Below are the City of Dover's most recent announcements.
posted on: 3/6/2017
Join the Dover Public Library on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. for a look at the shocking shooting in Colebrook, New Hampshire, which took place 20 years ago. This year marks the 20th anniversary of that day in August 1997, when a 62-year-old carpenter named Carl Drega murdered four leading citizens in the little town of Colebrook, in Northern New Hampshire.
posted on: 3/6/2017
Run, walk or crawl, but don't miss the opportunity to participate in the Dover Race Series 2017 kickoff event. Registration is now open for Dover Main Street's Run Before You Crawl 5K Race and Pub Crawl. This popular event will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017.
The road race begins at 9:30 a.m. The Pub Crawl portion of the event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The 5K road race begins and ends at the Dover Transportation Center. The Pub Crawl spans 14 participating downtown restaurants.
posted on: 3/5/2017
Heroin and opioids – two words that have frequently shown up in the news, especially within the last couple of years.
New Hampshire had the second highest rate of deaths due to heroin and opioid use in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state has seen a 191 percent increase over the past five years with overdose deaths predicted at over 500 for 2016.
What has been described as an “epidemic” is far from over, but there are actions being taken within the community to help.
On Monday, March 6 at 6 p.m., the Dover Public Library will explore the heroin and opioid problem further by inviting the public to a discussion with five community members involved in the prevention, recovery and legal aspects of the epidemic. Those who attend the discussion are encouraged to bring any questions they may have for the panel members.
posted on: 3/1/2017
RSP Studio Custom Framing, the Dover Business and Industrial Development Authority, D Graphics, and Dover Main Street will host an Art Walk on Friday, March 3, from 5-8 p.m., in downtown Dover. This will be the first in a series of monthly art walks, held on the first Friday of each month through May.
The walks will 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 Gallery 6 at the Children's Museum, which will be open until 7 p.m.; Adelle's; Needful Things; Nicole's Hallmark; Village Goldsmith Gallery; The Falls Grill & Tavern; Elle V Boutique; Pear Tree Paper & Gifts; Just the Thing; Spires Creative Media, and the Dover Wine Company.
posted on: 2/21/2017; updated: 3/1/2017
Dover public schools will soon hold kindergarten and first-grade registration for children as follows:
Children five years old by Sept. 30, 2017, entering kindergarten;
Children six years old by Sept. 30, 2017, entering first grade (if not currently in Dover public kindergarten).
posted on: 2/24/2017
How healthy is your soil? Learn about soil properties and how you can improve soil health for more productive gardens and crops on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., during a Soil Health Program.
Learn what you can and cannot change about your soil, what soil health is, how you can assess your soil's health and fertility, and steps to improve and maintain healthy soils. You can bring your own soil test results and ask questions.
The program is free and open to the public. It is presented by the Strafford County Conservation District.
posted on: 2/24/2017
Join the Dover Community Senior Center for a trip the the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on Thursday, May 11, 2017.
The trip includes admission to the Museum of Fine Arts; a one-hour, docent-led tour, “Highlights of the Museum of Fine Arts;” and deluxe coach transportation and driver gratuity. The cost of the trip is $65 per Senior Center member or $70 for nonmembers. Comfortable shoes are encouraged.
posted on: 2/23/2017
On Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, First Street will be closed to traffic at the Central Avenue intersection between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Some public parking spaces on First Street will also be unavailable at this time.
The closure is necessary to allow the use of a crane to replace a rooftop heating unit at the Earcraft Music building.
A Dover police officer will be on site to help direct traffic.
Local traffic can access First Street from Chestnut Street.
posted on: 2/20/2017
Preston Heller, “The NH Mentalist”, a native of Wilton, will be performing on Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Dover Public Library. The show runs about 70 minutes. Preston Heller will not tell you what a mentalist does; he will show you. And in so doing, every audience member will have a unique, personal experience with the “unseen”, including thought implantation or ‘influence’, revealing of information known only to the spectator, predictions, reading of body language and voice patterns, psychometry and much more.
posted on: 2/19/2017
City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, for Presidents' Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
The Public Library will also be closed on Presidents' Day.
Curbside trash and recycling pickup is not affected by the holiday.
posted on: 2/15/2017; updated: 2/18/2017
After significant snowfall in Dover earlier this week, and with wet snow in the forecast today, Dover Fire Chief Eric Hagman reminds residents to monitor their roofs for excessive snow, and clear snow if necessary. Roofs with heavy snow can be at risk of collapsing.
Hagman recommends clearing excessive snow from roofs. For those not able or uncomfortable removing snow, Hagman suggests consulting with a roofing company or properly insured contractor.
posted on: 2/16/2017; updated: 2/18/2017
Downtown snow removal operations will continue tonight, Saturday, Feb.18, beginning at 9 p.m. on Chestnut Street. Additional downtown snow removal will begin at 1 a.m. on Sunday.
Vehicles interfering with snow removal will be towed at the vehicle owner's expense.
Downtown employees working after 1 a.m. on Sunday should park in one of the following City of Dover controlled parking lots: Third Street lot; Chestnut Street lot; Transportation Center lot; Locust Street lot; or the Orchard Street Parking Garage.
posted on: 2/13/2017; updated: 2/14/2017
Snow removal operations planned for downtown sidewalks and curbs early Wednesday morning have been postponed in anticipation of additional snow.
A winter storm watch is in effect for Wednesday morning, through Thursday morning. According to the National Weather Service, Dover could receive up to an additional six inches of snow, which would require Community Services crews to conduct citywide snow removal.
Community Services will make a determination for downtown snow removal of sidewalks and curbs later this week.
posted on: 2/13/2017
On Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Dover City Hall, the Dover Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the 2016 Stewardship of Resources Chapter of the Master Plan. The Planning Board meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.
The public hearing follows a Jan. 10, 2017 Planning Board workshop to review the proposed chapter. The Stewardship of Resources Chapter encompasses a range of topics that contribute to what makes Dover a unique place. Specifically, the Stewardship of Resources Chapter addresses the following topics: energy, natural resources, historic and cultural resources, coastal management, natural hazards and social capital.
posted on: 2/13/2017
In 2023, the City of Dover will be 400 years old. In anticipation of this celebration in six years, the City is seeking to assemble a crew of detailed-oriented, historically-minded volunteers for a five-year task.
The City possesses Dover record books spanning the years 1657 to 1807. These have been digitized and preserved thanks to a Moose Plate Grant from the State of New Hampshire, but the records are in their original, handwritten state and are quite difficult to read. The image above is an example. All of the digitized books can be viewed here.
These record books contain a lot of early Dover history. The City is seeking volunteers who would enjoy transcribing these records, word-for-word and precisely, so that they may be more clearly read, indexed, and made searchable for historians, genealogists, and other researchers.
posted on: 2/12/2017
As a winter storm bears down on Dover, with the potential for snow accumulations of 24 inches or more by Monday evening, Dover Fire and Rescue is asking residents and motorists keep safety in mind.
A blizzard watch is in effect for Dover through Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service. As the snow intensifies today, Dover Assistant Fire Chief Paul Haas is urging motorists to avoid driving, if possible.
"Road conditions will deteriorate quickly as the storm builds, continuing through Monday," Haas said. "We suggest people avoid driving, if possible, as a matter of safety and to allow snowplows to clear the roads."
Much of the snow removal operations on Monday will consist of maintenance plowing, Haas said, as crews work to keep the City's streets and road shoulders clear.
posted on: 2/9/2017 updated: 2/12/2017
The public Parking Garage on Orchard Street is full, according to the Parking Bureau.
Parking is available in other city controlled lots, but motorists should be aware of overnight parking restrictions for the removal of snow.
posted on: 2/3/2017; updated: 2/10/2017
Beginning in late March or early April, repairs to the Central Avenue Bridge in downtown Dover will temporarily alter the traffic pattern and prohibit on-street parking for the entire span of the bridge. These restrictions will remain in place for the duration of the work, expected to be 10 weeks. The bridge sidewalks will remain open and accessible, with the exception of brief closures necessary to complete the work.
To provide more information about the project and its traffic implications to residents, businesses, and abutters, a public information session is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m., at the Dover Police Station, 46 Chestnut St. City officials and representatives from the project contractor, Evroks Corporation, will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional details about the work.
posted on: 2/6/2017
Dover Recreation will hold sign-ups for spring sports on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the McConnell Center Cafeteria. The McConnell Center is located at 61 Locust St.
For more information, including the spring sports sign-up flyer and detailed information about each league, visit www.dover.nh.gov/government/city-operations/recreation.
posted on: 1/27/2017
Join the Dover Open Lands Committee for a full moon snowshoe hike on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.
The group will gather at the Community Trail parking lot along the Cocheco River on Watson Road at 6:30 p.m.
The hike is a leisurely walk along the trail and will return on the same path to the parking lot, where hot chocolate and snacks will be served.
posted on: 1/25/2017; updated: 1/27/2017
The Dover City Clerk’s office will be unable to process motor vehicle registrations from Friday, Feb. 17 to Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 while the state installs a new computer system. The new system is expected to be online beginning Wednesday, Feb. 22, 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.
posted on: 1/25/2017
Community Services crews will clear snow and ice from sidewalks and curbs throughout downtown on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, beginning at 1 a.m.
Vehicles interfering with snow removal will be towed at the vehicle owner's expense.
Downtown employees working after 1 a.m. on Friday should park in one of the following City of Dover controlled parking lots: Third Street lot; Chestnut Street lot; Transportation Center lot; Locust Street lot; or the Orchard Street Parking Garage.
posted on: 1/23/2017
Fourth Street will be closed between Grove and Chestnut streets on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for emergency utility work by a private contractor.
During the road closure, traffic will be diverted to Third or Fifth streets.
The road may remain closed on Thursday, Jan. 26, if necessary to complete the work.
posted on: 1/23/2017
Seven years ago Bill Ulinski followed Alex Hall, a wolf biologist, through the Canadian Barren Lands. They travelled more than 100 miles by canoe and hiked in the habitat of grizzly bears, tundra wolves, musk ox, and wolverines.
On Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m., Ulinski will present a slide show of his adventures above tree line at the Dover Public Library. The 2009 trip, led by Hall, sent the group of 10 on a guided canoe trip south of the Thelon Sanctuary in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
posted on: 1/19/2017
For 27 years My Friend’s Place has been providing emergency shelter, transitional housing and support for homeless men, women and families. On Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 at 7 p.m., join Executive Director Susan Ford at the Dover Public Library for an informal discussion about the homeless shelter and how the community can help those in need.
The talk is sponsored by the New Hampshire Harry Potter Alliance, a non-profit library-affiliated community service group that encourages volunteering as a way for fans to become heroes. The discussion will include a brief overview of the shelter and invite attendees to participate by asking questions or sharing their own stories.
posted on: 1/17/2017
It's winter and there's snow on the ground, but that doesn't mean its time to forget the drought.
Dover and southern New Hampshire experienced an extreme drought over the last several months, leading to voluntary water restrictions and requests for water conservation in Dover. Drought conditions in Dover were recently changed from extreme to severe, thanks to recent snow and rainfall. However, it's important to remember that Dover and most of southern New Hampshire still remains in a severe drought, even in the winter. Precipitation levels are still short of the amount necessary to replenish the underground reservoirs from which the city draws its water.
posted on: 1/6/2017; updated: 1/17/2017
Due to the weather, the Tuesday, Jan. 17, performance by noted musician and song historian “Ramblin’ Richard” has been postponed until Monday, Feb. 13, 2017.
The Feb. 13 performance of Ramblin’ Richard's “Familiar Songs, Unfamiliar Stories” will begin at 7 p.m.
This entertaining program will bring to light the fascinating, and largely unknown, stories behind some beloved American classics such as “Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)”, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”, and “Goodnight, Irene”.
posted on: 1/13/2017
City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
The Public Library will also be closed on Monday, Jan. 16.
Curbside trash and recycling pick-up is not affected by the holiday.
posted on: 1/6/2017
The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce will hold its Winter Wonderland Awards Gala gala on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. This year's gala will be held at The Red Barn at Outlook, in South Berwick, Maine.
During the event, the Chamber's annual awards will be handed out. This year's recipients are:
posted on: 1/3/2017
Have you ever wondered what the inside of your appliances or computers look like? This is your chance to find out.
Children in grades one and up (grades one and two with an adult) are invited to the Library's Take-Apart program on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. in the Dover Public Library Lecture Hall.
All materials will be provided, but registration is required.
posted on: 12/27/2016; updated: 1/3/2017
The City of Dover Recycling Center on Mast Road is now accepting Christmas trees during regular hours. Christmas trees are not collected curbside.
Trees brought to the Recycling Center must be free of all ornaments, lights, tinsel, tree bags and tree stands or they will not be accepted.
Real trees can be disposed of in the brush pile. Artificial trees can be disposed of in the construction debris pile for a fee.
The Recycling Center is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
posted on: 12/29/2016
City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, for the New Year holiday. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Trash pick-up and curbside recycling are not affected by the holiday.
The Dover Public Library will also be closed on Monday, Jan. 2.
The Public Library will close at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, and be closed on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.
The Butterfield Gym and Indoor Pool will close at 1 p.m. on New Year's Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31, and will be closed on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. The Dover Arena will close at 2 p.m. on New Year's Eve, Saturday, and will open again on Sunday.
posted on: 12/26/2016
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.
posted on: 12/19/2016; updated: 12/24/2016
The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce this week announced the recipients of its annual awards, including Dover Police Chief Anthony F. Colarusso, Jr., who was named Citizen of the Year.
During a press conference at the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, Roland Lapointe of DF Richard, Citizen of the Year award underwriter, said of Colarusso, "Chief Colarusso is described by many as a man of integrity, professionalism, and dedication. Letters of support highlight his communication style as personable, direct, honest and inspiring of trust. He is a true leader, with an outgoing positive attitude and deals with his constituents in a fair, honest and transparent way. He balances a friendly and approachable demeanor with steadfast leadership."
posted on: 12/21/2016
City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, for the Christmas holiday. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 27.
The Dover Public Library and Dover Community Senior Center will also be closed on Monday, Dec. 26.
The Recycling Center on Mast Road will close at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. Trash and curbside recycling are not affected by the holiday.
posted on: 12/17/2016
The Dover Police Department is reminding residents to lock their vehicles, following recent reports of thefts.
Accoring to police, most of these thefts are the result of unlocked vehicles.
Over the last month, the Dover Police Department has investigated 36 thefts from motor vehicles throughout the city. Most of the thefts occurred overnight or early morning.
Police say it is important to lock your vehicle at all times, even when parked at your own home.
posted on: 12/15/2016
As cold arctic air moves into the region, the City of Dover has opened a warming shelter. The warming shelter will be open today until 9 p.m. at the McConnell Center cafeteria, 61 Locust St. It will be open again Friday morning at 7 a.m., and remain open until 9 p.m. The cafeteria can be accessed through Door #7 on the St. Thomas Street side of the building.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for Dover beginning today at 9 p.m. and lasting until 9 a.m. on Friday.
Arctic air will move into the area this evening, bringing with it strong winds and cold air. Temperatures are expected to fall below zero, with winds producing dangerous wind chills that may reach 24 degrees below zero at times. Cold weather will persist throughout the day Friday.
posted on: 12/9/2016
The City of Dover is developing a new chapter of the existing Master Plan titled Stewardship of Resources. This new chapter will combine a range of “resources” critical to what helps make Dover unique. Specifically, the Stewardship of Resources chapter will address energy, natural resources, historic and cultural resources, coastal management, natural hazards and social capital.
The Stewardship of Resources Steering Committee has prepared a draft chapter and is now seeking feedback. The draft chapter can be found here. A survey to provide feedback can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/DoverNH. The survey will be available through Dec. 17, 2016.
posted on: 12/9/2016
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces the upcoming relocation of Exit 6N on the Spaulding Turnpike northbound in Dover.
On Thursday, Dec. 15, the existing Exit 6N northbound off-ramp on the Spaulding Turnpike will be closed to allow for the construction of new bridge and highway components at the existing ramp location. Motorists who normally use Exit 6N will be directed 1,500 feet north to the newly constructed Exit 6 (formerly Exit 6W). The new Exit 6 northbound off-ramp will now be a two-lane exit that will serve motorists travelling west toward Durham, and east toward Dover.
posted on: 12/6/2016
Chief Anthony F. Colarusso, Jr. announces that on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Dover Police Department is coordinating the Strafford County Community Recovery Day. This event will take place at the McConnell Center Cafe which will be filled with prevention, treatment and recovery resources.
“The Dover community has been hit hard by the heroin and opioid epidemic and experienced 11 fatal overdoses in 2016,” Colarusso said. “The Dover Police Department is committed to helping anyone struggling with addiction get connected to available treatment and recovery resources.”
posted on: 12/5/2016
Dover Youth to Youth is hosting its seventh 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. 10 and 11, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Over the second weekend the Castle will be open on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 2 to 6:30 p.m.
posted on: 12/1/2016
Plans for a new waterfront park in Dover are under way, and the City of Dover is looking for community feedback about park programming elements. Please take a few moments to participate in an online survey about the future of the park. A proposed park is a component to the overall development of the City's waterfront property off River Street. The Cochecho Waterfront Development Advisory Committee continues to review options for the development of the property.
The survey can accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JXKNM7D
The survey deadline is Dec. 16.
posted on: 11/29/2016
The 31st annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Henry Law Park will be held on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 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.
posted on: 11/28/2016
The Whittier Street bridge over the Cocheco River is now closed to all traffic. The bridge is expected to remain closed for one year while crews reconstruct the bridge.
During construction, through traffic on Whittier Street will be detoured to alternate routes and pedestrian access over the bridge will be discontinued. Access to Whittier Street from Washington Street will remain open to local traffic only up to Regent Drive. Access to Whittier Street from Sixth Street will remain open to local traffic only up to Whittier Falls Way while pedestrian access to the Dover Community Trail and Dover Cassily Community Garden will be available for the duration of construction.
posted on: 11/28/2016
The leaves have fallen, the weather is much colder, the days are getting shorter and that means the 2016 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 39 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.
posted on: 11/22/2016; updated: 11/27/2016
Deputy City Manager and Community Services Director Doug Steele and Police Chief Anthony F. Colarusso, Jr. announce that the winter parking ban will begin citywide Dec. 1, 2016, and conclude April 1, 2017.
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 city controlled parking lots and the garage during this time without the need for a parking permit, however, the daytime rules of each particular parking lot needs to be adhered to.
posted on: 11/23/2016
City administrative offices, including City Hall and the Public Library, will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday Nov. 25, 2016, for Thanksgiving. Regular hours will resume on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016.
City administrative offices will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The Public Library will close at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 23.
The Recycling Center on Mast Road will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
posted on: 11/21/2016
The annual Dover Holiday Parade will be held on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
The theme for this year’s parade is “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
According to the Dover Children's Center, which organizes the parade, this year's parade is meant “to lighten the true spirit of family and friends during this joyous time of year. To remind us of our brave countrymen that serve our country to keep us safe at home. Christmas is a time when we can reconnect and reconcile with each other in the spirit of Christmas. With this wish, we hope that someone special will be home for Christmas at your house.”
posted on: 11/14/2016
Join the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce and celebrate the holiday season at the seventh annual Festival of Trees on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, from 4-8 p.m., at Rivermill at Dover Landing. The event is underwritten by Kennebunk Savings Bank.
On display will be 35 beautifully decorated trees for auction. Make a bid to go home with these one-of-a-kind trees.
Proceeds from the Festival of Trees benefit the Dover Chamber City Lights Committee.
posted on: 11/18/2016
Did you know the average person produces four pounds of trash per day? And not all of that trash finds its way into a garbage can.
Before the snow starts falling, join Dover Public Library's New Hampshire Harry Potter Alliance group for a Trash Pick-Up Day in Dover on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to sign up online at library.dover.nh.gov or to call the library at 603-516-6050.