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 Thank you, Pam Coutermarsh http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1053469-465/thank-you-pam-coutermarsh.html A school can only be as good as its staff and the services offered to all students. One such essential service is that of the tutorial program. In fact, success or failure in any educational setting can be directly attributed to the availability or unavailability of tutors within the school. Nashua Community College presently has student tutors as well as staff tutors. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:00:09 EST Merrimack falls to North in opener http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacksports/1053629-308/merrimack-falls-to-north-in-opener.html Taylor Choate knew she was close to a scoring milestone. Good news for the Nashua High School North senior, she was able to get it out of the way in the season’s first game. Choate scored a game-high 22 points, setting a school record for most in a career, as she helped the Titans open the year with a 59-47 win Friday night over Merrimack in Division I action. The point total gives Choate 1,037 points, five more than the previous record, which was set by Kelsey Hogan. “That feels pretty good,” Choate said of the record. “It’s exciting. Sometimes you’re thinking about it too much and you take bad shots. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:47 EST Bedford wins first D-I game http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/bedfordjournal/bedfordsports/1053633-308/bedford-wins-first-d-i-game.html The Bedford High School boys hockey team started its time in Division I off with a 4-1 win over Nashua North on Wednesday at St. Anselm’s Sullivan Arena. The Bulldogs (1-0) scored three shorthanded goals – one in each period – and limited the Titans (0-1) chances throughout the game to win their 29th straight game and extend their unbeaten streak to 30 games. Bedford got a goal and an assist from Brett Veilleux while Danato Tempesta and Nathaniel John each had two assists. Matthew Musgrave, Griffin Gagne and Jacob Rioux also had goals for Bedford and Alec Lindberg was solid in net. Ryan Marvin scored a power play goal late in the third period for North and Sean Chipman played well in goal. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:01:17 EST Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/bedfordjournal/bedfordreadersubmitted/1053694-308/nashua-catholic-regional-junior-high-school.html Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School in Nashua has announced its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2014-15 school year. The following Bedford students were named to the honor roll. PRINCIPAL’S LIST GRADE 7: Meghan L. Lord, Haley J. Schmitt. HIGH HONORS GRADE 8: Sara  J. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:01:00 EST Stephen R. Paquin http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053711-466/stephen-r.-paquin.html Sgt. Stephen R. Paquin, 27, of Nashua, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday evening, December 16, 2014 after a brief illness. Born in Nashua on March 26, 1987, he is a son of Kenneth and Paula (Mulligan) Paquin. Educated in local schools, Stephen was a graduate of Nashua High School South Class of 2005 and earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in 2010. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:20 EST Lorette (Bruneau) LeBoeuf http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053712-466/lorette-bruneau-leboeuf.html Lorette (Bruneau) LeBoeuf died on December 17, 2014. She was the wife of Gerard L. LeBoeuf whom she married in 1955. They made their home in Hudson, NH. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:39 EST Lorice L. Bonkosky http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053714-466/lorice-l.-bonkosky.html Lorice L. Bonkosky, 53, of Nashua, passed away on Dec. 14, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Born Dec. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:01:05 EST Nashua child killer jailed in Florida http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053723-469/nashua-child-killer-jailed-in-florida.html NASHUA – Six years after he was released from prison for the 1973 murder of a young Nashua boy, Raymond A. Guay Jr. is back in jail, this time in Florida, charged with armed robbery. The former Nashua man, now 66, murdered John Lindovski, 12, who had been missing for a month and whose body was found under the snow off Rideout Road in Hollis. His 2008 release from prison sparked a public outcry. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:34:00 EST New Hampshire GOP lawmaker requests impeachment review of local judge http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1053724-476/new-hampshire-gop-lawmaker-requests-impeachment-review.html A Republican lawmaker has filed a request to have the New Hampshire House explore the possible impeachment of a presiding county judge based on a September ruling that he felt inserted new language into the law. State Rep. Daniel Itse, R-Fremont, has sponsored a legislative service request (LSR) that directs the chamber to investigate whether grounds exist to impeach Judge Jacalyn A. Colburn of Hillsborough County Superior Court for her decision in a Nashua-centric case versus N.H. Secretary of State William M. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:10:00 EST Free south Nashua bus route serves mall and plaza shoppers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053726-469/free-south-nashua-bus-route-serves-mall.html NASHUA – Nashua shoppers looking to keep things local as they scramble for last minute gifts can still take advantage of the city’s free holiday shopping circulator bus route. The free Nashua Transit System bus service, shuttling between the Royal Ridge Shopping Center and the Pheasant Lane Mall, is available until Tuesday, December 23. The Holiday Shopping Circulator will pick up at the Pheasant Lane Mall at 15 minutes and 45 minutes past the hour, every hour starting from 1:45-6:15 p.m. For regular riders, the service will meet the 6 and 6a bus on the hour and at 30 minutes past the hour from 2 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., a according to the Nashua Transit System. This is the first year for the program, but the season’s success means it may be back again next Christmas according to Sarah Marchant, director of Nashua’s Community Development Division. “It’s been going great so far,” said Marchant. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:02:21 EST Nashua mom seeks holiday help after husband’s death this spring http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053731-469/nashua-mom-seeks-holiday-help-after-husbands.html Julia’s husband died this past March of a drug overdose on prescription pills, leaving her to care for their three children. This Christmas will be especially difficult, Julia said, because it will be the first for the kids without their dad. “Not having their dad is tough for them. It’s hard,” she said. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:00:21 EST Elizabeth Dorette Stabler http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisobituaries/1053739-435/elizabeth-dorette-stabler.html Elizabeth Dorette Stabler, 32, of Hollis, NH, and Tucson, AZ, passed away during the week of November 13, 2014, in Tucson, AZ. The cause was an apparent heroin overdose. She was born on December 1, 1981, in Nashua, NH, the daughter of Sarah Chandler Stabler and George Merritt Stabler, both now deceased. She grew up in Hollis, NH, where she attended public schools. She spent a year and one-half at Bennington College in VT and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, in 2009. She was a young woman of many gifts and boundless promise: an accomplished artist, baker, musician, horticulturist, and a friend to and caretaker of animals. She leaves a loving family – her brother, Benjamin Stabler; an aunt and uncle, Janet Brown and Atty. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:00:26 EST Hudson man charged in alleged forgery, theft scheme http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053702-469/hudson-man-charged-in-alleged-forgery-theft.html NASHUA – A Hudson man is in Nashua police custody after his arrest Wednesday evening on felony theft and forgery charges, police said. Luke Pesaturo, 23, of 7 Daniel Webster Drive, Hudson, was arrested around 7 p.m. and charged with one count each of theft by deception, a Class A felony, and forgery, a Class B felony, police said. He remained in custody pending the scheduling of an arraignment in Nashua district court. The arrest stems from an investigation triggered by reports from local bank officials who told police their banks had suffered a loss of money due to a check-cashing scheme involving forged checks, police said. Police also learned that a local business, which police didn’t identify, also sustained a loss of money due to a stolen check, which police said was forged. The investigation led members of Nashua’s Criminal Investigation Division to Pesaturo, who, police said, had allegedly stolen numerous business checks and forged them in his name, resulting in a theft in excess of $1,500. --DEAN SHALHOUP Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:04:00 EST I heard her exclaim, as she drove out of sight: Merry Christmas to all … http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1053582-485/i-heard-her-exclaim-as-she-drove.html One week left! Here comes Christmas, ready or not! If you have little ones, there’s a fun event at the Pelham Library at 6 p.m. tonight. Climb aboard “The Polar Express” with a reading of the beloved book, seasonal treats and visit from a very special North Pole resident! Find the details here. Peacock Players invites you home for Christmas this weekend in Nashua. Current students and alumni will join together to stage a Christmas Spectacular filled with seasonal music and family fun. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:03:12 EST Two-day argument ends early Wednesday with Nashua man’s arrest, police say http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053590-469/two-day-argument-ends-early-wednesday-with-nashua.html NASHUA – A two-day argument that police say eventually led to one of the combatants allegedly swinging a brush ax at the victim ended early Wednesday morning with the arrest of a local man on multiple domestic violence charges, police said. Uniformed officers arrested Christopher Mainguy, 37, of 7 Hanover St., Apt. C, shortly before 2 a.m. and charged him with one count each of domestic violence – criminal threatening, a Class B felony, and domestic violence – criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor, plus two counts of domestic violence – simple assault, Class A misdemeanors, police said. Mainguy, who police said was arrested without incident at 24 Auburn St., Apt. B, was held on $10,000 cash or surety bail pending arraignment, which was scheduled for Thursday morning in Nashua district court. Police said officers were called to 7 Hanover St. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:50:33 EST Kevin Patrick Riley http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053626-466/kevin-patrick-riley.html Kevin Patrick Riley, 56, of Hudson, passed away peacefully at his home, Tuesday, December 16, 2014. A lifelong resident of Hudson, Kevin was born in Dearborn, Michigan on February 10, 1958. He was a graduate of Alvirne High School Class of 1976 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Keene State College in 1981. Kevin has spent most of his working career with the Union Leader in Manchester, recently as the Single Copy Manager. Kevin’s passion was theater. He served as President of the Nashua Theater Guild and with that company and many others, in any and all capacities, from producer to actor to director for over thirty years. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:37 EST Parents pick up gifts at Santa Fund overflow day in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053636-469/parents-pick-up-gifts-at-santa-fund.html NASHUA – About 1,000 families signed up to receive help from The Telegraph’s Santa Fund, but by the end of the season, the number who actually received help will be more like 1,200. Wednesday was overflow day at the Salvation Army, which – along with the Front Door Agency – registers families and helps distribute gifts for the fund. “These are people – 100 or more – who didn’t know they were going to need help when we had registration, but since then, things have happened,” said Rosemarie Dykeman, director of social services for the Salvation Army. “Many have lost jobs since then, some have unexpected health problems, like a woman who asked for help recently was getting chemotherapy treatments for cancer and was too sick to get here in time. And some just have had one bad thing happen that made it impossible for them to provide Christmas for their family. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:49:51 EST Nashua middle school schedules under review as math scores decline http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053638-469/nashua-middle-school-schedules-under-review-as.html NASHUA – While school board members wrestle with how to improve lagging math scores by middle school students, some arts teachers are worried that more time for math instruction will gut their programs. More than a dozen middle school teachers attended a Nashua Board of Education meeting this week to express their concerns with initial plans to increase math instructional time to 60 minutes a day, up from the 47-minute classes middle school students have now. Just that 13-minute bump would likely lead to more students having to choose between classes such as consumer science and technical education and band, according to Pennichuck Middle School band director Vincent Duval. He predicted music classes would collapse. “Right now we have a system that supports the program,” Duval he said. “If choosing band meant not getting the other experiences, kids would opt out of band. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:52:35 EST Youths answer call of leadership at Victory Academy in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1053649-478/youths-answer-call-of-leadership-at-victory.html NASHUA – If you were anywhere near Main Street on Saturday, Nov. 15, you would have heard St. Pat’s gym buzzing with nearly 200 youths stepping up and answering the call of leadership. The day started with 50 Nashua Police Athletic League youths gathering at the Youth Safe Haven on Ash Street to make their way over to the gym. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:00:39 EST Prolman chosen Rotarian of Year by Rotary Club of Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1053650-478/prolman-chosen-rotarian-of-year-by-rotary.html NASHUA – The Rotary Club of Nashua announced that the Rotarian of the Year for 2014 is Earl S. Prolman. Prolman has been a leader in the community his entire life, setting an example by his continuing involvement in community service, children’s causes and Temple Beth Abraham. His service includes years of work in Rotary programs, high school educational programs to educate students against bullying, the YMCA, the founding of the New Hampshire Make-A-Wish Foundation, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and others. Prolman excelled in his professional life, and as a longtime agent of New York Life, was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table. His family was present at the award ceremony, and they spoke about Prolman’s dedication to his family, his influence, and how he has led them by example and taught them how to be better people. Along with the award, the Rotary Club awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in his honor, one of the highest honors a Rotarian can receive. For more information on the Rotary Club of Nashua, visit www.nashuarotary.org. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:00:46 EST Harbor Homes receives $5,000 from bridge league toward Ending Homelessness Fund http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1053651-478/harbor-homes-receives-5000-from-bridge-league.html NASHUA – The American Contract Bridge League recently present a check for $5,000 to representatives from Harbor Homes at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. The donation was given by the league to the agency’s Ending Homelessness Fund. The mission of the fund, which was established in January, is to permanently house and offer supportive services to all of the chronically homeless people, including veterans, in the Nashua area. The donation represented the collection of an extra charitable dollar from special games held during the year at local clubs throughout the country. When the American Contract Bridge League holds a national tournament in a specific district, it distributes the charity money to states in that district. The league will hold a national tournament in Providence, R.I., in the near future. Each New England state received a donation of $5,000 for charities benefiting the homeless. Harbor Homes, 45 High St., has raised more than $175,000 for the Ending Homelessness Fund in pursuit of its goal of $200,000 by Dec. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:00:54 EST Nashua school adopts families at Christmas http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1053654-478/nashua-school-adopts-families-at-christmas.html NASHUA – Infant Jesus School partnered again with the Front Door Agency to adopt families at Christmas. This yearly tradition helps teach the students the spirit of giving and the importance of helping those less fortunate. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:01:08 EST Elizabeth Dorette Stabler http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetobituaries/1053660-435/elizabeth-dorette-stabler.html 1981-2014 Elizabeth Dorette Stabler, 32, of Hollis, NH and Tucson, AZ passed away during the week of November 13, 2014 in Tucson, AZ. The cause was an apparent heroin overdose. She was born on December 1, 1981 in Nashua, NH, the daughter of Sarah Chandler Stabler and George Merritt Stabler, both now deceased. She grew up in Hollis, NH, where she attended public schools. She spent a year and one-half at Bennington College in VT and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC in 2009. She was a young woman of many gifts and boundless promise: an accomplished artist, baker, musician, horticulturist and a friend to, and caretaker of animals. She leaves a loving family – her brother Benjamin Stabler; an aunt and uncle, Janet Brown and Atty. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:00:13 EST Not Your Average Joe’s restaurant to open near Pheasant Lane Mall http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053637-469/not-your-average-joes-restaurant-to-open.html Nashua will get its latest entry in the "fast casual" segment on Monday when the 21st Not Your Average Joe's restaurant opens in the Webster Square Shopping Plaza. This will be the first location in New Hampshire for the chain, which opened in 1994 near Boston and now has 15 restaurants in Massachusetts and a half-dozen in several other Northeastern states. It will open Monday, Dec. 22. The roughly 7,000-square-foot restaurant replaces Pier 1 Imports at 221 Daniel Webster Highway, next to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore. A Starbucks coffee shop will take up the rest of the plaza space. Not Your Average Joe's Executive Chef Jeff Tenner was previously chef and partner at Lindbergh's Crossing in Portsmouth and the owner and chef of Ciento in Portsmouth. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:54:41 EST Nashua South suffers loss to Pinkerton http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1053617-457/nashua-south-suffers-loss-to-pinkerton.html The Nashua High School South wrestling team dropped 10 of 14 matches in a 55-24 loss to Pinkerton Wednesday night. Kevin Melanson, Pat Sullivan and Shad Lacombe all won for the Panthers with pins over their respective opponents. Jake Barton was given a win in the 285-pound match due to a forfeit. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:00:47 EST Alvirne/Pelham opens with win over Nashua South http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1053616-457/alvirnepelham-opens-with-win-over-nashua-south.html TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. – It may have taken a period for the co-op newness to wear off, but the Alvirne/Pelham boys hockey team’s debut was a successful one on Wednesday night at Skate 3. Unfortunately for new Nashua South coach Shawn Connors, that came at his Panthers’ expense in the form of a 4-1 A/P win. After a scoreless first period, A/P got second period goals from Cam Blake, Justin Hudgins and Brad Brock to take a 3-0 lead into the third period. South closed to 3-1 46 seconds into the third on a goal by Bryan Connolly, assisted by Tony Columbus. but Alvirne’s Brett Pitre, assisted by Blake, scored an insurance goal at 11:10. Alvirne goalie Curtis Richall had 22 saves while South’s Nathan Radin was under siege, making 36 stops. “We came out flat in the beginning but turned it on and never looked back,” A/P coach Brian Gould said. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:00:41 EST Bedford starts strong in D-I with win over Nashua North http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1053615-457/bedford-starts-strong-in-d-i-with-win.html Bedford scored three shorthanded goals in its first Division I game to beat Nashua North 4-1 at Saint Anselm’s Sullivan Arena. Ryan Marvin scored a power-play goal late in the third period for North (0-1) and Sean Chipman played well in goal. Bedford (1-0) got a goal and an assist from Brett Veilleux, while Danato Tempesta and Nathaniel John each had two assists. Matthew Musgrave, Griffin Gagne and Jacob Rioux also had goals for Bedford and Alec Lindberg was solid in net. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:00:26 EST Changes come for Greater Nashua high school hockey http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1053510-457/changes-come-for-greater-nashua-high-school.html It’s the year of change in Greater Nashua. With a couple of programs on the endangered list, the co-op route was used for Alvirne, merging with Pelham, and Hollis Brookline, merging with Derryfield, after a year of junior varsity only. The price was that the Broncos had to move to Division I while the Cavaliers had to move up to Division II. There also are a few new coaches at area programs. Shawn Connors takes the reins at Nashua South while Matt Davis is the new coach at Merrimack, as the Tomahawks’ former coach, Kurt Mithoefer, skated over to HB to help revive that program. On the girls side of things, Myia Yates, who left Bishop Guertin to concentrate full time on her law enforcement career, gave way to Scott Ciszek, a longtime area youth hockey coach for boys and girls, as the Cardinals’ new mentor. Under Ciszek, BG hopes to return to the semifinals for the third straight year and take a step even beyond that. Gary Bishop begins his 25th year at the Bishop Guertin boys helm, hoping to get past the quarterfinals, while Dan Belliveau enters his fourth season at Souhegan – now the area’s lone Divsion III team – guiding a defending state champion for the first time in his high school coaching career. The Sabers lost Player of the Year Mike Hayden, but junior forward Joe Nutting and senior defenseman Alex Maresco should pace a good returning group. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:19:00 EST Villa Banca’s closing in Nashua a tale of the shrinking middle class http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/business/1053522-464/villa-bancas-closing-in-nashua-a-tale.html It was very sad to see Villa Banca abruptly close its doors in downtown Nashua a few weeks ago. We can only hope that a new occupant will arrive on the scene and can add some energy to a downtown that has absorbed more than its fair share of body blows during the last couple of years. So what happened to Villa Banca? Obviously, I do not know specifically what led to its demise. However, there are a number of reasons that downtown stores and restaurants continue to struggle. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:00:20 EST Police investigate turnpike crash http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053538-469/police-investigate-turnpike-crash.html NASHUA - Traffic was at a standstill during rush hour Tuesday after a four-car accident near Exit 6 on the Everett Turnpike. New Hampshire State Police are investigating the cause of a multi-vehicle crash that was first reported shortly after 5 p.m. The gridlock stretched for hours off the turnpike due to the damaged vehicles blocking portions of the passing lanes on the northbound side. Trooper Brian Viglione said the lead motorist appears to have attempted to decrease her speed as she approached the bottleneck around Exit 6 and lost control of the vehicle, turning it sideways. The vehicle was stuck, which led to a chain reaction of accidents on the highway. “It’s still under investigation,” Viglione said. “As of now, I’m thinking that traffic slowed and because of the traffic slowing, people had to break heavy and somebody lost control and basically a four-car pileup occurred.” Troopers say the motorists involved were Bethany Roach, of Nashua, operating a Ford Taurus; Christine Paolino, of Merrimack, operating a Volkswagen Gulf; Kelly McLaughlin, of Nashua, operating a Nissan Altima and David Colby, of Bedford, operating a Ford F-150. No serious injuries were reported, but some of the drivers had minor scrapes and bruises. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:01:15 EST Nashua’s Law Warehouse, Liquor Commission and Exel back in court as case presses on http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053539-469/nashuas-law-warehouse-liquor-commission-and-exel.html NASHUA – A Superior Court judge is weighing arguments presented Monday by lawyers for Law Warehouses Inc. and those representing the state Liquor Commission and warehousing contractor Exel. The hearing, presided over by Judge Charles Temple and held in Hillsborough County Superior Court South in Nashua, centered on the second of two lawsuits filed by Law Warehouses against the state and Exel in October. In that suit, Law Warehouses lawyers accuse state and Exel officials of violating federal and state antitrust laws by acting “in collusion” during the 2012 bidding process among prospective warehousing and distribution firms seeking a contract with the Liquor Commission. Christopher Carter, Law Warehouses’ main attorney, and Nicholas Holmes, one of the panel of lawyers representing the Liquor Commission and Exel, debated at Monday’s afternoon-long hearing about the timing of Law’s October filing and whether Temple should grant Law’s motion to consolidate its two suits. Holmes told Temple that Law waited too long to file the October suit, arguing that Law had everything it needed to file the suit back in December 2012. That the second suit wasn’t brought until October, Holmes said, creates an almost-impossible time crunch for Exel and the state to review the suit and respond. “They then filed the suit on a Friday afternoon with no advance notice,” he said. But Carter countered that Exel didn’t produce key evidence that Law needed to craft its suit until this May. While Exel and the commission acknowledged that some new evidence wasn’t disclosed until May, they said it didn’t contain information that could be considered vital to the suit. Holmes claimed that all the information Law said it didn’t receive had already been made public and posted to the Liquor Commission’s website. Holmes pulled two large binders from a box, telling Temple that “there were plenty of emails evidencing … the bidding process” as he held up the binders. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:12:59 EST English watch firm opens its first North American showroom in Nashua, but not where you might expect http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053540-469/english-watch-firm-opens-its-first-north.html NASHUA – A high-end British watchmaker that has risen to prominence via online sales has decided to open its first public showroom in North America, making the unexpected choice of a third-floor business condo on Route 101A. “It’s appointment only, so we don’t need foot traffic,” explained Kip McEwen, a longtime Nashua-area resident who manages the just-opened showroom for Christopher Ward watches. The lack of a sales tax helped bring the showroom to Nashua, too, as does the fact that it’s not too far from Boston. But probably the main reason that Christopher Ward watches has become the latest entrant to the Nashua business scene is McEwen himself, a former customer who became a “friend of the brand” before convincing the company that a leased office at 402 Amherst St., next to Bertucci’s restaurant, would be a good starting place for a company whose watches range from $275 to $2,950. On Monday, McEwen apologized for the relative Spartan nature of the office, saying that ordered furniture hasn’t arrived. A dozen watches were on display on a table with a couple of comfortable chairs and a brochure or two. “This is a place to come for some watch talk, compare them to other brands,” he said. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:55:00 EST Judge: Nashua man cannot represent himself http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053543-469/judge-nashua-man-cannot-represent-himself.html NASHUA – A Nashua man accused of killing his 14-year-old son while driving intoxicated was appointed new legal counsel after a judge denied his motion to represent himself earlier this month. The court also accepted his previous attorney’s motion to withdraw from the case after the defendant called him a “scam artist.” Nghia Huynh, 37, of Main Dunstable Road, had fired his former attorney Sven D. Wiberg in November when the relationship between the two irretrievably broke down and he expressed a desire to represent himself. Huynh said he made a mistake in hiring Wiberg and referred to him as a “scam artist,” saying in court documents he would favor serving as his own attorney because he believes the justice system will be fair once all the evidence is presented in court. But Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Jacalyn A. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:57:13 EST All rooms reopen Tuesday at Nashua High North following Monday hazmat incident http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053544-469/all-rooms-reopen-tuesday-at-nashua-high.html NASHUA – Nashua High School North opened as usual Tuesday morning as school district officials continued their investigation into the release Monday of an ultimately harmless silica-based powder that nevertheless drew fire, medical and a hazardous materials crew to the school. Superintendent Mark Conrad said Tuesday that a preliminary investigation has identified three students who may have been most directly involved in the release of the powder, which fire officials identified as Grolleg Lump, a non-lethal, silica-based product typically used in creating ceramic pottery. Conrad said student confidentiality rules prohibit him from discussing any disciplinary action taken against students, but that officials wouldn’t be taking any action “until we have a chance to talk to students and staff.” Conrad said in an earlier statement that four students “gained unauthorized access to the chemical and dispersed it into a bathroom and hallway adjacent to the art classroom.” He said Tuesday he wasn’t able to comment on a news report that stated a 15-year-old female student had already received a two-day suspension from school. “They (students) can talk about it on their own, if they want, but we’re not able to discuss any suspensions or other action that may be taken,” he said. The girl told WMUR-TV that she and other students were playing with the powder, which they didn’t realize was an irritant. Hazmat crew rinsed off several people in showers at the school, fire officials reported on Monday. Six of them – four students and two teachers – were transported to local hospitals as a precaution. Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Michael O’Brien said that the powder “contaminated several rooms in the school’s ‘B’ wing and the art department,” referring to the area that was closed off on Monday. O’Brien said the four students and two teachers were treated and later released from the hospital. Nobody suffered any lingering medical issues, and school officials, after consultation with fire and hazmat officers, closed off the immediate area where the chemical was released but decided it was unnecessary to evacuate the entire school. Conrad praised the actions of North principal Marianne Busteed, who he said “took quick action in calling (the fire department), shutting down the ventilation system in that area of the school and relocating all students (in that wing) to the auditorium.” Conrad said that later on Monday, the district brought in an environmental cleanup crew to remove the powder from the areas where it collected. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:01:52 EST Nashua sees $2 million hike in pension costs for FY 2016, bringing total to $29.6M http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053545-469/nashua-sees-2-million-hike-in-pension.html NASHUA – Nashua will see pension costs for city employees rise next year by $2 million to $29.6 million as a result of rate hikes approved by the New Hampshire Retirement System. The increase in the city’s employer contributions represents an estimated 7.2 percent hike over the $27.6 million the city now spends on pensions. City officials predict that the higher rates will take a big chunk out of the $3.8 million the city is allowed to raise under the spending cap in fiscal 2016, which begins July 1. “If $2 million (goes) to pensions and $1.8 million is left, that’s not going to cover the budget. It’s not even going to cover the salary increases that have been approved,” Mayor Donnalee Lozeau told the aldermen’s Budget Review Committee, according to minutes of the Sept. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:01:59 EST Arthur A. Bechard http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053553-466/arthur-a.-bechard.html Arthur A. Bechard, 92, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 15, 2014 at Hunt Community. Arthur was born in Nashua on October 28, 1922, a son of the late Joseph and Laura (Gilbert) Bechard. He was the beloved husband of Angele L. (Desmarais) Bechard of Nashua. Arthur was a lifelong resident of Nashua and attended Nashua Schools. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:02:38 EST Jennifer D. Hiscock http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053555-466/jennifer-d.-hiscock.html Jennifer D. Hiscock, 48, of Nashua, NH passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014, at her home with her loving family at her side. She was born May 21, 1966 in Nashua, daughter of June (Kelly) Blain and the late Richard E. Blain. Jennifer was a great mom who was very involved in her children’s lives. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:02:46 EST Susan R. (Dion) Horton http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053556-466/susan-r.-dion-horton.html Susan R. (Dion) Horton, 62, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away on Wednesday December 10, 2014 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. Susan was born in Nashua on April 16, 1952, a daughter of the late Robert and Jacqueline (Andrews) Dion. She was the beloved wife of Kenneth Horton of Beverly Hills, FL. Besides her husband of 38 years, Susan is survived by one daughter, Rebecca Cluff and her husband James of Nashua; two grandchildren, Hayley, Ashley; one brother, Robert Dion of Nashua. Also several nieces, nephews and cousins. SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, December 18, 2014 in the Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home, 21 Kinsley St., Nashua from 3 to 7 p.m. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:02:51 EST Learning about ourselves, others http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1053565-465/learning-about-ourselves-others.html Where did you come from? For some who have barely ventured out of New England, the answer may be as simple as “Right here.” For others, it can be considerably more complicated. In fact, even our national response to that question has changed over the decades as we’ve accommodated newcomers from places like Ireland, Poland, Cambodia, Canada and Mexico. Some came here voluntarily, seeking greater economic opportunity. Others came fleeing persecution, sometimes motivated by fear for their lives. Choice is the difference between immigrants and refugees. The former come out of choice, the latter out of necessity. In a country that has often struggled when it comes to accommodating differences in others – be they racial, religious or cultural – Nashua is preparing for the arrival of 150 refugees who are expected to land in the city next year. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:00:33 EST Man charged with stealing credit cards from shoppers at Nashua’s Pheasant Lane Mall http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053515-469/man-charged-with-stealing-credit-cards-from.html Police arrested a local man Monday after receiving reports of a man allegedly swiping credit cards out of shoppers’ purses and jacket pockets in the food court at Pheasant Lane Mall, police said. John Wood, 56, of no fixed address, was taken into custody in the food court area and charged with multiple counts of misdemeanor theft, as well as one count of fraudulent use of a credit card, a Class B felony, according to police. They said arresting officers found “multiple stolen credit cards” in Wood’s possession. The fraudulent use charge stems from allegations that Wood had used the stolen credit cards to conduct several fraudulent transactions, the total of which exceeded $1,000, police said. Wood was held overnight and was scheduled for arraignment Tuesday morning in Nashua district court, police said. A Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in state prison plus fines. Each Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections plus fines. – DEAN SHALHOUP Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:00:43 EST Choate leads Nashua North over Dover, 46-38 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1053534-457/choate-leads-nashua-north-over-dover-46-38.html The Titans got off to a slow start but took control with a 13-2 second quarter. Taylor Choate led the way with 18 points, 11 rebounds and three assists while Sara Cordova added 13 points and six boards. At Nashua North NASHUA NORTH (46) Taylor Choate 7-3-18, Sara Cordova 4-2-13, Isabel Dunning 5-0-10, Dezi Okorie 0-3-3, Alana Choate 1-0-2. Totals: 17-8-46. DOVER (38) Katie Boyatsis 8-1-20, Abby Tilton 3-4-11, Abby Cooke 2-1-5, Mercedes McDermott 1-0-2. Totals: 14-6-38. DOVER (1-1) 9 2 12 15 - 38 NASHUA NORTH (2-0) 6 13 13 14 - 46 3-pointers: NN - Cordova 3, Choate. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:00:51 EST Sarah DeMichele & Damien Rigden http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/engagements/1053516-469/sarah-demichele--damien-rigden.html Patricia and Richard DeMichele, of Nashua, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah DeMichele, to Damien Rigden, son of Simone and Dane Rigden, of Merrimack. The future bride graduated from Nashua High School, and from the University of New Hampshire with a Masters in Social Work. She is a mental health counselor in New Hampshire. The future bridegroom graduated from Merrimack High School, and from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is a design engineer in Massachusetts. A summer wedding is planned. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:00:24 EST Prosecutor: ‘no choice’ but to end prosecution of child-abuse case against Nashua mother http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053466-469/prosecutor-no-choice-but-to-end-prosecution.html NASHUA – An assistant Hillsborough County attorney said Monday that prosecutors have no choice but to nol-pros, or drop, a felony second-degree assault charge against Katlyn Marin, the Nashua mother accused earlier this year of abusing at least one of her children, because the victim is afraid of Marin and cannot testify. “The victim is unable to testify at this time due to his fear of the defendant,” assistant county attorney Catherine Devine wrote in her notification to the court. She said that the victim’s testimony is crucial to the case and she cannot proceed without it. The term “nol-pros,” derived from the Latin “nolle prosequi,” is used by prosecutors to formally notify the court that he or she will not further prosecute a case. Marin, 25, most recently of 14 Oak St., and Michael Rivera, 31, of Hudson, were arrested in May for allegedly whipping an 8-year-old boy with a belt and forcing him to kneel until his legs and knees were bruised. Marin and Rivera were indicted in July on one count each of second-degree assault, Class B felonies. They have remained free on bail as the case proceeded in Superior Court. The development in the case against Marin comes as Nashua police and members of the state Attorney General’s Office continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the November death of 3-year-old Brielle Gage, another of Marin’s children who police said died of blunt force trauma. They classified her death as a homicide. Authorities have said little about the investigation, which began around noon on Nov. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:15 EST Superior Court jury convicts Nashua jiu jitsu instructor on 12 counts of sexual abuse http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053479-469/superior-court-jury-convicts-nashua-jiu-jitsu.html NASHUA – A jury Monday afternoon found martial arts instructor and Nashua gym owner Aldo Batista dos Santos guilty on all 12 charges lodged against him earlier this year by one of his students who reported dos Santos molested her on multiple occasions in 2012 when she was 13. Dos Santos, 39, of 32 Gingras Drive, was convicted in Hillsborough County Superior Court South on two counts of felonious sexual assault, both felonies, and 10 counts of sexual assault, all misdemeanors. The jury returned the verdict at about 3:45 p.m. Monday, just 15 minutes before deliberations would have ended for the day. They began deliberations Friday afternoon following closing statements by dos Santos’s attorney, Tim Bush, and assistant county attorney Leslie Gill, who prosecuted the case with assistant county attorney David Tencza. Dos Santos himself was the last witness to testify on Friday. A sentencing date wasn’t immediately set. Six court officers were posted at various locations in the courtroom as the jury of eight men and five women filed in to deliver the verdict. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:08:26 EST Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe observed Saturday night in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053481-469/feast-of-our-lady-of-guadalupe-observed.html NASHUA – Hundreds of candle-holders walked through downtown Nashua last Saturday night as two people with them carried an important symbol of their Catholic faith: Our Lady of Guadalupe. The line of walkers, parishioners of St. Aloysius of Gonzaga Parish, had just finished attending a special evening Mass preceded by a reenactment of the 1531 appearance of the Virgin Mary before a Mexican peasant. The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, observed annually on Dec. 12 in honor of Jesus’ mother, Mary, is a Catholic observance in the United States that is particularly celebrated by Americans of Mexican descent. The Mass and associated festivities, were held Saturday so as many people as possible could participate. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:01:18 EST Timothy Jay Holland http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053496-466/timothy-jay-holland.html Timothy Jay Holland, 46, of Hampton, died peacefully at home after an extended illness on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. He was surrounded by his loving family. Tim was born December 27, 1967 in Nashua, son of James F. and Linda (Fair) Holland of Newton. He was raised in Nashua and graduated from Nashua High with the Class of 1986. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:01:38 EST Steven Thomas Jerszyk http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053497-466/steven-thomas-jerszyk.html Steven Thomas Jerszyk, 68, of Merrimack, NH passed away peacefully at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack on December 12, 2014 with loving family and friend by his side. Steve was born July 9, 1946 at Memorial Hospital in Nashua, delivered by Dr. Goodman to proud parents Stanley Paul Jerszyk and Barbara Davis Jerszyk of Manchester St, Nashua. Steve attended Nashua schools, Mt Pleasant, Spring Street Jr High, and Elm Street Sr High. In his youth Steve played Little League and then American League baseball with the James E. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:01:44 EST Chemical exposure at Nashua high school sends 6 people to hospital http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053500-469/chemical-exposure-at-nashua-high-school-sends.html NASHUA – What may have been an ill-advised prank sent six people, including four students, to the hospital after being exposed to chemicals in Nashua High School North’s art room Monday morning. A seventh person was exposed to the chemical, which Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief MIchael O’Brien said was “grolleg lump,” but was brought to the hospital after fire and ambulance personnel, along with hazmat crews from Nashua and a Souhegan Valley Mutual Aid team, responded to the school, at 8 Titan Way, shortly before 11:30 a.m. and taped off the front entrances and set up a decontamination area. O’Brien said four students and two teachers were most directly affected, and were taken to showers near the nurse’s office and rinsed off. They were transported to local hospitals as a precaution, he said. Grolleg lump is a “silica-based” product used in ceramics. In the amount that was released it can be an irritant and on Monday contaminated several rooms of the school’s “B Wing,” which were closed off, according to fire officials. Superintendent Mark Conrad said that “a number of students” gained unauthorized access to the substance, which was in the art room, and “took it to another part of the school where it was released.” Only the area where the chemical was released was closed off, and the rest of the school remained in session, Conrad and O’Brien said. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:02:09 EST Manchester man to serve about six months for selling cocaine after reaching plea agreement http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053467-469/manchester-man-to-serve-about-six-months.html NASHUA – A Manchester man arrested in June in Nashua and charged with selling crack cocaine will serve about six months in Hillsborough County Department of Corrections after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors. Randy Smith, 54, pleaded guilty Monday in Hillsborough County Superior Court South to three counts of unlawful sale of crack cocaine, charges that stemmed from an investigation by Nashua police Narcotics Intelligence Division that culminated in his arrest by the police’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit. According to terms of the agreement, Smith will serve the 12-month jail term, with credit for 193 days of pre-sentence confinement, on one of the counts. He received two, 3 1/2-7 year terms, all suspended for five years, on the other two counts, according to the agreement. He will also be on probation for three years after his release from jail. Smith was also ordered to pay $600 restitution, plus fees, to Nashua Police. Prosecutor Leslie Gill said Smith, who she said has a lengthy history of drug use, would be a good candidate for Nashua’s drug court, but he’s ineligible because he lives in Manchester, which is out of the jurisdiction of Superior Court South in Nashua. --DEAN SHALHOUP Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:00:17 EST Chemical described as “irritant” released at Nashua High North; school remains open; 4 students, 2 teachers transported to hospital as precaution http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053468-469/chemical-described-as-irritant-released-at-nashua.html NASHUA – Several Nashua High School North students were transported to local hospitals late Monday morning after they were exposed to chemicals in the school’s art room. Fire and ambulance personnel, along with hazmat crews from Nashua and a Souhegan Valley Mutual Aid team, responded to the school, at 8 Titan Way, shortly before 11:30 a.m. and soon taped off the front entrances and set up a decontamination area. Superintendent Mark Conrad said that “a number of students” gained unauthorized access to the substance, which was in the art room, and “took it to another part of the school where it was released.” Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Mike O’Brien said crews were trying to determine the exact nature of the substance, but added that it’s something that’s used regularly in art classes and that at worst it can cause irritation to people exposed directly to it. O’Brien said four students and two teachers were most directly affected, and were taken to showers near the nurse’s office and rinsed off. They were transported to local hospitals as a precaution, he said. Only the area where the chemical was released was closed off, and the rest of the school remained in session, Conrad and O’Brien said. Conrad said students who would normally be in the closed-off area were redirected to the school auditorium for the time being. He said officials determined it wasn’t necessary to evacuate the entire building, and that crews were working only in the area where the chemical was released. O’Brien said the rest of the student body was not in any danger of exposure, leading to officials’ decision to close off only the area where the chemical was released. He also said the scene, with fire engines, ambulances and other emergency vehicles gathered at the school, could give the impression that a major incident was taking place, but most of the activity was being done out of an abundance of precaution. “Believe me, if it was a life-threatening situation, we’d shut (the school) down in a second,” O’Brien said. --DEAN SHALHOUP and DON HIMSEL Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:19:00 EST Proud Nashua hosted veterans event http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1053464-465/proud-nashua-hosted-veterans-event.html On Nov. 9, my wife and I were proud and honored to attend an event that has been dedicated for the past three years to raising awareness of the challenges facing our veterans while on active duty and after they have returned from their service. The third annual Veterans Count SOS (Salute Our Soldiers) gala went beyond any definition of success on many levels. Apart from having raised close to $1 million dollars over the past three years, somehow this event amazingly gathered over 500 people and, most importantly, brought to light some of the difficulties our veterans face while deployed and then back in their communities after their brave service (vetscount.org). Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:01:02 EST Broad Street Parkway construction continues in Nashua with replacement of Fairmount Street bridge http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053434-469/broad-street-parkway-construction-continues-in-nashua.html A giant excavator worked Wednesday to take apart the granite blocks that made up the abutments to the former Fairmount Street Bridge in Nashua. The demolition is part of the Broad Street Parkway project, which includes the replacement of two Nashua bridges. The Baldwin Street Bridge opened last month. According to the city website that is marking the project’s progress, Fairmount Street will be closed to through traffic from Baldwin Street and Intervale Street to Charles Street. Residents who live on the closed section will be able to access their homes from the closest end that is open to traffic. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Nashua police donate time, shopping skills for youth http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053448-469/nashua-police-donate-time-shopping-skills-for.html NASHUA – Twenty local children spent their Saturday morning on a shopping spree with members of the Nashua Police Department as part of a relatively new but growing program in the city known as Shop with a Cop. Uniformed members of the Nashua Police Patrolman’s Association, who sponsored the event, donated their time, money and shopping skills to help children in need select holiday gifts for themselves and their families. This is the second annual Shop with a Cop event in Nashua, but other law enforcement agencies have hosted similar events for more than a decade. “It’s a great outreach so we can interact with kids between first-grade to sixth-grade; kids that are in our community; kids that we could have potential contact with down the road,” said Nashua police officer Michael Sullivan, treasurer of the patrolman’s association. “This allows us to have a positive impact on the kids.” The association is able to raise several thousand dollars each year through telemarketing services, he added. Eligible children are selected by school teachers and the police department. Once a child is chosen, they are partnered with a member of the city police force to go shopping for their families with $100 provided by the association. “I think it’s awesome, it’s very sweet. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:22:00 EST Nashua municipal meetings this week to take up several issues http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053450-469/nashua-municipal-meetings-this-week-to-take.html NASHUA – A Broad Street Parkway neighborhood meeting, a change of plans for Nashua Public Library renovations, a Police Department request for new ceremonial uniform equipment and the adoption of a city arts and cultural plan are among topics scheduled for discussion at public meetings set for this week. The neighborhood meeting, scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Amherst Street Elementary School cafeteria, will provide an update on the progress of the parkway project, according to Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and Ward 4 Alderman Pam Brown. Lozeau and Brown, along with Public Works officials, will answer questions after the update presentation. The library and police uniform items, meanwhile, are on the agenda for this week’s Aldermanic Finance Committee meeting, which takes place on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:03:00 EST Former Greenville man, convicted of child rape in 2010, to ask for a new trial http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053453-469/former-greenville-man-convicted-of-child-rape.html NASHUA – The former Greenville farmer serving 20-40 years in prison for repeatedly raping a 12-year-old girl in 2001 will have to wait until January to find out whether he will get the OK for a new trial. The motion by Zebadiah Kellogg-Roe, formerly of 621 Darling Hill Road in Greenville, comes more than four years after a jury convicted him of four counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and he was sentenced to state prison. A hearing on the matter scheduled for earlier this month was postponed at least until January, after Judge Jacalyn Colburn recused herself from the case to avoid a possible conflict of interest. According to court documents, the potential conflict stems from Colburn’s involvement in Kellogg-Roe’s case several years ago, when she was the director of legal services for the New Hampshire Public Defenders Office. At the time, Colburn, in her capacity as legal services director, advised Kellogg-Roe’s defense team “on matters related to his present claims,” according to the documents. Shortly after Colburn recused herself, the court transferred the case to Judge David Garfunkel, who will at some point rule on Kellogg-Roe’s motion for a new trial. A chief reason Kellogg-Roe is seeking a new trial, according to documents, is his allegation that public defender Anthony Sculimbrene, who represented Kellogg-Roe at his 2010 trial, failed to tell him about a plea offer from the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office that would have allowed him to plead guilty in exchange for a prison sentence of just five years. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:12:30 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – Dec. 15 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1053462-478/classes-in-greater-nashua--dec.-15.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA CLASSES COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION CLASSES St. Joseph Hospital’s Community Health Education will offer the following free classes. To register, or for more information: 595-3168 or stjosephhospital.com. Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster: A Guide to Mind-Body Techniques: 4-6 p.m. Dec. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:00:33 EST New boys hockey coach passionate about making Nashua South a winner http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1053371-457/new-boys-hockey-coach-passionate-about-making.html Coaching a team that is clad in purple seems to fit Shawn Connors. After all, it’s a special color in his life. The new Nashua High School South boys ice hockey coach was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in Iraq a decade ago. “It matches up,” Connors said, smiling. It’s that military background that serves him well as a disciplinarian-type coach. When Connors was the assistant coach under former Panthers head man Eric Monmie, he was the bad cop to Momnie’s good cop. “Usually it’s the other way around,” Connors said, chuckling. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:00:40 EST Youngsters donate birthday gifts to Greater Nashua Christmas charities http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053384-469/youngsters-donate-birthday-gifts-to-greater-nashua.html NASHUA – Jeremiah Levesque will receive the familiar collection of birthday presents from friends at his 11-year-old birthday party Sunday. However, there’s a catch. Instead of tearing through the wrapping paper himself, Jeremiah, a student at St. Christopher School, will pack them up and drop them off at the Toys for Tots box at the Granite State Indoor Range and Gun Shop in Hudson. “It was his idea,” said his mother, Melissa, who works at the shop. “He came here to the range with me. He noticed that it says U.S. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:00:44 EST Nashua mom needs Christmas help after ID theft ruined her credit http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053386-469/nashua-mom-needs-christmas-help-after-id.html Anna Maria first came to the United States from Colombia with her aunt. While they were living in New York, Anna Maria’s aunt stole her identity and opened credit cards using Anna Maria’s information. Her credit was ruined by the incident, and has made it difficult for Anna Maria to make progress. “Nobody wants to help you if you have bad credit,” Anna Maria said. Anna Maria lives in Nashua with her two children, a 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter. Her mother lives nearby, but isn’t able to help Anna Maria much. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:01:03 EST Telegraph selling its Hudson building, moving back to Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053387-469/telegraph-selling-its-hudson-building-moving-back.html The Telegraph, Nashua’s daily newspaper and the second-largest daily newspaper in New Hampshire, is selling its Hudson building. The news company, which provides print and digital news and advertising, plans to move to Nashua, where it has had its roots since 1832. Telegraph publisher Jim Konig said, “It is with much excitement we look forward  to the opportunity to return The Telegraph back to its beginning in Nashua.” “It’s paramount to get back into the downtown area so that we become a more active member of the community,” said Telegraph managing editor Phil Kincade. “It’s best for newspapers, and it’s best for journalism.” The paper’s 80,000- square-foot building in a south Hudson industrial park once held two large printing presses and automated inserting operations as well as its news, advertising and support staff. The Telegraph moved to Hudson from Nashua in 1984. “Although we serve many communities – Hudson, Amherst, Milford and so many more – Nashua is still home to the Telegraph,” Konig said. The Telegraph had begun the process to sell the building in 2012, when it was still owned by Independent Publications Inc., of Bryn Mawr, Pa. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:01:12 EST Nashua 3-year-old’s murder, gas pipeline plan, phone prank most read on Telegraph website http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053388-469/nashua-3-year-olds-murder-gas-pipeline-plan-phone.html The tragic death of 3-year-old Brielle Gage was the most read news story on NashuaTelegraph.com for the week ending Dec. 12, with two stories about the incident generating more than 3,700 page views. In Kathryn Marchocki’s “Nashua residents want answers in 3-year-old’s death,” Nashua Board of Alderman President David W. Deane said, “The system failed that little girl. … Why didn’t someone act to take the children out of that house?” Brielle died Nov. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:01:17 EST Nashua middle school students try out advanced manufacturing http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053389-469/nashua-middle-school-students-try-out-advanced.html NASHUA – Nashua students are learning what’s cool about manufacturing by printing their own houses. Fairgrounds Middle School students are set to compete in “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing,” a statewide video challenge issued by Gov. Maggie Hassan. The goal is to introduce middle school students to the industry by partnering with local manufacturers and creating a video detailing what they learn. Students will showcase their project at the school on Monday. Bill DuBois, instructor of STEM at Fairgrounds – science, technology, engineering and math – chose to focus on additive printing, or 3-D printing, because he had the perfect project for his students to print. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:01:23 EST Nashua Public Library offers computer workshops http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053391-469/nashua-public-library-offers-computer-workshops.html If Christmas means Santa is bringing a new computer, happy recipients can consider software training courtesy of the Nashua Public Library. The library continues to offer free computer workshops through December. Depending on the course, the daytime classes meet for an hour and a half to two hours. Classes are in the second-floor computer training lab. Subjects include computer basics, Excel, Word, Access and PowerPoint. Additionally, the library offers instruction in navigating the Internet, job searching and genealogy research. The classes are taught using the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system and Microsoft Office 2010. To register, call 589-4611 or email reference@nashua library.org. City offers snowshoeing The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the Nashua Senior Activity Center, will hold a snowshoe program beginning Jan. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:01:31 EST Ruth J. Hayden http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053393-466/ruth-j.-hayden.html Ruth J. Hayden, 71 of Merrimack, NH, formerly of Nashua, NH, passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at Mass General Hospital, Boston, MA, surrounded by her loving family. She was born January 25, 1943, in Amherst, Nova Scotia, daughter of the late Donald W. and C. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:01:41 EST OK, Concord, time has come to support commuter rail http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1053397-474/ok-concord-time-has-come-to-support.html Pressure is mounting for state government to climb aboard commuter rail. Call it what you wish but The Capitol Corridor – passenger rail travel between Concord, Manchester, Nashua and the rest of the world – is coming. For those of a certain age, the “Perils of Pauline” evoke the wonderful Saturday afternoon memories of a serial movie short ending with a damsel in a paddle-less canoe about to go over a waterfall, or tied to the railroad tracks as the express thunders toward her. On the riverbank or in the weeds was her nemesis, a scruffy looking man, with an untidy handlebar mustache. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:01:58 EST A responsible gun owner http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1053398-474/a-responsible-gun-owner.html Nashua has long enjoyed a reputation as a safe city to live, grow up and raise a family in. Murders were rare in my day, often years apart. Drugs? Well, we had a girl in my high school class who took Donovan’s “Mellow Yellow” to heart and tried smoking dried banana peels for a high. Such was life growing up in the Gate City in the 1960s. While times have changed, the good news is Nashua is still a relatively safe place to call home, thanks to an aggressive (in a good way) police department that drives a lot of unwanted criminal activity south to Massachusetts. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:02:02 EST Industrial popcorn maker would keep school program a ‘popping’ success http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1053400-469/industrial-popcorn-maker-would-keep-school-program.html It is believed that popping was the first use of wild and cultivated corn. The Aztecs used popped corn as ceremonial decoration and ornaments on statues of their gods. Since a mobile popcorn machine was introduced at the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893, popcorn continues to lure buyers by the bagful. Popcorn sales to students and staff would help a local school buy supplies, fund field trips and with help from the Mailbag, continue to enjoy a timeless treat. Popcorn machine sought “We have an industrial tabletop popcorn maker here at Dr. Norman W. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:02:12 EST Nashua South history team headed to nationals http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1053406-478/nashua-south-history-team-headed-to-nationals.html It seems that the drive to Hanover High School was well worth it for Nashua High School South’s History Bowl team, which won the annual state-level competition recently. The New Hampshire History Bowl is a regional competition that tests students’ knowledge on historical events, as well as trends through time. It also serves as a qualifier for the National History Bowl, which will take place in Washington, D.C., in the spring. On Saturday, Nov. 22, South competed against nine other teams from high schools across the state. “I knew the team had the right combination of historical knowledge since the start,” said junior Dody Eid, captain of the Nashua South team. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:02:46 EST Community events in Nashua – Dec. 14 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1053417-478/community-events-in-nashua--dec.-14.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS HARBOR HOMES FUNDRAISER AT GET IN SHAPE FOR WOMEN Get In Shape For Women Nashua is sponsoring a fundraiser for the Ending Homelessness Fund of Harbor Homes. You get a great workout with a personal trainer for $25, which gets donated to the Ending Homelessness Fund. Get In Shape For Women Nashua will match your contribution for a total of $50. That contribution results in $200 to the Ending Homelessness Fund, as a Housing and Urban Development grant matches all donations three for one. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:03:50 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua – Dec. 14 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1053422-478/blood-drives-in-greater-nashua--dec..html The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 16: St. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:04:16 EST Snowshoe program slated for Mine Falls Park in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053390-469/snowshoe-program-slated-for-mine-falls-park.html The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the Nashua Senior Activity Center, will hold a snowshoe program beginning Jan. 7, or when there is snow on the ground thereafter. The program will be at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Whipple Street entrance to Mine Falls Park and Fridays at the Lincoln Park entrance. The program will run through February, depending on snow cover. Participants will need to provide their own snowshoes and dress in layers with warm clothing. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:01:27 EST Dominican man arrested in Nashua for records tampering, police say http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053234-469/dominican-man-arrested-in-nashua-for-records.html A 31-year-old man police described as an illegal immigrant was arrested Thursday at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Nashua and charged with multiple counts of tampering with public records, police said. Juan Carlos Romero, of Salem, Mass., was arrested while trying to obtain a New Hampshire driver’s license using a false identity and fraudulent documents, police said. Romero was held overnight on $15,000 cash bail and was scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Nashua district court. Police said they discovered that Romero is a citizen of the Dominican Republic and that he had entered the United States illegally. Police didn’t specify the number of charges lodged against Romero. They said members of State Police Troop G were assisted in the investigation by the state Department of Motor Vehicles and agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. – DEAN SHALHOUP Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:00:11 EST Nashua board takes up final piece of CVS parking plan http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053332-469/nashua-board-takes-up-final-piece-of.html NASHUA – Aldermen will take up a lease agreement that would give CVS Manchester LLC continued parking rights at the city-owned lot behind the 249 Main St. pharmacy where CVS has indicated its interest in expanding and renovating the building. The provision is the final piece of a leasing agreement under discussion since 2012 intended to encourage private redevelopment of East Hollis and Main streets. The city signed a 15-year lease with Southern New Hampshire Medical Center to rent the parking lot behind CVS. Under the terms of the lease that took effect July 1, the hospital has an option to buy the lot for $720,000 and may continue subleasing at least 37 parking spaces to CVS provided CVS remains a tenant in good standing. The provision also would allow CVS to continue leasing the 37 spaces should the hospital terminate its lease or decide not to buy the parking lot from the city. Under that agreement, CVS would pay the city from $2,476-$2,975.33 a month to rent the spaces for up to 25 years. CVS has explored several downtown redevelopment options for the store, now at the end of its life cycle. But it has its eyes on the current site, which is ranked one of the highest-volume CVS locations in New Hampshire and is directly across the street from Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. The city’s economic development team has recommended city officials encourage CVS to stay at Main and Hollis streets, where its expansion plans call for consolidating the two abutting parcels on the site and build out toward the sidewalk at Main Street. The expansion would be consistent with he city’s master plan for the area, to clean up that corner of the downtown, extend the pedestrian environment by at least one more block and preserve the opportunity for the hospital to improve the area with new buildings, city economic development officials have said. The Board of Aldermen is slated to take up the final provision of the lease agreement on Dec. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:14:43 EST Nashua’s Horse ’n Hound to expand, move to Hollis facility http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053334-469/nashuas-horse-n-hound-to-expand-move.html NASHUA – Providing physical therapy for dogs and other pets has been successful enough that Horse ’n Hound is building a larger facility in a former dairy farm in Hollis, and plans to move in the spring. The company, which provides such things as an aquatic treadmill for dogs in its office in the Fletcher’s Appliance Building on Route 101A, says the move will allow it to create a rehabilitation barn for horses. “We have often been asked if we can take in severe cases of tendon, ligament, neurological, joint or muscle injury (to horses), and have had to turn away these patients due to our ‘canine-sized’ business facility at our current Nashua location,” said James “J.W.” Brooks, who owns the practice with Jennifer Brooks, his wife, the physical therapist who established the practice. “Our new location includes a three-stall rehabilitation equine barn offering equine patients the opportunity for intensive physical therapy.” Jennifer Brooks started as a physical therapist for humans and then switched to PT for horses via “barn calls.” She expanded into house pets and show dogs by opening Horse ’n Hound in 2012. Facilities at the current site include an underwater treadmill for dogs, which allows them to exercise with less strain on injured muscles, joints and tendons, and a variety of therapy materials for cats, dogs and other animals. Some are similar, or even identical, to therapy materials for people, such as ramps or exercise balls, while others are different, such as peanut-shaped exercise balls to handle patients with four legs. Among the facilities at the new location, which was formerly occupied by Hollis Line Machine Co., will be a heated, in-ground therapy pool offering swimming exercises for rehab or fitness training up to eight months of the year. The 14-acre facility will also have an outdoor dog walking path. Patients include animals that are injured or just getting old, as well as dogs that compete in canine agility tests and need to stay in shape all winter – just like athletes who go to the gym when there’s snow on the ground. Horse ’n Hound is the only standalone site in Greater Nashua that does physical therapy for pets, and is one of the few in the state, although some veterinarians offer the service. In 2011, New Hampshire state law changed to make is easier for licensed therapists to do hands-on work with animals. In some other states, including Vermont and to an extent Massachusetts, only licensed veterinarians can do such work. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:00:29 EST Baer and Brodeur: Nashua’s own genius inventors http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053336-469/baer-and-brodeur-nashuas-own-genius-inventors.html You’d have to be well into your 50s to remember this with any clarity, but think back to the summer of ’69 – no, not Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69” or Ted Kennedy’s unfortunate summer of ’69 – but the one that gave us one of American history’s most memorable phrases. Do you remember “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” coming through your TV speaker, and wondering how the heck we could hear and see an astronaut all the way from the moon when all it took was a gust of wind to render Channels 9 and 11 useless for hours? Well, you have Lester Brodeur to thank for that. He’s the man who, right here in Nashua, studied, tested, analyzed and experimented until he perfected a communications transmission system powerful enough to beam words and images to the Apollo 11 crew and back, ultimately allowing millions of Americans to share in Neil Armstrong’s famous declaration. Brodeur, unfortunately, died Dec. 5, just a day before the world – and Nashua – lost another prolific inventor, Ralph Baer, another of the original associates in the name Sanders Associates and a good friend of Brodeur’s. While the two were almost a generation apart agewise – Baer was 92 when he died, Brodeur 75 – they were “brothers in engineering” who often worked shoulder to shoulder, Mark Brodeur, one of Brodeur’s sons, said this week. “Ralph concentrated on video games, my dad concentrated on aerospace,” Brodeur said from his home outside Dallas. “They were great friends since the ’60s. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:00:54 EST Truck smashes into Nashua day care http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053343-469/truck-smashes-into-nashua-day-care.html NASHUA – Minds in Motion day care center was closed Friday after a pickup truck crashed into the front of its building on West Hollis Street in Nashua and was then driven away. Police were called to the scene at about 4 a.m. to find the truck had caused noticeable structural damage. Temporary repairs are expected to be made in time for the day care to reopen Monday. The truck involved is believed to be white, but police have no other description of the vehicle. They’re treating the incident as a hit-and-run. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:01:45 EST Refugee placement agencies help prepare Nashua district staff for new students http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053346-469/refugee-placement-agencies-help-prepare-nashua-district.html NASHUA – City and school officials preparing for the arrival of dozens of families fleeing “life-and-death situations” in Southeast Asia met with a panel of experts in refugee placement on Wednesday. One of those experts, Beth Seremet, the community outreach coordinator for Ascentria Care Alliance, said it’s important to recognize the key difference between a refugee and an immigrant: choice. “If (refugees) returned, it would be a life-or-death situation,” she said. They also typically do not choose their placement locations, although some are unified with family members who have already been placed, she said. Teachers and other Nashua School District educators met with Seremet and representatives from the International Institute of New England to discuss the challenges they will face next year in helping up to 150 refugees settle in Nashua and begin their education in Nashua schools. Language differences are only the beginning. Jocelyn Eno, of Ascentria, said there are more than 70 languages spoken by New Hampshire students. The diversity of students and refugee students comes with a spectrum of potential needs. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:02:01 EST Nashua area Christmas Bird Count seeking participants http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053348-469/nashua-area-christmas-bird-count-seeking-participants.html The nation’s oldest citizen- science project will take place again this year – for the 115th time – and you can join in. Last December, 32 people participated in the Nashua area portion of the Christmas Bird Count for the Audubon Society, spending 128 hours and spotting 59 species of birds – including 594 mallards, 322 herring gulls, 280 bluejays and one Lapland longspur. Throughout the world, volunteers gather within predetermined areas and either follow specific routes or watch feeders, counting every bird they see or hear all day. Participants are organized into groups, each of which covers a specific area of the circle on a route. Anyone is welcome to participate, since organizers arrange groups so that inexperienced observers are paired with Christmas Bird Count veterans. The local Christmas Bird Counts takes place in what is known as the Nashua-Hollis circle, a 15-mile-diameter circle centered in Hollis, where it has long been hosted. It is one of 21 Christmas Bird Count circles in New Hampshire. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:02:17 EST Claire Guerette Mikulis http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053349-466/claire-guerette-mikulis.html Our sister, Claire, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at Southern NH Medical Center in Nashua. She was born in Nashua, NH on September 4, 1949, the daughter of Roger A. Guerette and Lorette (Fecteau) Guerette. She was raised and educated in Nashua, NH and graduated from Nashua High School in 1967. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:22:48 EST Diane R. Richard http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053350-469/diane-r.-richard.html Diane R. (Savard) Richard, 86, a longtime Nashua resident, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson following a period of declining health. Diane was the widow of Alfred A. Richard. Mrs. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:22:43 EST No verdict yet in case of Nashua martial arts instructor http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053345-469/no-verdict-yet-in-case-of-nashua.html Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:01:09 EST Choate grabs Nashua North scoring record in season-opening win over Merrimack http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1053313-457/choate-grabs-nashua-north-scoring-record-in.html MERRIMACK – Taylor Choate knew she was close to a scoring milestone. Good news for the Nashua High School North senior, she was able to get it out of the way in the season’s first game. Choate scored a game-high 22 points, setting a school record for most in a career, as she helped the Titans open the year with a 59-47 win Friday night over Merrimack in Division I action. The point total gives Choate 1,037 points, five more than the previous record, which was set by Kelsey Hogan. “That feels pretty good,” Choate said of the record. “It’s exciting. Sometimes you’re thinking about it too much and you take bad shots. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:00:14 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/granitegeek/1053268-468/maybe-there-are-fewer-pilots-because-automation.html Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:52:01 EST Merrimack Sports Talk http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacksports/1053217-308/merrimack-sports-talk.html YOUTH Nashua Sports Academy  registration open The Nashua Sports Academy is now accepting registrations for the following programs: C4 Youth Flag Football Program Boys/Girls ages 8-14; Youth Rec League Hoops Boys/Girls ages 7-14; C4 Indoor Soccer Boys/Girls ages 6-13; Youth Lacrosse Skill and Drills Boys/Girls ages 8-15; Youth Girls Field Hockey Skills and Drills ages 11-15; C4 Baseball Infield Skills and Drills Boys ages 10-18; NSA Men’s Mon Night Indoor Hoop League (A/B/C Divisions); C4 Performance Training for Youth   Athletes (10-22 years old), Adults (23 and up) and private workouts. More details can be found by clicking the Nashua Sports Academy registration link at nashua sportsacademy.com/new.php. WRESTLING Milford-Souhegan Tournament The Milford-Souhegan Tournament will be held Dec. 13 at Milford High School. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:00:23 EST Tomahawks land 7 on all-conference team http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacksports/1053221-308/tomahawks-land-7-on-all-conference-team.html Division I: South Offense Eric Fairweather, sr, qb, Londonderry; Jack Hanaway, sr, qb, Pinkerton; T.J. Urbanik, jr, rb, Pinkerton; Johnny Bartose, jr, rb, Salem; Ryan Barry, sr, wr, Merrimack; Austin Homsey, sr, wr, Salem; Austin Whitehead, sr, te, Pinkerton; Noah Robison, sr, ot, Pinkerton; Sean Nardiff, jr, ot, Salem; Justin Poitras, sr, og, Pinkerton; Casey Brackett, sr, og, Londonderry; Matt Freda, sr, c, Londonderry; Kyle Cantalupo, jr, k, Pinkerton. Defense Bryson Pacocha, sr, dl, Pinkerton; Markaveus Barnes, sr, dl, Pinkerton; Brian Lonergan, sr, dl, Timberlane; Peter Cyr, sr, lb, Pinkerton; Mike Curley, jr, lb, Pinkerton; Stephen Gage, sr, lb, Merrimack; Doug Maroun, jr, lb, Salem; Mike Ryan, sr, db, Londonderry; David Wiedenfeld, jr, db, Londonderry; Kenny Calabrese, sr, db, Salem; Isaiah Backles, sr, db, Pinkerton; Tyler Deneill, so, db, Merrimack; Jason Hughes, jr, p, Timberlane. Honorable mention Tyler Furey, jr, rb, Timberlane; Charles Sibanda, jr, rb, Salem; Dennis Bishop, sr, rb, Londonderry; Andrew DiGregorio, sr, wr, Merrimack; Jacob Post, fr, wr, Timberlane; Caleb Sharp, sr, te, Timberlane; Paul Lind, sr, ot, Londonderry; Neheymah Dion, jr, ot, Londonderry; Hayden Sturdevant, jr, ot, Pinkerton; Joey Lydick, jr, og, Pinkerton; T.J. Bajek, sr, og, Londonderry. Justin Dvanna, sr, dl, Merrimack; Kyle Diburro, sr, dl, Timberlane; Connor Mullins, sr, dl, Salem; Joe Giampietro, sr, lb, Merrimack; Denny McKillop, so, lb, Merrimack; Gary   Richard, jr, lb, Londonderry; Kyle Bird, sr, lb, Londonderry; Riley Cahill, sr, db, Pinkerton; Chris Leondires, sr, db, Timberlane; Matt Ayotte, jr, db, Salem. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:01:23 EST BHS lands 11 on all-conference team http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/bedfordjournal/bedfordsports/1053222-308/bhs-lands-11-on-all-conference-team.html Division I: North Offense Casey Gervais, jr, Goffstown; Rob Law, sr, Concord; Connor Bourque, jr, Goffstown; Daquan Henclewood, sr, Manchester Memorial; Colin Cashin, sr, Bedford; Christian Marquis, sr, Goffstown; Taylor Larson, sr, Bedford; Isaac Velez, sr, Manchester Memorial; Bobby Heald, jr, Bedford; Ryan Kelley, sr, Manchester Central; Tom Regan, jr, Manchester Central; Tim Comeau, jr, Goffstown, Tom Joyce, jr, Manchester Memorial. Defense Eric Glassman, sr, Bedford; Ryan Belz, sr, Bedford; Kris Skinner, sr, Concord; Cam Bond, jr, Goffstown; Danny Flynn, jr, Bedford; Tommy O’Rourke, sr, Bedford; Will Sharlotte, sr, Concord; Jorge Gomez, sr, Manchester Central; Sam Gilot, sr, Manchester Memorial; Nate Hall, jr, Manchester Memorial; Zach Comeau, jr, Goffstown; Tucker Lavigne, jr, Bedford; Mike Vailas, sr, Bedford; Leo Sudieh, jr, Concord; Gino Otero, sr, Manchester Central; Cooper Anibal, so, Bedford. Honorable mention Alex Skillins, sr, Bedford; Jack Nordin, jr, Goffstown; Joe Small, sr, Goffstown; Christian Melanson, jr, Goffstown; Ian Routhier, jr, Goffstown; Damian Jackson, jr, Goffstown; Wyatt Labombard, sr, Concord; JJ Lopez, sr, Manchester Central;   Dylan Boucher, sr, Manchester Central; Zach Lansing, jr, Manchester Central; Nick Tyler, jr, Manchester Central; Derrick Terrazzano, so, Manchester Memorial; Gabe Jeffers, sr, Manchester Memorial; Bobby Cipolla, sr, Manchester Memorial; Nkongolo Harmel, sr, Manchester Memorial; Anthony Angerami, so, Manchester Memorial. Division I: West Offense Danny Brown, jr, qb, Alvirne; Josh Perry, sr, rb, Nashua South; Jack Mahoney, sr, rb, Alvirne; Miles Cassin-Reed, sr, rb, Nashua North; John Link, sr, wr, Keene; George Notini, sr, wr, Alvirne; Andrew Stevens, sr, wr, Alvirne; Kurtis McLarney, sr, ol, Bishop Guertin; Cody Coloumbe, sr, ol, Alvirne; Brendan Corrigan, jr, ol, Keene; Matt LaVallee, sr, ol, Nashua North; Tyler Boudreau, sr, ol, Nashua South; Drew Sanborn, sr, p, Bishop Guertin. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:01:32 EST Cavs land 7 on all-conference team http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollissports/1053223-308/cavs-land-7-on-all-conference-team.html The Hollis Brookline High School football team won its first postseason game this year, capturing the Division II West Conference title, and the Cavaliers were rewarded by landing seven players on the all-conference team. Here are the four Division II all-conference teams, along with the Division I West All-Conference team. Division II: West Offense Drew McQuarrie, qb, John Stark; Bailee Johns, rb, Monadnock, Wyatt Farwell, rb, Hollis Brookline; Matt Ferenczhalmy, rb, Hollis Brookline; Joe Brooks, wr, Hollis Brookline; Liam Baldwin, wr, ConVal; John Brown, ot, John Stark; Mark Thibeault, ot, Hollis Brookline; Keegan Phibbard, og, Monadnock; Ryan Rose, og, Sanborn; Josh Bonin, c, Sanborn. Defense Jacob Sawyer, de, John Stark; Dan Curran, de, ConVal; Jack Price, dt, Hollis Brookline; Sean Kane, dt, Sanborn; Zack Matthews, lb, Sanborn; Andrew Butler, lb, Hollis Brookline; Tommy Grant, lb, Hollis Brookline; Mischa Hoffman, lb, Monadnock; Cam McNeil, db, Sanborn; Adam King, db, John Stark; Patch Zorn, s, Hollis Brookline; Cole Owens, k, Hollis Brookline; Mike D’Amelio, kr, Sanborn. Division II: South Offense Brendan McInnis, qb, Windham; Saikou Bah, rb, Trinity; Tyler Howard, rb, Souhegan; Kellen Bail, rb, Windham; Ryan Boldwin, te, Trinity; Anthony Gallo, se, Windham; George LePage, ol, Souhegan; Keegan Williams, ol, Trinity; Robert Ryan, ol, Pelham; Kevin Anderson, ol, Windham; Kody Palladino, c, Milford. Defense Victor Pizzotti, de, Windham; Nick Skinner, de,   Milford; Travis Hughes, dt, Milford; Patrick Hume, dt, Windham; Cam Kinney, lb, Souhegan; Kurtis Jolicoeur, lb, Windham; Nick Purdue, lb, Trinity; Joe Frake, s, Windham; Will Sheppard, s, Trinity; Brendan Cray, cb, Souhegan; Matt Shea, cb, Windham; Trevor Barrett, kr, Souhegan; Max Urda, p, Milford. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:01:42 EST Guertin still top Greater Nashua girls basketball contender http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1053236-457/guertin-still-top-greater-nashua-girls-basketball.html Division I is all about the usual suspects – see Bedford, Londonderry, Pinkerton Academy and Bishop Guertin as the teams to beat – according to coaches around the state. As the top local squad in contention, the Cardinals (14-5 last winter) return senior guard Megan Kerutis, junior point guard Marie LaPlante and sophomore center Abbi Field. Nashua North coach Ricky Oliver has a solid core of his own coming back from a 19-5 season, which finished with a 68-31 semifinal loss Bedford. The Titans return a trio of the state’s best guards in senior Taylor Choate, and juniors Sara Cordova and Adaeze Okorie. With a season under her belt, sophomore forward Isabel Dunning is expected to play a bigger role in the paint. What may weigh on North’s chances to return to the final four is depth. Those four players aside, it’s a group of five newcomers to the varsity team, including three freshmen. “With just four returning players we will have to grow into playing shape as quick as we can muster,” Oliver said. The 11-year Titans coach actually pointed over the bridge to Nashua South for Nashua’s public school contender. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:00:28 EST Nashua residents want answers in 3-year-old’s death http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053245-469/nashua-residents-want-answers-in-3-year-olds-death.html NASHUA – A community stunned by last month’s murder of 3-year-old Brielle Gage angrily awaits answers in the tragic death of the flaxen-haired toddler that some claim should never have happened if child protection and court systems acted appropriately. “The system failed that little girl,” Nashua Board of Alderman President David W. Deane said Wednesday. “Why didn’t someone act to take the children out of that house?” Deane asked, referring to the May 5 arrests of the girl’s mother, Katlyn Marin, 24, and her boyfriend, Michael Rivera, 30, for allegedly assaulting an 8-year-old boy at the same apartment. Three-year-old Brielle Gage died Nov. 25 after being rushed to a Nashua hospital from the 14 Oak St. apartment where she lived with her mother. The state Medical Examiner’s office last week rule Gage died from blunt force trauma and declared her death a homicide. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:34:00 EST Nashua’s Horn seeks another term as GOP head http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053246-469/nashuas-horn-seeks-another-term-as-gop.html The sitting chairwoman of the New Hampshire Republican Party announced Thursday she will seek another term. Jennifer Horn, of Nashua, informed the party’s executive committee she has decided to run for re-election for 2015-16, using the opportunity to recap the progress made under her leadership and tout the fiscal gains made since the last election cycle. “As a team, we took over at a time when the party was facing many challenges, and as a team we have not only overcome those challenges, we have built a secure foundation that will serve our party for years to come,” Horn said in her letter. “Over the past two years we have made progress in repairing the divisions in our party. By welcoming all sincere Republicans to the table, hosting many Building Bridges conversations, coffees with the chairman, and other outreach efforts, we were able to go into the general election with a coordinated, unified effort.” Attempts to reach Horn for additional comment on Thursday were unsuccessful. Republicans will formally elect a new chairman during the party’s annual meeting slated for Jan. 10, 2015 at Pinkerton Academy in Derry. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:50:36 EST Nashua parish celebrates the Queen of the Americas http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053247-469/nashua-parish-celebrates-the-queen-of-the.html Hundreds of Greater Nashuans prepare to celebrate this weekend’s feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Americas and is especially revered in Hispanic homes. With roses and rosaries, area Catholics honor the woman they call their queen on her feast day, Dec. 12. The festivities continue on Saturday with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe carried from St. Aloysius of Gonzaga Parish though downtown to St. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:56:17 EST Robert Nutting Bickford http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053251-466/robert-nutting-bickford.html Robert Nutting Bickford, 85, died after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. He was born on September 28, 1929 to Jason F. and Blanch (Nutting) Bickford, twin brother of Sylia “Bickie” Webster. He was the husband of Cynthia Ann (Martin) Bickford. They were married on April 25, 1959 in Nashua. Bob attended local schools and Kimball Union Acadamy where he graduated in 1948. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:01:26 EST Lucien (Pete) Neveu http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053254-466/lucien-pete-neveu.html Lucien (Pete) Neveu longtime resident of Nashua NH died peacefully on December 8, 2014 surrounded by family. He was born on November 14, 1919. Pete was the widower of Lauretta (Paradis) Neveu. Pete served in the US Navy during WWII and worked for Greg and Sons several years before becoming a Nashua firefighter. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:01:44 EST Alleged victim’s father saw changes in Nashua daughter’s behavior after alleged sexual assaults http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053258-469/alleged-victims-father-saw-changes-in-nashua.html NASHUA – The father of the girl who is accusing her former martial arts instructor of molesting her over a period of months when she was 13 years old said Thursday in Hillsborough County Superior Court South that his daughter had always loved taking multiple classes at the instructor’s Nashua studio, so it didn’t make sense when she suddenly began staying away and focusing on other things. The father, who The Telegraph isn’t identifying in order to protect his daughter’s privacy, told prosecutor David Tencza that toward the end of 2012, he found himself “pushing her to go” to the studio, something that he indicated would have been unimaginable only a few months earlier. Prosecutors have charged Aldo Batista dos Santos, the 39-year-old jiu jitsu instructor who owns ABC Brazilian Jiu Jitsu studio in Nashua, with assaulting the girl multiple times between August and November 2012. He was arrested in June 2013. His first trial, in August, ended in a mistrial when a relative of the victim began shouting at dos Santos and his attorney, Tim Bush, during testimony that he later said he wasn’t prepared to hear. The second trial began Tuesday, and is expected to continue at least through Friday. Dos Santos is being tried on two counts of felonious sexual assault, Class B felonies, and 10 counts of sexual assault, Class A misdemeanors. One of the felony charges and one of the misdemeanors stem from alleged incidents in Hudson; the others allegedly occurred in Nashua. About halfway through Thursday’s testimony, which ended at noon for the day because Judge Jacalyn Colburn had a previous commitment, Colburn denied Bush’s motion to dismiss one of the two felony counts against dos Santos. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:02:09 EST Nashua’s 2nd annual Festival of Trees to culminate Friday night at Hunt Memorial Building http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053259-469/nashuas-2nd-annual-festival-of-trees-to.html The season of giving continues this week with the second annual Festival of Trees at the Hunt Memorial Building on Library Hill in downtown Nashua. This year’s Festival of Trees culminates Friday night with a gala, where a virtual forest of brightly decorated Christmas trees will be auctioned off, all for the sake of community awareness for area agencies and businesses and to celebrate the history of a city landmark. On Friday night, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Hunt’s 6 Main St. location, wine, beer, appetizers and desserts will be served. In addition, pianist Mary Bingham will be playing for carolers. There are 31 trees from community organizations in this year’s display, making up the majority of the approximately 40 total. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:53:16 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1053261-228/story.html Nashua Police  Department NOV. 23 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Robert Keene, 18, 641⁄2 Ash St,. Apt. A, Nashua, electronic bench warrant: violation of court order. Scott M. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:02:36 EST Hollis students named to Nashua Catholic honor roll http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1053278-308/hollis-students-named-to-nashua-catholic-honor.html NASHUA – These Hollis students were named to the Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School first-quarter honor roll for the 2014-15 school year: PRINCIPAL’S LIST GRADE 7: Elizabeth N. Bonnette, Charlotte R. Gehan. HIGH HONORS GRADE 7: Laura E. Lampognana. HONORS GRADE 8: Ava M. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:01:03 EST Front Door Agency in Nashua names suite for Hollis supporters http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1053279-308/front-door-agency-in-nashua-names-suite.html NASHUA – The Front Door Agency recently dedicated a suite at the Norwell Home on Concord Street to Hollis residents Jim and Sandy Healy. The Healys have been longtime supporters of the agency’s mission to help families transition from crisis to self-sufficiency. As founder and former president of Healy Systems in Hudson, Healy designed and patented several vapor recovery systems that significantly reduce emissions at the gas pump. In operation for more than 40 years, Healy Systems was sold to Franklin Electric Co. in 2006. The Norwell Home provides a temporary home and structured support program for up to eight homeless mothers and their children. Women in the program are required to work, further their educations and/or volunteer while they receive housing and case management support. “We are honored to recognize the Healys for their strong financial support of our work in the community,” said Maryse Wirbal, CEO of the Front Door Agency. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:01:08 EST Merrimack students named to Nashua Catholic honor roll http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackreadersubmitted/1053287-308/merrimack-students-named-to-nashua-catholic-honor.html NASHUA – These Merrimack students were named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2014-15 school year at Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School. PRINCIPAL’S LIST GRADE 7: Natalie E. Sheehy, Lana N. Sukkar, Gabrielle T. Whitaker. HONORS GRADE 8: Elizabeth Croke, Brian G. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:01:42 EST Roger W. Bonenfant http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackobituaries/1053296-435/roger-w.-bonenfant.html Roger W. Bonenfant, 75, of Merrimack, passed away on Monday, December 8, 2014, at Southern NH Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was born on January 25, 1939, in Nashua, NH, to the late Albert and Jeannette (Paul) Bonenfant. He was a graduate of La Salette Seminary. Roger served his country in the United States Air Force from 1957 to 1962. After his time in the service, he found employment with BAE Systems and worked there for over 40 years until his retirement in 2007. He was predeceased by two brothers, Albert and Ronald Bonenfant. Surviving members of his family include his loving wife of 50 years, Helen (Lajoie) Bonenfant, of Merrimack; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Scott Bonenfant, of Nashua, and Keith Bonenfant and his wife, Kim, of Manchester; a daughter and son-in-law, Nikki and her husband, Dean Savramis, of Portsmouth; three grandchildren, Reno Savramis, Nicholas and Riley Bonenfant; two brothers and sister-in-laws, Paul Bonenfant and his wife, Gloria, and Arthur Bonenfant and his wife, Janice, all of Nashua; a sister, Joan Mayo, of Nashua; a sister-in-law, Diane Bonenfant, of Amherst; and several nieces and nephews. There are no calling hours. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:02:23 EST Ditka to appear in Nashua on Friday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1053305-457/ditka-to-appear-in-nashua-on-friday.html LOCAL Ditka appearing in Nashua Former Chicago Bears and NFLHall of Fame coach Mike Ditka will be appearing at Castro’s Back Room in Nashua on Friday from 4-7:30 p.m. The event is free of charge. Ditka will be promoting his 89 Signature Series Cigar while greeting fans and signing autotraphs. Also appearing will be longtime Boston sports radio personality Glenn Ordway, currently the host of “The Big Show Unfiltered” on ESPN New Hampshire radio. Ordway will broadcast his show Friday from the ESPN New Hampshire studios, with Ditka scheduled to join him between 3-4 p.m. For more information, go to castros.com or espnnhradio.com. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:08:05 EST Nashua woman charged with felony theft; allegedly stole clothing, watches http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053216-469/nashua-woman-charged-with-felony-theft-allegedly.html A Palm Street resident was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Nashua district court on a felony theft charge after she allegedly stole clothing and other items from a Pheasant Lane Mall store, police said. Officers took Maria Rodriguez Alvarez, 29, of 81 Palm St., Apt. 1, into custody about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said, about two hours after an employee of Macy’s department store at the Pheasant Lane Mall called to report a female acting suspiciously in the store. The employee told police the woman, later identified as Alvarez, had selected several items of clothing, along with watches and other accessories, from store display cases, brought them into a fitting room and allegedly removed the price tags from the merchandise, police said. Alvarez then exited the store, allegedly without paying for the items, and was eventually confronted by store employees. Police investigated and a short time later arrested Alvarez, police said. Alvarez was charged with theft, which is classified as a Class A felony because the merchandise she is accused of stealing is worth more than $1,500, police said. A Class A felony is punishable by up to 15 years in State Prison, exclusive of fines, police said. – DEAN SHALHOUP Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:17 EST Gridiron greats http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetsports/1053079-308/gridiron-greats.html A total of nine football players from Milford and Souhegan high schools received Division II South All-Conference honors for their play in 2014. Milford’s Kody Palladino was named to the offense, while Nick Skinner, Travis Hughes and Max Urda received honors on defense. Souhegan saw Tyler Howard and George LePage make the offense and Cam Kinney, Brendan Cray and Trevor Barrett make the defense. Following are the Division II teams, along with the Division I West team. Division II: South Offense Brendan McInnis, qb, Windham; Saikou Bah, rb, Trinity; Tyler Howard, rb, Souhegan; Kellen Bail, rb, Windham; Ryan Boldwin, te, Trinity; Anthony Gallo, se, Windham; George LePage, ol, Souhegan; Keegan Williams, ol, Trinity; Robert Ryan, ol, Pelham; Kevin Anderson, ol, Windham; Kody Palladino, c, Milford. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:00:39 EST Police: Speeding Nashua man eludes police – but not for long http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053086-469/police-speeding-nashua-man-eludes-police-.html WINDHAM – A Nashua man who police say was pursued by a state police trooper as he allegedly drove well over 100 mph on Route 93 in Windham on Wednesday morning may have thought he got away after the trooper broke off the chase due to heavy traffic and weather conditions, according to a state police report. But Frederick Dehner, 41, would later discover he couldn’t escape the long arm of the law, or in this case, the fact the trooper was able to identify the vehicle as a white, 2013 Hyundai Sonata and was also able to get its license plate number. Police said they traced the vehicle to a rental agency, which was able to provide information on the renter – who turned out to be Dehner. Police went to Dehner’s Nashua home and confronted him on the incident, which Dehner admitted to, police said. But when officers told him he was under arrest, Dehner tried to flee on foot – “to no avail,” police said. Dehner was charged with one count each of felony-level reckless conduct; reckless driving; disobeying an officer and resisting arrest. Police said the trooper who first spotted Dehner driving at “a high rate of speed” on Route 93 was working a traffic detail. The trooper gained on Dehner’s car, and observed it weave around other vehicles as it sped south in the travel and breakdown lanes “at speeds in excess of 100 mph.” At one point, police said, the trooper clocked Dehner’s vehicle at 126 mph, as it approached the Massachusetts state line. The trooper discontinued the pursuit a short time later, citing traffic and the weather. Police said Dehner was held overnight on bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Salem district court. Police ask that anyone with any information on the incident contact Trooper A.P. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:30 EST Symphony NH welcomes ‘American Idol’ finalist Alex Preston in Nashua performance Saturday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1053097-485/symphony-nh-welcomes-american-idol-finalist-alex.html NASHUA – At 8 p.m. Saturday, “American Idol” finalist Alex Preston will perform with Symphony NH at the Keefe Auditorium, 117 Elm St., at the annual Holiday Pops concert. A back-up plan was never in the cards for Mont Vernon native Preston, who started playing music when he was four years old. “If you want to do something, just do it,” says the now 21-year-old singer/songwriter. “You can’t have something else as a back-up plan. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:02:31 EST Flute orchestra, ballet dancers join for holiday concert http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1053098-485/flute-orchestra-ballet-dancers-join-for-holiday.html NASHUA – At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the New England Flute Orchestra will present songs of the season at the Judd Gregg Hall Auditorium of Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst St. Formerly called the Nashua Flute Choir – the new name is “reflecting our growing geographic reach of our audience and our members,” says the website – the New England Flute Orchestra offers far more than your childhood memories of a small silver instrument in the front row of the band. You’ll “meet the family” of flutes, from the sparking high notes of the piccolo and E-flat flute, and the silvery sound of the C flute, to the beautifully deep sound of the “heavy metal” section — alto flute, bass flute, and the giant contrabass flute. NEFO players are able to bring intricate counterpoint to life with facility and grace, and surround the room with a warm sonority. The orchestra will be joined by members of the Kathy Blake Dance Studio ballet ensemble, who will perform dance excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” Sing along with your favorite songs and encounter new pieces for this cheery season! Suggested donation is $15 adults, $10 seniors/students, $5 children, or $25 family. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:02:35 EST Sing along with  senior carolers in  downtown Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1053100-485/sing-along-with-senior-carolers-in-downtown.html NASHUA – Downtown shoppers will enjoy some seasonal musical entertainment over the coming weeks. A choral group will sing carols and saxophonist Andrew Frankhouse will play some cool Christmas tunes at different downtown locations. Members of the Nashua Senior Activity Center will be assisting the downtown merchants by making the downtown area more festive throughout weekends this holiday season. They will be caroling in front of Fortin-Gage Flowers and Gifts from 1-3 p.m. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:02:44 EST Our local artists have something to be hopeful about http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1053104-485/our-local-artists-have-something-to-be.html First off, let me tell you how excited I was Tuesday to attend a discussion group on a potential performing arts center for Nashua. Everyone who’s anyone in the performing and visual arts realms in our area, as well as politicians, educators and interested residents, were at Rivier’s Dion Center to talk about what we’d love to see in an arts hub for downtown. The city’s Arts Commission has put together a terrific presentation and proposal that, as Mayor Donnalee Lozeau noted, will be a great tool to take to investors. I hope you got a chance to read my story on the meeting in Wednesday’s Telegraph; if not, it’s here. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:03:01 EST Christopher S. Woerner http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053119-466/christopher-s.-woerner.html Christopher S. Woerner, 63, passed away quietly on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. He was born on October 28, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the husband of Donna Preston Woerner. Chris was a Master Electrician who worked for himself under Dublin Electric, and then Woerner and Son Electric. He had also worked as a construction project manager for Seppala Construction in Rindge, NH, as well as Hannaford Brothers. Chris loved scuba diving and was an avid diver for 42 years. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:00:21 EST Ruth (McQuesten) Poirier http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053121-466/ruth-mcquesten-poirier.html Ruth (McQuesten) Poirier, 95, a lifelong resident of Nashua, NH, died on December 9, 2014 at the Courville at Nashua. Mrs. Poirier was born in Nashua, on September 3, 1919, a daughter of the late Everett and Anna (Holden) McQuesten. She was the widow of N. Roger Poirier. Prior to her retirement, she had worked for the Ingersoll Rand (formerly IMPCO) as an executive administrator. She is remembered lovingly as a “Great Mom and Nana.” Among her many interests, she enjoyed bike riding and walking, and she was an avid bridge player. Mrs. Poirier was a member of The First Church (Congregational) U.C.C. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:00:30 EST Marie Theresa (Scagnelli) Albanese http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053123-466/marie-theresa-scagnelli-albanese.html Marie Theresa (Scagnelli) Albanese, 92, of Nashua and formerly of New York City, passed away peacefully at her home at the Huntington at Nashua on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Marie was born in 1922 in New York City, a daughter of the late Rosa (Molga) and Giuseppe Scagnelli and attended Transfiguration School. She was the niece of the historian Padre Felice da Mareto. She worked for the Department of Public Health in the City of New York for many years before her retirement. She was an avid reader. Her many hobbies and interests included Northern Italian Cooking, musicals, and world travel. She visited Hawaii every winter for many years. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:01:11 EST Paul E. Leblond http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053125-466/paul-e.-leblond.html Paul E. Leblond, 88, of Nashua passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at his home. Paul was born in Nashua on February 17, 1926, a son of the late Emile and Alice (Belanger) Leblond. He was the widower of Gabrielle L. (Raymond) Leblond, who passed away on May 2, 1994. Paul honorably served our country during WWII with the U.S. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:01:23 EST Frank H. Mellen http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053127-466/frank-h.-mellen.html Frank Hutchinson Mellen, 88, a well-known Nashua resident, passed away at his home Tuesday morning, December 9, 2014, after a period of declining health. A resident of this city since 1929, Frank was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 16, 1925, a son of the late Frank H. and Lillian (Holmes) Mellen. Educated in local schools, he was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1943. He enlisted in the Navy in November 1943 and attended the U.S. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:01:35 EST Richard J. Norton http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053128-466/richard-j.-norton.html Richard J. Norton, 81, of Mashpee, formerly of Nashua, NH, died of natural causes on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Born and raised in Medford, MA, Dick attended St. Clement’s High School and played hockey, baseball and football. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:01:39 EST Elizabeth Dorette Stabler http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053129-466/elizabeth-dorette-stabler.html 1981-2014 Elizabeth Dorette Stabler, 32, of Hollis, NH and Tucson, AZ passed away during the week of November 13, 2014 in Tucson, AZ. The cause was an apparent heroin overdose. She was born on December 1, 1981 in Nashua, NH, the daughter of Sarah Chandler Stabler and George Merritt Stabler, both now deceased. She grew up in Hollis, NH, where she attended public schools. She spent a year and one-half at Bennington College in VT and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC in 2009. She was a young woman of many gifts and boundless promise: an accomplished artist, baker, musician, horticulturist and a friend to, and caretaker of animals. She leaves a loving family – her brother Benjamin Stabler; an aunt and uncle, Janet Brown and Atty. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:01:43 EST Text messages, dates of martial arts events and alleged victim’s recollections discussed during Wednesday testimony in dos Santos sex assault trial http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053130-469/story.html NASHUA – Defense attorney Tim Bush Wednesday morning showed posters, photographs, cellphone records and two brief videos to the jury in the sexual assault trial of his client, Nashua martial arts studio owner Aldo Batista dos Santos, telling the jury and the alleged victim that the exhibits support to some degree his assertions that the victim’s statements and testimony contain multiple inconsistencies. The victim, now a 15-year-old high school sophomore, reported in May 2013 that dos Santos, who owns ABC Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Nashua, molested her on multiple occasions between August and November 2012 when she was 13. The girl was a member of the studio and was taking martial arts classes from dos Santos during the time of the alleged assaults, which began with embraces and kisses then advanced to fondling, oral sex and attempted digital penetration, according to her testimony and prosecution documents. Wednesday was day two of dos Santos’s second trial, which comes about three months after a mistrial ended his initial trial after about two days of testimony. The girl, who joined dos Santos’s studio in February 2012 shortly after moving to Hudson with her father and two siblings, responded to Bush’s cross-examination by acknowledging she could have gotten some dates and times mixed up and that it’s possible her various statements and testimony didn’t match up word for word, but insisted she never knowingly made inaccurate or untrue statements. “I was nervous … that’s why I forgot some things here and there,” she told the court. As the legal process went forward from May 11, 2013, the day she and her father reported the alleged assaults to Nashua police, the victim said she started to remember more details. “Trial is bringing some things back … I start remembering things more clearly,” she said. Dos Santos, 39, of 32 Gingras Drive in Nashua, was arrested in May 2013, shortly after the victim went to police. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:01:48 EST Nashua Aldermen approve upgrade to city’s radio communication system http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053131-469/nashua-aldermen-approve-upgrade-to-citys-radio.html NASHUA – Aldermen on Tuesday unanimously approved a $5.1 million contract with Motorola Solutions Inc. to upgrade the city’s radio communications system. The overhaul would replace obsolete equipment and help lay the groundwork for a regional partnership with public safety agencies in Manchester. It will bring the city into compliance with a new technology standard for public safety entities across the country, referred to as “Project 25.” The new standard allows radios from different manufacturers to  communicate with one another. The board approved bonding up to $6 million to pay for the contract  in October. The communications upgrade began in 2012 when city officials said the 800 megahertz radio system that had been in operation since 2000 relied on obsolete equipment that no longer can be repaired. Under the contract approved Tuesday, Motorola will complete the final phases of the systemwide upgrade. They include replacing the city’s 10 radio channels, all 800 megahertz mobile radios and all Very High Frequency (VHF) radios in fire and police vehicles. Aldermen also voted 10-5 to fund a three-year contract for the school district’s custodians after debating whether the annual wage increases could be justified in a tight economy and with a lean budget year ahead for the city. Ward 9 Alderman Ken Siegel said funding the contract’s wage hikes will mean making cuts elsewhere, noting next year “is not going to be one of these Kumbaya years.” Siegel also said the school’s district’s employees currently are earning “close to top scale” wages for their trades. The collective bargaining agreement between the school board and Nashua School Custodian Union Local 365/Council 93 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees runs from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016. It calls for a 2 percent wage increase that would be retroactive to the 2013-14 school year; 2.7 percent wage hike for the current school year, and 2.5 percent for the next school year. The union represents the school district’s approximate 130 custodians and maintenance staff, which includes skilled tradesmen such as plumbers, electricians, carpenters and gas fitters. “People are not getting 2 percent wages,” Alderman-At-Large Daniel Moriarty said in opposing the contract. He joined Siegel, Ward 3 Alderman David Schoneman, Ward 6 Alderman Paul Chasse and Ward 1 Alderman Sean McGuinness against funding it. Alderman-At-Large James Donchess said custodians hadn’t had a raise since July 2013 and said it should be up to school officials to decide how to manage their spending. “I’m going to support it and leave the hard work up to the school board,” Donchess said. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:10:53 EST Nashua’s Ledge Street Elementary School ramps up athletic opportunities for kids http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053132-469/nashuas-ledge-street-elementary-school-ramps-up.html About five years ago, Ledge Street Elementary School began a push to encourage students to practice healthy habits beyond the weekly gym class and although Ledge Street gym teacher Ashley Paulicelli works with groups of elementary students once a week, she said students need to be more active. “Child obesity is on the back of everyone’s mind. Kids need more than 50 minutes of physical activity per week,” she said. Paulicelli hopes to educate students on opportunities for physical activity within their community. “It’s about reaching out to local community outlets, and trying to show students that those places exist in our own backyard,” said Paulicelli. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:03:32 EST Three Nashua women win titles at Miss India New England competition http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1053148-478/three-nashua-women-win-titles-at-miss.html Three Nashua members of the India Association of New Hampshire brought coveted crowns to New Hampshire after the recent Miss India New England 2014 in Chelmsford, Mass. Amritha Mangalat was crowned Miss India New England, Harika Talluri was crowned Miss Teen India New England, and Sheetal Kelkar was crowned Mrs. India New England under 40. Mangalat holds a degree in biology and psychology from Northeastern University. She was recently admitted into the master’s in public health program at George Washington University. “It still doesn’t feel like I’ve won a pageant or that I bear a title now,” she said. “It feels like the pageant was just one big performance, and now it’s over. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:00:36 EST PLUS Company in Nashua presents Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1053149-478/plus-company-in-nashua-presents-outstanding-corporate.html NASHUA – The PLUS Company presented the 2014 Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award to Marshalls at its 17th annual Silent Auction & Dinner Dance in November. Each year, The PLUS Company recognizes a business that provides support to the agency or its clients. Marshalls has been a dedicated partner with PLUS, providing training, internships and job opportunities to PLUS clients. In March 2013, the Marshalls store in Tewksbury, Mass., agreed to serve as the internship site for The PLUS Company’s newly created Retail Employment Training Program. The program allows individuals with developmental disabilities to learn in a hands-on, well-supervised situation the skills necessary for employment in the retail sector. Additionally, participants learn general work-ready skills such as punctuality, teamwork and workplace etiquette. Seventeen interns have completed the program in Tewksbury. Nine months later, the Marshalls in south Nashua agreed to serve as a retail internship site, as well. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:00:46 EST Teacher at Infant Jesus School in Nashua earns award http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1053153-478/teacher-at-infant-jesus-school-in-nashua.html NASHUA – Edith Couchman, the art teacher at Infant Jesus School was selected by the Hillsborough County Conservation District as Conservation Teacher of the Year. Couchman has more than 20 years of experience as a visual arts and environmental science teacher. She is responsible for designing and building the school’s outdoor classroom, which has been certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. The school’s Gardening Club, which is supervised by Couchman, meets weekly and is responsible for the upkeep and care for the outdoor classroom. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:01:08 EST Tolles Street Mission in Nashua seeks donations for Christmas party http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1053179-478/tolles-street-mission-in-nashua-seeks-donations.html NASHUA – The Tolles Street Mission invites the public to its annual Christmas Celebration, to be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, 1 Positive Place. The mission plans to serve pizza, refreshments and desserts. Each child will receive an age-specific gift, and there will be performances and music. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:00:09 EST Thank you for successful Nashua Winter Holiday Stroll http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1053183-478/thank-you-for-successful-nashua-winter-holiday.html To the Editor: As the chair of the 2014 Holiday Stroll Committee, I want to take a moment to say “Thank you” to everyone involved in making the 21st annual stroll a huge success. First, to Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, her staff and the employees at DPW, Park-Rec, Risk Management, Nashua Public Library, Public Health, AMR, Nashua Police and Fire, the city clerk, and EMD Justin Kates and his CERT volunteers. The coordination that needs to happen for this kind of event was seamless and demonstrated the professionalism of our city employees. To the dedicated members of the Stroll Committee who began meeting back in August to put together the best evening ever for those who joined us for the evening. I can’t say enough about GAD Executive Director Rebecca Dixon and her assistant Anne Leonard for the many hours they put into this year’s event. To our own Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps for once again leading the way for Santa and his VIPs who were transported in antique vehicles thanks to the Bellavance and Law families, who continue to contribute to their city. To Meri Goyette and John Parolin for making the dreams of the young and old alike come alive while holding court in the Hunt Memorial Building, which was adorned with the Festival of Trees this year, adding to the holiday program. To the evening’s amazing musicians and entertainers for outstanding performances, along with the countless volunteers, without whom we couldn’t do an event of this magnitude – we say thank you! To the Banner family for their generous donation of the official city tree and to Pat and Bud Dunnell, your support is greatly appreciated. Last, but certainly not least, to our sponsors: Triangle Credit Union, Arena Sports Bar & Grill, DCU, Clocktower Place Apartments, Enterprise Bank, First Student and City Bus, Granite State Credit Union, Martha’s Exchange, The Lannan Co. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:00:31 EST North falls one point short to Bedford http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1053111-457/north-falls-one-point-short-to-bedford.html Nashua North came up just short in a 37-36 season-opening loss to Bedford. David Muite recorded a pinning win at 152 pounds, while Cameron Bennett (132 pounds) and John Sweeney (195) scored decisions for the Titans. Bennett beat Bedford’s Ethan Lavalle 5-0 and Sweeney topped Ryan Belz 4-3. Brian Sewell (106), Cole Nickerson (113), Joshua Santos (182) and Joseph Allen (220) were credited with forfeit victories for North. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:00:40 EST Nashua South drops opening meet in Exeter http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1053110-457/nashua-south-drops-opening-meet-in-exeter.html Nashua South opened its season with a 55-24 road loss in Exeter. Bright spots for the Panthers included pins by Jeremy Bridge (113 pounds) over Dylan Turnbull in 5 minutes, 44 seconds; Kevin Melanson (132) in 1:51 over Riley Green; and Zack Gath (195) in 3:03 over Will Palmer. Pat Sullivan dropped his 138-pound match 9-7 in overtime. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:00:33 EST Is there a pattern here? http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1053024-465/is-there-a-pattern-here.html This is the third time Chris Williams of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce has tried to influence controversial public policies by manipulating Nashua’s governing bodies. That, in my mind, constitutes a pattern of deliberate “monkey business.” First, it was the Greeley Park Legacy Playground. Second was the secret firing of the branding consultant when the independent research showed that the modern design in progress on Main Street would not attract people to the city. Now, number three, is his push to allow alcohol in our public schools. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:40:00 EST Nashua takes step forward toward arts center reality http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053071-469/nashua-takes-step-forward-toward-arts-center.html NASHUA – A veritable who’s who of the arts community, as well as politicos, educators and artists, braved wind and rain to attend a Tuesday discussion group about a proposed performing arts center for downtown Nashua. Paul LaFlamme, president of the Spartans Drum & Bugle Corps and member of the Nashua Arts Commission, gave opening remarks and later showed an abbreviated presentation of the 45-page proposal drafted by the city Arts Commission, spearheaded by Sarah Marchant and Renee Redder. LaFlamme was one of about 40 people representing more than a dozen art, civics and business groups such as the Nashua theater Guild, the Nashua Arts Commission, the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and more. Alderman and proposal initiator Brian McCarthy was joined by fellow aldermen David Deane, Jim Donchess and Ken Siegel, as well as Sen. Bette Lasky. McCarthysaid he was “pleased to see this level of interest. “Whenever you propose anything, there’s a million reasons to do it, and a million reasons not to. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:00:46 EST Nashua avoids worst of freezing rain http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053025-469/nashua-avoids-worst-of-freezing-rain.html A slick morning commute with plenty of minor accidents and falls marked the winter storm in Greater Nashua on Tuesday, with a switch to heavy rain in the afternoon contributing some minor flooding. “We saw a big influx of calls, probably about 7:30 to 10:30 – motor vehicle crashes, slips and falls. The freezing rain this morning, when it coats everything, is just tough,” said Chris Stawasz, general manager of AMR ambulance service. “It was worse north, worse in Manchester, where it was really tough.” Among the issues Tuesday morning was a state trooper who was slightly injured on the Spaulding Turnpike in Newingon while investigating a crash on Route 16 southbound, when struck by another car that lost control. At 7:15 a.m., speeds on the Spaulding Turnpike and Interstate 95 were dropped to 45 mph because of slick conditions. In Greater Nashua, a spate of minor accidents was reported but nothing major. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:58:26 EST Nashua man’s second trial underway at Superior Court; accused of multiple sexual assault offenses http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053048-469/nashua-mans-second-trial-underway-at-superior.html NASHUA – It wasn’t long after the young,  athletically inclined girl and her dad and two siblings had settled into their new home in Hudson in February 2012 that she discovered the world of martial arts. And even better, she took to the sport immediately, enjoying class immensely and improving her skills rapidly. And better yet, everyone at ABC Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the Nashua studio owned by black belt holder Aldo Batista dos Santos, considered themselves one big family. By August 2012, six months after she joined ABC BJJ, the girl, who was then 13, was doing so well she signed up for additional classes. By then she was spending about four hours a day, 4 to 5 days a week at the studio. But all that was about to change. The girl, now 15 and a high school sophomore, described in often–excruciating detail Tuesday in Hillsborough County Superior Court South how her instructor-student relationship with dos Santos descended into one of alleged sexual abuse that prosecutors say caused the girl to suffer physical and emotional distress and led to dos Santos’ arrest in May 2013 on multiple charges stemming from the alleged pattern of abuse. Testimony in dos Santos’ second trial on the charges, which include two felony counts of felonious sexual assault and 10 misdemeanor counts of sexual assault, got underway Tuesday morning in Superior Court before Judge Jacalyn Colburn. His first trial, in August, ended in a mistrial after a relative of the victim interrupted proceedings with an angry rant against dos Santos and his attorney, Tim Bush. Colburn found the relative, Victor Traverso, in contempt of court, fining him and sending him to jail for one day. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:28:01 EST Roger W. Bonenfant http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053052-466/roger-w.-bonenfant.html Roger W. Bonenfant, 75, of Merrimack passed away on Monday December 8, 2014 at Southern NH Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was born on January 25, 1939 in Nashua, NH to the late Albert and Jeannette (Paul) Bonenfant. He was a graduate of La Salette Seminary. Roger served his country in the United States Air Force from 1957 to 1962. After his time in the service, he found employment with BAE Systems and worked there for over 40 years until his retirement in 2007. He was pre-deceased by two brothers, Albert and Ronald Bonenfant. Surviving members of his family include his loving wife of 50 years, Helen (Lajoie) Bonenfant of Merrimack; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Scott Bonenfant of Nashua and Keith Bonenfant and his wife Kim of Manchester; a daughter and son-in-law, Nikki and her husband Dean Savramis of Portsmouth; three grandchildren, Reno Savramis, Nicholas and Riley Bonenfant; two brothers and sister-in-laws, Paul Bonenfant and his wife Gloria, and Arthur Bonenfant and his wife Janice, all of Nashua; a sister, Joan Mayo of Nashua; a sister-in-law, Diane Bonenfant of Amherst, and several nieces and nephews. There are no calling hours. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:51:51 EST Stella C. O’Dell http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053054-466/stella-c.-odell.html Stella C. O’Dell, 88, of Manchester and formerly of Hudson and Londonderry, died early Saturday morning, December 6, 2014 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a long illness. Stella was the widow of Charles J. O’Dell. Born in Farmington, NH on January 21, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Andrew D. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:52:04 EST Therapy dogs visit Rivier University in Nashua for finals week http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053058-469/therapy-dogs-visit-rivier-university-in-nashua.html Zolah, a Rhodesian ridgeback, walked into a group of 10 Rivier students waiting for her in a quiet corner of Rivier University’s Regina Library on Monday, walking a slow lap around the lounge and acknowledging each person with a calm gaze, sniff or lick while students eagerly pet her copper brown fur. To help manage the stress of finals week, Rivier University organized time for 11 therapy dogs to visit students between Dec. 7 and 10. Therapy dogs are dogs that, along with their handlers, volunteer at places such as schools, hospitals and nursing homes to help comfort people. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:32:51 EST Mom needs help getting back on her feet http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053059-469/mom-needs-help-getting-back-on-her.html NASHUA – After a long job search, Angelica has found full-time employment, just starting her new job as a receptionist. She is the single mother of two daughters, one of whom will turn 9 years old on Christmas Day and the other a year old. Angelica is happy to be working full time but said she is still getting on her feet and that she would appreciate some help to provide her two daughters with Christmas gifts. Now that Angelica has full-time work, she is no longer eligible for the state assistance she had been receiving, and she said she is still adjusting to paying a full slate of rent and bills and working full time. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:34:37 EST Claire Corinne (Villeneuve) Dumaine http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053068-466/claire-corinne-villeneuve-dumaine.html Claire Corinne (Villeneuve) Dumaine died on Sunday, December 7th at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, N.H. Born on October 13, 1924 in Nashua, NH, she was the daughter of Armand and Irene (Vadeboncoeur) Villeneuve. Claire was married for 58 years to local and seacoast musician Henry “Ed” Dumaine, who predeceased her in 2005. After working as assistant to the Principal at Nashua High School, she left to raise a family of six, first in Nashua and later in Hampton Beach, NH. For the past nine years she lived in Hollis, NH. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:00:11 EST Nashua takes step forward toward arts center reality http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053070-469/nashua-takes-step-forward-toward-arts-center.html NASHUA – A veritable who’s who of the arts community, as well as politicos, educators and artists, were in attendance for a discussion group meeting on a proposed performing arts center for downtown Nashua. The meeting was held Tuesday at the Dion Center of Rivier University, and roughly 40 people braved the downpours to voice their opinions and desires regarding a topic that’s been bandied about for decades. Representatives were there from City Hall, Actorsingers, Nashua Theater Guild, Peacock Players, Symphony NH, Nashua Community Concert Association, Nashua Chamber Orchestra, Nashua Community Music School, Nashua Arts Commission, City Arts Nashua, the Chamber of Commerce, the Gate City Charter School for the Arts, the Nashua Public Library, downtown businesses and community residents. Alderman and proposal initiator Brian McCarthy was joined by fellow aldermen David Deane, Jim Donchess and Ken Siegel, as well as Sen. Bette Lasky. Paul LaFlamme, president of the Spartans Drum & Bugle Corps and member of the Nashua Arts Commission, gave opening remarks and later showed an abbreviated presentation of the 45-page proposal drafted by the city Arts Commission, spearheaded by Sarah Marchant and Renee Redder. LaFlamme introduced McCarthy, who said he was “pleased to see this level of interest. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:00:31 EST Sunday night Nashua fire damages Vine Street garage http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052976-469/sunday-night-nashua-fire-damages-vine-street.html NASHUA – Firefighters contained a fire in a downtown garage Sunday night, working in tight quarters between large houses on Vine and Ash streets to keep it from spreading. Crews were called shortly after 6 p.m. to 101 Vine St. for a reported building fire, and firefighters on Engine 2, the first engine to arrive, found the roughly 40-by-20-foot garage ablaze, according to Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Michael O’Brien. He said flames from the two-car, 1 1/2-story garage threatened an adjacent building at 94 Ash St., but firefighters halted the spread of the fire with damage occurring only to the soffit, or eves, of the building. An additional engine was summoned to the scene to assist the first-alarm crews, O’Brien said. After checking the extension to the Ash Street building, crews focused on the garage, bringing the blaze under control a short time later. O’Brien said the cause of the fire remains under investigation by the city Fire Marshal’s office, but said the blaze doesn’t appear suspicious in origin. – DEAN SHALHOUP Mon, 08 Dec 2014 23:00:38 EST Nashua: Be part of city’s arts discussion http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1052982-465/nashua-be-part-of-citys-arts-discussion.html There are more than a few residents of Nashua who fancy the city as the arts capital of New Hampshire. They have designs on the Gate City becoming a cultural hub that attracts people from miles around to attend plays, concerts, dance recitals and any manner of events staged by people infused with sparks of creativity. But even the most optimistic assessment of the local arts scene must end with the conclusion that, as things are currently constituted, it would require a mighty long stretch to even come near that level. Nashua remains, after all, a city whose biggest venue is an auditorium located in a middle school. When it comes to providing a permanent home for the performing arts, Nashua pales in comparison to places like the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, the Palace Theater in Manchester or several other freestanding venues in New Hampshire. The recent pitched battle over whether to change school district policy to allow alcohol to be served during Symphony NH concerts at Keefe Auditorium only serves to highlight just how limited Nashua is by its current setup. It’s not the school board’s fault. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 22:00:30 EST City of Nashua wastewater treatment facility faces equipment breakdowns http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052989-469/city-of-nashua-wastewater-treatment-facility-faces.html NASHUA – The failure of the Wastewater Treatment Facility’s egg-shaped anaerobic digester forced city officials to shut down this key solid waste processing piece for about a month this summer and instead haul sludge to the Manchester wastewater treatment plant and other facilities until repairs were made. It was among a series of equipment failures that took place at the Sawmill Road facility in the last year. Others included the failure of five sludge storage tanks, the commercial boilers that heat the plant’s main building and the destruction of the plant’s non-potable water system by flooding last winter, according to state and city documents. The plant’s estimated 30 workers have been using space heaters in the main offices to keep warm since the commercial boilers broke down at least one month ago, Nashua Public Works Director Lisa M. Fauteux said last week. “We have been working diligently to get them replaced as quickly as they can,” she said of the boilers that failed sometime between a month to several months ago. “There are two offices without heat and we have space heaters. Nobody is working in the cold,” Fauteux said. City and state environmental officials stressed the equipment  breakdowns–particularly the primary anaerobic digester–never resulted in effluent being released into the Merrimack River that did not meet federal and state standards. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 08:46:01 EST Nashua man was flying plane that crashed in Brookline http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052990-469/nashua-man-was-flying-plane-that-crashed.html BROOKLINE – A Nashua man was the pilot of a single-engine plane that nosed-dived into a Brookline field Friday morning. Victor Ebenezer, 48, walked away from the Cessna 150 without a scratch after he apparently had to abort his flight, from Lawrence, Mass. to Keene’s Dillant-Hopkins Airport, when his engine failed, said Brookline Police Chief Bill Quigley. The plane took down power lines, knocking out electricity to about 200 houses, before it landed about 1,000 feet from the Brookline airstrip at about 11 a.m. on Dec. 5. Ebenezer, a student pilot and the only person on board, “said he could see the Brookline airstrip, but he was too high” to land there and decided to head for the field, Quigley said. Brookline emergency medical technicians responded and evaluated the pilot, but he was fine, with “not a scratch,” the police chief said. The incident is still under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA spokesman Chris Scott said Monday that no one should assume the pilot did anything wrong. “Things happen and a pilot has to do whatever” he or she needs to do, Scott said. And, he said, it is “perfectly legal for a student pilot to undertake a solo flight if his instructor signed off on his log book.” The log book is the private property of the student, he said, and it is not yet known yet whether the instructor signed off on it. The plane landed off Russell Hill Road, onto a field belonging to Jean Russell Turkington, and the front wheel separated from the plane about 20 yards from its final resting spot. “I heard a double bang,” Turkington said. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 23:01:20 EST Mostly rainy, windy, with a little wintry mix for Nashua area this week http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052994-469/mostly-rainy-windy-with-a-little-wintry.html Mother Nature appears poised to throw all kinds of weather at New England this week, prompting forecasters to issue warnings, watches and advisories for everything from high winds to flash flooding to icy conditions through Friday. The multi-faceted storm, dubbed “Damon” by The Weather Channel, was expected to take shape Monday night along the Eastern seaboard and move north-northeast, bringing heavy rain to southern New England, heavy snow to the north and a mix of wet snow, sleet and rain to central New England. Locally, that mixed-precipitation period won’t last all that long, but because its time frame runs from overnight Monday through mid- to late-morning Tuesday, the morning commute could be impacted. “Overnight (Monday) through mid-morning Tuesday it could get a little tricky around here,” Hudson-based meteorologist Doug Webster, the Telegraph’s weather columnist, said Monday afternoon. “Light snow could (accumulate) an inch or so during rush hour, but it should transition to all rain later in the morning.” There is also potential for a period of freezing rain during the transition, Webster added. Freezing rain is common in storms like this week’s, when upper level air has warmed above freezing but temperatures on the ground are still below 32 degrees. By Tuesday noon, rain, heavy at times, will fall in southern and most of central New England. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 23:01:41 EST Robotics participants get a LEGO up http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053003-469/robotics-participants-get-a-lego-up.html NASHUA – When a trio of Merrimack girls entered this year’s FIRST LEGO League robotics competition program, they gave a lot of thought as to how large their robot should be. They wanted their robot, “cheese pie,” designed and built by them, to score well as it moved on playing fields during competitions. “We really wanted to go for a simple, effective and small robot,” said Mairin Francis, 14, a member of The Trombonettes, a team that competed Saturday at the New Hampshire/Vermont FIRST LEGO League Championship. “We felt that … it would be able to maneuver around things better. There are a lot of tight, narrow spaces, so having a smaller robot would be more effective.” The team’s strategy apparently paid off. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 23:28:00 EST Nashua middle schools may increase time for math instruction time to improve scores http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1053004-469/nashua-middle-schools-may-increase-time-for.html NASHUA – As math scores continue to decline in Nashua’s middle schools, education officials are considering restructuring daily middle school class schedules to allow more time for math instruction. Nashua middle school NECAP math scores have fallen steadily since 2008 when eighth grade scores matched the state average at 65 percent student proficiency. Scores have dropped each year since to 50 percent proficiency; 14 points below the state average. District officials have taken steps to address the problem such as hiring math interventionists for each middle school. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 23:28:00 EST Lunch on wheels began in Nashua in the late 1800s http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1053010-469/lunch-on-wheels-began-in-nashua-in.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Imagine Nashua: Then & Now is a weekly photo column by Don Himsel. Each week, he will feature an old photo within a more recent photo, along with the story behind it. Never let it be said that we newspapermen can’t innovate. Newspapermen, yes, because it was Walter Scott, a Providence Journal employee in 1850 who saw that he had a brighter future selling sandwiches, eggs and coffee to the men working the late shift than working in the pressroom with his pals. Other late-shift workers in the city became customers, too, so in 1872 he bought a horse and old freight cart and the lunch cart business was born. Charles Palmer patented a design in 1891. There was a space to eat in the cart, as well as a walk-up window. Later, Worcester man Thomas H. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 09:25:00 EST Olivette A. (Boulay) Marcoux http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053011-466/olivette-a.-boulay-marcoux.html Olivette A. (Boulay) Marcoux, 96, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Sunday December 7, 2014 at her home. Olivette was born in St. Hyacinth PQ Canada on December 27, 1917, a daughter of the late Alfred and Alice (Laforme) Boulay. She was the widow of Conrad Marcoux who passed away on September 25, 1994. She worked as a sales clerk for McQuades and Miller’s Department Stores. Olivette is survived by: Two daughters; Doris Moriarty and her husband Thomas of Nashua, Vivian Marcoux of Nashua One son; Ronald Marcoux of Nashua Five grandchildren; Karen Moriarty, Shelley Lochman and her husband Michael, Jeff Marcoux and his wife Jenny, Corey Marcoux and his wife Sarah, Kaile Thornell and her husband Rory Four great-grandchildren; Colin Lochman, Owen Lochman, Lucas Marcoux, Cameron Marcoux One sister-in-law; Stella Marcoux of Nashua Two nephews; Carl  Boulay, Adrian Boulay both of Southington CT As well as several cousins SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held on Thursday December 11, 2014 in the Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home, 21 Kinsley Street Nashua NH 03060, from 8:30 a.m. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 09:00:50 EST Warren Pyles http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053012-466/warren-pyles.html Warren Stewart Pyles, of Nashua, died peacefully in Boston on December 3, 2014, due to complications of pancreatitis. He was born February 27, 1935, in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the son of John Edward and Thelma Margarite (Wilson) Pyles. He is survived by son Scott Pyles; daughters Jennifer Willox, Amanda Diab, and Dia Hays; and grandchildren Alexander Pyles, Nicholas Pyles, Stuart Bott, Melanie Bott, Phillip Bott, Sara Diab, Leila Diab, and Savannah Hays. Mr. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 09:00:56 EST Sandra L. Greywacz http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053014-466/sandra-l.-greywacz.html Sandra L. Greywacz, 68, resident of Milford, died on November 30, 2014 at her home. She was born in Nashua, NH on March 12, 1946, a daughter of Conrad and Olivette (Ricard) Ducharme. Sandra was raised and educated in Nashua, graduated from Nashua High School and made her home in Milford for more than 40 years. A homemaker for most of her life, Sandra was most happy when surrounded by her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother and enjoyed various art and craft projects and especially loved her cat, “Lady”. She attended Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Milford. Family members include three children, Lisa Weaver and her husband, Steve of Norfolk, VA and their children, Justin and Ryan, Scott Greywacz of Manchester, NH and his children, Charlotte and Natalie, April Marks of Milford, NH with whom she made her home and her children, Adrion and Elijah; a brother, Edmond Ducharme of Merrimack, NH; a sister, Carol McArthur of Manchester, NH; several nieces and nephews. A celebration of Sandra’s life with friends and family will be held on December 13th from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 09:01:17 EST Marie Theresa (Scagnelli) Albanese http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053015-466/marie-theresa-scagnelli-albanese.html Marie Theresa (Scagnelli) Albanese, 92, of Nashua and formerly of New York City, passed away peacefully at her home at the Huntington at Nashua on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Marie was born in 1922 in New York City, a daughter of the late Rosa (Molga) and Giuseppe Scagnelli and attended Transfiguration School. She was the niece of the historian Padre Felice da Mareto. She worked for the Department of Public Health in the City of New York for many years before her retirement. She was an avid reader. Her many hobbies and interests included Northern Italian Cooking, musicals, and world travel. She visited Hawaii every winter for many years. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:16:00 EST Gary S. Henderson Sr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1053016-466/gary-s.-henderson-sr..html Gary Steven Henderson, Sr., 51, a lifelong Nashua resident, died unexpectedly at his home, Saturday morning, December 6, 2014. Born in Nashua on September 10, 1963 he was a son of Dorothy L. (St. George) Henderson and the late William L. Henderson. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 09:01:26 EST Nashua man’s theft arrest Monday nearly identical to a Jan. 2013 arrest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052980-469/nashua-mans-theft-arrest-monday-nearly-identical.html NASHUA – A local man who allegedly tried to steal a bottle of wine from a Main Street supermarket Monday ended up being charged with a Class B felony when police discovered he had twice been convicted of theft, police said. Warren Picard, 52, of no fixed address, was arrested shortly after 1:30 Monday afternoon by police who responded to Shaw’s, 300 Main St., for the report of a theft of merchandise. Police said a suspect later identified as Picard had been apprehended by a loss prevention officer after Picard allegedly attempted to steal the wine. The circumstances surrounding Picard’s Monday arrest are remarkably similar to his theft arrest nearly two years ago, which also stemmed from an attempt to steal a bottle of wine from the same Shaw’s supermarket. The theft charge from that incident, in January 2013, was also upgraded to a Class B felony because Picard also had two prior theft convictions on his record at that time. On his latest arrest on Monday, police initially discovered Picard was also wanted on an outstanding bench warrant stemming from a failure to appear in court. Police said Picard was held overnight pending arraignment, which was scheduled for Tuesday at Nashua district court. A Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years imprisonment, exclusive of fines. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 23:00:45 EST Local youths competing in football nationals http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/kidssports/1052816-457/local-youths-competing-in-football-nationals.html Four Nashua youth football players are heading out of town this week and will be competing for a New Hampshire All-Star team in the American Youth Football and Cheer National Championships in Kissimmee, Fla., through Dec. 12. Representing the area are Nashua Elks Crusaders running back Tanner Plourde, quarterback Andrew Penkala, center Brandon Martin, and Nashua PAL Force tight end and kicker Vincent Priore. HOCKEY SNH Cavaliers Squirts AA2 tie Andover Andover jumped off to a quick 1-0 lead scoring just minutes off the opening faceoff but the Cavaliers eventually forged a 4-4 tie in Valley League play. The Cavaliers offense as well as the defensive pairing of Thomas Cahill and Bryson Giersch managed to hold off Andover while Cavaliers linemates, Colin Flood, Will Dodge and Jayke Lacasse put pressure on Andover’s defense. Andover scored a power play goal late in the period for a 2-0 lead. With just under five minutes left in the first, forwards Jack Conmy, Ryan Bizier and Isaac Windsor started to break down Andover’s defense getting multiple shots on net. Ryan Kelly and Matthew MacBean kept the play in Andover’s end not allowing the wingers to clear the puck. Bizier got a dump in off the boards and set it back to MacBean at the point, who scored his first goal of the season with a wrist shot cutting the lead in half. Just moments later Dodge tied the game 2-2 to end the first. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:56 EST Nashua athletes getting national exposure http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1052937-457/nashua-athletes-getting-national-exposure.html Here’ some thoughts to  accompany you as you hit the mall in that not-yet-frantic search for the perfect holiday gift: How amazing is it that when you watch some sporting events on national television you see Nashua athletes? Flip on the Syracuse-Michigan game on ESPN last week and you see none other than Nashua’s Kaleb Joseph starting as the Orangemen’s point guard. It’s so rare that a local athlete is playing a major sport at a major school. Then you watched the Patriots on Sunday night and who is battling the Patriots offensive line and there’s San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Kendall Reyes, who some eight years ago was catching passes at Nashua North. The area has had some athletes make a big move to the big time but not quite achieve the level of being key components to their team. But right now, that’s not the case. Even in women’s intercollegiate soccer, Milford’s Morgan Andrews was the leading scorer (17 points) on a University of Notre Dame team that lost in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Who’s next? These are big time players in big time moments. Now we just need Nashua’s Kevin Nolan (Blue Jays) or Kevin McGowan (Mets) to work their way up to the major leagues. But for now, turn on the TV, and you get a nice feeling. One fact that has to be added to Nashua Silver Knight news is the fact the team has switched divisions. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:01:28 EST Florence C. (Bell) O’Leary http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052944-466/florence-c.-bell-oleary.html Florence C. (Bell) O’Leary, 88, formerly of Nashua, NH and Chelmsford, MA, died Friday afternoon, December 5, 2014 at the Pheasant Wood Center in Peterborough, NH where she has resided for the past year. Florence was the widow of Daniel J. O’Leary who died December 21, 2010. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 09:04:40 EST November 2014 was cold – and what about that Thanksgiving eve snowstorm http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052947-469/november-2014-was-cold--and-what.html If you thought winter came a little early again this year, you were correct. The official start of meteorological winter is December 1 but anyone who has been around the block once or twice knows that winter weather can start as early as October and as late as January. The variations we see from year to year are brought about by numerous factors, a couple of which include ocean temperature oscillations in the Pacific and the positioning of high latitude jet stream road blocks. After a mild October with nearly no hint of cold weather, high latitude blocking ramped up in a big way early in November helped along initially by a Pacific typhoon that moved north into the Bering Sea, becoming an intense gale. You may ask how events a world away can affect our weather but the world’s weather is all interconnected. The strong Bering Sea gale pumped warmth northward into Alaska and western North America creating an upper level ridge that blocked the warming influence of the Pacific into interior North America. Arctic air rapidly developed across Canada and with the developing polar blocking displacing the polar vortex into southern Canada we saw an abrupt change to cold weather just a few days into November. One byproduct of the cold was the dual snow squall events just south of downtown Buffalo in a narrow band. While this was a big event, the term historic was probably inaccurate with respect to amounts but maybe not with respect to how early in the season it occurred. The totals in the area of 65-84 inches are impressive but within the past 10 years there have been 3 larger snow squall events through western New York, including a whopping 141 inches in early February of 2007. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:02:19 EST Milford man accused of terrorizing girlfriend sentenced in plea deal http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052948-469/milford-man-accused-of-terrorizing-girlfriend-sentenced.html NASHUA – A former Milford man indicted in July on numerous felony offenses alleging he terrorized and threatened his girlfriend earlier this year will avoid prison time but serve several months in the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections, according to a plea arrangement reached with prosecutors. Raymond Ferragamo Jr. was sentenced to three, 12-month terms in the Department of Corrections, to be served concurrently, in exchange for pleading guilty to one count each of second-degree assault and criminal threatening, both Class B felonies, and one count of stalking, a misdemeanor, according to documents in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. He also pleaded guilty to two other Class B felony charges for which he received two, 2-4 year sentences in N.H. State Prison, all suspended. Prosecutors also agreed to drop seven additional charges against Ferragamo, including three counts of simple assault – domestic violence and four counts of criminal mischief, according to documents. Those charges are all Class A misdemeanors. Two driving-related charges against Ferragamo – driving while intoxicated and reckless operation – will be re-filed at the district court level, according to the agreement. The deal also gives Ferragamo 223 days credit toward his sentence for time served in jail, where he has been held since his arrest. That means he has 142 days, or just under 5 months, remaining on his sentence. The charges stem from two incidents, the first in April at the victim’s Elm Street apartment and the other on July 1, when police lodged witness tampering, falsifying evidence and stalking charges, according to court documents. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 09:15:10 EST Nashua VFW, residents mark 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052950-469/nashua-vfw-residents-mark-73rd-anniversary-of.html NASHUA – Men and women in uniform, some leaning on canes, all braving a biting wintry wind, assembled on the Main Street Bridge on Sunday morning to reflect, remember and honor collectively the 2,400 Americans who lost their lives on another Sunday some 73 years ago. Pedestrians stopped to watch, joining those already gathered for the brief but poignant ceremony conducted by members of Nashua Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 483, an annual ritual that marks the day that President Roosevelt so aptly coined “a date which will live in infamy.” “Today we remember the profound shock the attack had on the American people,” Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said in brief remarks. “Today we remember the bravery of each sailor stationed at Pearl Harbor in 1941 … to the veterans of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and all our veterans and servicemen and women, I extend my personal thanks for their bravery and unwavering courage.” A handful of local World War II veterans, members of a group whose ranks grow thinner by the day, took part in Sunday’s ceremony. Among them were John Latvis, who served in the Far East and was the man who came up with the idea to erect a granite sign in front of City Hall that honors local soldiers and carries announcements of upcoming military events. “City of Nashua Supports Our Veterans” is engraved atop the sign, which was unveiled in 2010 as part of that year’s Veterans Day activities. Also present was 94-year-old Nashua native Louis Prince, the gregarious 94-year-old veteran of Gen. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:02:37 EST Santa Fund: Boy hopes for soccer gear, girl a fan of Frozen http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052955-469/santa-fund-boy-hopes-for-soccer-gear.html NASHUA – Sonya and her husband Michael dream of someday moving from their Nashua duplex to a home outside the city where it is quieter. They want a better neighborhood and safer environment for their children, Sonya said, even if they have can’t afford to buy and have to continue renting. They’re also eager to be “off the system.” The family receives Section 8 housing assistance, food stamps and Medicaid to help support their two children and pay the bills. “Our goal has always been to get off the system,” Sonya said. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:49:00 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/granitegeek/1052943-468/ralph-baer-who-invented-the-first-home.html Mon, 08 Dec 2014 11:24:13 EST Martha’s Exchange owner didn’t have to, but he did http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1052933-465/marthas-exchange-owner-didnt-have-to-but.html Nashua was shocked this week to learn of Villa Banca’s sudden closing. The popular restaurant had been a staple of the downtown eating scene since 1997 in the former Nashua Trust Bank branch on the corner of Main and Pearl streets. It was open for Saturday’s Holiday Stroll, but Villa Banca failed to open for lunch on Monday. There hasn’t been a public explanation for the closing. Villa Banca’s website hasn’t been updated, its Facebook page is listed as no longer available, and its final tweet says simply, “It with great sadness that after 18 years of being part of the great community of Nashua, Villa Banca has closed.” One of the first questions people asked was what would happen to the gift cards the restaurant sold as late as last week. Sun, 07 Dec 2014 08:02:07 EST Community events in Nashua – Dec. 7 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1052864-478/community-events-in-nashua--dec.-7.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS HARBOR HOMES FUNDRAISER AT GET IN SHAPE FOR WOMEN Get In Shape For Women Nashua is sponsoring a fundraiser for the Ending Homelessness Fund of Harbor Homes. You get a great workout with a personal trainer for $25, which gets donated to the Ending Homelessness Fund. Get In Shape For Women Nashua will match your contribution for a total of $50. That contribution results in $200 to the Ending Homelessness Fund, as a Housing and Urban Development grant matches all donations three for one. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 17:00:20 EST Holiday events in Greater Nashua and beyond http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1052867-478/holiday-events-in-greater-nashua-and-beyond.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Event listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA SYMPHONY NH HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR The Friends of Symphony NH will hold its annual Holiday House Tour from noon-4 p.m. Dec. 6-7. Tour five of Nashua’s finest homes professionally decorated for the holidays. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 17:00:54 EST Animal therapy facility moving to Hollis http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1052871-478/animal-therapy-facility-moving-to-hollis.html NASHUA – Providing physical therapy for dogs and other has been successful enough that Horse ’n Hound is building a larger facility in a former dairy farm in Hollis, and plans to move in the spring. The facility, which provides such things as an aquatic treadmill for dogs in its office in the Fletcher’s Appliance Building on Route 101A, says the move will allow it to create a rehabilitation barn for horses. “We have often been asked if we can take in severe cases of tendon, ligament, neurological, joint or muscle injury (to horses) and have had to turn away these patients due to our ‘canine-sized’ business facility at our current Nashua location,” said James “J.W.” Brooks, who owns the practice with Jennifer Brooks, his wife, the physical therapist who established the practice. “Our new location includes a three-stall rehabilitation equine barn offering equine patients the opportunity for intensive physical therapy.” Jennifer Brooks started as a physical therapist for humans and then switched to PT for horses via “barn calls.” She expanding into house pets and show dogs by opening Horse ’n’ Hound in 2012. Facilities at the current site include an underwater treadmill for dogs, which allows them to exercise with less strain on injured muscles, joins and tendons, and a variety of therapy materials for cats, dogs and other animals. Some are similar, or even identical, to therapy materials for people, such as ramps or exercise balls, while others are different: There are peanut-shaped exercise balls to handle patients with four legs. Among the facilities at the new location, which was formerly occupied by Hollis Line Machine Co., will be a heated in-ground therapy pool offering swimming exercises for rehab or fitness training up to eight months of the year. The 14-acre facility will also have an outdoor dog walking path. Patients include animals that are injured or just getting old, as well as dogs that compete in canine agility tests and need to stay in shape all winter – just like athletes who go to the gym when there’s snow on the ground. Horse ’n Hound is the only standalone site in Greater Nashua that does physical therapy for pets and is one of the few in the state, although some veterinarians offer the service. In 2011, New Hampshire law changed to make it easier for licensed therapists to do hands-on work with animals. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 17:01:20 EST Nashua Christian Academy partners with Bonhoeffer’s Cafe for coffee fundraiser http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1052874-478/nashua-christian-academy-partners-with-bonhoeffers-cafe.html Talk about a unique fundraising opportunity – how many schools have the ability to raise money by selling freshly roasted coffee? Nashua Christian Academy is running a coffee fundraiser in conjunction with Bonhoeffer’s Cafe, 8 Franklin St., that will continue until Wednesday, Dec. 10. Many students are taking advantage of this opportunity by buying coffee for Christmas gifts or even just for the family. There are six choices that Bonhoeffer’s Cafe is providing: Ethiopian (light roast), El Salvador (medium roast), Ugandan (dark roast), Papua New Guinea (decaf), French vanilla (flavored Ethiopian) and hazelnut (flavored Ethiopian). As of Dec. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 17:01:35 EST Senior starts health professionals club at Nashua North http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1052875-478/senior-starts-health-professionals-club-at-nashua.html There is a new club up and running at Nashua High School North. Senior Alyssa Bottari began Future Health Professionals of America, otherwise known as FHPA. The club allows students who have an interest in medicine to explore its different fields. Some of the students involved with the club dream of different medical careers, including pediatrics, physician assistants and surgeons. There are also members of the  club who are interested in  veterinary care and nutrition who find parts of the club helpful and enjoyable. FHPA is open to anyone who  would like to learn more about medicine and be an active part in the school. During club meetings, members discuss various medical topics. They work on case studies, learn about blood pressure and watch videos on surgical procedures. All of the members genuinely care about medicine and plan to pursuing a career involved with it. “I have always been involved in things at school, whether it be sports, honor societies or other types of clubs,” said Bottari, who is president of the club. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 17:01:40 EST Girls sports at Nashua South deserve respect, too http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1052876-478/girls-sports-at-nashua-south-deserve-respect.html The boys sports teams at Nashua High School South get more attention and support than the girls teams do, and female athletes are asking why. Girls play just as hard and aggressively as the boys do, but at South, the male athletes attract a larger crowd than the girls do. For example, go to a boys varsity soccer game and then to a girls varsity soccer game; there are always more people at the guys’ games than the girls’ events. Gate tallies at 2013-14 South basketball games bear that out: Boys games had an average of 129 fans attending, while girls games saw an average of 58 fans. The major sporting event of the year, the Turkey Bowl, is a male-centered event. It isn’t just a problem at the local level. The women’s soccer World Cup didn’t get nearly the attention, media and money as the men’s World Cup. This needs to be changed. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 17:01:45 EST Volunteer opportunities in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1052878-478/volunteer-opportunities-in-greater-nashua.html NASHUA American Red Cross The American Red Cross N.H. Region has several volunteer opportunities available in Nashua: development intern, volunteer services and emergency services. Visit www.redcross/org/nh/volunteer and click on Ways to Help, then scroll down to the Nashua Office. Or call 889-6664, ext. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 17:01:59 EST Nashua teen victim of phone prank that brought police to his door http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052888-469/nashua-teen-victim-of-phone-prank-that.html NASHUA – All’s well that ends well, but early Wednesday evening, events were unfolding in a frightening fashion for Tom Mitchell and his family in Nashua. Mitchell said his son Jeffrey, 17, a student at Nashua High School South, was a victim of a scary prank brought on by a person at this point unknown to them. Mitchell said the Nashua Police Department received a phone call that their son was holed up in their 40 Grand Ave. home with weapons and demanding money. The caller, said Mitchell, who heard a recording of the call, said he “had an AK-47, there were three bombs in the house, he had his mother and father. He also wanted $10,000 cash.” Mitchell said the caller used Jeffrey’s name. Police started calling the home, Mitchell said. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 23:00:33 EST Students make cards for NH Veterans http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052890-469/students-make-cards-for-nh-veterans.html NASHUA – U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., visited Charlotte Avenue Elementary School on Friday to pick up a box of Christmas cheer for the New Hampshire Veterans Home courtesy of the students. Students created Christmas cards for veterans as part of the congresswoman’s Holiday Cards for Heroes program, in which elementary schoolchildren throughout New Hampshire are invited to create holiday-themed cards for the Tilton facility. Kuster visited the school to pick up its collection of about 300 cards created by students from first through fourth grades. “We do a Charlotte Cares project each month. Each month we do a character trait and we focus on it,” Principal Patricia Beaulieu said, noting that patriotism was part of this month’s schoolwide lesson. “You’ve got snowmen and Christmas trees – you guys are working so hard,” Kuster said as she walked from table to table in Lou Dubois’ class of 20 first-graders. Youngsters busily took crayons to folded paper to create colorful personalized cards showing a combination of military themes and Christmas symbols. A third-grader’s card made Tina Avelar, one of the school’s secretaries, shed a tear Friday as she thought of her own son who is serving in the Army with the 82nd Airborne. “I’m just honored that these kids understand what our soldiers are doing for us,” she said. “We also have a lot of parents who are serving,” Beaulieu said, “so that helps their family feel supported and that people understand them.” “It’s a different world for some of them. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 09:18:56 EST Villa Banca, Nashua murder-suicide, toddler’s death lead list of most read Telegraph stories http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052891-469/villa-banca-nashua-murder-suicide-toddlers-death-lead.html Readers of nashuatelegraph.com are keenly interested in downtown Nashua businesses, as evidenced by a large number of page views generated by our news articles about the Monday closing of popular restaurant Villa Banca. Our three stories about the surprise shutdown received more than 25,000 page views for the week ending Dec. 5. “Villa Banca, long-running restaurant in former Main Street bank, shuts doors abruptly” was by far the most popular story of the week with more than 19,000 views, but there was also considerable interest in “Martha’s Exchange to accept gift cards from closed Villa Banca restaurant” with more than 1,300 page views. “I hate to see a little blemish on the downtown,” Martha’s co-owner Chris Fokas said of the decision to honor the gift cards. He also said he didn’t want people to be afraid to buy gift cards from small, independent restaurants. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 23:00:55 EST Nashua man charged with accident that killed his son wants to represent himself in court http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052893-469/nashua-man-charged-with-accident-that-killed.html NASHUA – A Nashua man under indictment on charges stemming from a Feb. 21 crash in which his 14-year-old son was killed has fired his lawyer, calling the attorney a “scam artist” and telling the court he would rather represent himself because he has faith in the justice system. Nghia Huynh, 38, of 340 Main Dunstable Road, was indicted in June on one count each of negligent homicide and aggravated driving while intoxicated in connection with the crash, which happened on the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Merrimack and claimed the life of his son Kobe Huynh, who was said to be battling cancer. The attorney, Sven Wiberg, filed paperwork on Nov. 19 in Hillsborough County Superior Court South notifying the court of his intent to withdraw as Huynh’s attorney. “The attorney-client  relationship has broken down to the point where withdrawal is a necessity,” Wiberg wrote to the court. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 23:01:05 EST Thomas ‘Tommy’ Mulcahy http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052898-466/thomas-tommy-mulcahy.html Thomas “Tommy” John Mulcahy of Nashua, NH, earned his angel wings on December 4, 2014. He was born on July 11, 1987, in Boston, MA. He is survived by his parents, Brian and Sandy (Lane) Mulcahy, sisters, Cara Ann of Medford, MA; Molly Catherine of Nashua, NH; and his beloved dog Bella Brady. Tommy’s life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds quantity of time in which you live it. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 23:01:27 EST Sherman Horton, Jr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052899-466/sherman-horton-jr..html HILLSBOROUGH – Sherman Duesenbury Horton, Jr., 83, of Hillsborough, and formerly of Nashua, died December 3, 2014, at the Concord VNA Hospice House. Sherman was born in Kansas City, MO, on February 19, 1931, to Sherman and Elizabeth (Martin) Horton. He graduated from Kemper Military Academy in 1949, and from Dartmouth College in 1953. After college, he joined the Navy where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant and served on a tanker delivering aviation fuel to Midway Island. After he was honorably discharged in 1955, Sherman attended Harvard Law School on the G.I. Bill, graduating in 1958. In 1958, he married Judith Ann Preston, and they settled in Merrimack, and later Nashua. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 23:01:32 EST Albert J. ‘Al’ Egan http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052900-466/albert-j.-al-egan.html Albert J. “Al” Egan, Jr., 73, resident of Nashua, NH, died on December 4, 2014, at the Community Hospice House surrounded by his loving family. Al was born in Hartford, CT, on December 20, 1940, son of Albert J. Egan, Sr., and Beatrice (Meagher) Egan. He attended Fitchburg State College and Lowell Tech., joined the Army and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. Al grew up in Billerica and Chelmsford, MA. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 23:01:36 EST Richard Connor http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052902-466/richard-connor.html Richard Kibble Connor, 80, passed away on December 1, 2014, at Stearling House in Vero Beach, Florida. Richard Connor was born on September 29th, 1934, in Nashua, New Hampshire, the first of two sons born to the late William J. (Luke) and Grace E. Connor. He grew up in downtown Nashua with his parents and younger brother Wayne. While attending Nashua High School, he excelled and lettered in three sports and played football and baseball for the well-known Charles (Buzz) Harvey. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 23:01:49 EST It’s a ‘Lucky Dog’ that will benefit from coat collection http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1052912-469/its-a-lucky-dog-that-will-benefit.html The Lucky Dog Thrift Shop is a unique resale shop where all proceeds of sales directly benefit local animal and humane charities, as well as help local residents facing hardship veterinary bills. For the fifth year, this nonprofit, which is part of the nonprofit Tails To Freedom vision, is collecting doggie coats for distribution to four-legged family members needing additional warmth. The Mailbag enjoys a warm feeling helping to carry on this pet tradition. Pet donations sought “Please help local dogs by donating doggie coats in all sizes at the Lucky Dog Thrift Shop,” says owner Kat R., of Nashua (LTR 2,721). “Over the next few weeks, we are hoping donations of doggie coats (yes, they’re tax-deductible) will allow us to provide a warm coat to a leashed dog who comes in with his or her owner up until Christmas. “The Lucky Dog shop also gives out bags and cans of dog and cat food to families in need whenever the supply permits. However, the need for cat food is especially great at this time since the cat food cupboard is bare, so please drop off donations (food or monetary) if you would like to help, which would be much appreciated.” While statistics estimate 34.7 million households own at least one cat, cats estimate ownership of 34.7 million households. The Lucky Dog Thrift Shop, 23 Elm St., Nashua, can be reached at 882-3647. Sun, 07 Dec 2014 00:01:46 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1052920-478/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. 1:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 11: VFW Post 4368, 1 VFW Way, Milford. 2-7 p.m. Sun, 07 Dec 2014 00:02:48 EST Building a more attractive downtown http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1052930-474/building-a-more-attractive-downtown.html I moved to New Hampshire in 1981 – north, from Reading, Mass. I lived here before I worked here, so I only saw the city at night and on weekends. It was like Nashua and I were dating – I saw her dressed up for dinner, but I never saw her with her hair in curlers. Since I was renting a place in the south end, that was the part of the city I got to know first. Sun, 07 Dec 2014 08:01:56 EST Nashua’s Kendall Reyes is looking forward to facing Patriots http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1052938-457/nashuas-kendall-reyes-is-looking-forward-to.html The date may  have been circled on the calendar, but Kendall Reyes will never really admit it. What the former Nashua High School North and University of Connecticut standout will admit, however, is he’s ready for Sunday night’s game against the New England Patriots. “I’m definitely looking forward to playing those guys,” The third-year NFL defensive lineman said. “I rooted for them when I was there – and we haven’t played them before – so yeah, I’m looking forward to it.” Of course, it helps that the Chargers have bounced back from a slow start to move to 8-4 on the season. Last year they were one playoff win away from facing the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, which would have brought Reyes back home in a way, to Foxborough, Mass. But they fell to Denver, and that was that. “It’s tough to get a win in this league,” Reyes said. Sun, 07 Dec 2014 18:00:24 EST Save the ‘Bah, humbugs’ for MLB owners not players http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1052939-457/save-the-bah-humbugs-for-mlb-owners.html December is the month in which major league comings and goings peak, fueling the annual spike in average salaries to hit, catch and/or throw baseballs. If the most celebrated lefty of the hour, Jon Lester, ends up making $30 million to throw baseballs in 2015, that will come out to a bit under $1 million per start, $137,000 per inning or $30,000 per pitch. (For all those math majors out there, the preceding estimates were compiled by an English major and, therefore, are immune from all charges of imprecision.) Since there is no way to translate such staggering sums of Monopoly money into the real world, this is also the time of year for folks to dismiss ballplayers with a chorus of “Bah, humbugs.” Sad to say, but there are still otherwise level-headed souls who fail to grasp the notion that ballplayers are not paid all that dough to play ball. Be he a Lester or a faceless journeyman getting by on the minimum salary of $500,000 per season, their business mission is to help the owners churn maximum revenue through exorbitant ticket prices, corporate sponsorships and triple-XL game jerseys with “Sandoval” stripped across the upper back. Next Saturday, the annual “Christmas at Fenway” extravaganza is planned. The leading benefit for those chosen to attend: An early-bird opportunity to buy tickets for the 2015 season. Register now at redsox.com and you could be there. A round-table discussion with club executives is also scheduled. Sun, 07 Dec 2014 18:00:33 EST Nashua arts center meeting Tuesday at Rivier http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052896-469/nashua-arts-center-meeting-tuesday-at-rivier.html An open meeting about a proposal to build a Nashua arts center will be held from noon-3 p.m. Tuesday at Rivier University. The meeting is titled “Must haves & don’t wants.” It will be held in the Dion Center reception room. The Dion Center is on Clement Street, off South Main Street. The meeting will hosted by Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, Alderman Brian McCarthy and the Nashua Arts Commission. – Telegraph staff Sat, 06 Dec 2014 23:01:17 EST Nashua’s Adult Learning Center prepared to help incoming refugees http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052895-469/nashuas-adult-learning-center-prepared-to-help.html Anticipating the new wave of refugees to Nashua in 2015, the Adult Learning Center took the opportunity to detail services geared toward the new residents. Nashua recently began accepting more refugees than it has in the past. In 2015, the city expects about 150 refugees to arrive from Southeast Asia. From 1998-2013, Nashua received 218 refugee placements, 50 of whom arrived in 2013. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 23:01:13 EST Brunches at Nashua restaurant to benefit Harbor Homes http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052894-469/brunches-at-nashua-restaurant-to-benefit-harbor.html Sunday brunches at the Crowne Plaza Hotel’s Speaker’s Corner restaurant are about to get a little more festive and fulfilling. On Dec. 7, 14 and 21, the Crowne will donate 15 percent of every adult brunch purchase to Harbor Homes’ Ending Homelessness Fund, an initiative the Nashua agency launched in January to provide permanent housing and support services to chronically homeless individuals and their families, especially veterans. Fund organizers are ramping up their efforts this month in hopes of reaching their goal of raising $200,000 by Dec. 31. According to Crowne Plaza spokeswoman Sherrie Allard, “a very special guest from the North Pole – none other than Santa Claus himself” is expected to be on hand at each of the Sunday Brunch with Santa events to add even more to the festive atmosphere. The brunches run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 09:20:45 EST Nashua 3-year-old’s death ruled homicide by blunt force trauma http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052833-469/nashua-3-year-olds-death-ruled-homicide-by-blunt.html NASHUA – The Nashua 3-year-old who died under what investigators called suspicious circumstances last week was killed by blunt force, according to a statement released Friday by the state attorney general’s office. Brielle Gage was rushed to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center on Nov. 25 and was pronounced dead. Investigators have released no other information about what they believe happened inside the 14 Oak St. apartment Brielle shared with her mother, Katlyn Marin, 25, until Friday’s announcement. In a brief statement from Attorney General Joseph Foster and Nashua Police Chief John Seusing, investigators said the state’s chief medical examiner ruled Brielle’s death a homicide caused by blunt force trauma and that the circumstances leading to her death are still being investigated. The house at 14 Oak St. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 01:00:29 EST Nancy Gretchen (Dickison) Riley http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052845-466/nancy-gretchen-dickison-riley.html CHELMSFORD – Nancy Gretchen (Dickison) Riley, 76, of Chelmsford, passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Lowell General Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Brooks B. Riley, a US Navy Veteran of the Korean War, to whom she had been married for 55 years. She was born in New York City, NY on June 30, 1938 and was a daughter of the late James Burton and Muriel (Pattee) Dickison. Nancy received her early education in Chelmsford, MA and then graduated from Somerset High School. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 23:16:00 EST Frona Sinexon Avery http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052849-466/frona-sinexon-avery.html Frona Sinexon Avery, 75, of Nashua, NH died November 28, 2014 after a battle with cancer. She was born in Philadelphia, PA, July 2, 1939 to the late Justus and Ethel Sinexon. She received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester State College, and a Master of Education from Antioch University. Frona moved to New Hampshire in the late 60s and worked as a music educator and chef throughout the region including Dublin School, High Mowing School, The Folkway Restaurant, and her own establishment, Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, Dublin, NH. In Nashua, she continued her passion for music and cooking by volunteering for the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter and singing in the choir of the Universalist Unitarian Church. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:57:16 EST ‘Dastardly,’ ‘unwarranted,’ ‘deliberate’: Japan draws America into global conflict 73 years ago http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052859-469/dastardly-unwarranted-deliberate-japan-draws-america-into.html Eugene Lemay thanked Nashua voters for awarding him a second term in the mayor’s office, and in Washington, the U.S. warned Finland to stop fighting against Soviet Russia, lest the U.S. “unfriend” the little nation. Russian troops, meanwhile, celebrated a small victory against Nazi Germany, handing Hitler’s boys heavy losses and forcing them to do something Hitler must have loathed: retreat. But then Hitler had some of his own celebrating to do, gleefully proclaiming that his Nazi U-boats crippled the British battleship Malaya and sank the Ark Royal, one of the Brits’ aircraft carriers. So went the local, national and international news cycle in our predecessor-in-name The Nashua Telegraph on the days leading up to and just after Thanksgiving 1941, a window in time when Nashuans and all Americans, keeping a wary eye on global military developments, went about their business under a cloud of uneasiness. I don’t know because I wasn’t around, but pretty much every Greatest Generation American – veteran or nonveteran – that I’ve talked to about that famously infamous Sunday some 73 years ago tomorrow agrees: Few, if any, Americans had any idea of the sheer magnitude of what was about to befall them. While newspaper headlines and radio news hours carried politicians’ and military leaders’ often ominous warnings that America was teetering on the brink of full-scale war, it’s possible that readers and listeners had grown weary of the constant barrage of news and by then were taking many bulletins with a grain of salt. More than a few pols and military brass blasted our enemies on a regular basis, warning the Imperial Navy of the Great Japanese Empire, for instance, that messing with American interests was about the dumbest thing they could do. “The Japs need to understand that we’ve gone as far as we are going,” U.S. Sen. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 01:01:31 EST Nashua Pawn license review rescheduled to Dec. 29 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052857-469/nashua-pawn-license-review-rescheduled-to-dec..html Nashua aldermen have rescheduled their special meeting to decide whether to revoke Nashua Pawn’s license to Dec. 29. The civil hearing was initially set for Dec. 8. Police will present evidence to the board to support their claim that Nashua Pawn, 83 Main St., violated city ordinance by not holding items for 30 days before selling them. Nashua Pawn and Family Pawn were accused last month of selling thousands of dollars in stolen goods. Their owners and seven others face felony charges in connection with an alleged theft ring. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 01:01:16 EST Nashua wants public input on cable television franchise http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052856-469/nashua-wants-public-input-on-cable-television.html With less than a year left on the current franchise agreement, Nashua officials want to hear what the public thinks of the city’s contract with Comcast. A public hearing is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the City Hall auditorium to get public comment. The city also is hosting an online survey to gather comments it will use in the renewal process. The survey will end March 30. Comcast is the nation’s largest cable television provider and currently is the primary source of cable television service in Nashua. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 01:01:11 EST NH attorney general rules Nashua toddler's death a homicide http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052832-469/nh-attorney-general-rules-nashua-toddlers-death.html Released by: New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster Subject: Autopsy Results in Brielle Gage Case in Nashua, New Hampshire Date: Friday, December 5, 2014 Contact: Jeffery A. Strelzin, Senior Assistant Attorney General Chief, Homicide Unit New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster and Nashua Police Chief John J. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 10:35:12 EST Bulldogs receive top honors http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/bedfordjournal/bedfordsports/1052652-308/bulldogs-receive-top-honors.html GIRLS SOCCER DIVISION I First Team Megan DeFeo, G, Exeter; Katie Day, B, Exeter; Christina Campbell, B, Bedford; Harley Chute, B, Salem; Devin Lacroix, MF, Central; Seana Gosselin, MF, Bedford; Kiley Deignan, MF, BG; Emily Durette, MF, Nashua South; Casey Estey, F, Exeter; Emily Crocetti, F, Londonderry; Sara Swetland, F, Central. Second Team Ali Nelson, G, Nashua North; Abby Smith, B, Merrimack; Elise Leavitt, B, Exeter; Nicole DeAlmeida, B, Nashua North; Asha Steele, MF, Bedford; Olivia Bamford, MF, Spaulding; Taylor O’Donnell, MF, Exeter; Kiersten Klose, MF, Concord; Abi Pike, F, Nashua North; Marie LaPlante, F, BG; Anna Vogt, F, Exeter. Honorable Mention Jackie Luckhardt, G, Londonderry; Lindsay St. Pierre, G, Central; Samantha Giannelli, G, Alvirne; Reanna Romano, B, Pinkerton; Rachel McAbee, B, Timberlane; Meghan Kerutis, B, BG; Abby Cooke, B, Dover; Courtney Velho, MF, Pinkerton;   Regan Schiappa, MF, Bedford; Reilly Sullivan, MF, Keene; Tabitha Josefik, MF, Memorial; Saylor Clark, F, Bedford; Emily Zwierzchowski, F, Keene; Katya Levasseur, F, Central; Mel Roberge, F, Pinkerton; Dena Noiseux, F, Merrimack. Coach of the Year: Paul Lewis, Spaulding. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 20:01:00 EST Pair of athletes earn top honors http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacksports/1052653-308/pair-of-athletes-earn-top-honors.html Two Merrimack High School seniors were honored as the top player in their respective sports for the fall season. Jen Coffey was chosen as the Division I Girls Volleyball Player of the year, while her head coach, Tammy Lambrou, was named Coach of the Year. In field hockey, Merrimack’s Dana Mendes was selected as the Division I Player of the Year. Following are the all-state teams, chosen by each sport’s respective coaches association, along with the Lions Cup soccer teams and the Twin State field hockey team. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL DIVISION I First team Lisa Bean, Dover; Katie Journeay, Exeter; Rene Roggenbuck, Goffstown; Bella Zampieri, Hollis Brookline; Jen Coffey, Merrimack; Jo Coffey, Merrimack; Olivia Mathieu, Pinkerton; Nicolette Fallisi, Salem; Brooke Creteau, Spaulding. Second Team Althea Gere, Bedford; Lexie Cambray, Bishop Guertin; Lauren Hatch, Concord; Hannah McDonnell, Exeter; Madison Milton, Londonderry; Meaghan Six, Manchester Memorial; Taylor Choate, Nashua North; Lexi Verreault, Pinkerton; Chynna Wan, Winnacunnet. Honorable mention Vivian Susko, Alvirne; Rachel Larrivee, Bedford; Courtney O’Connell, Bedford; Sarah Shields, Bishop Guertin; Mackenzie Geppert, Dover; Emily Cook, Hollis Brookline; Maddy Blake, Hollis Brookline; Kaylee Verringtion, Nashua North; Olivia Noonan, Spaulding; Jessica Buckley, Timberlane; Liv Harnois, Timberlane. Player of the Year: Jen Coffey, Merrimack. Coach of the Year: Tammy Lambrou, Merrimack. JV Coach of the Year: Lauren Hannum, Concord; Christina Miano. FIELD HOCKEY DIVISION I First Team Kathlyn Rooney, Bedford; Gabi Stewart, Concord; Emily Schlapak, Dover; Jordan Teixeira, Exeter; Kelly Moran, Exeter; Kaeleigh Lord, Keene; Hannah Filiault, Keene; Jackie Curtin, Londonderry; Katie Montminy, Londonderry; Eileen Burke, Manchester Central; Shauri Gilot, Manchester Memorial; Dana Mendes, Merrimack; Julia Perry, Merrimack; Jessica Williams, Nashua North; Jessica Schuyler, Nashua North; Alyssa Freeman, Nashua South; Kaylie Decosmo, Pinkerton; Jordan Dudley, Pinkerton; Alexandra Sirmaian, Salem; Ally Collins, Timberlane; Courtney Sickel, Timerlane; Maddie Holt, Winnacunnet; Britni Balance, Winnacunnet. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 20:01:13 EST Nashua youth cleared in false explosives report Wednesday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052742-469/nashua-youth-cleared-in-false-explosives-report.html NASHUA – Wednesday was a routine afternoon for a young Grand Avenue resident until about 3:45, when he looked out to see police surrounding his home and eventually ordering him out of the house. Police, who declined to identify the youth because he’s a juvenile, responded to 40 Grand Ave. after getting a call from someone identifying himself as the juvenile and saying he had a firearm and explosive devices and that he wanted a large sum of money. Lt. James Testaverde said Thursday that officials are calling the incident a “false report,” and are stopping short of classifying it as an act of “swatting,” the term for the Internet-based hoax in which perpetrators place fake calls to emergency services dispatchers from remote locations. The youth, identified in news reports as Jeff Mitchell, said he was home alone when numerous police cruisers arrived. Bewildered, he obeyed police orders to exit the house, and agreed to go to the police station to talk with investigators. “We spoke to the juvenile and his parents. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:10:00 EST Animal therapy facility moving to Hollis http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1052751-308/animal-therapy-facility-moving-to-hollis.html NASHUA – Providing physical therapy for dogs and other has been successful enough that Horse ’n Hound is building a larger facility in a former dairy farm in Hollis, and plans to move in the spring. The facility, which provides such things as an aquatic treadmill for dogs in its office in the Fletcher’s Appliance Building on Route 101A, says the move will allow it to create a rehabilitation barn for horses. “We have often been asked if we can take in severe cases of tendon, ligament, neurological, joint or muscle injury (to horses) and have had to turn away these patients due to our ‘canine-sized’ business facility at our current Nashua location,” said James “J.W.” Brooks, who owns the practice with Jennifer Brooks, his wife, the physical therapist who established the practice. “Our new location includes a three-stall rehabilitation equine barn offering equine patients the opportunity for intensive physical therapy.” Jennifer Brooks started as a physical therapist for humans and then switched to PT for horses via “barn calls.” She expanding into house pets and show dogs by opening Horse ’n’ Hound in 2012. Facilities at the current site include an underwater treadmill for dogs, which allows them to exercise with less strain on injured muscles, joins and tendons, and a variety of therapy materials for cats, dogs and other animals. Some are similar, or even identical, to therapy materials for people, such as ramps or exercise balls, while others are different: There are peanut-shaped exercise balls to handle patients with four legs. Among the facilities at the new location, which was formerly occupied by Hollis Line Machine Co., will be a heated in-ground therapy pool offering swimming exercises for rehab or fitness training up to eight months of the year. The 14-acre facility will also have an outdoor dog walking path. Patients include animals that are injured or just getting old, as well as dogs that compete in canine agility tests and need to stay in shape all winter – just like athletes who go to the gym when there’s snow on the ground. Horse ’n Hound is the only standalone site in Greater Nashua that does physical therapy for pets and is one of the few in the state, although some veterinarians offer the service. In 2011, New Hampshire law changed to make it easier for licensed therapists to do hands-on work with animals. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:00:32 EST Heather A. Fortier http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackobituaries/1052779-435/heather-a.-fortier.html Heather A. Fortier, 66, of Merrimack, passed away on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua after a brief illness. She was born on December 14, 1947, in Philadelphia, PA, to the late Charles and Winifred (Randal) Jones. Heather is survived by her daughter, Justine (Fortier) Anderson and her husband, Brian, of Texas; her son, Andrew Fortier, and his wife, Melissa (Agrusso), of Nashua, NH; one grandson, Brayden Fortier; her brother, Anthony Jones, of Washington; and her longtime companion, Donald Whitney, of Wilton, NH. Heather enjoyed crafting and spending time with Donald shopping at flea markets. She loved finding great deals. A small private service will be held for the family. The Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack is handling the arrangements. An online guestbook can be found at rivetfuneral home.com. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:02:07 EST Ugly stretch for former New Hampshire football star, now Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1052798-457/ugly-stretch-for-former-new-hampshire-football.html With Thanksgiving complete and Christmas fast approaching, high school athletic programs officially celebrate the change of seasons. The winter slate opens Friday night with girls basketball, as defending Division III champion Campbell hosts Bow and Wilton-Lyndeborough travels to Hinsdale in Division IV action. Before we get ahead of ourselves and think hockey, hoops and ten-pin there are a few fall items needed to be discussed – some good, bad and ugly. First for the UGLY – stop looking at my picture and laughing – we travel south to Starkville, Miss. A rising star in the college coaching ranks, Mississippi State University’s Dan Mullen sure left a lot in his playbook over the last three weeks of the season. OK, the Bulldogs laid the smack-down on a pushover team like Vanderbilt (a 51-0 MSU win), but that was sandwiched between losses to Alabama (25-20) and Ole Miss (31-17) that were highlighted by poor clock management and tightening up in play-calling. There has been speculation that Florida and Michigan were at one point interested in stealing the once Londonderry resident, who starred on the gridiron at Trinity High School. Even rumors of NFL interest have surfaced. The Bulldogs’ ugly stretch run may have ended those thoughts for this offseason. The BAD is coming in the form of Nashua losing such a good guy from its coaching circle. Nashua High School North’s Jason Robie has committed himself to the children of the Gate City for roughly two decades as an assistant and head coach of various sports. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 21:22:00 EST Jeweler leaves West Pearl Street after 105 years http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052804-469/jeweler-leaves-west-pearl-street-after-105.html NASHUA – Burque’s Jewelers is moving from its current West Pearl Street location to the corner of Main Street and East Pearl, above the former Villa Banca Restaurant, leaving West Pearl Street for the first time in more than a century. Ken Mermer, whose family has run the business since 1909, said the plan is to reduce the business’s focus on retail sales. “Every business has to determine, ‘what is your core skill, what are your core abilities? What do you do best?’ What we do best is design, create, restore, repair and we’ve been doing that for 105 years,” said Mermer, who retired from day-to-day operation of the landmark store in 2011. Mermer said in the past 10-12 years Burque’s has been “doing more and more custom work – designing things that people want,” he said. “To put it very simply, one of the advantages we have as a small business is that we have the flexibility that a large business doesn’t have. When we see that the market is changing we can turn on a dime. The market’s changed. It’s changed dramatically,” said Mermer. Mermer said the store has been in its current location since 1967 and on West Pearl Street since 1909. “Our lease here ends on December 31 and our lease begins at the Masonic Temple on January 1,” he said, adding the new space will be about a 1,000 square feet, “completely different than the current space”, said Mermer. Mermer said the new space will have “a couple of display cases, a lot of prototypes. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 09:19:23 EST Nashua reviews $5.1 m radio system upgrade http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052805-469/nashua-reviews-5.1-m-radio-system-upgrade.html NASHUA – A sweeping $5.1 million overhaul of the city’s radio communications system would replace obsolete equipment and help lay the groundwork for a regional partnership with public safety agencies in Manchester. The Board of Aldermen will decide on Tuesday whether to award Motorola Solutions Inc. the $5.1 million the contract to install the system. The overhaul will bring the city into compliance with a new technology standard for public safety entities across the country, referred to as “Project 25.” The new standard allows radios from different manufacturers to communicate with one another. The Board of Aldermen on Oct. 16 gave city  officials authority to bond up to $6 million to pay for the communications upgrade, which is expected to have a useful life of 10 years. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:02:27 EST Martha’s Exchange to accept gift cards from closed Villa Banca restaurant http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052806-469/marthas-exchange-to-accept-gift-cards-from.html NASHUA – People who hold gift certificates or gift cards from the just-closed Villa Banca restaurant can use them at another Main Street fixture, Martha’s Exchange. “They were great guys, on Main Street for a long time. We will honor their gift cards,” said Chris Fokas, co-owner of the restaurant and brew pub. Villa Banca has been serving Italian cuisine in the former Nashua Trust Bank on the corner of Main and Pearl streets (hence “banca,” Italian for bank) since 1997. It was open for the Holiday Stroll on Nov. 29 and was selling gift cards at least as recently as Friday, Nov. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:02:32 EST Nashua Police Department Arrest Log for Nov. 23 to Dec. 4 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1052809-228/nashua-police-department-arrest-log-for-nov..html NOV. 23 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Robert Keene, 18, 641/2 Ash St,. Apt. A, Nashua, electronic bench warrant: violation of court order. Scott M. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 23:28:00 EST Sherman Horton Jr., Nashua attorney, Supreme Court Justice, dies at 83 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/statenewengland/1052799-469/sherman-horton-jr.-nashua-attorney-supreme-court.html Sherman D. Horton Jr., a longtime Nashua lawyer who served as a New Hampshire Supreme Court justice for a decade until his 2000 retirement, has died. He was 83. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known. Services have yet to be announced. “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Justice Horton, who was a dear friend and mentor to me,” U.S. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:02:04 EST StageCoach Productions presents ‘Kiss Me Kate’ in Nashua this weekend http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1052627-485/stagecoach-productions-presents-kiss-me-kate-in.html NASHUA – Friday-Sunday, StageCoach Productions will present Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate,” perhaps the greatest valentine to live theater that’s ever been written. The show will be presented at the Janice B. Streeter Theatre, 14 Court St. By transporting the audience behind the scenes during the opening night of a new show, the storyline of “Kiss Me, Kate” invites the audience into a meta-theatrical realm that reveals the electric energy of the theater from all angles. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:02:12 EST