Nashua - | Web Feeds Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us State commission denies ballot bid by Hollis’ Stawasz CONCORD – The number of candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot for District 5 Governor’s Council remains at two after a ruling handed down Thursday by the state Ballot Law Commission. The commission voted 5-0 to uphold Secretary of State William Gardner’s ruling that Thomas Stawasz, of Hollis, can’t have his name on the ballot because he didn’t collect enough petition signatures. Stawasz, a Republican and former state senator who represented District 13 from 1995-97, launched the petition in an attempt to get on the ballot as an Independent. He fell short of the 750 signatures necessary to qualify. Voters on Nov. 4 will choose between Republican David Wheeler, of Milford, and Democrat Diane Sheehan, of Nashua, for the District 5 seat, which came open earlier this year when incumbent Debora Pignatelli, of Nashua, announced she wouldn’t seek re-election. Wheeler beat Steve Hattamer, of Hollis, in the Sept. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:00:48 EST Mary E. Wingood Mary E. Wingood, 78, of Nashua passed away on Thursday September 18, 2014 at her home. Mary was born in New York on October 24, 1935, a daughter of the late Patrick and Alma (Smith) Wingood. Mary had been employed at St. Joseph Hospital for 33 years. Following her retirement, she became a volunteer at the hospital for the past 10 years. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:01:19 EST Closing of Nashua hardware store evokes fond memories Dennis Archambeault knows the history of the Nashua Aubuchon like nobody else, and he should: He has been hanging around the place since he was knee-high to the display racks. But you don’t have to look very hard for some pretty formidable challengers who might give Archambeault a run for his money; all you have to do is float the question, “What hardware stores to you remember when you were growing up in Nashua?” Then, put it up for all to see on a gadget that was the stuff of science fiction when we toddled, walked and ran through the hardware, appliance and toy aisles in any one of our favorite stores. The flood of lament triggered this week by news that Aubuchon Hardware, one of the granddaddies of downtown Nashua culture, was shuttering its doors after 78 years in the same spot happily morphed by midweek into a good, old-fashioned session of nostalgic one-upmanship that, thanks to the miracle of modern technology, inspired contributors from near, far and even farther. Time was, hardware stores were almost as common as corner markets, and hardware was only part of their inventory. So diverse were hardware stores in their offerings, you could even call them small department stores. But somehow, “C’mon, kids, let’s go down to the hardware store,” sounded like a lot more fun. If you’re familiar with the “You know you from the Old NASHUA IF” Facebook page, you won’t be surprised that most prolific among the online respondents to my query of “What hardware stores do you remember?” is John Bolduc. Among a bevy of other posts, he actually listed a bunch of hardware stores that operated downtown in the last 100-plus years. You’d have to be old to remember shopping at, say, Clark’s Hardware at 82-84 Main St., E.F. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:02:57 EST North edges out Exeter Nashua North 3, Exeter 2 Game scores in the Nashua North win were 25-23, 19-25, 25-21, 24-26, and 15-13. Taylor Choate led the team with 19 kills, 17 service points, and one block. Amanda Stumpf added 12 kills, 12 service points, and two blocks, while Rosa Caslduc had nine kills and 20 service points. Sara Cordova and Allison Paluzzi combined for 10 kills and 20 service points. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:00:55 EST Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:16:00 EST Humane Society for Greater Nashua to hold community forums NASHUA – The Humane Society for Greater Nashua will hold the first in a series of community forums from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in the East Wing of the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St. The event will offer the Humane Society an opportunity to present information on new animal care services being offered this winter. Additional forums are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:02:40 EST High-flying dogs featured at Walk for Whiskers in Merrimack NASHUA – The Humane Society for Greater Nashua will host its Walk for Whiskers from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, on the grounds of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack. The event raises much needed funds for medical care, food and shelter for the pets awaiting adoption at the Humane Society. The highlight will be two high-flying performances by the Ultimate Air Dogs, sponsored by the “Big Air Sponsor,” the Animal Hospital of Nashua. The Air Dogs will have two competitions to see which of their dogs will jump the farthest in their 45-foot pool. After the competition, guest dogs may even try a jump for a donation to the shelter. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:01:06 EST Nashua officials get up-close look at Broad Street Parkway progress NASHUA – Members of the Board of Public Works got a first-hand look-see at the progress on the Broad Street Parkway Thursday afternoon. Following a brief, special meeting that included a non-public session on what was described as a “personnel issue,” the commissioners, department heads and Mayor Donnalee Lozeau boarded a city bus and headed out. Among their stops was the Millyard, where project manager John Vancor described how crews go about drilling deep into the ground to prepare secure footing for the supports onto which the bridge assemblies will be placed. Audley Construction, a subcontractor, is working on what Vancor described as the “North Contract,” the portion of the Parkway from Broad Street to the Baldwin Street Bridge. It includes a 500-foot-long retaining wall along the Nashua River. Elsewhere on the parkway route, cement slabs have been poured and the sidewalk panels are ready to be installed. Liberty Utilities has replaced at least 152 feet of gas main on Baldwin Street, and workers have installed curbing and relocated telephone poles. The limited-access, two-lane Broad Street Parkway is scheduled to open in August 2015. The latest projections put the cost of the project at close to $64.4 million. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:01:15 EST Nashua pastimes: Floor hockey league is equal parts exercise, good-natured competition EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final story in a series looking at people’s interesting pastimes in Nashua. The smell of sweat soaked into the rubber floor as the players unzipped their bags, took out their hockey sticks and begin passing a small, bright orange ball, around the court. The players joked around or talked strategy for their upcoming game. It may have been the essence of the game or perhaps the energy of the players themselves, but the whole atmosphere was reminiscent of floor hockey games played in gymnasiums in elementary school. The New Hampshire Sports and Social Club (NHSSC) floor hockey league meets at the Merrimack YMCA on Henry Clay Drive several times a week for some exercise and good-natured competition. Some players come out every week to hang out with friends, exercise, play a long-loved sport or else just for the drinks and socializing after every game. “It’s a lot of fun,” said Roxanne Taylor, the Nashua manager of the NHSSC floor hockey league. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:01:23 EST Nashua Police Department arrest log for Sept.3-10 Nashua Police  Department SEPT. 3 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Kelley Anne Collins, 42, 15 Railroad Square, Apt. 3, Nashua, simple assault. Daniel David Kovich, 54, 14 Whitney St., Apt. 9, Nashua, three counts simple assault. Christopher James Carey, 20, 23 Central St., Apt. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:01:50 EST Accused ‘career criminal’ sues Nashua, Hudson police; cites violation of rights CONCORD – A former Hudson man with a history area arrests has filed suit against the Nashua Police Department and some of its officers, claiming they violated his civil and constitutional rights by engaging in “selective and vindictive” arrest procedure against him in July 2013. Ernesto Rivera, 48, an accused career criminal who is currently incarcerated at Hillsborough County Department of Corrections, says several officers, including Nashua officer Nicole Brooks and Hudson officer Thomas Scotty, of “abusing their authority while acting under the ‘color of law,’ ” a claim that Rivera underscored by saying racism played a role in his arrest. In his six-page complaint, which he filed under the civil rights act at U.S. District Court in Concord, Rivera names as the defendant “Nashua Police Department et al,” and its “Domestic Violence Unit and Crime Investigation Division,” according to the document. Under the “relief” section of the lawsuit, Rivera wrote that he is seeking roughly $1.76 million in “compensational and punitive damages.” Rivera is currently detained while awaiting trial on several charges, including one count each of conspiracy to witness tampering and criminal solicitation to witness tampering, charges that stem from allegations that also involve former Nashua Ward 1 alderman Kathryn Vitale. In an unusual move, about a half-dozen detectives, a pair of supervisors and a county attorney attended Rivera’s bail hearing in October to show their support for prosecutors’ request for Rivera’s $100,000 cash bail, which was eventually granted by a judge. Vitale, 54, of 8 Massasoit Road, was indicted in March on two counts of conspiracy to witness tampering, which allege she helped arrange a meeting between an acquaintance and a woman Rivera is accused of assaulting so the acquaintance, identified as Rene Lavoie, could encourage the woman to recant  allegations she made against Rivera. Vitale had been scheduled to face trial this month, but prosecutors in the case were granted a continuance by a judge who ruled at a hearing that the prosecutors presented sufficient reason to delay the trial. Vitale’s lawyer, Joseph Fricano, objected to the continuance, according to his law partner, Rusty Chadwick. He said the trial will now likely start sometime in November. “We filed motions looking for a bill of particulars from the state,” Chadwick said Thursday. “There are certain pieces of evidence we say are irrelevant to the trial.” Among them, according to Fricano’s motions, there are statements and allegations the prosecution apparently plans to present that, he asserts, would unfairly characterize his client and therefore shouldn’t be allowed. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:34:00 EST Nashua Uno Pizzeria fundraiser to aid McKenzie Lowe fund NASHUA – The Uno Pizzeria & Grill at 593 Amherst St. in Nashua is hosting another so-called “Dough Raiser,” a day-long event on Thursday, Sept. 25, that will benefit the fund created for McKenzie Lowe, the Hudson girl battling a tumor. On that day and night, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m., 20 percent of all proceeds from food and beverage sales – including takeout orders – will be donated to the Friends of McKenzie Lowe fund. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:02:33 EST Nashua DAR to host state vice regent at September meeting NASHUA – The Matthew Thornton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will welcome State Vice Regent Wendy Stanley Jones to discuss her “State Regents Project” at the September meeting. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at The First Church, Walker Building, Room 15. All are welcome. If you are interested in attending and learning more about the Daughters of the American Revolution, call chapter Regent Ellie Freeman at 882-8860. For easy access to the meeting, park near the courtyard area. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:31:00 EST Retired educators group updated about legislative action NASHUA – The Nashua Area Retired Educators Association resumed its monthly meetings for 2014-15 on Sept. 10 with an Autumn Social and Informational Luncheon at Nashua Country Club. Guest speakers updated members about legislative action pertaining to area retired educators. Induction of newly retired educators into NAREA also took place. New members are Bess Arnold, Deb Curran, Eric Fairweather, Kevin Grady, Nancy Hamann, Mary Hardy, William Hardy, Karen Ireland, Catherine Laliberte, Aldrian Rostron and Kathleen Zizzi. The next luncheon meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:01:48 EST Nashua Rotary Club supports Days for Girls NASHUA – The Nashua Rotary Club announced its association with Days for Girls, an organization providing quality sustainable feminine hygiene and awareness for girls on six continents and in 75 countries. Sue Bowker has spearheaded this effort in Nashua in collaboration with the Nashua Rotary Club and Deb Nash, Service Committee chairwoman, and the group is well on its way to providing 200 sustainable hygiene kits to the organization. Over Labor Day weekend, using space and machines donated by Nashua Sew and Vac, a group gathered to cut and stitch the kits, completing almost a quarter of the goal, with more events planned over the coming weeks. Volunteer stitchers and donations of fabric and wash cloths are welcome. For more information, visit Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:01:43 EST Audrey E. Chamberlain MILFORD, NH – Audrey E. Chamberlain, 92, longtime resident of Milford, died on Sept. 15, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Nashua. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:31:00 EST Theresa J. Dupont Theresa J. Dupont, 80, a longtime resident of Nashua, NH, and Milford, NH, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack, NH with her family by her side. She was born March 21, 1934 in Nashua, daughter of the late Henry and Aurore (Desautels) Theriault. She married her husband, Armand R. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:02:03 EST Gladys A. Blanchette Gladys A. Blanchette of Milford, NH, died Thursday, September 4, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH, at the age of 76, with her loving family by her side. Gladys was born in Goffstown, NH, on June 15, 1938, to Granville A. and Elsie H. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:02:14 EST Salvation Army’s 7th annual Applefest is this weekend NASHUA – The Salvation Army’s 7th annual Applefest will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Sullivan Farm, 70 Coburn Road. “Applefest is a celebration of family, community and New England traditions,” said Major David Moore of the Salvation Army. “It is also one of our primary sources of revenue to support the many programs we run here in Nashua. We enjoy the opportunity to bring our community together and are very grateful for the support we receive from our neighbors across the state.” Applefest is a day-long, outdoor, family event at Nashua’s last remaining working farm. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:03:31 EST Morin brings ‘Fifty Shades of Radio’ to library talk NASHUA – It wasn’t quite “WKRP in Cincinnati,” but Mike Morin’s just-concluded broadcasting career was filled with crazy memories he could not have thought up. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Morin will be at the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., and will share stories of the stunts he pulled on the air as well as stalkers, death threats, and the 70-year-old woman who took a fancy to him when he was just 25. Oh yeah … and even stuff he couldn’t put in the book. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:05:00 EST Nashua concert season kicks off with ‘Tenors’ NASHUA – The Nashua Community Concert Association will open its 2014-15 season with a performance by The Sicilian Tenors at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept.27 at the Edmund Keefe Auditorium at Elm St. Middle School. Handicap entrance opens at 7:10 p.m., general admission begins at 7:15 p.m. The Sicilian Tenors bring together three marvelous tenor voices singing their own interpretations of the world’s best music. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:05:04 EST Riverwalk revamped: Downtown Nashua coffee house is now a diverse music venue This is not your parents’ coffee house. Unless you’re Ben Ruddock, and then it actually is. Ruddock’s family purchased Riverwalk Cafe in downtown Nashua’s Railroad Square about four and a half years ago. “My parents manage the coffee and baking side of the house, and put me in charge of the music,” said Ruddock, 27. His sister bartends at the nighttime venue, and “Anthony is a family friend helping out with the marketing.” That’s Anthony Merra, 26, who grew up with Ruddock in Amherst. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:05:22 EST Autumn is ready to take over here in southern NH Well, the humidity is officially gone, I think. The official autumnal nip is in the morning air, and New England prepares for its most beautiful season (to me, at least) with lots of fun, food and music to enjoy. If you’re looking for a new music venue to check out, head downtown and rediscover the renovated Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar. They’ve more than doubled the size of the corner coffee house in Railroad Square, and revamped the interior for coffee lovers and music lovers alike. The new raised stage area will present lots of diverse, unique sounds to Nashua. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:05:46 EST Nashua Center agency hosts job fair on Friday The Nashua Center, a multi-program agency that serves and employs young individuals with disabilities, is hosting a unique job fair on Friday, Sept. 19, at its facility at 18 Simon St. The fair, which runs from 10 a.m.–4 p.m., is unique in that it is exclusively for employment openings at Nashua Center. The agency currently has openings in both hourly and live-in positions in all of its programs. Applicants can receive an interview on the spot. Those who apply must be at least 18 years old, have a clean criminal background and have a valid drivers license and car insurance. For more information, contact the center at 883-6163 or Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:01:02 EST Nashua police, public have an opportunity Community policing – where officers proactively reach out to residents of a community – has been in vogue for decades. It’s likely you’ve been a part of it, even if you didn’t know it. It operates under the premise that it’s a lot easier for police officers to protect their communities when they have the trust and backing of the people, and that such trust is best established well before officers enter into conflict situations. To that end, community policing encourages law enforcement officials to have contact with the public in settings other than those in which somebody is arrested. The Nashua Police Department – as well as departments in surrounding communities – practices such outreach in many forms. There are more than two dozen crime-watch groups throughout the city and five resource officers spread throughout Nashua’s schools. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:34:00 EST Work for bank building starts at former site of Building 19 in Nashua; no plans yet for larger building on site NASHUA – Work has begun to build a bank in the front of the former site of Building 19 on Amherst Street in Nashua, the latest step in the complicated history of a 23-acre parcel that was once eyed by Wal-Mart. Huge mounds of topsoil appeared Monday as part of preparation for putting a concrete pad on formerly empty land, on the east side of the site’s entrance road. No work has begun at or around the long-empty building or its parking lot, which is surrounded by a chain-link fence. No building permits have been filed for construction, and due to a 2009 court ruling that resulted from the fight over Wal-Mart, the city has little say over what will happen. The project will not, for example, go before the city Planning Board. “The rules say we need to allow them to go forward, with administrative approval only … for a bank in front and one-story retail store in back, (built in) two phases,” said Sarah Marchant, director of the city’s Community Development Division. Owners of the property, AS-VR Realty in Londonderry, did not return calls this week from The Telegraph. Plans filed by AS-VR with the city Planning Department show a 4,000-square-foot building, for the bank, sitting alongside Amherst Street, and a 140,000-square-foot, one-story retail building in back. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:37:00 EST Total transformation at new location of Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter compared to old building It began three years ago with a long wish list to create an agency that people could only dream of. For those who needed services at the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, there would be no waiting outside in lines. They would be allowed to pick from items they needed in a store-like setting. Families would be able to sit and eat together regardless of restrictive hours and unencumbered by tight space. Computers would be available for job-seekers and those who looked for assistance. That time has come. “This is a fruition of those dreams,” said Carol Weeks, community outreach manager at the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter as she recalled early planning for its new home. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:03:00 EST If you’re going to toss 1,000 horseshoes a day, you might as well do it with a club Editor’s note: This is the third of four stories looking at people’s interesting pastimes in Nashua. As summer gives way to the cooler days of autumn, the sound of clanging horseshoes still echoes around Greeley Park. A dedicated group of players for the Gate City Horseshoe Club, flock to the park every Tuesday night to chat, joke around and toss some horseshoes. Despite the laid back atmosphere of the club, it’s competitive and players are scored and ranked every week based on their performance. The members of the club play four games a night once each week for 20 weeks, starting in May. Some of the members are new to the game while others have been tossing horseshoes practically their whole lives. “I’m the oldest member here and the longest player,” said Norman Ricard, a 55-year member of the club. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:01:50 EST Nashua teens sweep math SATs with perfect scores The second and third students in New Hampshire history to get perfect scores on their math SAT exam are both Nashua students – and sisters. Ankita Devasia became the third New Hampshire student ever to score a perfect 800 on the math section of her SAT exam when she tested as a 7th grade student in June. Ankita didn’t have any secret strategies for success, relying instead on typical study methods. “I mostly just familiarize myself with the types of problems to be confident on test day,” she said. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:02:44 EST Christie stops in Nashua to stump for New Hampshire candidates NASHUA – In his third trip to New Hampshire in as many months, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday the Republican Governors Association will sink significant cash into Walt Havenstein’s gubernatorial campaign. Christie attended a fundraiser for Republican Havenstein and campaigned with him at a Nashua bakery before joining U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown in Salem. He’s been crisscrossing the country to bolster fellow Republicans as chair of the RGA, with a schedule that also has included key states on the presidential nomination calendar as he considers a run in 2016. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:04:36 EST Doctors talk marijuana at Science Cafe NH meeting in Nashua NASHUA – Whether you’re driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana, you’re impaired, but exactly how you’re impaired differs. And – who knew? – marijuana has genders, just like people and other animals. They’re even called male and female. As some people may know, it’s the female plant that we smoke. So what is the role of male marijuana? If your cat could talk, he or she would happily tell you: It’s catnip. Such facts were just some of the many topics associated with marijuana that two experts in the field shared with attendees at Wednesday’s Nashua meeting of Science Cafe NH at the Holiday Inn. Dr. Stacy Gruber, director of the Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core at the McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., and Dr. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:13:32 EST Donald Purinton NASHUA, NH/EDGEWATER, FL – Donald Purinton of Edgewater, formerly of Rumford, Maine, passed away on Monday September 15, 2014. He was born on September 27, 1921 to the late Cyruns and Grace Purinton. He attended Stephens high in Rumford, and Wentworth Institute in Boston, MA. He proudly served with the U.S. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:01:12 EST Seventh annual Nashua Salvation Army Applefest planned for Saturday NASHUA – The Salvation Army of Nashua announced its seventh annual Applefest will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Sullivan Farm, 70 Coburn Road. “Applefest is a celebration of family, community and New England traditions,” Salvation Army Maj. David Moore said. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:00:54 EST Nashua North’s Schuyler stops 19 shots in loss to Manchester Central Nashua North goalie Jessie Schuyler did all she could in net, recording another 19-save performance, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Manchester Central in the Little Green’s 2-1 victory. Gabby Masseur scored the Titans’ goal, while Jenna Tingley and Alexandra Norris were strong defensively and the trio of Jessica Williams, Alyssa Bottari and Michelle Ostaudelafont stood out offensively along with Masseur for North (0-4). Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:02:36 EST Bishop Guertin bests Nashua South on the court Kasey Massicotte (eight assists, seven digs), Lexie Cambray (four digs, eight kills, six aces), Kenzie Sweeney (five blocks, four kills) had strong nights for Bishop Guertin, as the Cardinals topped Nashua South 25-13, 25-17, 25-17. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:02:15 EST Nashua North rallies from two down to beat Concord Taylor Choate (15 kills, 14 service points, three blocks) and Rosa Casalduc (10 kills, 20 points) had double-digit kill nights to pace Nashua North’s recovery from a two-game deficit in a 23-25, 23-25, 25-14, 25-22, 15-7 win over Concord. Amanda Stumpf (six kills, 10 points, one block), Kaylee Verrington (eight kills, 12 points) and Allison Paluzzi (seven kills, 11 points) also played well for the Titans (4-2). Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:00:40 EST Nashua police charge Manchester man with sexually assaulting a minor NASHUA – Police charged a Manchester man with sexually assaulting a girl he knew who was under the age of 13. Nashua police arrested Santos Cerritos, age 51, of 66 Ward Street, Manchester, on Monday after an investigation by the department’s Special Investigations Division, police said. Cerritos was charged with two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. The same day, a juvenile female known to Cerritos reported to Nashua police that she had been sexually assaulted by him, police said. As a result of the investigation, a warrant was issued charging Cerritos with the two felonies, each punishable by seven to fifteen years in prison. Cerritos was being held at the Nashua Police Department on $100,000 cash only bail pending his arraignment at the 9th Circuit-District Division-Nashua Court Tuesday. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:01:37 EST Nashua man facing multiple charges after police respond to report of domestic disturbance NASHUA – Police responded to a report of a domestic dispute early Tuesday morning and arrested a city man on a host of charges a short time later at a Nashua business. Police charged Carlos Perez, age 24, of 88 Bowers Street apartment B, with witness tampering; domestic violence, stalking; domestic violence, simple assault; obstructing the report of a crime or injury and theft by unauthorized taking. At around 1:20 a.m. Nashua police were dispatched to an East Pearl Street address for the report of a domestic disturbance. Officers found a female victim had sustained minor injuries and Perez had fled from the scene, police said. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:04:10 EST Nashua man accused of threatening ex-girlfriend with knife NASHUA – A jilted boyfriend showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and threatened her with a knife and pushed her around early Sunday, police said. Police charged Jay Kovich, 21 years old, with criminal threatening – domestic violence, a class B felony; false imprisonment – domestic violence, a class A misdemeanor; and 2 counts of simple assault – domestic violence, a class A misdemeanor. During the incident, which lasted about 30 minutes, Kovich’s ex-girlfriend said he brandished a knife, pushed her several times and told her that she couldn’t leave while he blocked the only exit to the apartment, police said. Kovich was located at a downtown residence and placed into custody around 12:35 a.m. Sunday, police said. A class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison, while a class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in the County House of Corrections. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:04:05 EST Nashua sex offender arrested for allegedly failing to report address change NASHUA – A Nashua man who called police on Sept. 2 to report the theft of his personal belongings was arrested on Tuesday after police said officers learned that the man was a registered sex offender who had allegedly failed to report a change of address. Police said William Thomas Jr., 32, of 5 Warren St., was arrested around 7:30 Tuesday morning and charged with one count of Duty to Inform, a Class A felony. Police accused Thomas, a Tier 2 registered sex offender, of being non-compliant with his registration requirement. Thomas was held at the Nashua Police Department on $5,000 cash or surety bail pending his arraignment, which was scheduled for Wednesday at Nashua district court. Police said Thomas called police to his apartment on Sept. 2 to report some of his personal belongs had been stolen. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:01:26 EST Downtown laments loss as Aubuchon’s packs up stock NASHUA – Some called the news shocking. Others were quick to blame the “mall effect,” or what some called the “Walmartization” of America. But you’d have been hard pressed on Monday to find anyone in Greater Nashua who didn’t admit to at least some degree of sadness upon hearing of the abrupt closure of downtown Nashua staple Aubuchon Hardware. “So, so sad,” wrote Telegraph online reader Laura Denehy. “A sad day indeed,” added Sue Smilikis. “Another store from my childhood gone,” Mark Loulakis lamented. The three are among hundreds, probably thousands, of Aubuchon shoppers trying to come to terms with the unexpected loss of a downtown icon that not only survived in the same spot for 78 years but thrived with competitive pricing and a rapidly-disappearing element in the retail arena: Knowledgeable, and thorough, personal service. “Aubuchon has been the local grocery store you go to every single day,” said Sy Mahfuz, another downtown icon whose family has operated Persian Rug on Main Street for decades. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:01:41 EST Susan Marie Davis Susan Marie Davis, 62 of Nashua, NH died Saturday September 13, 2014 at Salem, MA Hospital. Born May 12, 1952 in Nashua, NH, she was the daughter of the late Gerald and Margaret (Deschenes) Noel and loving wife of David Davis, of Nashua. Susan had worked in injection moldings at Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies in Manchester, NH. She was a member of the Christian Bible Church. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, as well as playing cards and board games. She also enjoyed doing bible trivia. She loved and adored her grandchildren, who brought her tons of joy. Besides her husband, survivors include one son, Timothy Davis, of Nashua; two daughters and two son-in-laws, Dawn Leung and her husband Joe, of Weare, NH and Angela Mao and her husband Samey, of Nashua; one brother and sister-in-law, Maurice Noel and his wife Jeannie, of Nashua; one sister, Louise Coulombe, of Rindge, NH; and three grandchildren, Nathaniel and Collin Mao and Hailey Leung. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:01:56 EST E. Stanley York E. Stanley York, 84, died with his family by his side on Sunday, September 14, 2014, at The Courville in Nashua, NH. He was born December 25, 1930 in Athens, ME, the son of Cyrus and Lottie York. He was the adored and cherished husband of Marie (Indilla) York. They were married on October 22, 1976 in Chelmsford, MA. He attended Skowhegan High School, in Skowhegan, ME and Northeastern University. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:02:04 EST Charles Woodbury Bell Charles Woodbury “Louie” Bell, 94, a well known Hollis resident, died Saturday morning, September 13, 2014 at Nashua Crossings after a period of declining health. Born in Pepperell, Massachusetts on August 25, 1920, he was a son of the late Charles E. and Doris I. (Hartwell) Bell and the grandson of Charles Jerome “CJ” Bell. “Louie” attended Hollis High School where he played basketball and worked for the Triple Knoll Farm. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:02:15 EST Audrey E. Chamberlain MILFORD, NH – Audrey E. Chamberlain, 92, longtime resident of Milford, died on September 15, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Nashua, NH. She was born in Pittsburg, NH on August 11, 1922, a daughter of George and Ada (Crawford) Hilliard. She was raised and educated in Pittsburg and was a member of The Pythian Sisters. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:02:20 EST Theresa J. Dupont Theresa J. Dupont, 80, a longtime resident of Nashua, NH and Milford, NH passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack, NH with her family by her side. She was born March 21, 1934 in Nashua, daughter of the late Henry and Aurore (Desautels) Theriault. She married her husband, Armand R. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:02:27 EST Viola R. Dyer Viola R. Dyer, 91 of Nashua, passed away on September 11, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Barber L. Dyer; and loving mother of Roberta L. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:02:33 EST Thomas MacDonald Thomas “Coach Mac” MacDonald, 83 of Nashua, NH, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 15, 2014 at his home with his loving family by his side. He was born June 25, 1931 in Medford, MA, son of the late Thomas M. and Catherine (Fitzgerald) MacDonald. Mr. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:02:39 EST Candidates for governor seek support in Nashua MANCHESTER – Gov. Maggie Hassan picked up the support of more than 150 veterans from across the state on Tuesday, including Nashua’s Griffin Dalianis, a longtime Republican. Meanwhile, Hassan’s Republican opponent, Walt Havenstein will be in Nashua on Wednesday to pick up the support of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Dalianis, who previously co-chaired both “Veterans for Mitt Romney” and “Veterans for John McCain,” will serve as the Chair of “Veterans for Hassan.” “While I remain a lifelong Republican, I am proud to support Governor Maggie Hassan just as she supports our state’s veterans each and every day,” Dalianis said. “In an era of increasing partisanship, Governor Hassan has proven time and again that she can bring together Republicans, Democrats and independents to deliver for our state’s veterans and their families. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:03:43 EST Central handles Nashua North, 6-1 Sushant Niroula scored the Titans’ only goal on a free kick from 35 yards out. Brett Leblanc had six saves for the 3-2 Titans. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:00:43 EST not available Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:09:12 EST Bishop Guertin tops North in quad meet win The Cardinals (26 points) topped the Titans (37) and also Dover (77) and Spaulding (114) in a quad meet at Nashua Mines Falls Park. Leading the way for Guertin was Choloe Conway in second overall at 20:34, followed by Ellie Goyette in fourth (20:45), Heidi Ntengeri, Jr. (fifth, 20:47), Gabby Richardson (seventh, 20:50) and Danielle Poublon (eighth, 20:51). North’s Carla Kossayda was the first place finisher in 20:31, and Kelsi Farren was third in 20:40. Helen Ntengeri, Jr. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:02:12 EST Press release: Nashua man charged with sexual assault NASHUA – On April 2nd, 2013, Members of the Problem Oriented Policing Unit arrested a Nashua resident on an arrest warrant for Felonious Sexual Assault, Class B Felony. Corey Anderson, 21, of 57 Robin Hood Road, Nashua, was arrested at approximately 7:28 p.m. In December of 2012, the Nashua Police Department’s Youth Services Division received a report of a sexual assault involving Anderson. The investigation revealed that Anderson sexually assaulted a female under the age of 16 in early December of 2012. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:48:16 EST Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:42:01 EST Hudson police charge Nashua man after single vehicle accident on Sunday HUDSON – Police arrested the 22-year-old driver who crashed his car into a telephone pole on Sunday. At around 4:35 a.m. Hudson police responded to a motor vehicle collision on County Road at the intersection of B Street. The driver of the car, Bryan Rodriguez, of Nashua, had struck a telephone pole and stop sign at the intersection with his black 2007 Scion TC, police said. When officers arrived, Rodriguez was attempting to flee the scene, police said. Rodriguez was traveling west on B Street and attempted to turn right on to County Road, but struck the stop sign, the B Street sign and the telephone pole prior to reaching the intersection, police said. Rodriguez, declined medical evaluation, and was charged with conduct after an accident, and driving while intoxicated. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:06:21 EST No reason given for Nashua South girls volleyball coaching change NASHUA – The season is barely 10 days old, but Nashua High School South already has a new girls varsity volleyball coach. Nashua Athletic Director Lisa Gingras on Monday would not comment on the status of longtime Panthers coach Bonny Ducharme, except to say “She’s not here” and said that former junior varsity coach Wayne Siejkowski had taken over the varsity program for the foreseeable future. Siejowski, who played and coached the sport in Wisconsin, had just joined the program this year, along with freshman coach Katie Gabriel. Gingras said the pair will split sub-varsity duties as long as necessary. Is there any timetable for Ducharme’s return, if at all? “That has yet to be determined,” Gingras said.”Wayne is taking the program over indefinitely.” There is one rumor that Ducharme has been indefinitely suspended, which Gingras would neither confirm or deny. “I didn’t say she was suspended,” she said, and when asked if this could be a permanent change, said “No comment.” It’s rare that school officials comment on personnel issues. The Panthers fell to 0-5 on the season with a 3-1 loss against Goffstown on Monday night, and have won only three games total in those matches. Gingras said the players and coach are all making the adjustment. “Obviously anytime there’s a change in the middle of a season, it’s difficult for the new coach as well as the kids,” Gingras said. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:52 EST Nashua South boys soccer puts together match for the ages It wasn’t a Stellos Stadium affair – that location was booked for a high school football doubleheader on Saturday. Perhaps the Nashua High School South boys soccer contest against Hanover should have been awarded the larger venue. Instead Gate City fans suffered through Nashua North’s 27-0 loss to Alvirne at 1 p.m., and Bishop Guertin’s 16-13 defeat against the visiting Tomahawks of Merrimack at 7 p.m. For the first time ever, soccer was the hot topic on a fall weekend in Nashua. Rightfully so. Of course, nobody would have expected what happened on the South campus between 2:30 and 4 p.m. when South beat defending Division I champion Hanover 3-1. The Marauders came to town riding a 24-game unbeaten streak – which started with Game 1 of the 2013 season, continued through a 19-0-1 campaign (including their 18th title in program history), and carried over into this season’s first four games (wins over BG, Concord, Exeter and Londonderry). Then came the Panthers, who during that same time span went 4-13 in 2013 (losing in the first round of the tournament) and then starting this fall 1-2 before meeting Hanover. Hanover came in thinking it was about to face a perennial pushover on the pitch. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:49 EST Celia Trocki Celia Trocki “Polish Princess,” of Nashua, NH & Apopka, FL, passed away on September 14, 2014. She was 95. Celia was born August 6, 1919 in North Adams, Massachusetts. She was an avid Bingo, and card player. She enjoyed many bus trips to Foxwood’s casino, and was an avid Red Sox Fan. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:01:26 EST James G. Prevel James G. Prevel, 76, of Nashua, beloved husband of Tina (Antonas) Prevel, died unexpectedly at his home, Saturday morning, September 13, 2014. Jim left us too soon. Born in Queens, New York on September 8, 1938, he was a son of the late Christopher and Sylvia (Psillos) Prevel. Educated in New York schools, Jim was a graduate of Queens College where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Economics from Baruch University in New York City. A resident of Nashua for many years, Mr. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:01:41 EST Lewis Roy Marshall Lewis Roy Marshall, 98, died at The Courville at Nashua, on Saturday September 13, 2014, following a brief illness. He was born in Nashua on April 14, 1916, a son of the late Roy Flagg and Kittie (Grover) Marshall. He was the husband of the late Elsie (Goodwin) Marshall who died May 7, 2011. Lewis was educated in Nashua and was a1936 graduate of Nashua High School. He attended Nashua Business College. Lewis worked in many capacities beginning in retail at the former Holbrook Marshall Company of Nashua, the former Nashua Baking Company, and the former Hathaway Baking Company of Nashua. He sold and installed aluminum windows and doors, worked for the Hudson School District, Hudson Town Library, a long time caretaker of the Alvirne Chapel and the Hudson Hills House, and was a Special Police Officer in Hudson for 15 years. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:02:01 EST Glenda Fay Aquino Glenda Fay Aquino, 61, resident of Nashua, NH passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in her home Sunday evening September 14, 2014. Glenda was born in El Paso, TX on December 4, 1952, the first of two daughters to Helen and Glenn Pearman. Glenda was raised in Dayton, OH with her sister Debbie. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in music and a minor in teaching. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:02:13 EST JoAnn Duhamel JoAnn Duhamel, 61, of Nashua, wife of Louis R. Duhamel and mother of Allison Tess, died Sunday morning, September 14, 2014 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, after a long illness. A lifelong resident of Nashua, she was born on February 17, 1953, a daughter of the late Roland and Alice (Sharrocks) Leavitt. JoAnn was educated in local schools and was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1971. She furthered her education at a local school of hair design. JoAnn had been employed as a secretary and receptionist with Ear, Nose and Throat Physicians & Surgeons Professional Association of Nashua. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:02:25 EST Matthew P. Ennis Jr. Matthew Patrick Ennis, Jr, 66, of Hollis, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2014 surrounded by his loving family, at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack after a valiant struggle with lung cancer. Matthew was born in Littleton, NH on August 27, 1948, a son of the late Matthew P. Sr. and Florence (Virge) Ennis. He was the beloved husband of Kathryn (Walsh) Ennis of Hollis. Matthew graduated from Nashua High School in 1967 and served in the U.S. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:02:54 EST Frances C. (Caggiano) Pelletier Frances C. (Caggiano) Pelletier, 75, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Sunday September 14, 2014 at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack. Frances was born in Malden, MA on February 13, 1939, a daughter of the late Joseph and Louise (Perry) Caggiano. She was the wife of Robert Pelletier of Nashua. Frances was a longtime resident of Nashua. She loved going to the beach with her daughter Beverly, and she was an avid collector of Angels. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:03:10 EST Camille J. Lessard Camille J. Lessard, 89, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Monday September 8, 2014 at Greenbriar Terrace Nursing Home. Camille was born in East Broughton PQ Canada on June 30, 1925, a son of the late Stanislaus and Marguerite (Drouin) Lessard. He was the widower of his wife, Gertrude (Lee) Lessard, who passed away on December 12, 2013. Camille served in the US Army during World War II in France, Belgium and England as a 1stSquad Leader, 1st Platoon and a Staff Sargent in the 35th Infantry. He was awarded the Purple Heart for an injury sustained by a tank. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:03:17 EST Nashua’s Aubuchon Hardware closed on Monday NASHUA – Just a week short of its 78th anniversary in the same Main Street location, Aubuchon Hardware shut its doors Monday morning, victim of the business world’s hard calculus. “Very disappointingly – because it’s a beautiful store, with a beautiful variety of merchandise – sales had a history of not keeping up anywhere near the times, and there’s no real future for improvement,” said Daniel Aubuchon, chief operating officer of the family-owned Aubuchon Hardware chain, based in Westminster, Mass. The store’s lack of room to expand, and shortage of dedicated parking, were part of the decision. The news spread fast Monday that one of Nashua’s mainstays was shutting its doors, just as soon as the four full-time employees covered the windows with paper and didn’t unlock the doors at 7:30 a.m. Customers, appalled at the news, stopped by the store and the phone kept ringing. “I got a call from Pigeon Cove, Maine, about it,” said store manager Dennis Archambeault, during an interview conducted between calls on his mobile phone. Among those who swung by was Tom Bester, who does maintenance work for Central Realty, a property management firm. “I’ve been here every day for 12 years to get something,” Bester said. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:28:00 EST Nashua throws second annual neighborhood-based block parties September 20 and 27 NASHUA – Getting to know your neighbors in the city the size of Nashua isn’t always an easy thing to do. That’s why community organizers plan to host four neighborhood gatherings for the city’s second annual Block Party event this Saturday and next. Because neighborhood dynamics have evolved with many new families, and with people working long hours and swamped with packed post-work activities, many people never get to see their neighbors, said Chris Williams, President of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and fellow party organizer. “The real benefit is to get outside of your backyard and meet neighbors,” Williams said. Last year, a small group of people organized a revival of the Nashua Block Party tradition in the vein of city block parties from the 1980s. Decades ago, the party would take place in one location on Main Street and would include food, games and live music. “Last year, I gathered a group of people together...we’d each attended block parties way back in the 80s, or heard about it, and would the group be interested in reviving the block party –but with a twist? Smaller block parties, but more of them, as an opportunity to meet neighbors,” Williams said. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:43:00 EST Instead of sitting in jail, Nashua drug court program gave 25-year-old woman fresh start NASHUA – The midday Monday sessions had been the same for almost two years for Amelia Roy. This week, it was different. “I can’t believe it’s the last time I have to come here,” said Roy, as she sat with her mother in Hillsborough County’s Courtroom 4. The pair, and a gallery of others including Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, waited for Judge Jacalyn Colburn to arrive and start regularly scheduled session of Nashua’s drug court, but this time with a twist. Roy, 25, is the first graduate of the drug court program. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:05:46 EST Nashua Pastimes: From Florida to NH, Pickleball takes hold Editor’s note: This is the first of four stories looking at people’s interesting pastimes in Nashua. NASHUA – A dark cloud on the horizon and the distant sound of thunder wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of the dedicated Pickleball players at Fields Grove Park. The players come out every week with lawn chairs, paddles and lots of energy ready to play the relatively unknown sport of Pickleball. Pickleball is a mix of tennis, ping-pong and badminton and has been rising in popularity since its conception in 1965 when Joel Pritchard, a congressman for Washington state, invented the game when his family had nothing to do one afternoon. The game is played using paddles, a net raised 34 inches off the ground and a baseball-sized whiffle ball. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:07:02 EST Lund house in Nashua shows survival of family Editor’s Note: Imagine Nashua: Then & Now is a weekly photo column by Don Himsel. Each week, he will feature an old photo within a more recent photo and an explanation of how he got the shot. The Lund family built this home on Robinson Road in Nashua many years ago. It stands as one of the oldest homes in the city. So this house is certainly interesting enough, if you like old houses, and I do. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:00:39 EST Nashua North tops Bishop Guertin, 3-1 The host Titans improved to 3-2 with a 25-19, 25-18, 9-25, 25-10 win over the Cardinals. Sabrina Ivory had 14 service points and 19 assists, while Taylor Choate had 12 kills, 10 points and two blocks. Also aiding the North cause were Amanda Stumpf (eight kills, eight points and two blocks), Rosa Casalduc (eight kills, 16 points), Allison Paluzzi (six kills, seven points) and Kaylee Verrington (three kills, 13 points). For Guertin (1-3), Margaret Richardson led the way with five kills, two blocks. Lexie Cambray added five kills and five digs while also playing well were Kenzie Sweeney (seven blocks), Kasey Massicotte (seven kills) and Mariana Gomez (five digs). Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:01:23 EST Nashua South falls to Goffstown, 3-1 The Panthers fell to 0-5, bowing in four sets 20-25, 8-25, 25-14, 17-25. Cassie Putsch led the way for the Panthers with five service aces while Samantha Guilfoil (setting) and Sara Drake (defensively) also played well. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:01:14 EST Nashua Police Department arrest log for Aug. 29-Sept.3 Nashua Police Department AUG. 29 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Christopher M. Banks, 37, 17 Paxton Terrace, Nashua, out-of-town warrant. Alondra Hernandez, 22, 82 West Hollis St., Apt. H, Nashua, theft by unauthorized taking. Shawn Aron O’Neill, 27, 23 Temple St., Apt. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:00:38 EST Nashua lacrosse community will long remember Mike Bolduc It was a busy summer, and an even busier start to the fall, as expected, but time to catch up with a few local and regional tids and bits: First, this is waaaay overdue, but has to be recognized. Right around the same time the late Nashua Silver Knights pitching coach Tom Bowles passed away in early June, another key person in Nashua sports lost his life. Mike Bolduc, the former Nashua High School boys lacrosse coach, lost his battle with cancer back in early June while living in Sandy River Plantation, Me., at the young age of 58. Bolduc was a longtime educator at the high school level in Nashua (1982-2009), but in the local sports world, he really was Nashua’s Father of Lacrosse. Bolduc had the great vision to start a club lacrosse program at the then single Nashua High School in the late 1980s. He knew that the sport, then only played by a few high schools in the state, would take off in no time. He had the vision to get as many athletes involved in it as he could, knowing at the time his club program was still no match for a Pinkerton or a Londonderry, the two biggest schools in the state playing the sport at the time against prep school competition. And now look at the sport in Nashua and around the state today. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:16:00 EST Joe Giempietro fueling Merrimack High School’s running game Merrimack running back Joe Giampietro has had an injury-plagued career, but the senior appears to be fully healthy for the 2014 season. He has compiled 146 yard and a pair of touchdowns through two games, including Merrimack’s 16-13 win Saturday night over Bishop Guertin, in which he made the decisive score in the closing minutes of the game. He seems primed to get the bulk of the Tomahawks’ carries as the season progresses. “It’s nice for him because this is the first time in two years that he’s actually cleared game two,” Merrimack coach Dante Laurendi said. “So that was a victory in itself, getting him through game two. I’m sure it weighed on him mentally.” After carrying the ball only 11 times in his team’s opening-day victory over Keene, Giampietro saw his usage increase in game two. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:01:02 EST High School Football Summaries at Stellos Stadium PINKERTON 29, NASHUA SOUTH 7 Pinkerton (2-0) 0 14 8 7 – 29 Nashua South (0-2) 0 0 0 7 – 7 FIRST QUARTER No scoring. SECOND QUARTER PA – Jack Hanaway 54 run (Kyle Cantalupo kick), 9:28. PA – T.J. Urbanik 54 run (Cantalupo kick), 5:27. THIRD QUARTER PA – Urbanik 80 run (Hansen rush), 2:52 FOURTH QUARTER PA – Hanaway fumble recovery in end zone (Cantalupo kick), 9:56. NS – Malik Langa 8 run (Ryan Guidaboni kick), 6:59. INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Pinkerton (30-315-2 TD) – T.J. Urbanik 13-195-2 TD, Jack Hanaway 5-112-2 TD, Nico Buccieri 2-11, Jason Hansen 5-6, Peter Cyr 3-minus-9, Mike Curley 1-6, Nick Coombs 1-minus-6, . Nashua South (53-200-1 TD ) – Andrew Decartaret 19-90, Colin Morrow 6-37, Josh Perry 17-42, Jesse Clauss 1-7, Malik Langa 10-24-2 TD, . PASSING: Pinkerton – Jack Hanaway 1-3-18. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:40:00 EST Another mostly boring (hooray!) season winds up for river-testing program Sometimes dull is good – such as when you’re hunting for problems and don’t find much. “In general, the rivers were excellent this year. It was almost boring,” said George May of Merrimack, as the 18th season of testing the Souhegan and Merrimack rivers for bacteria and dissolved oxygen winds up. “You can just about predict what things are going to be.” “We did have one, maybe two, big rainstorms – they are pretty good indicators that there will be (high bacteria counts). But that was it,” said May, a director of the Souhegan Watershed Association. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:01:18 EST NRPC map: Average commuting times mostly related to major roads If you don’t want a long commute, live near a major road, as Hollis demonstrates. This is one of a number of charts and maps taken from the draft of the 2015-2035 Regional Plan from the Nashua Regional Planning Commission. The plan examines the current and future state of the 13-town Nashua region, which stretches from Lyndeborough in the west to Pelham in the east to Merrimack in the north. The draft can be seen online at regions/nashua-region/documents. The commission is seeking public input on its draft and will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:03:43 EST Lawyers say accused Nashua kidnapper was too high to talk to police NASHUA – Lawyers for a man charged with kidnapping a woman, raping her in a Nashua motel room and then engaging in a standoff with police say he was too high on painkillers for police detectives to have interviewed him. Stanislav Osherov’s attorney, public defender Michael Davidow, wants a Hillsborough County Superior Court judge to throw out comments Osherov made to police during a 90-minute interview on Jan. 28. Osherov had taken as many as 50, 30-milligram Percocet pills during the previous day and night and told detectives he was starting to “withdraw” and was feeling sick, according to a motion filed at the court. Prosecutors have objected and say it’s clear from the transcript of the interview that Osherov was well aware of what was happening and that he had a right to not speak with police without an attorney, according to court documents. Osherov, 23, of Auburndale, Mass., was arrested following a standoff with police at the Motel 6 on Progress Avenue in Nashua on Jan. 27. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:03:59 EST James G. Prevel James G. Prevel, 76, of Nashua, beloved husband of Tina (Antonas) Prevel, died unexpectedly at his home Saturday morning, September 13, 2014. Born in Queens, New York on September 8, 1938, he was a son of the late Christopher and Sylvia (Psillos) Prevel. A complete obituary and funeral arrangements will appear in Tuesday’s edition of The Telegraph. The FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE, 18 Lock Street, Nashua is in charge of arrangements. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:01:36 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – Sept. 15 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA FREE SMARTPHONE WORKSHOP Learn how to get the most out of your smartphone in a free workshop held 6-8 p.m. Sept. 16 at U.S. Cellular, 375 Amherst St. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:02:16 EST Nashua woman named NDA’s international student services manager TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. – The Academy of Notre Dame announce that LiHsi Chen, of Nashua, accepted the position of international student services manager. Chen has extensive experience in international marketing and has worked part-time as a consultant for the international program at the academy for several years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration from Rivier University. Chen’s daughters, Sara and Emily, attended the academy and are graduates of MIT. Chen has been a parent volunteer for MIT’s Parents Association and Admissions for the last seven years, has served as volunteer chairwoman of the MIT Parents Association and founded the MIT Parents Facebook group. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:02:21 EST Therapist at Massage Envy Spa in Nashua raises money for Arthritis Foundation NASHUA – Massage Envy Spa, a locally owned spa that is part of a company for therapeutic massage in the United States, supported Brandon Benoit, of Greenfield, in the 2014 New Balance Falmouth Road Race to raise money and awareness for arthritis. Benoit is a lead therapist at Massage Envy Spa, 310 Daniel Webster Highway, and he ran with the Arthritis Foundation, New England Region’s Joints in Motion team, on Aug. 17. “Many of the clients I treat suffer from arthritis, so I understand how debilitating it can be,” Benoit said. “When I learned that Massage Envy Spa is a national sponsor for the Arthritis Foundation, I wanted to become involved. “I love to run, and I’m thrilled to use another one of my passions to help raise money and awareness for such a worthy cause.” Benoit became a lead therapist with Massage Envy in 2013. Benoit hopes to continue helping people manage their pain and will be applying to the University of New Hampshire to pursue a career in physical therapy. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:02:26 EST Wilbert ‘Will’ A. Morin Jr. Wilbert “Will” A. Morin Jr., 65, died suddenly on September 12, 2014 at the Exeter Hospital. He was born on March 31, 1949 in Nashua, NH, the son of the late Wilbert A. Morin Sr. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:01:07 EST Gladys A. Blanchette Gladys A. Blanchette of Milford, NH, died Thursday, September 4, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH, at the age of 76, with her loving family by her side. Gladys was born in Goffstown, NH, on June 15, 1938, to Granville A. and Elsie H. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:01:47 EST Matthew P. Ennis Jr. Matthew Patrick Ennis, Jr, 66, of Hollis, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2014 surrounded by his loving family, at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack after a valiant struggle with lung cancer. Matthew was born in Littleton, NH on August 27, 1948, a son of the late Matthew P. Sr. and Florence (Virge) Ennis. He was the beloved husband of Kathryn (Walsh) Ennis of Hollis. Matthew graduated from Nashua High School in 1967 and served in the U.S. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:01:59 EST Nashua aldermen approve contracts for police, para-educators NASHUA - A pair of city labor contracts – a short, single-year pact for school district para- educators and a rare 7-year agreement for the Nashua Police Patrolmen’s Association – attained the Board of Aldermen’s approval late into a marathon meeting last week. The para-educators’ agreement with the Board of Education gives the district’s nearly 400 paras a roughly 2.7 percent increase per employee for the fiscal year that began July 1 and ends June 30, 2015. It also freezes for that period employees’ step increases, which are annual raises based on years of experience. The steps will still count toward employees’ seniority, but not for pay raises. The contract was ratified by the teachers union in August. It passed 14-0 with Alderman at Large Brian McCarthy abstaining because his wife is a para- educator and is covered by the contract. The contract, which covers para- professionals such as reading specialists, job coaches and classroom special education teachers, got good reviews from the aldermen who spoke before the vote. “We get good value from our para-professionals,” said Ward 3 alderman David Schoneman. “Further, it’s only a one-year contract.” The police union contract also passed, but with two dissenting votes and considerably more discussion than the para-educators’ pact. In attendance were close to two dozen uniformed police officers, including Chief John Seusing and Deputy Chief Andrew Lavoie, who waited more than three hours for the verdict. Several speakers, most urging aldermen to approve the contract, addressed the matter earlier during public comment period. Seusing, who spoke at length, identified one of the officers present – patrolman Donald Weiss – and described Weiss’s lead role in apprehending two armed gang members early the morning of Aug. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:06:31 EST Grant makes Nashua drug court official as its prepares for a first ‘graduation’ NASHUA – An informal drug court in Nashua is about to become formalized after receipt of a $325,000 federal grant that arrives just days before the first defendant “graduates” from the program. The money, in a three-year grant, will cover treatment costs, case management and urine testing, “which is a big component of drug court,” said Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Jacalyn Colburn. Drug courts target offenders who have no other access to treatment programs but who aren’t violent criminals. Instead of going to jail, a drug court defendant follows a court-ordered regimen of treatment, weekly therapy sessions, drug tests, work or school requirements and weekly meetings with a judge. “It’s all based on sanctions and rewards,” Colburn said. “If things go badly, it’s off to jail for a wake-up call. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:06:47 EST Lightning, ‘adventure shopping,’ election news are Telegraph’s most read stories Although New Hampshire’s primary election pushed reader traffic at to some of the highest levels in recent weeks, only two  election-related stories broke into the top 10 of most read articles for last week. Instead, readers showed more interest in a lightning storm and the arrival of discount retailer Ocean State Job Lot. “Quick action of teen after Nashua building struck by lightning may have averted more serious damage” was the most popular news item, collecting 2,415 views. Nashua High School North basketball player Ronnie Silva and a half dozen or so of his friends had gathered for a bite in the kitchen of his East Pearl Street home when the 14-year-old said, “The window lit up.” “We didn’t know where it hit at first. We saw a hole in the house with smoke coming out,” he said. “It was so loud. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:37:00 EST Following national trend, student demographics in Nashua continue to diversify Fewer than two-thirds of students in Nashua schools identified themselves as white last year, compared with 94 percent a decade earlier. The change is part of a trend seen in many schools in the state and across the nation, even as New Hampshire remains one of the least racially diverse states. The population of Nashua’s schools is far more diverse than the state’s population as a whole. In 2013, 91.6 percent of New Hampshire residents identified themselves as white/non-Hispanic compared with 65.7 percent of Nashua students. “I think we see our diversity as a strength,” said Nashua School District Superintendent Mark Conrad, who said his family chose to move to Nashua for this reason. “We moved into the community because we wanted our students to be in a diverse community,” he said. Besides the majority of white students, the largest ethnicities include 20.7 percent Hispanic students and 7.6 percent Asian/Pacific Islander students, which includes children of Indian decent. Other groups identified as black/non-Hispanic at 3.7 percent; 2 percent identified as more than one race; and 0.3 percent identified as Native American. The state’s diversity is often shown in its youth. While more than 91 percent of residents are white, that number falls to 88 when counting the 185,320 total enrollments in state schools,  according to the state Department of Education. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:07:08 EST Nashua’s largest boardinghouse comes under scrutiny of city officials NASHUA – Nashua’s code enforcement team descended on the city’s largest rooming house last week, days after aldermen questioned the conditions at the property and whether the city should be spending any funds there. An 11-person team spent several hours at 23-25 Temple St., otherwise known as the Temple Street Hotel, for the second time this summer looking for code, building safety, fire and health violations and whether previously highlighted issues had been repaired, said Nelson Ortega, manager of the city’s Code Enforcement Department. The inspection has been scheduled as a follow-up to one that city officials conducted in July. “There was improvement in a lot of areas,” Ortega said of the large brick building at the corner of Temple and Spring streets that once served as a YMCA. A report detailing findings by fire, safety, health and other officials is being compiled and should be available soon, he said. The city has been focusing inspections this year on its eight rooming houses, which provide short- and long-term housing in separate rooms that often use shared bathrooms. With 122 rooms, the Temple Street Hotel is much larger than the others – the next biggest, the Laton House at Railroad Square, has about 44 rooms – and generates the most complaints. “We’ve been working with this property for years now,” Ortega said. Violations found during the inspection include sanitary issues, both within units and within the building, and utility issues, such as electrical work done without proper permits. The July 15 visit found dozens of violations ranging from unplugged fire detectors, faulty wiring and leaking roofs to bedbug infestations, toilets that wouldn’t flush and, in one case, a bucket of moldy urine, according to a notice of violation the city sent to the building’s owner, 23-25 Temple Street Realty LLC. A Telegraph reporter and photographer attempted to accompany the Sept. 9 inspections but were not allowed in the building by a pair of men who said they represented the building’s owners. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:07:22 EST Significant changes at Nashua High North Nashua High School North students have officially said goodbye to a wonderful summer vacation. Having returned to the big brick building, students are once again delving into their scholarly routines. The new school year has brought two drastic changes to the Titan community. The most significant is the addition of E-Block to the class schedule. E-Block is a 34-minute, yearlong course between second and third blocks. In order to make room for E-Block, classes and time between classes was shortened. The purpose of E-Block is to bring together a small group of 10-20 students with one teacher for the rest of their high school career so the students can create a bond with one adult in the building who can talk to them about their issues, and also to have in-school time to talk to teachers about work and to complete tasks. “I think the addition of E-Block presents an invaluable opportunity for students trying to maintain their academics who, for various personal reasons, may find difficulty making time after school to do so,” junior Adaeze Okorie said. The second change is the state’s requirement for all schools to slowly integrate competency-based grading into their systems. Competency-based grading obligates teachers to drift away from traditional percentage and letter grading. Teachers will start grading students’ understanding of a topic based on their ability to share it via presentations, speeches and group work on a four point scale: 1, incompetent; 2, needs improvement; 3, competent, 4, understands beyond subject matter. This method reduces worksheets and standardized test while increasing hands-on, interactive projects. “Competency-based grading allows students to pinpoint their problems in the classroom,” Okorie said. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:07:52 EST NCA welcomes a new school year As the new school year begins for Nashua Christian Academy’s students, there are nerves as well as excitement for all of the upcoming work and activities. Everyone wants to overcome something different this year; NCA’s student body wants to grow in Christ, themselves and much more. New motivation for change for the good can be seen in every one of the amazing students who make up NCA’s student body. While most of the nerves about this year have to do with academics, freshman Ryan Desaulniers says “being the freshman” is the most nerve-wracking thing for him. Gabrielle Carpenter, also a freshman, says she wishes “to be able to make friends more easily.” Fortunately for everybody with these back-to-school worries, everyone is excited about the new friendships and lifelong bonds they will be able to form this year. Senior Anne Niemaszyk, when asked what she was stirred to change this year, said, “Involving everyone – high school and even junior high.” Sophomore Hannah Keldsen said what she wanted to change this year was “bringing groups together and being the bridge between the different groups.” Growth in so many ways is expected this year. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:08:19 EST Pets of the week for Sept. 14 Humane Society for Greater Nashua HARLEY Hi, everyone, I’m Harley! I’m an absolutely adorable 4-year-old gal looking for my new family. I’m cute, aren’t I? One thing you can’t tell from my picture is that I’m blind. I’ve been that way since birth, so I’m very well adjusted. I need a home where I can have some consistency in my surroundings, and would love to have a doggie door leading to a fenced-in yard like I did at my previous home! I like just about everyone I meet, kids and other dogs included! I have good manners and walk well on leash, too – you just need to talk and lead me in the right direction. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:09:39 EST Nashua Soup Kitchen looking for volunteers for their big move to new digs NASHUA – Moving day is quickly approaching for the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter and officials there need some able-bodied volunteers. The soup kitchen’s pantry will be moved from 42 Chestnut St. to its new digs on Quincy Street starting at 8 a.m. on Sept. 17. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:06:40 EST Mormon Church sponsors Nashua River Trail Clean-up on Sept. 27 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites anyone age 8 and older to participate in a Nashua River Trail and Greeley Park Clean-up Day on Saturday, Sept. 27. People will help do everything from painting rails and staining decks to pulling weeds, hauling dead wood and picking up trash. The event will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers may participate anytime during these hours by checking in at the church parking lot at 110 Concord St., next to Greeley Park, where they will receive a volunteer vest, tools and instructions. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:06:35 EST Nashua Education Foundation to recognize former teacher, principal with award Stanley Stoncius, a retired principal and educator, was been named the recipient of the Ron Krauss Outside the Profession Award by the Nashua Education Foundation. The award honors an individual who has made a major impact on education in the city. Stoncius served as a junior high and high school English teacher, as well as principal of Nashua High School. The foundation will present the award at the first NEFie Award Ceremony on Oct. 16 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:01:40 EST Nashua School District awarded grant for mental health, counseling Members of the Nashua school board found out the district was approved for a U.S. Department of Education “Mental Health and Schools Together” grant for $1.18 million. But they weren’t so quick to accept the money. The MAST grant would last three years, and would go to Amherst Street and Ledge Street elementary schools. The grant would expand counseling services and professional development in mental health and counseling at both schools by hiring additional support personnel. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:06:24 EST Police: No criminal charges from accident at Ledge Street Elementary in Nashua NASHUA – The woman whose car jumped the curb during student drop-off, striking two students outside Ledge Street Elementary School on Wednesday, is not facing criminal charges, police said. Surveillance video of the accident from the school’s security camera shows students and parents walking into the main entrance before school started around 8 a.m. An SUV passed the main entrance, followed by a sedan driven by Renee Larochelle, 44, a mother of students at the school. The sedan drove onto the curb and hit two students who followed their mother, sending one girl into the bushes and pinning the other beneath the car. People rushed to the students’ aid while the mother pounded on the car’s hood. She then dragged one of her children out from underneath the car. One of the girls is in third grade and the other in kindergarten. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:00:42 EST New Nashua Ocean State Job Lot store celebrates with grand opening NASHUA – This weekend is one of fanfare for the people who operate the popular discount department store chain Ocean State Job Lot as they gather in Nashua to celebrate the opening of their 114th store in the Main Street Marketplace. The shopping center at 300 Main St., formerly known as Simoneau Plaza, was Nashua’s first multitenant plaza, or “strip mall,” which opened just over 50 years ago. Ocean State becomes the newest presence, joining Shaw’s and several smaller retailers and eateries. The store welcomed its first customers a week ago, but saved its grand opening for this weekend. The first event, a VIP reception, took place Friday evening. Scott Saucier, of Merrimack, who was named manager of the store, will oversee a 31,000-square-foot operation run by about 35 full- and part-time employees in sales, operations and customer service. “We’re beyond excited to open our 11th store in New Hampshire,” Saucier said. He noted that Ocean State is taking over the site of the former Bradlees department store, a Nashua staple for most of the second half of the 20th century. Saucier calls Ocean State “a closeout-driven shopping destination stocked with tremendous values.” The festivities continue Saturday. Daylong activities will begin when the store opens at 8 a.m. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:03:35 EST 30 years after it went underground, Nashua High class ring sparkles like new Don’t expect to hear this from your favorite lapidary or eagle-eye horologist, but Nashua native Carmen Fortier – although she readily admits no professional expertise in such matters – says she just found out the best way to preserve a piece of jewelry: Bury it. Cringe or chuckle you might, but it worked for Fortier, who was reunited by pure luck last week with her beloved Nashua High School Purple Panther ring, which apparently lay in the front yard of her childhood home for three decades’ worth of rain, snow, fertilizing and mowing until the current resident unearthed it a week ago while doing some landscaping. “It was amazing. … It all came right back to me,” said Fortier, who graduated from NHS in 1983 and hadn’t seen her ring since 1984. “I suddenly remembered how I pored over that brochure, making sure I got every little detail just right.” Fortier, now 49 and still living locally, spoke of the annual visits that the ring manufacturers make to high schools, leaving brochures and an ordering deadline for seniors who want to buy a class ring. The happy reunion was brokered, so to speak, by a longtime neighbor who told Fortier he would just as soon not be identified. Likewise for the finder, who has lived in the Fortiers’ former house for about three years. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:04:10 EST Mill Stores furniture outlet in Nashua to shut as company consolidates NASHUA – Mill Stores, a Massachusetts-based retailer of unfinished furniture, will close its Nashua location this year, part of a consolidation of the chain. “We don’t have the exact date,” said Cameron Doucette, of Nashua, a stockroom clerk at the store in the West Side Plaza, Route 101A, who said store management had been told it would close by the end of the year. Vicki Small, an official at the corporate office in Hyannisport, Mass., would confirm only that the Nashua store and some other stores would close. No other information was available,  despite the store releasing brochures for “store closing sale” that say that nine stores, including the other New Hampshire store in Stratham, will be shut. Most of the 51-year-old company’s stores are located in Massachusetts, but it also has stores in Kingstown, R.I., and  Manchester, Conn. The firm sells furniture from stools to sheds to dining room sets that must be finished or painted by the buyer. It also includes finished services in which people can select their own color combinations and finish. The company also sells mattresses, linen, upholstered furniture and other items, including outdoor shower kits, cupolas and mailboxes. West Side Plaza is anchored by Market Basket and Big Lot. The Nashua store has about 12 employees, Doucette said. David Brooks can be reached  at 594-6531 or dbrooks@nashua Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:05:01 EST Nashua police seek public’s help to find suspect who robbed Wendy’s Nashua police responded to Wendy’s fast-food restaurant near the Nashua Mall around 9:10 p.m. Thursday, but not for a late-night snack. Employees at the restaurant at 14 Gusabel Ave. reported that a man with a knife approached a clerk and demanded money. The suspect is described by police as a white male, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 and possibly in his 20s. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:00:35 EST North blanks Alvirne Nashua North 2, Alvirne 0 Zach Pike got the scoring started for North, with a beautiful 25 yard strike in the first half. Shayne Seidl scored the second North goal, with the assist going to Todd Redman. In goal for North, Brett LeBlanc made eight saves for the shutout. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:01:46 EST Event offers good chance to prepare for the worst In emergency situations knowing what to do and when to do can be the difference between life and death. That’s why The Nashua Office of Emergency Management is conducting the Greater Nashua Family Emergency Preparedness Day at the Pheasant Lane Mall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is an opportunity for people to learn skills that can allow them to react quickly and efficiently in emergency situations. City Director of Emergency Management Justin T. Kates said the event brings together “all agencies and private groups that are involved in safety and preparedness. “It’s a great chance for us to educate our community,” Kates said. The focus of this year’s event, which is the third held at the mall, is turning awareness into action by encouraging everyone – from individuals to communities – to make an emergency preparedness plan. For example, setting up a home evacuation strategy ahead of time can save precious seconds if a fire breaks out or some other catastrophe strikes. Kates said experts will be available to explain how to practice preparation and be more self-reliant before, during and after an emergency. More information can be found on or Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:00:48 EST Aldermen made right call on contract Thank you to the Nashua Board of Aldermen for making the right vote this past Wednesday concering the Nashua police patrolman’s contract. A special thank-you goes in particuliar to both aldermen Brian McCarthy and Paul Chasse. These gentleman, in my opinion, had not yet made up their mind before the meeting. They listened to thoughts shared by myself, Chief John Seusing and their fellow board members. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:00:36 EST Defense rules Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:00:51 EST Merrimack High School Highlights FIELD HOCKEY Sept. 3: Merrimack 3, Nashua North 0 Callie Dwyer scored two goals and assisted on a third, leading Merrimack to a 3-0 season-opening win over Nashua North at Stellos Stadium. Titans goalie Jessica Schuyler did all she could to stop the Tomahawks, recording 20 saves in defeat. Both of Dwyer’s goals came with help from Dana Mendes. Dwyer then fed Jessie Londono for the Tomahawks third goal. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:01:24 EST Driver in fatal Brookline crash the day before Christmas says phone evidence shouldn’t be used against him NASHUA – Police illegally seized and then searched the cellphone of a man charged with hitting and killing a woman in a car crash just a few hundred feet from her parents’ house the day before Christmas in Brookline, according to the man’s lawyer. A lawyer for Greg Cullen, 32, of 166 Badger Hill Road, Milford, filed a motion at Hillsborough County Superior Court asking a judge to rule that Brookline and state police illegally took Cullen’s cellphone after the crash in front of the Brookline Safety Complex that killed 30-year-old Brookline resident Katie Hamilton. The motion also asks a judge to rule that even if the seizure was proper, the search warrant shouldn’t have allowed police to look information stored on the phone regarding text messages and phone calls, according to a motion filed this month. “The affidavit in support of the search warrant did not establish probable cause that a crime had been committed or that evidence of a crime would be found within the cellular telephone,” defense attorney Michael Iacopino wrote. Brookline police officer Nicholas Lavoie was one of the first officers on the scene and spoke with Cullen after noting that he was “walking around slightly disoriented “and then that he “came around and appeared to be fine,” according to the motion. Cullen told Lavoie he saw Hamilton’s SUV about to turn left off Route 13 and that he glanced down at his cellphone to check the GPS directions he was following. When he looked up, Hamilton’s car hadn’t turned and he could not avoid striking it with his 2009 Toyota pickup truck. The impact pushed Hamilton’s vehicle into oncoming traffic where it was struck by another pickup truck, according to police. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:52:01 EST Local high school football preview capsules for Week 2 FRIDAY Pinkerton (1-0) at  Nashua South (0-1) WHERE: Stellos Stadium. WHEN: 7 p.m. 2013 RESULT: Did not play. LAST WEEK’S RESULTS: Salem 35, South 14; Pinkerton 63, Alvirne 20. FYI: After dropping its first game of the season, 35-14 to Salem, Nashua South didn’t have much time to lick its wounds. The Panthers don’t have a cupcake to enjoy Friday at Stellos Stadium, they have the high-powered Pinkerton Academy Astros. South’s defense gave up nearly 400 yards of total offense to Salem, almost 300 of it on the ground. In Pinkerton’s 63-20 win over Alvirne, the Astros, led by T.J. Urbanik (five carries, 112 yards, two TDs), rushed for 395 yards as a team. Hollis Brookline (0-1) at Milford (1-0) WHERE: Milford High School. WHEN: 7 p.m. 2013 RESULT: Milford, 35-8. LAST WEEK’S RESULTS: Milford 35, John Stark 14; Windham 56, HB 0. FYI: The Spartans fell behind 7-0 against John Stark, but Max Urda and Jahir Romney helped rally Milford. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:34:01 EST Bronze Craft fined, allegedly released selenium into city water system NASHUA – Bronze Craft Corp. will pay a $131,115 penalty to the state because a 2012 inspection found they did not remove enough heavy metals from their wastewater before sending it into the city sewage system. Attorney General Joseph A. Foster and N.H. Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Thomas Burack announced Thursday that the Hillsborough County Superior Court South had approved a consent decree under which Bronze Craft will pay the civil penalty of $131,115 in monthly increments of $10,926.25. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:05:24 EST WWII planes will depart Nashua airport Friday after latest visit The Wings of Freedom Tour of WWII vintage planes winds up at Nashua today. The planes, a B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and P-51 Mustang, are at Boire Field as part of a 110-city tour. Visitors can explore the aircraft at a cost of $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. WWII veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:06:49 EST Lucas Urena-Holguin Lucas Urena-Holguin, 77, of Nashua, passed away on Monday, August 4, 2014 in Merrimack, NH. He was born in the Dominican Republic on November 10, 1936, the son of Leonida and Maria (Dolores) Holguin. He was raised in the Dominican Republic, and he did construction for the Army there. On September 25, 2004 he came to the U.S. He was a very hardworking man, an excellent father and a great provider for the family. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:07:16 EST Dennis Moran Dennis Moran, 61, of Merrimack, NH, died Tuesday morning September 2, 2014 at the Community Hospice House after a courageous battle with leukemia. Born in Nashua, NH on August 27, 1953, he was the son of the late Paul Moran & the late Germaine Poitras. Dennis was an avid Boston sports fan and loved watching Red Sox baseball and New England Patriots football. He also loved spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 5 years, Tracey Moran; his son, Joshua Moran of Boston, MA; daughter, Tanya Moran of Hudson, NH; stepdaughters, Amanda Lawrence and her husband Jonathan of Windham, NH, and Sarah Bouvier and her husband Matthew of Manchester, NH; sister and brother-in-law, Jerilyn & James Linscott of Nashua; and longtime friends, Linda & Mike Felch, Sr. of Nashua. He also leaves his 6 beloved grandchildren, Felicia, Mateo, Andrew, Noah, Makeliah and Kathryn; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Therrien; and sister, Jacqueline McMaster. Family and friends were invited to attend his graveside committal service on Monday, September 8th at 11am at the Edgewood Cemetery, Amherst St., Nashua. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:01:38 EST Volunteer opportunities in Greater Nashua 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 looking for volunteers and for donations of buckle collars for dogs 20-60 pounds, Martingale collars for 20-80 pounds, harnesses for small to medium dogs, paper towels, hand sanitizer, quality treats, nylabones, kongs, fleece bedding, dog coats size small to large, or gift cards to relevant stores for these supplies. Donations can be mailed to ARNNE, c/o P.O. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:01:48 EST Nashua man wanted in Mass. for burglary charge NASHUA – Police say they arrested a Nashua man who was wanted in Massachusetts for burglary. According to police, Richard Waite, 25, of 5 Shedds Ave., was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 10, for being a fugitive from justice. Patrol officers came into contact with Waite at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland, Maine, to take him into custody on an outstanding warrant for domestic violence, simple assault, a class A misdemeanor. The domestic incident occurred at a residence in Nashua on August 19, 2014. The victim, who was known to the defendant, did not suffer any serious injury. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:56 EST Police say Nashua man pulled handgun during argument NASHUA – A Nashua man has been charged with pulling a handgun and threatening to shoot another person during an argument over money. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, at about 7:40 p.m., Nashua police arrested Todd Brigham, 30, of 25 Cross St., Apt. 2, and charged him with criminal threatening, a Class B felony. According to police, an adult male from Nashua, had gone to Brigham’s residence to drop off money owed from previous work completed. An argument ensued, between the two, police said, and Brigham pulling a handgun on the victim and threatening to shoot him. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:41 EST Nashua Catholic holds 10th annual golf tournament NASHUA – The 10th annual Nashua Catholic Golf Tournament was held at the Amherst Country Club on Aug. 14. The winners were Steve Crisp, Jerry Jorgenson, Zach Stitham and Mike Cole. Coming in second were Andrew Kerouac, Jim McFadden, Matt McFadden and Jesse Verley. Proceeds go toward the Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School athletic program and building improvements. The tournament was sponsored by Microdesk, Granite Group Benefits, SARA Mortgages and Jeannotte’s Market. For more information, call 882-7011 or visit Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:01:41 EST Nashua man qualifies for Homes for Heroes program NASHUA – David Pothier and his fiancee, Tanya Gray, recently received a check for $1,165 from the Homes for Heroes program to be used toward the purchase of their new home. This program was created after the tragic events of 9/11 as a thank you to the men and women who have given so much. Heroes across the country register at every day looking for the savings. Pothier, a Marine veteran and owner of Wilfred’s Barbershop in Nashua, served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He took advantage of the Homes for Heroes program through Frank Menard Realty Group, the local affiliate for Homes for Heroes. Military personnel, firefighters, law enforcement officers, health care professionals, education professionals and others who make communities a better place to live qualify for the program. For more information or to register, visit Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:01:36 EST Nashua DAR members attend Cathedral of the Pines Service NASHUA – Four members of the Matthew Thornton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Nashua attended the 67th Cathedral of the Pines Service in Rindge on Aug. 9. Attending were Laurie Alliegro, Judy Eriksen, Ellie Freeman and D. Quincy Whitney. Quincy is the author of “Hidden History of New Hampshire,” an anthology of 60 stories about the most important legacies of the state. The book was a research project for the Smithsonian in 1999, when New Hampshire was the featured state at the American Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Two stories in the book share the history of the Altar of the Nations and the bell tower at the Cathedral of the Pines. For more information, visit The DAR State Regent’s Banquet was held the evening before the service at the Courtyard Marriott in Nashua. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:01:17 EST Humane Society for Greater Nashua to hold community forums NASHUA – The Humane Society for Greater Nashua will hold the first in a series of community forums from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in the East Wing of the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St. The event will offer the Humane Society an opportunity to present information on new animal care services being offered this winter. It will also provide the community the chance to speak with Humane Society leadership and to discuss current animal welfare needs in the community. Additional forums are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:00:47 EST Recognize any of these students from 1963? 116 years ago, 1898 Isaac Brothers took over the old shop of Charles Tarbell on Elm Street in Milford, under Fletcher’s laundry. He was to provide bicycle repairing and wheelwright work. Passenger traffic over the Fitchburg and Milford railroad line was said to have been the heaviest in history, during the summer. One Saturday night, the train left Ayer with nearly 100 passengers. The Grand Hotel in Mont Vernon closed for the season with the owner and his wife and the balance of their help, returning to Boston. Miss Anna L. Melendy, a musician from Nashua, was in Perham Corner in Lyndeborough with relatives from Milford. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:05:01 EST Souhegan Valley’s ‘Blue Bus’ celebrates 15,000th ride Souhegan Valley Rides, commonly known as “The Blue Bus,” recently provided its 15,000th ride. Mike Ploss, of Milford, was honored as the 15,000th passenger. Ploss, a regular rider, has needed to use paratransit services for more than 11 years. “Milford is a great town,” he said. “I’m able to live here because of the bus service.” Ploss was presented a gift basket filled with local produce and gift cards donated by Lull Farm of Milford, Shaw’s of Milford, Wal-Mart of Amherst and Longhorn Steakhouse of Amherst. “These businesses are very supportive of our efforts, and we really appreciate all their help and interest,” said Rebecca Crowther, a member of the Souhegan Valley Transportation Collaborative board of directors. Souhegan Valley Rides is a regional dial-a-ride bus program that has served Amherst, Brookline, Hollis and Milford since 2008. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:05:25 EST Golf tournament benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua Golf, giveaways and great food are on the horizon for the CBM Cares Golf Classic benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua and Greater Salem. The tournament will be held Friday, Sept. 19, at Amherst Country Club. The tourney is in its 12th year as one of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ signature fundraising events. Money raised supports the more than 275 mentor matches throughout southern New Hampshire. Single player and foursome rates include cart and green fees, coffee and morning pastries, lunch on the course and an end-of-day barbecue provided by Texas Roadhouse. Golfers will also receive gifts from Dixon Golf and a number of local businesses at an on-course expo. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:05:31 EST ‘La Familia’ sculpture dedication Sunday NASHUA – The International Sculpture Symposium is pleased to announce the dedication of the sculpture “La Familia” at 1 p.m. Sunday. The sculpture, located in Park Social at Labine at the corner of Pine and Central streets, was created by Tony Jimenez from Costa Rica in 2013, as part of the 6th annual International Sculpture Symposium. “La Familia” is being sponsored by John, Mickey, Katie and Jeff Rudolph in memory of John’s sister, Kathryn Rudolph Budde. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:03:13 EST The Stompers, The Fools in Nashua on Saturday NASHUA – Downtown Music Festival will wrap up its summer series with a huge double-bill of local favorites, The Stompers and The Fools, from 6-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic, and the mobile City Stage will be in place between High and Pearl streets, for these two popular bands. The legendary Stompers played their first show in November 1977. The band has long been recognized for their raucous live shows, kept alive for more than three decades by a spirited legion of dedicated fans. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:03:17 EST Gate City Charter School for the Arts holds Starry Night Gala fundraiser at Nashua Country Club “The Starry Night” is arguably one of Vincent van Gogh’s most identifiable paintings. Capturing the evening sky in southern France filled with stars and the swirling promise of dawn, it is the perfect metaphor for a new school beginning its journey with stellar young minds. The Gate City Charter School for the Arts will hold its Starry Night Gala at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 at Nashua Country Club, 25 Fairway St. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:03:28 EST M&M Productions brings ‘God of Carnage’ to Nashua this weekend This weekend, the clafouti’s gonna hit the fan. M&M Productions will present Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St., in downtown Nashua, Thursday-Sunday. In the words of their press release, it’s “a funny and insightful dark comedy about manners – without the manners.” “God of Carnage” tell the story of two couples who meet for the first time shortly after their sons have a nasty schoolyard tangle. Michael and Veronica invite Alan and Annette to their home to settle matters. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:03:49 EST Another jam-packed week of food, fun, theater and more in NH It’s going to be another one of those awesomely busy weeks for an arts and entertainment editor – or for any fan of all southern New Hampshire has to offer. As I go to press Wednesday morning, I’m very excited that I get to meet author Gregory Maguire tonight. The “Wicked” scribe made a stop at the Nashua Barnes and Noble, and I’ll have my copy of his new book, “Egg & Spoon,” in hand for his autograph. Check our calendar listings for future author visits; Barnes and Noble is bringing some heavy-hitters to Nashua! Thursday, I’ll be at the opening of “God of Carnage,” presented by M&M Productions. I spoke with “one of the Ms,” director Mark Ferman, about this painfully hilarious play about two contentious couples who meet to discuss a fight their sons had. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:00:57 EST Catherine Ann Nesbitt Catherine Ann Nesbitt, 49, of Nashua died Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack surrounded by her loving family. She was born January 29, 1965 in Sacramento, CA, daughter of Mary Turner of Sacramento, CA and the late James Turner. Cathy was the wife of John Nesbitt of Nashua, with whom she shared 25 years of marriage. Cathy was currently employed as a waitress at the Lobster Boat Restaurant in Merrimack. She served as a volunteer for many years at the Birch Hill Elementary School in Nashua. Cathy enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping and skiing and was a regular at her gym. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:01:12 EST 250 volunteers in ‘Day of Caring’ for area non-profits More than 250 volunteers spent Wednesday working in and around Nashua for the United Way of Greater Nashua’s 23rd annual “Day of Caring.” “Volunteers are doing everything from collating paperwork to pulling weeds,” said United Way volunteer Julia Keenan. Keenan had visited several of the project sites Wednesday morning, including St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church for the “Stuff-the-Truck” collection drive. Partnered with UPS, “Stuff-the-Truck” aims to fill a UPS truck with non-perishable food and supplies for Greater Nashua food pantries, shelters and transitional housing programs. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:01:25 EST Airport tussle overrides contracts, fees at Nashua aldermen meeting NASHUA – Groups of Nashua police officers and school district para-educators who came to Wednesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting to support the passage of their respective union contracts suddenly found themselves outnumbered by dozens of people who took turns chastising members of an aldermanic committee for their “disgraceful” and “disrespectful” treatment of Airport Authority board nominee Sandra Adams at the committee’s Aug. 25 meeting. About a dozen people rose to speak on the matter after aldermen agreed by a 9-6 vote to suspend the rules to allow comment on an issue that wasn’t on the agenda. In other matters Wednesday night, the board approved a developer’s petition to waive school impact fees for Stinson Park, a new 55-plus condo community under construction off Pine Hill Road. The 14-1 vote grants the petition brought by Stinson Park Associates principal Randy Turmel, which had been recommended by the city Planning Board as well as the aldermanic Planning and Economic Development committee. Aldermen asked several questions of Turmel’s representative, attorney Brad Westgate, and discussed the matter for a time before approving it. Alderman-at-Large Jim Donchess said he opposed granting the waiver, saying in part that the developer already has a profit advantage over many other developers because of the density of the community. Donchess cast the lone “no” vote. On the Adams issue, Donald Davidson, former city alderman, mayor and longtime Airport Authority chairman who recently resigned the post, accused members of the Personnel and Administrative Affairs Committee of “maligning (Adams) with untrue distortions that had nothing to do with her capability … that some of you never researched.” “That elected officials would be so disrespectful during an interview is disgusting,” Davidson continued. “This is a volunteer position, an unpaid position. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:01:51 EST Two students injured, building struck during Ledge Street Elementary drop-off NASHUA – A potentially tragic outcome was narrowly avoided at one of the city’s elementary schools Wednesday morning after a car jumped a curb and hit two students, although neither was badly hurt. Teachers at Ledge Street Elementary School called 911 around 8 a.m. Wednesday after a sedan went over a curb near the building’s main entrance, striking a kindergartener and a third-grade student being walked to school by their mother and then struck a brick column, according to Principal Janet Valeri. Neither of the students, who are sisters, were badly injured. They had scraped knees and other minor injuries but were taken to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, according to Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Michael O’Brien. O’Brien said the report of a car into the building in the middle of student drop-off time summoned an engine and ladder truck and two ambulances to the school. He said Nashua police are investigating the crash. Valeri said she was alarmed when she saw several teachers rushing toward the exit. “You don’t see a lot of people running out of the school,” she said. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:02:32 EST Max Silber Community Service Award honors two career volunteers in Nashua Ray Lambert and Daniel Munroe are this year’s winners of the coveted Max I. Silber Community Service Award presented by the Greater Nashua United Way to residents who embody the ideals of community service and volunteerism. The pair were honored Wednesday as part of the United Way’s “Day of Caring” appreciation barbecue. Each winner has a long history of volunteering in the Nashua area. Lambert has worked in commercial banking for 35 years and currently leads Provident Bank’s Nashua commercial lending group. He served as project review leader for the United Way’s Day of Caring Committee for 23 years and also volunteered on the group’s Community Investment Panel, Community Investment Cabinet and board of directors. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:02:45 EST Greater Nashua seniors encouraged to participate in Stand Up to Cancer Day NASHUA – Local seniors are joining a national movement to stand up to cancer because of their own battles with the  disease or because it has taken the lives of so many of their family and friends, with no cure in sight. In honor of Stand Up to Cancer Day and National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, Visiting Angels  will help seniors take a stand against cancer by giving back to the most heartbreaking of cancer victims – children. Visiting Angels, one of the largest in-home senior care companies in the nation, has an office at 11 Northeastern Blvd., No. 120. More than half of all cancer victims are seniors 65 years and older. And a recent study reveals  that by 2030, 70 percent of the elderly population will have cancer. In September, Visiting  Angels caregivers will help seniors create cards to lift  the spirits of local children battling cancer. More than a classroom of kids a day are diagnosed with cancer each year in the U.S. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:00:31 EST ‘Dinner and a Movie’ returns to Nashua Senior Activity Center NASHUA – The Nashua Senior Activity Center will continue to host “Dinner and a Movie” events thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Ann DeNicola Trust. Earlier this year, center members were treated to movies such as “Frozen” and “Saving Mr. Banks.” One event featured a  home-cooked pork roast dinner. To get into a Halloween mood, members will enjoy the Hitchcock thriller “Vertigo” on Oct. 17, followed by a dinner of salad and chowder. The event also will feature a Halloween costume contest and other Halloween events before and after the movie, and the center will raffle off “Dinner for a Week” and have a 50-50 raffle. The next event will be Nov. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:00:59 EST Nashua Historical Society plans fall programs NASHUA – The Nashua Historical Society has announced its schedule of fall programs. All of them will be held at 7:30 p.m. at 5 Abbott St., and the public is invited. Sept. 16: “Weaving Traditions of the Abenaki Nation,” presented by Liz Charlebois. Charlebois is an Abenaki basket maker from Warner. She has been making black ash and sweetgrass fancy baskets for 13 years. Charlebois has shown her work in several museums, including the Fairbanks Museum, Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum and Musee des Abenakis. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:01:49 EST Emma Jeanne Pippenger Steven and Stacey Pippenger, of Merrimack, announced the birth of their daughter Emma Jeanne Pippenger at 7:26 p.m. July 8, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua. Emma was 7 pounds, 15 ounces and 19 inches long at birth. She joins her sister Kathryn Jo, 22 months. Paternal grandparents are Steven and MaryJo Pippenger, of Hawthorn Woods, Ill. Maternal grandparents are Kenneth and Jo Arnold, of Nashua. Emma’s aunts and uncle are Jill Arnold, of Nashua; Charles Pippenger, of Hawthorne Woods, Ill; and Elizabeth Pippenger, of Orlando, Fla. Maternal great- grandparents are Leo and Doris Champoux, of Bartlett. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:01:55 EST Stories, free books inspire children at YMCA of Greater Nashua NASHUA – Children served by the YMCA of Greater Nashua were treated to a presentation by author and storyteller Simon Brooks from 9:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 4 and brand-new books to keep thanks to a grant from the Children’s Literacy Foundation. Brooks led an interactive presentation for 200 children. Afterward, each child selected two new books to keep from hundreds of titles. Brooks began telling tales in 1990 and has been a professional storyteller since 2003, working with libraries, schools, festivals, private organizations and individuals, and museums throughout New England. The grant also included an on-site library for the Y to provide children even more access to books. The Children’s Literacy Foundation works to combat the so-called “summer slide” through its Summer Readers grants. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:02:09 EST Thank you for help with street fair at Tolles Street Mission in Nashua To the Editor: The Tolles Street Mission would like to thank the donors, supporters and volunteers who helped to make our second annual street fair a success. You are amazing! Your generosity allowed us to provide a moment of laughter and fun to those who needed it. We had a great turnout, and everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed himself or herself. There was singing and dancing in the streets! We would especially like to thank those who provided the great entertainment: Josh Moore, Sandy Dillon and her dancers, Victor Aviles, Jeanne McFadden,  James Gaudreau and  Kenneth Sound. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:02:30 EST Nashua police charge man with selling thousands of dollars of former roommate’s property Nashua police arrested a man on Tuesday accused of pawning thousands of dollars in items that belonged to a former roommate this spring. Police were called to a city residence on May 17 for a report of multiple items being stolen. The victim said he believed Jeffrey Bradbury, 25, now of 14 Melendy Road, Hudson, may have taken them because he had abruptly moved out without telling the victim, police said. Detectives investigated and found a number of the items, worth more than $1,500, had been sold to numerous pawn shops in the city and that Bradbury was identified as the seller, police said. Bradbury was arrested around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and charged with Class A felony receiving stolen property. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:02:07 EST Pinkerton Academy clobbers Nashua South Nashua South dropped its first road game of the season, suffering a 10-0 loss to Pinkerton Academy in Derry. Paige Murphy recorded 14 saves in net for the Panthers, while Alyssa Freeman, Emma Losciavo, Sam Harden, Grace Landry, Shannon Collins, Jenny Halloran, Hannah Hansen and Hannah Lambert all played well in defeat. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:00:44 EST Nashua North locks up first win of season courtesy of Winnacunnet Sabrina Ivory (18 assists, 10 service points), Holly Reed (18 service points, 24 assists) and Rosa Casalduc (five kills, 10 service points) all had big days from behind the service line to net Nashua North it’s first win over the season, 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-21) over visiting Winnacunnet of Hampton. Taylor Choate (four kills, six service points) and Amanda Stumpf (seven kills, five service points) also had solid days for the Titans (1-2), who take the court again Friday (6 p.m.) at Goffstown. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:00:38 EST Nashua North shut out by Salem Nashua North goalie Jessie Schuyler had another strong game between the pipes, stopping seven shots, but it wasn’t enough in a 3-0 loss to Salem. The Blue Devils went up 2-0 in the first half on goals by Allie Sirmaiian and Natalie Aazarito and finished off the scoring with a Grace Bottomley second-half goal. Titans varsity newcomers Katrina Grabeau and Jenna Tingley played outstanding defense in the loss, which dropped North to 0-2 on the season. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:05:20 EST Learn how to be prepared for emergencies at Saturday event in Nashua NASHUA – Emergency safety plans, fire extinguisher demonstrations and CPR training are just a few of the attractions at this year’s Greater Nashua Family Emergency Preparedness Day scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Pheasant Lane Mall. The Nashua Office of Emergency Management teams with the mall each September for the event, which will be held in the mall’s North Court area. City Director of Emergency Management Justin T. Kates said the event brings together “all agencies and private groups that are involved in safety and preparedness. “It’s a great chance for us to educate our community.” The focus of this year’s event, which is the third held at Pheasant Lane, is on turning awareness into action by encouraging everyone from individuals to communties to make an emergency preparedness plan. He said experts will explain how to practice preparation and be more self-reliant before, during and after an emergency. More information can be found on or --DEAN SHALHOUP Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:04:00 EST Patricia E. Young Patricia E. Young, 79, of Nashua died September 5, 2014 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. She was born on February 23, 1935 in Bath, ME the daughter of the late Leo and Mildred (McQuarrie) Boucher. Patricia was a 1954 Nashua High School graduate. Patricia worked as a stitcher at J.F. McElwain in Nashua for 12 years. She was a sports fan, enjoying the Patriots. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:00:50 EST Barbara M. Rodgers Barbara M. Rodgers, a long-time resident of Hudson and part-time resident of Cape Coral, FL, died Sunday, September 7, 2014 at the age of 85. She was born on November 30, 1928 in Nashua, daughter of the late Clarence William and Mary (Hopwood) Haight. She was the former wife of the late G. Phillip Rodgers. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:01:02 EST Eugenia A. (Lontine) Everett Eugenia A. (Lontine) Everett, 85, of Nashua, NH passed away on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Courville of Nashua. She was born May 20, 1929 in Nashua, daughter of the late Albert and Jennie (Hill) Lontine. Mrs. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:01:09 EST Shirley A. (Gallant) Duhamel Shirley A. (Gallant) Duhamel, 65, of Merrimack, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 8, 2014 with her family by her side. Shirley was born in Nashua on April 6, 1949 a daughter of the late John Gallant and Marion (Laliberte-Gallant) Manning. She was the beloved wife of Richard Duhamel of Merrimack. Shirley was a warm, caring, loving and very giving person. She had been employed by Critical Care in Bedford. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:01:30 EST Andrew J. Deering Andrew J. Deering, 29, of Nashua, passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at his home. Andrew was born in Nashua on April 26, 1985, a son of James Deering and Michele (Gamache) Deering, both of Nashua. Andrew was employed in the produce department at Whole Foods. He enjoyed skateboarding, listening to music and playing video games. Besides his parents, Andrew is survived by: one sister, Elyse Deering of Nashua; one niece, Savanna of Nashua; maternal grandmother, Normande Gamache of Omaha NE; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014 in the Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home, 21 Kinsley Street, Nashua, from 6-8 PM. Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:01:43 EST Nashua school construction projects could add up to more than $7 million NASHUA – Several of the city schools are in need of fixing – everything from room repairs, to new gym floors, to a general renovation and the price tag may be more that $7 million to get all the work done. Director of Plant Operations Shawn Smith gave school board members a look at the renovations plans for district buildings on Monday night. Members approved hiring Noblin Associates to design and administer work related to fixing the roof at Elm Street Middle, Fairgrounds Middle, New Searles and the plant operations building for $32,130. The cost of the actual roof repairs would be considerably more. Members also voted to hire Gale Associates to design and determine the scope of work necessary to replace the rubber gym floor at both high schools for $30,200. Their work will allow for the district to then seek bids on renovations. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:58:45 EST Sheehan, Wheeler win primaries in Executive Council race Dianne Sheehan and David Wheeler will face off in November in the Executive Council seat vacated by Debora Pignatelli. Ballots from some of the 32 towns that make up District 5 were still being counted as The Telegraph went to press, but Sheehan and Wheeler seemed certain of victory. On the Republican side, Wheeler, of Milford – who has held this seat in the past – said he was satisfied with his margins of roughly 2-1 over political newcomer Steve Hattamer, a Nashua anesthesiologist, in many towns. “Looking at percentages last time I had an opponent from the Nashua area, I’m tracking the same percentage,” Wheeler said. “I was curious how much the commuter rail issue would play.” Wheeler has long been an opponent of state aid to bring commuter rail up from Lowell, Mass. – an issue that Hattamer hammered him on. “Rail would be a great thing; the only issue is how do we pay for it?” Wheeler said. For his part, Hattamer pointed to turnout, which was less than 20 percent in most communities. Nashua turnout was about 16.5 percent; Hollis, where he now lives, was 23 percent. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 01:01:51 EST Voters trickle to polls in Nashua area; Brown visits Ward 9 If the rest of the state follows suit with the Nashua area for voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary, the 20 percent turnout that officials predicted last week may actually be a tad on the high side. Political experts were declaring back of the envelope estimates for Republican voters to be about 110,000 to 120,000 Tuesday night as results trickled in from around the state. “Not gangbuster,” declared UNH professor of political science Dante Scala on social media. Much earlier in the day, a check of several Nashua polling places revealed on average one, maybe two, voting booths were occupied at any one time. Likewise, sign-toting campaign volunteers assembled outside the polls found plenty of time to chat amongst each other, even crossing party lines to help fill the time between greeting voters. City clerk Paul Bergeron said about 16.5 percent of city voters cast ballots in the election. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 01:01:59 EST Nashua School Board hears argument for allowing alcohol on school grounds NASHUA – Chamber of commerce President Chris Williams would like to see a little alcohol served at a city middle school – after hours, of course. Williams asked the school board on Monday to consider allowing alcohol to be served at Elm Street Middle School’s Keefe Auditorium, which hosts frequent after-hours events such as Symphony NH performances. The request prompted board members to review a possible policy change regarding the sale of alcohol on school property. Keefe Auditorium is often used because it’s one of the larger arts venues in the state, Williams said. “One of the drawbacks, being on school property, we’ve never had the opportunity to serve a glass of wine or beer during intermission,” he said. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:34:00 EST Nashua man accused of hitting car with baseball bat, threatening man NASHUA – Police arrested a city man Monday and charged him with damaging a vehicle and threatening another person with a baseball bat. Police were called to a convenience store in the city’s north end for a report of man hitting a car parked nearby with a baseball bat. Officers found Byron Medina, 23, of 2 Kendrick St., Nashua, there and arrested him. He was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief for the vandalism and then with felony criminal threatening when police learned he had also threatened to hit a person with the bat, police said. Medina was held on $5,000 cash or surety bail and scheduled to be arraigned at Nashua district court on Tuesday, police said. The Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines. The misdemeanor charge is punishable by up to a year in jail plus fines, police said. – JOSEPH G. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 01:01:29 EST Nashua North edges South Nashua South’s Sam Nielsen was medalist for the match at Atkinson Country Club but the Titans edged the Panthers, 220-221, with host Timberlane a distant third at 243. Brandon Gillis and Mike Jensen led North (3-3) each with 40 while Alex Richard fired a 43, Tom Hyland a 46, and Ben Pelletier a 51. Also for South (5-3), Christian Sullivan had a 43, Peter McManus a 45, Peter Tansey a 46 and Jeff Mitchell finished with a 48. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:00:23 EST Nashua man charged with choking, threatening woman A Nashua man was arrested last week and charged with choking and threatening to kill a woman. Nashua police were called to a city residence on Sept. 5 and were told by a woman there that Paul McCoy, 60, had threatened to kill her, assaulted her and then strangled her, police said. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and McCoy was charged with domestic violence: second-degree assault, a felony, as well as domestic violence: criminal threatening and simple assault, misdemeanors, police said. McCoy refused bail and was scheduled to be arraigned at Nashua district court on Monday, police said. The Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines. Each of the Class A misdemeanors is punishable by up to a year in jail plus fines, police said. – JOSEPH G. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 01:02:16 EST Primary election day is this Tuesday Tuesday, Sept. 9, is party primary day in New Hampshire. Here is where and when to vote. Nashua residents, remember that wards 1, 3 and 5 have new voting locations. Amherst Souhegan High School, 412 Boston Post Road, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Brookline Captain Douglass Academy, 24 Townsend Hill Road, 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Hollis Hollis Brookline High School, 24 Cavalier Court, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Hudson Hudson Community Center, 12 Lions Ave., 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Litchfield Campbell High School, 1 Highlander Court,  7 a.m.-7 p.m. Lyndeborough Town Hall, 1131 Center Road, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Merrimack Mastricola Upper Elementary School, 7 School St., 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Milford Milford Middle School, 33 Osgood Road, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 00:02:33 EST Quick action of teen after Nashua building stuck by lightening may have averted more serious damage NASHUA – Ronnie Silva and his friends got more than they bargained for when they went into his kitchen Saturday for a snack. A weekend storm brought lots of rain and lightning to the region. Trees and branches succumbed to the wind and generally havoc reigned for a short time around the city. While the 14-year-old Nashua North basketball player and a half dozen or so of his friends gathered for a bite in the kitchen of his East Pearl Street home, he said “the window lit up.” “We didn’t know where it hit at first,” Silva said Monday. “We saw a hole in the house with smoke coming out.” “We were just hanging out. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 00:07:10 EST Defendant in Hollis home invasion case wants cell phone evidence thrown out NASHUA – Lawyers for a woman accused of trying to kill a Hollis man during a 2013 home invasion want a judge to throw out some evidence police obtained from her cell phone. Cynthia Nagele, 58, of Lowell, Mass., was in Hillsborough County Superior Court on Monday while her attorneys questioned a Hollis police detective about affidavits he filed to get search warrants for Nagele’s cell phone, as well as the phones belonging to two other defendants. Detective Jonathan Tate testified that he drafted the search warrant applications based on an interview he conducted with one of those other defendants, Ralph Doucette, 54, as well as information other officers were giving him based on evidence being collected and interviews with Nagele, the third defendant, Paul Carbonneau, 43, and the victim. Tate said he used another officer’s name as the author of the affidavit because that officer was the one available to travel to Nashua district court and swear to the application before a judge. Public defender Eleftheria Keans questioned Tate about the search warrants seeking access to the phone’s text message log and browser history, even though police had only been told about the defendants making phone calls before and after the incident. A 911 call made by the victim captured part of the alleged attack. Tate testified Monday that what he heard on the tape didn’t sound like Nagele was acting in self-defense though he didn’t offer any specifics. Nagele is accused of breaking into a trailer on Moaar Hill Road in Hollis on May 17, 2013, and beating and stabbing the man inside, using a hammer and knife. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 08:57:37 EST Walnut Street Oval in Nashua part of urban renewal in blighted tenement area Editor’s Note: Imagine Nashua: Then & Now is a weekly photo column by Don Himsel. Each week, he will feature an old photo within a more recent photo and an explanation of how he got the shot. You have got to go back a ways to find the first traffic rotary in existence, but only to the 1960s or so for one in the center of the city. The Walnut Street Oval appeared as part of the urban renewal efforts after the middle of the 20th century. Many of Nashua’s downtown streets had been set up in a grid pattern, courtesy of the Nashua Manufacturing Co. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:59:42 EST Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:48:24 EST Hudson Police Department June 2 Arrests/Summonses Tina Hagerty, 48, 395 Mammoth Road, Apt. 9, Lowell, Mass.: Theft, 1:46 p.m. Ryan V. St. Louis, 36, 14 Summer St.: Driving after revocation or suspension, 3:29 p.m. Ian Anderson, 26, 14 Jacobs St., Peabody, Mass.: Five counts, simple assault; one count each, criminal threatening and criminal mischief, 9:03 p.m. Accident Lowell Road: 10:25 a.m. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 01:01:36 EST Merrimack Police Department arrest log for July 19-31 Merrimack Police Department July 19 Arrests/Summonses William S. Annis, 30, 59 West River Road, Manchester: Driving while intoxicated, 1:35 a.m. Zachary Mastrangelo, 20, 5 Partridge Lane: Disorderly conduct; possession of marijuana, 1:15 p.m. July 20 Arrest/Summons Kenneth G. Shapiro, 58, 87 Indian Rock Road: Driving while intoxicated; aggravated DWI, 1:48 a.m. July 21 Arrest/Summons David Morse, 72, 18 Highland Green: Five counts, aggravated felonious sexual assault, 8:14 p.m. Accident Greeley Street and Daniel Webster Highway: 5:26 a.m. One-vehicle accident. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 01:01:30 EST Nashua Police Department arrest log for Aug. 27-29 Nashua Police Department AUG. 27 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Darrion Weekly, 19, 219 Notre Dame Ave., 3N, Manchester, reckless conduct. Darrius Weekly, 20, 38 Orange St., Apt. 1, Manchester, criminal liability for conduct of another. David Weekly, 18, 38 Orange St., Apt. 1, Manchester, criminal liability for conduct of another attempt first-degree assault, criminal liability for conduct of another first-degree assault, unsworn falsification. Miguel Angel Pagan, 33, 507 Broad St,. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 01:01:41 EST Marilyn Murphy Marilyn Matula Murphy, 73, died peacefully on September 4, 2014 at The Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH surrounded by her devoted family following a brief battle with an aggressive form of cancer. She was born on June 12, 1941 in Schenectady, NY, a daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Siatkoski) Matula. Marilyn was lovingly married to Kevin Murphy for 49 years until he passed away on March 13, 2014. A 1963 graduate of Rider University, NJ, Marilyn earned degrees in history and behavioral science and was a cheerleader. After graduation, Marilyn began her 46-year career in social work. From 1988 until her 2009 retirement, Marilyn’s work focused on abused and neglected children at the Nashua office of the NH Division of Children, Youth, and Family Services as district office leader, assistant supervisor, and case worker. Prior to coming to NH, Marilyn was a case worker for the Departments of Public Welfare for Schenectady, NY, Pittsfield, MA, and Mount Vernon, IN. Throughout her life, Marilyn was devoted to her daughters, supporting them in every way. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:02:49 EST South ‘sabotages’ itself in Salem The determined look on Nashua High School South football coach Scott Knight’s face said it all. “We’re going to need a great week of practice,” he said after Salem stomped his Panthers 35-14 in Friday’s season opener. “We have Pinkerton on Friday.” And a Panthers defense that gave up nearly 400 yards to the Blue Devils, almost 300 of it on the ground, will have its work cut out for it. The telling point for Nashua is that it allowed drives of 91 and 80 yards, the killer being Salem’s opening second-half march. That started with a 48-yard run by Blue Devils back Matt Loffredo, who left the game with an injury soon after, and, as Knight said, “It went all downhill from there.” South also committed a key encroachment penalty on a fourth down Salem play. Also, two of Salem’s five touchdowns came on fourth down. “We did everything we could to sabotage ourselves,” Knight said. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:05:03 EST Aldermanic panel, Planning Board OK tax impact waiver request for condo developer NASHUA – An aldermanic committee and the city Planning Board have agreed that a new 55-plus condo community will have so few, if any, school-age children living there that it’s reasonable to waive school impact fees typically assessed on builders and developers of residential projects. Members of the Planning & Economic Development Committee voted this week unanimously to approve the petition and grant the waiver to Stinson Park Associates LLC, the Nashua-based developer that is in the process of building 17 dwellings on roughly 5 acres at 65 Pine Hill Road. On Thursday, the Planning Board also gave the measure a favorable recommendation, leaving it up to the full Board of Aldermen to discuss the matter and decide whether to give it final approval. Aldermen are scheduled to take up the matter at their next meeting, which is Wednesday, Sept. 10, because Tuesday’s primary election falls on their regular meeting night. The petition, presented to the Planning and Economic Development committee by Nashua attorney Brad Westgate on behalf of the developer, Randy Turmel, included the results of a 2013 study by another developer that shows only 10 school-age children live in 15 area 55-plus communities surveyed. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:17:14 EST Nashua Board of Education reconvenes Monday to discuss budget, E-Block update NASHUA – Following a week of no board or committee meetings, the city’s Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Nashua High School North to talk about the 2016 education budget and Enhancement Block implementation. A new period this year, E-Block allows students time during the day to meet with teachers, get academic help and engage in extra-curricular activities. The most recent board meeting was held on Aug. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:55:00 EST Primary election day is this Tuesday in New Hampshire Tuesday, Sept. 9, is party primary day in New Hampshire. Here is where and when to vote. Nashua residents, remember that wards 1, 3 and 5 have new voting locations. Amherst Souhegan High School, 412 Boston Post Road, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Brookline Captain Douglass Academy, 24 Townsend Hill Road, 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Hollis Hollis Brookline High School, 24 Cavalier Court, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Hudson Hudson Community Center, 12 Lions Ave., 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Litchfield Campbell High School, 1 Highlander Court,  7 a.m.-7 p.m. Lyndeborough Town Hall, 1131 Center Road, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Merrimack Mastricola Upper Elementary School, 7 School St., 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Milford Milford Middle School, 33 Osgood Road, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Mont Vernon Mont Vernon Village School, 1 Kittredge Road, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Nashua All wards: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. n Ward 1: Birch Hill Elementary School, 17 Birch Hill Drive. n Ward 2: Charlotte Avenue Elementary School, 48 Charlotte Ave. n Ward 3: First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester Street. n Ward 4: Ledge Street Elementary School, 139 Ledge Street. n Ward 5: CrossWay Christian Church, 503 Main Dunstable Road. n Ward 6: Fairgrounds Middle School, 27 Cleveland Street. n Ward 7: Dr. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:52:00 EST Christopher P. Maynard Christopher Paul Maynard, 49, a lifelong Nashua resident, passed away Wednesday evening, September 3, 2014 after a brief illness. Born in Nashua on May 11, 1965, Christopher was the beloved youngest of ten children of the late Lucien J. and Ellen A. (Ganos) Maynard. He spent his earlier years loving his family, home and Manchester Street neighborhood. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 01:01:25 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – Sept. 8 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA LEAGUE OF NH CRAFTSMEN GALLERY CLASSES The League of N.H. Craftsmen will offer these classes in its gallery at 98 Main St. Information/registration/brochure of classes: 595-8233 or 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 13 or Nov. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 01:02:16 EST College honors for students from Greater Nashua College achievements by Greater Nashua students: PLYMOUTH STATE UNIVERSITY These local students were named to the spring 2014 president’s list at Plymouth State University. FROM AMHERST: Jeffrey Chappell, Vivian Kattell, Rebecca Weldon. FROM BROOKLINE: Julia Boulay. FROM GREENVILLE: Jeremy McLeod. FROM HOLLIS: Mariah Mann, Benjamin Michon. FROM HUDSON: Jennifer Hassey, Deanna Hudson, Alexander Liakos, Neil McCarthy, Alexa Moore, Sabrina Searles, Heather Tabor. FROM MERRIMACK: Alexander Cronin, Stephen Cuipa, Edward Fleming, James Lawson, Kate Poirier, Kimberly Pucel. FROM MILFORD: Daniel Burgess, Matthew Codispoti, Emily Getchell-Lacey. FROM NASHUA: Jillian Beaucher, Travis Bennett, Kellie DeSimone, Christopher Drury, Evan Gaudette, Megan Mace, Monica McKeon, Andrew Normandy, Ashley Perry, Sarah Racicot, Kathryn Verfaillie, FROM WILTON: Eric Gabor. These local students were name to the spring 2014 dean’s list at Plymouth State University. FROM AMHERST: Molly Murphy. FROM BROOKLINE: Prescott Flaum, Ryan Quigley. FROM HOLLIS: Kayla Claire, Molly Fitzpatrick, Steven Grant. FROM HUDSON: Samantha Weis. FROM LITCHFIELD: Erin King. FROM LYNDEBOROUGH: Ashley Riendeau. FROM MERRIMACK: Hannah Dutton, Sarah Kahn, Taya Lavigne, Ian Urquhart. FROM MILFORD: Dylan Adamowski, Adrianna Devine. FROM NASHUA: Kaitlyn Belair, Jessica Coughlin, Daniel Farrell, Hailey Gallagher, Kaitlin Mackey, Sonya MacMillan, Travis McGrath. ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY These local students graduated this spring from Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology. FROM BROOKLINE: Lucy Bradshaw, B.F.A. in graphic design; Glenn Levesque, B.S. in electrical engineering technology. FROM MERRIMACK: Caitlyn Siemens, B.S. in applied arts and sciences. FROM MILFORD: Taylor Gosselin, B.S. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 01:02:07 EST Souhegan Valley’s ‘Blue Bus’ celebrates 15,000th ride Souhegan Valley Rides, commonly known as “The Blue Bus,” recently provided its 15,000th ride. Mike Ploss, of Milford, was honored as the 15,000th passenger. Ploss, a regular rider, has needed to use paratransit services for more than 11 years. “Milford is a great town,” he said. “I’m able to live here because of the bus service.” Ploss was presented with a gift basket filled with local produce and gift cards donated by Lull Farm of Milford, Shaw’s of Milford, Wal-Mart of Amherst and Longhorn Steakhouse of Amherst. “These businesses are very supportive of our efforts, and we really appreciate all their help and interest,” said Rebecca Crowther, a member of the Souhegan Valley Transportation Collaborative board of directors. Souhegan Valley Rides is a regional dial-a-ride bus program that has served Amherst, Brookline, Hollis and Milford since 2008. With steady growth over the last six years, it recently expanded to Mont Vernon and Wilton. Vehicle and call center operations are subcontracted from the Nashua Transit System. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 01:02:36 EST James Pleat locks down his second City crown NASHUA – Nashua golfers take notice: James Pleat is back, and he’s firmly reestablished as the best golfer in the city. Pleat topped his performance from Saturday, improving his score by two strokes as he won the Nashua Cities Golf Tournament championship at the Nashua Country Club. He finished seven strokes better than runner-up Ryan Friel, who started the day in third. Pleat hadn’t competed in the city tournament since he last won in 2008. You wouldn’t have known that based on his play, as the Nashua South and Dartmouth College alum carried over his calm and collective play from the opening round at Green Meadow into Sunday’s action. “It feels good to be back,” Pleat said. “We have a lot of good players in Nashua and they always put up a good fight. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 01:03:18 EST River is an underappreciated asset Nashuans should be grateful to the score of Appalachian Mountain Club Paddlers under the able direction of Denise Hurt that devoted several hours on Saturday to collecting trash from the shore of Nashua’s biggest river. Although miles of the Merrimack’s shoreline were found to be quite clean, other areas contained enough old tires, bottles, plastic, iron pipes, etc., to nearly fill their kayaks, canoes and pack boats. Two truckloads of trash were hauled to high ground at the Greeley Park boat ramp – still decrepit but newly accessible after the city regraded the access road. Sun, 07 Sep 2014 12:00:52 EST Sheehan for District 5 Executive Council On Tuesday, Sept. 9, Democratic and independent voters will choose the Democratic candidate for District 5 Executive Council. While both candidates are appealing, only Diane Sheehan has the unique combination of professional and political experience – along with a track record of civic involvement, standing up for families and strong constituent service – that will enable her to win the general election in November. Diane has extensive experience with multimillion-dollar budgets and management in the private sector, as well as wide-ranging skills in the public arena. She has been involved in the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, serves on the Nashua Board of Aldermen and is a leader of Nashua’s Infrastructure Committee. Sun, 07 Sep 2014 11:01:20 EST Christopher P. Maynard Christopher Paul Maynard, 49, a lifelong Nashua resident, passed away Wednesday evening, September 3, 2014 after a brief illness. Born in Nashua on May 11, 1965, Christopher was the beloved youngest of ten children of the late Lucien J. and Ellen A. (Ganos) Maynard. He spent his earlier years loving his family, home and Manchester Street neighborhood. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 21:01:09 EST Surprise! Pleat is leading in Cities HUDSON – If it’s not one Pleat, it’s the other. While Phil Pleat opted to skip the Nashua Cities Tournament ahead of his upcoming trip to the U.S. Senior Am in California, James Pleat was cool, calm and collected throughout Saturday’s first round of play at Green Meadow Golf Club. Pleat birdied the first and fifth holes to make the turn a 2-under par, a score he held on the back nine by draining pars all the way to a two-stroke lead over Chris Miele by day’s end. “I played alright. I can’t complain,” Pleat said. “No bogeys. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 21:31:01 EST Nashua SWAT team, Market Basket, Alvirne soccer player top-read stories last week When a Nashua police SWAT team swarms a downtown motel room in pursuit of a suspect in a Lawrence, Mass., double homicide home invasion, it’s a safe bet people will want to read about it. The numbers from www.nashua this week confirm that assessment as three stories detailing the apprehension of Ricardo Ortiz Hernandez, 21, of Dorchester, Mass., at Lillian’s Motel on Tuesday afternoon were read more than 14,000 times last week. The Nashua Police Department’s Special Reaction Team, equipped with helmets, rifles, battering rams and shields, stormed the Concord Street hotel and arrested Ortiz Hernandez after deploying a stun grenade. An adult female also was detained. No one else was in the room, police said. Ortiz hasn’t been charged in connection with twin killings that occurred in Lawrence in early August. The names of the victims haven’t been released. The nearly resolved Market Basket saga hung on to the second spot in the list of most popular news stories last week with a pair of updates on the grocery store chain’s efforts to get back to normal after the return of Arthur T. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 23:03:05 EST Cruz, Jindal headline Nashua GOP gala NASHUA – The only way to halt the border crisis, repeal the “absolute disaster” that is Obamacare, restore America’s leadership role in the world and “restore Americans’ civil rights,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told members and guests of the Hillsborough County Republican committee Saturday night, is to “stand up and vote Republican” in the Nov. 4 election. Cruz took the stage for about 20 minutes during the committee’s 2014 Primary Gala at Nashua’s Crowne Plaza Hotel, beseeching the 100 or so in attendance and others watching on TV or social media sites to work together this year and again in 2016 to “take back our nation,” which he said currently “teeters at the edge of opressance.” The series of severe thunderstorms that swept through central New England late Saturday afternoon pushed back the arrival of Cruz’s flight, which delayed his appearance at the gala by more than an hour. The keynote speaker, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, also took the stage later than scheduled. Committee Chairman Ray Chadwick filled some of the time during the delay, telling his fellow Republicans that he foresees “an exciting primary” Tuesday and anticipates a lot of “hard-fought campaigns.” Chadwick, as did Cruz during his talk, criticized the Obama administration, saying, “The president we have now, shall I say, is straying from the values of our constitution,” echoing frequent GOP criticism of Obama as playing loose with the tenets of the U.S. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 23:03:19 EST Fabric samples may provide material to inspire projects of all sizes Accent pillows for beds and couches, patchwork pot holders and tissue pouches. Wrap a picture frame in cloth, design a mouse pad that cannot be bought. Fabric letters name a child – mug rugs, pendants, braided bracelets let imaginations run wild! These and countless other creative, cute, easy and fun projects can be made from fabric pieces of all sizes – big and small, glued or sewn, single piece or joined together. A Mailbag reader offers all of the material to make it happen. Fabric of creativity “I have available many fabric sample books,” writes Mildred D., of Nashua (LTR 3,144). “In the past, people have used the samples to make fabric purses, small pillows or patchwork items. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 23:03:35 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua – Sept. 7 update The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit 3:15-7:30 p.m. Sept. 10: St. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 23:04:06 EST NOTE: Library items are submitted by the libraries and are only lightly edited. For more library events, visit NASHUA Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600, carol.eyman@, www.nashua NEW BOSTON ARTIST EXHIBITS Works by J. Jorge Paris will be on display in the Nashua Public Library Image Gallery in September and October. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 23:04:58 EST Nashaway Chapter of NH Audubon schedules events NASHUA – Enjoy the last bits of summer with the Nashaway Chapter of New Hampshire Audubon. Events include: A nature walk to look at plant adaptations at Ponehmah Bog in Amherst from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. Children are welcome. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 23:05:12 EST Community events in Nashua – Sept. 7 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS HOME STRETCH 5K Home Stretch 5K is a fun, family-friendly 5K run/walk and free Kids’ Fitness Run. Part of the 2014 Toyota of Nashua Gate City Series. Held 2-5 p.m. Sept. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 23:05:30 EST Golf tournament benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua Golf, giveaways and great food are on the horizon for the CBM Cares Golf Classic benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua and Greater Salem. The tournament will be held Friday, Sept. 19, at Amherst Country Club. The tourney is in its 12th year as one of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ signature fundraising events. Money raised supports the more than 275 mentor matches throughout southern New Hampshire. Single player and foursome rates include cart and green fees, coffee and morning pastries, lunch on the course and an end-of-day barbecue provided by Texas Roadhouse. Golfers will also receive gifts from Dixon Golf and a number of local businesses at an on-course expo. A raffle and auction will cap off the day’s events. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua and Greater Salem matches volunteer mentors in 16 area communities with local children ages 6-17 who face adversities in their lives. More than 100 children are waiting to be matched. To register as a single player or foursome, or for more information about becoming a corporate sponsor for the event, contact Denise Morrison at 883-4851 or Sun, 07 Sep 2014 00:00:26 EST Reunions of interest to Greater Nashua residents Here are reunions of interest to Greater Nashua residents: NASHUA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1959 The Nashua High School Class of 1959 will celebrate its 55th reunion at the Holiday Inn in Nashua from 3-9 p.m. Sept. 13. Missing classmates: Richard Turcotte, Melanie Bailey Henkley, Ron Bentley, Leo Dionne, Russell Caron, Bob Depointbriand, Martha Gagnon Prizer, Paul Moussette, Arthur Robillard and Ann Theriault Manning. Sun, 07 Sep 2014 00:00:35 EST Race/walk raises funds for Nashua Special Olympics “Build it and they will come …” Not a baseball field, but a thriving community of people having fun and discovering their true potential. That’s what the athletes, families and volunteers of Nashua Special Olympics have done together for 25 years. Nashua Special Olympics, a local program of Special Olympics New Hampshire, consists of more than 300 athletes, coaches, volunteers and family members who work together to train, organize and promote athletic opportunities for Special Olympics athletes. For 25 years, their continued efforts have built a strong community that is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities through competitive sports training. But that isn’t all. The experience of being a team player, of achieving your personal best and of learning how to grow in social situations has built not only strong bodies, but strong friendships and strong self-esteem, as well. Isaac Hartigan, of Nashua, an employee of Cravings Cafe, has been involved in the Nashua program since its inception. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:34:00 EST Pets of the week for Sept. 7 Humane Society for Greater Nashua ALICE Hi, I’m Alice! When I came into the HSFN, I was a complete mess and covered with matted fur. Well, the nice people here have taken the time to clean me up, and boy, do I shine now that I’m out from underneath all of that fur! I’m a little peanut, weighing less than 10 pounds, but I’m loads of fun. I’m only 2 years old, so I’ve got lots of spunk and I really love playing with my toys. Once I’ve had a chance to play, there is nothing better than a good snuggle with my favorite people. Sun, 07 Sep 2014 00:01:06 EST High School Football: Week 1 summaries at Plaistow NASHUA North 24, Timberlane 0 Nashua North (1-0) 7 7 0 10 – 24 Timberlane (0-1) 0 0 0 0 – 0 FIRST QUARTER N – Myles Cassin-Reed 4 run (Sushant Niroula kick), 2:16. SECOND QUARTER N – Dana Salem 12 run (Niroula kick), 2:40. THIRD QUARTER No scoring. FOURTH QUARTER N – Salem 13 run (Niroula kick), 7:04. N – Niroula 19 field goal, 4:45. INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: N (52-251) – Dana Salem 14-99, Myles Cassin-Reed 16-70, Max Fay 10-79, Colby Gunter 4-18, Connor Baldassaro 7-2, Shane LeGraw 1-1. T (30-132) – Kyle Faucher 10-51, Jason Hughes 7-47, Tyler Furey 13-34. PASSING: N – Gunter 1-4-18-0-0. T – Hughes 1-8-(-5)-0-0. RECEIVING: N – Baldassaro 1-18. T – Furey 1-(-5). MISSED FIELD GOALS: None. at Salem SALEM 35, NASHUA SOUTH 14 Nashua South (0-1) 0 7 7 0 – 14 Salem (1-0) 0 14 7 14 – 35 FIRST QUARTER No scoring. SECOND QUARTER S – Austin Homsey 3 pass from John Cerretani (Chris Sheikhabdou kick), 10:42. NS – Josh Perry 74 pass from Malik Langa (Ryan Guidaboni kick), 9:50. S – Kenny Calabrese 26 pass from Cerretani (Sheikhabdou kick), : 53.6. THIRD QUARTER S – Homsey 3 pass from Cerretani (Sheikhabdou kick), 7:17. NS – Andrew Decarteret 8 run (Guidaboni kick), 5:24. FOURTH QUARTER S – Matt Ayotte 7 pass from Nick Shumski (Sheikhabdou kick), 11:54. S – Charles Sibanda 18 run (Sheikhabdou kick), 7:50. INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: NS (30-173) – Andrew Decarteret 15-119, Collin Morrow 6-47, Josh Perry 1-13, Malik Langa 8-(-6). S (52-277) – Matt Loffredo 10-92, Charles Sibanda 12-94, Nick Shumski 10-33, Johnny Bartose 10-35, Josh Rodriguez 5-15, John Cerretani 4-9, Doug Maroun 1-(-1). PASSING: NS – Langa 8-13-139-1-0. S – Cerretani 7-10-108-1-1, Shumski 1-1-7-1-0. RECEIVING: NS – Morrow 5-23, Perry 2-91, Jess Clauss 1-19, Ryan Guidaboni 1-6. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:03:46 EST St. Joseph Healthcare welcomes internal medicine provider Ilda M. Betancur Restrepo, M.D. NASHUA – St. Joseph Healthcare welcomes Internal Medicine Provider Ilda M. Betancur Restrepo, M.D., to the medical staff. She received her medical degree from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin, Columbia. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 23:04:36 EST Nashua South principal to be honored for supporting the arts Keith Richard, principal of Nashua High School South, is receiving the New Hampshire Art Educators’ Association’s Inside and Outside of the Profession Award for Outstanding Service. Maryanne Swegles, NHAEA awards chairwoman, said Richard earned the award for his leadership in supporting the arts at South. Swegles said Richard’s participation at school arts events and his encouragement for students to become involved in art programs and classes at South speak to the importance he places on the arts. Richard will be honored at the NHAEA annual fall conference on Oct. 18 at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:25:02 EST Three of nine Nashua wards will vote in new locations on Tuesday Tuesday is party primary day in New Hampshire, which will require some shuffling in Nashua: Three of the city’s nine wards will be casting ballots in a new location. Ward 1 voting has been shifted to Birch Hill Elementary School because of work at the former polling spot, Broad Street Elementary School. Ward 3 voting will take place at First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester St. Ward 5 voting will take place at CrossWay Christian Church, 503 Main Dunstable Road. All other wards will vote in their usual locations in elementary schools. Polls will be open from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. The Board of Aldermen approved the moves in July, acting on a request from City Clerk Paul Bergeron. Throughout the U.S., dozens of schools have ended their traditional role as polling places since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Bergeron told aldermen in July that Ward 3 was a strong candidate for relocation because the former polling site, Amherst Street Elementary School, didn’t have room to store the necessary tables, chairs and other furniture. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:25:47 EST Nashua North doubles up on Salem Jimmy Gutierrez and Zach Pyke scored one goal each and Brett LeBlanc stopped eight shots in net Friday night against Salem to give Nashua North its second win in as many games under first-year coach Igor Monteiro. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 19:00:31 EST Ocean State Job Lot to open in Nashua The area’s first Ocean State Job Lot store will open Monday, bringing back a retail philosophy reminiscent of the former Building 19 that left Nashua two years ago. Workers inside the former Bradlee’s Department Store building in the Main Street Marketplace workers were unpacking merchandise and stocking shelves on Thursday for what store manager Scott Saucier described as “adventure shopping,” a term he said is often associated with the chain. Clothing, housewares and even kayaks were on display in the building, which has been renovated extensively. Saucier said 40 people have been hired and the store continues to interview prospective employees, both full- and part-time. The Rhode Island-based chain sells overruns, overstocks and close-outs of manufacturers’ products in a wide variety of market segments, ranging from food and clothing to air conditioners and camping equipment. Its product line is similar to Building 19, the Massachusetts firm that shut its Nashua store in 2012 before going bankrupt. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:46:00 EST Marshall: Grand dame of Nashua Community Concert Association As is typical of the more observant, insightful teachers among us, Nellie Wells had a hunch one fall day many moons ago that a particular teenage student would find an evening of classical concert music fulfilling. So “Miss Wells,” as generations of Pilgrim Congregational Church kids knew their well-studied Sunday school teacher, approached 14-year-old Carol Marshall with a ticket to an evening of music that a fairly new organization, the Nashua Community Concert Association, was putting on that fall. Marshall doesn’t recall how much she paid for that ticket, but no matter what it was, it could have been a whole lot more and still be perhaps the best investment she ever made because that ticket began her 70-year association with the group. And if you were to ask any of the tens of thousands of music lovers who attended one, two or several dozen NCCA concerts since Marshall’s first, it’s likely all of them would lay much of the credit for the group’s resounding success at her feet. When word came earlier this year that Marshall was stepping down from her most recent of several stints as NCCA president, worry began to spread from its officers and board members to the membership and even occasional concertgoers that Marshall’s remarkable seven-decade association with the NCCA might be coming to an end. Not true. The only thing Marshall won’t be doing any longer is being president. “Oh, yes, I’ll still be involved. I still want to be active in it,” Marshall said this week, referring to the 84-year-old organization that had just become a teenager when Marshall went to her first concert. As a matter of fact, NCCA and Marshall are close siblings, sort of, born less than a year apart and growing up together in Nashua. And that’s “close” with a capital C. “Her enthusiasm for the organization is boundless,” membership Chairman Mary Sayre said this week. Fri, 05 Sep 2014 22:01:06 EST Merrimack man who fled to avoid trial gets 2 years for sexual assault NASHUA – Eric Cousens pleaded guilty – finally. The 44-year-old Merrimack man was sentenced to up to four years in prison on Friday after admitting to giving cocaine to a 13-year-old girl and then sexually assaulting her. But the hearing at Hillsborough County Superior Court was a long time coming for the girl, who told Cousens he only made her stronger. Cousens was arrested in April 2013 after the victim’s mother and doctor reported the assaults to police. He was charged with giving the girl cocaine while driving around Greater Nashua and then sexually assaulting her at his home in Merrimack. Merrimack police issued an appeal to residents to help locate Cousens after getting an arrest warrant, and he eventually turned himself in. He was released on bail, and a trial was set to begin at the end of April. Cousens appeared in court for the jury selection portion of the trial, but failed to show the day testimony was set to begin a week later. Two days later, U.S. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 00:00:33 EST Virginia Rambo Schramm Virginia Rambo Schramm, 92, died peacefully in her home at the Huntington of Nashua in Nashua, NH, on August 4, 2014. She previously resided in Montgomery, Alabama. She was born June 2, 1922 in Mountain City, Tennessee. She attended Sullins College in Bristol, Virginia. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 00:01:01 EST Therese Paradis Therese (Pare) Paradis, 88, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 1, 2014 at the Courville of Nashua. Therese was born in Quebec City, Canada on April 5, 1926, a daughter of the late Leonidas and Malvina (Labrecque) Pare. Lucille was the widow of Jean Baptiste Paradis, who passed away in December 1976. Prior to retirement, Therese worked in food service at St. Joseph Hospital. She was predeceased by one son, Dennis Paradis. Therese is survived by one son, Jacques Paradis and his significant other Barbara White of Nashua; three grandchildren, Kara Paradis, Zachary Paradis, Corey Paradis; one sister, Irene Pare of Quebec City, Canada; two nieces, Suzette Brown, Collette Sandstrom; one nephew, Pierre Paradise; as well as many other nieces, nephews and cousins. SERVICES: There are no visiting hours. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 00:01:13 EST