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Merrimack News

Student a finalist in fashion competition

Teresa Calabro, a Fisher College student from Merrimack, has been selected as a finalist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Project Debussy, a unique fashion competition featuring evening wear inspired by the music of the composer Claude Debussy. The contest was scheduled in ...

A slice of heaven

There is no Billy behind Billy’s Famous Pizza. But there is Anesti and Loui, and, according to readers, they make the best pizza in town. Billy’s, owned and operated for 11 years by Anesti and Loui Kalampalikis, was voted Merrimack’s best pizza by a wide margin ...

Italian American Foundation Scholarships The Italian American Foundation awards nearly 100 annual scholarships that range from $2,000 to $10,000 each in the humanities, medicine, business, engineering, music, Italian language and culture and other specialized fields. Scholarship winners are ...

Musicians wanted for band, chorus

Merrimack Concert Association, always seeking new members, extends an invitation to amateur and professional adult musicians, as well as high school students, to join the concert band and chorus. Rehearsals for the May 12 Spring Concert will resume in February. If you play a band instrument ...

Town seeks help in creating dog park

MERRIMACK – Watson Park is going to the dogs. Six years after town residents Harold and Barbara Watson donated the park to the town as a recreational center, local officials are working to honor the couple’s wish to create the town’s first dog park. The project ...

Neighbors toe the thin blue line

Stifle the gossip if you see your neighbor riding in a police car. The person suited up in a bullet-proof vest, seated next to the driver, probably is one of two dozen local men and women enrolled in a 10-week Merrimack Police Department Citizens’ Academy, launched Jan. 18. The ...

Swan Chocolates opens new 2nd-floor cafe

There’s a new sweet spot in Merrimack – the Chocolate Cafe is the place to linger a while on the second floor of Swan Chocolates. A full renovation of the upper-level space, a part of the 1840s historical building, is complete. Chocolate lovers from Merrimack and elsewhere ...

Pennichuck $200m acquisition complete

Nashua officially took over Pennichuck Corp. and its water utilities on Wednesday; a plan 10 years in the making. Last week, the city announced it had secured the funding necessary to complete the $200 million acquisition. An agreement and plan of merger was reached, and Pennichuck and the ...

Winter Carnival planning is starting to heat up

Planning is underway for the 20th annual Winter Carnival at Wasserman Park. The Merrimack Parks & Recreation Department and the Parks and Recreation Committee are proud to host this event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, from noon-3 p.m. Enjoy a day of free family activities, including a ...

Town man receives promotion at Derry’s Pinkerton Academy

Pinkerton Academy has announced two appointments in its communications department. Chip Underhill, of Merrimack, has been named to a newly expanded position of executive director of public relations and external affairs. Underhill is responsible for managing or assisting with external and ...

Super spellers strut their stuff

Merrimack Middle School hosted its annual Watkins Spelling Contest on Jan. 19. The Watkins Spelling Contest was started in 1955 by the late Harry Watkins, a longtime resident of Merrimack who donated $1,000 to establish spelling bees in the district’s schools. The following students ...

In House, Guinta aims to reflect state’s values

WASHINGTON – As the congressional returns began to pour in on Election Day in November 2010, Frank Guinta surrounded himself with family members, campaign staff and friends in a suite at the Radisson Hotel in his hometown of Manchester. The pre-election polls had been running in ...

Take in color at Flower and Garden Show

Leave the gray days of winter behind as you gather ideas on how to add the wow factor to your garden. The Merrimack Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a day trip to the Boston Flower and Garden Show on Thursday, March 15. The motor coach will depart from Merrimack Town Hall, 6 ...

Student earns EPA fellowship

DURHAM – Gina Chaput of Merrimack has received a fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Center for Environmental Research. Chaput was one of two University of New Hampshire juniors researching how algae could produce fuel. Chaput and Brian ...

Winter Carnival planning begins

Planning is underway for the 20th annual Winter Carnival at Wasserman Park. The Merrimack Parks & Recreation Department and the Parks and Recreation Committee are proud to host this event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, from noon-3 p.m. Enjoy a day of free family activities, including a ...

Which pizza place should prevail? You get to decide

Which pizza place in Merrimack tops your list? As part of a Cabinet Press contest, The Merrimack Journal is asking readers to vote for their favorite restaurant, considering only independents, no chains. And your vote will count. Entries must be received by Monday, Jan. 23. We’ve ...

Author will be on hand for cookbook dinner

BROOKLINE – Souhegan High School teacher and cookbook author Regina Sullivan, of Merrimack, will be on hand for a cookbook dinner event at Lucia’s Tavola in Brookline on Monday, Jan. 30. Chef/owner Mark diCicco contacted Toadstool Bookshop in Milford, seeking a cookbook ...

Students present 1-act plays

MILFORD – Writers and stage crew are gearing up for their upcoming performances of the Riverbend School of Theatre Arts One Act Playwriting Festival. The student playwrights are Devon Labonte, 16, a sophomore at Alvirne High School in Hudson who will director “Just ...

Retail outlets set opening date of June 14

MERRIMACK – Five months and counting ... After years of planning and debate, Merrimack Premium Outlets, the large-scale shopping center under construction off Exit 10 of the F.E. Everett Turnpike, will open to shoppers June 14, project developers announced last week. The center, to ...

Majestic Theatre kicks off dinner series

MANCHESTER – Delicately meshing live performances with fine dining, the Majestic Theatre in Manchester will host a dinner theater series that kicks off Jan. 27 with “Lost in Yonkers.” Five shows will be produced for the series, which runs from January through May. ...