Detective Christopher Kelly
Detective Kelly along with several members of the Nantucket Fire Department have been offering “Stop the Bleed” training to other public safety personnel and members of the general public.
The “Stop the Bleed” campaign was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by the National Security Council Staff and the White House. The purpose of the campaign is to build national resilience by better preparing the public to save lives by raising awareness of basic actions to stop life threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies as well as man-made and natural disasters. So far nearly one hundred (100) members of the Nantucket community have been provided this training.
Detective Kelly has been recognized as a positive trainer and good ambassador for this department. His dedication and performance are above and beyond what is expected of him and his involvement and dedication in this community initiative has greatly contributed to the mission, goals and objectives of the Nantucket Police Department.
Prior Awards: 2015 Meritorious Service Award; 2017 Life Saving Award.
Phil Hubbard, VIP
Phil was recognized for his work as a member of the Department's Volunteer in Police Service (VIP) program. Phil was one of the first members of the community to join the program when it began in 2011. He typically works every Friday morning greeting island residents with a smile and professional demeanor. He has built trust with the staff of the Department as well as the community we serve.
Since he started as a volunteer in 2011 Phil has worked 1,030+ hours which is the equivalent of $27,122 in staff time. While on shift Phil has worked on several programs to include the department Telephone Reassurance Program. This program provides an opportunity for elderly and disabled members of the community to call into the police department every day and have a conversation with a staff member letting us know if they are having any trouble. If a person is signed up for the program and they don’t call in during their appointed time an effort is made to contact them to insure that they are ok. Phil also works on our Closed Case Evaluation program by contacting victims of closed cases to see if they have any more information that perhaps they had forgotten when they filed their initial report.
Phil was awarded the “Public Service Award” In recognition of his participation in the Volunteer in Policing Service Program as a member of the public who has provided outstanding assistance to the Department and has contributed significantly to public safety in our community.
Sergeant Dan Furtado, Sergeant John Rocket, Detective Robert Hollis, Detective Jackie Mason, Officer Michael Mastriano, Officer Amanda Schwenk, Officer Richard Harrington, Officer John Muhr
This award recognized the tremendous work performed by these officers as part of the department’s Field Training Program. Over the past couple of years the department has hired and trained thirteen (13) new student police officers to fill vacancies created by new positions and resignations.
As members of the Field Training Unit, these officers were responsible to provide a minimum of fourteen (14) weeks of intense one-on-one training following the student officers graduation from the State sponsored 20 week long police officer basic training program. The Field Training Program is designed to insure that a police officer is afforded hands on task specific training unique to our community. This training is intense and stressful for both the student officer and the Field Training Staff. These Officers insured that all tasks were accomplished, evaluations completed and ultimately made and defended a recommendation on whether or not a student officer should be retained and granted solo patrol status.
Service in the Field Training Unit during this period was in addition to the officer’s normal duties as Patrol Officers or Patrol Sergeants. They performed these duties without benefit of additional compensation. What motivated them was their understanding that a well-trained officer is essential for the safety of all officers, a successful police department and a safe community.
In recognition of this exemplary teamwork which was superior to which is normally expected the Field Training Unit is being awarded the “Chiefs Unit Award”. This award recognizes outstanding performance of duty, demonstrated by members of the unit as a team rather than as individuals.
- Sgt. Dan Furtado: 2011 Life Saving Award; 2016 Public Safety Service Award
- Off. Richard Harrington: 2015 Letter of Commendation
- Det. Jacquelyn Mason: 2017 Life Saving Award
- Off. John Muhr: 2015 Letter of Commendation
- Sgt. John Rockett: 2015 Life Saving Award
- Off. Amanda Schwenk: 2017 Significant Event Commendation
Energy Office Updates
Offshore Wind News
As many of you know, the Town of Nantucket has been participating in an ongoing consultation process with the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management, or BOEM, on the proposed construction of an offshore windfarm by energy development company Vineyard Wind, LLC. Vineyard Wind has proposed to install 84 turbines between Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard by 2020. We have been working in good faith with BOEM and Vineyard Wind to find a responsible way to do this.
To set the record straight, the Town has never been opposed to renewable energy. In fact, Nantucket’s Select Board is enthusiastic about its potential benefits. But we do not believe that to enjoy renewable energy a community must necessarily sacrifice its cultural heritage or historic assets. If a renewable energy project does impact a community's historic resources and the economy tied to those resources, the community is entitled to a complete understanding and full mitigation of those impacts. Likewise, it is important to remember that our Nantucket Historic District, which includes Nantucket Island as well Tuckernuck and Muskeget Islands, is a National Historic Landmark. What this means is that Nantucket deserves special protection under a federal law passed by Congress in 1966 called Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. This law is designed to serve a stop, look, and listen function so that the public understands the effects of federally permitted or funded projects on historic resources. If harm will occur, then Congress requires that consultation continue with the federal agencies in charge of permitting and Vineyard Wind as the permit applicant. Finally, because Nantucket is a National Historic Landmark, another special law known as Section 110(f) requires that the federal agency—prior to granting any permit—use all possible planning to minimize harm.
Massachusetts Offshore Wind Project Areas.
Unfortunately, some of those who support Vineyard Wind’s project—the first of four planned lease areas off the coast of our islands that have already been approved by the federal government for additional wind farm development—have tried to pit those who care about protecting Nantucket’s historic character viewsheds against clean energy supporters. This is a false choice. Historic preservation and clean energy are not mutually exclusive. We have never taken that position. Nevertheless, Nantucket deserves more care than it has received.
To ensure that the residents of Nantucket's rights under federal historic preservation law are fully respected, the Town has engaged legal counsel who are among the foremost attorneys in this complex area of law. Marion Werkheiser of Cultural Heritage Partners, a law firm dedicated exclusively to historic preservation and cultural heritage, and her team will help the Select Board make sure that Nantucket’s concerns are heard by BOEM and that the consultation process required by the National Historic Preservation Act isn’t rushed or incomplete. Will Cook, former Associate General Counsel to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is also assisting.
To be clear: The Town is not trying to slow down BOEM’s review of Vineyard Wind’s permit application, but we have a duty to make sure that BOEM and Vineyard Wind work with us in good faith to find reasonable ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate harm that BOEM has determined that Nantucket Historic District will incur. If an energy developer and federal agencies timely fulfill their legal and regulatory responsibilities with respect to a Town's cultural resources, an energy project can be completed on time. It is the duty of the Nantucket Select Board to look out for the interests of our residents and ensure that any project, however promising, is done right.
To this end, we have already assisted BOEM in the identification of historic resources, suggested possible mitigation measures—including a community benefit fund—participated in BOEM consultation meetings, and submitted official comments to BOEM from our attorneys outlining our concerns with the permit review process, including how to address the harmful effects to and from Nantucket’s historic viewshed. At the same time, we will continue to work with BOEM and Vineyard Wind to find creative ways to balance wind energy with our preservation goals. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Energy Coordinator Lauren Sinatra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final HeatSmart/CoolSmart Event at Nantucket Hotel
With hotter weather around the corner, the Town’s HeatSmart/CoolSmart program is offering Nantucket residents affordable solutions to go green, stay comfortable, and save on energy costs year round by switching to solar hot water and high-efficiency (“minisplit”) air-source heat pumps.
The community is invited to attend the Final HeatSmart/CoolSmart event on Sunday, June 9th from 1-3pm at the Nantucket Hotel. Attendees will be able to learn more about solar hot water and airsource heatpump technologies, the generous rebates & financing available, and to have their questions answered by local installers. Plus, come see The Nantucket Hotel’s solar hot water system in action!
For more information, please visit: www.heatsmartnantucket.org or contact Lauren Sinatra, Energy Coordinator at LSinatra@nantucket-ma.gov or 508-325-5379.
Sun Safety Advice from the Health Department
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, sunburns are a significant risk factor for skin cancer. Massachusetts as a whole is ranked 9th in the United States for rates of new melanoma cases, based on EPA findings. Specifically, Nantucket is ranked 5th in the United States for new cases of melanoma, the current rate being 146% higher than the national average.
Because of these findings, it is very important to take sun safety seriously on the island. Here are some simple steps to help reduce your risk of getting skin cancer:
- Make sure to use sunscreen! Apply before you go to the beach or any other outdoor activity and reapply throughout the day. It is recommended to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Cover up with hats, sunglasses, towels, blankets, and use umbrellas when exposed to lots of sun.
- Between the hours of 10am and 4pm, when the UV rays are usually the strongest, go to shaded areas when possible.
- Avoid getting burns, do so by applying sunscreen regularly when outside.
- Even on cloudy days, be sure to apply the proper amount of sunscreen.
Sun burns are caused by exposure UV rays that are present in sunlight. It is very important to prevent overexposure to both sunlight and sunburns. This is the best way to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. Children are especially susceptible to overexposure, so make sure to take extra precaution in protecting them from sun burns.
Nantucket Public Schools Welcomes Deputy Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Hallett
Dr. Elizabeth Hallett has accepted the position of Deputy Superintendent of Schools for the Nantucket Public Schools, effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Hallett will spend the 2019-2020 school year working side-by-side with Superintendet Michal Cozort and is expected to assume the position of Superintendent of Schools in the 2020-2021 school year.
Dr. Hallett has worked for sixteen years in the Quincy Public Schools, beginning as an SEI teacher in Earth Science and Biology. She has risen through the Quincy ranks to become a High School Department Chair, K-12 ESL Administrator and has served as the Director of Secondary Education, English Learner Education and Academic Programs since 2012. Dr. Hallett received her BA in Italian Studies and Environmental Science from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and her Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language from Simmons University. She recently was awarded her Ed.D in Educational Leadership from the University of New England. Elizabeth has also been an adjunct professor at Simmons and Cambridge College, teaching graduate level courses in Sheltered English Instruction (SEI).
Dr. Hallett has many Cape and maritime connections that draw her to Nantucket. She attended school in Hingham and spent a high school year in Trento, Italy as part of an AFS Exchange and a semester in Bologna, Italy while attending Dickinson. She participated in Boston University’s Semester at Sea program out of Woods Hole and is an avid swimmer and sailor. Her many experiences traveling the world have given her an appreciation for all cultures and our diversity has particularly drawn her to our shores. It is also noteworthy that she and her husband are accomplished musicians – she has played viola and violin for the Brockton and Newton Symphony Orchestras.
Public Review - 2020 Long Range Transportation Plan (draft)
The Nantucket Planning and Economic Development Commission (NP&EDC) is soliciting public comments on the Draft 2020 Long Range Transportation Plan from May 24 to June 17. This 20 year plan is updated every 4 years and includes projects and programs that align with the NP&EDC’s vision to “equitably and legally limit vehicles on Nantucket while providing a transportation system that is safe, accessible for all users, economical, and sensitive to the character of the Island.”
Comments can be emailed to Mike Burns, Transportation Planner – email@example.com. Comments may also be submitted in writing to: NP&EDC, 2 Fairgrounds Road, Nantucket, MA 02554. NP&EDC will also accept comments at their meeting on June 17, 2019 at 6PM in the 4 Fairgrounds Rd Community Room.
2018 Water Quality Reports
The Wannacomet Water Company and the Siasconset Water Commission have now announced that their 2018 Consumer Confidence Reports can be viewed online at www.wannacomet.org.
The reports identify the source of Nantucket and Siasconset’s drinking water, any contaminants that have been identified in the water, and what the potential health effects of these contaminants are. The reports also contain the public outreach initiatives performed by Wannacomet and Siasconset Water in 2018. To Obtain a paper hardcopy, contact the Water Company at (508) 228-0022.
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