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“It’s time” – Marijuana legalization bill heads back to House and Senate after committee agreements
06-06-2024 4:19 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

A marijuana bill is one step closer to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk after lawmakers came to an agreement in a committee of conference Thursday.If passed, New Hampshire would become the 25th state to legalize recreational marijuana.House and Senate...

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

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

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...


Seized and Sold: Inside a tax deed auction in Plymouth, where a familiar face emerges as the buyer
06-14-2024 2:18 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

As the gavel came down in Plymouth Town Hall, the man standing in the back corner bought a single-family, four-bedroom, one-bath home with a small barn on an acre and a half of land for $180,000. The bidder was no stranger to town. Alex Ray, owner and...


As Concord city council debates bus stop location, larger concerns about homelessness continue
06-11-2024 4:21 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

On the granite stoop outside of the Gallagher, Callahan and Gartrell law firm, Sean Downs took a seat to wait for the bus.The Capital Area Transit stop on North Main Street sits between two driveways for the law firm, but without a bench at the stop...


At Bishop Brady, seniors graduate alongside special honoree
06-08-2024 12:14 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Farhaan Siddiqui knows how to use the Python programming language, and was running scripts for the University of New Hampshire’s engineering school as a high school student. But away from his computer, he gravitated to a different challenge – scaling...


Whitley drops out of Congressional race, will not seek State Senate either
06-05-2024 12:10 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

First and foremost Becky Whitley will tell people that she is just a regular mom from Hopkinton. And after a brief run for U.S. Congress, in Rep. Annie Kuster’s soon-to-be vacated seat, Whitley is suspending her campaign to do just that: be a mom to...


“We dont want to move” – As Concord continues to increase taxes, those on a fixed income fear what’s next
06-03-2024 9:02 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

At Linda and Donald Matson’s house in Alton, they had nearly 11 acres of land to themselves. Tucked away down a dirt road, the forest bled into their backyard and two neighbors lived at the foot of their street. It was quiet and spacious, but as they...


Despite governor’s order, hundreds of properties seized for unpaid taxes during pandemic
06-01-2024 8:44 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

At the start of the pandemic, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu wanted to make sure no one lost their home.Like governors around the country, he used his executive powers to suspend mortgage foreclosures and issued a moratorium on evictions. And in the...


Remembering Alice: Community supports family after young mother of four dies
05-31-2024 3:05 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

On Alice Nyazahabu’s wedding day, she wore a long white dress with lace sleeves and a bejeweled tiara. She told her husband that life brings three reasons to celebrate: births, deaths and marriage.Their official wedding was a sparse gathering. She...


“It’s a miracle” – Family to attend funeral of missing World War II soldier from Northwood
05-24-2024 2:35 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

From Tunisia, during World War II, Richard Hammond wrote a letter home to Northwood, New Hampshire. He was a young soldier in his 20s serving in the war and his sister was about to have a baby at home.“Has Barbara had the baby yet,” he wrote to his...


Attempt to pass Ellison’s free lunch bill fails in the House again with amendment
05-23-2024 3:36 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Friends of late Rep. Art Ellison are trying to bring forward his dying wish – to “feed the damn kids” – by expanding access to free and reduced lunch in New Hampshire. But the latest attempt to do so, by passing an amendment that would have increased...


Concord Housing and Redevelopment opens two-bedroom voucher waitlist, offers free swim lessons
05-23-2024 3:33 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Concord Housing and Redevelopment is reopening its waitlist for public housing vouchers for two-bedroom units. Once it receives 50 applicants, the list will close again.The waitlist has been on a start-stop basis for two years as a slim rental market...


Senate morphs parking bill to include squatter protections and zoning changes
05-22-2024 4:10 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

In a bill that was first introduced to limit zoning parking requirements to two spaces, New Hampshire Senators drove several issues back to the House with a series of amendments. Now the proposal includes regulations on parking requirements,...


At 85, Senate Dean Lou D’Allesandro announces retirement
05-21-2024 12:32 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Among the cacophony of the New Hampshire State Senate, Lou D’Allesandro’s booming voice has often cut through the chaos. On Tuesday, though, the longtime senator was soft-spoken, his voice quivering, as he announced his retirement from state...


“We are in a crisis” – Child care costs hit $32k on average
05-20-2024 5:33 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

For Leanna Lorden, one positive to come out of the state’s child care crisis is how the staggering numbers caught the attention of lawmakers.A new estimate reveals that child care costs $32,000 annually for a New Hampshire family with two kids under...


Concord solidifies plan to respond to homelessness
05-18-2024 12:00 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Twice a day the fire department can expect a call relating to homelessness in some way, whether it’s a fire at an encampment that needs to be extinguished; the river flooded with high rains and campers are stuck on the banks, or a medical emergency...


ACLU argues “Keep New England White” banner hung on highway overpass is protected speech
05-10-2024 2:45 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

To the ACLU of New Hampshire the phrase “Keep New England White” is a racist and detestable statement that signals to people of color that they are not welcome here. It’s also protected speech under the First Amendment.In a “friends-of-the-court”...


For second time this session, House passes bill to ease lease terminations
05-09-2024 3:50 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

A bill passed by the New Hampshire House Thursday will make it easier for landlords to more quickly evict tenants.For the second time this session, representatives passed the bill, which will allow landlords to terminate leases after six months with...


Two Manchester men face robbery-related charges after Shell station hold-up
05-08-2024 5:19 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

After a month-long investigation, Concord Police have arrested two Manchester men on robbery-related charges in response to a hold-up at the Shell Gas Station on Loudon Road. John Donnell, 35, is facing two counts of robbery and kidnapping. Luke...


Friends Program completing shelter renovation for families experiencing homelessness
05-08-2024 2:24 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Nancy McKeon hopes that when people think of their time with the Friends Program, where she is the executive director, they’ll remember that they lived in the white house on Thompson Street, rather than a shelter while they were experiencing...


Low and moderate income homeowners property tax relief program open through June 30
05-06-2024 2:01 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Applications for property tax relief through the Department of Revenue Administration are open through June 30. Single homeowners who make up to $37,000 a year and married couples who have an income of $47,000 can apply for a reduction on their local...

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