Nashua - | Web Feeds Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us Committee for assessing Nashua school guidance invites feedback NASHUA – Nashua school officials are looking for residents’ input about a series of changes being considered that could remake how the district provides guidance services to its students. The public meeting Tuesday night will start at 7 p.m. at the Nashua High School North Board Room. The Board of Education established the Committee on School Counseling and Guidance in fall 2014 to review district-wide guidance services following the retirement of long-time guidance director for both high schools, Maureen O’Dea. O’Dea’s retirement prompted school board deliberations last summer on whether to fill her position with one guidance director for both high schools, or two. Although the board ultimately hired two interim directors for Nashua High School North and Nashua High School South for this school year, the question caused the board to assess the entire department. “What is the ideal student services department? What is our model? What is the ideal model like?” BOE President George Farrington asked. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:00:38 EST Nashua North keeps hopes alive for Division I boys basketball tourney NASHUA – Whether it was going to be their last game of the year or not, the Nashua High School boys basketball team was not going to finish the regular season quietly on Monday night. “Definitely,” North sophomore guard Ronnie Silva said after his 23 points helped the Titans to a must-win 66-59 triumph over Merrimack. “We knew we needed this game, and we did it tonight. We executed pretty well, we shot well, we moved the ball well, and made our free throws.” You do all that, and you’re going to be tough to beat. The Titans finished the regular season 6-12, and have to wait and see what happens the rest of the week with a jumble of teams at the bottom of the tournament ladder in Division I. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:19:00 EST Crew shoveling snow of Nashua apartment building roof triggers gas leak, small fire NASHUA – A roofing crew clearing snow from a Nashua apartment building Monday loosened ice, causing it to crash down onto a gas meter, sparking a small fire and forcing an evacuation. Firefighters worked quickly to knock down the small fire and keep the scene from escalating at Bluestone Apartments on Daniel Webster Highway in south Nashua. Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Michael O’Brien said at the scene “there was a crew removing icicles and snow from the roofs and they must have knocked down a very large icicle.” Firefighters stood on a mountain of snow near one of the buildings in the complex, hosing off a section of wall. “There’s a couple pieces about 2 feet by 18 inches that came down and hit the gas meter. It was a perfect shot evidently,” O’Brien said. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:01:22 EST Boston Express bus routes are full enough it’s hard to profit as snow derails commuter trains NASHUA – The snow disaster that has derailed commuter rail throughout eastern Massachusetts hasn’t produced any surge in people taking the Boston Express buses down to Boston, which may be partly because the service is maxed out in terms of vehicles. “When (a bus) is full, people say, ‘why didn’t you send over another bus?’ It’s because we don’t have another bus,” said Rick Blair, general manager for Boston Express, on Monday. “It’s strictly a matter of available equipment.” The buses are owned by the state and operated under a long-term contract, which was recently renewed through 2017. Obtaining new buses would require funding via the governor and Executive Council. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, a fairly typical weekday, Blair said, a total of 411 passengers used the service either north or southbound, or both, at the Nashua stop. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:02:57 EST Isabel S. Hubbard Hubbard – Isabel S. (Seeley) of Nashua NH, formerly of Reading MA, February 28, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Gordon F. Hubbard. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:01:26 EST Gertrude A. Thibeault Gertrude A. (Cote) Thibeault, 90, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on February 28, 2015 at Southern NH Medical Center in Nashua. She was born on May 11, 1924, a daughter of the late Alfred and Antoinette (Deschenes) Cote. Mrs. Thibeault was the widow of Leo Thibeault, who died on May 17, 2007. She is remembered as loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:01:42 EST Police track possible suspect in Friday bomb scare at Nashua hospital Police said Monday they anticipate making an arrest soon in connection with Friday’s bomb threat at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. Responding officers were told that an unknown person called the hospital shortly after 8 a.m. Friday and said there was an explosive device in the building. Police didn’t say whether the caller made reference to a specific location in the hospital, a multi-unit complex that covers a city block. Officers assisted hospital security in conducting a systematic search of the building, police said. The search turned up no suspicious devices, and as police furthered the investigation they were able to identify a potential suspect, police said. The incident appears to have posed no threat to public health, police added. – DEAN SHALHOUP Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:00:46 EST AARP Tax-Aid site in Nashua taking appointments NASHUA – The AARP TAX-AIDE program at the Nashua Public Library is taking appointments for Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Fridays from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:02:05 EST Nashua native endured Gordon Ramsay invectives in latest season of ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ NASHUA – He asks on his Facebook page, “Who’s smooth like chocolate, pale-as-a-ghost white, has a kung-fu grip, can dance and sing like Bobby Brown (before the crack) and can cook like Rick James drops the funk.” That would be Michael Dussault. Also known by his nickname Vanilla Spice, formerly the chef at the now-closed Manhattan on Pearl in Nashua and Mint Bistro in Manchester, Dussault will appear as a competitor on Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” which debuts for its 14th season on Tuesday. Eighteen competitors vied for the top honor of being hired as head chef at one of host Gordon Ramsay’s acclaimed restaurants. They also walk away with bragging rights they survived the wrath of the confrontational host and best efforts of the other chefs who, in various arrangements of teams, work with or against them. The chefs faced a slew of challenges in the latest season, which included guest appearances by Tatum O’Neal, John Ratzenberger, William Shatner and others. The Nashua native credits his mother, his “rock,” and instilling in him the merits of hard work that has served as a foundation for his business success. His cooking career started at age 13, the son of a single parent growing up in Nashua. “I remember her making a $100 a week as a kid,” said Dussault. Sun, 01 Mar 2015 23:01:16 EST Class listings in Greater Nashua – March 2 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA NAMI 12-WEEK CLASS ON MENTAL ILLNESS The National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a free 12-week class at 6:30 p.m. Mondays starting March 2 at the First Church Nashua, UCC, 1 Concord St. This is for families, partners and friends of individuals with mental health issues. Family to Family provides participants with a relaxed, trusting and safe environment where they develop the insight, skills and emotional understanding they need to support the recovery of their loved one. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:01:29 EST No high school hockey for Nashua North, South – no way Welcome March! Actually, it’s more like good riddance February, and here’s a few comings, goings, and stayings to talk about locally, and regionally, especially on NHL Trade Deadline and NFL Franchise Tag Deadline Day: STAYING: Nashua North and South hockey. Somehow, some way, a city this size with its own rink will not lose two high school programs. It can’t. Gig Martineau – known as the “Father of Nashua Hockey” – who rescued a dormant Nashua program in the early 1970s as the high school coach, can’t envision it. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:02:09 EST Susan Hope von Hagn Susan Hope (Chilson) von Hagn, 63, of Nashua, NH died Thursday at St. Joseph’s Hospital, surrounded by her family and friends. Born March 3, 1951 in Elmira, NY she was the daughter of the late Charles Hiram and Joan Elizabeth (Dalton) Chilson. Susan previously worked as an administrative assistant for J. Lawrence Hall Company for 23 years. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:00:58 EST Albert A. ‘Berdie’ LaFlamme Prominent and highly respected musician and educator, Nashua native Albert A. “Berdie” LaFlamme died Friday evening, February 27, 2015 at his home after a period of declining health. Born January 9, 1925 Albert had just celebrated his 90th birthday with his family and friends. The third son of George and Rose (Lalmond) LaFlamme and married to Joan M. (Messier) LaFlamme for 67 years, Albert and Joan would have celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary this May. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:01:10 EST Nashua Little League tryouts set for Sunday afternoon The Greater Nashua Little League is holding tryouts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Play Ball (9 Congress St.) in Nashua. Registration is currently open for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 12 as of April 30, 2015. The Minors/Majors season goes from April 1 to June 30, and T-Ball/Farm League from April 18 to June 30. Register by going to All players age 10-12 must try out if they are not already on a Majors roster. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:28:00 EST Nashua North nips Nashua South, 5-4, at Conway Arena NASHUA – Their five-game losing streak is over, and maybe now the Nashua High School North hockey team can focus on what it needs to do to make a deep run in the upcoming Division I tournament. “We really needed a win,” North coach Dan Legro said. “And we need even more than this win right now.” The Titans finish the regular season at 9-9 with Saturday’s emotional 5-4 win over rival Nashua South at Conway Arena and will either face longer bus rides to Exeter or Hanover, or a short one down to Tyngsborough, Mass., to face Bishop Guertin at Skate 3 in Wednesday’s preliminary round. But they’ll do it with a little more confidence, thanks to a three-goal third period and some key stops (15 overall) by goalie Sean Chipman. The teams were deadlocked at 2-2 after two periods and something had to change. That something was the team’s first line, as Legro altered it a bit, pairing Dan Leblanc with Joe Paige and Robert Lavine. The result were numerous odd-man rushes and two goals in the first five minutes of the third, Joe Paige getting his second of two on the day, assisted by his brother Tim at 2:52. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:31:00 EST Three champs for Nashua NASHUA – Cam Bennett and Brandon Levesque may have entered Saturday’s Meet of Champions as champions from their respective divisions and weight classes, but both felt they still had some unfinished business. Bennett, a senior from host Nashua High School North, had finished second at the meet the two previous years, and just like a week ago at the Division I championship, he was tired of being a runner-up. Levesque had been a MOC champion as a sophomore for Bishop Guertin, but missed out on a division and state title as a junior. Both head to the New England Regional Championship next weekend as MOC winners. “Like last week, I was done being second,” said Bennett, who finished first at 126 pounds. “It feels good. (Winning the title at North) definitely makes it a hundred times better.” Bennett defeated Londonderry’s Ryan Cabezas, 10-0, in the final, while Levesque pinned Salem’s Avery Santiago to win the 152 title. “It feels amazing,” Levesque said. “I won this as a sophomore and last year I was finalist. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:34:00 EST Robots all the rage: Nashua hosts annual FIRST competition NASHUA – The gymnasium at Nashua High School South was filled Saturday with roaring crowds of energetic, unswerving teams of tech-savvy teens and their mechanically inclined mentors as part of the FIRST Robotics Competition. After more than a month of designing their robots, building each one to meet specific engineering challenges and taking the machines through multiple test runs, 40 New England-based teams and their prized machines were pitted against each other in the Granite State District for the 2015 game called Recycle Rush. High school-aged team leaders maneuvered their robots on a small battlefield, looking to collect points by stacking a series of plastic totes on scoring platforms while their opponents had additional scoring opportunities by tossing litter disguised as pool noodles onto the playing surface. Each of the 40 teams had a different design or tactic in their lead up to the competition. And those in attendance at the jam-packed gymnasium were fired up for the showdown. Fans supporting their teams wore bright neon-colored T-shirts and grooved along with the rock ’n’ roll and surf music that played between matches. Some dressed in steampunk clothing or decked themselves out as their team’s mascot and danced in a circle with others wearing mad scientist lab coats or fluorescent capes. Supporters of Boston College High School’s FIRST Robotics Team No. 3958: Schrödinger’s Cat sang Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” from the bleachers. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:01:38 EST Deane, Donchess register committees in bid for Nashua mayor’s office NASHUA – Aldermen-at-Large David Deane and James Donchess, both of whom are seriously considering a run for mayor this year, registered political committees with the city clerk’s office. Deane, who is in his 14th year as alderman-at-large and is president of the board, filed the David Deane for Mayor political  committee on Friday, Deputy City Clerk Patricia Piecuch said. Donchess, who is an attorney and former Nashua mayor, registered his committee, James Donchess for Mayor, on Feb. 2, she said. Neither Deane nor Donchess would say Friday whether they’re official candidates. Deane,who is a former public works commissioner and works as maintenance supervisor and curling ice technician at Nashua Country Club, said he would make a formal announcement this week . Donchess said he is “planning to run for mayor,” but doesn’t expect to make an announcement until May. “I’ve talked to a lot of people, and there are a lot of people who have indicated they would like to support me if I run for mayor,” said Donchess, who was mayor from 1984-91 and has been an alderman-at-large for three years. Alderman-at-Large Daniel Moriarty and business leader Chris Williams are two other likely contenders for the corner office being vacated by Mayor Donnalee Lozeau. Local businessmen Michael Broderick and Douglas Carroll already declared their candidacies. Lozeau announced Jan. 13 that she would not seek re-election to a third four-year term. Political committees can accept and spend contributions on behalf of a candidate for municipal office. Kathryn Marchocki can be reached at 594-6589, or @Telegraph_KMar. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:01:51 EST CleverLight Media Type of business: Web marketing and design. Main location: 30 Temple St., Suite 401, Nashua. Company website address: Social media website address: lightmedia, Date began business in southern New Hampshire: CleverLight officially formed in June 2014 but is based on a client list dating back over a decade. Date opened at this location: Our new Nashua office celebrated its grand opening in November 2014. Is this a franchise? No. Owner: Bill Karas. Manager: Dan Smith. Days/Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:01:57 EST Nashua city clerk to retire this summer after 16 years NASHUA – Paul Bergeron will retire this summer as city clerk, a position in which he has been the custodian of the city seal, keeper of records, administrant of oaths of office and supervisor of numerous elections – including four presidential contests – during his nearly 16 years in office. Bergeron, a Nashua resident, was deputy city clerk in Manchester for five years before he took over as city clerk here in October 1999. He plans to retire July 24. “He is a dedicated professional and has run his office highly focused on great customer service,” Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said in her State of the City address on Feb. 17. “He is held in high regard throughout our state and even nation, as he sits on national boards. His knowledge of record keeping, historic documents and the like are unsurpassed. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:02:07 EST Merrimack drug arrest, Litchfield fire top Telegraph Web views News stories about the ongoing drug abuse epidemic in New Hampshire have been among the most-read articles the past few months. As an example, “Merrimack woman faces drug charges after arrest at local hotel” was the most-read story on for the week ending Feb. 27, with 3,154 page views. Caitlyn Caron, 21, of Merrimack, was arrested Feb. 22 in Merrimack and charged with possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana and possession of a prescription drug. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:02:13 EST Nashua house destroyed in fire NASHUA – A dog died but no people were injured in the Saturday afternoon fire that swept a mobile home on Satin Avenue, one of several streets in Rodgers Mobile Home Park II, a small southwest Nashua park. Nashua firefighters were called to 6 Satin Ave. just before 2 p.m. Saturday and upon arrival found the mobile home fully involved with fire, according to Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Kerrigan. Kerrigan said crews had to fight the fire in a tight, thickly settled area. “It was definitely tough to get around, you can’t walk around here because the snow’s so high,” Kerrigan said. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:01:00 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 2: Windham High School, 64 London Bridge Road. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 3: St. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:02:42 EST Community events in Nashua – March 1 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS PSYCHIC FAIR FUNDRAISER City Arts Nashua is holding its fifth annual Psychic Fair Fundraiser from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 1 in the old reading room of the Hunt Memorial Building, 6 Main St. You can choose from talented readers of Tarot, Angel, and Native American Totem cards, psychometry, mediumship, numerology, scrying and aura interpretation. Readings start at $25 for 15 minutes with extended readings available. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:03:33 EST Pets of the week for March 1 Humane Society  for Greater Nashua MATILDA Hi, there! I had been living under a porch watching people come and go, but I haven’t really interacted with them a whole lot. So you see, I’m really unsure and need a family to give me lots of encouragement, consistency and affection. I’m a young kitty, though, and I’ll let people near me to pet me, and I’m starting to getting used to it. In fact, I think I may even be enjoying it! Will you be patient with me and help me learn to trust people? I’m a sweet girl with lots of love to give, and with the right environment, I know I’ll blossom. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:03:54 EST Gardeners’ planning for the future looks beyond seasonal stalemate “One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.” – W.E. Johns,  “The Passing Show: Diary of an Amateur Gardener” Anticipation of spring is undoubtedly the reason a group of Nashua housing gardeners are already planning ahead to Mother Nature bidding Old Man Winter farewell, when they can begin to cultivate their growing interest. Gardening requires work, and the group hopes Mailbag readers will “dig their project” and donate needed tools. Looking to spring “When your wonderful readers finally can get into their sheds and begin to plan their own gardens and gardening needs, I am hoping they could spare some of the following tools, such as a shovel, a steel rake, a cultivator/claw, a pitchfork, and I’m told a used garden weasel would be great, too,” writes Linda W., of Nashua (LTR 2,762). “Some of your readers may be making the decision to replace older tools, or maybe not even going to garden this year, and if that is true, we would be glad to step in and use what they cannot if they wish to give them away.” Not only can some dedicated gardeners imagine little green sprouts replacing layers of ice and snow, but some may already be clearing windowsills in anticipation of starting plants from seeds, some carefully collected from a previous season, a practice sometimes called “brown bagging.” Linda would appreciate your call at 882-9314. Accessing a bed “I have a bedrail to offer to a disabled or elderly person; not the type that keeps you from falling out of bed, but assists you in getting in and out of bed,” says Joan M., of Milford (LTR 3,186). “It is adjustable to different heights, and will fit most beds (hospital beds excluded). “Thank you for what you do.” Falls are not a normal part of growing older, according to Merck, the oldest pharmaceutical company in the world, dating to 1668. Since most falls occur indoors while people are getting in or out of bed or a chair, getting on or off a toilet seat, walking or going up or down stairs, devices such as bedrails, handrails and anti-skid devices can help prevent falls and their attendant injuries. Joan can be reached at 801-9374. Family needs kitchen set “I am in need of a small kitchen table with three chairs, and perhaps a portable washer – mostly in need of the table and chairs,” says Jessika D., of Derry (LTR 3,187). “My BF and I have a daughter, I’m disabled so I can’t work, and he has a tight income. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:04:09 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@nashua, THE ART OF PAPER-MODEL MAKING Dick Zoerb has been making models since he was a teenager and recently discovered the fun of using kits to make models from cardstock. Come to the Nashua Public Library at 7 p.m. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:05:12 EST Will Williams be transparent? So here we are, on March 1, with six prospective mayoral candidates: Michael Broderick, Douglas Carroll, David Deane, Jim Donchess, Daniel Moriarty, and J. Christopher Williams. We had seven, but former alderman Jim Tollner decided to drop out of the mayoral race to run for Alderman-at-Large – the seat vacated by Diane Sheehan. Definitely an exciting year for Nashua politics. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:01:57 EST Saturday’s Nashua North-South hockey game could be special The puck drops at 2:40 p.m. Saturday inside Conway Arena, and if you’re a local high school hockey fan, you may want to be there. It’s a Nashua North-South game, carrying a lot more weight than those of the past. First, it will be public address announcer Bob Bates’ final call for any sport. Bates said farewell to football at Stellos Stadium on Thanksgiving Day and he’ll be done freezing at ice level around 5 p.m. Saturday. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:43:00 EST Nashua North girls basketball falls to Londonderry NASHUA – Prior to the opening tip-off, the Titans faithful celebrated their lone senior, Taylor Choate. Once the game began, it was all business for Nashua North, and the home team nearly pulled off an upset against one of the top teams in the state. Choate’s 3-point attempt with only seconds remaining rimmed out, as Londonderry spoiled the Titans’ senior night with a 46-43 victory. The Lancers (16-2) led by seven with two minutes remaining, but North’s Sara Cordova scored on consecutive drives to bring the score within two. Londonderry was unable to convert their subsequent free throw attempts, giving the Titans one last chance. Choate’s desperation shot just barely missed, and Nashua North dropped their regular season finale. “It was a good game,” North coach Ricky Oliver said. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:04:01 EST Arthur L. Larose Arthur L. “Hershey” Larose, 95, of the Crown Hill area in Nashua, passed away on Monday evening, February 23, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH. Arthur was born on August 8, 1919 in St. Jean-Chrysostome, Quebec, son of the late Joseph and Marie Anna (Gagnon) Larose. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:01:26 EST February was the all-time coldest month in Nashua history – in more than one way Maybe you’ve been miserable this winter, but at least you can brag about it to your grandchildren, because it has been a record-breaking miserableness – in four ways. First, says Telegraph weather columnist Doug Webster, of Hudson, February was the coldest month ever recorded in Nashua, judging from the temperatures that have been compiled daily by Pennichuck Water Works since 1886. Webster was speaking Friday, so he had to estimate the numbers that would come out Saturday . But as a professional meteorologist, he has pretty good equipment to do estimating. Webster says the average temperature for the month was 12.5 degrees, a record by almost half a degree. The previous  all-time low for a monthly average was 12.9 degrees in January 1888. Then there’s snow. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:01:14 EST Pier 1 Imports reopens in different plaza in south Nashua NASHUA – Almost exactly a year after it closed, Pier 1 Imports on Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua reopened in a nearby plaza. The store was located for years in Daniel Webster Plaza, 255 Daniel Webster Highway. It closed in late February 2014, and the plaza is now home to a Not Your Average Joe’s restaurant and a Starbucks coffee shop. On Thursday, Pier 1 Imports opened its doors at 266 Daniel Webster Highway, in the Webster Square shopping center, a space previously occupied by Eastern Mountain Sports, which moved to a different Daniel Webster Highway plaza. Through Saturday, customers will receive a reusable shopping bag and backscratcher to celebrate the opening. Nashua’s other Pier 1 store is in Greystone Plaza on Amherst Street. – Telegraph staff Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:01:24 EST Presentation in Nashua discusses why American dream can be tough to pin down Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:01:45 EST Nashua police arrest two after brief pursuit NASHUA – Police said two men were arrested this week after a brief car chase on Daniel Webster Highway. Nashua police charged Ryan Luther, 22, of 70 Lane St., Apt. 9, Hudson, with a felony count of theft by unauthorized taking, resisting detention, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled drug. Officers also arrested Taequan Carter, 22, of 45 Forge Drive, Nashua, on one count of disobeying a police officer, a Class A misdemeanor. Police were called to Louisburg Square on Wednesday morning for report of a theft. The victim said someone stole a family ring from her apartment, and that Luther had recently been at the residence, police said. The ring was subsequently recovered at a pawn shop on Daniel Webster Highway. Around 3:15 p.m. Thursday, officers spotted Luther in a Honda Civic on the highway and attempted to stop the car. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:01:57 EST Nashua teen cited after family fight A Nashua teenager was arrested Thursday and charged with several counts stemming from an alleged family altercation. Nashua police charged Patrick Roy, 17, of 9 Trocha St., with a felony count of domestic violence criminal threatening, a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence and two counts of criminal mischief. Police say a report came in shortly before 9 p.m. of an altercation between family members that escalated to the point where a knife was brandished. Detectives said a family member was threatened with a kitchen knife and another was assaulted. No injuries were reported. Roy was held on a $5,000 bail and arraigned in Nashua district court on Friday. If convicted on the Class B felony, he could face up to seven years in prison. – CHRIS GAROFOLO Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:02:16 EST Merrimack runs at D-I track meet Courtesy of three strong relays and some key individual placers, Merrimack High School left the University of New Hampshire in third overall with 36 points. The Tomahawks came in behind Pinkerton Academy (91 points) and runner-up Londonderry (54). Alvirne was sixth with 24 points, while Bishop Guertin and Nashua North were tied for 10th with 15 points, and Nashua South was 13th with 10 points. Benjamin Parent and Ryan Barry earned individual points for Merrimack in the 300 meter dash, as Parent was third in 38.01 and Barry was fifth in 38.62. In the 600 meter, Chase Sweeney earned a fourth-place finish with time of 1:26.65, while Blake Williams earned fourth in the 1,000 in (2:38.01) and third in the long jump (19 feet, 9 inches). Three relay teams earn points for the Tomahawks, as the 4x160 relay team of Barry, Williams, Wesley Notter, and Justin Weiser finished fifth (1:18.20); the 4x400 team of Sweeney, Hersh Rai, Parent and Williams was second (3:39.61); and the 4x800 team of Jake Zannoni, Ben Sweesy, Jarrod Ottman and Rai was fourth (8:53.02). Individually, Alvirne had some placers, highlighted by Noah Bellomo’s first-place run of 2:37.08 in the 1,000, and third-place finishes from Kyle Saunders in the 600 (1.25.73) and Phillip Demers in the 1,500 (4:10.85). Also placing were Kendall Westhoff in the 3,000 (9:19.63 for sixth) and Cody Coulombe in the shot put (431⁄2 in sixth). Other local placers included: Nashua South’s Evan Patterson, who won the shot put (46-41⁄2); Nashua North’s 4x160 relay team consisting of Edward Vargas, Randell Jenkins, Connor Baldassaro and Samuel Mena (fourth, 1:16.53); Bishop Guertin’s 4x400 relay team consisting of Jack Barowski, Jonathan Sheehan, Jake McMasters and Justin Thompson (fourth, 3:40.78); Nashua North’s 4x800 relay team of Shane Gagnon, Noah Collins, David Vorbach, and Connor Muise (third, 8:44.71); Bishop Guertin’s 4x800 relay team of Joseph Barowski, Jackson Kiernan, Simon Morrier and Christopher Fischer (fifth, 8:57.31); Bishop Guertin’s Nick Lorden high jump (sixth, 5-8); North’s Vargas long jump (sixth, 19-3); and North’s Duncan Holland shot put (fourth, 45-53⁄4). Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:00:53 EST Pair of champions Ben Dow and Bobby Heald looked like they were put through the wringer. Worn out, battered and in Heald’s case bloodied, both Bedford High School wrestlers were smiling. They had every right after winning titles during Feb 21’s NHIAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Nashua High School South. It was an even bigger accomplishment for the duo, who were both coming off Division II titles, as the Bulldogs jumped to Division I this winter. In Division I’s 120-pound final, Dow (D-II 120 champion in 2014) held off a late rally by Alvirne’s Taylor Thyne for a 7-6 win. “When he got me on my back I was so scared,” the Bedford senior said. “I was like I’m getting the heck out of here. I flipped right over and I ended up getting a reversal on one of them and that gave me some confidence.” Heald (D-II 220 champion in 2014) recorded his 285-pound championship by pinning Pinkerton Academy’s Deene Hill in 5:16. “I just wanted to set the tone early,” the Bulldogs junior said, “kind of push the pace and attack his legs. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:01:46 EST Merrimack, Nashua police department arrest logs for Jan. 16-Feb. 13 Merrimack Police  Department Jan. 16 Arrests/Summonses Bryan Morse, 21, 7 Templeton Court: Carrying without a permit, 1:06 p.m. Jeremiah Love, 24, 5 Aiken St., Derry: Possession of a controlled drug, 9:41 p.m. Jason Trythall, 32, 10 King St.: Warrant – criminal threatening, 10:36 p.m. Accidents O’Gara Drive: 7:29 a.m. Two-vehicle accident. Drivers: Jason Fortin, Merrimack, and Jackson Gudekunst, Merrimack. Continental Boulevard: 5:52 p.m. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:02:00 EST Charles Ray Williams Charles Ray Williams, 60 passed away in his sleep in Deerfield, NH, on Tuesday February 10, 2015. Charlie was born on August 23, 1954 in Nashua, NH to Paul Richard and Violet (Dennis) Williams. He was educated in the Nashua School system and was an avid Red Sox fan throughout his lifetime. During his early adulthood he worked for Kessler Shoe Company. He is survived by Brothers: Henry Williams of Orlando, GA, Howard Williams and his wife Claire of Winter Haven, FL, Paul B. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:05:11 EST Sophie Mizara Sophie (Murawski) Mizara, 98, a longtime resident of Nashua, NH passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Courville of Nashua, following a period of declining health. She was born October 1, 1916 in Terryville, CT, daughter of the late Joseph and Wladyslawa (Grabowski) Murawski and was educated in Terryville, CT schools. She moved to Nashua in 1946 following her marriage to her beloved husband Thomas. Her greatest joy in life was being a devoted wife, mother and caregiver to her family. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:05:22 EST NH child advocacy group offers guidance to Nashua Board of Education on reporting child abuse NASHUA – Because abused children turn to adults at school for help, child advocates spoke with Nashua district officials on best practices for reporting abuse. Granite State Children’s Alliance staff said the best way to help abused children is to guide victims to professionals – without asking too many questions. “It’s really critical these children get the opportunity to make one statement ... that’s legally defensible,” said Jennifer Deroian, program coordinator and forensic interviewer at the Hillsborough County Child Advocacy Center in Nashua. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:03:55 EST Nashua and Manchester school officials weigh options as first Common Core assessment looms NASHUA – With the first round of Smarter Balanced testing barely two weeks away, school officials in Nashua and Manchester are still exploring alternative tests and ways for students to opt out of the new assessment. Nashua students will take their first Smarter Balanced Assessment, the controversial test that comes as part of new federal education standards known as Common Core, on March 16. Since 2002 New Hampshire has used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP). The Board of Education voted last week to ask state officials to meet at a public hearing to discuss a two-year transition period so local educators will have a backlog of data to compare test results to while similar data for the new assessment is collected. Although it is too late to take another exam in the place of Smarter Balanced this March, if approved, the move would allow the district to choose between the NECAP or Smarter Balanced exam for future testing during the transition. The author of the motion, school board member David Murotake, said he wants the chance to speak with state officials “board to board” on the subject. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:03:44 EST Campbell wrestlers aim to help D-III compete with I, II When it comes to wrestling’s Meet of Champions, Division III  competitors are normally an  afterthought. Campbell High School coach Bob Gannon, the Division III Coach of the Year, can’t put a finger on the exact reason why D-III athletes fade at MOCs. For some reason, year in and year out it just happens. “Unfortunately, our past history and unfortunately for a lot of Division III, we haven’t really done well at Meet of Champions,” Gannon said. “We compete with Division I and II schools all season. We make sure that we get some of these schools on our dual meet schedule, but when we get to the tournaments we just don’t fare well. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:08:00 EST St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua to host Mom Prom NASHUA – St. Joseph Hospital will host the fifth annual Mom Prom Nashua from 7-11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Alpine Grove in Hollis. Proceeds will benefit the St. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:03:30 EST Girls Inc. in Nashua receives $3,000 United Way grant for Early Learning Center NASHUA – The United Way of Greater Nashua has awarded $3,000 in one-year funding to Girls Incorporated of New Hampshire for its Early Learning Center at the Nashua facility on Burke Street. The Early Learning Center provides an affordable, year-round preschool program with extended hours to serve working families with annual incomes at or below the poverty level. Currently, 18 of the center’s 20 slots are held by children from low-income households, subsidized in part by United Way. The center prepares preschoolers academically and socially for kindergarten and offers a safe, affordable way for parents to provide the same opportunities for their children as those in higher income brackets. In presenting its program proposal to United Way community investment volunteers, Girls Inc. cited Nashua teacher surveys from 2012 that revealed 39 percent of the 789 kindergarten students that year were not ready for kindergarten. Girls Inc. quoted Marcia Bagley, preschool director for the Nashua School District, as noting, “At Amherst Street School, nearly three-quarters of incoming kindergarten students were not adequately prepared, based on teacher feedback.” Birch Hill and Broad Street elementary schools showed 38 and 21 percent respectively of students not ready for school, and the lowest figure for any school was 8 percent, at Charlotte Avenue Elementary, the proposal stated. “Research indicates that earlier intervention is better for children’s language development, independence skills and social skills,” Girls Inc. CEO Cathy Duffy Cullity said. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:03:51 EST Registration open for Walk MS: Nashua NASHUA – About 350 people are expected to raise nearly $70,000 to support cutting-edge research and life-changing programs and services for people living with multiple sclerosis at the annual Walk MS: Nashua on Saturday, May 2, at Amherst Street Elementary School. Walk MS is an opportunity for people living with MS and those who care about them to connect and join together to be inspired and raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Walk MS: Nashua, presented by Biogen Idec, attracts friends and families of people affected by MS, people living with MS, corporate teams and individuals who want to help end MS forever. Participants will have the option of walking a 3- or 5-mile fully accessible route. Check-in is at 9 a.m., and the walk will start at 10. For participant or volunteer registration, visit or call 1-800-344-4867. Additional sponsorship is by Acorda Therapeutics, Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture and Domino’s Pizza. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:04:17 EST Nonprofits receive donations from Nashua Area CROP Walk NASHUA – Rebecca Green, who led the latest Nashua Area CROP Hunger Walk to more than $40,000 in total donations, presented checks to four local hunger-fighting agencies at the Jan. 7 meeting of the Nashua Area Interfaith Council. Checks were presented to Evelyn Verbeck, of the St. John Neumann Food Pantry; RoseMarie Dykeman, of the Nashua Salvation Army; Rebecca Green, of the CROP Walk and the Nashua Area Interfaith Council; Eileen Brady, of the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter; and Delores Davis, of the Corpus Christi Food Pantry. Each agency received $2,543. About 450 members of more than two dozen faith communities and other Nashua area organizations participated in the walk. In CROP Hunger Walks, 25 percent of the money raised goes to local agencies. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:04:34 EST St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua to host Mom Prom NASHUA – St. Joseph Hospital will host the fifth annual Mom Prom Nashua from 7-11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Alpine Grove in Hollis. Proceeds will benefit the St. Joseph Hospital Breast Care Center, dedicated to the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Women will gather on April 11 wearing old prom dresses and tacky bridesmaid dresses for a fun-filled girls night out of dancing, food, cocktails, photo-booth fun, classic prom traditions, raffles and more. Tickets are $50 through February, $60 after March 1 and $65 after April 1. The event is open to all women, not just mothers. For more information, visit Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:04:40 EST Nashua teen charged with Jan. 11 burglary NASHUA – An investigation into a Jan. 11 burglary at a Nashua residence led to Wednesday’s arrest of 18-year-old Tyler Paquin, police said. Paquin, of 592 S. Main St., was arrested on a warrant for Class B felony burglary at the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections in Manchester, according to police. He is accused of burglarizing a home, whose address police didn’t list except to say it’s in Nashua. The department’s Special Investigation Division issued the arrest warrant for Paquin following their investigation. Police said Paquin declined bail and is held at the Department of Corrections. A Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in State Prison, exclusive of fines, police said. ––DEAN SHALHOUP Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:02:06 EST Nashua man charged with felony in alleged domestic assault A Nashua man was arrested and charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses stemming from allegations he assaulted another man Jan. 29 in Nashua, police said. John Farley, 38, of 155 West Hollis St., was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on one count of second-degree assault – domestic violence, a Class B felony, and three counts of simple assault – domestic violence, Class A misdemeanors, police said. Farley was arrested by Burlington, Mass. police on Feb. 20, and has since waived extradition to Nashua, police said. Farley is accused of causing “multiple, non-life-threatening injuries” to a male victim, according to police. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:01:20 EST Come rock out in your retro best at Telepalooza’s ‘Back to the ’80s Night’ in Nashua Telegraph Events producer Tracy Dionne never really moved on from her time in the 1980s. Just look at those bangs. While she was wistfully doodling “Mrs. Adam Ant” on the cover of her Trapper Keeper, with her jeans neatly “pegged” and double-socked, some of us were relating to Molly Ringwald’s character in “Sixteen Candles,” or piling on pounds of cheap jewelry in our best “Madonna wannabe” attempts. The boys were either preppy or punk, “Miami Vice” chic or “hair band” glam. We watched actual music videos on MTV, had never heard of “reality television,” loved our record collections and passed handwritten notes during math class. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:02:41 EST Nashua Chamber Orchestra concerts feature premiere, guest clarinetist NASHUA – Saturday and Sunday, join the Nashua Chamber Orchestra for an unusual program featuring a world premiere of Fanfarria by local composer Larry Mizen, and works by Gustav Holst, Arthur Bird, Anton Weber and Antonin Dvorak. Friday’s 7:30 p.m. performance will be at Nashua Community College’s Judd Gregg Hall, 505 Amherst St.; Sunday will be at 3 p.m. at Milford Town Hall, 1 Union Square on the Milford Oval. Maestro David Feltner has assembled a collection of works featuring orchestral “families” – trumpets, strings and winds. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:04:07 EST No matter your musical preference, we’ve got you covered this weekend There’s a lot of music in the frigid air this weekend, that should manage to satisfy pretty much all tastes. For classical music lovers, the Nashua Chamber Orchestra has two concerts in two towns – Saturday in Nashua, Sunday in Milford – that features a local composer’s premiere, some noted standards and a young guest clarinetist. For folkies, local hero Tom Rush is on the seacoast in Salisbury, Mass., on Friday. Find that event, along with all the local nightlife listings. If you loved the music of the latter part of the last century, you surely know the name Melissa Manchester. From her own hits like “Midnight Blue,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “You Should Hear How She Talks About You,” to the ones she co-wrote for others, like the Kenny Loggins hit “Whenever I Call You Friend,” Manchester is a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter that has made her mark on music history. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:04:22 EST Grand jury indicts four men on charges stemming from burglary, thefts at Merrimack car shop NASHUA – Grand jury indictments were handed down this week for the four men charged in December in connection with an alleged burglary and theft ring at Majestic Motors, a car dealership at 734 Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack. Indicted were: Dylan John Ramos, 19, 600 Hevey St., Manchester: Indicted on one count each of theft, Class A felony; theft, Class B felony; burglary, Class B felony Richard A. Nocella, 19, 11 Second St., Goffstown: Indicted on one count each of theft, Class A felony; theft, Class B felony; burglary, Class B felony Tobin Gregory Perry, 20, 22 Thomas Drive, Goffstown: Indicted on one count each of burglary and theft, Class B felonies John S. Ives, 21, 104 Riverdale Road, New Boston: Indicted on one count each of burglary and theft, both Class B felonies. Perry, Ramos and Ives were arrested Dec. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:54:52 EST Nashua man with history of ‘violence against women’ pleads guilty, goes to prison NASHUA – A Superior Court judge agreed Tuesday with a prosecutor’s recommendation that Jay Kovich, a Nashua man who pleaded guilty to assaulting two ex-girlfriends and his sister, spend at least two years in New Hampshire State Prison. Kovich, 22, with a last known address on Palm St. Nashua, agreed to plead guilty to criminal threatening – domestic violence, a Class B felony, as part of an agreement that carries 2–4 years in State Prison, orders him to perform 100 hours of community service after his release and to submit to mental health and alcohol and drug abuse evaluations. Kovich will be credited 162 days he has already served in jail. Judge Kathleen Maguire accepted the plea agreement at Kovich’s hearing Tuesday in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. Also part of the agreement are dispositions on a series of other charges against Kovich, which assistant county attorney Cassie Devine divided into two categories – those stemming from Kovich’s arrest in September and others connected to his arrest in May. In addition to the criminal threatening charge for which he will serve time, Kovich was also charged in September with two counts of simple assault – domestic violence and one count of false imprisonment – domestic violence. Those charges all carry suspended jail or prison terms, and include the provision that Kovich have no contact with the victims. The May charges to which Kovich also agreed to plead guilty, including domestic violence-related assault and criminal mischief, also carried suspended terms. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:43:00 EST Janice Turmel Janice Lucille Turmel, 82, of Hudson, wife of Robert L. Turmel, passed away at her home, Tuesday morning, February 24, 2015 after a period of declining health. Born in Hudson on March 4, 1932, she was a daughter of the late Julian and Anna (Krugla) Cherkes. Mrs. Turmel was educated in Nashua schools and was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1949. Janice began her career in the office at Nashua Corporation and then was employed by the State of New Hampshire for many years. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:02:11 EST Charles H. Field Charles H. Field, of Nashua, passed away on Saturday, February 21, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH, at the age of 88. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jean Taylor Field, who passed away in 2003. Survivors include his three sons and daughters-in-law, Gregory and Irma Field of Winchester, MA, Scott and Jennifer Field of Merrimack, NH, and Randall and Joan Field of Andover, MA; and six grandchildren, Taylor and Rachel Field of Winchester, MA, Amanda and Timothy Field of Merrimack, David Field of New York, NY, and Emily Field of Andover, MA. Charles was born on July 15, 1926 in Stoneham, MA, to Charles H. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:02:16 EST Karen A. Perry Loving wife, mother, daughter, sister Karen Ann (Krawczyk) Perry, 49, a resident of Nashua, NH, died Monday, February 23, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family following a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was the beloved wife of Brian E. Perry, with whom she shared 24 years of loving marriage. Born in Lowell on April 6, 1965, she was a daughter of the late Richard A. Krawczyk and Celine A. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:02:25 EST Investigation by Nashua, Hudson police yields significant drug arrest NASHUA – A joint investigation by Nashua and Hudson police culminated in the arrest Tuesday of a 44-year-old Hudson woman, police said. Rita Gaulin, of 119 Derry Road, Hudson, was arraigned Wednesday in Nashua district court on a number of charges that include three counts of unlawful sale of a narcotic drug, heroin; and one count each of possession of heroin, Suboxone and Oxycodone, all narcotic drugs, police said. She was held on $100,000 cash bail. Police said Gaulin was taken into custody Tuesday after investigators executed a search warrant at her home and located a quantity of heroin, along with Suboxone and Oxycodone pills. Members of Nashua police department’s Narcotics Intelligence Division teamed with Hudson officers on the investigation and arrest. According to Telegraph archives, Gaulin was one of 9 people arrested in August 2014 following a series of investigations by Nashua narcotics detectives. She was charged in that arrest with two counts of unlawful sale of a narcotic drug, heroin. Information on the status or disposition of that case wasn’t immediately available. Meanwhile, Nashua and Hudson police urge residents of both communities to contact police if they have any information concerning illegal drug activity. Hudson residents can call the department at 886-6011 or its Crime Line at 594-1150. Nashua residents can call the Narcotics Hotline at 594-3597 or contact Narcotics Intelligence Division Lt. Kevin Rourke at 594-3591 or Sgt. Robert Page at 589-1639 for any questions or concerns. More information is also available on the departments’ Websites; Nashua’s is, while Hudson’s is www. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, dshalhoup@nashua or (@Telegraph_DeanS). Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:04:58 EST Girls Inc. in Nashua receives $3,000 United Way grant for Early Learning Center NASHUA – The United Way of Greater Nashua has awarded $3,000 in one-year funding to Girls Incorporated of New Hampshire for its Early Learning Center at the Nashua facility on Burke Street. The Early Learning Center provides an affordable, year-round preschool program with extended hours to serve working families with annual incomes at or below the poverty level. Currently, 18 of the center’s 20 slots are held by children from low-income households, subsidized in part by United Way. The center prepares preschoolers academically and socially for kindergarten and offers a safe, affordable way for parents to provide the same opportunities for their children as those in higher income brackets. In presenting its program proposal to United Way community investment volunteers, Girls Inc. cited Nashua teacher surveys from 2012 that revealed 39 percent of the 789 kindergarten students that year were not ready for kindergarten. Girls Inc. quoted Marcia Bagley, preschool director for the Nashua School District, as noting, “At Amherst Street School, nearly three-quarters of incoming kindergarten students were not adequately prepared, based on teacher feedback.” Birch Hill and Broad Street elementary schools showed 38 and 21 percent respectively of students not ready for school, and the lowest figure for any school was 8 percent, at Charlotte Avenue Elementary, the proposal stated. “Research indicates that earlier intervention is better for children’s language development, independence skills and social skills,” Girls Inc. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:01:30 EST Volunteers needed in Nashua, Milford to drive cancer patients Has anyone ever helped you when you needed to get somewhere but couldn’t drive? You can make a big impact on the lives of people in your community by becoming an American Cancer Society Road to Recovery driver. It only takes a few hours a month, and you choose when you can drive. Volunteers are needed in Nashua and Milford. For more information, email Patty Cooper at Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:01:46 EST ASD in Nashua celebrates 100th day of school by giving back NASHUA – Part of the mission of the Academy for Science and Design is to create responsible global citizens, and as such, ASD periodically organizes service projects that support the school’s humanitarian efforts. For our its most recent schoolwide service project, ASD partnered with Families in Transition, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting homelessness in Manchester, Concord and Dover. ASD celebrated 100 days of school (which was Wednesday, Feb. 11) by challenging each advisory class to collect 100 items of canned goods or baby food. Many advisories collected more than 100 items. Jeff Bartel, Families in Transition outreach coordinator, picked up the canned goods and baby food the students collected. ASD collected well over 1,500 items, with seven advisories reaching the goal of collecting 100 items or more. Bartel said this donation would more than double what it had on hand for families in need. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:02:02 EST Students from ASD in Nashua graduate from BAE Women in Technology program NASHUA – BAE’s Women in Technology program started at the company’s Nashua campus 20 years ago, and its latest graduation ceremony was held Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Sky Meadow Country Club. The event honored 18 girls from high schools around the region who completed the engineering exploration program this year. More than 50 students from 18 New Hampshire high schools applied for one of 18 spots in the program. Two students from the Academy for Science and Design were chosen: senior Pragya Rachur and junior Bahnou Upton. Sandi Pelletier, the program coordinator, told the audience that the program was started with just six students – three from Nashua High School and three from Alvirne High School. It was her idea to bring girls with an aptitude in science and math to BAE to learn about various types of engineering over the course of a few months because she wished she’d had something like that when she was younger. “If I think back to when I first started, there really were no women in engineering at all,” she said. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:02:09 EST Children’s Winter Garden in Nashua registering for 2015-16 NASHUA – The Children’s Winter Garden, 121 Manchester St., is registering for its prenursery, nursery and its newest program, after-kingergarten. This program is for students who attend local public kindergarten half-day morning programs. The kindergarten program runs 11:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m. two or four days per week. Monthly tuition for the 2015-16 school year is $125 for two days and $225 for four days. The children get to enjoy lots of outdoor play, have lunch and enjoy many fun activities in areas of art, blocks, dramatic play and play dough. Additionally, beginning next school year, the school will expand its offerings for 3-year-olds, adding a Monday-Wednesday-Friday option. The rate for this will be $2,600 per year, or 10 monthly payments of $260. The Children’s Winter Garden has provided early childhood education to children in the Nashua area for more than years. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:02:14 EST St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua to host Mom Prom NASHUA – St. Joseph Hospital will host the fifth annual Mom Prom Nashua from 7-11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Alpine Grove in Hollis. Proceeds will benefit the St. Joseph Hospital Breast Care Center, dedicated to the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Women will gather on April 11 wearing old prom dresses and tacky bridesmaid dresses for a fun-filled girls night out of dancing, food, cocktails, photo-booth fun, classic prom traditions, raffles and more. Tickets are $50 through February, $60 after March 1 and $65 after April 1. The event is open to all women, not just mothers. For more information, visit Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:03:02 EST St. Christopher School in Nashua donates to Corpus Christi Food Pantry NASHUA – As part of their Catholic Schools Week celebration, St. Christopher School recently held a brown bag collection for the Corpus Christi Food Pantry. Over the course of a week, students and their families donated 769 pounds of food for distribution to the hungry of the Nashua area through Corpus Christi. This is the second brown bag collection by St. Christopher School since the fall, and one of several service projects undertaken by the students throughout the school year. “Our students and families are amazingly generous, especially when helping those in need,” Principal Cindy Clarke said. “As service is an important part of a St. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:04:01 EST Nashua Catholic students help Harbor Homes NASHUA – Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School Campus Ministry collected food and personal care items for the annual Harbor Homes Project Homeless Connect held recently. After delivering the items, many of the students volunteered to help Harbor Homes set up for the event, which is open to individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in order for them to receive products and services that address health, legal and employment issues. “This event that our students assist with each year is a great opportunity for them to help others,” said Nashua Catholic theology teacher Debra Matson-Champagne, OFS. “Through this simple activity, we help our students perform a corporal work of mercy as they show compassion for others and attempt to alleviate another’s misfortune.” Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:04:22 EST William Lindquist William G. Lindquist, 75, of Wilton, NH, died February 20, 2015, at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA. He was born in Nashua, NH, on December 15, 1939, son of John and Margaret (Keenan) Lindquist. He graduated from Nashua High School, Class of 1957. Mr. Lindquist worked at Nashua Post Office for many years. He enjoyed spending time with family. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:06:17 EST Malcolm C. McEntee Malcolm C. “Mac” McEntee, 66, lifelong resident of Milford, NH died on February 20, 2015 at his home. He was born in Nashua, NH on October 29, 1948, a son of John T. and Eileen (Byrne) McEntee. Malcolm was raised and educated in Milford and graduated from Milford High School, Class of 1967. He had been employed as a glazier for Portland Glass Company and Nashua Glass Company for many years. Malcolm was an avid fan of the Boston sports teams, a member of the local bowling, softball and horseshoe leagues. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:06:48 EST Chamber Orchestra to perform in Milford Join the Nashua Chamber Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at the Milford Town Hall for an unusual program featuring a world premiere and works by Gustav Holst, Arthur Bird, Anton Weber and Antonin Dvorak. Maestro David Feltner has assembled a collection of works featuring orchestral ‘families’ – trumpets, strings and winds. The featured soloist is clarinetist Joseph Clark, who will perform the Weber Clarinet Concerto. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:07:18 EST Police seek suspect in Nashua jewelry store theft NASHUA – Area police agencies are on the lookout for a suspect or suspects involved with the reported theft Tuesday night of jewelry from a Nashua retailer. Police said Wednesday that Nashua officers were called to Barmakian Jewelers, 300 Daniel Webster Highway, around 6 p.m. Tuesday, and were told that a male “took a piece of jewelry” and apparently walked out of the store, Lt. James Testaverde said. The value of the stolen item wasn’t released. Testaverde said detectives are following up on leads, but so far have limited information to go on. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:00:55 EST Woman charged in improper use of credit card EDITOR’S NOTE: Prosecutors dropped the charge of receiving stolen property against Weeks in October 2010. NASHUA – A woman charged Victoria’s Secret merchandise to a credit card account that closed years ago, police said. Kimberly Weeks, 35, of 4 Heritage Village Drive, faces a felony charge of receiving stolen property. She was arrested Thursday after detectives found that Weeks had items from Victoria’s Secret delivered to an acquaintance’s residence using the credit card, police Sgt. Frank Bourgeois said. In January, a woman called police to say purchases had been made to a credit card account she had closed several years ago, Bourgeois said. The credit card company said the account was delinquent and that the matter was being transferred to a collection agency, he said. The investigation led to Weeks, Bourgeois said. – ALBERT McKEON Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:43:01 EST Police say Nashua woman altered prescription to get more drugs EDITOR’S NOTE: Prosecutors dropped one charge of controlled drug: acts prohibited in January 2013. NASHUA – A Nashua woman has been arrested by police, who charge that she altered a prescription in order to obtain a controlled drug. According to police, on Monday at approximately 3 p.m., they arrested Kimberly Weeks, 37, of 177 Main St., Apt. 204. An hour before, police responded to a pharmacy on Main Street for a report of a forgery. Weeks is charged with altering the pill size (5 mg changed to 15 mg) for a controlled drug. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:40:00 EST Nashua wants to know what residents think about several issues so it can target federal funding NASHUA – Worried that you don’t have a job? Concerned about violence and gangs in the city? Is affordable housing important to you? Are there abandoned and run-down buildings in your neighborhood? Nashua officials want to know what citizens think about these and other issues to help decide where to target funding from federal programs during the next five years. The programs include Community Development Block Grants and the HOME program. The 2015-2020 HUD Consolidated Plan Resident Survey can be found on the following web site: The deadline to respond is May 1. All responses are anonymous. – KATHRYN MARCHOCKI Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:45:10 EST Merrimack, Nashua police department arrest logs for Jan. 5-Feb. 7 Merrimack Police  Department JAN. 5 Arrests/Summonses Brittany Laurie, 23, 144 Naticook Road: Possession of marijuana; open container violation, 1:31 a.m. Andrew Williams, 28, 55 Burns Hill Road, Wilton: Possession of marijuana, 1:35 a.m. William Connolly, 21, 2 Columbine Drive, Nashua: Possession of drugs in a motor vehicle, 1:36 a.m. Accident Continental Boulevard and Tinker Road: 5:27 p.m. Two-vehicle accident. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:00:50 EST Here’s how to appreciate New Hampshire high school wrestling Growing up, wrestling was all about Hulk Hogan and Rick Flair – as a solo artist and as a member of The Four Horseman. By the time I reached college it was The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Chris Jericho, Shane McMahon and Kurt Angle. When talking about “professional” wrestling, those last two guys put on the greatest match I’ve ever seen. I remember it like it was yesterday – King of the Ring at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., on June 24, 2001. Angle versus McMahon in a “Street Fight,” during which they beat each other senseless – including Angle failing to suplex McMahon through a plate glass window multiple times that resulted in McMahon landing on his head and neck repeatedly before finally breaking through. This was nothing like the wrestling Angle had grown up on as a kid in Mount Lebanon, Pa., where he started an amateur career at the age of 7 that eventually saw him win a Pennsylvania state title as a Mount Lebanon High School senior in 1987 before becoming a two-time NCAA Division I champion, national runner-up in 1991, and a three-time NCAA Division I All-American at Clarion University in Clarion, Pa. He is one of only four people to complete a Grand Slam in amateur wrestling (junior nationals, NCAAs, World Championships and the Olympics). He trained under Dave Schultz at the Pennsylvanian Foxcatcher Club around the time Schultz was murdered – that crime resulting in “Foxcatcher,” a film nominated for multiple Oscars this year. There was always something about Angle’s backstory that drew me in. Prior to becoming a fan of him as a product of the World Wrestling Entertainment brand, you’d have to drag me kicking and screaming to an amateur wrestling tournament. Angle was different. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:31:00 EST Eleanor Churchill Eleanor Eve Churchill, 92, of Nashua, New Hampshire, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus from the loving presence of family on February 19. Born in Bermuda to the late Albert and Mary Blackwell, she was an only child and lived most of her girlhood in Grand Turk Island, Jamaica, and England. Back in Bermuda during the Second World War, she met and married her late husband, Delos B. Churchill, a Captain in the U.S. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:01:11 EST Charles Field Charles H. Field, of Nashua, passed away on Saturday, February 21, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH, at the age of 88. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jean Taylor Field, who passed away in 2003. Survivors include his three sons and daughters-in-law, Gregory and Irma Field of Winchester, MA, Scott and Jennifer Field of Merrimack, NH, and Randall and Joan Field of Andover, MA; and six grandchildren, Taylor and Rachel Field of Winchester, MA, Amanda and Timothy Field of Merrimack, David Field of New York, NY, and Emily Field of Andover, MA. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:34:00 EST Mary Oremland Mary A. Oremland, age 74 of Lynchburg passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 in a local hospital. She was born March 5, 1940 to the late William and Margaret Edgeworth in Muncy PA. She was preceded in death by her first husband: Matthew D. Fortado formerly of Gloucester, MA. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:01:21 EST Thursday, discuss the American dream amid bar food and beer NASHUA – When considering the American dream, one thing to realize is that the phrase might be just a little bit wrong. “I tell people it’s not the American dream but the American dreams, plural,” said Jack Resch, professor of history at the University of New Hampshire-Manchester. “Just as there are various Americans, there are various dreams.” Various dreams, or at least various interpretations of the idea of an American dream, will be the topic at a gathering Thursday in Killarney’s Irish Pub, when the New Hampshire Humanities Council hosts a variation of the long-running Science Cafe NH series, also held at Killarney’s. Resch and Reginald Wilburn, professor of English at UNH in Durham, will lead the conversation starting at 6 p.m., but the 90-minute session is designed to consist mostly of discussion by audience members. They will be asked to share and discuss their visions and ideas about what constitutes the American dream, how it is changing and where it is going. Resch says that judging from an earlier version held in Wolfeboro, there might be some clashing ideas over topics such as the role of immigrants. “We don’t want debate to be divisive, as in choosing up sides,” he said. “If there’s conflict, we might try to determine what is it that’s really dividing people ... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:01:25 EST Drug offenses, domestic violence charges among Greater Nashua grand jury indictments NASHUA – The man who allegedly robbed a Merrimack bank in September 2013 while wearing a mask resembling President Barack Obama has been indicted on two additional charges stemming from the incident, according to indictments handed down Tuesday by a Hillsborough County grand jury. John Robert Griffin, 54, currently of 50 County Farm Road in Ossipee, was indicted on one count each of armed robbery, a Class A felony, and robbery, a Class B felony. Griffin, who was previously indicted on other charges connected to the incident, is among a number of local people indicted this month. An indictment is not a finding of guilt. They are simply the grand jury’s determination that prosecutors have enough evidence to move a case to the superior court level. Griffin is accused of approaching a teller at Bank of America, 356 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, possessing a firearm and wearing “a full facial mask,” according to the indictment. He allegedly told the teller “to put her hands up, stating he was going to make an unscheduled withdrawal from the bank,” the indictment states. Also indicted this month was Manuel Rodriguez, 22, of 118 Walnut St., Apt. 2, Nashua, on drug-related offenses that include the charge of “drug enterprise leader,” an unclassified felony that carries the possibility of a 25–years–to–life term in New Hampshire State Prison. Rodriguez is accused of conspiring with one or more people “as an organizer, financier or manager” of an operation that dispenses crack cocaine and heroin in New Hampshire, according to the indictment. He was also indicted on three counts of sale of a narcotic drug, all felonies, for allegedly selling crack cocaine to undercover police officers. Other indictments of note include: • Arthur Doiron, 37, 33 Library St., Hudson: Four counts, stalking, Class B felonies, in connection with incidents December 2014 and January 2015 in Hudson; two counts, habitual offender, one an unclassified felony, the other a Class B felony, for incidents in January in Hudson; and one count each of stalking – domestic violence; second-degree assault; duty to inform (Tier III Sexual Offender against children); and reckless conduct, all Class B felonies. • Jason Trythall, 32, 10 King St., Merrimack: Two counts, identity fraud, Class A felonies; one count each, falsifying physical evidence; violation of a protective order; and stalking, all Class B felonies. • Nelson Devarie, 49, 34 Mulberry St., Apt. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:19:00 EST Nashua aldermen turn down creation of Pension Trust Fund for city workers NASHUA – Aldermen on Tuesday rejected Mayor Donnalee Lozeau’s plan to create a Pension Trust Fund to help pay rising pension costs for the city employees who participate in the state retirement system because the $2.7 million she wanted to transfer into it required overriding the city’s spending cap. The measure failed to get the necessary 10 votes to pass. The board defeated it 7-6. “The pension obligations are an obligation of the city, whether we like it or not. This transfer of money to a fund that will not be subject to the cap calculation, to me, is a problem,” said Ward 9 Alderman Ken Siegel. Ward 6 Alderman Paul M. Chasse Jr. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:52:13 EST Daniel Webster stuns Elms in NECC quarters CHICOPEE, Mass. -- The sixth-seeded Daniel Webster College Eagles pulled a stunner on Tuesday night, upsetting third seed Elms College, 76-75, in overtime in the first round of the New England Collegiate Conference tournament. Shawn Fenton’s two free throws with three seconds left in the extra session provided the win. Nashua’s Ryan Gauthier led the Eagles with 22 points. Fenton had 16 and Nashua’s Ray Farmer had 12. Michael Campbell added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the 11-16 Eagles, who face No. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:03:07 EST Nashua North tops Exeter, 67-58 Brendan Barrett hit two straight 3-pointers in the middle of the fourth quarter to give the Titans (5-11) some breathing room. North hit seven treys overall, with Nate Hale leading the way with 16 points while Brandon Rodriguez added 12 and Ronnie Silva 10 points. At Exeter NASHUA NORTH (67) Nate Hale 4-6-16, Brandon Rodriguez 6-0-12, Ronnie Silva 4-0-10, Brendan Barrett 2-2-8, Jefry Almonte 3-0-6, Brennan Kastens 1-4-6, Ricky Constant 2-0-5, Sam McCarthy 0-4-4. Totals: 22-16-67 EXETER (58) Bryant Holmes 5-6-19, Tim Larkin 3-2-8, James Peel 3-1-7, Cody Morissette 3-0-7, Steve Natola 2-2-6, Zach Pafford 1-2-4, Matt Boucher 1-0-3, Jacob Randolph 1-0-2, Dalton Litzom 0-1-1. Totals: 19-14-58 NASHUA NORTH (5-11) 18 9 19 21 - 67 EXETER (5-10) 7 11 18 22 - 58 3-pointers: NN - Hale 2, Barrett 2, Silva 2, Constant. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:00:52 EST Nashua North downs Exeter, 58-42 The Titans, led by Taylor Choate’s 13 points, hit for eight 3-pointers in improving to 12-5. Dezi Okorie added 12 points and Isabel Dunning nine. Taylor Choate had five assists while Michaela Choate collected eight rebounds. At Nashua NASHUA NORTH (58) Taylor Choate 4-2-13, Dezi Okorie 5-2-12, Isabel Dunning 4-0-9, Sara Cordova 2-1-7, Alana Choate 2-0-6, Michaela Choate 2-2-6, Danielle Upton 0-3-3, Annalena Brandt 0-2-2. Totals: 19-12-58. EXETER (42) Elise Leavitt 6-1-14, Anna Pafford 3-3-9, Melanie Lamar 2-2-6, A. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:00:56 EST Jury sides with City of Nashua in first of two back-pay lawsuits NASHUA – A Superior Court jury has denied a city employee’s claim that he was improperly compensated for overtime hours he worked as part of the city’s former per diem program. The verdict was delivered Friday in Hillsborough County Superior Court South in the civil trial of Jose “Mike” Santiago, one of two city employees who filed suit against the city last summer after the city acknowledged there had been miscalculations in their pay. Santiago is a full-time police department parking enforcement officer who also worked shifts as a communications technician as part of the city’s former per diem program, which was suspended and later replaced by the Adjunct Employee program that is currently in effect. Central to Santiago’s suit was whether the city compensated him properly, which Santiago claims it didn’t, and whether the city retaliated against him for making his claim, which Santiago contends it did. But a jury of nine women and five men sided with the city on both issues, returning their verdict just after 1 p.m. Friday, following about five hours of deliberation. Had the verdict favored Santiago, the jury would have gone through a set of questions on a “special verdict form” that among other things, would have determined how much back pay Santiago was due, according to his attorney, Steven Bolton. The jury would have had to take the number of hours that Santiago was paid less than he said he should have been, then decide if he was due compensation for hours he likely would have worked had the per diem program not been suspended, Bolton said. The jury would also take into account whether Santiago was denied shifts out of retaliation for taking his wage claim to court. “Obviously, they didn’t see it our way,” Bolton said of the jury’s verdict. He said the calculation errors the city made – and later acknowledged – in tabulating the pay for Santiago, and three other per diem employees, was undisputed evidence that the payroll system was flawed and likely left his client shortchanged. Bolton is also representing Cheryl Walley, the other city employee who filed suit against the city over back pay. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:15:01 EST Second arrest made in alleged thefts from Nashua’s Tradeland NASHUA – Police have arrested a second individual in connection with last year’s alleged jewelry-theft scheme involving Tradeland, a Nashua “buy, sell and trade” shop on Daniel Webster Highway. Joshua Syndell, 26, of 6 Margaret Circle, Nashua, was arrested around 1 p.m. Friday when he turned himself in on a warrant charging him with one Class A felony count of receiving stolen property, police said. Syndell’s arrest comes more than five months after police launched an investigation into the theft of multiple pieces of jewelry from Tradeland, which opened in April 2013 at 293 Daniel Webster Highway. The investigation yielded its first arrest on Jan. 30, when Sarah Cox, 26, who had been an employee of Tradeland, was charged with multiple theft-related offenses accusing her of stealing jewelry from Tradeland and pawning it at local pawn shops, according to police. Lt. James Testaverde said Monday that Cox and Syndell allegedly sold the stolen jewelry to two pawn shops, Family Pawn and Victoria Goldia. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:01:07 EST Vandals who shot at cars in Nashua, Hudson last June ordered to pay nearly $37,000 restitution NASHUA – The two Nashua teens charged in June 2014 with damaging more than 100 vehicles with a BB gun during a massive vandalism spree across Nashua and Hudson will avoid jail time, but must pay tens of thousands of dollars in restitution, according to the terms of plea agreements they entered with prosecutors. Elijah Williams, 19, of 4 Holman St., and Brandon Houle, 18, last known address of 61 Pike St., are also ordered to perform 200 hours of community service each and are prohibited from possessing BB guns or other firearms, according to the agreement. But perhaps the most daunting stipulation in the plea agreement is that Williams and Houle must “jointly and severally” pay nearly $37,000 in restitution. Williams and Houle, in separate hearings last week in Hillsborough County Superior Court South, each agreed to plead guilty to two counts of criminal mischief, which were lowered from felony-level charges to misdemeanors. They each received two-year jail sentences, all suspended for two years on condition of good behavior and that they fulfill the terms of the restitution agreement, for which the court set up a payment plan, the documents state. Williams and Houle also agreed as part of the deal to undergo Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling (LADAC) evaluations, which are administered by a drug-abuse counselor to determine whether the subject has a drug or alcohol problem and if so, how significant the problem is. The spree that resulted in Williams’s and Houle’s arrests reportedly began the night of June 7, 2014 and continued through June 8. Nashua and Hudson police over the next couple of days received dozens of reports from residents who said their vehicles’ windows were shot out or were otherwise damaged with a BB gun or pellet gun while they were parked in various locations in the two communities. As reports of damaged cars poured in, police stepped up their investigation, which was aided significantly when a school resource officer tipped off detectives that the suspects may have been in a green Honda Civic. The vehicle was also spotted in video surveillance footage from two locations, one in Nashua and one in Hudson, further assisting the investigation. Police the following night stopped a vehicle matching that description, and after putting together all the information issued arrests warrants for Williams and Houle. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, dshalhoup@nashua or (@Telegraph_DeanS). Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:02:04 EST Former Nashua alderman Tollner opts out of mayor’s race;instead will run for Alderman-at-Large NASHUA – Former 14-year alderman James Tollner on Monday said he will not be a candidate for mayor in 2015 and instead will run for Alderman-at-Large, saying his current work responsibilities would conflict with the demands of serving as mayor. “I have a number of work commitments and other things going on. Right now, the timing isn’t right for me to do that,” said Tollner, who is employed as director of accounts management for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. “I can work at Harvard Pilgrim and handle the responsibilities I’m handling now and also be on the Board of Aldermen without having any issues,” he explained. Tollner said he has yet to decide if he will run in the special election to fill the unexpired term of former Alderman-at-Large Diane Sheehan or compete in the November general election for a full, four-year term. He said he will make that decision once the Board of Aldermen set a date for the special election to fill Sheehan’s seat. She resigned on Feb. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:45:53 EST NH Supreme Court restores Nashua man’s right to carry firearms, work as armed security guard The New Hampshire Supreme Court last week upheld a Nashua man’s claim that Nashua police and State Police wrongly revoked his pistol license and armed security guard license in 2013. In a unanimous ruling on Feb. 20, the court upheld Gregory DuPont’s appeals of two trial court decisions that deprived him of the licenses required for him to continue to work as an armed security guard. Nashua police revoked DuPont’s license to carry a loaded pistol and State Police revoked his armed security guard license in 2013, claiming DuPont’s 1998 conviction of a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated offense in Massachusetts barred him from possessing firearms under federal law. Nashua district court and Hillsborough County Superior Court upheld the revocations even though the Massachusetts Firearm Licensing Review Board, in 2005, found DuPont suitable to possess firearms and fully restored his right to possess them. The lower courts also refused to restore DuPont’s licenses even though he reached a settlement agreement with the New Hampshire Department of Safety, in 2011, in which the state reissued his armed security guard license provided DuPont not sue for lost wages. The state also agreed to not use DuPont’s prior conviction as a basis for revoking or denying him an armed security guard license in the future, the high court wrote. Despite these prior rulings, Nashua police revoked DuPont’s firearms license in 2013 after conducting a background check when DuPont applied to the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for a Curios and Relics License, the court wrote. Even though Nashua police conducted at least two earlier background checks on DuPont, they claimed they learned of his prior conviction at that time and recommended his licenses be revoked. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:47:45 EST Janet Christie Janet Claire Christie, 62, loving daughter, sister, aunt and friend, was taken from us suddenly on Sunday, February 22, 2015. She was born in Nashua on July 28, 1951, a daughter of the late David P. and Jeannette A. (Robertson) Christie. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:05:00 EST William Lindquist William G. Lindquist, 75, of Wilton, NH, died February 20, 2015, at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA. He was born in Nashua, NH, on December 15, 1939, son of John and Margaret (Keenan) Lindquist. He graduated from Nashua High School, Class of 1957. Mr. Lindquist worked at Nashua Post Office for many years. He enjoyed spending time with family. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:05:04 EST Michael A. Felch Sr. Michael A. Felch Sr., 61, of Nashua, passed away on February 20, 2015, at the Community Hospice House. He was born in Nashua on November 29, 1953, to Philip Sr. and Rita (Martin) Felch. Michael served in the Coast Guard for several years; he was an avid bass fisherman and was a part of a fishing club for many years. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:05:08 EST Montcalm building distinctive for shape EDITOR’S NOTE: Imagine Nashua: Then & Now is a weekly photo column by Don Himsel. Each week, he will feature an old photo within a more recent photo, along with the story behind it. Arguably one of the most unique features of Main Street in Nashua was the curved Montcalm Building on the west side of Main Street. It was located just south of the current Water Street ramp. A 1939 Telegraph story, published four years after a Main Street widening program began, read “Fifty years ago, Main St. was Nashua’s principal business street, and today it occupies the same relative position in the community.” Perhaps, but probably not in a current discussion solely about retail. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:04:15 EST Nashua man nabbed for alleged burglary at downtown pizza shop NASHUA – Police on Saturday arrested a Nashua man wanted in connection with the October 2014 burglary of a downtown pizza shop. Armando Nieves, 41, of 2 Roedean Drive, Apt. 302, is charged with burglary, a Class B felony, according to police. Nieves was arrested early Saturday afternoon at the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections in Manchester, where police said he is being held on unrelated charges. Nieves is accused of forcing entry through a glass door into 7 Star Pizza, 235 Main St., and stealing money from the cash register, according to police. The shop was closed at the time. Criminal Investigation Division detectives furthered the case, police said, and eventually identified Nieves as the alleged burglar and issued a warrant for his arrest. Nieves, who was held in jail after his arrest, was scheduled for arraignment Monday in Nashua district court. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:01:34 EST Bedford blanks Nashua South, 8-0 The host Panthers dropped to 2-12-2 despite 23 saves by goalie Nate Radin. Griffin Gagne and Matt Giroux each had a goal and an assist for Bedford (12-4). Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:00:31 EST Nashua North falls to Hanover Joey Paige had two goals and an assist, but it wasn’t enough as Nashua North lost its fourth in a row, 5-3 to Hanover. Robbie LaVine added a goal and an assist while Tim Paige had two assists and Brendan Martin also had a helper. Sean Chipman stopped 18 shots for the Titans (8-8), who play at Salem on Wednesday. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:00:37 EST Nashua deputy fire chief to vie for Board of Alderman seat NASHUA – Michael B. O’Brien Sr., a state representative and well-known deputy chief at the Nashua Fire Rescue, said last week he intends to run for the alderman-at-large seat vacated by Diane Sheehan earlier this month. “I’m in it to go,” O’Brien said in a recent interview. City officials haven’t set a date for the special election, but said it must be held between March 26 and Aug. 13. They are currently looking at June to hold the election. Sheehan resigned her seat Feb. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:55:00 EST Nashua church plans major renovation that also will improve the look of downtown NASHUA – Main Street United Methodist Church is known as the “church with a heart in the heart of Nashua.” Soon it will be opening its heart even wider when it launches a $1.3 million renovation that organizers say will not only make the church a more welcoming presence to all comers, but significantly improve the look of the downtown. The project grew out of the congregation’s near-unanimous decision in 2013 to remain at the steepled, red-brick church built in 1868 and resist the trend among some congregations to scrap their urban churches and rebuild in more suburban locales. “We wanted to continue in a place where our mission and ministry is literally at our doorstep. We could be involved in our community without having to get in a car. It’s here,” explained the Rev. Richard A. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:51:58 EST Nashua ‘takeover’ robbery suspect pleads guilty, to serve jail time NASHUA – One of the participants in the May 2014 “takeover” armed robbery of a Nashua service station clerk will spend about five months in jail, must perform community service and apologize in writing to the victim, according to terms of a plea agreement in the case. Devonta Searcy, 22, formerly of 272 South St., Apt. 3, in Fitchburg, Mass., agreed to plead guilty to one count of felony theft in exchange for a one-year term in Hillsborough County Department of Corrections, with six months suspended for a period of two years, according to documents in Hillsborouigh County Superior Court South. Searcy was granted 28 days credit for time already served, leaving him with the roughly five-month sentence for which he is scheduled to report on March 6, according to the documents. Terms of the agreement stipulate that Searcy must also perform 50 hours of community service, and write a letter of apology to the victim. He is also ordered to have no contact with the victim, and to participate in any programs or treatment recommended by jail officials. Searcy is not required to make restitution, because the items that were stolen in the robbery – cash, cigars and cigarettes – were recovered, the agreement states. Searcy was accused of “acting in concert” with Anthony Alvarez, 19, and Jahnyi Morel, 20, both of Fitchburg, in carrying out what police classified as a “takeover” robbery, late on the night of May 23, 2014, at the Shell station at 190 Amherst St. Police arrested the three a short time after the incident, when an officer on patrol spotted a vehicle at the intersection of Amherst and Broad streets that matched the description of the one the one involved in the robbery. Also arrested was the driver of the car, Kayli Hoff-Shine, 19, of Townsend, Mass., who was charged with criminal liability to the conduct of another to robbery. Nashua Police Lt. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:40:00 EST Patricia G. Perkins Patricia G. Perkins, 81, of Nashua died on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital after a brief illness. She was born on August 25, 1933, in Lowell, MA, to the late Leo and Eva (Houle) Maxfield. Before retiring, she was employed for Welch & Allen, and Sylvania Electronics. Along with her parents, Patricia was pre-deceased by her husband John Perkins Sr. in February of 2009; and a daughter, Charlotte Anderson. Surviving members of her family include three sons, Doyle Bradley, Mark White, and Walter Kitchen; five grandchildren, Loki, Merlin and Doc Anderson, and Jackson and Dylan White; three great-grandchildren, Alorha, Lennin and Charlotte Anderson; a step-son, John Perkins Jr.; a brother, Russell Maxfield; a sister, Jackie Maxfield; and a nephew, George Maxfield and his wife Debbie. There are no calling hours at the funeral home. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:01:00 EST Carol Ann (Oberlander) Powell Carol Ann (Oberlander) Powell, 80, died 18th February 2015, at her daughter’s home in Brookline, NH. She was born on December 25, 1934 in Stoneham, MA, the daughter of Louis A., Jr. and Helen L. (Kufs) Oberlander. She was the wife of William H. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:01:06 EST Geni Neves deCastro Geni Neves deCastro, 72, of Milford passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital surrounded by her family. Geni was born in Fernandes Tourinho, Brazil, on October 2, 1942, a daughter of the late Antonio Alves and Maria Jose (Neves) deCastro. Geni had been employed as a teacher in Brazil prior to moving to Nashua. She had been an interpreter for the Brazilian and Portuguese community. For many years Geni had been employed with Hadco. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:01:16 EST Joseph J. Vavruska Joseph J. Vavruska, 86, of Nashua passed away on Friday, February 20, 2015, at St. Joseph Hospital Joseph was born in New York City, NY, on January 31, 1929, a son of the late Charles and Marie (Stofft) Vavruska. He was the widower of Marion M. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:01:22 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – Feb. 23 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 See website for expanded holiday hours. School vacation classes: Chain Maille is Not Just for Warriors (for kids 8-11) from 10:30-12:30 p.m. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:03:34 EST Clarification Nashua resident Dick Zoerb’s presentation, “The Art of Paper-Model Making,” will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, at the Nashua Public Library. The date was incomplete in an information box on Page 10 of Saturday’s Telegraph. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:58:00 EST Presentation of Mary Academy hoop team reaches semifinals The Presentation of Mary girls Mites team, made up of fifth and sixth graders, suffered a tough loss to St. Catherine in the semifinals of the Catholic School Basketball Tournament. In the quarterfinals, PMA topped St. Christopher 36-22. Leading the way offensively for the Griffins was Iruka Obinelo and Sadie LaMothe. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:28:00 EST Carol Powell Carol Ann (Oberlander) Powell, 80, died 18th February 2015, at her daughter’s home in Brookline, NH. She was born on December 25, 1934 in Stoneham, MA, the son/daughter of Louis A., Jr. and Helen L. (Kufs) Oberlander. She was the wife of William H. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:01:30 EST Gloria Tanguay Gloria L. Peters Tanguay died peacefully in her sleep, at her home in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Sunday 2/15/15. Gloria was born 11/5/32 and raised in Nashua, N.H., where she graduated from Nashua High School, was married to Edward Tanguay for 57 wonderful years and is survived by her brother, Glenn Peters; 4 children, Donna Hammer, Kathi Martinage, Edward Tanguay, Jr. and Donald Tanguay; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:01:34 EST Ellsworth George Vadney Sr. Ellsworth George Vadney Sr., 95, of the Hackett Hill Center, Manchester, NH, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at his residence of Congestive Heart Failure. Born November 3, 1919, in Claremont, NH to Ray Cleveland Claflin and Laura (Hale) Claflin. He was adopted at birth by George Henry Vadney and Lillian Minnie (Nutting) Vadney, who he always considered his real parents and was deeply devoted to. As a young boy in Claremont his cousin Howard Porter lived with him and was like a brother. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:01:39 EST Robert F. Winter Robert F. Winter, 86 of Nashua, NH, passed away on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at the Fairview Nursing Home, Hudson, NH, with his family by his side. He was born October 12, 1928 in Boston, MA, a son of the late Frederick and Katherine (McIssac) Winter. Mr. Winter proudly served his country in the US Army. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:01:44 EST Nashua North’s Cam Bennett takes first Division I title NASHUA – Cam Bennett was sick of carrying around that runner-up label, but for the last two seasons that’s exactly what the Nashua High School North senior has been. During Saturday’s NHIAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Nashua High School South, Bennett passed that second-place moniker on to Londonderry junior Ryan Cabezas, as the Titans senior recorded a 3-2 win for the 126-pound title and spot in the Meet of Champions on Feb. 28 on his home mat at Nashua North. “I’ve been runner-up enough,” Bennett said. “My main objective coming into this season was to win the D-I title. “I honestly didn’t know how to process it right after, but now it’s really starting to sink in that I accomplished that preseason goal.” Bennett was third at D-I and MOCs as a freshman at 106 pounds, then jumped up to second in both meets as a sophomore at 106 and junior at 126. This winter he wasn’t going home with anything less than a title at the divisional meet. “I’m happy and excited,” Bennett said. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:58:00 EST Greater Nashua contractors inundated with requests for snow, ice removal from roofs Icicles may be nice to look at, but it’s a sign that forces unseen are at work in your home, and the result may not be very pretty. Local roofers are up to their eyeballs in not only snow, but calls to provide relief to weary homes and homeowners who are now battling growing mounds of ice and water creeping, or pouring, inside. Kevin Corriveau calls it overwhelming. Corriveau, who runs Corriveau Contracting and has been in business in Nashua for about 20 years, said his company has been getting about 30 calls a day from people to have snow and ice dams removed from their homes. “We’ve been telling people we’re glad to put them on the list, but if they find somebody else, to please give us a courtesy call back,” he said. “It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen.” Corriveau said snow on a roof melts and the water rolls down to the edge where it refreezes as an ice dam. Water is pushed inside by the freeze/thaw cycle. This can happen regardless of the home’s age. It’s about the insulation, proper installation and construction. “It’s the insulation in the attic and ventilation that causes an ice dam,” he said. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:13:52 EST Facing both bus and parking fees, Nashua high school students seek cheaper rates NASHUA – Whether from New Hampshire or other states, a lot of us remember riding the big yellow bus to school, and few remember being charged for the privilege. But in Nashua, high school students pay fees to ride the bus or to park, with only students who walk or are dropped off getting to school for free. The practice has been going on for decades, but students recently have asked school officials to re-examine costs. Because state law allows school districts to charge high school students for parking or bus passes, districts can set their own policies on how much to charge for each. Nashua student representatives to the school board asked members to lower the price of high school parking passes, citing the financial burden on students. In Nashua, revenue from the $100 per year parking and $65 per year bus passes goes toward the city general fund to offset the tax rate. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:13:36 EST Merrimack boys third in D-I; Souhegan second in D-II DURHAM – Courtesy of three strong relays and some key individual placers, Merrimack High School left the University of New Hampshire in third overall with 36 points. The Tomahawks came in behind Pinkerton Academy (91 points) and runner-up Londonderry (54). Alvirne was sixth with 24 points, while Bishop Guertin and Nashua North were tied for 10th with 15 points, and Nashua South was 13th with 10 points. Benjamin Parent and Ryan Barry earned individual points for Merrimack in the 300 meter dash, as Parent was third in 38.01 and Barry was fifth in 38.62. In the 600 meter, Chase Sweeney earned a fourth-place finish with time of 1:26.65, while Blake Williams earned fourth in the 1,000 in (2:38.01) and third in the long jump (19 feet, 9 inches). Three relay teams earn points for the Tomahawks, as the 4x160 relay team of Barry, Williams, Wesley Notter, and Justin Weiser finished fifth (1:18.20); the 4x400 team of Sweeney, Hersh Rai, Parent and Williams was second (3:39.61); and the 4x800 team of Jake Zannoni, Ben Sweesy, Jarrod Ottman and Rai was fourth (8:53.02). Individually, Alvirne had some placers, highlighted by Noah Bellomo’s first-place run of 2:37.08 in the 1,000, and third-place finishes from Kyle Saunders in the 600 (1.25.73) and Phillip Demers in the 1,500 (4:10.85). Sat, 21 Feb 2015 22:13:00 EST Eighth-graders at Fairgrounds in Nashua win statewide STEM competition NASHUA – A Fairgrounds Middle School team won an advanced manufacturing video contest organized by state officials recently. Eighth-graders Sasha Shrestha, Sawyer Cosgrove, Ben Telerski and Fianna Ton collaborated on the project, guided by Bill DuBois, instructor of science, technology, engineering and math at Fairgrounds. The students focused on additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, and interviewed local manufacturing professionals to create a video of what they learned. The team worked with AET Labs in Massachusetts, C&M Machine Products in Hudson and Nashua High School South, ultimately printing a 3-D model of a house the students designed using a computer aided drafting program. DuBois said the team watched Gov. Maggie Hassan announce the contest winners on an Internet video Tuesday. “It was great,” he said. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:14:58 EST Epidemic of NH drug deaths, ‘Deflategate’ lead most read Telegraph website stories of the week The explosion of New Hampshire deaths attributable to the misuse of drugs generated the most reader interest by far on for the week ending Feb. 20. Kathryn Marchocki’s “NH drug overdose deaths now at 300” was viewed more than 13,000 times. The 2014 data released by the state showed the heaviest toll is shifting from middle-age victims to young adults ages 21-30. Last year also is notable for the sudden appearance of the powerful narcotic fentanyl, which outpaced heroin as the leading killer in all drug deaths – whether they were caused by prescription, over-the-counter, illicit drugs or any combination of the three. The 300 confirmed deadly overdoses set a record high for New Hampshire. There were 193 fatal drug overdoses in 2013. State officials in recent years have called opioid abuse – which includes heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone and methadone – to be of epidemic proportions and a public health crisis. The National Football League season may be over, but the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are still in the hearts and minds of readers, as evidenced by the second most read story of the week. Sport Editor Alan Greenwood’s column “ ‘DeflateGate’ saga hits new heights of absurdity” was viewed more than 7,000 times. “One thing is clear: Upon further review, this ranks as the most absurdly overblown story in the history of sensationalist journalism,” the inimitable Greenwood wrote. “For Roger Goodell, this is just fine, since it has deflected some of the criticism he and the league deserve for its systemic botching of just about every important issue it has had to deal with in the past year.” “Hudson settles panhandling suit” was the third most read story of the week, with more than 2,000 views. Hudson selectmen authorized a $37,350 settlement with the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, which filed the suit in U.S. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 23:01:43 EST Support groups in Greater Nashua For more listings, visit NASHUA BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP The Bereavement Support Group is open to any bereaved individual and is free of charge, with no registration is necessary. Information: Barbara Halbmaier at 882-3000, ext. 63907. BLOOD CANCER SUPPORT GROUP The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offers a monthly support group for adult patients and family members who are coping with a blood cancer diagnosis. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:00:46 EST Nashua North football bids farewell to head coach The Nashua High School North football program was honored at the Elks Lodge on Tuesday. At these dinners, players and their families, as well as the cheerleaders and coaches, come together for one final gathering. Awards are given to the players, flowers are given to the cheerleaders and gifts are given to coaches. This dinner, however, was a special one indeed, for it was head coach Jason Robie’s last one. After 21 years of coaching, many previously at Nashua High School , Robie announced his retirement at the end of the regular season. As master of ceremonies at the event, Robie gave his team the inspirational advice he is known for. “The relationship we have built with the people at the Nashua Elks over the years has been a great one, and I am very appreciative that they have hosted our teams,” Robie said. “The banquet means a lot to me because it presents a new chapter and new challenges to our student-athletes. “Some are graduating and going to college, some to the military and some to the workforce. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:00:55 EST Pets of the week for Feb. 22 Humane Society  for Greater Nashua MADISON It’s me, Madison! I’m gorgeous with my deep blue eyes and a beautiful fur coat. I was a little grumpy when I first got here, but the staff realized it was because I was uncomfortable and needed some teeth pulled. Now that my dental work is all done, I’m settling in better, and even spend my time in the free-range cat room! I definitely don’t let the fact that I only have one tooth left stop me from still thinking I’m the most beautiful kitty out there, and I know someone will fall in love with my lopsided grin. I am an independent girl who’ll let you know when I want attention, and always when I need a little “me time.” I need a quiet home with no young children while I settle in and get comfortable. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:01:00 EST Community events in Nashua – Feb. 22 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS NASHAWAY AUDUBON PROGRAMS On Feb. 21 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., the Nashaway Chapter of N.H. Audubon will have a field trip to Salisbury Beach State Park and Parker River Wildlife Refuge at the mouth of the Merrimack River. These places are winter havens for birds of prey. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:01:16 EST Nashua’s Adult Learning Center produces success stories NASHUA – They come in all ages and from all backgrounds. Some are still teenagers, while others may have not been in a high school classroom for years. All of them have a single goal: to pass the HiSET, the High School Equivalency Test (formerly GED), and make a change in their life. Many of these students find themselves at the door of the Adult Learning Center, where free classes are offered to help prepare for the test. The HiSET covers reading, writing, math, social studies and science, and measures academic knowledge and proficiency equivalent to those who have earned a high school diploma. At the ALC, individuals find caring and supportive teachers who guide them through the process from registration to “graduation.” Most of the 250-350 students who come to the ALC each year looking for help with the HiSET complete the test by the time they are 25. The length of time it takes each student to finish the program is as varied as the students themselves. “There is no standard amount of time” for students to complete the program,” adult education director Diana Owen said. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:02:07 EST Psychic Fair in Nashua benefits mural restorations NASHUA – City Arts Nashua will holding the fifth annual Psychic Fair on Sunday, March 1, at the Hunt Memorial Building, the city’s high Gothic landmark on Main Street in downtown Nashua. The area’s most popular readers will be returning, including Michelle Trahan Guillemette, Jacki Joy, Colleen Costello, Lester Greenwood, Mac Newman and Melissa Beers, along with Ramona Nault and her aura-reading camera. “Last year’s Psychic Fair at the Hunt was the most exciting and rewarding session I’ve had during my 40-plus years as a reader,” Guillemette said. “I can’t wait to return this year.” What made last year so extraordinary for her? Jim Vayo and Liz Kirwan of Nashua were walking home from breakfast at the Riverwalk Cafe that Sunday morning when Vayo decided to stop in his office at the Hunt to pick up the newspaper, and happened to come across the Psychic Fair in the building. Kirwan, who had a few private tarot card sessions previously, decided to have a numerology reading offered by Guillemette. “I never had one before, and invited Jim to sit in on the reading,” she said. “He was a complete skeptic and grudgingly agreed to join me.” When Guillemette told her she had a strong feeling from the tarot cards, Kirwan agreed to switch to a card reading. “As Michelle laid out the cards, she talked about Liz’s life – that she was a teacher, worked with immigrant students and that she recently changed careers – things she could not possibly know about someone she just met for the first time,” Vayo said. Kirwan continued, “When the Hanging Man card appeared, I thought it was a bad sign, but Michelle said it represented change and that I was not running away anymore, I was settling and happy where I was in life. “I had just moved in with Jim a few months earlier.” “Michele was getting edgy and nervous,” Vayo said, “and said that she didn’t want to be presumptuous, but she saw a big day in Liz’s future. “When I stopped upstairs at my office, I had picked up the engagement ring I bought a few weeks earlier. I was going to bring it home and hide it because I thought it would be safer there. “But this reading was too much for me. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:02:21 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 24: Elks Lodge, 120 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:01:45 EST Icicles point out some of the beauty of winter in Greater Nashua With some sunshine and slightly higher temperatures last week, icicles hanging off roofs in Greater Nashua have grown longer and longer. Here are a few photos submitted by readers. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:20:22 EST Four Nashua students named Presidential Scholar candidates U.S. Presidential Scholar program candidates have been announced, with four Nashua students in the running. Kaylee Smith, of Nashua High School North; Alicia Howell-Munson and Jacqueline Chea, of Nashua High South; and Alex Jaferey, of the Academy for Science and Design, are among the 3,900 candidates. Nashua school board Chairman George Farrington recognized the three Nashua district students with certificates at the Feb. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 23:01:25 EST Nashua superior court deputy clerk Scanlon named clerk in Manchester Mike Scanlon, deputy clerk for 23 years at Hillsborough County Superior Court South in Nashua, has been named clerk of the court’s northern division in Manchester. The move returns Scanlon to the court where he practiced as an assistant county attorney, then served as deputy clerk from 1989-92 before coming to Nashua. “We are very fortunate to be able to welcome Mike as the new clerk of one of the state’s busiest superior courts,” said Tina Nadeau, chief justice of New Hampshire Superior Court. “I am confident that his depth of knowledge will make for a very smooth transition to Hillsborough North.” Scanlon’s appointment leaves open his Nashua position, which clerk Marshall Buttrick said should be filled shortly. Scanlon called the appointment an honor. “The staff and judges are exceptional,” he said, “and with them, I look forward to continuing to serve the judicial branch and the citizens of New Hampshire. Nadeau credited Scanlon for his “great enthusiasm and vision,” noting that he guided the court through recent innovations such as NH e-Court and the management of the system’s felony case flow. Scanlon succeeds longtime Superior Court North clerk John M. Safford, who announced his retirement. – DEAN SHALHOUP Sat, 21 Feb 2015 23:01:07 EST New Greater Nashua charter school delays registration deadline Because of the barrage of recent snowstorms, the MicroSociety Academy Charter School of Southern New Hampshire has delayed its registration deadline until March 25. The new K-8 charter school, called MACS, has opened enrollment for the fall, planning to begin its first year with 120 K-5 students at a Greater Nashua location to be determined. MACS plans to host several parent information meetings in Nashua, starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua. Two more meetings are set for noon March 7 and 1:30 p.m. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 23:00:59 EST Londonderry routs Nashua South, 9-1 Owen McNulty scored the lone goal for the 2-11-2 Panthers, unassisted. Nate Radin had 35 saves in goal. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 22:00:26 EST Memorial routs Nashua North, 9-1 The host Titans dropped their third straight to fall to 8-7. Joe Paige scored North’s only goal, assisted by Robbie LaVine. Sean Chipman had 20 saves in net. Memorial’s Zach Pelletier had seven points with two goals and five assists. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19:00:39 EST Don’t miss your chance to express gratitude As the Battle of Britain air war ended, Winston Churchill said, “Never has so much been owed by so many to so few.” That sentiment applies now in Nashua to those who worked so hard for us during these past snow days. The sun shined on us today as expected and we ventured out of our homes like the ground hog did just a few days ago. Finally, we can move some of that snow away from places where it should not be. There are a few people who are worthy of thanks and appreciation for their efforts during the past days. I believe Winston’s words apply here and are most appropriate. To some of those few: The Telegraph delivery folks. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:00:27 EST Nashua behind the times with plow staffing Public Works Commissioner Traci Pappas wrote an excellent letter (“City pays more than it should for plowing,” Feb. 8) that every Nashua taxpayer should read to find out how some of our taxes are wasted by paying twice as much as they should for plowing. In case you missed her letter, it is about paying for a second person in the snowplow cab when only the driver is needed. The state Department of Transportation and other municipalities changed to “driver only” plowing years ago. Jim Cutter Nashua Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:02:06 EST ‘Passionate Nashuan’ to take head job at Great American Downtown NASHUA – Community activist Paul Shea confirmed Friday that he will serve as the new executive director of Great American Downtown, a nonprofit agency that markets and promotes downtown Nashua in order to draw visitors to its restaurants, special events, shops, and historic and other sites. Shea said he accepted the post after it was offered by the agency’s board of directors this week. Shea will succeed Rebecca Dixon, who held the post for more than three years. Dixon resigned last month to become coordinator of events and ceremonies at Keene State College. “This is a job that I looked at three years ago, and I didn’t feel I was up for it at that time,” Shea said Friday. Shea said circumstances changed, and he believes he is well suited to take on the job. “I am very excited about this opportunity, and I’m looking to shake things up a little bit,” he said. Shea said he wants to keep downtown Nashua “exciting and fun.” Great American Downtown coordinates many popular events, such as the Winter Holiday Stroll, the Taste of Downtown and Sunday farmers markets. “He is enthusiastic and creative, and has an eagerness to continue and improve on all the wonderful events and programs that we have come to love and look forward to in downtown Nashua,” said Philip Scontsas, Great American Downtown board of directors member. Shea describes himself as a nurse, community activist, volunteer, community event organizer, gardener and “passionate Nashuan” on his Twitter account. He is involved with promoting the arts in Nashua, is president of Gate City Community Gardens, and is creator and moderator of the Nashua Civic Sounding Board Facebook page. Shea also launched Fancy Fridays, which involved participants dressing in their finest suits, tuxes, dresses and gowns for a night in downtown Nashua at “pub crawl-like” events at participating restaurants and bars. Earlier this month, Shea used Facebook to organize a community snowball fight in downtown Nashua that drew a few dozen kids and kids at heart for an hour of fun in the snow, followed by warm beverages at Riverwalk Cafe nearby. “My first priority will be walking downtown and connecting with merchants to gain perspective and build on a shared vision for an ever more vibrant and exciting downtown,” Shea said in a statement. “What I look forward to most is finding new and creative ways to build excitement and also create more opportunities for folks to experience downtown Nashua.” Kathryn Marchocki can be reached a 594-6589, kmarchocki@nashua or @Telegraph_KMar. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:02:16 EST Nashua chamber’s Williams stepping down NASHUA – Longtime chamber leader Chris Williams announced Friday he will step down from his role as a leading business voice in Greater Nashua in the next few months, fueling speculation he is preparing to make a serious mayoral run in the Gate City. Williams, the president and CEO of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, said he has targeted June 30 as his final day to allow enough time for a smooth transition with the organization. “I think after spending nine years here at the chamber and having accomplished a lot of the strategic goals that I set out to do in this position, it’s time for me to look at other opportunities professionally,” he said Friday afternoon. “And in order to do that properly, I need to ensure that I’m giving the chamber enough time for them to conduct a proper executive search.” In a letter to chamber members, Williams said it is time to “hand the baton” over to new leadership, and thanked the chamber’s board of directors and staff for their support. He called the decision bittersweet, but said it is time to consider other opportunities. “While I cannot predict what my professional future may hold for me, I can assure each of our member companies, our city’s social service agencies, our institutions of higher education, our city’s young professionals and our city residents that I will eternally remain Nashua’s fiercest champion,” he said. Local businessman Sy Mahfuz and Paul Hebert, of the United Way of Greater Nashua, will serve as co-chairmen of a search team to find a suitable replacement  to lead the chamber. Stepping away later this year will allow Williams more time to focus on his possible candidacy for mayor. Just this week, the first of his exploratory committee’s five online money-bomb events raised $14,050 in 24 hours, nearly three times his original goal. “When I started this five weeks ago, I did so with the intent of making a decision by early June, and I am still holding to that schedule,” Williams said. The “announcement resigning from the chamber helps me stay within that schedule by ensuring that I am giving the chamber an opportunity to find a successor,” he said. Outgoing Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau announced Jan. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:03:26 EST NY man charged in 2009 Nashua burglary A New York man was arrested Thursday in connection with a Nashua burglary nearly six years ago. Eddie Perez-Cepeda, 44, of Amsterdam, N.Y., was charged with burglary, a Class B felony, by the Nashua Police Department’s Uniform Field Operations Bureau. He also had an outstanding arrest warrant charging him with a probation violation after the original charge was robbery. Perez-Cepeda was arraigned Friday at Nashua district court. According to Nashua police, officers received a burglary report the evening of June 23, 2009, at a Sawyer Street residence. The victim told police that forced entry was made into his residence and that several items were stolen. Last July, police investigated Perez-Cepeda as a possible suspect. An arrest warrant was obtained based on the ongoing investigation, and he was ultimately located in New York and taken into custody. Chris Garofolo can be reached at 594-6465, cgarofolo@nashua or @Telegraph_Chris. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:03:34 EST From a World War II bomber to the Taj Mahal: Nashua model-maker Dick Zoerb has done it all If patience is a virtue, then Dick Zoerb may be one of the most virtuous men on the planet. Add in his eye for detail and the ability to crease, fold or otherwise manipulate objects so tiny they’re all but invisible to the naked eye, and one might guess they’re meeting Dr. Dick Zoerb, accomplished brain surgeon. Not even close. Zoerb, 83, grew up in his family’s wholesale greenhouse business in Wisconsin; then, after serving in the Korean War and graduating from Ohio State University, he said he “took off my apron and put on a tie” and embarked on a career as a field representative for Fred C. Gloeckner & Co., a national supplier of products for the commercial horticultural industry. But somewhere along the way, Zoerb developed a knack for building models, a hobby that flourished once he retired and really took off just a few years ago when he discovered the world of paper-model building. We aren’t talking fifth-grade-classroom paper airplanes here – although Zoerb knows of some hobby clubs devoted specifically to those little teacher-tormentors of baby boomer lore. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:03:51 EST Nashua martial artist to fight in 50 jiujitsu matches to raise money for homeless NASHUA – Martial arts instructor Eric Menard plans to celebrate his 50 birthday with 50 consecutive Brazilian jiujitsu matches to raise money for the Greater Nashua homeless community. The “50 for 50 Fundraising Event” on March 7 will benefit the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. Jiujitsu is a martial art combat sport and self-defense system with particular focus on grappling. Menard is owner and teacher at Eric Menard’s Complete Martial Arts Academy located in Sun Plaza in south Nashua. With each jiujitsu match running about five minutes and a one-minute break between matches, the event will last four to five hours, Menard said. Menard said he was inspired to   his 50th birthday with a fundraiser by one of his mentors in California. “I called the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, and went down there and did a tour,” he said. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:04:09 EST Titans led by trio of scorers Nashua North 68, Concord 47 Taylor Choate, Dezi Okorie, and Sara Cordova all had outstanding offensive games for the Titans, as the trio combined for 48 of North’s 68 total points. North did a great job of keeping the pressure on Concord, as they jumped to a 28-14 lead at the half and secured the win by dropping 40 in the second half. Nashua North will look to improve their win streak to five games on Tuesday when they play Exeter at home. at Concord Nashua North (68) Taylor Choate 8-0-18, Dezi Okorie 7-2-16, Sara Cordova 5-0-14, Isabel Dunning 4-0-9, Alana Choate 2-0-5, Micheala Choate 2-0-4, Danielle Upton 1-0-2. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:03:09 EST Nashua North cruises past winless Concord Nashua North’s Nate Hale (18 points), Brandon Rodriguez (16) and Brennan Kastens (15) led a balanced scoring attack in a 75-48 win over Concord. Hale hit a pair of 3-pointers on his way to a team-high for the Titans (4-11), who will travel to Exeter for a 6:30 p.m. tip-off Tuesday. at Nashua Concord (48) Giroux 6-4-19, Bengston 2-5-9, Mughugh 3-0-8, Lita 1-3-5, Ein 1-0-3, Szule 1-0-2, Britos 0-2-2. Totals: 14-14-48. Nashua North (75) Hale 6-4-18, Rodriguez 5-6-16, Kastens 7-1-15, Silva 3-0-7, Gosselin 2-0-5, Boykin 0-4-4, Constant 2-0-4, Jones 0-2-2, Barrett 1-0-2, McCarthy 1-0-2, Beckett 1-0-2. 27-17-75 Concord (0-14) 18 8 13 9 – 48 North (4-11) 17 27 13 18 – 75 3-pointers: C – Giroux 3, Mughugh 2, Ein; NN – Hale 2, Silva, Gosselin. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:00:40 EST Hudson settles panhandling suit HUDSON – The Hudson Board of Selectmen agreed to settle a lawsuit that claimed town police unconstitutionally harassed and punished a homeless man who would panhandle in the area. Board members authorized Town Administrator Stephen Malizia on Feb. 10 to sign a $37,350 settlement with the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, who filed the suit in U.S. District Court last August on behalf of Jeffrey Pendleton, a homeless man in his mid-20s who has panhandled in Nashua and Hudson since 2013. The lawsuit cites a long history of court rulings asserting the act of panhandling is protected speech and accused the town’s police department of harassing Pendleton while permitting others to engage in identical activities, specifically political protests and recent sidewalk rallies related to Market Basket. Gilles Bissonnette, staff attorney for the ACLU of New Hampshire, said the case was a successful example of the organization’s battle to enforce citizens’ First Amendment rights. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:20:13 EST Hudson, Merrimack and Nashua police arrest logs for Dec. 12-Feb. 4 Hudson Police  Department Dec. 12 Arrests/Summonses Kristopher Sergi, 37, 828 Fox Hollow Drive: Criminal threatening, 1:35 a.m. David R. Davenport, 49, 62 Groton Road, N. Chelmsford, Mass.: Driving while intoxicated, 9:58 p.m. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:02:02 EST Nashua trucker charged in one of two turnpike crashes that snarled traffic for hours Thursday morning MERRIMACK – Southbound commuters on the F.E. Everett Turnpike were in for a morning of headaches and severe delays Thursday when back-to-back collisions in Merrimack tied up traffic, at one point backing up traffic four miles to the Bedford tolls, State Police said. The first collision occurred about 4:15 a.m. when tractor-trailer rig heading south on the turnpike jackknifed and crashed into a snowbank, closing all but one lane to traffic for about two hours. Stalled traffic came to a virtual standstill about 6 a.m. when State Police closed all southbound highway lanes for about 30 minutes to remove the truck. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:03:08 EST William S. Cogger William Sampson Cogger, 79, of Hollis, NH, and formerly of Elmhurst, IL, died peacefully on Feb. 4, 2015, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, MA. He was born in Nashua, NH, on Feb. 8, 1935, a son of the late Patrick and Gertrude (Sampson) Cogger, who were Merrimack, NH, residents. William was a graduate of the Nashua High School class of 1953. He attended American International College and pursued education throughout his life. He worked in sales and marketing for major high tech plastic companies. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:01:19 EST Nashua’s Adult Learning Center produces success stories NASHUA – They come in all ages and from all backgrounds. Some are still teenagers, while others may have not been in a high school classroom for years. All of them have a single goal: to pass the HiSET, the High School Equivalency Test (formerly GED), and make a change in their life. Many of these students find themselves at the door of the Adult Learning Center, where free classes are offered to help prepare for the test. The HiSET covers reading, writing, math, social studies and science, and measures academic knowledge and proficiency equivalent to those who have earned a high school diploma. HiSET preparation classes are ongoing at the ALC. There is no fee for the classes, and the ALC can help find financial assistance for the test fees. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:02:18 EST New Hampshire high school fans have options Saturday High school sports fans beware: Saturday’s schedule will aggravate you to no end. Mother Nature is ruining your chance to attend multiple championship meets this winter. Due to this never-ending cycle of snow hitting the northeast, the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association was forced to schedule seven championship events for the same day. The Division I and II Indoor Track Championships, originally scheduled for Feb. 8 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, will begin at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in Durham at the University of New Hampshire’s Paul Sweet Oval. The Division I Swimming Championships didn’t take place with Division II on Valentine’s Day, leaving the higher division athletes to perform on the already scheduled snow date starting at 8:30 a.m. Those three events were postponed to a day already filled with championship entertainment. All three wrestling championships are set to begin at 9 a.m. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:16:01 EST Nashua North girls basketball tops Manchester Memorial NASHUA – For part of the first half of Thursday night’s game, the Nashua High School North girls basketball team was thinking about Bishop Guertin. Problem for the Titans was, they had played, and knocked off, the Cardinals two nights before. After falling behind Manchester Memorial in the first quarter, North used a 13-1 run to take the lead in the second quarter and never took its foot off the gas in the second half in a 64-48 win over the Crusaders. Sara Cordova led the way with 21 points, including two 3-pointers, and five steals, while Adaeze Okorie added 17 points and six steals, as the Titans (10-5) forced the Crusaders into 20 turnovers in the final three quarters thanks to their full-court pressure. “What it does is it makes them have to play fast, and that’s what the key is,” North coach Ricky Oliver said. “Make you play fast and then we can turn you over. “We played so lackadaisical in the first half. It was like they thought this was really going to be easy and that people were going to lay because they just beat BG. You’ve got to come out and re-prove yourself every game. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:07:00 EST Minimum 4 years in prison for shooter in 2014 Nashua drive-by shooting NASHUA – Superior Court Judge David Garfunkel on Thursday sent 20-year-old Darrion Weekly to State Prison for at least four years, then told him how fortunate he is that the two bullets he fired at a group of Nashua people last August didn’t hit anybody. Weekly, charged with shooting at the group from the backseat of a car driven by his brother, David Weekly, in the early morning hours of Aug. 27, 2014, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count each of attempted first-degree assault, reckless conduct and possession of cocaine, in exchange for serving 4–10 years in New Hampshire State Prison. David Weekly, 19, also entered a plea agreement with prosecutors, and was sentenced on Feb. 12 to 3–6 years in State Prison after pleading guilty to one count each of criminal liability to attempted first degree assault, reckless conduct and unsworn falsification. The brothers, formerly of Manchester, were in a white Dodge Avenger that followed a car occupied by four Nashua residents from Manchester to Nashua on the morning of the incident, according to assistant County Attorney Cassie Devine, who prosecuted both cases. The driver of the other car, identified in court as R.F., noticed the white car was following him shortly after he and three others left a Manchester club called Drynk, after celebrating a friend’s birthday. Devine said R.F. tried to elude the white car after taking Exit 4 off the Everett Turnpike. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:02:45 EST Nashua School Board seeks transition period between NECAP exams and Smarter Balanced Assessment NASHUA – The new Smarter Balanced Assessment academic standards test is just around the corner in March, but Nashua School Board members want to keep their options open. The board voted Wednesday to ask the New Hampshire Board of Education for a public hearing on the new assessment, culminating in a vote for allowing a transition period between the old and new tests. “New Hampshire is one of a number of states where the state Department of Education has painted us into a corner,” said member David Murotake, who wrote and submitted the motion for a public hearing with the state. Murotake said because Smarter Balanced has not been proven and test results will be questionable at first, schools could benefit from a transition period between NECAP tests and Smarter Balanced. The idea is students take the Smarter Balanced in March, and another, more established assessment exam at a later date, such as the NECAP. More information can be gathered from two sets of test results, and the transition can act as a fail-safe in case the new assessment is discontinued. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 01:00:40 EST Memorial 3-pointers sink Nashua North, 61-52 The Crusaders hit on 11 3-pointers as the Titans, who were led by Brandon Rodriguez’ 13 points, fell to 3-11. Ronnie Silva added 11 for the locals, who trailed 29-19 at the half but couldn’t quite climb back in it. At Manchester MANCHESTER MEMORIAL (61) Kabongo Ngalakulondi 4-7-16, Craig Preston 4-0-12, Trevon Moughn 4-2-12, Zach Lubin 2-3-7, Nick Philbert 2-0-6, Brandon Scott 2-0-5, Wade Gop 1-0-3. Totals: 19-12-61. NASHUA NORTH (52) Brandon Rodriguez 5-3-13, Ronnie Silva 5-0-11, Brennan Kastens 4-0-8, Brendan Barrett 2-2-7, Nate Hale 1-3-5, Jeff Almonte 1-2-4, Dan McCoy 2-0-4. Totals: 20-10-52. NASHUA NORTH (3-11) 9 10 14 16 - 52 MEMORIAL (7-5) 14 15 14 18 - 61 3-pointers: MM -- Preston 4, Philbert 2, Moughn 2, Ngalakulondi, Scott, Gop. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 23:00:42 EST Manchester Central clubs Nashua South,9-4 Manchester Central scored three times in a span of 48 seconds in second period to take control. The Panthers (2-10-2) got two goals from Owen McNulty, while Aria Saliany had a goal and two assists. Cam Boisvert also scored and Bryan Connolly added a pair of assists. Nate Radin and Adam Gagnon combined for 20 saves in the South net. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:00:32 EST Lozeau lauds public works employees for Nashua snow removal efforts NASHUA – Applause is expected when the mayor gives a talk to the chamber of commerce, especially when it’s her last annual talk after eight years in office. But applause for snow removal? In a winter like this, yes. “Our DPW department has done a phenomenal job – a phenomenal job,” Donnalee Lozeau said during a 45-minute address Wednesday morning, only to be interrupted by sustained applause from the more than 100 people who attended the talk at the Courtyard Marriot hotel. “They’ve been sleeping on cots in the street (department) barn. Their work never stops,” she said of the crews that have been operating plows on streets and sidewalks since storms began to hit the area Jan. 25. Lozeau also touched on union contracts with the public works department, which she said limits the city’s flexibility by such things as mandating the order in which workers are called for overtime and limiting the ability to hire contractors. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:34 EST Bishop Guertin tops Nashua North as hockey tourney approaches TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. – The Nashua High School North hockey team must feel totally surrounded right now. What was an 8-4 record and a five-game winning streak is now 8-6 and a two-game slide after Wednesday night’s 4-1 loss at the hands of Bishop Guertin at Skate 3 Arena. And teams like the Cardinals, now 8-7, are right on the Titans heels in the middle portion of the Division I standings. “They’ve got eight wins and we’ve got eight wins,” Guertin coach Gary Bishop said. “We’re all fighting for position.” North’s two game slide is understandable. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:25:00 EST Alma Porter Alma Daniels Porter of Nashua, NH, 98, passed away peacefully, on February 2, 2015, at Greenbriar Terrace. She was born in St. John, NB, Canada the daughter of William and Annetta Daniels, formerly of Hudson, NH. Alma graduated from high school in Freeport, ME in 1933. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:00:46 EST Thomas Freeland Thomas Freeland, 57, of Nashua, died at St. Joseph Hospital on February 15, 2015, with his family with him. He was born in Lowell, MA, on April 25, 1957, a son of the late Edward and Eleanor (Perry) Freeland. He grew up in Burlington and graduated from Burlington High School. Mr. Freeland was the husband of April (O’Connell) Freeland, whom he married on October 21, 1989. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:01:08 EST Ruth Harris Ruth (Schewitzer) Harris, 89, of Nashua, died at her home, Sunday, February 15th, with her husband by her side. Mrs. Harris was the wife of Dr. Seth O. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:01:13 EST Nashua man who mugged elderly woman, stole her purse is sentenced to prison NASHUA – The elderly woman mugged last year in the parking lot of her Nashua apartment complex told her attacker on Wednesday that she was glad she was able to knock him to the ground, but wishes she was strong enough “to hurt you and stop you from running to your friend” waiting in a pickup truck. The woman, 66, addressed Jerald “JJ” Leith Wednesday during Leith’s sentencing hearing on charges of robbery and violation of probation that stem from the Aug. 20, 2014 incident in which he approached the woman, knocked her to the ground and stole her purse. Leith was sentenced to 3 1⁄ 2 – 7 years in New Hampshire State Prison in exchange for pleading guilty to the robbery charge, a Class A felony, in a plea agreement reached by prosecutors and Leith’s attorney, George Campbell. Leith received credit for 174 days for time served in jail, and was ordered to have no contact with the victim and to participate in all drug, alcohol and counseling programs recommended by prison officials. He was also sentenced to 1–3 years in jail for the three probation violations, to be served concurrently with his prison sentence. “I hope you take courses, learn a trade … find meaning to your life,” the victim said to Leith. “I hope you find ways to help people, rather than hurt them.” A second man, Bradley Bernard, 36, of Hudson, was also arrested in connection with the incident. He was accused of using the victim’s credit card, which was in the purse that Leith stole, to withdraw more than $1,500. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:45 EST Law enforcement backs Shaheen’s efforts to fund DHS NASHUA – Law enforcement officials on Wednesday told U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen that the possible lapse in Department of Homeland Security funding could result in a serious threat to much-needed training and equipment to safeguard New Hampshire communities. Shaheen, D-N.H., hosted a roundtable discussion with nearly two dozen police, fire and emergency management personnel from southern New Hampshire to assess the programs and future investment in jeopardy if a halt in Homeland Security funding were to occur at the end of the month. Justin Kates, Nashua’s emergency management director, said first responders constantly look for ways to improve their abilities in the Granite State and that DHS funding has provided significant opportunities here for tactical training and equipment upgrades. “I think really, from our perspective here in Nashua, it’s important to have that full-year funding to ensure those grant programs can start back up and that we don’t have any impacts if there was a (disaster assistance) declaration,” Kates said. The consensus among those involved in Wednesday’s talks was that fully funding DHS would have a critical trickle-down effect for local law enforcement in the Granite State, particularly in terms of training exercises. “I’m a big proponent that Homeland Security begins with hometown security,” said Sgt. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:54 EST Nashua employee’s suit over back pay opened Wednesday in Superior Court NASHUA – A city parking enforcement officer who also worked on a part-time, per diem basis as a police communications technician was paid less than he should have been, and when he raised the issue, the city retaliated against him by ending his per diem hours, according to Steven Bolton, the Nashua attorney representing the employee, Jose “Mike” Santiago. Bolton’s remarks Wednesday morning in Hillsborough County Superior Court South opened testimony in the civil suit Santiago brought against the city last summer in the wake of a yearlong controversy over how the city paid him and three other city employees who also worked per diem shifts outside of their regular full-time city jobs. A jury of nine women and five men was seated Tuesday. Representing the city are corporation counsel Stephen Bennett and assistant Celia Leonard. Police Chief Andrew Lavoie was also present, seated at the defense table between Bennett and Leonard. Bolton, a former city alderman, is also representing Cheryl Walley, who, like Santiago, participated in the city’s per diem program for several years until it was suspended in August 2013. Walley, who works full-time in the tax assessor’s office at City Hall, joined the program and, as did Santiago, covered different shifts in the police department’s communications division. City attorney Stephen Bennett said Wednesday that the per diem program was suspended in August 2013 after city officials noticed there were inaccuracies in the way the per diem people’s pay was being calculated. “The city made a mistake. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:34:52 EST Nashua to request federal disaster funds after blizzard Nashua officials said Wednesday that the city is seeking federal disaster relief to help defray some of the costs associated with the fierce blizzard that hammered southern New Hampshire last month. Justin Kates, emergency management director for the city, said Nashua is eligible for reimbursement through a Presidential Disaster Declaration made at the county level. Currently, New Hampshire is looking at three counties – Hillsborough, Strafford and Rockingham – as potentially eligible for a presidential declaration. Nashua has submitted its preliminary estimate for $300,000. If the city receives the declaration, that figure will fluctuate as the Federal Emergency Management Agency investigates. “I think overall we’re in good shape, but we could use the help,” said Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 01:01:03 EST Thanks to Nashua South jazz band for entertaining at Empty Bowls To the Editor: Thanks again to the Nashua High School South jazz band for  entertaining at the annual Empty  Bowls night. I haven’t heard other high school jazz bands, so I can’t compare them, but aren’t they a cut above? Way above? They sound great every year, and I enjoy listening to them. Vicki Meagher Nashua Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:01:12 EST Kudos to the Nashua Police Department To the Editor: Many recent news stories portray police officers in a negative light. A few weeks ago, I needed help in the middle of the night and reached out to the Nashua Police Department. Everyone who I came in contact with was so nice and helpful that I would like to share my experience. Around 1 a.m. Jan. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:01:43 EST Nashua parents recognized as Unsung Heroes CONCORD – Applause filled the room as Gov. Maggie Hassan read a proclamation announcing February as Parent Recognition Month. On Tuesday, Feb. 3, New Hampshire Children’s Trust/Prevent Child Abuse New Hampshire presented 28 awards to parents and caregivers to recognize these extraordinary people who go above and beyond to be the best parents that they can be. Honorees and their families, including three recipients from Nashua, gathered in the Governor and Council Chambers at the Statehouse for the eighth annual Unsung Hero Parent Recognition Awards ceremony. The event was held “to help strengthen our families and our communities, and I can think of no better way to do that than to honor the people who, day in and day out, are working with children and their families to make every human’s life better, to support every child with a kind of foundational grounding that they need,” Hassan said. Recipients included: Janell Davis, of Nashua, who was nominated by Nancy Pynchon. Davis has been raising her three children by herself while her husband has been away for three years. She does this while having a full-time job and going to graduate school. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:02:01 EST Nashua Lions donate clothes to Youth Council NASHUA – Members of the Nashua Lions Club recently donated more than 100 hats, mittens and gloves to The Youth Council as part of the Lions’ statewide Warmth From New Hampshire project. Council Executive Director Betsy Houde expressed her thanks to the club for the donation, which will be used to ensure its clients are warm this winter. Taking part in the program were Lions Paul Bergeron, June Caron and President Louise Deschenes. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:02:13 EST Nashua DAR Chapter donates to veterans NASHUA – The members of the Matthew Thornton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented handcrafted fleece lap robes and purchased socks, mittens and personal-care items for distribution to the veterans at the VA Medical Center in Manchester. Candy, gift cards and monetary donations were also given. Throughout the year, but especially during the holidays, the chapter honors those who serve our country. For information about joining the Daughters of the American Revolution, visit or the Matthew Thornton Chapter at Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:02:21 EST Free tax preparation available in Greater Nashua NASHUA – Greater Nashua taxpayers with a household income of $53,000 or less can have their 2014 federal income tax returns prepared for free at one of five locations. Free tax help is offered through the Greater Nashua Asset Building Coalition. Volunteers who are trained and certified on IRS-approved software will help filers prepare their federal income tax returns and determine whether they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits. Free tax returns prepared by coalition volunteers for tax year 2013 brought more than $3.3 million in refunds to Nashua-area households, a 6 percent increase over the previous year. More than $12.1 million has been returned to the region over the last five years through the efforts of volunteers. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:02:23 EST Nashua clerk eyes June for special election to fill Sheehan’s alderman-at-large seat City officials currently are looking at June as the best time to hold the special election to fill the alderman-at-large seat held by Diane Sheehan, who officially resigned the post Feb. 13. City Clerk Paul R. Bergeron on Tuesday said city charter requires the election be scheduled no earlier than March 26 and no later than Aug. 13. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:36:09 EST Nashua faces another cap ‘crisis’ Is it any wonder that Nashua is faced with another annual budget-cap crisis? I’ve just surveyed minutes from recent aldermen meetings and read some of the city’s approved union contracts, and the majority of the wage increases are greater than 2 percent. For example: principals’ increases are 2.6 percent for 2015 and 1.5 percent in 2016; Public Works is 2.1 percent in 2015, 2.1 percent in 2016 and 1.8 percent in 2017; police patrolmen enjoy a 3 percent cost of living increase for 2016 and 2017; and a three-year contract for bus drivers from July 2014-June 2017 has increases of 2.5 percent, 2.5 percent and 3 percent. Given that salaries and wages are the most significant expense in the budget, how can anyone expect to maintain annual budget increases of less than 2 percent when this line item alone is greater? So, once again, the taxpayers of Nashua are bombarded with the cries of “How can we support the cap?” by various department heads. I think the answer lies in the wage contracts. Please understand that I am most grateful for all the services provided by the city’s employees and wish everyone the opportunity for respectful compensation. But none of us should be surprised every January/February when the mayor releases the proposed budget and the resulting cap limits – and the impact that has on all the other expense line items. Marty Harman Nashua Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:01:06 EST Nashua CSA farm tops its Kickstarter goal NASHUA – Kickstarter has spoken, and Nashua will have a new community-supported farm. “I was not expecting to get the amount of support I got,” said Kirsten Anderson, a Nashua native who returned home from a stint working on farms in Washington state with the idea of creating a CSA, a farm in which customers buy shares. Anderson used the fundraising website Kickstarter to help create what she’s calling Dirty Girl CSA on 2 acres of family-owned land, surrounded by houses and condos next to Exit 7 on the F.E. Everett Turnpike. She asked for $4,700 and, aided by a front-page story in The Telegraph, has collected $5,123 with almost two weeks left to go in the drive. On Tuesday, Anderson was starting work, although she commented with more than a little understatement, “It doesn’t feel like spring.” “My current project is to get some seeds started in the solarium. I’m going to get some supplies and plant some onions and leeks, to start with,” said Anderson, 25. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:00:51 EST Burst sprinkler pipe sends water into offices, courtroom at Nashua’s Superior Court Tuesday NASHUA – Officers and staff at Hillsborough County Superior Court South suddenly had to deal with a different kind of offender Tuesday morning when a sprinkler pipe burst and sent streams of water into several offices and one courtroom. The first indication something was wrong at the three-story building at 30 Spring St. came at about 9 a.m., when the water surge tripped the building’s fire alarm system as proceedings were underway in six of the eight courtrooms. Judges, attorneys, court staff, defendants and spectators were evacuated from the building as Nashua firefighters arrived in response to the fire alarm activation. Everyone was allowed back in a short time later, after firefighters and court officials determined it was safe to occupy the areas not affected by water problems. “It was in the third floor ceiling, just below the roof line,” Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Kerrigan said, referring to the burst section of the 2-inch sprinkler pipe. Kerrigan said it appears the water in the pipe froze sometime over the long holiday weekend while the court was closed. He theorized that when court staff opened the building early Tuesday morning they likely turned the heat on, or turned it up, which melted the ice to the point where the pipe burst and allowed water to begin flowing from the opening. Crews immediately turned off the sprinkler system, then began bringing in salvage covers – extra large tarps – to cover desks, computers and other furniture. “We were able to shut it down fairly quickly to mitigate as much damage as possible,” Kerrigan said. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:01:32 EST Nashua banning parking on some major streets as snowbank removal operations begin Special downtown parking bans go into effect at 8 p.m. tonight to allow crews to clear snow from curb to curb on certain streets. The ban will remain in effect until the next snow storm when Public Works Division crews are needed to resume city-wide plowing. Parking is banned on the following streets: Elm Street, 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, to 6:30 a.m. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:23:13 EST Hudson, Merrimack and Nashua police arrest logs for Dec. 1-Jan. 31 Hudson Police  Department DEC. 1 Arrests/Summonses Pamela A. Barry, 60, 44 Windham Road, Apt. B: Bench warrant, 10;44 a.m. Accidents Derry Street and North Ridge Road: 8:11 a.m. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:03:19 EST Nashua South catches Alvirne for boys basketball win NASHUA – Not many basketball coaches would want sophomores taking the big shots with the game on the line Not many teams have sophomores like the ones on the Nashua High School South boys basketball team. Kevin Genoa and DJ Frechette hit a 3-pointer and two free throws, respectively, in the final 16 seconds Tuesday night and South’s only lead came in the final three seconds as the Panthers rallied to beat Alvirne 59-58. Frechette scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the second half, including two free throws with three seconds left, and Genoa, who had 14 points, kept South (9-5 in Division I) in the game with a no-look pass to a wide-open Malika Langa for any easy layup with 36 seconds left before hitting a 3 that made it 58-57 with 15.8 seconds to play. “Sophomore guards, they’re just tough kids and they both want the ball,” South coach Nate Mazerolle said. “We never make it easy. My beard had no gray hairs before the season started. “We are starting to show that we’re tested and I like that. We started three sophomores and another one comes off the bench. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:28:01 EST Nashua North’s Taylor Choate steals win from Bishop Guertin NASHUA – Nashua High School North’s Taylor Choate stole the show Tuesday night at Bishop Guertin High School. BG honored Choate during its pre-game Senior Night ceremony. The Titans’ lone senior repaid the Cardinals by scoring a game-high 22 points, including the game-winning layup in a 43-42 North victory. Trailing by three points with just under one minute to play, Choate had the ball at the top of the arc. With one quick step left, she passed up on a what would have been a well-defended 3-pointer and made her move into the lane for a layup with 53 seconds remaining. On the other end of the floor she dropped back into the paint at the right moment, intercepted a BG pass and went coast-to-coast for what proved to be the game-winning basket with 38 seconds remaining. “I’m still shaking,” Choate said following her performance. “We needed a turnover, and I had an idea of where they were trying to work the ball. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:43:00 EST Patricia Harrison Patricia “Pat” L. (Cyganowski) Harrison, 80, of Nashua, NH, passed away Friday, February 13, 2015, at her home. She was born July 9, 1934 in Boston, MA, a daughter of the late Charles Morris and Julia Florence (Quigley) Harrison. Pat graduated from Weston High School, Weston, MA, with the class of 1952. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:02:36 EST Richard Vandal Richard A. Vandal, 81, a longtime resident of Nashua, died at St. Joseph Hospital, in Nashua, on February 7, 2015. Mr. Vandal was born on January 29, 1934, in Massachusetts. He was the husband of Elizabeth (Moore) Vandal. He was a supervisor for Community Teamwork and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for many years. Mr. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:02:51 EST James F. Maddock Jr. Longtime Nashua resident James F. Maddock Jr., 81, passed away suddenly at home, due to a heart attack, on Thursday, February 12, 2015. Jim was born in the Bronx, NY, on August 29, 1933 and was raised in West Hempstead, Long Island. He served in the US Air Force from 1951 to 1955, of which two years were spent stationed in Japan. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:03:21 EST Nashua mayor looks back on tenure, forward to projects in final State of the City NASHUA – In her eighth and final State of the City address, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau touted the major infrastructure projects, transportation advances and strong financial management undertaken during her administration. “When history looks back on what we have accomplished, I do not ask you to credit my administration,” said Lozeau, who chose not to seek re-election to a third term. “When history looks back on our accomplishments, I want it to credit the many people that took part in the sport of good government during my administration,” she told the Board of Aldermen, department heads and other city leaders in the aldermanic chambers. The mayor cited many of the highlights of her two terms, including the city gaining control of its own water supply through the acquisition of Pennichuck Water Works, sewer line improvements, savings achieved through energy efficiencies, and the downtown sidewalk project that she hopes will be done this year. The Broad Street Parkway, which Lozeau launched in 2008 and will likely be known as her signature project, is scheduled for completion this year, the mayor said. The $80 million roadway will connect the Millyard with the F. E. Everett Turnpike and create a second bridge crossing over the Nashua River. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:03:38 EST Kuster hears from Nashua seniors NASHUA – Approximately 40 seniors and nursing students attended a 90-minute discussion Tuesday hosted by U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster to address the challenges facing an aging population in New Hampshire. Kuster, D-N.H., was joined by three Granite State specialists to provide guidance and feedback on federal services, like Social Security and Medicare, that are heavily relied upon by elderly residents. The forum, held at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, also gave the crowd an opportunity to provide input for the upcoming White House Conference on Aging. Kuster said the conference is a yet-to-be scheduled summit where the Obama administration will develop a national agenda for supporting older Americans. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:03:58 EST Nashua North pulls away from Bishop Guertin, 66-52 The Titans (3-10) snapped a six-game losing streak thanks to 17 points from both Ronnie Silva and Brandon Rodriguez. Nate Hale added 14 while Brendan Barrett hit a big 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to help hold off the Cards, who fell to 7-7. Alex Arika and Mike Rinko had 10 points apiece for the Cards, who trailed 35-34 at the half, 48-45 after three, but were outscored 18-9 in the fourth period. At Nashua North NASHUA NORTH (66) Ronnie Silva 7-3-17, Brandon Rodriguez 7-3-17, Nate Hale 5-1-14, Brennan Kastens 3-3-9, Brendan Barrett 1-1-4, Sam McCarthy 1-1-3, Dan McCoy 1-0-2. Totals: 25-12-66 BISHOP GUERTIN (52) Alex Arika 4-1-10, Mike Rinko 4-2-10, Kyle Gavin 3-2-9, Jack Zimmerman 3-0-8, Chad Olivieri 3-0-8, Tim Hinrichs 2-0-4, Jack Krzeminswki 1-1-3. Totals: 20-6-52. BISHOP GUERTIN (7-7) 11 23 11 9 - 52 NASHUA NORTH (3-10) 18 17 13 18 - 66 3-pointers: NN - Hale 3, Silva 3, Barrett. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:00:33 EST Nashua South Scholar Athletes to be honored The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association and New Hampshire Athletic Directors Association will hold the NHIAA and NHADA Scholar Athlete Awards ceremony Wednesday at The Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. Division I will be presented at 9:30 a.m. and Division III will be presented at 11:30 a.m. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:52:01 EST Meredith Bachman Cote and Andrew Cote Meredith Bachman and Andrew Cote were married on August 8, 2014, in a ceremony offi ciated by the Rev. Joey Fitzgerald at the Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax, VA. Meredith, daughter of Steve and Jan Bachman of Herndon, VA, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship from Grove City College in 2008 and is the Program Support Manager at Truro Anglican Church. Andrew, son of Scott and Bonnie Cote of Nashua, NH, graduated from Nashua South in 2006, UNH in 2010, Central Michigan University in 2012 and is the Director of the Modern Music Ensemble and Adjunct Professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, where he is pursuing his Doctorate in Music Composition. After dancing the night away with family and friends at the reception, held at The Stacy C. Sherwood Center in Fairfax, the couple honeymooned in Mexico before taking up residence in Burke, VA. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:01:03 EST Jeannine Boucher Jeannine (Roussel) Boucher, 92, of Nashua, passed away on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. Jeannine was born in Notre-Dame-du-Mont Carmel, Canada on September 12, 1922, a daughter of the late Alphonse and Anna (Plourde) Roussel. She was the widow of Gerard A. Boucher, who passed away on May 7, 2001. Jeannine had been the oldest of four. At the age of ten, her mother died and the family was split up. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 23:01:03 EST Nashua Mayor Lozeau to give final State-of-the-City Address Tuesday night Mayor Donnalee Lozeau tonight will stand before the Board of Aldermen and citizens for the eighth and final time Tuesday. As in past years, Lozeau is expected to review accomplishments realized in the prior year and goals for the year ahead. Lozeau will speak at the aldermen’s meeting which is begins at 7 p.m. The meeting will be broadcast on Nashua Cable Television. Lozeau likely will address key issues facing her in her final year as mayor. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:01:39 EST January 2015 cold with a record setting blizzard January started off like many other Januaries of past with seasonably cold temperatures and a messy storm of snow, ice, and rain about 3 days into the month. The mid-month period innocently passed by with little fanfare other than with temperatures a little colder than we might expect. Snow was tough to come by with temperatures undergoing brief warm-ups each time a storm came along producing mostly rain. The final week of January brought us about as much weather action as one might see during an entire winter through southern New Hampshire. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:01:58 EST Nashua planners take up proposal to build new, expanded CVS at existing downtown site NASHUA - The owner of the CVS pharmacy site at 242 Main St. will go before city planners on Thursday for permission to raze the building and two others on the lot, then replace it with an expanded pharmacy with a drive-through window. The proposed redevelopment calls for building the new 13,045-square-foot, freestanding pharmacy at the front of the lot along the edge of the sidewalk at Main and East Hollis streets. The design includes 46 parking spaces to the south and east of the building, which would have a false, second-story facade. The Planning Board will review and rule on the site plan application by Samuel Tamposi Jr., who owns the lot, at its meeting at 7 p.m. in City Hall Auditorium. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:10:00 EST So far, February is the coldest month in Nashua’s history Yes, it’s cold. Very cold. Maybe even historically cold. This could end up being the coldest month in Nashua history. “I hate using the term ‘historical’ but this is one of the few times you can say that. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:31:00 EST Frayed nerves, tired shovelers and good deeds during Nashua’s storms Nerves are frayed. Cabin Fever has set in. Roof trusses are bending and shoveling muscles ache. At a time like this, everybody could use a self-described crazy neighbor. “I’m a crazy neighbor. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:02:47 EST Choose your weapon: Sweeper or plow EDITOR’S NOTE: Imagine Nashua: Then & Now is a weekly photo column by Don Himsel. Each week, he will feature an old photo within a more recent photo, along with the story behind it. The battle against winter continues. I don’t know who is winning, but it’s not me. I’ve spent a good amount of time recently hearing and writing about salt, sand, mix ratios, pretreating and brine, snow dumping, roof raking, stockings filled with calcium chloride and ice dam damage. I’ve talked a bit this season with Eric Ryder, the streets superintendant for the city of Nashua. He said his crews maintain about 700 miles of road and can run about 70 pieces of snow-moving equipment on any given large storm. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:55:26 EST Hanover routs Nashua South, 9-1 Owen McNulty scored the only goal for the Panthers, who fell to 2-9-2, suffering their first loss in their last three games.Nate Radin and Alissa Bennett split goaltending chores, combining for 40 saves. Also, the Panthers were shorthanded. Top scorer Steve Saucier did not play for disciplinary reasons, and defenseman Tyler Goy re-injured his shoulder in the first period. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 23:00:41 EST Nashua: Outraged at city sidewalks As a Nashua resident since 1996, I am outraged at the city’s lack of responsibility to pedestrians. I realize we have had a lot of snow these past few weeks, but why are there no sidewalks to get around the downtown area? The streets are done and Main Street is done. I walk and use the bus to get around. On Friday night I walked to St. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:01:06 EST Nashua parents file complaint over ‘inadequate’ health curriculum NASHUA – While some parents worry about how far health education goes, one Nashua parent says city middle schools don’t cover enough. “I believe the health curriculum is flawed,” said Stephen Hagerman, whose daughter attends middle school in Nashua. Hagerman and his wife, Catherine, filed a formal complaint with the school board regarding what they saw as an inadequate health and physical education curriculum at the middle school level. The two attended Wednesday’s board meeting to voice their concerns. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:39:38 EST Sentencing in Pelham ‘Spice’ sales set for March NASHUA – Sentencing has been set for March 24 in the case of Christopher Matte, the Pelham store owner accused of selling the synthetic marijuana product “Spice” out of his Bridge Street store. Matte, 44, a Hudson resident, was arrested in August and charged with two felony counts of controlled drug: acts prohibited following a six-month police investigation that included several purchases of “Spice” by undercover officers. Matte, who was freed shortly after his arrest on $10,000 personal recognizance bail, will be sentenced in Hillsborough County Superior Court South in Nashua, starting at 9 a.m. March 24, according to court documents. It isn’t clear in the documents whether Matte has entered a plea agreement with prosecutors or if a deal is in the works. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, dshalhoup@nashua or @Telegraph_DeanS. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 21:00:26 EST Youth Risk Behavior Survey to be given at Nashua middle schools for first time NASHUA – To combat the growing trend of drug misuse by Nashua residents and youth, city middle school students will be asked to take a Youth Risk Behavior Survey for the first time this April. The Nashua Prevention Coalition, a community anti-drug abuse organization, passed the initiative via the school board Wednesday. “We have not conducted this type of survey before … so we don’t have any baseline data for these types of behavior,” said Superintendent Mark Conrad. Nashua high schools have participated in the survey in the past, but it has never been administered at the middle school level. Although he acknowledged the sensitive nature of some of the questions, which deal with drug use and suicidal thoughts, Conrad said the data would be valuable to track behavior trends and target services to help students. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:39:42 EST The long, cold winter shows no signs of relenting in Greater Nashua The ever-rising snow cover that has already reached first-floor windows and buried more than a few parked cars rose yet again Saturday night and Sunday, taxing snowblowers, straining backs, and prompting state and local officials to add a sense of urgency to their safety recommendations and suggestions. “A roof may collapse with little or no warning,” state Fire Marshal Bill Degnan said in a statement. “We are asking people to stay home until the wind gusts stop on Monday,” said state Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Perry Plummer. Both officials urge residents and commercial property owners to inspect their gas meters, service hookups and vents sooner rather than later, and also to keep all chimneys and other exhaust vents clear of snow and ice. There were several reports of collapsed roofs in New Hampshire and Massachusetts on Saturday night and Sunday, but as of Sunday evening, none were known to have occurred in the Nashua area. In Portsmouth, dozens of residents of a large apartment building at 2 Freedom Circle were forced from their apartments into the frigid early-morning air when the roof sustained structural damage and raised concerns of a possible collapse. In Seabrook, the entire roof of a commercial building caved in Sunday morning, prompting firefighters to go around checking on other roofs in town. No injuries were reported in either incident. The National Weather Service, which named this newest storm “Neptune,” reported Sunday afternoon that roofs had collapsed in the Massachusetts cities of Rockland, Hingham and Quincy. Locally, thousands of area residents yet again pulled out shovels and fired up snowblowers Sunday, replacing their church or quiet family time with the chore of keeping their walkways and driveways accessible. “What’s the story today – misery?” David Green quipped as a reporter approached his Raymond Street house Sunday morning. After opening a path the width of his snowblower, Green snapped together his roof rake and went to work. “Used to be I’d have my kids here, doing this,” Green said. “But now they’re grown, moved away. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 20:01:13 EST Nashua trash and recycling schedule delayed for Presidents Day Trash and recycling collection in Nashua will be delayed this week to accommodate the Presidents Day holiday on Monday. The Nashua Solid Waste Department and the Four Hills Landfill and Recycling Center will both be closed Monday. Operations resume Tuesday with the regularly scheduled Monday routes. Tuesday routes will be picked up on Wednesday, and so on. Because of the previous snow-related cancellations, Monday’s “A” and “B” week recycling routes will both be collected Feb. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 20:01:23 EST Suspended prison sentence for man accused in Nashua hotel robbery scheme NASHUA – A Superior Court judge has agreed to a suspended prison sentence for Chaz Hartford, one of the four individuals accused of bursting into a Nashua hotel room last spring and assaulting and robbing a New York man. Hartford, 25, of 99 Chestnut Hill Road in Rochester, was charged with robbery, a Class A felony, in connection with the incident, which happened shortly before 1 a.m. April 10 at Nashua’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. Judge Jacalyn Colburn accepted the plea agreement reached by Hartford’s attorney, public defender Tony Sculimbrene, and assistant County Attorney David Tencza, who prosecuted the case, during a hearing Feb. 11 in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. Colburn credited Hartford with the 258 days he served in jail and suspended the remainder of the two- to four-year term, which she noted will “come crashing down” on Hartford if he fails to comply with the condition that he remain on good behavior for five years. She also ordered Hartford to make a $1,450 restitution to the victim. Hartford was arrested in May 2014 during the ongoing police investigation into the incident at Crowne Plaza hotel. Also arrested and accused in taking part in the scheme were Manchester residents Travis Dukette, 21; Malisha Watts, 22; and Kathleen Gentes, 25. Capt. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 20:01:39 EST Mailbox buried? Here’s a hack from Nashua’s MakeIt Labs Nashua’s MakeIt Labs has this idea: Buy the cheapest plastic mailbox you can find, a piece of wood roughly 3 feet long and 6″ wide – and a couple of long skinny balusters or stair sticks. Attach the mailbox to the wood with some 2-3-inch screws. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 21:00:32 EST Joan M. (Belky) Anderson Joan M. (Belky) Anderson, 67, of Nashua passed away on Wednesday February 11, 2015 at Nashua Crossings. Joan was born in Janesville Wisconsin on April 13, 1947, a daughter of the late William and Marjorie (Bibby) Belky. Joan attended St. Mary’s High School in Janesville, WI. She worked at Winnebago Foundry in Beloit, WI, until retiring to Merritt Island, FL, and then spent her last few years in Nashua close to her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 22:00:28 EST Rollin E. Brown Jr. Rollin E. Brown Jr., 82, a longtime resident of Nashua, NH, passed away on Friday, February 13, 2015, surrounded by his family, at Southern NH Medical Center. He was born on August 8, 1932, the son of the late William and Harriet Brown. Mr. Brown served in the U.S. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 22:00:32 EST