Senator Maggie Hassan Visits Seabrook

The Seabrook Board of Selectmen, Senator Tom Sherman, and the Yankee Fishing Cooperative welcomed Senator Maggie Hassan to Seabrook last week. Senator Hassan heard some of the issues facing the Cooperative first hand, and pledged to work with Senator Sherman and the State of New Hampshire to help. She also took the time to tour the Town project right next door at the Pier, where we hope to be replacing the sheet pilings supporting the structure, with a U.S. Commerce Department EDA grant of $695,000 helping to finance that project. Thanks to Senator Hassan, and Senator Sherman, for all of their time and support.

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Seabrook Police Swear in New Officer

The Seabrook Police, along with the Board of Selectmen, swore in new Seabrook Patrol Officer Alison Couch at a ceremony at Town Hall. Congratulations to Officer Couch and best wishes for a safe and long career with the Seabrook Police Department.

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Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo in Seabrook

The Seacoast welcomed Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo on Monday, and it was wonderful to have her in Seabrook visiting Aero Dynamics to tour that manufacturing facility. Secretary Raimondo was in Hampton before her visit to Seabrook, listening to a cross section of business and community leaders on the very serious challenges our region has faced through the pandemic, and how we are recovering. Secretary Raimondo is the former Governor of Rhode Island, and that experience gave her a real understanding of some of the major issues our region faces.

This visit was made possible through the efforts and office of Senator Jeanne Shaheen. My thanks for another strong effort by Chamber of Commerce President John Nyhan, who worked very hard to help organize the visit.

With Secretary Raimondo at Aero Dynamics in Seabrook.
Secretary Raimondo and Senator Shaheen in Hampton.
With Portsmouth City Manager Karen Conrad and Hampton Town Manager Jamie Sullivan.
At Aero Dynamics in Seabrook
Touring Seabrook Manufacturer Aero Dynamics.

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Seabrook Police Building Gets Major Renovation

The Seabrook Board of Selectmen did an inspection of the newly renovated police locker room on a recent visit to the Police Building. This renovation replaced the original locker and shower area, and was funded with Seabrook’s share of the State of New Hampshire surplus budget money returned to localities.

The Board of Selectmen advocated for, and approved, this improvement, utilizing state funds rather than local property tax dollars. Thanks to the Board, as well as Chief Walker and Deputy Gelineau for their hard work on this project.

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Seabrook Vaccine Clinic Date Set for May 2

Rite Aid and The Brook are partnering to offer a COVID vaccine clinic on May 2, 2021. This clinic will be held on the site of The Brook, at:

The Brook

319 New Zealand Rd.

Seabrook, NH 03874

The Pfizer vaccine will be offered this day.  There is no cost for the vaccine regardless of insurance status, however we do ask that you bring a copy of your ID and any existing insurance. 

The clinic will accept ages 16 and above.

People are encouraged to make a password so that if they need to change or cancel they can do so.  Rite Aid also strongly encourages patients to use their email when entering information in the event we need to reach them regarding the clinics. 

They only need to sign up for the May 2 appointment.  They will be handed a reminder card for their second appointment on May 23.

Please note that when entering the zip code it should be the Seabrook, NH zip code of 03874. 

The link for making appointments is:

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Seabrook Restarts Curbside Recycling

The Seabrook Board of Selectmen, at their meeting of April 19, 2021, have approved restarting the curbside recycling program, which had been suspended during the pandemic. That program will begin starting on Monday May 3.

The Board also ordered the full reopening of the Transfer Station, which will, effective immediately, be open six days a week.
The hours will be:
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am-3:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 am-12:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 am-11:00 a.m.
Sunday closed.
The Rocks Road gate will be closed. Please access the station from the North entrance.
The swap shop will remain closed.

Thank you to DPW Manager John Starkey and all of the employees of the DPW, who have worked very hard to keep our services to Seabrook residents during this pandemic.

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Seabrook Water Tanks Get Key Maintenance

The Seabrook Board of Selectmen joined Water-Sewer Superintendent Curtis Slayton and Water Chief Operator George Eaton on a tour of the Route 286 Water Tank, which has had work on it restarted. This project, approved by the Board and the voters through Article 5 in 2019, provided finance to fully sandblast and recoat the interior and exteriors of the Route 107 and Route 286 water tanks. The Route 107 tank was completed last year, and we are on schedule to complete the 286 tank by mid-May. This project is part of the deep commitment of the Board of Selectmen to protecting our water infrastructure and bringing new sources of water online. Thanks to Curtis Slayton and George Eaton, who have done such a wonderful job of managing this project while keeping our water flowing. This project was budgeted at $2,039,000 and we have brought it in at $1.3 million.

Route 286 Water Tank
Visiting the Route 286 Water Tank.
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A look at the Barack Obama Memoir “A Promised Land”

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Promised Land

Volume 1 of the Presidential memoirs of Barack Obama has arrived and weighs in at 700 pages. There are some that prefer to deal with independent historical narratives as opposed to memoirs; my view is that memoirs offer valuable insight, despite Presidents looking to put the best spin on their actions. In this case I do believe Obama’s insights are indeed valuable, and reflect some authentic pressures he felt, with an honest amount of self-doubt expressed throughout.

It goes without saying that every President faces monumental decisions, some of which are choices between bad and worse. Obama is a reflective man, and that reflection brings forward some admission that choices he made were disappointing to some, especially those who voted for him and were expecting change to come faster and bigger. Our system, like it or not, is built for incremental change, and President Obama understood that, but also understood that his election brought some outsized expectations that could not always be met.

The book gives us some biographical background, and takes us on a brief tour of the Obama political career in Illinois, as he climbs the political ladder while experiencing some defeats. Obama gives us, throughout the book, the challenges inherent in maintaining a marriage and family while trying to build a political career. Michele Obama, while supportive, had some doubts about some of the political decisions that were made. He was pretty honest about those disagreements (doubts) that Michele had.

One of the truly bad decisions highlighted was Obama’s entry into a congressional race against Bobby Rush, the incumbent. Obama saw Rush as easy pickings (my words) but he soon discovered his error. He got crushed in that race, losing by 30%. He realized that he had overreached, building a campaign on false assumptions. He made up for that mistake by winning an open U.S. Senate seat after getting drubbed in a Congressional race. After losing the Congressional race Obama related a story about traveling to the Democratic National Convention and not having the proper credentials to actually get on the convention floor. He points out something that served him well. “It speaks, I tell my audience, to the unpredictable nature of politics, and the necessity for resilience.” Page37

Obama’s Senate win changed the dynamic, and he immediately became a celebrity Senator. We get a look at his now famous speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention, which helped to give him a national profile. The campaign for President, and the interaction with Hillary Clinton, is covered, and in a surprisingly candid way. Obama spreads some praise onto Clinton, but the book reveals some tensions. Obama used the accusations of “dog whistles” in describing a Bill Clinton campaign speech, comparing it to tactics deployed by Lee Atwater. That is pretty tough.

After winning the Presidency Obama was generous in his praise of President George W. Bush and the transition he ran, but like the Clinton praise it is mixed in with some (diplomatic) hard shots on President Bush on policy. The disaster that was left behind for Obama to deal with is covered, and we get to see some of the folks that became mainstays of the Administration. (Rahm, Plouffe, Axelrod)

The book does a good job of covering the major issues of his first term, including some of the dynamics of group meetings with Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner. (We will take a look at
the new Boehner book for some additional detail there.) As Obama moved to try to win bipartisan support for the American Recovery Act he ran into a stone wall of GOP opposition, giving us the seeds of the political polarization that has become so difficult to navigate. We see that in the withdrawal of NH Senator Judd Gregg from consideration as Obama Commerce Secretary, and the Obama hug that ended Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s career as a Republican.

There were many monumental decisions taken to deal with the inherited economic mess, including the actions taken to save the auto industry, the continued issues in the financial sector, and a host of foreign policy issues. Obama still has some sharp elbows for some in the banking and business sectors who resented his “rhetoric” on the medicine necessary to accompany the massive financial bailouts afforded to that sector. Obama’s obvious resentments here are not restricted to the business community, but are spread over to those who felt that he should have taken the opportunity to impose harsher medicine, possibly breaking up some large financial institutions and sending some bankers to jail. Yes, Obama took much flak from the left on that score. He addresses those concerns, and while sympathetic to the reasons for such criticism he believes that on balance his administration did the best they could without causing further disruptions to the economy.

As you might expect we get some interesting takes on foreign leaders, including Gordon Brown, Angela Merkel, and Nicholas Sarkozy, as well as his take on then Russian President Medvedev, keeping the seat warm for Vladimir Putin.

His take on the passage of Obama Care, and how a Massachusetts Senate race between Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley impacted the legislative process, was a key part of the book. (He was not too kind to the Coakley campaign)

Obama had disagreements with the military, and a complicated relationship with Bob Gates, who he kept on as Defense Secretary. (The Gates memoir, although I have not read it yet, nicks up Obama a bit) Obama, like his successors, had no easy answer to the problems and contradictions involved in our policy and presence in Afghanistan.

I have only managed to highlight a few pieces of this first memoir, which I think contributes to the historical understanding of the events of Obama’s first term. I understand that President’s put their own spin on the actions and policies they undertook in their memoirs but I believe they all contain some important information, even if it is given through a sympathetic view. Obama’s first term was most certainly impactful, and we continue to wrestle with some of the same issues today. I highly recommend this first installment of the Obama memoir.

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Seabrook Selectmen to Return to Live Meetings

The Seabrook Board of Selectmen in the Board Meeting Room.

The Seabrook Board of Selectmen have voted to return to “in-person” meetings at the Seabrook Town Hall, starting with their meeting of April 19, 2021. The Board has directed that all state regulations be observed. At the Board’s direction we are working on producing a “hybrid” technology solution that will allow input and participation to occur via Zoom, if that is the preferred method for some participants. During the last meeting of the Board, conducted on April 5, we had 98 participants giving input to the Board on Beach parking and placards. It would not have been possible for us to have accommodated that type of participation in the Selectmen meeting room without changing the venue. As we hopefully leave the pandemic behind it has become obvious that some of the technology that has been so helpful to municipalities will continue to be utilized in modified ways. The meeting on April 19 will be open to the public.

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Seabrook Fire Brings on a New Firefighter.

The Seabrook Fire Department swore in Tiah Eaton, the newest Seabrook Firefighter, at a recent ceremony at Town Hall. Welcome to the Seabrook Fire Department Tiah!

Tiah Eaton Sworn In

Tiah Eaton Sworn In

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