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I.B.E.W. union members and employees of FairPoint Communications strike outside of company buildings in Concord on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

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 signs. Nearly 2,000 FairPoint workers in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont have been on strike since October, claiming the company won’t negotiate …

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard hiring 715 workers

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is hiring more than 700 workers to deal with an increase in work as the Navy aims to reduce maintenance delays, particularly on nuclear submarines, officials said. The hiring of 715 workers will boost the shipyard workforce from 4,700 to 5,200 civilian employees, once attrition is factored in, Capt. William …

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has …

Hundreds of N.H. FairPoint customers have complained to state regulators about service since strike

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Hampshire regulators received almost five times as many complaints regarding FairPoint Communications’s service the month after technicians for the company went on strike. The state Public Utilities Commission received 164 complaints in October and 217 in November, up from 36 in September. The highest number of complaints …

Time for a real tree

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Now that the holiday season is upon us again, it’s time to string up the lights, hang up the wreaths and, most importantly, pick out that tree! Some people will choose to pick up a small centerpiece tree …

N.H. utilities back to normal operations; melted snow creates a snag

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The snowstorm that blitzed central New Hampshire last week was in the rearview mirror yesterday – almost. Utility companies had restored power to almost every customer in the region, but line workers were still dealing with tiny pockets of outages. “For the most part, things we saw today …

Hassan bids adieu to Canadian utility crews that helped restore power after Thanksgiving storm

Monday, December 1, 2014

Before dozens of Canadian linemen began an hourslong trek back to Quebec yesterday, Gov. Maggie Hassan joined them at a Manchester breakfast to thank them for getting New Hampshire’s electric customers back online. “Merci,” Hassan told a table …

Amazon’s new robot army is ready to ship

Monday, December 1, 2014

A year ago, Amazon.com workers like 34-year-old Rejinaldo Rosales hiked miles of aisles each shift to “pick” each item a customer ordered and prepare it for shipping. Now the e-commerce giant boasts that it has boosted efficiency – …

Four days later, power is restored in N.H.

Monday, December 1, 2014

After four days of reconstruction, Public Service of New Hampshire and Unitil buttoned up their efforts to restore power to hundreds of thousands of residents yesterday. PSNH had 264 customers to go yesterday at 4:30 p.m. – mostly individualized issues – while Unitil caught up completely. Unitil spokesman …

Downtown: The perplexing case of ‘Sleepygate’ Mall

Monday, December 1, 2014

When Matt Townsend came up to New Hampshire from New York for a long weekend, he skipped the White Mountains, the State House and the Seacoast. Instead, he spent four days at Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road in …

New Hampshire Housing to waive tax credit fees for military

Monday, December 1, 2014

Veterans and active duty service members seeking to purchase their first home have the opportunity to receive a tax savings. New Hampshire Housing is offering fee waivers and discounts for the military as part of the Homebuyer Tax Credit as a thank-you for their service. The Homebuyer Tax …

Business notes for Dec. 1, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Sugar River Bank recently broke ground on a new branch in Concord at the former Dick Day Motors used car lot. The bank, which will be celebrating its 120th anniversary next year, expects the new branch to open in the spring. Transformer Service Inc. recently received Energi’s 2014 …

Business people for Dec. 1, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Krista Marrs recently was named marketing manager for Presidential Oaks Retirement Community. Marrs, of Belmont, previously spent nearly 20 years in journalism, including at the Citizen of Laconia for more than 15 years. Marcia Brown recently joined Rath, …