Hudson - Litchfield News | April 27, 2012 - 3
Congratulations to Alvirne Art Allstate Winners
Hudson and Litchfield Police Vigilant Against Drunk Driving
by Tom Tollefson Warm weather is returning and flowers are blooming; it’s that time of year. Barbecues and block parties are also soon to begin, offering plenty of opportunities for drinking beer and other alcoholic beverages. April is a time for spring, but is also alcohol awareness month; and both the Hudson and Litchfield Police Departments have strong warnings against drinking and driving, a combination referred to as “deadly” and “illegal.” “There’s no secret in the community that the Hudson Police are aggressive in identifying and apprehending people who drive while intoxicated. We hope people are more aware and think twice about driving while intoxicated,” said Operations Commander Bill Avery of the Hudson Police Department.
submitted by Deborah Ballok, Alvirne High School The two juniors pictured from Alvirne High School have been selected to participate at the 2012
NH Allstate Art Festival to be held at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester on July 24-25. Jessica Lacroix (left) and Jessica Dumas(right) competed for the select acceptance of only 60 students to participate as representatives from all over our state. Each submitted three art works, essay questions and these interview pieces illustrating a quote by Pablo Picasso, “Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.” Congratulations and good luck this summer!
Rodgers Memorial Library Introduces New Director to the Community
by Kristen Hoffman The Rodgers Memorial Library held a meet and greet for their new director, Charles Matthews, on April
12. Matthews started the position at the end of March. He joined the Rodgers Memorial Library after a ten year stint at the Nashua Public Library.
A few dozen peopled streamed in and out of the function room to meet with Matthews, and members of the Board of Trustees. So far, Matthews enjoys Hudson, and the library staff, “People are very friendly here he said,” adding, “I
love the facility. It is the treasured jewel in the community. Matthews stated that libraries are constantly changing, and even with the advent of online resources,
libraries still hold an indelible place in the community. The Rodgers Memorial Library, which opened in 2009, offers Hudson residents a many different resources and classes. Although he’s only been the library director for less than a month, Matthews is starting to make an impact, ”He’s really made himself part of the community,” Jen Chafe, the Library Trustee Secretary said. “He really wants to be part of the day to day active part of the library,” Connie Owen, the Chair of the Library Board of Trustees said.
Shaheen, Ayotte Announce New Hampshire Military Service Academy Day
U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, invite New Hampshire students interested in attending any of the country’s military service academies to attend New Hampshire Military Service Academy Day on Saturday, May 12, in Concord. The event will feature representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Merchant
Marine Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. They will be available to provide information and answer questions from interested students. To be considered for appointment to a service academy, applicants must be nominated by a Member of Congress or other authorized nominating source. Staff representatives for Senators Shaheen and Ayotte will also be available to answer questions about obtaining service academy nominations. New Hampshire Military Service Academy Day Saturday, May 12 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
New Hampshire National Guard Headquarters, 1 Minuteman Way, Concord RSVP by e-mail to RSVP@shaheen.senate.gov
or contact Senator Shaheen’s office at (603) 647-7500.
Both the Hudson and Litchfield Police Departments have reported that DWI rates go up a small percentage over the warmer spring and summer months. “Unfortunately, they stay consistent year round but there is a little more activity in the warmer months starting in April, May, and June and they go down slightly after Labor Day,” Avery said. “We did see an earlier rise in DWI activity [this
year] and it could be warmer weather or it could be the officers in the right place at the right time.” Litchfield Police Chief Joseph O’Brion also recognized an increase of DWIs over the summer months.
“It could be the summer months. More people are out and about unlike the winter when most people stay home,” O’Brion said. There have been eight DWIs in Litchfield this
year. The department has used this number to calculate about 24 by the end of 2012. This would be down from last year’s DWI number of 40.
The Litchfield Police are hoping to receive
a grant from New Hampshire Highway Safety, which would give them additional funding for increased DWI patrols during the summer. Hudson Police are applying for grants as well for the same purpose. Last year they received $15,000 in grants from the state, which they used to combat drunk driving underage drinking. According to Avery, the department is already planning for additional DWI patrols. “It remains to be seen how many extra patrols, depending on grant money. Most weekends we will have extra cars on the street in June, July, and August and those cars will do nothing but watch for DWI suspects,” Avery said. The Hudson Police will also set up sobriety
checkpoints again over the summer. Last summer, they checked 406 motor vehicles during a sobriety check point over Memorial Day weekend resulting in seven DWIs. Hudson Police have charged 49 DWIs in 2012
(as of April 23). This is down slightly from last year at the same time, which had 54, and 117 at the same time in 2010. The department credits these drops to increased police presence on all town roads and the better awareness about the serious nature of drunk driving. The message from authorities is clear, drinking
and driving is dangerous and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. According to the New Hampshire DMV, a DWI conviction results in a license suspension of anywhere from 90 days to two years, and fines up to $1,000. A second conviction is a misdemeanor and will result in a mandatory alcohol treatment program (paid for by the individual). Additional reinstatement fees and attorney fees can also accumulate as a result.
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From left to right Connie Owens, Chair, Jen Cgafe, secretary, Arlene Creeden, Treasurer, Charles Matthews, Director, Linda Kipnes, Vice President, Robyn Rodgers, at large member
Hudson Fire Log
Sunday, April 15: 12:18 a.m. Assist Police, Constitution Drive. 1:16 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Sunrise Drive. 2:00 p.m. Chest pain, Ferry Street. 2:14 p.m. Mutual aid Forestry, Pelham. 2:39 p.m. Chest pain, Riverview Circle (L). 3:05 p.m. Altered mental status. 4:24 p.m. Brush fire, Lowell Road and Wason Road. 5:03 p.m. Smoke investigation, Flagstone Drive and Lowell Road. 5:30 p.m. Illegal burn, Daniel Webster Drive. 5:35 p.m. General illness, Pilgrim Drive (L). 8:35 p.m. Difficulty breathing, Brightside Drive. 8:55 p.m. Box alarm, Lowell Road. 9:57 p.m. Cardiac arrest, Loop Road. 10:00 p.m. Unknown medical, Bowes Circle. 10:24 p.m. Diabetic emergency, Shelley Drive. 11:14 p.m. Fluid spill, Ferry Street. Monday, April 16: 1:43 a.m. Motor vehicle accident, Sullivan Road. 7:33 a.m. Dizziness, Webster Street. 9:16 a.m. Altered mental status. 11:41 a.m. Fainting, Krystal Drive. 12:38 p.m. CO detector, Hazelwood Road. 1:50 p.m. Chest pain, Derry Road. 2:29 p.m. Mutual aid Tanker, Litchfield. 3:24 p.m. Vehicle fire, Veterans Bridge. 3:33 p.m. Difficulty breathing, Scottsdale Drive. 5:01 p.m. Brush fire, Farmington Drive. 5:51 p.m. Illegal burn, Campbell Avenue. 6:49 p.m. Illegal burn, Lowell Road. 9:19 p.m. Mutual aid Ambulance, Nashua. 9:33 p.m. Box alarm, Lowell Road. 10:20 p.m. Box alarm, Hampshire Drive. Tuesday, April 17: 4:40 a.m. Difficulty breathing, Ridgecrest Drive. 11:44 a.m. Leg injury, Second Street. 12:46 p.m. Seizure, Campbello Street. 1:07 p.m. Bark mulch fire, Lowell Road. 3:18 p.m. Wires down, Haverhill Street and Abbott Street. 4:05 p.m. Knee pain, Webster Street. 4:21 p.m. System trouble, Westchester Court. 6:19 p.m. Illegal burn, Barretts Hill Road. 7:57 p.m. Water problem, Kara’s Crossing. 9:43 p.m. General illness, Mobile Drive. 11:05 p.m. Mutual aid Engine and Forestry, Windham. Wednesday, April 18: 4:20 a.m. Motor vehicle accident, Central Street. 12:19 p.m. Seizure, Hedgerow Drive. 2:57 p.m. Lift assist, Lexington Court. 3:47 p.m. Assist citizen, Kara’s Crossing. 3:53 p.m. Difficulty breathing, Liberty Way (L). 5:16 p.m. Residential lockout, James Way. 7:52 p.m. Illegal burn, Barretts Hill Road. 9:22 p.m. Smoke investigation, Derry Road. Thursday, April 19: 7:10 a.m. Motor vehicle accident, Wason Road and Burns Hill Road. 8:39 a.m. Stroke, Hemlock Street. 9:29 a.m. Chest pain, Pelham Road. 11:54 a.m. Unknown medical, Riverside Drive. 12:02 p.m. Assist citizen, Ferry Street. 3:24 p.m. Lift assist, Heritage Circle. 4:27 p.m. Grill fire, Fox Run. 6:27 p.m. Bark mulch fire, Lowell Road. 6:50 p.m. Box alarm, Lowell Road. 11:57 p.m. Mutual aid Ambulance, Nashua. Friday, April 20: 12:24 a.m. Lift assist, Sullivan Road. 1:01 a.m. Mutual aid Engine, Manchester. 4:06 a.m. General illness, Derry Street and Highland Street. 6:51 a.m. Dizziness, Elaine Street. 8:27 a.m. General weakness, Sullivan Road. 8:55 a.m. Difficulty breathing, Dugout Road. 10:21 a.m. False alarms, Lilac Street. 12:01 p.m. Patient transfer, Derry Street. 2:52 p.m. Mutual aid Engine, Londonderry. 4:12 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Dracut Road and Lowell Road. 6:55 p.m. Tree on wires, Pelham Road.
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