Recent News and Announcements

Below are the City of Dover's most recent announcements.

  • Emergency parking ban in place Sunday evening

    posted on: 1/5/2018

    The City of Dover has declared an Emergency Parking Ban for the downtown area beginning Sunday evening. This ban is in addition to the citywide winter parking ban.

    The Emergency Parking Ban will take effect at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 and conclude at 6 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 8. The ban will allow Community Services crews to remove snow downtown. Crews will prepare for snow removal early Sunday evening, before the ban begins.

    Any vehicle parked on the street after 9 p.m. and interfering with snow removal will be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense. During the Emergency Parking Ban, vehicles may be parked in any city-controlled parking lot, including the Orchard Street lot and Parking Garage, Third Street lot, Locust Street lot, Library lot, Belknap lot, Chestnut Street lot, and the Transportation Center lot.

  • Help with snow removal by keeping City right-of-way clear

    posted on: 1/5/2018

    With winter here, Community Services is reminding property owners to keep the City's right-of-way clear of obstructions.

    The City's right-of-way applies to streets, sidewalks, utility poles, trees, signs and water, sewer and drainage lines. Obstructions in the right-of-way, such as lawn markers, pose a safety concern to fire apparatus and maintenance equipment, and can prohibit the City's plow crews from maintaining adequate road width during winter storms.

    The City's right-of-way is typically 50 feet, and extends 12 to 14 feet beyond the edge of pavement. This additional space is often necessary for snow removal and storage during the winter months, and allows crews to maintain clear and safe roadways.

  • Warming center open as cold weather continues

    posted on: 12/28/2017; updated: 1/2/2018

    As cold air and dangerous wind chills continue, the City of Dover's warming site is available during regular operating hours at the McConnell Center. The warming site, located in the cafeteria at the McConnell Center, is open each weekday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for Dover which remains in effect. The cold wind chills can cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin. Wind chills will range from 10 below zero to 25 below zero during this time.

    Dover Fire Chief Eric Hagman urges residents to take precautions to stay safe as the cold weather continues.

    “When temperatures get this cold, it can be dangerous without proper safety precautions,” Hagman said. “Dress appropriately if outside and ensure you have sufficient heating fuel and properly functioning appliances to help avoid frozen pipes or carbon monoxide leaks.”

  • Recycling Center to accept Christmas trees

    posted on: 12/26/2017

    The City of Dover Recycling Center on Mast Road will begin accepting Christmas trees on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, during regular hours.

    Trees must be free of all ornaments, lights, tinsel, tree bags and tree stands or they will not be accepted.

    Trees can be disposed of in the brush pile.

    The Recycling Center is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • High School senior organizes blood drive

    posted on: 12/26/2017

    Dover High School Senior, Billy Shultz, is sponsoring a Leaders Saves Lives Drive on Friday, Dec. 29, from 2-7 p.m. Shultz has put a great deal of effort into organizing the event and has obtained items from several local businesses to offer as raffle prizes for donors. Items being raffled include: a Canon printer from Staples, four Children's Museum of New Hampshire passes, a $25 gift card to Hannafords, a $30 voucher to Panera, a $10 gift card to Aroma Joes, a $20 gift card to Ikko, and a $25 gift card from Lafesta Brick and Brew. Fiddlehead Farms is donating a food platter for donors as well.

    In addition, the American Red Cross will have long-sleeved T-shirts for all presenting donors. This drive falls during a critical collection period for the Red Cross as winter storms and holiday events prevent many donors from giving blood and can lead to shortages at local hospitals.

  • Teen Escape Rooms at the Dover Public Library

    posted on: 12/26/2017

    We are going to kick it like its 1986! Join us for a Totally Radical 80's Escape Room on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. for middle school ages and 3 p.m. for high school. An Escape Room is an interactive game where participants work as a team towards a goal by cracking codes and solving puzzles.

    Welcome back to 1986! Here you will find all of our cutting-edge technology from the 1980's which you will need to use along with your knowledge of all that was Rad in the 80's to get yourself back to present day. You only have 45 minutes before you are stuck in the past forever.

  • City offices, facilities closed Christmas Day

    posted on: 12/23/2017

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25 for Christmas. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

    The Public Library will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day.

    All Recreation facilities are closed on Christmas Day.

    The Recycling Center on Mast Road and all Recreation facilities will be closed on Christmas Day.

    Curbside trash and recycling pickup will be delayed one day the week of Dec. 25, 2017. There is no pickup on Monday, Dec. 25.

  • Recycling Center closed Saturday, Dec. 23

    posted on: 12/22/2017

    Due to the weather, the Recycling Center on Mast Road will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017.

    A winter storm warning is in effect. According to the National Weather Service, five to eight inches of snow is expected in Dover today, Dec. 22. Freezing rain is expected on Saturday, Dec. 23, with the potential for ice accretion.

    Regular Recycling Center hours will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

    In addition, curbside trash and recycling pickup will be delayed one day the week of Dec. 25, 2017 for the Christmas holiday. There is no pickup on Monday, Dec. 25.

  • Dover public schools announce early release times for Friday

    posted on: 12/21/2017

    Due to the uncertainty of the afternoon weather conditions for Friday, Dec. 22, the Dover School District will dismiss school at the following times:

    Dover Middle School at 11:45 a.m., Dover High School and Alternative School at 11:55 a.m., and all elementary schools at 12:45 p.m.

    Morning preschool dismissal will be 10:45 a.m. and there will be no afternoon preschool.

  • City participating in holiday food drive

    posted on: 12/15/2017

    The City of Dover is participating in a holiday food drive and is now accepting food item donations at City Hall, 288 Central Ave.

    The food drive supports End 68 Hours of Hunger, a nonprofit effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the free lunch they receive at school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive at school on Monday morning. The program, established in New Hampshire in 2011, puts nourishing food in the hands of school children to carry them through the weekend.

  • Dover Youth to Youth offering tours of Santa’s Castle

    posted on: 12/11/2017

    Dover Youth to Youth is hosting its eighth annual Santa’s Castle at the McConnell Center in downtown Dover on the two weekends before Christmas. Each night children and their families will be able to tour several rooms in Santa’s Castle and meet Santa and many of his elves and other costumed characters.

    During the first weekend the event will be held on Saturday and Sunday Dec. 16 and 17, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Over the second weekend the Castle will be open on Friday, Dec. 22, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    During the tour, students from Youth to Youth will guide visitors through Rudolph’s stable, Santa’s toy room, Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen and other parts of the Castle. Along the tour children may choose to take part in a variety activities, including such things as decorating a cookie in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, make crafts in Santa’s toy shop, write a letter to Santa, or make “reindeer food” in the stable.

  • Upcoming Spaulding Turnpike night work to require road closures

    posted on: 12/9/2017

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces upcoming night work on the Spaulding Turnpike (NH 16) in Dover for the placement of concrete girders at the new Exit 6 Bridge, which carries US Route 4 over the Spaulding Turnpike.

    This work will take place in two stages. The first stage will be three nights, beginning on the night of Sunday, Dec. 10 and running through the night of Tuesday, Dec. 12. Work on this stage will focus on the erection of concrete girders over the northbound Spaulding Turnpike. Operations will require single-lane closures and short-term roadway closures on the northbound Spaulding Turnpike in the area of the Exit 6 Interchange. Work will begin at approximately 8 p.m., with short-term roadway closures anticipated to begin around 10 p.m. The duration of the required roadway closures is anticipated to be less than 15 minutes.

  • Ice Arena to hold Santa Skate Dec. 10

    posted on: 12/7/2017

    The Dover Arena will host a Santa Skate on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 1:30-3 p.m. with a story time and holiday songs following the skate.

    This is always a fun event for all ages and is during the arena's regular Recreation Department public skating time on Sundays. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be present to meet the children and their families and pass out some holiday treats.

    After the skating, Santa and Mrs. Claus will have a story time and holiday songs for all of the children and some favorite holiday stories will be shared for all to enjoy.

  • Dover Fire Toy Bank seeking donations

    posted on: 12/5/2017

    The leaves have fallen, the weather is much colder, the days are getting shorter and that means the 2017 Dover Fire Toy Bank has started planning for their annual toy bank.

    The Dover Fire Toy Bank has been coordinated by current and retired members of the Dover Fire & Rescue for more than 40 years. The Toy Bank started out all those years ago helping a dozen families in the city, it has now grown to helping over 350 families. While Christmas typically conjures up visions of Santa and toys, the Toy Bank also provides educational aids, warm clothing, and boots to many children in Dover.

    Games and toys are fun; but this year as in the recent past, the Dover Toy Bank is also anticipating an increased need for the fundamentals for many Dover families.

    The Dover community - area businesses, seniors, families, school groups, civic groups and others have been very supportive and generous in the past. Donations of toys, games, clothing, personal hygiene items, gift certificates, and monetary donations have enabled us to help those less fortunate. The Toy Bank would not be successful without continued help from the community.

  • Whittier Street Bridge now open

    posted on: 11/27/2017; updated: 12/5/2017

    The Whittier Street bridge over the Cocheco River is now open to traffic. Some additional sidewalk work and clean-up remains, but the bridge is accessible to all through-traffic.

    The bridge has been closed since November 2016 when crews began the complete reconstruction of the bridge. The bridge had previously been on the state's "Red List" of ailing bridges.

    The original bridge was constructed in 1962 and required significant repairs over the years. The reconstruction project required that the old bridge be removed and a new bridge constructed in its place. The new bridge is higher than the old bridge and will include sidewalks.

  • Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Dec. 1

    posted on: 11/30/2017

    The 32nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Henry Law Park will be held on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 at 6 p.m.

    Joyful Voices, the a capella group UNH Wildtones and Nancy Gurick will lead attendees in singing popular Christmas songs around the tree.

    Everyone is encouraged to attend this family tradition, held each holiday season, and to bring a weather-appropriate ornament to hang on the tree. After the ceremony, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance and speak with the children.

    Please dress warm and join in for some caroling around the tree.

  • Police now accepting names for holiday food baskets

    posted on: 11/27/2017

    Police Chief Anthony F. Colarusso, Jr. announced that the Dover Police Department is now accepting names of needy families residing in Dover for the annual Holiday Food Basket Program.

    The Police Department sponsors this program each December to provide holiday dinners to families in Dover. Last year, more than 150 baskets of food were distributed to families throughout the community, which provided meals to more than 500 people.

    In addition, a large quantity of food was provided to a local soup kitchen, the Food Pantry, the Dover Children’s Home and My Friend’s Place homeless shelter.

    In order to make this program a success, donations are needed from the community. Non-perishable food items, canned goods, or monetary donations (checks should be made payable to Dover Police Charities) will be accepted at the Dover Police Department, 46 Chestnut St. If you cannot arrange for delivery to the police station, call 603-742-4646 and pick up will be arranged.

  • Third Street lot to reopen for public parking through holidays

    posted on: 11/21/2017; updated: 11/27/2017

    The Third Street parking lot is now open for public parking and will remain open through Jan. 2, 2018. Because construction at the lot will not begin until after the holidays, the property developer, Carnegie Holdings, has agreed to open the lot to public parking temporarily. The lot will close each day from 1 to 6 a.m. and is not available for overnight parking.

    “In no way is this a change in the overall plan to redevelop the lot,” said Christopher G. Parker, AICP, Dover’s Assistant City Manager for Planning and Strategic Initiatives. “The developer has indicated that due to the holidays they will have a reduced working schedule, and we were able to negotiate a short-term reopening to assist with Downtown Dover’s holiday activities. The front portion of the lot remains privately owned.”

    The fence around the lot will remain in place, except for the entrances.

  • Road closures and traffic restrictions in place for Thanksgiving Day race

    posted on: 11/22/2017

    Dover Police Chief Anthony F. Colarusso, Jr. announces the following road closures and parking restrictions for the Dover Turkey Trot 5K run/walk event, organized by and benefiting the Garrison Elementary School Parent/Teacher Association. This is the final race of the 2017 Dover Race Series.

    On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 at 8:30 a.m., Shaws Lane will be closed in both directions between Garrison Road and Tideview Drive, for a period of approximately 10 minutes to accommodate the start of the race (8:20 to 8:35 a.m.). Garrison Road will be closed in the westerly direction at Morningside Drive from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., with traffic diverted through the Morningside neighborhood.

    Between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., motorists should expect additional delays in the following locations:

  • Annual holiday parade is Nov. 26

    posted on: 11/17/2017

    The annual Dover Holiday Parade will be held on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.

    The theme for this year’s parade is “Holidays Remembered.”

    Volunteers are needed to carry banners, as well as for trucks and flatbeds to use for floats. To volunteer contact the parade organizers at

  • Citywide winter parking ban begins Dec. 1

    posted on: 11/13/2017

    Dover Community Services Director John Storer and Police Chief Anthony F. Colarusso, Jr. announced that the winter parking ban will begin citywide Dec. 1, 2017, and conclude April 1, 2018.

    The ban requires that no vehicle be parked on any city street or sidewalk between the hours of 1 and 6 a.m., and is not limited to nights with snow in the forecast. Vehicles may park in most city-controlled parking lots during this time without the need for a parking permit; however, motorists must follow the daytime rules of each parking lot. Residents should refer to for specifics.

    “Keeping parked vehicles off the roads during the winter months is critical to giving Community Services crews proper access,” Colarusso said.

    Vehicles found in violation of the winter parking ban will be issued a $15 parking ticket. Vehicles interfering with snow removal may be towed.

  • Next public session on City of Dover hazard mitigation plan is Nov. 14

    posted on: 11/13/2017

    Strafford Regional Planning Commission is continuing the process to update the City of Dover’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The second meeting with the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee has been scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the McConnell Center, Room 305. At this meeting, the Planning Committee will review the October meeting notes, discuss floodplain management and the City’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program, and evaluate past disasters and emergency declarations.

  • Think safety before warming up your home

    posted on: 11/13/2017

    With colder weather on the way, Dover Fire and Rescue urges residents to think about safety when keeping warm.

    According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is a leading cause of fires in U.S. homes, including one- and two-family homes and apartments.

    Heating equipment fires accounted for 16 percent of all reported home fires in 2009-2013, which is second only behind cooking, and 19 percent of home fire deaths, second only behind smoking materials.

    "When colder weather arrives, we turn to home heating to take the chill out of the air," said Fire Chief Eric Hagman. "But before you do, remember that home heating equipment can be dangerous, and even fatal, if not used and cleaned properly."

  • Veterans Day ceremony, park dedication to be held Nov. 11

    posted on: 11/6/2017

    A Veterans Day ceremony will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at 11 a.m., at the City Hall auditorium.

    The ceremony will include an invocation, Taps, posting of colors, and the national anthem. There will be remarks by City officials, including Mayor Karen Weston, veterans and guest speakers, Lt. Charles "Johann" Sung and Gen. Mark Sears, retired.

    A dedication ceremony of the new Dover Veterans Park will follow on the grounds of the McConnell Center.

  • City offices closed for Veterans Day

    posted on: 11/6/2017

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, for Veterans Day. Regular hours will resume on Monday, Nov. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Public Library is also closed on Friday, Nov. 10, for Veterans Day.

    Trash pickup and curbside recycling are not affected by the holiday and will follow a regular schedule. Parking meters are also in operation on Friday, Nov. 10.

  • Let Daylight Saving Time serve as a reminder for fire safety and prevention

    posted on: 11/3/2017

    Daylight Saving 2017Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 a.m. It's a good time to change and test the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

    Dover Fire and Rescue reminds residents that one simple step can help save their lives and the lives of those around them. Everyone is encouraged to use the extra hour they “gain” from Daylight Saving Time to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, test alarms and remind friends, family, neighbors and fellow community members to do the same.

    “Eighty percent of child fire fatalities occur in homes without working smoke alarms," said Dover Fire Chief Eric Hagman. "It’s a tragic statistic that could be reduced by adopting the simple habit of changing your batteries when you change your clocks.”

    According to the National Fire Protection Agency, 71 percent of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, testing those alarms and reminding others to do the same are some of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries.

  • Next Dover Art Walk is Nov. 3

    posted on: 11/3/2017

    The next Dover Art Walk is tonight, Nov. 3, from 4-8 p.m., in downtown Dover. This is the ninhth in a series of monthly art walks, held on the first Friday of each month.

    The walks begin at Washington Street Mills, where people can pick up a map, and visit galleries and studios in the mill. A variety of downtown businesses will host art and local artists, including Adelle's; Nicole's Hallmark; Village Goldsmith Gallery; The Falls Grill & Tavern; Pin Ups; Photosmith; Roots Juice Bar; Five Sirens Gallery; Ross Furniture; Gyro Spot; Pear Tree Paper & Gifts; Just the Thing; Spires Creative Media, and the Dover Wine Company.

  • 8th-Grade Student Info Night is Nov. 2

    posted on: 11/1/2017

    The Dover School District will hold an 8th-Grade Student Info Night on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Dover High School auditorium.

    This all-ages event will feature an academic fair, CTE program tours, clubs and sports sign-ups, and architectural designs of the new high school now under construction. Students, faculty and administrators will be available to answer questions. The school store will also remain open during the event.

    Info Night is sponsored by Nellie Mae Community Engagement; the Dover High School and CTC Joint Building Committee; and CTE Student Ambassadors.

  • City Clerk to test ballot machines Nov. 2

    posted on: 10/30/2017

    The City Clerk will test the City's electronic ballot machines and test ballots on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, starting at 9 a.m. in the auditorium at City Hall. Ballot machine testing precedes the Tuesday, Nov. 7 munucipal election, and is open to all.

    The City of Dover Clerk's Office is seeking additional election workers in Ward 1. These volunteers will assist as greeters and will assist the ward moderator, as needed.

    Volunteers are not required to commit to the entire day and can work as little as a few hours on election day.

    The City Clerk's office provides training to election workers.

  • Public session on City of Dover hazard mitigation plan is Oct. 31

    posted on: 10/25/2017; updated: 10/29/2017

    Strafford Regional Planning Commission has begun the process to update the City of Dover’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The first meeting with the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the McConnell Center in Room 305. At the first meeting, the Planning Committee will review the update process, discuss existing and past mitigation strategies, and evaluate past disasters and emergency declarations.

    All residents, businesses, municipal officials, and interested parties from Dover and other neighboring communities are welcome to attend the meeting. If unable to attend, please forward any ideas or concerns to: Kyle Pimental, Principal Regional Planner, Strafford Regional Planning Commission at or to Dover Fire Chief Eric Hagman at

  • Storm causes power outages, road closures

    posted on: 10/30/2017; updated at 2 p.m.

    Strong winds and heavy rain have caused power outages and road closures throughout the City.

    As of 2 p.m., Eversource reports that more than 3,000 customers are without power in Dover. Crews continue to work to restore power to affected areas.

    Eversource estimates that power may be out in some locations for two days.

    For residents who need shelter, please contact Police Dispatch at 742-4646. The McConnell Center is also available for people who need a place to charge electronics or need a heated location temporarily. The McConnell Center is open until 9 p.m. today and open on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Due to the weather-related power outages and storm clean-up, Trick-or-Treat in Dover has been postponed to Tuesday, Oct. 31, 5 to 8 p.m.

    Trash and recycling pick-up is delayed by at least two hours.

  • Online survey seeks input on proposed climate change chapter of Dover Master Plan

    posted on: 10/26/2017

    The City of Dover is developing a new chapter of the Master Plan to address changes in climate. The Climate Adaptation Chapter is being led by a steering committee comprised of Dover citizens appointed by the Planning Board. The Dover Planning and Community Development Department, Strafford Regional Planning Commission and University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Service are providing support for the project.

    The Steering Committee has already held a public workshop to gather feedback on the first draft of the Climate Adaptation Chapter of the Master Plan. An online survey is also available to provide feedback to the Steering Committee. There are six main topic areas of the chapter. Each topic area has at least one issue and associated objective or objectives, and each objective has several draft actions. The Steering Committee is looking for your feedback on these draft actions.

    To access the survey, click here.

  • Drug Take Back Day is Oct. 28

    posted on: 10/24/2017

    On Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Dover Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent prescription drug and opioid abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Medications can be brought to the Dover Police Department at 46 Chestnut St. for disposal. The service is free, anonymous, and no questions will be asked.

    Dover, like communities across the state, continues to see the tragic effects of the opioid epidemic. In 2015 and 2016, there were 12 opioid related deaths in Dover. So far in 2017, Dover is on pace to match and likely exceed that number of fatalities.

    “We know there is a strong connection between prescription drug misuse and heroin use," said Dover Police Chief Anthony Colarusso. "If we can prevent prescription drug misuse we are in turn taking steps toward preventing heroin and other opioid use. We urge all members of the public to safely dispose of the medications in their homes at the Drug Take Back.”

  • Catch up with the mayor and superintendent over coffee

    posted on: 10/23/2017

    A Coffee with the Superintendent and the Mayor will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Dover Police Station on Chestnut Street.

    Coffee with the Superintendent and the Mayor is open to everyone and provides an opportunity for discussion on all school and city matters of interest with Dover Mayor Karen Weston and Superintendent of Schools William Harbron.

  • Sunday hours at the Recycling Center

    posted on: 10/18/2017

    The City of Dover Recycling Center on Mast Road will open for additional weekly hours for several Sundays in October and November.

    The Recycling Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the following Sundays: Oct. 22, Oct. 29. Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19 and Nov. 26.

  • Chamber, Dover Listens to host "Conversation with the Candidates"

    posted on: 10/18/2017

    The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce and Dover Listens will host two "Conversation with the Candidates" sessions, which will feature candidates for mayor, City Council and School Board.

    The first session will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and will include candidates for mayor and City Council. The second session will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and will include candidates for School Board. Both sessions will be held in the McConnell Center cafeteria, 61 Locust St. Use Door #3 to enter the cafeteria.

  • Master Plan committee working on climate change chapter

    posted on: 10/12/2017; updated: 10/18/2017

    A steering committee is working on a new chapter of City's Master Plan that addresses climate change. As the panel prepares a draft of the new chapter, it seeks public input on climate change and its effects on energy, food, infrastructure, health and safety, natural resources, and water availability and quality.

    There are several ways to participate, including an in-person workshop. The workshop will be held at the Dover Middle School (16 Daley Drive) on Saturday, Oct.21, 9-11:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Register at A workshop originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19, has been cancelled.

    Feedback is also being sought via an online survey, which will be available on Monday, Oct. 23, at

  • CDBG grant applications now available

    posted on: 10/12/2017

    The City of Dover Department of Planning and Community Development is now accepting applications from public service agencies, qualified individuals and eligible organizations for grants from the fiscal year 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The fiscal year spans July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

    Applications are available online and at the Planning Department. The application submission deadline is 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at the Planning Department, located at 288 Central Ave., Dover, NH 03820-4169.

    CDBG workshops to provide an overview of the CDBG Program and specific application requirements will be held in Room 305 at the McConnell Center, 61 Locust St., on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Attendance at the workshop is not a prerequisite for submission of an application. Unlike in previous years, interested parties may submit an application for the Public Service category and an application for the Public Facilities category, with some restrictions.

  • Share that perfect Christmas tree with the entire Dover community

    posted on: 10/10/2017

    Each year, a new Christmas tree is raised at Henry Law Park, signaling the beginning of the winter holiday season in Dover. The City of Dover is seeking this season's tree, and is asking area residents to consider donating the perfect candidate, already growing in your backyard.

    The ideal Christmas tree for Henry Law Park is an evergreen, preferably a White Spruce or Balsam Fir, between 25 and 35 feet tall, and growing evenly on all sides.

  • City Council to hold Keno games public hearing Oct. 11

    posted on: 10/5/2017

    The City Council will hold a public hearing on Keno games in Dover on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.

    The public hearing is required prior to the ballot question appearing before voters during the Nov. 7 municipal election. Voters will be asked, “Shall we allow the operation of keno games within the City of Dover?”

    The City Council unanimously voted in August to send the question to the ballot in November.

    If approved, Keno would be permitted in Dover restaurants and bars licensed by the state Liquor Commission.

  • Apple Harvest Day parking and traffic restrictions

    posted on: 10/5/2017

    Dover Police Chief Anthony F. Colarusso, Jr. announces the following street closures and parking restrictions for the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce’s annual Apple Harvest Day festival.

    On Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m., the following streets will be closed to all traffic:

  • Fall leaf collection begins in November

    posted on: 9/28/2017

    The City of Dover 2017 fall leaf collection will take place on the following weeks:

    - Nov. 6-10
    - Nov. 13-17
    - Nov. 20-25
    - Nov. 27-Dec. 1

    Bagged leaves will be picked up on the same day as trash and recycling.

    Leaves must be placed curbside in biodegradable paper leaf bags. No brush will be accepted. Paper bags can be purchased at your local hardware or home improvement store.

    Grass clippings, leaves, brush and yard waste are also accepted at the Recycling Center during regular operating hours, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Clerk’s office unable to process motor vehicle registrations during state computer upgrade, Oct. 6-10

    posted on: 9/21/2017; updated: 9/25/2017

    The Dover City Clerk’s office will be unable to process motor vehicle registrations from Friday, Oct. 6 to Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 while the state installs a new computer system. The new system is expected to be online beginning Wednesday, Oct. 11, and registrations will resume at that time.

    The installation of the new system, known as VISION, by the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles will affect vehicle registration processing statewide during this time.

    Motorists registering a new vehicle, with a temporary plate, or renewing a registration are asked to be mindful of the interruption in service, as the City Clerk’s office will be unable to process motor vehicle registrations while the installation is under way.

  • Can you beat the Dover librarians at “Censorship Trivia”?

    posted on: 9/26/2017

    Think you know more about censorship than a group of librarians? Join the Dover Public Library on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. for a game of Censorship Trivia where groups will compete against Dover Public librarians for the top prize.

    Emceed by Tish Sims, the game will feature censorship questions focused not only on books, but also on television, music and other areas of popular culture. The trivia is geared towards ages 16 and older with teams of up to six people. It will last approximately an hour and a half, and prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places.

  • Dover Point sewer work requires road closure, water shut off

    posted on: 9/21/2017; updated: 9/22/2017

    Severino Construction will conduct sewer excavation and underground utility work on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, beginning at 8 p.m. and concluding on Monday, Sept. 25, as late as 4 p.m. This work is part of the Little Bay Bridge and Exit 6 reconstruction project.

    While the work is under way, Dover Point Road will be closed to all traffic between 405 and 409 Dover Point Road. Motorists will be detoured via Exit 4 in Newington and Exit 5 at Hilton Park North. Dover police will be at the scene to assist with traffic control.

    This work also requires water to be shut off on Dover Point Road, from the New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles to the General Sullivan Bridge, and on Leighton Road, Heaphy Lane and Wentworth Terrace. Water service will be restored as soon as the work is complete.

  • Several road closures, traffic restrictions in place Sunday, Sept. 24 for road race

    posted on: 9/20/2017

    On Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 Wentworth-Douglass Hospital will hold the fourth annual Seacoast Cancer 5K to benefit the Seacoast Cancer Center. More than 2,000 participants are expected. The event begins at 9 a.m. with a start and finish at WDH. Motorists should expect -- and give way to -- runners or walkers wearing numbered race bibs on any Dover roadways between 9 and 10 a.m.

    There are several major street closures during this event, including:

  • Woodman Museum antique auto show is Sept. 24

    posted on: 9/19/2017

    The Woodman Museum’s 21st annual Antique and Vintage Car and Motorcycle Show is Sunday, Sept. 24, from noon to 4 p.m.

    Antique automobiles and vintage motorcycles will be on display on the museum grounds. The event is open to the public and free with museum admission.

  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers: Learn Strategies for Success

    posted on: 9/19/2017

    In partnership with staff from The Residence at Silver Square (opening January 2018), the Dover Public Library is pleased to present a talk by Kelly McCarthy, board certified dementia educator for NIDE (National Institute for Dementia Education) on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. in the library’s Lecture Hall.

    McCarthy is the author of “Brass Ring Memoirs” which offers encouraging stories using practical methodologies to help caregivers reach their goals in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Using concepts such as “reaching for the brass ring,” “creating peacock moments,” and “finding out what’s under the iceberg,” Kelly will teach some simple, easy-to- understand ways to help caregivers and family members effectively communicate and care for individuals with memory challenges.

  • Parking restrictions, road closures in place Sunday for Horne Street 5K

    posted on: 9/15/2017

    Dover Police Chief Anthony F. Colarusso, Jr. announces the following:
    On Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at 9 a.m., the following street closures will be in effect for the Horne Street School 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk event, part of the Dover Race Series:

  • Tick-related disease is topic of lunch session at the Dover Public Library

    posted on: 9/12/2017

    Join the Public Library on Monday, Sept. 18 at 12 p.m. for a talk about diseases caused by ticks presented by Carolyn Fredette.

    Fredette is the vectorborne disease epidemiologist for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Each year, New Hampshire has about 1,500 case of Lyme disease, making it one of the highest incidence states in the country. Tick bites can cause other diseases besides Lyme disease.

    In 2015, there were also 110 cases of anaplasmosis reported, which is caused by a bacterium, and 53 cases of babesiosis, which is caused by a parasite. There have also been two cases of the Powassan virus in New Hampshire residents, the first in 2013 and second in 2016, but it is not known if these were acquired in New Hampshire. The majority of Powassan cases are seen in the Northeast and upper Midwest, which is similar to anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Lyme disease. These diseases are all transmitted by the blacklegged (or deer) tick.