Girard At Large

Girard At Large Connecting LOCAL people, places and things with news from our own backyard! Tune in Monday through Friday, from 6 to 9AM, on 90.7 FM WLMW NH Family Radio!

Broadcast on WLMW 90.7 FM New Hampshire Family Radio, our mission is simple: To connect local people, places and things. “News from our own backyard” is our motto. Led by Manchester native Richard H. Girard, a widely recognized and respected local public figure, Girard at-Large is a unique program that not only discovers and uncovers what’s happening within the Greater Manchester area, but also gives its audience the opportunity to share what it knows. What could be a better source for “news from our own backyard” than from the people who live in it? Once, Manchester was home to several truly local and community-oriented news organizations. Now, the available news outlets have shed their local focus in favor a New Hampshire and or national one. Coverage of Manchester area people, places and things has been left by the wayside. We believe that our unique approach to covering and involving local people, places and things, coupled with our primary focus on local news and events from our own backyard, provides a truly desirable, fun, interesting and effective community media outlet. The city of Manchester – the hub of our region and state - is our primary concern, as it has lost the most locally focused media in the metropolitan area. In addition to Manchester, we cover people, places and things in the towns of Bedford, Goffstown, Hooksett, Auburn, Londonderry, Litchfield, Merrimack, Amherst, Milford, Mont Vernorn, New Boston, Weare, Dunbarton, Bow, Pembroke, Allenstown, Candia, Raymond, Chester and Derry. The total population of our target area is nearly 400,000 people as our radio signal covers virtually all of Hillsborough County, eastern Rockingham County and southern Merrimack County, New Hampshire’s most populous and wealthy counties, and includes the cities of Manchester, Nashua and Concord, NH’s three largest, as well as many of its most populous and prosperous towns. To attract and retain an audience interested in local information, the show features LOCAL news, traffic, weather and sports. In addition, the show offers several segments designed to introduce the audience to the people, places, and things that are right in their own backyard.

11/15/2019
11/15/2019

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11/14/2019
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11/08/2019

Election analysis and wrap up in the way. Be sure to tune!

We congratulate Chris Herbert on running a great race and conceding with grace.  While I agree with Chris on virtually n...
11/06/2019

We congratulate Chris Herbert on running a great race and conceding with grace. While I agree with Chris on virtually nothing, I have always respected his honesty in professing his beliefs and standing by them. He gave the voters the truth about who he was and what he did and why. More should be as forthright.

11/06/2019

Levasseur and O'Neil return as aldermen at Large

Joe Lachance and Jim O'Connell win the at-Large school board seats.

11/06/2019

Ward 12--Revised

Mayor
Craig: 847
Sullivan: 665

Alderman at Large:
JKL: 773
O'Neil: 634
Desrochers: 697
Infantine: 382

School Board at Large
O'Connell: 579
Quiroga: 514
Lachance: 576
Martin: 390

Alderman
Hirschmann: 757
Essa: 702

School Board
Thomas: 720
Toland: 607

11/06/2019

The Democrats defeat Mary Georges for School board in Ward 3.

Soule: 433
Georges:401

So much for supporting diversity...

Long returns to the Alderman's chair over Daniel Heck in a blow out

11/06/2019

Ward 11

Craig 542
Sullivan 477

Alderman at Large

JKL 505
O'Neil 372
Desrochers 472
Infantine 247

School Board at large

O'Connell 346
Quoriga. 357
Lachance 417
Martin 245

Alderman
Gamache 466
Ouellette. 440

School Board
Leapley 505
Ping 351

11/06/2019

Ward 9

Craig 884
Sullivan 808

Alderman At Large
JKL 889
O'Neil 708
Desrochers 706
Infantine 381

School Board at Large
O'Connell 578
Quiroga 534
Lachance 723
Martin 445

Alderman
Shaw 838
Leclerc 719

School Board
Beaudry 872
Moulton 653

11/06/2019

Ward 4

Mayor
Joyce 707
Sullivan 504

Alderman At large
Joe 544
Dan 523
Katie 440
Will 333

School Board At large
O’Connell 504
Quiroga 339
Lachance 439
Martin 287

Alderman
Herbert 552
Roy 561

School Board
Want 596
Flanders 499

11/06/2019

Ward 2
Mayor
Joyce 1268
Sullivan 786

Alderman
Stewart 1520
Chase 362

Alderman At large
Joe 834
Dan 1009
Katie 932
Will 538

School Board At large
O’Connell 922
Quiroga 649
Lachance 672
Martin 607

School Board

Arnold 962
Parr 784

11/06/2019

Ward 5

Mayor
Craig 507
Sullivan 343

At large
Joe 292
Dan 381
Katie 358
Will 183

At large
O’Connell 370
Quiroga 240
Lachance 282
Martin 193

Alderman

Ponce de Leon 257
Sapienza. 487

School Board
Dobson 389
Freeman 375

11/06/2019

Ward 10 cast 1625

Mayor
Joyce 889
Sullivan 717

Alderman
Berry 838
Hebert 694

At large
Joe 809
Dan 681
Katie 753
Will 357

School board
Avard 636
Jane 796

At large
O’Connell 617
Quiroga 501
Lachance 638
Martin 399

Q1
Y 859
N 544

Q2
Y 793
658

Q3
Y 1078
408

11/06/2019

Election results WARD 1
Mayor
Craig 1803
Sullivan 1035

Alderman at-Large
JKL 1155
O'Neil 1444
Desrochers 1310
Infantine 681

School Board at Large
O'Connell 1315
Quiroga 913
Lachance 955
Martin 812

Alderman
Cavanaugh 1923
Nyhan. 642

School Board
Jodoin. 935
Porter. 1334

11/06/2019

Election results WARD 7

Mayor
Craig 764
Sullivan 666

Alderman at-Large
JKL 725
O'Neil 615
Desrochers 590
Infantine 340

School Board at Large
O'Connell 504
Quiroga 447
Lachance 554
Martin 386

Alderman
Terrio 704
Noiseux. 635

School Board
Potter. 634
Shea. 670

11/06/2019

Hirschmann and Thomas win in Ward 12. Georges loses in Ward 3. Waiting for numbers.

11/06/2019

Election results WARD 6

Mayor
Craig 1675
Sullivan 975

Alderman at-Large
JKL 1077
O'Neil 866
Desrochers 824
Infantine 752

School Board at Large
O'Connell 788
Quiroga 587
Lachance 867
Martin 541

Alderman
Moreau. 1175
Gibson. 642

School Board
Bergeron 1020
DiPietro. 830

11/06/2019

Election results WARD 8

Mayor
Craig 1093
Sullivan 1106

Alderman at-Large
JKL 1144
O'Neil 911
Desrochers 844
Infantine 642

School Board at Large
O'Connell 789
Quiroga 630
Lachance 907
Martin 590

Alderman
Foley. 876
Porter. 1051

School Board
Lehoux. 903
Perich. 1144

Ballot questions

1. City Boundaries
Yes
No

2. Sports Betting
Yes
No

3. Student on School Board
Yes
No

11/06/2019

Yes, we will be getting poll results from around the city. Keep your eyes here!

Well, since the NH Supreme Court stayed the superior court's decision and allowed the Charter Commission election to pro...
11/04/2019
About the Manchester ballot questions and Charter Commission candidates - Girard At Large

Well, since the NH Supreme Court stayed the superior court's decision and allowed the Charter Commission election to proceed "subject to further judicial review" after the election, we'll repost this article.

Unbelievable.

Voters in the Queen City will be asked to vote on several ballot questions and for candidates to a charter commission that is tasked with rewriting the city charter with the intent of separating the school district from the city and giving it the power and obligation to send its own tax bill.  (Yik...

Does she even remember what she said while a candidate for mayor?  Unbelievable!  Please share!
11/04/2019
Craig Complains about Campaign "Negativism" - Girard At Large

Does she even remember what she said while a candidate for mayor? Unbelievable! Please share!

Mayor Joyce Craig has carped about the “negativism” of challenger Victoria Sullivan in this race.  My!  What a difference a term makes!  It was just two years ago, and two years before that, that Joyce Craig was the “negative” one tearing at the city in her attempts to oust incumbent Mayo...

Endorsements for the Nov. 5, 2019 Manchester city elections - Girard At Large
11/04/2019
Endorsements for the Nov. 5, 2019 Manchester city elections - Girard At Large

Endorsements for the Nov. 5, 2019 Manchester city elections - Girard At Large

I have been asked by many of you what my thoughts are in races across the city.  It is in response to those inquiries that I post the following endorsements in selected races across the city.  Some will contain brief explanations.  I am honored to be asked and offer my thoughts humbly in response...

What I love about this is the same Office of the City Solicitor that said the state law didn't apply because of the city...
11/04/2019
Legal challenge to charter commission adds new wrinkle to Manchester's Tuesday election

What I love about this is the same Office of the City Solicitor that said the state law didn't apply because of the city charter is the same Office of the City Solicitor that said the city charter didn't apply on the "student voice" topic because of the state law.

Yeah, the article quotes City Clerk Matthew Normand from the court filing but don't think for a even a moment that his words don't come from the city solicitor who has consistently given cover to Mayor Joyce Craig's political desires.

MANCHESTER — One of the more interesting races on the municipal election ballot in Manchester is now a bit more intriguing, as city officials await a judge’s ruling on a

So, John Avard and I are to blame for the investigation into Bill Barry?  Really?
11/02/2019
Bill Barry and the Rules: They apply to everyone else - Girard At Large

So, John Avard and I are to blame for the investigation into Bill Barry? Really?

Volunteers shall not arrange to meet students outside school activities or off school grounds and shall not give gifts to students.  That sentence from page 4 of the Manchester School District’s Volunteer Handbook is at the heart of the controversy surrounding Alderman Bill Barry (D-Ward 10).  B...

The wicked whisper campaigns against Kathleen Kelley Arnold for Ward 2 School Board and Kelly Thomas are truly despicabl...
11/02/2019
Whisper Campaigns Target Kathleen Kelly-Arnold and Kelly Thomas - Girard At Large

The wicked whisper campaigns against Kathleen Kelley Arnold for Ward 2 School Board and Kelly Thomas are truly despicable. Please, don't let them get away with it! Find out who "they" are and get involved.

Incumbent school board members Kathleen Kelly-Arnold (D-Ward 2) and Kelly Thomas (R-Ward 12) are facing one of the more evil things in life:  whisper campaigns.  They are particularly vicious because there really is no good way to respond.  Being on the receiving end of such a campaign is a lot l...

In posting this, I reiterate my support for Joseph Lachance and Lara Quiroga for School Board At-Large.  With them, ther...
11/02/2019
Jim O'Connell: Who he'll REALLY represent - Girard At Large

In posting this, I reiterate my support for Joseph Lachance and Lara Quiroga for School Board At-Large. With them, there's some hope that questions will be asked, status quos will be challenged and people will be held accountable for results. That is what a school board member's supposed to do.

In his campaign brochure, at-Large candidate for school board Jim O’Connell writes: Families know that I have been the strongest advocate for Manchester schools for more than a decade. I know this because after leaving a  negotiations session at the school district office, I found his palm card o...

In posting this article, I will share my endorsement of Joseph Lachance and Lara Gresens Quiroga for the at-Large seats ...
11/02/2019
Gene Martin: The Man Behind a Self Drawn Curtain - Girard At Large

In posting this article, I will share my endorsement of Joseph Lachance and Lara Gresens Quiroga for the at-Large seats on the Manchester Board of School Committee.

While Lachance's endorsement is not a surprise, Quiroga's, no doubt, will be.

Based on what I've seen of Quiroga, I actually don't like her. I find her sanctimonious and off-putting. However, I don't get the impression she'll play "party ball" and thought she gave a responsible answer on spending those one time added state revenues in the New Hampshire Union Leader's candidate survey. She said she'd only support using one time funds on one time expenses. This is something I can support, therefore, she will have mine in the election.

Lachance was the only other person to make that pledge.

https://www.unionleader.com/at-large-candidates-for-alderman-school-board/article_f250c22c-091b-58ba-adf4-27fffb1da437.html

Gene Martin is an at-Large candidate for the Board of School Committee in this Tuesday’s General Election.  He burst onto the scene in the primary, nearly topping the ballot in a six person field.  In a field comprised of relative unknowns, including himself, Martin was able to cut through with ...

10/31/2019

On tonight’s Must See TV show:

Ward 4 candidates Mark Flanders and Jim Roy
Ward 5 school board member Lisa M Freeman
Ward 6 School board candidate Jon DiPietro, Manchester NH
Ward 7 aldermanic candidate Ross Terrio
Ward 8 school board members Friends of Jimmy Lehoux - Ward 8
Ray Hebert for Alderman Ward 10
And Victoria Sullivan for Mayor

Oh My HEAD! Fear not my friends, they all will get a fair hearing! Be sure to tune in!

Mayor Joyce Craig and contract negotiations: A study in sabotage - Girard At Large
10/31/2019
Mayor Joyce Craig and contract negotiations: A study in sabotage - Girard At Large

Mayor Joyce Craig and contract negotiations: A study in sabotage - Girard At Large

Since March 2018, I have had the privilege of chairing the school board’s Special Committee on Negotiations.  Often, the committee has been criticized by Mayor Joyce Craig and her acolytes in the unions for the “lack of progress” made toward finalizing contracts.  Craig went so far as to att...

10/29/2019
Digitally Distracted Workshop

Presenter
Tom Kersting – Digitally Distracted: “Parenting in a Digital Age”

Date
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Time
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location
Ste. Marie Parish
Montminy Hall
378 Notre Dame Avenue
Manchester, NH 03102

Who should attend
All parents, school principals, teachers and volunteers, parishioners with children and other interested parties.
REGISTER HERE:
https://form.jotform.com/RCBM/distracted

Please click the link to complete this form.

Ward 8 School Committee Member Jimmy Lehoux has been dogged in pursuit of the truth of what's happening at Memorial High...
10/28/2019
Memorial High athletic coordinator out, football coach suspended

Ward 8 School Committee Member Jimmy Lehoux has been dogged in pursuit of the truth of what's happening at Memorial High in this matter. Ward 8 wold do well to keep that in mind on Election Day, especially since some of us who've pushed equally has hard won't be there in January to keep it on track.

Friends of Jimmy Lehoux - Ward 8

MANCHESTER — The athletic coordinator at Manchester Memorial High School has been relieved of his duties and the school’s head football coach suspended without pay for two games, as police

10/27/2019
Manchester Public Television

We are proud to recommend the candidacy of our former Public Safety Segment Anchor Jim Gaudet in his bid to serve on the Charter Commission that will be elected this November. He's up against some big names, but as chairman of the Concerned Taxpayers of Manchester, we could not find a better representative to serve as our voice.

Please share this post and encourage your friends to join us in voting for one of our own, Jim Gaudet!

Thank you.

James R. Gaudet, Candidate for Manchester School Charter Commission (Nine commissioners will be chosen November 5, 2019)

10/24/2019

Wow! Have you heard? Oh my head! Be sure to time in! @Lisa M Freeman discussed her relection bid for School Board in Ward 5.

Ward 8 School Board Member Jimmy Lehoux gets hit below the belt by Peter Perich for Ward 8 School Board campaign manager.

Mayor Joyce Craig turns her back on the @Concerned Taxpayers of Manchester and is the star of an unscheduled ribbon cutting that opened the Rex Theatre a week before the official event was scheduled to be held.

All that and OOOHHH sooo much more! Be sure to tune in!

Why does this matter that Mayor Joyce Craig won't attend a debate hosted by the Concerned Taxpayers of Manchester?If the...
10/24/2019
Craig turns back on Concerned Taxpayer debate requests - Girard At Large

Why does this matter that Mayor Joyce Craig won't attend a debate hosted by the Concerned Taxpayers of Manchester?

If the debate hosted by the Chamber of Commerce yesterday was any indication of what's to come, there won't be any questions about taxes, spending or the tax cap. The people who pay the bill deserve to know just how much more they may be asked to pay and why!

Please SHARE if you agree that there should be a debate focused on how the city spends money and how much money should be spent and why!

Thank you!

MANCHESTER, NH  October 10, 2019—  Mayor Joyce Craig won’t be talking with the Concerned Taxpayers of Manchester this election season.  CTM Chairman Jim Gaudet said that Craig had both rejected dates suggested by the group and failed to respond to an open-ended invitation in which CTM offered...

Please share!
10/23/2019
Was fake Rex ribbon cutting done to boost Craig campaign? - Girard At Large

Please share!

Girard at Large has learned that an unplanned ribbon cutting featuring Mayor Joyce Craig at the soon to open Rex Theatre may have been done to meet a deadline for a political mail piece from her reelection campaign.  Craig was the only political figure in attendance at the event, which included a v...

If the University of New Hampshire caves in, then the state of NH should withhold any and all public funding for that Un...
10/23/2019
GraniteGrok

If the University of New Hampshire caves in, then the state of NH should withhold any and all public funding for that University. The First Amendment applies to every American, not just the ones you agree with. At some point, colleges and universities ought to remember the the difference between education and indoctrination and educate the indoctrinators. If they don't like it, they can pack their bags.

UNH Students Aim to Shut Down Rand Paul/Charlie Kirk Event?

Jim Kofalt #UNH #CultureWar Rand Paul #FreeSpeech

This is funny.  Mayor Joyce Craig claims credit for the redistricting that lowered class sizes.  You'd do well to rememb...
10/18/2019
Improving Education | Joyce Craig for Manchester

This is funny. Mayor Joyce Craig claims credit for the redistricting that lowered class sizes.

You'd do well to remember that she voted AGAINST the redistricting proposal and, after it passed, voted to delay centralizing the pre-school operation that is currently spread out over half a dozen schools that need those classrooms to lower class sizes.

Moreover, the largest spending increase proposed by a Mayor in the last decade didn't come from her. It came from Mayor Ted Gatsas whose proposed increase was a few thousand dollars shy of the increase Craig is bragging about, but was a bigger percentage increase than the one proposed by Craig.

Has she any shame?

http://joycecraig.org/accomplishments/standing-up-for-our-students/

Strong schools are critical to our city’s success and lead to a thriving community, better jobs, safer neighborhoods, enhanced property values and more. Mayor Joyce Craig and her husband Mike are both graduates of Manchester public schools, as are her two oldest children, and her youngest is a stu...

10/17/2019

The parade of candidates continues with Kathleen Kelly Arnold and Jon DiPietro as does the assessment of Manchester Proud’s work. Plus, the hosts of mayor and aldermen met and the vagrant invasion was on the agenda again. Be sure to time in!

Might want to share this one...Looks like Senator Jeanne Shaheen has some "'splainin'" to do."He (a Burisma lobbyist) do...
10/15/2019
Steve Hilton: The real Ukraine scandal is US cash for gas -- It involves the Bidens and a growing list of Dems

Might want to share this one...

Looks like Senator Jeanne Shaheen has some "'splainin'" to do.

"He (a Burisma lobbyist) donated to Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., four times and to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., three times. A month after the last of those donations, both Markey and Shaheen were among four senators who wrote a letter to President Obama that said, "We should leverage the full resources and expertise of the U.S. government to assist Ukraine in improving its energy efficiency, increasing its domestic production and reforming its energy markets."

Ukraine seems to be the Democrat's swamp!

#FoxNews

The real Ukraine scandal involves quid pro quo, foreign meddling and many prominent Democrats in addition to the Bidens

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These segments currently include, but won’t be limited to: 1. Education Issue or Educator/School Profile of the week. 2. Spotlight on Local Sports. 3. Community Focus, sponsored by Bellwether Community Credit Union. 4. The Movers & Shakers in Local Business, sponsored by St. Mary’s Bank. 5. The History Lady Aurore Eaton, Executive Director of the Manchester Historic Association, sponsored by Public Service Company of NH 6. Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas. 7. Congressmen Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass. 8. Public Safety Issue of the Week with Dr. Jeffrey Czarnec, retired MPD. 9. Date Night Done Right with Sarah Matta, sponsored by Jacques Flower Shop. 10. HIGH PWWESSHA WEATHA with Al Kaprielian, sponsored by Motorcycles of Manchester. 11. If only they’d known…Information Security and Management Mishaps with Dan Fawcett, sponsored by Morgan Records Management. 12. Sean Devine the Energy Guy, sponsored by Resident Power. 13. Make your Marketing Matter with Stephanie McLaughlin sponsored by Savoire Faire Marketing Communications. 14. All About Autos with Ron Poirier, sponsored by Bob & Sons Automotive. Note Well: Segments may be added or eliminated at any time based on audience input and potential sponsor suggestions, among other factors. Fun items sprinkled throughout the show include “The Pothole Patrol,” “Weird News,” “Tweak of the Week,” and “Quote of the Day,” among others. Our show and Web site also features music from local artists. We take listener phone calls at 603-672-0573 and conduct web audience polls. Best of all, we encourage and accept nominations from our audience about the people, places and things they believe should be featured on the show. By the way, we know we don’t exist in a vacuum, so we don’t ignore state and national news or news makers. However, we make sure to examine how what happens in Concord and Washington, D.C. impacts we locals and we make certain those “higher ups” know just how we locals feel about it. Most of all, we want what we do to be usable and relevant to you. Our guests are there to share their knowledge to help you. Oh, and if you have an idea for a segment, or you think that one we’ve got just isn’t what you want to hear about, just let us know. Thanks for giving us your attention! We hope you enjoy what we do here and share us with your friends!

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