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Girard At Large Connecting LOCAL people, places and things with NEWS from our own backyard! News you're not likely to get elsewhere!

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.

06/12/2020
Concerned Taxpayers of Manchester

The "Senseless Seven." Like it!

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Gaudet
CTM Chair
[email protected]

CTM Statement on Board of Mayor & Alderman Override Vote for School Funding

The Concerned Taxpayers of Manchester commends the seven Aldermen who voted to protect taxpayers and offer some much-needed tax relief in the face of enormous pressure to override the city’s expenditure cap to accept $3.5 million in one-time funds supposedly earmarked for the schools. Mayor Craig had already placed $4 million of the $7.5 million in state aid into her proposed budget.

The Mayor’s own statement after the vote acknowledged that the approved budget “...takes into consideration the financial restraints that so many of us are facing.” We do know that her royal “we” did not include the municipal workers that were allowed to remain at home and draw full pay and benefits and not perform work deemed non-essential.

CTM wants to remind everyone that in our opposition to approval of the recently passed MEA contract, we warned that the use of one-time funds was a prelude to disaster. Now that the Aldermanic Board has voted not to give the school district the remainder of those one-time funds, the city will truly see the real impact of those contracts on the operating budget – which Mayor Craig and her “Senseless Seven” (Aldermen O’Neil, Cavanaugh, Stewart, Long, Sapienza, Barry and Gamache - who supported the override), were trying to hide.

Increasing taxes in this current economic climate would be unthinkable and irresponsible. Taxpayers and residents have suffered financially and emotionally from furloughs due to government-mandated business closures, forced to stay home without a paycheck or benefits while municipal workers remain insulated from hardship and have received full pay and benefits – regardless of whether or not they had to do any work.

In addition, the override proposal failed to account for the expected lost revenue and the wave of property tax abatement requests by commercial property owners, whose properties in the retail space have been significantly devalued. The Mayor and seven alderman who pushed for this override simply do not sympathize with or appreciate fiscal responsibility, and their actions and votes continually demonstrate this.
Instead of making meaningful, impactful and yes – hard, fiscal decisions to save monies in the school district or on the municipal side, not one cost-saving measure has been proposed by the tax and spend crowd on the aldermanic and school boards or the Mayor’s office. In fact, those same elected officials doubled down and are pushing the School Charter Commission agenda of allowing the school board to set budgets and in effect vote on overrides. If the School Board gets taxing authority property owners in this city can say goodbye to any future tax relief. And even more outrageous is the contention from at-large school board member Jim O’Connell in the wake of current racial tensions by making baseless accusations against those seven Aldermen of being racist for not throwing more money at the schools and voting for the override.

CTM is always seeking to protect the interests of taxpayers and again, thanks Aldermen Jim Roy, Elizabeth Moreau, Ross Terrio, Mike Porter, Barbara Shaw, Keith Hirschmann and Joe Kelly Levasseur for doing what was right by taxpayers with their votes on the budget override.

06/11/2020
New Hampshire Gov. Watchdog
06/11/2020

New Hampshire Gov. Watchdog

Dartmouth Student Resigns NH House Seat – State Won’t Cover Commute Mileage From his Home in California?
#CoronavirusNH #NHPolitics #DeepStateNH
He took a NH House seat from an actual resident by being allowed to claim his temporary dorm housing as proof of permanent residency.

But he voted here, and voted on legislation in the legislature, so how do we know he didn’t ‘live’ in New Hampshire? COVID-19, that’s how.

If Garrett lived in NH, he would have been sheltering in place, at a residence in New Hampshire. But when Dartmouth kicked his out-of-state-ass out, he had to leave. Garrett could not stay at 12 Mass Row, Hanover. So, where did he go? Home to California, where he actually lives.

https://granitegrok.com/blog/2020/06/dartmouth-student-resigns-house-seat-state-wont-cover-commute-mileage-from-his-home-in-california

Are Manchester, NH schools a bastion of racism? - Girard At Large
06/11/2020
Are Manchester, NH schools a bastion of racism? - Girard At Large

Are Manchester, NH schools a bastion of racism? - Girard At Large

Over the past several weeks, there have been multiple articles I could have written about things happening at Manchester City Hall or on Hecker Street (HQ for the Manchester School District).  However, the reasons I stepped down from my seat on the Board of School Committee, demands of family and b...

06/11/2020

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Gaudet
CTM Chair
[email protected]

CTM Statement on Board of Mayor & Alderman Override Vote for School Funding

The Concerned Taxpayers of Manchester commends the seven Aldermen who voted to protect taxpayers and offer some much-needed tax relief in the face of enormous pressure to override the city’s expenditure cap to accept $3.5 million in one-time funds supposedly earmarked for the schools. Mayor Craig had already placed $4 million of the $7.5 million in state aid into her proposed budget.
The Mayor’s own statement after the vote acknowledged that the approved budget “...takes into consideration the financial restraints that so many of us are facing.” We do know that her royal “we” did not include the municipal workers that were allowed to remain at home and draw full pay and benefits and not perform work deemed non-essential.
CTM wants to remind everyone that in our opposition to approval of the recently passed MEA contract, we warned that the use of one-time funds was a prelude to disaster. Now that the Aldermanic Board has voted not to give the school district the remainder of those one-time funds, the city will truly see the real impact of those contracts on the operating budget – which Mayor Craig and her “Senseless Seven” (Aldermen O’Neil, Cavanaugh, Stewart, Long, Sapienza, Barry and Gamache - who supported the override), were trying to hide.
Increasing taxes in this current economic climate would be unthinkable and irresponsible. Taxpayers and residents have suffered financially and emotionally from furloughs due to government-mandated business closures, forced to stay home without a paycheck or benefits while municipal workers remain insulated from hardship and have received full pay and benefits – regardless of whether or not they had to do any work.
In addition, the override proposal failed to account for the expected lost revenue and the wave of property tax abatement requests by commercial property owners, whose properties in the retail space have been significantly devalued. The Mayor and seven alderman who pushed for this override simply do not sympathize with or appreciate fiscal responsibility, and their actions and votes continually demonstrate this.
Instead of making meaningful, impactful and yes – hard, fiscal decisions to save monies in the school district or on the municipal side, not one cost-saving measure has been proposed by the tax and spend crowd on the aldermanic and school boards or the Mayor’s office. In fact, those same elected officials doubled down and are pushing the School Charter Commission agenda of allowing the school board to set budgets and in effect vote on overrides. If the School Board gets taxing authority property owners in this city can say goodbye to any future tax relief. And even more outrageous is the contention from at-large school board member Jim O’Connell in the wake of current racial tensions by making baseless accusations against those seven Aldermen of being racist for not throwing more money at the schools and voting for the override.
CTM is always seeking to protect the interests of taxpayers and again, thanks Aldermen Jim Roy, Elizabeth Moreau, Ross Terrio, Mike Porter, Barbara Shaw, Keith Hirschmann and Joe Kelly Levasseur for doing what was right by taxpayers with their votes on the budget override.

Well, now...
06/07/2020
Mayor Joyce Craig's Private Pool Club Immune from Coronavirus? - Granite Grok

Well, now...

Earlier this week, Mayor Joyce Craig cast several tie-breaking votes to keep city pools, the Splash Pad, and playgrounds closed for at least another month due to public health concerns. City Health Department Director Anna Thomas insisted that the pandemic “is spreading like wildfire” throughout...

Under then Chief David Mara, the Manchester NH Police Department undertook a substantial effort to reach out to minority...
06/02/2020
Ashland Teen Accused Of Encouraging Rioting In New Hampshire

Under then Chief David Mara, the Manchester NH Police Department undertook a substantial effort to reach out to minority communities, especially refugees and immigrants.

Continued by successor chiefs Nick Willard and Carlo Capano, the department has continued its extraordinary work to engage, work with and understand communities of color in Manchester. That anyone, never mind someone from way outside the city, would make Manchester a target of mayhem and its police a target for violence is beyond contemptible.

The murder of George Floyd was an unspeakable tragedy, a disgusting act and vilely un-American. It was horrifying and has rightly been condemned by all, especially the men and women of law enforcement, the vast majority of whom don't have a racist bone in their body or thought in their mind.

The lawless riots, the wanton property destruction, the maiming and murdering of innocent people trying to protect themselves, their families and their properties does nothing to honor Mr. Floyd or further the cause. It does violence to both and should not be tolerated anymore than the gut wrenchingly awful murder of George Floyd that some pretend it's in response to.

~RIchard H. Girard

Willardhttps://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/ashland-teen-accused-of-encouraging-rioting-in-new-hampshire/ar-BB14V59P?ocid=hplocalnews

Daniel Zeron was arrested Tuesday accused of encouraging others to "take examples from riots in other cities" and bring them to Manchester.

05/28/2020
Governor Chris Sununu, please rethink this.  The New Hampshire Union Leader reports: "The devastating toll of COVID-19 o...
05/27/2020
4 deaths, 3 new outbreaks, all in long-term care

Governor Chris Sununu, please rethink this.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports:

"The devastating toll of COVID-19 on nursing home residents will remain the final barrier to fully reopening New Hampshire, state officials said Tuesday as they announced four new deaths and three additional outbreaks — all in long-term care settings"

Taming the problem in nursing homes is the wrong decision point to reopening this state. It's more than wrong. It's asinine.

No place in the state has been more sheltered, more isolated, more protected than nursing homes. None. If they announced that those working in nursing homes and their families must self-quarantine until the nursing home problem is remedied, then that might be okay. However, to tell EVERYBODY that they can't return to normal, be they businesses or individuals, because of the nursing home problem is more than wrong. It illustrates the ham handed, nonsensical, and random "one size fits all" approach to addressing this crisis that has caused hundreds of thousands in this state to suffer needlessly.

200,000 unemployed. Hospitals losing $200,000,000 per MONTH. CMC, Elliot and others on the brink of financial collapse, countless individuals who have suffered from the inability to see their doctor, their dentist, their therapist, have their biopsy, MRI, CT scan, bloodwork or other diagnostic test done; all of which has delayed diagnoses and treatments of serious ailments.

Depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses are off the charts, suicides are at record highs, drug overdoses, domestic violence, children home from school, businesses lost forever, livelihoods gone. Even the fool Fauci has said it's time to reopen lest there be "irreparable damage" to the economy AND public health. Finally, he admits there are public health consequences to this prolonged shutdown.

Governor, the curve has been flattened. The spread was slowed. This nursing home benchmark is a bridge too far that cannot and will not be reached by continuing this course of action. Best evidence that it won't is that it hasn't worked to protect this population.

We have known for weeks that nursing homes have driven the numbers in this state, just as they have around the country. This not a surprise. It is nothing new. This course of action hasn't protected them yet and continuing it won't change that now. Consider additional steps for the nursing homes if you feel so compelled to address that problem. Let the rest of us move on with our lives.

Enough, already. Enough!

~ Richard H. Girard

CONCORD — The devastating toll of COVID-19 on nursing home residents will remain the final barrier to fully reopening New Hampshire, state officials said Tuesday as they announced four new

The BOSC is meeting tonight.  Stay tuned to hear what updates the Superintendent has for us! This is your Mom-At-Large, ...
05/26/2020
PEG Channel 22 | manchestertv

The BOSC is meeting tonight.
Stay tuned to hear what updates the Superintendent has for us! This is your Mom-At-Large, Patrice Benard, and I will try to summarize the meeting in the comments below. All comments and opinions are mine, not Rich's, so be forewarned!!!
https://www.manchestertv.org/22

Add to this the calamities that haven't happened in states that have reopened far more aggressively, all predictions to ...
05/26/2020
603 Alliance: Time to lift the stay-at-home order in NH

Add to this the calamities that haven't happened in states that have reopened far more aggressively, all predictions to the contrary, and there really is little "data" to suggest these lockdown's continue.

Kudos to the 603 Alliance on a well reasoned and written piece.

NEW HAMPSHIRE’s stay-at-home order was issued March 16th. More than two months later we continue to face serious restrictions that limit our ability to earn a living, our freedom of

The wonder isn't that doctors are speaking out about the negative health and medical consequences of the shutdown, it's ...
05/25/2020
'Mass casualty incident': Over 600 doctors sign letter warning Trump of dangers of continued lockdowns

The wonder isn't that doctors are speaking out about the negative health and medical consequences of the shutdown, it's that the Wizards of Smart in the public health apparatus, from the CDC to Fauci, never considered them and still are not considering them in their calculations as they urge continued lockdown.

More than 600 doctors signed a letter urging President Trump to end the nationwide coronavirus shutdowns and referred to orders issued by states that keep businesses closed as a “mass casualty incident” with devastating consequences.

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/minnesota-bishops-will-reopen-public-masses-defy-state-order-19583Now that these...
05/22/2020
Minnesota bishops will reopen public Masses, defy state order

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/minnesota-bishops-will-reopen-public-masses-defy-state-order-19583

Now that these leaders have found their voice, it's all the more important that people sign the petition launched by two young adults in New Hampshire asking Bishop Peter Libasci of the Diocese of Manchester to allow churches to reopen.

https://www.girardatlarge.com/2020/05/petition-calls-on-bishop-libasci-to-allow-churches-to-re-open/

The tact the Minnesota bishops have taken is EXACTLY applicable here in New Hampshire and should be followed, especially since the governor refuses to give a timeline for reopening churches and the bishop says the restrictions on gatherings are the reason why he won't reopen them.

Add to this the announcements of multiple diocese across the country and President Donald J. Trump's pronouncement today that religious services are "essential" and his direction that they be allowed to resume this weekend and it's clear the time has come.

Please ask the bishop to reopen by signing the petition!

https://www.girardatlarge.com/2020/05/petition-calls-on-bishop-libasci-to-allow-churches-to-re-open/

The bishops of Minnesota say they will permit parishes to resume the public celebration of Masses next week, and defy a state prohibition of religious gatherings exceeding 10 people.

05/21/2020

Ready! Aim! ... Be sure to tune in!

Manchester teacher union VP goes shopping-during school hours - Girard At Large
05/21/2020
Manchester teacher union VP goes shopping-during school hours - Girard At Large

Manchester teacher union VP goes shopping-during school hours - Girard At Large

Maxine Mosley, the vice-president of the Manchester Education Association, was seen grocery shopping at BJ’s Wholesale Club in Manchester on  Friday May 15, 2020…at 10:15 in the morning. I was shopping to kill time while tires were being put on my truck.  She said “hi” to me as I was about...

It would seem the petition we promoted has caught the attention of the New Hampshire Union Leader.While I am personally ...
05/20/2020
Churches to distribute Holy Communion with limits; petition calls for Masses to resume

It would seem the petition we promoted has caught the attention of the New Hampshire Union Leader.

While I am personally pleased to see the bishop taking a small step in the direction of reopening, the idea that Governor Chris Sununu's ban on gatherings of more than 10 people needs to be addressed is bogus.

In states where churches were subjected to a more restrictive reopening standard than restaurants, retail outlets and other businesses, they've gone to court and won. I do believe we linked to a couple of articles about that in our original post.

http://www.girardatlarge.com/2020/05/petition-calls-on-bishop-libasci-to-allow-churches-to-re-open/

The diocese should have a lawyer or two that knows this. If the bishop wanted to reopen tomorrow, the governor's restrictions couldn't be applied. Frankly, I doubt the governor would even try to enforce them.

Look, it's simple. People who are worried or afraid for their health won't go. People who live with someone who may be vulnerable won't go. Reopening churches is not a mandate that people attend. The pastors know their communicants. They know how to keep families six feet apart, and, sadly, most churches have plenty of space to distance. Put sanitizer dispensers in the entry ways, have families be six feet apart when in line to receive communion, dispense with the hand shake at the sign of peace, and call it a day.

There are diocese reopening all over the country. Time for the Diocese of Manchester to reopen its doors to the faithful who are comfortable attending. Those who aren't can still watch Mass at home.

~Richard H. Girard

Catholic churches across New Hampshire can begin distribution of Holy Communion to the faithful starting this weekend, even though public access to Mass is still on hold.

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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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Formerly broadcast on WLMW 90.7 FM New Hampshire Family Radio, our mission remains 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.

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Rich, in your broadcast you should note that Coronavirus isn’t just another flu to the elderly and cardio pulmonary compromised people. Coronavirus is pneumonia which can be deadly to this group. While it may not be very serious to average healthy people it is for them. People should be cognizant of that and protect them.
I’m at the Manchester Proud BOSC meeting and the center section of the auditorium is loaded with red City Year jackets.
I'm proud of you Victoria (Sis).
I only wished I lived in Manchester to vote for this lady to become Manchester's next Mayor! I grew up on the West side and called Manchester my home for 30 years so I care about Manchester and her future. Vote for Victoria Wojdylak Sullivan if you care about education, the prosperity of Manchester and lower taxes. Together, she will work with you to see Manchester reach her full potential!
Does anyone find it odd that Rep Pappas supports going after Trump for the increase in bussiness in his hotels and then hosts a Democratic fundraiser dinner at his restaurant in NH?
Please join us Saturday, June 29 for one hour. Oppose the merger! A Catholic hospital joins forces with an abortion promoter and provider!
Make INFORMED Decisions - Make NH Government ACCOUNTABLE... JOIN 'Right-To-Know NH' for Free and GET EDUCATED for Free to learn what PUBLIC INFORMATION is 'SUPPOSED' to be FREE to NH Citizens!! SUPPORT HB729 & SB313 to create the Office of Right-To-Know Ombudsman and the Right-To-Know Commission!
Rich - glad you covered the tax cap. As an almost 30 yr property owner in the city, I always look at the tax cap as a way to a) drive out waste and force efficiencies and b) mitigate the influence of unions on those who are in positions to vote on financial agreements with those unions. There are many it seems that believe throwing more money at our woes will be the universal cure-all. There are issues today in the city that could be solved with some unpopular decisions but there is no political will to do so.
Someone needs to ask ALL school administrators for this information. AND contact the Attorney General to investigate the public schools:
This is a Great opportunity to have fun while supporting Manchester High School West Soccer program. Looking forward to seeing everyone there, please bring a friend or two with you and share post. Thanks Coach Dani