Hudson - Litchfield News | May 4, 2012 - 17 Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?
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“Thumbs up to the crossing guards on Derry Road in Hudson! Thank you for helping all of our children arrive at school safely, and return safely home at the end of the day!”
“Thumbs up to Principal Lane!”
“Thumbs down to scammer from Hudson who doesn’t like feeling scammed.”
“Thumbs up to our amazing teachers, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Labelle, your hard work and dedication is so wonderful, our children are truly blessed!!!”
“Thumbs up to Ms. Prevel-Trumel, your enthusiasm for our library sciences keeps my children loving stories and authors!! Thank you!”
“Thumbs down to the thumbs down about the barking dog, suggesting the use of a ‘bark collar’... also known as Shock collar. I suggest to you, borrowing one and trying it on your own self, and see how it feels. That is abusive to dogs. Perhaps you should suggest a more humane way, as in commands or class. These dogs are part of our families! Would you shock your child for a bad behaviour?”
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“Thumbs down to the person who wrote a thumbs down on 4/20 blaming the Republican Tea Partiers in Concord for the death of the Police Chief and wounding of five other officers. My response to that is that every time a liberal can’t agree with conservatives or Tea Partiers, as they call them, they automatically blame everything on the Tea Partiers. So, in the comment, it says that we should get the broom out and sweep them out of NH, my response to that is… when you get your broom out, please get on it and fly out of here.”
“Thumbs down to the barking people who call into this paper about barking dogs. Maybe one day a barking dog will save your life, because there are a lot of bad people out there. And number two, shame on you parents once again
for talking about children or someone else’s kids, because you act like you’re an angel, you act like your kids are an angel. Like you never did anything when you were younger or growing up? You need a reality check. You need to go live in a city for one week and then come back to Litchfield. Stop degrading other people’s children.”
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“Thumbs up. Does your hand get sweaty when you carry it in your coat like Bonaparte?”
“Thumbs down to the ex-chair of BOS Hudson for using political capital to regain access to Hudson town government, ignoring voters decision to remove him from offices. Voter be advised. ‘Budget Committee’”
“Thumbs down. Hudson Selectman should be more upset with losing 450 jobs in the Executive Park than the almost 10 Latinos in our town.”
“Thumbs up – Selectman Coutu can we be the next group to meet with the Selectman, just email a date to us to HFG@comcast.net
. (Hudson Fat Guys).”
“Thumbs up to the Recycling Committee meeting being broadcasted on HCTV. Good thing that they truly don’t have a budget.”
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CHS Receives Award- continued from front page
being bold and innovative in service to children.” Included in the Circle of Excellence are New Hampshire high schools, members of the League of Innovative Schools (LIS), committed to fostering forward thinking innovation in the design and delivery of secondary education. The League of Innovative Schools is comprised of secondary schools from across the state, and is affiliated with the New England Secondary Schools Consortium (NESSC). The Consortium includes Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The goal of the league and the consortium is to promote innovative strategies, to establish a network of best practices that is directly linked to 21st century learning and to close persistent achievement gaps, promote greater educational equity and opportunities for all students, and lead our educators and schools into a new era. The NH LIS schools in Cohort I include Campbell High School. This recognition will also include schools nominated by the New Hampshire Department of Education for inclusion in the Blue Ribbon Schools Program which recognizes schools where students achieve at high academic levels and/or where the
achievement gap is narrowing. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is part of a larger United States Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best schools’ leadership and teaching practices.
At the Champions for Children meeting on May 10, the Commissioner welcomes schools that demonstrate bold, innovative, and successful educational practices for future inclusion in the Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence. League of Innovative Schools Eleven years ago, Campbell High School was the first secondary school in the State of New Hampshire to adopt a competency-based learning system - that is, an academic program in which students must demonstrate they have acquired essential skills and knowledge before they can move on. The competency-based system helped the school create new and more diverse learning opportunities for all students. Competencies also help students prepare for success in the 21st century by cultivating the behaviors, attitudes, and higher-order thinking skills that are not only necessary, but expected, in today’s increasing globalized workplaces.
Run for Jay- continued from front page
Although the runners and walkers started in one large group, by the time the lap around the grounds had been completed, four runners were fighting to be first to enter the woods and they were followed closely by the first female runner. Organizers had arranged for both a 3-kilometer and a 5-kilometer walk and run. If you didn’t run, it was a perfect time to put your tickets into the various raffle prizes. The 2008 scholarship Winners were
awarded $2,500 each. The scholarships were given to Jenna Keller and Max Mahoney. In 2009 scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each were awarded to Jennifer Hall and Cory Brennick. The amount of the scholarship was again $2,500 each in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, the scholarshipwere given to Emily LaPlant and Robert LeBourdais and in 2011 the scholarships were given to Benjamin Dutil and Alexander Scafidi. Race Results: John Engle, 17:04.4 Josh Leahy, 17:37.8 Alex Brown, 17:40.0 Matthew White, 20:54.7
Christopher White, 21:00.4 Paul Leahy, 21:16.7 Mary Garrity, 21:21.9 Patrick Garrett, 22:42.3 Jeffrey Allison, 24:25.8 Mike Perrotta, 24:33.9 Alex Nirgianakis, 25:41.2 Laura Gougreau, 26:00.2 Chris Plourde, 26:16.5 Kent Sirimoglu, 26:42.9 Krista Ginnety, 26:46.1 Karen Sirimoglu, 26:57.9 Wade Anderson, 27:40.1 Michael Peterson, 27:50.2 Jeannette Senko, 27:53.6 Lisa Ginnety, 29:00.9 John Ginnety, 29:30.5 David Thurston, 29:32.9 Ron Welliver, 31:18.9 Andy Brown, 31:20.3 Steve Molloy, 31:37.7 Paual Ogina, 31:45.4 Mike Donnelly, 31:52.9 Jeffrey Ditman, 31:59.1 Russ Ober, 32:05.9 Vicki Planty, 32:08.5
Janet Dolan, 32:09.9 Caila Kantar, 32:37.7 Mike Mark, 32:38.5 Rick Bellanti, 39:02.8
Misconceptions- continued from front page
the word that Hudson is in fact, a welcoming community. Urritia also stated that he was the first person to bring up concerns regarding a race issue in Hudson back in 2011. Urritia said that he heard rumor that minorities were trying to avoid Hudson due to mistreatment. According to Urritia, this information stunned him, as he always found the community to be a welcoming one.
But he added that when it comes to curbing crime in the community, race should not be an issue, “If someone commits a crime, I want them out of the community,” he added that at that point, a perpetrator’s ethnicity should not be on the frontline. He added that he did not want the Latino population to be uncomfortable in Hudson, and that they should not be afraid to have contact with the Hudson Police Department if a crime that impacts them should arise. Chief Lavoie agreed with Urritia, saying
Russ Ober checks out the finish line as he makes the last loop.
that any negative stereotypes of the Hudson Police Department can directly impact how they do their job, “How do we help the victims of crime,” Lavoie asked, adding, “If they are illegal, they have been afraid to come to us,” he said. In the case of a crime, Lavoie said that the Hudson Police Department has worked with ICE to secure Visas for victims in some circumstances. Their ability to do this has been hampered due to concerns in the Latino community that illegal immigrants may be deported if they report a crime. Lavoie added that there has never been a time when the Hudson Police Department took part in racial profiling. “There is a little misinformation with [our relationship with] ICE,” Lavoie said. Detective Broderick of ICE also attended the meeting, and spoke on behalf of the two departments’ relationship. Broderick assisted the Hudson Police Department in such cases where acquiring visas or deportation was necessary. Broderick, disclosed that he himself is a Mexican American, he stressed that there was no point in time where the Police Department or ICE took part in unnecessary deportations, “We did not start any investigations on anyone unless their were
prior arrests or investigations,” Broderick said. He added that most of the instances of federal intervention happened when the Department was investigating a serious crime like domestic violence or theft. Even in those cases, Broderick said that most of the people who were deported were Kenyan, and not from a Latin, or South American nation. “We initiate these investigations based off of criminal activities, and we did not target Latinos,” Broderick said. Captain Tousignant echoed Broderick’s sentiments, adding that during his three decades at the Department, he has not seen an instance of racial profiling instituted by the department. Captains Tousignant and Avery and Chair Coutu went on to explain that the department would not have gained their exemplary CALEA honor if there were instances of racial profiling within the department. According to Avery, statistically, Hudson does not encounter such incidences at a rate higher than other, comparably sized communities within the state. Ava Castillo, a member of the commission spoke to the crowd, inferring that the lack of conflict is not the end all, “Let’s move forward,” she said. She added that it would be beneficial for the town to implement a multi-cultural organization that would meet with the Board of Selectmen and the Police Department on a regular basis to ensure that Hudson stays the peaceful community it is. “We are not against the police-our intention is good and we are looking for cooperation,” Castillo said.
Urritia stressed that any problems that
the town may have faced in the past was now water under the bridge, yet it is now up to the town to make sure that the problems stay that way, and do not arise in the future. Mesa agreed, stating that the issues the group had heard of was merely caused by a misrepresentation of facts.
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