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On Air News Read for November 13, 2017

From time to time, Girard at Large host Rich Girard, that’s me, not only reports the news, he makes it.  Such is the case this morning as I take the first person in this newscast to announce that I will retire this show effective with our sign off this Friday, November seventeenth.  (Click here for the more thorough explanations given on this morning’s show.  Click here for the Union Leader’s story on the announcement.) The planning for this show, which launched on September twenty sixth, two thousand eleven, began more than six and a half years ago with the...

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On Air News Read for August 11, 2016

In light of several recent traffic accidents resulting in multiple deaths and hours of traffic tie ups, Bedford Police Chief John Bryfonski is urging motorists to slow down and obey speed limits and traffic regulations.  Yesterday, Bryfonski announced the Bedford Police Department will aggressively cite drivers who fail to heed this warning, especially along Route 1 0 1 and South River Road, where motorists will see increased patrols. Said Bryfonski, quote:  “There will be zero tolerance for speeding, distracted driving, aggressive driving, and driving under the influence.  We are not out there to ruin your day; we are out there to save your life.  The Bedford Police Department is committed to preventing further loss of life on our roadways.” Due to the high volume of traffic on both roads, Bryfonski said drivers should plan for extra travel time. Citing a report in yesterday’s Washington Post, G O P U S senate candidate Jim Rubens questioned when local media will quote awaken to the fact that we have American boots on the ground in yet another undeclared, unconstitutional war that demands comment by the candidates. Rubens said sending troops to Libya is a direct consequence of what he called the 2011 Libya bombing war, which he said was an egregious foreign policy and military error instigated by Hillary Clinton and backed by Senator Kelly Ayotte. He also said the two thousand...

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How Will Rich’s Win Effect the Show?

(Hour 2a) Rich continued this morning’s phone frenzy by asking his listeners about how they think his win in the School Board race will affect the show.  Joe called in and wondered if the recount will have any affect on the election results.  Debra called in after Joe and answered his question about how the win should affect his show.  Tune in to hear what our listeners are...

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On Air News Read for October 30, 2015

“We’re here to announce today that we’re joining in with the fight against the epidemic facing our city.  The private sector has come to the conclusion that government and non profits alone cannot face the enemy that we’re fighting in the epidemic that’s going on in our city.” Those words were spoken by developer Dick Anagnost at a press conference hosted by Hope for New Hampshire Recovery yesterday to announce the acquisition of the former C A Hoitt Furniture building at the corner of Wilson and Valley streets.  Anagnost and AutoFair owner Andy Crews announced they’ve entered into an agreement with the Longo family to purchase vacant thirty seven thousand square foot facility, which they hope to close on within the next thirty days. In his comments, Anagnost cited the lack of suitable space as a primary reason why services needed to help addicts kick their habit are in short supply.  The plan for this building is two fold:  First, to provide affordable space for non-profits that provide services to addicts in search of help and second to provide temporary housing for those in recovery so they don’t have to return to the people and places that fed their addiction. Yesterday’s announcement brings an end to what’s been at least a year long search for a building that would accomplish these goals.  In addition to Anagnost, Mayor Ted Gatsas and...

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Benefits info FINALLY released for Manchester School Board

Since Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas proposed that members of the Board of School Committee pay te full premium cost for the health and dental benefits taken by members of the Board of School Committee, the Manchester School district has refused to release any information regarding which members take the benefits, the benefits they take and the cost both to them and the district for their taking them; until now, that is. Girard at Large filed several requests for the information under the state’s Right to Know Law, only to see the district violate the law both in spirit and practice.  Superintendent Debra Livingston ignored our original request made during the Monday, September 14, 2015 school board meeting at which Gatsas made his proposal.  On Wednesday, we sent a follow up message making clear that request was made pursuant to RSA 91-A, the state’s Right to Know Law. In response, Livingston said the district would reply within five days.  In response to our asking why the district was withholding the information for five days given that the law requires information immediately available be made available immediately, Livingston said it was to “consult with legal counsel.”  Meanwhile, city of Manchester Human Resources Director Jane Gile sent us the information we requested about which aldermen took the city’s benefits package in two hours. Be sure to vote in our poll! After a week without...

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On Air News Read for September 17, 2015

The complete, official results from Manchester’s city primary election are in and little changed, except that Ward One Alderman Joyce Craig can no longer claim to have beaten Mayor Ted Gatsas in his home ward, Ward 2, in the mayoral primary.  After all the votes were tallied, they tied with five hundred fifty four votes. In a statement released on election night, Craig crowed about quote “beating him outright in his home ward,” though she lost ten of the city’s twelve wards.  The only other ward Craig won was her own.  Of the total ballots cast, Gatsas received forty two point two percent of the vote, Craig carried thirty seven percent and Patrick Arnold fifteen point one percent.  Jawed Alibaba Shaikh and Glenn Ouellette mopped up the remaining five or so percent. Gatsas wasted no time in taking the fight to Craig, releasing a letter he e- and snail mailed congratulating her and challenging her to a town hall forum in each of the city’s twelve wards.  In making the invitation, Gatsas wrote quote: “It is important that we give the taxpayers of Manchester as much opportunity as possible to hear from the individuals that want to lead the city.” Gatsas, noting there’s only seven weeks until the November third general election, urged a quick reply, saying his campaign staff was compiling a list of possible meeting sites and eager to work out...

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Livingston, school board withhold administrator contracts from public

On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, the Manchester Board of School Committee’s Committee on Coordination and Administration went into non-public session to consider contracts for Superintendent Debra Livingston, Assistant  Superintendent David Ryan and Business administrator Karen DeFrancis.  After concluding the non-public session they took votes on all three contracts, amending them in various ways, before referring them to the Board of School Committee for final approval. Noticing they were not made public, as such documents are required to be under the state’s Right to Know Law (RSA 91-A), Girard at Large requested copies of the contracts that had been acted on, in public, by the committee via an email to Livingston on July 31, 2015.  On Sunday, August 2nd, Livingston replied to our inquiry saying “Hi, Rich, The contracts have yet to be approved by the board as a whole.  That will be on August 10.” Translated, that means “we’re not going to release the contracts until after the full board has voted on them.”  In other words, they’re withholding the terms proposed for the district’s top administrators until after they’re approved by the board. In reply to Livingston, Girard at Large sent another email reminding her that amendments to the contract were voted on by the committee in public session, making the contracts public.  Again, we requested they be forwarded.  We received no response to our request until after taking to...

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If you don’t click on this link you will be taxed

(Hour 1a&b) In a TELL ALL edition of Girard At Large, Mr. Girard himself gave us a glimpse of his personal life by sharing his morning routine and how it was a distraction for him this morning! Well, Washington did it again.  It turns out that they had to change things around to make Obamacare work again.  In this not-local-news-but-still-locally-pertaining archive Rich detailed some of the changes that were put into place in order to keep Obamacare up and and running. Our Loyal Listener Harriet Cady chimed in and helped out by sharing her opinion on the matter.  Tune in to hear their discussion! (Hour 1b) In the second part of this archive Rich continued where the last segment left off.  What is Senator Kelly Ayotte doing with all of this going on?  Well don’t you worry, Rich will inform you.  We also got a brief history...

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T.G.I.F.

(Hour 1a)  In this segment Rich gave us a look at what a week in radio looks like.  Included is a quick mention of our up-coming material to be covered in today’s broadcast. Once in a while we just like to let our hair down, and have a loose conversation.  No hard-hitting news in this offering, just a pleasant few comments....

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