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FreeKeeneNews - Pumpkin Fest Organizer Assaults, Threatens to Censor Local Newsman 

Pumpkin Fest Organizer Assaults, Threatens to Censor Local Newsman (VIDEO)

Jared Goodell is a Keene native and local independent journalist. Yesterday he was the host for EIGHT hours during Pumpkin Fest 2014 on Cheshire TV, the local public access channel. Jared also put thousands of dollars of his own money into producing the all-day event coverage. For this amazing effort to cover the yearly festival (it would not have been covered on CTV without him), he is rewarded with an evening visit by Pumpkin Fest organizer Ruth Sterling who behaves in a ridiculous manner.  Watch the video here.

Sterling attempts to grab his microphone multiple times, as well as block the camera’s view of Jared, accuses him of frightening the guests of the festival and demands he stop talking about the riots happening just a few blocks away in the college neighborhood.

Since Jared is a newsman at heart, he feels obligated to report on what is happening in-town, and tangentially related to Pumpkin Fest. He defends his right to be the media and she responds by telling him she’ll “pull the plug” (which she has no control over) and that he should behave because she gave him the physical location for the CTV remote studio. As though she somehow was doing him a favor – he’s the one who spent over $5,000 of his own money to make the coverage of her event happen!

At one point in the beginning of the video, Sterling accuses Jared of being a “Free Stater”, this is the new pejorative to describe anyone who stands up for their rights. It’s not Jared’s first time causing controversy for reporting the news. Earlier this year he stirred it up for reporting from the scene of this Summer’s suicide and on the resignation of a despised school principal. Jared is not afraid to break the official city narrative of Keene being a perfect, blemish-free New England town, and is willing to take the heat. Keep up the good work, Jared – we’re all Free Staters now!

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman


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The recent news that her Unitil electric bill will increase roughly 50 percent this December came as 'quite a shock,' according to Ruggiero, and it has led her to reevaluate her finances as she prepares for what experts are predicting to be a cold winter."

Portsmouth Herald
Kyle Stucker
October 18, 2014

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Making ends meet has led to some long days this year for local resident Kerri Ruggiero, which is why the single mother of one has taken on several additional jobs and duties to supplement her income from bartending at Hampton Beach.
The recent news that her Unitil electric bill will increase roughly 50 percent this December came as "quite a shock," according to Ruggiero, and it has led her to reevaluate her finances as she prepares for what experts are predicting to be a cold winter.
"For some people, paying extra (money) in electricity, that’s food off your table," said Ruggiero, a Bittersweet Lane resident.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown met with Ruggiero at her home Friday morning to discuss her situation as part of a series of sit-down conversations Brown’s having in local voters’ homes ahead of the Nov. 4 midterm election. That election’s just a couple of weeks away. Because of that, Brown said it’s important for him to hear what voters have to say as he continues to investigate ways he, if elected, and other senators can combat increasing energy costs.


"To continue to put more and more roadblocks in front our energy producers (is wrong)," said Brown, who visited Ruggiero’s home Friday with his wife Gail.

Brown also spoke of his record Friday, heralding his "bipartisan approach" while attacking opponent and incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on her energy policies.

"Sen. Shaheen voted with (President Barack) Obama 99 percent of the time, and as a result of those initiatives, our energy costs are going up," he said.

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NHDP - Statement from Alejandro Urrutia On Racist Video

Manchester, NH--Today, Alejandro Urrutia, President of Latinos Unidos of New Hampshire and a leader among New Hampshire’s latino community, released the following statement responding to a deeply offensive and racist video from former GOP state representative and Scott Brown supporter Greg Salts.
“This video is offensive, racist and bigoted. It’s an insult to members of the Latino community here in New Hampshire and Hispanic Americans everywhere. There's no excuse for anyone to stay silent when it comes to this kind of rhetoric and Scott Brown should denounce it immediately.”

Supporters of Scott Brown's campaign have a history of making racist, sexist and misogynistic comments. Last weekend, Scott Brown sipped beers as his supporters shouted "F**k Jeanne Shaheen!" and other offensive language that the New Hampshire Democratic Party will not repeat here.  This summer, an individual Scott Brown touted in a press release as a supporter of his campaign sent a racist and misogynistic letter to the New Hampshire Democratic Party.