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: Skaters ramp up work on skate park (The News-Times)

ME: Brunswick student gardeners farm food, life skills (The Forecaster)

MA: At Fitchburg program, officers trained in pedal power (Telegram & Gazette)

NH: Murals give color to Dover’s parking garage (Foster’s Daily Democrat)

RI: East Beach Association teams with recycling company that gives plastics a second ‘story’ (The Westerly Sun)

VT: Town backs out of stormwater commitment (Williston Observer)

National: City wants residents to know local government (Palestine, TX, Herald)

Background information:

Town of New Milford, CT

Brunswick, ME, School Department

Town of Brunswick, ME

City of Dover, NH

East Beach Association, Westerly, RI

Town of Westerly, RI

Town of Williston, VT

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Public Safety Idea Starter: Wandering Program

The Penobscot Regional Communications Center, serving Penobscot County, Maine, has established a Wandering Program designed to provide a critical network of real time information (including a photograph to Law Enforcement) to assist in locating individuals prone to wander due to Autism, Alzheimer’s, Dementia or other mental/medical conditions.

The program is free, and participants must register your loved one. Information is secure and private. Among other resources, it alerts officers to potential triggers and ways to calm the individual.

For more information about this initiative, please visit:

Penobscot Regional Communications Center: Wandering Program

Background information:

Penobscot Regional Communications Center

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Reflection Starter from Dale Carnegie

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.” – Dale Carnegie

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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: Danbury seniors logged 7,000 volunteer hours last year (The News-Times)

ME: Wiscasset to Explore Traffic Guards for Downtown (The Lincoln County News)

MA: Wilbraham flood mitigation project underway in center of town (Springfield Republican)

NH: Queen City lands ‘Meet Me at the Park’ grant to fund healthy living program (New Hampshire Union Leader)

RI: New database details contaminants in public water; Aquarion, Westerly Water Dept. challenge merits of ‘guidelines’ (The Westerly Sun)

VT: In Vermont, students are ditching classrooms for jobs (Burlington Free Press)

National: Is This Risk Equation Out of Balance? (Firehouse Magazine)

Background information:

City of Danbury, CT

Town of Wiscasset, ME

Town of Wilbraham, MA

City of Manchester, NH

Environmental Working Group

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Health Services Idea Starter: Travel Vaccination Services Clinic

The Pomperaug District Department of Health, serving the Towns of Oxford, Southbury, and Woodbury, CT, offers a semi-monthly Travel Vaccination Services clinic designed to offer all vaccinations recommended for international travel as well as prescriptions for medications to prevent malaria and altitude sickness, and to treat travelers’ diarrhea. In addition to immunizations and prescriptions, clinic staff provide consultation and recommendations for making the trip safe and healthy. Vaccinations and prescriptions are available for both adults and children. The vaccinations are offered at discounted prices for residents of the Towns in the District.

The Travel Vaccination Services are provided by appointment on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month (9:00 AM-12:00 Noon). When scheduling your appointment, participants are requested to have their travel itinerary available.

Background information:

Pomperaug District Department of Health

Town of Oxford, CT

Town of Southbury, CT

Town of Woodbury, CT

 

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Reflection Starter from Demosthenes

“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.” – Demosthenes

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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: Hidden in Plainfield, tri-town line a part of history (Norwich Bulletin)

ME: Portland to roll out recycling carts, replacing open bins (Portland Press Herald)

MA: To manage affordable housing, cities and towns shoot to meet state thresholds (The Boston Globe)

NH: Officials say opioid ODs down, but spice on the rise (New Hampshire Union Leader)

RI: Commission ventures into ‘unchartered’ territory (The Valley Breeze)

VT: Downtown groups to create mobile mini museum (The Brattleboro Reformer)

National: Why Are Local Governments Using a Russian Software the Feds Won’t? (Governing Magazine)

Background information:

Town of Plainfield, CT

Portland, ME, Department of Public Works

City of Portland, ME

City of Manchester, NH

Town of Scituate, RI

Town of Brattleboro, VT

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