Katie McQuaid's Scene In Manchester: Tracking street crime is her game
First, she began posting what she heard — calls for domestic disputes, drug overdoses, accidents — on her personal Facebook page. Her friends loved the posts so much, they suggested she start a separate page, and Manchvegas Alerts was born.
It seems like everyone I know follows Crossman’s Manchvegas Alerts. One of my friends said she follows to keep up with what is going on, but also for the humor.
One recent post read: “HIT AND RUN: Dunkin Donuts on Brown Ave with the double drive-thru. Delivery truck hit a car and then took off.
Another one read: “PARTY: Ahern Street, block party happening. Caller complaining about the noise. #WhyWasntIInvited.”
Then there’s Crossman’s favorite hashtag, “#StayClassyManchVegas,” which she reserves for those calls that should make us all seriously question the kind of people living in our city.
Crossman is also a professional photographer and sometimes will go out to a scene to take pictures. She said she is not trying to compete with mainstream media.
“When people look out their windows they want to know why there’s a cop outside their house,” she said. Or whether that guy walking around in a cow costume on the West Side is dangerous.
But she would love to do photojournalism full-time someday, and hopes Manchvegas Alerts may lead to that.
Manchvegas Alerts has become so popular, Crossman has started to sell T-shirts and car magnets that say “Keep Calm and Check Manchvegas Alerts.”
For the most part, followers who comment on her posts seem very grateful for her diligence in reporting the activities of Manchester’s police and fire departments. It’s also clear that Crossman has a lot of respect for these first responders she posts about.
Thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies will be handed out during a celebration at Sheridan-Emmett Park on Beech Street Saturday.
The One Day of Community event, sponsored by Manchester Christian Church and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.
Kudos to all the local businesses and organizations that have pitched in to put together this day of summertime fun for kids who probably don’t get their fair share.
On Thursday, you can experience downtown by trolley with Open Doors Manchester. This event happens several times a year and includes free access to some of the Queen City’s best arts and cultural venues, including Art 3 Gallery, Langer Place, Millyard Museum, SEE Science Center, Art on the Wall at City Hall Gallery, Framers Market, E.W. Poore, Studio 550 Art Center, Studioverne glass studio, and the Arbor in the Millyard gallery at Manchester Vineyard Community Church.
Two trolleys will circulate a route between the venues from 5 to 8 p.m., stopping at each one about every 30 minutes.
For more information on special events at each trolley stop, visit www.opendoorsmanchester.com.
I am hearing great things about this season’s Palace Professional Theatre for Children. These favorite children’s stories are no more than an hour long and only $8 per ticket, making them perfect for young children and their families.
NH365.ORG Event of Week
It’s time for the inaugural Granite State Brewers Association Summer Fest at Arms Park this Saturday. I had no idea New Hampshire had so many breweries. Participants can sample beers from more than 25 of them and also vote for their favorite entry in a Chicken Wing Showdown.
Tickets should be pre-purchased; a link to buy them online can be found at www.NH365.org.