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Sox fall, still win AL East

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:18:46 EST

NEW YORK - The Boston Red Sox won the AL East, clinching the division championship despite wasting a three-run, ninth-inning lead in a 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night. David Ortiz and the Red Sox, who last weekend secured at least a wild-card spot in the playoffs, were assured of the division title earlier in the ninth inning when the Baltimore Orioles rallied for a 3-2 win at Toronto. But New York came back against Craig Kimbrel and Joe Kelly. After winning their eighth division title, the Red Sox will open their postseason schedule Oct. 6 seeking a second World Series crown in four years. The team's first opponent has not been determined yet. With Ortiz nearing retirement after the season, the Red Sox got to celebrate in the Bronx - the site of so much Boston heartache throughout its storied rivalry with the Yankees. Of course, there was one glorious moment across the street, when Big Papi and his 2004 teammates overcame a 3-0 deficit to win the AL Championship Series at the old Yankee Stadium.

Rivier men’s soccer team progressing

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:18:10 EST

It's been a long process, but the Rivier University men's soccer team is making strides. The Raiders (3-4-1), made up of a good mix of young players and upper classmen, have held their own in most games, and in his fifth season, head coach Bill Lawler along with assistant Greg Phillips are working a formula that looks good for the future, and can hold its own for the present. "It's the best team I've had since I've been here," Raiders head coach Bill Lawler said. "We've got more depth than I've ever had here. We've had some seniors that have been through it, and good leadership throughout the senior class." "We have a lot of freshman (nine) and a lot of seniors (seven)," said Phillips, a Daniel Webster alum and former Billerica High School head coach. "The seniors are really stepping up.

Buffalo con man will leave Pats laughing

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:19:04 EST

As we all know but seldom say, spectator sports are, at their core, entertainment. We root for (or against) teams. We invest absurd amounts of money to attend games. We spend money on caps and jerseys and other high-priced trinkets.

‘Walt’ is looking to ID this week’s QB

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:21:49 EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Patriots welcome back Tom Brady from his "Deflategate" suspension in less than a week. In the meantime, they have just a few days left to get Jimmy Garoppolo's shoulder, Jacoby Brissett's thumb, or emergency quarterback Julian Edelman ready to play against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. It's the question of the week in New England. And Walt Patulski - a new alter ego for Rex Ryan - was in search of answers on Wednesday. During a teleconference with Edelman and Buffalo reporters, Ryan hopped on the line and introduced himself as a reporter named "Walt Patulski," who in reality was the Bills' No. 1 pick in the 1972 draft. "Are you playing quarterback this week?" Ryan asked Edelman. "Well, I'm going to do whatever the coach asks me to do," Edelman said. "If they ask me to go out and give a glass of water to some of them on the sideline, I'm going to do that with a smile on my face if it helps our team win.

Tomahawks rally for volleyball win

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:15:53 EST

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Merrimack 3, Salem 2 Elise Jolly produced 20 kills, 19 digs, seven blocks and five service aces to lead Merrimack from two sets down to a 17-25, 17-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-10 victory over Salem at home on Wednesday. Jordyn Boyce (nine digs, 10 kills), Alli Marino (28 assists), Lianna Klinger (21 digs) and Joanne Bonner (eight kills, seven digs, two aces) also played well for the Tomahawks (7-3). Alvirne 3,  Nashua South 0 Nashua South (3-7) kept things close all match, before falling in three sets - 25-21, 27-25, 25-22 - to Alvirne (8-2). South's Amber Hedquist (seven kills, two blocks) and Catherine Covert (four blocks) had solid nights in the close loss. Bishop Guertin 3,  Manchester Central 0 Bishop Guertin's Julia Pascucci (14 assists, three aces, four kills), Dani Szczgielski (one ace, nine assists, three kills), Elizabeth Knapp (two aces, five kills) and Rita Dow (two aces, three kills) all played well in a 25-10, 25-18, 25-21 victory over Manchester Central. Gilford 3, Milford 1 Milford dropped the first two sets and couldn't fully recover in a 25-22, 25-8, 24-26, 25-12 loss to Gilford. Gabby Monaco (five service aces, two blocks, five kills), Maddy Wheeler (two aces, six kills) and Julia Mrozek (four kills) stood out for the Spartans (6-3). Concord 3,  Hollis Brookline 1 Hollis Brookline won the first set then watched Concord win the next three in a 18-25, 28-26, 25-21, 25-9 loss in the state capital. Maddie Norris (10 kills), Kaleigh Whalen (seven kills, three blocks), Kaitlyn Johnson (three blocks) and Sierra Dinman (six digs) all played well for the Cavaliers, who now sit at 7-3. The Crimson Tide improved to 9-0. FIELD HOCKEY Salem 1,  Nashua South 0 Salem broke a scoreless tie 10 minutes into the second half then held off Nashua South for a 1-0 win at Stellos Stadium. Panthers celebrating Senior Night were captains Grace Landry and Shannon Collins, Hannah Lambert, Emma Long, Hayley Bender, Livvy Montine, Allison Magrane, Julie Ramirez, Skylar Betty, Darcy Gutleriez, Julia McGonagle, Ashley Eppolitto and manager Kelsey  Marison. Paige Murphy had 17 saves in goal for South. Milford 4,  Oyster River 0 Lauren Dishong scored three goals and Sydney Kolasinski added one of her own to lead Milford past Oyster River in Durham. Meredith Recks picked up an assist on Kolasinski's goal, while goalie Timea Hamlin had a light night between the pipes. Hamlin only need to stop one shot to record the shutout and improve the Spartans record to 4-5. BOYS SOCCER Campbell 3,  Hillsboro-Deering 0 Nathan Dillow, Justin Furlong and Brandon Mason scored one goal each in Campbell's shutout win over Hillsboro-Deering. Jake Scafidi and Ben LaBatt each had an assist from their midfield positions. Matt Gagne earned his ninth shutout of the season for the Cougars (9-1), while the defense of T.J. Furlong, Sean Gannon, Chris Woods, Trevor Gomes, Zach Kirby and Ben Cote held the Hillcats (2-7-1) to only three shots on net. GOLF North splits at  Green Meadow Brandon Gillis shot a 35 for co-medalist honors along with Concord's Sean McDonough, but it was the latter's squad that took recorded a pair of wins at Green Meadow Golf Club. Ben Pelletier (39), Sam Martin (41) and Jeremiah Latham (44) also had good rounds for the Titans (9-11).

OPEC reaches accord to curb oil production

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:14:22 EST

ALGIERS, Algeria - OPEC nations reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday to curb oil production for the first time since the global financial crisis eight years ago, pushing up prices that had sunk over the past two years and weakened the economies of oil-producing nations. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatar's energy minister and current president of OPEC, announced the deal after several hours of talks in the Algerian capital. The levels must still be finalized at an OPEC meeting in Vienna in November. The preliminary deal will limit output from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to between 32.5 million and 33 million barrels per day, he said. Current output is estimated at 33.2 million barrels per day. Benchmark U.S. crude jumped $2.38, or 5.3 percent, to $47.05 a barrel in New York.

Clinton, Sanders sell young voters eyeing third parties

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:00:07 EST

DURHAM - Appealing to elusive young voters, Hillary Clinton turned to former primary adversary Bernie Sanders on Wednesday to connect with millennials drawn to third-party candidates threatening to act as spoilers in the 2016 campaign. "None of this will happen if you don't turn out and vote," Clinton said on stage at the University of New Hampshire while flanked by Sanders, who overwhelmed her in the state's first-in-the-nation primary nine months ago. Both Clinton and Sanders touted a plan they developed at the end of the primaries to make  college debt-free for millions of students from  middle-class and low- income families. Amid signs promoting the proposal, Clinton promised to push the plan through Congress if elected. The former opponents sat on stage for a panel discussion on ways to make college more affordable in the battleground state. "I am here today to ask you not only to vote for Secretary Clinton but to work hard," said Sanders, who exchanged a brief hug with Clinton after she took the stage. "It is imperative that we elect Hillary Clinton as our next president." Young voters were a key part of President Barack Obama's winning coalition, with two-thirds of voters under 30 backing him in 2008 and 60 percent four years later, according to exit polls.

Soup kitchen prepares for upcoming fundraiser

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:07:00 EST

NASHUA - A Saturday night out on the town or in a local restaurant happens without much thought for some. But the reality for many, according to Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter director Lisa Christie, is that it doesn't happen at all. Christie, who heads the service group that helps feed, clothe and house people in need in Nashua, announced that the opportunity to purchase tickets to the annual community gathering to help support the agency, has begun. The 16th annual gala will be held Saturday, Nov. 5. The fundraiser, the group's largest, allows people to make a significant impact in the lives of some Nashuans who may not be as fortunate as others. "These are families that don't get to take their kids to restaurants," Christie said. The annual event, complete with silent and live auction, is highlighted by dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua. The NSKS, out of its 2 Quincy St. headquarters, feeds about 200 people daily.

BOE delays report card, rubric votes

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:07:33 EST

NASHUA - At a Monday evening meeting, the Nashua Board of Education voted to delay two initiatives from the Curriculum and Evaluation Committee. One initiative was a redesign of the middle school report card, and the other was the implementation of the Characteristics of a Successful Learner rubric, which includes learning attributes such as perseverance, problem solving and responsibility. The motion to redesign report cards was meant to "bridge the gap" between standards and competencies to have consistent grading across grade levels in district schools. Member Doris Hohensee advocated against the report card change, citing issues with competency-based grading. "I fail to see the value of expanding an experimental program to the middle school if it has not been fully vetted at the high school," she said, "The district has a history of implementing programs and never looking carefully at the results." Nashua High School North senior Alexandra Norris, student member of the board, disagreed with Hohensee's position. "Sometimes when faced with change, people shut down and don't think clearly about what is in front of them," Norris said. She said the competency-based grading was introduced during her sophomore year, and piloted her junior year. "Familiarity is the best way to incorporate that throughout the Nashua district," Norris said. Member Howard Coffman said he also wanted more information before the board voted to make any change. "I believe we're moving too far and too fast on  competency-based grading," he said, "I don't believe we have enough adequate information." He echoed Hohensee's earlier comments: "I don't believe it has been fully vetted at the high school." Board member David Murotake brought the two motions forward to the full board from the Curriculum and Evaluation Committee, which met Sept. 19. "I am going to vote against an attempt to delay this motion, because I think it's important for the administration to move forward and study what this report card would look like, to bridge the middle schools and the high school," Murotake said, adding that the project needs a timeline goal. "It is not my desire to allow an indefinite postponement of the results." Murotake said if the program were not ready, the board would vote to not implement. Board member George Farrington supported the motion. "I think we need to give them some room to move forward, and we do need some consistency between the middle school and the high school," Farrington said. Member Elizabeth Van Twuyver said voting against the motion will hinder teachers' working on the evaluation change. "I think you're going to do more damage by not allowing them to go ahead and finish this project. I don't know what's going to happen, if we're going to have any teachers after this," Van Twuyver said. In a 4-4 vote, the motion to redesign the report card failed with Dorothy Oden, Hohensee, Coffman and Sandra Ziehm voting against it.

Armed robbery testimony starts

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:08:16 EST

NASHUA - When someone approached the drive-thru window at the Wendy's where he was working on Jan. 3 and warned him that a robbery would happen that night, 17-year-old Jose Ramos didn't pay much attention, he said. "I didn't think much of it," the soft-spoken, fidgety teen said from the witness stand Wednesday, the first day of testimony in the trial of former Nashua resident Jose Batista-Salva, who is charged with committing the armed robbery that Ramos had been warned about. "I just kept working. I didn't think it would actually happen," Ramos said Wednesday in response to questioning by assistant County Attorney David Tencza, who is prosecuting the case with assistant County Attorney Kathleen Broderick. "Did something happen a little while after that?" Tencza asked, referring to the warning. "Yeah, the robbery," Ramos replied, adding that he was about to hand a bag of food to a customer when "someone ran up and pointed a gun at me." While he "was scared," he told the court, Ramos also admitted to, as he put it, being "under the influence of marijuana" that night. Asked what, if anything, the person said, Ramos recalled being told " 'You have 6 seconds to give me the money' ... or they would start shooting." "What did you do?" Tencza asked. "I gave them the money," Ramos said, adding that he was able to see a gun and believes it was black in color. Batista-Salva, also known as Jose Manuel Batista, formerly of 17 Fletcher St.

Board nails down Granite Hammer

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:08:27 EST

NASHUA - The Granite Hammer is coming down on Nashua drug dealers, with city police getting a quarter of a million dollars in grant funding as part of the statewide effort in the fight against the opioid addiction crisis. Aldermen approved accepting the grant Tuesday night, totaling more than $249,000. Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie has said that the money will go toward busting drug dealers and enacting drug prevention patrols. "This gives us a greater opportunity to fight the opioid problem, and to fight the crime that comes with it," Lavoie said. The funding is part of $1.5 million in grants funded by bipartisan legislation that expands Operation Granite Hammer throughout the state. The program was piloted in Manchester with solid results before being extended to other cities and towns. The Granite Hammer program in Manchester saw city police, state police and, in some cases, federal drug agents combine forces to tackle the source of the supply of opioids and took nearly 45 drug dealers off the street during the program's initial operations. Manchester is getting more than $300,000, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is in line for $105,000 as part of the funding announced Wednesday. "While we focus on strengthening prevention, treatment and recovery, we must also do everything that we can to support law enforcement and other first responders on the front lines combating the heroin and opioid epidemic in New Hampshire, including the increased prevalence of fentanyl in this crisis," Gov. Maggie Hassan said in a statement. Aside from Nashua and Manchester, local law enforcement agencies receiving funding include the police departments in Concord, Portsmouth, Keene, Laconia, Franklin, Lebanon, Canaan and Berlin; and the Sheriff's offices in Carroll, Cheshire, Hillsborough, Rockingham and Strafford counties - as well as one final pending application for Sullivan County.

Panel says 2014 law infringes on First Amendment rights

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:09:27 EST

Granite Staters have the OK to tweet in the voting booth, thanks to a ruling from the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals striking down the New Hampshire law banning the so-called "ballot selfies." In a 22-page opinion released Wednesday, the court concluded that New Hampshire's ban against the photos violates free speech rights. "The restriction affects voters who are engaged in core political speech, an area highly protected by the First Amendment ... Ballot selfies have taken on a special communicative value: they both express support for a candidate and communicate that the voter has in fact given his or her vote to that candidate. "New Hampshire may not impose such a broad restriction on speech banning ballot selfies in order to combat an unsubstantiated and hypothetical danger," the court ruled. "We repeat the old adage: 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' " This law, which went into effect Sept.

Nashua Police make an arrest in July’s melee

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:11:44 EST

NASHUA - A comprehensive police investigation into the July house party that turned into a brawl involving a shooting and stabbing on Paxton Terrace has led to the arrest of a 28-year-old resident of the house, police said. Travis Martein, of 15 Paxton Terrace, was arraigned Tuesday in Nashua district court on one count each of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon and falsifying physical evidence, both Class B felonies, which accuse him of stabbing a male combatant in the neck, then throwing the knife from his car while fleeing the scene. At the time, police said, Martein was driving himself to a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his thigh. He was shot, police said, while waving around a shotgun in an attempt to "scare" people into leaving the house. The alleged shooter, Christopher Theberge, told police he pulled his 9 mm handgun and fired toward Martein in self-defense, because he feared that Martein "was going to shoot people," according to police reports. Martein then retreated to his bedroom, with another party attendee, Nicholas Pflug, following him, police said. Fearing he would be shot again, Martein retrieved a knife from under his mattress and stabbed Pflug in the neck, according to police reports. Martein then left the house to drive himself to the hospital when one of the officers en route to the scene stopped him on Broad Street, reports said. The officer summoned an ambulance after learning Martein had been shot, and police interviewed him  later at the hospital. Meanwhile, Theberge was getting a seriously injured Pflug into another vehicle to take him to a hospital when it, too, was stopped by officers headed to the scene, according to reports. Police said two women jumped out of the car and "began yelling, 'save him,' " pointing to Pflug, who was in the backseat with Theberge. An ambulance was summoned for Pflug, who police said "was suffering from a severe neck wound." He was transported to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and later transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for further treatment. Both men recovered from their respective injuries. Nashua district court Judge Robert Stephen, who conducted Martein's arraignment via video conference from Valley Street jail, set bail at $50,000 cash and scheduled a probable cause hearing for Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Nashua court. The party that deteriorated into physical violence took place the night of July 8 into early July 9.

New Nashua school officials meet public

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:02:17 EST

With three new administrative leaders in the district, the Nashua Board of Education organized a Meet and Greet reception for Superintendent of Schools Connie Brown and Assistant Superintendents Mike Fredericksen and Roland Boucher on Tuesday afternoon. "As a team, they are everything I could have wanted and more," said Sandra Ziehm, president of the Board of Education. Over the spring and summer months, the Board of Education held a series of interviews, in public and nonpublic sessions, to find new leadership for the district. Former Assistant Superintendents Jennifer Seusing and Karen Crebase left the district June 30, followed by Superintendent Mark Conrad on Aug. 12. In May, the board appointed Fredericksen, then principal of Elm Street Middle School, as assistant superintendent in charge of secondary schools and district assessment processes. "There's nothing that makes me more proud than to be a part of the Nashua school system and to work beside Roland Boucher and Dr.

Nashua South to host College Planning Night on Wednesday

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:47:44 EST

NASHUA – Featuring tips on the college admissions process and financial planning, Nashua administrators and guidance counselors are hosting a College Planning Night on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at Nashua High School South. The event is open to all Nashua students and parents, and will include a presentation by the Concord-based NH Higher Education Assistance Foundation – an organization dedicated to guiding Granite State students from high school to college. South guidance director Lori Coutu said the NHHEAF presentation will describe facets of college planning, including the search, the application process and financial aid. Coutu said the school will host a separate financial aid planning night later this fall. While students are heading to different paths after high school, Coutu said now is a good time for upperclassmen to consider their higher education options. “This is a good time to start if they haven’t already.

Grand jury indicts Mass. state trooper; faces assault charges stemming from a May two-state police pursuit.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:55:00 EST

NASHUA – A Hillsborough County grand jury this week indicted Massachusetts state trooper Joseph Flynn on two counts of enhanced-penalty simple assault for his role in the May assault of an unarmed suspect following a two-state police pursuit. Flynn, 32, of North Tewksbury, Mass., is accused of engaging in “unprivileged physical contact” against the suspect, 50-year-old Massachusetts resident Richard Simone, by striking him above his waist moments after Simone exited his vehicle and appeared to be surrendering to police. While the charge of simple assault is typically a Class A misdemeanor that is punishable by up to 12 months in county jail, rather than state prison, Flynn’s charges are classified as “enhanced misdemeanors” because he was on duty as a law-enforcement officer at the time of the incident. If convicted, Flynn could serve up to two to five years in state prison on each of the two charges. The second officer charged in the incident – former New Hampshire state trooper Andrew Monaco – pleaded guilty in August to three counts of simple assault as part of a plea agreement he and his lawyer, Nashua attorney Eric Wilson, reached with prosecutors. Monaco, in exchange for a suspended 12-month jail term, agreed to perform community service, undergo anger management counseling and never work in law enforcement again, according to the terms of the agreement. The incident that led to the troopers’ arrests came at the conclusion of a 50-mile, high-speed chase that began in Holden, Mass., crossed into New Hampshire in Hudson and ended on a small, dead-end street in Nashua’s Fairmount Heights neighborhood. Simone, who was wanted on warrants for assault with a dangerous weapon and larceny, allegedly failed to stop for police in Holden, instead leading them on the two-state, multi-town chase. After Simone finally stopped at the dead-end in Nashua, police from several jurisdictions approached his vehicle as news helicopters hovered overhead. The videos showed an unarmed Simone apparently complying with police commands to exit his truck, and was in the process of lying face-down on the side of the road when the two troopers can be seen rushing past other officers and punching Simone repeatedly. Simone’s lawyer, at Monaco’s sentencing hearing, said his client suffered a litany of injuries and was diagnosed with possible post-concussive syndrome. He needed stitches to an ear, and sustained bruises to his back, eyes, arm and a lump on his head.

Hudson officials to consider several road proposals

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:52:00 EST

The Hudson Planning Board will consider several traffic improvement proposals Wednesday to recommend to the town’s Board of Selectmen. The proposed areas include multiple heavy traffic areas around Hudson, including the intersection of Kimball Hill Road, Route 111 and Greeley Street; the intersection of Birch Street and Lowell Road; the entrance ramp onto the Circumferential Highway and the intersection of Ferry, Central, Library and Highland streets. Planning board members will review an exclusive left-hand turn lane to Kimball Hill Road westbound and a left-hand turn arrow to the existing traffic signal. A left-hand turn lane and arrow is also suggested for Greeley Street eastbound onto Route 111. The plan, which would cost approximately $500,000, also calls for exclusive through traffic lanes northbound and westbound for Kimball Lane. Another proposal is modifying Lowell Road so there is a two-lane, southbound entrance to the Circumferential Highway, a project that would potentially require modification of the intersection of Lowell and Wason roads. This proposal is part of a longterm 4.8-mile, six-bridge project, which town engineer Elvis Dhima estimates would cost $155 million. The Nashua Regional Planning Commission will conduct an analysis of this section of Lowell Road this fall and plans to apply for a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement federal grant. At the intersection of Birch Street and Lowell Road, the recommendation is to relocate a utility pole on the southwest corner further away from the road. Dhima said he would also like to clear the wooded area at the end of Birch Street and lengthen the road so it connects with Belknap Road, a project that could cost between $2 million and $3 million. He said this is more of a long-term project on the town’s wish list. Finally, Dhima will also propose the installation of cameras at legs of the multiple road intersection that connects Ferry, Central, Library and Highland streets. “The intersection is the Bermuda Triangle of Hudson, because drivers always seem to get stuck there,” Dhima added. These cameras, which Dhima said would cost approximately $125,000, monitor traffic activity and control the traffic lights to allow more efficient waiting times and are not slated for policing or recording purposes. The selectmen will have the final decision over the infrastructure improvement plans.

Uproar precedes vote to designate Nashua a Welcoming City

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:58:00 EST

NASHUA – By a slim margin, the Board of Aldermen voted to designate Nashua as a “Welcoming City,” 8 to 7. Despite dozens of citizens and the heads of numerous community organizations speaking in favor of Mayor Jim Donchess’ proposal to have the city take part in the Welcoming City initiative, the Aldermen held up a vote Tuesday night, arguing over partisan politics. Alderman Ken Siegel led a contingent, along with Daniel Moriarty and David Schoneman to defeat the resolution. Siegel said the umbrella organization organizing the initiative, Welcoming America, has secret funding, and what he called “Orwellian” marketing materials. “It looks very manipulative,” Siegel said. “I just want to know who’s behind this and why.” The aldermanic holdup came after dozens of citizens, and leaders like Tracy Hatch with the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, said the effort is a nonpartisan push that will lead better community relations, and more prosperity. She pushed back against the idea, floated by Moriarty, that it was part of a left-wing plot. “It’s the first time in my life anyone’s ever called me left-wing,” Hatch said. Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie was one of the many who spoke in favor of the effort, saying the Welcoming City programs will help make the city safer and communities stronger. “Embracing diversity and celebrating diversity makes us stronger together,” Lavoie said. Donchess has said that without immigration, Nashua’s population would have shrunk.

Brookline PD to invest in Tasers

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:49:00 EST

Confronting people meant to do others, and sometimes themselves, harm is a fact of life for police. Ever-evolving tools, technology and training are available to defuse the situations as quickly and safely as possible. The Brookline Police Department had wanted to include a new, less lethal tool in its routine, but time and budgets weren’t necessarily working in its favor. Then came an incident on Sept. 12, prompting the department to invest in multiple TaserX26P for officers, according to Brookline Police Chief William Quigley. Earlier this month, police responded to a call in town for a suicidal man.

Nashua woman's yard ideal in drought conditions

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:49:00 EST

Rosalyn Citino doesn’t flinch when she receives notice from Pennichuck Water Works, the city’s water supplier, about cutting back on outdoor water use around her Nashua yard. Fourteen years of living in her home and caring for the one-third-of-an-acre yard surrounding it means the 80-year-old can sit back and enjoy her unique property. Citino’s forethought, and a little elbow grease, has led to a water ban-friendly plot that stands out among her traditional green-grass neighbors. The landscape would seem more the part of a desert environment, such as Arizona. Her path to Nashua, however, went nowhere near the dry Southwest. “I moved from Columbus, Ohio, by way of Cleveland,” she said. Citino’s yard, though nontraditional, is neat as a pin, according to those who stroll past it. Walkways weave between plants, which are watered only by Mother Nature, she said.

Yankees delay Red Sox AL East clinching party

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:46:01 EST

NEW YORK– Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius and Tyler Austin homered off David Price, and the New York Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-4 Tuesday night to end Boston’s 11-game winning streak and delay its AL East title celebration. David Ortiz, starting his final series in the Bronx, went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts and stranded seven runners. He ended the game by fanning with two on against Tyler Clippard. Having clinched at least a wild-card berth last weekend, Boston is five games ahead of second-place Toronto with five games left, needing just one victory or a Blue Jays loss to ensure the division championship. Toronto also prevented the Red Sox from wrapping it up Tuesday night by  beating Baltimore 5-1. Price (17-9) again struggled against the Yankees, who have only a remote chance of reaching the postseason. They closed within four games of Baltimore for the second AL wild card with five remaining. Sanchez hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his 20th since the Yankees brought him up from the minors on Aug. 3.

SCIONE: Skeptic gets look at Ortiz's classy side

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:46:01 EST

There’s something about David Ortiz that always rubbed me the wrong way. Not the player, but the man. His whiny attitude would always come out at the worst times – he’s never struck out on a called third strike, you know. If Ortiz isn’t swinging at a pitch, it was most definitely a ball. Sure, that happens on the field, but it’s more a personal fault than a athletic one.

New charge added in Nashua ex-teacher sex text case

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:48:41 EST

NASHUA – A grand jury has handed down an additional indictment against former Nashua High School South teacher Bruce Lanctot, accusing him of falsifying evidence during the investigation this spring into allegations he solicited sex from students. Lanctot, 40, of 25 Stark St., Apt. 0, was initially indicted in August on six felony charges that accuse him of sending nude photos of himself to juvenile students and soliciting sex from students through social media sites. The new indictment alleges that on May 10, the day before he was arrested, Lanctot hid his cellphone “and subsequently erased the contents of the phone ... knowing that Nashua police intended to seize it” as evidence. Meanwhile, another man, Walter Lambert, 30, who has the same Stark Street address as Lanctot, has been indicted on one count of criminal liability to falsifying physical evidence in connection with Lanctot’s case. Lambert’s indictment accuses him of “knowingly ... facilitating the destruction of the contents” of Lanctot’s cellphone by allegedly helping him to hide the phone so Lanctot could erase its contents, according to the indictment. Both Lanctot’s and Lambert’s charges are Class B felonies. The indictments are among more than 100 handed down this week in the September term of the Hillsborough County South Division grand jury. An indictment is not an indication, or proof of, guilt, but represents the Grand Jury’s determination that enough evidence exists for prosecutors to move the case forward in Superior Court. The indictment against Lambert is the first mention of his name in connection with Lanctot’s case.

Nashua South rallies to beat Merrimack in boys soccer

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:43:00 EST

BOYS SOCCER Nashua South 2, Merrimack 1 Down 1-0 at the half, the Panthers (5-3-1) got second-half goals by Nnaji Obinelo and Josh Reeder, with assists going to Dan Dukeshire and Logan McIntosh. Panthers midfielder Nathan Hyde played well while goalie Roe Hendrick collected six saves. Devin Kachmar scored for the Tomahawks, assisted by Pat Steines. Goalie Ryan Gonzalez had six saves while Matt Fowler played well at midfield for the 3-7 Tomahawks. Nashua North 1, Alvirne 0 Todd Redman scored the game’s only goal in the second half, assisted by Mateus Lapa.  Tyler Jiang, Jack Gould, Henry Rogel, Tony Jones, Martin Flaherty and Pat McCarthy played well defensively in front of Titan keeper Brett LeBlanc.

Thomas, Horford are set for opening tip-off

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:40:00 EST

WALTHAM, Mass. – Boston’s Isaiah Thomas is feeling like a new man. A taller man. “I’m now listed at 6-1,” the 5-foot-9 point guard joked when he sat down at Celtics media day on Monday. “I grew a couple of inches this summer.” While Thomas was speaking in jest, there’s nothing at all fake about his excitement entering this season. The Celtics went into this past offseason focused on attracting the kind of star power to their roster that would help them move into the contender ranks of the Eastern Conference. They missed on Kevin Durant, but added veteran All-Star forward Al Horford to a young core that already includes Thomas – a first time All-Star himself last season – Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart. It’s given coach Brad Stevens a lot to work with entering training camp as he tries to help Boston advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2012. “We’re not asking Al to be any more than him,” Stevens said.

Patriots two QBs are back to work

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:40:00 EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett were both in uniform as the Patriots went back to the practice field on Tuesday. Which one of them will be at quarterback when New England hosts Buffalo on Sunday remains a mystery at this point. Garoppolo missed last week’s game against Houston with a throwing shoulder injury that occurred during the second quarter of the New England’s win over the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 18. In his absence last week, Brissett, a third-round pick in this year’s draft, successfully led New England (3-0) past the Houston Texans in his first career start, but sustained an apparent right thumb injury sometime during the second half. It’s all added more intrigue as the Patriots prepare for their final game before the return of Tom Brady from his four-game “Deflategate” suspension. Neither Garoppolo nor Brissett were available for interviews Tuesday, but Brissett did briefly acknowledge the high interest surrounding his health as reporters gazed at him while he walked through the locker room prior to practice. “I’ve never seen so many people looking at my hand,” Brissett said with a chuckle on his way to his locker. Brissett didn’t have any coverings on his thumb at the time, and could be seen both texting with the thumb and using it to lace up his cleats. But later at practice he did have tape on his thumb and wrist as he stretched. Garoppolo didn’t have any visible braces or bandages on his shoulder in the locker room or once he was on the field. Coach Bill Belichick deflected questions on the status of his quarterbacks earlier this week, deferring to the NFL-mandated injury report which will be available for the first time this week on Wednesday. Receiver Danny Amendola, who had the first two-touchdown game of his career against the Dolphins courtesy of throws from Garoppolo, said he was just as clueless about the plan at quarterback as everyone else. “I don’t know — ask coach,” Amendola said.

It's a puzzlement

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:07:00 EST

I just received an email from a financial institution that has been trying to recruit us to utilize its funds and services with my clients and prospects. In the email, it says: “In today’s market environment, investors continue to pursue consistent, tax-advantaged income strategies that have the potential to offer attractive levels of income. (Omitted)’s strategies are uncovering discounted fixed income assets among closed end funds, and are implementing hedges to mitigate the risks of rising interest rates. Actively managed portfolios of these closed-end funds seek to offer investors the income, liquidity and lower risk opportunities they seek.” Say what? It all sounds complicated, sophisticated and vaguely good, doesn’t it? And I am sure many of my peers are going to jump on the call, all looking for a way to deliver some kind of stable income for their clients.

Unhappy Target customers send message on prescription pill bottles

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:04:00 EST

Longtime customers of Target’s pharmacies are finding a change in pill bottle design hard to swallow. After CVS began operating Target’s drugstores earlier this year, distraught customers have been asking – in some cases begging – the drugstore chain to bring back the retailer’s red prescription bottles, which came with color-coded rings, labeling on the top and prescription information that was easier to read. Some customers also took more drastic steps. Vivian Ruth Sawyer went fishing through her trash to rescue the old Target bottles soon after opening her stapled prescription bag to find the dowdy, white-capped amber vials that are common in most medicine cabinets. She has since poured refills of her thyroid medicine into the old Target bottles, even though they don’t have the right expiration dates. It’s worth it, she said, because those bottles make it easier to tell her prescriptions apart when she looks in her drawer for them. “This is really inconvenient and irritating,” the Louisville, Ky., resident said. CVS says it is working on designing a new system for dispensing prescriptions and helping people stay on their medications, but spokeswoman Carolyn Castel declined to share details or say whether that might involve an updated bottle design. Meanwhile, shoppers continue to mourn the loss of a bottle that was considered groundbreaking when it debuted about a decade ago and was once on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Target flipped bottle design on its head in 2005 when it introduced a red container with the opening on the bottom. That allowed the label to wrap around the top so it could be seen from above.

Yahoo password breach could have a ripple effect

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:01:00 EST

LONDON – As investors and investigators weigh the damage of Yahoo’s massive breach to the internet icon, information security experts worry that the record-breaking haul of password data could be used to open locks up and down the web. While it’s unknown to what extent the stolen data has been or will be circulating – or how easy it would be to use if it were – giant breaches can send ripples of insecurity across the internet. “Data breaches on the scale of Yahoo are the security equivalent of ecological disasters,” said Matt Blaze, a security researcher who directs the Distributed Systems Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, in a message posted to Twitter. A big worry is a cybercriminal technique known as “credential stuffing,” which works by throwing leaked username and password combinations at a series of websites in an effort to break in, a bit like a thief finding a ring of keys in an apartment lobby and trying them, one after the other, in every door in the building. Software makes the trial-and-error process practically instantaneous. Credential stuffing typically succeeds between 0.1 percent and 2 percent of the time, according to Shuman Ghosemajumder, the chief technology officer of Mountain View, Calif.-based Shape Security. That means cybercriminals wielding 500 million passwords could conceivably hijack tens of thousands of other accounts. “It becomes a numbers game for them,” Ghosemajumder said in a telephone interview. So will the big Yahoo breach mean an explosion of smaller breaches elsewhere, like the aftershocks that follow a big quake? That seems unlikely, given that Yahoo says the “vast majority” of its passwords were stored in an encrypted form believed to be difficult to unscramble. On the other hand, Yahoo said the theft occurred in late 2014, meaning that hackers have had as many as two years to try to decipher the data. Ghosemajumder said he didn’t see a surge in new breaches so much as a steady increase in attempts as cybercriminals replenish their stock of freshly hacked passwords. The first hint that something was wrong at Yahoo came when Motherboard journalist Joseph Cox started receiving supposed samples of credentials hacked from the company in early July.

H.S. Highlights Guertin top Hollis Brookline in rematch of D-I volleyball final

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:28:00 EST

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Bishop Guertin 3, Hollis Brookline 1 The Cards improved to 7-2, rallying after a 22-25 loss in the first game to win the next three, 25-22, 25-18, 26-24 in a rematch of last year’s Division I state championship match. BG’s offense was orchestrated by Jenna McCormack, who tallied 30 assists. Margaret Richardson had seven kills and five blocks, Meagan Morelli added six kills, two blocks and 13 digs, while Abbi Field chipped in five blocks and two kills. Jill Rabasco contributed a team-high nine kills with two aces for the Cardinals and Mariana Gomez paced the defense with 32 digs. For the Cavaliers, who fell to 7-2, Elizabeth Atkinson and Kaleigh Whalen had 10 and seven kills, respectively. Kira Beldon had 25 assists and three aces, while Sammie Sheppard added 15 digs. BG visits Manchester Central while the Cavs are at Concord on Wednesday. Alvirne 3, Nashua North 0 The streaking Broncos improved to 7-2 with set wins of 25-18, 25-18, 25-16 to earn their sixth straight victory. Amanda Wetmore led the way for the winners with 19 kills, two digs and seven service aces.

Nashuan charged in assaulting, burning of ex-girlfriend

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:58:00 EST

NASHUA – Facing numerous charges that accuse him of grabbing, pushing around and burning an ex-girlfriend with a cigarette, Nashua resident Jonathan Markow was arraigned Monday and ordered held on $25,000 cash bail. Markow, 26, of 29 Concord St., Apt. 0, pleaded not guilty to a total of 19 charges – one count of criminal mischief, along with nine counts of simple assault, each of which carries a domestic violence designation. All are Class A misdemeanors. Markow, who was arraigned by Nashua district court judge Paul Moore via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester, was arrested Sunday on a warrant police drafted after detectives spoke with the alleged victim at police headquarters. He is scheduled to return to the Nashua court on Oct.

Van Ostern, Sununu talk rail, Medicaid

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:52:00 EST

NASHUA – Gubernatorial candidates Chris Sununu, R- Newfields, and Colin Van Ostern, D-Concord, each made their pitch to the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, offering different takes on education, infrastructure spending and the future of the state. The candidates met with the chamber members for a Monday lunch at the Courtyard By Mariott, taking turns answering questions. Though both Van Ostern and Sununu are positioning themselves as pragmatic leaders, the two differed sharply on some key points. The men did not share the stage but instead appeared separately, answering the questions asked by Tracy Hatch, the chamber’s president. Van Ostern supports bringing rail service from Boston to Nashua and Manchester, and he says it can be done for a cost of $3 million to $4 million a year. The rail line would open up the labor market and allow skilled employees to travel back and forth between the states, he said. “If you elect me as your governor, we will work together to get commuter rail done,” Van Ostern said. The commuter rail project has long been opposed by Sununu, who has called the project an expensive boondoggle. Sununu said that the state has too many other infrastructure priorities to divert money and energy toward a rail service. “It’s a budgetary issues, and leadership is about priorities,” Sununu said. Sununu said that he does support a “baby step” of having the rail service come to Nashua, but does not support the effort to bring it to Manchester or Concord.

Knowledge is power for Patriots

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:52:08 EST

There’s certainly panic and confusion around the New England Patriots these days. But most of that is confined to the fans and the media covering the team. It sure seems as if the Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick know exactly what they’re doing. Who knows what the quarterback situation will be. Will Jacoby Brissett and his bad thumb or Jimmy Garoppolo and his bad shoulder be taking snaps from center David Andrews this Sunday against Rex Ryan’s Buffalo Bills? Does it matter? Of course it does. But the Patriots know in another week they will have arguably the best quarterback in football back and all of this will be in the rear-view mirror. What they’ve discovered in his absence is their depth at the position is pretty good; that their offensive line is adequate and could be above average; that they have a running back in LeGarrette Blount who wants the football and can push things forward; that they have a receiving corps that while not deep is extremely good with Chris Hogan and rookie Malcolm Mitchell. And just think, they still haven’t seen what could be a dynamic combo of Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski at tight end.

NHDOT meeting discusses proposed I-93 exit

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:49:00 EST

DERRY – State and local officials will hold a public information meeting Tuesday night to discuss the proposed addition of a new exit off of Interstate 93. The intent of this meeting is to update the public on the Exit 4A interchange study. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Derry Municipal Center, located at 14 Manning St. Drivers from the Nashua and Hudson area now access the highway via Route 102 and Exit 4. Additionally, drivers can access Exit 5 from Route 28.

Board, teachers’ union OK contract

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:51:10 EST

NASHUA – After months of negotiation and mediation, the Nashua Board of Education and Nashua Teachers’ Union approved a tentative agreement on a new, one-year contract, which will now go before city officials for final approval. The most recent Nashua Teacher’s Union contract ended Aug. 31. Board of Education President Sandra Ziehm thanked the union membership for approving the tentative contract agreement earlier that day. “I believe our teachers accepted this because it was in the best interest of all the children.

Nashua firefighters pull dog from well

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:46:33 EST

NASHUA – Fire officials are reminding residents to cover any openings, such as wells, dry wells and large holes on their property after an Allds Street family’s dog fell into a dry well Saturday morning and had to be rescued. Deputy Nashua Fire Rescue Chief George Walker called the ultimately successful rescue “a happy ending to what could have been an unfortunate accident” after the crew of Engine 4 plucked the fallen canine from the cylindrical abyss. Walker said Engine 4 responded to 43 Allds St., in Nashua’s Crown Hill section, upon receiving the call for help just before 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Firefighters were told the dog was about 8-10 feet down in the abandoned dry well, and after checking to make sure it was safe to enter, the crew dropped in a short ladder. A firefighter then descended the ladder, and upon reaching the dog hoisted it back up the ladder until the other firefighters were able to grasp the wiggly canine and pull it the rest of the way to safety. Walker said the animal wasn’t hurt in the ordeal and was promptly reunited with its owner. Fire officials urge property owners “to make sure underground wells, dry wells or holes are securely covered, to prevent the possibility of people, especially children, and pets from falling in,” Walker said in the statement. – DEAN SHALHOUP

Republican VP hopeful Mike Pence stumps in Milford

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:46:36 EST

MILFORD – Reflecting the tight presidential race, Donald Trump’s running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, was at Milford Town Hall on Monday afternoon, urging voters to talk to friends and neighbors and ask them to vote for the team “that will bring the American dream back.” The rally was hours before the first debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton. Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu and former U.S.

Fall Food & Wine Festival pleases palates, raises money for charity

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:46:41 EST

AMHERST – LaBelle Winery hosted the inaugural Fall Food & Wine Festival on Sunday at its Amherst function room and patio to benefit The Front Door Agency in Nashua. Organized by the Milford Cabinet, the Fall Food & Wine Festival included a broad selection of samples from winemakers, cheesemongers, chocolatiers and other local food vendors for attendees to try over the course of the day. Tracy Dionne-Carlen, events producer at The Telegraph, said she’s looking forward to the festival becoming an annual event. “It went incredibly well – we offered two sessions, and they both sold out,” Dionne-Carlen said. A total of 425 members of the community attended the debut event, sampling more than 90 wines, including local labels, as well as dozens of other food and specialty items. “It was a great combination of various food and wine samples – jams and jellies, infused maple syrups, sea salts, olive oils, different hot sauces, breads, cheeses and chocolates,” Dionne-Carlen said. A portion of ticket sales benefited Nashua nonprofit The Front Door Agency, which helps women and children with transitional housing and other assistance toward self-sufficiency. Nearly all of the vendors participating were hand-picked by The Telegraph’s partners in the event, Stephen Williams and Sharie Webber, owners of Cava de Vino, located at 14 Canal St.

ATV enforcement proves tough terrain in NH

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:06:53 EST

CONCORD - More all-terrain vehicle riders are being seen on New Hampshire trails - and now, on some local and state roads - and the Fish and Game Department's 42 conservation officers are feeling a bit stretched. For many years, it was illegal for the vehicles to be on the roads, but that's changed in recent years. Towns in Coos, Grafton, Sullivan counties and elsewhere have been allowed to open up their road systems to the off-road recreational vehicles, beyond the state's 1,200 miles of riding trails. Riding is allowed on state roads in communities such as Gorham and Berlin. Police are in charge of handling reckless driving and speed complaints. But conservation officers, who enforce regulations primarily on trails, also have responded to the roads as they juggle with non-ATV-related issues like searches and rescues, hunting and wildlife issues. "We'll help wherever we can, but we can't possibly take on all the additional road enforcement that goes along with the expansion of these road networks," said Maj.

Red Sox slip past Rays in extras

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:05:37 EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia turned what looked like a sure out into the go-ahead run. Pedroia used nifty baserunning to score from first base on David Ortiz's double in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday for their 11th consecutive win. Boston's magic number to clinch the division title dropped to two. Pedroia singled off Eddie Gamboa (0-1) to start the 10th. The relay throw on Ortiz's hit to right center beat Pedroia to plate, but he avoided catcher Luke Maile's first tag. Pedroia's momentum carried him past the plate and when he went back to touch it.

North QB has taken charge behind center

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:11:34 EST

A year ago, he was alternating at the quarterback position. This season, he's a lock. All the attention going into Friday night's huge West Conference rivalry game between Nashua North and South was on the Panthers' quarterback Sean Holland, and deservedly so. But what about Jeff Baldassari? Save for a couple of fumbles, the senior Titan outperformed his junior rival in Purple, throwing for 218 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 53 yards. "It's different," Baldassari said about this year compared to last. "Last year, I really didn't know the plays. We ran the Wing-T my sophomore year and then (last year) we jumped in the spread and I really didn't know the spread.

Sad city college rivalry will end

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:06:19 EST

The words over the microphone of Daniel Webster College assistant athletic director Ken Belbin had a sad ring of truth to them on Sunday. "Good afternoon, welcome to Eagle Field," Belbin told the fans who were on hand for the DWC-Rivier men's soccer game. "Today, Daniel Webster and Rivier will meet for the 24th and final time in men's soccer." Ugh. "And I'm going to say it a few more times," Belbin said during the Eagles' 1-0 win over the Raiders. "It'll be weird for Rivier next year; where's our crosstown rivalry? It's the end of an era. "It's unfortunate. ...

Marlins ace Fernandez, 24, dies in boating accident

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:07:05 EST

MIAMI - Jose Fernandez escaped from Cuba by boat on his fourth try as a teenager, and when his mother fell into the Yucatan Channel during the journey, he jumped in and pulled her out. Fernandez's heroic backstory made his death early Sunday that much more heart-wrenching. The charismatic Miami Marlins ace was killed in a boating accident at age 24. Fernandez and two other people died when their 32-foot vessel slammed into a jetty off Miami Beach, authorities said. Authorities didn't know the time of the crash. The capsized boat was found shortly after 3 a.m. "All I can do is scream in disbelief," said Hall of Famer Tony Perez, a Marlins executive and native of Cuba. "Jose won the love of all.

News Digest

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:02:04 EST

Election 2016 Clinton, Sanders to talk student debt at UNH DURHAM - Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are scheduled to talk about student debt and college affordability in New Hampshire. The two are expected to campaign Wednesday at the Field House at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Clinton's campaign says she and Sanders will talk about how student debt should not hold Americans back after graduation. They also plan to discuss free in-state college educations for qualified families. Democratic U.S. Sen.

Students leave lasting message through murals

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:01:35 EST

Hollis Brookline Middle School art teacher Lynne Oullette wasn't allowed to paint on the walls as a kid. As an adult, though - and a teacher to boot - she encourages it. Oullette has a special summer art program for the school's particularly motivated art students aimed at brightening up the building's interior walls. So while most students were away on break, a handful of others got busy providing not only public art but art with an inspirational message particularly geared toward pre-teens. Paintings can be found throughout the 25 Main St. building in Hollis.

Scholars on the path to ‘Victory’

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:01:08 EST

NASHUA - Bishop Guertin High School launched a new leadership program for students called the Bishop Guertin Victory Academy, starting this fall. The academy was developed in partnership with BG alumnus Brendan Keegan, '87, and his company Velocity Performance, a Nashua-based management consultant firm that has trained more than 100,000 leaders in 150 countries, according to a statement from Bishop Guertin. The Velocity Victory Academy division has worked with more than 10,000 students at dozens of institutions such as Brown, Dartmouth, Trinity, Tufts and UMass Lowell, the statement said. With a donation from Keegan and Velocity, BG will be providing leadership training this year for 124 self-nominated sophomores, juniors and seniors. "At BG, we believe that every one of our students is an aspiring leader, and the Victory Academy is an opportunity for any student to make the choice to unlock their potential," said BG principal Jason Strniste, in a Sept. 21 statement.

Board seeking more control of budget process

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:00:43 EST

MILFORD - The School Board will be looking for a fairly level budget this year as it gets ready for the 2017 school elections. In March, voters rejected the district's operating budget for the second year in a row, and board Chairman Paul Dargie said at a recent meeting that this year the board will take greater control early in the budget process. "I'd like to see us tilt back a little toward more conservative numbers," he said. "Taxpayers weren't as well-represented" in the last budget. The initial budget should come in "at the bottom-line dollar value" of a traditional default budget, he said. And the default budget should be calculated as most school districts do it, by including expenses in the current year's budget along with any mandatory changes, such as pay increases from collective bargaining, and minus one-time expenses. In the past, Milford has considered positions eliminated in the budget a "one-time expense," which Dargie called a loophole that no other districts use, and Milford shouldn't. This year the budget will probably reflect the elimination of four positions, in line with declining enrollments. Last year, there were 4.5 positions cut for the same reason. The proposal for tuition-based, full-day kindergarten will be evaluated separately, Dargie said, and on its own merits. From a taxpayer's perspective, he said, "It is pretty much a wash." Dargie also laid out ideas for the board's budget development schedule. During the first meeting in November, administrators will offer a proposed budget.

Dinosaurs can’t do math (or history, or science) either

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:00:15 EST

Sure, I can help you with your homework, I guess. Whatcha got? Oh. Math. Where's your mother again? Uh huh. You asked her already? She said that? I wasn't that late tonight.

Nashua Boys & Girls Club pioneer Dom Giovinazzo dies at 77

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:02:43 EST

NASHUA - Dominick J. Giovinazzo, the easygoing, neighborly man who some 45 years ago took a loosely organized boys' club that met in a rundown Main Street office building and helped shape it into today's nationally acclaimed Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, has died. A native of the Long Island, N.Y., town of Glen Cove, Giovinazzo came to Nashua from Omaha, Neb., in January 1971 and promptly agreed to take the reins of what was then named the Boys' Club of Nashua. Giovinazzo died Saturday morning after a brief illness, according to his family. He was 77. A full obituary appears on Page 15. "Dom's the one who took the Boys' Club way beyond checkers and Ping-Pong," former board member Jim Lambert said at the club's 20th anniversary celebration in 1991. Donald Norris, who in the mid-1960s began drumming up support to open a boys' club in Nashua, said in 2011 that bringing in Giovinazzo to lead the fledgling club "was one of the biggest boosts we got" in those early years. Giovinazzo in 1973 oversaw a $650,000 capital campaign that allowed the club to construct its first - and current - clubhouse at 1 Positive Place the following year. From then until his retirement in 1999, Giovinazzo guided the organization through multiple expansions and renovations to accommodate a rapidly growing membership, which went coed in 1985. Many of Giovinazzo's legions of friends and associates over the years often credited his gracious, unassuming nature for his success in recruiting the support of the late golf pro Phil Friel in organizing a golf tournament to benefit the club. But Giovinazzo often deflected the credit to Friel, calling him a generous man who was very easy to talk to. Giovinazzo, in a 2003 Telegraph interview, recalled that 1978 conversation with Friel. "I got to know Phil, like everyone over there did," he said, referring to Green Meadow Golf Club in Hudson, of which Friel was the pro at the time. "I went to visit him in his office one day.

Nashua school officials to talk voting venues, NTU agreement

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:02:06 EST

NASHUA - Set to review a long list of items including the tentative agreement with the Nashua Teachers' Union and the use of district schools as voting venues, the Board of Education will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Nashua High School North boardroom. The Sept. 13 primary elections in Nashua used nine district schools as polling places for the nine city wards. Christopher Lessard, assistant director of district plant operations, visited each of the schools being used as polling sites to gauge any issues on election day.