When Kathy Hersh decided to retire from her 12-year job as community development director for the city of Nashua earlier this year, she felt good about the work she’d done and the direction the city was moving in. “The city is in good hands. It’s wonderful that in the past few years there’s been a groundswell of community activism on the part of young people in the city creating projects like Positive Street Art and the (Gate City) Community Gardens.” Still, it was people like Hersh who helped establish that legacy in Nashua in her role of community development director and before that as a member of the Board of Aldermen and the Conservation Commission. In 1991, while serving on the commission, Hersh was instrumental in passing a landmark wetlands ordinance that protected hundreds of acres in the city. She also worked as a consultant for community and economic development projects, including the Merrimack Valley Watershed Council, for the communities of Lawrence and Watertown, Mass., and for the Bay Circuit Trail in Massachusetts before taking the job as Nashua community development director in 2001.
NASHUA – John Kneeland has been appointed to residential loan officer at the St. Mary’s Bank Mortgage Center in Nashua. Kneeland, a resident of Salem, has more than 10 years’ experience in the mortgage banking field covering southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts. He was co-founder and senior partner of Newpointe Mortgage LLC in Londonderry, and most recently served as mortgage development officer at Sovereign-Santander Bank in Nashua. ”John is well-acquainted with the mortgage industry, and through his previous experience, is especially knowledgeable about the needs of homeowners and others seeking mortgage services,” said Karen E.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Shoppers won’t be lining up for Thanksgiving Day deals at stores in Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts. They can’t. It’s the legacy of so-called “blue laws,” which prohibit large supermarkets, big-box stores and department stores from opening on Thanksgiving. Some business groups complain, but many shoppers, workers and even retailers say they’re satisfied.
BOSTON (AP) — A dozen U.S. governors, including those of all six New England states, are among those urging Congress to support a higher level of federal spending on a program that helps lower-income families and seniors cover their home heating costs. In a letter seeking a $3.6 billion appropriation for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, the governors cited the slow economic recovery and higher fuel costs facing many American households. “LIHEAP is a critical bridge for Americans – many of them elderly, disabled or caring for dependent children – who otherwise may be forced to choose between paying home energy bills and paying for food, medicine, or other essentials,” stated the letter, dated Monday. The governors said the $3.6 billion request is lower than similar appropriations in recent years.
NASHUA – A Massachusetts woman waived her arraignment on an attempted murder charge this week and her brother and co-defendant has filed motions that he also will rely on a claim of self-defense on related charges. Cynthia Nagele, 57, of Lowell, Mass., is free on $50,000 bail while preparing for a May 2014 trial on charges that she broke into a trailer in Hollis this spring and attacked a man inside with a hammer and knife, according to court documents. In October a Hillsborough County Superior Court grand jury added attempted murder to the list of charges Nagele was already facing, plus three-counts of first-degree assault, according to documents. Nagele is accused of
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — The body of a popular Massachusetts teacher who police say was killed by one of her students was found in the woods, naked from the waist down and with her throat slit and a note that read, “I hate you all,” according to court documents released Friday. The search warrant application was released after requests by The Associated Press, The Boston Globe and other media organizations. Philip Chism, a 14-year-old soccer player who moved from Clarksville, Tenn., at the beginning of the school year, is charged with murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery in the Oct. 22 death of 24-year-old Danvers High School math teacher Colleen Ritzer.
New Hampshire’s employment may be slowly improving, to the point that the number of jobs should return to pre-recession levels by spring, but the state’s jobless rate isn’t changing much. The seasonally adjusted unemployment figure for October was 5.1 percent, a tiny increase of 0.1 percentage point from September and a slight decline from the October 2012 rate of 5.7 percent, according to employment statistics released Wednesday. The number of people with jobs – 703,910 – has risen about 3 percent in the past year, but the number of people looking for jobs has also increased. Economist Dennis Delay, in a report for the New England Economic Partnership that was released last week, estimated that New Hampshire would recover the jobs it lost in the recession by spring 2014 but is lagging other New England states, notably Massachusetts, in its economic rebound. Still, we’re doing better than the country as a whole, which had a 7.3 percent unemployment rate in October.
CONCORD (AP) – Police are seeking a fugitive warrant for the New Hampshire man who shot himself in the head weeks after being charged with writing racist graffiti on the Concord homes of four African refugee families. Raymond Stevens, of Pembroke, remains at Massachusetts General Hospital recovering from what prosecutors say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Stevens was found in a Hopkinton cemetery Nov. 7 – his 43rd birthday. The Merrimack County Attorney’s office Tuesday filed an application for a warrant to take Stevens into custody as a fugitive under indictment when he is released from the hospital Nov.
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DERRY (AP) – Law enforcement officials say a woman who was hit by a vehicle in New Hampshire sustained serious injuries. Police said the 69-year-old woman was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital after being struck while crossing a road in Derry, N.H. WMUR-TV says the driver is cooperating. The crash near the Sunview Condominiums happened at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.