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Hudson - Litchfield News August 27, 2010 - 3

Anne Marie House Awarded Two Grants

submitted by Anne Marie House The tireless efforts of Anne Marie House to help end family homelessness in the Greater Nashua area were recognized by its receipt of two grants in July. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Town of Hudson awarded separate grants of $19,500 and $3,000, respectively. Both grants were especially coveted because their unrestricted nature enables them to be flexibly used for operational, capital, or other needs at the sole discretion of Anne Marie House. “We are very grateful for the votes of confidence in the work

our volunteers and staff do that these grants represent,” said Network Director Laurie Skibba. Board Trustee Richard Patterson echoed this sentiment, adding, “In these trying times of economic uncertainty and budget shortfalls, the financial generosity of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Town of Hudson in

Rodgers Library Receives Fitness Program Grant from Hannaford

submitted by Rodgers Memorial Library The Rodgers Memorial Library in Hudson has received a $2,500

grant from Hannaford Bros. Co. for their “Get Fit @ Your Library” program. Through the generosity of Hannaford, the Rodgers Memorial Library will be able to offer programs and information sources that will help the citizens of Hudson make healthy lifestyle choices. The grant will be used to purchase materials, including books and DVDs relating to fitness and healthy nutrition for all ages. The library will use some of the grant money to bring in instructors from fitness disciplines, such as exercise, martial arts, and dance, to offer introductory classes in their fields. There will also be speakers and demonstrations on various fitness and nutrition topics. Check the library Website,, for information on upcoming fitness and nutrition programs. Come by and “Get Fit @ Your Library.”

supporting the mission of Anne Marie House is deeply appreciated. We are blessed by the collective contributions of our institutional and individual benefactors and volunteers. What we do would simply not get done without them.”

Anne Marie House on the grounds of Presentation of Mary

serves Hudson, Nashua, Londonderry, Amherst, Milford, Brookline, Hollis, Merrimack, Litchfield, Pelham, and Windham. Our vision is to eliminate homelessness one family at a time. We practice the values of hospitality, faith, respect for all people, individual responsibility, and life-long learning to achieve our mission to support the needs of families experiencing homelessness as they work to achieve sustainable income, housing, and transportation. Our success arises from the generosity of our volunteers and benefactors. Might you join us?

Man Charged with Indecent Exposure

submitted by Hudson Police Department On August 18 at approximately 8:45 p.m., Hudson police responded to the area of Greeley Street and Old Derry Road for a report of a subject walking around naked. When officers arrived, they saw a male subject in the wood line of Greeley Street naked. The officers announced themselves as Hudson police officers and told the subject to stop. The subject fled on foot from the officers. The officers chased the subject into a residence on Old Derry Road. The male subject was apprehended inside his residence and was identified as Gregory Aslanian, 49, of Hudson. Aslanian will be charged with Indecent Exposure and Lewdness 645:1 (Misdemeanor), and Resisting Arrest or Detention 642:2 (Misdemeanor). Aslanian was released on $1,500 personal recognizance bail and given an arraignment date of September 2 at Nashua District Court.

Mel’s Raises Funds for GMS Playground

submitted by Kenrick Fruzen Mel’s Funway Park raised $2,170 during Mel’s Customer Appreciation Day for the Litchfield School District’s Griffin Memorial School (GMS) Playground Fund. The money will go towards the reconstruction of the GMS Playground.

Education Matters Learning in Litchfield Education Matters

by Elaine F. Cutler, Ed. D. Welcome back to school! Students are abuzz with new schedules, teachers, shoes, and backpacks. We are thrilled to begin a new school year. Numerous improvements have been made so that Litchfield students will have the best educational opportunities possible. The majority of improvements were made at Griffin Memorial School (GMS). All classrooms were painted, a new roof was installed, the amazing community playground was completed, and improved lighting was installed in every classroom through an energy-buying program. An adult bathroom is being constructed so that the school will be in compliance with school approval standards by the State of New Hampshire. Bus schedules have been published in the Hudson~Litchfield News. Schedules are also available on the district Website, www. Please be patient the first few days as drivers, students, and teachers acclimate to the new schedule. The district and school Websites have been updated to provide ease of use for parents and community members. Data is being imported daily so that you will have the information you need regarding lunch, schedules, grades, homework, field trips, conferences, and other important items about your child’s school. On the first days of school, you will receive

a myriad of paperwork to complete. It is never a task parents look forward to, but each piece of paper is important. The District has approved a revised Student Network and Internet Acceptable Use Policy. Parents will need to sign the forms along with the students. There is a separate form for GMS and the other schools. After the forms are returned to school, the students will be issued a password. We are all working diligently to keep children safe on the playground, the bus, and the Internet. AlertNow is the notification system that is used throughout the district for school events, as well as emergency broadcasts. Please make sure that you allow us to provide current and timely information. The most serious issue

facing the Litchfield School District is a $2 million reduction in adequacy

Education Matters

funding for the 2011-2012 school year. The School Board met

with the Budget Committee to discuss the issue earlier this month. The Budget Committee is requesting the School Board limit the increase to three percent.

Public meetings will be held at each school to listen to the concerns and priorities of the community. It is important to realize that 73 percent the school budget is personnel. I strongly urge you to attend a meeting to voice your preferences and concerns. E-mail messages to School Board members are another way to provide your opinion to Board members who will be making difficult decisions. This year will bring challenges and opportunities. The Litchfield School Board takes great pride in our schools and welcomes your comments and suggestions. You may contact any Board member or professional staff member using the directory available at

1st Annual Ralph Carpentiere Sr.

Memorial Golf Tournament Friday, September 17th

Green Meadow Golf Course, Hudson NH

7:30am Shotgun Start $115 per player (Cost includes greens, cart, lunch & gift) Benefitting New England

Registration deadline is September 3! Youth Recreation Sponsorship

To learn more or to register, visit!

Pictured at left: Front: Sean Follis, Kaitlyn Follis, Chloe Dexter, Hunter Feely, Cameron Feely, Mathew Dexter. Back: Wayne Caulfield (co-owner, Mel’s), Rebecca Feely, Heather Buxton, Martha Dexler, and Michael Accomando (co-owner, Mel’s)

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