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11:38 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Nashua Aldermen OK Site For Handicapped-Accessible Playground

Greeley Park in Nashua
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Aldermen in Nashua voted 8-6 this week to allow for a handicapped-accessible playground to be built in the city’s Greeley Park.

The vote puts to rest an issue that has divided city residents for nearly two years.

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.

“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.”

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NH News
1:32 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Medal Of Honor Recipient: 'I’m Going To Live My Life For Those That Aren’t Here'

Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts answers questions during a press conference at the New Hampshire National Guard. Pitts will be awarded the Medal of Honor next month.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

A Nashua man who will be awarded the Medal of Honor next month says the recognition does not belong to him, but to his unit, and his fellow servicemen who died in battle.

Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts will receive the medal during a White House ceremony next month.

He is quick to deflect any credit, and says the award is a memorial to those who have laid down their lives in battle.

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NH News
2:11 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

With No Federal Funding, Nashua After School Program Forced To Close

A group of students work on their homework at the after school program at Pennichuck Middle School. The program is shutting down after the state rejected the district's application to renew its federal funding.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

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.

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NH News
10:10 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Nashua VFW Post's Search For A Home Highlights Stereotypes, Flagging Membership

A member of VFW Post #483 is silhouetted as he salutes the flag during closing ceremony on April 7, 2013, in front of a slideshow depicting the 92-year history of the post.
Credit Carol Robidoux for NHPR

It's been more than a year since the 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.

So last April, rather than dig themselves into a bigger financial hole, the VFW sold the building and handed over the keys to the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Homeless Shelter, which was operating across town out of a much smaller building.

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NH News
7:06 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Study: Greeley Park Best Place For Nashua's Controversial Playground

Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

A third-party study has determined the east side of Nashua's Greeley Park  would be the best place for a playground that has sparked two years of debate.

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NH News
12:40 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Holocaust Memorial Opens in Nashua

Holocaust Memorial
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

New Hampshire’s first public memorial to the victims of the Holocaust officially opens in downtown Nashua this Sunday.

Unlike many memorials and museums, its funding didn’t come from a committee or a foundation.

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.

Nearly 70 years after he lived as a hidden child during World War II, Fred Teeboom is on a mission.

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NH News
11:27 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Legacy Delayed: Nashua Locked In Two-Year Debate Over New Playground

Legacy Playground organizers Eric Brand, left, and David Robbins, discuss their proposal near Greeley Park's current playground.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Officials in Nashua expect the results of a study this week that aims to bring closure to a debate that’s divided city residents over the past two years.

And all of it is over a playground.

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NH News
6:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Nashua Aldermen To Consider Local Preference For City Contracts

Credit Tracy Lee Carroll / Flickr Creative Commons

Nashua business owners could win more contracts from the city thanks to a local preference ordinance the Board of Alderman will consider this week.  

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All Things Considered
5:43 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

When Drone Aircraft Video Met Nashua's Branding Campaign

David Brooks says the cost of attaching a camera to a quadrocopter and creating a video-friendly drone aircraft is often under a thousand dollars.
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Nashua is in the midst of a downtown branding campaign, with the slogan “Dare To Begin” and an eye-catching video showing some of the district’s most prominent features from above, courtesy of a camera mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicles, or a drone.

The catch is, the system used to make the video does not appear to have had license from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly.

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NH News
4:14 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Bill Before House Would Boost Funding For N.H.'s Charter Schools

House lawmakers are scheduled to take up a bill Wednesday to increase annual per pupil funding for New Hampshire’s nearly two dozen charter schools.

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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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NH News
3:41 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

For Many N.H. Schools, Sandy Hook Brought Security Needs To Forefront

Elm Street Middle School Principal Mike Frederickson swipes his ID badge against the proximity reader to get into the Nashua school.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Many schools in New Hampshire enhanced their security in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. a year ago.

Those new measures come at a big cost to school districts.

And they’re forcing school officials to decide what type of security works for their buildings and their communities.

Even the head of Nashua’s school district needs clearance before he’s allowed into any of the city’s 17 schools.

“Hi, Mr. Conrad. Left door,” the secretary inside Elm Street Middle School says over the intercom.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Harbor Homes Supports Homeless Vets

Credit Courtesy of Harbor Homes

When Matt Milbourn, a veteran of the first Persian Gulf War, found himself unexpectedly made homeless,  Harbor Homes was there for him.

In addition to operating a homeless shelter, Harbor Homes also manages a reintegration program, offering services, healthcare, and education to homeless veterans and their families. Matt earned his CphT (Certified Pharmacy Technician) through the program, and now teaches computer education and life skills classes at Harbor Homes.

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All Things Considered
5:45 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

A Look At The Police Investigation Into Nashua's Mayor And Her Husband

Credit City of Nashua

There are new details about the police investigation of Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and her husband, including allegations of bid-rigging, kickbacks and drug use.

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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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