Here are the stories that were read over the air on today’s show.
The Millyard Museum is featuring a new special exhibit of portraits selected from the permanent collection of the Manchester Historic Association. The exhibit, “People You Should Know…. Portraits from the Collection,” is on display in the museum’s Charles F. Whittemore Discovery Gallery until October 12th. The display includes 16 oil paintings, watercolors and photographs. Admission to the exhibit is included with regular admission to the Millyard Museum, which is located at 200 Bedford Street in the historic Amoskeag Millyard. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00. For details on admission and links to the catalog and a slide show of the works on display, visit the Historic Associations website at www.ManchesterHistoric.org. View the press release here.
Right to Know activists in the state are urging those concerned with preserving open government to call Governor Maggie Hassan and ask her to veto House Bill 5 22. The bill will allow town manifests to be signed by selectmen outside of their public meetings. Activists say it’s another step in the direction more secretive government and that governing bodies should remain required to present and sign the manifest in public. The manifest is a listing of all bills authorized to be paid by the town. Being able to follow the money they say is critical to open, honest government. Governor Hassan’s office number is 271-2121.
The Queen City Rotary of Manchester awarded its annual Police Officer of the Year Award to Lt. Peter Favreau, a 23 year veteran of law enforcement. Queen City Rotarian and retired Manchester Police Chief John Jaskolka, established the award to recognize local law enforcement officers who go above and beyond the call of duty to enhance the lives of local youth. Favreau, whose recent interview on Girard at Large can be found in our archive, was a member of the group that founded the “Battle of the Badges,” the annual police versus fire hockey game that has raised nearly one-million dollars for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. He also helped found the police v fire softball tournament, also to benefit CHaD. In addition, Favreau’s been involved in a number of other activities such as coaching a number of youth sports including Avalanche hockey, East Little League, Manchester Girls Softball, YMCA Tiger Sharks and St Joseph’s Junior High School. He has volunteered for a number of other charitable organizations including Manchester Police Athletic League, Manchester Police Relief, Special Olympics and the Relay for Life. View the press release here.
It’s time for our Candia Crime wave report. The little town to Manchester’s east issued 113 motor vehicle warnings and 13 motor vehicle summons last month. It also had thirteen arrests, which is actually a lot for them, on charges ranging from trespassing, to prowling, to stalking, to drug possession, to criminal mischief, to driving after suspension, and more! Fear not fellow citizens, we shall keep you up to date as Candia continues its brave battle against crime!
The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen meets tomorrow night. Ward 1 Alderman Joyce Craig and Ward 3 Alderman Patrick Long are expected to present revisions to Mayor Ted Gatsas’ budget proposal. The pair is not expected to propose overriding the tax cap. However, they are expected to ask the mayor and finance officer to certify the current budget year’s revenue surplus so that it can be appropriated and allocated to expenditures for next year’s budget. That will require ten votes of the aldermen as surplus revenues normally would be split at year’s end between the city’s Rainy Day Fund and something called the fund balance, which would lower the coming year’s property taxes. Whether or not they have 10 votes remains to be seen. If they do, the surplus revenues are rumored to be going to increase funding to the city’s schools, road resurfacing, and severance account among other items.
The board will also hold a Road Hearing to consider the discontinuation of portions of several streets, including Green, Summer and Elm Street East Back as well as several others on Wellington Hill. There will be presentations and public hearings on all proposed discontinuances, so if you’re affected, be there.