Exeter Elementary School PTO to Host Presentation on Full-Day Kindergarten Program

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New Hampshire School Administrative Unit 16
Christine Rath, Interim Superintendent
30 Linden Street
Exeter, NH 03833

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

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

Exeter Elementary School PTO to Host Presentation on Full-Day Kindergarten Program

Community Invited to Attend, Tour Main Street School Expansion

EXETER — Principal Steven Adler would like to invite parents and community members to attend this month’s PTO meeting to find out more about Main Street School’s goal of implementing a full-day kindergarten program.

WHEN:

Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:

Main Street School gymnasium, 40 Main St.

WHAT:

During this month’s PTO meeting, Principal Adler will present on the benefits of full-day kindergarten.

A program of this sort has been in the works for the last seven years, and residents will have the chance to vote for it on election day on March 13.

Research has demonstrated that a full-day kindergarten program not only better prepares students academically, but also provides them with the skills they need to grow physically, socially and emotionally.

Additionally, during the PTO meeting, attendees will have an opportunity to tour Main Street School’s $5.4 million expansion that includes new classroom space and a playground.

“We hope residents will come to this PTO meeting on Wednesday to learn about the number of benefits a full-day kindergarten program will have for our young learners,” Principal Adler said. “Plus, with our new addition, we’re better prepared than ever to expand our offerings to students.”

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Whittier Tech Students Use Tower Gardens to Grow Fresh Vegetables for School Restaurant

Maureen Lynch, Superintendent
115 Amesbury Line Road
Haverhill, MA 01830

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

Contact: Jessica Sacco
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: jessica@jgpr.net

Whittier Tech Students Use Tower Gardens to Grow Fresh Vegetables for School Restaurant

Science Teacher Ryan Burke and freshman Tacia Mansell, of Haverhill, work with one of Whittier Tech’s vertical tower gardens. (Courtesy Photo Whittier Tech)

HAVERHILL — Whittier Tech students can now access fresh, farm-to-table vegetables — and get a firsthand look at plant growing cycles — without leaving their biology classroom, thanks to three tower gardens that were installed in the fall.

The state-of-the-art, aeroponic growing systems are giving students in biology classes live experience with an ecosystem and the elements associated with plant cycles. They’re also allowing students in Whittier’s culinary arts program to harvest fresh vegetables and herbs to use in their cooking.

The systems, sold by Juice Plus+, grow seeds in pseudo soil packs called rock wool. Water gets pumped from a 20-gallon tank through tubes to the top of the tower every 45 minutes, which then trickles down like a waterfall showering the roots. They are lined with fluorescent lights and nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous are added regularly.

Culinary arts students have already harvested basil for use in the school restaurant, The Poet’s Inn, and there will soon be more. Along with the tomatoes and cucumbers, the leafy, mixed greens of Swiss chard and two types of kale are overflowing from the gardens.

Next year, students will be responsible for the care of the plants and will experiment with different lighting and nutrient levels. Teachers are also in the process of re-writing the biology curriculum to better incorporate the gardens, which could have an impact on students’ lives even beyond the classroom.

“We teach the nitrogen and phosphorous cycles and their importance for ecosystems, and it all starts with the plants,” Science Teacher Ryan Burke said. “Several students said they had never heard of basil, kale or Swiss chard, so the gardens could be a launching point for healthier eating habits, too.”

The first seeds were planted prior to Thanksgiving, and students harvested their first yield less than a month later.  

“It’s cool to see how fast they grow,” freshman Tacia Mansell, of Haverhill, said of the leafy greens. “They are growing without dirt and with no sunlight. A couple of weeks ago there was nothing, and now this.”

Whittier ultimately hopes to add six more growing towers to its collection and store them in its greenhouse, which is currently being refurbished by students in the masonry, carpentry and electrical programs. 

According to Juice Plus+, the garden towers are popular among city residents who have limited space for gardening because they take up 90 percent less space and water than a conventional garden.

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Arlington Police Department Selected as One of Four New Agencies in U.S. to Become Mental Health Learning Site

Arlington Police Department
Frederick Ryan, Chief of Police
112 Mystic St.
Arlington, MA 02474

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

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

Arlington Police Department Selected as One of Four New Agencies in U.S. to Become Mental Health Learning Site

ARLINGTON — Chief Frederick Ryan is pleased to announce that the Arlington Police Department has been selected as one of four new Law Enforcement Mental Health Learning Sites in the U.S., and will serve as an example of how police can improve relations with those suffering from mental illnesses.

As a Law Enforcement Mental Health Learning Site, the Arlington Police Department will provide resources for state and local law enforcement agencies that are developing or enhancing a Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC), such as a crisis intervention team, co-response team, mobile crisis team, case management approach, or tailored approach, to more effectively respond to people with mental illnesses.

Arlington Police will also be available to answer questions from the field, host site visits, and work with Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center staff to develop materials for practitioners and community partners.

The CSG Justice Center chose the Arlington Police Department to be one of four new nationwide learning sites given the success of the Arlington Jail Diversion Program and Arlington Opiate Outreach Initiative (AOOI). In an effort to expand the knowledge base for law enforcement agencies interested in starting or enhancing a PMHC program, the CSG Justice Center, with assistance from a team of national experts and the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, now has 10 police departments acting as national law enforcement mental health learning sites.

“It is an honor to be one of 10 agencies in the country recognized by the CSG Justice Center as a resource for our law enforcement partners and mental health agencies looking to expand their services,” Chief Ryan said. “We have seen our approach in Arlington work successfully, and hope to help other cities and towns achieve the same results.”

Through the AOOI, which was implemented in June of 2015 and blends police work and community engagement to assist those suffering from addiction and mental illness, Arlington Police have expanded access to Naloxone (nasal Narcan) to people in the community. Additionally, the department’s mental health clinician, who has taken on the role of AOOI coordinator, holds regular meetings with residents to provide services, resources and treatment options that help empower families to get their loved ones the help they need to recover. The AOOI has made such an impact in Arlington that it has been implemented by police departments, cities and towns throughout the U.S.

First launched in November 2010, the Jail Diversion Program works to prevent people with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders from entering the criminal justice system. Having its own in-house mental health clinician has allowed the Arlington Police Department to connect residents with treatment and services, prevent unnecessary trips to emergency departments and has shortened the length of time officers spend at mental health calls for service.

Due to both the Arlington Opiate Outreach Initiative and the Jail Diversion Program, Arlington Police officers have undergone numerous training sessions that have prepared the department for its learning site status. Areas of specialized instruction include mental health first aid, autism, substance abuse, hoarding, veteran services, domestic violence, elder abuse, Narcan and crisis de-escalation.

The three other newly selected CSG sites include the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio and the Tucson Police Department in Arizona.

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Man Charged in Saugus Robbery Arrested in Boston

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Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

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

Man Charged in Saugus Robbery Arrested in Boston

SAUGUS — Police Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that a man charged with robbing a Saugus motel and assaulting an employee was recently placed under arrest by Boston Police.

JOHN BOWDEN, AGE 47, OF MELROSE is charged with:

  • Unarmed Robbery
  • Assault and Battery

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, at approximately 4 a.m., a man, later identified as BOWDEN, walked into the office of the Chisholm’s Motor Inn, 1314 Broadway, and demanded money from an employee inside.

BOWDEN pushed and struck the employee in the face multiple times and ordered the victim to give him money out of the cash register.

BOWDEN then tied the victim’s hands with a shoelace and fled from the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. The victim suffered injuries to his face, but did not require medical attention.

The victim was eventually able to free himself and called 911.

Through a subsequent investigation, BOWDEN was identified and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Later that day, BOWDEN was arrested by Boston Police on separate charges.

He is expected to be arraigned in Lynn District Court at a later date.

Chief DiMella would like to recognize the investigative efforts and diligence of the Saugus Police 1-9 Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Unit. He also expresses his appreciation to the Boston Police Department for their assistance with the investigation and apprehension of BOWDEN.

These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

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