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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Help for veterans; distinction for Rivier College; changes at the mall

Veterans get winter supplies

Harbor Homes recently received a truckload of supplies to keep homeless veterans warm and clean throughout winter.

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation announced last week that it had delivered to Harbor Homes $142,000 worth of personal items for local veterans and their families. The organization received winter clothes, water, blankets and personal-hygiene products.

Harbor Homes helps homeless veterans and families as part of its mission in serving 1,000 people.

It has a transitional housing program called Veterans FIRST, helping homeless, honorably discharged U.S. veterans. It offers housing at Buckingham Place on Spring Street and the Dalianis House on Factory Street.

Standout college

If Rivier College somehow looks distinctive as a new year of classes gets into full swing – well, it is.

Rivier was named a “College of Distinction” by a national company that eschews some of the typical measurements used to rank colleges. Student Horizons instead focuses on a college’s standing among education professionals and its ways of teaching undergraduates, according to the company.

Student Horizons recognized Rivier for its strong undergraduate education.

“This recognition is a testament to the hard work of our faculty and staff, who work so diligently to provide a meaningful college experience for our students, and the student body themselves for making the most of the opportunities provided for them at Rivier College,” said the college’s vice president of enrollment management, David Boisvert.

Rivier’s profile will now appear on Student Horizons’ Web site. To see it, visit

Meet your candidate

As mentioned in this column last week, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau’s re-election campaign is hosting candidate forums in all nine city wards leading to the Nov. 8 election.

The downtown business community is hosting its own forum. On Tuesday, Persian Rug Galleries owner Sy Mahfuz will moderate a forum for candidates for alderman.

It will start at 5:30 p.m. in the upstairs function room at Martha’s Exchange on Main Street.

Mall changes bring work

The Pheasant Lane Mall has undergone a transformation this year, a $10 million renovation that saw the opening of Dick’s Sporting Goods and Burtons Grill.

Now, Red Robin, a chain restaurant that sells gourmet burgers, announced it will open at the mall in November.

It also put out a call for new employees. Red Robin is hiring for 150 positions.

“We’re looking for team members who are passionate about burgers and who can deliver superior service to our guests,” said Don Cridge, general manager of the restaurant. “If this sounds like a perfect fit for you, come in to our new location to learn more.”

The restaurant is next to Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Meeting time

This week brings a full slate of municipal meetings, including those of the boards of aldermen and education and several committees.

For a full calendar, check out this column at

Nashua … From the Inside was compiled by staff writer Albert McKeon.