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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Rochester City Hall Re-Opens After Suspicious Package Removed

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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

Rochester City Hall Re-Opens After Suspicious Package Removed

ROCHESTER — City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick, Deputy City Manager Blaine Cox, Police Chief Paul Toussaint and Fire Chief Mark Klose report that Rochester City Hall will re-open Tuesday after crews completed work overnight to ensure the safety of the building.

City Hall was evacuated at approximately noontime Monday, and a hazardous materials team was called to the scene after a suspicious package was delivered to the building.

The building is open for business today. Federal authorities took custody of the suspicious package and will run a series of tests on the white powdery substance found inside. Several employees were evaluated at an area hospital Monday but were released.

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Suspicious Package Being Investigated at Rochester City Hall

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, May 21, 2018

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

Suspicious Package Being Investigated at Rochester City Hall

ROCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE — City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick, Police Chief Paul Toussaint and Fire Chief Mark Klose report that an investigation is underway after a suspicious package was delivered to Rochester City Hall today.

City Hall has been evacuated and a hazardous materials unit has been called to respond.

The suspicious package was first reported at approximately noon on Monday, May 21.

Residents are asked to avoid the area and City Hall will remained closed until further notice.

Further information will be provided as it becomes available.

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