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Opinion: Even Strength to Succeed can’t make up for DCYF’s failure
09-21-2023 6:00 AM


Richard Wexler is executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform ( Both the Strength to Succeed program and Michaela Towfighi’s excellent story about it for the Monitor reflect a rare understanding that parents who...

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Letter: Current Use article lacked facts
07-13-2024 7:00 AM

Michaela Towfighi’s article headlined “Land conservation becomes unfunded mandate,” (Monitor, 6/29) was not up to her excellent standard of factual, multi-sourced work. The Monitor’s editors should have spiked this story. One, experts from the Current...

Opinion: Response to ‘Land conservation’
07-08-2024 3:50 PM

I read with great interest Michaela Towfighi’s article, “Land conservation becomes unfunded mandate,” (Monitor, 6/29). I spent 22 years on the NH Board of Tax Appeals, own land in current use and have served as an elected town official. I understand...

Monitor wins 10 first-place NH journalism awards, including reporter and photographer of the year
06-23-2024 5:07 PM


The Concord Monitor and its staff won 10 first-place awards, including Journalist of the Year and Photographer of the Year from the New Hampshire Press Association.Reporter Michaela Towfighi, who covers a unique beat called “Two New Hampshires” that...

Following in their footsteps: Class of 2024 looks back on 100 years of Franklin High School graduates
06-15-2024 8:52 AM


As Olivia Sylvester lined up to lead Franklin’s 100th Class Day Parade, she put her sunglasses on and lifted her drum up onto her shoulders. With her blue cap and gown, this year’s class co-valedictorian led the parade with the rolls of her sticks and...

Letter: Franklin stands ready to help
06-11-2024 3:59 PM

I must admit that I am angered by the article “Taken for taxes, waiting to die” by Michaela Towfighi that clearly smacks of sensational journalism and implies that the state’s smallest city forced a homeowner out of his home, not true, and that no...

Letter: Rooming house welcome addition
04-08-2024 5:00 PM

I was pleased to read Michaela Towfighi’s article regarding the efforts of Next Step Living, Inc. to create a rooming house for adults living with developmental disabilities in the Concord community. As executive director of Fellowship Housing...

Homeowner Assistance Fund to close March 8
02-27-2024 5:25 PM


A state program for struggling homeowners created with federal pandemic funding will close down next week as its money runs out.Since 2022, the New Hampshire Homeowners Assistance Fund helped residents to pay costs throughout the pandemic – like...

Letter: Do not be afraid, get involved!
02-23-2024 4:24 PM

I read with great interest, reporter Michaela Towfighi’s article (2/21) regarding the new middle school in Concord. I agree completely with Jeff Wells when he calls for a reconsideration or to rescind a vote to build a new school at Broken Ground....

Concord homeowners fell behind on their taxes. The city auctioned their homes off
01-27-2024 2:27 PM


Friday morning started like any normal day for Carol Stiasny. She woke before the sun rose and left for work by 6:30 a.m. – going through the motions to keep her mind off the reality that soon she’d need moving boxes.By 2 p.m., while she was finishing...

Top stories of 2023: Housing on everyone’s mind
12-26-2023 10:07 AM


Three numbers put daunting benchmarks on New Hampshire’s housing crisis this year – 23,500 units are needed to meet the current demand. By 2030, the state needs to build 60,000 units. And by 2040, that number grows to 90,000.It’s been repeated by...

Homeowner Assistance Fund to move to wait list 
12-14-2023 5:02 PM


The New Hampshire Homeowner Assistance Fund will transition to a wait list for applications at the end of the week as the program nears the end of its federal funding.The program is a product of the American Rescue Plan Act, where federal dollars were...

With state funding, Boscawen begins to rethink housing in town
11-11-2023 7:02 PM


A walk down Commercial Street in Boscawen foreshadows the town’s future – or at least that’s what Kellee Easler likes to think.It may not seem like much today. The street is the site of a former leather tannery that left behind such a mess the...

Monitor wins Newspaper of the Year award
11-03-2023 4:52 PM

By Monitor staff

The Concord Monitor recently won two top awards from the New England Newspaper and Press Association, including Sunday Newspaper of the Year honors.The association gives the award out in two categories for newspapers above and below a Sunday...

With federal student loan forgiveness squashed, NH graduates on the hook more than most
07-09-2023 11:57 AM


When President Joe Biden announced plans to forgive student loan debt last fall, nearly 200,000 New Hampshire borrowers could have been eligible for repayment relief. But the promise was short-lived. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the...

Concord Monitor wins top awards from New Hampshire Press Association
06-21-2023 5:49 PM

For the second year in a row, the Concord Monitor won first place for General Excellence, the top award for large news organizations in the state from the New Hampshire Press Association.In addition, the Monitor and its staff won three other...

Letter: Services for juveniles
06-08-2023 7:00 AM

I appreciate Michaela Towfighi’s series on juvenile justice in New Hampshire. I am a CASA, a volunteer working with abused and neglected children. Ms. Towfighi optimistically refers to children and youth accessing mental health and substance abuse...

Ready, set, race: Monitor reporter runs her first Boston Marathon
04-16-2023 6:00 AM


Michaela Towfighi is a Report for America corps member and Concord Monitor reporter covering the Two New Hampshires beat. When I arrived in Concord last June, I was already hesitantly preparing for winter. I bought a big coat that summer, and...

Letter: Response to ‘Boomerang town’
02-26-2023 7:01 AM

Thank you to Michaela Towfighi for the extensive article about Warner on Sunday (Monitor, 2/19) for which she spent considerable time to talk with so many individuals and then doing additional research on local housing numbers. I would like to clear...

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