By Jill Diver DERRY — T-Bones owners Tom Boucher and Mark Fenske decided that instead of making the restaurant chain’s 25th birthday a one-day event, they would make it a year-long celebration in which their customers and local New Hampshire charities would be able to benefit. “We’re trying to make it fun and we’re trying to make people informed about what makes T-Bones unique,” said Boucher. T-Bones began as a single restaurant in Salem in 1984, The chain, which also includes Cactus Jack’s, now has eight restaurants throughout southern New Hampshire. Currently T-Bones is offering “A Sweetheart of a Deal,” which runs until Saturday, Feb. 14. Customers can donate $5… Keep Reading
By Jill Diver DERRY—Whether you’re looking to add a little taste of Paris to your home, find the perfect WebKinz or give a Life is Good gift, you won’t have to travel far. In fact, Moonlight and Roses in Derry has 23 different gift shops all located in one convenient spot. And it’s this variety of clever items and the friendliness of its staff that’s earning Moonlight and Roses this year’s Derry News Best of the Best readers’ poll award for Most Unique Business and also topping in the Friendliest Service and Best Gift Shop. Linda Kachanian, owner of Moonlight and Roses, says the first reaction of customers is “Oh… Keep Reading
By Jill Diver DERRY — While some people will be adjusting their TVs on Super Bowl Sunday to make sure they can see the sweat on the brow of their favorite football player, others will be spending Feb. 1, running into the freezing cold water at Hampton Beach for the 10th anniversary of the Penguin Plunge to benefit New Hampshire Special Olympics. This is the first year that the single-day Penguin Plunge has turned into Penguin Plunge Weekend. Festivities start on Friday night, Jan. 30, at the Ashworth Hotel for the Penguin Bash, where plungers and supporters of Special Olympics are welcome to join in the fun. Saturday, Jan. 31,… Keep Reading
By Jill Diver LONDONDERRY — Breathe New Hampshire will hold a benefit concert, BreatheFest 2008, at the Tupelo Music Hall on Oct. 23, with up-and-coming musicians Michelle Cummings, Dale Reynolds and the band Rockspring. Their sounds range from blues and rock to country and bluegrass. Breathe New Hampshire, formerly known as the American Lung Association of New Hampshire, raises awareness for the challenges associated with lung health, including asthma management, keeping both indoor and outdoor air clean, and nicotine addiction. Kelly Sicard, Director of Special Events, had the idea for BreatheFest. “People love music” she said. “We are trying to raise awareness and are trying to reach out to a… Keep Reading
By Jill Diver DERRY — After hearing the Doctor Fish Pedicure was offered at Kim’s Spa and Nails in Derry, I immediately decided I’d be the perfect person to test these fishy waters. As someone who visits the nail salon on a regular basis and is all too familiar with the intense tickling that the pumice stone — which is meant to remove dead skin on the bottom of the foot — creates, I was sure that flesh-eating fish would not be a problem.
By Jill Diver DERRY — Let’s face it, Halloween has gone to the dogs. At least that was true on Oct. 18, when the perky pups of Derry and the surrounding area paraded around the Derry Dog Park dressed in their Halloween finest. Dayna Brandano of Derry dressed her two Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix dogs, Louie and Bella, as a king and a princess. “They get cold if they don’t have clothes on, and they look really cute,” Brandano said. “I got their costumes at Target and Old Navy.” Eleanor Camirand of Derry, president of the Friends of the Derry Dog Park, sold dog sweaters and dog… Keep Reading