New England news in brief
Ex-weather bureau chief receives service honor
Bob Thompson, the retired longtime head of the National Weather Service office that covers Boston and Southern New England, has been recognized for his service by the American Meteorological Society. Thompson, a Cohasset native who retired last year after serving as meteorologist-in-charge of the office since 1989, received the Charles L. Mitchell Award, which recognizes long-term service in forecasting. Thompson was cited for “outstanding leadership of the Boston Weather Forecast Office, dedication to the National Weather Service mission, and service to the citizens of southern New England.” Thompson received the award at the society’s annual convention in Phoenix on Wednesday night. “I’ve been very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such great people,” he said in a telephone interview Thursday, adding that he was “thankful and humbled” to receive the award. He credited the work of weather service staff, the media, emergency managers, and other officials.
McCarthy won’t seek reelection to council
Timothy P. McCarthy, Boston city councilor for District 5, said on Facebook Thursday he will not seek reelection this year. “After a great deal of reflection and discussion with my family over Christmas break, I feel that it is time for me to make a change, and to move on to my next adventure, whatever that might be,’’ the Hyde Park Democrat wrote. McCarthy was first elected to represent the district, which includes Hyde Park and parts of Mattapan and Roslindale, in 2013, when he defeated Jean-Claude Sanon. He won a rematch with Sanon, and another term on the council, in 2015. He ran unopposed in 2017.
Contract set for 24-hour mental health center
New Hampshire’s Executive Council has approved a $4.4 million contract to fund the state’s first 24-hour mental health treatment center. The contract was awarded Wednesday to Riverbend Community Health in Concord. The center will provide short-term treatment to stabilize patients age 18 and older before connecting them with community mental health resources. It’s expected to open by May. The contract says the center will be available to those walking in or diverted from law enforcement, mobile response units, and hospitals. It also will help those with substance abuse disorder. (AP)
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Coast Guard Academy names superintendent
A new superintendent will take the helm this summer at the Coast Guard Academy. The Connecticut-based academy on Thursday announced that Rear Admiral William Kelly will take over from Superintendent Rear Admiral James Rendon. Kelly, a 1987 academy graduate, is currently the Coast Guard’s assistant commandant for Human Resources, a position he has held since April 2016. (AP)