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TFMoran structural engineers lend a hand to Building on Hope project

On May 20, 2018 this year’s Building on Hope project makeover was revealed! Congratulations to this year’s recipient Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire. TFMoran is proud to be part of the Building on Hope project team. TFMoran’s structural engineers donated services to the project architect Warrenstreet Architects of Concord, NH.

“Every two years, Building on Hope rallies hundreds of volunteers to complete a week-long, community-supported renovation of a nonprofit facility,” according to the organization’s website. “In the past eight years, Building on Hope has completed $3.6 million in work for organizations including Girls Inc., Easterseals, Opportunity Networks and the Manchester Police Athletic League. ” Building on Hope’s motto is “many hands make light work.”

We invite you to watch the WMUR coverage of the ribbon-cutting event.  Or, read the WMUR story below.

Thanks to a group called Building on Hope, the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire has a new, safe facility for its clients.Paula Wall, executive director for CCCNH sent the application to Building on Hope over a year ago.

CCCNH was chosen from more than 35 candidates.

After 16 days of hard labor, most felt speechless as they took their first step inside the newly renovated emergency shelter for survivors of domestic and sexual assault.

“Survivors want to be believed. They want people to look at them without pity and without judgment,” said Tina Smith, a survivor and CCCNH board member.

“You said that you believe us. You believe our work is so important that we are deserving of this amazing effort, and I can’t thank you enough,” said Tara Reardon, chair of the board.

“We basically have done an entire gut of the building. We tore the chimney out. All new mechanical, all new electrical, all new lighting,” said Jonathan Halle, co-chair of Building on Hope.

Some of the finishing touches were being put on the facility right up until the ceremony.

Organizers said none of this would have been possible without the volunteers and the donations.

“It’s amazing that you can have so many people come together to produce something like this,” said Karen Van Der Beken, co-chair of Building on Hope.

Each room had its own designer and contractor and will soon be a place where someone can start over.

“When they’ve made the decision that they have to get out of the situation that they’re in, this is going to be so welcoming,” Van Der Beken said.

“Having a place to come that they really feel love and they feel embraced and that they feel that there’s something better than what they’re experiencing, and this is a springboard to something in their life,” Halle said.

Last year, the agency had to turn away 319 women and children, but it said this new facility will make all the difference.

To learn more about the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire, visit its website.

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TFMoran gets “Noses On” in support of Red Nose Day – May 24th

TFMoran staff got their “Noses On” in support of Red Nose Day on May 24th, 2018. Thanks to everyone who participated, taking a little time out of their busy day to help raise awareness to ending child poverty in the U.S. and around the globe. For $1, an official Red Nose can be purchased at your local Walgreens.  Half the money will be donated to one of the many charities Walgreens supports, such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Save the Children, and Feeding America. For a full list of charities and proud supporters, click here.

If you have not heard of Red Nose Day befor this, it was created by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning writer-director Richard Curtis (Love Actually) and has raised $1 billion globally since its launch 30 years ago in the U.K. in 1988. One of the major charities that influenced Red Nose Day is Comic Relief. Comic Relief is an organization that launched in 1985 to raise money to address poverty and social injustice throughout the world through the use of comedy and laughter. The event is held every two years as a U.K fundraising event, and it encourages people to wear a red nose and act silly to help raise money.

Nearly 1/3 of the world’s population, more than three billion people, have less than $2.50 to live on for one day. One billion children worldwide are living in poverty, and nearly 22,000 children die every day because of it.

Since beginning the campaign in 2015, Walgreens has helped raise awareness and donates to child poverty. They have helped raise over 100 million dollars and helped more than eight million children living in poverty.   $1 gives a child a nutritious meal, while $10 gives entire classroom textbooks. NBC will be broadcasting an all day campaign dedicated to the event that includes a special edition of American Ninja Warrior.

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TFMoran structural engineers donate services for the 2018 Building on Hope project

TFMoran is proud to be part of the Building on Hope project team. TFMoran’s structural engineers donated services to the project architect Warrenstreet Architects of Concord, NH, to help the Building on Hope project makeover of the Crisis Center of Central NH get under way. “Every two years, Building on Hope rallies hundreds of volunteers to complete a weeklong, community-supported renovation of a nonprofit facility,” according to the organization’s website. “In the past eight years, Building on Hope has completed $3.6 million in work for organizations including Girls Inc., Easterseals, Opportunity Networks and the Manchester Police Athletic League. ” Building on Hope’s motto is “many hands make light work.” Please lend a hand to this important cause.
To read the NH Business Review online article about the 2018 Building on Hope project click this link, or read the story below.

Support sought for Building on Hope’s next renovation

Complete makeover, expansion planned for Crisis Center of Central NH

By NHBR Staff

Published: April 25, 2018

The volunteer nonprofit organization Building on Hope is looking for help in the form of skilled labor and donations to tackle its next project: the $500,000 renovation of the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire in Concord.

The center, known as CCCNH, is the only agency exclusively dedicated to working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Merrimack County. In 2017, it served 1,184 people, answered 4,950 hotline calls and provided 2,991 bed nights. Its building is old with outdated systems, an inefficient floor plan and a kitchen and bathrooms appropriate for a family of four, not for a shelter that regularly houses 13 women and children, said organizers. The renovation will nearly double the facility’s size from four bedrooms with 13 beds to seven bedrooms with 24 beds.

Already, hundreds of businesses and individuals have signed on from all over the state, but additional help is needed to ensure the project, which begins with a May 11 groundbreaking and concludes with a reveal day celebration on May 20, runs smoothly, organizers said.

“This is our fifth renovation project, and each year I am blown away with how members of the local community and beyond step up to help in any way that they can,” said Jonathan Halle, co-chair of Building on Hope. “With the groundbreaking just a few weeks out, there are still materials and volunteers we need to provide skilled labor during Build Week in May.”

Halle said Building on Hope is seeking skilled carpenters, painters, flooring installers, plumbing and HVAC technicians, electricians and general laborers to donate their time Week. Interested businesses and individuals can contact Building on Hope’s volunteer coordinator, Sue Bee at [email protected]

Those interested in making a contribution can do so through Building on Hope’s GoFundMe page.

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TFMoran sponsors Tonight’s Sky at the McAuliffe-Shepherd Discovery Center

TFMoran is proud to be the annual sponsor for the Tonight’s Sky events at the McAuliffe-Shepherd Discovery Center in Concord, NH. The event is a show that informs attendees about the night sky of that evening. Each Tonight’s Sky event is different from the next. TFMoran’s COO Dylan Cruess and daughter Cate checked out this interactive show; it lets you feel like you’re riding through space, taking in the night sky as it is right in front of you. The Digital Sky projection system allows you to travel thousands of light years from Earth!

Tickets are on sale now and you can find more information at: https://www.starhop.com/calendar-of-events/2018/4/13/tonights-sky

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TFMoran beautifies Manchester WWII Memorial grounds in Veterans Park for “Adopt-A-Block” Earth Day event

It’s that time of year again, Adopt-A-Block! For the third consecutive year, TFMoran employees participated in the annual InTown Manchester’s Adopt-A-Block event, which is a neighborhood cleanup in support of Earth Day. Intown Manchester Management, Inc. is a non-profit organization working, in cooperation with the City of Manchester, to increase downtown’s competitiveness and to affirm Manchester’s position as an economic leader of the New England region.  Their service areas include outdoor maintenance, beautification, and business support through marketing, communications, and event production.

This year TFMoran’s own Dylan Cruess, Cassi Beroney, Nick Golon, Jeff Tate, Maureen Kelly, Matt Mullen and Rob Vida participated in the event by picking up litter, raking and spreading bark mulch around the WWII Memorial in Veterans Park. This downtown Manchester Memorial is special to TFMoran, since the company donated survey, site design and landscape architecture services when it was first constructed.  This event brings local businesses and community members together to get outside and beautify Manchester neighborhoods, all while keeping the earth clean. Participants of the event also enjoyed a slice of pizza or two donated by 900 Degrees, one of downtown Manchester’s favorite restaurants.

This year, InTown teamed up with Eversource in the hopes of expanding their reach and attempt to grow the volunteer base. It was another successful year of keeping Manchester “clean and green”. Thanks to InTown Manchester for coordinating and hosting such a great event!

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TFMoran’s COO, Dylan Cruess, one of 40 honored at Union Leader Awards Night

The front page of the Union Leader published on Thursday, March 15, 2018 featured a story written by Paul Feely reporting on the Class of 2018: 40 Under Forty Awards night held at the Grappone Center in Concord, NH. TFMoran’s COO, Dylan Cruess was not only one of the forty honored at the event, but he was also quoted in the article. Congratulations to all the under Forty honorees who make our state a better place to live and work!

To view a pdf of the published story, click on this link NH Union Leader Class of 2018 40 under Forty honorees  or read the text below:

Class of 2018: 40 under Forty honorees make NH a better place to live and work

Taking their places in the ranks of honorees considered among the state’s top political and community leaders, members of the 2018 class of the New Hampshire Union Leader 40 Under Forty were honored during a ceremony Wednesday night at the Grappone Conference Center.

The program, now in its 17th year, honors New Hampshire residents who have achieved professional and volunteer accomplishments in the state. Past honorees include former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter and Olympic gold medalist skier Bode Miller.

“I’m honored to be recognized for doing something I enjoy doing, and would be happy to do regardless of my vocation,” said Lauren Collins-Cline, director of communications and public relations at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. “I think the quality of this year’s class is indicative of the under 40 crowd in New Hampshire. We hear a lot about the graying of the state, and an event like this spotlights what the younger generation is accomplishing.”

“Going through the list of honorees, it is an incredibly impressive list,” said Gov. Chris Sununu. “The sky is the limit in New Hampshire. You have the ability to do anything here and it’s our responsibility as government officials to make sure the doors are open to you. This state is about opportunity. You are here because you made the best of it.”

The 28 women and 12 men chosen for the 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty have made professional and personal contributions to make New Hampshire a better place to live and work. This year’s group includes four people in their 20s; 16 between 30 and 35; and 20 between 36 and 39 — including nine 39-year olds.

The most popular profession in this year’s class is attorney, the listed occupation for four of the honorees. They represent a very diverse workforce — real estate, health care, arts and entertainment, state politics, retail, accounting, insurance, finance, education and coaching, engineering, advocacy, promoting New Hampshire.

“You’ve done a lot to get here,” said New Hampshire Union Leader Executive Editor Trent Spiner. “Every year we are just amazed at your stories, and the things you have done and achieved. I am even more amazed at what you will go on to do.”

“It’s a great class, and I’m honored to be a part of it,” said Dylan Cruess, principal and chief operating officer of TFMoran Inc. “You see the people who have been recognized before you, and it’s an honor to be a part of that group.”

“I’m honored to be chosen, and to be a good role model for my kids,” said Jessica Bond, program director for Ascentria Care Alliance Therapeutic Family Connections Program. “I’m happy for the opportunity to help put a spotlight on the need for foster care in New Hampshire.”

“It’s a great class,” said Will Craig, community relations and economic development specialist with Eversource. “It’s a nice opportunity to recognize a great group of people for the good work they do around the state.”

Nominations for this year’s honorees were gathered in the fall. Nominees had to be younger than 40 as of Feb. 1, have lived in the state for at least three years, and have made professional and personal contributions to making New Hampshire a better place.

Citizens Bank sponsored the 2018 40 Under Forty Awards.

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18th Bob Baines Blarney Breakfast

The Annual Bob Baines Blarney Breakfast was held on Wednesday March 14, 2018 for the 18th consecutive year at The Manchester Downtown Hotel (formerly the Radisson). This St. Patrick’s Day tradition is not only a good time, but a charity event that benefits several local charities to help make a difference and allow companies to give back. This year’s organizations include: Special Olympics NH, American Red Cross and The Shirley Brulotte Fund for the International Institute of New England – Manchester.

This year’s special guests were Ronan Tynan, an Irish tenor singer from Dublin, Ireland, and Timothy Shriver, the Special Olympics Chairman.

TFMoran is one of the many local companies and organizations sponsoring the event.

For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/BlarneyBreakfast/

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TFMoran Sponsors Bedford Basketball League

TFMoran is proud to announce our support of the Bedford Basketball League this season! This year there are 63 teams in the league made up of first through eighth graders, both boys and girls. And, thanks to Chris Ware, BBL Director of Sponsorship, there are 49 individual sponsors. This is TFMoran’s first year sponsoring the organization and we are happy to be a part of it.  Playing on the TFMoran sponsored team is Myles Lamb, who is the son of one of our Senior Structural Engineers, Tom Lamb. Myles plays on the 1st/2nd grade boys recreation division team coached by Stephen Dunker. We are happy to cheer him on from the office and the sidelines!  Go TFMoran Team!

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The American Red Cross of NH & VT thanks TFMoran for generously supporting Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts

Red Cross visit to TFMoran for Harvey & Irma Hurricane Relief Donation

Dylan Cruess, COO, TFMoran and Maria Devlin, CEO, American Red Cross-NH & VT

In early November 2017, Maria Devlin, CEO, American Red Cross-NH & VT, visited both the Bedford and Portsmouth offices of TFMoran to thank the company and staff for generously supporting the Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts. Both offices were presented with a wall plaque, as Ms. Devlin explained how the relief efforts were progressing. This wasn’t her first time visiting TFMoran, back in 2013 she presented TFMoran with a plaque for a financial contribution to the American Red Cross’ Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.

“The employees of TFMoran have shown time and time again that they are willing to pitch in to help out the people in need whether they are in the next town, or half way around the world.”  said Dylan Cruess, COO of TFMoran. “That’s the kind of people we are proud to employ here, compassionate and generous.”

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.

To learn more about the Hurricane Relief Efforts go to the American Red Cross website: http://www.redcross.org

 

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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.