Seabrook resident David Ritchie spoke to attendees
at the Seabrook Beach Civic Association's first
meeting of the summer season Monday night.
Ritchie highlighted many ways people can increase
their level of security while away and at home.
Photo by Kiki Evans/Seacoastonline
The project began when David Ritchie, Beautification Chairperson, made the suggestion to the *Seabrook Beach Civic Association' board as the final touch to the "corner" of Hooksett Street and Ocean Boulevard . Once everyone agreed it was worth pursuing, the idea was brought before the membership where it received quick approval. David moved forward on behalf of the board connecting with several flag companies- ultimately the decision was made to go "local" and we began working with Paul at Union Flag in Hampton, NH.
At the same time David was checking on the physical items of the project, others were working with the town of Seabrook as well as Dig Safe . Things moved fairly quickly and a 30' flagpole (the beach district height limit) was installed and the American flag was raised on the corner of Hooksett Street and Ocean Boulevard.
The corner was originally cleared of debris approximately 20 years ago as one of the original projects taken on by a group of retired men who quickly became bored just hanging around. It wasn't long before a planter was created and the area was grassed in. The original granite planter honors Joan Cargill who along with George Ziady started the beautification of the district and the Seabrook Beach Civic Association grew.
Photo by Frank Leone
Former cop offers safety, home security tips
By By Kiki Evans
May 21, 2015 - 8:43 PM
SEABROOK - Seabrook Beach resident and former law enforcement officer David Ritchie led a discussion with his fellow beach residents Monday night about personal safety and home security.
Ritchie, who has worked in state and federal law enforcement for 33 years in the greater Boston area and spent 28 years as an undercover officer, spoke to residents who attended the monthly meeting of the Seabrook Beach Civic Association.
“Don’t trust anyone,” he advised. “Be streetwise, be aware of your surroundings, be confident and self-assured.”
Ritchie explained many ways that people can increase their level of security. Parking in well-lit areas at night, close to the entrance of the destination, and watching ones handbag inside stores and at ATMs are ways people can increase their personal safety, he said.
Ritchie said that at the beach during the summer, people are used to strangers wandering around, but he cautioned the crowd against complacency.
He said that most homes are broken into during the daytime, and that criminals stay inside a house for an average of only two to three minutes.
Ritchie advised the use of solid door frames and locks as deterrents against crime. He said that air conditioners should be well-installed so they can’t be kicked in.
He urged residents to store their valuables in creative places, especially when they’re away from their homes. Ritchie said that he had worked on many cases of home theft and burglary in the Boston metropolitan area, and one place that criminals never seemed to check were the pots and pans.
“I have never found on any investigation, and I’ve been to hundreds of house breaks, where they go through pots and pans,” he said. “You have to be innovative where you hide your valuables.”
When asked if there were any specific concerns that beach residents should have, Ritchie urged caution.
“We’ve been fortunate down here at the beach,” Ritchie said.
Theresa Kyle, Seabrook's Selectmen
Theresa Kyle's reasons for running for the office of Selectwoman were:
The rapid growth of Seabrook and its impact on our infrastructure, citizens and Town economy, including property taxes, diminishing public services; to locate funding to update and maintain our Town departments; continuing education and programs for our Seniors and Veterans; and to provide the best education for our children in all matters that will help them be prepared for future challenges. While she outlined her reasons for running for office multiple times throughout the campaign and to scores of town residents, Theresa Kyle always ended with the fact that she could not promise anything except that she will look into everything presented to her thoroughly before making a decision.
Mrs. Kyle is a full-time resident of Seabrook, New Hampshire and has been for 20 plus years and a property owner/taxpayer for over 30 years.
In additional to her Bachelor of Science Degree and Doctorate in Law, Mrs. Kyle has taken many continuing education courses. She was the manager of a law firm for 35 plus years, the Principal and Chief of Operations in a corporation involved in construction projects and restoration of historical buildings, a small business owner and experienced in dealing with many Federal, State and Local departments and agencies.
Theresa Kyle’s civic involvement in Town includes the Seabrook Lions Club; Seabrook, Happy Seniors; (past/present), President of the Seabrook Women’s Club, a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Seabrook Beach Civic Association. Prior to moving to Seabrook, she held positions in the local chapters of the American Heart Association, The Business and Professional Women’s Club; and Credit Women International.
All of the above certainly qualifies Theresa Kyle for the position she sought and won in our Town. Congratulations, again, Mrs. Kyle we look forward to watching how your position on the Board of Selectmen benefits Seabrook.