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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 …

Seeking shelter: Without an ID it’s a struggle to find housing, work

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Birth certificate. Photo ID. Social Security card. If you’re homeless and living on the streets, you’re generally going to need these three identifying documents to access services, find work, or have any real shot at climbing out of poverty. But if you’re homeless and have nothing, it can …

Seeking Shelter: Drinking, divorce led to a new life of homelessness for Walter Healey

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Walter Healey loved to tinker on cars. He used to return home to Boscawen after a long day of roofing, crack open a beer and get to work, he said. The drinking eventually became a problem. One day …

Police: Car sideswiped vehicle, causing rollover

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The New Hampshire State Police are looking for a driver who they say sideswiped a vehicle on Interstate 93 in Bow causing it to rollover. The three occupants of the vehicle were taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries after the crash early yesterday morning. A witness told …

Seeking Shelter: Mark Day prefers a night outside over one in the shelters

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mark Day is something of a maverick in the Concord homeless community. He’s the heavily bearded, heavily clothed, 55-year-old you may have seen pushing a shopping cart around downtown. He was sleeping under a bus stop earlier this …

PHOTOS: 1,500 wreaths placed on graves at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bundled in hats, gloves and snow boats, about 500 people spent yesterday morning at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery for the annual wreath placing ceremony organized by the Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire. A total of …

With new schedules, one Concord elementary school cut too much into lunch

Sunday, December 14, 2014

In an effort to streamline the school day, one Concord elementary school may have become too lean with the amount of time it gives students to eat their lunches. The school district paid a consultant $5,000 to recommend …

Amid family feud, no Christmas trees at Rossview Farms

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Rossview Farms in Concord is usually bustling this time of year, with families arriving to tag and cut down one of the hundreds of trees on the other side of a toppling stone wall. But the 600-acre farm, …

Ray Duckler: Alosa’s team a traveling show you won’t want to miss

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bring a pressure gauge to the Pembroke Academy gym, and the needle might spin out of control. Pressure is part of the culture there these days. From the pressure of expectations, to the pressure to succeed at a …

PHOTOS: Annual performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Concord City Auditorium

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Young ballet dancers from Turning Pointe Center of Dance dressed in tutus and ballet slippers last night for a dress rehearsal of the classic holiday ballet The Nutcracker. The annual performance from the Pembroke dance school is today …

Leaf sentenced to year in jail for molesting stepdaughter decades ago

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Daniel Leaf, a former Concord man and convicted sex offender with ties to Trinity Baptist Church, was sentenced yesterday to a year in jail for having molested his stepdaughter decades ago. Leaf, 55, of Tilton, was found guilty last month in Merrimack County Superior Court. A judge had …