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Nutfield News • April 15, 2010

Two Days of Writing at Gilbert H. Hood




The halls at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School are showcasing the writing of the school’s students. Sev- enth grade Language Arts teacher Katie Bellefeuille said she is proud of what her seventh graders have pro- duced.

“The Language Arts

Department decided to put a school-wide two-day writ- ing event together,” she said. “This is a new event for us this year, and we’re very excited to see what the kids come up with from across the three grades.” On the first day, Thurs- day, April 8, the students did

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special legislative authoriza- tion from the state for the Exit 4A project. To further this project

along, at its Town Meeting in 1989, Londonderry ap- proved funding not to exceed $5 million for its share of the project. A year later, in March of 1990, Londonderry and Boston North Associates signed an agreement. Derry was not a signatory to this agreement, according to Stenhouse.

the majority of their writing and the next day was for fine-tuning and sharing with their classmates. The stu- dents chose their assign- ments ahead of time and wrote about something that interested them. “This event is much like

how math classes celebrate Pi Day,” Bellefeuille said. “We thought it would be great to have all the kids working on a common goal and sharing their abilities together on a particular day.” Every language arts classroom at the school had 10 different writing assign- ments, from poetry to jour- nalism.

“The really neat aspect about this is that a sixth

It was not long after this agreement that Londonderry sought to retract its ap- proval. As a result, Boston North Associates filed a law- suit on Aug. 26, 1991 seek- ing enforcement of the agreement and damages. In response to this law-

suit, Derry’s legal counsel, Boutin and Solomon, wrote a letter dated April 21, 1992. “It has always been this firm’s understanding and our opinion that there was a mutual undertaking between the Towns of Derry, Lon- donderry and Boston North regarding the development

grader could be working on the same assignment as an eighth grader whom they do not know, and we can see how each one interprets it differently,” Bellefeuille said. “This exercise was actu- ally kind of fun,” said sev- enth-grader Ryan O’Neill, 11. “We got to show off our writing skills and to show our best writing.” He was pleased to have

had choice in his assignment and said he chose public speaking.

“I chose public speaking because I like to persuade people to do things and I wanted to do the persuading with my writing,” he said. Another student selected

of Exit 4A,” the law firm wrote.

When an agreement was reached between London- derry and Boston North on Oct. 28, 1993, Londonderry committed to pay its $5 mil- lion. Though Derry never signed the agreement, it was conditional upon Derry’s raising its $5 million share by Jan. 1, 1998. Derry did that on Sept.

16, 1997 when it passed a $5 million bond appropriation to fund its share of costs. Since then, approximately $1.8 million has been spent. “Since that time, Derry

Pinkerton Student Amy Gallipeau Receives National Art Award

Amy Gallipeau, a senior

at Pinkerton Academy, was among 17 New Hampshire students who received national awards for their art- work through The Schol- astic Art & Writing Awards. She received a gold

medal award for her paint- ing titled “Observation of a

Hand.” Hall.

Her art teacher is Allan The Alliance for Young

Artists & Writers, the

national nonprofit organiza- tion that runs The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, will honor the students on June 9 at Carnegie Hall in New

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journalism as her assign- ment. Seventh-grader Kalie Sullivan, 12, said, “I am very creative and I like to write stories, especially about true facts, so that’s why I chose journalism. I also enjoy reading the news- paper, so I figured journal- ism would be good for me.” Bellefeuille told one of

her seventh-grade classes she had sneaked a peek at some eighth grade writing and her seventh graders’ writing, in her opinion, was better. This was greeted with huge smiles on the students’ faces, and they renewed their efforts to clean up their pieces to present to their classmates.

officials have made repre- sentations to the public, the Town of Londonderry, regional planning commis- sions, state legislative bodies and agencies and federal agencies that Derry support- ed the Exit 4A project and committed to paying up to $5 million as its share of the project costs,” wrote Sten- house. Town officials repeated

similar statements of en- dorsement and commitment to the $5 million at a public hearing on Sept. 12, 2007 and at a meeting held by the State Exit 4A Special Committee on March 3, 2008.

Such statements led the

special legal counsel to believe these could be suffi- cient to form the basis of a lawsuit by Boston North or its successor-in-interest and

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Kalie Sullivan and Ryan O’Neill, seventh graders at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School, work at their writing as they participated in a two-day, all-school Language Arts writing exercise.

Photo by Penny Williams

the Town of Londonderry if Derry tried to renege on its promise for the $5 million. “While the outcome of

such a lawsuit was not cer- tain, the Council found that there was a significant risk that a court would find that Derry was contractually obligated to fund a portion of Exit 4A,” wrote Sten- house.

But there has always been a question of which company is the object of that obligation. Many have pointed out that Boston North is listed as having been withdrawn, dissolved or canceled as of Nov. 1, 1994. However, the town council found that on Oct. 27, 2009, Boston North deeded all of its rights, title and interest in three large parcels of land in Derry and Londonderry to Hyrax

Derry Partners, LLC, mak- ing that corporation the suc- cessor-in-interest. With all of this now

clear, the council decided to have special legal counsel negotiate clear terms for Derry’s involvement with Exit 4A with Hyrax.

“The result of these

negotiations were that Derry agreed to provide up to $5 million toward the comple- tion of Exit 4A, less the funds expended since the 1997 bond appropriation,” wrote Stenhouse. “Hyrax agreed that Derry had no obligation beyond the $5 million, and further agreed that if the completion of the project becomes infeasible, Derry would have no further obligation to expend any portion of funds remaining of its $5 million contribu- tion.”


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