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: Ceasefire called in battle over Norwalk murals (The Hour)

ME: Winslow to alter town’s recycling protocol (The Morning Sentinel)

MA: Local communities use cellphone 911 technology to pinpoint call with faster routing (MetroWest Daily News)

NH: Concord city council approves financial support of golf course, ice arena (Concord Monitor)

RI: Sanctuary issue makes town ponder its policies (Jamestown Press)

VT: Once you’re on the list, it’s not easy to get off it (Stow Reporter)

National: Newark, N.J., Installs Multipurpose Kiosks Loaded with Free Services (Government Technology)

Background information:

City of Norwalk, CT

Town of Winslow, ME

City of Concord, NH

Town of Jamestown, RI

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Recreation Idea Starter: Gingerbread House Decorating

The Goshen, CT, Recreation Department is sponsoring a Gingerbread House Decorating event in which participants will decorate a pre-made gingerbread house (“with all the fixings”) to take home. The event is scheduled for Friday, 30 November (4:30-6:30 PM).

The cost is $15.00 for one participant, $30 for two participants, and $40.00 for three participants.

For more information about this event, please visit:

Goshen Recreation Department: Gingerbread House Decorating

Background information:

Goshen Recreation Department

Town of Goshen

Wikipedia: Goshen, Connecticut

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Reflection Starter from William James

“Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.” – William James

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National Farm-City Week

This week, the week of 16-22 November, is National Farm-City Week. It is a time designed to remind urban, suburban, and rural residents of their interdependence and of those working in agriculture to supply “markets and families with fresh, healthy food.”

Background information:

American Farm Bureau Federation

Farm Credit Knowledge Center: Celebrating National Farm City Week

Connecticut Department of Agriculture

UCONN Extension: Farm to Community

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management: Division of Agriculture

Farm Fresh Rhode Island

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets

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Senior Services Idea Starter: Memory Café

The Acton, MA,  Senior Center hosts a Memory Café on the second Friday of each month (11:30 AM-1:00 PM) designed to be a special time set aside for individuals with memory impairment and their care partners/caregivers. Potential participants are invited to join the group, in a supportive, social, stigma-free atmosphere, for lunch, entertainment, and to meet new friends.

Space is limited. Reservations are requested.

Background information:

Acton Council on Aging

Town of Acton

Wikipedia: Acton, Massachusetts

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Reflection Starter from Robert F. Kennedy

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

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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 Milford strengthening connection between downtown and river (The News-Times)

ME: Waterville area fire departments struggle with staffing (The Morning Sentinel)

MA: Boston schools agree to change policies on suspensions (Boston Globe)

NH: Many items tossed in recycling bins end up in landfill (WMUR-TV)

RI: Council approves new ordinance governing local towing (The Valley Breeze)

VT: Pownal economic committee gets to work (Bennington Banner)

National: 3 steps to increase the rigor of your K12 assessments (District Administration)

Background information:

Town of New Milford, CT

Town of Fairfield, ME

Town of Oakland, ME

City of Waterville, ME

Town of Winslow, ME

Boston, MA, Public Schools

City of Boston, MA

Town of Cumberland, RI

Town of Pownal, VT

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