Fast News for Oct. 4

Education award

CONCORD – Rich Paiva, director of technical studies at Milford High School, was one of 21 New Hampshire residents who received Work-Based Learning Awards at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord on Sept. 25

Paiva was among three advisor/coordinator champions. Other awards went to students, teachers, educators, and counselors working together with businesses to get students access to learning opportunities outside the classroom.

Gov. Chris Sununu, New Hampshire Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut, Jeremy Hitchcock of the Community College System of NH’s Board of Trustees, and Peter McNamara, the president of the New Hampshire Automotive Dealers Association, all spoke about the importance of work-based learning and congratulated the winners. The awards capped off the second phase of a National Governors Association Center for Best Practices initiative to scale and market work-based learning opportunities to the general public in six states, including New Hampshire.

Read about the winners and why they were nominated for the awards in the event’s program:,

Spanish food

MILFORD – Jorge Arruntegui once owned the Sky Bridge Cafe in Wilton, serving paella and other international dishes. Now he plans to open a tapas restaurant on the Milford Oval. On Sept. 25 the Milford Planning Board approved his minor site plan for a change of use for 99 Union Square, former home to The Garden Party, which moved down the street. It will be called La Medina, which means market in Spanish. Historical Society President David Palance told the board that the brick building was the town’s original high school and had separate doors and stairways for boys and girls. In the 1990s it was the home of Hermy’s Deli, owned by Keith Herman, a former state representative.

Obama endorses

Milford rep

MILFORD – Incumbent state Rep. Joelle Martin (Milford-D) has received the endorsement of former President Barack Obama in her re-election race for Milford’s District 23.  

“As a former state legislator himself, President Obama recognizes the importance of electing strong leaders at the state level,” said Martin in an emailed statement. “It is quite an honor to receive the President’s endorsement and know that he believes in our campaign and our fight for an economy and community that works for everyone.”

Martin is one of four Democrats who are running against four Republicans for the district’s four seats.

The other Democrats are Peter Petrigno, Paul Dargie and John Frazier,

GOP candidates are incumbents Charlie Burns and Carolyn Halstead and newcomers Michael Thornton and John Yule.