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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Rochester Schools Continue to Build Upon STEM Partnership With UNH and Albany International

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

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

Rochester Schools Continue to Build Upon STEM Partnership With UNH and Albany International

From left: Rochester students Caleb Reavis, Caiden Brand and Lucien Iorio work with UNH STEMbassador Michael Cook (Courtesy Photo).

ROCHESTER — More than two years into a partnership with the University of New Hampshire and Albany International, the Rochester Schools are continuing to develop innovative opportunities for students to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“Albany International and UNH continue to be tremendous partners by empowering students and teachers alike,” Assistant Superintendent Kyle Repucci said. “With their help, we’re doing some awesome work with the STEM fields that will have a lasting impact on our students.”

Following a three-year financial commitment by Albany, UNH has brought its K-12 STEM Teachers Collaborative program to Rochester, enabling the city’s elementary school educators to increase their expertise in computing, engineering and technology.

Through their partnership, Albany, UNH and the Rochester Schools have worked hand-in-hand to make substantial changes to the school district’s STEM program through professional development opportunities, curriculum revision and the introduction of coding into the classroom.

The collaboration has positioned STEM TC to enhance Rochester’s curriculum offerings, train teachers and provide access to advanced equipment that allows students the opportunity to truly embrace STEM methods.

The university has sent student STEMbassadors to visit Rochester’s schools on four occasions, conducted a Family STEM Night and will also send STEMbassadors to visit Rochester’s after school program in the spring.

“From our vantage point, there is no greater source of long-term competitive advantage than talent — especially STEM talent — and no better way for a state to promote long-term economic development than by investing in its STEM infrastructure,” said Albany International’s President and CEO Joe Morone.  “Business has a responsibility to form educational partnerships that help build that STEM infrastructure, and we very much hope that our collaboration with UNH and the Rochester schools will be duplicated by other companies with other school districts in other parts of the state.”

Albany has also gone above and beyond in working with Spaulding High School to create a dual enrollment opportunity in advanced manufacturing that could position them for career placement following graduation.

“UNH and Albany have a deep appreciation for the value of a STEM education, and they have made an extraordinary commitment to our students and teachers,” Superintendent Michael Hopkins said. “In just two years, this partnership has invigorated our teachers and enabled them to take exciting ideas back to their classrooms.”

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Photo: Rochester Fire Department Supports the End 68 Hours of Hunger Program

Rochester Fire Department
Mark Klose, Chief
37 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 603-471-3154
Email: john@jgpr.net

Rochester Fire Department Supports the End 68 Hours of Hunger Program

Members of the Rochester Fire Department pose with bags of food that will go to city children to help ensure that they have healthy meals to eat during the weekend days when they are away from school. Pictured left-to-right: Dave Bogan, Jason Laferte, Matthew Parker, Mike George, Chief Mark Klose, Former Mayor John Larochelle (Courtesy photo)
Members of the Rochester Fire Department pose with bags of food that will go to city children to help ensure that they have healthy meals to eat during the weekend days when they are away from school. Pictured left-to-right: Dave Bogan, Jason Laferte, Matthew Parker, Mike George, Chief Mark Klose, Former Mayor John Larochelle (Courtesy photo)

ROCHESTER — Fire Chief Mark Klose is pleased to announce the Rochester Fire Department’s participation in the city’s End 68 Hours of Hunger Program.

The End 68 Hours of Hunger program, is a non-profit community organization that helps provide food to school children that may otherwise go without during their weekend break from school. Rochester’s program, assisted by City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick and sponsored by the Rochester Rotary Club, provides children with meal bags that include two breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners.

End 68 Hours of Hunger is a private, not-for-profit, effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the free lunch they receive at school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive at school on Monday morning. This weekend program, established in New Hampshire in 2011, puts nourishing food in the hands of school children to carry them through the weekend.

This is the second time that the Rochester Fire Department has helped the program by stuffing bags with assorted food, such as cereal, crackers, vegetables, peanut butter and oatmeal.

“We’re grateful that we can help out this cause that supports so many children in our community,” Chief Klose said. “We thank City Manager Fitzpatrick and the Rotary Club for leading this initiative and we look forward to volunteering in the future.”

When the program’s volunteer numbers were low, City Manager Fitzpatrick asked Chief Klose if on-duty firefighters would be willing to help. On each occasion, the on-duty shift, which has happened to be the D Shift both times, has volunteered. Most recently, Lt. Mike George and firefighters Jason Laferte and Matt Parker helped stuff 125 bags in about 30 minutes. The department’s prior participation in the program was led by Lt. George, firefighter Micah Ruel and firefighter Josh Biron.

End 68 Hours of Hunger is entirely volunteer based and contributes 100 percent of its funds to feeding at-risk children. For more information on the program and how to get involved, visit their website at http://www.end68hoursofhunger.org/.

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In First for New Hampshire, Comcast to Overbuild Telecommunications Service in Rochester

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

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

Comcast and Rochester sign 10-year Cable Franchise

First-of-its-Kind Development for New Hampshire

Comcast Plans to Begin Construction in 2018 to Deliver a New Choice for Residents and Businesses

ROCHESTER — Comcast and the City of Rochester announced today they have signed a 10-year cable franchise, giving residents and businesses in Rochester a new choice for TV, internet, voice, home automation and wireless services.

In a first in New Hampshire’s history, construction of an overbuild to extend Comcast’s advanced network into the city will begin in 2018.

Comcast will also make available internet speeds of up to 1 Gbps for residents and 100 Gbps to business customers.

“We welcome and applaud Comcast’s commitment to serve Rochester with its innovative services, and we are exceptionally pleased that Rochester will soon be able to offer a new choice of television, internet, and phone providers to our residents and growing list of business owners,” said Rochester City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick.

The buildout will benefit Rochester’s more than 30,000 residents and the city’s quickly growing business community. Rochester is already recognized as one of the most business-friendly cities in New Hampshire. The city is rated “A+” for business friendliness by Thumbtack, and the Rochester Economic Development Corporation provides business owners with a litany of resources and information on programs, incentives, and financing solutions.

Today, Comcast is available in 103 communities in New Hampshire and employs over 2,000 people in New Hampshire.

Comcast will offer Rochester customers its complete portfolio of Xfinity services, including:

Rochester businesses will also have access to the Comcast Business suite of products, which include

Of note, Granite State businesses have selected Comcast Business as the #1 telecom provider for the last five years in a row as part of the annual BOB/Best of Business Award from New Hampshire Business Review.

Comcast gives back to the communities where its employees and customers live and work and supports nonprofit organizations focused on digital inclusion, volunteerism and service. In New Hampshire, Comcast partners with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girls Inc. and Boys & Girls Clubs. Also, Comcast’s Internet Essentials program is available throughout the Granite State. It is designed to help families with children in the National School Lunch Program as well as residents of HUD-assisted housing. Eligible customers can obtain Internet service for $9.95/month, participate in free digital literacy training programs and have the opportunity to buy a computer for less than $150.

“We are delighted to sign this 10 year franchise agreement with the City of Rochester and we are eager to bring our Xfinity and Comcast Business products and services to a city where there is clear consumer demand,” said Tracy Pitcher, Senior Vice President for Comcast’s Greater Boston Region.

 

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