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Concord police planning to clear homeless encampment from homeowner’s backyard
07-17-2024 5:43 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Concord Police and outreach workers are beginning to tell people living along the railroad tracks behind houses on North Main Street that they must move their encampment or it will be cleared out.The tracks are owned by CSX, which has a memorandum of...

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A Concord encampment story went viral. Those living there say there’s nowhere else to go
07-12-2024 5:24 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Straps tied to trees supported the blue and gray tarps hanging like a canopy over the green tent. Plywood, scaffolding, pallets – even a swing – line the wooded encampment.This is the jury-rigged home that a woman named Melissa and her husband built...


‘She was valiant’ – Friends and family to gather Saturday to celebrate Concord’s Hope Butterworth
07-11-2024 4:39 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Hope Butterworth’s house on Merrimack Street in Concord was unconventional. Here she raised her three kids with a darkroom occupying one bathroom where she developed film and a picnic table serving as the dining room table. Next to it, a stereo played...


City council approves grant for new Community Justice Center plan
07-10-2024 9:54 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

A new Community Justice Center could house legal resources in Concord, with New Hampshire Legal Assistance, 603 Legal Aid and the Disability Rights Center looking to combine forces in one office space.Currently, the three providers have their own...


Former Warner town administrator no longer with Newbury
07-01-2024 2:23 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Editors note: The headline of a previous version of this story indicated that Diane Ricciardelli was fired from her post as town administrator in Newbury. According to June 10 select board minutes, the town of Newbury entered an “agreement and...


‘A good possibility’ – Lawmakers say housing committee has more work to do
06-30-2024 6:59 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

The rationale for convening a special housing committee was easy for House Speaker Sherman Packard to justify. People across the state told him time and time again how the lack of affordable homes and apartments in New Hampshire was impacting their...


Where they stand: New Hampshire lawmakers call for uniform regulations, penalties for t
06-28-2024 7:31 PM

When homeowners fall behind on their property taxes, New Hampshire state law allows for municipalities to seize and sell the home to recoup the debt owed. Despite a uniform state law, the way this process is executed is left to local discretion of tax...


A look into current use law: ‘New Hampshire has a policy but doesn’t want to pay’
06-28-2024 3:47 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

At Kelley Monahan’s house in Orford, New Hampshire, she has eight acres and two ponds along the Connecticut River. It became her slice of rural heaven after she left Hartford, Connecticut, 25 years ago.To Monahan, a few metrics help define rural life...


‘I wish they would have reached out’ – Solutions to help New Hampshire residents from having their property taken
06-28-2024 2:36 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI / Monitor staff

The clock kept ticking as Carol Stiasny watched application after application get rejected. Her credit was too low. Most landlords didn’t accept pets. If she didn’t vacate her two-bedroom manufactured home by May 1, she’d be evicted. The date came and...


Status of Girls: Higher rates of depression and poverty for New Hampshire girls of color
06-25-2024 6:20 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Riyah Patel knows the impact of the pandemic on high school girls. She was one when school shuttered and online classes began.She saw the struggles with mental health, learning gaps and isolation in her classmates. She saw it continue as she returned...


In Rockford Illinois – a blueprint for reducing homelessness, 1,050 miles from Concord
06-23-2024 5:04 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Rockford, Illinois, was the type of place where for those growing up there, the goal was to get out. To Larry Morrissey, that became a challenge to transform his hometown – especially when it came to addressing homelessness. Morrissey grew up in...


Seized and sold: ‘It saved me’ – Pandemic property tax payment program that helped thousands ended. Now what?
06-21-2024 3:33 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI / Monitor staff

Patricia Ingemi stood on the front lawn as she watched her house go up in flames. The fire grew fast, and the sound of her nine cats shrieking inside haunts her a decade later. In a matter a minutes, the single-family house she owned since 1981 was...


Seized and Sold: Inside a tax deed auction in Plymouth, where a familiar face emerges as the buyer
06-14-2024 2:18 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

As the gavel came down in Plymouth Town Hall, the man standing in the back corner bought a single-family, four-bedroom, one-bath home with a small barn on an acre and a half of land for $180,000. The bidder was no stranger to town. Alex Ray, owner and...


‘Don’t fall behind’ - Taking and selling properties left to local discretion
06-14-2024 2:11 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI / Monitor staff

Days before the city of Concord was set to sell his house, Jeffrey Cyr made a budget to spend his life savings.His son had taken out a loan for $16,800 to save his father’s house from the auction block. In return, Cyr agreed to pay him back in $400...


As Concord city council debates bus stop location, larger concerns about homelessness continue
06-11-2024 4:21 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

On the granite stoop outside of the Gallagher, Callahan and Gartrell law firm, Sean Downs took a seat to wait for the bus.The Capital Area Transit stop on North Main Street sits between two driveways for the law firm, but without a bench at the stop...


Taken for taxes and ‘waiting to die’: A N.H. homeowner struggles to keep his home
06-07-2024 3:25 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI / Monitor staff

The overdue tax bill facing John Jones felt like a death sentence.The lifelong resident of the Live-Free-or-Die state had been late to pay his taxes before, but this time was different.Jones, 66, owed $5,097.44 to the city of Franklin, a working-class...


“It’s time” – Marijuana legalization bill heads back to House and Senate after committee agreements
06-06-2024 4:19 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

A marijuana bill is one step closer to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk after lawmakers came to an agreement in a committee of conference Thursday.If passed, New Hampshire would become the 25th state to legalize recreational marijuana.House and Senate...


Whitley drops out of Congressional race, will not seek State Senate either
06-05-2024 12:10 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

First and foremost Becky Whitley will tell people that she is just a regular mom from Hopkinton. And after a brief run for U.S. Congress, in Rep. Annie Kuster’s soon-to-be vacated seat, Whitley is suspending her campaign to do just that: be a mom to...


“We dont want to move” – As Concord continues to increase taxes, those on a fixed income fear what’s next
06-03-2024 9:02 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

At Linda and Donald Matson’s house in Alton, they had nearly 11 acres of land to themselves. Tucked away down a dirt road, the forest bled into their backyard and two neighbors lived at the foot of their street. It was quiet and spacious, but as they...


Despite governor’s order, hundreds of properties seized for unpaid taxes during pandemic
06-01-2024 8:44 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

At the start of the pandemic, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu wanted to make sure no one lost their home.Like governors around the country, he used his executive powers to suspend mortgage foreclosures and issued a moratorium on evictions. And in the...


Remembering Alice: Community supports family after young mother of four dies
05-31-2024 3:05 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

On Alice Nyazahabu’s wedding day, she wore a long white dress with lace sleeves and a bejeweled tiara. She told her husband that life brings three reasons to celebrate: births, deaths and marriage.Their official wedding was a sparse gathering. She...

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