New England Municipal Government News Headlines

Recent news stories related to municipal government in New England (and issues being faced on the local level) include these articles:

CT: Meriden considers purchasing house for flood control project (Record-Journal)

ME: Design students tasked with developing wood products to boost Monson’s revival (Portland Press Herald)

MA: Global technology a hit in Holliston (MetroWest Daily News)

NH: Planning board sees the light in solar developments (Concord Monitor)

RI: Community split on garden proposal (The Valley Breeze)

VT: 1 percent sales tax coming to Brattleboro (Brattleboro Reformer)

National: No Place Left to Go: Business Districts Keep Homeless Populations on the Move (Next City)

Background information:

City of Meriden, CT

Town of Monson, ME

Town of Holliston, MA

City of Concord, NH

Town of North Smithfield, RI

Town of Brattleboro, VT

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Library Services Idea Starter: Animanga Club

The Booth & Dimock Memorial Library, Coventry, CT, sponsors an Animanga Club for students in Grades 6-12. Participants are invited to join their fellow manga/anime fans to talk about their favorites while eating noodles and having more anime-inspired fun.

The next event is scheduled for Wednesday, 3 April (4:00-5:00 PM).

Background information:

Booth & Dimock Memorial Library

Town of Coventry

Wikipedia: Coventry, Connecticut

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Reflection Starter from H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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New England Municipal Government News Headlines

Recent news stories related to municipal government in New England (and issues being faced on the local level) include these articles:

CT: Coventry seeks input from residents on survey to determine how the town should grow (Journal Inquirer)

ME: Portland seeks artist to create piece at planned traffic roundabout near USM (Portland Press Herald)

MA: North Andover schools will review policies on sexual harassment (The Eagle-Tribune)

NH: Tamworth to explain warrant posting snafu (The Conway Daily Sun)

RI: C.F. scores grant for Macomber Stadium repairs (The Times, Pawtucket)

VT: Sharon Selectboard considers security cameras on town property (Valley News)

National: Preventing Crime, One Park at a Time (Planetizen)

Background information:

Town of Coventry, CT

City of Portland, ME

North Andover, MA, Public Schools

Town of North Andover, MA

Town of Tamworth, NH

City of Central Falls, RI

Town of Sharon, VT

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Public Safety/Education Idea Starter: Role Playing Scenarios for Students

“Brewer High School student Dillan Lee put himself in a police officer’s shoes Thursday morning to understand a scenario in which an officer might use deadly force.

“Lee, 18, and his classmates role-played troublemakers at a traffic stop and in domestic disturbance cases. Representatives from the FBI and local police departments had designed the scenarios to give students an understanding of some of the common situations they encounter on the job that force them to make split-second decisions.”

A recent article in the Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME) reported on these simulations designed to inform high school students about the challenges of police work.

To access the complete Bangor Daily News report, please visit:

Bangor Daily News: Brewer High students experience the split-second decisions police make daily (22 MAR 19)

Background information:

City of Brewer

Wikipedia: Brewer, Maine

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Reflection Starter from Robert Collier

“Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

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World Down Syndrome Day

Today, 21 March, is being observed as World Down Syndrome Day, an observance designed to raise public awareness of Down syndrome.

Background information:

World Down Syndrome Day

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