Get well soon

Comcast Cable officials notified City Hall it would be raising cable bills early in 2004.

The average price increase will be about $2.71 a month, said a letter from Elizabeth Graham, the cable company’s director of government and community relations, to city officials.

The company has spent millions of dollars investing in broadband networks, digital cable and high-speed Internet service, Graham wrote.

The standard cable package in Nashua now costs $40.73, according to Comcast’s Web site.

The cost of business continues to rise and the company is expanding its customer-service call centers, Graham said.

Mayor Bernie Streeter said he asked Larry Hersh, head of the Cable Television Advisory Board, to review the situation.

Ward 6 Alderman Robert Dion got lots of well wishes from his colleagues.

Dion recently underwent surgery and is home convalescing, according to fellow board _members.

All wished the 71-year-old a speedy recovery and looked forward to seeing him in the aldermanic chamber.

Alderman-at-Large Jim Tollner got some chuckles when he reminded the board members that Dion’s wife, Jacqueline, is caring for him, and they could imagine what it requires to take care of the six-year board veteran. So, he wished her well, too.

Volleyball champs honored

The champion Nashua High School volleyball team was celebrated by the aldermen Tuesday.

The Purple Panthers finished 18-1. Their team spirit was reflected in their season motto, “Whatever it takes.”

“I fully expect to be back here next year,” coach John Connolly said.

Date set for inaugural ball

With the election behind him, the mayor is planning a second inaugural ball.

The date is set for Feb. 7 at Sky Meadow Country Club, said Jan Streeter, wife of the mayor and an organizer of the event.

There promises to be music from the band Rare Form, a contemporary jazz/fusion group, along with other entertainment.

Mirroring the first inaugural ball, the proceeds will go to charity, Streeter said.

The 2000 event raised nearly $19,000 for the Mayor’s Fund for Nashua’s Future, after paying off the bills for the party.

Tickets for the February gala will be $100 a head.