** If I had been thinking, I would have worked on this sooner than 8:30 the night before the big vote. But I tried. Keep it light and funny and remember above all--
VOTE YES!! **
Twas the night before the big vote; the no votes were trolling trying to get in our heads. The vote yes community care not what they say. We have done our best and been strong; held our heads up and played by the rules. Information is out for all to see- the only option is to vote yes! Vote yes for the new school for Newmarket's future. It can be made bright with a yes- uncertain and unknown with a no. Tomorrow you will see us no matter where you turn. The red and white VOTE YES signs EVERYWHERE in our small town. Newmarket residents come out let your voices be heard. Go to Town Hall and vote for the future. Place a YES upon all articles! As candidates go please vote for these they are tireless, fearless and brave. Put them in office, it is where they belong. Starting with Town Council place a vote for Toni Weinstein and Phil Nazzaro. For Budget Committee consider Mickey Burns, Craig Dionne and Meg Louney as your candidates of choice. Write in Kathy Harter for the two year term- she is ready to prove the nay sayers wrong. Supervisor of Checklists please vote for Nicole Benson. School Board positions consider these two- Nathan Lunney and Mary Jane Hilton. School Moderator write in Chris Hawkins as a choice. Town Clerk I suggest Terri Littlefield for the position. Until seven o'clock sleep well little town of Newmarket. Your big day will arrive and you must be rested. Be strong, stand tall and shine. Keep positive and remember kill them with kindness- it is the best way. Vote Yes and make sure others do as well. A new school is our best option- MAKE IT SO!
The number of people who have come together in support of building a new Junior/ Senior High School leaves me speechless. I can feel the town pride when we are gathered. I can feel how friendly this town can be. We all truly care about Newmarket. And we should- it is our home.
Sunday March 9, 2014 at 3pm- a LARGE group gathered behind the town library to kick off a Vote Yes March to the current Junior/ Senior High School building. It was a wonderful sight to behold and to be a part of.
This is towards the end of the line of families walking. (picture by Tom Swiatek)
Here is the front middle part crossing the road.
Great time once we got to the Junior/ Senior High School. Hot chocolate for the kiddos along with cookies. They also had the chance to draw positive messages on the side walks on both sides of the road. Too bad the snow fell today and washed them away. They did a great job on them.
Tomorrow is the big day!! Get out there and vote.
Renters- you can vote too! Even if your license does not have your current address. Bring it and a utility bill (to prove residence) and you can register at the polls! Let your voice be heard!
Here's to hoping this building is in our immediate future!!
Tomorrow March 11th is the day that will decide the next course of action for our town.
That is the day where every single vote counts!
Make the time to get out there and vote.
Tell your friends and neighbors.
Offer rides to those who do not drive.
Yes this vote is monumental in nature.
Recap of items. I'll start with the timeline on the Junior/ Senior High School from its beginnings in 1925 to today 2014. That is 89 years of teaching of our town's children. School buildings are built to last about fifty years due to the changes in technology and teaching styles. Ours has been band aided together for over twenty years. It is now time to pull that band aid off and put our tax money into a building everyone in town can be proud of for the next fifty years (or more).
My favorite flier of this whole ordeal. Straight up answers most of the commonly heard myths concerning a new school being built in Newmarket.
The latest letter from those 'concerned citizens' is now throwing out the option of another architectural firm to design us a building since Harriman (our current architectural firm) was let go from the Portsmouth school district. Let's look at that. Starting with the cost of another firm- would the No vote spend the money for another firm to do the work? Guessing not, they don't like to spend money. Yes Harriman was released from Portsmouth since that school district thought that a renovation would cost less than building a new school. Guess what?? That project is currently $3.3 million OVER BUDGET and the costs are still adding up with the 'cheaper' renovation option that Portsmouth went with. Maybe Harriman was right after all.
We are at the end of the options Newmarket. This project will only get more expensive for every year we wait. Then who will be here to pay the tab??
Wondering who to vote for? The below list will help you. Newmarket Solutions has endorsed the candidates listed below.
Please write in Kathy Harter for the two year budget committee position.
There has been much 'slander' on the internet concerning her qualifications and that she is another rubber stamper only interested in spending money. There was also a discussion that write ins should not be allowed; that the only way into a position should be by being on the ballot. Trying to discuss with the vote No group that this is AMERICA and the right to do a write in candidate is for every citizen ended with petty replies and condescension. You can bring a Mule to water but you cannot make it drink. Or see the truth. Or have an intellectual conversation.
Write her in. She is more than qualified to help keep Newmarket financial responsible.
Another look at the beautiful rendering of the school. I cannot wait to drop my kiddos off at that building. Amazing amount of pride will be flowing out of that building into the town of Newmarket.
Almost thirteen years ago I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. I won't say tiny as she was a whopping nine pounder but she has always been my little Munchkin (and always will). How can it be possible that so much time has gone by so quickly? She used to love getting dressed up all fancy or even to wear dresses and skirts. Nowadays it is like pulling teeth to get her out of jeans! But I managed it for her semi formal dance. We had a great trip picking out a dress as the skirt selection was quite small (read that as we came across three different skirts). Then we had to find some tights which led to the scarf and then the amazing shoes she picked out.
Here she is all dressed up and ready for a great night of dancing and hanging with friends.
She usually snakes one of her friends glow jewelry so this time we went to the dollar store and purchased some of her very own. She was quite excited to have them and she did look rather fetching with them.
Picture of her shoes. She picked them out herself. I guess to dance properly one needs to have sparkly shoes. She learned that from her Nana. And I see nothing wrong with it at all.
She had a relatively good time until one of her friends had a 'heartbreak' moment where the boy her friend has crushed on for four years, didn't notice her at all and was with another girl. Oh the drama of twelve year old girls!
I am happy to say that we have instilled in our daughter a strength to be herself and make herself happy and complete BEFORE she tries to find a guy (or girl if the case may be). You cannot be in a relationship if you are expecting someone else to make you happy. You need to be happy and bring each other up to a more intense level of happiness together. That lesson is sticking with her- thank goodness. Plus it doesn't hurt that we tell her twelve and thirteen year old boys have cooties which are fatal to twelve and thirteen year old girls! We got this parenting thing nailed!
I have agreed with the rest of the family that we need a dog. My hesitation these long 20 years?? The fact that I would be responsible for most of the work. It is just a fact of our lives as the one who would be home more than the others. I had to figure out when I was ready for a new 'baby' in the house. Looks like the time is now.... or at least soon.
While hanging out on Pinterest I found this adorable picture of an Alaskan Klee Kai which is a mini husky breed. Thought he was pretty darn adorable.
Then I found this picture and knew that this breed would be the dog for us.
Hubby and I have always wanted a husky but putting an eight foot fence around our current backyard is totally out of the budget and the husky size would not do well with the inside of the house. So these were a great compromise. Once I showed him pictures of this adorable breed he was off to the races so to speak. Lots of internet research and learning for him (and me) which led him to finding a breeder of these sweet creatures in the Boston area on Facebook. Seriously, how did I grow up without Facebook and Google???
On Wednesday night the breeder posted this picture of part of their newest litter. There are two males and one female who are all white- no coloring. OMG!! I totally fell in love. I may have let out an audible squeal of delight at my desk.
Then came hubby's master plan.... let me make contact with the breeder on cost and pick up and such. If I was involved I would have a harder time saying no. That whole vested interest thing. Darn him for knowing me so well. And it worked. We will be the proud parents of a furbaby at the end of April. We get to go meet our little guy when he is five weeks old. I am very excited for that day. oh yeah... so are the kids and hubby.
I think I am ready.
At least I don't have to go to the hospital for this baby.
This couple asked that the letter they wrote be circulated to as many people as possible. They are on a fixed income but do support the school. Read their thoughts below: To our Newmarket Neighbors: We are writing in support of Article 1, for a school construction bond, which will provide the funding to build a new junior and senior high school for our town. In June 2013 we moved to Newmarket from Ohio. We chose Newmarket because of its quaint downtown and proximity to UNH, Great Bay, and the seacoast. We are retired, on a fixed income, and have no children or other relatives attending or working in the Newmarket schools. We’re just part of the Newmarket community and want to see it grow and thrive. In Ohio, we had the opportunity to see the powerful impact of a new school building on its community. The school infused the town with positive energy. Residents felt good about their community, which, in turn, increased the demand for housing, which led to higher property values. The new school funded by Article 1 will have a similar impact on Newmarket. We are in the enviable position of having a real downtown, unlike many surrounding towns. The addition of the new school will make Newmarket even more attractive to homebuyers and businesses. (Maybe even a supermarket!) Will our taxes go up? Sure, and no one likes that. But one way or another taxes will rise as a result of the existing junior/senior high building situation. We’d rather see our future tax dollars spent in a way that benefits the entire community than limp along trying to maintain a building that has served the community well, but is itself ready for retirement. The Newmarket school district has done an excellent job analyzing the complex issues and options. We encourage you to read their comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions document which is available at the library and on-line at newmarket.k12.nh.us (look for the FAQ Booklet under the Facilities heading in the left-side navigation bar). Building a new school is not only the right thing to do for the children of Newmarket, it’s the right thing to do for everyone in our community. Thank you for your serious consideration of the importance of this vote. Elaine & Steve Portalupi
I am a SAHM to two great kids, Kira and Alex and wife to an amazingly wonderful guy who I would be totally lost without. I enjoy taking pictures of my crazy family and then scrapping those pictures. To say I am a little behind is an understatement but I can live with it. I do spend some time volunteering at the elementary school and totally love hanging with the kids. Guess I missed my calling to be a teacher.
I feel I have a slight case of OCD not enough to be a big distraction, but enough for my family to notice and pick on me about it. I feel that growing up is a terrible thing to do as it is much more fun being a kid. No real responsibilities, free room and board, gifts given 'just because' and the fact that a simple 'I'm sorry' or it was an accident solves the problems in your world. Turning in my adult resignation now... see you on the playground!