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Cyclist & pickup collide on Belmont highway

BELMONT — Yesterday was a local man's lucky day when he escaped serious injury after colliding with a pickup on Rte. 106 around 11;30 a.m.

Police said the Belmont man, about 30 years of age, was riding his bicycle on the wrong side of the road and struck a pickup that was making a right turn on to the highway from Sleeper's Welding.

Police said the bicyclist hit the side of the truck, flipped over the hood, and landed on his back.

The bicyclist was able to get up a walk around and the investigating officer said he had a few scrapes and bruises but otherwise appeared unharmed. As a precaution, the officer said the injured man was strapped to a board by emergency crews and taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Police said neither the bicycle nor the truck appeared to be overly damaged.

While police are classifying this as an accident, they said technically both drivers share some blame in that the bicyclist should have been in the south-bound lane if he was pedaling south and the driver should have looked both ways before made the right turn heading north onto Rte. 106.

Belmont Police want to remind all bicyclists that traffic ordinances must be obeyed as if riders were operating a car. Police also suggest all bicyclists wear helmets.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 01:59

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Moultonborough property reval complete; letters are in the mail

MOULTONBOROUGH — With the updating of property values for 2013 nearly complete, the total assessed valuation of the town appears to have fallen by approximately one-percent.

Vision Government Solutions, the appraisal firm retained by the town, has sent letters to the owners of the some 7,400 parcels of land in town, stating the proposed assessed value of taxable land and buildings as of April 1, 2013. Property owners wishing to question or seeking an explanation of these values should contact Vision as soon as possible to schedule an informal hearing.

Appointments can be scheduled on-line at www.vgsi.com/schedules or by calling 1-888-844-4300 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. any business day before Friday, September 6. Appointments may be conducted by telephone for those unable to meet with a representative in-person.

Property owners are welcome to question their assessment, the information on the property card and the data used to calculate the proposed value. However, representatives of the firm will not be able to discuss or predict the tax bill charged to particular properties.

Hearing by appointment only will be held at the Town Hall between August 29 and September 6, though property owners can schedule their hearing as a telephone conference call if they cannot attend on one of the scheduled days. Property owners wishing to request a review of their assessment and submit written evidence they wish to be considered should make their request and forward their evidence to Vision Government Solutions, c/o Assessor's Office, P.O. Box 139, Moultonborough, NH 03254 no later than September 9.

The proposed values and property data is available on-line at the town's website, www.moultonboroughnh.gov, by clicking on Departments and Boards on the home page then Assessor and Property Values (preliminary 2013). The information is also available at the Town Hall and Public Library.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 01:53

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Town grants Weirs Road restaurant a live entertainment permit but acts must be limited to 2 people to avoid 'nightclub' designation

GILFORD — Selectmen on Wednesday gave Junior's Crush House restaurant and bar full approval to provide live entertainment, with the caveat that the size of the band be limited to two musicians.

After a discussion with owner Bart Congialose, selectmen also approved a conditional outdoor live entertainment license with the same restriction of no more than two musicians.

"It wouldn't be large scale," Congialose said. "It's to give customers more of a reason to come to my business."

Junior's Crush House is a restaurant and lounge that opened this summer and features drinks made with crushed ice and American-style cuisine. It is on 40 Weirs Road (Rte. 11-B) and was opened in a building that had been unused for more than a decade.

As part of their conditions, selectmen restricted the size of the band to two members instead of the three-member band Congialose had requested.

When he asked why, Fire Chief Steve Carrier said because the law, enacted in the wake of The Station nightclub fire in Providence, Rhode Island in 2003, requires any restaurant or nightclub that seats 100 or more people to have a sprinkler system. One of the things that define nightclubs, said Carrier, is the size of the band.

Congialose also wanted an outside entertainment license and selectmen initially balked, telling him that the most-often made complaints from residents regarding nearly every other live entertainment venue in Gilford was noise.

After Congialose told selectmen the patio area was surrounded on three sides by at least a six-foot wooden fence and is located behind his building, which would block much of the noise from reaching the street.

He also told them his building permit includes outside food service.

Chair Kevin Hayes asked Congialose what time frame he was considering for outside entertainment, to which he replied he would like Thursdays through Sundays. Congialose added that outside entertainment "wouldn't be a big deal" and that he just wants to give people an additional reason to come to his restaurant.

When asked, Congialose said he hadn't even considered a disk jockey because he didn't want to attract a lot of kids who would want to dance.

Hayes suggested giving him a conditional outdoor permit until the end of October and allowing him to have outside music on Fridays and Saturdays only until 11 p.m.

"Whatever happens in the next few months will determine what happens in the future," Hayes said.

"This is huge," said Selectman Gus Benavides.

"You can make this work but be thoughtful, thoughtful thoughtful thoughtful," he added.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 01:51

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PSU confirms coed who died at Boston nightclub was sophomore from Derry

BOSTON — Boston homicide detectives are investigating the death of Brittany Flannigan, 19, a sophomore at Plymouth State University who died from an apparent drug overdose after a concert at the House of Blues early Wednesday morning.

Police dispatched to the club on Lansdowne Street at 12:45 a.m. found Flannigan, along with a man, 20, and woman, 24, who have yet to be identified suffering from apparent drug overdoses. All three were taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where Flannigan was soon pronounced dead. Both the man and woman were listed in stable condition yesterday. According to police the three were not known to one another.

Although police withheld the names of the victims, Bruce Lyndes, a spokesman for Plymouth State University, said that Flannigan's family confirmed her passing. In a formal statement, the university extended "condolences to the family and friends and friends of Brittany Flannigan. Brittany," the statement continued, "was a familiar figure on campus and her presence will be missed by all who knew her and loved her."

A native of Derry, Flannigan graduated with honors in 2012 from Pinkerton Academy where she belonged to the JLU (Just Like Us) Club, whose members worked with people with disabilities. In a prepared statement, Mary Anderson, the headmaster described her as a "popular, academically solid student" whose untimely "death is tragic and heartbreaking."

Initially police referred to "an unknown substance," but subsequently Robert Merner, commander of the drug control unit, told the Boston Globe that the three had likely taken "Molly," also known as "Mandy," the street name for MDMA, the powdered or crystalline form of "ecstasy". A spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney said that confirmation is awaiting the results of toxicology tests expected in two weeks.

Ecstasy, in vogue during the heyday of "raves" in the 1980s and 1990s and recently rebranded as "Molly," is associated with the electronic dance music performed at the House of Blues on Tuesday night.

Taken to excess , the effects may include convulsions, strokes, respiratory distress and cardiac dysfunction. Last month, during the Paradiso Dance Music Festival in Quincy, Washington the emergency department of the local hospital treated more than 40 concertgoers, many suffering and one who died from the effects of what physicians said was a cocktail of "Molly" laced with cocaine, LSD and methamphetamine.

(Compiled from press reports)

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 01:40

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