2 months in and counting: Here are Manchester Ink Link’s top stories

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Two months in, here are some of our top stories on Manchester Ink Link.
Two months in, here are some of our top stories on Manchester Ink Link.

After two full months of posting news and information here at Manchester Ink Link, it seemed like a good time to pause and reflect on some of the most popular stories posted so far – and to talk about the future.

In the past two months I’ve brought you updates on the Market Basket boycott; Bronstein Park woes –  including the underlying problems of drug use and homelessness; crime updates; school and city government meeting highlights; police logs; weekly calendar of events; and coverage of some of the quirky things that make Manchester a great place to live and work.

This is just the beginning.

Carol Robidoux, Editor.
Carol Robidoux, Editor.

As editor and one-woman army, my goal is to get beyond the “breaking news” headlines and continue to beat the streets for more in-depth coverage and next-day stories.

What can you do to support my efforts?

  • Keep reading, for one.
  • Sign up for the daily newsletter, which is delivered via email every morning around 6 a.m. It’s free, btw.
  • Send me news tips and story ideas. I want to bring you the information and news you want to read, for free. I don’t have an editorial agenda. I won’t be chasing ambulances or swarming crime scenes too often, unless it’s a story with high news value because, let’s be honest: If you listen to a police scanner all day you will end up feeling like you live in a world gone mad. And while that is certainly part of life in a big city like Manchester, there’s so much more going on just below the surface. That’s where I come in.
  • Submit opinion pieces for The Soapbox, or letters to the editor for publication and get your voice out there. Are you a blogger with a particular hobby or passion? I’d love to share your blog via the InkLink! Email me at robidouxnews@gmail.com for more info on that.
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  • Speaking of which, I am a professional journalist with more than 20 years in the trenches (see more about me at robidouxinklink.com. My husband and I live and work here. My kids went to Central High School. This venture, to launch my own independent news site for all things Manchester, was made possible in part by a program called Pathway to Work, which is supported by the state Employment Security office. I would like this to be my new full-time job, which means I’d like to generate some revenue.
  • To that end, consider advertising on the site – we are prepared to provide you with a first-class advertising experience through our ad server, Broadstreet Ads, complete with weekly reports and exciting features, like “selfie” ads, which you can post and edit yourself. I’m also open to business and individual sponsors for the site, or any other creative idea you might have to partner with me.
  • Send me feedback. I love when readers post comments directly on the site, or via our Manchester Ink Link Facebook page and @ManchInkLink on Twitter. I also appreciate your email comments, and will always respond promptly. Keep them coming.
  • Come say hello during the Sept. 17 Taste of Downtown from 5-8 p.m. I’ll be there to introduce myself, and my site, and give you a virtual tour.

Below is a list of stories from the past few months with 100 page view or more. Maybe you missed some of them because you’ve only recently found the site. I encourage you to click through these stories, or just scroll through our archives by category using the tabs across the top of the site.

Title Views
‘Help me help Market Basket employee Linda Bates’ 68,514
Bronstein Park: ‘This is the shit we go through every day’ 8,741
Sobriety checkpoint Aug. 8 and 9 in Manchester 4,300
Home page / Archives 3,865
Sandler Sighting at Baked on Elm Street 2,679
Brothers with alleged gang connections charged in Nashua shooting 2,358
Sobriety Checkpoints June 20-21 in Manchester 966
Fed-Ex delivers more pot during arrest for pot delivered by mailman 770
Dyn: Sign of the (Tech) Times 571
Sobriety checkpoints: Some states consider them unconstitutional 564
Market Basket Employees: ‘We’re getting tired of the beeps’ 479
Company Offering Water Line Repair Not Endorsed by City 478
‘It looks like zombies have taken over the park’ 458
Merger with SNHU would swallow NHIA whole 414
Go Fourth and celebrate Independence Day (on July 5) 369
Market Basket employees given Aug. 4 deadline; job fairs planned 325
Aldermen question Mayor’s authority to shut down Bronstein Park 289
Demoulas board blames Artie T. for ‘problems he helped create’ 288
Police link ‘Spice’ to at least 15 overdoses in 24 hours 232
More questions than answers for those upset over NHIA/SNHU merger 205
Tender Love & Cookies = Sweet Dream Come True 195
3 stores shut down for selling ‘spice,’ causing public health emergency 188
Sobriety checkpoints set for Aug. 22 and 23 in Manchester 187
Woman shot by federal agent during warrant execution 179
Police seek burglar who left ‘selfies’ behind 178
50 Days – and Counting: Scenes from the Market Basket Protest 171
City Man Faces 30 Counts of Child Porn Possession 166
Market Basket Saga Rocks Us After Heads Roll 166
MyGoodGoodManchester 156
Newsletter Sign-Up 153
Deterring crime: Park people think they’re on candid cop cam 148
‘Coffee with a Cop’ brings local police and community together 134
Thinking Outside the (Utility) Box 132
Crime-fighting crowd nabs panhandling purse snatcher 121
About 120
Beanstalk Cafe Revival 112
Police ID 2 suspects in July 31 Lowell Street shooting 107
Sobriety checkpoint announced for Manchester Sept. 5 and 6 105
Three charged after daytime burglary of abandoned home 100
Karen Osborne Dube: Wife, mother, daughter of Ward 5 Alderman 100
About Carol Robidoux 5215 Articles
Journalist and editor of ManchesterInkLink.com, a hyperlocal news and information site for Manchester, NH.