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County Reps Reject Common Core

CONCORD — The Belknap County Delegation divided along party lines when the New Hampshire House of Representatives  rejected one bill to impede and another to thwart the introduction of the Common Core educational standards in the public schools.

House Bill 1239 would direct the State Board of Education to prepare a fiscal analysis of the program and hold five public hearings before implementing the Common Core standards, while House Bill 1508 would simply terminate the program altogether.

Last week, the House rejected HB-1239 by a vote of 182 to 124 and HB-1508 by a vote of 210 to 138. However, a majority of the county delegation backed both bills. The delegation split 11 to 6 in favor of HB-1239 and 12 to 5 in favor of HB-1503.

The five Democrats on the county delegation — Reps. Beth Arsenault and David Huot of Laconia, Lisa DiMartino of Gilford, Ruth Gulick of New Hampton and Ian Raymond of Sanbornton — voted against both bills and were joined on HB-1239 by Republican Dennis Fields. However, Fields joined the other Republican delegation members in voting for HB1508.

All the other Republicans voted for both bills — Reps. Richard Burchell of Gilmanton, Guy Comtois of Barnstead, Jane Cormier and Stephen Holmes of Alton, Charles Fink and Michael Sylvia of Belmont, Bob Greemore, Herb Vadney and Colette Worsman of Meredith, and Bob Luther and Frank Tilton of Laconia. Republican Don Flanders of Laconia was absent and did not vote.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 12:53

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Man says he was robbed of $250 coat in downtown Laconia

LACONIA — City police are investigating a "strong arm" robbery reported to them at 11:53 a.m. yesterday.

Capt. Matthew Canfield said a few young men were walking on Church Street from Busy Corner toward the Post Office and one of them was carrying his coat.

They reported that a beige Chevy Cobalt being driven by a woman stopped and a man got out of the passenger seat and accosted the guy with the coat.

Police said the victim reported that the man pushed him a few times, hit him once, and stole a Nautica jacket that he said was valued at $250.

Canfield said the victim was familiar with his assailant and police continue to investigate.

In other police news, Canfield said an empty school bus rear-ended a Dodge Caravan in front of Young's Auto on South Main Street yesterday.

He said the Caravan was pushed into a small fat-bed truck. Canfield said no one was injured however the Caravan was likely a total loss.

Traffic was rerouted through the area until the Caravan could be removed.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 01:58

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Northfield woman agrees she owes federal government $204,037 in taxes

CONCORD— Judith Kravitz, 65, of Northfield, a well known figure in transformational breathing circles, has pleaded guilty to four counts of income tax evasion in United States District Court.

Kravitz, who failed to file income tax returns between 2007 and 2010, entered a plea agreement, agreeing that she owes $204,037 in back taxes. The plea agreement stipulates that she will propose a schedule for paying the delinquent taxes, along with penalties and interest, prior to sentencing.

Tax evasion, a felony, carries a fine of not more than $100,000 ($500,000 for a corporation) or imprisonment for not more than five years or both. However, the United States Attorney, Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service have all recommended that Kravitz be placed on probation.

According to the IRS, Kravitz formed several corporations — The Breath Foundation, Synergistic Breath Foundation and Transformational Breath Foundation — in New Hampshire and Maine as well as the Transformational Breath Family Trust. After opening bank accounts for each, Kravitz shuffled the receipts of her income into these accounts to conceal her earning. In 2010 Kravitz rented a U-Haul storage unit in the name of her deceased mother, where financial records were kept.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 01:45

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Union Ave. construction info meeting today

LACONIA — The stretch of Union Avenue between Gilford Avenue and Messer Street is scheduled to be reconstructed this spring and summer. The project will include the replacement of water mains, gas lines, storm drains and sewer pipes.

Work will proceed in two phases bracketed around Motorcycle Week.. The first phase from Messer Street to Walker Street is expected to be completed between April and Memorial Day and the second phase from Walker Street to Gilford Avenue between July and October.

A public meeting for residents and businesses in the vicinity of the scheduled road works will be held today, Wednesday, March 26 at the Community Center beginning at 4:30 p.m. where the scope of the project and the measures to ease its impact will be explained.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 01:39

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