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NEWS DIGEST

Public may comment on police work

NASHUA – A team of assessors for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., will arrive Monday to examine all aspects of the Nashua Police Department’s ability to meet the CALEA standards, which encompasses policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

As part of the assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the classroom at the Nashua Police Department, 28 Officer James Roche Dr. A separate entrance is available for the classroom.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but wants to comment, he or she may do so at 603-589-1652 from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday.

Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session, are limited to 10 minutes.

Those wishing to offer written comments about the department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd. Suite 320 Gainesville, VA 20155.

Public hearing set for Nashua school bond

NASHUA – A public hearing for the city’s plans to issue $125.5 million in bonds to fund middle school upgrades is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Aldermanic Chamber of City Hall, 229 Main St.

Tulsi Gabbard in Nashua Monday

NASHUA – Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is scheduled for a town hall-style meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Arbor Restaurant 57 Palm St. For more information, contact Susan Wilkinson at swilkins@comcast.net, or 603-834-2372.

N.H. flags at half-staff

CONCORD – In accordance with President Donald Trump’s proclamation, Gov. Chris Sununu has directed flags on all public buildings and grounds in the State of New Hampshire to be lowered to half-staff on Saturday in observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

N.H. residents asked to remove roof snow

CONCORD – State officials remind residents and business owners to consider removing snow and ice from roofs before the anticipated rain on Monday. The combination of heavy snowfall over the past few days, followed by rain that cannot pour off the roof as it normally would, can cause additional weight and put stress on your building’s roof.

“A roof may collapse with little or no warning, and one common misconception is that only flat roofs are susceptible,” State Fire Marshal Paul Parisi said. “With changing winter weather that can bring us snow, rain, and freezing rain in a short timeframe, it’s important to regularly assess the roof of your home or business. If you’re not sure of the weight capacity of your roof or if you think it may have been compromised, consult with a reputable builder and your local building or fire official.”

Home and business owners are also encouraged to keep all chimneys and vents clear to prevent carbon monoxide from backing up into the building.

“Residents should make sure it is safe to remove the snow from roofs, especially pitched roofs, to prevent personal injury,” State Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Jennifer Harper added.

EPA to negotiate with N.H. workers

CONCORD – U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., is glad the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will return to the bargaining table with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) to discuss the ongoing labor dispute.

“It’s encouraging the EPA has heeded my request to have a fair and open discussion with union representatives, though I wish the agency came to this decision sooner,” Kuster said.

In June, EPA imposed a unilateral management directive that impacts more than 14,000 EPA employees in place of a negotiated collective bargaining agreement. This directive reduced telework options for EPA employees, eliminated important due process rights for workers and removed union members from their membership without their consent.

Kuster believes the directive violates the rights and protections that Congress specifically guaranteed to public-sector employees.

“These union representatives are following in the footsteps of previous generations of union members who fought tirelessly for basic fairness and justice on the job, and they deserve a fair negotiation process. I’ll be monitoring this situation in the hopes that an acceptable contract will be agreed upon in a timely manner,” Kuster added.

Driver dies after crashing into box truck

NORTHWOOD (AP) – A driver died after crashing into a box truck that was backing into a driveway, New Hampshire State Police said Friday.

Police said Marlene Bateman, 80, of Northwood, was heading west on Route 4 in Northwood at about 6:30 a.m. Friday. She crashed into the passenger side of the truck while it was backing into the driveway.

The truck driver, Cary McKay, 55, of Gorham, Maine, and a truck passenger weren’t hurt.

Route 4 was closed in both directions for about 4 1/2 hours.

Police said it does not appear that speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.