Coolest place in town


By Tamara Steiner on June 19, 2017

Spray Park_for websiteSummer arrived early last Friday with temperatures breaking into triple digits, and dozens of Concord kids and their parents sought relief in the cool waters of the Meadow Homes Spray Park. The city-owned park on Detroit Ave. is open during the summer from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week.  A $385,000 playground approved by the city in 2016 is nearing completion and due to open by the end of June. The park is a popular gathering place for picnics, parties and rallies. (Photo by Tamara Steiner)

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St. Bonaventure’s Mangini to retire

By Carina Romano on June 19, 2017

Mangini at pulpit for websiteA young boy of five sat in a pew with his older cousin, looking up with wide eyes at the altar in Queen of All Saints Church in Concord. It was 1945, and the Catholic mass was still celebrated in Latin. Though the small boy did not understand the words the priest was speaking, he was fascinated by the liturgy, and looked forward to mass every Sunday.

It was here, at the age of five, that Father Richard Mangini knew he wanted to become a priest. This summer, he is retiring from the priesthood at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Concord after 21 years. [click to continue…]

Tom Aswad for websiteSarah Martin* can now see her children.

That may not seem like a big deal for most people, but for Martin, it’s a major achievement. After stints in jail and an addiction rehab program, there were times when Martin thought she would never see her family again. [click to continue…]

Peterson controversy stuns local leaders

By Peggy Spear on June 19, 2017

Mark-Peterson-for websiteLocal political leaders reacted with sadness and disbelief after District Attorney Mark Peterson — a longtime Concord City Council member and mayor — resigned amidst an embezzlement scandal.

Peterson resigned June 14 after being charged with 13 felony counts related to his admitted misuse of campaign funds. He pled no contest to the charges that he illegally spent more than $66,000 in campaign contributions for his personal use. Last month, a county grand jury formally accused him of willful misconduct and urged he be removed as D.A. [click to continue…]

Services hard hit by president’s budget

By Laura Hoffmeister on June 19, 2017

Hoffmeister head shot for websiteLast month I wrote about the president’s proposed budget and its elimination of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and the devastating impact it would have on Meals on Wheels Senior Outreach Services (MOWSOS) and the CC Café senior lunch program at our Concord Senior Center. The proposed budget is before congress and now is the time to tell members that these funds are vital to many service programs in our communities. The CDBG grants are provided through our cities, including Concord, and the county. Concord receives about $1 million dollars annually and these funds are restricted for the use by community service support programs. [click to continue…]