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Ray Duckler: War and sand replaced by magic and snow

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For Greg and Amber Card, neither place seemed real. Not the Middle East, with its enemy soldiers, blood and death. Not the North Pole, with its Santa Claus, elves and magic. Call them contrasting visions, fighting for a foothold in the couple’s minds. Earlier this month, they were invited to something called Christmas Can Cure, an annual five-day event in …

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas parade was a success The 63rd annual Concord Christmas Parade is now history, but I would like to thank so many for coming out to help launch the unofficial beginning of the festive Christmas Season in the greater Concord area. Once again, we had a record crowd of people of all ages come and enjoy the music, entertainment, colorful floats, decorated vehicles, …

Concord to abandon disruptive property ordinance, for now

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Concord Public Safety Board has advised the city not to pursue an ordinance that would have tightened restrictions on disruptive properties, an idea first floated months ago amid complaints about a four-unit apartment complex at 74 Rumford St. The board, tasked with evaluating the proposal, voted unanimously Monday to instead recommend that the police and other service providers continue an enhanced effort …

Ten weeks in, striking FairPoint workers, supporters rally on State House lawn

Friday, December 19, 2014

Roughly 200 people marched and chanted outside the State House this afternoon, including striking employees of FairPoint Communications, and one man dressed as Santa Claus. “All I want for Christmas is a fair contract,” read many of their …

Letter: Chomsky and Russell

Friday, December 19, 2014

I was pleased to see Jonathan Baird’s very nice tribute to Noam Chomsky for his decades-long fight for peace and truth on the global scene (Monitor Forum, Dec. 12). He’s not only a thinker of great intellect and learning, but also one with the moral courage to climb …

Advocates share ideas on how to help Concord’s chronically homeless at forum

Friday, December 19, 2014

A panel of Concord’s most prominent advocates invited discussion of ideas to permanently address the city’s chronically homeless population at a Monitor-sponsored forum last night. Representing the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, the soon-shuttering cold weather shelters, city …

Capsule outlook of the area’s Division II high school boys’ basketball teams

Friday, December 19, 2014

High school Division II boys’ basketball outlook Bishop Brady Division: II Coach: Cole Etten (1st year) Last year: 14-6, reached quarterfinals Returning PLAYERS: Jourdain Bell, sr., G, 6-1; Brendan Johnson, sr., G, 6-0; Aaron Svendsen, sr., C, 6-6; Joseph Bell, jr., G, 6-1; Matthew Quirk, so., G, 5-9; …

Pound-for-pound high school rankings

Friday, December 19, 2014

POUND-FOR-POUND HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS Team 1. COE-BROWN GIRLS’ TRACK The Bears return most of their points from last year’s team that dominated D-II. 2. CONCORD GIRLS’ X-C SKIING Led by Erin Waters and Kate Andy, the Tide are …

Concord swimming looks to make its mark in state championships

Friday, December 19, 2014

Karen Jenovese has a little bit of everything to work with this season. The Concord swimming coach has a dominant champion, a boys’ team stocked with talent, and familiar faces on both teams that she’s coached before, and …

Pembroke, Concord boys’ basketball teams ready for tip-off

Friday, December 19, 2014

Both teams will open their Division I schedule tonight. Both will make their usual appearances in the Capital Area Holiday Tournament next week at NHTI. And both will have to adjust to life without their best players from …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Friday, December 19, 2014

High school result The John Stark-Hopkinton boys’ hockey team defeated Souhegan, 6-3, in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday. Jake Blanchette (two goals) and Kyle Kolehmainen tallied first-period goals to give the Generals a 2-1 lead after the first, and Blanchette and Robbie Ferguson (goal, assist) …

Singing flash mob at Steeplegate Mall surprises boy fighting rare disease

Friday, December 19, 2014

Last-minute visitors to see Santa at Steeplegate Mall in Concord last night were surprised with a spontaneous singing of Christmas carols by a large chorus. But these weren’t professional singers, and this wasn’t your average holiday performance. They …

N.H. customers continue FairPoint complaints, as negotiations stall

Friday, December 19, 2014

At 2 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving, a tree knocked down power and telecommunication lines outside Sarah Grund’s home in Boscawen. Despite repeated calls to FairPoint Communications, no one came to restore service or remove the wires that were sitting in snow, Grund said. She was still waiting …