DOVER – "Stop the Epidemic" could soon become the Seacoast's catch phrase to identify an effort to raise awareness of addiction in New Hampshire and the need for more resources to fight the problem. Led by the local music community, Stop the Epidemic seeks to tackle the issue head-on and get more people on board.
The stigma surrounding addiction and a lack of resources, two major factors fueling the state's opioid crisis, were heavily discussed topics Thursday night at a town hall meeting at St. John's United Methodist Church in Dover. The meeting highlighted the crisis and challenges for those struggling to recover​ from substance abuse and was hosted by Michael DeLeon, a documentary filmmaker and the founder of Steered Straight, an organization that travels the country speaking about substance-abuse related topics.
The Democratic presidential candidate and senator from Vermont spoke before a large crowd Thursday evening at the Rochester Opera House hours before the last Democratic debate before the New Hampshire primaries. While Sanders did not mention his upcoming match with Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he took the opportunity to speak about his change in status from fringe candidate from when he first started campaigning nine months ago.
A "Stop the Epidemic" rally to raise awareness about the heroin crisis will be held in Dover on Saturday starting at noon at Henry Law Park. Tommy Johnson, a local music manager from Rochester, organized the rally with a group of business partners.
The Rochester Police Department in partnership with the Grace Community Church will be presenting a senior citizen safety seminar focusing on helping elderly Rochester residents protect themselves from online fraud and phone scams. The event is to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Grace Community Church is providing the space for the event at their downtown campus at 57 Wakefield St. next to Profile Bank.
The N.H. Attorney General's Office is now involved in the investigation of the death of James Unfonak, 44, of Rochester, who died after a fight in the parking lot of Gary's Sports Bar last weekend. Meanwhile, officials say it's too early to tell whether Gary's Sports Bar is at risk of penalties including jeopardizing its liquor license as a result of the incident.
Authorities say a 44-year-old man died following an early morning fight outside a New Hampshire bar over the weekend. Rochester police say they responded to Gary's Sports Bar around 1:30 a.m. Sunday for a report of an altercation in the parking lot.
According to Police Chief Michael Allen, the department put an emphasis on combating drug issues and quality of life issues in the community this past year. As a result, police made 223 drug-related arrests in 2015, as opposed to 116 in 2014.
Several presidential candidates from both parties will be in New Hampshire on Wednesday, less than a week from the primary. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will hold a slew of events throughout the state before meeting for a 9 p.m. town hall hosted by CNN in Derry.
The City Council finally laid to rest the conflict between William Allen School parents and residents who live near the school. The Council voted unanimously Monday night during a regular meeting to adopt a motion from the Public Safety Committee directing the Public Works Department to put up "no parking" signs on the corners of Daveyanne Locke Lane and Woodman Street and on the corner of Daveyanne Locke Lane and Granite Street.
The statue of an astronaut stands on the roof of the Quick Cash Trading Center Feburary 1, 2015 in Rochester, New Hampshire. With the completion of the Iowa caucuses, attention is quickly turning to the Granite State for the New Hampshire "First In The Nation" presidential primary on Feburary 9. United States astronauts Alan Shepard and Christa McAuliffe are natives of New Hampshire.