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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Nashua...From the inside

Court to decide blogger’s fate

A blogger will find out before the Nov. 2 election whether he’s barred from covering political campaigns.

On Friday, a Hillsborough County Superior Court judge granted the request of Christopher King to move the hearing for an immediate injunction he had requested up to Wednesday.

The court had set the date for Nov. 17, two weeks after the election.

The request for the injunction was part of King’s lawsuit filed against the state and city Republican Party organizations, U.S. senatorial candidate Kelly Ayotte and the Nashua Police Department.

In the suit, King alleges he was barred from covering Ayotte’s campaign stops and removed by police from a Republican Party fundraiser.

King also is asking the court to declare that banning him was unconstitutional, and he’s seeking unspecified monetary and punitive damages.

King runs a highly opinionated and satirical blog called KingCast. The blog frequently targets Ayotte and has been critical of Republican leaders in general.

Donation honors Marine

Thanks to an anonymous donation, male and female homeless veterans living in Dalianis House, Harbor Homes’ newest Veterans FIRST transitional facility on Factory Street in Nashua, will have an additional feature to make the building feel homelike.

A generous benefactor contacted Harbor Homes to make a donation of funds to provide a large-screen television and stand to the Dalianis House community room. The donation was made to celebrate the military career of a Nashua resident retired Col. Gary Lambert, Marine Corps Reserve.

Lambert served in the Marine Corps, both on active duty and in the reserve, for more than 30 years. He is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the recipient of many military awards, including the Bronze Star for his service as the deputy staff judge advocate of the Multi-National Force – Iraq.

Harbor Homes, a nonprofit agency headquartered at 45 High St., has been operating housing and support programs for honorably discharged homeless veterans since 2004. A transitional housing program named Veterans FIRST, which consists of Buckingham Place and Dalianis House, has enabled more than 100 veterans to move from homelessness to independent living.

The program addresses the factors that brought the residents to homelessness and then, over the course of two years, provides the services and supports to make certain they can move forward in their lives.

Residents are required to work, volunteer in the community and/or continue their education.

“The donor had the opportunity to learn about the facility and recognized that having a homelike atmosphere would be beneficial to the veterans,” said Peter Kelleher, president and CEO of Harbor Homes. “While the Dalianis House is furnished, extras like a large-screen television were beyond the budget of the program.

“Thanks to the generosity of the community, we have been able to provide a facility that is top-notch and feels like a home and not an institution. The donor had been contemplating a way to celebrate the military career of Colonel Gary Lambert, and donating to an honorably discharged homeless veteran program was a perfect fit.”

City celebrates bus safety

In recognition of National School Bus Safety Week, which ran from Oct. 18-22, Nashua transportation director David Rauseo sent out some safety tips for students riding the bus.

For example, if something falls under or near the bus, tell the driver; never try to pick it up yourself.

Also, students should arrive at the bus stop five minutes early and should stand at least “five giant steps” or 10 feet away from the edge of the road.

More than 8,300 students are transported each day in Nashua on 84 school buses. Each year, those buses travel more than 1 million miles.

Nashua … From the Inside was compiled by staff writers Michael Brindley and Patrick Meighan.