Rochester City Planners Earn Nationally Recognized Industry Certification

  City of Rochester
Daniel Fitzpatrick, City Manager
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, May 25, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Rochester City Planners Earn Nationally Recognized Industry Certification

Chief Planner Seth Creighton (left) and Director of Planning and Development Jim Campbell (right) were presented with City Manager Citations by City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick (center). (Courtesy Photo City of Rochester)

ROCHESTER — City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that two Rochester city planners have earned certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Director of Planning and Development Jim Campbell and and Chief Planner Seth Creighton both passed the AICP exam on May 18 and 19, respectively. The certification affirms their qualifications in the field and their understanding of industry history, standards, ethics and professional conduct. 

The exam, which is administered by the AICP and the American Planning Association, evaluates planners on their ability to analyze real world scenarios and theories so they can demonstrate their ability to implement industry best practices.

By earning the certification, Campbell and Creighton also demonstrated their practical knowledge of planning issues on both a local and nationwide scale. As planners in the northeast, they regularly evaluate issues that differ from those their peers face in different regions — like water rights in more arid regions, the complexities of high-speed passenger rail or the issues related to tribal territories.

“These certifications are a reflection of Jim and Seth’s deep knowledge of the planning field,” City Manager Fitzpatrick said. “I’m proud of the effort they both put forth to earn this accolade, and their professionalism is ultimately a great positive for the city.”

To maintain their certifications, Campbell and Creighton will be required to take a minimum of 31 hours of training every two years.

Campbell has been with the City of Rochester since July 2012, while Creighton joined the planning and development office in August 2013.

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Rochester Schools Partner With McDonald’s to Raise Money for Elementary Band Program

Rochester Public Schools
Michael L. Hopkins, Superintendent
31 Wakefield St.
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Rochester Schools Partner With McDonald’s to Raise Money for Elementary Band Program

ROCHESTER — Superintendent Michael L. Hopkins is pleased to announce that Rochester schools have partnered with McDonald’s to raise money for the city’s youngest musicians.

The Napoli Group, which owns the McDonald’s at 291 North Main St., will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from its sales on June 8-10 to the Rochester’s elementary school band program. The fundraiser is part of an ongoing celebration of the restaurant’s recent renovation.

“We are very appreciative of the Napoli Group and our local McDonald’s, as they continually support our students,” Assistant Superintendent Kyle Repucci said. “It is wonderful to have such an amazing partner in our city.”

The proceeds of the fundraiser will be used to invest in the loaner instruments that the schools make available to students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford one of their own. This summer, the money raised will be used to clean, sterilize and repair the loaners so they can be reassigned to students in the fall.

“We are so grateful for this generous donation so that we can provide instruments for all of our well deserving Rochester students,” Director of Music Joanne Houston said.

“Since 2009, the McDonald’s in Rochester have enjoyed a tremendous partnership with the Rochester Elementary Band. Given that longstanding relationship, we thought it was fitting to join together in celebration of the Grand Re-opening of our McDonald’s located at 291 North Main Street” said Sal Napoli. “We are as dedicated as ever to being involved in the communities we serve, and are proud to give back to our neighbors through partnerships like this one to benefit the Rochester Elementary Band.”

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*Media Advisory* Gloucester Invites Parents for Discussion on Marijuana, Addiction and Vaping

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Gloucester Police Department
Interim Police Chief John McCarthy
197 Main St.
Gloucester , MA 01930

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*Media Advisory*

Gloucester Invites Parents for Discussion on Marijuana, Addiction and Vaping

GLOUCESTER — Interim Police Chief John McCarthy and Gloucester Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard Safier are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a discussion for parents about marijuana, addiction and vaping tomorrow.

WHERE:

Gloucester High School Lecture Hall, 32 Leslie O Johnson Road

WHEN:

Thursday, May 24, from 6-7 p.m.

WHO:

Dr. Ruth A. Potee, a board certified family physician and addiction medicine physician at Valley Medical Group

WHAT: 

Back by popular demand, Potee will be speaking with parents of students in grades five through 12 about marijuana, addiction, vaping and more.

Named Franklin County Doctor of the Year by the Massachusetts Medical Society in 2015, Potee is currently the medical director for the Franklin County House of Corrections, the Franklin Recovery and Treatment Center and the Pioneer Valley Regional School District.

Her visit is the result of a partnership between Gloucester Police’s Kops N Kids initiative and Gloucester Public Schools. The presentation is free to attend.

Potee last spoke in Gloucester on March 2, when she addressed middle school students and members of the community about similar topics.

“Dr. Potee made a tremendous impact on everyone who heard her presentations earlier this year, and we’re excited to have her back to address parents directly,” Chief McCarthy said. “This presentation is a must-see for parents of middle and high school aged kids, and I encourage all to attend.”

For questions, contact the Gloucester Police Department at 978- 283-1212 and ask to speak with Chief McCarthy or Lt. Jeremiah Nicastro.

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*Joint Release* Andover and North Andover Health Departments Encourage Residents to Take Advantage of Summer Programs

Town of Andover
Department of Public Health
Thomas Carbone, Director of Public Health
36 Bartlet St.
Andover, MA 01810

Town of North Andover
Department of Public Health
Brian LaGrasse, Director of Public Health
120 Main Street
North Andover, MA  01845

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-533-9398
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*Joint Release* Andover and North Andover Health Departments Encourage Residents to Take Advantage of Summer Programs

ANDOVER and NORTH ANDOVER – As the school year begins to wind down and parents and guardians begin to make summer plans, the Andover and North Andover Health Departments are reminding residents of numerous local recreational programs.

Every year, recreational camps for children ranging from sports-based camps to traditional outdoor camps must be inspected and licensed by the local board of health. To be licensed, a camp must meet all the regulatory standards established by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) as well as any additional local requirements.

These regulations are designed to ensure the safest possible conditions for children who attend these programs and include requirements for staff background checks, trained and experienced camp counselors, an appointed health care supervisor, and certain counselor-to-camper ratios. Programs that do not meet the legal definition of a recreational camp for children are not subject to these regulatory provisions.

“Keeping children active when they are out of school for the summer is important for both their mental and physical health,” said Andover Director of Public Health Thomas Carbone. “Consider enrolling your child in a summer program and be sure to check that the camp has been licensed.”

Children can reap numerous benefits from attending recreational programs including increased physical activity, developing creative skills, learning social skills, building their independence, improving thinking and problem solving skills, and gaining confidence.

“Summer programs are great ways to keep children active and social during the summer months,” said North Andover Director of Public Health Brian LaGrasse. “Always make sure to do your research about camps you are considering and call the health department if you have any questions.”

Residents should note that Massachusetts requirements do not affect camps held in New Hampshire and municipal recreation programs are exempt from these regulations. For more information about recreational camps in Massachusetts, download the DPH’s Question and Answer Guide for Families.

The Andover and North Andover Recreation Department offers their own programs that residents can learn more about online. Click here to visit the Andover Recreation Department website and click here to visit the North Andover Recreation Department website. Additionally, there are many academically based programs that do not require licensure, and may be of interest to children.

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