Library Services Idea Starter: Virtual Exhibit Gallery

On its website, the Bridgeport, CT, Public Library offers a Virtual Exhibit Gallery. Collections displayed include “The Postcard Collection: Vintage Views of Bridgeport,” “The World War One Collection: Bridgeport during WWI,” and “Bicycle Clubs in Bridgeport: Rolling with the Times.”

To access the complete gallery, please visit:

Bridgeport Public Library: Virtual Exhibit Gallery

Background information:

Bridgeport Public Library

City of Bridgeport

Wikipedia: Bridgeport, Connecticut

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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: New radio system will help first responders (The Ridgefield Press)

ME: Special education teacher shortage worsens at Maine schools (Kennebec Journal)

MA: For some teens, the Zoo Crew program at Attleboro’s Capron Park Zoo proves a ticket to a whole new, meaningful world (The Sun Chronicle)

NH: Ashland awarded $250,000 grant for infrastructure plan (New Hampshire Union Leader)

RI: Old books get new purpose at Lincoln Public Library (The Valley Breeze)

VT: Developer Says Fees Threaten Plans for White River Junction Apartments (Valley News)

National: Broadband Law Could Force Rural Residents Off Information Superhighway (The New York Times)

Background information:

Town of Ridgefield, CT

Capron Park Zoo, Attleboro, MA

City of Attleboro, MA

Town of Ashland, NH

Lincoln, RI, Public Library

Town of Lincoln, RI

Town of Hartford, VT

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Reflection Starter from Thomas Edison

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison

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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: Hamden Planning and Zoning Commission approves use of coconut and cork turf field (New Haven Register)

ME: York to deploy ground-penetrating radar to measure road conditions (York Weekly)

MA: Mansfield looks to the future of energy (The Sun Chronicle)

NH: Wilton aims to spur economic development (The Cabinet)

RI: Scituate rejects proposed Providence Water road closures (The Valley Breeze)

VT: New program to help students who experienced trauma (Eagle Times)

National: Education groups ‘considering all options’ to keep state from closing failing schools (Muskegon Chronicle)

Background information:

Town of Hamden, CT

Town of York, ME

Town of Mansfield, MA

Town of Wilton, NH

Town of Scituate, RI

Windham Northeast Supervisory Union, VT

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Reflection Starter from George Bernard Shaw

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” – George Bernard Shaw

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Education Idea Starter:

The Lake Region School District, which includes the Towns of Bridgton, Casco, Naples, and Sebago, ME, has initiated a transition program for new kindergarten students who have never participated in preschool classes and/or are otherwise considered to be at risk.

Media report:

Portland Press Herald: Kindergarten warmup eases first-day jitters (19 AUG 16)

Background information:

Lake Region School District, ME (Bridgton, Casco, Naples, and Sebago)

Town of Bridgton, ME

Town of Casco, ME

Town of Naples, ME

Town of Sebago, ME

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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: Eminent domain likely in West Haven outlet mall battle (New Haven Register)

ME: South Portland provides public Wi-Fi in Mill Creek Park (The Forecaster)

MA: Long Beach class-action motion denied (Gloucester Times)

NH: Kennett students get creative in the parking lot (The Conway Daily Sun)

RI: RI school uniform policy draws praise, complaints from parents, educators (Providence Journal)

VT: Stowe hires help to study EMS volunteer shortage (Stowe Reporter)

National: Toledo struggles to attract, keep young professionals (The Blade, Toledo, OH)

Background information:

City of West Haven, CT

City of South Portland, ME

Town of Rockport, MA

Kennett High School, North Conway, NH

Town of Albany, NH

Town of Bartlett, NH

Town of Conway, NH

Town of Eaton, NH

Town of Freedom, NH

Town of Hart’s Location, NH

Town of Jackson, NH

Town of Madison, NH

Town of Tamworth, NH

Town of Stowe, VT

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