Salem Community Patriot
May 28, 2010 - 9
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“Thumbs down to smokers throwing their cigarette butts out the car window. These do not disappear and I am so tired of picking them up off my lawn. I think it’s disgusting that the 1st graders had to don gloves on Earth Day and pick up the butts from around their schools. Stop treating the world as your garbage can!”
“Thumbs down to whoever smashed beer bottles along the sidewalk on North Policy Street. People walk their dogs here and some poor dog is going to end up cut because of you, not to mention what are you doing driving around drinking beer anyway?”
“Thumbs down to the Powerless Service of
NH. Would it asking too much that you hire competent managers who know how to contract out tree trimming work in the leaf load-bearing season instead of the leafless season? Would it also be asking too much for you to hire competent managers who know how to implement an automated outage reporting system which asks only the relevant questions and not the privacy invading ones? As you are obviously failing at your primary function… i.e., delivering power reliably, the bottom line is this… cut the trees down, get rid of that self-empowering and job- securitizing incompetent management and stop collecting and sharing private information about your customers.”
“Thumbs down to the fire station dispatcher
who took my call put through by the 911 operator. I called to report a fire starting on a limb that blew onto a live wire on Pelham Road a couple of weeks ago and he gave me the ‘blow off’ and hung up! This man was annoyed and abrupt because he must have gotten several calls. I am a taxpayer in the town of Salem and I deserve the respect of you saying ‘thank you, we already got that call.’ You wouldn’t have a job without us taxpayers.”
Believe it or not that is what the side of the road is for. If you’re visiting someone in the neighborhood have enough respect to park on their property or see line two (2) for those of you who can’t comprehend simple words. Not everyone in the area appreciates having to negotiate around you. Makes one wonder if it is laziness or ignorance or maybe a combination of both.”
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“Thumbs down to out of state visitors that think the proper parking place is in the middle of the road.
Scholarship Awards and Interview Challenge Winners
submitted by Michelle Harvell
The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the winners of the 2010 Scholarship Program and Interview Challenge competition. The winners of both programs were honored at a special awards Ceremony on May 18 at the Black Water Grill in Salem and presented to the public at the Taste of Greater Salem Food Show on May 19 at Atkinson Resort and Country Club. Winners for the Scholarship Program were selected from applicants with the highest overall score and determined by the Chamber’s Scholarship Committee. Winners of the Interview Challenge participated in several rounds of mock interviews, honing their communication skills and gaining valuable experience for future employment. The Interview Challenge program was conducted by the Chamber’s Business Education Collaborative, and supported by local business leaders. Competition for both programs was very tight again this year and the winners are as follows:
Sam Fazioli – Sam is a senior at Salem High School. Academically, he is ranked in the top 10 students of his graduating class. He is the president of the National Honor Society, captain of the varsity cross country team, and captain of the varsity baseball team. Sam spearheaded the first Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness at Salem High School. Next fall, Sam will be attending Northeastern University in the Honors Program as a Mechanical Engineering Major, and aspires to work for NASA as an aerospace engineer. Sam received this year’s Ray Landry Scholarship Award, the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce’s premier scholarship for the highest overall score. Congratulations! Amber Suzek – Amber is from East Hampstead, and graduated with honors from Pinkerton Academy in 2008. She is currently in her second year at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, in the six-year Doctor of Pharmacy program. Her passion for science and love of helping people led her to pursue a career in Pharmacy, where she plans to concentrate on medical research. Amber excels academically and will graduate with a Doctorate in Pharmacy in 2014.
Kailyn Fastnacht – Kailyn graduated from Salem High School in the spring of 2006 and continued her education at Northeastern University, where she entered the Nursing program. Through Northeastern’s cooperative education program, she worked on the Reconstructive Unit at Shriner’s Hospital for Children, and in the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital Boston. Kailyn just completed her fourth year of the nursing program and made Dean’s List every semester. She will begin her nursing practicum in the winter and finish her degree in 2011. Kailyn plans to become a Nurse Practitioner with specialization in pediatric nursing.
Joe Trovato – Joe is a senior at Salem High School. His love for technology resulted in a decision to study electrical engineering at Lehigh University next year. While at Salem High School, Joe participated on the varsity gymnastics team, lacrosse team, and championship volleyball team. In addition to athletics, Joe founded the SHS Ping Pong Club, was Co-Vice President of the Young Democrats, and is a member of the National Honor Society. When not studying, playing sports, or volunteering in the community, Joe coaches children at Gym-Ken on the fundamentals of gymnastics. He enjoys hiking, snowboarding, water-skiing, and outdoor activities.
Nicole Bourque – Nicole will be graduating from Pelham High School in the top 10 of her class. She is the Vice President of the National Honor Society, Senior Class Secretary, co-captain of the school’s dance team, a member of the Spanish Honor Society, and the Community Service and Prom Committees. Additionally, she is a member of U*NA*T, a competitive dance team. Nicole will be attending Northeastern University in the fall majoring in Health Science, and plans to continue on to medical school to become a Pediatrician. Jordyn Oriole – Jordyn is a senior at Pelham High School and will attend Hawaii
Pacific University in the fall. While in Hawaii, she will be studying Biology with a focus in Pre-Medicine. Jordyn is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and the President of Pelham High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). She served on the New Hampshire FBLA Leadership Team this past year. For additional details on the awards presentation, the Taste of Greater Salem, or
the Awards Winners, contact the Chamber Office at 893-3177.
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“Thumbs down to the man near Arlington Shore Road walking his four dogs. Please learn respect and responsibility and clean up after them! You won’t even clean up the mess when it is left in the middle of the road. You would rather have the neighborhood kids accidentally walk in it or ride their bikes over it.”
“Thumbs down to Bill
Binnie, a wealthy man spending his money on name- recoginition for political office. He’s been advertising heavily for a couple of months, and the election is several months off. I would not vote for him
any more than I would buy Amica auto insurance which has several ads running. Annoying me with repetitious ads only turns me off. Mr. Binnie, give
the money to charity and maybe I’ll take notice and vote for you.”
“Thumbs down. It’s nice to know that some New Hampshire compaies care about the unemployed in the state of New Hampshire or the US since they hire people from out of the country to work the food stands. Since they won’t ask for overtime pay. But when my kids ask me to go there I’ll have to say sorry they gave the job I could use to a foreigner so I can’t afford to take you there. So ‘thumbs down’ to them.”
“Thumbs down to the person who insists dogs can run free in Salem. I emailed Kelly Demers and his reply was, ‘If an owner or keeper of a dog in Salem wishes to walk a dog unleashed, they must be present and they are responsible to have reasonable control of the conduct of the dog.’ Again, dogs cannot be unaccompanied off leash in Salem.”
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NH Youth of the Year Finalist Competition and Recognition Dinner
submitted by Boys & Girls Club
Youth of the Year awards go to those who show astounding dedication, character, and commitment to family, school, and their local Boys & Girls Club (BGC) community. On Wednesday May 19, seven New Hampshire teens gathered in Concord to compete for the state title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) 2010 NH Youth of the Year. This year’s nominees were Jonathan Sinclair (Concord BGC), Jonathan Slowe (BGC Greater Derry), Michele Nunnelley (BGC Salem), Randy Alejo (BGC Greater Nashua), Jessica Hatch (BGC Souhegan Valley), Ashly Rodriguez (BGC Manchester), and Matthew Carignan (BGC Lakes Region). The day began at 8 a.m., where nominees went to the New Hampshire State House and were welcomed and congratulated by Governor John Lynch. As they proceeded on to the floor of the New Hampshire Senate, each Youth of the Year nominee received a proclamation from a New Hampshire Senator on their outstanding achievement. Following the tour, nominees returned to the Concord Boys & Girls Club, who hosted lunch for finalists and their
2010 State Youth of the Year finalist Michele Nunnelley and NH Senator Michael Downing. Both are residents of Salem
Matt Carignan (BGC Lakes Region), John Sinclair (BGC Concord), Ashly Rodriguez (BGC Manchester), Governor John Lynch,
Michele Nunnelley (BGC Salem), Jonathan Slowe (BGC Greater Derry), and Randy Alejo (BGC of Nashua)
advisors. After a brief moment of downtime, each nominee had a scheduled interview with five judges, which took place at the United Way of Merrimack County. This year’s Judges were Chris Hodgdon, Director of State Government Affairs for Comcast; Regina Flynn, Program Manager, Obesity Prevention Program, NH Department of Health and Human Services; Ellen Koenig, Director of Regions, NH Charitable Foundation; Michael Gillette, Vice President, Site Sales Manager of Fidelity Investments – Merrimack, NH; and Cathleen Schmidt, President of Citizens Bank, NH/VT. The interview process is an opportunity for each nominee to explain how he/she represents the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs; the quality, character, and influence that he/she has as a member of their particular Club and community; and how the Club has impacted his/her life thus far. The interview and a series of essays written by each nominee aided judges in determining who would be the best
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fit for the New Hampshire Title. Dinner was held at the Grappone Center in Concord. As parents, Club staff, and nominees eagerly awaited the announcement of New Hampshire Youth of the Year, Governor Lynch spoke of the astounding work of Boys & Girls Clubs. Amy Coveno, the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and Anchorwoman for WMUR-TV/Channel 9, introduced each Youth of the Year nominee, reading a short bio about each finalist and giving a heartfelt congratulation to all. As each Youth of the Year finalist took their place at the podium, he/she spoke of a genuine appreciation for the care and support that their specific Club has given to them. In the final moments of the dinner, Coveno was accompanied by Tom Ciancetta, Regional Service Director for NH, when they announced the recipient of the 2010 New Hampshire Youth of the Year, Jonathan Slowe (Boys & Girls Club of Greater Derry) As the 2010 NH Youth of the Year, Jonathan received a $1,000 scholarship from Reader’s Digest and a $1,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands. He will now go on to compete for the regional title in New York. This is the first state title for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Derry. A special thank-you goes out to Comcast for sponsoring the
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