KSC meetings. Emergency meeting 8-10 and Regular Public meeting 8-18

The Kittery School Committee is having an emergency meeting tonight August 10th, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. at the Star Theater for executive session. The next public meeting is scheduled for August 18th, 2020.

The Kittery School Committee is having a meeting on August 18th, 2020. As you are aware, the Kittery School Committee in  very controversial decision, 3 to 3 with the Chairperson Julie Dow abstaining as required by law. (She is the sister of Jay Durgin the SRO Officer.) voted to eliminate the SRO by not renewing the SRO MOA.

The three that voted against the renewal of the Memo of Agreement (MOA renewal) were

Stay tuned for any developing information.

Has Danielle Hoffman aka, Quigley Danielle deceived the residents of Kittery?

Before this article starts, I reached out to Danielle Hoffman on allegations she has another Facebook Account. Out of fairness, I had asked her to respond before I published this article and was going to wait some time. She has yet to respond but within 10 minutes or so of my email to her, the Facebook Site Quiglley Danielle and all the anti police posts disappeared from facebook.

A recent vote by Kittery School Committee was held on August 4th, 2020 at the Kittery Community Center. Kittery School Committee who voted not to renew the MOA and effectively get ride of the SRO position. These members that voted no are:

note: DANIELLE HOFFMAN also a MEMBER of KAFA or CAFA

Citizens are reporting that she is also aka. her alternate identity, Facebooks QUIGLEY DANIELLE. You should visit it before the posts are removed. oops too late. Deleted just after 12:16 p.m. August 6th.

It is the belief of many residents that these three individual made a grave mistake. These people voted not to renew the SRO officers Memo Of Agreement effectively removing the SRO officer from the school. Chairperson Julie Dow, the sister of the current SRO Officer Jay Durgin abstained. In the case of DOW, BY LAW SHE HAD TO ABSTAIN.

Danielle Hoffman and Nicholas Chalupa have terms expiring in November 2020. Bedard is up in 2022.

DANIELLE HOFFMAN is also a member of KAFA know known as CAFA. Kittery Advocates For All changed now changed to Community Advocates for All. DANIELLE HOFFMAN is also an elected public official and member of the Kittery School Committee.

Does DANIELLE have an agenda and other identify she needs to explain? I reached out to Danielle for her side but as of this posting, I have not received a response.

Citizens on social media say so. As reported by a citizen on a Social Media Website, she may have a hidden identify on FACEBOOK named QUIGLEY DANIELLE. A quick view of the posted articles on the pages suggest this person pushes anti-police and facilitates the spread of anti police articles that supports the removal of SRO officers from schools. Once post shots a gun masks suggesting wearing a gun on your face mask. Seriously A Gun FACE MASK. It was from a Satire Show but I feel it is still questionable.

Read the last post. STAND YOUR GROUND.

It is the concern of many that Danielle appears to have had an agenda and voted on something that the Kittery Schools Committee handbook and State law shows she should not have. She should set the record straight.

Bedard, Hoffman and Chaluppa should do the right thing and add it to the agenda to MOVE FOR RECONSIDERATION the vote on the MOA and Hoffman should abstain as well as Julie Dow. THEY HAVE HEARD THE PEOPLE SPEAK, NOW THEY SHOULD DO THE RIGHT THING.

CLICK HERE to EMAIL and ask CHALUPPA, HOFFMAN AND BEDARD to reconsider the vote .

The following are excerpts from Code of Ethics, Conflicts of Interest and Maine LAW

KSD WEBSITE School Committee CONFLICT OF INTEREST:link

School Committee service is a matter of public trust. In making decisions that affect the Kittery schools, School Committee members have the duty to act in the interest of the common good and for the benefit of the people they represent. A conflict of interest may arise when there is an incompatibility between a School Committee member’s personal interest and his/her responsibilities as an elected official in a matter proposed or pending before the School Committee. School Committee members have a legal and ethical responsibility to avoid not only conflict of interest, but the appearance of conflict of interest as well.

KSD School Committee ETHICS Link

Kittery School Department Policy
CODE: BCA
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBER CODE OF ETHICS
Having accepted the challenge of service on the Kittery School Committee, I accept the principles set
forth in the following code of ethics to guide me in helping to provide free public education to all the
students of my school unit within the State of Maine.
A. I will view service on the School Committee as an opportunity to serve my community, state, and nation because I believe public education is the best means to promote the welfare of our people and to preserve our democratic way of life.
B. I will at all times think of students first and base my decisions on how they will affect students, their education, and their training.
C. I will make no disparaging remarks, in or out of School Committee meetings, about other members of the School Committee or their opinions.
D. I will remember at all times that as an individual I have no legal authority outside the meetings of the School Committee, and that I will conduct my relationship with the school staff, the local citizenry, and all media of communications on the basis of this fact.
E. I will recognize that my responsibility is not to operate the schools but to see that they are well operated.
F. I will seek to provide education for all students in the community commensurate with their needs and abilities.
G. I will listen to all citizens but will refer all complaints to the proper authorities, and will discuss such complaints only at a regular meeting after failure of administrative solution.
H. I will support a decision graciously once it has been made by the School Committee.
I. I will not criticize employees publicly, but will make such criticism to the Superintendent for investigation and action, if necessary.
J. I will make decisions openly after all facts bearing on a question have been presented and discussed.
K. I will refuse to make promises as to how I will vote on a matter that should properly come before the School Committee as a whole.
L. I will not discuss the confidential business of the School Committee in my home, on the street, or in my office, the place for such discussion being the School Committee meeting.
M. I will confine my School Committee action to policy making, planning, and appraisal, leaving the administration of the schools to the Superintendent.
N. I will welcome and encourage cooperation and participation by teachers, administrators, and other personnel in developing policies that affect their welfare and that of the students they serve.
O. I will endeavor at all times to see that schools have adequate financial support within the capabilities of the community and state, in order that every student may receive the best possible education.
P. I will resist every temptation and outside pressure to use my position as a School Committee member to benefit myself or any individual or agency apart from the total interest of the school unit.
Q. I will endeavor to attend every regular and special School Committee meeting recognizing that my presence means representation for my town. If I find that this is not
possible for an extended length of time, I will give consideration to resigning from my position on the School Committee.

R. I will recognize at all times that the School Committee of which I am a member is an agent of the state, and as such, I will abide by the laws of the state and the regulations formulated by the Maine Department of Education and by the State Board of Education.
Adopted: March 15, 2011

Kittery School District Policy 1
CODE: BCB
CONFLICT OF INTEREST

School Committee service is a matter of public trust. In making decisions that affect the Kittery schools, School Committee members have the duty to act in the interest of the common good and for the benefit
of the people they represent.
A conflict of interest may arise when there is an incompatibility between a School Committee member’s personal interest and his/her responsibilities as an elected official in a matter proposed or pending before the School Committee. School Committee members have a legal and ethical responsibility to avoid not only conflict of interest, but the appearance of conflict of interest as well.
Financial Interest
A School Committee member has a financial interest in a question or contract under
consideration when he/she or a member of his/her immediate family may derive some financial
or other material benefit or loss as a result of the School Committee’s action. The vote of the
School Committee is voidable if a School Committee member has a financial interest and votes
on that question or is involved in the discussion, negotiation, or award of a contract or other
action in which he/she has a financial interest.
In order to prevent the vote on a question or contract from being voidable, a School Committee
member who has a financial interest must:
A. Make full disclosure of his/her interest before any action is taken; and
B. Abstain from voting, from the negotiation or award of the contract and from otherwise
attempting to influence the decision.
The Secretary of the School Committee may verify in the minutes of the meeting the member’s
disclosure and abstention from taking part in the decision in which he/she has an interest.
It is not the intent of this policy to prevent a School Committee member from voting or the
school unit from contracting with a business because a School Committee member is an
employee of that business or has another, indirect interest but is designed to prevent the placing
of School Committee members in a position where their interest in the schools and their interest
in their places of employment may conflict and to avoid appearances of conflict of interest.
Code of Conduct for Federally Funded Procurements
When a Committee member participates in the selection, award, or administration of a contract
that is supported by a federal award, the Committee member shall also comply with Policy DJH
– Purchasing and Contracting: Procurement Staff Code of Conduct.
Appearance of Conflict of Interest
A School Committee member should do nothing to give the impression that his/her position or
vote on an issue is influenced by anything other than a fair consideration of all sides of a
question.
Kittery School District Policy 2
School Committee members shall attempt to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest by
disclosure and/or by abstention.
Appointment to Office and Other Employment
A School Committee member may not, during the time the member serves on the School
Committee and for one year after the member ceases to serve on the School Committee, be
appointed to any civil office of profit or employment position which has been created or the
compensation of which has been increased by action of the School Committee during the time
the member served on the School Committee.
Employment
A member of the School Committee or spouse of a member may not be an employee in a public
school within the jurisdiction of the School Committee to which the member is elected or in a
contract high school or academy located within a supervisory union in which the member is a
representative on the union committee.
School Committee Members as Volunteers
A member of the School Committee, or spouse of a member, may not serve as a volunteer when
that volunteer has primary responsibility for a curricular, co-curricular or extracurricular program
or activity and reports directly to the Superintendent, principal, athletic director or other school
administrator in a public school within the jurisdiction of the School Committee to which the
member is elected, or in a contract high school or academy located within a supervisory union in
which the member is a representative on the school committee.
Volunteer activities of a member of the School Committee or member’s spouse other than in
roles that are prohibited by this section may be prescribed by policies developed and approved
by the School Committee.
Definitions
For the purposes of this policy, the following statutory definitions apply:
A. “Employee” means a person who receives monetary payment or benefits, no matter the
amount paid or hours worked, for personal services performed for a school administrative
unit.
B. “Volunteer” means a person who performs personal services for a school administrative
unit without monetary payments or benefits of any kind or amount.
Legal Reference: 20-A M.R.S.A. § 1002-1004
30-A M.R.S.A. § 2604-2606
Charter of the Town of Kittery § 4.09
Cross Reference: BCA-School Committee Member Code of Ethics
DJH – Purchasing and Contracting: Procurement Staff Code of Conduct
Adopted: February 26, 1985
Revised: May 21, 1991; July 5, 1994; August 2, 2011; January 2, 2019

BIAS

On the other hand, a municipal official must abstain when there is a significant degree of bias for or against the applicant or claimant such that the official cannot make an impartial decision, thereby depriving the applicant of his or her due process right to a fair and objective determination. Because the presence of that degree of prejudicial bias can only truly be known to exist by the quasi-judicial officer, the decision to step down as a quasi-judicial officer for reasons of bias is a uniquely unguided, internal, and ethical decision most illuminative of a municipal official’s sense of the public trust.

State Law and Ethics

https://www.memun.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?EntryId=5243&Command=Core_Download&language=en-US&PortalId=0&TabId=119

In a sense, all issues regarding governmental ethics boil down to the situation of the municipal official being motivated by conflicting or competing interests. Municipal officials are sworn into public office to serve the interests of the public as a whole, and in the municipal official there is vested a public trust.

A betrayal of that trust occurs when an official is motivated to action as a result of a self interest rather than a common interest. The legal concept of “conflict of interest” as governed by statute, however, is limited to interests of a financial nature only.

Kittery School Committee caves!

Kittery School Committee voted and said (by a three to three vote with the sister of the SRO officer, Julie Dow, abstaining), sayonara, astalavista, adieu, arrivederci, cheerio and thanks for nothing. Three votes and your out. Who cares what the Taxpayers, Teachers, Students want. What kind of message was just sent to the world from Kittery Maine.

Yes! Kittery Maine and it happened last night. You need to watch the School Board meetings and pay attention to the comments from the board members. Such a controversial topic and School Committee Member Nicholas Chaluppa (wow! cat caught his tongue). Wait till you watch Kimberly Bedard tell you about a book she read that opened her eyes to the problems in Kittery, (not to say there not any) but a problem with the Police in general and having a police officer in schools.

https://townhallstreams.com/towns/kittery_maine

Then there is Danielle Hoffman, A member of the KAFA Advocacy Group (originally a sub committee of the school district) that wanted to get rid of the SRO officer and has been quoted in recent articles and even last night called out not to vote because it was a conflict of interest. Not only is she a KAFA member (KSC subcommittee) but a school board member who had a clear and transparent agenda. Can you say Conflict of interest?

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? conflict of interest involves a person or entity that has two relationships competing with each other for the person’s loyalty. For example, the person might have a loyalty to an employer and also loyalty to a family business. Each of these businesses expects the person to have its best interest first.

Danielle Hoffman, who serves on the Kittery School Committee, said joining KAFA was not only a chance to address issues she’d been interested in talking about for a while, but also a way to bring such education back into the school culture. Pictured upper right.

All we can hope now is that one of these School Committee members come to their senses and listen to over 1200 or more people who signed the on line petition which was started by a Traip Academy Student and ask for a reconsideration vote.

Only a member on the prevailing side can make the motion and any other member including the Chair person Julie Dow can second it and have it brought up for a reconsideration vote and fix the debacle that was approved by the three amigos. See Robert Rules for Dummies. (No pun intended.)

https://www.dummies.com/careers/business-skills/roberts-rules-and-the-motion-to-reconsider/

Feel free to contact them all. Here is the link. One link for all seven.

MAIL THEM ALL

What else could they have done, well, they had the fix in front of them and it was under new business in the agenda. Essentially it was to form a task force, (FORCE, hmm! poor choice of words here.) with people of all backgrounds, and review the things that can be fixed, make recommendations and then report the findings back and let the community as a whole digest it and then take actions if they were necessary. Well, the three members decided to take the easy way out. SEE THE ACTUAL AGENDA ITEM: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/schoff?projector=1

VII. NEW BUSINESS: Take action to adopt the Resolution to Convene a Task Force to Assess Role of Student Resource Officer in the Kittery School District

Problems? In Kittery, Let us flash back and look at this article in the Portsmouth Herald.

https://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20140321/NEWS/140329931

The article says about 22 percent of Traip Students consider suicides. 22 PERCENT in 2013. “Traip Academy Principal Eric Waddell is worried. According to the biennial Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, more than one-third of Traip Academy students reported feeling depressed, and more than 20 percent said they have considered suicide.

in 2013-14, it was leaked, why was the report delayed, how would this KSC spin this report? What else does the Kittery School Committee hide from you? Have we forgotten how they treat teachers and ask how many teachers left the district and why! Well its over 80 during the past several years. Why can’t we fix these real problems in our schools?

Have you been curious or asked yourself, over the years, how many guns were brought to schools? How many Murder/Suicides and school shootings have happened in the world. 2019 CNN Story, In 2019, in 46 weeks, there have been 45 school shootings.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/15/us/2019-us-school-shootings-trnd/index.html

In america, There were at least 41 incidents of gunfire on school grounds in 2020, resulting in: 11 deaths, including 0 suicide deaths (where no one else was harmed) and. 17 injuries, including 0 self-harm injuries (where no one else was harmed).

What are the current stats of the YOUTH HEALTH SURVEY NOW? How many students brought or sold drugs in the Kittery School System.? How many kids talked to the SRO and got their life on track or found a way forward and perhaps changed their mind about drugs or suicide. If the answer is if one or more were saved, then wasn’t it worth having an SRO?

Have you talked to your kid lately? Will they open up to you? How fast is the police response now in Kittery now that there is not an SRO on scene. Who do you target for liability or for damages should a teacher or student get hurt. What are we doing to protect our kids? Perhaps KAFA can explore these real issues.

See the OURKITTERY article here.

http://ourkittery.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1167&action=edit

The controversy was brewing for some time. First it was BLM and then Kittery’s own KAFA.

https://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20181007/kittery-advocates-for-all-working-to-create-inclusivity

Why go after the SRO Officer who has been a pillar in the school community. They all say he is perfect but since he is a Police Officer and they can’t have this and they needed to end the program.

KAFA says in the Portsmouth Herald, “We basically came to the conclusion that what we essentially want is to make the area inclusive, for the military families and their diversity, for the immigrants who work here during different seasons, for people with different economic backgrounds,” Wardell said. “We want to shorten those gaps and bring the community together, no matter their sexual orientation, their age, their race, their abilities.” Then there are the ones who mention BLM and defund the police. Oh yeah, there has been talk about this in Town..

The George Floyd death was a tragedy and no one is denying this. But it is wrong to assimilate the actions of one and stereotype them to others. Just as it is so wrong to remove an impeccable SRO OFFICER (Jay Durgin) because of a movement and justify it by using the actions of other police officers and communities. What works here may not work elsewhere.

Never lose site of the real meaning of a movement and any movement should not be turned into, hollow actions like, Hey look at me, I put a sign out in front of my house, I wear a printed shirt, I walk for the cause, I believe or I will go along because it is the trend right now and you don’t mean it. Here is an interesting article on GASLIGHTING.

Connect the dots and see who the players are and why they do what they do. Kittery is better then this. At least I thought so!

According to the Gospel of John, the Pharisees, in an attempt to discredit Jesus, brought a woman charged with adultery before him. Then they reminded Jesus that adultery was punishable by stoning under Mosaic law and challenged him to judge the woman so that they might then accuse him of disobeying the law. Jesus thought for a moment and then replied, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.” The people crowded around him were so touched by their own consciences that they departed. When Jesus found himself alone with the woman, he asked her who were her accusers. She replied, “No man, lord.” Jesus then said, “Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more.”

WAKE UP KITTERY.

In NOVEMBER of 2020, Nicholas Chalupa and Danielle Hoffman terms are up.

  

Kittery School Committee to decide on SRO Officer’s Position.

School Committee meeting tonight at the Star Theater at 6:00 P.M.

As reported on earlier, the decision to send the SRO position packing or not will be tonight. Channel 22 should host it for those who can’t make it. Over 1000 signatures have been collected on CHANGE.ORG established by a Traip Academy Student to keep the SRO officer.

https://www.change.org/p/kittery-district-let-jay-durgin-be-our-resourse-officer

There is still time to sign the petition and send a message to the elected body of the School Committee.

As a resident just stated, “you don’t know when you will have a car accident, if a tree may fall on your house, if you or a loved one may get sick, when the next gun shows up at school or when a someone thinks of suicide and has no one to talk to and so on. You never know and that’s why you have insurance. An SRO officer is insurance. It cost money, people may not like it, but it’s that sense of comfort that comes to many parents and kids that there is someone there if needed.” he added, “better to need it and not use it then to need it and not have it.” (BC)

There are others who disagree and for one reason or another want the SRO position banned. Tonight, the School Committee will take up the matter.

Kittery School Committee readies for a BOMBSHELL decision.

During the public comment part of the Kittery School Committee Zoom meeting on Tuesday July 21st, Chairperson Julie Dow read multiple letters from various individuals, (which were not published prior to the meeting).

Due to Zoom Meeting restrictions, Members of the public who wish to offer comment may do so in writing by emailing them to Donna Schoff (dschoff@kitteryschools.com) by noon on the day of the meeting (July 21st ). Comments received by then will be read aloud during the Public Comment portion of the meeting. Be sure to include your full name.

The theme of these letters was wide spread and mostly directed at the elimination of the Kittery’s School Resource Officer’s position. Towards the end of the meeting, the School Committee then went into Executive Session for personnel. Then came out of Executive Session to take “take action to approve the Memorandum of Agreement between the Kittery Police Department and Kittery School Committee School resource Officer services for 2020-21 school year”. They moved thata no action be taken on this issue and it will be brought back up during the August 4th meeting to be held at the KCC.

https://townhallstreams.com/stream.php?location_id=68&id=24956

to watch the meeting for yourself, click the following link.

Listen carefully to the words and statements of these letters that were read by Chairperson Dow.

Ourkittery feels, “Although the schools have been closed, we should never forget the reason why these SRO officers are here in our schools in the first place. The safety of our kids and faculty. A first line of defense and a valuable resource. Kittery is not immune and bad things happen everywhere.”

“Many of the letters read by the Chairperson of the Kittery School Department don’t even have players in the game,” expressed one individual. “Why are we caving to pressure when the moral fabric of Kittery is not an issue?” said another.

As a Councilor, I received calls from parents and teachers and other Town Councilors expressing their concern that they were not made aware of the letters, the reading of the letters or the School Committee’s position on whether to eliminate the School Resource Officer program. As a grandfather of kids in the school system, I am equally concerned. As a retired Police Officer, I know all too well what goes on and the potential for what can happen and does.

Click here to EMAIL ALL KITTERY SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

To learn more about the Kittery School Resource officer, I included a link below.

http://www.kitteryschools.com/school-resource-officer

In case you are not aware, the Kittery School Department has had a school resource officer for many years. It began with Kittery’s Dare Program and Camp Postcard with Dare’s Greg Arbo and Russell French. Following them, the program was expanded to include Robert Creamer, Rachel Horning and now Jay Durgin. The SRO position is based on a MOA between the Town of Kittery Police Department and the Kittery School Committee.

Former SRO Rachel Horning’s article, printed in the Portsmouth Herald in 2014. Click the link.

https://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20140110/NEWS/401100387

In 2016, Officer Jay Durgin was selected to replace Horning as the SRO officer. Jay Durgin the current Kittery School Resource Officer is a Kittery Resident, Traip Academy Graduate and now has over 20 years of Law Enforcement experience.

Read SRO Jay Durgin’s full article in the Portsmouth Herald by clicking the following link. See this article in the Portsmouth Herald here.

https://www.fosters.com/special/20160812/resource-office-keeps-kids-out-of-trouble

Chief Short said at the time in the Seacoast online article, The SRO job, he added, “requires the balance of role model, mentor, adviser, counselor and police officer all rolled into one. There are times when police officers in these types of assignments lose their identity. With Rachel’s personality, there is no chance of that happening.”

When Durgin was selected as the replacement and new SRO officer, Chief Short stated” “The partnership between the school and the police department has enhanced safety and opened a strong line of communications between the two departments. This is an invaluable program, and the Kittery Police Department is honored to be a part of it,” Short said.

At the time of Durgins appointment, School Superintendent Allyn Hutton said, “The Kittery School Department is very pleased with the work of Officer Horning over the past year and appreciates her efforts to establish the SRO program in Kittery. We are looking forward to building on this excellent foundation and are confident that officer Jay Durgin is the best individual to enhance our efforts to provide a safe and secure environment for teaching and learning.”

Durgin stated in an article for the Portsmouth Herald:

Durgin said the safety of school students and staff is a priority for him, and he described that as “a big responsibility.”

“I want a safe environment for the kids to learn,” he said. “A lot of the kids, I went to school with their parents.”

Durgin said much of his job is playing the role of a guidance councilor, and he called his role “the root of community policing.” He said he worries most about “the safety of the kids, the buildings and the administrators,” but the students’ optimism outshines the worry.

The kids are so optimistic,” he said. “They have so much in front of them. I graduated from here; I was sitting in their place. Their optimism gives me the most hope.”

Above and below are link to all the email accounts of the members of the Kittery School Committee. Don’t wait until it is too late, I think it’s time they hear from you.

Click here to EMAIL ALL KITTERY SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Kim Bedard 207-439-9548 kbedard@kitteryschools.com 
Nicholas Chalupa 781-473-3350
nchalupa@kitteryschools.com
Annie Cicero (910) 990-6181 anniecicero@kitteryschools.com
Julie Dow, Chair 207-439-7866 jdow@kitteryschools.com
Anne Gilbert, Vice-Chair 439-9067 agilbert@kitteryschools.com
Danielle Hoffman617-285-1155 dhoffman@kitteryschools.com
Rhonda Pomerleau rpomerleau@kitteryschools.com

DONT FORGET TO VOTE TODAY

Voting at the Kittery Community Center. Tuesday July 14th, 2020. 8 AM to 8 PM 

Candidates for House of representatives HD1 are

Kristi Mathieson Democrat

Write in for republican.  In order to vote for Kenneth Lemont, you must write in his name.

Kenneth Lemont. Republican   Write in Candidate

There are other questions on the ballot so please Vote.

HD2 is Part of Kittery and Eliot

Michelle Meyers  Democrat

Dan Ammons Republican

 for more information, visit www.kitteryme.gov

Harbor Freight issues recall on Jack Stands.

Since this has to do with safety and the Harbor Freight just opened in Portsmouth, some people including Kittery Residents may have bought these or received them as gifts. I felt it necessary to post it.

If you’ve got a set of Harbor Freight jack stands somewhere in your garage, stop using them immediately because many of them have just been recalled over pawls that could “disengage from the extension lifting post” under a shift in weight, causing them to suddenly collapse. We feel like this shouldn’t have to be said but we’ll say it anyway: bad jack stands that could suddenly fall are extremely dangerous and being underneath a car supported by one could very easily result in serious injury or death.

According to Harbor Freight, the recall applies to three-ton and six-ton heavy-duty steel jack stands with item numbers 56371, 61196, and 61197. The number on the three-ton units can be found on the label at the top while the six-ton stands have their numbers printed in the yellow section of the label found on the base.

Based on the NHTSA filing, the recall applies to a total of 454,000 jack stands made between 2013 and 2019 and the issue is apparently blamed on old tooling used by the factory. Naturally, affected stands that have yet to be sold have already been removed from Harbor Freight’s inventory.

If you actually own one of these stands, you can bring them to your a Harbor Freight Tools location where they can be exchanged for a gift card equal to the “shelf price” of the stands in question. Whether or not you own a set of Harbor Freight jack stands (or even know what a jack stand is), consider spreading the news to somebody who you think might be using these. This may sound melodramatic, but it might just be the difference between life and death.

So it starts, Kittery is coming back.

https://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20200504/fort-foster-will-reopen-to-kittery-residents-only

The limited access will begin Saturday, with the gate open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors must have a current or last year’s Kittery Resource Recovery Facility sticker or show proof of town residency to access Fort Foster.

A maximum of 90 cars will be permitted at a time, a gate attendant will man the entry, and face masks are recommended for all visitors, the town states.

for more information, visit the Towns website http://www.kitteryme.gov/home/news/town-kittery-covid-19-information-closures-updated-may-7-2020

Town Hall Reopening Update – May, 7, 2020
The Kittery Town Hall will reopen for limited services beginning Monday, May 11. The Customer Service counter will be open during regular business hours, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, to process vehicle registrations, boat registrations, marriage licenses, issue KRRF stickers, and Fort Foster passes.

Customers will be required to wear a face mask and follow social distancing protocols while at Town Hall.
To avoid the lines and stay contact-free, many Town Hall services and resources can be accessed online, as well as via email or phone.
Town Hall

Contacting Staff: Municipal staff are checking their emails and returning phone messages in a timely manner. If the information you need cannot be found on our website at www.kitteryme.gov, please contact our staff for more information. A full phone/email directory can be found at www.kitteryme.gov/staffdirectory.

Tax/Sewer Payments: The new online payment system offers many new features that will make paying and viewing your personal property/real estate tax bills and sewer bills more convenient and helpful! To access the new system, please visit www.kitteryme.gov/onlinepayments. For additional questions about real estate taxes, please contact Tax Collector, Pauline Brewster at 207-475-1316 or pbrewster@kitteryme.org.
For additional questions about personal property taxes, please contact the Assessing office at 207-475- 1306 or assessing@kitteryme.org.

For more information on sewer billing, please contact Sewer Bookkeeper, Jaelynn Gerald at 207-475- 1314 or jgerald@kitteryme.org.
Town Clerk’s Office

Vehicle Registrations: If you have previously registered your car, you can reregister online by visiting: https://www1.maine.gov/online/bmv/rapid-renewal/.
If you need to register a vehicle purchased from a dealership, the Town Clerk’s office is now processing registrations by mail. To use this service, complete the New Vehicle Registration form and mail it to Town Hall. The form can be found by visiting: http://www.kitteryme.gov/town-clerk. The Town Clerk’s Office will confirm receipt of each request by phone or email and communicate with the applicant regarding applicable fees.

Resource Recovery Facility (Dump) Stickers: Resource Recovery Facility stickers can now be applied for using our online permitting system. To request a sticker, please visit: http://www.kitteryme.gov/home/pages/online-services.
Fort Foster Passes: Fort Foster passes can now be purchased online using our online permitting system. Please note that Fort Foster is currently closed to pass holders due to state guidelines related to COVID- 19. The Town anticipates reopening Fort Foster to passholder and day visitors when it’s safe to do so, in accordance with State guidelines. To purchase a Fort Foster pass, please visit: http://www.kitteryme.gov/home/pages/online-services.

Voting: The state primary election and the local secret ballot Town Meeting have been postponed to July 14, 2020. Residents may complete an absentee ballot request by visiting: www.kitteryme.gov/elections and following the link listed under “Absentee Voting Information”.
Residents looking to register to vote can do so by completing the Maine Voter Registration Application and mailing it to the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall. The application can be found under “Other Resources” located at: www.kitteryme.gov/elections.

Planning/Building Permits: The town is still accepting and reviewing permit applications via our online permitting system which can be accessed at www.kitteryme.gov/code-enforcement. All in-person and on-site inspections have been suspended until further notice. As some construction must continue, work may be inspected via photos, video or a third-party inspector, depending on the size and complexity of the project. For further details, please contact Code Enforcement Officer, Craig Alfis at 207-475-1308 or CEO@kitteryme.org.

The Planning Board and Board of Appeals are making decisions about holding meetings on a case-by- case basis. For questions related to the Planning Board, please contact Town Planner, Bart McDonough at 207-475-1323 or bmcdonough@kitteryme.org. For questions related to the Board of Appeals, please contact Code Enforcement Officer, Craig Alfis at 20-475-1308 or CEO@kitteryme.org.
Physical plans can also be dropped off by making an appointment with Planning Office Staff. To make an
appointment for drop-off, please contact the Planning Office at 207-475-1304.

Harbormaster
Moorings/Boat Registrations: Mooring renewals and boat registrations can be completed online, by visiting: www.kitteryme.gov/harbormaster/permits.

Reservations are required for Pepperrell Cove transient slips and tie ups. To make a reservation, please contact Harbormaster Staff via 207-332-2656 or Marine Frequency 16.

Library
Library Cards: To request a library card, please email the Rice Public Library staff at
Arabella@rice.lib.me.us.
Reserving Books: Beginning Tuesday, May 12, 2020, the library will have books available for pick-up from the Rice Public Library Collection. Patrons are asked to schedule a pick-up time with Library Staff by contacting 207-439-1553 ext. 2 or arabella@rice.lib.me.us. Book pick-ups will take place at the window located at the Taylor Building rear door. All books can be returned in the book drops located at both buildings.
Online Material: The Rice Public Library has a variety of materials available online, including author story times, e-books/audiobooks, online education courses and more. To view the library’s available online material, please visit http://rice.lib.me.us/athome.asp.


Free lunch in Kittery

Free meals for ALL children under 18. No requirements. We would like to clear up some misinformation. Meals are for anyone and it doesn’t take away from others if you take one. Also, it helps our program financially, as we receive subsidy from the USDA for each meal we hand out. Our program is currently serving half the amount of meals we do during the school year. Letting us help you, helps us! No sign up required. Just come to either Shapleigh School from 11-12:30 or Woodland Commons from 11-12:00. THANK YOU!!!!