Manchester Mayor and other city officials to announce grant to combat gang violence

MANCHESTER (July 23, 2009) – Mayor Frank Guinta, Police Captain Richard Reilly, Office of Youth Services Director Marty Boldin and Weed and Seed Coordinator for the City of Manchester Nicole Rodler, will announce that the city has received a grant to participate in the 2009 Juvenile Reentry Crime Prevention Initiative.


This grant, which is issued by the U. S. Department of Justice Community Capacity Development Office, is made available to Weed and Seed programs nationwide. However, only nine programs were awarded the grant in 2009 and only two in New England (the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester being the other).


In addition to the above speakers, Mark Long, Law Enforcement Coordinator, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire; Tim Soucy, head of the Manchester Health Department; and various community stakeholders will be in attendance for the announcement.


Details about the grant and how these funds will be used will be discussed at the press conference. A press kit with information about the grant will also be available on Monday.