Community News

Nashua mourns loss of longtime local educator

NASHUA – Marilyn R. Wolfe Matuza Viens, a wife, mother, grandmother, friend, teacher and an active member in the community, passed away after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. Viens, or better known by students as Mrs. Matuza, was a longtime seventh grade English teacher at ...

Holiday hijinks at the YMCA

NASHUA – The YMCA of Greater Nashua spread some holiday cheer Saturday morning by hosting its eighth North Pole Extravaganza. Many families stopped by between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to embrace the holiday spirit while having festive fun with the various crafts and activities available, ...

‘Cooking Matters’ in Nashua community

NASHUA – Down in the basement kitchen of The First Church Nashua, members of the Share our Strength’s Cooking Matters class have been whisking eggs, sauteeing veggies and producing nutritious, cost-saving meals that they can recreate for their children. “In 2004, the New Hampshire Food ...

Winners of calendar contest honored

NASHUA – The 2019 Recycling Calendar Contest Awards Ceremony recently took place in front of a packed auditorium on the third floor of City Hall. The contest is done every year as a part of the Division of Public Works’ way of including students in Nashua’s schools in recycling ...

Mighty Max’s Mega Toy Drive celebrates success

MERRIMACK – Max Mendez, a third-grader at Reeds Ferry Elementary School, shared fist bumps and high fives, as he welcomed donors to the grand finale of Mighty Max’s Mega Toy Drive. The donations of toys were added to hundreds more sheltered in a donated storage unit placed alongside a ...

Gallery at the Wall: Students prepare submissions for outdoor gallery

NASHUA – All across the city, young artists are splattering paint, sketching designs and honing their talents to prepare for the Gallery at the Wall, an outdoor gallery dedicated to celebrating “the heart and soul” of Greater Nashua. The Gallery at the Wall will be located at Rotary ...

Tactical Christmas: Santa to lead SWAT team

NASHUA – In the spirit of holiday giving, the Nashua Police Athletic League and the Manchester Police Athletic League will team up for the fifth annual Tactical Christmas. At 8 a.m. Dec. 21, Nashua Police Department officers will gather at Whole Foods on Amherst Street to collect what they ...

Shop with a Cop event lends a hand

NASHUA - As Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie put it, the Target store on Amherst Street was the safest of them all throughout New England Saturday morning while 25 uniformed officers helped kids in the community do some holiday shopping. The Nashua Police Patrolman’s Association and the ...

Celebrating Reading

NASHUA – Parents and their children had the opportunity to learn more about the Mayor’s Winter Reading Challenge Saturday at the Arlington Street Community Center. The center hosted a holiday party where people could learn more about the challenge and enjoy various activities. This ...

BUNDLE UP: Firefighters donate 150 coats to kids in need

NASHUA – Many children in Nashua don’t have the adequate winter wear to deal with the fierce New England winters, with some forced to use hand-me-down clothing outgrown by the previous owners. Wanting to ensure every child is prepared as temperatures drop to freezing, members of the ...

Brookline teenager fighting leukemia

BROOKLINE – For Giving Tuesday, some may have given to nonprofit organizations or larger charities, but what if you could give back to something a little closer to home? Or better yet, someone who is close to home. In particular, a young boy who has been bravely battling leukemia: ...

Local high school student receives volunteer award

HUDSON – “I don’t volunteer to get an award. I do it because I enjoy doing it and I enjoy helping others,” Hudson resident Chloe Tardif said. The Bishop Guertin High School junior recently received recognition for her volunteer work with Hudson Special Olympics. Tardif, who has ...

Giving Tuesday gives agencies a boost

NASHUA – Donations for local organizations came in throughout the day on Giving Tuesday, a global movement that recognizes the importance of giving back in the community. United Way of Greater Nashua President Mike Apfelberg said as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, nearly $5,000 had been donated for six ...

Veterans saluted: Hundreds cheer local veterans in downtown Nashua

NASHUA – The uniform of the day was all about layers, along with hoods, wool caps and gloves for the hundreds of patriotic Greater Nashuans who turned out in Sunday’s chill for the city’s annual Veterans Day parade. But chilly or not, those who participated in the march from Holman ...

Winter Farmers Market on tap

The Winter Farmers Market in Merrimack is open until next summer. It is open on Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m., at the John O’Leary Adult Community Center, 4 Church St. A variety of vendors welcomed first-night visitors during its debut on Wednesday, Nov. 7. There, beef, pork and chicken portions for ...

Halloween Fun: Community Center gives back

NASHUA – Families and community members gathered for a fun-filled afternoon at the Arlington Community Center’s Halloween Party on Saturday. The event, which was free to the public, kicked off at 11 a.m. and lasted until 3 p.m. The activities offered were booming, from decorating ...

Mayor strikes in at Red Ribbon kickoff event

NASHUA — U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Kiki Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and killed by drug cartel while investigating them in Mexico 33 years ago. Shortly after his death, his family started the Red Ribbon Week campaign. Decades later, he is remembered by people ...

Mentoring group for girls organizes Nashua PAL’s first Fall Fest

NASHUA – Surrounded by leaves peaking, the prominent scent of apple cider and pumpkin spice, and houses dressed in spooky Halloween decor, the Nashua Police Athletic League (PAL) celebrated the season by putting on their first Fall Fest on Friday. With the Nashua PAL Girls Mentoring Group ...

Memory care-themed donations to aid seniors

NASHUA – As November nears, people are doing what they can to prepare for the holidays. Nonprofits such as the United Way of Greater Nashua are working on collecting donations and making preparations for a program called the ShoeBox for Seniors Project. The United Way of Greater Nashua’s ...