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The Manchester Equity Review Team, a group tasked with improving equity in the city's public schools, is recommending the district increase racial diversity among staff and change how it disciplines students.

In the last decade, Manchester has struggled with a decline in state aid and major demographic shifts; the percentage of Latino students, English language learners (ELL's) and students on free and reduced lunch in Manchester have nearly doubled.

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As New England College and New Hampshire Institute of Art finalize their merger, the schools say they plan to sell off a number of NHIA's properties.

The NHIA decided to join New England College last year, citing declining undergraduate enrollment. It is now renamed The Institute of Art and Design at New England College.  

Free Summer Meals Program Kicks Off in Manchester

Jun 14, 2019
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The free summer meals program started in Manchester on Friday, the first day of summer vacation. The program offers free breakfast, lunch, snacks or dinner for any child 18 years old and under when school’s out. Other communities, including Berlin and Nashua, will begin the program when their school years end.

 

Valerie Carignan, the Food and Nutrition Director at Southern New Hampshire Services, a non-profit running some of the sites, says the program abides by USDA standards to guarantee kids get a nutritious meal.

 

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The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire is suing the city of Manchester over its plan to install surveillance cameras downtown, alleging they would violate state privacy laws.

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Saint Anselm College, the Catholic liberal arts college in Goffstown, is getting a new president in July.

Dr. Joseph A. Favazza will become the 11th president in the college's 129-year history.

Favazza is a former professor of religious studies and most recently served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Stonehill College in Massachusetts for seven years.

Exploring N.H.'s Refugee Program In Manchester

Jun 2, 2019

The number of refugees being resettled in New Hampshire has dropped significantly under the Trump administration. There were 162 refugees resettled in the Granite State in FY 2018; that's compared to 518 two years prior. We'll explore what that means, and also talk with former refugees living in New Hampshire's largest city about their experiences. We'll also look at the city's school system, and how it works with refugee families arriving in the city.

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New Hampshire authorities say autopsies on a couple found dead inside a hotel following a standoff with police in March show they died of a mixture of drugs, among other factors.

Courtesy of the Currier Museum

A man and a woman, on an empty stage, are holding hands.

“They will take a bow, it will be their last curtain, they both know that they are at the ends of their, not only their careers, but their lives, and they will go off into this void,” explains Kurt Sundstrom, senior curator for the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester.

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The Manchester City School District held a Q&A forum with superintendent candidates in their search for new school leadership on Wednesday. Parents, teachers, principals, board members and students showed up to the event, which took place at Memorial High School.

The search has been whittled down to three candidates: the two interim co-superintendents Jennifer Gillis and Amy Allen, as well as John Goldhardt, an educator from Salt Lake City.

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Manchester high schoolers may soon get a seat on their school board.

On Tuesday, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a ballot item that will give voters the chance to decide whether the city's four high schools should have student representatives on the board.

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Four months into the state's new addiction treatment program, Manchester says it's still overwhelmed with the number of people seeking help in the city.

From January to March 2019, 541 people went to Manchester's Safe Stations for help with addiction, a 30 percent increase from the same time last year.

Over half of those people did not live in Manchester.

 

Five towns in southern New Hampshire will start getting drinking water from Manchester by the end of 2020.

That's according to an agreement finalized this month among members of the new Southern New Hampshire Regional Water Project.

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Manchester will soon be home to the country’s first professional baseball field that’s gone organic. 

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats field at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester is working with the nearby dairy company Stonyfield Organic to make its field permanently pesticide-free over the next two years.

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For schools across New Hampshire, special education is a growing need and a growing cost. Nowhere is that more apparent than in Manchester, the state’s largest district, where special ed expenditures have nearly tripled in the last twenty years.  

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A New Hampshire auto shop owner facing deportation to Lebanon for crimes committed 14 years ago has been denied a pardon that would have allowed him to remain in the country.

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Catholic Medical Center, one of the largest hospitals in New Hampshire, has announced plans for a major expansion of its Manchester facilities.

CMC announced Tuesday it wants to add 220,000 square feet and increase its overall capacity from 266 to 330 beds.

CMC spokesperson Lauren Collins-Cline says the plan is driven by increasing demand and that on most days the hospital operates at or near capacity.

“The house is full as we like to say. We've been essentially at capacity most days for quite some time.”

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A local labor union is urging lawmakers to support legislation to combat what it says is a growing problem with workers compensation and wage theft in New Hampshire.

Members of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters say companies are using a loophole to underpay workers and underreport employees, by misclassifying these employees as independent contractors.

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A Manchester auto mechanic with a criminal record appeared before Gov. Chris Sununu and the Executive Council on Wednesday seeking a pardon to avoid deportation.

Alain Ata, now 34, burglarized a Salem house in December 2004. A week later, he helped two accomplices break into a second home that was owned by his ex-girlfriend’s parents. After being found guilty, Ata served a lengthy prison sentence, but the conviction also meant eventual deportation to Lebanon, the country he and his family fled from when he was 10 years old.

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Southern New Hampshire University is expanding its operations to Tucson, Arizona, where it says a new center will meet the needs of students living in mountain and pacific time zones.

SNHU is the largest non-profit university in the country and most of its 130,000 students take classes online.

It says the Tucson center will eventually hire 350 staff to provide student support and academic advising catered to the 20,000 students living in the western U.S.

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Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig has at least one opponent in her re-election campaign this fall.

Speaking on Monday at the Manchester Millyard to a group of supporters holding signs and umbrellas, Victoria Sullivan announced her campaign for the mayor's seat.

Sullivan has been active in local and state politics for years. She served as a Republican state representative from 2014 until 2018, when she lost her seat to a Democratic newcomer.

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One problem with being a good minor league baseball team is that your best players aren’t around for long.

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, who kick off their 2019 season on Thursday in Manchester, won last year’s Eastern League title with the help of three sons of famous major leaguers:  Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio and "born to hit" slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

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The state is fining real estate developer Brady Sullivan $500,000 for breaking environmental regulations.

The case stems from construction of the Mill West apartments in Manchester, where tenants settled with the company in 2017 for lead exposures.

Three people are dead after a standoff with police at the Quality Inn on John E. Devine Drive in Manchester.

The incident began Wednesday night, when Manchester police and federal drug enforcement agents went to the Inn to arrest Stephen Marshall, of Manchester, and another man for drug-related charges.

According to Senior Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati, Marshall exited the hotel through a first-floor window and began shooting at officers with a semi-automatic.

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Towns in Southern New Hampshire are moving ahead with a major construction project to increase water supply to the region.

On Tuesday, voters in Salem approved a deal to buy over a million gallons of water per day from Manchester Water Works.

The water will be sold to residents in Salem and other nearby towns facing water shortages due to increasing population and limited local water sources.

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Manchester's Amoskeag Fishways, the state’s largest urban environmental education center, is scaling down its operations next week.

The center is located at Amoskeag dam along the Merrimack River. For nearly 25 years, New Hampshire Audabon has run it, offering free environmental and marine education to around 25,000 people each year.

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Manchester Police Chief Carl Capano says he's rolling out a new way to grant paid days off to officers for exceptional service.

The policy, called "employee incentive days," will replace the practice of "chief days," which came under fire last year, when an internal audit revealed that police chiefs had rewarded officers with paid days off for nearly two decades without a clear system for doing so.

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In her State of the City address, Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig says her office will focus this year on tackling education and homelessness and encouraging economic develpment.

 

"In the last 10 years, cuts in state aid have cost Manchester more than $50 million," she said Wednesday. "And with a state surplus of over $128 million for this year alone, it’s unacceptable for the state to not restore state aid for education."

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Latino immigrants in Manchester now have a place to go for free referral services. 

The Centro Latino de Hospitalidad, located at the Catholic parish St. Anne-St. Augustin, aims to become the central place for Latinos to get help figuring out where to go for things like housing and legal services.

The center will be open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and be staffed by volunteers from Sisters of Mercy and local colleges, with help from the Granite State Organizing Project.

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Amanda Cordier has been thinking about moving her kids out of the Manchester school district, but after a "Save our Schools" forum at Memorial High School on Thursday, she's worried school funding woes will follow her.

 

"I knew that Manchester definitely has funding problems, but it was a big eye-opener for me that the whole state is impacted," Cordier said. "It’s not just us and our little community. It’s a problem statewide.”

 

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An effort aimed at supporting Manchester’s most vulnerable kids is set to expand this year thanks to a $175,000 grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health), a collaboration led by the Manchester Community Health Center, announced on Thursday a plan to expand parenting education classes and teacher training.

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