The Seabrook Board of Selectmen honored Deputy Tax Collector Michelle Knowles, who recently achieved her certification as a Deputy Tax Collector. The Board presented Michelle with a citation, and were told that current Tax Collector Lillian Knowles was also a recipient of that certification, taking part in the very first class to offer that cert. Congrats to Michelle!
The Seabrook Board of Selectmen were on hand to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Cardi’s Furniture store on Route 1. Select Chair Theresa Kyle welcomed Cardi’s to Seabrook, thanking them for the investment and the jobs created. It is a truly amazing furniture showroom, and Cardi brothers were on hand to open this beautiful new facility as well. Welcome to Seabrook!
The Seabrook Police Department had their annual food drive before Christmas, and it was a huge success. They collected more food than last year, which will be used to help families in need. Thanks to all those who helped to fill up that trailer with food for families that need assistance this holiday season, and thanks to our Police Officers who worked so hard to put it together. Thank you to Market Basket for all of their help as well.
Thanks to Chief Edwards and the Seabrook Fire Department, who carted Santa on an extensive tour of Seabrook that delighted families throughout the Town. Thanks to Police Deputy Brett Walker, who provided the escort for Santa. And thank you to Santa for taking the time from his busy schedule. Great fun!
A big thank you to the Seabrook Lions Club, who once again sponsored the annual Tree Lighting, a wonderful community event enjoyed by all. Thanks to the Trinity United Church for the use of the Parish Hall, to Chief Edwards and the Seabrook Fire Department, and to Chief Gallagher, who was out with Deputy Walker on traffic detail. A very big thank you to our man Stan for making sure the lights went on when we flicked that switch, and to the Seabrook DPW for all of their help. Bill Niland of the Chop Shop Pub ran the “train” over to transport people to the Parish Hall, and I hitched a ride, and it was great. Thank you Bill!
I am today posting the new Seabrook CIP Plan, as well as a newly developed five year analysis of Seabrook Capital Spending that I have developed. The analysis has a long series of support tabs that show yearly spending by category. The capital spending program program in Seabrook was the sole reason for the increase in Town side spending from 2016 to 2017, as the operating budgets have been essentially level funded, absent contractually mandated increases. These items have been presented to all of our policy making Boards.
The Seabrook Board of Selectmen awarded Florence Nemphos the Boston Post Cane at a recent meeting. At 100 she is still a crack Bingo player, and Florence was delighted to receive the Cane and recognition from the Board of Selectmen. Our thanks to former Selectman Edward Hess, who read a recognition from Senator Hassan at the event. Congratulations Florence!
The Seabrook Fire Department held the annual Touch a Truck event at the Fire Station last week, and it was a great success. It was a fun family event that had lots of kids attending and looking over, and touching, some of the new equipment. It featured the new Ladder/Platform Truck, which is an amazing piece of equipment. Our thanks to Papa Gino’s for the generous donation of pizza for this event. Our thanks to the Board of Selectmen, who were all on hand to help with the event. Thanks to Chief Edwards, and Deputy Perkins, for all of their work!
On September 21, 2017 the Seabrook Police Department held a wide ranging program dealing with opioid misuse, with speakers from across the spectrum of approaches to this scourge impacting Seabrook, New Hampshire, and our nation. I am very appreciative of the efforts of Police Lieutenant Kevin Gelineau, who put the program together. Thanks to Police Chief Michael Gallagher, Fire Chief William Edwards, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, the Director of the N.H. Police Forensic Laboratory Tim Pifer, Lt. Joseph Ebert of the N.H. State Police, Special Agent Jon Delena of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Doctor Cheryl Wilkie of the Farnum Center, Marty Boldin from the Office of Governor Chris Sununu, Kim Haney of Granite Pathways, Elizabeth Miller of Safe Harbor Recovery, and Olivia Dupell of the Seacoast Public Health Network. We had a special screening of the powerful film “Just the One Time” and we are so grateful that Jim and Jeanne Moser, who made the film about the loss of their son Adam were on hand to discuss the film, and the important lessons we can all take from their experience. (That film is below) Our sincere thanks to Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety in New Hampshire Robert Quinn, who gave so much of his time to make this night a success. The remarks by Senator Hassan are also below, and I will place additional video from the event in the days to come.
As we attack the misuse of opioids it is vital to remember that it is a complex societal issue, and that different approaches need to be made simultaneously to combat the problem. There are no easy solutions, and there is not a “one size fits all approach” that will bring victory.