Pappas: Resigining


It is with deep regret that due to my current housing issue, I will no longer be living in Ward 6 and I must resign per the Manchester City Charter.  My resignation is effective Friday, March 31st, 2017.

That’s what Manchester Ward Six Alderman Nick Pappas wrote to Mayor Ted Gatsas and Board of Alderman Chairman Patrick Long in a letter sent yesterday.  Pappas was elected in November 2 0 1 5. 

In an interview with Girard at Large, Pappas said he and his wife had put their home on the market as they looked for a new one and were caught by surprise by a full price offer just four days after it was listed.  He’s been unable to find housing in the ward, including something to rent in the short term while he continues his search.  In the letter, he said serving rewarding, humbling and a great honor.

Chief McGillen: Looking for help with drive by shooting

Police are investigating a drive by shooting…in Candia.  No joke!  On March 22nd at about 5: 10 p m., the Candia Police Department received several calls about shots being fired from a motor vehicle on South Road.  The vehicle was described as being a small dark colored hatchback, possibly a Volkswagen, with loud exhaust.  It was last seen heading towards Auburn on Old Candia Road.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Candia Police Department at 4 8 3 2 3 1 8  

Yesterday, at approximately 11:10 A M, troopers from State Police Troop B Barracks and members of the Londonderry Fire Department were dispatched to a rollover on I-93 North, near the Exit 4 on ramp Forty four year old Jeffrey Texter of Andover MA, was trapped in his 2 0 1 4 Toyota Camry.  He was semi-conscious and appeared to be suffering from life threatening injuries.  Londonderry Fire immediately called for a medical helicopter which flew him to Mass General Hospital in Boston after he was extricated.  

The I-93 North was restricted to one lane of travel for approximately one hour and was completely shut down for almost half an hour while a medical helicopter landed at the scene.  This case remains under investigation and anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call Trooper Richards at 2 2 3 4 3 8 1.

Presentation, trainings offered to public

Right to Know New Hampshire has put together a presentation on the state’s Right-to-Know Law.  This is a comprehensive review of the law and covers governmental records, minutes, public and nonpublic meetings and violations.  R T K N H is available to provide a right to know training class, including the presentation.  To schedule a training class for your organization or citizen’s group, just click the link we’ve provided with this newscast at Girard at Large dot com.  Additional training materials can be found on their blog under the Training menu option, which we’ve also lined to for your convenience.


From Bedford Fire

The Bedford Fire Department will be conducting river rescue training on the Merrimack River from today through the month of June. These are drills, people.  No need for alarm.

News from or own backyard continues after this.

The National Council for Home Safety and Security, a national trade association comprised of licensed alarm installers, contractors, and other relevant trade groups across the United States, released its 2 0 1 7 list of the safest communities in New Hampshire.  Several communities in our listening area made the top twenty, including Weare at number three, Litchfield at number twelve, Merrimack at number fourteen, Bow at number sixteen, and Auburn at number eighteen.  Another nine communities in our listening area made the top fifty.  We’ve linked to the list, which simply details the methodology of how it was created, so you can see which communities landed where. 

MST scores big

The Manchester School of Technology’s FIRST Robotics competition team came home victorious from the New England District Greater Boston competition, just weeks after the first-ever team at MST was established. Team 6 7 6 3 placed third on its own, then captained the alliance team that won first place in another part of the competition. In addition, the team received the Rookie Highest Seed Award for scoring the highest points in a match and the Rookie All-Star Award.

MST’s Career and Technical Education program allowed the team to make use of its many resources including advanced C N C machining, welding and CAD design. 

The victors!

In addition to all of their hard work on the field, Team 6763 students have shared their learning experience with children at Manchester Police Athletic League.

The most recent results from Boston put the team in third place in New England as they head to another district-level event hosted by U N H from April sixth through ninth.  From there, if it is the highest scoring rookie team or places high enough to gain enough merit points, the team will qualify for the World Championship in St. Louis, MO, on April 26.

Congrats and good luck!

That’s NEWS from our own backyard!  Girard at Large hour ___ is next!

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