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Concord City Council gets iPads as city hall goes paperless

Sunday, April 26, 2015

City Clerk Janice Bonenfant’s granddaughter uses an iPad in her Concord classroom. She’s in first grade. Now, the Concord City Council is joining the ranks of such tech-saavy students. All 15 members and a handful of city staffers have brand-new iPads. It’s one step closer to Bonenfant’s ultimate goal: a paperless agenda system for city hall, which will launch in June. The electronic system will not only cut the number …

Downtown: A plant-based restaurant grows on Main Street

Sunday, April 12, 2015

When Willow Mauck says she is a lifelong vegetarian, she’s not kidding. Her grandmother sometimes cooked meat for her children, but didn’t eat it herself. Her mother is the owner of Susty’s Cafe, a vegan restaurant in Northwood. They passed flavorful vegetarian recipes from one generation to the next, just as others preserve …

Downtown: A new home for superior court?

Monday, April 6, 2015

The state is eyeing the former New Hampshire Employment Security site on South Main Street as a future home for the Merrimack County Superior Court. In her budget proposal for the next biennium, Gov. Maggie Hassan has earmarked $18 million to build a replacement for the 1850s-era courthouse. But she has also directed the state’s Department of Administrative Services to “make every effort …

Downtown: During Main Street construction, Severino Trucking hopes to win over ‘hearts and minds’

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Last week, Tom Severino called in all of the subcontractors for the Main Street redesign into the project office on Hills Avenue. He passed out a single sheet of paper with the header “Severino Values.” “We all need …

Downtown: A new flavor on Main Street

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Alex Moody tried to quit smoking with patches and gum and even hypnotism, but nothing stuck. For Angelina Lynn, smoking was social. She hated the tobacco smell, but loved the group that gathered around it. Ryan Smith quit …

Downtown: Concord City Council to decide whether panhandling ordinance sticks

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Cash. A water bottle. A snack. A business card with a job tip. It is not illegal to stand on the sidewalk in Concord with a sign, asking for any of those items. It is illegal, however, to …

Downtown: Concord Homeless Resource Center plans move to North Main Street

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Martin Murray can’t seem to catch a break. Murray, 55, has applied for more than 400 jobs since he lost his sales position in 2013, to no avail. He wakes up every morning in the basement shelter at …

Downtown: New salon to occupy former Gibson’s storefront

Monday, February 23, 2015

Part of the former Gibson’s Bookstore on South Main Street will become a hair salon. The storefront at 27 S. Main St. has been vacant since summer 2013, when the bookstore moved to developer Steve Duprey’s Love building …

Downtown: Vendor fee fairness to be explored

Sunday, February 15, 2015

At-large Councilor Fred Keach says he loves the Concord Farmers Market. He just doesn’t think they pay the city enough to operate downtown. “I’m not trying to shut it down,” Keach said. “I just want them to pay their fair share. At the moment, I don’t think they …

Downtown: Whether by heated sidewalks or snow boot sales, downtown businesses weather the snowstorms

Monday, February 9, 2015

When Gov. Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency during the first of several recent snowstorms, owner Michael Herrmann opened Gibson’s Bookstore on South Main Street at 9 a.m. anyway. He sold two books, and then closed early at 1 p.m. “We’ve been open every day,” Herrmann said. …

Downtown: Parking consultant will recommend higher rates on Main Street, more options in the garages

Monday, February 2, 2015

Monthly parking permits for residents. No time limits for downtown parking. Higher hourly rates on Main Street, but lower rates on streets farther from the downtown core. Those ideas are a few of the suggestions that materialized from a recent parking study, a last-ditch effort to save the …

Downtown: Concord officials comfortable with minimal safety net on Main Street project

Monday, January 26, 2015

Better safe than sorry, right? Maybe not, in the case of the Main Street project. As Concord prepares to break ground on the downtown redesign this spring, the city has already dipped into its contingency fund to buy $200,000 worth of signs. That leaves the city with about …

Downtown: Boston Olympics bid could put passenger rail ‘on a faster track’

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Boston is a near-straight shot south from Concord, just 70 miles on Interstate 93. Those 70 miles could be the distance between Concord and the epicenter of the Summer Olympics in less than 10 years. Earlier this month, the United States Olympic Committee tapped Boston as its pick …

Downtown: Granite State Symphony Orchestra hopes hiatus is intermission, not finale

Monday, January 12, 2015

In April, the Granite State Symphony Orchestra was planning a 20th season to begin in November. They had cut their longtime conductor, looking for a new sound and a younger audience. But two months later, minutes from the June board meeting show the nonprofit was $8,500 in the …

Downtown: After record year, Intown Concord hopes to boost ‘local currency’

Monday, January 5, 2015

A lone $25 Downtown Dollars certificate sat next to Gerry Mark’s desk at Caring Gifts. “We don’t get a lot (of Downtown Dollars). . . . I bet we don’t get more than a dozen a year,” Mark said, examining the paper certificate. But Mark was still positive …