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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 …

High school Stars of the Day

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Karli Loiselle, Pembroke girls’ basketball, 18 points in 40-33 win Luke Luneau, Hopkinton boys’ basketball, 24 points, 13 rebounds Dana Bean, Franklin boys’ basketball, 25 points in 64-59 win Kenny Torres, Franklin boys’ basketball, 22 points, including 10 in the fourth, in 64-59 win Matt Ehrenberg, Bow boys’ …

My Turn: Homeless problem belongs to all of us

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

‘I never, ever thought I’d be here.” It’s a phrase I hear on almost a daily basis from people sitting before me, looking for somewhere to turn. Whether this is their first night facing homelessness or they’ve been homeless for years, no one really expects that this is …

My Turn: State has an opportunity to serve as a model for the nation

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The factors that lead an individual or family into homelessness are varied, complex and often interconnected. Structural factors such as the shortage of affordable housing and the lack of high-quality employment opportunities often intersect with individual factors such as interpersonal violence, trauma, addictive disorders and physical/mental illness to …

Seeking Shelter: For caseworker Andy Labrie, a lot of successes and a fair amount of failures

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Andy Labrie got into homeless outreach indirectly, and for personal reasons. It was the 80s. The AIDS epidemic was raging. He was tired of watching his friends die. Labrie was working in real estate then, and he quickly …

Seeking Shelter: The hassles of a landlord and steady payments keep some out of permanent housing

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

John Howland is not so sure whether he would prefer permanent housing to his current setup, outside in the cold. It’s been years since he had a place, and there are so many hazards to consider: hostile landlords, …

My Turn: There isn’t one kind of homeless person

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Homeless people come in all races and backgrounds; they are men, women and children. Some have chemical dependencies (drugs/alcohol), some have mental health issues, some have criminal backgrounds and some have had bad luck. I know of two …

Seeking Shelter: Homeless housing projects in other states could be a model for Concord

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

At Beijing & Tokyo in Concord on a rainy summer afternoon, Brian Herra and Craig Laber had beer for lunch. The pair drank more than they ate during the meal with a friend, who picked up the tab. …

Pembroke girls heat up in fourth quarter to down MV, 40-33

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PEMBROKE – The Pembroke Academy girls’ basketball team struggled to find its way in the third quarter last night against Merrimack Valley. Luckily for the Spartans, they had the fourth quarter to make up for it. Host Pembroke …

High schools: Practice pays off for Belmont boys’ basketball team

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

If his Belmont boys’ basketball team was going to pick up a season-opening win last night against Somersworth, Jim Cilley knew the Red Raiders needed to change some things after what he called a “disappointing performance” in a scrimmage against Hopkinton last week. “I went back and looked …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

JV results The Coe-Brown JV girls’ basketball team (2-0) defeated Souhegan on the road. Leading scorers included Catie Langdon and Shannon Riley with 10 points each, while Chelsea McCallion (nine points) and Drew Stevens (five points) chipped in. ∎ The Concord JV girls’ basketball team (1-1) won its first …