Salem Community Patriot | February 17, 2012 - 7 Selectmen Hold Final SB2 Public Hearing
submitted by S. Aaron Shamshoyan A final hearing about Senate Bill 2 (SB2), a change to the town’s
charter eliminating Second Deliberative Session and requiring all warrant articles to be on the ballot was held Monday evening. The hearing, according to Town Manager Keith Hickey, has to be held fifteen to thirty days before ballot voting. Selectman Stephen Campbell stepped down from the board to speak about the article. “There would be no town meeting after election day,” he said in support, “You would have on election day all the articles.” Campbell referenced his past experiences with the charter committee. “When I was on the charter committee, I was against going to town council,” he said adding the increases made at last years Second Deliberative Session changed his thinking. Campbell continued saying the state government set the rules for all town forms of government. “It’s just a change
of government,” he said. “Three or four thousand decided what we’re going to spend money on, not a few hundred people,” he said. Campbell added the articled needed a sixty percent super majority to pass. He said if passed, one last town meeting would be held and the decision could not be undone. Selectman Michael Lyons disagreed with Campbell saying the
town currently has local control to amend the charter as needed and that with SB2 this couldn’t happen. “We can’t amend SB2,” he said. Lyons added if the article was to fail, he would propose two amendments to the town’s current charter to reduce the bond threshold to sixty percent and limit spending amounts at Second Deliberative Session. He said if passed, he would suggest the municipal budget committee be disbanded. The article will be voted upon on the ballot in March.
Woodbury Middle School Donates to The Learning Cooperative
submitted by Salem Family Resources-Success By 6 Woodbury Middle School students in Jane Ambargis’ FACS (Family and Consumer Science) class generously donated over 30 pounds of colorful, scented of home-made playdough to the children of The Learning Cooperative Preschool of Salem Family Resources. The match was made through Woodbury student Holly Goulet and her sister, Natasha, who attends The Learning Cooperative Preschool. The playdough was handed off between the sisters during a visit to the parent cooperative preschool in time for a Valentine’s Day distribution to the preschool children. The
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Holly Goulet from Woodbury Middle School donates home-made playdough to her sister Natasha and fellow students at Te Learning Cooperative Preschool of Salem Family Resources.
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playdough strengthens those small hand muscles, getting them ready for writing, and is creative and fun! More information about the parent cooperative preschool and all programs of Salem Family Resources-Success By 6 is available at www.salemfamilyresources.org
and by contact at info@salemfamilyres ources.org
Outdoors Charlie Chalk with
Tick Bourne Illness Found in Some Blood Transfusion Patients
Babesia, a tick borne parasite of red blood cells, is being transmitted through blood transfusions, according to results of a collaborative study, led by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, of data from the past three decades. In the report, CDC and collaborators describe 159 transfusion-related babesiosis cases that occurred during 1979-2009, most (77 percent) from 2000 to 2009. No Babesia test approved by the Food and Drug Administration is available for screening prospective blood donors, who can feel fine despite being infected. Babesiosis is a potentially fatal but treatable complication of transfusion. Severe consequences, such as multi- organ failure and death, are most often seen in persons without a spleen, the elderly, and those with a weak immune system. The study authors say prevention strategies, including development of a screening test, are needed. Some manufacturers are working with investigators at blood establishments to develop FDA-approved tests for Babesia for donor-screening purposes. Most U.S. tick borne Babesia cases have occurred in seven states in the Northeast and the upper Midwest (in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin), particularly during the warm months of the year. However, transfusion-associated Babesia cases have been identified in 19 states and have occurred year-round.
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The Diaper Derby
by Robyn Hatch The Kelley Library recently held a children’s program called, “For the Love of Chocolate.” The kids had lots of fun playing with chocolate. First they played Chocolate bingo, then they got creative and made a chocolate craft. During the reading game, it was fun to see the kids eat pieces of chocolate when certain words were spoken. The day ended with candy being balanced on their noses, and a really silly chocolate craft made for each child. Cathy, from the library, did an incredible job as usual. The children left very tired, full of sugar, and excited about all the chocolate they got to play with. This event was just right for children in grades K-5 and their families.
Collections for Neighbors Helping Newborns will assist area hospitals aiding families in need. Donation items needed include: bibs, sweaters, blankets, hats, onesies and other clothing items for preemie to 3 month old newborns.
Contact: Neighbors Helping Newborns, 890-3764. Sat. Feb. 25th 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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