Category Archives: Idea Starters

Recreation/Public Safety Idea Starter: Junior Police Academy Camp

The South Portland, ME, Parks and Recreation Division recently collaborated with the South Portland Police Department to host a Junior Police Academy Camp for students entering Grades 6-8 in the fall. The week-long day camp was designed to provide participating youth with … Continue reading

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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: Fitness test thwarts wannabe cops (Record-Journal) ME: Maine school districts plan to use state funding for tax relief, … Continue reading

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Public Works Idea Starter: Free Rain Barrels

The Pawtucket, RI, Department of Public Works is offering city residents free barrels to encourage them to harvest stormwater runoff on their property (thereby reducing stress on the City’s drainage system). The water retained in the barrel may be used to … Continue reading

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Idea Starter: “Explore Our Neighborhood” Project

The Newport, RI, Health Equity Zone and Bike Newport recently collaborated to develop a “Explore Our Neighborhood” project designed to highlight points of interest for resident and visiting bikers or walkers. Media report: Newport Daily News New trails encourage residents to explore Newport neighborhoods Background … Continue reading

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Environmental Services Idea Starter: “Notable Tree” Award

Each month, the Hamden, CT, Tree Commission recognizes a local tree as the Hamden Notable Tree for that month. Residents may nominate trees, giving its location, an image, and a few sentences describing the tree and what they think makes … Continue reading

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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: Berlin police take on fitness and wellness challenge (The Berlin Citizen) ME: Harpswell hires former Portland official to … Continue reading

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Library Services Idea Starter: Teen/Tween Game Night

The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, Berlin, CT, is sponsoring a Teen/Tween Game Night designed to help kids aged 10 and older learn different tabletop and card games. All who attend will be entered into a prize drawing for tabletop games. Snacks will be provided provided. … Continue reading

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