive the food that is awaiting them. At Nashua High School South, there are only four lines in the cafeteria – grab n’ go, hot lunch, the pizza line, and the deli and salad line. With so many people crowding the lines at the same time – a quarter of the students at the school at each of the four lunches – lunch becomes a series of tough choices. “When lunchtime comes around, I am looking forward to get a good-sized meal so I can return to class and focus,” said Chris Guarino, a sophomore football player. “Yet most of the food in the hot lunch line doesn’t interest me due to the lack of food on the tray.” School lunches are only $2.75, and most lines don’t serve the same portions of food. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:03:58 EST College achievements by students from Greater Nashua: Here are college achievements by students from Greater Nashua: ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY Paula MacLellan, of Amherst, graduated at the spring 2014 commencement ceremony at Arizona State University at Tempe. These local students were named to the fall 2014 dean’s list at Arizona State University: FROM HOLLIS: Ludwig Ahgren, Ashlyn Napolitano. FROM HUDSON: Seung Choe. FROM MILFORD: Nicole Goyette Shank, Rachel Quirbach. FROM NASHUA: Zachary Peterson. BATES COLLEGE Kelsey Berry, of Hollis, a student at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, spent the fall 2014 semester studying abroad at the National University of Ireland in Galway. Berry is a psychology major at Bates. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:04:06 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 20: St. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:04:23 EST Community events in Nashua – Jan. 18 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS ST. LOUIS SOUPER ET SOIREE CANADIENNE The ninth annual St. Louis Souper et Soiree Canadienne will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:04:39 EST In Nashua, 33rd annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. There was a lot of history in the air Saturday night as First Baptist Church in Nashua celebrated its 33rd tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., but there was recognition of this moment in time, too. “I want to talk about Ferguson, Chicago ... New York City,” said the Rev. Tom Woodward, one of a half-dozen secular and religious speakers who spoke during the two-hour ceremony, referring to cases where blacks were shot by police in recent months, as well as the shooting of two New York police officers, that reflect continuing racial tension. Woodward, a retired Presbyterian minister, asked the more than 150 people in the church to support “a time of prayer in a time of civil unrest” and to “pray for those who have died at the hands of violent people ... pray for police and others who seek to bring order to our society.” Woodward also urged listeners to work toward “transformation of our culture that sometimes nourishes violence rather than peace.” The keynote speaker was Charles Willie, a Harvard University professor emeritus who graduated from Morehouse College with King and knew him well. Willie remembers how even in the midst of King’s funeral at Morehouse College on April 9, 1968 – five days after his murder – there was laughter among the tears, applause among the sorrow. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:01:00 EST Three issues for Nashua’s next mayor The current mayor of Nashua, Donnalee Lozeau, announced this week she will not seek a third term in this upcoming election. As a result, we will likely see a wide, diverse group of mayoral candidates this election season. For those considering a run, there are, at the least, three significant issues that the next mayor must prioritize. n Combatting the heroin issue. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:00:53 EST Nashua Solid Waste Department closed Monday for MLK holiday The Nashua Solid Waste Department and the Four Hills Landfill/Nashua Recycling Center will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Day. Trash and recycling pickup will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week. Operations will resume Tuesday with the typical Monday route. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:04:49 EST Nashua Title I preschool program accepting applications The Nashua Title I preschool at The First Church, 1 Concord St., is now accepting registration applications for the fall. The program is in the educational wing of the church, but is operated by the Nashua School District. The program can accommodate up to 45 children. Prospective students must be 4 by Sept. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:04:45 EST Nashua school board re-elects president, votes in new clerk The Nashua school board cast votes Monday to see who would lead it as president and clerk in the new year. Current President George Farrington was re-elected unanimously, and Elizabeth Van Twuyver was elected unanimously to serve as clerk, replacing Kimberly Smith Muise. Farrington also served as president for five of the eight years he spent on the board from 1990-97. He rejoined the board in January 2014. Before the vote took place, Muise said she decided to step down as clerk because of family and work obligations and nominated Van Twuyver to succeed her. Muise had been clerk since last January. Van Twuyver served as clerk for the regular school board meeting the same evening. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:26:11 EST Titans ski to first and second place finishes Nashua North 383, Londonderry 372, Timberlane 371, Nashua South 354 On Thursday, the Nashua North Girls alpine ski team took home first place honors as six different skiers finished in the top 15. Bailey Ruhm was the top skier for North with a second place finish in 60.73. Other top racers for North consisted of Carolyn Marquis (fourth place 64.75 seconds), Rhianna Sullivan (sixth place 79.27 seconds), Jillian Freeman (ninth place 82.51 seconds), Rachael Sullivan (11th place 83.96 seconds), and Emily Barry (14th place 87.2 seconds.). Nashua South’s Alyssa Freeman had a strong performance with an eighth place finish in 81.04 seconds. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:49:01 EST Dante Laurendi to put his stamp on Nashua North football NASHUA – Dante Laurendi was the perfect fit for the Nashua High School North football job, and it was certainly the best fit for him. One, Laurendi, who was the head coach at Merrimack High School the last two years, is in his seventh year teaching at North. Two, he’s a former North assistant. Three, also lives near the school, and his son and daughter will eventually be going to high school there in a few years, so it’s a place he wants to stay. And four, Laurendi likely never could have made the move to Merrimack as a teacher because of his salary and seniority in the Nashua system. That would have been too much to give up. “It was just too good to pass up,” Laurendi said on Tuesday after the Nashua Board of Education approved his hiring as the Titans’ successor to the only head coach they’ve ever had, Jason Robie, who stepped down after the season. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:49:00 EST Nancy Chaffee Nancy Chaffee, 57, of Nashua, died peacefully at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA on January 14, 2015, with members of her devoted family at her side. She was born in Peterborough on March 12, 1957, a daughter of the late Charles Chaffee and the late Beverly (Ellis) Chaffee Jarvey. She shared over 28 years of marriage with Clarence Frost Sr. of Nashua. She is remembered as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Among her favorite pastimes was spending time with her family and being outdoors. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 22:00:47 EST Edna (Morse-Parsons) Manoleros Edna Morse (Parsons) Manoleros, 88, of Nashua, went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 12, 2015. Edna was born in Plymouth, England on December 22, 1926, a daughter of the late Sidney and Ada (Parsons) Riggs. She was the widow of her first husband of 30 years, Richard E. Morse, and by her second husband of 39 years, Harry Manoleros. Edna was the first War bride to come to Nashua during World War II. Prior to retirement, she worked for Sprague Electric and Nashua Corporation. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 22:00:59 EST Nashua Salvation Army Groundhog Breakfast benefit just around the corner I could say that it doesn’t seem possible that it’s been a whole year since we donned our top hats, brushed up on our Punxsutawney Phil trivia and trudged out into the frigid morning darkness for one of the most entertaining breakfast fundraisers of the year, but then I’d be chided for “getting old.” Like that’s a news flash. Anyway, whether it seems like it or not, another Groundhog Breakfast – that laugh-filled celebration of the modern marvels of weather forecasting with a focus on the mythical groundhog from some normally lonely Pennsylvania outpost called Gobbler’s Knob – is upon us. Reputedly the only breakfast fundraiser – or, for that matter, the only luncheon or dinner fundraiser – for miles that revolves around the legend that is Punxsutawney Phil, the event’s main purpose – besides fun and jocularity –  is to raise sorely needed funds for the Salvation Army of Nashua. This year’s event will take place at 7 a.m. Jan. 30; that’s a 15-minute reprieve from the more ominous sounding 6:45. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:35:47 EST Nashua church nears quarter-million dollars given to local charities When life gives you lemons, the saying goes, you make lemonade. That’s exactly what the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua has done as it innovated in a rough economy to maintain its efforts to continue to provide assistance to city organizations in need. The church’s Community Outreach Team is nearing $250,000 in donations from its plate passing efforts since 2005, and has directed money raised during what is a common church practice into the coffers of groups providing relief services in Nashua. Instead of collection plate money being funneled back into the church, the church has sent it right back out the door into the community. The practice supplants a plan called Operation Outreach that once was covered by the church budget. Team member Ellen Barr said during the economic downturn, that practice became too much of a strain on the budget. “When financial woes hit, the economy went in to recession, we had to make some adjustments,” Barr said. “The adjustment was that we would start passing the plate at Sunday services and give it all away. “Over the years, the amount continues to grow. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 23:01:42 EST Business leaders stress job growth during Nashua chamber event NASHUA – The head of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy called New Hampshire’s flat job growth the single greatest problem facing the state. Charles Arlinghaus, president of the state’s free-market think tank, said Friday that the prosperity that once made New Hampshire the envy of other states through its dynamic economy has declined. During a Nashua symposium, he said it’s difficult for an economy mired in stagnancy to progress because there are limited employment opportunities and less revenue coming into the state. “If everyone is working, people are happier, people are better,” he said. “That’s what we need to change.” Since the dawn of the recession, Arlinghaus reported Texas has seen more than 11 percent job growth, while New Hampshire has maintained just under a half percent. “We want a thriving economy, and the government needs to figure out what it’s doing that’s in the way and what it needs to do to get out of the way,” Arlinghaus said during a nonpartisan legislative forum sponsored by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. The symposium was billed as an opportunity for chamber members to connect with state representatives at the start of the 2015 legislative session and speak about topics directly affecting the business community. Each of the three seminars – on the budget, the New Hampshire’s energy future and the state’s competitive advantage in the region – approached issues through the lens of the business community’s needs over the next decade. More than a dozen representatives from the New Hampshire House and Senate appeared at the symposium in addition to chamber members. Chris Williams, president and CEO of the Nashua chamber, said legislators are often in a bubble when they arrive in Concord, and that Friday’s symposium, now in its fourth year, allows them to directly hear from people and businesses in their district. With an estimated $30 million hole in the upcoming state budget and uncertainty surrounding the Medicaid Enhancements Tax, Arlinghaus said it’s more important now to speak with policymakers about ways to improve the business climate in New Hampshire. “We had the reputation in the past,” he said. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 23:02:13 EST Nashua Police Department arrest log for Dec. 15-21 Nashua Police  Department DEC. 15 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES John Wood, 57, no fixed address, Nashua, fraudulent use of credit card, three counts theft by unauthorized taking. Ellen Robin Carideo, 35, 10 Howard St., Apt. 25, Salem, Mass., indecent exposure and lewdness, criminal trespass, four counts simple assault. Lucas J. Hinckley, 33, 71 Ferry St., Apt. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:00:12 EST Rail cars derail behind Chautauqua Ave. Railroad workers pry up damaged rails between the new Broad Street Parkway construction and Chautauqua Avenue in Nashua on Thursday. Several cars carrying lumber derailed. Crews used rerailing devices and a locomotive to pull one car back onto the rails before beginning work to remove the bent rail. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:26:52 EST Panthers Top Concord in Overtime Concord shot themselves back into the game, but Nashua South hung on in overtime to win their third game of the season, 49-48. Jocelyn Chaput led the Panthers with 15 points, and teammates Abby Hearn-Gordy and Holly Gaudet chipped in nine and seven points, respectively. Nashua South took a five-point lead into the final frame, but a late rally put Concord up by two. Chaput made a basket with less than a minute remaining to send the game to overtime, where the Panthers played some pesky defense to come away with the victory. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 23:01:03 EST Chorus’ swan song is, sadly, a sign of changing tastes It’s a disheartening commentary of societal trends that Nashua’s Symphony NH Chorus is shutting down after more than half a century. Its last show will be April 25. Money is not the issue. Indeed, if the problem was just the need for a few more bucks, we’re sure the community would come together to keep the chorus in business. That’s the kind of place Nashua is. The problem is more serious. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:00:26 EST Laurendi hired as Titans coach Dante Laurendi was the perfect fit for the Nashua High School North football job, and it was certainly the best fit for him. One, Laurendi, who was the head coach at Merrimack High School the last two years, is in his seventh year teaching at North. Two, he’s a former North assistant. Three, he also lives near the school, and his son and daughter will eventually be going to high school there in a few years, so it’s a place he wants to stay. And four, Laurendi likely never could have made the move to Merrimack as a teacher because of his salary and seniority in the Nashua system. That would have been too much to give up. “It was just too good to pass up,” Laurendi said on Tuesday after the Nashua Board of Education approved his hiring. “Being in the building is a big thing. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:01:21 EST Hollis Brookline Sports Talk HOCKEY Cavaliers Squirt AA2 top Agawam The Southern New Hampshire Cavaliers Squirt AA2 team recovered from a 5-3 loss to the Cavaliers Squirt AA1 quad to rout Agawam, 8-0. Early on Cavs forwards Colin Flood, Will Dodge and Jayke Lacasse controlled play as Flood scored the game’s first goal, assisted by Dodge and Lacasse. Lacasse was credited for another goal in the second period unassisted giving the Cavaliers a 2-0 at the end of two. In the third, Cavs defensemen Bryson Giersch as well as Thomas Cahill kept the pressure on, with Flood scoring, assisted by Cahill. Forwards Isaac Windsor (two goals), Ryan Bizier and Jack Conmy scored four of the six third period goals. Assists went to Bizier and Aidan Rowe (two). Cavs Goaltender Matt D’Ortona made two late back to back saves to keep the shutout alive. Lacasse scored his second of the game in the third giving him a three-point game with assists from Flood and Dodge. Cavaliers Squirt AA1 triumph Down five players, the Cavaliers managed to edge the Chelmsford Squirts Lions in Valley League playe 3-2. The first period was highlighted by strong Lion goaltending while Cavs. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:00:17 EST Armand E. LeBlanc Jr. Armand E. LeBlanc Jr., 53, of Merrimack, NH, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at his home after a sudden illness. He was born in Nashua, NH, on Nov. 6, 1961, a son of Armand E. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:00:49 EST Relay For Life of Greater Nashua to hold kickoff NASHUA – The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Nashua will hold a kickoff for the annual event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Leda Lanes Glow Bowling, 340 Amherst St. Anyone interested in learning more and getting involved is invited. The kickoff program will honor cancer survivors and caregivers and will feature the society’s mission to save lives from cancer. Attendees will have the opportunity to register a team for the Relay For Life, which will be held Saturday, June 27, at Nashua High School North. The Relay For Life is a community event in which teams and individuals camp out at a school, park or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:01:02 EST Relay For Life of Greater Nashua to hold kickoff NASHUA – The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Nashua will hold a kickoff for the annual event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Leda Lanes Glow Bowling, 340 Amherst St. The kickoff program will honor cancer survivors and caregivers and will feature the society’s mission to save lives from cancer. Attendees will have the opportunity to register a team for the Relay For Life, which will be held Saturday, June 27, at Nashua High School North. The Relay For Life is a community event in which teams and individuals camp out at a school, park or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:01:53 EST Spinners Dinner on Saturday The Lowell Spinners will be hosting their annual Awards Dinner on Saturday at the UMass-Lowell Inn and Conference Center, with doors opening at 5 p.m. Among the awards being given out, UMass-Lowell’s Matt Sanchez will be honored as the Nashua Silver Knights Player of the Year. Mike Riley will serve as the emcee while former Boston Red Sox outfielder Trot Nixon will be the guest of honor. Other guests include Adam Everett, Dick Berardino, Marc Deschenes, Scott Oberg (Colorado Rockies), Aaron Barbosa (Seattle Mariners) Ryan O’Rourke (Minnesota Twins), Andrew Chin (New York Yankees Nashua Silver Knights Alum), Alex Powers (Chicago White Sox) Dennis Torres (Baltimore Orioles). Tickets are $75 and there will be several auction prizes and raffle prizes with proceeds all going towards Lowell Spinners Charities. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:04:00 EST Nashua’s Great American Downtown director takes new job at Keene State College NASHUA – As executive director of Great American Downtown, Rebecca Dixon coordinated many popular downtown events such as the Winter Holiday Stroll and The Taste of Downtown. Dixon left the position she held for more than three years on Jan. 9 to become coordinator of college events and ceremonies at Keene State College. “Working with business owners in this historically rich community was a very rewarding experience. We are very proud of the high quality events and promotions that we produced to generate interest in the heart of the city,” Dixon wrote this week in an email response to a reporter. “As our economy improves, I am convinced that downtown Nashua is poised to lead the way in downtown revitalization within the state,” she added. Great American Downtown is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to market and promote downtown Nashua and draw visitors to its restaurants, shops, historic and other sites and events. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:02:18 EST 31st annual MLK Breakfast set for Monday, Jan. 19, in Hollis HOLLIS – A celebration of nonviolence will take place Monday, Jan. 19, at the 31st annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:02:22 EST David Dopp David C. Dopp, 87, died Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at Hunt Community in Nashua. He was born on September 17, 1927 in Cassville , MO, the son of James and Lora (Evans) Dopp. He was the husband of the late Sarah (Jamison) Dopp. They were married on September 4, 1949 in Joplin, MO. David grew up in Missouri. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:03:18 EST Frederick Baker Jr. Frederick G. Baker Jr., 82 of Abbeville, SC, formerly of Hudson, NH, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 12, 2015, at the Hospice of the Upstate in Anderson, SC. Fred was born in Boston, MA on September 2, 1932, a son of the late Frederick Sr. and Bertha (Meisner) Baker. Fred honorably served our country with the US Army from 1953 to 1954. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:03:30 EST Kuster talks workforce development during business meeting U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster met Thursday with small business owners from Greater Nashua to discuss how her office can better bring workforce development programs back to New Hampshire. The congresswoman returned to Hillsborough County to speak at a roundtable dialogue at Nashua Technology Park for approximately 90 minutes. She said job growth, especially for New Hampshire small businesses, is her top priority and she has toured nearly 50 companies since taking office. “I think there’s many hidden gems – companies the public doesn’t really know about that are making great things, manufacturing great things, coming up with great ideas and selling great things and great ideas,” said Kuster, a Democrat re-elected to New Hampshire’s second congressional district in November. Kuster has hosted several listening sessions with business leaders within her district, saying it is an opportunity to make connections to help Granite State companies growth. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:04:19 EST Former Nashua alderman, mayoral candidate considers run for mayor in 2016 NASHUA – James Tollner, a businessman and former 12-year aldermen who narrowly lost a two-way race against Mayor Donnalee Lozeau in 2007, said he is seriously considering another run for the city’s top office in 2015. “I figured I had been an alderman for a number of years and wanted to bring that experience to the position of mayor,” Tollner said Thursday. Tollner served as Ward 1 alderman from 1994-1999 and was a two-term Alderman-at-Large from 2000-2007. He served as the board’s vice president during his second term. In 2007, Tollner ran for mayor and was the top vote getter in the six-way primary with 3,242 votes. Lozeau received 2,668 votes, pitting the two against each other in the general election where Lozeau beat Tollner, 7,201-6,589. “It was a close election. We both ran very professional, legitimate and conservative campaigns. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:05:11 EST Nashua police charge RI man with felony credit card fraud NASHUA – Police on Wednesday charged a Rhode Island man for fraudulent use of a credit card, a Class B felony, after he allegedly made purchases with a credit card he was not authorized to use, according to police. Gyude Wilson, 45, of 188 Bracken St., Cranston, turned himself in at Nashua police headquarters Wednesday afternoon on an outstanding warrant issued for his arrest, police said. Wilson is accused of using the card, which belongs to a Bedford business, to make a purchase in excess of $1,000 at a Nashua Home Depot store. Police said Wilson is a former employee of the business, but had recently been terminated and was no longer authorized to use the card. Representatives of the Bedford business contacted Nashua police after learning of the fraudulent transaction, police said. Wilson was released following his arrest on $5,000 personal recognizance bail, pending an arraignment scheduled for Feb. 11 in Nashua district court. – DEAN SHALHOUP Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:01:52 EST Dover sinks Nashua North, 52-45 The visiting Titans had a tough shooting night, hitting just 18 of 68 from the floor (26 percent) to drop their fourth straight and fall to 3-4 on the year. Taylor Choate had 17 points for North while Sara Cordova added 10. Dezi Okorie had four assists. At Dover DOVER (52) Abby Tilton 4-7-18, Abby Cooke 4-4-9, Katie Boyatsis 2-2-6, Kaitlyn McDermott 2-2-6, Emily Benson 2-0-5, Mercedes McDermott 1-3-5, Allison Benson 1-0-2, Abby Etter 0-1-1. Totals: 16-16-52. NASHUA NORTH (45) Taylor Choate 6-6-17, Sara Cordova 4-2-10, Isabel Dunning 3-0-7, Micheala Choate 2-0-4, Dezi Okorie 2-0-4, Heather Roscoe 1-0-3. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:00:24 EST Homeless man arrested in Nashua on domestic violence related offenses NASHUA – A local man was held Wednesday pending arraignment on felony and misdemeanor assault charges stemming from alleged acts of domestic violence, police said. Jason Bailey, 31, of no fixed address, turned himself in at Nashua police headquarters on an active warrant for a felony charge of second degree assault, police said. The warrant stems from an alleged altercation on Jan. 7 involving Bailey and an adult female acquaintance, according to police. They said the woman reported that Bailey strangled her and physically assaulted her by wrapping his arms around her body. The woman suffered what police described as minor, non-life threatening injuries. Police said that additional charges of domestic violence and simple assault, both Class A misdemeanors, were lodged against Bailey at the time of his arrest. A Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in State Prison, exclusive of fines, while a Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections, exclusive of fines. --DEAN SHALHOUP Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:34:00 EST Nashua-based Bridges to hold fundraising gala NASHUA – Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support Services will hold a fundraiser from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Sky Meadow Country Club. Tickets are available for the Love is in the Air Gala, which will include dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. There will be more than 50 silent auction items, including gift baskets from local merchants, jewelry and foods such as treats from Fredericks Pastries. Among the live auction items are two African safaris, a foliage flight and a quilt donated by the New Hamphire Modern Quilt Guild. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:01:06 EST Nashua-based Bridges to hold fundraising gala NASHUA – Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support Services will hold a fundraiser from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Sky Meadow Country Club. Tickets are available for the Love is in the Air Gala, which will include dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. There will be more than 50 silent auction items, including gift baskets from local merchants, jewelry and foods such as treats from Fredericks Pastries. Among the live auction items are two African safaris, a foliage flight and a quilt donated by the New Hamphire Modern Quilt Guild. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:00:08 EST As aviation in NH shrinks, future of state’s airports is up for discussion To use an airplane metaphor, New Hampshire aviation has been in something of a stall for years. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport has been buffeted by changes in the airline industry that have hurt many regional airports, while the price of aviation fuel and an aging pilot population have been a blow to general aviation, which is key to places like the Nashua airport. Business jets, air taxis and cargo flights haven’t taken up the slack. What does this mean for New Hampshire airports? The state is looking for help as it tries to predict, especially with the uncertainty of unmanned aircraft – drones – in the background. It will hold a public hearing Thursday, Jan. 15, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:54:03 EST Four locals named to CHaD roster Four players from the Souhegan Valley were selected last week to play in the fourth CHaD East-West NH High School All-Star Football Game in June. All four players will be on the West team, which will be led by Milford head coach Keith Jones, who coached the West all-stars to victory in the inaugural game in 2012. Milford’s Travis Hughes and Nick Skinner and Souhegan George LaPage and Tyler Howard were among the players chosen to participate in the game, which will be held at Saint Anselm College on June 27 with a 7 p.m. kickoff. Bishop Guertin has three players – Kyle Cushion, Kelvin Rivera and Drew Sanborn – on the West team while Nashua North and Nashua South each has two – Myles Cassin-Reed and Matt Lavallee of North, Jesse Clauss and Josh Perry of South. Merrimack’s Stephen Gage is also on the roster. Jones will be assisted by Bruce Borne, Adam Bozza, Steve Burnsi, Paul Drone, Paul Johnson, Trevor Palladino, John Triciani and Rick Urda. The East will be led by Laconia’s Craig Kozens and will have Alvirne’s Jack Mahoney and Campbell’s Kevin Moreau on the roster. West roster PLAYERS: Ryan Boldwin, Trinity; Cameron Broughton, Lebanon; Tucker Burt, Merrimack Valley; Colin Cashin, Bedford; Myles Cassin-Reed, Nashua North; Jack Cavallero, Hanover; Jesse Clauss, Nashua South; Kyle Cushion, Bishop Guertin; Matt Ehrenberg, Bow; Chris Frawley, Pymouth Regional; Stephen Gage, Merrimack; Sam Gilot, Memorial; Eric Glassman, Bedford; Jorge Gomez, Central; Tyler Howard, Souhegan; Travis Hughes, Milford; Tucker Johnson, Bow; Tim Lane, Keene; George LaPage, Souhegan; Matthew Lavallee, Nashua North; Robert Law, Concord; John Link, Keene; Christian Marquis, Goffstown; Joe Merullo, Kearsarge; Ivan Niyomugabo, Merrimack Valley; Joshua Perry, Nashua South; Jon Plante, Merrimack Valley; Kelvin Rivera, Bishop Guertin; Justin Robinson, Pymouth Regional; Drew Sanborn, Bishop Guertin; Kris Skinner, Concord; Nick Skinner, Milford; Joseph Small, Goffstown; Walter Szule, Concord; Paul Teixeira, Goffstown; Michael Vailas, Bedford; Zach Whalen, Newport; James Wieliczko, Pymouth Regional; Cody Wirkkala, Claremont. COACHES: Keith Jones (head coach), Bruce Borne, Adam Bozza, Steve Burnsi, Paul Drone, Paul Johnson, Trevor Palladino, John Triciani and Rick Urda. East roster PLAYERS: Nate Arnold, Kennett; Kellin Bail, Windham; Mitchell Bailey, Laconia; Casey Brackett, Londonderry; Nate Burke, Spaulding; Kenny Calabrese, Salem; Jacob Cameron, Kennett; Sean Cashman, Laconia; Mark Cicchini, Exeter; Casey Craig, Spaulding; Peter Cyr, Pinkerton; Elyjah Dejoie, Somersworth; Quintin Desjordins, Portsmouth; Eric Fairweather, Londonderry; Loden Formichelli, Portsmouth; Joey Frake, Windham; Anthony Gallo, Windham; Nick Graziano, Kennett; David Harvey, Exeter; Chris Henry, Exeter; Austin Homsey, Salem; Kurtis Jolicoeur, Windham; Hunter Kretschmar, Somersworth; Jack Mahoney, Alvirne; Brendon Mathias, Spaulding; Brendan Mcinnis, Windham; Kevin Moreau, Campbell; Justis Mottis-Clark, Portsmouth; Mike Murray, St. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:01:16 EST ‘Beethoven Forever’: A Symphony NH talk at NPL NASHUA – From 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Symphony NH and the Nashua Public Library will give music lovers a behind-the-scenes look at the music to be performed at the orchestra’s January concert, with an informal talk at the library at 2 Court St. There are good reasons why Beethoven is the favorite composer of so many music lovers, and why his name adorns the central spot in the proscenium of Symphony Hall in Boston. Powerful, tempestuous, inventive and epic, he could also be lyrical, delicate and even playful. Bassist Robert Hoffman will illustrate these qualities through discussion and musical excerpts to prime you for Symphony NH’s concert on Jan. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:01:44 EST Connect with your community As we look to 2015 and the challenges our communities face, it is important to consider how community service can help us feel more connected to our neighbors and our neighborhoods. On Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, the YMCA of Greater Nashua encourages residents of the Greater Nashua area to honor Dr. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:01:59 EST Nashua man charged with sexual assault; arrested Wednesday NASHUA – A Nashua man was charged with sexual assault Tuesday following an investigation that dates back to September, police said. Michael McKennon, 34, of 46 Trestle Brook Drive, was arrested Wednesday after they received new information regarding the alleged sexual assault of a juvenile female with whom McKennon is acquainted, police said. Police said they received information in September of a possible sexual assault, and newly developed information pointed to McKennon as the person responsible for the alleged assault. McKennon faces one count of felonious sexual assault, a Class B felony. He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Nashua district court. – DEAN SHALHOUP Wed, 14 Jan 2015 23:00:37 EST Rita Mercurio Rita Mary Mercurio (Farrah) of Orlando, FL, formerly of Lowell, Billerica, and Nashua, NH, passed away unexpectedly on December 2nd, 2014. She will be dearly missed by her entire family, especially by children, Michael, Katherine and Joseph, and her 5 grandchildren, Erika, Alexandra, Jonathan, Kelsey and Kersten. A special memorial Mass will be held at St. Christopher Parish, 62 Manchester Street, Nashua, NH, on Saturday, January 17th at 10:00 a.m. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:00:25 EST Nashua South pulls out 7-6 win over Bishop Guertin at Skate 3 TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. – Hockey coaches always say when you shoot the puck, good things are bound to happen. The Nashua High School South and Bishop Guertin boys hockey teams let it fly on Wednesday night at Skate 3, but better things happened for the Panthers in the form of their first Division I win of the year, 7-6. The Panthers trailed 6-5 at the end of two periods, but Arya Saliany’s third goal of the game at 3:27 of the third tied it and Steve Saucier’s second goal, a power-play blast at 6:38, ended up being the game-winner. “We told our guys going in that we thought goaltending may be a weakness for them so shoot the puck whenever they got an opportunity,” South coach Shawn Connors said, his team now 1-4-1. “They did that and this is a huge win, and a good team to get your first win against.” The Cardinals, who got a hat trick from Justin Pearson, including the go-ahead goal with 19.6 seconds left in the second period, actually outshot the Panthers 30-18. But they took seven costly penalties, and goaltenders Thomas Norton and Alexander Hall combined for only 11 saves. “There’s not much you can say,” BG coach Gary Bishop said, his team now 4-3. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:43:00 EST Nashua school board may tap teachers to combat low math scores NASHUA – The city school board may organize a forum of Nashua math teachers to help work out a solution to the steady decrease in math test scores at Nashua middle schools. Nearly 30 Nashua educators attended the city School Board’s meeting Monday, in which members sought to address low middle school math NECAP results. The board has talked about increasing math instruction time from 47 to 60 minutes to shore up test scores. “We have a curriculum that’s supposed to be taught over a certain number of hours … and we don’t have enough hours,” said member Robert Hallowell. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:46:00 EST Former Merrimack man charged with long-term sexual assaults gets 20-40 years in prison NASHUA – A Superior Court judge on Wednesday sentenced former Merrimack resident Christopher Slayback to a minimum of 20 years in State Prison, less than the prosecution’s recommendation of 30 years, but far more than the defense’s request of 2 years, for sexually abusing a young girl over the course of several years. The victim, now 26, was 13 when Slayback began engaging in sexual activity with her, a string of assaults that prosecutor Leslie Gill said began because Slayback “knew her vulnerabilities” and continued for nearly six years because his “subtle threats” kept her in a constant state of fear. Slayback, 42, was indicted in December 2013 on seven counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault stemming from assaults that took place when the girl was between 13 and 16 years old. He had previously been indicted on two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, stemming from two other allegations that occurred when the victim was 14. Gill initially asked Judge Jacalyn Colburn to sentence Slayback to three consecutive terms of 10-30 years each on the majority of the charges, and terms of 15-30 years on the remaining three charges, all suspended. Under that recommendation, Slayback would spend a minimum of 30 years, and a maximum of 90, in prison. But his attorney, Mark A. Osborne, disagreed with the sentences, telling the court he was under the impression that prosecutors would nol-pros, or drop, what he called “duplicate” indictments. He said he felt the state was deviating from earlier discussions he had with prosecutors. “It leaves me wondering if the state knows something I don’t,” Osborne said, describing Slayback as “a broken man” who is “already serving a life sentence, in a sense,” because he had to endure being handcuffed and “taken off to jail” in front of his two daughters when he was indicted in October. “That’s a punishment Chris serves, and will always serve,” Osborne said. “We have no evidence Chris is a drug abuser, no evidence he’s a violent man, no evidence there was violence in the relationship,” Osborne said of the years of assaults on the victim, which he acknowledged was a “statutorily inappropriate relationship” but contended it wasn’t violent or forced. Osborne also called Gill’s recommended sentence “disproportionate to everything that was presented at trial.” He handed Colburn a packet of letters written in support of Slayback, which Colburn later took a recess to read. When it came to pronouncing sentence, Colburn gave Slayback two 10-20 year terms, to be served consecutively, with 77 days credit for time already served. She sentenced him to 10-30 years on the remaining six charges, all of it suspended upon successful completion of the other sentences. He is ordered to have no contact with the victim and to take part in programs as recommended by State Prison officials. Colburn also panned Osborne’s sentence recommendation as “so far outside the realm in a case like this … that’s all I’m going to say about it.” Addressing Slayback, Colburn said she didn’t doubt the sincerity of those who wrote letters in his support. “Nobody is accusing you of being a violent monster, that’s not the issue here,” she said.“What is at issue is that you took advantage of a young victim. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:08:08 EST Supreme Court to decide whether to resentence youthful convicts, including Nashua man NASHUA – A U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected to be handed down later this year will determine whether four New Hampshire convicted murderers – including Eduardo Lopez, who fatally shot a Nashua man in 1991 – can have their life-without-parole sentences be reconsidered and possibly lessened. The high court will begin hearing oral arguments in March on a Louisiana man’s motion stemming from the landmark 2012 Miller v. Alabama case, on which the court ruled 5-4 that state laws mandating life in prison without the possibility of parole for individuals younger than 18 constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment,” as addressed in the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:01:00 EST Nashua mayor resurrects plan to buy 11-13 Mulberry St. as new home for city health department NASHUA – The mayor is making another attempt to buy a blighted and apparently abandoned Mulberry Street building in order to raze it and relocate the city’s Division of Public Health and Community Services there. Aldermen rejected her earlier bid to buy the 11-13 Mulberry St. site from  Iglesia Pentecostal Y Misionera Inc. for $355,000 when they voted 8-7 on Nov. 12 to indefinitely postpone the measure, which essentially kills it for the rest of the board’s terms that ends this year. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:57:17 EST Greater Nashua students inducted into Derryfield’s National Honor Society MANCHESTER – Head of School Mary H. Carter announced that several seniors from Greater Nashua were inducted into the National Honor Society at The Derryfield School recently. Nashua students inducted were Kaitlin M. Cintorino, Allen J. Mello Jr. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:01:15 EST Insurance company donates to Nashua Soup Kitchen NASHUA – An often overlooked necessity during the holidays – all year, actually – is the basic needs of infants and toddlers from impoverished families. Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter representatives say they often have to ration diapers – two or three per day – and other basic supplies because of the high cost and lack of donated items. For its holiday project this year, Foy Insurance of Nashua decided to try to make a dent in this area by donating diapers and other supplies provided by its employees. For more information about how you can help the Nashua Soup Kitchen, visit Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:01:20 EST DCU makes presentation at Infant Jesus School in Nashua NASHUA – Digital Federal Credit Union is committed to helping students in local communities become strong, financially literate adults. Its commitment to education extends outside the realm of financial literacy and sometimes even extends outside the classroom. DCU team members Thomaz De Moura and Tammy McKenna recently visited the sixth-grade class at Infant Jesus School in Nashua with DCU’s mobile branch. Students were given a tour and a “Basics of Banking” presentation. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:01:25 EST Cheerleaders from Nashua chosen for Disney’s Christmas parade NASHUA – Two Nashua cheerleaders were selected to participate in Disney’s Christmas Day Parade. Lauren Grabeau and Abbie Colebrook are former cheerleaders for the Nashua PAL Force and Elm Street Middle School, and they now are varsity cheerleaders at Nashua High School North and on the Elite/All Star team, All That Sensations, in Hudson. Grabeau and Colebrook attended a summer cheer camp at Southern New Hampshire University. They were invited to try out for positions in the Disney parade, and both were accepted. More than 830 performers gathered at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort from Dec. 4-7 to perform in the “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration,” a “Frozen” twist on its 31st annual telecast, which aired on ABC-TV. The participants, originating from 41 states, were cheerleaders or dancers who qualified at one of the National Cheerleaders Association or National Dance Alliance summer camps across the country. Cheer participants had to receive an All-American Award, Top Team Award or Champion Chant Award to qualify to attend. Dance participants had to receive a Team Award, Team Leader Circle of Winners Award, All-American or Gold Recipient in Team Dance Circle of Winners. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:01:30 EST Students at St. Christopher School in Nashua donate to Salvation Army NASHUA – Christmas is the season of giving, and no one takes that more seriously than the students and families of St. Christopher School. For the fourth year in a row, the school recently gathered more than 160 decorated shoeboxes stuffed with small toys and gifts, personal necessities and clothing for the children served at Christmas by the Salvation Army. Coordinated by the school’s Faith Outreach Committee, the shoebox drive is the major Christmas service project at the school, and a student and family favorite. “Our families love being able to help other local families here in Nashua with this shoebox drive,” Principal Cynthia Clarke said. “It’s a great opportunity for everyone to experience the joy of giving at Christmas and to know that we are helping our friends and neighbors.” Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:01:36 EST Nashua Rotary, Interact clubs donate $1,250 to End 68 Hours of Hunger NASHUA – The Rotary Club of Nashua, Rotary Club of Nashua West and the Interact clubs at Nashua High School North and South donated $1,250 to End 68 Hours of Hunger. End 68 Hours of Hunger is a private, not-for-profit effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some schoolchildren experience between the free lunch they receive in school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive in school on Monday morning. The clubs’ donation provided support to the organization during the public schools’ holiday vacation week around Christmastime, which extends the time that some of these children experience hunger in between their school-provided meals. In April, both Rotary clubs plan to collaborate on a hands-on food project that will help End 68 Hours of Hunger during the schools’ April vacation week. For more information about End 68 Hours of Hunger and how you can help, call 422-5000 or email nashua@end68hoursof Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:01:43 EST Kids invited to Nashua mall for Sundae Spa NASHUA – Local children and families can head to Pheasant Lane Mall from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, for an afternoon of fun with Sundae Spa. Boys and girls of all ages are welcome to sample some of Sundae Spa’s services at this “Deliciously Interactive Adventure” in Center Court. Activities will include make your own scented bouncy ball, make your own hand sanitizer and the chance to get a white hair extension strip put in – just like Anna from “Frozen.” For more information, visit Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:02:08 EST NH GOP activists say Mayor Lozeau has credentials to make a shot for governor NASHUA – Two-term city mayor and former 16-year state lawmaker Donnalee Lozeau has the credentials to mount a viable campaign for governor in 2016, should she decide to run, several longtime Republican party activists said Wednesday. A lifelong Nashua Republican, Lozeau announced Tuesday that she will not seek re-election to a third term as mayor of the state’s second-largest city. She did not rule out considering a run for governor. “I think she would be a very strong candidate that would bring to the race for governor a resume that no one else has,” said Thomas D. Rath, a Republican strategist and attorney with Rath, Young and Pignatelli law firm in Concord. Lozeau, 54, has proven herself as a fiscally conservative government executive who “actually has run something” by managing a city, developing budgets and balancing competing interests during her seven years in the city’s top office. Lozeau also has demonstrated that she can be a strong vote-getter in a city that leans heavily Democratic and comes from one of the most populous regions of the state, he added. While Lozeau may not have high name recognition outside Greater Nashua, neither did Gov. Maggie Hassan when she first ran for governor in 2012, Rath said. “To run that kind of a race, you need credibility and visibility. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:54:03 EST Nashua-based RISE thanks silent auction sponsors To the Editor: The Rivier Institute for Senior Education would like to publicly thank all the sponsors of the silent auction held during our annual Holiday Gala on Dec. 9. We appreciate their generous donations. The following businesses donated goods and services: Symphony NH, Nashua Senior Activity Center, YMCA of Greater Nashua, Curves of Nashua, Myoptic Eye Care, Absolute Nail Care at Shining Image, Creative Cutters at Shining Image, Fantastic Sams, Cartridge World, DesignWares, Beckonings, Lucky Dog Thrift Shop, Jaja Belles: The Turquoise Shop, Linda Demaine Massage, Results Chiropractic and Subway. The following individuals donated goods and gift baskets: Helen Jackman, Pat Hurd, Irene Holland, Delores Davis, Lillian Richards, Helen Harper, Diane Statkum, Jeanette Willkie, Linda Twombly, John Ogrodowczyk, Evelyn Lohmann and Jane Washburn. All proceeds from the auction went toward the RISE Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was established by participants in the RISE program. A scholarship is awarded annually, based on financial need, to a full or part-time student attending Rivier, with a preference given to a student who has earned more than 30 credits at Rivier and is currently enrolled in at least two courses per semester. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:00:19 EST College achievements by students from Greater Nashua Here are college achievements by students from Greater Nashua: ST. ANSELM COLLEGE John Sullivan, of Hudson, a senior nursing major, was recently inducted into the Saint Anselm College chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. SUNY POTSDAM The Crane Symphony Orchestra from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music performed at the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference in Rochester, N.Y. Eighty students presented Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” on Dec. 4. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:00:28 EST Altrusa thanks Nashua partner in community service To the Editor: The Altrusa Club of Merrimack Valley wishes to thank Barnes & Noble of Nashua and its community relations department for giving us the opportunity to participate in the 2014 Christmas Gift Wrap, an annual event that provides a valuable fundraising resource for nonprofit charities to continue their community outreach. The welcome hospitality at B&N, along with the diversity and generosity of their patrons, always makes this a special and enjoyable holiday endeavor, and we are grateful for this gift. Altrusa is a nonprofit community service organization dedicated to improving the lives of those in need in our community. Learn more about us at or email altrusaclubmerrimack Katherine Richo, Chairperson Altrusa/B&N Gift Wrap Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:00:45 EST Nashua North drops tough one in Keene Despite big wins from Cole Nickerson (technical fall at 113 pounds) and David Muite (pin at 152) Nashua North came up short in a 42-35 loss at Keene. The match of the night was at 126 pounds, as Titans freshman Ray Quigley filled in for Cam Bennett and held his own before eventually losing to his Blackbirds opponent in triple overtime. Other wins for North came via pins by Anthony Forientino (182 pounds), Christian Moreno (195) and Joe Allen (220), while heavyweight Finn Littlefield won his match by forfeit. The Titans take the mat in competition again Saturday when they travel to Derry for a morning dual meet with Pinkerton Academy. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:00:12 EST Nashua’s Symphony NH Chorus calls it quits after more than 50 years NASHUA – After 51 years, the Symphony NH Chorus will perform one last show April 25. Symphony NH Director Eric Valliere said the symphony board voted this week to end the half-century run of its chorus as the 2014-15 season comes to a close. “It was nearly unanimous. The abstentions were from people who were too sad to vote. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:19:00 EST Lozeau won’t seek 3rd term as Nashua mayor; chamber CEO to explore run NASHUA – Mayor Donnalee Lozeau announced Tuesday that she will not seek re-election to a third term as mayor of Nashua. “When I first ran for mayor in 2007, I really believed I was the right person at the right term,” Lozeau told the Board of Aldermen. “Just as 2007 was the right time for me to run and be elected mayor, I think 2016 is the right time for me to look for other opportunities” and search for other ventures, she added. Lozeau, 54, won a six-way race to become mayor in 2007. She ran unopposed for her second four-year term in 2011. “This is not a decision that I take lightly. I’ve given it a lot of thought. After seven years of being in this position and the things we’ve accomplished together, I think there is more to be done. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:54:03 EST Clare Cassidy Clare A. (Romanowsky) Cassidy, 67, a resident of Nashua, NH for 10 years, formerly of Westford, MA and Pelham, NH, passed away at her home on Monday, January 12, 2015 after a lengthy illness. She was the beloved wife of Gerald Cassidy, to whom she had been married for 48 years. She was born in Lowell on August 8, 1947, and was a daughter of the late Arnold P. and Margaret (McNabb) Romanowsky. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 23:01:59 EST Raymond Hewey Raymond E. Hewey, 78, died on January 9, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a long illness. Before going to the Community Hospice House he was cared for at home. He was born on December 8, 1936 in Anson, Maine, son of Leon and Alice (Smith) Hewey. He was the loving husband of Mabel (Tibbetts) Hewey. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 23:02:03 EST Rita Mercurio Rita Mary Mercurio (Farrah) of Orlando, FL, formerly of Lowell, Billerica, and Nashua, NH passed away unexpectedly on December 2nd, 2014. She will be dearly missed by her entire family, especially by children, Michael, Katherine, and Joseph, and her 5 grandchildren, Erika, Alexandra, Jonathan, Kelsey, and Kersten. A special memorial Mass will be held at St. Christopher Parish, 62 Manchester Street, Nashua, NH on Saturday, January 17th at 10:00 a.m. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 23:02:07 EST Ruth Ross Ruth M. Ross, 86, longtime resident of Nashua, NH, died on January 12, 2015 at Greenbriar Healthcare Terrace, Nashua. She was born in Plainfield, NJ on September 21, 1928, a daughter of Arthur F. and Sadie M. (Ferguson) Gorman. Mrs. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 23:02:15 EST Mary Willis Mary Anna (Maher) Willis, 90, a resident of Hollis, NH, formerly of Nashua, died January 7, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. Mary was born June 26, 1924, in Malden, MA, the daughter of Francis J. and J. Irene (Hallisey) Maher. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 23:02:20 EST Broker: CVS proposal a ‘huge development opportunity’ for downtown Nashua NASHUA – Aldermen on Tuesday approved a deal that would allow CVS pharmacy to move forward with its proposal to renovate and expand its 242 Main St. pharmacy while protecting Southern New Hampshire Medical Center’s future interest in building a multi-story parking garage behind the store for up to a quarter-century. The compromise agreement reached by the city, CVS and the hospital is one of multiple pieces that must fall into place for the complicated downtown development project proposed at the intersection of Hollis and Main streets to proceed. Aldermen approved it on a 13-2 vote, with Alderman-at-Large James Donchess and Ward 6 Alderman Paul Chasse Jr. opposed. The compromise would give CVS the guaranteed parking space it says it needs before it will invest in the project while allowing the hospital an additional 10 years to build a parking garage and multi-story office building. “This is a huge development opportunity for the downtown,” Richard G. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:09:59 EST Nashua Regional Planning Commission executive director moving on After nine years with the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, including five years as director, Kerrie Diers has stepped down as executive director of the group. Diers will become director of planning and communications with Normandeau Associates Inc. of Bedford, according to the group. Tim Roache has been appointed interim executive director. Roache has been the assistant director and metropolitan planning organization coordinator at NRPC since May 2009, prior to which he served as the principal transportation planner at NRPC for three years. Diers has served as NRPC’s Executive Director since 2009 prior to which she was assistant director for four years. The NRPC was  established in 1959 by Nashua and Hudson “to address highway congestion and coordinate land use development.” It now covers 13 municipalities, stretching from Mason and Lyndeborough in the west to Pelham in the east. It is the oldest of the nine regional planning commissions in New Hampshire. Under state law, these commissions prepare a comprehensive master plan for the development of the region, provide technical assistance to local municipalities, compile a regional housing needs assessment every five years, and conduct other studies as needed to implement the provisions of the regional plan. The NRPC Executive Committee will conduct an executive search in the coming months. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 23:02:59 EST Bishop Guertin pulls away from Nashua South in second half NASHUA – There was a brief stretch during the second quarter of Nashua South’s contest against Bishop Guertin where the Panthers looked like they might be able to pull off the upset. However, the Cardinals quickly reminded the home team why they were regarded as one of the best teams in Division I girls basketball. The Panthers cut an early seven-point deficit to one, but the Cardinals quickly pulled away, as Bishop Guertin topped Nashua South, 56-39. Bishop Guertin (5-1) led the game 13-6 at the end of the first quarter, but the Panthers (2-5) used a 9-3 run to get within a point. Neither team’s coach was particularly happy with the two-minute span of the second-quarter. Bishop Guertin’s Jeremy Faulkner was upset about his team letting the opponent back into the game. “That happens every single game for us,” he said. “There’s always a lull. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 23:04:00 EST