Fast News for Jan. 28

Rec department provides ice rink information: MILFORD – The Milford recreation department announced that as of Jan. 23, the rink was open but is subject to closing due to weather/ ice conditions. Skaters are asked to obey signs should it be closed. Visitors may also check the status by calling 603-249-0625, prompt 3.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help maintain the ice should call the same number.

Vineyard hosts comedy night

HOLLIS – Fulchino Vineyard, 187 Pine Hill Rd., will present “Comedy Uncorked with Paul Gilligan” on Saturday, Jan. 30. Doors open at 5 p.m. Comic also featured are Dave Russo and Jerry Thornton. Tickets are for the show only; wine is available for purchase separately. Gilligan is a popular comic in Boston and has appeared with comedians Brian Regan, Bob Marley and Dave Chapelle. Gilligan is also a regular on NESN’s “Charlie Moore: Outdoors with the Mad Fisherman.”

Officer recognized for years of service

BROOKLINE – Brookline Police Chief Bill Quigley recently presented Sergeant Doug Barnett with a Certificate of Recognition marking 20 years with the Brookline Police Department. Members of the BPD and citizens of the community offered Sergeant Barnett congratulations and appreciation for his dedicated service to the community.

Deliberative session slated for Jan. 30

MILFORD – The town moderator is reminding Milford residents that the Town Deliberative Session is on January 30th at 9 a.m. at Milford High School. The school deliberative session is on February 4th at 7 p.m. at Milford High School.

HB High School announces new principal

HOLLIS – Andy Cory, Superintendent of Schools SAU41, sent an email to families in the school district announcing Timothy Girzone as the next principal of Hollis Brookline High School, effective July 1, 2021. The Hollis Brookline Cooperative School Board approved the nomination at their January 20th meeting. The new role creates a full circle for Girzone, who is currently in his second year as Principal of Hollis Brookline Middle School. Girzone previously served as a teacher and coach at HBHS where, according to an article in CavChron, he coached JV and varsity softball, varsity football, and was an advisor for the ski/snowboard club. He led classes in a variety of subjects but was most known for his work teaching physical education, being named Teacher of the Year by the New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in 2012.

Give a valentine to a first responder

HOLLIS – The Hollis Woman’s Club is sponsoring a Valentine’s Bag fundraiser to benefit our dedicated medical personnel and loved ones. Theme related bags are $15 and contain 9 items including Lindt Chocolates, a stuffed animal and other goodies. Place your order by emailing MyHollisValentine@gmail.com. Bags will be available for pick up in Hollis, Saturday, Feb. 13. Order dates are from Monday, Feb. 1 through Tuesday, Feb. 10. Details for pickup will be given after ordering. The club will deliver gifts to Hollis or Brookline for an additional $5.00.

Donated bags will be delivered by the Woman’s Club to a group of responders at an area medical center. The proceeds from the sale support local scholarships and area non-profits. For more information, please visit HollisWomansClub.org.

Bill would support partnerships

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire has introduced her first bill in the new congressional session, an act that would provide grants to support partnerships between community or technical colleges and workforce development groups to train people for jobs.

The Gateway to Careers Act would support people who are unemployed or underemployed. It would also provide support for job-seekers also dealing with housing issues, mental and substance use disorder treatment, health insurance coverage, career counseling, child care, transportation, and guidance in accessing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs.

Hassan reintroduced the bill Tuesday, along with U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, a fellow Democrat, and Republican U.S. Sens. Todd Young of Indiana and Susan Collins of Maine.

“As we continue combating the COVID-19 pandemic, we must have policies in place to help rebuild and grow our economy,” Hassan said in a statement. “The bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act will support those efforts by strengthening job training and removing barriers that prevent too many people from participating in our workforce, while also giving innovative businesses the skilled workers that they need to thrive. “