Jordan Mayblum – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:52:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 https://i2.wp.com/rochesternhnews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/114/2017/06/cropped-color-seal-correct.png?fit=32%2C32 Jordan Mayblum – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com 32 32 129230579 Rochester Police to Host Citizens Police Academy https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/14/rochester-police-to-host-citizens-police-academy/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/14/rochester-police-to-host-citizens-police-academy/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:40:58 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1228 Chief Paul Toussaint is pleased to announce that Rochester residents are once again invited to participate in the Rochester Police Department's Citizens Police Academy.

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Chief Paul Toussaint is pleased to announce that Rochester residents are once again invited to participate in the Rochester Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy.

The academy is an 11 week program that begins on March 13 and runs through May 22. The program is designed acquaint civilians with the duties that law enforcement — including detectives, prosecutors and juvenile diversion officers — perform on a daily basis.

Academy participants will also get an in-depth look at the Rochester Police Department’s different units, including forensics, SWAT, accident reconstruction and its K9 officer. The program also offers an opportunity to experience hands-on training with the department’s computerized simulator and indoor shooting range.

The program also enables residents to better understand the rules, regulations and policies that police officers are sworn to follow, and provides a stronger sense of the broad range of responsibilities and challenges Rochester Police officers face in serving the community.

“This is an opportunity for residents and police officers to meet in a friendly setting and get to know one another on a more personal level,” said Capt. Todd Pinkham, who oversees the program. “I’m eager to welcome this year’s academy class, and I’m confident that it will once again be a fun and positive experience for citizens and officers alike.”

Classes will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m.

Residents can visit Rochesterpd.org to print the required authorization forms. Applications can be submitted via email, fax, mail or in-person at the police station. All forms should be submitted to the attention of Capt. Pinkham. Prospective participants will be required to undergo a brief background and criminal records check.

Class size is limited, and applications must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 22.

All participants must be 18 years of age or older, or 15 if accompanied by a parent.

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City of Rochester Has Agreement in Principle to Purchase Portion of Rochester Fair Property https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/13/city-rochester-agreement-principle-purchase-portion-rochester-fair-property/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/13/city-rochester-agreement-principle-purchase-portion-rochester-fair-property/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:44:06 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1213 ROCHESTER-- Mayor Caroline McCarley and City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick announce that the City of Rochester has reached an agreement in principle to purchase a portion of the Rochester Fair property. 

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ROCHESTER– Mayor Caroline McCarley and City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick announce that the City of Rochester has reached an agreement in principle to purchase a portion of the Rochester Fair property.

Yesterday evening, a representative for the Rochester Agricultural and Mechanical Association (RAMA), which owns the Rochester Fair, notified City Attorney Terence O’Rourke that the organization’s board voted to accept the city’s offer of $450,000 in exchange for approximately 11 acres of property.

The City of Rochester anticipates that it would use the land to construct a new public works facility.

“This is an extremely positive development for the city, and I’m glad that we were able to come to a preliminary agreement,” Mayor McCarley said. “Having this land will ultimately benefit the city and its residents, and I’m eager to move ahead.”

“We have been working cooperatively with RAMA, and I’m pleased that those efforts have resulted in a mutually beneficial agreement,” City Manager Fitzpatrick. “This is an excellent opportunity to further modernize and streamline our city services for the direct benefit of our residents.”

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Rochester Native Opens Hair Studio Downtown https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/12/rochester-native-opens-hair-studio-downtown/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/12/rochester-native-opens-hair-studio-downtown/#comments Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:10:53 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1196 Amber Smith opened her new Monroe Hair Studio on Hanson Street in early January. After 15 years of experience styling hair, including stops throughout the country as she perfected her craft, Smith is finally pursuing her dream of owning her own salon.

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A hair stylist with deep roots in Rochester has returned home to open a studio of her own.

Amber Smith opened her new Monroe Hair Studio on Hanson Street in early January. After 15 years of experience styling hair, including stops throughout the country as she perfected her craft, Smith is finally pursuing her dream of owning her own salon.

That she’s doing it in her hometown, where she is an original member of the Rochester Social Club, is an added bonus.

“I’m just a small town girl hoping to make a great impression on Rochester,” Smith said. “I wanted to open in Rochester because I’m from here and I’m becoming a huge part of the community. Rochester has so much potential and I want to be part of it thriving!”

After sending her youngest of three children to preschool, she said that now felt like the right time for her to start her own business.

Monroe Hair Studio is a full-service hair salon offering everything from special occasion styles to maintenance trims and all things in between. She prides herself on her advanced color and cut techniques.

The studio is open on a by-appointment basis, with some walk-in service to start, including added walk-in hours for a new part-time stylist who just joined the salon’s staff. Smith hopes to expand to full-time hours within the first few months as more stylists join the staff.

Monroe Hair Studio is located at 59 Hanson St., and is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AmberSmithStylist/.

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Parking Ban in Effect Tonight to Allow for Snow Removal https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/12/parking-ban-effect-downtown-overnight-monday/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/12/parking-ban-effect-downtown-overnight-monday/#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:49:14 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1206 Downtown Snow Removal 11PM Monday February 12, 2018 SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARATION DOWNTOWN PARKING BAN IN EFFECT February 12, 2018 11PM Snow Removal parking ban is in effect as of 11 PM on Monday February 12, 2018 through 6 AM on Tuesday February 13, 2018 in the areas defined below. The Department of Public Works will be working on snow removal in the two downtown …

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Downtown Snow Removal 11PM Monday February 12, 2018

SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARATION
DOWNTOWN PARKING BAN IN EFFECT
February 12, 2018 11PM

Snow Removal parking ban is in effect as of 11 PM on Monday February 12, 2018 through 6 AM on Tuesday February 13, 2018 in the areas defined below.

The Department of Public Works will be working on snow removal in the two downtown areas. The following streets will be affected:

Downtown area Rochester
South Main from Lambert to North Main
North Main St. From South Main to Maple
Wakefield Street from South Main to Union Street
Portland Street from Columbus Ave to Charles
All of Union Street, Bridge Street, Hanson Street, Central Ave and Liberty Street Granite St. Davyanne Locke Lane
Downtown area Gonic
Main Street from Colby Street to Pickering Road
All of Colby Street
Church Street from Main Street to rear entrance to Gonic Mill
Railroad Avenue from Pickering Rd to the Gonic School.

NO VEHICLE WITHOUT AN EXEMPTION PERMIT MAY BE PARKED ON THESE CITY STREETS OR IN CITY PARKING LOTS DURING THIS TIME PERIOD

In the future, when a snow emergency is declared in the “downtown areas”, the parking restrictions will be on the streets described above only.

If you have any questions please call the DPW at 332-4096

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Rochester Library’s Story Time Brings Kids and Parents Together for Reading and Activities https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/09/1191/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/09/1191/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:14:46 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1191 ROCHESTER -- The Rochester Public Library invites residents with young children to sign up for its upcoming session of Spring Story Times. 

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ROCHESTER — The Rochester Public Library invites residents with young children to sign up for its upcoming session of Spring Story Times. 

Story Times meet weekly, allowing small groups of children from 1 year old to kindergarten to enjoy readings and activities facilitated by library staff. Registration for the spring session begins at 9 a.m. on Feb. 21 and can be completed by going to the library or calling 603-335-7549. 

“We want this to be a really child and family friendly space,” Children’s Room Librarian Marie Kelly said. “In terms of our programming, we put a big emphasis on making it fun and appealing to kids rather than strictly educational. It’s also a great way for kids and parents to enjoy time together and socialize.”

Each sessions runs for six weeks. The schedule, beginning March 12, is as follows:

Toddler Time — Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. 

Toddlers between 12 and 24 months and their parent or caregiver meet with a librarian for 20 minutes of stories, songs and finger plays. Parents are invited to stay for coffee/tea in the Story Time Room after the program. Toys will be available for the toddlers to play with while adults get a chance to socialize. Unfortunately, siblings are not permitted to join. 

2-3 years old — Mondays at 10 a.m.

Children and parents or caregivers meet with a librarian for 30 minutes of stories, games and a craft. Siblings may attend with the librarian’s approval.

3-4 years old — Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

Children meet independently with a librarian for 30 minutes of stories, songs and a craft.

Family Story Time (2-5 years old) — Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Children and parents or caregivers meet with a librarian for 30 minutes of stories, games and a craft. Younger children attend with a parent, older children may attend independently. Siblings may attend with the librarian’s approval.

Four-year-olds through kindergarten — Tuesdays at 6 p.m. 

Children meet independently with a librarian for 45 minutes of stories, songs and a craft. 

For more information about Story Time, click here.

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Rochester City Manager To Retire This Summer https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/06/rochester-city-manager-retire-summer/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/06/rochester-city-manager-retire-summer/#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:07:31 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1187 Mayor Caroline McCarley announces that City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick will be retiring from his role at the end of June.

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Mayor Caroline McCarley announces that City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick will be retiring from his role at the end of June.

City Manager Fitzpatrick has served Rochester for the past seven years, capping a more than four decade career in government administration.

During his tenure in Rochester, he oversaw several critical projects, including a $5 million bridge that allowed Albany and Safran to expand its manufacturing operations in Rochester, as well as the renovation of the old fire and police station into a state-of -the-art City Hall Annex.

He also made transparency at City Hall a top priority, establishing monthly city manager reports and a more open budgeting process. In addition, he created and used the City Manager’s Corner program on the Rochester Government Channel to keep residents more informed about their city.

“Dan has made numerous meaningful and lasting contributions to our city that will have an impact on residents for years to come,” Mayor McCarley said. “I have no doubt he’ll continue to serve our community well throughout the remainder of his tenure.”

City Manager Fitzpatrick also spearheaded the renegotiation of a new contract with Waste Management that helped boost the city’s non-tax revenues and strengthen the company’s corporate citizenship in Rochester. He also oversaw the development of a franchise agreement with Comcast to foster cable competition in Rochester, marking the first cable overbuild in New Hampshire’s history.

“I’ve loved serving the residents and business owners of Rochester over the last seven years,” City Manager Fitzpatrick said. “I’m eager to continue working on behalf of our community members and look forward to what the future has in store.”

Fitzpatrick’s experience in city government spans multiple cities and more than four decades. Before arriving in Rochester, he served as a city manager in Augusta, Maine, Oak Park, Michigan, Peekskill, New York and Englewood, New Jersey.

His dedication to the cities he served resulted in numerous International City/County Management Association (ICMA) awards, including an Award of Excellence, Professional Award for Career Development and Program Excellence Award for Intergovernmental Relations, among others.

Fitzpatrick graduated cum laude from Marist College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He received his master’s degree of business administration and his master’s of public administration from the State University of New York at Albany. He also graduated from the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Rochester Firefighter Earns City’s 2017 Employee of the Year Award https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/06/rochester-firefighter-earns-citys-2017-employee-year-award/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/06/rochester-firefighter-earns-citys-2017-employee-year-award/#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:49:49 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1184 City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick and Fire Chief Mark Klose are pleased to report that Firefighter Matt Furtney has been named the City of Rochester's Employee of the Year for 2017. 

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City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick and Fire Chief Mark Klose are pleased to report that Firefighter Matt Furtney has been named the City of Rochester’s Employee of the Year for 2017. 

Firefighter Furtney earned the recognition for his immense dedication to protecting the safety and welfare of Rochester’s residents throughout the year. He will be officially recognized at Employee Recognition Night on Friday, March 16, at the Elks Club.

In June, he spearheaded an effort by several Rochester firefighters to build a wheelchair ramp for an East Rochester resident, helping to make his home more accessible.

Additionally, in July, Firefighter Furtney showed extraordinary courage when he rescued a man at risk of drowning in the Cocheco River. First responders initially could not locate the man in the open water, but Firefighter Furtney was determined and initiated a search through dense brush and swampland. He was eventually able to locate the victim with a flashlight, allowing crews to reach him and pull him to safety.

“Matt sets an extraordinary example for our entire department of what it means to be a firefighter, and I’m proud of him for earning this honor,” Chief Klose said. “He’s someone that all of our firefighters look up to, and his commitment to excellence in service to the people of Rochester is something that we all admire.” 

Rochester’s Employee Recognition and Achievement Team selected Firefighter Furtney from a group of finalists that also included Firefighter Kaitlin Taatjes, who earned an honorable mention for her work in 2017.

“I want to congratulate Firefighter Furtney for earning this award, which represents his extraordinary contributions to the fire department and the city throughout 2017,” City Manager Fitzpatrick said. “He distinguished himself with his courage and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty, and this honor is well deserved.”

Firefighter Furtney has been with the Rochester Fire Department since 2014. He was named the city’s Employee of the Month in September of 2017, and was nominated by Capt. Mark Avery.

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Spaulding High School Students Participate in Penguin Plunge https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/06/spaulding-high-school-students-participate-penguin-plunge/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/06/spaulding-high-school-students-participate-penguin-plunge/#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:34:51 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1180 Superintendent Michael Hopkins is pleased to announce that members of the Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) participated in the High School Penguin Plunge last weekend. 

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Superintendent Michael Hopkins is pleased to announce that members of the Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) participated in the High School Penguin Plunge last weekend.

The Penguin Plunge, held on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Hampton Beach, brought together high school students, faculty and staff from throughout New Hampshire in support of  Special Olympics of New Hampshire and its partner organization, Project UNIFY. Spaulding students raised $1,800 to benefit those causes.

This year marked the first time that Spaulding entered a full team, which was organized just a week ahead of time by SHS Physical Education Teacher Sheila Colson. Temperatures on plunge day peaked at just 25 degrees.

“The Plunge was a fun way for our students to get involved and give back to two worthy organizations,” Colson said. “I’m thrilled with how enthusiastic they were about participating, and we all had a great time.”

The Penguin Plunge is an annual event in which hundreds of people from New Hampshire high schools dive into the Atlantic Ocean.

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Rochester Schools Host First District-Wide Professional Development Day https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/01/rochester-schools-host-first-district-wide-professional-development-day/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/01/rochester-schools-host-first-district-wide-professional-development-day/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 21:47:03 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1160 Superintendent Michael L. Hopkins is pleased to announce that the Rochester Schools' entire faculty came together this week for a first-of-its-kind district-wide professional development day.

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Superintendent Michael L. Hopkins is pleased to announce that the Rochester Schools’ entire faculty came together this week for a first-of-its-kind district-wide professional development day.

On Monday, Jan. 29, teachers were immersed in the personalized learning model that the district has been steadily expanding to its schools, emphasizing a hands-on and largely self-directed approach based on their individual interests and needs.

At the district-wide professional development day, teachers from grades kindergarten through 12 gathered at Spaulding High School and were offered 33 modules to choose from based the skills they hoped to develop and put to use for the benefit of Rochester’s students.

“We wanted to take the opportunity to tap the wide range of expertise that we already have within the district,” Curriculum Administrator Heidi Zollman said. “We want to highlight what’s already working within our district and expand our capacity for great classroom instruction.”

Monday’s professional development day represented a renewed approach in three core ways for the Rochester schools:

  • It gave teachers direct input into the workshops offered, allowing them select modules based on their needs and interests rather than mandated sessions.
  • Each workshop included at least 30 minutes of application and collaboration time, allowing them to brainstorm ideas for how to put their new skills to use and make them more involved in their own development.
  • The workshops relied on the expertise of teachers themselves rather than outside instructors that would traditionally make up the bulk of a teacher workshop.

“The personalized learning approach has proven successful so far in helping our students grasp subjects and demonstrate their learning,” Assistant Superintendent Kyle Repucci said. “Faculty members gave us feedback that they’d like to have more of a voice and more choices in professional development, and this renewed approach does just that.”

Faculty from throughout the district worked together to teach and learn from one another by working through modules that placed a heavy emphasis on technology-aided teaching, hands-on learning and traditional techniques to improve their classrooms.

The day featured a wide variety of sessions, including ones on using tech tools from Google, as well as a module on an online math program that relies on the personalized learning philosophy.

“Personalized learning relies upon a less structured, more engaging approach to education, and we wanted to apply that to professional development,” Superintendent Hopkins said. “It gives our teachers a practical view of what personalized learning should look like, and positions them well to apply those same techniques in their classrooms.”

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Video: City Manager’s Corner Introduces Rochester’s Chief Assessor and Provides Insight on the Assessment Process https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/31/video-city-managers-corner-introduces-rochesters-chief-assessor-provides-insight-assessment-process/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/31/video-city-managers-corner-introduces-rochesters-chief-assessor-provides-insight-assessment-process/#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:24:24 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1152 City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick is pleased to unveil the latest chapter of the City Manager’s Corner, in which he and new Chief Assessor Jonathan Rice discuss the complexities of property assessments.

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City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick is pleased to unveil the latest chapter of the City Manager’s Corner, in which he and new Chief Assessor Jonathan Rice discuss the complexities of property assessments.

The City Manager’s Corner, a video series in which City Manager Fitzpatrick and his staff discuss a variety of government topics, is released approximately every other month on the city’s video hub.

In the most recent installment, which you can watch by clicking here, City Manager Fitzpatrick first introduces residents to Rice. Together they then provide an overview of the assessment process in an effort to demystify property tax bills and the the work completed by the assessing department.

“New England cities and towns have historically relied on property taxes as a way to fund government services,” City Manager Fitzpatrick said. “We want taxpayers to understand the assessment process and how that ultimately impacts their tax bills.”

In the video, Rice breaks down different approaches to assessing property value and describes in brief what they mean, as well as how they’re applied to different properties.

“When looking at individual properties, we do everything we can to ensure the assessed value is in line with both the fair market value and that it is equitable when compared to similar properties within Rochester,” Rice said. “We also place a high value on making sure that all taxpayers’ concerns are heard and fairly evaluated.”

Taxpayers who disagree with their property’s assessed value have multiple options to have their assessments reconsidered. Fitzpatrick and Rice discuss those options at length, including talking directly with Rice, filing an abatement with the assessing office and — if neither of those provides a suitable resolution — appealing to the state agencies that oversee local assessments.

Taxpayers also have the option to appeal to the city’s Board of Assessors.

This program will be repeated many times on the City of Rochester Government Channel, MetroCast cable channel 26. For the cable schedule and more information about the government channel please visit: https://www.rochesternh.net/rochester-government-channel

 

For more information on the Rochester Assessing Department, visit its page on the city website or call the office directly at 603-332-5109.

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