Northwood NH News

March 15, 2017


An invitation. Community members interested in: (1) Being a Vendor at a Regional Farmer’s Market physically located in Northwood on Sunday afternoons, or (2) Being a board member of said Regional Farmer’s Market.


Interested community members should contact Linda at



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,
Happily, the election season is coming to an end. More brutal than usual. While I’m never surprised, it is sad to see the extent to which people will go to hurt others. For example, Mr. Chase calling Bree Gunter “Max (the reluctantly-antlered dog).” PHD mouth, “term used to describe the pointless babble that comes out of the mouth of professors with many degrees. Often followed by the denial of self absorption.” Newt Gingrich. Name calling is bullying at Northwood School.


The tirade on Ms. McGuigan’s Facebook by Heather is another tell. She points out that I was “fired from his job at Bradleys” (misspelled). True, fired for stealing a toothpick. It is a fun story, I tell it often. She doesn’t say that within the week Bradlees hurriedly settled on me the largest check I’ve ever cashed. Bought us our first pet store. She goes on “Started a rabies epidemic in Concord at his subpar pet store.”  That was the “rabies epidemic” where a cat sold by us, out of our store for three weeks supposedly died of rabies. This was during the time when rabies was racing up the east coast killing millions of animals in its path. She doesn’t tell you that the State Veterinarian confiscated 37 health certificated cats, killed them, tested every one of them, no rabies. She doesn’t say that over 400 people at NH’s expense received rabies shots because of this panic. Some epidemic. We lost an incredible amount of money, too, but because of sovereign immunity could not sue the State Vet.


I couldn’t care less what they think of me. I out them because they’ll do this to you too. Totally without ethics.


Tim the “Grinch” , “vindictive, vituperative and vain-glorious” Jandebeur





This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:  1936’s “Great Guy”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (March 17 & 18) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1936’s seldom-seen crime drama “Great Guy,” starring James Cagney and Mae Clarke.


The plot for “Great Guy” is fairly straightforward. Retired prizefighter Johnny Cave (Cagney), engaged to his girlfriend Janet Henry (Clarke) and trying to make a decent living, accepts the position of Deputy Chief in the New York City Bureau of Weights and Measures. Soon enough, he discovers that his department is filled with corruption, deceptive business practices and lies, all of which are cheating hard-working families struggling through the final years of the Great Depression. Cave takes on the dishonest bureaucrats and businessmen, rebuffing threats and bribes, and getting into more than his share of physical altercations. His career, his life with Janet, and his future are all under attack, but what can an ex-boxer and all-around “great guy” do, except to fight for what he believes is right?


“Great Guy” was Cagney’s first film at Grand National Pictures, one of the so-called “Poverty Row” Hollywood studios that specialized in low budget B-movies. Cagney had been out of the spotlight for more than a year due to litigation over his walkout at Warner Bros. He was sick of being typecast as the “tough guy” and wanted more control over the types of roles he was being offered. The production values on “Great Guy” are decidedly low, especially by comparison to the movies that Cagney had made up until that time, but the storyline is solid and entertaining, and the performances, particularly those from the two leads and the many supporting actors, are solid. The viewer will realty feel the influence of the Great Depression on this film: the average American was feeling the economic pinch, and our hero fought for their everyday struggles. If you’re a Cagney lover, then “Great Guy” is for you. It showcases the actor’s unique charisma and his reflection of American integrity, doing what’s right, even if the costs are high. It has been described by some film devotees as the “most off-beat film noir that you’ll ever see.” How can you resist? So grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this rare gem of a film.



TIF Hearing Q&A
Submitted By Hal Kreider


The final hearing for the proposed TIF district on the west side of Northwood was held at the February 14th Selectmen’s meeting.  Formation of the TIF district was presented as a tool that could help attract businesses to Northwood.  This would improve employment opportunities and help expand our tax base and thus help support our schools and municipal services.  Questions and Answers from the hearing are given below.


Q: If the TIF is approved, what happens to the taxes currently being paid by the properties within the district?

A: The current taxes, which are based on the current assessed values, continue to flow to the schools and town.  There would be no change in our existing tax revenues if the TIF is approved.


Q: How does the TIF fund the proposed projects?

A: Funding comes from assessments on new (i.e. incremental) assets within the TIF – for example a new building.


Q: Will the town be at risk financially for TIF projects?
A:  No.  Our TIF development plan specifically states: This TIF will only fund projects from accumulated TIF funds or funds based on incremental assets already in place, on the town’s tax roll and generating tax revenue. 


Q: If we are able to attract businesses without the help of TIF projects, are we required to implement the proposed TIF projects?
A:  No.  Project implementation is not mandatory.


Q: What happens to the on-going TIF funds once the projects are paid off or if we do not need to implement the projects?
A: The incremental assets now become part of our tax base.  This would permanently increase our tax revenue going forward.


Q: Will the TIF enable property owners to bypass our planning processes or other town regulations?
A: No.  Planning and code requirements do not change if a property is in the TIF district.


Q: Can the TIF process be applied to other properties in town?
A:  Yes.  The existing district can be expanded.  And new districts can be formed.  All we need is an affirmative town vote.



Letter To The Editor
Democracy in Northwood


How healthy is democracy in Northwood?  Consider the following recent occurrences:


A town committee holds a public hearing for citizen comment and questions after--not before--their work is done, when citizens’ opinions and suggestions can have little or no effect.


At deliberative sessions--meetings intended to seek citizen questions, comments, and discussion--the call to end all debate is a frequent, and usually successful, occurrence. Some of the people seeking an end to deliberations are public officials.


Calling for a secret ballot on controversial questions results in angry public criticism.


Citizen petition warrant articles are changed so as to say the opposite of the petitioners’ intent, thus preventing the petitioners from offering the voters a choice on election day.


A board decides, after being defeated at the ballot on two initiatives, to use its power to insert these programs in the budget, thus nullifying the voters’ decisions.


In Northwood’s town hall hangs a copy of the famous Norman Rockwell painting called “Freedom of Speech.” It depicts a young workman, crumpled newspaper in pocket, standing to speak his mind at a New England town meeting while his well-disposed neighbors listen attentively. It represents New England democracy at its best. It’s an ideal worth striving for.


Michael Faiella












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