In Wake of Supreme Court Homelessness Decision, NH Advocates Say Fight Not Over

by Ethan DeWitt, New Hampshire Bulletin
July 9, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last month to allow an Oregon city’s efforts to clear out homeless encampments is already rippling through New Hampshire. On July 2, the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to strengthen a ban on camping on city property, subjecting people to fines. And the board removed an exception that had allowed camping during evening hours if there were not enough shelter beds available. The vote, which will make it easier for city officials to remove encampments on public sidewalks and parks, was a priority for Mayor Jay Ruais, a Republican who was elected in November. And it heralds a potential shift in the way New Hampshire cities and towns approach homelessness after the Supreme Court ruling, critics say.

Plaistow Supervisors of the Checklist to Register Voters, Make Changes July 16

The Supervisors of the Checklist in Plaistow, N.H., meet Tuesday, July 16, to register new voters or make any changes for existing voters except party affiliation. New voters must provide proof of identity, such as photographic identification; proof of residence, from a license, mortgage/rental paperwork or utility bill; and proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or U.S. Passport or Passport Card or naturalization papers. Those who have received a 30-day letter in the mail, July 16 is the deadline for providing residence information. They may visit the town clerk’s office any time before the meeting and provide proof of residence. The Supervisors of the Checklist meet Tuesday, July 16, from 5-5:30 p.m., at the Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, 145 Main St., Plaistow, N.H.

UMass Lowell’s Makrez Allen Receives Roy Zuckerberg Leadership Award

Heather Makrez Allen, UMass Lowell’s executive director of alumni and donor relations, was recently awarded the 2024 Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Award in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to women’s leadership programming at the university. She was recognized for her continued organization of the annual UMass Lowell Women’s Leadership Conference and Virtual Conversation and plans to promote additional women-centric events. The Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Award was established in 2005 by UMass Lowell alumnus Roy J. Zuckerberg, a former senior director at Goldman Sachs. The Zuckerberg Award is designed to reward leaders of courage, conviction and selflessness who have devoted their time and talent to helping the university accomplish its goals. Presented by the University of Massachusetts President’s Office, the recipient is selected by a committee, which includes representatives from each campus and the president’s office.

Merrimack Valley Chamber Members to Network, Tour Stevens-Coolidge House and Gardens

Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce members have an opportunity next Tuesday to have breakfast, participate in networking and tour the Stevens-Coolidge House and Gardens. The Stevens-Coolidge property was the summer home of Helen Stevens Coolidge and her husband, John Gardner Coolidge—a diplomat descended from Thomas Jefferson and a nephew to Isabella Stewart Gardner—from 1914 to 1962. It is owned and managed by The Trustees of Reservations. Chamber members meet Tuesday, July 9, from 8-9:15 a.m., at 153 Chickering Road, North Andover. Admission is $10 for members and $20 for non-members.

North Andover Man, 64, Faces Gun, Ammunition Charges After Explosion Damages Two Cars

Police seized homemade explosives, more than 30 guns and large-capacity ammunition feeders Wednesday from a North Andover home and brought charges against a 64-year-old resident after an explosion that damaged two cars. Daniel Medina, 59 Village Green Drive, North Andover, was charged with five felony counts tied to being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing and improperly storing an automatic rifle and vandalizing property. He pled not guilty Wednesday in Lawrence District Court and will be held without bail until a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Friday, July 12. In a joint statement, Essex County District Attorney Paul F. Tucker and North Andover Police Chief Charles Gray said officials obtained and used a search warrant after Medina allegedly set off an explosive device that damaged two vehicles. They added Medina later returned, “apparently to try to conceal the damage with spray paint.” They said many of the guns taken do not contain serial numbers and Medina’s license to carry weapons expired 24 years ago.

The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

United Way of Massachusetts Bay Honors Payano and Vargas at State House Ceremony

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United Way of Massachusetts Bay honored Sen. Pavel M. Payano and Rep. Andy X. Vargas, both representing Haverhill, as inaugural “Legislative Champions” last month. Payano and Vargas were presented awards for their “demonstrated strong leadership and commitment to education, food security and economic justice, including transformative policy solutions such as Baby Bonds and matched savings programs,” read a statement from United Way. “This award not only highlights our shared commitment to creating thriving and equitable communities but also reflects the collective voice of our residents who support our efforts toward empowering economic mobility and enhancing early education. Being chosen by the people we serve adds a special significance to this recognition. It motivates us to continue working together to build pathways that uplift every resident, ensuring that progress and prosperity are accessible to all.