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Manchester officer opens fire

A Manchester police officer shot an armed robbery suspect on the city’s West Side last night.  According to a statement issued by the department, officers were checking the area around Wayne and Amory streets at around seven twenty five for a subject wanted in an armed robbery that occurred at the Seven Eleven on Queen City Ave. early Sunday morning.  When they located a subject matching the robber’s description, he brandished a weapon and a police officer fired his service weapon at the suspect in response.  The twenty one year old male Manchester resident was taken into custody and treated at a local hospital for a minor injury.  He is being held on an arrest warrant for armed robbery and was also charged with criminal threatening.  The Manchester Police Investigative Division will be handling the investigation.

Cheryl Coletti-Lawson

Coletti-Lawson: New President & CEO

Hope for New Hampshire Recovery announced that Cheryl Coletti-Lawson has been appointed to fill the organization’s newly created President and C E O position.  Hope for New Hampshire Recovery added the position in response to the organization’s rapid growth.  In the past year, the organization has not only broken ground on its Manchester center, it’s opened new recovery centers in Newport and Concord and will open facilities in Derry, Claremont, Berlin and Franklin before the end of the year.

Coletti-Lawson served briefly as the organization’s board chair before taking the position.  The organization believes that with her appointment, it is well positioned to move into its next phase of growth and development.  Hope is playing a critical role in the heroin and opioid addiction crisis in New Hampshire.

The Bedford Police Department has announced that, weather permitting, Eversource will perform aerial inspections of its distribution lines in Bedford, Manchester and Merrimack tomorrow.  A blue and yellow J. B. I. helicopter will be used for these patrols.

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Cipriano: Ooooo, sorry!

Cipriano: Ooooo, sorry!


I have reviewed your request for the voting details related to the SAU Board’s decision to award a raise and bonus to Superintendent Metzler during a non-public session on May 12, 2016. During this session, the Board sealed the non-public minutes. As a result, I am unable to provide the details you have requested.

Jason Cipriano
Chairman, Hampstead School District
Chairman, School Administrative Unit 55

Metzler: Center of another storm

Metzler: Center of another storm

That’s the latest out of S A U 5 5 as Timberlane parent Mary-Jo Conlon continues to try to obtain information on the simply massive pay hike and bonus awarded to Superintendent Earl Metzler.  As reported by Timberlane School Board Member Donna Green from Sandown, also a member of the S A U 5 5 School Board, the S A U board not only discussed Metzler’s performance in non-public session back on May twelfth, it also voted to convey the three point five percent raise and four percent performance bonus only in non-public session.  While the board did announce the raise to an empty room with unmanned cameras in public session, it conveniently voted to seal the minutes which includes the record of their vote, refused to publish the draft minutes of what little they did in public on line and refused to email the draft minutes to Conlon upon request. Now, they’re refusing to disclose who voted for the raises.

Cipriano, in case you forgot, was integral in Metzler’s move to ban Hampstead Budget Committee Chairman Jorge Mesa Tejada from school properties after fabricating charges that he had threatened children during a budget committee meeting.  In opposing a multi million dollar addition and renovation to the Hampstead Central School, Mesa-Tejada questioned the purported safety rationale for the work, which was defeated by Hampstead voters.

Merrimack Rotary: Recognizes

Merrimack Rotary: Recognizes workplace excellence

Ten local individuals were recognized by the Rotary Club of Merrimack for demonstrating “Excellence in the Workplace.” The event was held at a weekly Merrimack Rotary breakfast meeting at the John O’Leary Adult Community Center.

Each awardee was presented with a certificate after a description was read of the individual’s work and why they was being recognized. The 2016 recipients are:

Allyssa Bedard – Soma Holistic Therapy Center
Brianna Desfosses – YMCA of Greater Nashua
Cathy Hock – Merrimack Flower Shop & Greenhouse
Denis Kitzinger – Thomas More College
Jesse Fraser – Critter Control
Karen Stearns – Paraeducator, Merrimack Public Schools
Nathan Fogg – Nathan Fogg’s Auto
Patricia Girouard – Merrimack Police Dept. Crossing Guard
Yvette Couser – Merrimack Public Library
Josh Schupack – YMCA of Greater Nashua

According to Maureen Mooney, the Rotary President (2015-2016),

“There’s a special place of honor in Rotary for those who are valued in the workplace. The annual Excellence in the Workplace program is a great event to recognize those who make a difference in their places of employment.”

Founded in 1971, the Rotary Club of Merrimack is a volunteer organization of business people and professionals supporting the community.  Merrimack Rotary projects have included the Roger Duhamel Pavilion at Watson Park, scholarships, reconstruction of the Kids’ Kove Playground, support for Merrimack flood relief, the Merrimack July Fourth festivities, the Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest, Interact Club, lighting at the Reeds Ferry fields and more.

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