Parents, teachers and interested members of the public will have a chance to meet and hear from the finalists being considered for the top post at Hallsville School. The Manchester School District will host a community forum to introduce the two candidates and offer an opportunity for the public to ask questions. The candidates invited to the community forum are Principal Tonya Arnold from the Lake Region Middle School in Naples, ME and Bonnie Skogsholm, who was most recently an assistant principal at Captain Samuel Douglass Academy in Brookline, N H.
In a statement released to the press, the district said both women have decades of experience in education, as classroom teachers and administrators. The community forum will be held tomorrow at Hallsville School, which is on Jewett Street, from four thirty to five thirty. Hm, hope people can get home in time from work. Anyway, I wonder if either will be bringing paper children to tape to the wall…
Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard will host a heroin forum to discuss and inform those adversely affected by the opiate addiction that has decimated not only our community, but the entire Northeast. The forum will take place in the Expo Center at the Center of New Hampshire Radisson, which is sponsoring the event, on the evening of Tuesday, July twenty eighth from five to seven. Willard will be one of five panel members to answer the many questions you may have about the raging drug epidemic. Other panel members include: Chris Stawasz, General Manager of American Medical Response, Manchester’s ambulance service; Mary Forsythe-Taber, Executive Director of the Makin’ It Happen Coalition for Resilient Youth; Melissa Crews, whom we’ve interviewed, from Hope For New Hampshire Recovery and Wayne Dutch, PhD.
Members of the Manchester Police Department’s command staff recently attended a similar forum hosted by the Merrimack Police Department and were impressed with the dialogue amongst the attendees and the panel members. The forum is meant for all people to attend, regardless of your knowledge, addiction level, recovery status, if you have loved ones you are concerned about or just want to learn more. The panel members bring a wealth or experience, wisdom and insight, so you can learn about this family shattering epidemic affecting thousands of people everyday throughout the country.
News from our own backyard continues after this.
A rather slow day for candidate filings in the Queen City. Normally, after the first day filing flourish, there is a fall off in activity, but things cratered yesterday. Incumbent aldermen Ron Ludwig in Ward Two, Bill Shea in Ward Seven and Normand Gamache in Ward Eleven filed for reelection. Appointed School Board at-Large incumbent Nancy Tessier filed to run for the position she was appointed to and Ward Twelve incumbent school board member Connie Van Houten filed for reelection. Andre Roy filed for alderman in Ward Six. We’ve linked to the story we published about yesterday’s filings on Girard at Large dot com.
The current occupant of the White House announced a nuclear deal with Iran. In doing so, he seemed to emphasize easing sanctions and reducing Iran’s nuclear capabilities over the next decade or so. However, allowing the Iranians to maintain a nuclear program coupled with a questionable inspection regime and the disappearance of safeguards after a ten or fifteen year period of time has, as you can imagine, G O P presidential candidates and lawmakers howling. Here’s a sampling of what they’ve had to say:
Former New York Governor George Pataki said, quote: “The Iran deal announced today is a colossal catastrophic capstone to the failed Obama – Clinton foreign policy. Rewarding the world’s leading sponsor of state terror with billions in funds and the currency of legitimacy is as dumbfounding as it is dangerous.”
Dr. Ben Carson wrote, quote: ” …Without anywhere anytime surprise inspections, a full accounting of Iran’s past secret nuclear arms pursuits, elimination of Iran’s uranium stockpiles and the lifting of any sanctions only upon verification of Iranian compliance, this is not a good deal, but a recipe for disaster and the first fateful step toward a frenzied nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said quote: “…The nuclear agreement announced by the Obama Administration today is a dangerous, deeply flawed, and short sighted deal. A comprehensive agreement should require Iran to verifiably abandon – not simply delay – its pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability…Most of the key restrictions last for only 10 to 15 years.”
First District Congressman Frank Guinta, Republican from Manchester said quote: “First, the deal provides for a ‘where necessary, when necessary’ inspection of Iran’s nuclear sites rather than an ‘anytime, anywhere’ access. Nuclear inspectors should have unfettered access to verify that the Iranians are comporting with the agreement. Secondly, the deal relieves economic sanctions with very little in return, which could result in increased terrorist activity. And, the deal has the potential to set off an arms race in the Middle East as the breakout time needed to create a bomb becomes considerably less. This deal is bad for our nation. It’s bad for our strongest ally in the Middle East, Israel. And, it’s bad for the Middle East region. I will continue to follow this closely as a vote in Congress nears.”
Thanks to a a loyal listener, Girard at Large has learned that former longtime Ward Eleven Alderman Henry “Hank” Thibault has died. Our information is he passed while in Canada. We’ve been advised his wake will be on Thursday July twenty third from four to seven at Lambert Funeral Home and his funeral Mass will be at ten the following morning, July twenty fourth, at the Parish of the Transfiguration on Kelly Street. He is expected to be buried at Mount Calvary cemetery. I had the honor of serving with Hank as an alderman and knew him to be a gracious man, a gentleman always, who cared deeply about his ward and city. I don’t recall him every being angry. He will be missed.
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