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Sunday
Oct122014

NH DHHS - Awarded $891,494 in High Performance Bonuses 

Concord, NH – Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas today announced that the New

Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has received two

federal high performance bonuses from the US Department of Agriculture

(USDA) for its quality administration of the Food Stamp Program in Federal

Fiscal Year 2013.



Awarded on September 25, 2014, the first bonus of $314,141 was given in

recognition of accurate determination of eligibility for food stamps. More

specifically, DHHS excelled at ensuring food stamp recipients and

applicants were not closed or denied benefits for inappropriate reasons. A

second bonus of $577,353 was awarded on October 1, 2014, in recognition of

DHHS’ work to ensure that families at risk of hunger are connected to food

benefits through food stamps. Currently 52,222 households in the State

receive food stamps.



"The Food Stamp program provides critical assistance to some of our most

vulnerable citizens, and I applaud the New Hampshire Department of Health

and Human Services for their efficient administration of this important

program," Governor Maggie Hassan said. "New Hampshire runs a program that

is nationally recognized as outstanding for accountability and accuracy,

while also ensuring that our children and families receive assistance to

access healthy food if they need it."



“It's gratifying to be recognized for quality administration of this

important program,” said Commissioner Toumpas. “I am pleased to say that

receiving such bonuses is not unusual for us. This is the 12th food stamp

high performance bonus award in the past 11 years.” According to

Commissioner Toumpas, the awards reflect the excellent teamwork of DHHS

staff on behalf of the citizens of New Hampshire. “Our eligibility workers

perform accurate eligibility and our Food Stamp Program staff ensures

proper adherence to policies so we can be successful in helping those in

need in our State.”





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Wednesday
Oct082014

NH Senate Republicans - Sharon Carson is NH's Most Effective Senator 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Sunlight Foundation gives Carson high marks

 

Concord, NH – The Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit pushing for open government, ranks Senator Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry) as the most effective Senator in New Hampshire. The ranking is based on Carson’s record of sponsoring successful legislation during the 2013-14 Session.

 

Carson sponsored 34 bills that were approved by the Senate, 17 of which also won approval from the Democratically-controlled New Hampshire House. Eleven of Carson’s bills were signed into law over the last two years. The Sunlight Foundation found that Carson had the most success getting her proposals through the legislative process.

 

“Our goal as Legislators should be to find ways to improve New Hampshire’s laws to benefit the people of our state,” Carson said. “That means not only finding good ideas, but shepherding them through the legislative process and into law. I’m proud of the results I’ve had sponsoring successful legislation.”

 

The Sunlight Foundation ranks Sen. Nancy Stiles (R-Hampton) as the second most effective Senator and Sen. David Boutin (R-Hooksett) third. Each sponsored twelve bills that made it into law over the past two years.

 

Sunlight Foundation Report

Wednesday
Oct082014

Stay Work Play NH Announces the 2014 Rising Stars Awards Winners 

Six awards given to winners across New Hampshire as recognition for their hard work

 

The fifth annual Rising Stars Awards, an initiative of Stay Work Play in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, welcomed more than 450 guests to celebrate six of New Hampshire’s outstanding young business men and women and organizations who received awards on Oct. 6.  

 

 

The 2014 Rising Stars Awards winners are:  

 

 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Michael Carlton, Northwood, Calling All Cargo 

College Student of the Year: 
Ian Gagnon, Enfield, UNH 

Young Professional of the Year: 
Corey MacDonald, Portsmouth Police Department and MacDonald & Black Law Firm 

Civic Leader of the Year: 
Laura Brusseau, Laconia, Interlakes High School 

Coolest Companies for Young Professionals:

·             Calypso Communications, Portsmouth 

·             W.S. Badger Company, Gilsum 

·             LAUCHLANWORKS, Exeter 


Leadership Development Program of the Year: 
Leadership College, Leadership New Hampshire 

 

 

“This year’s Rising Stars Awards ceremony was the biggest event yet. In five years we have seen some incredible young people and organizations win these awards, and this year was no different,” said Kate Luczko, Executive Director of Stay Work Play.  “I expect to see the competition continue to grow and expand in the future.”

 

 

“This year’s winners are an amazing display of the entrepreneurial talent that lives, works, and plays in New Hampshire. We would also like to recognize and thank all of our wonderful sponsors and all of the local businesses that donated more than 70 auction items and truly help make this year’s event a success. ”

 

 

Referred to as “the networking event of the year,” the Rising Stars Awards works to celebrate and recognize New Hampshire’s remarkable young professionals and college students, the initiatives to keep them here, and the businesses and programs that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them.

 

 

The event was hosted by Virginia Prescott, host of NHPR’s Word of Mouth and welcomed keynote speaker Victoria Arlen, Paralympic swimmer and gold medalist, Governor Maggie Hassan, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, representatives from the 12 Young Professional Networks from across the state, music from Pat and the Hats, and many others.

 

 

More information about The Rising Stars Awards: www.stayworkplay.org/risingstarsawards.

About Stay Work Play
Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, www.stayworkplay.org or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko, kate@stayworkplay.org  or (603) 860-2245.

 

About New Hampshire Public Radio 
Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Their mission is to help create a more informed public, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national, and world events, ideas, and culture. NHPR is broadcast from thirteen different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week NHPR is the choice of more than 184,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage. Each day New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by NHPR’s award-winning News Department, locally produced shows such as The Exchange and Word of Mouth, and national and world news from NPR and the BBC. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcast national weekly programs such as Car Talk, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and This American Life.

Sunday
Oct052014

StayWorkPlay.org - The Rising Stars Awards 

The Rising Stars Awards, an initiative of Stay Work Play in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, hosts the celebratory awards ceremony to announce winners in six award categories including: Young Entrepreneur of the Year, College Student of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Civic Leader of the Year, Coolest Companies for Young Professionals, and Leadership Development Program of the Year.

Referred to as “the networking event of the year,” the event includes food from O Steaks & Seafood, cupcakes from White Mountain Cupcakery and a cash bar, silent auction, live music, and lots of cool people from across the state to mingle with.

Reserve your ticket 

 

WHEN

October 6, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

WHERE

Brady Sullivan Plaza, 3rd Floor 
1000 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101

 

WHY 

To celebrate and recognize New Hampshire’s remarkable young professionals and college students, the initiatives to keep them here, and the businesses and programs that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them. 

 

WHO

Governor Maggie Hassan
Mayor Ted Gatsas

Kate Luczko, Executive Director, Stay, Work, Play
Keynote speaker, Victoria Arlen, a NH-native from Exeter & Paralympian Swimmer 
Members of Young Professional Networks from across NH
Virginia Prescott, Emcee
Live music from Pat & the Hats
Click here to see the 2014 Rising Stars Awards Finalists

 

About The Rising Stars Awards 
The Rising Stars Awards are an initiative of Stay Work Play, in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, to celebrate and recognize New Hampshire’s remarkable young workers, entrepreneurs, and college students, initiatives to keep them here, and the businesses and programs that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them.

More information about The Rising Stars Awards: www.stayworkplay.org/risingstarsawards.

About Stay Work Play
Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, www.stayworkplay.org or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko, kate@stayworkplay.org  or (603) 860-2245.

 

Saturday
Sep272014

NH DHHS - Celebrating Forty Years of WIC Services in New Hampshire

WHEN: Monday, September 29, 2014

WHERE: Grappone Conference Center

70 Constitution Avenue

Concord, NH



TIME: 8:00 a.m.







The New Hampshire WIC Nutrition Program will be holding an event to



celebrate 40 years of WIC services in New Hampshire. A daylong event will



be held at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord starting at 8:00 AM



and ending at 4:15 PM. Approximately 90 WIC staff at the State and local



offices will be attending. The program will include a morning welcome from



the Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas



and a lunchtime congratulations from Kurt Messner, the USDA Northeast



Regional Administrator. Confirmed dignitaries include U.S. Representative



Ann McLane Kuster, who will speak in the morning, and a representative from



Governor Margaret Hassan’s office, who will present a WIC 40th Anniversary



proclamation. Awards will be presented to State and local WIC agency staff



with 25 or more years of service and to grocery stores in the State that



have accepted WIC vouchers for the entire 40 years