Manchester

After over two years of contract negotiations, Manchester and its firefighters have reached a tentative agreement.

On Tuesday, the Board of Mayor and Alderman approved a three-year contract that is now headed to union members for a vote.

The decision comes after a tense month of many firefighters taking sick leave, and fewer firefighters working each shift.

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State health officials have identified a batch of mosquitoes in Manchester with the virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

This is the third detection of EEE in New Hampshire this season, and the first in Manchester since 2013. There have been no reports of human cases of the virus so far.

EEE is less common but more serious than the mosquito-born West Nile Virus. Symptoms are flu-like and appear four to 10 days after being bitten.

The Quebec government has announced $7,500 in funding for a New Hampshire organization that promotes French culture.

 

The money will go toward programming organized by the Franco-American Centre in Manchester. That includes a celebration of the Quebec National Holiday in June.

 

The announcement came soon after Canadian and U.S. officials reached a tentative trade deal after more than a year of high-stakes NAFTA negotiations.  

 

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The Manchester Library is eliminating fines for overdue children’s and young adult materials.

The move is part of a trend in New Hampshire and across the country that aims to increase accessibility for young and low-income patrons. It was inspired by conversations over the last year among library staff, families, and students and teachers in the Manchester School District.

The Manchester Library has over 10,000 patrons between the ages of 5 and 17.

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A live storytelling event featuring New Hampshire refugees is coming to Manchester’s Palace Theater this Sunday.

The event, called “Suitcase Stories,” is organized by the International Institute of New England, which resettles refugees in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Seven people from Manchester - mostly resettled refugees - will get on stage and tell their stories.

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The rate of violent crime continues to fall in the U.S. and in New Hampshire, according to FBI statistics released this week.

The new numbers put New Hampshire as the third-safest state in the country, after Vermont and Maine. New Hampshire's rate of "violent crime"- a broad category that includes burglary, aggravated assault, rape, and murder - is 198.7 per 100,000 people.

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The Manchester Transit Authority has received a million dollars from the federal Department of Transportation to replace four buses in their fleet.

The useful lifespan of a bus is about a decade. The three full-size buses that'll be replaced have been running since 2006.

The MTA will also purchase a new para-transit bus that includes a low floor ramp instead of stairs.

This para-transit bus will complete the city’s fleet, and the city will get the new buses in 2019.

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As the city of Manchester and its firefighters’ union try to reach a new contract, cuts have been made at city fire stations.

Starting Sunday, Manchester Fire Chief Dan Goonan reduced the number of firefighters per shift from 46 to 37.

Goonan said the cuts were necessary because the fire department is over budget.

The reason for the budget problems is a drastic increase in overtime expenses.

Overtime has ballooned in the last month as many firefighters call in sick and others work overtime to fill the vacancies.

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Complaints lodged by a dozen whistleblowers last year about the quality of care at the Manchester VA had consequences. At least four VA leaders lost their jobs and the government poured millions of dollars into improvements at the medical center.

But in an internal draft VA report obtained by NHPR, investigators say nearly all of those complaints were unfounded. (Scroll down to read the draft report.)

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Scientists, tech entrepreneurs and government officials are in Manchester this week to talk about human tissue engineering. It's a complicated new technology, but backers say it could transform southern New Hampshire's economy.

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This week, the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester is welcoming art-lovers to its gallery for a new show. Boston-based artist and Tufts Professor Ethan Murrow has created wall drawings and a sculpture honoring Manchester's working class roots. Last week, ahead of the show's opening, he and a team of art students put the finishing touches on the drawings.

[Editor’s note: We highly recommend listening to this story.]

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A new coalition in Manchester is launching a community planning process for the city's public schools.

The coalition - called Manchester Proud - is funded by local business leaders and has the support of the school board, school unions, the mayor, and many non-profits.

On Saturday, volunteers fanned out across the city, knocking on about 600 doors to collect input from residents about the city's schools.

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For the first time since 2011, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats are champions of minor league baseball’s Double-A Eastern League.

After taking the first two games of the best-of-five series on the road against the Akron RubberDucks, the Fisher Cats completed the sweep in front of the home crowd in Manchester on Friday night, winning 8-5.

The Fisher Cat’s jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a double by the catcher Patrick Cantwell. The team scored again in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.

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The numbers of mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus in southern New Hampshire is on the rise, prompting officials to issue a public health threat declaration for the region.

On Thursday, Governor Sununu and the Department of Health and Human Services announced that 30 municipalities in southern New Hampshire are at increased risk of West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). 

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The Manchester Police and the Attorney General have arrested and charged Paul Dimick, the Manchester man wanted since last week for second-degree murder.

The police had been searching for Dimick since Friday, when they say Dimick shot and killed 32-year old Justin Lee in Manchester.

The police received a tip on Wednesday that Dimick was seen exiting a house not far from the site of the shooting. He was arrested and will be arraigned at Hillsborough County Superior Court on Thursday.

The City of Manchester has reached a settlement with the EPA and the Department of Justice for failing to meet clean air standards for its sewage waste incinerator.

The incinerator, located near the Manchester Airport, processes sewage waste from the region.

The EPA found that Manchester violated federal rules requiring them to monitor and reduce pollutants released from the incinerator, including mercury, lead, and carbon monoxide.

The city will pay a fine of over $131,000 and invest in a new monitoring system which will cost an estimated $6 million.

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Manchester police issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of committing a fatal shooting on Hanover Street on Friday.

Manchester Police Chief Carlo Capano and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald identified the shooter as 26-year-old Paul Dimick. They said he shot Justin Lee, 32, who later died at the Elliot Hospital.  

Dimick is described as a white male, 5'6", with blonde hair and blue eyes. Police say he is considered armed and dangerous.

The shooting led to Central High School being on lockdown for hours. 

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Manchester police arrested and charged a city man with three counts of attempted murder after an officer-involved shooting Thursday night.

Police said 29-year-old Justin McInnes, who was wanted on several warrants, began to flee and got into a car and accelerated toward officers outside an apartment building on the West Side. Officers fired at the vehicle and narrowly escaped getting hit, police said. Officers apprehended him nearby when the car failed or broke down.

 

Manchester School District

Teachers in Manchester headed back to work on Wednesday without a new contract.

The teachers' union has been at an impasse with the school board since June.

The sticking point is salary increases.

Sue Hannan, president of the Manchester Education Association, says that in March, the union submitted a proposal that would put Manchester salaries on par with districts in New Hampshire with good teacher pay. Hannan says it would have cost the city an additional $28 million over the course of three years.

Going Local: The Merrimack Valley

Aug 30, 2018
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We look at the Merrimack Valley region as part of our summer series, Going Local. 

The state's most populated area is perhaps the one with the least identity as a "region," including big cities, growing suburbs, and rural towns. We find out what it's like to live there: what residents love and what they don't. 

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The number of towns in New Hampshire at risk for West Nile virus is growing. Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services elevated Manchester’s level of risk for West Nile to high, automatically elevating the surrounding towns to medium risk.

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More mosquitoes in Manchester have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Manchester Public Health Director Tim Soucy says the additional batches collected Aug. 13-14 were found with the virus, which raises the community's risk level to moderate.

The Queen City discovered the first positive batch of West Nile Virus mosquitoes in late July.

If additional batches of mosquitoes test positive, the city may conduct spraying, Soucy says.

 

New Hampshire police say a woman has been charged with firing a gun and killing a man inside of an apartment.

Police in Manchester say they were called to the area early Wednesday and found 32-year-old Jorjianna Rittenhour, of McGuffey, Ohio. She directed them to the man.

Police found a handgun at the scene and charged her with negligent homicide. It wasn't immediately known if Rittenhour had a lawyer. A court date hadn't been scheduled for her yet.

Police said the man was 37, but didn't release his name, pending notification of family.

 

Food, music and dance from Latino, Caribbean and African traditions will fill Manchester's Veterans Park this Saturday. But there’s also a focus on engaging young people to get involved with their communities

One of Diego Cataño’s favorite parts of the We Are One festival is when the music starts, and different people are dancing to beats from around the world. Cataño's been organizing these festivals for 18 years and besides bringing people from all backgrounds together he's also talking with younger Latinos about leading community events like this one.

 

Police in Manchester are investigating a report of a 7-year-old who suffered a gunshot wound.

Police say officers went to a local hospital just after 8 p.m. Thursday to learn about the child, who has a non-life-threatening injury.

The circumstances are still being determined.

Authorities say there is no threat to the public. Additional information was not immediately available.

 

Governor Sununu's Council on Diversity and Inclusion held its fifth listening session in Manchester Wednesday night.

 

About a hundred people participated in the forum, which has the goal of gathering feedback on how the state can become more welcoming for people of all backgrounds.

 

Sitting around folding tables at Brookside Congregational Church, attendees spoke of their personal experiences.

 

Cosme Neles said he's concerned about how immigrants see the Granite State.

Police Investigate Threats Made Against Manchester Hospitals

Aug 13, 2018

Manchester police continue to investigate a threat made early Sunday morning toward two hospitals in New Hampshire's largest city.

Police have not described the nature of the threat related to Catholic Medical Center and Elliot Hospital, but said there is no risk to the public at this time.

In a statement, CMC said the hospital is working with police on its investigation.

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Manchester's Franco-American Centre kicked off a new summer program for French-speaking immigrant children this week.

 

Eight young Haitian-Americans participated in day three of "Camp Bienvenue." Thursday they went to go see “Wizard of Oz” at the Palace Theater, but participant Angela Cenesca said, earlier in the week the focus was sports. "We went to the baseball, the Fisher Cats stadium," she said.

 

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Ted Kitchens has been tapped by Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig to be the new director of the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

Kitchens is currently general manager of the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, the nation’s 13th busiest airport. According to his resume, he has nearly two decades of experience in the industry.

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Imane Naji Amrani is in total party planner mode. She wears a pink dress and matching pink headscarf. Focused and firm, she tells a group of teenage helpers where food should go and hurries to get everything done before sunset.

Every night for the month of Ramadan, families at the mosque in Manchester take turns cooking for the Iftar, the evening meal where Muslims break their fast each night during Ramadan. Tonight is Naji Amrani’s night to cook.

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