Dave Mason at the Blue Ocean Music Hall November 2016

Dave Mason came to the Blue Ocean Music Hall last year in November, and did the entire Alone Together album, plus some other goodies. Really good show by Dave, who can still let it rip. I know there is still some tension with Steve Winwood, but it would be nice to see them play together a few more times. From that Blue Ocean show, from Alone Together, “World in Changes.”

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The Seabrook Water Department Presentation on 2017 Warrant Articles

The Seabrook Water Department has created the attached slide show to highlight the warrant articles that they have put forth for Town Meeting on March 14, 2017. Article 10, on Anne’s Lane, deserves a little attention. This line is undersized, but more importantly, has cracked frequently, forcing us to constantly repair it. Even after repairs it provides inadequate water pressure to the homes served. The Board of Selectmen have authorized the utilization of Unexpended Fund Balance to finance the anticipated costs, which leaves no impact to the taxpayers. It would be a good investment, and allow us to replace the old and faulty one inch line with an 8 inch line that meets the needs of our residents, and comports to the existing water ordinance. Please get out and vote.

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Seabrook Fire Department 2017 Warrant Article Presentation

The Seabrook Fire Department has put together a short slide show on the warrant articles impacting their Department in 2017. It is attached below. Get out and vote on March 14, 2017.

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Seabrook Earns Big Money Through Public Auctions

The Seabrook Board of Selectmen have created centralized purchasing by policy, which has led to savings in procurement across the enterprise. As part of this major reform the Board abolished the position of Projects Clerk, and created the position of Procurement Manager. Since that time Procurement Manager Shaylia Marquis has brought the process of requesting public property surplus back to where it needs to be, with all requests for disposition of public property submitted to the Board of Selectmen in public session for discussion and decision by the governing body. As part of this effort Ms. Marquis initiated a process to dispose of taxpayer property through the use of “public auctions,” with utilization of a national on line company Public Surplus. That company does not charge the Town for use of the system, with all costs borne by the buyer. This initiative has brought the taxpayers of Seabrook over $70,000 for the surplus of public items, including $40,000 for the disposition of a Town boat. Ms. Marquis has initiated a process where Town police cruisers coming off line are disposed off through this process. We have just sold our third cruiser through this process, and those proceeds have far exceeded the value taxpayers would have received from simply trading the cruisers in against the value of new cruisers. There has been much more to centralized procurement than this item, but it is a significant success. Congratulations to Procurement Manager Marquis for all of her hard work in bringing this success to the taxpayers of Seabrook.

Using Public Surplus in Seabrook

Seabrook Procurement Manager Shaylia Marquis using Public Surplus

News Coverage of Seabrook’s use of Public Auctions to Save Taxpayer Dollars.

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Seabrook Requests Federal Assistance for Harbor Dredging

The Seabrook Board of Selectmen, at the March 6, 2017 meeting, formally voted to sign on to a letter to Senator Jeanne Shaheen asking for support for federal funding for the dredging of Seabrook Harbor. The text of that letter is below. Thanks to Tracy Shattuck, Chief Harbor Master of the New Hampshire Port Authority, Michael Pike, Seabrook Harbor Master, and the Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative for their efforts in putting this effort together.

Harbor Master Dredge Request

News Coverage of the action by the Seabrook Board of Selectmen

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Beth Hart at the Wilbur in Boston

Had an opportunity to see Beth Hart at the Wilbur in Boston on Thursday February 23, 2017, and it was a sensational show. It was my first chance to see her live, and she did not disappoint. She had some terrific bandmates with her, and they played at a hard pace for two hours. If you get a chance do not miss her, as she is a treat. Another show visitor made this video of her doing Jazz Man.

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Swearing in of Seabrook Fire Captain Marc Bibeau

A big congratulations to new Seabrook Fire Captain Marc Bibeau, who was sworn in at the Fire Department on Wednesday February 22, 2017. A big thank yopu to Fire Chief William Edwards, and to the entire Department. Many Firefighters were on hand to wish Captain Bibeau well. He was pinned by his dad. Thanks to the Board of Selectmen for their strong support of the Seabrook Fire Department.

The Press coverage of the swearing in.

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