Groveland Begins Curbside Compost Program July 24

Groveland is beginning a curbside compost program in collaboration with Black Earth Compost. The program starts Wednesday, July 24, and aims to take food waste from residents and businesses, which makes up nearly 40 percent of our waste stream, and recycle them into high-quality compost to grow more food. Black Earth Compost will collect bins on Wednesdays. Residents may sign up for weekly collection services for $114.99 every six months, or for every other week collection services for $89.99 every six months. Residents who enroll in the program will receive a voucher for a free bag of high-quality compost.

Plaistow Police Welcomes Officers Merwarth, Ventullo and Medvecky

The Plaistow Police Department recently swore in Officers Colten Merwarth, Ryan Ventullo and Christian Medvecky. Merwarth and Ventullo will be going to the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training July 29 for 16-weeks, followed by a 12-week field training program. Merwarth is a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, squad leader of the of the Combined Anti Armor Team section. He also attended the Northampton Community College where he graduated in Automotive. Ventullo is a sergeant in the U.S. Army National Guard and his assignment is that of the 11 Bravo Infantryman with the A scout platoon.

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.