Nashua - Nashuatelegraph.com | Web Feeds http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/feeds/topics/nashua Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us pkincade@nashuatelegraph.com onlineeditor@nh.com Richard A. ‘Dick’ Bradley http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049568-466/richard-a.-dick-bradley.html HAMPTON – Richard A. “Dick” Bradley, 75, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Rockingham County Nursing Home, Brentwood, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born June 15, 1939, in Nashua, the son of the late Maurice A. and Dora (McLellan) Bradley, and had resided in Hampton since 1976. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:00:40 EST Michael A. Lerman http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049569-466/michael-a.-lerman.html Michael A. Lerman, 72, of Merrimack, NH, died at his home on October 20, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. Michael was born on June 7, 1942 in Passaic, NJ, a son of the late Harry and Caroline (Kaiser) Lerman. He was the husband of Diane (Corrado) Lerman, whom he married on October 12, 1967. They had just celebrated 47 years of marriage. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:00:45 EST Cassie Ann Clermont http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049571-466/cassie-ann-clermont.html Cassie Ann Clermont, 30, passed away unexpectedly on October 18, 2014. She was born August 12, 1984 to Rodney and Lisa (Demers) Clermont. Cassie was a graduate of Nashua High School South and the Empire Beauty Academy. She lived in Portsmouth, NH. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:00:57 EST Pike’s OT goal lifts Nashua North past Memorial, 1-0 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049581-457/pikes-ot-goal-lifts-nashua-north-past.html Abi Pike scored in the fourth minute of the second overtime, assisted by Keegan Burch. Ali Nelson needed just one save to earn the shutout in goal for the Titans, now 9-5-1. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:00:50 EST Nashua South slips by Londonderry, 2-1 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049577-457/nashua-south-slips-by-londonderry-2-1.html Mauricio Acevedo scored the game winner for the Panthers with four minutes left to elevate them to 6-8-1. Dan Dukeshire scored South’s other goal, as both were assisted by Kevin Batista Dos Santos. Chris Jimenez had four saves in goal, while seniors Max Leatherman, Ryan Guidaboni, Srishail Thapa and Evan Lowe also played well for South. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:00:31 EST State Rep. District 32 (Nashua Ward 5) - 3 seats http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1049249-476/state-rep.-district-32-nashua-ward-5.html ​The Telegraph invited candidates for Executive Council, NH Senate and NH House of Representatives in districts that include Greater Nashua to fill out a short form. Here are the responses we have received from candidates for this office: MICHAEL PEDERSEN (D) Age: 60 Address: 11 Delaware Road, Nashua Contact: 603-801-0878; Pedersen4Rep@gmail.com; http://www.nashuademocrats.org/candidate-profile-michael-pedersen-ward-5/ Years of residence: 5 Family: Widowed, 3 adult daughters Education: Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering Occupation: Retired from Enterasys Networks (formerly known as Cabletron Systems) Political history: Executive Board Member on the Nashua Democratic City Committee Affiliations: Volunteered with Boy Scouts of America; taught religious education; active in Trestle Brook Community Crime Watch Group; Neighborhood Earth Day Cleanup; Nashua Soup Kitchen Please list what you consider the three most important issues that will be facing this office in the coming term, and give your position on each, in a single sentence each. Promote a healthy business environment in New Hampshire with smart tax policies, public transportation, good roads, high speed internet and green business. Build a strong public education system from kindergarten through higher education with a focus on an affordable community college and state university system. We need to protect the gains we have made in health care, with over 50,000 Granite Staters having access to coverage unavailable before. BARRY PALMER Age:74 Address: Shore Drive, Nashua Years of residence: 44 Family: Married for 49 years, two children Education: B.A., behavioral science; B.A. theology, Notre Dame College. Certified Emergency Medical Technician, Nashua Community College. Occupation: Retired New Hampshire newsman, both newspapers and radio Political history: State representative, 2011-2012. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:16:00 EST State Rep. District 30 (Nashua Ward 3) - 3 seats http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1049244-476/state-rep.-district-30-nashua-ward-3.html ​The Telegraph invited candidates for Executive Council, NH Senate and NH House of Representatives in districts that include Greater Nashua to fill out a short form. Here are the responses we have received from candidates for this office: ALAN COHEN (D) Address: 4 Monterey Ave, Nashua Contact: 889-0965, alancohenward3rep@gmail.com, Facebook:alancohenforstaterepnashuwardthree Years of residence: 31 Family: Married to Ellen, three adult children Edcuation: Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree in Education, Executive MBA, Suffolk University, Boston Occupation: Staffing consultant Political history: None Affiliations: Former Executive Council, AARP NH; former folunteer, NEW Hampshire Public Radio, “The Exchange”; former volunteer, member Board of Directors, New Hampshire Historical Society Please list what you consider the three most important issues that will be facing this office in the coming term, and give your position on each, in a single sentence each. Continuation of a strong and vibrant economy: Support legislative efforts at incentivizing and encouraging business retention and job creation. New Hampshire is losing many young people after they complete their studies and migrate away from the Granite State: Expand the Work, Stay and Play initiative to create an atmosphere where young people will want to stay and grow careers and families in New Hampshire. New Hampshire is one of the oldest states in the country, by percentage: Provide an environment where seniors are comfortably able to age in place where vital services are available. CINDY ROSENWALD (D) Address: 101 Wellington St. Contact: 595-9896, CindyRosenwald@Yahoo.com, Facebook: Cindy Rosenwald for New Hampshire, CindyRosenwald.com, Twitter: @CindyR4NH Years of residence: 26 Family: Married to Peter Klementowicz. Children: Henry and Carrie Education: Harvard College, A.B., Rivier University, M.A. Occupation: Retired. Worked as Adjunct Faculty, UMass Lowell; community relations associate, Southern NH Medical Center; vice president, Ted Bates Advertising Political history: State Representative, first elected 2004; Committee Chair, Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs, 2007-2010; Committee Vice Chair, Finance, 2013-2014 Please list what you consider the three most important issues that will be facing this office in the coming term, and give your position on each, in a single sentence each. There will be continuing pressure to fund important programs with limited revenues; I am proud of our bi-partisan work that found ways, without tax increases, to develop a budget that funded critical services and restored funding so that UNH tuition could be frozen for two years and community college tuition could be reduced. We face a growing need for mental health and substance abuse treatment services; we need to aggressively monitor the implementation of the mental health service legal settlement and oversee state health plans to build up our work force while also improving access to community treatment services. Our aging population and out-migration of New Hampshire’s young people will continue to affect New Hampshire’s economy and the vibrancy of its communities, so we need to work on ways to foster new business development, make higher education more affordable, and improve the ability of our older residents to live in their communities with safety and dignity. MARIELLEN MACKAY (D) AGE: N/A Address: 9 Webster St. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:49:00 EST Nashua student organizes inspirational guest speaker event for peers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049529-469/nashua-student-organizes-inspirational-guest-speaker-event.html A Nashua student organized the first of what he hopes will be many inspirational guest speaker events Friday at NHS North. David Grossman, senior at Nashua High School North, officially started the “Inspiration Club” this week by inviting the managing editor of the “Harvard Gazette,” Terry Murphy, to speak with students. “It’s been an idea that I’ve been playing with for awhile. I’ve been interested in broadening the perspective in high school. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:02:12 EST Nashua man charged with domestic assault, criminal threatening http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049515-469/nashua-man-charged-with-domestic-assault-criminal.html NASHUA – Police arrested a city man Friday and charged him with strangling and injuring a woman he knows. Police were called to a home for a reported domestic disturbance on Thursday and were told by the woman that Johnathan Lozada, 25, of Nashua, had strangled her during an altercation and assaulted and threatened her, police said. Police arrested Lozada the following day and charged him with domestic violence: second-degree assault for the alleged strangling, as well as two counts of domestic violence: simple assault and one count each of domestic violence: criminal threatening, theft and resisting arrest. The woman sustained minor injuries, police said. Lozada was held at the Nashua Police Department on $12,000 cash bail and was arraigned at Nashua district court on Monday, police said. The Class B felony second-degree assault charge is punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines. The rest of the charges are misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail plus fines, police said. – JOSEPH G. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:01:11 EST Climate change hits water infrastructure, NRPC gets grant to study the issue http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049508-469/climate-change-hits-water-infrastructure-nrpc-gets.html The Nashua Regional Planning Commission was awarded $24,997 for a project called “Holistic Water Resiliency Planning” to help municipalities become more resilient to the impacts that climate change has on their water infrastructure. The award is one of 14 EPA Healthy Communities Grants New England. The grants total about $340,637 that will go towards community projects addressing environmental and public health issues in New England. EPA’s Healthy Communities Grant Program brings together discretionary funding across many different programs to fund community projects that reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health, improve the quality of life, and advance resilience. There were initially 70 submissions for applications. “The projects funded by the Healthy Communities Grant Program will prioritize environmental health in some of New England’s at-risk communities,” said Curt Spalding EPA Regional Administrator. “They are projects that are going to help reduce high asthma rates and improve resilience in communities that are vulnerable to climate change impacts like storm surge.” Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:57:31 EST George (Judd) Lundberg http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049501-466/george-judd-lundberg.html George (Judd) Lundberg, age 74, died at Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH, on Monday, October 13, 2014. The cause was chronic pulmonary disease. Born October 10, 1940, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Florence Child and George Lundberg, Sr., Judd attended St. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:44 EST Robert D. Dionne Sr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049503-466/robert-d.-dionne-sr..html Robert D. Dionne Sr., 68, of Nashua, passed away on Saturday morning, October 18th at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Bob was a son of the late Arthur and Lucille (Twombley) Dionne and was a lifelong resident of Nashua, N.H. He was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1964. Bob started working young and his first job was at The Modern Restaurant. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:54 EST Scott Brown touts differences from Jeanne Shaheen at Nashua Rotary lunch on Monday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049509-469/scott-brown-touts-differences-from-jeanne-shaheen.html NASHUA – There’s a lot to fix in this country, Scott Brown said at a Nashua Rotary lunch on Monday, including a lack of leadership at the top. “The world is on fire,” said Brown at the start of his remarks Monday. He spoke of international issues such as Ebola, military buildup in China, kidnappings by Boko Haram and fighting in Syria, citing a lack of leadership. “Here we are playing catch up all the time,” Brown said. “It seems like every time you wake up there’s a new challenge,” said Brown. Brown is running against Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen and delivered a pro-business message while highlighting differences between him and Shaheen during his remarks at the Nashua Country Club.. “This race is going to be about differences,” Brown said. “She’s a good person. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:04:00 EST Educators honored at Crowne http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049517-469/educators-honored-at-crowne.html NASHUA – Compared to the Emmys, but for teachers, the Nashua Education Foundation threw its first educator award ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Thursday. The NEFie Awards honored city educators who were nominated by administrators, peers or the NEF board for the positive impact they have had on education. Chris Williams, president CEO of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, served as emcee, and Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and Superintendent Mark Conrad welcomed attendees and recognized the hard work of Nashua faculty and staff. Nominated by the Nashua Education Foundation board, the featured winner was long-time Nashua educator and principal, Stanley Stoncius, who was honored with the Ron Kraus Outside the Profession Award. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:01:25 EST Nashua North cruises past Keene, 3-0 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049491-457/nashua-north-cruises-past-keene-3-0.html The Titans improved to 14-2 with a relatively easy 25-4, 25-12, 25-11 win. Taylor Choate had eight points, eight kills and two blocks while Sabrina Ivory added 15 points and two kills. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:01:03 EST Democrats were willing to debate http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1049433-465/democrats-were-willing-to-debate.html I am disappointed to read Doris Hohensee’s recent statement that state Sen. Bette Lasky is unwilling to hold a public debate during this campaign. As chair of the Nashua Democratic City Committee, I reached out to my counterpart with the Nashua Republican City Committee in late September to express an interest from the Democratic candidates for state Senate and Executive Council to engage in a public forum with their Republican opponents. I never received a response from the RNCC about this offer. Nevertheless, because I knew Mrs. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:00:41 EST Seeking customers of Fuller Oil company http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1049487-465/seeking-customers-of-fuller-oil-company.html Your Sept. 23 article about Fuller Oil & Propane Co., being sued asked what would happen “to Fuller’s customers who paid in advance for oil this coming winter?” An application for a writ to seize Fuller’s fleet could be granted on Tuesday, Oct. 28.  If granted, it would effectively transfer Fuller Oil’s delivery business to Sprague, including all the money Fuller has deposited on behalf of its customers.  To make it possible for the Fuller Oil customers to be heard, I have formed an organization, “NHHeat.org” to protect all the citizens of New Hampshire from avoidable property or personal injury damages. I will file a “friend of the court” objection during the week of Oct. 24, objecting to the motion until our questions are answered. Fuller customers having prepay deposits to Fuller Oil are invited to join me in this filing by sending a copy of their signed and notarized total pre-payment amount statement to me at 15 Brookline Street, Nashua, NH 03064; including their contact information. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:00:46 EST State Senate District 13 (Nashua Wards 3,4,6,7,8,9) http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1049248-476/state-senate-district-13-nashua-wards-346789.html ​The Telegraph invited candidates for Executive Council, NH Senate and NH House of Representatives in districts that include Greater Nashua to fill out a short form. Here are the responses we have received from candidates for this office: DORIS HOHENSEE Age: 60 Address: 15 Swart Terrace, Nashua Contact: DorisHohensee.com; Doris.Hohensee@comcast.net; 881-8323 Years of residence: 35 years in NH; 32 years in Nashua Family: Married to Paul Hohensee; 6 children and 3 grandchildren Education: College of Mt. St. Vincent, BA Math Occuipation: Software engineer in NYC metro area prior to moving to NH; wife, mother, homeschooling parent; education advocate for parents and education activist for 24 years. Political history: NH GOP delegate 2012 and 2014 Affiliations: Chair and Co-founder of NH Families for Education, advocating for parents, teachers and local control of education Please list what you consider the three most important issues that will be facing this office in the coming term, and give your position on each, in a single sentence each. JOBS: Improve New Hampshire’s business climate through lower taxes, fees and regulation to attract entrepreneurs and small business, which is the backbone of our state, so they can create the high paying jobs we need to keep young families from leaving New Hampshire to find work. HEALTHCARE: Help families keep their doctors and hospitals as well as increase access to affordable, high quality healthcare that meets their individual needs. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:37:00 EST State Rep. District 36 (Nashua Ward 9) - 3 seats http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1049246-476/state-rep.-district-36-nashua-ward-9.html ​The Telegraph invited candidates for Executive Council, NH Senate and NH House of Representatives in districts that include Greater Nashua to fill out a short form. Here are the responses we have received from candidates for this office: MARTY JACK (D) Age: 65 Address: 83 Cadogan Way Contact: 318-0457; MartyJackNHHouse@gmail.com Years of residence: 16 Family: Divorced, one adult child Education: Bachelor’s degree, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Occupation: Retired from computer industry, software engineering Political history: State Representative, Hillsborough District 36 (Nashua Ward 9), 2013-2014 Affiliations: N/A Please list what you consider the three most important issues that will be facing this office in the coming term, and give your position on each, in a single sentence each. Assuming I am reappointed to the Public Works and Highways committee, continue working to prioritize and secure funding to maintain our roads, bridges, and telecommunications infrastructure. Continue supporting the community college system, which does a great job of producing a skilled workforce tailored to the needs of our local employers, continue supporting local public schools, and continue driving down the debt load on our university students. Continue finding ways to get as many residents as possible covered by insurance, since this produces the best outcomes at the lowest overall cost. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:37:00 EST State Rep. District 34 (Nashua Ward 7) - 3 seats http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1049245-476/state-rep.-district-34-nashua-ward-7.html ​The Telegraph invited candidates for Executive Council, NH Senate and NH House of Representatives in districts that include Greater Nashua to fill out a short form. Here are the responses we have received from candidates for this office: DUANE ERICKSON (R) Age: 83 Address: 10 Allds St., apt 295 Contact: 566-5544 Years of residence: 57 Family: Married 58 yrs., 2 children Education: High School, technical school (electronics) Occupation: Retired , 40 years in industrial sales, Then ran a business, Recycling Laser Systems Political history: Ward 9 state representative elected 1972; delegate to the 1974 Constitutional Convention; elected ward 7 state representative 2010 Affiliations: Served in US Army during the Korean War Please list what you consider the three most important issues that will be facing this office in the coming term, and give your position on each, in a single sentence each. Get industries and start-ups in NH. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:37:00 EST State Rep. District 28 (Nashua Ward 1) - 3 seats http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1049243-476/state-rep.-district-28-nashua-ward-1.html ​The Telegraph invited candidates for Executive Council, NH Senate and NH House of Representatives in districts that include Greater Nashua to fill out a short form. Here are the responses we have received from candidates for this office: CARL SEIDEL (R) Age: 76 Address: 39 Pilgrim Circle, Nashua Contact: 598-2795, seidel4staterep@ mindspring.com, www.nhrepresentativecarlseidel.com, Years of residence: 12 Family: Married to Lorraine Currier Seidel, 4 children, 3 stepchildren Education: BS Chemistry U. of Wisconsin, MS Chemistry U. of Notre Dame, Occupation: Retired. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:34:00 EST State Rep. District 4 (Lynd., Wilton, 2 other towns) - 2 seats http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1049228-476/state-rep.-district-4-lynd.-wilton-2.html ​The Telegraph invited candidates for Executive Council, NH Senate and NH House of Representatives in districts that include Greater Nashua to fill out a short form. Here are the responses we have received from candidates for this office:​ CAROL ROBERTS (D) Age: 71 Address: 31 Curtis Farm Road, Wilton Contact: 654-6922 Years of residence: 21 Family: My life partner and I have 5 children between us and 9 grandchildren. Education: AAS, Nashua Vo-Tech., Nashua, NH 1987. Bachelor of Science - Business Management, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:34:00 EST Hike for Health to promote wellness in Nashua region http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049471-478/hike-for-health-to-promote-wellness-in.html HOLLIS – The public is invited to participate in the Hike for Health, a free event on the Beaver Brook Nature Center trails from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 25. Participants can check in anytime between 10 and 11 a.m. Hikers can choose one of five paths, from half a mile to a 10K hike. The event is co-sponsored by the center and the Nashua Obesity Prevention Work Group. The group hopes to increase access to exercise in the Nashua region, as well as to promote health and wellness in Greater Nashua. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:00:41 EST Nashua hospital has support group for substance abuse issues http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049470-478/nashua-hospital-has-support-group-for-substance.html NASHUA – A new peer support group in Nashua for parents of children, teens and young adults with substance abuse issues will meet twice a month at St. Joseph Hospital. Meetings of FASTER – Families Advocating Substance Treatment Education and Recovery – will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. They are free, confidential and accepting of chemical dependency as a treatable disease of the brain. For more information, call Sue at 351-8356. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:00:36 EST Robert D. Dionne Sr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049421-466/robert-d.-dionne-sr..html Robert D. Dionne Sr., 68, of Nashua, passed away on Saturday morning, October 18th at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Bob was a son of the late Arthur and Lucille (Twombley) Dionne and was a lifelong resident of Nashua, N.H. He was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1964. Bob started working young and his first job was at The Modern Restaurant. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:00:57 EST Normand A. Raymond http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049422-469/normand-a.-raymond.html Normand A. Raymond, 83, of Nashua passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday October 17, 2014 at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack. Normand was born in Nashua on October 4, 1931 a son of the late Joseph and Alphonsine (Tanguay) Raymond. He was the husband of Claire (Brodeur-Soucy) Raymond of Nashua. Normand served our country with the US Air Force during the Korean War. Prior to retirement, Normand had been employed by Raytheon for 25 years. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:18:05 EST Even at 2-5 Bishop Guertin still has shot at playoffs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049431-457/even-at-2-5-bishop-guertin-still-has.html Tied atop the Division I West conference at 4-3, it would appear that Alvirne (3-0 conference) and Nashua South (2-1 conference) have playoff spots locked up. Think again. Sitting at 2-5 overall and 2-0 in conference, Bishop Guertin is still alive in the hunt for a tournament spot. The Cardinals playoff hopes rest squarely in their own hands with two games to go. None of this is lost on BG senior Kyle Cushion or any of his Cardinals teammates. “It’s pretty crazy,” Cushion said. “That’s what has been driving us over these last few weeks. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:00:57 EST Library events in Greater Nashua – Oct. 20 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1049443-478/library-events-in-greater-nashua--oct..html NOTE: Library items are submitted by the libraries and are only lightly edited. For more library events, visit nashua telegraph.com/community. NASHUA Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600, carol.eyman@nashualibrary.org, www.nashualibrary.org. NASHUA READS: ‘THE ART FORGER’ “The Art Forger” by B.A. Shapiro is the selection for the 2014 Nashua Reads: One City, One Book program. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:01:26 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – Oct. 20 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1049444-478/classes-in-greater-nashua--oct.-20.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA SENIORS COUNT WORKSHOP: HOARDING & CLUTTERING The October Seniors Count workshop will feature a general discussion of the reasons people hoard and how to help them through the de-cluttering and/or de-hoarding process. Time will be set aside for questions and answers. The free workshop will be held 1 p.m. Oct. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:01:30 EST Aldermanic Infrastructure Committee to discuss Legacy Playground, other topics Wednesday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049446-469/aldermanic-infrastructure-committee-to-discuss-legacy-playground.html NASHUA – A potpourri of resolutions and ordinances, some tabled as long as 9 months ago, await the aldermanic Committee on Infrastructure when it convenes Wednesday, Oct. 22, at City Hall. One of the most talked-about topics of late – the proposed Legacy Playground – comes up again on the agenda, this time under unfinished business after the issue was discussed at length at last week’s special Board of Aldermen meeting then referred back to committee once again. Several other agenda items address traffic or parking, including extending the overnight on-street parking permit program for another year, tabled on Sept. 24; authorizing angled parking on part of the west side of Main Street, tabled Feb. 26; adding stop signs at Beauview Avenue and Hooker Street, tabled Aug. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:01:35 EST Lawyer says police destroyed important evidence in fatal-crash case http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049448-469/lawyer-says-police-destroyed-important-evidence-in.html NASHUA – Lawyers for a man accused of killing a Brookline woman in a car crash the day before Christmas want the charges dismissed because of evidence destroyed by police. Greg Cullen, 32, of Milford, was charged with negligent homicide after prosecutors accused him of being distracted by the GPS on his cellphone and causing a crash near the Brookline Safety Complex, killing 30-year-old Katie Hamilton. In court paperwork filed this month, Cullen’s attorney, Michael Iacopino, said police destroyed three pieces of evidence that robbed Cullen of his right to a fair trial. First, Iacopino says, state police failed to inspect the other two vehicles involved in the crash, including Hamilton’s, to rule out the possibility that a mechanical failure in one of those vehicles contributed to the crash. A state trooper also manipulated Cullen’s cellphone before documenting its home screen, making it impossible for defense lawyers to argue that Cullen wasn’t distracted by the phone by showing that there were unread messages on it, according to court documents. Finally, according to Iacopino’s motion, police destroyed a video bearing a timestamp showing Cullen’s pickup truck approaching the intersection of Routes 130 and 13 in Brookline that could be compared to any text messages sent by Cullen’s phone. “A crucial piece of evidence documenting the time of the accident, which was different than the Verizon Wireless time, was then destroyed by the state,” Iacopino wrote. “They knew they had in their possession a piece of evidence reflecting a time that did not corresponded with their timeline. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:20:33 EST Most of the region’s minorities are in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049450-469/most-of-the-regions-minorities-are-in.html It’s no secret than New Hampshire has relatively few residents who are racial or ethnic minorities – we’re one of the three whitest states in the country, by Census data. As might be expected, most of the region’s minorities live in Nashua, but they’re not evenly distributed around the city. This map shows percentages of minorities in various Census districts, which do not always correspond to obvious neighborhoods. This is one of a number of charts and maps taken from the draft of the 2015-2035 Regional Plan from the Nashua Regional Planning Commission. The plan examines the current and future state of the 13-town Nashua region, which stretches from Lyndeborough in the west to Pelham in the east to Merrimack in the north. The draft can be seen online at www.granitestatefuture.org/regions/nashua-region/documents. The commission is seeking public input on its draft. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:58:00 EST Crusaders get past PAL Force in Nashua football battle http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/kidssports/1049556-457/crusaders-get-past-pal-force-in-nashua.html FOOTBALL Seventh grade:  Crusaders 24, Nashua PAL 7 The Nashua Seventh Grade Elks Crusaders ended their season in style with a 24-7 win over rival Nashua PAL. The Crusaders had a strong ground game with hard running from Kyle Salemi, Ryan Rutstein and Joe Buturla. The passing game was equally effective as Ben Levine connected with both Colby Martel and Adam Akel for positive yardage. The rushing attack led to all four touchdowns led by Mark Case, Zach Gauthier and Ben Levine who added two scores. Defensively, the Crusaders had interceptions from Akel and Zach Berthiaume and controlled the line of scrimmage with hard work in the trenches by Nate Johnson, Kalique Jones, Kyle O’Conner, Charlie McKelvey, Stone Foley, Cody Cargill, Colin Keavey, Brad Dietrich and Nate Zalzal. The Elks were without injured players Alex Swisher and Zach Hureau. EIGHTH GRADE:   Manchester East 22, Crusaders 6 Nashua fell to Manchester East, 22-6, with Tanner Plourde scoring Nashua’s only touchdown on a 90-yard kick return to open up the second half. In addition to the kick return, Plourde also ran the ball 10 times, recorded two first downs, and hauled in one pass. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:37:00 EST Bishop Guertin stymies Nashua North in D-I West matchup http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049403-457/bishop-guertin-stymies-nashua-north-in-d-i.html NASHUA – Based on statistics alone, you would assume the Nashua North offense was successful against Bishop Guertin on Saturday evening. Then again, you’d be underestimating the talent of the Cardinals’ defense. Despite compiling more yards and nearly twice the number of offensive plays in the first half, the Titans ultimately came up short in a must-win contest. Three turnovers and a lack of success in the red zone ultimately led to Nashua North’s demise, as Bishop Guertin pulled off the 22-0 victory. The Titans (2-5) offense had success in the first half, compiling 138 yards, including 96 from running back Myles Cassin-Reed. The Cardinals (2-5) defense continually came up with big plays when it mattered, though, including halting three drives inside their opponent’s own 20. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:00:40 EST Cap proposal is self-interest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1049321-465/cap-proposal-is-self-interest.html Proposed spending-cap change is rooted in salary concerns I did not realize that The Telegraph moved the comics. In his argument for changing the spending cap (“Should city change spending cap calculation?” Oct. 12), Nashua teacher Gary Hoffman uses as one of his arguments that the city of Nashua doesn’t buy such consumer goods as “clothing, food, electronics, and housing costs.” While the city as an entity may not buy those items, its residents (read taxpayers) certainly do. Mr. Hoffman, I suggest, is not as interested in the price of “firemen’s protective gear or the cost of your child’s textbook” as he is in seeing the spending cap increased as much as he can get away with to assure that teachers’ step increases and other salary increases can be maximized. To suggest that the Consumer Price Index – Urban is not a true measure of inflation is nothing but self-interest. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:00:54 EST Lasky | From schools to economic growth, a belief in the good government can do http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1049325-474/lasky--from-schools-to-economic-growth.html On a bright, warm summer day, I waited in the Statehouse for the governor to come out to sign a bill that I sponsored. I greeted a few constituents and colleagues and was chatting about the bill when one of them rushed up, hugged me and started to cry. As I hugged her back, she seemed overwhelmed with happiness. She shared her story with me. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:00:51 EST Community events in Nashua – Oct. 19 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1049335-478/community-events-in-nashua--oct.-19.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHERS FORUM CAMERA CLUB Photographers Forum camera club will hold its next meeting at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 20 at Bishop Guertin High School on Lund Road. This is a competition night with three categories: Assigned: “Door(s) and Window(s)” Challenge: “Cliché” and Open. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:01:11 EST Fairs in Greater Nashua – Oct. 19 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1049334-478/fairs-in-greater-nashua--oct.-19.html NASHUA OLDE FASHIONED COUNTRY FAIR First Baptist Church of Nashua, 121 Manchester St., will host its Olde Fashioned Country Fair from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 25. Fair will include breakfast and lunch items to enjoy while listening to some country tunes; homemade jams and jellies, canned vegetables, salsa, applesauce, “dilly beans,” baked beans, and pies, cakes and cookies; specialty craft and food tables; extensive silent auction; and free activities for children. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:01:00 EST Greater Nashua Habitat For Humanity celebrates 20 years http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049340-478/greater-nashua-habitat-for-humanity-celebrates-20.html NASHUA – Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a dinner at LaBelle Winery in Amherst at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. The event will seat up to 220 people and include dinner and specialty cocktails created by LaBelle Winery at a cash bar. The evening also will include a presentation and live auction. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:01:53 EST Nashua Hunt Community employees ‘band together’ in fight against breast cancer http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049343-478/nashua-hunt-community-employees-band-together-in.html NASHUA – Corey Kearns, asked what gave him the idea to make pink macrame bracelets to help in the fight against breast cancer, said he has been making these types of bracelets for friends and family members in the military for several years. They’re called 550-paracord survival bracelets and actually have hundreds of documented uses for members of the armed forces. Made from parachute cord that can hold up to 550 pounds, each cord is  made up of seven strings wrapped together. The bracelets can be taken apart down to the individual strings and used to tie down tarps for shelter, bundle things together, secure camouflage and even as a tourniquet in a dire combat situation. When asked if it was difficult to find paracord in hot pink, the Nashua native’s answer was simply, “No, not at all.” After two of his wife’s aunts died from breast cancer, Kearns, who is the security supervisor for the Hunt Community Continuing Care Retirement Community, decided he wanted to do something to help prevent more lives from being lost to this disease. Through the countless hours he worked on them, Kearns wondered if his  co-workers would actually contribute the $5 requested donation for one of the hot pink breast cancer survival bracelets. Kearns lost track of how many he made for the project, but he said he used 2,250 feet of 550-paracord make them. In the end, his co-workers at Hunt Community, along with its sister Continuing Care Retirement Community, The Huntington at Nashua, purchased 206 bracelets, helping him raise $1,030 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to find a cure for breast cancer. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:02:10 EST Nashua Christian Academy Spanish students embrace new way of learning http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1049348-478/nashua-christian-academy-spanish-students-embrace-new.html Before this year at Nashua Christian Academy, classes have just been the typical room setting that anyone would expect from a school. This year, however, NCA has become a part of a high school pilot program introducing a new style of learning to the school students. NCA approached the Signum University Language Institute to look into doing video conferences for a Latin course. While the Latin course didn’t have enough interest, the school decided to look into the program for Spanish courses. Video conferences are essentially a mix between an online course and a typical classroom setting. The instructor Skypes the students twice a week in groups of about seven or eight and teaches a class. This format helps the students because the main language spoken is Spanish, not English. Students are forced to speak the language they desire to learn, immersing them in conversations and applied speaking skills they will need to successfully learn Spanish. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:02:32 EST Support groups in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1049349-478/support-groups-in-greater-nashua.html NASHUA BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP The Bereavement Support Group is open to any bereaved individual and is free of charge, with no registration is necessary. Information: Barbara Halbmaier at 882-3000, ext. 63907. BLOOD CANCER SUPPORT GROUP The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offers a monthly support group for adult patients and family members who are coping with a blood cancer diagnosis. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:02:36 EST Pets of the week for Oct. 19 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049351-478/pets-of-the-week-for-oct.-19.html Humane Society for Greater Nashua HARLEY Hi, everyone, I’m Harley! I’m an absolutely adorable 4-year-old gal looking for my new family. I’m so cute that it’s hard to believe no one has scooped me up yet! One thing that you can’t tell from my picture is that I’m blind. I’ve been that way since birth, so I’m very well adjusted. I need a home where I can have some consistency in my surroundings, and would love to have a doggie door leading to a fenced-in yard like I did at my previous home! I like just about everyone I meet, kids and other dogs included! I have good manners and walk well on leash, too – you just need to talk and lead me in the right direction. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:02:44 EST Nashua South dress code draws controversy http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1049352-478/nashua-south-dress-code-draws-controversy.html Throughout the years, the student dress code has been a controversial topic at Nashua High School South. This topic started affecting me at the beginning of my senior year. Before that, I had been oblivious to the fact that many of my female classmates had been shamed for what they wear. The day I was “dress coded,” my eyes opened and I needed my voice to be heard. I wanted to support the girls in my school; I didn’t want to be in the shadows. I began with a Facebook post and proceeded from there. One day, someone in my class who is a part of the school newspaper, Panther Prints, asked me to write an article on the topic. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:02:48 EST Kazimierz ‘Kaz’ Bielawski http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049365-466/kazimierz-kaz-bielawski.html Kazimierz “Kaz” Bielawski, 90, of Nashua, died Thursday evening, October 16, 2014, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, surrounded by his loving family and friends. Born in Beznik, Poland, on February 5, 1924, he was a son of the late Stanislaw and Magdalena Bielawski. Educated in Polish schools, Kaz was part of the underground resistance in Poland during World War II. Mr. Bielawski immigrated to the United States in 1951 and worked as a tailor for Hickey Freeman in New York City. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:00:57 EST Nita Van Zandt http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049367-466/nita-van-zandt.html Nita Van Zandt of Nashua passed away on October 14 at age 65. She was the only child of Bryce Johnson and Evelyn (Plucar) Johnson. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, James Van Zandt, and their daughter, Tracy Van Zandt of Woburn, MA. Nita earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Wichita State University, and her master’s degree in literature and writing from Rivier University. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:01:12 EST Mona P. (Delude) Caron http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049369-466/mona-p.-delude-caron.html 7/11/37-10/14/14 Mona P. (Delude) Caro, of Nashua NH, daughter of the late Ernest Delude & Delia (Levesque) Delude. Mona was a life long residence of the Nashua Area. She grew up on Amherst St., where Acura is now, when the road was gravel and used to count cars going by after school. Her summer camp was on Honey Pot Pond at the Homestead location on Boston Post Rd. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:01:27 EST James N. Trombly http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049370-466/james-n.-trombly.html James N. Trombly, 80, born in Hudson and lifelong resident of Nashua, died peacefully on Thursday morning, October 16, 2014, at Kindred Healthcare (Greenbriar) in Nashua. Mr. Trombly was born on August 1, 1934, a son of the late Fred N. and Christina (Matheson) Trombly. He is remembered as a gentleman who worked hard all his life. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:01:37 EST Heirloom produce, warts and all, has found a place in Greater Nashua farm offerings http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049371-469/heirloom-produce-warts-and-all-has-found.html Heirloom produce, particularly apples and tomatoes, fills local farm stands this time of year, acting as a touchstone to people looking to connect with Old World food experiences. Heirlooms – a general term for produce that existed before modern breeding programs were developed – are considered by some a throwback, perhaps not commercially viable because of low yield or an unusual look. To many, however, the not-quite-perfect skin, complete with spots, streaks, a dull patina and unique flavor, mean gold. Heirloom apples and tomatoes carry colorful monickers such as Jersey Devil and Striped German, Speckled Roman, Virginia Sweet and Nodhead. Olivia Saunders, a field specialist in the food and agriculture program at the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, said heirloom varieties have been popular with backyard gardeners and small farms for about 30 years. “Modern varieties are bred to be more productive or disease resistant,” she said. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:56:31 EST Ebola preparations continue in Nasua, just in case http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049372-469/ebola-preparations-continue-in-nasua-just-in.html NASHUA – Public health experts in Nashua continue to prepare for the possibility, however remote, that a patient infected with Ebola will walk into a city emergency room or doctor’s office. Members of the Healthcare Emergency Response Coalition, made up of representatives from health care facilities throughout Greater Nashua, met Thursday to discuss how to coordinate best practices to deal with Ebola patients, messaging to the public and up-to-date training programs, said Patricia Crooker, Nashua Public Health’s preparedness coordinator. “We’re looking at all of those things and trying to hash them out ahead of time,” she said. “What we really do is try to collaborate on any public health issue.” AMR, Nashua’s ambulance provider, is part of the coalition. It will hold its own drill soon to practice procedures for transporting an Ebola patient. Mark Hastings, director of emergency management at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, and Dr. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:01:54 EST Hundreds attend Nashua Fall Festival and Parade, day one of ArtWalk http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049373-469/hundreds-attend-nashua-fall-festival-and-parade.html NASHUA – Hundreds of parents, children and a smattering of canine companions descended on downtown Nashua and its environs Saturday, easily working around a heavy, but very brief, downpour to take part in or just take in the inaugural Gate City Fall Festival and Parade and the 10th annual City Arts Nashua ArtWalk. With a parade down Main Street, plenty of games, activities, food and entertainment at Holman Stadium, and the works of more than 100 local artists on display throughout downtown, even the busiest visitors weren’t able to run out of things to do. The idea of blending the new festival with the first day of the two-day Artwalk, branded years ago as “Nashua’s Premier Arts Festival,” came up several months ago and as it began to take shape, the interest grew as well, organizers said. Mayor Donnalee Lozeau was enthusiastic about the turnout, both for the parade and the activities at the stadium. “I think it’s great for the first one,” she said as she congratulated the winners of the costume contest. The festival is a one-day event, but ArtWalk continues Sunday, reopening at 11 a.m. and running through 4:30 p.m., when the closing ceremonies will take place at Rotary Common, 315 Main St. As part of the ceremonies, Nashua Rotarian Yvonne Dunetz will lead a tour of the labyrinth walk at the common. On Saturday, grand marshal Stanley Stoncius, the legendary 37-year Nashua educator who retired as principal of Nashua High School South, greeted onlookers with a wave and his trademark smile from the back seat of a vintage Buick convertible. Just two days earlier, Stoncius had been honored as the recipient of the Nashua Education Foundation’s Ron Krauss Outside the Profession Award, which honors an individual who has made a major impact on education in Nashua. At noon at 30 Temple St., newly named New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Director Ginnie Lupi praised the ArtWalk and Nashuans’ response to the arts. “It’s events like this that make this community a great place to live,” Lupi said during the brief ArtWalk opening ceremony. For more information about the ArtWalk schedule on Sunday, visit www.cityartsnashua.org. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Shalhoup on Twitter (@Telegraph_DeanS). Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:23:03 EST Hudson suicide, 2 kids injured in Nashua bounce house, 3 dogs shot in Merrimack are most read Web stories http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049379-469/hudson-suicide-2-kids-injured-in-nashua.html Several articles about a series of unfortunate events generated the most attention of nashua telegraph.com readers for the week ending Saturday. At the top of list were five stories recounting the events surrounding the Nashua woman who committed suicide by jumping into the Merrimack River in Hudson. “Officials find body of 65-year-old Nashua woman in Merrimack River under Sagamore Bridge” was viewed more than 6,600 times. In all, coverage of the event collected more than 16,500 page views. Another tragedy was the second most read news event last week. “Two children injured in bounce house accident at Nashua’s Sullivan Farm” was read 3,100 times, and our follow-up stories collected another 3,400 views for a total in excess of 6,500 page views. The incident occurred last Sunday when the children climbed into an inflatable bounce house that was blown 40-50 feet by a strong gust of wind. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:02:36 EST Nashua prepares for arrival of 150 refugees from Southeast Asia http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049383-469/nashua-prepares-for-arrival-of-150-refugees.html NASHUA – As many as 150 refugees from Southeast Asia will arrive in Nashua soon as part of the sometimes controversial process of resettling refugees and their families within New Hampshire communities. Three years ago, the mayor of Manchester asked officials to stop resettling families in the state’s largest city. And just last year, Nashua’s mayor urged caution when about 50 refugees were set to come here, saying the city needed to make sure the appropriate services were in place. “I want to make sure that the refugees that are resettled in Nashua are successful,” Lozeau said last year. “We’ve got to make sure the school they may be going to will be prepared to assist them, that they have safe and affordable housing in a location that’s appropriate.” Resettlement has been a coordinated effort among city services, volunteer groups and the School District, said Amy Marchildon, program director of the New Hampshire arm of refugee placement agency Ascentria Services for New Americans, formerly Lutheran Social Services of New England. The organization works with people seeking asylum and secondary migrants, placing them primarily in Laconia, Concord and Nashua. “There is a real network of support in social services and volunteer support … and a lot of support from the city,” Marchildon said. Historically, Nashua has received few refugees compared with other New Hampshire communities. Manchester has received more than 4,400 refugees since 1998, while Concord took in more than 1,600 and Laconia received nearly 500. But the state’s second largest city took in only 218 refugees during that time, according to resettlement figures from the state Department of Health and Human Services. Lozeau said city agencies have come together to meet the impending influx of refugees. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:34:00 EST Arts, craft materials to be shared by scrapbookers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1049392-469/arts-craft-materials-to-be-shared-by.html “Scrapbooking is not just a craft or a way to pass the time, but a serious activity designed to speak to the future about life as we know it,” says Patricia Buckler, co-editor of “The Scrapbook in American Life,” noting Thomas Jefferson filled albums with newspaper clippings from his presidency. From snips of paper to fabric from dresses, invitations, recipes and flowers dried in presses, a Mailbag reader’s supplies may help new generations look at the past. Love to scrapbook “I have been told that I am ‘one sheet of scrapbook paper away from being a hoarder’ when it comes to arts and craft supplies, and I have some extras left over from projects that could be used to create beautiful things,” says Kathy M. (LTR 3,154). “The supplies I am offering include scrapbook paper, 12 inches by 12 inches, printed and plain colors; scrapbook scissors; rubber stamps; lots of embellishments, such as stickers, brads and flowers; materials to make mini-scrapbooks; Zutter Binding Machine supplies such as O-rings and 6-inch by 6-inch heavy chipboard; and some Sizzix dyes, many unused. “I would like to give items to several people so all of the items get used and not sit around in someone’s home. Guess that means please don’t be greedy, as I am not looking to get rid of everything all at once. “My desire is to find people who love to scrapbook or make cards but need some materials.” Kathy can be reached at Kathy_McCorkle@yahoo.com. Recliners available “I would like to offer two red upholstered recliners,” says Mildred G., of Nashua (LTR 3,155). “The upholstery is not in the best of condition in that it is just worn. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:00:53 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1049394-478/blood-drives-in-greater-nashua.html The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. 9 am.-3 p.m. Oct. 20: Bedford Farms, 4 Bedford Farms Drive. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:01:01 EST South girls top Keene http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049398-457/south-girls-top-keene.html NASHUA south Girls soccer South 4, Keene 2 Emily Durette scored three goals as the Purple Panthers posted their fifth win of the season. Michelle Marcotte also scored for Nashua South. Adaeze Obinelo turned aside seven shots in goal for the Panthers. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:04:00 EST NH Rail Transit website touts passenger rail through Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049378-469/nh-rail-transit-website-touts-passenger-rail.html Fans of expanding passenger rail up through Nashua might want to check out a new website launched by the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority at www.nhrta.org. It features detailed information about rail projects in the state, including the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor Study, an effort to evaluate the expansion of passenger rail service along the 73-mile stretch from Concord to Boston that is traveled by some 165,000 vehicles a day. The site also addresses the process needed to expand rail, features relevant news and information, lists prominent supporters, and enables the public to sign up and show their support for passenger rail expansion. Traffic congestion, increased transportation demand, concerns about mobility, economic development and the state’s famous quality of life led to the legislation that established the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority in 2007. The NHRTA is tasked with encouraging and overseeing the redevelopment of passenger rail services throughout New Hampshire, with an initial emphasis on the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor. The state Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the NHRTA, is in the final stages of conducting a Capitol Corridor Study to evaluate passenger rail service and other transit alternatives such as express bus service. Initial Capitol Corridor Study estimates show that more than 3,100 riders are expected each weekday from Manchester to Boston for a yearly total of 800,000 riders – 250,000 more than the Amtrak Downeaster, which provides five round trips per day between Portland, Maine, and Boston, with New Hampshire stops in Exeter, Durham and Dover. The final draft of the Capitol Corridor Study is scheduled to be completed in late fall. This report will identify specific station locations and financing options and provide data related to the economic impact passenger rail expansion could have on New Hampshire. – DAVID BROOKS Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:02:31 EST Fright Night coming to Greeley Park; Nashua Senior Outing around corner http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049377-469/fright-night-coming-to-greeley-park-nashua.html The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Halloween Fright Night in Greeley Park from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday . There will be haunted hayrides, scary walk-through mazes, bounce houses, a caricaturist and animal balloons for all participants. This is a free event for Nashua area residents, with recommended ages of 5-12. Parks and Recreation will hold the 44th annual Senior Outing at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Nov. 16. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:02:27 EST New enhancement block in Nashua high schools finding its footing http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049376-469/new-enhancement-block-in-nashua-high-schools.html After several years in the planning stages, Nashua public high schools launched an “enhancement block” period this year. The 35-minute block in the middle of the school day is meant to allow students time to receive extra academic help or participate in extracurricular meetings, activities or workshops. Administrators and staff are still adjusting to the change. “We still have growing pains, and we’re addressing them,” Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Seusing said. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:25:40 EST U.S. Cellular promotes Deborah Bright to sales manager in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/business/businesspeople/1049375-464/u.s.-cellular-promotes-deborah-bright-to-sales.html NASHUA – U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) has named Deborah Bright to sales manager at U.S. Cellular’s retail location at 375 Amherst St. Bright will lead the sales team in daily activities and effectively guide associates to deliver the ideal customer experience. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:02:18 EST Volunteers beautify entrance to Mine Falls Park in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049345-478/volunteers-beautify-entrance-to-mine-falls-park.html NASHUA – The Whipple Street entrance to Mine Falls Park is now “mummified” thanks to the efforts of four gardening volunteers who planted chrysanthemums and later worked at clearing the area at 6Y during the Sept. 20 Trail Day. The volunteers wished to remain anonymous. The next Trail Day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:02:18 EST Garcia failed to deliver http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1049328-465/garcia-failed-to-deliver.html Last week, I, like a number of other small business owners in Nashua, attended the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce’s candidate forum where U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster and her opponent, state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, were gracious enough to let us in on their thoughts for the 2nd Congressional District. Though intrigued by the discussion in its entirety, I was there to hear about one topic in particular – commuter rail. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:01:07 EST Fan fire fills Nashua condo with smoke; nobody hurt http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049258-469/fan-fire-fills-nashua-condo-with-smoke.html NASHUA – A fire sparked by an apparently faulty bathroom exhaust fan filled a south Nashua condominium with smoke early Friday morning, but the occupants were alerted by a smoke detector and got out safely, fire officials said. Firefighters responded shortly before 2 a.m. to a report of smoke in the building at 1 Snow Circle, Apt. M, in The Villas condominium complex off Spit Brook Road, Deputy Fire Chief Brian Rhodes said. Rhodes said the crew on Engine 3, which arrived first, found nothing showing from the outside, but encountered “a heavy smoke condition” inside the building. Crews confirmed everyone was out of the building, then traced the source of the smoke to a first-floor bathroom, where they extinguished the flames and began smoke-removal operations. The condominium is an end unit in a seven-unit building, Rhodes said. He said crews checked the second floor and basement to make sure the fire hadn’t spread, and they found no signs of fire. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:01:15 EST Nashua South football runs down Keene http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049289-457/nashua-south-football-runs-down-keene.html NASHUA – Big plays, big yards, big win. That’s pretty much what Nashua High School took away from Friday night’s 52-27 triumph over the winless (0-7) Keene Blackbirds, a win that vaults the 4-3 Panthers back over the .500 mark South scored six TDs in instant fashion, and also took advantage of six Blackbird miscues in rolling up 552 yards of offense. South quarterback Malik Langa ran for two scores and threw for another, while Josh Perry (10 carries, 128 yards) had three TDs, one a defensive score. “From what I had seen, they (Keene) move the ball on everybody,” South coach Scott Knight said. “So I said, ‘We’re going to have to score a bunch.’” Knight was correct, because it wasn’t always comfy-cozy for the Panthers, now 4-3. It was pretty dicey for South when Keene’s Tim Lane ran it in from 4 yards out to help make it a 24-21 game with 7:53 left in the third quarter. But the Panthers opened up a 38-21 advantage with two TDs in a 1:02 span. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:52:01 EST Parade, activities at Holman, ArtWalk highlight Gate City Festival in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049294-469/parade-activities-at-holman-artwalk-highlight-gate.html NASHUA – The curtain will rise at 10 a.m. Saturday on the first Gate City Fall Festival and Parade, bringing to fruition months of planning and scheduling of a multitude of events from downtown to Holman Stadium. The only interruption for motorists will be a roughly half-hour period when Main Street will be closed from the top of Library Hill to East and West Hollis streets, allowing a parade to pass down Main Street. The staging area for the parade, which will step off at 10, is at 300 Main St. Participants will march north on Main Street, and northbound traffic will be stopped briefly until the parade passes. The southbound lanes will remain open throughout. The parade will continue from Library Hill onto Concord Street, then bear left onto Manchester Street at the Firefighters Memorial. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:01:49 EST Long ago, sports writers were a slightly different breed http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049296-469/long-ago-sports-writers-were-a-slightly.html When he reached deep into Nashua sports history and pulled out a gem originally penned some 70 years ago by mid-20th-century sports scribe Frank Stawasz, esteemed colleague Alan Greenwood set in motion what remains of my creative juices. It was 70 years ago this week that Stawasz, The Telegraph sports scribe and editor of more than a decade until 1952, when he and several other Telegraph reporters walked off the job in a wage protest and never returned, shared with his readers a note that Lowell Sun sports writer Jack Kenney wrote him about a week after Nashua edged Lowell 7-0 in a battle to the finish between two of New England’s toughest football teams. In the note, Kenney – get this – apologized to Stawasz on behalf his city and, apparently, the kids of Lowell High School for sending a chorus of boos through the stands as the Nashua High School eleven trotted onto the field. I laugh out loud as I imagine our Tom King sending an email to the kid from, say, the New Hampshire Union Leader: “Hey, dude, sorry about those loud, purple-painted Nashua kids tossing those boos at the Central players the other night …” Things sure have changed in 70 years. Lo and behold, at least one well-known graduate of the Buzz Harvey School of Hard Knocks remembers that very game that spurred Kenney’s apology. Greenwood’s missive, the venerable Al Savage wrote, “jolted my memory of that day. … I was there at Cawley Stadium playing … as the starting tackle in my senior year.” He referred to the home of the Lowell Red Raiders, where the teams still play. Savage said he doesn’t recall hearing booing, but he remembers the stadium being packed, as stadiums always were when Nashua came to town. He also remembers his sister taking his photo that day in his royal purple uniform wearing “the great safety helmet we wore then. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:02:01 EST Repairing Nashua’s Millyard chimney is a slow process, especially 150 feet in the air http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049297-469/repairing-nashuas-millyard-chimney-is-a-slow.html NASHUA – Scaffolding could be seen about midway up the Millyard smokestack this week as work continues to shore up the iconic chimney in downtown Nashua. A crew with International Chimney of Buffalo, N.Y., says they’re on track with the project to recondition the nearly 200-foot-tall brick stack. The chimney, built in the early 1880s, was once part of the boiler house complex at the Nashua Manufacturing Co. The textile mill complex began in the early 1820s and eventually grew to a large campus of buildings along the Nashua River west of Main Street. On Friday, International Chimney employees David Lecuyer and Greg Lakin worked high in the air on a 16-foot-long, 2-foot-wide platform that moved up the north face of the stack by electric hoist. The pair were removing old mortar from between bricks in 1-foot-square sections. New mortar will be applied. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:02:08 EST Official: Clock ticking for Nashua rooming house owners working to address code violations http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049298-469/official-clock-ticking-for-nashua-rooming-house.html NASHUA – Although city officials say the owners of the Temple Street Hotel have addressed some of the dozens of code violations uncovered in a September inspection, they still have quite a bit of work to do before the city will considers them in good standing. But work is progressing, city code enforcement manager Nelson Ortega said Friday. He said the owners, listed in city property records as 23-25 Temple Street Realty, immediately responded to the most critical violations – those that fall in the “life-safety” category – and corrected them well within the required five-day period. The violations discovered in a Sept. 9 inspection at the former YMCA building at the corner of Temple and Spring streets were listed in a report that was sent to the owners, giving them five days to fix issues such as replacing missing or broken smoke detectors, repairing a substandard fire door, cleaning dust- and grease-caked sprinkler heads, and replacing expired or  missing fire extinguishers. The law gives the owner 45 days to take care of other violations, such as dirty or cluttered apartments, holes in walls and ceilings, rodent and bedbug presence, and one case where “multiple sealed bottles of urine” were discovered in a room with “a very pungent odor,” according to the health department’s portion of the report. Ortega said representatives of code enforcement, the fire marshal’s office, the Police Department and the building safety and environmental health departments conducted the Sept. 9 inspection, with each completing a report on its findings. The rooming house, built 110 years ago as the Nashua YMCA, has changed hands several times over the years. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:27:18 EST Hillsborough County District 32 (Nashua Ward 5) – 3 seats – Republican http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1045308-476/hillsborough-county-district-32-nashua-ward-5.html NAME: BARRY PALMER AGE:74 ADDRESS: Shore Drive, Nashua YEARS OF RESIDENCE: 44 years FAMILY: Married for 49 years, two children EDUCATION: B.A., behavioral science; B.A. theology, Notre Dame College. Certified Emergency Medical Techniican, Nashua Community College. OCCUPATION: Retired New Hampshire newsman, both newspapers and radio POLITICAL HISTORY: State representative, 2011-2012. Chairman, New Hampshire Human Rights Commission; member, New Hampshire American Revolution Bicentennial Commission; member, Governor’s Crime Commission AFFILIATIONS: U.S. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:00:39 EST Champions again http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/bedfordjournal/bedfordsports/1049037-308/champions-again.html The Bedford High School golf team shot a combined 413, beating Bishop Guertin by one (414) and Manchester Memorial by two (415) to win the 2014 Division I team championship at the Concord Country Club on Oct. 2. Ryan Brown and Griffin Gagne each led Bedford by recording an 80, while Zach Wheeler and Connor Lee each shot an 84. Mike Soucy and Tim Weeks both added an 85, and Justin Hayes and Aidan Wheeler had an 89 each. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:00:48 EST State Senate, Executive Council candidates tackle the issues at Chamber forum http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049152-469/state-senate-executive-council-candidates-tackle-the.html NASHUA – No matter which candidates win the races for District 12 and District 13 state Senate and for District 5 Executive Council in November, among the most formidable, if not daunting, challenges he or she will face from the get-go are surely to involve the words “energy” and “passenger rail.” The hot-button topics took center stage again Thursday morning, when the Republican and Democratic hopefuls in each race shared their thoughts on those and other topics in the second of three Greater Nashua chamber of Commerce Election Series forums held at Rivier University. An analysis In a mid-term election that pundits agree is sure to feature plenty of neck-and-neck races up and down the ballot, experts and voters alike are tracking closely all three of the contests, knowing full well that the outcomes are likely to play a key role in deciding which party will enjoy a majority in Concord for the next two years. WMUR-TV political analyst James Pindell said in a forum summation Thursday that he currently views four of the 23 state Senate races as tossups, with Democrats holding a slight edge, 10-9, in probable outcomes. As the election draws ever nearer, one thing that’s becoming clearer across the Granite State is how scarce the word “landslide” will likely be this time around. Pindell singled out in particular the Executive Council and District 12 races as ones to watch. The Senate race, which pits Democratic incumbent Peggy Gilmour of Hollis against Nashua resident Kevin Avard, could very well hinge on “how big a night Scott Brown or Jeanne Shaheen has,” adding that right now he sees the race as “a pure, 50-50 tossup.” “This one matters because it could decide where the balance goes,” Pindell told the audience. While it’s an election where Republicans may hold an overall edge, he said, citing such factors as President Obama’s low approval numbers, Gilmour “has done everything she could.” Political watchers drawn to neck-and-neck races are sure to flock also to the Executive Council contest, in which Nashua Alderman-at-Large Diane Sheehan, a Democrat, and former State Rep. David Wheeler, Republican of Milford, are squaring off. The District 5 seat, which represents much of Hillsborough County and parts of Cheshire County, came open when incumbent Deb Pignatelli chose not to run for reelection. That set the stage, Pindell said, for a showdown whose winner will frequently cast the tie-breaking vote on many issues that come before the council. “This will be the seat that decides the majority (vote), period,” Pindell said, adding that the other four councilors typically split their votes, 2-2. And right now, he said, “the seat is up for grabs.” While the recent redistricting gave the district a more Republican flavor, in Pindell’s opinion a roughly two-percentage-point edge, “we have two A-plus candidates here,” and the fact Sheehan is from Nashua, the biggest population center in the district, also tightens his prediction. “Right now, if you put a gun to my head, I’d say Wheeler,” Pindell added. In the District 13 race, meanwhile, Pindell predicts Democratic incumbent Bette Lasky will retain her seat over Republican challenger Doris Hohensee, pointing out that only one Republican has won the district in the past 60 years. State Senate Democratic incumbents The forum itself kicked off with Lasky and Gilmour on stage flanking moderator Chris Williams. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:23:07 EST Police continue to investigate bounce house incident that injured two children in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049153-469/police-continue-to-investigate-bounce-house-incident.html Nashua police and state officials are continuing the investigation into the circumstances around Sunday’s liftoff of a bounce house at a local farm. “A number of individuals have been interviewed and we continue to identify and locate individuals who may have witnessed some or all of this incident,” Lt. Jeff Maher of the special investigations division at the Nashua Police Department, said. “Criminal charges have not been filed,” said Maher. “It would be premature at this point to say where the investigation might lead.” On Sunday, a bounce house attraction lifted off the ground with two boys, ages 2 and 3, inside of it. Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Michael O’Brien said after the incident that the 3-year-old boy was taken to St. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:01:00 EST St. Joseph Hospital has developed a buddy system to prepare to deal with a disease like Ebola http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049156-469/st.-joseph-hospital-has-developed-a-buddy.html NASHUA – You could almost say emergency medical workers have spent three decades preparing to deal with a disease like Ebola. “When HIV arrived in the early 1980s, we had to react pretty much from scratch. Prior to that, the simple task of wearing gloves was not a common practice for emergency medicine,” said Fran Dupuis, emergency operations manager for St. Joseph Healthcare. “Today we’re used to using PPE (personal protective equipment) for contact precautions, droplet precautions, other precautions.” Like HIV/AIDS, Ebola is transmitted via bodily fluids such as blood or spit from an infected patient. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:27:41 EST Consuelo Hebra http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackobituaries/1049186-435/consuelo-hebra.html Consuelo Hebra, 73, of Merrimack, NH, died peacefully on Monday, October 13, 2014, surrounded by her family at her home. Consuelo began her life in Havana, Cuba, the daughter of the late Josefina Valdés and Constantino Milián and sister of Silvia. Consuelo believed in justice, hard work, telling it like it is, and the power of a united family. She loved God, and her faith and devotion to the Virgin Mary sustained her to her last breath. She loved to sing, dance cha cha cha, ride motorcycles and observe nature – a nightfall, a moonrise, hummingbirds hovering at her feeder in summer. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:01:09 EST Harbor Homes in Nashua seeks help with Thanksgiving dinner for homeless http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1049197-308/harbor-homes-in-nashua-seeks-help-with.html NASHUA – Harbor Homes is preparing for its 14th annual Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless and those in need of a hot meal. The holidays can be an especially challenging time of year for some of our neighbors. The dinner serves 300-400 individuals each year. Harbor Homes is seeking help. It needs turkeys and canned vegetables (corn, green beans) to make the dinner a reality this year. Anything people are able to do to help would be appreciated. For more information, contact Donna M.A. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:02:18 EST Greater Nashua Habitat For Humanity celebrates 20 years http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackreadersubmitted/1049201-308/greater-nashua-habitat-for-humanity-celebrates-20.html NASHUA – Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a dinner at LaBelle Winery in Amherst at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. The event will seat up to 220 people, and will include dinner and specialty cocktails created by LaBelle Winery at a cash bar. The evening also will include a presentation and live auction. Auction items include a one-week stay at a luxury condo in Las Vegas. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:02:31 EST Greater Nashua Habitat For Humanity celebrates 20 years http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisreadersubmitted/1049204-308/greater-nashua-habitat-for-humanity-celebrates-20.html NASHUA – Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a dinner at LaBelle Winery in Amherst at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. The event will seat up to 220 people, and will include dinner and specialty cocktails created by LaBelle Winery at a cash bar. The evening also will include a presentation and live auction. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:02:41 EST Hike for Health to promote wellness in Nashua region http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisreadersubmitted/1049212-308/hike-for-health-to-promote-wellness-in.html HOLLIS – The public is invited to participate in the Hike for Health, a free event on the Beaver Brook Nature Center trails from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 25. Participants can check in anytime between 10 and 11 a.m. Hikers can choose one of five paths, from half a mile to a 10K hike. The event is co-sponsored by the center and the Nashua Obesity Prevention Work Group. The group hopes to increase access to exercise in the Nashua region, as well as to promote health and wellness in Greater Nashua. Hosting the hike at Beaver Brook will showcase the trails that people can use to stay in shape. The hike will have door prizes, including free pedometers to the first 200 participants. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:03:11 EST Area candidates: It’s time again to be part of Telegraph informational lists http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049158-469/area-candidates-its-time-again-to-be.html Candidates for state representative, state senate and executive council seats in districts that include Greater Nashua can submit short biographies to be posted at NashuaTelegraph.com as part of the paper’s election coverage. Under the program, which the paper has run for several years, candidates request a form, fill it out and email it to the paper. They will be compiled and posted online before the Nov. 4 election. Along with basic biographic information, the form will ask candidates to list what they consider the three most important issues facing the office they are seeking, and to give their position on each issue, condensed to a single sentence. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:01:38 EST Historical society turned back on democracy http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1049083-465/historical-society-turned-back-on-democracy.html This Tuesday evening, I attempted to become a member of the Nashua Historical Society. Per the bylaws, I should have become a member upon payment. I was polite, had a completed application and the necessary funds to become a member. However, my payment and application were refused. I attended this meeting because I was troubled by a recent letter to the editor which brought to light the organization’s attempt to move away from Robert’s Rules of Order. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:00:34 EST Glenn Norman Colburn http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetobituaries/1048976-435/glenn-norman-colburn.html Glenn Norman Colburn, 65, of Milford, NH, died Saturday October 11, 2014 surrounded by family and friends at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua, NH, after succumbing to a persistent battle with cancer. He was born in Keene, NH, on July 14, 1949 and was the son of the late Almon Norman and Lillian Adeline (Bunker) Colburn. Glenn graduated from Keene HS continuing his studies at Hawthorne College in Antrim, NH. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:01:51 EST ArtWalk artists, art and food venues http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1048978-485/artwalk-artists-art-and-food-venues.html 01: 30 Temple Street – RJ Finlay, presenting sponsor FIRST FLOOR Lisa Hutchins – jewelry, crafts, painting Nashua Area Artists Association – various artists SECOND FLOOR/PLAZA: City Arts Nashua – Information Center Jennifer Lamerand – photography landscapes on canvas Katrina Reid – painting, jewelry, mixed media SEVENTH FLOOR: City Arts Nashua – cider, water, cookies Ken Gidge – 3-D painting John Stein – abstract, surreal painting J.J. Sawicki – painting and digital art Eric Escobar – live painting, mixed genre art Olivier Smith – abstract art on canvas Miles Keefe – graphite drawings Rich Cortez – abstract, nature Madeleine LaRose – photography, painting, mixed media, zentangle Debbie Auclair – photography Carmen Verdi, Jr. – Sunday only, pen and ink, and pastel Liz Kirwan – off-loom woven beaded jewelry Kerri Mulligan – watercolor Paige McKee – mixed media, canvas Heidi Harris – sketches from photography Michaila Sheehan – prints on matted paper Deborah Sutton – oil on canvas Laura Tyers – oil on canvas Alyssa Jameson – pastels 02: The Picker Building, 99 Factory St. FIRST FLOOR: Cindy Loranger – painting Kathleen Daughan – fine art painting Renaissance Glassworks – fine art stained glass Celeste Guidice – commercial and fine art photography SECOND FLOOR: Darold Rorabacher – hand–crafted custom furniture Tanya Prather – fiber arts Bonnie Guercio – mixed media Mint Printworks – silk screen, design, clothing Gator Art Glass – fine art fused glass AW Emboss – photo restoration, laser engraving, sublimation, custom printing Gail Moriarty Designs – fine jewelry, custom jewelry Circus Bird Studio – fine jewelry, precious metals and gemstones Patricia Ahern – eclectic works, 2– and 3–dimensional Helene LeVasseur – fine art painting THIRD FLOOR: All American Quilt – hand–crafted quilts and quilting services Terri Durell Colosi – fine art watercolor Katherine Bell – fine art painting on panels FOURTH FLOOR: Lotus Lien Art Studio – fine ceramics; painting 03: The Nashua Historical Society, 5 Abbott St. Saturday only: In–house exhibits 04: Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, 35 Railroad Square Catherine Le Comte – underwater fine art photography 05: Nancy’s Diner, 25 Canal St. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:02:00 EST Events and venues for ArtWalk Weekend in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1048979-485/events-and-venues-for-artwalk-weekend-in.html VENUES, EVENTS Friday, Oct. 17 The weekend starts on Friday with the second annual ArtWalk Fancy Friday Fundraiser, a Nashua tradition where you can dress up, go out, and get down, with special offers at participating restaurants and bars. The $10 price of a wristband goes to the charity of the night – in this case, to support the programs, projects and publicity for arts organizations by City Arts Nashua. Click HERE for a map of ArtWalk event locations Saturday, Oct. 18 Noon–12:30 p.m. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:01:00 EST Gate City Fall Festival, Mad Moose Mile http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1048983-485/gate-city-fall-festival-mad-moose-mile.html NASHUA – The City of Nashua is proud to announce its inaugural Gate City Fall Festival and Parade, happening this Saturday. The day begins with a parade through downtown, stepping off at 10 a.m. from 300 Main St., at the Main Street Marketplace. Along the parade route, attendees can view dozens of portraits of notable Nashuans, past and present, displayed in windows of downtown businesses. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:02:16 EST Fire & Ice benefit evening Friday for Marguerite’s Place http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/food/1048984-485/fire--ice-benefit-evening-friday-for.html NASHUA – At 6 p.m. Friday, Marguerite’s Place will hold its annual fundraiser, “Fire & Ice: A Hot Night for a Cool Cause,” at Crowne Plaza, Somerset Way, Nashua. Marguerite’s Place, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides for the physical, emotional, educational, and social supports for homeless women with children to achieve and sustain permanent self-sufficiency. The Fire & Ice benefit event raises critical operational funds for the nonprofit. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:02:20 EST Rickety Ranch holds ‘Wicked’ event in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1048992-485/rickety-ranch-holds-wicked-event-in-nashua.html NASHUA – Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 1, Rickety Ranch has paired up with Sullivan Farm at 70 Coburn Ave., to present “Wicked,” an array of fun, family-friendly – and sometimes frightful! – activities. All daytime events are open every day from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. until Nov. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:02:48 EST Fully invested in fall with this weekend’s activities http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1048996-485/fully-invested-in-fall-with-this-weekends.html There was lots to cram into Encore this week. New England is at its best during autumn, and you owe it to yourself to get out and enjoy all it has to offer. Downtown Nashua is once again the place to be this weekend. The city rolls out its inaugural Gate City Fall Festival with a parade up Main Street, that concludes at Holman Stadium. The stadium grounds will be packed with food, games and family fun. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:00:31 EST Robert J. Jobin http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049026-466/robert-j.-jobin.html Robert Joseph Jobin, 85, of Nashua, husband of Lillian J. (Joyal) Jobin, died peacefully surrounded by family on Friday evening, October 10, 2014 at the Huntington at Nashua, after a period of declining health. A native of Keene, NH, Mr. Jobin was born on December 2, 1928, a son of the late Joseph H. and Alma G. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:00:52 EST Pauline G. Raby http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049028-466/pauline-g.-raby.html Pauline G. (Hebert) Raby, 86, a longtime Nashua resident, widow of Normand R. Raby, passed away Tuesday morning, October 14, 2014 at the Good Shepherd Healthcare Facility in Jaffrey, NH. Prior to moving to Jaffrey ten years ago, Pauline had made her home in Nashua for several decades. She was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on March 4, 1928, a daughter of the late George A. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:01:00 EST Irene G. (Elie) Ayotte-Boynton http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049029-466/irene-g.-elie-ayotte-boynton.html Irene G. (Elie) Boynton, 96, of Nashua passed away on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Saint Theresa’s Nursing Home in Manchester. Irene was born in Lowell MA on October 16, 1917, a daughter of the late Frederick and Odile (Bisson) Elie. She was the widow of Roland Ayotte and Lawrence Boynton Sr. Prior to retirement, Irene had been employed as a secretary for the Boston & Maine Railroad in Nashua. She was a communicant of St. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:01:04 EST Joel Raymond Tozier http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1049030-466/joel-raymond-tozier.html Joel Raymond Tozier, 67, died on October 11, 2014 at his home in Nashua. He was born on June 30, 1947 in Brunswick, Maine, the son of the late Raymond Melvin Tozier and Glennis (Young) Tozier. Joel lived in Maine and New Jersey before settling in southern New Hampshire for the remainder of his life. He graduated from Freeport High School in 1965. He graduated with honors from Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:01:07 EST Panel talks ‘whole new world’ of emerging technology at Science Cafe in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049048-469/panel-talks-whole-new-world-of-emerging.html NASHUA – As an engineer who spent the first 10 years of his career cocooned in a “clean” suit and mask and often working in vacuum chambers, one can’t blame Raytheon research scientist Chris McCarroll for oozing enthusiasm over an emerging bit of technology that, among other things, eliminates the need for all that gear and special conditions. “Just the thought of not having to do all that,” McCarroll told a Science Cafe New Hampshire audience Wednesday night in Nashua, before adding, “it just has to be cheaper.” “It’s a whole new world.” And, indeed, it is a new world for people like McCarroll; flex-electronics manufacturer Joe Junze of Billerica, Mass., and Craig Amiento, a UMass-Lowell professor of electrical and computer engineering who also co-directs a newly opened research institute that is a partnership of Raytheon and UMass-Lowell. The men discussed and answered questions about the latest developments in their field, specifically an emerging technology known as “flexible and printed electronics,” a rather bland name that doesn’t begin to describe a process by which scientists and engineers can blend tiny electronic particles – such as semiconductor materials – into what looks like regular old ink, the difference being that the modified ink can then replace all that expensive, clean-room chip-making. If that isn’t enough to pique the non-scientific crowd, then maybe the fact that similar, “energy-harvesting” technology will one day eliminate the need for mobile power sources – commonly known as batteries. “There’s a lot going on with energy harvesting right now,” McCarroll told a questioner. “The answer is yes, we will have an ability to harvest energy for power. There’s a lot of interconnect with the research.” The technology is so new, and involved, that even the way experts approach their research is different, Junze told the group. “We asked (ourselves) why does developing traditional materials take so long?” he said. “It boils down to physics. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:39:47 EST Authorities identify Nashua woman found in river Tuesday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049049-469/authorities-identify-nashua-woman-found-in-river.html NASHUA – Police on Wednesday identified the woman whose body was pulled from the Merrimack River on Tuesday morning as Nita Van Zandt, a 65-year-old Nashua resident. The results of an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday weren’t immediately available Wednesday night, but police have said they do not consider Van Zandt’s death suspicious in nature. Her body was found in about 15 feet of water in the middle of the Merrimack River around 10 a.m. Tuesday, roughly two hours after police and fire department divers deployed three boats and entered different areas of the river under the Sagamore Bridge. Van Zandt, who according to city property records has lived at 27 Spencer Drive for about 30 years, was reported missing shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday. Police said officers took the missing persons report shortly before emergency crews were summoned to the Sagamore Bridge by drivers who saw a Red Honda CRV pulled over to the side of the eastbound lane of the bridge and apparently abandoned. Three boats from Nashua and Hudson rescue squads – two inflatable boats and one aluminum boat – were launched from the area of the bridge. From there, divers searched downstream, eventually spotting the body in about 15 feet of water, officials said. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Shalhoup on Twitter (@Telegraph_DeanS). Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:40:23 EST Nashua students compete for 2015 National Merit Scholarships http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049050-469/nashua-students-compete-for-2015-national-merit.html Six Nashua students are among those in the running for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million. The students were named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists in September for the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program in spring 2015. The semifinalists were invited to Tuesday’s school board meeting to be recognized by the board and administration. Chairman of the board, George Farrington, introduced the students and described the Merit Scholarship Program. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:01:25 EST ‘Active Night’ benefits breast cancer group http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1049063-478/active-night-benefits-breast-cancer-group.html NASHUA – The NSH Lady Project, based in Nashua, will hold its first monthly Active Night from 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Strength in Balance, 48 Bridge St., third floor. The event will consist of an introductory Barre workout class followed by a seminar on “Eating for Energy & Vitality.” All ticket proceeds will benefit Nashua Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Women are encouraged to wear pink for the event. Tickets are $5. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:00:35 EST Quinn Ireland Kelley http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049064-478/quinn-ireland-kelley.html Lauren Kelley and Robert Kelley Jr., of Hudson, announced the birth of their daughter Quinn Ireland Kelley at 8:32 a.m. Sept. 28, 2014, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua. Quinn was 8 pounds, 9 ounces and 21 inches long at birth. She joins her sister, Caroline. Maternal grandparents are Michael and Ann Feenan, of Nashua. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:00:40 EST Nashua Cub Scouts seek gently used uniforms http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049067-478/nashua-cub-scouts-seek-gently-used-uniforms.html NASHUA – Nashua Cub Scout Pack 253’s fall recruitment night was a huge success, as it had 20 new members sign up. It is never to late to join Scouting – interested boys and their families are always welcome. To sign your son up or for information about the pack or Scouting, click the “Contact Us” link at www.nashuacubscouts.com. The pack also is looking for donations of gently used Cub Scout uniforms. Contact the pack through its website if you can help. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:00:59 EST Garden party in Nashua benefits Care Net Pregnancy Center http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1049071-478/garden-party-in-nashua-benefits-care-net.html NASHUA – An afternoon garden party to benefit the Care Net Pregnancy Center was hosted recently by Susan J. Christopher and her friends. Linda Barry, executive director of the Nashua Care Net center, was the guest speaker. Care Net has been helping women and families in the community since 1985. The guests at the tea party brought baby gifts and donations to support the local work. For more information about Care Net, visit www.carenetnh.org. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:01:14 EST Airman 1st Class Nicole Case http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/military/1049073-478/airman-1st-class-nicole-case.html U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Nicole Case recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Case is the daughter of Edward J. and Yvonne K. Case, of Nashua, and the granddaughter of Marie M. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:01:22 EST Thanks for support of Restaurant Week Farmers Dinner in downtown Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1049076-478/thanks-for-support-of-restaurant-week-farmers.html To the Editor: On Sept. 21, the first-ever Restaurant Week Farmers Dinner took place on Main Street in downtown Nashua. Celebrating downtown Nashua’s award-winning chefs and the connection to local farms, the event was a tremendous success! On this special evening, 208 people in our community joined with family and friends among lanterns and bales of hay to enjoy a six-course meal featuring a pig roast. Eleven restaurants created the culinary offerings composed of locally farmed meat and produce. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:01:36 EST Former employee charged with stealing TVs from Nashua hotel http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1049051-469/former-employee-charged-with-stealing-tvs-from.html Nashua police arrested a former hotel employee and a woman and charged them with stealing two large televisions from the man’s erstwhile employer. Employees at the Radisson Hotel at 11 Tara Boulevard reported a theft on Aug. 26 when they discovered that two 50-inch televisions had been taken from one of the rooms. On Oct. 2 and Oct. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:01:32 EST Nashua South’s rally falls short vs. Dover http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049032-457/nashua-souths-rally-falls-short-vs.-dover.html Nashua South’s rally from two points down with goals from Alyssa Freeman (unassisted) and Sam Harden (Freeman assist) only to come up just short in a 3-2 loss to visiting Dover. Playing well for the Panthers defensively was Julia McGonagle, Hannah Lambert and Shannon Collins, Hannah Hansen and Jenny Halloran. In the midfield, Hayley Bender, Kara Slocum, Emma Loschiavo and Lesley Villacis played well. Paige Murphy stopped 13 shots in net for South. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:00:34 EST Nashua North rules the court vs. Manchester Central http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1049024-457/nashua-north-rules-the-court-vs.-manchester.html Katie Amrein (seven kills), Sina Duncan (nine kills) and Amanda Stumpf (six kills, one block) helped Nashua North coast to a 25-10, 25-10, 25-17 victory over a struggling Manchester Central squad. The Titans improved to 12-2 with the win, while the Little Green fell to 0-13. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:00:43 EST Officials find body of 65-year-old Nashua woman in Merrimack River under Sagamore Bridge http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048869-469/officials-find-body-of-65-year-old-nashua-woman.html NASHUA – Rescue officials pulled the body of a 65-year-old Nashua woman from the middle of the Merrimack River on Tuesday morning after police say she jumped from the Sagamore Bridge. Nashua police said Tuesday night that the woman, a Nashua resident whom they didn’t identify, had been reported missing shortly after 7 a.m. Police said an autopsy will be conducted Wednesday, but officials did not consider the woman’s death suspicious. Nashua officers responded to a Nashua residence to take a missing persons report shortly before rescuers from Nashua and Hudson were called to the bridge for the search. Divers found the woman’s body at about 10 a.m. Tuesday after searching the river for about two hours. The search was triggered by reports that a red Honda CRV was found abandoned on the side of the bridge’s eastbound lane. Officials said it had been left there earlier in the morning. Police closed off a section of the eastbound lane during the search, leading to some rush-hour traffic delays. Three boats from Nashua and Hudson rescue squads – two inflatable boats and one aluminum boat – were launched from the area of the bridge. From there, divers searched downstream, eventually spotting the body in about 15 feet of water, officials said. Two divers retrieved the body, placing it in a bag as they brought it to the surface. Officials later identified the body as that of the woman who had been reported missing, police said. The Sagamore Bridge connects Hudson and Nashua off Exit 2 of the Everett Turnpike, not far from the Massachusetts border. In July 2013, authorities recovered the body of a Hudson man in about the same spot, after a search of the river around the Sagamore Bridge. And this past August, a man drowned in the Merrimack river after jumping off the Taylor Falls and Veterans Bridge further up the river. Don Himsel can be reached at 594-6590 or dhimsel@nashuatelegraph.com. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:38 EST Nashua aldermen question $250K price tag for Legacy Playground http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048928-469/nashua-aldermen-question-250k-price-tag-for.html NASHUA – A new wrinkle in the city’s lengthy, ongoing Legacy Playground adventure surfaced this week, this time taking the form not of location, parking or aesthetics but of why the project is now projected to cost twice as much as originally thought. Questions abounded Monday night at a special meeting of the Board of Aldermen at which Jennifer Brooke, a professional landscape architect who heads a three-member ad-hoc design committee, presented to the board a detailed concept of what the playground will look like. But when Brooke reached the part about funding, several aldermen said they were surprised to hear that the $250,000 price tag – the amount that Leadership Greater Nashua gifted to the city for the playground – doesn’t include site preparation, site work, parking, creating means of access or maintenance. Adding those costs in roughly doubles the original $250,000 price tag, said Brooke, who is affiliated with the Boston-based Institute for Human Centered Design, with which the city and LGN have been collaborating on the project. “I have already overspent this budget,” Brooke conceded. “Then we have a problem here,” Alderman at Large Dan Moriarty responded. “It’s been very clear from the beginning that this was a gift from LGN. We all voted (to accept the gift) at no cost to the city. “I thought it was all done, everything solved ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:01:25 EST Nashua to evaluate school guidance departments http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048929-469/nashua-to-evaluate-school-guidance-departments.html NASHUA – A special committee will evaluate the entire Nashua district guidance department this fall. An ad hoc committee led by school board member Robert Hallowell will consider the delivery of guidance services in schools. Considering costs and efficacy, the committee will make recommendations to the board regarding guidance job descriptions and department structure for 2016. Board Chairman George Farrington said the committee plans to look at whether there is a better way for guidance to be organized. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:16:15 EST Judge says Secretary of State was justified in printing Nov. 4 Nashua ballot on two pages http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048930-469/judge-says-secretary-of-state-was-justified.html NASHUA – A superior court judge refused to hold Secretary of State William Gardner in contempt of a court order to put a Nashua specific question on the Nov. 4 general election ballots used in the city. Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Jacalyn Colburn ruled that Gardner did what was in his power to comply with her Sept. 25 order to print a city charter amendment question on the state ballot over his “vehement disagreement.” City officials had asked Colburn to hold Gardner in contempt because the charter question was printed on a second page, according to court documents. “There is nothing in the court’s order requiring the state ballot be limited to a single page,” Colburn wrote in the order issued on Friday. And later, “The court finds credible Mr. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:01:18 EST Santa Fund run on Sunday gets charitable season off on the right foot http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048938-469/santa-fund-run-on-sunday-gets-charitable.html NASHUA – Halloween is a lot closer on the calendar than Christmas, but the effort to give needy families in the Nashua area a better holiday season is already afoot. The annual kick-off run to The Telegraph’s community fundraising effort, the Santa Fund, is scheduled for this Sunday beginning at the Nashua YMCA. Last year, the Santa Fund collected $80,766, plus hundreds of toys, all of which was distributed to more than 1,000 children and their families around Christmas time last year. Gifts and assistance are handed out based on a family’s income, and last year, the need for assistance in the community was greater than ever, according to officials at the Salvation Army and Front Door Agency, which partner with The Telegraph to distribute all proceeds raised by the Santa Fund. Registration fees and race proceeds give the Santa Fund a head start into the holiday season every year, raising thousands of dollars. The race begins at 9 a.m., and registration starts at 7 a.m. The $30 online registration ends Thursday at midnight and registration on the day of the race will be $40 The Santa Fund Run is the final race of six races in the Gate City Race Series. The Gate City Race Series includes six Greater Nashua races, with proceeds from each race benefiting a different charitable cause. In addition to leveraging and supporting the missions and causes of each race, the series fosters fitness, health, camaraderie, light competition and fun for all. Whole Foods will be at the event, to provide healthy snacks for the end of the race. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:02:04 EST Greater Nashua Bar Association members second to none http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/business/1048939-464/greater-nashua-bar-association-members-second-to.html Since January of this year, I have had the honor of serving as president of the Greater Nashua Bar Association. I confess to having a few reservations when I agreed to serve. After all, I had been around long enough to appreciate and participate in our bar’s proud culture of irascibility when it came to the notion of being governed. The old adage about herding cats certainly seemed to apply. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:02:08 EST Blanca E. Vazquez http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1048957-466/blanca-e.-vazquez.html Blanca E. Vazquez, 67, of Nashua, NH, passed away Saturday, October 11, 2014, at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass. She was born October 20, 1946, in Florida, Puerto Rico, a daughter of the late Luciano and Blanca (Hernandez) Vazquez. Blanca’s family was everything to her. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:00:36 EST Julia (Demetra) Papadopoulos http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1048958-466/julia-demetra-papadopoulos.html Julia (Demetra) Papadopoulos of Nashua, NH, passed away October 11, 2014. She was born November 9, 1932, in Lowell, Mass., to the late Reverend Michael and Christofily (Laganas) Papadopoulos. Julia was a graduate of Nashua High School. An avid reader, her love for the written word rendered her a career as a librarian at the Nashua Public Library for over thirty years. She was a parishioner of St. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:00:41 EST Consuelo Hebra http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1048960-466/consuelo-hebra.html Consuelo Hebra, 73, of Merrimack, NH, died peacefully on Monday, October 13, 2014, surrounded by her family at her home. Consuelo began her life in Havana, Cuba, the daughter of the late Josefina Valdés and Constantino Milián and sister of Silvia. Consuelo believed in justice, hard work, telling it like it is, and the power of a united family. She loved God, and her faith and devotion to the Virgin Mary sustained her to her last breath. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:00:52 EST Jean (Eve) Rudin http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1048961-466/jean-eve-rudin.html Jean (Eve) Rudin, 87, most recently of Nashua, died peacefully at The Courville at Nashua on October 9, 2014, with her family at her side. She was born on March 20, 1927, in Lytham St. Annes, England, a daughter of the late Walter Douglas and Helen (Heeley) Eve. Mrs. Rudin was predeceased by her beloved husband, Henry Rudin. They shared 35 years of marriage prior to his passing. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:00:57 EST Christine Rapaglia http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1048962-466/christine-rapaglia.html Christine Marie Rapaglia, 51, of Westford, Mass., passed away peacefully at her home, Monday, October 13, 2014. She was born on March 29, 1963, in Methuen, Mass. She was the daughter of Carol M. (Magri) Rapaglia of Nashua and Henry Rapaglia of Hudson. Christine enjoyed going to the beach and loved to listen to music. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Besides her parents, Christine is survived by her sisters, Marie (Rapaglia) Bradley and her husband Mark, Gina (Rapaglia) Boland, Nancy (Rapaglia) Gerardi and her husband Dwight, Carolann (Rapaglia) Solivan and her husband Heriberto; and her brothers, Mark Rapaglia and his wife Christine, Robert Rapaglia; and many nieces and nephews. SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held at the DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock St., Nashua, on Thursday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:01:01 EST Nashua police charge pair with theft of Italian figurines http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048937-469/nashua-police-charge-pair-with-theft-of.html Nashua police arrested a Nashua woman and a Massachusetts man Sunday and charged them with stealing and selling thousands of dollars worth of property from a city home, including some Armani statues. Police were called by a homeowner on Oct. 4 for a reported theft. Detectives who investigated discovered that thousands of dollars in items from the home had been sold to a local pawn shop, police said. On Sunday, Cassondra Davis, 26, of 53 Blossom St., Nashua, was arrested and charged with theft by unauthorized taking, and Ross Clapper, 24, of 4 Lafayette Terrace, Chelmsford, Mass., was charged with receiving stolen property. Both charges are felonies, police said. Lt. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:01:56 EST Dover edges Nashua South, 1-0 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1048918-457/dover-edges-nashua-south-1-0.html The Panthers fell to 3-9-2 despite good play at midfield by Kennedy Dowling and Abbey McIntosh. Adaeze Obinelo had one save in goal for South. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:00:36 EST Merrimack blanks Nashua South, 6-0 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1048907-457/merrimack-blanks-nashua-south-6-0.html Callie Dwyer had two goals and two assists to lead the Tomahawks, who improved to 7-4-1. Among the other goals scorers for Merrimack were Kayla Lodono, Julie Berberian, Shanon Leavingworth,and Julia Perry. Other assists on the day were by Londono, Olivia Kapsambelis, and Lacey Lature. Hannah Smith got the shutout in goal. For 0-12 Nashua South, Paige Murphy had 25 saves in goal with defensive help from Julia McGonagle and Hannah Lambert. Kara Slocum, Sam Harden and Alyssa Freeman played well offensively for the Panthers. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:00:34 EST Nashua police investigating bounce house accident that injured two small boys http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048821-469/nashua-police-investigating-bounce-house-accident-that.html NASHUA – Police, Nashua Fire Rescue and the state fire marshal’s office are investigating the bizarre accident over the weekend that left a 2-year-old boy in critical condition after a bounce house was blown into the air. Assistant fire chief Steven Galipeau said Monday his department had several people at the scene taking measurements and photographs following Sunday’s emergency to add to the ongoing investigation into the specifics of the event. Several questions remained unanswered Monday, a day after a gust of wind lifted an inflatable bounce house with the two children and blew it about 40 to 50 feet at Sullivan Farm on Coburn Avenue. It hurt the boy and a 3-year-old boy who had climbed into the attraction. Questions include why the boys were in the house, which had been closed off to the public, as well as details about the size and type of the bounce house and whether it was properly tethered to the ground. Gary Bergeron, a farmer at Sullivan Farm who runs Rickety Ranch, an educational farm and animal rescue in Hollis, said the house was inflated to dry out following rain on Saturday and that the entrance had been blocked by hay bales, according to published reports. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:18:56 EST Julia (Demetra) Papadopoulos http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1048833-466/julia-demetra-papadopoulos.html Julia (Demetra) Papadopoulos of Nashua, NH, passed away October 11, 2014. She was born November 9, 1932, in Lowell, Mass., to the late Reverend Michael and Christofily (Laganas) Papadopoulos. Julia was a graduate of Nashua High School. An avid reader, her love for the written word rendered her a career as a librarian at the Nashua Public Library for over thirty years. She was a parishioner of St. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Francis E. Woodard http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1048834-466/francis-e.-woodard.html Nashua – Frank Woodard, 65, passed suddenly on October 7th, 2014. He was born April 6, 1949, to Ernest & Evelyn Woodard in Manchester, NH. Frank retired from ChemFab in 2002, but always loved to work, whether it was on his vehicles, odd jobs for others, dog and house sitting, or the Hollis Flea Market. His favorite job was working at NH Motor Speedway in Laconia. He always had to be busy doing something. He loved helping people and meeting someone new every day. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:01:04 EST Local filmmaker shoots scenes of award-winning indie film in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048837-469/local-filmmaker-shoots-scenes-of-award-winning-indie.html Nashua sets the stage for dramatic indie feature film written and directed by Nashua High School South alum Ben Proulx. Proulx’s film, “Visionary,” was an official selection of the 30th annual Boston Film Festival in September; it also took home Best Film at the 2014 Long Beach International Film Festival in New York. Shot in and around Nashua, Visionary tells the story of, Ava Vallier, played by Sophie Frieden, a 10-year-old girl with autism, whose mother Rita, played by Melissa McMeekin, pushes her into acting auditions. Ava lands a role in a major film headed by disturbed, predatory director Daniel Long, (Stephen McElwain). Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:31:00 EST Nashua PAL’s Leadership Academy making pitch for $25,000  http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048840-469/nashua-pals-leadership-academy-making-pitch-for.html NASHUA – Shaun Nelson will have a lot at stake when he takes the stage at the Smuttynose Brewing Company in Hampton next week because he’ll have just three minutes to try and win $25,000 for his organization. Nelson, the executive director of the Nashua Police Athletic League, will be one of seven people trying to convince members of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of New Hampshire, an offshoot of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, that their non-profit should be awarded the one-time AMP NH Award Competition grant to fund a project that will bring “amplified benefits” to their community, according to a release from the EFNH. Foundation members will hold a live vote the night of the competition, Oct. 16. “We’ll know minutes after we present,” Nelson said. “Needless to say I’m nervously excited. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:45:36 EST Nashua school board begins mapping out 2016 education budget savings http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048846-469/nashua-school-board-begins-mapping-out-2016.html NASHUA – School officials are already looking for ways to cut costs next school year and will begin talking about options including increasing energy efficiency and changes to the district’s guidance program at its meeting Tuesday night. The board will be talking about how to control spending based on a “lowest responsible” budget Superintendent Mark Conrad will propose that would meet minimum standards such as accreditation and then add any student resources deemed necessary. Preliminary discussions from where to house the Nashua Program at Brentwood to how to charge Food Services for its utility usage are on the table Tuesday as school board members continue the conversation on strategies to increase efficiency and cut costs within the 2016 education budget. The board has asked its Finance Committee to explore methods of cutting costs for the district in 2016. One tactic for reducing costs is conducting an energy audit. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:02:30 EST Laptops for police cruisers and upgrading city radios to be on Nashua aldermen’s plate http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048847-469/laptops-for-police-cruisers-and-upgrading-city.html NASHUA – A disagreement between the mayor and Board of Aldermen over how the city buys things for the police and fire departments, triggered by specialized laptops for new police cruisers, will come up again Tuesday night in a possible veto override. Aldermen will also consider whether to issue bonds for up to $6 million to upgrade radio communications system for city workers, partly so they can communicate with the two incompatible radio systems used by New Hampshire and Massachusetts emergency agencies. At its regular meeting Tuesday in City Hall, the Board of Aldermen is scheduled to consider an ordinance that would require the require the city’s purchasing department to notify the Finance Committee, a subset of the Board of Aldermen, about almost purchase requests it receives from the police or fire departments. The board previously approved the ordinance, but Mayor Donnalee Lozeau vetoed it last month. The board will consider Tuesday whether to override that veto. The ordinance would cover any request to buy equipment or supplies, or to contract for services, if it is big enough to ultimately require approval from the Finance Committee. The issue came up when questions were raised in June about why 10 “rugged-ized” laptop-tablet hybrids, costing roughly $4,000 each, had not been bought for new police cruisers, although they had been authorized for purchase three months previously. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:02:35 EST Forget roses – say it with chocolate http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1048851-469/forget-roses--say-it-with-chocolate.html When I pick up my daily snail mail (the actual letters), it’s probably a lot like yours: Solicitations for unwanted credit cards, something from AARP (they must have an enormous budget for printing), and ads for various annoyances. I hardly ever receive an unsolicited envelope that contains anything I actually want. But I recently received something that made me experience a combination of lust and amusement. The Burdick’s 2014-2015 Calendar. If you are a serious chocolate lover, Burdick’s is a name you already know, so I won’t have to describe to you how incredibly good their chocolates are. If you are not, let me tell you: They are – how shall I put this? – surpassingly delectable. It’s not just that the chocolate itself is rich and smooth and creamy and full of flavor, or that the centers of the bonbons are unusual and luscious, with fillings like pecan-bourbon ganache, or cinnamon, or single-malt Scotch, or orange-pistachio. The chocolates are cute as well. Incredibly cute. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:35:02 EST Nashua-based Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps seeking new members http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1048808-478/nashua-based-spartans-drum-and-bugle-corps-seeking.html NASHUA – The Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps is recruiting new members for 2015, when it will mark its 60th anniversary. During the summer, the Spartans completed a 20-day tour, including competing in the Drum Corps International World Championships, where they took home fourth place. In addition, they won the Caption Award for Color Guard – making this the fourth top color guard award in five years. The Spartans are for ages 14-21. For more information, visit www.spartansdbc.org and sign up for their open house on Nov. 22-23 at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, 47 Grand Ave. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:01:06 EST Nashua River program to be presented http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1048806-478/nashua-river-program-to-be-presented.html NASHUA – “The River That Runs Through Our Gate City” will be presented by Lauri Johnson, development manager of the Nashua River Watershed Association, at a meeting of the Nashua Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21. The Nashua River has been a key resource for the city for centuries. In the 1600s, the river was a transportation corridor with boats moving fur and other goods; during the Industrial Revolution, its energy was harnessed to power mills and factories; and more recently, it has been a cornerstone of downtown redevelopment. The river has seen its challenges, however. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:01:00 EST Two children injured in bounce house accident at Nashua’s Sullivan Farm http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048719-469/two-children-injured-in-bounce-house-accident.html NASHUA – Two young children were injured, one critically, at a local farm Sunday afternoon when a gust of wind lifted an inflatable bounce house they had climbed into and blew it about 40-50 feet. Deputy Nashua Fire Chief Mike O’Brien said the children are both boys, believed to be ages 3 and 2. They had apparently entered the bounce house, which was set up near the main barn at Sullivan Farm on Coburn Avenue. O’Brien said one of the boys suffered serious injuries and was flown by medical helicopter to Tufts Medical center in Boston. The other child was taken by American Medical Response ambulance to St. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:49:00 EST Nashua’s first compressed natural gas bus available for tours Monday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048760-469/nashuas-first-compressed-natural-gas-bus-available.html NASHUA – Three years after trash trucks made the transition, the Nashua’s bus service will start replacing gasoline with compressed natural gas on Monday. A ribbon-cutting is planned Monday for the first CNG bus in the Nashua Transit Systems fleet. Made by a company called ElDorado Bus, the 32-foot-long, wheelchair-accessible bus will replace the most heavily used of the city’s diesel buses, but don’t expect to be dazzled by it. Except for a yellow bulge on its roof, there’s nothing much to let riders know that the technology has changed. “It’s all the same inside,” said Greg Gillette, fleet supervisor for the system. The rooftop bulge holds four high-tech tanks of compressed natural gas, each wrapped in Kevlar to contain the pressurized material. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 05:37:19 EST When it comes to sidewalks, Hudson is a laggard http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048764-469/when-it-comes-to-sidewalks-hudson-is.html Wilton and Brookline have far more sidewalks per person that Hudson, according to an analysis of GIS data by the Nashua Regional Planning Commission. This is one of a number of charts and maps taken from the draft of the 2015-35 Regional Plan from the Nashua Regional Planning Commission. The plan examines the current and future state of the 13-town Nashua region, which stretches from Lyndeborough in the west to Pelham in the east to Merrimack in the north. The draft can be seen online at www.granitestate future.org/regions/nashua -region/documents. The commission is seeking public input on its draft. Written comments may be submitted to NRPC at 9 Executive Park Drive, Suite 201, Merrimack, NH. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:18:01 EST Science Cafe: What if they could make a computer that wrapped around your head? http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048766-469/science-cafe-what-if-they-could-make.html As a lifelong ink-stained wretch, to use the term aging newspaper folk like to apply to ourselves, I’m interested in ink. But maybe not as interested as Craig Armiento, a UMass-Lowell professor of Computer Engineering. “We have at least 30 years worth of experience in microelectronics manufacturing. Chips made in clean rooms ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:28:00 EST Glenn Norman Colburn http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1048772-466/glenn-norman-colburn.html Glenn Norman Colburn, 65, of Milford, NH, died Saturday October 11, 2014 surrounded by family and friends at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua, NH, after succumbing to a persistent battle with cancer. He was born in Keene, NH, on July 14, 1949 and was the son of the late Almon Norman and Lillian Adeline (Bunker) Colburn. Glenn graduated from Keene HS continuing his studies at Hawthorne College in Antrim, NH. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:02:19 EST Leopold ‘Parchie’ Levesque http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1048773-466/leopold-parchie-levesque.html Leopold E. ‘Parchie’ Levesque, 94, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Thursday October 9, 2014 at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack. Leopold was born in Nashua on April 12, 1920, a son of the late Etienne and Mary Louise (Bibeau) Levesque. He was the husband of Yvonne (Belanger Levesque with whom he celebrated 67 years of marriage on September 20, 2014. Leopold served in the US Army Air Force during World War II. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by Royal Business Forms for many years. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:02:23 EST Alvirne’s ‘O’ line controlled Nashua South http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1048774-457/alvirnes-o-line-controlled-nashua-south.html There was no real secret to what the Alvirne High School football team did in beating Nashua South 42-14 on Friday night: The Broncos dominated the line of scrimmage, especially with their offensive line led by Tyler Noonan, Cody Coulombe, and Bennett Parkinson, among others. In fact it’s the same blueprint the Broncos used in an earlier shutout win over Nashua North. Who would have thought that this team would beat both Nashua public schools by a combined 69-14 to grab the West Conference lead? “The bottom line was the offensive line,” Alvirne coach Tim Walsh said. “I thought (Friday) was on par with the North game, we dominated them too. “This (South) team is good. They hit hard, they play hard, but we were able to move them out. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:02:30 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – Oct. 13 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1048786-478/classes-in-greater-nashua--oct.-13.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA LEAGUE OF NH CRAFTSMEN GALLERY CLASSES The League of N.H. Craftsmen will offer these classes in its gallery at 98 Main St. Information/registration/brochure of classes: 595-8233 or nhcrafts.org. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:03:12 EST Library events in Greater Nashua – Oct. 13 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1048788-478/library-events-in-greater-nashua--oct..html NOTE: Library items are submitted by the libraries and are only lightly edited. NASHUA Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600, carol.eyman@nashualibrary.org, www.nashualibrary.org. NEW BOSTON ARTIST EXHIBITS Works by J. Jorge Paris will be on display in the Nashua Public Library Image Gallery in October. The show consists primarily of photographs, although it will also include small and miniature sculptures that are best categorized as minimalist assemblage. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:03:24 EST Elks Crusaders rout Berlin,48-0 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/kidssports/1048895-457/elks-crusaders-rout-berlin48-0.html Football Nashua Elks EIGHTH GRADE:  Crusaders 48, Berlin 0 The eighth grade Elks Crusaders came out fast on offense as seven different players scored points. Leading the offense was Jaylan Pacheco (three touchdowns), Casey McNally (two touchdowns and an extra point run), and Braden McDonnell (touchdown and extra point run). Also scoring points were Brendon Frost (touchdown), Tommy Cullerton (extra point run), Andrew Penkala (extra point run), and Josh McElligott (2-point kick). Tanner Plourde ran hard and registered two first-downs. The offensive line received big days from Brandon Martin, Tim Santerre, Warren Curtis, Justin Arnesen, McElligott, and McDonnell. Receivers Jacob Babb, Alex Fortier, and Cole Desmond ran good routes and blocked well down field. The Nashua defense received big plays from Pacheco (three interceptions and two fumble recoveries) and Plourde (interception). Several Elks also recorded multiple tackles, including Nathanael Tejeda, Quincy Cotto, Anthony Dowd, Adam Paquette, Mark Lagasse, Desmond, Arnesen, and Penkala. Nashua’s special team units also had a good day. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:31:01 EST Hi-tech bankruptcy, bizarre Chicago crash, St. Joseph Hospital penalties top-read stories for week http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048555-469/hi-tech-bankruptcy-bizarre-chicago-crash-st.-joseph.html Readers of nashua telegraph.com were drawn to a potpourri of news last week, as the Top 10 most read stories encompass a broad range of topics and events. The most read story from Oct. 5-11, with 4,004 views, was “Cash crunch causes GTAT in Merrimack to file for bankruptcy.” Business was looking good for the company when it appeared it would land a contract to produce hardened screens for Apple’s iPhone 6. But when that deal fell through, GTAT’s fortunes faded. Although the company will produce the scratch-proof surface for Apple’s smart watch, that wasn’t enough to stave off a business realignment. “GT has a strong and fundamentally sound underlying business,” Tom Gutierrez, president and chief executive officer of GT, said in a statement Monday. “Today’s filing does not mean we are going out of business; rather, it provides us with the opportunity to continue to execute our business plan on a stronger footing, maintain operations of our diversified business and improve our balance sheet.” The “11-vehicle car crash outside of Chicago that killed a nun who grew up in Nashua” was the second most read story of the week, with more than 2,400 views. The bizarre accident was caused by an 81-year-old man who was fleeing another accident when he drove his truck into oncoming cars, including one carrying Sister Jean Stickney, 86, and Sister Kab Kyoung Kim, 48, both of the Little Company of Mary Sisters. Stickney was one of eight children who grew up in the Nashua area and graduated from Nashua High School, according to her brother Ron Stickney. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:00:46 EST Michael McCartney http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1048633-466/michael-mccartney.html Michael McCartney, 56, died peacefully at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack on October 8, 2014. He was born in Miami Beach, Florida, a son of Thomas J. McCartney of Amherst and the late Maura K. (McEvoy) McCartney. Michael lived most of his life with a brain injury. His positive attitude and sense of humor were an inspiration to all who met him. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 05:40:01 EST Louis J. Roy http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1048634-466/louis-j.-roy.html Louis J. Roy, 87, a lifelong Nashua resident, died Thursday evening, October 9, 2014 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a brief illness. A son of the late Louis G. and Marie Anne (Levesque) Roy, he was born in Nashua on March 15, 1927. Educated in local schools, Lou enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 and served as a radio operator during World War II. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:01:04 EST Raymond Alphonse Gendron http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1048637-466/raymond-alphonse-gendron.html Raymond Alphonse Gendron, 80, of Nashua passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. Raymond was born in Nashua on June 14, 1934, a son of the late Alphonse and Evelyn (Nadreau) Gendron. He was the beloved husband of Diane (Brown) Gendron of Nashua for 59 years, having just celebrated their anniversary on October 1st. Raymond served our country as a Tin Can Sailor with the US Navy during the Korean War. During his service, Raymond was attached to the USS Miller DD535 and the USS Maloy DE791. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:01:16 EST LaFrance, Hogan spar in WSMN candidate forum http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048662-469/lafrance-hogan-spar-in-wsmn-candidate-forum.html NASHUA – Hillsborough county attorney Patricia LaFrance, toward the end of a one-hour open forum-style debate last week on Nashua’s WSMN radio station, challenged her November opponent, former county attorney Dennis Hogan, to a discussion on ethics. But before he could respond, host George Russell intervened. “Attorney Hogan, I’m not sure if you want to get into an ethical discussion,” LaFrance began. “No we don’t,” Russell interjected, pushing LaFrance to instead complete her closing comments. The relatively minor flare-up was one of several during the forum, which aired live on WSMN as part of the station’s series of forums ahead of the Nov. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:22:04 EST The State and Daniel Webster http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1048667-474/the-state-and-daniel-webster.html My wife, Nola, and I recently started a new weekly tradition we call “Friday movie date night.” You’d think after 40-plus years of going steady (OK, “marriage”) we’d be well past that hand-holding, smoochie- smoochie, going-on-dates foolishness. But hey, why stop now when it’s still so much fun? In recent weeks, we’ve taken in “Gone Girl,” “Transformers Age of Extinction,” “The Equalizer” and “Dracula Untold.” Great fun, and we discovered a Cinemark Tinseltown theater complex that makes these weekend indulgences affordable at $4.25 a ticket. What’s not to like about that? But after stuffing myself with copious quantities of movie theater popcorn at Cinemark, I got to thinking about how much the movie-going experience has changed since I was a kid growing up in Nashua in the 1950s and early ’60s. Nashua revolved around the stores, eateries and movie theaters on Main Street. There were no shopping malls, video games, Internet or cellphones. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:02:48 EST Amendment to city charter would not alter the budgeting process http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1048669-474/amendment-to-city-charter-would-not-alter.html On Nov. 4, voters in Nashua will have an opportunity to vote on a charter amendment that would change the formula used to calculate the city’s 20-year-old spending cap that limits what the city can spend in a given period of time. One problem with Nashua’s spending cap is that it has not been adjusted to meet the needs of the city in almost 20 years. The city’s spending cap is tied to an index known as the Consumer Price Index-Urban. The CPI-U measures inflation for the basket of goods that a typical urban consumer would purchase – goods like clothing, food, electronics and housing costs. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:02:55 EST Baseball equipment will get youngsters around to home http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1048670-469/baseball-equipment-will-get-youngsters-around-to.html The bases are loaded, home plate’s in sight – the batter is up, and the future looks bright. On the mound, the pitcher, for strikeouts he’ll try, a wink from the shortstop catches his eye. Balls fly through the air, inside, ball one, the score is not final until all plays are done.” One team will be equipped with the finest gear thanks to the Mailbag and a generous donor waiting to hear … perhaps from you? ‘Play ball!’ “My son takes baseball lessons from a very reputable organization in Nashua, and as the boys get older and grow, they tend to grow out of very expensive equipment – equipment that the owners of the club and the parents would like to see put to good use,” writes Meghan K., of Hudson (LTR 2,096). “If there are any organizations out there who help children less fortunate than our own that could use good quality baseball equipment, I would like to pass these items along. “Please put ‘2nd chance’ in the subject line so I know you are not spamming – if you are not legitimately going to help younger players with this equipment, then please do not contact me, as I will be checking.” “Baseball is like driving, it’s the one who gets home safely that counts,” said Tommy Lasorda, former major league pitcher and manager. If you represent an organization that helps kids step up to the plate, email Meghan at ortsok@myfairpoint.net. Forgetting to mention “2nd chance” could result in a strike against you. Music would be a hit “We are in the process of planning the annual French Canadian Soiree at St. Louis Church in Nashua for January,” says Susan B., of Hudson (LTR 3,152). “We are searching for French Canadian music to be used for entertainment after dinner. If any of your readers have any French Canadian music that we could either borrow or know where such music could be obtained, we would love to hear from you.” French Canadian music generally accompanies dances such as the jig, ronde, cotillion and quadrille. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:03:00 EST Don’t be fooled by spending-cap hoax http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1048671-474/dont-be-fooled-by-spending-cap-hoax.html To the city of Nashua’s unions, excess knows no boundary. The city unions squeeze massive benefits into their cushy contacts. Double dipping is permitted. Boosting retirement pay with overtime is standard practice. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:03:04 EST Nashua School District launches Air Force JROTC program http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/sundaymagazine/1048673-469/nashua-school-district-launches-air-force-jrotc.html Nashua started its own Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program this fall, becoming the fifth campus in New Hampshire to host the program. Open to both high schools, Nashua’s program is based at Nashua High School North. The Air Force JROTC curriculum covers aerospace science, leadership, citizenship, service and self-reliance, and although it can give students an edge over their peers if they choose to enlist, it is not a recruiting program. Maj. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:03:15 EST College achievements by students in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1048676-478/college-achievements-by-students-in-greater-nashua.html Achievements by these students from Greater Nashua were announced recently: AMHERST COLLEGE Sarah Ashman, daughter of Michael D. Ashman and Marsha A. Ashman, of Milford, graduated summa cum laude, with distinction, on May 25, 2014, from Amherst (Mass.) College. Ashman majored in classics and religion. CLEMSON UNIVERSITY Ashley Elizabeth Hart, of Merrimack, graduated in August from Clemson (S.C.) University. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:03:26 EST Varied opinions about new E-block at Nashua South http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1048677-478/varied-opinions-about-new-e-block-at-nashua.html This year, Nashua’s public high schools have added a fifth period between second and third block. It is called E-block, and it was intended as a form of advisory period, a time when students can get help from teachers or meet for clubs. This is a fix for many students who are normally unable to stay after school for these activities, whether because of a lack of a ride home or other obligations. Time was shaved off each block, and the passing times between classes had to be shortened to accommodate the 45-minute advisory period. E-block has received mixed reviews from the student population. “It gives time for students who are dealing with tough classes to seek help or to start their homework,” senior Brian Barrows said. “E-block frees up time for after-school activities and allows student to be more involved, productive people.” “E-block is a fantastic time to get work done and to meet with teachers,” senior Samarth Desai said. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:03:30 EST Scholarships awarded to students from Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1048679-478/scholarships-awarded-to-students-from-greater-nashua.html These students from Greater Nashua were awarded scholarships recently: NASHUA SARAH KING Sarah King, a graduate of Nashua High School North, was awarded a $2,500 Scholar-Athlete Scholarship by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Foundation. King was a member of the varsity volleyball team and a member of the National Honor Society. She is attending Butler University to study pharmacy. ROTARY CLUB The Rotary Club of Nashua announce these scholarship awards to recipients in the Nashua area: Gabrielle Whitman received the Arsenault Scholarship of $10,000 payable over four years. Alexandra Tatis received a $10,000 scholarship payable over four years. Jacob Arkian received a $2,500 scholarship. Adult Learner Program scholarships of $2,500 each went to Rosemary Infante and Ashley Gray. AMHERST NASHUA WEST ROTARY SCHOLARSHIPS Seven members of the Souhegan High School Class of 2014 received scholarships from the Nashua West Rotary Club. The recipients were honored at a luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua. Jack Facey and Lauren Ostrowski received The Rotary Scholarship, which is awarded to seniors in the top decile of their class who display overall excellence in academics, extracurricular activities and community involvement. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:03:38 EST Enrichment opportunities abound at ASD in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1048680-478/enrichment-opportunities-abound-at-asd-in-nashua.html It has been about one month since school started at the Academy for Science and Design, and students are settling down into their new classes. In addition to the strong STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – academics, ASD offers a large variety of enrichment programs, mostly run by volunteers. Although it’s still a relatively small school with 500 students in grades 6-12, there is no shortage of extracurricular activities. The Technology Student Association is an example of one such group. It is a student-only organization devoted to STEM that aims to give students the chance to pursue academic challenges beyond the classroom. In this program, participants work on competitive events and then attend state and national conferences. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:03:42 EST Second annual Fancy Friday kicks off ArtWalk weekend http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1048687-478/second-annual-fancy-friday-kicks-off-artwalk.html NASHUA – The second annual ArtWalk Fancy Friday is focused on “fun, fanciness and fundraising,” according to organizer Paul Shea. It is an opportunity for people to put on their best clothes and go out on the town with friends and like-minded people, traveling between participating downtown restaurants and bars in a festive party atmosphere. The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant, where partygoers can buy a wristband for $10 until 8. The wristband gives participants food and drink discounts and no cover at each Fancy Friday location. The locations also include Margarita’s Fody’s Tavern, Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, San Francisco Kitchen, Agave Azul and The Old Amsterdam. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:04:08 EST Community events in Nashua – Oct. 12 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1048697-478/community-events-in-nashua--oct.-12.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS NH AUDUBON: EL PASO AND NEW MEXICO BIRDING HOTSPOTS On Oct. 15 at 7 p.m., the Nashaway Chapter of NH Audubon will host Bill Gette, sanctuary director of Mass. Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center. He will showcase the diverse habitats and wildlife he has visited in the Chihuahuan Desert, and the oases of the desert formed by the Rio Grande and wetlands such as Bosque del Apache and high altitudes such as the Organ Mountains. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:04:56 EST Documentary screened in Nashua aims to break silence of addiction http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048698-469/documentary-screened-in-nashua-aims-to-break.html NASHUA – There have been powerful social movements in support of the fights against breast cancer and HIV/AIDS. The anti-smoking movement has cut the use of tobacco in half. The fundamental questions asked by “The Anonymous People,” a documentary shown at Nashua Community College on Thursday, concern why we don’t treat addiction with a similar major public health effort. Drug and alcohol abuse is an epidemic, director Greg Williams said, but it’s an epidemic that people don’t want to talk about. That means the problem isn’t addressed with public health interventions the way other public health problems have been addressed. “The Anonymous People” sets out to show that social stigma and traditions of anonymity have kept people in recovery silent. It also shows there is a burgeoning movement in support of the 23.5 million people in the United States who are in addiction recovery. The film features celebrities such as actress Kristen Johnston, Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner, former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, former NBA star Chris Herren and other public figures who chose to go public and explain why they’ve given up their silence about their addiction and recovery. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:05:01 EST Despite warning to change its leveling practices, Nashua schools have no plans to alter course http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048699-469/despite-warning-to-change-its-leveling-practices.html NASHUA – When Mark Conrad applied to become the superintendent of the Nashua School District five years ago, he spoke out against leveling students by academic ability, especially in the middle schools. “If you have three levels and you’re the student who’s been placed in the lowest level, it doesn’t take them long to figure that out and begin to incorporate that into their sense of themselves as a learner,” Conrad said during his 2009 job interview. “I think it’s too early to begin putting kids in that position.” Five years later, a new report has been released that identifies an emerging pattern of racial and economic segregation in the city’s schools, but Nashua has no plans of changing course. The effects of segregation are some of the most harmful stuff for students who find themselves stuck in the lowest level course, with low expectations, and a steep climb to reach the next rung on the academic level. Dropout rates are high, graduation rates are low and the student’s projected future earnings are handicapped for life. “The consensus of nearly 60 years of social science research on the harms of school segregation is clear: separate remains extremely unequal,” the September report from the UCLA Civil Rights Project said. The study concluded New Hampshire is showing early signs of racial and socioeconomic segregation and carried a warning: The problem is small enough to address before it becomes a chronic issue. In Nashua, the district levels classrooms from sixth grade through high school, but has taken some steps to support students of each level. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:05:07 EST Pets of the week for Oct. 12 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1048700-478/pets-of-the-week-for-oct.-12.html Humane Society  for Greater Nashua ANDY Hi, everyone, I’m Andy! Aren’t I a handsome guy? I’m a 7-year-old border collie and golden retriever mix, and I’m hoping to steal your heart. I’m extra smart, and would love to move into a home where I could spend lots of time being your sidekick. I already know lots of tricks, and I would really enjoy learning more, maybe even some agility, too! Since I can be a little bouncy, teenagers and adults would be best for me. I’m lots of fun to be around and know we would just have the best time if you’ll take the first step to come meet me! I might prefer to be the only dog in your house, but don’t worry, I’m confident that I will fill your heart up with love. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:05:10 EST Nashua Masonic Lodge to hold open house Saturday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048660-469/nashua-masonic-lodge-to-hold-open-house.html The Nashua Masonic Temple at 196-200 Main St. will host an open house from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday to give the public a chance to tour its lodge and ask questions about the organization. The stately building, which features new stained-glass windows, is home to Rising Sun Lodge 39 and Ancient York Lodge 89. The temple is one of many throughout the state that are hosting open houses that day. For more information, visit www.risingsun39.org or www.ancientyork89.org. – DEAN SHALHOUP Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:02:18 EST Foot soldiers: Nashua police win Manchester 5k http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048659-469/foot-soldiers-nashua-police-win-manchester-5k.html A team of runners from the Nashua Police Department took down the competition at the seventh annual Footrace for the Fallen in Manchester on Sunday, Oct. 5, led by overall race winner Officer Joseph Dewitt. The 5-kilometer race honors police officers killed in the line of duty. About 750 people ran through part of downtown Manchester and crossed the finish line inside Gill Stadium. Dewitt finished in 16 minutes, 35 seconds. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:02:15 EST Nashua’s Rivier College recognized for academics, learning environment http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048658-469/nashuas-rivier-college-recognized-for-academics-learning.html Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:02:12 EST Favors Hogan for county attorney http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1048424-465/favors-hogan-for-county-attorney.html I am a longtime Democrat and attorney practicing family law in Nashua. I have known attorney Dennis Hogan in private practice and his handling of the responsibility of being Hillsborough County attorney. Dennis is fair and nonpartisan because he knows that prosecuting criminal violations is not a matter of Democrats versus Republicans. He is an excellent organizer and administrator who understands budgets. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:10:01 EST Alvirne rips Nashua South football, 42-14 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1048574-457/alvirne-rips-nashua-south-football-42-14.html HUDSON – In past years – heck, even last year – the thought of the Alvirne High School football team beating Nashua High School South was laughable. No one’s laughing now. The Broncos compiled 480 yards of total offense, led by running back Jack Mahoney’s 212 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries, in a 42-14 win Friday night. Perhaps the fact Alvirne won may not have been such a surprise, given the fact the Broncos came into the game tied with South atop the Division I Western Conference at 3-2. But the Panthers had won three straight while the Broncos had looked awful in a 22-point home loss to Salem a week ago, and the point difference seemed staggering. “It’s a great feeling,” Mahoney said, “since last year they came out and smoked us. Coach (Tim Walsh) told us to make history, and we sure did.” And gave their coach a big birthday present. “Jack did well tonight,” Walsh said. “We did a lot of things on  offense. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:52:01 EST Nashua’s CrossWay Christian Church expanding to Milford http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048576-469/nashuas-crossway-christian-church-expanding-to-milford.html MILFORD – CrossWay Christian Church is expanding its Sunday worship services to a new location in Milford. Starting on Sunday, Oct. 19, worship services will be held at 9 and 10:30 a.m. inside the Amato Center at the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley, 56 Mont Vernon Road. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 23:01:10 EST Mad Moose Mile event pits charity runners against athletic moose for beer http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048580-469/mad-moose-mile-event-pits-charity-runners.html Known as the state’s top moose-chasing event, the annual Mad Moose Mile takes over Downtown Nashua Saturday Oct. 18 to benefit charity, local businesses and beer enthusiasts. The Mad Moose Mile is a fun run where participants dress in moose-themed outfits and chase an anonymous runner disguised in a moose costume down Main Street. Runners who catch up to the moose can celebrate with a free beer at Martha’s Exchange. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:00:32 EST September 2014, sunny, warm and dry http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048581-469/september-2014-sunny-warm-and-dry.html Sunshine fans again had plenty to jump for joy about last month as we saw the 4th straight very sunny month across the area. Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, MA is the nearest location to Nashua that records sunshine and the 67 percent of the possible minutes of sun for September was 11 percent above normal. Overall September was a quiet month weather-wise around the area but residents of Hollis did see a microburst on Sept. 6 that took down trees and caused some disruption. Duel severe thunderstorms moved eastward along the MA/NH border bringing a burst of strong winds and frequent lightning to Hollis, and parts of Nashua and Hudson where power was knocked out for some. A microburst is very different from a tornado and develops as rain chilled air rushes downward on the front side of a thunderstorm producing the so-called straight-line winds. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:00:38 EST Michael McCartney http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1048584-466/michael-mccartney.html Michael McCartney, 56, died peacefully at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, on October 8, 2014. He was born in Miami Beach, Florida, a son of Thomas J. McCartney of Amherst and the late Maura K. (McEvoy) McCartney. Michael lived most of his life with a brain injury. His positive attitude and sense of humor were an inspiration to all who met him. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:00:52 EST Raymond Alphonse Gendron http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1048586-466/raymond-alphonse-gendron.html Raymond Alphonse Gendron, 80, of Nashua passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. Raymond was born in Nashua on June 14, 1934, a son of the late Alphonse and Evelyn (Nadreau) Gendron. He was the beloved husband of Diane (Brown) Gendron of Nashua for 59 years, having just celebrated their anniversary on October 1st. Raymond served our country as a Tin Can Sailor with the US Navy during the Korean War. During his service, Raymond was attached to the USS Miller DD535 and the USS Maloy DE791. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:01:01 EST John Paul Voveris http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1048587-466/john-paul-voveris.html John Paul Voveris, 34, of Nashua, NH, passed away unexpectedly on October 9, 2014. John was born on November 17, 1979, in Nashua the son of Ronald and Jeannine (Prunier) Voveris. He attended Nashua schools and graduated from Nashua High School. John brought joy and happiness to all that surrounded him. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:01:08 EST Nashua’s Martineau-Nelson trial: ‘You can’t make this stuff up’ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048599-469/nashuas-martineau-nelson-trial-you-cant-make-this.html For a couple of months now, every time he starts talking about one of Nashua’s most sensational murder trials, prosecutor-turned-Nashua-defense-attorney Kent Barker keeps saying things like “you can’t write a script this good.” But he can – because, along with a bunch of other litigants from both sides of the courtroom, he did. The other thing Barker often says is “you can’t make this stuff up,” and that’s true, as anyone who knows even a little about the February 1959 murder that led to one of Nashua’s most sensational trials can attest. We speak of the infamous Martineau-Nelson case, whose ironies, coincidences, twists and turns kept much of southern New Hampshire hanging on  every word of testimony for a solid six weeks some 55 years ago this autumn. Awhile ago, Barker began reading about the case, growing more fascinated with every document he found. As immediate past president of the Nashua Bar Association, Barker is now on its executive board, a two-year post that comes with an informal title of event-organizer, which for a trade organization of barristers means putting together things like mock trials, awards receptions, law-education seminars and such, with an eye on working in here and there events or presentations of general community interest. So, Barker figured, why not share with his fellow members of the legal community some of the ins and outs of this most gripping, “you can’t make this stuff up” proceeding that holds such a prominent place in Nashua legal history. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 01:01:25 EST Boards of aldermen, education tour NHS North career center http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048601-469/boards-of-aldermen-education-tour-nhs-north.html NASHUA – After touring several rooms in Nashua High School North’s career and technical education wing Thursday night, members of the Board of Education and Board of Aldermen could all agree on at least one thing: Vocational education has surely changed since the wood-shop and auto-shop days. Even the word “vocational,” until just recently the accepted term for courses that train students for careers as mechanics, plumbers, electricians, culinary arts and other trades, never came up during Thursday’s tour, which was part of a joint meeting of the boards designed to give members a close look at what today’s classes offer students. Members were first given an overview of the CTE and Career Pathways programs, which accept students from both Nashua high schools and several area towns where the programs aren’t available. The meeting was prompted in part as a way to bring the boards’ members up to date on the types of programs that taxpayer dollars are buying these days, and hear what teachers and selected students had to say about their respective courses. The roughly two dozen visitors, for instance, learned that students in Mary Stewart’s biotechnology classes store some of their rarer specimens in freezers capable of reaching 80 degrees below zero Celsius, and that besides physical science, algebra is the only prerequisite required to be eligible for Stewart’s biotech I and II classes. Connor Haney, one of roughly 70 students split between the four Biotechnology blocks, said he is particularly interested in pursuing the study of DNA, for which his current coursework is helping him to prepare. Stewart said a board of industry advisers helps guide the students and their studies, and she has established partnerships with several biotech companies and colleges. One such college is Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, which boasts extensive industry experience and offers biotech courses from certificate programs up to a two-year associates degree program. The tour also took board members into Bob Lalancette’s Marine Robotics lab, where students demonstrated the art of mixing machinery with water – an odd combination, but the very crux of the course. What those machines become when submerged, of course, are submarines, which, if they did their figuring and wiring correctly, students can guide through the water by remote control. Meanwhile, graphic design instructor Sara Rose was more than eager to bring visitors up to date on what her students are accomplishing by blending their natural creativity with the latest technology. “My ultimate goal is to become a design center,” Rose said, describing a scenario in which anyone, both within and outside the school district, could have everything from campaign buttons and posters to book covers or advertisements created. Part of the course focuses on branding, Rose said, describing how students brainstorm ideas and give and take from each other. One requirement, she added, is that all students participate in this year’s version of the city’s Recycling Poster Contest, for which the theme is “Be Smart, Use a Cart … Recycle.” Hannah Chisholm, one of Rose’s students, took the visitors into the room where the ideas go from student’s imaginations onto computer screens. Booting up her computer, one of about 20 large-screen Apple desktops (“Apple is the industry standard fro graphic design,” she explained) set in rows, Chisholm described the components of a current project and followed up by answering a handful of questions that mostly centered on the technology. “Six months ago they were printing in here,” said Superintendent of Schools Mark Conrad, who also took the tour. “This is one of our biggest and most recent changes.” Board of Education member Kim Muise said earlier that she “was amazed” by the recent renovations in the graphic design center. Muise, who chairs the BOE Budget Committee and is a member of its Finance and Operations Committee, said the meeting and subsequent tour was scheduled to help answer questions “that came up during the budget process” earlier this year. She said incorporating career programs into the curriculum makes high school “more relevant” to students, especially those who have already decided on their career they want to pursue. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Shalhoup on Twitter (@Telegraph_DeanS). Sat, 11 Oct 2014 01:01:34 EST Garcia came off the rails at Nashua chamber event http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1048551-465/garcia-came-off-the-rails-at-nashua.html “Be prepared” is the Boy Scout motto. It’s also a song from Disney’s “The Lion King.” And it should be the motto of any candidate for public office sitting down to talk politics with Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chris Williams, especially with more than 100 business people and the media watching. Witness 2nd District congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia. The Salem Republican, who is seeking to unseat Democrat incumbent Ann Kuster, was paddling along quite nicely Thursday morning, regurgitating her carefully constructed talking points, when Williams adeptly sliced a few holes in her fragile little dingy. The issue that rattled Williams’ cage the most was extending commuter rail service to Nashua and places north. Garcia pleaded ignorance of the issue and told Williams, “I’ll get back to you on that.” Garcia is not ignorant of the issue, and Williams knew it. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:00:57 EST City is wrong in dispute with Secretary of State http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1048550-465/city-is-wrong-in-dispute-with-secretary.html Apparently emboldened by a nonsensical court ruling regarding Nashua’s state ballot, the city is ridiculously suing Secretary of State William Gardner for contempt of court. It seems the city isn’t happy with the way Gardner complied with an order from Hillsborough County Judge Jacalyn Colburn to add the city’s charter amendment question to Nashua’s state ballot. Gardner agreed to comply, but the ballots arrived at City Hall on two separate pages – on one page was the standard state ballot, and on the other was the charter question. The city expected an all-inclusive one-page ballot. Gardner says the ballots are coded as one. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:00:55 EST Nashua recognizes it has a sidewalk safety problem http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1048549-465/nashua-recognizes-it-has-a-sidewalk-safety.html Nashua has a sidewalk problem, especially near some of its schools. By “problem,” we mean that impatient drivers are not being sufficiently cautious as they approach and pass through crosswalks. Pedestrians, many of whom are school children, are at undue risk. Following many complaints, the city looked into the issue at an aldermanic meeting last week. Aldermen detailed the problem and offered possible solutions. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:00:51 EST Nashua Chamber head critical of Garcia stance on passenger rail http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048439-469/nashua-chamber-head-critical-of-garcia-stance.html NASHUA – Pleading uncertainty about details, Republican congressional hopeful Marilinda Garcia declined to comment on the idea of extending passenger rail north into Nashua during a candidate forum Thursday, earning something of a rebuke from the usually affable Nashua Chamber of Commerce President Chris Williams. “As a state representative, you had a lot of involvement in rail issues, so you shouldn’t be completely naive or ignorant about the issue,” Williams said, after Garcia told him “I’d like to learn a little more about it – I’ll get back to you” when he asked her stance on extending passenger rail. Garcia, a four-term representative from Salem, responded that she wanted to wait for the recommendations of a feasibility study on the costs and benefits of bringing passenger rail up from Lowell, Mass., through Nashua to Manchester. The Nashua chamber supports the extension. “If it isn’t going to become a taxpayer liability, why not?” Garcia finally said of the project. The feasibility study is due by the end of the year. In 2011, Garcia was among those state legislators who voted to rescind the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, killing a similar study at that time. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:39 EST Pinkerton football looks set to run the table http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1048467-457/pinkerton-football-looks-set-to-run-the.html Pinkerton Academy has been here before. Heck, the Astros have never really been a pushover on the gridiron. Even in what some would consider down years, PA is always a tough win to collect for any opponent. Bishop Guertin, struggling out of the gates was the most recent victim of a Wing-T Whooping from out of this world. Don’t let the 35-12 score fool you. That final score could have been doubled if the Astros didn’t limit T.J. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 23:04:01 EST Robert A. ‘Pops’ Eastman http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1048470-466/robert-a.-pops-eastman.html Robert A. “Pops” Eastman, 76, a longtime Nashua police officer, passed away at his home, Wednesday morning, October 8, 2014, after a brief illness. Born in Medford, Massachusetts on December 2, 1937, he was a son of the late Roger and Margaret (Hope) Eastman. During his youth, Mr. Eastman resided for a time in Hampton, NH and then in Milford for many years. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:49 EST Jane (Smurl) Clark http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1048471-466/jane-smurl-clark.html Jane (Smurl) Clark, 80, a longtime resident of Nashua, died at The Elliot Hospital in Manchester, on October 8, 2014, with members of her family at her side. She was born on March 21, 1934, in Bronx, NY, daughter of the late David and Maryrita (Conlon) Smurl. She is remembered as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend. Early education and helping others was a very important part of her life and character. For most of her career, she was an early education teacher, and taught in many areas, including teaching in Japan. Following her retirement from teaching, she had worked for Sears. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:54 EST Jeffrey ‘Scooch’ Pascucci http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1048473-466/jeffrey-scooch-pascucci.html Jeffrey “Scooch” Pascucci, 47 of Nashua, NH, died on Monday, October 6, 2014, in Nashua, after a lengthy illness. Born October 26, 1966, in Nashua, NH, he was the son of Louise Marrama (Pascucci), of Nashua and the late Henry Pascucci. He was also predeceased by his cousin and best friend, Scott Magovsky. “Scooch/Scucci” was a graduate of Nashua High School and went on to graduate from North Eastern University with a Bachelors of Science degree. Prior to his illness, Jeffrey was a businessman and entrepreneur heading up New England Marketing, specializing in event marketing throughout the United States. His favorite past times included fishing and skiing. His interests included documentaries about almost anything, but especially about great white sharks. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:01:04 EST Kathie Lee coming ‘live’ to Nashua on Saturday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048479-469/kathie-lee-coming-live-to-nashua-on.html NASHUA – Stella Blu restaurant and the New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet in Nashua are hosting “Today” show host Kathie Lee Gifford on Saturday afternoon for a meet-and-greet at the store, 25 Coliseum Ave. Gifford’s appearance, from noon-2 p.m., is part of the GIFFT Red Blend and Chardonnay Mix Kitchen Series, a collaboration between Gifford and Scheid Family Wines of Monterey, Calif. The wines will be paired with food from Stella Blu, the downtown Nashua restaurant. Customers can meet Gifford, sample GIFFT Red Blend and Chardonnay, and purchase signed bottles during the event. GIFFT, derived from Gifford’s last name, reflects her belief that “friendship, love and laughter are gifts to be cherished,” according to a state liquor commission statement. “We are delighted that Kathie Lee Gifford will share her love for wine and her newest creation with our customers,” said liquor commission Chairman Joseph W. Mollica. Gifford, who said she vacationed with her family in New Hampshire as a child, has earned three daytime Emmy awards for co-hosting NBC’s “Today” show. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:01:32 EST Stand Down event held for those who served http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048482-469/stand-down-event-held-for-those-who.html NASHUA – Joshua Perusse started his U.S. Army service as a truck driver. He ended his career as a radar operator in an air defense unit. Thursday, he carried a heavy pack filled with goodies and used a cane to weave through the crowd at Harbor Homes’ annual Stand Down for homeless veterans. “Honestly, I didn’t come here for the free stuff. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:01:53 EST Nashua officials want Secretary of State held in contempt http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048485-469/nashua-officials-want-secretary-of-state-held.html NASHUA – City officials want a judge to hold the New Hampshire secretary of state in contempt over the way he printed ballots that were already the subject of a lawsuit appealed to the state’s highest court. City and state lawyers were in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua on Thursday over whether the absentee ballots the state printed are one or two ballots because they take up two pages of paper rather than one two-sided ballot; and whether that violates Judge Jacalyn Colburn’s Sept. 25 order for Secretary of State William Gardner to print a city charter amendment on the state ballot. Senior Assistant Attorney General Anne Edwards said City Clerk Paul Bergeron is the one breaking state law by not handing out the absentee ballots and endangering residents’ ability to have their vote counted in the Nov. 4 general election. Nashua officials sued Gardner on Sept. 17 and asked Colburn to force him to put a petitioned charter amendment on the state ballot, a request she granted on Sept. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:20:46 EST All Pets Veterinary to host grand opening Oktoberfest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisreadersubmitted/1048511-308/all-pets-veterinary-to-host-grand-opening.html NASHUA – All Pets Veterinary Hospital will host a free family-friendly Oktoberfest from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, to celebrate the grand opening of its new location at 25 Riverside St., across from Nashua High School South. The event will feature German food, giveaways and raffles, and tours of the hospital. There also will be a stuffed animal adoption fundraiser to raise money for Rhianna’s Fund, as well as visits from a number of special animal guests. “Our Oktoberfest grand opening celebration is open to the whole town, and it’s going to be a fun event for all ages,” said owner Melissa Magnuson, DVM. “Of course, we’re excited to show off our new location, but we also want people to just come, have some great food, enter in our pet costume contest and meet some of the interesting animals we’ll have there. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:00:43 EST Halloween-themed events around southern NH http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1048521-308/halloween-themed-events-around-southern-nh.html We’ve assembled a ghoulishly good collection of calendar events for your Halloween entertainment. From high-octane horror houses to family-friendly autumnal fun, we’ve harvested the area’s best offerings. Grab a buddy and get your boo on! HOLLIS SCARY THE DARK CROP Lavoie’s Farm, 172 Nartoff Road, thedarkcrop.com. In October 2009, Chad Zingales, a lifelong resident of Hollis, joined forces with the director of performing arts at Hollis Brookline High School, Elyse Tomlinson. The two began blending the fun and excitement of Halloween with the improvisational acting program at the school. The Dark Crop is now a highly anticipated seasonal part of the curriculum – one for which students develop their own unique characters, help design their own makeup and create their own costumes. Students are then graded based on their level of participation, quality of their performance and dedication to character. “I’ve always been into Halloween,” Zingales said. When he and a friend decided to do their own thing for the season, Adrian Lavoie and his family “were totally onboard” with hosting at Lavoie Farm. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:01:29 EST All Pets Veterinary to host grand opening Oktoberfest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackreadersubmitted/1048533-308/all-pets-veterinary-to-host-grand-opening.html NASHUA – All Pets Veterinary Hospital will host a free family-friendly Oktoberfest from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, to celebrate the grand opening of its new location at 25 Riverside St., across from Nashua High School South. The event will feature German food, giveaways and raffles, and tours of the hospital. There also will be a stuffed animal adoption fundraiser to raise money for Rhianna’s Fund, as well as visits from a number of special animal guests. “Our Oktoberfest grand opening celebration is open to the whole town, and it’s going to be a fun event for all ages,” said owner Melissa Magnuson, DVM. “Of course, we’re excited to show off our new location, but we also want people to just come, have some great food, enter in our pet costume contest and meet some of the interesting animals we’ll have there. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:02:15 EST Halloween-themed events around southern NH http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/bedfordjournal/bedfordnews/1048736-308/halloween-themed-events-around-southern-nh.html Sun, 12 Oct 2014 23:01:16 EST Hudson police arrest log from June 13 and July 31 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048486-469/hudson-police-arrest-log-from-june-13.html Hudson Police Department June 13 Arrests/Summonses Steven B. Potter, 25, 39 River Road, Apt. B: Warrant, 9:23 a.m. Arthur J. Luciano, 61, 15 Frenette Drive: Stalking, 2:24 p.. Accidents Central Street and Park Avenue: 2:47 p.m. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:02:14 EST Nashua police arrest log from October 2 through October 8 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1048483-228/nashua-police-arrest-log-from-october-2.html OCT. 2 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Jacob Albert Wallace, 50, no fixed address, nashua, electronic bench warrant: non-appearance in court, electronic bench warrant: failure to appear at arraignment. Luis Angel Ruiz-Alicea, 22, 55 Central St., Nashua, domestic violence: criminal mischief. Robert A. Mottla, 37, 41 Vespa Lane, Nashua, reckless operation. Joseph Martinez, 71, 6 Dale St., Apt. B, Nashua, second-degree assault. Philip W. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:01:58 EST Nashua landfill closed Monday; one-day delay for trash pickup http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048348-469/nashua-landfill-closed-monday-one-day-delay-for.html NASHUA – Monday’s Columbus Day holiday will delay trash pickup for Nashua residents by one day next week. The Four Hills Landfill and recycling center will be closed on Monday as well. Monday’s trash routes will be picked up Tuesday, with the rest of the routes following suit through Saturday, when Friday’s routes will be picked up. Landfill officials are also advising Nashua residents that the Solid Waste Department’s special collections of oversized items will end for the season on Friday, Oct. 31, and are scheduled to resume in April 2015. In the meantime, residents can still bring oversized items, such as mattresses, furniture, refrigerators and similar large household items, to the landfill, 840 W. Hollis St., for disposal during normal operating hours. The collection of soft yard waste, such as grass and leaves, will continue through the final week of November, weather permitting. Updates and special notices can be found on the city Website, www.gonashua.com. --DEAN SHALHOUP Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:30 EST Area candidates: It’s time again to be part of Telegraph informational lists http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048477-469/area-candidates-its-time-again-to-be.html Candidates for state representative, state senate and executive council seats in districts that include Greater Nashua can submit short biographies to be posted at NashuaTelegraph.com as part of the paper’s election coverage. Under the program, which the paper has run for several years, candidates request a form, fill it out and email it to the paper. They will be compiled and posted online before the Nov. 4 election. Along with basic biographic information, the form will ask candidates to list what they consider the three most important issues facing the office they are seeking, and to give their position on each issue, condensed to a single sentence. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:01:23 EST Nashua homeless man charged with stealing flat screen TV this summer http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048272-469/nashua-homeless-man-charged-with-stealing-flat.html NASHUA – A homeless man is facing a felony burglary charge after police accused him of stealing a television this summer. Nashua police were called to a home on Worcester Street around 3:30 p.m. on June 13 when the homeowner reported that several items, including a flatscreen TV, had been stolen, police said. On Sunday, police arrested Lake Munday, 28, of no fixed address, Nashua, on an arrest warrant charging him with the burglary, police said. Munday was held without bail pending his arraignment at Nashua district court on Monday. The Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines, police said. – JOSEPH G. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:55:00 EST Don’t cede control of Nashua Historical Society http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1048440-465/dont-cede-control-of-nashua-historical-society.html Reading Dean Shalhoup’s article recently about the Nashua Senior Activity Center and the problems it is facing (The Telegraph, Oct. 1), I began to feel deja vu. Then I got to the quote, “We will never receive an answer as to how the bylaws of a membership organization changed, ceding all power to a Board of Directors that is not compelled in any way to interact with the members that they govern.” Aha! Not deja vu at all, but a situation very similar to what may happen at the Nashua Historical Society. You may remember they recently settled a pending suit because they improperly removed their president. In what appears to be a move to insulate and protect themselves from any more scrutiny, the society has called a meeting for Tuesday, Oct. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 17:00:50 EST Harbor Homes in Nashua seeks linens for clients http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1048413-478/harbor-homes-in-nashua-seeks-linens-for.html NASHUA – Harbor Homes, a nonprofit agency that was started in Nashua in 1983, has been working diligently to eliminate homelessness, with much success over the years. However, it is not a challenge that just “goes away” – clients need several varied services in order to help them become stabilized, employed, healthy, and physically and mentally well so that they can move on to live productive, independent lives. Many of Harbor Homes’ clients start out in its Maple Arms Emergency Shelter, where they not only receive a safe place to stay, but also are immediately connected to a caseworker who helps draw up a plan, and gives the individual or family the tools to end their struggle with homelessness. Meanwhile, guests need to have basic items, which we all take for granted, during their stay. Because Harbor Homes believes in the hygiene and dignity of its clients, its guests are given new bedding and linens to use during their stay. The shelter is in dire and desperate need of new twin- and double-size sheet sets, blankets, pillows and towels. For more information, contact Donna at 882-3616, ext. 1242, or d.collins@harborhomes.org. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 10:01:08 EST Access Nashua’s ‘Garage X’ wins award http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1048406-478/access-nashuas-garage-x-wins-award.html NASHUA – “Garage X,” a television series locally produced with a big assist from Access Nashua Community Television creative director Dan Young, has won an award. The Alliance for Community Media – Northeast Region will hold the 16th annual Video Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11, and will bestow upon “Garage X” the award for Best Series – Instructional and Training. “Garage X” is produced by Matt Holland and Steve Belanger. Young is director of the series. The premise of “Garage X,” according to their YouTube Channel, has series hosts Holland and Belanger “tackling automotive projects throughout New England, showing you how the pros do it, how we do it and how you can do it in your own garage.” The Video Festival will be held at Alpine Grove Banquet Facility, 19 S. Depot Road, Hollis. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 10:00:39 EST 11-vehicle car crash outside of Chicago kills three, including nun who grew up in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048156-469/11-vehicle-car-crash-outside-of-chicago-kills.html A bizarre car crash in a Chicago suburb involving 11 vehicles ended Sunday when the 81-year-old driver of a pickup truck crashed head on with a vehicle carrying two nuns, including one who grew up in Nashua. The two nuns and the driver of the pickup all died at the scene, according to published reports. Police said Edward Carthans, 81, was fleeing the scene of another crash when he drove his truck onto oncoming cars at 95th and Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn, a Chicago suburb, just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the ABC station WLS-TV Chicago. The two nuns were identified as Sister Jean Stickney, 86, and Sister Kab Kyoung Kim, 48, both of Little Company of Mary Sisters. Stickney was one of eight children who grew up in the Nashua area and graduated from Nashua High School, according to her brother Ron Stickney. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:33 EST Halloween-themed events around southern NH http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1048305-485/halloween-themed-events-around-southern-nh.html We’ve assembled a ghoulishly good collection of calendar events for your Halloween entertainment. From high-octane horror houses, to family-friendly autumnal fun, we’ve harvested the area’s best offerings. Grab a buddy and get your boo on! NASHUA SCARY Fright Kingdom 12 Simon St., www.frightkingdom.com It’s time once again for all ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties to make their way to Fright Kingdom – if they’re not there already there waiting for you! Running on select days through Nov. 1 is “New England’s largest indoor attraction” that prides itself on being “Scary, Not Spooky.” Victims – er, visitors – can enjoy five attractions within the venue as well as the Monster Midway where they can experience some of Fright Kingdom’s ghoulish characters while enjoying games, concessions, photo opportunities and entertainment. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:00:56 EST Nashua Theatre Guild presents ‘Postmortem’ this weekend http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1048311-485/nashua-theatre-guild-presents-postmortem-this-weekend.html NASHUA – Someone committed murder. And William Gillette, an American actor who plays Sherlock Holmes, is going to find out whom. This is the story that takes place in Nashua Theatre Guild’s production of “Postmortem,” Thursday-Sunday at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St. It is April 1922 and the cast of William Gillette’s latest Broadway revival of Sherlock Holmes has assembled for a weekend at his home overlooking the Connecticut River. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:02:09 EST Top New Hampshire talent in concert tonight http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1048312-485/top-new-hampshire-talent-in-concert-tonight.html NASHUA – Tonight at 8 p.m., the Nashua Community Concert Association continues its 2014-15 season, presenting a night with top talent from New Hampshire at the Keefe Auditorium at Elm St. Middle School. Handicap entrance opens at 7:10 p.m., general admission at 7:15. This concert is a first for the organization, presenting four highly talented groups from the state, each playing a 30-minute selection of their best songs. The Fountain Square Ramblers are from Contoocook, and play traditional Dixieland jazz. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:02:13 EST Learn about haunted New England from local author http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1048313-485/learn-about-haunted-new-england-from-local.html Join local author Eric Stanway as he discusses and signs copies of his new book, “Haunted Hillsborough County.” Stanway will be visiting all three branches of the Toadstool Bookshop in October: n Oct. 18 at 2 p.m.: 12 Depot Square, Peterborough. n Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.: 222 West Street, Keene. n Oct. 25 at 2 p.m.: 586 Nashua Street, Milford. Hillsborough County’s haunts, mysteries and mystical places are revealed from Nashua to Weare. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:02:17 EST Nashua native pens book on being chef to celebs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/food/1048314-485/nashua-native-pens-book-on-being-chef.html NASHUA – Chef Neal Sheldon Salisbury, A 1986 graduate of Nashua High School South, came home to begin a national book tour for his new book “The Billionaire’s Chef: cooking for the rich and famished” (Taylor & Francis Group/CRC Press). The event was held at Martha’s Exchange on Oct. 1. Salisbury, a former private chef to Martha Stewart, P-Diddy, Jerry Seinfeld and more than 20 of the world’s billionaires, has decided to pass his experience on to the next generation of chefs and curious foodies through the book and nationwide appearances. Salisbury made it a point to begin his tour in the city he was raised in and to show respect to those who supported him in the beginning, including his parents, who were in attendance at the event. Salisbury dedicated the book to the person that helped him get started in his career: Former Fredrick’s Pastries owner and retired Culinary Institute of America and Nashua High School South Culinary arts instructor Fredrick Lozier. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:02:21 EST Time to get your SHRIEK on this New England October http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1048319-485/time-to-get-your-shriek-on-this.html We’re well into the most spooktacular month of the year, and it’s time to explore all the frightful delights that New England offers for Halloween lovers. I’ve compiled three pages of spirited suggestions, from family-friendly harvest fairs, to truly terrifying attractions and corn mazes. There’s something for everyone – who dares! See our listings here – and read about one particular corn maze that’s inhabited by some Hollis Brookline High School students who are brave enough to test their improv skills. The dead are also talking on stage this weekend, when Nashua Theatre Guild presents Ken Ludwig’s “Postmortem” at the Janice B. Streeter Theater downtown. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:02:46 EST Nashua parents urge crosswalk improvements near school zones http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1048389-469/nashua-parents-urge-crosswalk-improvements-near-school.html NASHUA – Too many drivers have become accustomed to driving too fast on Concord and Manchester streets, several residents agreed at an aldermanic committee meeting Wednesday night, but even worse is that many of them have a habit of passing turning vehicles even when schoolchildren are trying to cross in marked crosswalks. The fact that both streets, especially Concord Street, are long, mostly straight thoroughfares that happen to run near schools or school crossings – combined with an ever-increasing number of cars using city roads – has created a safety problem that many parents say has reached the point where something needs to be done. Possible solutions, according to city engineer Steve Dookran and planner Tim Watson, include “bumping out” sidewalks where they meet crosswalks, installing rapidly flashing warning beacons, painting crosswalks high-visibility colors and, perhaps, raising them to make pedestrians look taller and therefore more visible. Dookran and Watson presented those and other results to their recent study Wednesday night to members of the aldermanic Infrastructure Committee, a meeting that also drew comments from some of the roughly two dozen residents in attendance. The study, which Dookran’s department was asked recently to conduct as part of city officials’ ongoing discussions on the matter, generally showed that all of the eight crosswalks they examined have pedestrian safety issues that should be addressed. “We looked at them ... and observed problems (such as) vehicles waiting to turn left, going around on the shoulder,” Dookran said in prefacing the presentation. “They’re approaching (crosswalks) too fast, there’s no doubt about that,” he said of drivers on Concord Street. Making the street crossings safer as soon as possible while keeping cost in mind was the prime objective of the study, Dookran said. Watson split the presentation into two parts according to the proposed funding sources. Of the eight crosswalks studied, four – at Manchester and French streets; Manchester and Mount Pleasant streets; Concord at Orange streets; and Concord and Laton streets – would be improved with federal funds, while the other four, on Concord Street at the intersections of Courtland Street and Hall, Bartlett and Columbia avenues, would receive city funding. Tracy Pappas, who said she was “wearing both hats” as a parent and in her capacity as Board of Public Works commissioner, said she has witnessed a number of near-misses that could have ended tragically. “We shouldn’t need (extensive crosswalk improvements), but I’m sorry to say I think it’s necessary,” Pappas told the committee during the comment period. “Drivers on Concord Street treat pedestrians as so much potential roadkill. “I don’t want to be on the receiving end of a phone call telling me someone has been creamed,” she added. Kim Meuse, who lives on Courtland Street and is a member of the Board of Education, said she’s received “dozens of phone calls from concerned parents” whose children have to cross Concord Street at some point between Courtland Street and Hills Ferry Road, just to the north of Greeley Park. Meuse said her daughter, a high school sophomore, is plenty old enough to know how to cross the street but conditions can become so dangerous that she’s considered driving her daughter to the bus stop “even though it’s only 500 feet” from her house. “We’ve seen cars passing on the right, I’ve seen people almost get creamed there,” she said of the intersection. “I understand there are costs, but we don’t want to see anyone hurt. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 05:38:31 EST