Press Releases



Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta's Public Schedule (November 22-30, 2008)

Monday, November 24, 2008

5:30 p.m. – St. Mary’s Bank Centennial Reception; America’s Credit Union Museum; 418-420 Notre Dame Ave.; Manchester


7:00 p.m. – Special meeting of the Board of School Committee, 286 Commercial St., Manchester


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

7:30 a.m. – 15th Annual New Horizons Thanksgiving Breakfast; Radisson Hotel at the Center of New Hampshire; 700 Elm St.; Manchester


10:00 a.m. – Toys for Tots toy drop-off; Mall of New Hampshire; 1500 South Willow St.; Manchester


7:00 p.m. – Regular meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen; Aldermanic Chambers; One City Hall Plaza; Manchester


Thursday, November 27, 2008 (THANKSGIVING – CITY OFFICES CLOSED)


Friday, November 28, 2008

6:00 p.m. – Christmas tree lighting; Massabesic Traffic Circle; Manchester


Please contact Mark Laliberte at (603) 624-6500 or for more information about any of these events.



DHHS Commissioner and Staff Join Governor to Celebrate New Hampshire’s Adoptive Families and Adoption Awareness Month

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will honor New Hampshire’s Adoptive Families during a celebration at the Statehouse on Monday, November 24, 2008. The event will celebrate the 173 adoptions finalized in the State between October 2007 and September 2008. Governor John Lynch, DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas, and Division for Children, Youth and Families Director Maggie Bishop will be speaking at the celebration. This will also be an opportunity to hear from an Adoptive parent.


EVENT: DHHS Celebrates New Hampshire’s Adoptive Families


WHEN: 1 PM, Monday, November 24


LOCATION: NH State House


Governor and Council Chambers


107 North Main St – Concord, NH


What is in the Chowder this WEEK?

The Week in Rewind
Hillary is back (sort of)

Lynch makes cuts - but his hands are tied to really control spending

No one's shopping

Unemployment up everywhere - except New Hampshire

Is infrastructure the answer?

Gas ischeaper - where are the smiles?


The Interview

Mass decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana. Could New Hampshire be next?



All this and more, Sunday @ 11a.m.on Political Chowder


Political Chowder with host Arnie Arnesen

Tune in Sunday, November23 from 11 to Noon EST on MyTV (WZMY-TV – Comcast 18 or Comcast 6 and Dish and DirecTV ). Political Chowder re-airs during the week on 40 public access stations, serving over 89 cities and towns across NH. Check local listings for times and dates.

Part One

Jackie Cilley, NH State

Sherm Packard, NH State Representative

Jeff Feingold, Editor, NHBR

Part Two

Michael Cutler, Mass Bar Assoc. Drug Policy Task Force


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(all shows are archived)



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NH Cancer Plan Eliminated by Gov.'s budget cuts: ACS reacts

Funding for the New Hampshire Cancer Plan
Completely Eliminated by Governor Lynch

Today, Governor Lynch announced cuts to the state budget, which include all of the remaining $750,000 for the New Hampshire Cancer Plan’s funding for FY09. The funds that had been left for the Cancer Plan were scheduled to provide colorectal and breast cancer screenings, as well as provide resources to support smokers who want to quit. The Cancer Plan funding had already been cut twice before last February and June.

“In these difficult economic times when New Hampshire citizens are losing jobs and health insurance, it is more critical than ever that we work to support those in need of medical care by providing these lifesaving screenings,” said Peter Ames, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy at the American Cancer Society. “Unfortunately, these cuts will leave many New Hampshire citizens unscreened and at risk.”

“I can hardly believe that Governor Lynch has cut funds for cancer screenings again,” stated Joan Porter, a colon cancer survivor from Manchester. “A colonoscopy caught my colon cancer, and that's why I'm still here. The governor's decision means that even fewer people will have the same chance I had to fight cancer.”

The Cancer Plan funds primary prevention, cancer screening, and early detection programs that are designed to make a measurable difference in the health of New Hampshire citizens. Tobacco use, the leading cause of death and disease in New Hampshire, can be significantly reduced through effective prevention programs. Breast cancer and colon cancer can be successfully treated when caught in the early stages. The $6 million appropriation for the Cancer Plan would have enabled 1,500 New Hampshire women to be screened for breast and cervical cancer and 900 New Hampshire men and women to be screened for colon cancer over the next two years.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 7,030 New Hampshire residents will be diagnosed with cancer in 2008, and 2,640 residents will die of cancer this year.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit


Peter Davies
State Director of Communications
American Cancer Society


New Hampshire Advantage Coalition Vows to Fight for Tax Cap

The city ought to let the people decide whether they want to limit taxes and spending in Concord, not a court."-Mike Biundo


New Hampshire Advantage Coalition Vows to Fight for Tax Cap


November 20th, 2008, Concord, NH-Despite being reviewed and approved by 3 state agencies, and the ballot group who put the initiative up for referendum bending over backwards to oblige the city council, Concord City Solicitor Paul Cavanaugh has challenged a tax and spending restriction charter amendment for the city in the Merrimack Superior Court.


New Hampshire Advantage Coalition President Mike Biundo today blasted Cavanaugh and vowed to fight for the budget restriction on behalf of the city of Concord. "What is the city of Concord so afraid of?" Biundo asked of the city council.


"The citizens of Concord have a fundamental right to enact a charter amendment that limits both taxes and spending," said Biundo. "The people are not required to pay a certain level of taxes by law, and the city is not overall required spend at a minimum level."


Biundo described the case as a "political ploy." The New Hampshire Advantage Coalition had originally intended to have the charter amendment on the ballot for voters to adopt for 2008, but it was blocked by the city council.


"We had enough signatures, and the council stalled the taxpayers and ran out the clock," said Biundo. "Now we know why. They wanted time to file suit against the initiative."


Numerous tax-related ballot initiatives passed this year throughout the country in states including Colorado and New Hampshire, where a similar spending cap in Rochester was enacted with 70 percent of the vote.


Biundo believes that the Coalition's ballot initiative complies with all requirements under law. "These charter amendments go through a thorough review process. The Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Department of Revenue Administration have all signed a letter stating that they 'do not object to the proposed amendment to the existing charter.'"


"The city ought to let the people decide whether they want to limit taxes and spending in Concord, not a court," said Biundo


Biundo also pointed out that the amendment allows for the ability of the council to override the budget restrictions "upon a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of all elected members of the City Council." according to the text of the amendment itself.


"So, if the elected leaders of Concord feel they need to raise taxes or spending beyond the cap, they could do so by voting to do so. This ensures that the city is not 'impaired' in any way," said Biundo.


"We vow to fight for the tax and spending cap the citizens of Concord deserve, and they will have their vote in November," Biundo promised.


For more information please contact: Matt Murphy of the New Hampshire Advantage Coalition (603)-475-8435 (cell), or write: