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On Air News Read for November 15, 2017

Senate Bill 1 9 3, the bill that allows parents to establish Education Savings Accounts for their kids, is one step closer to becoming law after receiving an “Ought to Pass” recommendation from the House Education Committee yesterday.  That was a bi-partisan vote with two Republicans voting against the bill and two Democrats, including Manchester Ward Nine State Rep. Barbara Shaw, voting in favor.  Under the bill, parents who want to send their children to any school other than the government run one mandated by their school district, would enter into a contract with an eligible scholarship organization which...

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On Air News Read for September 6, 2017

The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen met last night and though it was a relatively short meeting, it was eventful.  The board received a presentation from Health Department officials regarding a new Web site they’ve developed to better connect people to their neighborhoods.  It’s called My Manchester NH.  We’ve got the link.  It also awarded Emergency Medical Services Officer Christopher Hickey with its newly minted Bright Idea award for coming up with Safe Station. As to matters of substance, the board not only extended the downtown park smoking ban to Kalivas Park, it also made the ban permanent,...

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Union Negotiations: Commenting on Contracts and a Lack of Incentives

(Hour 2b) Rich began the segment by conveying a message from a listener, who talked about a candidate meet and greet with Ward 2 Aldermanic candidate Will Stewart.  He then addressed Union negotiations, speaking about Mayor Gatsas’ vetoing of contracts and praising the Manchester Police Department’s 2012 contract.  Tune in to hear more!...

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Mayor Ted Gatsas on Union Contracts, Smoking Ban, New School Year, Etc.

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.  Their discussion tackled the following topics:  Vote over retroactive contracts Yager Decker pay scale  Conflict between the Mayor and Fire Chief Goonan (Hour 3c) Rich and Mayor Gatsas continued with:  Smoking ban in parks Road construction schedules  Counselling for those affected by the opioid crisis New school year Reduction for cleaning funds in the school district City year...

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On Air News Read for September 5, 2017

Manchester Ward Six school board candidate Jon DiPietro has released the results of a survey he launched shortly after announcing his candidacy for office.  The survey collected answers regarding priorities and opinions on a range of issues from spending to communication to education quality. In a statement issued yesterday, DiPietro said survey takers identified “Standards & Curriculum” and “Classroom Sizes” as the top two issues.  “Budget and Spending” was ranked third.  The school district’s reputation seems to have some tarnish on it, too.  DiPietro said eighty five percent of those who took the survey disagreed with the statement that...

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Elizabeth Ann Moreau – Candidate for Alderman in Ward 6

(Hours 1b,c) Rich talked to Elizabeth Ann Moreau, who is a candidate for alderman in Ward 6.  Elizabeth started the segment by speaking about her background, beginning by telling Rich about her time as an army medic.  She then shared about the opioid epidemic, Government ethics, the Tax Cap and more.  Tune in to get all of the details! (Hour 1c) Rich inquired about Elizabeth Ann’s take on the large scale development of high density rental housing.  They then talked about Union contracts, Elizabeth Ann’s ability to do the job as a soon-to-be mother of a newborn, the top...

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Mayor Ted Gatsas on City Infrastructure, Charter Violations, Contracts and More

(Hours 3a,b,c) Rich talked to Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.  The conversation tackled the following topics:  Construction in the Queen City Infrastructure funding Cost analysis: city employees v contractors Automatic trash pickup pilot (Hour 3b) Rich and Mayor Gatsas continued with:  Lisa Gravel and Jim Gaudet’s complaints regarding Charter violations Status of City Solicitor’s cases (Hour 3c) Rich and the Mayor ended the show by discussing:  Renovations to City Hall Contract information Hotel projects in the Downtown Are buildings being benefited by Downtown boom Apartment...

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Gravel: Watching the aldermen with complete disgust

Publisher’s Note:  We post this testimony given by Ward 7 resident Lisa Gravel to the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 My name is Lisa Gravel and I have been a property owner in Ward 7 for almost 18 years. I have watched many of these Board meeting and been filled with complete disgust.  I watch as you vote on unsustainable contract after unsustainable contract.  Giving city employees getting perks I can only dream of.  I mean “Fast Day”??  This is a holiday that has not been on the books since the 90’s.  So...

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On Air News Read for June 20, 2017

Quote: “As a 27 year resident of Ward 8, I am appalled by the flagrant disregard of City Charter provisions concerning Conflicts of Interest by Ward 2 Alderman Ron Ludwig and Ward 11 Alderman Norm Gamache at the Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 meeting of the Board of Mayor & Alderman in public session and on the public record.” That’s the opening paragraph of a complaint filed with Mayor Ted Gatsas earlier this week by Jim Gaudet, who just happens to be our Public Safety This Week segment anchor here on the Girard at Large Radio Show.  Gaudet sent the...

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On Air News Read for June 13, 2017

Out of the slumbering depths of obscurity, the Manchester City Republican Committee has suddenly awakened!  Party Chair Tammy Simmons issued a press release yesterday demanding that Ward Two Alderman Ron Ludwig and Ward Eleven Alderman Normand Gamache quote “follow the City Charter and declare a conflict of interest.”   Simmons issued the statement after it became known that a recent fact finder’s report suggesting the Board of Mayor and Aldermen give the unions representing the city’s firefighters and supervisors the same contract it gave to the unions representing the city’s police officers and supervisors had been added to the agenda...

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