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The Bedford Bulletin features Kids Safety Day

TFMoran’s COO, Dylan Cruess and daughter Cate were captured on camera at the annual Kids Safety Day and published in The Bedford Bulletin. To view the article and read more about this great event, please click on this link The Bedford Bulletin October 19, 2017 issue -Kids Safety Day Article  or read text below. And, a Big Thank You to The Bedford Bulletin for covering local events!

October 19, 2017 [Bullet] Neighborhood News [Bullet] The Bedford Bulletin [Bullet] Page 19

Kids Safety Day provided child ID packets

Sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures provided the backdrop for Primary Bank’s second annual Kids Safety Day, which was held on Sunday, Sept. 24, at the bank’s Route 101 location.
The event, held in conjunction with the Masonic Youth Child Identification Program and Manchester-based Washington Lodge No. 61, presented families with the opportunity to put together comprehensive child identification packets, which could be taken home, kept in a safe place and given to law enforcement officials should their child ever go missing.

A record number of children took advantage of the program at this year’s event, according to Dylan Cruess, member of Washington Lodge No. 61 and chief operating officer of Bedford-based TFMoran. More than 300,000 children have participated in MYCHIP since its inception in 1988.

“We had 52 children go through our Child ID program this year. That’s the highest number of children we’ve ID’d during one of these events in over five years,” said Cruess, himself a father of a 4-year-old daughter. “We couldn’t be happier with this year’s turnout. It’s wonderful to see more and more families taking advantage of this service, and we’re so pleased to be partnering with Primary Bank in an effort to keep our community a little bit safer.”

Although similar in content to child identification packages of past generations, which consisted of a physical description, outdated photo and ink fingerprints, today’s kits include a brief videotaped interview with the child, not only capturing the child’s image but also their voice and mannerisms. While fingerprints are still collected, children today hold their fingers to an electronic pad similar in appearance to a miniature computer mouse, generating computerized fingerprints. Once the entire 10-minute process is completed, all the data is put into an envelope and given to the parents to take home for safe keeping.

“I’m so happy we had the opportunity to do this with our daughter today,” said Kaitlyn Choi of Candia, who attended the Kids’ Safety Event with her daughters Emma, 2, and Aly, 6 months, and husband, Andrew, a Manchester police officer. “Emma had a lot of fun and now we have peace of mind knowing we have everything we need to give to the police if we ever need to.”
Although child safety is a serious topic, the day itself was filled with fun. The eastern end of the 101 Plaza parking lot took on a festive feel for the day. Max the mascot from the Manchester Monarchs and Fungo from the Fisher Cats both made appearances. Children had fun in a giant bouncy house and practiced their skills on miniature sports fields before getting their face painted and picking out a balloon animal.

Bedford emergency vehicles, including two fire trucks and a police vehicle, were also available for curious children to explore.

Primary Bank staff handed out fresh-popped popcorn and bottled water, and Harvest Market employees grilled burgers and dogs.

“We couldn’t be happier with today’s event,” said Bill Stone, president and CEO of Primary Bank. “It’s great seeing the community come together and enjoy the day. But the fact that we can have fun like this while providing such a beneficial service to families from in and around Bedford makes it even better. We’re just so pleased to be part of this great community.”

Dylan Cruess and his daughter, Catherine, 4, took part in Primary Bank’s Kids Safety Day. Cruess is a member of the Masonic Washington Lodge No. 61, a co-sponsor of the event.

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Jen Porter, TFMoran Civil Engineer is “Spotlighted” by NEREJ

New England Real Estate Journal published their First Annual Women in Real Estate Spotlight on September 29, 2017. Jen Porter, PE, who serves as a Civil Project Engineer for TFMoran, was featured among many professional women in the industry.  Jen’s 19 years of engineering experience includes the site design of commercial, industrial, residential and institutional projects. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bucknell University. Congratulations to all the professional women featured in the NEREJ Spotlight!

We invite you to read Jen’s responses by clicking on this pdf link NEREJ _ 2017 Women in Real Estate Spotlight  or read the text below.

Jen Porter, PE
Project Engineer for TFMoran, Inc.

19 years in Engineering

How have you navigated obstacle to achieve success in your career?
Looking back, obstacles were tackled by good management, open communications and jumping on the next available opportunity. Starting in the engineering field right out of college, I had no practical experience, only my BS in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University.  I was fortunate to find an entry level position at TFMoran and that they were willing to train me.  I started reading every plan set or report I touched, attended workshops and put in extra hours at night to learn AutoCAD.  I asked A LOT of questions.  Years later, I am involved with multiple tasks on TFM civil projects: concepts, site design, drainage analysis & utility design, traffic analysis, and permitting.  The last 10 years have been spent balancing working full time and being a mom of two.  The office doesn’t slow down if kids are sick or have school events.  I’ve put in many late hours balancing work and family.  TFM has supported me as a working parent and has allowed flexibility to work outside of typical office hours.  This delicate balance is a constant challenge, but in the end, I wouldn’t want it any other way.  TFM is a great company and I am proud of the work that we do.

How do you play to your strengths to your advantage in your career?
In a fast-paced engineering company, you need to be a team player, dependable and always be ready for challenges. I was a competitive hurdler on the Track Team in high school and college, and while Track & Field is somewhat of an individual sport, everyone is working toward a common goal:  the better my performance, the better my team did.  The same teamwork approach is a great value in the work place.  My career choice to remain in my position as a project engineer is because I enjoy the role as a “worker-bee”, using my individual success, work ethic and experience for the good of the team.  From designing projects from the initial concept phase through the construction documents, I believe that behind every good Project Manager is a solid project engineer and design team they can depend on.

What trends are you seeing so far this year?
Right now in our Civil department, we are working on several mixed-use projects, educational projects, some residential developments and commercial/industrial projects.

What do you do for fun?
I play on a co-ed soccer team, love to hike with my family and laugh with my kids.

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Tri-City Expo – Always a Great Community Event!

Many of TFMoran’s recent engineering projects were on display at the Annual 2017 Tri-City Expo in downtown Manchester, NH. The Expo was held on Thursday, September 28th from 3pm to 7pm at the Radisson Hotel, Center of NH.  The Tri-City (Manchester, Concord and Nashua) Expo is a Chamber of Commerce event of networking for local businesses and consumers. TFMoran’s Engineers were on hand at Booth #712 to answer any questions about our recent featured projects.

New elements to the Tri-City Expo this year included a main stage, entertainment, tastings and libations, and a unique environment for both B-2-B and B-2-C businesses, making it an outstanding opportunity to network and do business – all under one roof! The Tri-City Expo has always been a step ahead, with exhibitors introducing cutting edge products and services.

Thank you to the Tri-City Chambers, and to all the exhibitors and attendees for making this a great community event! Looking forward to 2018!

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Visit Us at the Tri-City Expo! September 28th 3-7 p.m. Booth #712

Many of TFMoran’s recent engineering projects will be on display at the Annual 2017 Tri-City Expo in downtown Manchester, NH. The Expo is on Thursday, September 28th from 3pm to 7pm at the Radisson Hotel, Center of NH.  The Tri-City (Manchester, Concord and Nashua) Expo is a Chamber of Commerce event of networking for local businesses and consumers. Please stop by our Booth #712, which is located as you enter the Expo and over to the left. TFM’s Engineers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about our recent projects on display.

The Manchester Chamber of Commerce put out the following information that may be helpful if you interested in attending:

Click here to view a list of exhibitors!  Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with decision-makers from New Hampshire’s most forward-thinking businesses and there is no cost to attend.

New elements to the Tri-City Expo this year include a main stage, entertainment, tastings and libations, and a unique environment for both B-2-B and B-2-C businesses, making it an outstanding opportunity to network and do business – all under one roof! The Tri-City Expo has always been a step ahead, with exhibitors introducing cutting edge products and services.

Additionally, courtesy of Grace Limousine and Shuttle, a shuttle will be available to provide attendees with complementary rides to the Tri-City Expo! 
The shuttle will leave from the following locations: 

  • Victory Parking Garage, 25 Vine Street, Downtown Manchester
  • Bedford Street lot, corner of Bedford and Spring Streets, Manchester Millyard
  • Arms Park, 75 Arms Street, Manchester Millyard

Shuttles will pick up approximately every 20 minutes between 4 and 7:30 p.m. and will bring you to the Radisson Hotel. Pick-up and drop-off will be at the hotel entrance. 

 

 

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$5,385 TFMoran Donates to Hurricane Relief

TFMoran, Inc. and TFMoran staff have contributed to the Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief efforts by donating to the American Red Cross. Together the staff donated $2,885, which combined with TFMoran’s $2,500 gives us a total donation of $5,385.00!

Hurricane Harvey was a Category 3 hurricane that devastated eastern Texas and western Louisiana. Harvey hit the gulf coast of the U.S on Friday, August 25, 2017, bringing 130 mph winds and over 52 inches of rain! Experts estimate up to $180 billion in damage. Residents of the affected areas have lost all their belongings, leaving them homeless, hungry and lost on where to go next. The Red Cross has sent volunteers, donated money and food, and set up shelters. Almost immediately after the storm hit, volunteers headed into Houston to help, getting people safely into shelters and supplying them with food and blankets.

Less than two weeks later, Hurricane Irma started out as a Category 5 hurricane hitting parts of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti on September 5, 2017, leaving heavy flooding and damage. Next, the Florida Keys suffered severe damage on September 8th and 9th as Irma became a Category 4. Making its way to the mainland, Miami and southern Florida, the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 3, with winds of over 110 mph, heavy rains, and fierce winds for the entire state. An estimated 15 million people in Florida were without power with an estimated $100 billion damage. Florida’s Governor ordered  approximately 6.3 million people to evacuate before the hurricane hit.

The latest from the American Red Cross website:

At-a-Glance: Our Response to Harvey and Irma

September 18, 2017

The American Red Cross has a launched a wide-ranging relief effort to provide safe shelter, food and comfort to people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The Red Cross is part of a large team of agencies and organizations responding to provide help to those in need.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

  • In the last three weeks, the Red Cross and community partners have provided more than 934,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters due to hurricanes. Shelters were opened in 8 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • The Red Cross has served more than 3 million meals and snacks to people in need.
  • More than 6,400 Red Cross disaster workers and almost 300 emergency response vehicles are on the ground right now, helping thousands of people affected by these storms.
  • More than 73 million hurricane and flood alerts have been issued through Red Cross mobile apps for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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Follow TFMoran on Instagram!

TFMoran has recently joined Instagram! Thanks to Kelsie Gagner, our Marketing Assistant and a Senior at SNHU, TFM is expanding our audience.  In order to follow the demand of “need-it-now” generation that millennials are introducing, TFM News is now at your fingertips on a world favorite app. Although Instagram is a form of marketing, we have invited all TFM employees to participate in postings, stories and ideas for the page. It is a communal social media page for our employees, clients and others who want to see what we’re up to. We are taking this opportunity to show off more than just all the recent projects our engineers have been designing, but our playful side as well. We want to expand our audience, and let the world know what we’re up to in and out of the office.

We invite you to please Follow Us on Instagram!

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40! Congrats to Joe Sears for 40 Years at TFMoran!

TFMoran kicked off the weekend with a “TGIF” all for Joe Sears, celebrating his 40-Year-Anniversary with the Company. Graduating college in 1976 with a BS in Business Management, Joe came out of school seeking a job at a Navy shipyard. While waiting for that position to begin, Joe took a temporary position at TFMoran. Lucky for us, temporary became permanent. Beginning in 1977 in Manchester, NH, Mr. Sears was amongst the original TFM crew. He has done everything from courier, file indexer, blueprint maker, office manager, receptionist to fix-it-man. Mr. Sears has been a loyal employee ever since. Beginning as a land surveyor / service technician, Joe tried out almost every position in the office, and is currently co-receptionist and manages archives of plans/documents. He also does all filing, mailing, packaging, and copying for the engineers. TFM President, Bob Duval, gave a speech thanking Joe for all he has done and recognizing his positive attributes to the company stating “Joe always makes sure that any plans and important documents get to who and where they’re supposed to, professionally and on time.”

The TGIF Celebration of Joe’s 40 Years concluded with a make your own sundae bar and refreshments. TFM employees enjoyed each other’s company and congratulated Joe on his many dedicated years here at the Company. Also in attendance was Joe’s wife Suzanne. Joe ended the TGIF with a speech on his time here at TFM and thanked all of the people who have made an impact on him. We thank Joe for all he has done, and appreciate all he will do in the future.

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TFM Welcomes Harold Fitch to the Structural Team!

TFMoran has announced the expansion of its structural engineering team to 12 people with the addition of Harold Fitch. Mr. Fitch is a versatile Structural Designer with over 24 years of experience in private and public sector work, including over 20 years in the Army and Army National Guard. His recent work experience includes structural design of healthcare, senior living, multi-residential, hospitality and commercial facilities. Mr. Fitch’s education background includes Structural and Civil Drafting at Kennebec Valley Technical College in Waterville, Maine, and Industrial and Engineering Technology at Leeward Community College in Oahu, Hawaii. His extensive background also includes field survey and construction experience while serving in the military, and he led a Forward Engineer Support Team during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005.

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TFM’s Nick Golon Chairs 2017 Manchester Bike Tour

TFMoran’s Senior Project Manager, Nick Golon, served as Chairman for the 2017 Manchester Bike Tour that took place on Sunday, September 10th. The event consisted of a 30-40 mile family-friendly scenic bike tour around the City of Manchester. The purpose of the tour is to support city-wide environmental projects and land conservation through the Manchester Conservation Commission Conservation Fund. Included in the registration was rest stops, admission to the NH Aviation Museum and Western Observatory, snacks, tee-shirt and lunch at the end catered by the Puritan Backroom. Sights along the route include Rock Rimmon, the Piscataquog Rail Trail, Nutt’s Pond Recreation Trail, Aviation Museum at the Airport, Lake Massabesic and the Historic Weston Observatory.

The event enjoyed another successful year and the weather made for a beautiful day! A big thank you to TFM’s Nick Golon and all the volunteers for making the event a success, along with all who sponsored it!

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TFMoran SNHU project featured in High-Profile Sept issue

High-Profile’s September 2017 issue focuses on Educational Facilities, and features one of TFMoran’s civil engineering and landscape architecture projects at Southern New Hampshire University, Monadnock Hall.  HighProfile Monthly is a three-generation family publication that covers all aspects of the New England architecture, engineering, and construction industry.

To read the article in pdf format, click this link TFMoran SNHU Monadnock Hall Project in High-Profile Sept 2017 Issue

Or, read the text below:

TFMoran Provides Civil/Site Design for SNHU’s Monadnock Hall

Hooksett, NH –  TFMoran of Bedford, NH provided survey, permitting, civil/site engineering, and landscape architecture for this new 4-story dormitory at Southern New Hampshire University, located on East Side Drive in Hooksett, NH. The 103,440sf building contains apartment-style dormitories made up of single and double bedrooms, in total there are 300 beds. Included are many amenities not typical to a college dorm, such as: a full kitchen, living room, and a separate shower off from the bathroom. Located on the first floor of the building will also be a fitness center, game room, and a common “Main Street”. The project architects are Mackey Mitchell of St. Louis, MO and Lavallee Brensinger of Manchester, NH, and the general contractor is Whiting Turner of Framingham, MA. The exterior of the structure is a new design for SNHU, made up of natural stone and metal panels. A ribbon cutting event is planned for early September, after students get settled into their new home.