Manchester

Newscast
6:36 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Award-Winning Manchester Police Dog Retires

The 7-year-old police dog partner of a Manchester, New Hampshire, police officer is retiring after a successful career.

"Lou" and Officer Scott Ardita passed certification for five years while winning numerous awards in the process. The certification trial measures the success of a dog and his handler, but most importantly, it certifies the dog as a bona fide K-9 capable of working as a police dog.

The Manchester Police Department currently has eight working K-9 teams. Lou will continue living with Ardita and his family as he starts his retirement.

NH News
3:47 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

UNH Manchester Waits On City To Approve Building Deal

88 Commercial St. (Aka the Pandora Building).
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  UNH Manchester is planning on selling its main building in the millyard to the company run by the inventor of the Segway. The university is looking to expand into a larger space—the millyard’s Pandora building.

For more than twenty years, UNH Manchester has been located at 400 Commercial street, next door to Dean Kamen’s company DEKA’s headquarters. Now, the school wants to consolidate itself in a nearby larger mill building where it already leases the first two floors from Kamen. The swap would mean Kamen can expand his corporate headquarters.

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NH News
9:33 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Manchester Police: 2014 Crime Stats Show Little Change

Chief David Mara facilitating the meeting in the M-PAL building.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  Manchester police say that while efforts to reduce property crimes in Manchester have shown some success, the total number of crimes since January is virtually identical to last year. The information was presented during a downtown community meeting hosted by the Manchester police department Tuesday night.

Officer Matt Barter, the department’s crime analyst, says some of the numbers between January and June are looking good. 

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NH News
3:39 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Manchester Chamber of Commerce Expands Lunch In The Park Series

Residents and business people bring their lunches to eat at park tables at Veterans Park.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  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.

The hope is that every Thursday to the end of the summer people will venture out of their offices and homes to eat lunch in the city’s Veterans Park. Last year, Lunch in the Park events happened three times. This time it’s up to eight. Mike Skelton, the chamber of commerce president, says the events were first conceived when business owners complained about how the parks were being used.

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NH News
2:36 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Chief's Son Among 14 New Manchester Police Officers Sworn In

Police Chief David Mara, right, looks on as 14 new members of the Manchester Police Department are sworn in Monday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The Manchester Police Department swore in 14 new officers Monday morning.

It’s the city’s largest crop of new officers in recent years.

Ten men and four women were sworn in Monday.

(You can read the bios of the new officers here).

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.

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All Things Considered
5:21 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Foodstuffs: A Neighborhood Market Searches For A Neighborhood

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 has written about the market’s struggle with the Manchester Zoning Board of Adjustment:

What can you tell us about this store and about its owner?

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NH News
9:45 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Manchester Police Chief Finalist For Job In Mass.

Credit examiner.com via Flickr Creative Commons

Manchester Police Chief David Mara is one of four finalists to head up the police department in Somerville, Mass.

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Newscast
10:51 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Lane Closures On I-293 In Manchester As Part Of Widening Project

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation says temporary night closures are planned on Interstate 293 in Manchester, both northbound and southbound, near Exit 4 for drainage installation across the highway.  The lane closures are scheduled to take place from Tuesday, May 27, through Saturday, June 7, from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. each night, excluding the weekend. The interstate will have one open lane at all times in each direction. The improvements are necessary to accommodate construction of a third lane on I-293 southbound.

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NH News
10:56 am
Tue May 20, 2014

N.H. Conference Tackles The Question: How Can The Northeast Adapt To Climate Change?

White River Junction, Vermont, was one of many communities in New England that felt the force of Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.
Credit Ann and Dan / Flickr Creative Commons

The Environmental Protection Agency and Antioch University New England are hosting a climate change adaptation conference in Manchester this week.  

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Education
3:46 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

How SNHU Is Edging Out Its Competition Online

  The week started with the news of Southern New Hampshire University’s new $10,000 bachelor’s degree program. Recent undergraduate enrollment numbers show the small, Manchester school is now equal in size to UNH in Durham, with a vast majority of its students online. 

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Education
5:30 am
Fri May 9, 2014

UNH Manchester Rebranding To Boost Enrollment

A giant banner with the new UNH logo now hangs in the front stairway of 400 Commercial st, UNH Manchester's university center.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

At a recent cookout behind the red-brick mill building that houses UNH Manchester, senior Derek Burkhardt describes what’s been an eight-year run to get his bachelor’s.

“I actually attended UNH Manchester right out of high school,” says Burkhardt. “But I took some time off in between school to save up some money to be able to afford school, but also to join AmeriCorps. So once I was done with that I came back to continue my education.”

Like many students here Burkhardt says he chose UNH Manchester because that’s where he lives.

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NH News
3:42 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Former Manchester Superintendent Dies Following Cancer Diagnosis

Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

The former superintendent of the Manchester School District has died following a cancer diagnosis made just weeks after stepping down from the post last year.

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Education
5:00 am
Sun March 9, 2014

Hooksett Voters To Weigh In On Pinkerton Deal

On Tuesday, the town of Hooksett will vote whether to approve a contract with Pinkerton Academy in Derry. If voters approve the deal, it could spell the end for the town’s century-long relationship with Manchester schools.


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NH News
5:23 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Manchester Police Ensnare 30 Low-Level Heroin Dealers In Sweep

16 of the 30 dealers arrested so far.
MPD

Over the last two days, police in Manchester arrested 30 street-level heroin dealers. Three were on Wednesday and at least 27 on Thursday since 5 o’clock in the morning.


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NH News
2:58 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

2013: Manchester's Record Crime Year

Ryan Lessard NHPR

Last year, robberies, burglaries and heroin addiction appear to have skyrocketed in the Queen City.

Over the summer we looked at the issue of crime in Manchester and we provided a lot of historical data from the past five years. Now that the year is done, we review some of those numbers. The most surprising development is a 45% growth in robberies compared to 2012. Burglaries spiked to unprecedented highs during the summer, but robberies continued well into the colder months. The city also saw a high number of homicides. The highest in recent memory.

NH News
2:52 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Mayor Gatsas Sworn In, Promises To Tackle Crime

Former Mayor Ray Wieczorek swears in Mayor Ted Gatsas for his third term. On left is Gatsas' wife Cassandra.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Ted Gatsas began his third term as Manchester’s Mayor Tuesday. And his inaugural address included promises to improve the city’s safety and public education.


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Education
4:37 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Hooksett School Board Votes To Sign Contract With Pinkerton, Manchester Calls Foul

Last week, the Hooksett School Board voted to sign a ten-year contract with Pinkerton Academy that would eventually send most of its high school students to the Derry school. This new agreement may reignite a legal conflict between Hooksett and Manchester.


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NH News
1:05 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Some City Leaders Say They're Not Interested In New 2 A.M. Last Call

Credit Adam Fagen / Flickr Creative Commons

Starting with the New Year on Wednesday, cities and towns will have the option of extending last call at bars from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Sun December 15, 2013

Currier Museum Celebrates Pop Artist Robert Indiana

1960 The American Dream
Robert Indiana, 1971 Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, N.H.

When you think of the Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup prints or Roy Lichtenstein's comic book paintings might come to mind.  But recently, one of their peers has been getting more attention than usual.  

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NH News
10:57 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Manchester Police Weigh Charges After 5-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Self

Manchester police are still determining whether charges will be filed after a 5-year-old boy accidentally shot himself early Saturday morning.

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NH News
4:41 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Report: Man Who Shot Son At Manchester YWCA Was Not Searched

The vigil outside the Manchester YWCA days after murder-suicide carried out by Muni Savyon on Aug. 11. Savyon killed his 9-year-old Joshua during a supervised visit, then killed himself.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The man who killed his 9-year-old son and then himself during a supervised visit at the Manchester YWCA in August was not searched before entering the building.

The state Attorney General’s office released its final report on the incident on Thursday.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin says investigators interviewed employees who were working at the YWCA the day Muni Savyon killed his son Joshua.

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NH News
10:09 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Ted Gatsas Wins Third Term As Manchester Mayor

Mayor Ted Gatsas at his campaign HQ in Manchester's Derryfield Country Club.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Republican incumbent Ted Gatsas has won his third term as Mayor of Manchester. But the race against Democratic Alderman Patrick Arnold was a close one.


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Politics
9:39 am
Mon November 4, 2013

On The Political Front For November 4

After the commission's recommendation last month, lawmakers will be debating expanding Medicaid in a special legislative session called by Governor Hassan; it remains to be seen how much bipartisan support the measure will have. We'll be watching the mayor's race in Manchester, where incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas is being challenged by Alderman Patrick Arnold, and a special House election in Nashua, which pits former House Majority Leader Peter Silva against Democrat Latha Mangipudi.

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun November 3, 2013

Dean of UNH-Manchester Resigns

Ali Rafieymehr
Credit University of Massachusetts - Lowell

The dean of UNH-Manchester has resigned just 15 months into his appointment

Provost Lisa MacFarlane announced Dean Ali Rafieymehr’s departure in an email to faculty and staff late Friday afternoon.  She noted the resignation was effective that day.  Spokesperson Erika Mantz said she couldn’t comment on personnel matters.  Like MacFarlane’s email, she highlighted his work in so-called “STEM” fields.

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Arts & Culture
8:30 am
Sun October 20, 2013

Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh: Currier Museum Explains Impressionism In Three Paintings

"Route aux confins de Paris" (1887)
Vincent van Gogh Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, N.H.
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NH News
10:13 am
Tue October 15, 2013

AG: Deadly Force Justified In Officer-Involved Manchester Shooting

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office has determined that a state trooper’s use of deadly force was justified in a shooting in Manchester last month.

According to an autopsy, 45-year-old Wendy Lawrence of Canterbury died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

She was shot four times following a high-speed pursuit that ended in Manchester on Sept. 30.

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NH News
8:43 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Manchester Mayoral Candidates To Hold First Debate Wednesday

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas at a campaign fundraiser earlier this year.
Credit Michael Brindley for NHPR

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and challenger Alderman Patrick Arnold will off face in their first debate Wednesday morning.

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NH News
5:09 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Details Emerge About Officer-Involved Shooting In Manchester

In a press release from the N.H. Attorney General's office, new details surrounding the fatal police shooting of a Canterbury woman have been released. It describes the car chase that led to the shooting but not the specific circumstances that caused the state trooper to fire his weapon.

Here is an excerpt from the release:

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Queen City Crime
2:00 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Anatomy Of A Murder

An August 1999 newspaper article recounts a development in the case.
Credit Lewiston Sun

Manchester has seen four homicides so far this year. That’s twice the city’s annual average of two, but police say these types of violent crimes are often anomalies, making it difficult to call this year’s spike a trend, and only one of this year’s cases remains unsolved.

As part of our Queen City Crime series, we examine the anatomy of how these homicides are solved by taking a closer look at a 1999 case that proved to be one of the most taxing investigations ever undertaken by the Manchester Police Department.

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NH News
10:18 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Manchester Common Core Vote Postponed

A key Manchester Board of School committee vote on how to implement federal Common Core standards has been delayed.  The state adopted the Common Core in 2010, which outlines what students should know before passing each grade.  

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