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Scene in Manchester: License, registration and drink coaster?

September 09. 2012 10:27PM

I think the best place to advertise your business is the newspaper. I know, big surprise. But if you are a criminal defense attorney specializing in driving under the influence cases, another option is to go straight to your target market, like Manchester attorney Joseph Prieto does. Patrons enjoying a libation or two at the Jade Palace in Stratham are now served their beverages on coasters advertising Prieto Law. The back of the coaster lists your constitutional rights and what you should say to an officer if you are pulled over.

Prieto said the idea for the coasters came from his little brother, Jim Prieto, who saw similar coasters in a bar in Austin, Texas. When Joseph Prieto left the New Hampshire Public Defender's Office after 10 years to open his own practice in October 2011, he decided to try the concept himself. Prieto's real niche, he said, is courtroom litigation and representing good people who find themselves in difficult situations. The response to his coasters so far has been great - he's already used up his first batch and you will soon be able to get your own at the Wild Rover in Manchester.

I don't think DUIs are a laughing matter, but these coasters definitely arouse a chuckle. And I think they will actually help to deter drunken driving by making bar and restaurant patrons consider whether they should have that next drink and what the consequences might be if they do.

Of course Prieto doesn't think DUIs are a laughing matter, either. He says that he has never lost a DUI case when the person used a designated driver instead of driving. I think his best advice comes at the bottom in small print: 'No matter what the situation is - do not be a jerk. Always be respectful and courteous to the police. Officer safety is the number one concern.' The time to argue and complain is in the courtroom, not on the side of the road, Prieto advises.

If you need a lawyer or your bar is in need of some thought-provoking coasters, you can contact Prieto at 232-2085 or

Family Bikram

I've mentioned my addiction to Bikram yoga in this column before. Alas, my three children leave me little time to practice these days. That's why I'm looking forward to Bikram Yoga Manchester's Family Yoga Night and Pot Luck this Saturday at 4 p.m. A regular Bikram yoga class is 90 minutes in a hot room. Studio owner Pubali Campbell promises this family-friendly version will only be 45 minutes and the heat will be off. The best part is the class is free, but attendees are asked to bring something to share for the post-class potluck. Sounds like a great Saturday evening activity to get some exercise, get your kids out of the house and meet some new friends. Bikram Yoga Manchester is located in the annex building behind Mill West at 195 McGregor St.

Give with golf

Want a good laugh? Join me at the Amoskeag Community Volunteers' 10th Cookie Classic Golf Tournament in a couple of weeks. I've played golf once before in a tournament about six years ago. It was so embarrassing I vowed never to do it again. But the Amoskeag Community Volunteers (ACV) is important to me and I've decided it's a good enough reason to humiliate myself again.

ACV is a volunteer organization of women focused on improving the community and promoting volunteerism in the Greater Manchester area. It was once called the Manchester Junior Woman's Club, but as more women began working outside the home, it became harder to attract younger members and the group decided that, given their average age, it was no longer appropriate to be considered 'junior.'

After vowing not to join anymore nonprofit groups until my kids were out of diapers, I was talked into joining ACV by my friend Lisa Boucher over a couple of cocktails two years ago. I may have regretted the cocktails, but I've never regretted my decision to join the club. In addition to having a lot of fun, the ACV ladies clean yards for the elderly every fall as part of the Easter Seals Seniors Count program, serve a monthly meal at Roca Kids Club, and hold fundraisers. The best part is using the money to help individuals in our community who are in need. We give them money or gift cards to help them pay a bill or buy groceries and prescriptions when times get tough, especially during the holidays.

The Cookie Classic, named for a friend of the club named Mike Cook who passed away far too young, is our biggest fundraiser. This year it will be played at Candia Woods on Friday, Sept. 21. Since it's our 10th event, we'd like it to be our biggest yet and we're hoping for 100 golfers.

The cost is $125 per player or $480 per foursome for 18 holes of golf and lunch. Plus, at no additional charge, you get to witness me hack up the course. If you're interested in playing in our tournament or you want to learn more about ACV, visit

NH365.ORG Event of the Week

Downtown chefs will be paired with shopkeepers to offer menu samples inside their partner's retail location at the 9th annual Taste of Downtown on Wednesday. For $20 you can spend the evening strolling to each location to taste the fine cuisine, shop and listen to music along Elm and Hanover streets from 5 to 8 p.m. There will only be 1,000 tickets sold. Prices go up to $25 the day of the event, so purchase your tickets today. You can get them at the Intown Manchester offices at the Brady Sullivan Plaza at 1000 Elm St. or online at

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