Selectmen approve installation of downtown security cameras

first_imgEditors note: We’ve added a sentence to the article indicating that the cameras will not be monitored on a regular basis.FARMINGTON – Selectmen gave the go ahead for the installation of 10 security cameras in the downtown area, approved the Nov. 6 referendum article regarding the Walton’s Mill Dam project and listened to a brief presentation by a representative from GWI – a telecommunications company looking to bring high speed internet to the area.With a recommendation from the Downtown TIF Advisory board, 10 businesses downtown will be hosting security cameras that will provide live footage around the clock. Deputy Chief Shane Cote told the board on Tuesday that the businesses who have stepped forward so far to host have been willing to share their wi-fi for the cameras. So far, the 10 locations for the new cameras will be: three different angles from Kyes Insurance, one from All Mixed Up, one at American Forest Management Inc., two cameras at Thai Smile, one at the Water Department, one at No Parents Allowed and one at Hippach Field.Purchase, installation and the first year’s storage fee for the cameras will cost $7,700 to be covered by the TIF account. The following $1,650 annual fee will be added as a line item to the Police Department budget.Business owners as well as the police department will have access to a website streaming the live footage from all ten cameras, though Cote told selectmen that he doesn’t anticipate the department will use the website except for crime-related investigations.The wording of an article for the Nov. 6 referendum was approved by selectmen and will give voters the opportunity to weigh in on whether or not to move forward with the project at Walton’s Mill Pond. A ‘yes’ vote will move the $1.22 million project into the next groundbreaking phase, while a no vote will halt the project sending it back to the board for consideration. If approved, the estimated total costs will be completely paid for by the Atlantic Salmon Federation and will include improvements to the surrounding park area.Biddeford telecommunications company, GWI, is proposing the installation of broadband infrastructure for the town of Farmington, with a goal of having it installed in one to two years. The proposal hinges on a large, competitive national loan that the company is planning to apply for by the end of September.The large loan would completely cover the costs of installation and would be paid back by GWI. The project would require no cost to the town and would include a short, five-question survey that will be conducted in the next several weeks. Answers to the survey will provide the information needed for the loan application. GWI representative Kerem Durdag said the survey will be conducted by phone, flyer and online.“This infrastructure would allow for the community to grow as it wants. We believe high speed internet should be a choice for every citizen of Maine,” Durdag said.last_img read more

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Beautiful Star Chilina Kennedy’s Dresser Samantha Newby on What Happens When Carole King Goes Rogue & More

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019 Samantha Newby hails from a small town in Colorado. She moved to New York for college where she graduated cum laude from Hofstra University with a degree in costume design. Newby started dressing on Broadway at Rock of Ages. Since then, she has worked at Mamma Mia!, On the Town and is now Beautiful star Chilina Kennedy’s dresser. Here, Newby reveals her backstage essentials, the Carole King dress she’d like to own and the song she can’t get out of her head.When did you first meet Chilina Kennedy, and what was your first impression of her?I actually met her recently, December, I think. I remember being impressed by how professional she is. She can laugh and joke backstage and then be able to compose herself instantly for an emotionally charged scene. She also has the most incredible, expressive eyes I have ever seen.What do you wish more people knew about dressers? We do so much more than change clothes and do laundry. We become the confidant, friend, mother, personal cheerleader and voice of reason (or sass), depending on what the actor needs. We make sure that the actor doesn’t have to think about anything besides the show; it takes a lot of concentration and optimism.What makes the two of you laugh?Everything and anything! We like to change the lyrics, tempos and pitches to songs backstage and imagine that Carole might “go rogue” that night. For instance, making Carole sound like a pop artist instead of herself. We end up laughing our heads off at random points during the show, usually right before she has to go back on stage.What are some items you both like to have on hand backstage? Well, I like to plan ahead for anything she might need, so I wear a utility belt. I carry around her water bottle, a neck light, a bite light, a couple Ricola, tissues, mints, scissors, safety pins, tights, medicine and a small notebook. Oh, and her makeup! I am not ready to go unless I have her makeup. She likes to reapply during the show to make sure she always has the nose and lips of Carole.What’s the most challenging part of dressing Chilina?All of her quick changes. Most dressers ask how many of the changes are quick—with her it is a matter of how many changes are leisurely! Luckily, each change is a well-oiled machine and is done on time with precision, so there are no mishaps.Which of the Carole King costumes do you wish you had in your closet?I absolutely adore her Carnegie Hall dress. She starts and finishes the show in it, so it really is a showstopper. I will say my favorite part is that you can hide anything under it because of how it flows. We hide a whole different outfit underneath it for her first change, and no one can tell!What do you two bond over?Chilina has 17 changes during the show. When she is not on stage, she is changing with me—there is literally no down time for her. It is natural that we became close because we spend the entire show together.What’s the best gift she’s ever given you?This might seem corny. Honestly, it is being able to see her become Carole King and give her all each night. There is a moment before each show where she takes a breath and then steps out on stage as Carole. It is magical to watch.What’s something she says all the time?She is always telling the cast and crew to have a great show. She is full of positive energy and likes to share it so the show goes well.What is something you do that makes her roll his eyes?I used to constantly scare her, by accident, of course. She ended up calling me a ninja because I never made enough noise. So now I knock and announce my presence whenever I approach her, she just laughs and rolls her eyes each time.What’s the secret to your relationship?Trust. We need to trust each other to make sure each change goes smoothly and that she makes it back on stage. We have to be on the same page so each change is perfect and stress-free.What’s the Beautiful song you can never get out of your head?The title song “Beautiful.” Everyone in the cast quotes it and the lyrics are printed everywhere backstage as a reminder to love life. “You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face and show all the love in your heart” is inspirational, and I love hearing Chilina sing it.Any fun anecdotes you want to share about your time working with Chilina?Well, Chilina came offstage after her break-up moment with Gerry (played by Scott Campbell) one time and we were so focused on her change that I forgot to collect her wedding band. She ended up wearing the band until her very last change when I noticed it was still there. We just laughed about it and hoped that no one noticed.What’s the best part about being part of Team Carole?Coming together with the wig supervisor Pat Marcus to help Chilina tell the story of this amazing songwriter who touches so many people with her music. Every night we take something different away from the show and learn something about ourselves. It is such a fantastic experience and one that I would never give up. View Comments Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Related Showscenter_img Star Files Chilina Kennedy & Samantha Newby (Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Chilina Kennedylast_img read more

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Four Jamaican Gunmen Arrested After Hostage Situation In New Kingston.

first_img Share Share 107 Views   no discussions Share NewsRegional Four Jamaican Gunmen Arrested After Hostage Situation In New Kingston. by: – July 11, 2012center_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Jamaican police patrolling the streets of New Kingston. Photo credits: in.reuters.comFour men are now in custody after they attempted to hold a family hostage on Haining Road, New Kingston of Jamaica yesterday (7/20/12).The Jamaican police department reported that about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday of July, 2012, members of a local family arrived home and were immediately approached by armed men who ordered, and allegedly forced them inside the house.The police who were later alerted breached the barricade to the premises and were able to rescue the family and arrest the men.The police say a firearm was seized, as well as a motor vehicle belonging to the men. Investigations are still ongoing…Jamaica Gleanerlast_img read more

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