Last night in Manchester city government, the Lands and Buildings Committee of the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen gave preliminary approval to a deal that would privatize the management of the West Side Arena. In doing so, it gave the nod to a one million bond backed by the city to upgrade the facility. The managing entity says it’s secured a twenty five year lease from the Manchester Regional Youth Hockey Association, parent of the Manchester Flames. They currently use the facility, but are having trouble maintaining their membership as leagues that play at better facilities are siphoning off their athletes. The item will come before the Board of Mayor and Aldermen tonight.
The committee also gave preliminary approval to a land swap requested by the airport that will facilitate the new facility proposed by U P S on Pettengill Road in Londonderry and recommended that the contract to sell the old police station with Stebbins Realty be extended.
At the committee on Traffic and Public Safety, aldermen tabled a report from the Granite State Organizing Project on substandard housing. The report calls for hiring more inspectors, creating a landlord registry and a landlord watch list. Aldermen have been frustrated with non-responsive property owners in areas with problem properties.
The Manchester budget battle is on tonight’s agenda for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Blog along live with us as we’ll be offering and looking for your comments in real time as the drama unfolds. Just go to the Live Forum Blog under the Oh My BLOG! tab at Girard at Large dot com.
Manchester Police have arrested three individuals in conjunction with a shooting that took place at a downtown restaurant last week. Kyree Rice of Manchester, Raheem Rice of Manchester and Rudy Vasquez of Lawrence are all now safely in custody on a variety of charges stemming from a brawl which ensued after a woman was pushed to the ground in the U S A Chicken and Biscuit Restaurant on Elm Street.
County Attorney Patricia LaFrance announced the sentencing of Jarrell Wilson and Lacy Clagon for a number of armed robberies in the Queen City, including at the Hillsborough Market, a citizen on Manchester Street, The Union Street Market, Michelle’s Pastries, where they took an elderly woman’s purse at gunpoint, and the N & K Market. Wilson, apparently the worse offender of the the two half brothers, both twenty three years old…guess dad was bored and busy all at once…was sentenced to ten to twenty at the state prison, Clagon was sentenced to seven to fourteen for his role in the armed heists.
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The G O P Race for the U S Senate continues to be interesting. Bedford Resident Roy Stewart, former Chairman of the Granite State Taxpayers, announced his endorsement of Jim Rubens. Stewart was chairman of G S T during Rubens’ time in the State Senate. In a statement released by the Rubens campaign, Stewart said without Rubens’ leadership quote: “we would not have been able to pass S B-2 ‘all day’ voting, S A U withdrawal legislation, end lifetime teacher tenure and the state’s charter school law.” He noted that then state senator Jeanne Shaheen was only one of four senators to vote against the charter school law Rubens proposed and championed.
This year is the Twentieth Anniversary of the New Hampshire Police Association Pipes and Drums and on June twenty eighth, they are hosting an outdoor concert at the Palace Theatre on Hanover St. The Glengarry Bhoys will headline the concert with signature pipe band performances from the New York City Police Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums, and the Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County, New Jersey. We’ve uploaded a concert ad and a flyer that outlines the event and provides addition details. The N H P A Pipes & Drums was formed after New Hampshire Police Sergeant James Noyes was shot and killed in the line of duty in nineteen ninety four. They practiced for two years before their first performance,
Finally, this morning those of you with drinking wells in Goffstown take note of this announcement. The town is asking you to take an online survey about your well, prepared by Dartmouth College. We’ve linked to the survey, which can be found under public notices at Goffstown dot com.
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