Michael Brindley

Newscast Producer/Reporter

Before coming to NHPR, Michael worked for eight years at The Telegraph of Nashua, covering education and working as the metro editor. Michael started his career in journalism working as a reporter for the Derry News. Michael is a New Hampshire native, born and raised in Nashua. He studied journalism at Keene State College. When he's not reporting, Michael can often be found searching for the best burrito in the Granite State and scouring local record stores for some classic vinyl.

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NH News
6:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Job Fairs Aimed At Helping Those Affected By Supermarket Closures

The state’s employment security office is holding a series of job fairs, following the closure of a dozen New Hampshire supermarkets over the summer.

Director of Employment Services Pam Szacik says the goal is to help the roughly 1,100 employees affected by the closings find work.

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NH News
5:32 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Tractor Pulls And Petting Zoos: Hopkinton State Fair Turns 98

The tractor pull is one of the highlights of the Hopkinton State Fair.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

The Hopkinton State Fair celebrates its 98th season this Labor Day weekend.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the Hopkinton State Fair without a good, old fashioned tractor pull.

Onlookers cheer a good effort, then make their way to one of many classic events like the magic show, or…the petting farm.

Nine-year-old Gabe Brigham of Goffstown gets up close and personal with a few of the animals.

“I’ve pet some. Um, goats and sheep and stuff.”

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NH News
3:14 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Manchester Development To Provide Housing For Six Homeless Families

Officials help break ground on the Hayward Street Housing Development in Manchester on Thursday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

First District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter and Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas are among the officials who helped break ground on a new apartment building for homeless families Thursday.

Families in Transition President Maureen Beauregard says the six, two-bedroom apartments at the Hayward Street Housing Development won’t come close to meeting the demand.

The organization receives more than 4,000 referrals each year from families in need of housing.

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NH News
1:29 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

N.H. Congressional Delegation Urges Caution On Syria

New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is urging caution as the United States weighs a military strike against Syria.

First District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter says while it is obvious President Bashar Assad has committed crimes against humanity, she says the solution isn’t yet clear.

“If we have too strong a strike, we might replace Assad with equally bad actors. And if we do a light strike, it might bolster his claim that the United States and other countries are attacking him, but he has survived and he is strong.”

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NH News
4:36 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Digital Bookmobile Tour Promotes N.H.'s Downloadable Book Program

Inside the Digital Bookmobile, parked outside the Statehouse in Concord on Wednesday.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

The State Library is in the midst of a three-day Digital Bookmobile tour meant to educate people about downloadable e-books and audiobooks.

The tour stopped outside the Statehouse in Concord on Wednesday.

Peek inside the 74-foot tractor trailer, and you don’t see any books.

Instead, there are computers and video screens, with attendants who explain how to get your library books online.

State Librarian Michael York says New Hampshire’s Downloadable Book Consortium has been in place for seven years, and has expanded to nearly 200 libraries.

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NH News
5:12 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

New Hampshire Celebrates 50 Years Of 'I Have A Dream'

Here is a list of events happening Wednesday, courtesy of the New Hampshire Humanities Council

Amherst

The Congregational Church - UCC of Amherst will host a viewing of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech at 2:15 p.m. at the church at 11 Church St. At 3 p.m. participants will move to the narthex to ring the church bell, followed by a litany for justice and peace. 

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NH News
4:53 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

N.H.'s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Didn't Happen Without A Fight

Credit Minnesota Historical Society

It’s been 14 years since New Hampshire lawmakers voted to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

New Hampshire was the last state to have a holiday to observe King by name.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech, those who pushed for the holiday in the Granite State say it’s important to remember that it didn’t happen without a fight.

Arnie Arnesen remembers every detail of her first floor debate as a member of the state House of Representatives.

“It sounds crazy, but I can tell you what I was wearing.”

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NH News
2:38 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Senate Republicans Back Salem's Chuck Morse For President

Credit State of New Hampshire

Salem Republican Chuck Morse will be the next president of the state Senate.

During a closed-door caucus Tuesday, all 13 Senate Republicans backed Morse for the post, all but assuring he will get the position.

He replaces Peter Bragdon, who is stepping down as president after taking over as executive director of the Local Government Center.

Morse says he doesn’t anticipate much difference in his style of leadership.

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Education
7:29 am
Mon August 26, 2013

School Year Gets Underway This Week For Most Granite State Students

Credit Photo Credit woodleywonderworks via Flickr Creative Commons

Another school year gets underway this week for most students across the Granite State.

Governor Maggie Hassan will greet students at Nashua High School South Tuesday morning.

Later in the day, Hassan will do the same for students at Pleasant Street Elementary School in Laconia.

This year marks a transition for New Hampshire schools to what are referred to as the Common Core State Standards.

This year, schools are expected to align their teaching to the Common Core, a set of learning goals for public school students.

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NH News
12:40 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Manchester YWCA Tightens Security After Supervised Visit Shooting

The Manchester YWCA is tightening its security measures after a shooting during a supervised visit earlier this month.

The YWCA says it will now use a metal detector on all non-custodial parents prior to supervised visits, and will have police on site during those visits, at least for the time being.

That’s according to the New Hampshire Union Leader, which obtained a memo detailing new security measures that took effect this week.

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NH News
12:05 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Authorities Say Suspect In Nashua Double Murder Found Dead

Authorities say the prime suspect in the murder of a Nashua elderly couple in their home earlier this summer killed himself while under police surveillance.

The Attorney General’s office and the Nashua Police Department say 37-year-old Shawn Burne lived next to William and Eleanor Grant.

A visiting nurse found the couple stabbed to death in their home on June 17.

Authorities say evidence quickly pointed to Burne as a suspect, including that he was in possession of some of the Grants’ property and that he had been in their homes after the murders.

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NH News
10:51 am
Wed August 21, 2013

DHHS Commissioner: Cost Of Rolling Out Medical Marijuana Law Adding Up

The commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services says he’s concerned about the cost to his department of implementing the state’s new medical marijuana law.

Appearing on The Exchange, Nicholas Toumpas says there is no shortage of issues facing his staff as it works through the early stages.

“There are legal issues that we have, there are systems issues that need to be developed, there are protocols that need to be developed, there is staffing that is required in order to go off and certify and license.”

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NH News
7:23 am
Wed August 21, 2013

State Employees' Association Endorses Arnold For Manchester Mayor

The state’s largest union has endorsed Ward 12 alderman Patrick Arnold in the race for the next mayor of Manchester.

The State Employees Association announced its endorsement of Arnold on Tuesday. He is challenging Mayor Ted Gatsas, who is seeking a third, two-year term.

Union President Diana Lacey says she supports Arnold’s vision for economic development and job growth.

Over the next few months, the union will be encouraging members who live in the state’s largest city to vote for Arnold.

Manchester’s municipal election is scheduled for November.

NH News
3:36 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Backpack Giveaway Helps Nashua Families In Need Prepare For School Year

Backpacks are lined up on the gym floor at Ledge Street Elementary School in Nashua. More than 2,300 were available for low-income children, all filled with school supplies.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter held its annual backpack giveaway on Tuesday.

Families walked through rows upon rows of backpacks spread out across the gym at Ledge Street Elementary School.

“I’ll take the princess one,” said one girl, who was with her father.

The more than 2,300 backpacks are filled with school supplies, donated by local organizations and businesses.

This is the 21st year the soup kitchen has run the program, and as organizer Carol Weeks says, there’s no shortage of need for assistance among families in the city.

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NH News
8:09 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Manchester YWCA Set To Reopen Tuesday

A memorial on the front steps of the Manchester YWCA last week for 9-year-old Joshua Savyon.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The Manchester YWCA is set to reopen today, more than a week after police say a man shot and killed his 9-year-old son and then killed himself during a supervised visit.

The YWCA has been closed since the shooting on Aug. 11.

That’s when police say Muni Savyon brought up a gun into the facility and shot and killed his son, and then committed suicide.

Police say he had threatened to kill his son, his son’s mother and himself.

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