City Hall

Keeping ahead of the stuff: City removes unwanted items, provides more storage for homeless outside shelter

Early Thursday morning police, and crews from Parks & Rec and Public Works were set up outside the Families in Transition adult emergency shelter. The clean-up effort was requested by the people who for several weeks now have been living on the sidewalk surrounding the shelter, according to Manchester Police Sgt. Emmett Macken. READ MORE

Community

HOPE for the winter at the Twelve: Tidings of comfort and joy for the city’s homeless

It’s 7:30 p.m. and Mary Chevalier is sorting the new 1269-branded T-shirts and sweatshirts by size. Each volunteer will wear one during the overnight shift, to identify them as staff. On the back of the shirts is a quote from scripture that comes from Proverbs 14:25 and reads, “A true witness rescues lives…” In the context of the passage, the quote applies to honesty and the consequences of bearing false witness. But in the context of the 1269 Cafe, it says everything about their mission: Saving lost souls through human kindness. READ MORE

Culture

Palace Theatre’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ delivers every morsel of merriment holiday audiences come craving

There is nothing that signals the official start of the holiday season in earnest like the Palace Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” The Dickens’ classic is a study in greed, generosity and forgiveness, and the Palace’s treatment of this festive classic exudes all the warmth of Christmastime with a sentimental side order of human redemption and kindness. READ MORE

Raymond Wieczorek
Civics

The Wonderful Wiz: City mourns former mayor Ray Wieczorek – funny and focused, ‘a gentleman and friend’

He served the city he loved for a decade as mayor, and then another decade as an Executive Councilor, but Ray Wiczorek’s spirit of dedication, pride and good humor extends well beyond his political service. His death Wednesday at the age of 93 wasn’t a shock to anyone aware of his declining health, but it marks a somber end of an era for the city which has lost one of its most influential and beloved leaders. READ MORE