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Nashua looks to cleaner future

NASHUA – Mayor Jim Donchess wants to see Nashua move toward a greener future as he plans to start reviewing the city’s energy use to look for reductions. “For the benefit of our children and our country, we can do even more to reduce carbon emissions and greenhouse gases,” Donchess ...

Hudson selectmen approve lone bid for Lowell Road project

HUDSON – The Board of Selectmen has accepted its only bid for a traffic light installation at the intersection of Lowell and Pelham Roads and light modifications to an adjacent intersection, even though it came in $40,000 higher than projected. The board approved 4-1 on Tuesday the $224,583 ...

Nashua gets millions to deal with lead paint

NASHUA – Nashua is set to get $2.9 million from the federal government as part of the ongoing effort to get lead paint out of city homes. Mayor Jim Donchess announced the grant award Tuesday night at the start of the Board of Aldermen meeting. The grant will allow the city to focus on ...

Right to Know lawsuit dismissed

NASHUA — County Attorney Dennis Hogan is off the hook, for now, in a lawsuit alleging he violated the state’s Right To Know law. Judge Philip Mangones ruled last last week that the plaintiff in the lawsuit, Lisa Censabella of Nashua, has no standing to bring the complaint as she herself ...

Date set for cap lawsuit hearing

NASHUA – A Hillsborough County Superior Court judge has set a date to hear arguments on a competing set of motions in the lawsuit brought against the city over the spending cap. Judge Charles Temple will hear arguments on Aug. 11 from former Alderman Fred Teeboom and current Alderman Daniel ...

Study links opioid use to mental health

NASHUA – A new study published this week by Dartmouth-Hitchcock doctors links mental illness to the opioid addiction crisis, showing that more than half of all people obtaining opioid prescriptions have some form of mental health illness. “Adults with mental health disorders were more than ...

Direction of “Dusty” case could change

CONCORD – Dusty Old Cars owner Stephan Condodemetraky could seek a plea agreement with prosecutors in the fraud and forgery case tied to his classic car business, according to court documents. Condodemetraky has pleaded not guilty to the 20 felonies lodged against him, but his case has been ...

Collapsing culvert forces weekslong road closure in Merrimack

MERRIMACK – A portion of Amherst Road will be closed for several weeks because of a collapsing culvert under the roadway. Town officials announced Thursday the closure is on Amherst Road between Turkey Hill Road and Executive Park Drive. The emergency closure was because of a sinkhole in the ...

City wants cap lawsuits dismissed

NASHUA — The city is asking a Superior Court judge to toss the two lawsuits filed against Mayor Jim Donchess and the Board of Aldermen now that the board approved a $258 million budget. Nashua’s Corporate Counsel Steve Bolton filed motions to dismiss the lawsuits brought by former Alderman ...

Sign of summer: City pools open Friday

NASHUA – The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will open the city’s pools on Friday. Staff members are preparing to greet summer crowds at all five of the city’s water attractions. “Our lifeguards and swimming instructors are being trained as we speak,” Kellie Oberholtzer, ...

Chief: Police not checking immigration status

NASHUA – Law enforcement in the city is not out to check immigration papers or stopping people suspected of being in the country illegally, Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie said. “We’re not stopping people or knocking on doors,” he said. Lavoie addressed what is becoming a hot button ...

Cars headed for auction

NASHUA – Classic vehicles left over in the Dusty Old Cars warehouse on Airport Road will go up for auction as the final stages of liquidation for the controversial car dealership winds down. In a ruling released Monday, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Bruce Harwood approved the court-appointed ...

Bollywood film series heading to Nashua

NASHUA – A summer film series is set to kick off in Nashua later this month. The events stem from a continued partnership between Great American Downtown and the city’s growing Indian population, according to Paul Shea, executive director of GAD. “The consulate general of India has built ...

Crews respond to downtown fire

NASHUA – An alarm system and firefighters alerted people inside a West Pearl Street building to a blaze on Monday. Nashua Fire Rescue was called to 93 W. Pearl St. around 4:30 p.m, with crews arriving to smoke inside the four-story building. The building contains first-floor businesses and ...

Man charged in theft of $3K worth of sunglasses sunglasses stolen

MERRIMACK – Police said a Manchester man was arrested Monday after more than $3,000 worth of sunglasses were stolen at the Merrimack Premium Outlets. Vincent B. Wynn, 51, of 377 Pearl St., is facing a felony count of theft stemming from a report of stolen items from Solstice Sunglasses, ...

Summer food distribution program to start

Children and their parents in two New Hampshire counties will again benefit from a summer food program provided by Southern New Hampshire Services. The annual food program is designed to provide continuity for kids whose only meal may be what they get when public schools are open. The program, ...

Convicted Nashua scammer sentenced in fraud scheme

NASHUA – A Nashua man arrested in 2016 for being suspected of running a bogus investment scheme was sentenced this week. Edmond P. LaFrance pleaded guilty in March to his original charges of wire fraud and money laundering. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts, LaFrance, ...

Nashua seeks partner groups for new community center

NASHUA – The city has put out a call for organizations looking to help staff the newly planned community center that will occupy a vacant city-owned space near Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School. The building was a former city fire station on Arlington Street, directly in front of the ...

$258M budget goes through

NASHUA – The $258 million city budget passed by a 10-5 vote of the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night. Aldermen Mark Cookson, Daniel Moriarty, Donald LeBrun, Sean McGuinness and David Schoneman opposed the budget on a night it needed 10 votes to pass, although the board made some changes ...

Wiley collecting pension, but not school district retirement incentive

MERRIMACK – Former Merrimack High School teacher Robert Todd Wiley is collecting a state pension but will not receive the school district’s retirement incentive. Wiley is receiving an annual pension of $39,926, according to Marty Karlon, public information officer for the New Hampshire ...