Manchester, NH Society

Lexi and Brandon, a year later: She’s still homeless, he’s in jail

MANCHESTER, NH –A year ago I wrote a story about the dismantling of a high-profile homeless encampment on the state-owned courthouse lawn in downtown Manchester. The encampment in some way doubled as a symbolic presence; more than 100 people in need of home and shelter sitting on the state’s doorstep seeking help.
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Moving the needle on affordable housing and homelessness in Manchester

MANCHESTER, NH – The city is moving closer to expanding its inventory of affordable housing, one tedious step at a time. On Tuesday night the Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved $2.3 million for 152 affordable housing units in Manchester. The money is coming through the federal HOME program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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Donations of Christmas Stockings for Veterans Due by This Saturday

Donations of filled Christmas stockings for veterans are being collected through Saturday, Dec. 11. Stockings may be stuffed with thank you cards, hygiene products, gift cards, candy and other items not to exceed $20 in value and should not include tobacco or alcohol. Christmas stockings may be dropped off at...
Lowell Sun

Lowell General Hospital basket raffle raises over $80G for Sun Santa

LOWELL — For the second year in a row, Lowell General Hospital’s annual Christmas basket raffle for the Sun Santa Fund was held virtually, but that didn’t stop the hospital from raising more than $80,000 to help needy families in the community. The hospital is the largest annual contributor to...
Lowell Sun

Middlesex DA launches dental care initiative for local youth

LOWELL — When it comes to law enforcement, oral hygiene is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan is changing that through a new dental health initiative she’s launched with a number of community partners to help improve outcomes for local youth.
The Eagle-Tribune

SLIDESHOW: Methuen Tree Lighting Ceremony

CARL RUSSO PHOTOS: Methuen's annual tree lighting ceremony was held Sunday night at the Loop. Dozens of families were entertained with pony and sleigh rides and a special family train ride. Dozens of students from the Methuen Grammar Schools' Choir made the night festive singing Christmas carols. The highlight of...
The Eagle Times

As winter shelter opens for season, housing crisis looms

On its first night, 18 people came out of the cold to stay at the emergency winter shelter run by the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness. As the Coalition searches for more staff and volunteers to keep the shelter going into a second pandemic winter, Concord finds itself in the midst of a housing crisis and not just for those who have been sleeping outside.
Union Leader

Despite vulgar speech, marital master remains on case

NASHUA — A person with a judge-like role in the New Hampshire courts will continue to hear a long-running family-court case, despite muttering a vulgar expression under his breath during a contested hearing, the courts have ruled. Bruce DalPra, the marital master who works out of Nashua Circuit Court, muttered...
The Derry News

Londonderry cafe plan offers space for parents, children

LONDONDERRY — Sitting down to relax with a cup of coffee while keeping watch over children nearby is what one local couple hopes to bring to town. A new cafe plan, The Nest Family Cafe, is earmarked for a space at 25 Orchard View Drive, Unit 1, and once up and running it will give families a chance to enjoy an outing together.

3 Must-Do Holiday Activities For Everyone In The Merrimack Valley

It’s that time of the year again. All around us, holiday lights shine bright, lighting up the dark winter sky, and the spirit of giving is in full swing. Here, in New England, as harsh and cold as it can be at times, heading into the winter season does seem to hold a special place in all of our hearts, especially as the holidays approach. As a result, many towns, local businesses, and organizations have special seasonal events, happenings, and other festive things to do.
The Eagle-Tribune

O Christmas tree!: Crowd flocks to The Loop for holiday festivities

METHUEN — Santa came to town Sunday night at The Loop high atop a fire truck to the delight of the young and young at heart. Mayor Neil Perry sang traditional Christmas carols along with students from the Methuen Public Schools choir, including “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” before St. Nick arrived in style on Methuen’s Tower 1 fire truck to help light the city’s tree.

Local holiday event listings

Caroling: The Scott-Farrah Singers, consisting of residents in the senior community, will perform traditional carols on the patio of Twelve Pine in Depot Square Friday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. At 6 p.m., the Cheshiremen Chorus, the Keene chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, will perform. Since the pandemic, they have not had a formal show but accept opportunities to sing in the local communities for the holidays.

Musleah Discusses Legacy of Coming From Calcutta Jewish Family with Baghdad Roots

Haverhill’s Temple Emanu-El continues its virtual author series Sunday with Rahel Musleah, a New York–based award-winning journalist, author, singer, speaker and educator. Born in Calcutta, she is the seventh generation of a Calcutta Jewish family that traces its roots to 17th-century Baghdad. Musleah speaks on “Jewish Calcutta through Music and Memory: The Personal Story of a Baghdadi Jewish Family,” Sunday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m., online.

Day of action held In Concord to support reproductive rights

CONCORD — With abortion rights likely to be a major issue in the courts, legislature and politics in 2022, hundreds of residents attended a rally and press conference at the State House Wednesday in support of bills to protect a woman’s right to choose. Among them was Nancy Greenwood of...
Wicked Local

Chelmsford revels in holiday prelude, tree-lighting

CHELMSFORD -- The Town Common glowed with colorful lights on Sunday evening, and songs and joyous shouts filled the air as merrymakers tall and small waited in anticipation for an audience with Santa. The occasion was the town's Holiday Prelude and Tree-Lighting, held Dec. 5, and back in person after...

Manchester Rising: Making a difference one story at a time

MANCHESTER, NH – You may have noticed that we’re promoting a fundraising campaign for Manchester Ink Link. We’re calling it Manchester Rising, and it’s an opportunity for us to raise some money that will go toward reporting on issues that you, our readers, are interested in. It’s not easy to...