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Still minutes before the discussion began, extra rows of chairs were brought into the meeting room at the First Congregational Church in Concord. At the height of the discussion, at least 10 people listened from the hallway because stannding attendees had filled every inch of space in the room. (JONATHAN VAN FLEET / Monitor staff)

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 hall and other homeless service providers, the panelists said the community must build on current momentum to do more on behalf of …

Media blitz in Conway case shifts focus from abductee to alleged abductor

Friday, December 19, 2014

The name they want you to remember is Nathaniel Kibby. But for more than a year now, the name that has captivated the state and much of the surrounding region has been that of the Conway teen who mysteriously vanished one afternoon in October and then, just as mysteriously, resurfaced nine months later. On Wednesday, as authorities announced that Kibby, the girl’s alleged …

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 were simply friends and family of a young Concord boy who’s been fighting a rare …

N.H. elder abuse law meant to protect elderly from exploitation by ‘people they trust’

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lawmakers and advocates are hopeful a new law set to take effect Jan. 1 will help protect the state’s elderly and disabled populations from financial exploitation. Each year nearly $3 billion is lost nationally through abuse of elderly victims, said Concord Rep. Katherine Rogers, a prime sponsor of …

‘Monitor’ to host community meeting tonight about homelessness

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

As part of its ongoing series about the Concord homeless dilemma, the Monitor will host a dialogue about the issues facing the community and its homeless population. Readers and members of the public are invited to come to First Congregational Church in Concord at 7 tonight to ask …

Seeking Shelter: Timeline – the making of a homeless network

Monday, December 15, 2014

October 1980: Friendly Kitchen opens, serving hot meals to those in need. From 1982 to 1999, the soup kitchen operated for two hours a day at the Riverbend building on North State Street. The operation moves in 1999 …

Seeking Shelter: Are homeless shelters the answer or feeding the problem?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Concord's winter shelters began 11 years ago, during a season of indelible cold. A subzero frost whipped through the streets of downtown. Pedestrians scampered. Car locks froze. At McKenna House, the year-round homeless shelter on Fruit Street, sober …

Where are your county taxes going?

Monday, December 15, 2014

In New England, with its focus on local control, many people never think about the county government until they see that it’s making up some 10 percent of their tax bills. Where is that money going? Out of Merrimack County’s $81 million budget, more than $44 million this …

Seeking Shelter: After a decade, former pastor David Keller still optimistic for a solution

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Rev. David Keller has accomplished a lot over the past six decades. He marched in the first Earth Day, spent years combating poverty in inner-city New York, helped build a homeless shelter in the South and memorized …

Seeking Shelter: Wes Follansbee is one of the city’s invisible homeless, couch surfing from place to place

Monday, December 15, 2014

Not every homeless person sleeps out in the cold or stands on the street corner. Being homeless can mean different things for different people. Some sleep in cars, others seek a bed in a shelter, and a few …

North Country research project gets nearly $128,000

Monday, December 15, 2014

A research project that examines the experiences and attitudes of Coos County youth and young adults has received a grant of nearly $128,000 grant from a charitable fund that supports organizations in northern New Hampshire and surrounding areas. The Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of …

Downtown: Focus of Concord’s Main Street project turns to signage

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The construction crews won’t arrive on Main Street until spring, but that doesn’t mean City Engineer Ed Roberge is bored. This winter, the Concord City Council and the public will weigh in on potential way-finding signage and lighting for the new downtown corridor. “This is kind of the …

Seeking Shelter: 'Now it's time to make it work'

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Robert Glodgett staggered into First Congregational Church last night, tired, hungry, cold – a drifter with nowhere else to go. He slipped a ski cap off his head and dropped onto a couch, alcohol on his breath. A …