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Advocates hope to see the ‘year of housing’ in the state house
02-24-2024 11:00 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

When the Legislature reconvened in January, the new session was met with a record number of housing bills. But Elissa Margolin is holding off on crowning this session as the “year of housing” – until she sees what policy makes it to the governor’s...

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Hometown Hero: Carlman helps the homeless where she can
02-19-2024 9:00 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Rebecca Carlman knows a new blanket can go a long way when you are living out of a tent. She did so herself for three years – with cold winters and wet mornings after a night of rain leaving a lingering chill. So now she loads what supplies she can...


Testimony says bill could increase homelessness
02-14-2024 5:08 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Brandon Lemay choked up when he talked about housing instability in New Hampshire. Looking at his own lease that ends in February, his rent will go up by $1,000 a month.Housing is already hard to come by statewide, he said. Vacancy rates are low,...


With a $1M donation, Christ the King Parish looks to build new food pantry
02-14-2024 4:11 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Mary Jane Bailey wants to see a new food pantry built in her lifetime. Thanks to her late friend Theresa Downing, that wish is about to come true.Two years ago, Downing left $1 million in her will to build a new pantry at Christ the King Parish in...


NH rent control bill killed in committee
02-11-2024 9:03 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

To solve the state’s housing shortage, the solution to Rep. David Preece, a Manchester Democrat, is to provide incentives in zoning codes to spur development. Rep. Tim Cahill, a Raymond Republican, has an alternate approach and wants to bring down...


Hometown Hero Journee LaFond: Building their community in Concord
02-05-2024 7:46 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

When Journee LaFond arrived in New Hampshire in 2018, their first thought was that the state had the potential for a strong community. But two questions lingered.“Where are the Black people and where are the queer people?” said LaFond. “Where’s...


As homelessness rises in New Hampshire, state and federal funding proposed for providers
02-01-2024 6:08 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Homelessness is a complex issue in New Hampshire, compounded by a housing shortage and often exacerbated by mental health and substance abuse. But at the state and federal level lawmakers have a solution – provide funding to local agencies to help...


Inspired by Granny D, Rick Hubbard is walking across America for democracy
01-30-2024 5:49 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

When Rick Hubbard started his cross-country journey walking with an American flag on his back he had one goal in mind: fix the current state of democracy.It was the fall of 2022, and the 82-year-old Vermont resident set off for Los Angeles. By the end...


Concord homeowners fell behind on their taxes. The city auctioned their homes off
01-27-2024 2:27 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Friday morning started like any normal day for Carol Stiasny. She woke before the sun rose and left for work by 6:30 a.m. – going through the motions to keep her mind off the reality that soon she’d need moving boxes.By 2 p.m., while she was finishing...


New American casts first vote days after swearing-in ceremony 
01-24-2024 4:49 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

To vote in his first United States election, Kayitani Ndutiye put on his Patriots football shirt and a blazer and attached a gold American flag pin to the lapel.“Proud to be an American” it read. Eighteen months ago, he sat in a classroom at...


In Pittsfield and Loudon, support for Trump remains strong
01-23-2024 10:18 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

There was no question who Chris Shaw would be voting for when he pulled up the leg of his pants. On his left calf, former President Donald Trump’s face is front and center – tattooed in black ink with the Statue of Liberty in the background.The...


Despite approval of new middle school location, Concord residents still questioning the cost
01-16-2024 8:49 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Lying awake in the middle of the night, Chris O’Connor felt physically sick. He had one number he couldn’t get out of his mind: $176 million – the approved cost of a new middle school in Concord.In December, the Concord School Board voted to build a...


Plan to make Franklin area a regional draw expands
01-14-2024 12:45 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Marty Parichand’s vision for a new whitewater park may sound repetitive.For years, he has said that investing in recreation in Franklin will put the state’s smallest city on the map as a New England destination and spur economic growth.It’s a message...


Flood of emotions: Faulty culvert causes serious damage to Loudon home
01-14-2024 11:00 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

For weeks, in order to reach her two chicken coops in her backyard, Tessa Dyer put on chest waders. At its worst, the water that had flooded her property surpassed her waist. On a good day, it was still knee-deep.As temperatures dropped, her flooded...


House subcommittee formed to address state education funding 
01-09-2024 5:19 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

The state’s education funding formula will be the focus of a select group of lawmakers this session hoping to make it more equitable and pass constitutional muster.The bipartisan group, comprised of members of the House committees on education and...


As the judicial system seeks to improve equity, judges are turning to the public for feedback
01-06-2024 11:22 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

When New Hampshire courts offer translation services for non-native English speakers, there’s often a mismatch between intent and execution.Forget differing sentence structures, tenses and not to mention baseline words – when each word is directly...


New city council to delay Beaver Meadow discussions
01-05-2024 2:47 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

At their first full meeting Monday, Concord city councilors are expected to hold off discussing the future of clubhouse renovations at the Beaver Meadow golf course. Plans for building a new clubhouse have been sent back to the Ad-Hoc Beaver Meadow...


‘We don’t oppose the project, we oppose the process’: Islamic Society sues city over zoning board decision
01-04-2024 4:53 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

When it was a homeless shelter, the old First Congregational Church site on North Main Street, got busy on winter nights when doors opened each evening and then again first thing in the morning when it closed.When the church was an active parish with...


New FAFSA will make more students eligible for aid in NH
01-03-2024 3:11 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Several changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid will make more students eligible to receive financial assistance this year. The new FAFSA, which was released on Dec. 31, is a simplified version with 36 questions, instead of 108 which...


Top stories of 2023: Housing on everyone’s mind
12-26-2023 10:07 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Three numbers put daunting benchmarks on New Hampshire’s housing crisis this year – 23,500 units are needed to meet the current demand. By 2030, the state needs to build 60,000 units. And by 2040, that number grows to 90,000.It’s been repeated by...


Homeownership workshops outline purchasing property for New Americans
12-23-2023 2:38 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

A house where friends could stay. Or maybe a small condo with a spare bedroom. Fisto Ndayishimiye is open to different options when he envisions owning his own home.But then there’s the price of a mortgage. Or the looming question of how long he will...

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