Dewey Street Pedestrian Bridge in Rochester Reopens Following Renovations

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

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

Dewey Street Pedestrian Bridge in Rochester Reopens Following Renovations

ROCHESTER — Mayor Caroline McCarley and City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick are pleased to announce that after five months of renovations, the Dewey Street Pedestrian Bridge is once again open to the public.

At a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 8, officials — including City Councilors Elaine Lauterborn, Bob Gates, Ralph Torr and Ray Varney –, residents and students gathered at the bridge for the official reopening.

“Our new pedestrian bridge came out great,” Mayor McCarley said. “I want to thank everyone who was involved in the rebuilding process. I think residents will be happy to once again get across the river and will enjoy the new design.”

First built in 1958, the Dewey Street Pedestrian Bridge runs above the Cocheco River, and has long served as a crossing point for students going to Spaulding High School and residents walking or biking at Hanson Pines.

Lifelong resident Bob Broadbent and his wife, Carol, along with Spaulding High School 2017 graduate Emily Reynolds, who created an interpretive trail in the Pines as part of her senior project, attended the ceremony and performed the ribbon cutting. They then led the group of city officials, students and residents across the bridge.

Broadbent remembers first crossing the bridge when it opened almost 60 years ago. He and Carol now live just a few houses down from the Pines.

“I used to fish off the bridge, and went to school over the bridge,” he recalled. “Going over it today felt great. I love it.”

Students from Spaulding High School’s environmental sciences program made a special trip out to cross the bridge, as they often do work in the Pines, under the leadership of teacher Darren Scopel.

Once over the bridge, guests were provided with coffee and breakfast treats, which the Trustees of the Trust Fund generously donated to the event. Mayor McCarley would like to thank the trustees for their continued dedication to maintaining and beautifying the Pines.

Reynolds, who arrived home last night from Alaska Pacific University, was happy to see the bridge completed. She hopes current and future students will be able to add the history of the old and new structure to the interpretative trail, which is a one mile loop through the Pines that’s lined with QR codes for those traveling through to find out more about the area.

“I really wanted to make this community better with the interpretive trail. Hanson Pines is beautiful,” Reynolds said. “I hope the new bridge gets more people on the trail.”

The $780,000 in renovations to the bridge were completed using city funds.

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Town of Winthrop Provides Parking Regulations Ahead of Storm

Town of Winthrop
Terence Delehanty, Town Manager
Winthrop Town Hall
1 Metcalf Square
Winthrop, MA 02152

For Immediate Release

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

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

Town of Winthrop Provides Parking Regulations Ahead of Storm

WINTHROP — With the first snowstorm of the season expected to arrive this weekend, the Town of Winthrop would like to remind residents of the town’s parking regulations.

While there is not currently a ban in effect, residents should be aware of regulations should the Town declare a parking ban.

According to town ordinance, all motor vehicles must be removed from town streets upon the announcement of an expected or impending snowstorm. Any vehicle that is not removed may be subject to ticketing or towing at the owner’s expense, with the exception of these streets.

Vehicles must be removed from these excepted streets immediately upon cessation of snow during daylight hours or, in the case of storm events occurring during the nighttime hours, by 8 a.m. in order to facilitate snow removal operations. Violators will be subject to ticketing or towing at the expense of the vehicle owner.

“It is important that residents follow the town’s parking regulations during any snow storm, even if we are only expecting a few inches, as blocking town streets can interfere with snow removal operations,” said Police Chief Terence Delehanty. “Please also make sure to clear the sidewalks near your home and check on your neighbors.”

Additionally, Winthrop’s town ordinance prohibits anyone from obstructing the public street or sidewalk without a permit. Therefore, any objects placed in the public way to reserve parking spaces will be removed and disposed of immediately.

Residents are also responsible for clearing any snow or ice on the sidewalk abutting their property, and cannot cause snow to be placed in the street or any public way in the process of removing snow from their property. Anyone found to be in violation of this regulation will be subject to a fine of $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second offense and $100 for the third and each subsequent offense.

To read the entire winter parking ordinance, click here, and for more information about winter parking in Winthrop, visit the town’s website here. For a map of streets where parking is allowed during a snow emergency, click here.

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Georgetown Fire Department Set to Head Out on 18th Annual Santa Tour

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Georgetown Fire Department
Fred A. Mitchell Jr., Fire Chief
47 Central Street
Georgetown, MA 01833

For Immediate Release

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

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

Georgetown Fire Department Set to Head Out on 18th Annual Santa Tour

The Santa Tour winds through the streets of Georgetown every year. (Courtesy Photo)

GEORGETOWN — Chief Fred A. Mitchell Jr. is pleased to announce that the Georgetown Fire Department will be taking Santa around town this weekend as part of its 18th annual fundraising event for Toys for Tots.

WHEN:

Sunday, Dec. 10, beginning at 11 a.m.

 

WHERE:

Each of the neighborhoods in town 

 

WHAT:

Georgetown firefighters and Santa will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for children, ages infant to 16, all along their route. Those who miss the Santa tour can drop off toys at the police or fire station, 47 Central St.

The fire department has been collecting toys to donate to Toys for Tots — a foundation started by the U.S. Marine Corps — since 2000.

“This event is something that our entire department looks forward to year after year,” event coordinator Deputy Chief Rusty Ricker said. “We love the Santa Tour because it’s fun for our residents and firefighters, and gives everyone in the community a chance to give back and make the holiday season memorable for kids in need.”

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Groveland Water and Sewer Department Repairing Water Main Leak

Groveland Water & Sewer Department
Thomas Cusick, Superintendent
Town Hall
183 Main St
Groveland, MA 01834

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

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

Groveland Water and Sewer Department Repairing Water Main Leak

GROVELAND — Superintendent Thomas Cusick reports that the Groveland Water and Sewer Department is working to repair a water main leak around Ashcroft Terrace and Ashcroft Circle this morning.

 

The leak was discovered last week during the department’s annual leak detection, and residents in the affected area were notified of the reduction of service via the Town of Groveland’s E-Alerts system.

 

The overall impact is expected to be minimal, with homes experiencing little or no pressure for the morning with rust-colored water lingering into the later afternoon or early evening. Once service is restored, customers on Ashcroft Terrace, Ashcroft Circle, Rocky Woods, Evergreen and King Street should run their water until it appears clear.

 

Service is expected to be restored by noon. 

Residents are highly encouraged to sign up for the town’s E-Alerts at https://www.grovelandma.com/subscribe.

 

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