The Manchester Police Department evacuated several homes and other buildings last night as a water main break on Goffe Street opened up a several major sinkholes, including one that washed away a section of Goffe Street. Road closures have been set, but aren’t limited limited to, South Main at Varney , West Hancock at Log, West Hancock at Wheelock, Wheelock at Frederick, Dartmouth at McNeil and Woodbury at South Main. The police are uncertain how long the roads will be closed and are urging motorists to avoid the area. Mayor Ted Gatsas and staff from the cit’s Health Department and Water Works arrived on scene to assess the totality of the damages and to make certain the evacuees had shelter for the night. Officials were unsure how many building were flooded by the water main break. Public Service shut down power for safety in the affected area. The Bedford Police Department reported it had received water outage reports as a result of the break on Palomino Lane, Donald Street, Garden Party Lane, Hersey Street, Leavy Drive and surrounding neighborhoods. They issued a notice advising residents to contact Manchester Water Works for further info. The Water Works phone number is 6 2 4 6 4 9 4
New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster, State Police Colonel Robert Quinn, and Manchester Police Chief David Mara released the final report issued as a result of the August twenty seventh quote unquote “Officer-Involved Shooting,” which occurred when a multi-jurisdictional drug raid led to a grandmother being shot in her third floor apartment on Beech Street. In the report, which we have uploaded with this newscast at Girard at Large, the A G concluded that the discharge of Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Michael Connolly’s firearm was accidental and not a criminal act. Therefore, Agent Connolly will not face criminal charges in connection with the shooting and the A G has closed the investigation. Connolly will, however, have to deal with other agents saying “Doh! You shot grandma!” for the next several weeks.
Anyone seeking more information about living with Alzheimer’s is invited to attend the sixth annual conference on Saturday, Nov. 15th, at the , in Concord. “There are more than 22,000 people with Alzheimer’s in New Hampshire,” said Heather Carroll , Regional Manager of the New Hampshire office of the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. “Alzheimer’s creates serious challenges for family and professional caregivers, we want to teach people how to live with Alzheimer’s.” The conference will feature Clinical Program Director Ross Gourvitz, Ph.D of the Elliot Memory and Mobility Center in Londonderry who will address the advances in brain science in 2014. Also featured are separate breakout sessions tailored to address many aspects of Alzheimer’s and dementia for individuals with the disease, the general public and family or professional caregivers. In addition, conference attendees will also learn about services and programs that can help them right now and will meet with local service providers. Those interested are asked to register at care to cure dot org.
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The Bow School District has said thanks, but no thanks to Hooksett school officials who asked if the town would take all seventeen eighth grade students who want to go to Bow High next year as Freshmen. Bow capped the number of students it would take under the Memorandum of Understanding between the two school districts, at ten. Upon learning that seventeen had chosen Bow, the Hooksett School Board directed Superintendent Charles Littlefield to inquire about accepting the extra seven. He did and was told “no,” yesterday. That means all seventeen names will be put into a lottery this Monday and ten names will be drawn from a hat. The lottery has a rather careful and specific procedure which school officials will be required to follow. Those whose names don’t get picked out of a hat will have until November twenty first to decide where to go. We’ve uploaded the procedures with this newscast at Girard at Large dot com.
In a follow up to a story we received on air yesterday, Green Acres School in Manchester has indeed eliminated its art room to make way for other uses. Art is certainly not being eliminated at the school. Art will be brought by cart to each classroom, kinda like in the good ‘ol days. I remember liking it when the art teacher wheeled into our classrooms at Gossler Park. Anyway, the art room will be used for children experiencing behavior episodes, as reported yesterday. Principal Rick Norton said the room will be divided into three stations; one area for O T/ mobility and movement, a second area for working on academic support beyond the regular classroom setting, and a third area for quote unquote “calming” as outlined in specific behavior plans. He said “(c)urrently, no area in the school is conducive to this need and a classroom must be modified to meet the needs of students.” End quote.
In a follow up to another story, the Board of Selectmen in Sandown has chosen not to offset the tax hike caused by a stiff increase in the local tax for schools caused by the Timberlane Regional School District’s increased spending. The Board had called a special meeting to deal with the question after a whopping dollar six cent increase in the local school tax caused by Timberlane. We’ve linked to the story published by the Tri-Town Times so you can get all the details.
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