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Students at Nashua High School North pose with pink flamingoes after "flocking" someone's yard to raise money for student scholarships.
Sunday, April 15, 2012

Nashua...From the inside: Aldermen joke about dinners in Seusing household after SRO cuts

You thought your family dinner conversations were tense.

Aldermen shared a light moment with Police Chief John Seusing on Tuesday, after the board approved a $178,000 transfer into the police department’s overtime account, to get two resource officers back in city high schools and depleted special unit patrols back to full force.

“And you’ve got no particular personal benefit from making sure one of the SROs is back in school?” Board President Brian McCarthy asked, to a chorus of chuckling from the board.

Seusing’s wife, Jennifer Seusing, is principal at Nashua High School South, one of the schools down an SRO officer because of the police department’s overtime shortfall this fiscal year.

“I’ll just say that we had some interesting conversations at dinner, needless to say,” Seusing replied.

“So you’re off the couch now?” Donchess said.

“Back in the house!” Police Commissioner Tom Pappas added.

Jennifer Seusing was recently tagged for an assistant superintendent job in Nashua. She will replace Brian Cochrane, who leaves June 30 to take the superintendent’s job in Litchfield.

Nerdapalooza at North

A barbecue and “Star Party” highlight the event schedule at Nashua High School North’s Nerdapalooza on Sunday evening.

The North Science Honor Society will host the second annual event, which runs from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday at the North gymnasium.

All ages are welcome for the evening of science, which will offer more than 20 booths of various hands-on activities and experiments. The barbecue starts at 6 p.m., and the New Hampshire Astronomy Society will host a “Star Party” at 7 p.m. once it gets dark.

The event is free and open to the general public. For more information, contact North teachers Allison Krones,, and Carrie Beach,

Question of modern thinking

During an hour-long discussion Tuesday over Executive Councilor David Wheeler’s vote against a $3.2 million federal grant that would have studied linking Boston’s commuter rail line to Nashua, aldermen didn’t hesitate to share how they really felt. Then again, Wheeler didn’t hold much back either.

Some members of the board, who had unanimously supported the rail study, called Wheeler’s business practices and his ability to reply to his constituents on time into question.

Others were skeptical of the data Wheeler considered in coming to his final vote, as he cited 2003 and 2004 studies that projected bringing rail to the state would cost $300 million on top of the $400,000 state match to conduct the study to begin with.

“I think you can tell that this governing body feels very, very strongly…” Alderman-at-Large Barbara Pressly said toward the end of the debate.

“I wore my black suit because I figured it would match the tar pot, and the white stripes probably match the feathers,” Wheeler quipped.

Safety Belt Challenge

Students will buckle up, wait for the whistle, and race around cars to buckle themselves up Wednesday as part of the statewide Safety Belt Challenge.

The competition for fastest “Chinese Fire Drill” will be Wednesday at Nashua High School South from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The fastest groups will travel to Concord for the state competition May 9.

The Nashua Police Department, South ACT Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions are working together to host the event.

The goal is to encourage kids to use their seat belts.

Flamingo fundraiser

If you see a group of students planting pink plastic flamingoes in your yard, don’t be alarmed. They’re raising money for scholarships at Nashua High School North.

Team Titan is asking for $10 donations to “fill your friend’s lawn” with pink birds, and the more you spend the larger the flock.

Donations to remove the flamingoes are double the price. Or to avoid the situation entirely, you can buy “flocking insurance” to help keep your yard flamingo-free.

For more information on the fundraiser, contact Student Activity Coordinator Beth Kreick at, or School Nurse Jenn Fitzgerald at

Art and remembrance

Miniature illustrations by Iranian artist Sarvenaz Razmjou will be on display at Rivier College this week, as the exhibit runs in the Nashua school’s art gallery through Friday, April 20.

Razmjou’s work tells a traditional Persian story with simple materials, and the miniatures show the artist’s visual memory, emotional intensity and compassion for life, according to a statement from the college.

The gallery is in Memorial Hall, 435 Main St. It is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; and Friday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is free.

Also at Rivier College this week is a Holocaust Remembrance Day, with music and testimonies from Holocaust survivors.

The event will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Rivier College Dion Center on Clement Street.

Speaker Lawrence Siegel will share interviews with Holocaust survivors, talk about their stories and show how he used them to create musical art using their words as the libretto for Kaddish.

A candle-lighting ceremony will follow to memorialize the victims of the Holocaust.

The event is free and open to the public.

Nashua … from the Inside was compiled by staff writers Maryalice Gill and Cameron Kittle.