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Author: Rich Girard

Radisson Hotel Manchester Ballroom Formally Reopens Capping $2.2 Million Long-Term Renovation Project

  Renovations include redesigned ballroom, state-of-the-art conference space, luxury suites, enhanced culinary offerings, and guest room enhancements Manchester, NH – The Radisson Hotel Manchester has hosted presidential candidates, network news outlets, local dignitaries, rock stars and hundreds of events over three decades, and is now celebrating another milestone—the completion of a 10-year, $2.2 million long-term renovation project highlighted by a completely redesigned and refinished ballroom and function space. The 65,000-square-foot, 248-room hotel and conference center, located in the heart of downtown Manchester, New Hampshire has undergone extensive room and function space renovations, including high-tech upgrades, enhanced culinary capabilities, and...

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Actual Salary Averages of Manchester Police Officers & Supervisors

In response to an article about the salaries of city employees published in the New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard penned the following OpEd piece, which he distributed to local media outlets. We are pleased to publish it.  ~Publius A recent Union Leader article, entitled: Manchester city salaries list draws mixed reactions, reports that the reaction to our salaries was “mixed.”  I venture to say that the reaction is “mixed” because the story fails to articulate sufficiently the truth behind the salaries, and what those dollar amounts represent.  Admittedly, the story is accurate  when it states:...

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On Air News Read for April 21, 2017

At a press event yesterday, Governor Christopher Sununu announced he’d met with 1 2 7 businesses during his first 100 days in office.  He said he had substantive discussions about what he called the state’s strong fundamentals, including quality of life, community involvement and low tax base.  A major goal was to better understand the businesses’ needs, while communicating his plans to truly tap New Hampshire’s potential as an economic driver. Said Sununu quote:  We have to be on the forefront of people’s minds. The best way to do that is to get out there and do it the New...

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On Air News Read for April 20, 2017

The Manchester Board of School Committee met in special session last night to consider the first in a series of redistricting recommendations made by Superintendent Dr. Bolgen Vargas.  Pursuant to a directive issued by the board last November, Vargas developed recommendations that realigned the so called feeder pattern that determined where kids would go to middle and high school based on where they went to elementary school.  Currently, middle and high school students assigned largely based on where they live, not where they go to elementary school. Concerns were aired over the recommendations failure to channel all of the...

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On Air News Read for April 19, 2017

Sixide Vape Lounge, at 1 2 3 Hanover Street in Downtown Manchester, owned and operated by Randy Guerrero of Manchester, has had its state Alcohol and Tobacco License revoked.  The Manchester Police Department, in conjunction with the Office of the City Clerk, Office of the City Solicitor and the State Liquor Commission, conducted an investigation and filed a petition to revoke the license. They alleged that in the six months the club was open, the police responded to and investigated employees and patrons consuming alcohol after hours, lewdness, indecent exposure, sales of controlled drugs, loud noise complaints, numerous assaults...

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On Air News Read For April 18, 2017

Governor Chris Sununu made House Bill 1 0 3 law with his signature, yesterday.  That’s the legislation proposed by State Rep. Victoria Sullivan, Republican from Manchester Ward Nine, that requires school districts to provide at least two weeks advance notice to parents of course material involving discussion of human sexuality or human sexual education.  The bill had been opposed by Planned Parenthood, the A C L U and multiple taxpayer funded school groups who claimed the law would censor what was taught in classes.  In arguing for the bill, Sullivan pointed to current law that already gives parents the...

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On Air News Read for April 17, 2017

The latest stats on the opioid epidemic were released by the Manchester Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services Officer Christopher Hickey on Friday.  In sending the info showing a continued decline in the number of overdoses and deaths, Hickey said the potency of the drugs on the street are requiring ever increasing dosages of Naloxone, also known as Narcan, to revive victims.  He said emergency personnel are giving an average of just under two full doses and have routinely been giving upwards of three doses to revive victims, a development he called quote “disturbing.”  If there’s an upside to what’s...

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On Air News Read for April 14, 2017

Hooksett will soon be searching for a new police chief.  Chief Peter Bartlett has announced he’s on to bigger and better things, securing the police chief’s position in Dracut, MA.  Bartlett retied as a lieutenant in the Manchester Police Department in two thousand eleven after twenty four years on the job.  He came out of retirement to apply for the Hooksett chief’s position in two thousand thirteen, more than a year after embattled Police Chief Stephen Agrafiotis resigned in January, two thousand twelve.  By virtually all accounts, Bartlett is credited with significantly improving the performance and morale of the...

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On air News Read for April 13, 2017

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas made some news during his weekly interview here on the Girard at Large Radio Show yesterday.  Among the items that raised an eyebrow or two, Gatsas announced he’d been speaking with state officials to open a drug treatment center at the Sununu Center for juveniles struggling with addiction.  Gatsas said the state was devoid of any facilities that would treat juveniles addicted to drugs.  Citing the opioid epidemic, Gatsas said if that if juvenile treatment facilities weren’t created soon, the state would be swamped with minors in need of treatment and unable to catch up...

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On Air News Read for April 12, 2017

People’s United Bank has donated one 3 D printer to each of three Manchester schools for the purpose of enhancing STEAM education. Webster, Parkside and McLaughlin will use the printers for projects that integrate science, technology, engineering, arts and math into everyday learning.  The donation is valued at ten thousand dollars. To showcase the printer, Parkside is hosting an innovation and design contest.  Students were invited to submit ideas for a new or improved product that could be created with the new MakerBot Replicator+.  Entries so far range from a medical alert bracelet, to a cup holder extender, to...

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