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January 9, 2014

Town leaders give wishes for the new year

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Derry Town Councilor Tom Cardon has lower taxes on his new year wish list.

“The Town Council level funded its budget last year and my hopes are to do the same thing this year,” he said.

Cardon also said he hopes 2014 might be the year for stimulating growth in the downtown by urging landowners to clean up their properties.

“I think this is the single most important thing we can do to help the downtown,” Cardon said.

He also wants to find that perfect town administrator.

“Someone dynamic, forward thinking who will be willing to stay for more than three years,” he said.

Those working for nonprofit groups and other service organizations also have hopes for the new year.

Community Alliance for Teen Safety’s executive director Sue Centner wants to keep families and especially youth safe and sound in 2014.

That has been an annual goal since the organization began in 1996.

“I hope that the youth in our community are encouraged and supported to make safe choices, that we don’t have the tragedies that affect us all when a young person full of promise is seriously injured or dies as a result of a car crash, drug misuse, violence or suicide,” she said.

Cindee Tanuma leads Community Caregivers of Greater Derry and hopes the new year will give people the opportunity to get to know an elderly neighbor who might be in need.

“Ask if they need help bringing in the mail, taking out the trash, raking leaves or mowing their lawn,” Tanuma said. “Love thy neighbor, that is my new year’s wish.”

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