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
2:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Gov. Hassan Appoints Three To Casino Oversight Commission

Governor Maggie Hassan Wednesday announced three new members to a commission charged with recommending how the state would regulate casino gambling, should it be approved.

Hassan’s appointments to the Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority commission include Democratic State Representative Richard Ames of Jaffrey and Londonderry Police Sergeant Patrick Cheetham.

The democratically-controlled House of Representatives voted in May to reject a proposal for one high-end casino, a plan backed by the governor and the GOP-led Senate.

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NH News
2:24 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Rep. Kuster To Hold Telephone Town Hall On Senior Issues

Ann McLane Kuster

Second District Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster will hold a telephone town hall Wednesday morning focused on issues facing senior citizens.

Kuster says she will talk about programs such as Social Security and Medicare, and answer questions from constituents.

Experts from AARP will also take part in the conversation.

The telephone town hall will start at 11.

Those wishing to take part can sign up at Kuster’s website.

Those who register will receive an automated phone call when the town hall begins.

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

N.H. Ukeladies Bring Hawaiian Shirts, Plenty Of Joy To Manchester Seniors

Kate Boisvert, left, sings as the Ukeladies perform a song at the Hanover Hill nursing home in Manchester.
Michael Brindley NHPR

While the ukulele has grown in popularity of late, a group based out of Manchester brings a unique twist to the instrument.

The New Hampshire Ukeladies is an all-female group of performers with a shared passion for the miniature member of the guitar family.

They come from all walks of life and different parts of the Granite State.

They meet weekly to rehearse, but they also perform, and when they do, they’re decked out in Hawaiian shirts and sharing a lot of laughs.

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Queen City Crime
8:42 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Police Find 6-Year-Old Girl In Manchester Robbery Getaway Vehicle

Brian Cunneen
Credit Manchester Police Department

Two Lowell, Massachusetts men are due in the court this morning, charged in connection with an armed robbery in Manchester over the weekend.

Police say they also found a woman and her 6-year-old daughter in the getaway vehicle.

Twenty-two-year old Brian Cunneen is accused of robbing the Crosstown Variety on Bremer Street at gunpoint late Sunday morning.

After leaving the store empty handed, police say he entered a vehicle being operated by 27-year-old John Hickey and they both fled the scene.

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NH News
7:49 am
Mon July 29, 2013

N.H. Sens. Shaheen, Ayotte In The Granite State Monday

Both of New Hampshire’s U.S. Senators are in the Granite State this morning.

Democrat Jeanne Shaheen is scheduled to tour the Grappone Toyota dealership in Bow.

She will be joined by a group of business leaders and advocates and will discuss her proposed energy efficiency legislation.

And later today, Republican Kelly Ayotte will be in Nashua to present Pelham veteran Joseph Norkiewicz, Jr. with the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

He is earning for the medical for his service in the Navy during Operation Blue Bat in Beirut, Lebanon.

Foodstuffs
2:13 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Third-Annual Southern N.H. Brewers Festival Biggest Yet

Frank and Tonya Dolan of Londonderry sample beers at the White Birch Brewery booth at the Southern New Hampshire Brewery Festival.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Now in its third year, the Southern New Hampshire Brewers Festival is being held this weekend at the White Birch Brewery in Hooksett.

Organizers responded to growing interest in the event by adding a second day to the festival this year.

From double IPAs to oatmeal stouts, beer lovers can sample from 22 different breweries at the festival, which runs Friday to Saturday.

White Birch founder and festival organizer Bill Herlicka says the festival is different from others, in that it gives customers and brewers a chance to interact in a fun environment.

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NH News
1:54 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

N.H. Receiving $1M In Federal Funding For Flood Damage Relief

Credit Ella NIlsen / NHPR

The federal Department of Transportation is making an emergency relief grant of $1 million to New Hampshire to help repair the damage from heavy rains and flooding in June.

The money will be used to repair damage in Cheshire, Grafton and Sullivan counties.

Between June 26 and July 3, severe rain and flooding caused widespread damage to local roads and bridges.

In a statement, Governor Maggie Hassan said the relief funds will be critical to supporting recovery efforts as communities continue to recover and repair the damage.

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NH News
5:22 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Opening N.H.'s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Could Take Two Years

New Hampshire’s new medical marijuana law allows seriously ill patients to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, obtained at one of four state-authorized dispensaries.

But before those dispensaries can open, the law calls for the creation of a committee that will work to implement the medical marijuana law.

Matt Simon is a lobbyist for the Marijuana Policy Project.

He says while he is pleased the law is moving forward, it won’t do anything to help patients in the short-term.  

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NH News
4:08 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Gov. Hassan Signs Medical Marijuana Bill Into Law

Governor Hassan signed a bill Tuesday, making New Hampshire the 19th state to legalize the use of medicinal marijuana.

Hassan says the law breaks new ground by giving seriously ill patients what they need – medical marijuana from up to four state-authorized dispensaries.

“We’re really looking forward to getting them up and running as quickly as possible but also making sure again that we’re doing it the right way for New Hampshire and that we can prevent abuse, as well.”

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NH News
3:19 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Manchester Set To Install Meters Collecting Money For Homeless Shelter

The city of Manchester is set to install meters downtown where people can donate money that will go to a local homeless shelter.

Program coordinators hope people will choose the meters over giving to panhandlers.

The meters are expected to be installed along Elm Street within the next week.

The money collected will go to New Horizons, the city’s local shelter and soup kitchen.

Director Charlie Sherman says he’s hopeful people will be generous with their donations.

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NH News
12:45 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

From Bolivia to Venezuela: 81 Take Oath To Become American Citizens

Caren Ongany and John Osambo of Lee with their four children outside the Warren B. Rudman Courthouse in Concord Friday. Ongany and Osambo are husband and wife and both became American citizens at a naturalization ceremony.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

At the Warren B. Rudman Courthouse in Concord Friday morning, 81 people from 36 different countries took an oath and became American citizens.

Governor Maggie Hassan spoke at the naturalization ceremony.

Among those sworn in was a man originally from India who now lives in Hudson with his wife and their six month old child.

There was also a husband and wife, both native Kenyans, who became citizens together. They live in Lee with their four children.

And a Manchester man who moved to America from Sweden who said his citizenship was a long time coming. 

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Education
2:27 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Three New Charter Schools Get OK To Open In New Hampshire

The state Board of Education has given the green light for three new charter schools to open in New Hampshire.

Their approval was made possible after the Legislature set aside $3.4 million in the state budget for new charter schools.

The Gate City Charter School for the Arts was one of the schools to get approval from the board at a meeting on Thursday.

The school is planned for Nashua and will offer an arts-focused curriculum, starting with grades K through 4. It will open next fall.

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Queen City Crime
8:36 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Live Blog: Manchester Police Chief David Mara

Chief Mara in the Exchange studio.
Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

9:56: Mara says, “We need more police officers and we need to more of the community involved.” Says we need people to look out for each other. “We need to work together.” The department needs to do a better job, as well.

9:54: Mara says stats are kept on how many crimes are solved. For example, on robberies, we do much better than the national average. “You constantly have to assess what you’re doing.”  

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NH News
2:11 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

With DOMA Struck Down, N.H. Retirement System Prepares To Roll Out Benefits

The effect of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act is now being felt in the Granite State.

The New Hampshire Retirement System is asking public employees and retirees whether they are involved in a same-sex marriage.

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NH News
12:52 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Northern Pass Blankets State With Brochure Touting New Route

The brochure from Northern Pass was sent to every consumer of electricity in New Hampshire.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Northern Pass officials are blanketing the state with a brochure touting a recently-proposed new route for the controversial project that would bury nearly eight miles of power lines.

Public Service of New Hampshire spokesman Martin Murray says the mailers have gone out to every consumer of electricity in New Hampshire.

He would not disclose the cost of sending out the mailers, but added there will also be a series of open houses in the coming weeks in towns near and along the proposed route.

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