Saturday, May 18, 2013
You don't want to miss a thing, and thanks to the city's comprehensive 'Summer Fun' calendar, you won't have to.
Each year the city goes all out to make sure there's plenty to do for you and the family in and around Nashua. The Summer Fun 2013 Calendar is posted on the city site and available here for downloading so you can scour it for fun events and mark your summer social calendars. Some highlights include: June 8: Greeley Park Bandshell opens for the season. June 25: Teen Summer Reading Kick-off w/Concert July 4: Fireworks celebration at Holman Stadium July 10: Bach's Lunch Outdoor concert series July 13: Kids Fishing Derby July 14: Nashua's Singing Sensation Competition July 20: Fairytale Fest July 27: Shakespeare in the Park/'Merchant of Venice' August 17-18: Art in the Park August 22: Nashua Back to School Night
Friday, May 17, 2013
A new facet of this year's online budget process includes a way for residents to post questions and get answers.
Got a question about the city budget? Just click here and pose it to the city, where your questions will be so noted and answers will be posted. It's something the school department has been doing and now extends to the Mayor's annual budget. Here's a link to the city's home page where you can find the direct link.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Saturday is the next drawing. Are you going to be a player?
No golden ticket was purchased for Wednesday's Powerball. So if you're feeling lucky, Saturday is your next chance to win the estimated $475 million jackpot. About Powerball from powerball.com: Powerball is a combined large jackpot game and a cash game. Every Wednesday and Saturday night at 10:59 p.m. Eastern five white balls are drawn out of a drum with 59 balls and one red ball out of a drum with 35 red balls. Draw sales cut off at least 59 minutes before the draw. Players win by matching one of the 9 Ways to Win. The jackpot (won by matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball) is either an annuitized prize paid out over 29 years (30 payments) or a lump sum payment. Each ticket costs $2. If the winner chooses the …
Mentoring the next generation of emergency management personnel takes the right balance of patience and skill.
Nashua's Emergency Management director is about to share the secret behind his intern program. Drum roll, please. "My goal is when I bring on an intern, I want someone to be capable enough to hire me later," Kates says with a straight face. "They have to be that good." And then a broad smile spreads across his face – not because he's kidding; he's not. The smile is because Kates genuinely loves what he does, and especially loves the opportunity to be a mentor to future emergency management professionals. It's something he says he learned from his previous boss, Bob George, Program Manager at Delaware Emergency Management Agency. "That's why I wanted to start an intern program here in Nashua, because I saw how successful it was in Delaware…
Gov. Maggie Hassan swears in attorney, former state Senator as top cop.
Joseph Foster is now the Attorney General for the state of New Hampshire. Foster, of Nashua, was sworn in May 15 in the governor’s chamber by Gov. Maggie Hassan in a short ceremony including family, friends, legal colleagues, and some of the employees of the Department of Justice that he will oversee. Hassan said she admired the work he had done previously as a lawyer and state Senator. “He is just a gifted and dedicated member of his community and his family and I’m just so privileged and honored that he’s willing to serve,” she said. Foster, in front of his mom, wife, and daughters, thanked everyone for coming and said he would continue to do “the people’s work” with Hassan, law enforcement, and other department heads.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Nashua's Joseph Foster will become the state's top attorney today.
Wednesday, May 15
CONCORD, NH - Gov. Maggie Hassan will swear in Joseph Foster as New Hampshire’s next Attorney General in a ceremony in the Executive Council Chamber at the State House at 5:30 p.m. on May 15. Foster, of Nashua, was unanimously confirmed by the Executive Council in April. Previously, Foster served as State Senator forNew Hampshire’s 13th District from 2002-2008, rising to Majority Leader in 2007. During his tenure as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee from 2004 to 2008 under both Democratic and Republican majorities, Foster led efforts to enact measures ensuring justice for the people of New Hampshire, including the Sexual Predators Act, one of the toughest laws in the nation protectingNew Hampshire’s children from child predators.
Prominent New Hampshire politicians react as well.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made many headlines in the last several days by admitting to specifically targeting conservative groups for audits and similar inquiries. Though the controversy revolves primarily around groups associated with the "Tea Party" movement, New Hampshire Tea Party Coalition (NHTPC) founder Jane Aitken said her liberty-minded organization was not among those targeted by the IRS. "It's political warfare, for people to use their political power to go after others," Aiken told Bedford Patch. "It's despicable no matter who is being targeted, though we, as a legitimate Tea Party group, were not impacted." "While we decry the practice of using the IRS to target anyone, we have not been subject to this scrutiny …
Only one of four police union contracts submitted for approval passed muster with Aldermen.
Nashua's Board of Aldermen rejected three of four police union contract proposals presented Tuesday night, with several aldermen citing a lack of equity in the negotiated terms, compared with other settled contracts. Only the Police Commissioners and Teamsters Local #633 contract was approved by a vote of 11-1, with Alderman Dan Moriarty casting the dissenting vote. Three aldermen were excused due to prior commitments – Alderman Diane Sheehan, Alderman Michael Tabackso and Alderman Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja. Alderman Richard Dowd noted that other unions had all made concessions on health plans as many as two years ago, and his objection to the contracts "was nothing against the police unions," but that it just wasn't fair. Aldermen Lori …
From tennis and volleyball to night lacrosse, there's something for every kid.
It's still a little chilly out, but it's not too soon to start thinking about summer camp opportunities for the kids. There are many great options through the city. Summer Camp Brochures Art Camp Baseball Camp Track and Field Volleyball Camp Cheerleading Camp Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Soccer TOT Camp Soccer Camp Tennis Camp (Scott McDougald) Tennis Lesson (Dave Osborn) Night Lacrosse Clinic Boys Boys Day Lacrosse Camp Girls Day Lacrosse Camp Field Hockey RoboTech Football Camp Hockey Camp Mad Science Camp Archery Cooking Clinic Top Fitness Camp Teen Yoga Photography Music & Theater Summer Camp Leagues Nashua Men's Summer Lacrosse League Swimming Pools For questions and concerns about the swimming lessons please call Pool …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A Senate committee voted to re-refer Nashua Rep. David Campbell's bill proposing a 12-cent raise in the state's gas tax over three years.
The New Hampshire Senate may nix the 12-cent gas tax increase proposed in House Bill 617, which Rep. David Campbell (D-Nashua) sponsored as a means of tackling transportation improvements around the state. On Tuesday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee voted 3-2 to recommend the full Senate re-refer the bill to committee. The House previously passed the bill. Campbell, in a statement issued this afternoon, notes that the proposed gas tax increase is also included in the state budget trailer bill, House Bill 2. His statement: "The Senate still has the opportunity to act to fix our roads and bridges and invest in our state’s deteriorating infrastructure. I believe that the vote shows many Senators recognize that: 1) NH has an …