A fix is in for the ailing Memorial Bridge

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (NEWS CENTER) -- New Hampshire Transportation engineers have come up with a relatively quick and cost effective way to fix the problems which have forced the closure of the Memorial Bridge.

The bridge, which links downtown Portsmouth with Kittery, was closed last week after inspectors found two trouble spots.  Large holes had developed in gussets that help tie the nearly 90 year old bridge's supports together.

"It is clear from the inspection what the problems are," said NH DOT Commissioner George Campbell.  "I think we have wanted to take the right amount of time and consult with our engineers, consult with the state of Maine - our partners on this bridge, to find out just what has to be done to give confidence to myself, and to the community, that this bridge is safe to reopen."

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Portland based music program reaches Kennebunk

(NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Academy of Modern Music is working with the Rivertree Arts Program to host a concert promoting youth bands.

The event takes place on Saturday, December 11th at the Kennebunk Town Hall from 6pm-9pm.  Several different high school bands will be performing, along with headlining Paranoid Social Club.  The concert is free to attend.

Jeff Shaw of M.A.M.M. talked with Newscenter about how their program helps youth have an outlet to start a band.  They provide space in Portland for rehearsing with proper equipment and are looking to branch out to Kennebunk.

Portland based music program reaches Kennebunk

(NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Academy of Modern Music is working with the Rivertree Arts Program to host a concert promoting youth bands.

The event takes place on Saturday, December 11th at the Kennebunk Town Hall from 6pm-9pm.  Several different high school bands will be performing, along with headlining Paranoid Social Club.  The concert is free to attend.

Jeff Shaw of M.A.M.M. talked with Newscenter about how their program helps youth have an outlet to start a band.  They provide space in Portland for rehearsing with proper equipment and are looking to branch out to Kennebunk.

NH-Maine bridge closed for now; repairs uncertain

KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The New Hampshire Department of Transportation has closed the aging Memorial Bridge between downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery.

Officials say an inspection last week revealed that the bridge is no longer safe for cars and trucks. The closure will remain in effect while officials determine whether it's cost-effective to make temporary repairs to keep it open until its scheduled dismantling.  The bridge is due to be torn down in 18 months.

A replacement bridge won't be ready for traffic for at least three years.

Mark Latti from the Maine Department of Transportation says it remains to be seen whether Memorial Bridge will reopen. He says neither state wants to sink a bunch of money into a bridge that's going to be torn down.

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Dane Cook's half brother ordered to repay him $12M

BOSTON (AP) -- The Massachusetts attorney general's office has ordered comedian Dane Cook's half brother and sister-in-law to pay $12 million in restitution after they pleaded guilty to stealing from him.

Darryl and Erika McCauley of Wilmington were accused of embezzling millions from Cook while Darryl McCauley was working as Cook's business manager.

Darryl McCauley was sentenced in October to five to six years in prison on charges including 27 counts of larceny. His wife was sentenced to 2 1/2 to three years in prison on charges including two counts of larceny.

A spokesman for Attorney General Martha Coakley told the Portsmouth Herald that the next step is for the court to tally the couple's assets. The couple bought a home in York Beach, Maine, and also invested in a hotel and restaurant there.

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Announces "Grand Reopening" with Ribbon Cutting

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Announces "Grand Reopening" with Ribbon Cutting

GILLIAN PERRON is celebrating a recent branch office move at her new location at 16 Shapleigh Rd., Kittery, ME across the street from Rite Aid Pharmacy.

"I am excited to take over the Edward Jones office in greater Kittery, ME," Gillian Perron said. "I know the people of this community have come to rely upon our firm to provide them with sound investment advice that is geared toward individual investors. I will strive to continue our tradition of excellence here."

Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work.

Inspection set for Maine-NH bridge

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- An inspection is going to close one of the major bridges between Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine.

Plans call for closing the Memorial Bridge to vehicular traffic Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The bridge will remain open to pedestrians. Traffic in the river below will not be affected.

The bridge was built in 1923. A task force is looking for a way to replace it.

Tuesday's closure is so New Hampshire transportation officials can inspect the bridge's lift machinery.