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Farmington Board of Selectmen confirms new Chief of Police

first_imgFarmington Board of Selectmen met Tuesday night to confirm the hiring of Ken Charles (left) as the town’s new Chief of Police.FARMINGTON – Former Detective Kenneth Charles was unanimously confirmed as Farmington’s new Chief of Police during Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Selectmen. Each member welcomed him personally after approving his new position.“I’ve grown to love and appreciate what we have to offer in our community. I have a lot of pride in the law enforcement community that we have serving our area. I hope that as we move forward we’re increasingly responsive to the community’s needs. I don’t think there’s ever been a more trying time to be in the law enforcement career,” said Charles upon accepting his confirmation.Charles, who has a well-established past with Farmington’s police department, also thanked Shane Cote for stepping in as interim chief while the search for a permanent candidate was active.“These are unprecedented times and I think the department has performed really admirably,” said Charles.He will officially begin his position on Feb. 15.The board also revisited the proposition to place the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act on the upcoming ballot for Farmington’s town meeting in April. Fen Fowler had previously requested that the warrant be placed on the ballot for the town’s vote, but the board desired more clarification and did not approve the request. Community member Sherry Jenckes and University of Maine Professor of Geology Doug Reusch presented the warrant for the second time at Tuesday night’s meeting. Jenckes began by addressing the board’s previous question about all businesses receiving dividends if the act were to be voted through by the public.“The answer to that is no. It’s the consumer that we’re concerned about. Where do you draw the line? Does Amazon need a dividend? We’re just asking that the community has the opportunity to have their voice heard at the federal level,” said Jenckes.Board members shared concerns about how much the public would be invested in the issue of climate change without the opportunity for a traditional town meeting to educate them on the bill. Similarly, Representative Scott Landry saw further complications with the bill’s stipulations.“In my experience in the last few years, any time you say ‘tax’, it’s not pretty,” said Landry.The warrant was approved with a 2:1 vote and will be placed on the ballot for the public’s consideration.In other news, current University of Maine at Farmington student and volunteer firefighter David Ballard was unanimously approved to join the zoning board as an alternative member for a one-year term.“It’ll be good to see someone young,” said board member Michael Fogg.last_img read more

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Robert Moses State Park Reopens 7 Months After Sandy

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This road block on Robert Moses Causeway is finally coming down now that the park is reopening.Robert Moses State Park on Fire Island’s western tip is reopening Thursday, a week shy of the seven-month anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which seriously damaged stretches of the beach.Rose Harvey, commissioner of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Robert Moses Traffic Circle to officially reopen the park a day before for Memorial Day weekend starts.More than 500,000 cubic yards of sand dredged from Captree Marina was used to replenish Fields 4 and 5 and repair the south side of the traffic circle, which partly collapsed when sand beneath it was washed away.The boardwalks at Robert Moses and Jones Beach State Park were partly rebuilt with Brazilian hardwood certified with a higher durability rating to withstand harsh oceanfront exposure.The Fire Island Lighthouse will also reopen to the public with Robert Moses’ return.The biggest change at Robert Moses this year will be that the nude beach has been shut down, as the Press has previously reported.All New York State Parks will be reopened this weekend.last_img read more

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Credit union marketing in the digital age

first_img continue reading » Have you ever sat down at your desk and thought about your marketing strategies? Is your credit union still relying that someone will drive past, see your sign, and just decide they want to come in and bank with you?You know your marketing strategy can use a revamp, but where do you start? The first steps might feel daunting, but don’t get discouraged! It’s actually pretty easy to incorporate new marketing techniques into your overall strategy.A New Credit Union Marketing StrategyYou may have heard about content marketing. In the world of marketing and advertisement, it’s still pretty new. After all, it’s a direct result of the internet (and how people behave on it).Content marketing is a type of marketing that relies on the creation and sharing of online media, such as blogs or articles, videos, infographics, or even social media posts. Content marketing doesn’t necessarily promote any products or brands, but it does increase interest in the company’s offerings. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more