Nashua - | Web Feeds Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us Oldest brick building has bicycle background The Greeley Building is one of the oldest brick buildings in the city. Former 19th century tenants included F.C. Drew, draper and tailor, Hugh Jameson, a general store keeper, and Len Kendall "exchanged oyster stews, clam chowder and New England rum, for cash," according to one account. Upstairs was a community hall, Greeley Hall specifically, used at times by congregationalists, the Rising Sun Lodge and meetings of the Nashua Total Abstinence Society among others. As made obvious by the sign in the courtesy photo from the Nashua Public Library, Lintott and Buswell's sporting goods store (and shooting gallery) was there, along with The Nashua Cycle Club. The club started in the post office building at the corner of Park and Main. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:10:37 EST Solid waste pickup is delayed after Labor Day Following the Labor Day holiday Monday, Sept. 7, solid waste pickup in Nashua will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week. The Four Hills Landfill and the Nashua Recycling Center will also be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day. For more information, the solid waste department can be reached at 589-3410. Hudson solid waste will also be delayed by one day following the Labor Day holiday. - Telegraph Staff Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:07:23 EST Former mayors back Williams in Nashua race NASHUA - Three of the city's most recent former mayors Monday endorsed Chris Williams, the former CEO of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, in his bid to replace outgoing mayor Donnalee Lozeau. The three cited what they called Williams' vision for the city over the next four years. "Chris knows what the city's all about," said Bernie Streeter. "Chris recognizes that only a long-term strategic plan will bring in new tax revenue sources from outside of Nashua rather than see our own tax rate increase." Williams said when he was weighing whether to run for mayor, Steeter, Maurice Arel and Donald Davidson were his first calls. "These were the first three gentlemen I called," Williams said Monday. He said he told them: "I'm thinking about running for mayor. You three have been in that office. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:10:41 EST Local mother pleads guilty, avoids prison NASHUA - The young Nashua mother charged in March with felony assault for breaking her infant son's leg has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge as part of a plea agreement that involves counseling and probation but spares her any jail or prison time. Ashley Smith, also known as Ashley Bolarinho, 20, of 79 Almont St., must also abide by the terms of a Division of Children, Youth and Families order that stipulates when, where and under what conditions she may see the child, according to the agreement. Smith, who was initially charged with felony-level first-degree assault, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree assault, a Class A misdemeanor, in exchange for two to four years in New Hampshire State Prison, all suspended for five years, according to documents. Prosecutors agreed as part of the deal to nol pros, or drop, a second charge of first-degree assault, according to documents. Smith was also placed on probation for one year, and must participate in any counseling, treatment or other programs as directed by state Corrections or probation officials. Documents state she "must comply with the requirements of a related DCYF matter," and be in "contact with the victim only as permitted by DCYF." The contents of the agreement are considered non-public by law and aren't included in Smith's court file. The agreement, crafted by prosecutors and Smith's attorney, Justin Shepherd, was accepted by Hillsborough County Superior Court South Judge Amy Ignatius, who presided over Smith's hearing on Aug. 29 in the Nashua court. Nashua police arrested Smith late the night of March 20, four days after her then 7-week-old son sustained broken bones in his leg and ankle, according to documents. Police were alerted by personnel at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, who reported they were treating an infant whose leg was broken in three places, and that the injuries that didn't appear to be the result of an accident. The child was taken to the Elliot from a Nashua hospital, officials said at the time. Police said the injuries weren't considered life-threatening. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:10:17 EST Moriarty is his choice for mayor of Nashua For all the time I've know Dan Moriarty, he's shown himself to be a dedicated hard-worker who gets things done. He has unsurpassed integrity and genuinely cares about people and our great city. There are many good candidates this election cycle, many that I know well. Dan will do the best job and get the most done. If you want our city to prosper then please vote for the hardest working candidate for mayor, Alderman Dan Moriarty. George Stergion Nashua Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:14:15 EST Teacher learned from working on campaign As a high school teacher, I have the opportunity to work in the summer or pursue some other endeavor. This summer I chose to volunteer for Chris Williams for four reasons: First, he has an outsider's view of our city. Chris is originally from Texas, came to the Northeast for graduate school, served with the Army Reserve in Kosovo, worked at the State House, and ultimately settled in Nashua to work for and on behalf of our business and non-profit community. Chris will use this experience to lead our city and address the challenges we face. Second, he has a vision and a plan to make it a reality. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:13:50 EST Supporting Deane for Nashua’s next mayor I support David Deane for Mayor because he is the most qualified candidate. David has served as an alderman-at-large for 16 years, 10 of those on the budget review committee. We need a mayor who understands the budget and can anticipate future issues with that knowledge. Years ago, David sponsored legislation establishing a snow fund, which has greatly benefited this city during these difficult winters. Alderman Deane has spent his adult life serving the youth and citizens of this community. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:13:23 EST Partisan politics and a mayor’s race The campaign for mayor of Nashua thus far has been a fine example for the way such races should be run. Candidates have criss-crossed the city knocking on doors to share their visions for the future, conducting campaigns that should make city residents proud. They participated in four debates and talked at length about economic development and jobs, downtown revitalization and infrastructure needs, crime and the opioid epidemic, education, taxes and the city budget. What they haven't done, to their credit, is sling a lot of mud. One of the candidates even went to far as to say of his fellow competitors: "They're all good guys." As we said in an earlier column, the unprecedented amount of money that has been raised in this race is unfortunate, but even that hasn't eclipsed the issue-oriented approach the candidates have taken. That is much to their credit and is probably helped by the fact that the Nashua mayoral race is a nonpartisan affair. Voters may notice when they go to the polls on Sept. 8 that none of the candidates have a letter next to their name denoting their party affiliation. To be sure, some candidates belong to political parties, and that may influence some voters, but the nonpartisan nature of the election itself means that the level of discourse has been free of the kind of rancor common in partisan races for state and federal office. Unfortunately, state Democratic Party officials brought the odor of partisanship into the mayor's race by sending out emails urging Democrats to donate to the campaign of former mayor and current Alderman-at-Large Jim Donchess. The Donchess campaign has raised in excess of $100,000, as has Chris Williams, the former CEO of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. Williams, a Republican, has fundamentally altered the nature of the mayor's race by raising an unprecedented amount of early money and doing it in a transparent way. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:12:25 EST Dennis Joseph Comolli Dennis Joseph Comolli, 82, of Dover, New Hampshire and Naples, Florida, died on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Concord Hospital. Dennis met his wife Jessie N. (Gucciardi) Comolli at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in 1954. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year on October 16th. Born in Milford, NH on September 24, 1932, he was a son of the late Arthur and Margaret (Hallisey) Comolli. Dennis and his twin brother, Arthur were well known in Milford as the intelligent and gregarious twins. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:11:06 EST Schools host ‘meet & greet,’ prep for 1st day NASHUA - As they prepare for the first day of school, Nashua teachers and staffers have been meeting with parents and students, holding faculty meetings, and in some cases, navigating construction to find their temporary classrooms. Sunset Heights Elementary School Principal Philip Schappler said the last day before school serves as a "test run" for staff learning the layout of the facility as it undergoes construction. "We didn't get our occupancy permit until last Thursday, but there have been isolated areas that have been clear to come in," Schappler said. Schappler has been at the school all summer, but said many teachers were not able to come in until the last week. "We opened over the weekend to set up classrooms." Sunset Heights is in the middle of a major renovation which began in early summer and is expected to finish in  March 2017. The $10 million in repairs includes updating the HVAC system, moving the main office to the front entrance to improve security, extensive roof repairs and improving the bus drop-off area to increase traffic flow. The gym will house five temporary classrooms at a time through the school year as renovations move from wing to wing. The school's new, temporary look won't surprise too many families on the first day of school Tuesday after staff held a "meet and greet" Monday. Hosted districtwide, the mini-orientations are optional and informal. "It was an opportunity to come in for an hour, hour and a half, and see their desks, meet teachers and get acquainted with the schools," said Schappler. The final countdown before school starts also includes staff meetings to review the academic calendar, learning about opportunities for professional development and the goals for the coming year, he said. "It's a chance to pull all the strings together and make sure everything is ready," he said. At Sunset Heights, that includes checking out the new parking situation and the newly renovated bus loop; although buses will take the first run through Tuesday. "That will be a test tomorrow," Schappler said Monday. There will also be a temporary wall in place as crews work on the new front entrance and main office, which is expected to finish in November. With the ongoing activity surrounding the school, Schappler was enthusiastic, saying "it's not perfect" but it's ready to go. The project is part of a series of improvements to Nashua's elementary and middle schools that began more than five years ago, with Broad Street Elementary School being the most recent. Sunset Heights Elementary is the fifth school to undergo renovations. Tina Forbes can be reached at 594-6402, tforbes@nashuatelegraph. com or @Telegraph_TinaF. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:09:28 EST Man faces charges in death of 2 reptiles NASHUA - A 26-year-old Nashua man with a history of arrests for domestic violence, theft, failures to appear in court and threatening to burn down a house, was arraigned Monday in Nashua district court on a slew of new charges, including two felony counts of animal cruelty for allegedly drowning his ex-girlfriend's two pet reptiles. Richard Waite, 5 Shedds Ave., was arrested Sunday by Nashua police after officers were called to the Shedds Avenue address for a domestic disturbance, according to police. While police list Shedds Avenue as Waite's current address, he said at arraignment that his current "legal" address is in Brockton, Mass. Waite, who police prosecutor Evie King said was convicted of domestic violence in Nashua in September 2014 and is currently on probation stemming from a Brockton assault case, was also charged on Sunday with eight misdemeanor offenses that accuse him of threatening the victim, resisting arrest and damaging the victim's apartment. In addition to the two Class B felony counts of cruelty to animals, Waite is also charged with: Four counts of criminal mischief, for allegedly smashing a TV screen, shattering a 40-gallon fish tank, smashing a mirror and ripping the bathroom door off its hinges at the victim's apartment Two counts of resisting arrest, for allegedly physically interfering with officers' attempts to take him into custody One count of theft by unauthorized taking, for allegedly releasing the victim's pet parakeet from her apartment One count of criminal threatening, for allegedly terrorizing the victim by threatening via text messaging that he planned to further damage her personal property. The lizards Waite is accused of drowning are known as bearded dragons, which are fairly common pets among reptile owners. They typically live in large, heated fish tanks, and have a life expectancy of about 10 years. King asked district court Judge Clifford Kinghorn to set bail at $10,000 cash only, citing Waite's record of arrests and convictions and his history of failing to appear in court as scheduled. The arraignment took place Monday morning via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester, where Waite had been held since his arrest. Kinghorn lowered bail to $5,000 cash only, and set a probable cause hearing for Wednesday, Sept. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:24:04 EST Nashua students return to classes NASHUA - It's back to school for Nashua students this week, with district schools resuming classes Tuesday, and other area schools opening anywhere from Aug. 27 to Sept. 8. The first week for district schools is a short one, running Tuesday through Thursday. Students will have Friday off, though school and district offices will remain open for business. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:07:31 EST Women seeks origami materials to help seasonal disorders "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - St. Francis of Assisi. Seasonal affective disorder is a mood disorder related to seasonal changes. Treatment may include light therapy, as well as a focus on creative and fun projects to lighten and brighten dark days. Whether St. Francis was afflicted is unknown, but a Mailbag reader is looking for a positive activity to turn some SAD times into happier ones! Seeking origami materials "I am among the people with seasonal affective disorder, and while I find myself already feeling anxious about winter, this year I'm already planning ahead to take up an interesting hobby and/or develop a skill to educate, as well as occupy my time," says Debbie D., of Nashua (LTR 620). Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:08:04 EST Classes in Greater Nashua EDITOR'S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. Listings should be submitted at least two weeks in advance. NASHUA FREE FINANCIAL LITERACY CLASSES The Front Door Agency and The First Church will present "Take Control of Your Finances," a 5-week financial literacy program free to the community. Sessions run 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:08:31 EST Library Events in Greater Nashua NOTE: Library items are submitted by the libraries and are only lightly edited. For more library events, visit NASHUA Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600, carol., MIKE SHALHOUP'S HISTORIC NASHUA PHOTOS Iconic black-and-white depictions of life in 1950s and '60s Nashua, as seen through the camera lens of the late Telegraph photographer Mike Shalhoup, will be on display through August in the lower-level Image Gallery at the Nashua Public Library. "The Mike Shalhoup Collection: A Summer Showcase" will include a blend of photographs from the Nashua Historical Society's two previous exhibits of Shalhoup's work, which depict a wide variety of Nashua people, places, things and events. Information: Contact the Historical Society at 883-0015 or WORKSHOP ON JOB INTERVIEWS, RESUMES On Sept. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:08:07 EST Nashua rallies for a response to the heroin epidemic NASHUA - It wasn't too long ago that Joseph Yancy lived each day in the throes of drug addiction, never sure whether he'd see another year, another week, or even the next day. The "enemy" - in this case, cocaine, ecstacy, and eventually heroin - had owned him since he was 15, and had no intention of loosening its grip. The young man's mother, Dina Marie Favreau, spoke Sunday during a Rally for Federal Response to the Heroin Epidemic called "FED UP!" in Nashua, and said she "saw things that were unimaginable ... (things) that I wouldn't wish on anyone." Today Favreau and Yancy stand as examples of perseverence, and on Sunday they stood on the Greeley Park bandshell stage telling their respective stories to roughly 100 people, most of whom are either recovering addicts, are related to someone in recovery or who lost one or more loved ones to addiction. Favreau's experience prompted the 39-year-old Billerica, Mass. resident to join forces last year with Billy Pfaff, a Billerica tattoo artist who raises funds for and otherwise assists recovering drug addicts and others in need. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:19:00 EST Moriarty has proven himself a listener I'm writing in support of Alderman Dan Moriarty for Mayor. I'd like to highlight his dedication to listen to the concerns of the residents of Nashua as evidenced by the thousands of house calls he's made door-to-door in the past several months. I've made many of those house calls with him and am impressed with his ability to talk with a wide range of our city's residents and truly understand our concerns. He's been there for hundreds of hours on city doorstep. Please consider voting for him on Sept. 8. Stacy Desrosiers Nashua Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:09:15 EST Williams alone has a vision for Nashua I support Chris Williams for mayor because he is the only candidate in this race discussing long-term issues. This is important, because to become a great city, we need to have a plan for Nashua that looks at where we are 10 years from now. I am 24 years old and grew up in Nashua. While I have every intention to make my life here, I can assure you the temptation of moving to another city - one with many more career and cultural opportunities - is strong. Many people I went to school with have left and not returned. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:08:51 EST Donchess’ experience would serve city well Nashua needs a mayor who will be a fighter for our community - and Jim Donchess is that person. His years of public service working on behalf of people in Nashua show the commitment and experience he would bring if elected mayor. During his previous term as mayor, Nashua flourished. The city was known for its quality public schools, low crime rates, and strong economy. But he wasn't satisfied with maintaining the status quo - instead, Jim successfully pushed for public kindergarten and curbside recycling initiatives. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:08:27 EST Constance J. ‘Connie’ Erickson Constance J. "Connie" Erickson, 83, of Nashua, passed away early Saturday morning, August 29, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after a period of declining health. A lifelong resident of this city, Connie was born on November 27, 1931, daughter of the late Albert J. Bouchard and Florianne R. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:07:06 EST Active shooter drill held at Nashua college NASHUA - Dozens of police, fire and emergency medical staff from across the state gathered in Nashua for a large-scale active shooter drill Friday to practice new life-saving strategies. "We've been looking for a program that's a joint, hands-on training with both police and EMS," said Emily Martuscello, exercise training officer at the state Department of Safety, Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Martuscello, who oversaw the exercise Friday, took a class in Texas to help bring the training to New Hampshire. "This was the first time we've had this class in the state," she said. The active shooter drill was hosted at the Daniel Webster College campus and included 37 responders from Nashua and 22 other area agencies. "We tried to get good representation from areas around the state," Martuscello said. "We had intercity departments; Manchester, and Nashua, and smaller departments. It was a good range of participants." Justin Kates, director of Emergency Management in Nashua, said the Friday drill was the culmination of two days of training. "I was really impressed," Kates said. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:08:07 EST Finding the safest way to school NASHUA - It may still feel like summer, but fall is close and the start of school is closer. That means safety is the watchword for school and police officials in Greater Nashua. While thousands of Nashua students will begin walking, riding, driving and biking to schools across the city next week, statistically speaking, taking a bus to school is the safest way for students to get from home to school and back, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The most dangerous part of taking the bus are the pickup and drop-off. Nashua School District Superintendent Mark Conrad said the district informs its students of safe and appropriate bus etiquette that helps protect students on their way to and from school. "It's a well-organized process," Conrad said. "We tell students to stay out of the aisles, don't distract the bus driver, things like that. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:07:39 EST Nashua PAL Force opens football season with multiple wins Fifth-grade: PAL Force 33,  Bedford Jaguars 0 The Nashua Pal Force fifth-graders were fired up for their season-opening game against the Bedford Jaguars on Aug. 23, starting things off with a solid kick off by Andrew Wallace and thrilling touchdowns by Amaury Almonte and Derek Finlay en route to a 33-0 victory. An impressive interception by Patrick Keegan and brick-wall blocking by Reid Lavoie, Lola Cambray and Mekhi Gerrin ensured the Force domination of the first quarter. Nashua continued to control the second quarter with powerhouse tackles by Demitriz Sanchez, Xavier Francis and Mirolqui Tavarez. Stellar sacks by Jack Peters and Toby Brown shut down the Jaguar drives. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:10:04 EST Nashua police department arrest log AUG. 14 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Martin De Los Santos, 39, 67 Ash St,. Apt. 2, Nashua, electronic bench warrant: non-appearance in court, fugitive from justice. Julie Cook-Murtagh, 43, 6 1/2 Hall Ave., Nashua, two counts burglary. Zachary J. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:09:40 EST Nashua Community Calendar EDITOR'S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. Items should be submitted at least two weeks in advance. COMMUNITY EVENTS NASHUA GARDEN CLUB MEETING The Nashua Garden Club will hold its next meeting from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 2 at First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester St. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:08:04 EST Veterans Count serves those who serve the nation The value of a life is the most precious of all things. Across New Hampshire since 2007, Veterans Count has successfully intervened in 90 cases of significant suicide risk for members of our military. Did you know deaths by suicide outnumber deaths on the battlefield for veterans? Did you also know New Hampshire leads the way with the lowest suicide rate among our soldiers per capita in the country? That is why Veterans Count is committed to raising awareness of and funding for the services veterans and their families desperately need when struggling with the challenges of deployment. Veterans Count, a program of Easter Seals New Hampshire, is dedicated to ensuring veterans get the support they need in a dignified way, and Nashua volunteers have led the way for several years. As with most great successes, what at first seemed impossible eventually became a reality when the Veterans Count Nashua chapter launched in 2012. This passionate group of volunteers, led by local businessmen Sy Mahfuz and Tom Tessier, had lofty ideas of pulling off a blockbuster event that raised more than $350,000 and would raise $1 million for Veterans Count over the course of three years. They achieved that incredible milestone last year, and are now deep into planning their 4th annual Veterans Count Salute Our Soldiers event for Saturday, Nov. 7. Although the 500-seat event is already sold out for individual seats, organizers are seeking corporations to fill sponsorships ranging from $5,000-$100,000. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:07:38 EST Crash ID most read for the week Another week packed with news brought  thousands of readers to and the story most of those readers were interested in was the sad news of a 27-year-old local man's death in a crash last week. "Driver in last week's Merrimack toll accident John McDonough, 27" was read 4,545 times following the firey on the southbound onramp at exit 11 of the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Nashua. Police said McDonough, of Merrimack, was speeding when he crashed his red 2006 BMW into the concrete tollbooth. The car burst into flames and McDonough was killed. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:07:13 EST Nashua firm receives job-training grant for 6 employees A Nashua firm is one of three companies to receive job training grants from the state Friday afternoon. Axenics Inc., based in the city, received a grant for up to $3,300 for training from Manchester Community College for six employees in manufacturing, tube formation and welding for fabrication. Gov. Maggie Hassan announced recently Axenics was one of three New Hampshire companies awarded a job training grant to help train 56 workers in new skills. The job training grants total $76,345 and the companies matched the training funds to bring the total amount for training workers to $152,690. Hudson- based C&M Machine Products received a job training grant of $3,445 for 26 employees to receive Microsoft skills training from Nashua Community College and Sig Sauer Inc., of Newington, received $69,600 for Great Bay Community College to train 24 employees in computer numerical control production technology. "New Hampshire's job training fund is an important resource that has helped thousands of workers develop the skills and innovative thinking needed for success in the 21st century economy," Hassan said in a statement. "We must continue to focus on strengthening our workforce pipeline through job training and higher education in order to help expand middle class opportunity, support innovative businesses and keep New Hampshire's economy moving in the right direction." Since October 2007, the fund has awarded more than $8.2 million in grants. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:10:52 EST Supports Moriarty for Nashua mayor I support of Alderman Dan Moriarty for mayor. I commend his close attention to the details of the budget and willingness to make the difficult votes against spending we cannot afford. Dan reminds me of the late Ward 7 Alderman Richard Flynn. They share the ability to see the hidden costs in a proposal and the political courage to vote against it, a huge plus for the majority of the population. Although my daughters are no longer in school, I understand the need to fund our city schools and services at a proper level. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:07:54 EST Bush’s comments at odds with Nashuans Occasionally candidates of both parties say something they shouldn't. Like all of us, they make mistakes too. What we must be concerned with is what someone does after their initial mistake. Do they take responsibility or do they double down? Last week, Jeb Bush found a third option, even worse than doubling down. When asked if his repeated use of the term "anchor baby" was offensive to the Latino community, Jeb said no because he was really singling out "Asian people." In five seconds, Jeb slandered all Asian Americans, and their children. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:07:30 EST Chris Williams | Five steps we should take to make Nashua’s downtown great once again. Nashua's downtown is the face of our city. When we think about northern New England cities, we always think first of their downtown and then base our sentiments upon their downtown's reputation. We need a mayor who understands this and places a high value on making our downtown the best it can be. I intend to make Nashua's downtown the premier destination venue for northern New England, without relying just on public tax dollars. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:18:03 EST Michael Broderick | Let’s give our families a reason to visit the heart of the city. Vacancies, foot traffic and parking are three of the major issues affecting the downtown area. Effecting change requires an innovative approach. The next mayor faces the challenge of creating lasting solutions. It is crucial for Nashua to have a proactive economic development director. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:06:41 EST Franklin Street deal is great news Someone out there can surely do it, but we're having a hard time finding a downside to the news that one of New England's premiere developers recently purchased the long-abandoned and too-long decrepit former mill building on Franklin Street in Nashua. Earlier this month The Telegraph broke the news that Brady Sullivan Properties of Manchester paid $100,000 for the building at 34 Franklin St. that was once owned by the former Nashua Corp. If that strikes you as an absurdly low selling price for a building of that size and location, less than a block from Nashua's Main Street and overlooking the Nashua River, that's because it is. The price makes sense for a few reasons though, chiefly the $630,000 in back taxes dating back to 2008 that the new owners will have to fork over to the city. There's also the condition of the building, which has been vacant for several years and has been the target of vandals more than once. Finally, there's the fact that Franklin Street is small and although the building is big - 310,000 square feet over four floors - it has no associated parking. None. Zip. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:11:03 EST Camille E. (Grandmaison) Leaver LOWELL, MA - Camille E. (Grandmaison) Leaver, 93, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 26,2015 at Northwood Rehab in Lowell, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of 44 years to the late Paul J. Leaver, who predeceased her in 1990. Born in Nashua, NH, on April 28, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Emile and Mary (Hennesey) Grandmaison. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:10:39 EST Dr. Peter Ruseski Dr. Peter Ruseski, M.D., passed away on August 26, 2015 after a lengthy illness. He was surrounded by his E.R. Nurse friends and his longtime companion, Faith. He was born on August 9, 1929 in Scranton, PA. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:10:13 EST Jeremy M. Bakaian Jeremy M. Bakaian, 30, of Nashua passed away on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at his home. He was born on April 9, 1985 in Nashua, NH, to Jennifer (Tassie) Burton of Merrimack and the late Scott Bakaian. He was a graduate of Summit High School in Amherst. Jeremy served in the U.S. Army in the Iraq War before being discharged in 2007. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:40:40 EST Parkway offers bright future for Millyard NASHUA - Nashua's Millyard Technology Park is a bustling place these days as construction continues on the Broad Street Parkway. While business owners bear with the dust and noise of the work, they say they remain optimistic that the road connecting the Millyard and Broad Street will eventually pave the way to more business and less traffic. But the parkway has the potential to do more than just make for an easier drive from Exit 6 of the F.E. Everett Turnpike to the riverfront Millyard property. There is also hope it fundamentally changes the nature of the real estate itself, making it more attractive to more types of businesses and retailers. Angelina Spilios, an owner in the Technology Park, said she believes the parkway project will have positive effects on the park, particularly by making it more noticeable. "In our building we have almost no retail. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:09:10 EST Manchester: Hundreds rally to combat drugs MANCHESTER - In an effort to change the public perception of heroin addicts, hundreds of recovery advocates rallied Saturday afternoon to address New Hampshire's growing opioid crisis while reaching out to users with more than 20 treatment vendors. Veterans Memorial Park transformed into the state's largest support group during the Stop the Circle rally to raise awareness of substance use disorder to help reduce the stigma that surrounds the addict. "We have seen comments on Facebook about heroin overdoses, posts about people calling them junkies and losers and that we should not be spending resources bringing them back, and it was just disgusting to me and very disheartening that people think that their lives don't matter," said event organizer Melissa Laferriere. "I kind of felt helpless and didn't really know what to do, so the only thing I could think of was to put as many people that could help in the same place at the same time," she said. Intermixed with former addicts and entertainment from local rock band Floodwatch, was the opportunity for people to learn about agencies across the state to that provide treatment. Those vendors available, from the  community centers to sober living facilities, were available for addicts seeking help who otherwise may have been too scared, and for family and friends looking for ways to grieve with a loved one's struggle. "It took becoming feeling completely hopeless, miserable, desperate - I felt completely bankrupt and broken inside - before I reached out for help," said Heidi Young, a recovering addict, who now serves as the director of Southeastern Services Impaired Driver Care Management Program. When she walked into the recovery center, they told her she would never have to feel that way again. "And that's all I wanted," she said. "And through a program of recovery ... I was able to gain back self-esteem, go to work, (get back) my children. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:08:43 EST State party enters Nashua mayor’s race NASHUA - The New Hampshire Democratic Party and current and former party leaders are taking what appears to be a heavy-handed role in helping finance Jim Donchess' campaign for mayor, given that the local election is nonpartisan. U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, a Hopkinton Democrat representing the 2nd Congressional District, and former Executive Councilor and state Sen. Debora Pignatelli of Nashua have circulated emails this month seeking contributions for Donchess. Donchess, a registered Democrat and alderman-at-large, is one of five candidates trying to score one of the top two slots in the Sept. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:08:05 EST John ‘Jack’ B. McDonough John "Jack" B. McDonough, 27, of Merrimack, NH, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Merrimack. He was born in Nashua, NH, on June 3, 1988, a son of John C. and Charlene M. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:10:13 EST Retired educators to meet Sept. 16 at Nashua CC NASHUA - The fall gathering of the Nashua Area Retired Educators Association will be held Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Nashua Country Club. Early arrival between 10:30 and 11 a.m. is encouraged in order to facilitate registration, dues update and enrollment of new members. Luncheon will be served at noon. The business meeting will be conducted by NAREA President John Glines. All retired teachers, administrators and educational staff are invited. The association includes Merrimack, Hudson, Litchfield, Pelham, Windham, Amherst, Mont Vernon, Milford, Hollis, Brookline, Wilton, Lyndeborough and Nashua. For more information, call Joan Gibson, NAREA secretary, at 888-9304. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:08:37 EST Looking back at the week in news Joe Biden would bring more than just entertainment We hope Vice President Joe Biden gets into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. He's reportedly thinking about it now that the party's long-assumed coronation of Hillary Clinton appears to be at least a little in doubt. Besides the entertainment value in having a guy who is well known for tripping over his own tongue and once famously uttered an f-bomb at a White House bill-signing ceremony, Biden brings some things to the table in the policy department. When he was in the Senate he chaired the Foreign Relations and Judiciary committees, so it's not like the guy is a lightweight. Sure, he once declared that "I can die a happy man not being president," but his entry into the race would give voters another choice. You could even say, as he might put it, that it would be "a" An alternative for police  officers stuck in a tight spot The idea is a laudable one: Give police "blunt impact projectiles" they can fire that cause suspects enough pain to bring them under control, but stop short of killing them. Given all the attention being paid to police shootings of unarmed suspects, the new product from a Massachusetts company is an idea whose time has come. An executive of the company that patented the projectiles agreed to serve as a test target, and he described the sensation as akin to "being hit by a hockey puck." Sixteen law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and six in Canada have purchased the projectiles made by Micron Products Inc., including the SWAT unit for Los Angeles County in California. "They want an option that bridges the gap between baton, Taser and their service weapons," said Salvatore Emma, Micron's chief executive officer. It's not clear that the projectiles will be widely used in the industry, but anything that gives officers on the street more non-lethal options is a good thing. Another good example of local community policing The best police departments are those that understand that the community they serve is one of their biggest resources. The public can act as a department's eyes and ears and a huge source of support for officers trying to do a hard job well. On the flip side, everybody has seen the bad things that can happen when a community and its police department operate on an "us against them" level. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:10:19 EST David Bruce Molnar David Bruce Molnar, 66, of Hudson, died at his home on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, following a lengthy battle with kidney cancer. He was born in Hammond, Indiana on December 13, 1948, a son of the late Albert and Dorothy (Vattele) Molnar. David was a credit analyst and tax accountant. He had been employed by SONY, Hewlett Packard and Nashua Corporation. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and then served in the United States Army Reserves. He served during the Vietnam Era and received the National Defense Service Medal. Fraternally he held membership in and was a Past Master of Rising Sun Lodge # 39 F. & A.M. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:09:53 EST Nashua historian to host first lantern tour Saturday Was that Blanche Menter's skeleton found by workmen in a downtown Nashua building in 1929? The answer to that question, and other similarly unusual tales from around the city's center, can be found at Saturday night's walking lantern tour led by historian Alan Manoian. "This story is beyond bizarre," said Manoian, and "It's just the beginning." Manoian, Nashua's former downtown development director, who has been conducting popular and entertaining Downtown Nashua Historic Walking Tours for 20 years, is launching a series of Downtown Nashua Evening Lantern Walking Tours beginning Saturday, at 7:15-9 p.m. The basis for Manoian's tour comes from decades of research and collection. "I have researched and collected an incredible body of, shall we say, stories from the darker-side and mysterious-side of downtown Nashua's history," he said. Walkers will also hear tales of the relocation of a Spring Street graveyard for the construction of a former school building, and how, in 1857, three young men burned to death in the jail cells at Nashua City Hall. The form of the lantern tour follows the lead of cities such as New Orleans, Williamsburg, Va., Nashville, Tenn., Boston and even Melbourne Australia, said Manoian. "I was never sure when I could create the right time and public experience to share these unusual historic stories," he said, calling the tours an "emerging first rate tourism experience" suitable for Nashua. The event requires advance registration, which can be made by calling 978-735-5321 or through Facebook by searching for the name Alan S. Manoian. Walkers will meet at the Main Street Bridge. A second tour is planned for Saturday, September 26 between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Manoian said he believes downtown Nashua has the potential to emerge as a noteworthy urban heritage tourism destination, and believes that the Evening Lantern Tours will complement downtown Nashua's evening dining, sidewalk café, and social gathering scene. Walkers can bring their own lanterns if they wish, said Manoian. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:08:33 EST Active shooter drill hosted at DWC NASHUA - Funded by a Homeland Security grant, a two-day active shooter drill to train emergency responders will wrap up Friday afternoon on the campus of Daniel Webster College in Nashua. The active shooter preparedness training includes Nashua police, emergency medical personnel and responders from area towns, said Justin Kates, director of Emergency Management in Nashua. "The course is part of a series to instruct law enforcement responders and emergency medical responders in the event of a shooter or explosive device," said Kates, adding training may cover a number of emergency scenarios. "Hopefully they will learn some skills, and hopefully they will never have to use them," he said. Provided by state emergency management and funded by Homeland Security, part of the goal is to train responders on how to coordinate with personnel from other agencies and towns, said Kates. "In an event like this, we wouldn't be alone," he said. While it's not unusual for Nashua law enforcement and emergency responders to undergo training programs, Kates said this large-scale collaborative training is more unique. "It's ramped up over the past couple of months due to funding from Homeland Security," he said. The training at Daniel Webster College takes place primarily in the 35,000-square-foot Eaton Richmond Center and Fremont Hall, a residence hall. As classes have yet to resume for fall, there are no students on site, said Kates. At least 40 people are participating in the training, including volunteers from the Community Emergency Response Team, commonly known as CERT, who help out with trainings, such as role-playing as victims during training exercises. "It makes it more realistic," said Kates. "It helps the police and EMTs identify people they need to help out." CERT volunteers will role-play a range of injuries requiring different types of responses, or they can help responders practice evacuating people from a dangerous situation. CERT volunteers are trained in emergency preparedness such as putting out small fires, providing basic medical aid and safely searching for rescue victims. Anyone interested in becoming involved with CERT can enroll in a free 20-hour training program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua from Sept. 25-27. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:07:42 EST Nashua police department arrest log July 28th - Aug 14th JULY 28 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Martin E. Crosier, 47, 152 East Hollis St., Apt. 2, Nashua, criminal mischief. Lisa M. Milan-Rogers, 46, 170 Concord St., Apt. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:47:31 EST Summer’s final round of tids, bits Time to head into the final week-plus before Labor Day with a few tids and bits to get us there: What prompted Jeff Giuliano's retirement from playing and his new foray into coaching as the Manchester Monarchs new assistant coach? Simple: He suffered a concussion during last season in Germany, played in only 13 games, and knew the signs were clear for him to go into the next phase of his hockey career, one without contact. Married now with two kids, the Nashua native and former L.A. King and Monarch knew when he left Germany in the early spring, "My career was over." So he and his family took a vacation in Thailand. Also, Giuliano has known Monarchs president Matt Welch for years, and the two were in constant contact over the winter. He also is good friends with former Monarchs and Kings teammate Richard Seeley. "It's obviously great to be able to stay in the game, I'm fortunate for that," Giulano said. "I really liked Richard as a player, plus we see things in the same fashion." Giuliano is looking forward to staying home, too. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:07:20 EST Beatrice C. (Baker) Melendy Beatrice C. (Baker) Melendy, 96, of Kissimmee, Florida, and formerly of Nashua, passed away early Thursday morning, August 20th at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Kissimmee. "Bea" was the widow of George L. Melendy. A Nashua native, Mrs. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:08:14 EST Louise M. (Lafond) Latvis Louise M. (Lafond) Latvis, 57, of Nashua, wife of Steven J. Latvis, passed away Thursday morning, August 27, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack surrounded by her loving family. Born in Manchester, NH, Louise was a daughter of the late Robert L. and Isabella H. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:07:49 EST 19 charged in connection to April shooting NASHUA - Nearly 20 people were indicted on charges of rioting in a downtown Nashua neighborhood during a large altercation that ended with one man shot in the leg. Those indicted include the alleged shooter, Travis McPherson, 19, of 10 Boulder Circle, Nashua, who was himself the victim of an alleged drive-by shooting earlier this month, and the man who sustained the gunshot wounds, Eric Roman, 24, of 3 Srawberry Bank Road, Nashua, according to indictments returned by a Hillsborough County Superior Court grand jury this week. Roman and the 17 others are each facing a charge of riot, a Class B felony that alleges they engaged in "tumultuous or violent conduct in the form of a physical confrontation with another group of individuals," according to the indictments. An indictment is not a finding of guilty. It is the grand jury's determination that prosecutors have enough evidence for the case to move to the superior court level. Police arrested a majority of the suspects in conjunctions with a state-based FBI anti-gang task force several weeks after the alleged incident near the intersection of Pine and Lemoine streets on April 26. Court documents accuse the group of mostly teens and 20-somethings of congregating in that area with the purposes of engaging in a confrontation that involved throwing rocks and the discharge of a firearm, which hit Roman in the leg. McPherson is facing the most serious charges, including two counts of riot as well as first- and second-degree assault, two counts of reckless conduct, according to court records. The other suspects charged with riot include: Nigel Almonte, 22, of 12 Buck St., Nashua. Raynel Bayne, 20, of 107 Allds, St., Nashua. Jose Ceenas, 20, of 104A Bowers St., Nashua. Jennifer Dion, 33, of 46 Avon Drive, Nashua. Bryan Espinal, 24, of 97 Pine St., Nashua. Raul Hernandez (aka Ochoa-Hernandez), 23, of 30 Linwood st., Nashua. Eniel Maldonado, 17, of 20 Eleventh St., Nashua. Keyion McGlory, 17, of 39 1/2 Palm St., Nashua. Jesse Nohelty, 24, of 1 Second Ave., Nashua. Alicianna Montalvo, 20, of 9 Thayer Court, Apt. 5, Nashua. Jeremy Menendez, 26, of 42 Avon Drive, Nashua. Louis Quiles, 19, of 245 Pine St., Nashua. Rodolfo Santos, 25, of 46 Kinsley St., Apt. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:06:25 EST Families flock to Nashua library event Thousands of Nashua families packed Nashua Public Library in a line that stretched nearly to Main Street Thursday night for the Nashua Goes Back to School celebration. The line began forming 90 minutes before the event opened at 5 p.m. It's a party Superintendent Mark Conrad never misses. "It's a wonderful event. It's so exciting to see children reuniting with their principals," said Conrad. Wearing purple, blue and silver mardi gras beads to represent each high school, Conrad stood in the library's children's room where administrators from all 17 district schools waited to greet families. Right when the doors opened, parents and students flooded into the room and flocked to their school's table to catch up with principals and receive a bag of school supplies. "It's such an exciting and happy environment. It sets the tone for a great school year," Conrad said. The annual event has kicked off the fall semester for more than a decade. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:06:58 EST Hassan signs transit bills into law NASHUA - Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said she loses sleep over infrastructure problems like the 14-foot wide sinkhole that closed portions of Interstate 93 in Concord last week. Alternative modes of transportation like an expanded, modern passenger rail system, she said, would help her and other city leaders sleep a little more soundly. "We need walkers and bikers and cars and buses and trains and planes and all those things, and New Hampshire in the 21st century shouldn't be left behind," she said. "And the one thing that we're really lacking that we can make happen by continuing to work together and getting excited over our little successes is rail." Lozeau joined Gov. Maggie Hassan and multiple transit and commerce officials at Nashua City Hall Thursday morning for a ceremonial signing of two bills designed to push the state closer to extending a commuter rail line from Massachusetts to Nashua and farther the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Senate Bill 63 amends the language for the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority to make the agency more efficient and more appealing for grants while Senate Bill 88 established a committee to study public-private partnerships for intermodal transportation projects. Hassan said the $4 million included in her capital budget for an environmental and engineering assessment related to commuter rail was denied by a Republican-led Legislature, but the newest measures are a step in the right direction because they improve the possibility of expanding transit options critical to the state's future. "A modern transportation infrastructure is so essential to the success of New Hampshire's people and businesses and encouraging long-term economic growth, which is what we all want to stay focused on," Hassan said. Michael Izbicki, chairman of the Rail Authority, said the new statutes represent an important milestone in expanding rail along the capital corridor. "Along with helping NHRTA operate more efficiently, this legislation could help open the door for New Hampshire to seek out alternative funding sources for critical infrastructure improvements, including rail," Izbicki added. "NHRTA, the state's two largest chambers of commerce, 68 percent of New Hampshire residents and a growing list of businesses all agree that we need to invest in the state's rail infrastructure, and this legislation gets us closer to that goal." While the highlight of Senate Bill 63 is the creation of an advisory board for the transit authority, it also streamlines its governing board structure to make it more manageable. Izbicki said the agency's previous governing committee will now become its advisory board. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:06:27 EST Alleged shooting duo indicted NASHUA - Two men arrested in connection to a wild shootout through a downtown Nashua neighborhood this spring were indicted this month on a number of felony charges. The Hillsborough County Superior Court grand jury returned a multiple indictments of felony assault and reckless conduct against Ryan Mateo, 19, of 4 Louisberg Square, Nashua, and Rony Encarnacion-Guzman, 20, of 16 Nevada St., Nashua, following the April 13 incident that resulted in one man being shot in the back. Police charged Encarnacion-Guzman of driving the car that Mateo fired a gun out of as they pursued a second vehicle along several streets in the city's Tree Streets neighborhood. Police were first called around 7 p.m. when shots were heard at the intersection of Kinsley and Palm streets. They later determined that the first shots were fired near Pine and Lovell streets, about two blocks away, and once more in between those intersections, police said. Mateo is facing a total of 11 felony charges, including once count each of first- and second-degree assault and falsifying evidence, as well as three counts of attempted first-degree assault and five counts of reckless conduct. Encarnacion's three felony charges all relate to being accused of helping Mateo by driving the car. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:36:58 EST Man charged in accidental shooting A Nashua man has been arrested in connection with the August 22 shooting on East Dunstable Road that put another man in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Michael McNulty, 22, of 1 B East Dunstable Road turned himself in on an active warrant shortly before 11 p.m. Monday, according to Nashua Police. McNulty was charged with felony reckless conduct and was released on a $5,000 bail pending his arraignment at Nashua district court on Sept. 30, 2015. The incident took place during a gathering Saturday night at McNulty's home, near Downtown Nashua. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:09:09 EST Broad St. gas station robbed at gunpoint Police say an unidentified man robbed a Broad Street station at gunpoint early Wednesday morning. Officers with the Nashua Police Department responded to the Zaynab Shell Food Mart just before 3 a.m. for reports of a robbery and learned a male suspect, armed with a black semiautomatic handgun with an extended magazine, approached the business and ordered two patrons and an employee standing outside at the time to enter the store and lie on the ground. Police say the store employee was ordered to hand over money and the suspect fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported. The suspect was described as a Hispanic or light-skinned black male of average build wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, long black shorts, black shoes and a black flat-brim baseball cap with a gold sticker on the brim, according to police. He was also carrying a black backpack that appears to have a white Fox Racing logo on the front. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:35:08 EST Golf BISHOP GUERTIN Golf BG 199, Dover 228,  Manchester Central 237 Bishop Guertin teed off with a purpose Wednesday at Cocheco Country Club in Dover. Led by the medalist finish of Tom Ethier, who shot a 38, the Cardinals opened the 2015 season at 2-0. BG's contingent of Ryan Fitzgerald (39); Graham Diack (40); Eric Loconto (40); Morgan DiPasquale (42); Kip Arseneault (44) and Jacob Bue (45) combined with Ethier on the win. NASHUA SOUTH Golf Pinkerton 194, South 227, Salem 238 Pinkerton Academy's Marshall Halpin shot an even-par 36 for individual medalist honors to lead the Astros to a season-opening win over Nashua South and Salem at Campbell's Scottish Highlands in Salem. As a team, Pinkerton scored 194 for the win, followed by South at 227 and Salem with a 238. Peter McManus was the Panthers low scorer with a 43, while Spencer Durand and T.J. Gillis finished with 44's. Luke Anzel and Landon Johnson chipped in on the scoresheet with rounds of 48. NASHUA NORTH Golf Bedford 204, Spaulding 230, North 234 The Bedford duo of Tim Weeks and Sean McGadden earned co-medalist honors with rounds of 39, as the Bulldogs opened the season with wins over Nashua North and Spaulding at Rochester Country Club. The Titans top golfer, Brandon Gillis, didn't play in the team's opener, which left Michael Jensen and Brendan Martin to take the lead. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:07:26 EST Appreciates coverage of upcoming races Thanks for publishing the list of appearances by potential candidates for president and keeping local citizens informed about the upcoming Sept. 8 election for mayor of Nashua. Esther Arlan Nashua Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:40:59 EST James Lane Warren WARREN, James Lane, June 18, 1965-July 30, 2015, of Nashua NH, formerly of Claremont, NH. James passed peacefully on July 30, 2015, at the age of 50. James was surrounded by loved ones after a brief battle with cancer. He graduated from Stevens High School, Claremont, NH, the University of NH, BS and Boston University for his MA. He recently worked as a software engineer at TYKO in MA. James is survived by his life partner, Dorothy Orszulak of Lincoln, MA; and his father, Winston Warren of Nashua, NH; his mother and stepfather Carol and Al Gader of Bennington, NH & Palmetto, FL. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:09:43 EST Robert J. ‘Bob’ Hogan Robert J. "Bob" Hogan, 48, of Nashua, after a brief battle with lung cancer, died peacefully on Monday, August 24, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, surrounded by his family and closest friends. Bob was born on February 23, 1967 in Lynn, MA, as the son of the late Robert J. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:09:19 EST Harold ‘Van’ Van Vliet Harold "Van" Van Vliet, 94, of Nashua passed away at Community Hospice House in Merrimack on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, following a lingering illness. He was born on July 19, 1921. He had been a resident of Nashua for most of his life. Van was the husband of Shirley J. (Kenyon) Van Vliet, whom he married May 26, 1966. He had been employed as a Claims Adjuster and Supervisor for the NH Insurance Group and A.I.G. for 30 years. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:08:54 EST Moriarty lays out his plan for the city NASHUA - Alderman-at-Large Dan Moriarty is running on a minimalist platform of sorts in his bid for mayor. Simply put, he wants to train students for mid-skilled jobs, keep taxes low and make sure the roads are paved. "What got me out of the lower middle-class to education. It's the ticket to success," the BAE Systems Inc. electro-optics engineer said Wednesday. Still, he said, while his priority is education, "that doesn't mean the solution to that is spending money." Moriarty, who is one of six candidates vying to win one of the top two slots in the Sept. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:02:10 EST Big bucks cloud the mayor’s race Alderman-at-Large and mayoral candidate Jim Donchess issued a press release last week trumpeting the news his campaign had raised more than $100,000, one of two campaigns to do so this year. While that level of fundraising may speak well of the level of support Donchess and fellow six-figure man Chris Williams enjoy, we can't help but think that amount of money in a local mayoral election isn't something to boast about. That kind of money - and we're not even at the run-off stage - is unheard of in a race for Nashua's top elected position. To be sure, previous candidates had to raise and spend what most would consider a lot of money, but this year is different. In 2007, the last time there was a contested race for the mayor's office, James Tollner raised $43,000 and the eventual winner of the election, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, brought in even less, a little more than $36,000 in the primary. Williams, the former CEO of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, has already raised $116,000 in cash donations plus an additional $25,000 in in-kind donations. Donchess topped six figures with $100,981. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 06:14:48 EST Richard A. Raisanen Richard A. Raisanen, 76, of Nashua, passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at his home. Richard was born in Wayne, MI on May 11, 1939, a son of the late Arnie and Martha (Korpi) Raisanen. He was the widower of Carolyn (Lewis) Raisanen. Richard honorably served our country in the National Guard and in the Army Reserves. Prior to retirement, Richard worked as a foreman for Anheuser-Busch in Merrimack. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 06:12:43 EST Multiple charges filed in Nashua man's November death NASHUA - A former Nashua man was indicted by a Hillsborough County Superior Court grand jury this week on charges he killed another man by assaulting him and throwing him down a flight of stairs last winter. Thomas Smith, 33, whose last known address was 5 Hamel Place in Lowell, Mass., was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Craig Guillmette on Nov. 29. He is also facing charges of witness tampering and falsifying evidence, according to court documents. Police arrested him in May following an extensive investigation by Nashua police after Guillmette, 46, was found dead at 26 Scripture St., following the city's annual Downtown Holiday Stroll. Police accused Smith of "striking Guillmette repeatedly in the head with his fist and/or knee," according to the charge read at Smith's arraignment earlier this year. The murder indictment accuses Smith of assaulting and/or kicking "Guillmette" down a flight of stairs. Guillemette, 46, sustained various injuries but was able to leave the apartment at some point during the evening of Nov. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:53:50 EST 2 indicted on 1988 murders in Nashua NASHUA - A New Hampshire grand jury has again indicted two Canadian men, one for the fourth time, for their alleged role in the brutal murder of two women in a downtown Nashua apartment more than two decades ago. Anthony Barnaby, 48, and David Caplin, 53, both of Listiguj, Quebec, were issued fresh indictments on Aug. 19 with two first-degree and two second-degree murder charges in the deaths of Charlene Ranstrom and Brenda Warner. Each of the four counts the men face are enhanced felonies, both are being held without bail at the Valley Street jail in Manchester. For Barnaby, this is the fourth time he will have been tried for the murders of Ranstrom and Warner, who were roommates involved in a same-sex relationship and lived in a Mason Street apartment upstairs from him. The bodies of the two women were found in their home stabbed to death on the morning of Oct. 3, 1988. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:57:37 EST Mayoral candidates meet in final forum With two weeks left before the mayoral primary election, the six candidates faced off in their final debate Tuesday to offer their views on taxes and spending, economic growth, cracking down on absentee landlords and dealing with the heroin and opioid epidemic. The debate, hosted by The Telegraph, was held at the Nashua High School South television production studio before about 30 supporters. Recently retired Nashua City Clerk Paul R. Bergeron moderated the one-hour session that was broadcast live on Nashua ETV Channel 99. It will be rebroadcast at 9 p.m. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:45:27 EST First Church in Nashua dates back to the 1600s Formation of The First Church in Nashua goes back to the 1600s, when the city was known as Dunstable, and it was called the First Church of Christ. Constructed of logs, it was the northernmost church in a territory having only five churches. A series of developments brought the church body to a building downtown at the top of Temple Street, a space built by the Nashua Manufacturing Company: The Olive Street Church. A difference in opinion over infant baptism led to a split in the church. A group of parishioners began worshipping in Greeley Hall. Greeley Hall was a well-known landmark that stood where the Hunt Building is now. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:08:46 EST Coach has high hopes for South field hockey Ciki McIntyre didn't know much about the history of high school field hockey in the Gate City when she first moved to Nashua. Now, the new Nashua High School South coach is hoping that her latest step could help further its development even more. After starting out helping North coaches Kristine Tingley and Karen Gagnon set up summer rec programs, McIntyre became the head coach of the city's first middle school team two seasons ago. With a week of practices under her belt as the coach of the Panthers, McIntrye can already see that's it working out well for the players. "I can already see a difference in the two years since we've had the middle school because they're coming to high school and they already know how to play the game," she said. "You can see the difference in their skills because they worked all winter. "Just keeping the stick in their hand, they just get that much further ahead. It will rub off on some of the others. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 07:08:02 EST James F. Gallagher Jr James F. Gallagher Jr., 51, of Nashua and formerly of Hollis, passed away at his home, early Saturday morning, August 22, 2015. Born in Nashua on October 3, 1963, he is the son of Patricia A. (Moriarty) Gallagher and the late James F. Gallagher Sr. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:11:03 EST John “Jack” B. McDonough John "Jack" B. McDonough, 27, of Merrimack, NH, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 in Merrimack. He was born in Nashua, NH on June 3, 1988 a son of John C. and Charlene M. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:08:50 EST Patricia R. (O’Neil) Kinney Patricia R. (O'Neil) Kinney, age 73, of Salem, NH, died Friday at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack, NH. She was born in Lawrence, MA, where she grew up and attended schools, and graduated from Lawrence High School. She was a resident of Salem for the past 44 years. Patricia was a Stress Technician for Southern NH Medical Center in Nashua, NH. She loved her job and working with her patients. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:07:58 EST Omer J. Ouellet Omer J. Ouellet, 79, of Hudson, passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. Omer was born in St. Hubert, PQ Canada on September 9, 1935, a son of the late Adelard and Eva (Santerre) Ouellet. He was the beloved husband of Celine (Beaulieu) Ouellet of Hudson. Omer had been a member of the Club Richelieu. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:07:31 EST Janice Elizabeth O’Grady Janice Elizabeth O'Grady, 72, of Hudson, NH died Monday, August 24, 2015 at the Courville Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. Born April 17, 1943 in Everett, MA, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Rose (Upton) Horner and wife of Thomas O'Grady, of Hudson. Janice was also predeceased by one sister, Judith Horner, one uncle, Rev. Arnold Horner, aunts, Mildred Green and her husband Joseph Green, Celia Quirk and her husband James Quirk and cousin, Jacqueline Quirk. Janice was a graduate of Everett High School. Upon graduating, she started her career in social services by volunteering at the United Way. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:07:04 EST Williams shares visions for Gate City Mayoral candidate Chris Williams offered a broad vision of the city's future that would turn the Millyard into the "Tech Yard of New England," open up the riverfront, create more downtown housing and revive the downtown retail district. "We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to redevelop that Millyard" as a result of the Broad Street Parkway opening to traffic in the next three to nine months, the former Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce president and CEO said Monday. During his nine years at the helm of the chamber, Williams said he was an early advocate of the $80 million parkway that will connect the turnpike to the Millyard. He cited the 109-unit Apartments of Cotton Mill, which was full within months of opening in 2014 and now has a waiting list, the recent purchase of the abandoned mill at 34 Franklin St. by Brady Sullivan Properties, and the purchase of the former district courthouse as proof the parkway already is proving its mettle as an "economic engine" for the city. Williams, who said he is the only one of the six mayoral candidates who consistently supported the parkway since Mayor Donnalee Lozeau introduced it in 2008, outlined a strategic plan to develop the millyard that includes establishing a private, non-profit business incubator to help new businesses take off, create more housing and recruit a higher education partner. "We need a mayor who understands what a long term vision looks like," he told The Telegraph editorial board. Williams said he began "informal" talks 18 months ago with former state Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick, who then was executive director of the Rudman Center at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, to locate a satellite campus for intellectual property students in the Millyard. Those talks were suspended after Broderick resigned in March, he said. Williams is running against Aldermen-at-Large David Deane, Jim Donchess and Dan Moriarty, and local businessmen Michael Broderick and Doug Carroll in a six-way race to succeed Lozeau, who is stepping down after two terms. The Sept. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:34:07 EST Another shooting in Nashua NASHUA - A man sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound Saturday night at a home on East Dunstable Road near Main Street, according to Nashua Police, the latest in a series of non-fatal shootings in Nashua in recent weeks. Speaking Monday afternoon, Nashua police detective Sgt. Daniel Mederos said the investigation is ongoing. "There have been no arrests as of yet," said Mederos. "It's still under investigation." Mederos said police have spoken with everyone present at the shooting and are not seeking additional information from the public. "It's not gang-related," he said. While police are still determining whether the shooting was accidental, Mederos said, "There is no danger to the public." The victim's name has not been released, but he is expected to recover, he said. The incident follows another non-fatal shooting earlier this month when Travis McPherson, 19, of Boulder Circle, was shot in the foot Aug. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:06:03 EST Annual Back-to-School celebration this Thursday NASHUA - The annual Nashua Goes Back to School event has kicked off the school year for more than a decade, and while a major focus is on distributing school supplies to students, it's also about celebrating the new school year. "We all look forward to it," said Superintendent of Schools Mark Conrad, "It's become part of our culture." City agencies, community groups and local businesses collaborate every year to throw a back to school party for Nashua families. "It's part of a community-wide effort to make sure our students have what they need to start the school year," said Conrad, adding the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter played a major role in supporting students this summer with their Backpack Program, which distributed about 2,000 bags full of school supplies for students. Hosted by the city and the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce at the Nashua Public Library, the event is open to all Nashua students and their families and includes school supply giveaways and meet-and-greet opportunities with school administrators in the Children's Library. "It plays an important role because there are a lot of resources represented," Conrad said. Outside the library on the plaza, community organizations will gather to share information on their programs with parents and students, according to Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja, Ward 8 Alderwoman and key organizer of the event. She said DJ Bernie from Perfect Entertainment will set up in Library Plaza to play music and at the end of the event donated back packs will be given away as raffle prizes. The Lions Club will conduct eye-screenings, NH Health Kids representatives will have informational applications, and Nashua Public Health and Community Services will offer free immunizations to all students who have a parent in attendance. Principals and assistant principals from each school are expected to attend to catch up with students and families. "Every school will be represented," said Conrad, adding he always attends back to school night as well. Teachers,  students and student athletes have also signed up to volunteer their time too. In case of inclement weather the outdoor activities will be canceled, but the donated backpacks will still be raffled off and Nashua principals will be set up inside the library to meet families and give away school supplies. A committee of staff members from the city school district, the city health and parks and recreation departments, the library, YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club, the Chamber and community volunteers organized the event, Melizzi-Golja said. George Katis, owner of Nashua Wallpaper Co., worked with the Chamber to raise about $10,000 for the school supplies, and 20 members from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program packed 1,500 "goodie bags" of school supplies, she said. The 2014 was the largest back to school night yet, with 40 agencies and businesses and an estimated 3,000 people attending. The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 1. Tina Forbes can be reached at 594-6402 or tforbes@nashuatelegraph. com or @Telegraph_TinaF. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:37:00 EST Nashua outreach group helps Honduras Demonstrating the meaning of a global com­munity, a Nashua outreach group is on its second trip to Honduras to foster urban art projects and combat malnutrition with community gardens. Led by Tom Lopez, employment education advocate at the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter and VP of Positive Street Art, Nashua Honduras Outreach Team aims to strengthen leadership in Nashua through serving other communi­ties in need. "The goal of Nashua (Honduras Outreach Team) is to provide an opportunity for emerging lead­ers to travel outside the comfort zone, to work in a community to gain skills they can bring back to enrich their own," said Lopez in an email exchange from Honduras with Telegraph staff Aug. 20. The week-long trip wraps up Saturday, Aug. 22. He said his motto for this year's project is "Leadership starts at home, it doesn't stay there." The trip is his eighth to Honduras since 2006. "I got started there the same way I got involved in social work; I heard there was a problem so I wanted to see how I could help. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:06:26 EST Scrapbooking program seeks preschool books, supplies "Children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who are not, and the more types of reading materials there are in the home, or that children have access to, the higher students are in reading proficiency." - National Center for Education Statistics, division of the U.S. Department of Education. Children grow when seeds of inspiration are planted through books and reading. Read about the needs of a local literacy workshop in the Mailbag. Promoting literary skills "I am the literacy coordinator for SNHS, Head Start/Early Head Start," says Heidi T., of Nashua (LTR 2,324). "Over the years, we have been so fortunate to receive generous donations of children's books and scrapbook paper from Mailbag readers. "The books are used both in the classroom and in the homes of our families to promote literacy. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:07:44 EST Classes in Greater Nashua EDITOR'S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. Listings should be submitted at least two weeks in advance. NASHUA FREE FINANCIAL LITERACY CLASSES The Front Door Agency and The First Church will present "Take Control of Your Finances," a 5-week financial literacy program free to the community. Sessions run 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:06:55 EST Library Events in Greater Nashua NOTE: Library items are submitted by the libraries and are only lightly edited. For more library events, visit NASHUA Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600,, MIKE SHALHOUP'S HISTORIC NASHUA PHOTOS Iconic black-and-white depictions of life in 1950s and '60s Nashua, as seen through the camera lens of the late Telegraph photographer Mike Shalhoup, will be on display through August in the lower-level Image Gallery at the Nashua Public Library. "The Mike Shalhoup Collection: A Summer Showcase" will include a blend of photographs from the Nashua Historical Society's two previous exhibits of Shalhoup's work, which depict a wide variety of Nashua people, places, things and events. Information: Contact the Historical Society at 883-0015 or WORKSHOP ON JOB INTERVIEWS, RESUMEs On Sept. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:06:27 EST Advocates help with legal answers NASHUA - City residents with questions on legal procedures can find answers from the New Hampshire Legal Assistance organization at the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter Aug. 27. NHLA workers typically help people with civil legal problems such as divorce, child custody disputes, denial of government benefits, unlawful evictions and housing discrimination. After staff at the shelter offered private office space to the legal agency, the group began hosting legal clinics and one-on-one sessions in Nashua this spring, meeting with people unable to travel to the other NHLA offices in the state. NHLA Communications and Outreach Manager Sarah Palermo said the group is happy to partner with the shelter for the outreach opportunity. "It's incredibly valuable when direct-support providers recognize that some of the underlying systemic causes of poverty can be addressed through civil legal aid," said Palermo in an email correspondence Wednesday. The NHLA used to have its own office on East Pearl Street in Nashua until state budget cuts led to its closure in 2011, meaning low-income residents then had to travel to the next closest branch in Manchester for help. The Aug. 27 session begins at 10:30 a.m., and will be run by NHLA staff member Candace Cappio Gebhart. The meeting is a chance to ask questions about the legal process, but actual counseling needs are referred to a supervising attorney for later review, said Palermo. "Candace is a knowledgeable paralegal with more than 25 years of experience. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 07:09:09 EST James F. Gallagher Jr. James F. Gallagher Jr., 51, of Nashua and formerly of Hollis, passed away at his home, early Saturday morning, August 22, 2015. Jim was born in Nashua on October 3, 1963, son of Patricia A. (Moriarty) Gallagher and the late James F. Gallagher. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:42:04 EST Last two mayoral forums set for this week NASHUA - With just two weeks to go until the Sept. 8 mayoral primary, all six candidates will meet for a final debate hosted by The Telegraph and Nashua High School South on Tuesday. "It's a make or break time for candidates," Telegraph Executive Editor Roger Carroll said, pointing out that the debate comes at the end of a busy week of forums and debates for the candidates. Tuesday's debate follows a packed forum at the Nashua Senior Activity Center on Thursday, a debate hosted by Nashua South honors students Friday evening and a forum hosted by WSMN radio personality George Russell on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Nashua library. Competing in the first contested mayoral race in eight years, the six candidates are Aldermen-at-Large David Deane, Jim Donchess and Dan Moriarty; former Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce president Chris Williams; and local businessmen Michael Broderick and Doug Carroll. Carroll praised the engagement of Nashua students in the process. "I think it's great the high school kids are as involved as they are. The John Locke Society (headed) the debate Friday, and the video and broadcasting students are handling the technical end of the televised forum on Channel 99," he said. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:56:33 EST Six locals earn Elks Gr. Nashua Soccer Shoot titles Six area youths won their respective age divisions at the 15th annual Elks Greater Nashua Soccer Shoot held recently at the Main Dunstable Road Soccer Fields in Nashua. Joey Morse, 13, of Nashua won the Boys U-14 Grid Division Soccer Shoot scoring 32 points. Twelve-year-old Jesse Hantula of Nashua won runner-up honors with 27 points. The Boys U10 5 Goal Division was won by 8-year-old Beau Dubois of Nashua with 28 points and another Nashuan, 9-year-old Joona Hantula, finished in the runner-up spot with 26 points. Joey Fallon, age 8, placed third with 25 points. Two Nashua youths, 7-year-olds Maxim Makar and Alex Sennik tied for first in regulation of the Boys U8 5 Goal Division with 33 points each, forcing a five-shot tiebreaker that was won by Makar. He kicked in four out of five shots for the win, as Sennik scored three for the runner-up spot. Olivia Krisak, 13, of Nashua kicked in 34 points to win the Girls U14 Grid Division Title and 13-year-old Taylor Rumrill of Litchfield finished second with 24 points. Eleven-year old Carly Morse of Nashua scored 35 points to win the Girls U12 Grid Division and 11-year-old Soleil Dubois of Nashua won the runner-up spot with 26 points. Katelyn Krisak, age 10, of Nashua and 10-year-old Molly Ireland of Hudson tied for third in regulation. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 10:09:33 EST Nashua Babe Ruth fall league starting The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Fall Babe Ruth Baseball Program starting in September. All current Babe Ruth players age 13 and 14 are eligible to play. There will be practices during the week and games on the weekend. The cost is $20. Registration forms are available online at or in the Parks and Recreation Office in Greeley Park on 100 Concord St. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 10:08:15 EST Nashua Crusaders seek donations The Nashua Elks Crusaders, a non-profit youth football and cheer organization, is seeking help from the community in purchasing new equipment and uniforms. Donations can be made to Nashua Crusaders P.O. Box 7248 Nashua, NH 03063. Also, for more information on sponsorship opportunities, email or Sun, 23 Aug 2015 10:07:20 EST Rivier names new dean of arts and sciences division NASHUA - This week Rivier University announced that a new dean, Dr. Susan Langlois, will oversee the Division of Arts and Sciences, which includes the natural and social sciences, humanities, and mathematics and computer science departments. Langlois previously held the position of Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services at Marian Court College. Other experience includes administrative and faculty positions at Springfield College, Endicott College and Elms College. "Dr. Langlois' areas of expertise include program development, institution accreditation, and the assessment of student learning outcomes," said Rivier President Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, in an Aug. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:52:32 EST Airport lawsuit tops most read News on August 17 that a lawsuit between the city's airport and a private property owner had been settled topped The Telegraph's most read online list for last week at 2,370 views. A civil lawsuit that a Pine Hill Road couple filed against the Nashua Airport Authority last year over claims that companies working for the airport improperly cut down trees and removed shrubs from the couple's property as part of a 2012 airport expansion project has been settled. The agreement, reached between the plaintiffs, James and Kristin Sweeney of 66 Pine Hill Road, and NAA officials, compensates the Sweeneys $8,750 for the damage to their property they say occurred in January 2012 when crews hired by the airport went beyond the boundaries of easements the airport obtained from the Sweeney's neighbors as part of the airport's project to redesign its main runway. The sale of the vacant factory at 34 Franklin Street brought 2,217 views just since Friday when The Telegraph broke the story. The former Nashua Corporation building recently sold to a company affiliated with Brady Sullivan Properties of Manchester, one of the state's largest real estate development firms which specializes in converting historic mills into housing. The 310,000-square-foot property at 34 Franklin St., which was once part of the Nashua Gummed and Coated Paper Company facility, Nashua Corporation's predecessor, sold for $100,000, according to the warranty deed executed Aug. 14 and filed Wednesday with Hillsborough County Register of Deeds. The bargain-basement price may be misleading given the condition of the building and more than $600,000 the city is owed in back taxes. "This is potentially a great opportunity for the city. It's a building that we have focused on for a long, long time," Nashua Economic Development Director Thomas Galligani said Thursday. Convicted child murderer Raymond Guay's Florida prison sentence had 1,517 views. Seven years after he was released from prison for the 1973 abduction and murder of 12-year-old Nashua boy John Lindovski, a now 67-year-old Raymond A. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:51:54 EST Nashua Community Calendar EDITOR'S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. Items should be submitted at least two weeks in advance. COMMUNITY EVENTS NASHUA SENIOR CENTER STORYTELLING SERIES Thanks to a grant from the Arthur Getz Trust, the Nashua Senior Activity Center has been hosting a variety of storytellers. Listening to stories involves the audience as much as the storyteller. Professional storytellers have perfected the ancient craft and are able to ask the audience to "see" what the teller sees the story is told. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 09:05:43 EST David Deane is city’s man for all seasons The clear choice in Nashua on Sept. 8 is to vote for the candidate who we already know works tirelessly for the citizens of our city. My choice will be David Deane and I am happy to share my reasoning with Nashua voters. David Deane has served Nashua in a manner unmet by most other elected officials. Ask yourself the following questions when choosing a candidate and I know you will join me in voting for David Deane. Who was instrumental is getting a new fire station in Ward 7 at low cost? David Deane. Who saved the skateboard park for our youth when the mayor was willing to let developers tear it down and get the taxpayers to rebuild it? David Deane. Who convinced the mayor to finally install new playground equipment at Sargents Avenue and use the money that had been set aside in escrow for almost three years? David Deane. Who was willing to cut the grass so that Nashua's youth could play baseball on opening day? David Deane. Who helped facilitate building the senior center while keeping costs low? David Deane. David Deane has proven that he is a "Man for All Seasons." Deane is running for mayor solely to keep Nashua unique and desirable while continuing its long, proven history of success and prosperity for all of us. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 08:07:08 EST Donchess best choice for mayor of Nashua As a former state representative, Alderman-at-Large and Board of Education member in Nashua, I want what is best for this city and all its residents. But in the past few years I've seen a decline that is hurting our families and our community. I believe Jim Donchess is the best person to restore Nashua to its former glory. With him as mayor, Nashua can be one of the "Best Places to Live in America," as it was before, according to Money Magazine. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 08:06:42 EST Jim Donchess | Developing housing, business incubator are keys to revitalization. My wife Vicki and I live close to downtown and we frequently walk to the Riverwalk Cafe, the Giant of Siam, Martha's Exchange, the Nashua Garden, the City Room, Alec's Shoes and many other places in downtown Nashua. We love seeing and talking with other Nashuans and taking in all that is going on downtown. In "Walkable City," the author and city planner Jeff Speck has written that in order for a downtown to be successful in the 21st century, it needs to be "walkable." In a successful, pedestrian-friendly downtown, most daily destinations can be reached on foot. There is a feeling of safety and comfort, and there are friendly and engaging storefronts and street facades. The easier it is to walk in a downtown, the greater will that downtown's ability to thrive. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:47:02 EST David Deane | City needs a plan for downtown that is more than window dressing. The city's ability to thrive depends in part on the success and vitality of our business community. Businesses are leaving our downtown at an alarming rate. A revitalization plan for our downtown that includes more than window dressing must be developed and implemented. There's a need for our city to provide a support system with proactive leadership that contains a clear economic vision that encourages participation of entrepreneurs and small businesses and shows them that local government is aware of their contributions and wants to help them succeed. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:18:03 EST Accused was Children’s Home worker NASHUA - A man who turned himself in to police and was charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault was a former employee of the Nashua Children's Home, according to police, who also confirmed that the 16-year-old victim was a resident of that Amherst Street facility when the alleged offenses took place. Jordan Dorsey, 30, of Lawrence, Mass., is facing one felony count of aggravated felonious sexual assault. He turned himself in to police on Aug. 11 and is now free on bail pending a Sept. 16 arraignment. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 06:07:29 EST New attendance record set at Brewfest NASHUA - There are arguably few ways to better spend a sunny August afternoon than pigging out on chicken wings and cold beer. And on Saturday from historic Holman Stadium, craft beer fanatics were treated to a utopian-level of local brew paired with the best in finger foods. "Really, is there anything better in life than wings and beer?" said 25-year-old Bryan Thompson of Manchester. "I mean, I'm in heaven right now." The 2015 Gate City Brewfest & Wing Competition served up handcrafted beer from across northern New England and beyond while a dozen local restaurants fought for the title of best wings. Outside of the chicken chow down, nearly 50 breweries, as well as a handful of cider and non-alcoholic beverage makers, poured more than 150 different flavors of liquid refreshment. Each guest, armed with their souvenir tasting glass, strolled across the baseball stadium's outfield and sampled up to the alloted 10 beers, although some admittedly snuck in a few extra. Many put a particular focus on what's on tap in the Granite State. "The great thing about the craft beer movement right now is it collides with the local movement, whether it's for food or anything else - shopping, retail - it's all coming together," said Scott Schaier, executive director of the Beer Distributors of New Hampshire and organizer with Brew NH. "Beer is really hyper-local. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 06:06:38 EST Madeline F. Beech BEECH - Of Nashua, formerly of Billerica, Aug. 15, Madeline F. Beech. Complete obituary and notice will appear in a future edition of the Nashua Telegraph. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 06:07:28 EST Relief came to Nashua, world 70 years ago If you were around 70 years ago this month, and old enough to understand even the most basic world events, you were probably heaving a giant sigh of relief into the warm, muggy so-called Dog Days of August. Not that the weather was even on most Americans' radar, so to speak. It could have been a rainy, damp, chilly, or even hurricane-blown August, and hardly anyone from Portland, Maine to Portland Oregon, from Los Angeles to Key West, Fla. would have even noticed. And if they did, they wouldn't have cared. August 1945 was a time for Americans, and the entire world, to turn the proverbial corner from years of global warfare to a more peaceful, progressive era; to celebrate, albeit with an asterisk, the Japanese surrender that prompted an undoubtedly giddy Nashua Telegraph editorial staff to whip up a good, old-fashioned "EXTRA!" that carried the impossibly gigantic, boldface headline "WAR IS OVER," preceded in smaller font by "President Truman Announces:" and followed by "ACCEPT TERMS," a front-page display a Telegraph reporter described as "the great black-splashed bulletin" that "thousands milling past the Telegraph office stopped to read again ..." As for the aforementioned asterisk, I think anyone would agree that the celebration was tempered at least a bit by the fact so many thousands of human beings were, as one Telegraph dispatch read, "burned to death outdoors" or "killed by indescribable pressure and heat" in the unprecedented military operation that forced at long last the Japanese surrender. That's not to say I side with one social or political view or another as to this historic period in American, and world, history, but rather an acknowledgement of the impossibly difficult decisions that any war forces upon the leaders of every global nation. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 06:06:13 EST Candidates debate: Round 2 NASHUA - The six candidates for mayor laid out their visions for Nashua at a debate Friday night, discussing issues from how they would manage city and school budgets, their views on rail expansion, to how they would deal with the heroin epidemic and staunch the "brain drain" of youth in the rapidly-aging Granite State The debate at Nashua High School South was hosted by the school's newly-formed chapter of the John Locke Society, a national social studies honor society. It was the second mayoral debate in as many days where candidates detailed their platforms and sought to distinguish themselves as they head into the Sept. 8 primary. Attracting more businesses and the jobs they bring that would expand the city's tax base and create a more dynamic downtown are areas several candidates backed. "My number one focus is jobs, bringing in jobs based on the trades to Nashua. I will continue to do what I already have been doing for the last 18 months," Alderman-at-Large Dan Moriarty said. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 05:06:13 EST VOLUNTEER 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 redcross/org/nh/volunteer and click on Ways to Help, then scroll down to the Nashua Office. Or call 889-6664, ext. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:06:35 EST Retired educators group to meet Sept. 16 at Nashua Country Club NASHUA - The fall gathering of the Nashua Area Retired Educators Association will be held Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Nashua Country Club. Early arrival between 10:30 and 11 a.m. is encouraged in order to facilitate registration, dues update and enrollment of new members. Luncheon will be served at noon. Welcome new members and greet old friends and former colleagues. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:07:57 EST Volunteer BEDFORD HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS SolAmor Hospice, a provider of hospice care, is seeking volunteers in Greater Nashua and Manchester. Some ways hospice volunteers can serve are by providing one-on-one companionship, reading to patients, letter writing, veteran to veteran support, spiritual care, bereavement support, office support, vigil team, reiki, and pet and music therapy. No volunteer experience or medical background is needed. Volunteer training is free, but space is limited. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:09:28 EST VOLUNTEER 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 redcross/org/nh/volunteer and click on Ways to Help, then scroll down to the Nashua Office. Or call 889-6664, ext. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:05:54 EST Letter was unfair to Ayotte on education Contrary to a recent letter to the editor that unfairly attacked Sen. Kelly Ayotte on education issues, she has consistently fought to ensure that students in our state have access to the best education possible, In fact, she recently voted in support of Every Child Achieves Act and included several amendments to boost education initiatives in New Hampshire. This bipartisan bill will go a long way to improve the out dated No Child Left Behind law currently in place. It will also make sure that decisions regarding our children's education are made right here in Nashua, not in Washington. Our teachers and school officials interact with Nashua students every day, and they know what's best for their education needs. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 07:07:32 EST Karen Cassin Weeks Karen Cassin Weeks, 53, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 14th at her home in Cape Coral, Florida. A native of Nashua, New Hampshire, and a Lee County resident since 2004, Karen was a beloved mother, daughter, sister and aunt. She was a 1984 graduate of Keene State College and a working artist. An accomplished portrait and landscape painter as well as sketch artist, Karen spent her entire life creating art. She was represented by the Wild Child Gallery in Matlacha, Florida, and was a member of the Cape Coral Art League. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 06:11:35 EST Candidates square off at Nashua senior center The six mayoral candidates met Thursday afternoon for the first of two debates in as many days, each touting their style of leadership and governance hoping to sway undecided voters heading into the Sept. 8 primary. Assembled on stage in a random order, contenders Michael Broderick, Doug Carroll, Chris Williams, David Deane, Daniel Moriarty and James Donchess appeared at the Nashua Senior Activity Center before more than 200 people to discuss the best practices related to the day-to-day operation of the city. The candidates are looking to replace outgoing Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, who is stepping down after a pair of four-year terms in the office. The two candidates with the most votes will square-off in the Nov. 3 general election. Issues important to senior citizens Much of the forum revolved around issues important to Nashua's senior citizen population given a majority of the crowd were senior center members. Donchess, an alderman-at-large, said the center has for decades provided many activities for seniors and if he returns to the role, he promised he and his wife will have lunch twice a month at the facility. "So what I ask is that you consider all the candidates carefully - the experience and the judgement, the temperament that they bring to the position - and in the end I would ask you consider me as your choice for mayor on Sept. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 06:07:47 EST Franklin Street property bought by developer NASHUA - A massive 19th century mill building on Franklin Street that has languished on the market for years recently sold to a company affiliated with Brady Sullivan Properties of Manchester, one of the state's largest real estate development firms which specializes in converting historic mills into housing. The 310,000-square-foot property at 34 Franklin St., once owned by the former Nashua Corp., sold for $100,000, according to the warranty deed executed Aug. 14 and filed Wednesday with Hillsborough County Register of Deeds. "This is potentially a great opportunity for the city. It's a building that we have focused on for a long, long time," Nashua Economic Development Director Thomas Galligani said Thursday. It is one of the largest, - if not the largest - vacant buildings in the city and has been vacant for at least seven years, Galligani added. The sale also should result in the city recouping more than $630,000 in back taxes dating back to 2008. "That's a short-term benefit to the city. But the big picture is this will continue the really exciting work that is taking place in the Franklin Street mill district. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 06:06:22 EST Craft beer, wings take center stage in Nashua NASHUA - From 1-5 p.m. Saturday, the Gate City Brewfest & Wing Competition will take place at Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St. Local and regional craft breweries will be pouring handcrafted beer, local restaurants will be facing off in a wing competition, and there will be live music, games, and entertainment for all ages. The event will be held rain or shine. Admission price includes entry to the event, 10 beer sampling tickets and wing tickets. A souvenir tasting glass awaits the first 2,000 entrants through the door. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:07:37 EST TED-style ‘Hop Talks’ bring brewers, fans closer NASHUA - From 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, Hop Head United will present "The Hop Talks," a craft beer event, at the Radisson Nashua, 11 Tara Blvd. Representatives from local independent craft brewers Able Ebenezer, Kelsen, Lithermans, Candia Road Brewing, Martha's Exchange, 603 Brewery and Swift Current Brewing will be on hand to talk about their business, how they work, and why they love it. The event will be emceed by Michael Hauptly-Pierce, of the beer-focused podcast, "The Tap Handle Show." Seth Simonian, 30, of Hollis, is the owner/operator of Hop Head United, a marketing company that specializes in the local craft beer industry. "Hop Head United started about three years ago," Simonian said. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:07:12 EST New lawyers for accused embezzler In the wake of one attorney's withdrawal and subsequent confusion over who would represent her going forward, former Litchfield private religious school principal Shannon Dannible has retained Nashua lawyers Roger "Rusty" Chadwick and Joseph Fricano as her embezzlement case moves forward in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua. Dannible, 38, stands accused of stealing more than $150,000 from St. Francis of Assisi School between 2007-11, while she served as principal. She was indicted in August 2013 on a felony count of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, but numerous postponements and cancellations in the proceedings have slowed the process and prompted a judge to set firm dates for pre-trial hearings and the trial itself, which is scheduled to begin Jan. 4, 2016, in the Nashua court. Chadwick said Wednesday that Dannible "came to us after that hearing," referring to the July 23 proceeding for which Portsmouth attorney Carol Chellman stood in as Dannible's counsel. Chadwick said he and Fricano have begun familiarizing themselves with the case, which has already produced a large volume of documents. "We've requested the entire case file from the attorney general's office and we're going through it all now," Chadwick said. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:08:02 EST TOPS queen to speak in city NASHUA - Lynda Nivens Phipps, the TOPS Tennessee state queen, has been invited to be the program speaker at the Nashua TOPS Club on Friday, Aug. 21. Phipps will speak about the benefits of exercise in helping to achieve weight-loss goals. Phipps is the daughter of Claude and Linna Nivens, of Nashua. She graduated from Hollis High School in 1976 and then graduated with a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord. In 1997, she moved to Tennessee, where she worked at the Vanderbilt University Hospital. Phipps is a member of TOPS Club TN 0270 in Smyrna. In May, the TOPS Clubs of Tennessee crowned her state queen at the Tennessee TOPS State Recognition Days. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:06:10 EST Local project helps Kenya girls NASHUA - The Nashua Rotary Club and Days for Girls announced the completion of the first phase their joint project: providing 200 kits of feminine products for girls in the Ntalabany Village in North Kenya. Health Care Initiatives, in partnership with American Friends of Kenya, will set up a health center in the village and distribute the kits. The kits are made from donated fabric and include sustainable materials with no disposables. Thousands of women without access to feminine products regularly miss up to two months of work and school per year. Providing these kits is an instrumental key for social change, and Days for Girls has reached women in more than 75 countries on six continents. Days for Girls New Hampshire was spearheaded by Sue Bowker in association with the Rotary Club of Nashua, and the team has worked for months to complete the project. For more information on this and other community projects, visit, Paul Hebert, president. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:05:41 EST Couple donate Liberty coin to senior center NASHUA - Dr. Charles and Meri Goyette have chosen to support the Nashua Senior Activity Center by donating a valuable collectible coin. In speaking with senior center interim Executive Director Margo Bell and development manager Judy Porter, Meri Goyette said she wholeheartedly supports the center in its mission to "promote healthy aging, independence and the well-being of older adults through health, wellness, educational, cultural, and recreational programs and services." Goyette also said she hopes her donation will spur others in the community to donate and support such a valuable resource for seniors in the Nashua area. The coin is an 1897 $20 Liberty gold piece. The decision on whether to keep or sell, and what the funds will be used for, will be decided by the Finance Committee of the board of directors. Since 1978, the Nashua Senior Activity Center has served older adults in Nashua and surrounding towns, encouraging them to further their personal growth, provide opportunities for new relationships, and help them find information and services beneficial to senior citizens. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 10:08:19 EST This NH map is missing Nashua The state of New Hampshire's Division of Historic Resources has set up a new interactive map that allows people to share photos and a brief description of landmarks like historic homes, town halls, bridges, rural and mountainous landscapes, scenic trails and archaeological sites. Just think of it as crowdsourcing for history buffs and people who love their communities. It includes places like the Robert Frost Home in Derry, the New Hampshire Aviation Museum in Manchester and the Cathederal of the Pines in Rindge. Much as we hate to say it, the map is a little light in the Nashua department. Actually, it's more than a little light. It's totally bereft of Nashua icons. We hope somebody changes that, goes to the website and puts on some of their favorite Nashua-area spots. We asked around (well, OK, the truth is we asked The Telegraph's Dean Shalhoup) and came up with a few worthy candidates for submission: The Abbot-Spalding House, 1 Nashville St., Nashua. Owned by the Nashua Historical Society, it was built by industrialist Daniel Abbot, who is considered The Father of Nashua; In one of its parlors in 1823, a group of businessmen sat down to sign papers to create the Nashua Manufacturing Company, the "mills" that went on to employ generations of Nashuans. The Isaac Spalding Mansion, 168 Main St., Nashua. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:05:56 EST Gernith J. (Ankenbrandt) Dobson Gernith J. (Ankenbrandt) Dobson, RN, 95, of Nashua, died peacefully at The Hunt Community, where she had lived for the past 14 years, on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 surrounded by members of her family. She was born on December 8, 1919, in Saginaw, Michigan, a daughter of the late Edward and Gladys (Shagina) Ankenbrandt. Mrs. Dobson was the widow of Frederick C. Dobson, who died on September 16, 1990. She is remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister-in-law and friend. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 07:08:22 EST Yvette C. Baker Baker, Yvette C., 85, of Saint Petersburg, formerly of Nashua, N.H., passed away on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Township of Brownington, VT, on March 20, 1930 to the late Adelard Cabana and the late Eva R. Frappier. Yvette was always young at heart and enjoyed playing pool, darts, bowling, going to the flea market, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Yvette was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Arthur Baker, Jr.; stepson, Butch Baker; sister, Jeannette Cabana; brothers, Leo, Frank, Ernest and Roland Cabana. Yvette is survived by her children, Mona (Gary) Storzbach of Nashua, N.H., Bella (Peter) Pelletier of Clearwater, Paul Fortin of Sherrills Ford, N.C., Ron (Diane) Fortin of Charlotte, N.C.; stepdaughters, Lorraine (Larry) Farrell of Hooksett, N.H., Carol (Rene) Othot, Nashua, N.H; brother, Adrian (Theresa) Cabana of Escondido, C.A.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. At Yvette's request, a private service will be handled by Zis-Sweeney Funeral Home in Nashua, N.H. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 07:07:59 EST Karen Cassin Weeks Karen Cassin Weeks, 53, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 14th at her home in Cape Coral, Florida. A native of Nashua, New Hampshire, and a Lee County resident since 2004, Karen was a beloved mother, daughter, sister and aunt. She was a 1984 graduate of Keene State College and a working artist. An accomplished portrait and landscape painter as well as sketch artist, Karen spent her entire life creating art. She was represented by the Wild Child Gallery in Matlacha, Florida, and was a member of the Cape Coral Art League. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 07:07:34 EST Roderic Edward Beauregard Roderic Edward Beauregard, 74, of Fitzwilliam, died August 16, 2015, following a period of declining health.Born in Keene, December 30, 1940, son of Alden J. and Nora E. (Hebert).After graduation, Mr. Beauregard took a job teaching at Fairgrounds Junior High in Nashua, where he taught for 36 years, before his retirement in 1999. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 07:07:09 EST Hassan nominates Nashua woman for transportation post A Nashua woman was nominated Wednesday to serve as the top transportation agent in New Hampshire. Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan tapped Victoria Sheehan as the next commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, citing her years of experience managing infrastructure projects during her tenure with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Highway Department. Her nomination is subject to confirmation by the New Hampshire Executive Council next Wednesday. The Nashua resident of more than a decade currently serves as the manager of Strategic Planning and Highway Performance for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. She coordinates the highway division's five-year, $5 billion capital plan and annual $600 million operating budget. Sheehan said she is happy to have the opportunity to keep the state roads clear and safe, saying a modern infrastructure may help lay the foundation for future economic growth. "I am extremely grateful that Gov. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 07:06:44 EST Donchess calls for more housing, business and jobs NASHUA - Alderman-at-Large Jim Donchess said he would create 500 new downtown housing units, bring in new companies and work to expand passenger rail service to Nashua and points north if elected mayor. "We need someone who know the city very well, who knows the city budget and can spend our money wisely and who wants to make Nashua an even better place to live," Donchess said Wednesday. An attorney who was mayor of Nashua from 1984-91, Donchess said the city's economic development team has not done enough to recruit technology, biotech and alternative energy companies, which would create more jobs and expand the city's tax base. He said the city's tax base shrunk from roughly $10 billion to less than $8.5 billion in the last 10 years. Donchess said he would restructure the economic development department and require it to publicly report at least once a year on its activities, progress made and future goals. "We should do more," Donchess said during an hour-long meeting with The Telegraph editorial board. A strong advocate of expanding Massachusetts Bay Transportation authority passenger rail from Lowell, Mass. to Nashua and Manchester, Donchess said he would work to develop an organized, regional effort to persuade lawmakers that rail service not only would benefit the region, but the entire state by encouraging businesses and young people to locate here. "It will benefit the economy of the state, and the Legislature should understand that and be told that in an organized way," Donchess, 65, explained. Donchess has been going into neighborhoods and meeting voters at house parties as he campaigns in the crowded primary race to succeed two-term Mayor Donnalee Lozeau. His opponents are Aldermen-at-Large David Deane and Dan Moriarty, former Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce head Chris Williams; and local businessmen Michael Broderick and Doug Carroll. The top two vote getters in the Sept. 8 primary will face off in the Nov. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:52:00 EST Habitat for Humanity begins veterans project NASHUA - With the acquisition of a new home secure in its grasp, Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity is ramping up its next renovation, this one aimed specifically at veterans. The Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity kicked off work on a Veterans Build project at 42 Nottingham Drive in Nashua this week. The home, donated by the previous owner, is slated for a $75,000 makeover. Veterans Build is part of a wider national effort by Habitat for Humanity to provide housing, volunteer and employment opportunities for veterans and their families. The approximately 1,500- square-foot, three-bedroom ranch needs significant work since burst pipes caused water damage and resulting mold growth, said Jen Skibba, Habitat's director of resource development. "Now we're looking at a whole-house renovation," she said. About $7,500 has been donated to the project by Soil-Away Restoration Services, who performed the mold remediation work. "That was a wonderful in-kind gift from them," Skibba said. A June groundbreaking event sponsored by Bellwether  Community Credit Union kicked off the fundraising effort. "We're looking at about nine to 12 months," Skibba said of the completion date, which will overlap a few weeks with the group's current project at 45 Chestnut Street in Nashua. That home, a ground-up build, became available after a three-alarm fire in April 2011 severely damaged the building there. Skibba said the Chestnut Street project should "wrap up by mid October. There will be a six-to-eight week overlap, working concurrently." Trim, flooring, kitchen cabinets and a porch still need to be added, she said. The Nottingham veteran project would take about 9 to 12 months to complete, said Skibba, depending on fundraising and weather. "A lot of companies have stepped up for team building days at the Veterans Build project," she said, but there are still more opportunities to help. The group is currently working with families who have applied to receive the home. "Supporting veteran families is a natural fit with Habitat's mission of providing safe, affordable housing to the people who need it most," Bill Stoughton, a veteran and GNHFH's board president, said in a recent statement. "About 10 percent of New Hampshire's citizens are veterans, putting our state higher than the national average." Don Himsel can be reached at 594-6590, or @ Telegraph_DonH. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 07:05:41 EST Dog days of summer are hot, humid and eventful Boy, what a hot, busy weekend! Last Thursday, I had such a fun time making new friends at WineNot Boutique's sparkling wines tasting event. Friday we had a hilarious time at the bachelor/ette auction for Parkinson's Disease research at Arena Sports Bar. Then I caught a set with the band Freevolt at Riverwalk Cafe. My daughter and I spent Saturday at the Greeley Park Art Show, and Sunday was Hudson Old Home Days. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:07:23 EST Local band opens for Guster, releases first album this month NASHUA - After sharing the spotlight with veteran musicians at Boston's Earthfest celebration in July, emerging local band Hunter will debut their first album Aug. 29 in Nashua. Hunter is an alternative indie-pop rock original and cover band featuring female lead singer Hunter Stamas, Cameron Gilhooly, Connor Coburn and Zack Warneka. "Who I'm inspired by and who we sound like are two very different things," Stamas said, when asked about her and the band. "I'm so inspired by Bob Dylan and Elizabeth Grant, it's disgusting. Overall, no one can figure out who we sound like - if we sound like anyone at all - and we can't figure it out either. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:05:24 EST Nashua native recreates legendary Dylan concert You may not know that Bob Dylan performed right here in Nashua once, at Holman Stadium on July 6, 1991. He did three sets - electric, acoustic and electric again - with a two-song encore. According to an attendee, he "grinned a lot" and "bowed and bowed and bowed, with flourishes of his hat." You may also not know that Dylan will visit Nashua again, this very Saturday. Sort of. Chip Godwin will perform at dusk (roughly 8 p.m.) in the Greeley Park halfshell as Bob Dylan, and will "attempt a note-for-note recreation of Dylan's penultimate, all-acoustic performance," which took place at Manchester's Free Trade Hall on May 7, during the singer's legendary two-week visit to England in 1965. The tour ended two days later in London, and unbeknownst to anyone, would be the last time Dylan would perform his music in the solo-acoustic style that made him famous. His explosive electric performance at Newport two months later (July 25, 1965) would ring in a new era - not only for Dylan and his career, but for popular music altogether. A Nashua native, Godwin - now a Los Angeles-based actor and performance artist - is looking forward to coming home to debut this performance piece, part of a larger work to be completed Oct. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:05:20 EST Williams announces new, local support Mayoral candidate Chris Williams announced Tuesday that 105 local young professionals and business owners endorsed his candidacy. "For the past nine years as the CEO of Nashua's Chamber of Commerce, I have been working to attract and retain more of our city's youth because I recognize our city's future relies upon our ability to attract future generations of families and workers," Williams said in a statement. Williams said 43 of those who endorsed him own their own small businesses and 62 are professionals who work at companies across greater Nashua. He said his supporters pledged to bring 500 first-time voters out to the polls for the Sept. 8 primary election. "Chris knows that cities which want to be great must attract today's cutting-edge companies and the young workers who populate those companies. Chris has demonstrated for the past nine years that he has the vision and ability to move Nashua forward by specifically attracting more young people to our city," Tim Thyne of Adored! said in a statement. Adored! is a company that develops mobile apps. Williams is competing against Aldermen-at-Large David Deane, Jim Donchess and Dan Moriarty and local businessmen Michael Broderick and Doug Carroll. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:00:35 EST Man arrested after shots fired in Salem A mixed martial artist living in Nashua was taken into custody after he allegedly made threatening gestures toward police in Salem, leading to officers firing a shot toward the suspect. Raymond Shawdee, 31, of Nashua, was charged with a felony count of reckless conduct and criminal threatening after the Salem Police Department responded to a call from Liberty Utilities at roughly 10:42 a.m. for reports of a male carrying a handgun saying he would do what was needed to keep the power on in a North Broadway business. Officers set up a perimeter and issued numerous verbal commands to the man when he was seen at the site, all of which were ignored. The man, later identified as Shawdee, refused to show police his hands and instead turned quickly toward the officers with his hand in a gun gesture. As he spun toward police, a Salem officer - not identified in the release - fired one shot at the suspect. Police say Shawdee was not struck and was immediately taken into custody. It was later determined he was unarmed and no Salem officers were injured in the incident. Shawdee is an MMA fighter with the nickname "Relentless" and, according to the Lowell Sun, a former high school wrestler from the Massachusetts city. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:05:42 EST Deane has been a watchdog for the city Just about any budget hearing over the last 14 years has included Alderman David Deane, complete with a copy of the proposed budget, bristling with question marks. Each and every line item gets a thorough scrutiny and, if significant, a total research analysis. Nobody does budget homework better than Dave. I have lived in the Nashua area twice, 1960-67 and again from 1981 to the present, and in that time I don't think there has been a more efficient alderman. David has graduated "cum laude" from the school of hard knocks. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 07:09:28 EST Nashuans ride out the heat wave A group of children splashed about in the Greeley Park wading pool Tuesday afternoon, barely noticing the blazing sun. Melissa Upham of Nashua scooped up her son, Isaiah when he wandered too close to the edge of the pool. Nearby, two sisters splashed each other while their grandparents kept a watchful eye. "When it's this hot out, we usually go to the lake," Upham said. "I was looking for something a little closer this time, and a friend told me about this pool." The Greeley pool was just one way Greater Nashua residents tried to beat the heat Tuesday, the third day of temperatures above 90 degrees. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 08:17:22 EST Candidate cites his experience NASHUA - Mayoral candidate and Alderman-at-Large David Deane portrays himself as a fiscal conservative with a strong record of government experience and clear sense of what residents want from their city officials. "People want their basic needs met. They want the infrastructure taken care off. They want their streets and sidewalks plowed," Deane said Tuesday. "They want the sewer to leave their house and not come back," he added. He said he has the experience to ensure residents get the services they need while keeping taxes stable. Deane is serving his fourth, consecutive term as alderman-at-large and is president of the board. Prior to that, he served four years as a public works commissioner. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 08:17:40 EST Roger R. Goulet Roger R. Goulet, 64, of Nashua passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital after a lengthy illness. Roger was born in Nashua on February 26, 1951, a son of the late Larry and Caroline (Lisio) Goulet. Roger had been employed as a fork lift operator at Malden Mills. He enjoyed horseracing, muscle cars, music and the outdoors. Roger is survived by two sons, Thomas Goulet of Londonderry, Wayne Goulet of Salisbury; one daughter Marsha Goulet of Nashua; three grandchildren Jonathan-Davis, Jaiden, Alexis; two brothers Richard Goulet, Sr. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 06:10:15 EST Rena L. Barbour FRANKLIN, NH - Rena L. Barbour, 91, resident of Franklin, NH, died on August 18, 2015 at Franklin Regional Hospital, Franklin, NH. She was born in Milford, NH on December 10, 1923, a daughter of Nicola and Maria (Amato) Calvetti. She made her home in Franklin for the past 26 years and formerly lived in Nashua, NH for 44 years. Mrs. Barbour had been employed by Sanders Associates, Nashua, NH for several years. While living in Nashua, she was a member of the Emblem Club and Elks Lodge #420, and a member of the Apollo Club and Senior Citizens Club in Franklin. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 06:09:39 EST Robert D. Rioux Robert D. Rioux, 50, of Nashua, NH, died August 15, 2015, at Catholic Medical Center, after a period of declining health. Born in Manchester, NH on August 2, 1965, he was the son of David and Sandra (Wagner) Rioux. He was raised in Nashua and later resided in Manchester for many years before returning to Nashua. He graduated from Nashua High School, Class of 1984. Robert worked in the shipping and receiving departments at several area companies for many years. Most recently, he worked as a counselor with Moore Center Services. Robert's children were the focus of his life. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 06:08:36 EST Francis Allen Moulaison Francis Allen Moulaison, 90, passed away on August 15, 2015 at his home in Nashua, NH. Francis was born on February 26, 1925 in Melrose, MA, the son of the late Elie and Victoria Moulaison. He was the husband of the late Estelle (Surette) Moulaison, who passed away in 1997. Francis was a World War II United States Navy veteran and served on the USS Arkansas as a powderman, shelling the beaches of Normandy during the liberation of France. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 06:07:57 EST Marguerite “Meg” C. Blynn Marguerite "Meg" C. (Collins) Blynn, passed away at Southern NH Medical Center on August 6, 2015. She was born in 1925, in Philadelphia, PA, daughter of the late, Dr. Ebert C. and Hattie (Smith) Collins. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 06:07:09 EST Terror threat suspect waives extradition A 33-year-old local man arrested by Nashua police Friday on a fugitive from justice charge told a judge Monday that he's eager to waive extradition to New York because "this charge is a joke." Benjamin "James" Wynn, formerly of Merrimack and recently of 28 Railroad Square in Nashua, was apprehended Friday at 23 Temple St. and held over the weekend pending Monday's arraignment in Nashua district court. The charge, as read by Judge John Coughlin Monday, alleges Wynn was wanted by Watertown, N.Y. police for making "a terroristic threat" in that city. Details of the alleged threat weren't immediately known. Coughlin ordered Wynn, who appeared in court via video conference from Valley Street jail, held without bail, as requested by Nashua police prosecutor Evie King. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:05:36 EST Woman charged with stealing from home Nashua police arrested a city woman on Friday and charged her with burglarizing the same home twice within a few days. Police were first called on Aug. 9 when a resident reported that someone had apparently entered a home through an unlocked door and stolen several items. The same resident called and reported the same thing on Aug. 12, police said. Police investigated and identified Julie Cook-Murtagh, 43, of 61/2 Hall Ave., as the person who entered the home on both on Aug. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:05:11 EST Michele “Cookie” Richmond Michele "Cookie" Richmond, 72, of Nashua, beloved sister and aunt, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2015, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Nashua, surrounded by family after an extended illness. She was born in Manchester on September 28, 1942, the daughter of Albert Richmond and Eve (Krieger) Richmond. She spent the majority of her life in Manchester and lived briefly in Boston as a young woman and most recently in Nashua for the last seven years. She graduated from Manchester Central High School in 1960 and Houle Beauty Academy in 1961. For most her career, she worked in medical offices at St. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 06:07:22 EST Robert Jean Stanley-Holt Robert Jean Stanley-Holt, 50, of Nashua, passed away of cancer on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at home with his mother by his side. Robert was born in Nashua on June 27, 1965, a son of Robert Stanley and Rachel (Renaud) Stanley-Holt, also, a step-son of Normand Gilbert of Nashua. Robert had worked as a painter for most of his life. Besides his parents, Robert is survived by two sons, Robert Holt, Jr. and his wife Linda of Merrimack, Adam Ducay of Hollis; one stepson Brandon Benedetto of Hollis; one brother Jean Holt of Wakefield; one sister Christie Wun of Wilton; aunt Barbara Renaud of Hampton; uncle Moe and Aunt Diane of Nashua; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2015 in the Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home, 21 Kinsley Street Nashua, NH 03060, from 5-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, August 21, 2015 in the St. Louis de Gonzague Parish, 48 West Hollis Street Nashua, at 10 AM. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 06:06:57 EST Brewfest this Saturday at Holman Stadium Celebrating craft beer, wings, family fun and the last few scorching days of summer, the Gate City Brewfest is ready to serve thirsty Nashuans this Saturday at Holman Stadium. "It's a family fun event with music all day. It's going to be a great day," said Kellie Oberholtzer of the Nashua Parks and Recreation Department and event coordinator. Sponsored by the Nashua Whole Foods Market, a portion of proceeds from the third annual festival go to the Police Athletic League and Big Brothers Big Sisters. The event features dozens of craft brews, and a wing competition with wings from local restaurants such as Riverside BBQ, Stella Blu and the Thirsty Turtle. Oberholtzer said there's no age cut off for the wing competition. "Anyone who walks though the doors can join," she said. There will also be live bands hosted by Adam Furious of Rock 101 FM, a "Corn Hole" competition, a bouncy house, face- painting, and other activities for kids organized by PAL. Live music will kickoff at 1 p.m. with Alli Beaudry, followed by Kraken's Beard at 1:50 p.m., Way Up South at 2:45 p.m. and Freevolt at 3:50 p.m. With a new expanded list of brewers, Brewfest beer hails from local operations such as Able Ebenezer of Merrimack and Martha's Exchange of Nashua to more remote spots such as Kona Brewing of Hawaii. "This year we're going to have more breweries with us, and out of state breweries, which we didn't have before because it requires a different license," said Oberholtzer. Non-alcoholic drinks like Karma and Maine Root will be featured as well, she said. Potentially hosting thousands of people, the Brewfest is no small undertaking. "We started planning in January. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 06:05:55 EST Lowell man is charged with stalking breach of bail released on PR bail NASHUA - A 23-year-old Lowell, Mass. resident whose lawyer said struggles with a behavioral disorder was granted personal recognizance bail following his arraignment Monday on charges accusing him of stalking and violating a protective order. Judge John Coughlin set bail at $20,000 personal recognizance for Zachary Noonan, of 101 London St. in Lowell, and ordered Noonan to continue living with his parents at that address and not set foot in New Hampshire unless he's accompanied by one or both parents. Police arrested Noonan on Friday and charged him with one count of breach of bail conditions, a Class A misdemeanor, along with three offenses that allegedly occurred in early August including violation of a protective order, stalking, and domestic violence-stalking. Coughlin set a probable cause hearing for Sept. 17 at 8:15 a.m. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 06:05:28 EST Man charged with choking woman NASHUA - A Nashua man accused of choking his girlfriend to the point she could no longer breathe after she refused his request for $20, remains in Valley Street jail on $10,000 cash or surety bail following his arraignment Monday in Nashua district court. Samuel Truscott, 26, of no fixed address, allegedly grabbed the victim, a 39-year-old woman, "began to choke her, then brought her to the ground, with both hands around her neck and his thumbs pushing into her throat, continued to choke her until she could not breathe ... and was seeing stars," according to a report filed by arresting officers. Police investigating the incident, which took place Sunday afternoon in the downtown Nashua area, arrested Truscott later on Sunday and charged him with one count each of second-degree assault and domestic violence - second-degree assault, both Class B felonies, and one count each of violation of a protective order and theft, both Class A  misdemeanors. Judge John Coughlin granted prosecutor Evie King's request to continue the $10,000 cash or surety bail, and set a probable cause hearing for Thursday, Aug. 27, in the Nashua court. King noted Truscott's criminal record includes a 2014 conviction for robbery, for which he served prison time, and on two charges of fraudulent use of a credit card, for which he served time in jail. Truscott, who appeared via video conference from Valley Street jail, briefly addressed the bail order, telling Coughlin that he has a drug addiction for which he has been trying to get help, but has been unsuccessful. Police who responded to the victim's call for help Sunday reported they observed injuries that were consistent with the her allegations, including redness around her neck and "petechiae," or red marks caused by bleeding under the skin, around her eyes, neck and upper torso area. She was transported to a local hospital for medical evaluation, police added. The victim later told police that she allowed Truscott to stay with her despite the protective order that bars him from seeing her because she "was feeling bad for" him. Police said that a knock on the door interrupted the alleged attack, at which time Truscott fled the apartment. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 05:05:56 EST Helping Hands Animal Rescue Network of New England P.O. Box 1053, Pelham, NH 03076NEEDS: Pets for Vets NH Chapter needs volunteers for a fundraiser motorcycle ride, Aug. 16 at the Milford VFW. Registration is at 8 a.m. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 04:28:07 EST Annual art show held at Greeley Park Five years ago, Merrimack photographer John Francis Vey entered a panorama in an art competition. Winning first place in the photography category got him "hooked" on doing art shows. Vey was one of the many artists who displayed their works yesterday during the second day of the 2015 Greeley Park Art Show. The annual two-day outdoor event, held by the Nashua Area Artist Association, draws participating artists from throughout New England and thousands of admirers. "I try to keep it low-key," said Vey of his interaction with customers. "The product sells itself. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 05:07:12 EST State offers new interactive map, photo campaign for Granite Staters The state Division of Historical Resources has launched a new interactive map featuring the favorite historic hotspots here as selected by Granite Staters, though hotspots are a little lacking in Greater Nashua so far. More than 100 entries have been added in the photo-sharing campaign titled "My New Hampshire," which allows users to pinpoint images of landmarks such as historic homes, town halls, bridges, rural and mountainous landscapes, scenic trails and archaeological sites. As of Thursday afternoon, there were no additions in Nashua or Hudson, but several in the outlying towns of Hollis and Brookline. The site is designed to function less as a tourism map, but as a point of pride for residents to promote the positive assets in their communities. "Our first goal is to create a fun, personal way for Granite Staters to share with us and with each other their favorite historical places," said Elizabeth Muzzey, state historic preservation officer and director of the historical resources division. "The second goal is that we're responsible for creating a statewide preservation plan every five years. We're in the midst of that now and are always looking for public input and for creative ways of gathering it," she said. Organizers have used new geo-based technology available on most smart phones to make it easier to submit photos and information about each location. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 05:06:44 EST Volunteers transform Nashua middle school NASHUA - Fidelity Investments volunteers built an outdoor classroom and greenhouse for Elm Street Middle School and its 1,100 students during the annual community service day on campus Thursday. Completing their sixth year of summer projects at the city school, Elm Street Principal Mike Fredericksen said the crew has transformed the facility from a stoic institution to part of the community. "Seven years ago the school was clean, but painted a 'battleship gray.' It was an institution. Now, it's a neighborhood school," Fredericksen said. Clad in matching green shirts, the 200 volunteers from the Merrimack Fidelity campus painted murals, built at least 20 bookshelves, donated three iPads, raised a greenhouse and completed a courtyard shade structure and seating to act as an outdoor classroom. "I hope you really understand how important you all are to us," Nashua Superintendent Mark Conrad told the crowd of volunteers Thursday. "What you do is you build community at a time in American society when there's not a lot of emphasis on that," Conrad said. Transformation Day is a partnership between the local Fidelity branch, volunteer mobilizing group Boston Cares and the Nashua School District, and has been held at Elm Street Middle School since 2010. "We talk about Fidelity and Boston Cares like you're part of the Elm Street family," Fredericksen said. Benefiting city schools, Fidelity employees supplies the manpower, and Boston Cares focuses the volunteer effort on what the schools really need; and this year, the focus was on science, technology, engineering and math, and outdoor space. "We're an inner city school. We don't have ball fields here. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 05:05:50 EST Nashua Crusaders seek donations The Nashua Elks Crusaders, a non-profit youth football and cheer organization, is seeking help from the community in purchasing new equipment and uniforms. Donations can be made to Nashua Crusaders P.O. Box 7248 Nashua, NH 03063. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, email or Sun, 16 Aug 2015 08:07:28 EST Red Sox win Nashua Jr. title The Red Sox went 8-1 during the regular season and swept the semis and the finals to win the Nashua Junior Girls Softball Championship. The team roster included Emma Charron, Emma Steadman, Taylor Douzanis, Callie McBride, Addaline McGraw, Taylor Cote, Alyssa Legee, Morgan Gillis, Morgan Preston, Sydney Peterson, Samantha Pettrillo, Reagan Belanger and Brooke Belanger. Coaches were Mark Steadman and Patsy Pettrillo. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 08:06:40 EST Nashua fall Babe Ruth The Nashua Parks & Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Fall Babe Ruth Baseball Program starting in September. All current Babe Ruth players age 13 and 14 are eligible to play. There will be practices during the week and games on the weekend. The cost is $20. Registration forms are available on line at or in the Parks and Recreation Office at Greeley Park on 100 Concord St. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 08:06:16 EST Dan Moriarty | To attract new businesses we need a cooperative city hall with fewer impediments The best thing we can do to help downtown is to help the entire city. Jobs will be my focus as mayor. Jobs based on trades. The era of advanced manufacturing is upon us. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 10:46:00 EST Doug Carroll | Why change look and feel of downtown? We should  be proud of what we have. I see the identity of downtown Nashua as "the heart of the city." In all our years of growth, businesses have come and gone, yet the heart of the city beats strong. Before Alec's Shoe Store (which relocated from West Pearl Street) there was Miller's Department Store and soon another business will take its place. We have also lost smaller businesses such as Cameraland and Aubuchon Hardware, Deluxe Radio and TV and more. Yet Downtown still thrives. For our community, I feel it is a wonderful and profitable act to bring culture to Main Street by way of the historical walks, farmers market, artists and craftsman displaying their talents with articles and demonstrations, outdoor café's, block parties with local bands, along with our winter walk and lighting of the tree and whatever else I have missed mentioning. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 10:46:00 EST Williams campaign tactics is most read Telegraph readers certainly enjoy themselves some Chris Williams, stories about the former president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Nashua at least. The Nashua mayoral candidate was again the subject of the most read story on last week thanks to an Aug. 9 story that examined his campaign style, one that more resembles a run for governor than mayor of Nashua. "I don't know if this is setting a precedent or raising the bar, all I know is this is the only thing I know. This is how I operate, is how I've run the chamber for the past nine years - you approach everything with what you think are the best ideas and then you execute your plan to actually accomplish those ideas," said Williams. "Some call it unique, I call it good business practice." That story was read just under 2,000 times. A tractor trailer truck tipped over on Amherst Street near Exit 7 of the F.E. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 15:37:24 EST Young and hungry only worth .500 for Silver Knights The bus ride back to Nashua from Bristol's Muzzy Field was much louder than it was on the way there. The Nashua Silver Knights players seemed to be relieved in a way that their season was over; they could enjoy a couple of weeks of summer before heading back to their college grind just prior to Labor Day. But the Silver Knights management was busy following the marathon Worcester-Martha's Vineyard semifinal on the internet. What did those teams - specifically clubs like division winners MV and Bristol - have that Nashua didn't? "That's a tough question," Silver Knights manger Ted Currle, who may not return, said. "I love our kids. I think the starting pitching that we faced, night in, night out, was better than ours. "With that said, we won 29 games. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 05:06:15 EST Melissa Anne Kelley Melissa Anne Kelley, 39, passed away on August 11, 2015 at the Southern NH Medical Center. Melissa was born on September 15, 1975, the daughter of Michael Kelley and Christine (Gebhardt) Kelley of Hollis, NH. She was a graduate of Hollis-Brookline High School in the Class of '94. She was a congregant of the Parish of the Resurrection and also was a member of the community of the Nashua Center on Simon Street. Melissa loved socializing, going to the movies, shopping, being with people and especially listening to music. She loved spending her time with her family, her roommates and her extended family of friends at the Nashua Center. Along with her parents Michael and Christine, Melissa is survived by her sister Elizabeth and her husband Matt Johnson of La Canada, CA; her brother Brendan Kelley of Merrimack; her nephew and niece Connor and Kaelee Johnson; her grandmothers Anne Kelley and Brenda Gebhardt; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins; and her family at the Nashua Center. SERVICES: There are no visiting hours. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 04:08:27 EST Hundreds mark India’s independence NASHUA - The 69th anniversary of India's independence is about more than just autonomy for the hundreds of Indian families across southern New Hampshire. It offers young Indian-Americans the opportunity to further expand their own civic participation and pride as the community continues to grow in Greater Nashua. Hundreds of Granite Staters, many of Indian descent, gathered Saturday afternoon for the second annual celebration at Rotary Commons Park in Nashua, held on the day the world's largest democracy gained its independence from Great Britain in 1947. For several hours, residents enjoyed aspects of Indian culture - cuisine, music and Bollywood dancing - along with the ideals of self-governance. "Last year during the Indian election, it was such a peaceful election, and why not celebrate that and celebrate democracy," said state Rep. Latha Mangipudi, D-Nashua. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 15:37:24 EST Families flock to airport for ‘Touch a Truck’ This is one event where children are expected not to keep their hands to themselves. The free "Touch-a-Truck" event gave children of all ages the opportunity to jump into the cab of a fire department engine, take a seat as the driver of a Nashua transit trolley or receive their pilot wings in the cockpit of a small propeller plane. On Saturday morning at the city airport of Perimeter Road, the second annual event offered a unique view inside some of the most well-known service vehicles while accompanying personnel provided quick lessons about safety and the equipment on display. "It's really cool," said Daniel Johnson, 5, of Lowell, Mass., who stepped out of the big red fire engine into the arms of his mother Ashley. "I like the truck, it has a lot of cool buttons and stuff." The Johnsons were one of hundreds of families that took advantage of the sunny weekend morning, walking through the airport grounds to sound the police sirens and hop onto a state police motorcycle. Ashley Johnson happily climbed into the fire engine with her son, saying many parents wanted to experience these vehicles just as much as their children. "I've never been in a fire truck before, so of course I want to see what it's like," she said with a smile. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 06:17:40 EST Knights may need another manager The road is hard, the road is long, and sometimes the road has some interesting tids and bits to tell you as the Nashua Silver Knights 2015 season has come to an end. Here are a few: We've got the feeling the Currle Man may not be back as the Silver Knights manager. Ted Currle is scheduled to meet sometime in the next few days with team president Tim Bawwman about his future and it sounds as if two mediocre seasons in Nashua, without a home playoff game, has taken its toll. "I have a very young family and I live far away (Norwood, Mass.)," Currle said. "I love this organization. I don't know. If I'm not here, I'm not going to coach somewhere else, I don't want to coach anywhere else." Currle was given a place to stay by the team to alleviate the commute when needed, but it's clear he missed his family. "I love being a part of Nashua and I don't want to leave, but I have to talk it over with the family and Tim. Sat, 15 Aug 2015 06:07:51 EST Melissa Anne Kelley Melissa Anne Kelley, 39, passed away on August 11, 2015 at the Southern NH Medical Center. Melissa was born on September 15, 1975, the daughter of Michael Kelley and Christine (Gebhardt) Kelley of Hollis, NH. She was a graduate of Hollis-Brookline High School in the Class of '94. She was a congregant of the Parish of the Resurrection and also was a member of the community of the Nashua Center on Simon Street. Melissa loved socializing, going to the movies, shopping, being with people and especially listening to music. She loved spending her time with her family, her roommates and her extended family of friends at the Nashua Center. Along with her parents Michael and Christine, Melissa is survived by her sister Elizabeth and her husband Matt Johnson of La Canada, CA; her brother Brendan Kelley of Merrimack; her nephew and niece Connor and Kaelee Johnson; her grandmothers Anne Kelley and Brenda Gebhardt; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins; and her family at the Nashua Center. SERVICES: There are no visiting hours. Sat, 15 Aug 2015 06:05:18 EST Police: Teen involved in 2 shootings NASHUA - Police say the Nashua teenager shot in a drive-by shooting last week was at the other end of a gun during a similar incident this spring. Travis McPherson, 19, of 10 Boulder Circle, sustained a single gunshot wound to his right foot from a passing vehicle shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 near the corner of Vine and Chestnut streets. The alleged gunman, 20-year-old Angel Flores, whose last known address was on Palm Street, turned himself into police on Wednesday and is facing second degree assault and reckless conduct with a deadly weapon charges, both Class B felonies. McPherson was able to make his way to Bella Variety convenience store on Chestnut Street for help and was transported to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center following the incident. Sat, 15 Aug 2015 05:07:07 EST Expo offers family adoption opportunities NASHUA - Featuring a pack of puppies newly arrived from Texas, the local humane society and a Nashua Volvo dealership have teamed up to present a Puppy Expo this weekend for pets, pet owners and families looking to adopt. The "Furever Home Puppy Expo" invites the community, pet owners and friendly, leashed and vaccinated pets to the event, which is co-hosted by the Humane Society for Greater Nashua and Lovering Volvo. "We're going to have a doggy treat bar, people can go through and pack a 'doggy bag' for their pet," said Lovering Operations Manager Vanessa Delegas, adding there will be refreshments and ice cream samples from Sub Zero for human visitors. "People can bring their own dogs, which is why we won't be having cats at expo, but we'll bring a book of adoptable pets that will show all the animals up for adoption," said Laurie Dufault, director of development at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua. "We'll also have a tent called 'kitty city' for making cat collars and planting catnip grass," she said. Other activities include a meet-and-greet play area for pups, a gift basket raffle and a gift bag for all dogs that attend. The expo builds on a decade-long relationship between Lovering and the humane society. Owners Rich and Linda Lovering are involved in helping a long list of community agencies, including serving on the humane society board in past years. "They have been really generous in their sponsorship," said Dufault. The five puppies to star at the expo came to New Hampshire through an ongoing partnership with the San Antonio, Texas-based Alamo Rescue Friends, or ARF. Over the past five years, the group has made headway toward its goal of making San Antonio a "no-kill" city. In 2009, 30 percent of animals impounded at Animal Care Services left the facility alive, up from just 12.5 percent in 2006. Sat, 15 Aug 2015 05:06:03 EST ‘Summerfest’ yet to run out of gas NASHUA - Of all the enjoyment that Nashua's ever-growing calendar of summertime shows, parties, concerts, ball games, kid-competitions and fireworks extravaganzas has brought to three generations worth of local folks, I think my favorite SummerFest, er, SummerFun, tale will always be its amusing little legal skirmish of 1998-99. I'll get to that later on. SummerFun, as its name implies, puts the fun into summer for legions of people, especially kids, by putting on a variety of entertaining and often unique events and  scattering them at different venues around town for all to enjoy. It debuted in its current incarnation in 1979 as "Summer-time '79," a comparatively abbreviated six-week program of mostly concerts and a couple of kids' events. But its roots go back to the early 70s - the era, you'll remember, of the infamous gasoline shortage, which may or may not have been contrived by certain international powers with the goal of jacking up prices at the pump. Regardless, the scarcity of gasoline was real, and it prompted a handful of civic-minded folks to get together and kick around ideas for local events that would spare Greater Nashuans the need to travel for summertime fun. Among them were Dolly Bellavance, then with the Chamber of Commerce; the late city recreation director Noel Trottier; June Caron, then Trottier's assistant; man-of-many-hats Ed Lecius; then-Ward 2 alderman Mark Knox; and Rhona Zlowkower, a representative of the former Digital Equipment Corporation's Nashua offices. Choosing a name With the support of then-Mayor Maurice Arel and other city leaders, the committee settled on the name "Summer-time '79" and announced in May that it would kick off with a late-June downtown block party. Caron, who succeeded Trottier as recreation director and recently retired after 40-plus years with the department, decided earlier this year that the history of Summer-time '79 and its successors-in-name SummerFest and SummerFun should be publicly celebrated. And why not? Although Caron guessed this year is SummerFun's 35th anniversary, but the revelation it was launched in '79 makes this the 37th year doesn't make a whole lot of difference. Anytime is a good time, I've always said, to celebrate the history of something. There's no big hoopla planned, but this weekend's 62nd Nashua Area Artists Association Greeley Park Art Show is taking on a little SummerFun history flavor, as Caron has arranged to have framed posters from each SummerFest and SummerFun event dating to the 80s on display at the art show. (See accompanying information box for details.) North End Nashua resident Imelda Murphy told me in a recent sent email from Ireland, where she's spending the summer, that it's Caron who deserves most of the credit for the collection of posters. "If it weren't for June, those posters might very well have been lost," she wrote, which wouldn't surprise a bit anyone who knows Caron's penchant for saving, collecting and documenting city recreation history. The proof is in the scrapbooks; the many, many scrapbooks fat with newspaper clippings, letters, photos, you name it. Sat, 15 Aug 2015 05:05:34 EST Society is Locke-d in for debate NASHUA - Interest is mounting in this year's race for mayor where the six contenders will appear before a senior citizens' forum one day then attend a debate hosted by a high school student group the next. The Aug. 21 debate at Nashua High School South will be the inaugural event of the school's newly-launched branch of the John Locke Society, which is the local chapter of the national social studies honors society. The debate will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the school auditorium. The public is invited and Channel 99 will tape the event. All six candidates - David Deane, Jim Donchess, Dan Moriarty, Chris Williams, Doug Carroll and Michael A. Sat, 15 Aug 2015 05:05:05 EST Volunteer REGIONAL ANIMAL RESCUE NETWORK OF NEW ENGLAND The Animal Rescue Network of New England is a nonprofit organization that rescues pets that are scheduled for death row from the South because there simply are not enough homes. They spay, neuter, vaccinate, microchip and treat any medical conditions and then place them in carefully screened forever homes. They are in desperate need of volunteers. Information: 233-4801 or BARNYARD BUDDIES Barnyard Buddies at Touchstone Farm home of Horse Power in Temple is seeking fun-loving and responsible volunteers. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:06:14 EST Local leaders installed at TOPS An installation service was held in July to install Ginny Fellows, of Merrimack, as the newly elected leader of TOPS Chapter NH 0131 in Nashua. Sally Sanborn, of Merrimack, chapter leader for the last four years, organized a beautiful installation service for the new chapter leader and other elected board members. Other board members installed were Joyce Plamondon, of Hudson, co-leader; Nancy Allen, of Nashua, secretary; Pat Burant, of Hollis, treasurer; Alline Gerow, of Nashua, weight recorder; and Claire Kelly, of Hollis, assistant weight recorder. TOPS area captain Susan Achielles, of Concord, led the installation service and the recognition of TOPS member achievements. Achielles serves 16 chapters in Cheshire, Hillsborough, Sullivan, Merrimack and Rockingham counties. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is headquartered in Milwaukee. Local TOPS chapters are led by volunteers elected by their peers. TOPS members work to achieve a goal weight set in consultation with a member's health care professional. Weekly meetings begin with a private weigh-in for each member, which is followed by "Roll Call," an opportunity for members to share challenges, successes or goals. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:04:51 EST Group offering school supplies The Islamic Society of Greater Nashua will distribute 100 free backpacks with school supply starter packs to students in need this weekend. The group will be giving away the bags on a first-come, first-served basis from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday - or when they run out of backpacks - at its facility at 3 Pine Street Extension, Unit 3B, in Nashua, according to the group. The program is sponsored by the Islamic Circle of North America, according to organizers. - Telegraph staff Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:19:00 EST Event honors Indian culture NASHUA - Celebrating culture, music, dance, diversity and democracy, city and state officials are preparing to host the second Celebration of Democracy on Indian Independence Day at Rotary Common Park in Nashua, starting Saturday at 1 p.m. "It's a theme in 21st century America; every community is a global community," said Latha Mangipudi, a state representative and Nashua resident. "It's exciting, it's not just local, it's a global community." Mangipudi brought the event back to the city for a second year along with Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce present and CEO Tracy Hatch. "It's a celebration of democracy and the importance of participation," said Mangipudi. Featuring Nashua high school student speakers and local musicians, she said the event this year will have "a focus on the youth and the future of the state." Hatch said the diversity of the city makes it stronger. "Recognizing and celebrating diversity is important for the business community and for the community as a whole," said Hatch. Mangipudi spearheaded the event last year with former chamber president Chris Williams. While last year was prompted by the massive, and peaceful, election for India's newest Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, she said this year the focus will shift toward the participation of Nashua's youth and Indian population in the local political process. Speakers include Dody Eid, Nashua High School South liaison to the Nashua Board of education, and Nashua South graduate Jay Chittidi, organizer of Nashua Students for a Fair Budget. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:46:58 EST Nashua’s ‘Night Out’ cancelled NASHUA - For the first time in three decades, Nashua will not have a localized version of the "National Night Out" in the city's neighborhoods. Following a series of violent thunderstorms last Tuesday when the 32nd annual event was scheduled, organizers decided to cancel the activities for the 2015 calendar year. Several smaller events to promote crime and drug prevention programs in Greater Nashua, have been set up to ensure the message is broadcast to the community. "We decided we're going to pass on it this year," said Ed Lecius, the community policing coordinator with the Nashua Police Department. "Between schedules here and with a couple of our prime partners in this, we just couldn't find a date that was workable that would allow us to do it right, and so we've put it on the shelf for this year," he added. "We'll start building from what we're going to do this year for next year and make 2016 bigger and better." National Night Out here traditionally features an evening of family-friendly activities to engage Nashua residents with crime-stopping efforts and looks to strengthen community spirit. Some of the programs slated for the event last week will be held on Friday beginning around noon at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, while other events will take place at the Nashua Police Athletic League facility on Ash Street and Saturday's "Touch-A-Truck," beginning at 10 a.m. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 07:20:11 EST Broderick aim: Stable taxes, biz growth NASHUA - Mayoral candidate Michael Broderick pledged to install a strong economic development team to attract more businesses here, keep taxes stable by better managing spending, and promised to give an equal ear to all residents - from the Tree Streets to upscale neighborhoods. A local businessman making his first run for elected office, Broderick also said a more family-friendly downtown would attract more visitors and would strike building code regulations that needlessly impede businesses from locating here. Broderick said expanding passenger rail to Nashua and points north would bring in new businesses, create jobs and expand the city's tax base. But he hedged against giving the plan his support until final costs to the city are known. "I'm not against it ... But it still comes down to how are we going to pay for it because I wouldn't want to raise taxes," Broderick said Thursday during a nearly hour-long meeting with The Telegraph editorial board. Broderick strongly advocates holding taxes steady, claiming the city's increasing tax burden is forcing some seniors to move out and bars young people from being able to buy their own homes. "We have enough revenues. It's just we don't allocate our expenses properly," he explained. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 05:59:17 EST Lockdowns and parental concerns By all accounts, employees at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua did everything right Tuesday when police blocked off a small area nearby and advised the club to "lock down" following the report of shots fired in the vicinity. It may not have been a perfect process, but since the incident ended peacefully and with no one getting hurt, we hope it gives club officials a chance to re-evaluate their ability to notify parents in similar circumstances. Boys and Girls Club CEO Norm Bouthilette explained the day after the incident that the club was in "lockdown" for about 20 minutes Tuesday after Nashua police blocked off streets near Stevens Avenue and called in the Manchester police tactical team. That meant that kids there were moved to interior rooms and doors were locked. But an officer then told employees they could "shelter in place," a less- restrictive step in the "Seven Responses" that emergency coordinators use during crisis situations. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 04:07:06 EST Bristol blanks Knights in FCBL semi BRISTOL, Conn. - It's been the Nashua Silver Knights' Achilles' Heel all season long: The Big Bad Inning. That was the case on Thursday night at old-time Muzzy Field, and as a result the Nashua Silver Knights' 2015 season has come to an end thanks to a 7-0 FCBL semifinal defeat at the hands of the Bristol Blues. Nashua gave up four in the fourth and then three in the eighth. The Silver Knights were outhit and, despite being the league's best defensive team statistically in the regular season, committed four costly errors. "That's how it goes, good teams will take advantage of that," Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said. "In the fourth inning, they got some timely hits, and we made some timely mistakes." The Blues now move on to play either Worcester or Martha's Vineyard in the finals beginning Friday. Nashua starter Ryan Moloney (Londonderry, UMass-Amerst) had held the Blues hitless through the first three innings. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 15:37:24 EST Clarence Robert Cummins Clarence Robert Cummins, affectionately known to many as Deacon Larry, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, surrounded by family, friends and caregivers at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH. Born August 22, 1940 to the late Robert and Eleanor (Bergeron) Cummins in Cleveland, OH, he graduated from St. Ignatius High School (Cleveland, OH) and received his BS in Mathematics and Education and MA in Personnel and Guidance Counseling from John Carroll University (University Heights, OH). A lover of both literature and mathematics, Larry taught high school math in Ohio before moving to his natural calling of guidance counselor and guidance director at Catholic high schools in Ohio (St. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 03:07:55 EST Walter F. Fitzpatrick Jr. ‘Fitz’ Walter F. Fitzpatrick Jr. "Fitz", 69, of Nashua, NH, died Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH surrounded by loving family. Fitz was born on March 3rd, 1946 in Newton, MA, son of Jean M. (Goodwin) Fitzpatrick and the late Walter F. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 03:07:08 EST Sno’ kidding: City gets aid for blizzard CONCORD - The state will get more than $1.3 million in federal aid to help Hillsborough, Strafford and Rockingham counties recover clean-up costs from the January blizzard that dumped two to almost three feet of snow during three days, officials said Thursday. Nashua alone will receive $259,691 in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds, which represents 75 percent of the total $346,255 it spent during the Jan. 26-28 storm that whalloped the city with more than 30 inches of snow, Nashua emergency management director Justin Kates said. In total, FEMA will deliver $1,352,965 to help communities in the three counties deemed eligible for emergency disaster relief pay for snow clean up and related costs. "The January storm was a three-day event that drained the coffers of many affected communities," said Leigh Cheney of New Hampshire's Homeland Security and Emergency Management. "The federal dollars are assisting local governments by replenishing city budgets." FEMA funds will cover about 75 percent of the communities' eligible costs. Kates said the FEMA funds will go toward Nashua's general revenue fund. "The benefit to the city is a reimbursement of unexpected expenses," Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said in a statement. Kathryn Marchocki can be reached at 594-6589,, or @Telegraph_KMar. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 03:06:42 EST GSSI opens a new chapter in Nashua NASHUA - The worldwide manufacturing leader of ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment showcased its new state-of-the-art headquarters on Wednesday, offering an exclusive look at its groundbreaking technology. Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc. (GSSI) more than doubled its production facility when it relocated from Salem to 40 Simon St. to provide for more flexible laboratory and research chambers to maximize collaboration among its 80 employees while offering space for anticipated growth. The company held an open house to mark the completion of its 70,000-square-foot headquarters, located in the city's economic revitalization zone. "We're starting a new chapter, and we're starting it in Nashua, N..H.," said GSSI President Chris Hawekotte from an outdoor podium sandwiched between two large mechanical survey machines. Hawekotte said the company developed the once-vacant building into a world-class office and manufacturing facility complete with a unique indoor training and test pit to allow specialists to imitate real-world GPR situations. "It gives us room to innovate and create new products, which will expand the businesses that we're selling to and the markets we're selling to, which will drive manufacturing, which will drive employment inquiries," Hawekotte said. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 03:06:17 EST Manufacturing powder dumped on road NASHUA - A tractor trailer accident early Thursday morning in Nashua forced a rush hour detour around exit 7 of the F.E. Everett Turnpike. Two men, who Nashua police said were riding in the truck's cab, were out of the truck when Nashua Fire Rescue crews arrived around 6 a.m. One patient was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua by an AMR ambulance, and the hospital's trauma team was activated. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 03:05:49 EST Peter Michael Signor Peter Michael Signor, resident of Nashville, TN, died July 5, 2015 at South­ern Hills Medical Center, Nashville, TN. He was born in Nashua, NH on December 12, 1958, a son of the late Benjamin W. Si­gnor and Mary E. (Kirby) Signor. Mr. Signor at­tended Milford Schools and was employed by Kinzey Cabinet. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:05:13 EST David Wayne Thibodeau David Wayne Thibodeau, 56, of Nashua, NH, died Saturday, August 1, 2015, at his home. Born July 22, 1959, in Bidd­eford, ME he was the son of the late Richard and Noela (Nadeau) Thibodeau. David was a for­mer machinist that worked for Insco in Gro­ton, MA. He was an avid NAS­CAR fan who enjoyed lis­tening Led Zeppelin and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Survivors include one daughter, Nicole Thibodeau, of Man­chester; one son, Greg Thibodeau, of Epping; one sister, Denise Thibodeau, of Wilton; one brother, Roger Thibodeau, of Jonesborough, TN; one nephew, Dan Thibodeau, of Manchester; and his former wife, Maureen Thibodeau, of Weare. S E RV I C E S : Visiting hours were held Friday, August 7, 2015, at the Davis Fu­neral Home, 1 Lock St., Nashua, NH 03064. An online guest-book is available at www.davis (603) 883-3401 "ONE MEMORY LIGHTS ANOTHER." Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:04:49 EST Nashua tractor trailer accident snarls rush hour traffic, dumps manufacturing powder NASHUA - A tractor trailer accident early Thursday morning in Nashua forced a rush hour detour around exit 7 of the F.E. Everett Turnpike. Two male patients, who Nashua police said were riding in the truck's cab, were out of the truck when Nashua Fire Rescue crews arrived around 6 a.m. One patient was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua by an AMR ambulance, and the hospital's trauma team was activated. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:04:45 EST 62nd Greeley Park Art Show this weekend NASHUA - From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nashua Area Artists' Association will host the 62nd annual Greeley Park Art Show, on the park grounds at 100 Concord St. NAAA is pleased to host a variety of programs during the event, two of which will help support the NAAA Scholarship Fund. "PaCarlos Painting with Friends," sponsored by the Ripaldi Family, will be held ongoing both days and is open to visitors of all ages, where they can paint and explore their own creativity. There will also be an origami workshop at 1 p.m. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:01:00 EST Final Summer Sing concert Aug. 17 NASHUA - This summer, the Nashua Choral Society will host a series of Summer Sings open to the public. "We want to provide a venue for people of all ages and abilities to share the joy of making music together," the group said via press release. The final concert in the series will be from 7-9 p.m. Monday. Lisa Feltner will conduct Mendelssohn's "Elijah." The event will be at the Church of Christ, Scientist, Nashua, at 115 Concord St. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:11:55 EST Dinner & Movie downtown Aug. 19 NASHUA - From 7-11 p.m. Wednesday, Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and Community Events LLC present "The Italian Job," the second film in the Dinner & Movie summer series. The film will be shown outdoors on East Pearl Street off Main Street, and will be paired with food and drink from Fratello's Italian Grille. Tickets are $8, or $10 for reserved seating for parties of 8. VIP tables for 8 are $18.75. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:35:59 EST Nashua Airport has Touch A Truck event Saturday NASHUA - From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, a Touch A Truck event will be held at the Nashua Airport on Perimeter Road. A special "horns-free hour" has been designated from 1-2 p.m. for those who are sensitive to loud noises. The free event is part of the City of Nashua's SummerFun calendar of events. What child - big or small - wouldn't love the chance to climb aboard a fire truck, Nashua Transit trolley, airport runway snow clearing equipment or an AMR ambulance? Touch A Truck provides an opportunity for children to explore vehicles of all types - public service, emergency, utility, delivery, and those that are just plain cool - all in one place. Children will be able to touch, climb on and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. Accompanying personnel will teach children about the equipment displayed and how these machines help in our community. Trucks scheduled to attend the event include a police command vehicle provided by the Nashua Police Department; a Continental Paving Roadtec Reclaimer; an AMR ambulance; a U.S. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:35:59 EST Drive-by shooting suspect turns himself in to police Nashua police arrested the city man accused of injuring a teenager last week during a drive-by shooting. Angel Flores, 20, of 106 Palm St., Nashua, turned himself in to police shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, the day after police issued a request for tips on Flores' location after receiving an arrest warrant for him. Flores is charged with second-degree assault and reckless conduct in connection to an Aug. 5 incident at the corner of Vine and Chestnut streets. A 19-year-old man was shot in the foot by a bullet fired from a passing car. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 06:06:50 EST Rand in the Hunt Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul referred to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump as a "fake conservative" during a Wednesday visit to Nashua, saying the real estate mogul has bought his political access. After engaging in verbal fisticuffs with Trump a week ago during the first Republican debate in Cleveland, Paul told a packed audience at the Hunt Memorial Building in Nashua he was sent to Capitol Hill by tea party voters because they were unhappy with Republicans who claimed conservative values and helped doubled the national debt and voted for bailouts. He called into question Trump's credibility as a conservative and his overzealousness in purchasing his influence. "This is what's wrong with government, what's wrong with the country, it's what wrong with Washington. He says 'I give money to politicians so they'll do what the hell I tell them to do,'" said Paul, wearing his trademark jeans and boots to the event as part of a three-day visit to New Hampshire. While talking about shrinking the size of the federal government and reaching out to traditionally left-leaning groups, including younger voters and minorities, Paul also focused on Trump and said the mogul has played both sides of almost every major issues. "So I think Republicans do have to ask the question 'Is he sincere or is he faking?' He is an actor," he told The Telegraph following the Hunt Building visit. Paul would rarely refer to Trump by name, calling him a reality TV star. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 06:06:02 EST Stalking charge for Nashua man recently in court for assault A week after being arraigned on nearly 20 counts of domesetic violence and as­sault, a Nashua man was arrested again Tuesday for allegedly stalking a woman who has a protective order against him. Austin Hogan, 24, of 51 Pine Hill Road, Nashua, was arrested by Nashua police around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday and charged with domes­tic violence: stalking, violation of a protective order and breach of bail conditions. Police had been called to the Motel 6 at 77 Spit Brook Road about 20 minutes earlier for the report of a protective order violation, police said. Officers found Hogan with a woman he knows in violation of the protec­tive order and bail conditions imposed pre­viously by a Nashua district court judge. Hogan was arrested June 27 and charged with punching, pushing, dragging and try­ing to strangle a 20-year-old woman, who was described in court documents as his girlfriend of two years. Hogan is facing nine counts of domestic violence, nine counts of simple assault and one count of theft by unauthorized taking, all of which are Class A misdemeanors, following that incident, according to court documents. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 06:05:35 EST Legacy playground: Let the games begin Who could have guessed building an accessible playground at a city park with a chunk of the construction cost donated by a local leadership group would cause such controversey and political machinations and take quite this long. But, finally, the 2012 class of Leadership Nashua's initiative to build a playground that catered to all kids - including those in wheelchairs or with other physical or developmental disabilities - will become a reality after Nashua aldermen voted 15-0 to accept $170,000 from the group to build the playground at Labine Park. The project was the subject of years' worth of testy meetings, planning sessions and countless online forums that were sometimes less than perfectly civil. There were studies,  counter-studies and independent studies - and more opinions aired during public comment periods than we care to count. Now, finally, the job is done - except for actually building the park. And we say kudos to the Leadership Greater Nashua Class of 2012 who went above and beyond what was asked of them when they joined a Chamber of Commerce program designed to nurture a new crop of leaders for the city. The program culminates with each class taking on a project that will in some way benefit the city. A playground had to seem like a home run until a hailstorm of concerns about this location and that location and the cost derailed efforts to build the playground at either of two spots in Greeley Park in the city's north end. That idea was eventually abandoned last fall, mostly thanks to neighbors' resistence and a study that determined it would cost $500,000 to build at Greeley. Labine Park, it turns out, is a better spot than ever. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:30:51 EST Mayoral candidate Carroll likes Nashua just the way it is NASHUA - Candidates striving to distinguish themselves in this year's crowded mayoral race branded themselves with forward-looking slogans such as "Move Nashua Forward," or "Planning for the Future," and "Committed to Nashua's Success." One candidate stands out among the six for his quest to not only keep Nashua the way it is, but even reverse changes that occurred during the last two decades. For mayoral contender Doug Carroll, then, an apt campaign motto could be "Back to the Future." "Why does it have to change? Who wants to move Nashua forward? Everyone likes it the way it is," local businessman Carroll said Wednesday during a nearly hour-long meeting with the editorial board of The Telegraph. At 32, Carroll is the youngest of the six mayoral contenders and the only one who is a Nashua native. He said he not only wants to keep the city the way it is, but would try to roll-back changes so it would look the way it did in 1995. "If someone doesn't like it ... there's Manchester, Boston and New York. We're not trying to be them. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 05:25:56 EST Knights upend Navs LYNN, Mass. - The urban confines of Fraser Field always seem to suit Nashua diamond teams well in the post season. The Nashua Pride won a championship here. The Nashua Silver Knights, five years later, won the opening game of the Futures League finals here en route to their second title. And now you can add Wednesday night's Silver Knights 5-2 FCBL quarterfinal upset of the fourth-seeded North Shore Navigators. Fifth-seeded Nashua (29-28) overall now moves on to face the second-seeded Bristol Blues in Bristol, Conn., Thursday at 7 in a one-game semifinal. Nashua will send either Ryan Moloney or Mike Geannelis to the mound to face a team they have won three of four against, going 1-1 in Bristol. The Silver Knights (12 hits) did it by getting on top early of Navigators ace Steve Xinirachs, a UMass-Lowell sophomore who came into the game with a 7-1, 1.93 mark. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:49:32 EST North, South beginning anew NASHUA - Wednesday marked the first day of practice for high school football teams around the state, and in the Gate City, everyone was ready to start the season. Nashua High School South coach Scott Knight has been itching to get his Panthers on the field and ready for opening night in Manchester against Memorial. "It feels great to get out here," Knight said. "It's the best summer we've ever had. So we're champing at the bit to get going. Weight training, conditioning, seven on sevens - all of that - it's just been a real good summer and I know the kids are real anxious to get going." Over at Nashua High School North, former Titans offensive coordinator, and most recently Merrimack head coach, Dante Laurendi is happy to get back on the field, especially for his first year as North's head coach. "It feels good to be out here starting the good stuff," Laurendi said. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 04:11:54 EST Rosalyn (Shapiro) Lewis Rosalyn (Shapiro) Lewis, loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, 89 of Boca Raton, FL passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, FL. Born December 18, 1925 in Nashua, NH, she was the daughter of the late Abraham and Edith (Fagerson) Shapiro and widow of Carl M. Lewis, who died October 10, 1969. She was also predeceased by a sister Frances Dix and a nephew Michael Dix. Rosalyn was a graduate of Nashua HS, Class of 1944. After high school, she attended Memorial Hospital Nurses Training during WWII. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 04:06:59 EST Real A. Viens Real A. Viens, 75, of Nashua, passed away on August 9, 2015 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA after a brief illness, with his loving family by his side. A man of strong family values and an unwavering work ethic, will truly be missed beyond words. He was born in St. Rock de Bellcomb, Quebec, Canada on September 14th, 1939 to the late Alphonse and Laurette (Martel) Viens. He was the proud owner of Bridge Street Auto Parts for 35 years. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 04:06:30 EST Harbor Delight NASHUA - It's taken 18 months and $5.2 million, but finally the newly expanded and federally qualified Harbor Homes health care center is open for business. Officials gathered Wednesday to show off the brand new operation at 45 High Street, which unifies health services under one roof and is designed to streamline health care for the homeless and others in Nashua. Harbor Homes already had a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center, or FQHC, but the space was small and the need significant. "Our need was there. We were able to cull together the data, applied and received a $5 million grant, plus other funding sources," said Scott Slattery of Harbor Homes Wednesday. Renovating the space, part of Nashua's original telephone building was "not an easy task, there were lots and lots of challenges that came with it," Slattery said. The new space covers about 38,000 square feet. There is a main clinic, a waiting area, a cafeteria and commercial kitchen and a conference room. Data and phone lines have been updated. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 11:28:00 EST David Lyle Trenholm, Jr. David Lyle Tr­enholm, Jr., 87, died on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at the Commu­nity Hospice House in Merrimack, NH. He was born on Oc­tober 6, 1927 in Ev­erett, MA, the son of the late David L., Sr. and Irene B. (Auld) Trenholm. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 08:31:04 EST Nearly 80 employers at Nashua job fair Tim Lockwood, an Amherst resident, and scores of others strolled past tables with eager employers at Nashua's latest job fair hosted by the Employment Security, this time at Nashua Community College. The midday event featured close to 80 companies and orga­nizations hoping to fill spots as the state's workforce continues to find jobs and more employers struggle to find highly-skilled employees. Lockwood, out of work for 18 months, said he wasn't sure which direction his career was currently headed. "I don't really know. I did insur­ance sales for years. I can't take it anymore. I'm taking the oppor­tunity of not working to maybe break into something else. "I discovered, especially since not working, that I'm very good at going to work, but not very good at looking for work. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:01:52 EST Brielle Gage’s mother gets court date NASHUA - Roughly three months after Brielle Gage's fam­ily and friends dedicated a gran­ite bench in her name and her paternal grandmother launched a foundation dedicated to New Hampshire's children, the tod­dler's mother, Katlyn Marin, is scheduled to appear in Hillsbor­ough County Superior Court in Nashua for the latest hearing in the case that accuses her of abus­ing and killing the girl last year. Marin, 26, who has been held without bail since her late- December arrest, is due in court at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, for a dispositional conference, a hear­ing at which defense lawyers and prosecutors present to a judge any pre-trial motions and discuss evidence in the case. Marin was indicted in April on two counts of second-degree mur­der and one count of manslaugh­ter. The charges accuse Marin of manifesting "extreme cruelty or depravity" when she allegedly assaulted 3-year-old Brielle "multiple times before her death and not seeking medical attention ... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:45:23 EST Warrant out for alleged shooter Police have issued an arrest warrant for 20-year-old Nashua resident Angel Flores in connection with the Aug. 5 drive-by shoot­ing in downtown Nashua. Flores, who police said is likely armed with a handgun and may have fled the state, is wanted on second-degree assault and reckless con­duct charges, both of which are Class B felonies. Police said the investiga­tion led to the identification of Flores as the shooter in the incident, which sent a 19-year-old man to the hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his foot. He has since been released. Flores is described as a Hispanic male, 5-feet 6-inches tall and about 140 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Police ask that anyone with any information on the incident, including Flores's current whereabouts, contact the Nashua depart­ment at 594-3500 or on its Tip Line, 589-1665. - DEAN SHALHOUP Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:44:01 EST Mass. man faces assault charge Nashua police arrested a Massachusetts man on Tuesday and charged him with sexually assauting a teenage girl earlier this summer. Jordan Dorsey, 30, of 220 Mer­rimack St., Apt. 630, in Lawrence, turned himself in to police on Wednesday and was charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault. Detectives began investi­gating the incident nearly two months ago, police said. The alleged assault was reported to police on June 16, when they were told of a possible sexual assault involving Dorsey and a 16-year-old girl he knows. An arrest warrant was is­sued after an investigation by detectives, police said. Dorsey was released on bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at Nashua district court on Sept. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:43:24 EST Teen charged with knife threat Nashua police arrested a city teenager last week and charged her with threaten­ing a man with a knife. Police were called Satur­day, Aug 8. for a reported domestic distrubance. The alleged victim said Vanessa Coleman, 19, of 120 Lock St., Nashua, had threatened him while holding a kitchen knife, police said. No one was injured. Police later arrested Cole­man and charged her with domestic violence: criminal threatening, a felony, and misdemeanor resisting arrest. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:42:41 EST Shots fired in Nashua’s downtown Tuesday NASHUA - Police are investigating a series of gunshots fired in the Stevens Avenue neighborhood Tuesday afternoon that caused law enforcement to block off a multi-street area for several hours and ask residents to temporarily stay in their homes. Nashua Police Department officers responded to a three-story residence at 17 Stevens Ave. at about 12:40 p.m. after receiving reports of shots being fired and, upon arrival, were told the suspect allegedly responsible entered the home. "Based on that information, patrol secured the area and we ended up calling in Manchester PD to assist with their special reaction team," said Nashua Deputy Police Chief Denis Linehan. "We're still trying to determine at this time how the shots were fired - whether they were fired from the outside going into the building or from inside going out. It's too early to tell right now," he said around 5 p.m. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 02:55:56 EST Legacy Playground gets approval NASHUA – The Legacy Playground project won final approval from aldermen with surprising ease Tuesday, putting the fully- accessible playground on track to be built at Labine Park by year’s end. The unanimous 15-0 vote to accept $170,000 in money and equipment was in sharp contrast to the contention that marked the project since the Leadership Greater Nashua Class of 2012 first proposed a playground that would accessible to seniors, children, veterans, the disabled and all others with walking difficulties three years ago. Much of the earlier dissension that bogged down the proposal was a result of initial plans to put the playground in Greeley Park. That idea was abandoned last fall in the face of mostly neighborhood resistance and when a study revealed it would cost $500,000. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:49:00 EST Story overlooked the obvious answer The Telegraph article, "Exces­sive or good business" (Aug. 9) overlooked the most obvious and straightforward explanation for the robust mayoral campaign being waged by Chris Williams. It simply reflects the importance that Chris attaches to his desire to lead Nashua forward. I view this as commendable, not excessive. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:19:00 EST Rain delays FCBL playoffs; Knights, Navs set for Game 1 NASHUA - When the work was done to put the 2015 Nashua Silver Knights ros­ter together, it involved an overhaul that meant very few, if any players, from the 2014 season would be retained. Ironically, as the team enters the 2015 Futures Collegiate League playoffs, three players from last year's team that lost to Torrington in the first round could end up being huge keys. Pitching plans, according to manager Ted Currle, remain in place despite Tues­day's rainout as lefty Tom Hudon is slated to still start the single-elimination quarter­final on Wednesday against fourth-seeded North Shore at 7 p.m. at Fraser Field in Lynn, Mass. "We were going to talk about it just to make sure, but I think it will stay that way," Currle said. Hudon, who pitched for the Knights two straight summers, was not in the team's plans for 2015 and began the summer with the Seacoast Mavericks. He wasn't expect­ing to pitch the rest of the summer after he left the Mavs but the Knights called him and here he is starting the playoff opener after going 2-1, 3.48 in four starts. If Nashua wins Wednesday, then it's a possibility it could turn to Mike Geannelis, the righty from UMass-Amherst who last summer with Nashua went 4-2, 4.15 in eight starts. Last Thursday he pitched ef­fectively, giving up just one earned run over seven innings. He was an emergency call, not on Nashua's roster all summer until last week. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:27:55 EST