New Hampshire Governor Margaret Hassan’s Commission on Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment is scheduled to meet in Manchester today at the invitation of Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.  The meeting begins at 9:30 in the Manchester Police Athletic League Michael Briggs Community Center.  Mayor Ted Gatsas, along with Manchester Fire Chief Dan Goonan and EMS Coordinator Chris Hickey, will present on the Safe Station program that began in May and use the opportunity to showcase its positive results thus far.  The program continues to see a rise in the number of people seeking treatment and a decline in the number of overdoses.  Mayor Gatsas said, “I am hopeful that given the success of the program the Commission will recognize the value to a statewide expansion of the Safe Station program and provide the financial assistance to make this happen.”

Crystal Lake: Closed for E. coli

Crystal Lake: Re-opened for swimming

The Manchester Health Department announced yesterday that the public beach at Crystal Lake has been re-opened and is safe for swimming.  The analysis of water samples done on Wednesday showed that E. coli levels are now within the acceptable limits.  The Health Department will continue to take weekly water samples at Crystal Lake through Labor Day.  You can find the weekly water sample results at Manchester N H dot gov slash departments slash health slash services slash water dash quality.  And if that was confusing, don’t worry, we’ve linked to it on this news read at Girard at Large dot com for your convenience.

The Supreme Court ruled four to four today to continue the suspension of the Department of Homeland Security’s

Guinta: Fighting for veterans health care

Guinta: Supports Supreme Court Decision

amnesty program.  The Obama Administration faces suits by 26 states after giving executive orders to shield as many as 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation and grant them work permits and other public benefits.  The ruling enforces a lower court’s decision that halted the President’s amnesty program.  Congressman Frank Guinta issued the following statement after the vote, which he called “a great victory for Granite Staters and the rule of law.”  Guinta said, “The Courts, Congress, and the American people have a vested interest in the President’s responsibility to respect the Constitution’s separation of powers and federal law that requires him to submit for public review major rule changes.  There is perhaps no bigger question before us than who enters this country and how.”  Guinta also alleged that this amnesty would lead to massive cost increases in New Hampshire, and an increase in illegal immigration and heroin trafficking.  Guinta hopes that the next president will appoint a conservative justice who will quote “put an end to this abuse of power.”

Harriman Park, located on the corner of Lake Ave and Hall Street in Manchester, was recently renovated using Community Development Block Grant funds granted through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Children can now enjoy new park features including two new playground structures, flower beds, walking paths, benches, and swings.  The city will have a re-dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting on Monday, June 27th at 2 to honor the ultimate sacrifice made by Lt. Harriman in WWI and celebrate the renewed life this park will bring to the Ward 5 neighborhood.  During the event, John Clayton will provide a history of the park, Mayor Gatsas will address the crowd, light refreshments will be served, and oh so much more.

Candia Police: Gun lock giveaway

Candia Police: Ordering more gun locks to give away

The Candia Police Department would like to notify the public that all free gun locks have been spoken for.  However, more have been ordered, and they will send out a message when the gun locks are received.

Officer Bruce Page has been selected as the Exeter Police Department’s new Problem Oriented Police Officer (P.O.P. Officer).  Problem Oriented Policing is an approach that requires police to be proactive in identifying underlying problems to target and reduce crime and disorder at their roots.  Officer Page, who has served with the Exeter Police Department since 2004, will focus solely concerns within the community, and seek to build and maintain relationships with established organizations.  Exeter Police Chief William Shupe believes the appointment will be incredibly beneficial to Exeter. Shupe said, “Officer Page will have time to dedicate to community issues and analyze what is best for our community as a whole.  Residents can think of Officer Page as their Community Police Officer.”

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