The Merrimack Valley Region http://nhpr.org en Manchester Chamber of Commerce Expands Lunch In The Park Series http://nhpr.org/post/manchester-chamber-commerce-expands-lunch-park-series <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is expanding its summer Lunch in the Park series this year. Veterans Park is at the center of an effort to clean up the image of downtown area parks.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:39:32 +0000 Ryan Lessard 51692 at http://nhpr.org Manchester Chamber of Commerce Expands Lunch In The Park Series Salem Eliminates 'Sunday Business' Fee http://nhpr.org/post/salem-eliminates-sunday-business-fee <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Businesses in the town of Salem, New Hampshire, have been asked for years to pay an annual $50 fee to open on Sundays or holidays. As of next year, that fee will be gone.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:59:13 +0000 Associated Press 51578 at http://nhpr.org Chief's Son Among 14 New Manchester Police Officers Sworn In http://nhpr.org/post/chiefs-son-among-14-new-manchester-police-officers-sworn <p></p><p>The Manchester Police Department swore in 14 new officers Monday morning.</p><p>It’s the city’s largest crop of new officers in recent years.</p><p>Ten men and four women were sworn in Monday.</p><p>(You can read the bios of the new officers <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/nhpr/files/newofficers.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>).</p><p>Police Chief David Mara says the new additions bring the department to 226 police officers total, still far below the 265 he says a city the size of Manchester needs.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:36:55 +0000 Michael Brindley 51462 at http://nhpr.org Chief's Son Among 14 New Manchester Police Officers Sworn In Former Concord Monitor Editor To Administer Pulitzer Prize http://nhpr.org/post/former-concord-monitor-editor-administer-pulitzer-prize <p>One of the most prominent voices in New Hampshire journalism will now lead the committee awarding one of the most prestigious awards in journalism.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:36:02 +0000 Brady Carlson 51234 at http://nhpr.org Former Concord Monitor Editor To Administer Pulitzer Prize The Concord Quarries: Legal Or Not, They're An Adventurous Swimmers' Paradise http://nhpr.org/post/concord-quarries-legal-or-not-theyre-adventurous-swimmers-paradise <p>Summer has finally arrived in the New Hampshire. And with it, college students like me, who look forward to heading outside with friends. Though Hampton Beach and Lake Winnipesaukee are appealing summer hangouts, there's is a more hidden place I like to go. It’s a little bit isolated, a little bit dangerous and maybe, a little bit illegal. I’m talking about the Concord Quarries.</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:22:08 +0000 Austin Cowan 50184 at http://nhpr.org The Concord Quarries: Legal Or Not, They're An Adventurous Swimmers' Paradise Nashua Aldermen OK Site For Handicapped-Accessible Playground http://nhpr.org/post/nashua-aldermen-ok-site-handicapped-accessible-playground <p></p><p>Aldermen in Nashua voted 8-6 this week to allow for a handicapped-accessible playground to be built in the city’s Greeley Park.</p><p>The vote puts to rest an issue that has divided city residents for nearly two years.</p><p>Debate over where to build the playground has been contentious and personal at times, and project organizer Eric Brand says he’s glad that’s now in the past.</p><p>“We are very happy to be able to start moving forward towards getting a final design that we can that we can hopefully this construction going next year.”</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:38:32 +0000 Michael Brindley 50964 at http://nhpr.org Nashua Aldermen OK Site For Handicapped-Accessible Playground Foodstuffs: A Neighborhood Market Searches For A Neighborhood http://nhpr.org/post/foodstuffs-neighborhood-market-searches-neighborhood <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A food market can be a cultural center for a neighborhood. The owner of an Asian market in Manchester is hoping to become just that, but first he must find a new space for his store. To learn more about the Saigon Asian Market we turned to Mark Hayward of the Union Leader who <a href="http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140617/NEWS02/140619022&amp;source=RSS" target="_blank">has written about the market’s struggle with the Manchester Zoning Board of Adjustment</a>:</span></p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:21:15 +0000 Brady Carlson 50840 at http://nhpr.org Foodstuffs: A Neighborhood Market Searches For A Neighborhood Medal Of Honor Recipient: 'I’m Going To Live My Life For Those That Aren’t Here' http://nhpr.org/post/medal-honor-recipient-i-m-going-live-my-life-those-aren-t-here <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Nashua man who will be awarded the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/23/president-obama-award-medal-honor" target="_blank">Medal of Honor</a> next month says the recognition does not belong to him, but to his unit, and his fellow servicemen who died in battle.</span></p><p>Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts will receive the medal during a White House ceremony next month.</p><p>He is quick to deflect any credit, and says the award is a memorial to those who have laid down their lives in battle.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:32:42 +0000 Michael Brindley 50904 at http://nhpr.org Medal Of Honor Recipient: 'I’m Going To Live My Life For Those That Aren’t Here' With No Federal Funding, Nashua After School Program Forced To Close http://nhpr.org/post/no-federal-funding-nashua-after-school-program-forced-close <p></p><p>The end of the school year in Nashua marks the end of the line for an after school program that organizers say was vital for the city’s middle school students.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:11:32 +0000 Michael Brindley 50765 at http://nhpr.org With No Federal Funding, Nashua After School Program Forced To Close Nashua VFW Post's Search For A Home Highlights Stereotypes, Flagging Membership http://nhpr.org/post/nashua-vfw-posts-search-home-highlights-stereotypes-flagging-membership <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's been more than a year since the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;flag was lowered for the last time outside VFW Post 483 on Quincy Street in Nashua. But upkeep on the nearly century-old building was breaking the organization's bank, especially after sinking $100,000 into a new sprinkler system in 2012 to comply with the city's building code.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:10:37 +0000 Carol Robidoux 49461 at http://nhpr.org Nashua VFW Post's Search For A Home Highlights Stereotypes, Flagging Membership Salem Program Teaches A New Group Of 'Junior Chefs' http://nhpr.org/post/salem-program-teaches-new-group-junior-chefs <p>The school year is drawing to a close, but next week a group of teens in Salem are heading back to the classroom - and the kitchen.</p><p>They're taking part in the Junior Chef program, a partnership between the <a href="http://www.salembgc.org/portal/" target="_blank">Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem</a> and the <a href="http://www.tuscanbrands.com/kitchen/" target="_blank">Tuscan Kitchen</a> restaurant.</p><p><strong>Eddie Payne</strong> is an executive chef with the Tuscan Kitchen. He describes the program to NHPR's Brady Carlson.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:25:50 +0000 Brady Carlson 50846 at http://nhpr.org Manchester Police Chief Finalist For Job In Mass. http://nhpr.org/post/manchester-police-chief-finalist-job-mass <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Manchester Police Chief David Mara is one of four finalists to head up the police department in <a href="http://www.somervillema.gov/news/4-police-chief-finalists-citywide-interview-june-25" target="_blank">Somerville, Mass</a>.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:45:06 +0000 Michael Brindley 50361 at http://nhpr.org Manchester Police Chief Finalist For Job In Mass. Salem Sees Third Water Main Break In A Month http://nhpr.org/post/salem-sees-third-water-main-break-month <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The town of Salem, New Hampshire, is dealing with its third water main break affecting Route 28 in a month.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The problem is slowing down Morning morning traffic, and is expected to affect the evening commute, too. Some traffic has been detoured.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:58:06 +0000 Associated Press 50281 at http://nhpr.org Study: Greeley Park Best Place For Nashua's Controversial Playground http://nhpr.org/post/study-greeley-park-best-place-nashuas-controversial-playground <p></p><p>A <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/nhpr/files/playgroundstudy.pdf" target="_blank">third-party study</a> has determined the east side of Nashua's Greeley Park &nbsp;would be the best place for a playground that has sparked two years of debate.</p><p> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 23:06:32 +0000 Michael Brindley 49524 at http://nhpr.org Study: Greeley Park Best Place For Nashua's Controversial Playground Holocaust Memorial Opens in Nashua http://nhpr.org/post/holocaust-memorial-opens-nashua <p></p><p>New Hampshire’s first public memorial to the victims of the Holocaust officially opens in downtown Nashua this Sunday.</p><p>Unlike many memorials and museums, its funding didn’t come from a committee or a foundation.</p><p>Instead, the $150,000 was raised by a single man, former Nashua alderman Fred Teeboom, who was a Jewish child in hiding after the Nazis occupied Holland.</p><p>Nearly 70 years after he lived as a hidden child during World War II, Fred Teeboom is on a mission.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 16:40:16 +0000 Sheryl Rich-Kern 49441 at http://nhpr.org Holocaust Memorial Opens in Nashua