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Santa Claus is coming to Kittery – Saturday, December 19th! Starting at 2:00 PM.
Have you heard the news from the North Pole? Just in time for the holidays, Santa Claus is coming to Kittery!
The big man in red will be riding through town, escorted by the Kittery Police Department, Fire Department and the Community Center. Santa’s ride will kick off from the Community Center at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 19th and follow the route below:
Left onto Rogers Road
Left onto Manson Ave
Across to Dismukes Street
Right onto Woodlawn Ave
Across to Whipple Road
Left onto Williams Ave
Left onto Wentworth Street
Right onto Walker Street
Merge onto Government Street
Right onto Cook Street
Merge onto Old Post Road
Left onto Dennett Road
Right onto Martin Road
Across to Stevenson Road
Left onto Manson Road
Left onto Wilson Road
Left onto Pickernell Lane
Right onto Wilson Road
Left onto Picott Rd
Right onto Cutts Road
Left onto Route 1
Right onto Ledgewood Drive
Left onto Route 1
Left onto Lewis Road
Right onto Norton Road
Left onto Miller Road
Right onto Bartlett Road
Left onto Haley Road
Right onto Crockett Neck Road
Right onto Pepperrell Road
Merge into Whipple Road
Merge into Shapleigh Rd
Return to Kittery Community Center
To follow Santa’s progress during the parade, check out the Kittery Community Center Facebook page here.
Its that time again. One seat is up for the Kittery Water District. Two candidates for the open seat. Jennifer Brewer and Incumbent James Golter. Below is a quick recap of a full article in the Portsmouth Herald.
In order to read each candidates position on the matter, you will need to visit the Portsmouth Herald. Just follow the link below.
Read about each candidate and if you are in the original district then please vote. As you know there was a movement to get all water customers a chance to vote with changing the charter and making it fair to all. That is on hold. Stopped as well was a zero cost land deal/swap for a parking garage and work force housing and relocating the Water District which would have been a great benefit for the Work Force housing movement and adding plenty of parking for the Fore-side and Shipyard.
So please know about the candidate and VOTE on Tuesday.. Our drinking water depends on it.
KITTERY, Maine – The Kittery Water District will hold an election for one trustee seat on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
The candidates running are incumbent James Golter and newcomer Jennifer Brewer. Voting will take place on Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Due to COVID-19, contactless voting will be available from the drive-up window at the KWD office at 17 State Road.
Voting ballots will be issued to customers that show identification which indicates they live and are a customer within the original Kittery Water District. Those with questions about voting eligibility should visit kitterywater.org to see if they reside in the original district boundaries.
Seacoast Media Group sent questionnaires to both Golter and Brewer. Their responses are as follows. CLICK ON THIS LINK TO VIEW THE FULL STORY
James E. Golter
Years residing in Kittery: 25
Career experience: I have over 40 years of experience in the plumbing and heating industry. I have owned and operated J. Golter Plumbing & Heating since 1986. I am currently licensed in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts as a Master Plumber and Gas & Oil Technician. I am also licensed as a Backflow Prevention Device Inspector/Tester in the state of Maine.
Years residing in Kittery: 5
Career experience: Currently a professor of geography and department chair at UNH. Prior experience in small business, government, and non-profit organizations.
KITTERY, Maine — Democrat Kristi Mathieson is running uncontested in the Nov. 3 general election to represent Maine House District 1, which includes the majority of Kittery. Education and career/professional experience: BS/MS University of New Hampshire, registered/licensed dietitian and owner of a small medical practice for the last 11 years.
Education and career/professional experience: I received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering Systems from the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. I used my education to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in 2019. I have been employed as an engineer at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard since graduation.
Education and career/professional experience: MBA in Accounting w/Certificate in Finance; Certified Treasury Professional (CTP); VP – Senior Government Banking Relationship Manager for TD Bank, N.A.
Civic experience/community involvement: Town Council Member (2007-2013); Currently: Chairperson Kittery Economic Development Committee; Kittery Parks Commission Member; Rice Public Library Corporation – Treasurer; Rice Library Building Committee – Vice Chair; Taylor Building Committee Member; St George’s Childcare Center – Treasurer; Fair Tide Board Member; Kittery Maine Improvement Foundation – Treasurer
To learn more about the candidates, follow this link.
Education and career/professional experience: BS in Mechanical Engineering – University of Rhode Island; Minors in Nuclear Engineering and Physics; BA (German) – University of Rhode Island; BS in Professional Aeronautics – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Minors in Aviation Safety and International Relations; Helicopter Flight School – US Army; Army Instructor Training Course – US Army; Equal Opportunity Leaders Course – US Army. I am currently a mechanical engineer and training specialist for an organization in Kittery. Prior to this I was an armored reconnaissance sergeant and later a helicopter pilot in the Army. My time in the Army includes two tours in Baghdad, Iraq. During my service in the Army I was selected to manage my unit’s Equal Opportunity/Sexual Harassment program.
Education and career/professional experience: BS Finance Bentley University; Executive MBA University of New Brunswick; Senior analyst at Irving Oil for 13 years with experience in advanced analytics, financial analysis, pricing, management, operations and sales. Kittery Community Center Board of Directors, Kittery Athletics and Fields Committee, Traip Academy Boosters, Kittery Travel Basketball Board of Directors, Youth Soccer coach.
Education and career/professional experience: I attended Colgate University where I received a BA in English, then moved to Los Angeles to teach third grade in Compton, through Teach For America. During this experience I met my husband and also figured out I needed more education in order to serve kids. I moved to NYC and in 1991, received a dual Masters degree in Social Work (school social work concentration) and Education through a combined program at Bank Street College of Education and Columbia University in NYC.
For Robert Markel, an essentially ceremonial moment in presidential election history will allow him a special opportunity afforded very, very few people.
The former Springfield mayor will cast a meaningful vote for someone who is not just a name with a party affiliation, but a close friend whose relationship goes back more than 60 years. As a member of the Massachusetts delegation to the Electoral College, Markel will officially file his ballot for Joseph Biden to become president of the United States.
PORTSMOUTH — Kittery Town Manager Robert Markel will be among those at Strawbery Banke today, but the president is not the primary draw for him. Markel is going so that he can meet up with his high school pal, Vice President Joe Biden.
Markel and Biden were graduates of Catholic prep school Archmere Academy in Claymont, Del., Class of 1961, and have been friends ever since.
Robert Markel said “This is what I take away from a year in Kittery. In order to have a successful town government, the roles of the council and manager not only need to be carefully defined, but all members of the council have to understand the limitations of their responsibilities.”
Take note: Those in Favor or Against the SRO position, The Kittery School Committee is meeting tonight at the Star Theater at the Kittery Community Center (KCC). The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. and people are staging at the KCC around 5:00 to 5:30 pm.
Please practice social distancing and you are being asked to wear a mask. Posters are welcome and if you don’t have one, perhaps you can use your yard sign.
At 6 pm. It will be broadcasted on TOWNHALLSTREAMS (dot com). It will also available later on the same site as a streaming video. Also NEWSCENTERMAINE (dot com) has a spot.
TO RECAP: THE KSC voted on renewing the Memo of Agreement (MOA) on the SRO position currently assigned to Kittery Police Officer SRO Jay Durgin.
The motion failed 3 to 3 with 1 abstention.
Kimberly Bedard, Nicholas Chalupa and Danielle Hoffman voted not to renew the MOA. Julie Dow abstained and followed Maine Law by abstaining. Voting to renew it was, Rhonda Pomerleau, Anne Gilbert and Annie Cicero
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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? A 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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.