Recent News and Announcements

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

  • Dover Memorial Day ceremony is May 27

    posted on: 5/24/2019

    Memorial Day services in Dover will be held on Monday, May 27, 2019, at 6 p.m., at Pine Hill Cemetery.

    The ceremony will include guest speakers, the playing of Taps, placing of the wreath, massing of the colors by the Naval Junior ROTC, an invocation and closing prayer. Mayor Karen Weston will give opening remarks.

    The ceremony is organized by the Dover Veterans Council and is held rain or shine.

  • City Hall closed Memorial Day; Trash pickup delayed by one day

    posted on: 5/24/2019

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019, in observance of Memorial Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, May 28, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    The Dover Public Library will also be closed on Monday, May 27.

    In addition, there is no trash pickup and curbside recycling on Monday, May 27. Trash and recycling pickup will be delayed by one day the week of May 27.

    Memorial Day is also one of several parking holidays each year, during which time motorists are not required to pay for parking.

  • Dover Open Lands Committee plans Community Trail cleanup

    posted on: 5/19/2019; updated: 5/23/2019

    The Dover Open Lands Committee invites everyone to pitch in during the "Dover Community Trail Trash Takedown" on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Help keep the Dover Community Trail clean by picking up trash and other debris along the route. Be sure to wear suitable shoes for muddy areas. Bring your own gloves and trash pickers.

    Please sign-up by May 25. You can sign up online here: https://forms.gle/tHjg6HTystRj8ubX7

    Once registered, you will receive an email with your trail section assignment including meeting location and team lead. If you are unable to sign-up prior to the event, meet at the Rotary Trailhead (near the Train Station) on the day of the cleanup.

  • Spaulding Turnpike night work in Dover

    posted on: 5/21/2019

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces night work on the Spaulding Turnpike (NH 16) to facilitate the opening of the new Exit 6 northbound off-ramp from the Spaulding Turnpike to US Route 4, and the expansion of the northbound Spaulding Turnpike from two to three lanes across the Little Bay Bridge in Newington and Dover.

    Through Wednesday, May 22, nighttime construction operations will take place on the Spaulding Turnpike between Exit 3 and Exit 6 in order to open the new Exit 6 northbound off-ramp to US Route 4 in Dover, and to expand the northbound Spaulding Turnpike from two to three lanes across the Little Bay Bridge.

    Temporary northbound lane closures will be in place each night in order to allow for the placement of pavement markings and the relocation of temporary concrete barrier. The duration of this night work is expected to be three nights, with the goal of providing the third northbound lane over the Little Bay Bridge before the Memorial Day holiday weekend. This work is weather dependent. Adverse weather conditions would delay this work to the next available nights.

  • Placement of flowers at Pine Hill Cemetery

    posted on: 5/20/2019

    Flowers may be placed on lots at Pine Hill Cemetery seven days before May 30 and must be removed no later than seven days after May 30, 2019. No flowers may be planted in the ground. No glass or breakable containers will be permitted on the lot. Only lots that have monuments with extended bases or cement pads on the side of the monument will be allowed to display flowers after June 6.

    Items that do not conform with the above rules and regulations (such as solar lights, remembrance lights, wooden signs, shepherds hooks and personal items) will be removed and disposed of by the Cemetery Department.

  • Road closures and traffic restrictions in place Sunday for road race

    posted on: 5/16/2019

    On Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 10 a.m., the Spirit of Recovery 5K Run/Walk event will be held at Liberty Mutual on Liberty Way. This event is part of the Dover Race Series.

    Between 10 and 10:15 a.m., Sixth Street will be closed in both directions to accommodate the early portion of the race course, between the Indian Brook Drive and Liberty Way intersection and the Education Way and Venture Drive intersection.

    Motorists should expect lane shifts and brief delays on Sixth Street between 10 and 11 a.m. Dover Police officers will be on hand to help control the flow of traffic. Parking for the event will be at Liberty Mutual, 100 Liberty Way. The course follows an out-and-back route utilizing Liberty Way, Sixth Street, and Education Way (Measured Progress).

  • Mount Vernon Street tree trimming begins May 15

    posted on: 5/8/2019

    Community Services crews will begin trimming trees on Mount Vernon Street on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. The work will occur on weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tree trimming work is expected to conclude in three to four weeks.

    The scheduled tree trimming on Mount Vernon Street is to prepare the road for upcoming paving work.

    While the work is ongoing, traffic delays are possible.

  • Drain line work begins May 13 on Belknap, Folsom and Saint Thomas streets

    posted on: 5/7/2019

    On Monday, May 13, 2019, drain line and utility work will begin on Belknap Street, Folsom Street and Saint Thomas Street.

    The work will occur weekdays, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., for approximately three weeks, weather permitting. While the work is ongoing, on-street parking is prohibited. In addition, the following traffic restrictions will be in place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

  • Arbor Day Foundation names Dover Tree City USA

    posted on: 5/6/2019

    Dover was named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

    Dover achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

    "Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand," said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education."

  • Parking and traffic restrictions in place Saturday for road race

    posted on: 5/3/2019

    Dover Police Chief William M. Breault announces the following road closures and parking restrictions for the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s annual 5K Run/Walk event. On Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 9 a.m., the following downtown streets will be closed briefly to all traffic. These closures should last about 10 to 15 minutes:

  • Celebrate Dover's commitment to organic turf at Saturday's Field Day

    posted on: 5/1/2019

    Stonyfield and the City of Dover on Saturday will celebrate the transition of Woodman Park’s field to an organic maintenance plan, keeping the field free of pesticides.

    Celebrate with us from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Woodman Park. The free Field Day is full of fun, live music, info on organic field maintenance, and of course, Stonyfield yogurt.

    Last fall, Stonyfield Organic selected Dover as one of 10 communities nationwide to receive a $5,000 grant as part of the company's StonyFields #PlayFree initiative. StonyFields #PlayFree aims to help convert public fields and parks to organic grounds management, ensuring fields and community spaces are free from the use of toxic pesticides and harmful chemicals.

  • Dover accepts donation of conservation easement on Spruce Lane Extension

    posted on: 4/29/2019

    The Dover Open Lands Committee announced that the City of Dover has accepted the generous donation of a conservation easement on four acres of land owned by Dorothy Chorlian of Spruce Lane Extension. The property abuts a city owned 24-acre conservation property that has frontage on the Bellamy River. This conservation easement provides an additional access point to enable the public to walk to the larger City property.

    Chorlian decided to conserve the property to honor the memory of her mother-in-law Anna Chorlian and her husband Jonathan.

  • Energy coalition names Dover 2019 Municipal Energy Champion

    posted on: 4/27/2019

    At the culmination of New Hampshire Energy Week, an annual event hosted by the New Hampshire’s Energy Future partnership, the City of Dover was named 2019 Municipal Energy Champion for its forward-thinking efforts over the years. The awards selection committee recognized Dover’s conversion to smart LED street lighting, municipal solar panel installations, and first-in-the-nation greenhouse gas and nitrogen inventory report among the city’s accomplishments in improving energy efficiency and transitioning to renewable energy sources.

    Assistant City Planner Elena Piekut, staff liaison to the Dover Energy Commission, accepted the award on the City’s behalf at a ceremony at Concord’s Kimball Jenkins Estate. She pointed out that the unique, sculptural award was created by New Hampshire furniture designer and artist Vivian Beer, and bears resemblance to Beer’s work in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston permanent collection.

  • Dover Police to hold 'Drug Take-Back Day' April 27

    posted on: 4/22/2019

    On Saturday, April 27, 2019, 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 impacts of the opioid epidemic. Just last year, Dover experienced 11 fatal opioid overdoses in the city in addition to dozens of non-fatal overdoses.

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

  • Dover Pride Clean Up Day is May 11

    posted on: 4/12/2019; updated: 4/20/2019

    One of Dover Main Street's flagship activities, Dover Pride Clean Up Day, will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to noon.

    Dover Pride Clean Up event starts with a pancake breakfast served by the Kiwanis Club at 8 a.m. in the Mill Courtyard, 421 Central Ave. From there, hundreds of volunteers, with help from the City's of Dover's Community Services Department, will rake, prune, sweep, mulch, weed, paint and plant their way through multiple sites in the downtown area. Wentworth Greenhouses donates plants for the planters in the downtown core, which volunteers will help install. The event finishes with a pizza lunch back at the Mill Courtyard sponsored by Kendall Pond Pizza. Bottled water and soda is provided by Seacoast Coca-Cola.

    Clean Up Day is an opportunity for community members to give a few hours of time by contributing some sweat equity to make Dover look its best for the coming tourist season. This civic volunteer effort is an important aspect to help keep the downtown area clean and beautiful throughout the spring and summer, and also provides cost savings to the City of Dover.

  • Dover Indoor Pool to host Easter Egg Hunt April 20

    posted on: 4/16/2019

    The Dover Indoor Pool will host its second annual Easter Egg Hunt in the pool on Saturday, April 20, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

    Bring your family and friends to help scour the pool 10 eggs each, one of which may contain a prize. The Easter Egg Hunt will start at 4 p.m. in the pool. Additional games, activities and music are scheduled from 3:30-5 p.m.

    The Dover Indoor Pool is located at 9 Henry Law Ave.

  • Road closures, traffic restrictions in place Saturday for road race

    posted on: 4/11/2019

    Dover Police Chief William Breault announces the following road closures for the 7th annual SMA 5K run/walk event on Saturday, April 13, 2019, part of the Dover Race Series. More information is available at http://saintmaryacademy.org/sma-5k/.

    The event begins at 9 a.m. on Church Street. The course ends at the same location.

  • Listening sessions for Route 108 improvements continue

    posted on: 4/8/2019

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) will hold a public listening session in Somersworth on Thursday, May 2, 2019 to discuss proposed improvements to New Hampshire Route 108 in Dover, Somersworth, and Rochester. The public is invited and encouraged to attend to provide input on potential improvements.

    A listening session was previously held in Dover in March.

    The May 2 public listening session will be held at Somersworth High School, 18 Cemetery Road, beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m. A short presentation will be followed by open discussion of ideas and dialogue between the public and the NHDOT project team.

  • Budget presentations continue

    posted on: 4/5/2019

    The City Council held a budget workshop on Wednesday, April 3 to review several departmental budgets, including Education, Executive, Finance, Planning, the Library, and DoverNet. The workshop can be viewed here.

    Budget meetings and workshops will continue for the next several weeks.

    A public hearing on the school portion of the budget will be held at the next regular City Council meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

  • Road closures, restrictions in place Sunday for race

    posted on: 4/5/2019

    Dover Police Chief William Breault announces the following road closures for the 38th annual Reds Shoe Barn “Race for a Better Community” event. It includes a 5-mile timed run and 2.4-mile untimed walking course, held simultaneously as part of the Dover Race Series. The event is organized by and benefits six local non-profit organizations that provide services in Strafford County. More information is available at http://reds-race.com/.

    The event begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2019 in front of Dover City Hall. Both courses end at Henry Law Park.

  • Planning Department offers numerous resources

    posted on: 4/4/2019

    Whether you own or rent your home, have lived in Dover your whole life or recently moved here, there are resources available to you via the Planning Department. Site plans, subdivisions, Master Plan chapters and other Planning Board items are not the only responsibilities of the Planning and Community Development Department.

    From wanting a new business sign to large special projects, the award-winning Planning Department comprises seven employees available to help with transportation, mapping, changing your property, visioning Dover’s future, trails, architecture, land use exceptions, changing regulations, conservation lands, waterfront development, CDBG funds, and more.

  • Committee seeks public input on rezoning options

    posted on: 3/28/2019

    On Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 7 p.m., the City of Dover invites residents, property and business owners to meet with the committee reviewing potential rezoning that promotes economic development and improved quality of life in Dover. This is a follow up to an earlier public hearing held by the committee in January.

    After reviewing transportation corridors and existing infrastructure, the committee has developed potential recommendations to present to the Planning Board. At its December 2018 meeting, the committee decided that prior to presenting a final report, it would invite the public to attend the Jan. 17 meeting to offer comments and proposals.

    At that meeting, a dozen residents attended and offered feedback on how they’d like to see Dover develop in the future, including focusing on areas the City has made significant infrastructure investment, the need for a mix of uses and continued support for walkable, bikable and transit oriented uses. Discussion included a review of how much of the city was zoned residential and how much of Dover’s land area is conserved.

  • Dover Chamber to host State of the City April 9

    posted on: 3/22/2019; updated: 3/27/2019

    The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce will host the annual state of the city on Tuesday, April 9, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the McConnell Center Cafe.

    Hear city leaders discuss their vision for the future and priorities for the upcoming year. This year's speakers are City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr., Superintendent of Schools William Harbron, City Planner Steve Bird and Library Director Cathleen Beaudoin.

    A question-and-answer session will follow the remarks.

  • Fiscal Year 2020 proposed budget before City Council March 27

    posted on: 3/25/2019

    City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr., will present the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget to the City Council on Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m., in Council Chambers at City Hall.

    The budget presentation is the first of several weeks of City Council budget meetings, workshops, and public hearings, before the City Council adopts a budget.

    The budget presentation on March 27 and all budget meetings and workshops are televised live on Channel 22 and available for on-demand viewing at www.dover.nh.gov/dntv.

    A special page devoted to the fiscal year 2020 budget, which is updated throughout the budget process, can be found here at the city's Budget Revealed online resource.

  • Road closures, traffic restrictions in place for Run Before You Crawl

    posted on: 3/21/2019

    Dover Police Chief William Breault announces the following road closures for the sixth annual Run Before You Crawl 5K event, hosted by Dover Main Street and part of the Dover Race Series. More information is available at http://www.runb4ucrawl.com/.

    On Saturday, March 23, 2019 between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Chestnut Street will be closed to all traffic southbound, between Sixth and Third streets. Additional partial closures will be in effect during brief periods to accommodate the race on Chestnut, Washington, Whittier and Sixth streets.

    The event starts and ends at the Dover Transportation Center. The course follows a clockwise loop of Chestnut, Washington, Whittier, Sixth and Chestnut streets. Dover police personnel and a number of event volunteers will be on hand to help manage the flow of traffic along the race route.

    Parking restrictions will be posted and in effect on Saturday morning along Sixth Street, from Hillside Drive to Chestnut Street, and in sections of the Transportation Center parking lot.

  • City to hold informational session on Spur Road reconstruction

    posted on: 3/18/2019

    The City of Dover will hold an public informational session on the upcoming Spur Road Reconstruction Project on Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m., in the City Hall auditorium. Following the meeting, final documents will be prepared for bidding in April or May 2019.

    The City of Dover began the design process on the Spur Road Reconstruction project in the spring of 2018, with assistance from Underwood Engineers. A previous public information meeting was held on July 18, 2018 to present the project's scope, identify the anticipated schedule and listen to input from residents. During the meeting, the public expressed an interest in a wider road that could accommodate pedestrians and/or bicycles.

  • Dover Public Library's annual Poetry Contest kicks off March 13

    posted on: 3/11/2019

    The Dover Public Library is pleased to announce the 17th Annual Dover Public Library Poetry Contest for grades K-12. Prizes will be awarded in six different categories: Grades K-2, 3 and 4, 5 and 6, 7 and 8, 9 and 10, and 11 and 12. Poems will be judged on originality, style and creativity. Deadline for entry is April 16.

    Students may pick up information about the contest at the Dover Public Library, any Dover school library, or at the library’s website http://library.dovernh.gov beginning on March 13.

    All participants are invited to attend an “Evening of Poetry” on Monday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m.; refreshments will be served.

  • Art installation at City Hall aims to increase suicide awareness

    posted on: 3/9/2019

    A piece of art titled “Missing”, by local artist Amy Issa, will be on display at Dover City Hall for 30 days outside the City Clerk’s office. The exhibit is designed to raise awareness of the effects of suicide and consists of two four-foot by six-foot sections, painted in acrylic.

    Issa describes her work as promoting "awareness of the effects of suicide. Not only representing the pain felt by those of us left behind, but also as an acknowledgement of the never-ending feeling of hopelessness suffered by those who either attempt or died by suicide. The simple, colorful silhouettes are used to represent the nameless, faceless people from all walks of life scarred by loss. The lasting tragic effects of losing someone to suicide are carried by the friends and loved ones left behind. Such a profound loss leaves an empty space in the hearts and souls of those living without their partner, son, daughter, mom, dad, friend... In some of the figures are holes meant to represent that space inside of us created by the loss of our loved one that can never be filled. The holes represent that piece of us they took with them when they left us behind."

  • Upcoming public listening session to focus on Route 108 improvements

    posted on: 3/1/2019

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) will hold a public listening session in Dover on Monday, March 18, 2019 to discuss proposed improvements to New Hampshire Route 108 in Dover, Somersworth, and Rochester. The public is invited and encouraged to attend to provide input on potential improvements.

    The March 18 public listening session will be held in the Renaissance Room at the Dover Middle School, 16 Daley Drive in Dover, beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m. A short presentation will be followed by open discussion of ideas and dialogue between the public and the NHDOT project team.

    This project involves the study of improvements to NH Route 108 from the intersection of NH Route 9/Indian Brook Drive in Dover to Innovation Drive in Rochester, a distance of approximately five miles. The objective of the project is to develop a design alternative that will improve the safety and mobility of all users by applying 'Complete Street' principles, with the central goal of achieving an appropriate balance between the needs of motorized, non-motorized, and transit users of the corridor.

  • Officials unveil new Dover solar arrays at ribbon-cutting ceremony

    posted on: 2/22/2019

    During a ceremony at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire on Wednesday, Feb. 20, city officials and other dignitaries unveiled the new 318-panel solar arrays atop the Museum and Dover Indoor Pool.

    Solar ribbon cuttingThe combined 101.7-kilowatt solar array on the museum and pool roofs will generate approximately 120,000 kilowatt-hours of clean electricity per year and offset more than 126,000 pounds of carbon pollution annually. The system is expected to provide roughly 30 percent of the combined electricity needs of the two facilities, but may rise to 50 percent or more once planned LED lighting and other efficiency upgrades take place. The solar array is projected to save approximately $550,000 in long-term electricity costs.

    Among those in attendance at the ceremony were Dover Mayor Karen Weston, Sen. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas, a representative from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's office, members of Dover's Energy Commission and Dover Rising Waters Initiative, and representatives from the Children's Museum and ReVision Energy, which donated 103 solar panels for the installation.

  • Tree clearing begins next week at sites of upcoming water supply work in Dover and Somersworth

    posted on: 2/21/2019

    Crews preparing for major water infrastructure projects this spring will begin clearing trees and brush at the site of Dover’s Smith and Cummings well on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. The well’s boundaries span several acres adjacent to the Spaulding Turnpike, Central Avenue and Indian Brook Crossing. The work will continue toward Webb Place in the following weeks.

    Also on Feb. 25, surveying work will begin at Willand Pond, with tree and brush clearing scheduled to begin at that location the following week.

    This initial work is to prepare the sites for water facilities improvements and construction in Dover and Somersworth this spring. That work includes well improvements and the construction of a 5,500-foot transmission main on New Rochester Road (Route 108). The transmission main will connect newly constructed wells on the city’s north end with the Lowell Avenue Water Treatment Facility.

    In addition, a new water main will be constructed on the north side of Willand Pond and connect the water supply between Dover and Somersworth, in case of an emergency. The city councils in Dover and Somersworth approved the work earlier this year.

  • Dover 400th Committee unveils logo

    posted on: 2/12/2019

    Dover 400 LogoDover’s 400th Anniversary Committee recently unveiled the logo to be associated with Dover’s 400th birthday celebration, in 2023. The art work was conceived by Deborah Ballok, Dover resident and retired visual arts teacher. The logo will be used on anniversary collateral and merchandise to help raise revenue to offset the costs of the celebration.

    Dover was the first permanent settlement in New Hampshire, established in 1623 and the seventh settlement in the United States colonies. The City Council formed the "Ad-Hoc Dover’s 400th Anniversary Committee" in 2018 to help plan and oversee the 400th anniversary celebration, which will include historical re-enactments, fireworks and parades, school involvement, and more throughout the year.

    “It’s important to have residents and businesses work side by side in the planning and the celebration, itself,” said Committee Chair Kevin McEneaney. “This is a significant community milestone to be celebrated.”

  • Report shows greenhouse gas and nitrogen inventory for Dover's municipal operations

    posted on: 2/8/2019

    The City of Dover’s Planning and Community Development Department announces the publication of its first greenhouse gas and nitrogen inventory for municipal and school operations. It is believed to be the first report in North America completing an analysis of both reactive nitrogen impacts and greenhouse gas emissions. The report is a result of a University of New Hampshire Sustainability Fellowship undertaken by UNH doctoral student Jackson Kaspari and hosted by the City of Dover.

    Conducting a greenhouse gas (GHG) and nitrogen inventory serves a number of purposes, primarily by allowing a municipality to develop a baseline analysis to which future emissions and costs may be compared. Dover’s report also provides a picture of how various city operations, facilities, and policies contribute individually to the gases and reactive nitrogen released into the atmosphere and surface waters. Identifying individual impacts then enables city leaders to target specific reductions to the overall municipal impact, such as retrofitting a facility with LED lighting, or transitioning vehicles in the fleet from diesel to gasoline, or from gasoline to electric.

    In addition to aiding goal setting around existing structures and practices, the inventory provides theoretical reduction scenarios estimating the impact of possible actions such as installing solar arrays at city-owned properties like the closed Tolend Road landfill. The analysis also illustrated the significant impacts of a recent project, the retrofit of 1,781 streetlights with LED fixtures and smart controls, which resulted in a reduction in GHG emissions and cost savings that will quickly pay for the cost of the retrofit.

  • Open Lands Committee to host full-moon snowshoe hike

    posted on: 2/1/2019

    The Dover Open Lands Committee will host a full-moon snowshoe hike on Saturday, Feb. 16. The group will gather at 6:30 p.m. at the Dover Community Trail in the Beckwith Baseball Park parking lot, located off Hillside Drive.

    The hike will begin with a leisurely walk along the open fields and riverside trail, returning for hot chocolate in the parking lot. This event is free and open to the public. Families are welcome. It is preferred that pets stay home for this event.

    Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring a headlamp or flashlight in the event of cloudy skies.

  • Dover Recreation announces registration for winter swim lessons

    posted on: 2/1/2019

    Registration for winter swim lessons will begin on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. for Dover residents. Open registration begins on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. Registration and lessons take place at the Dover Indoor Pool located at 9 Henry Law Avenue.

    Dover residents must bring proof of residency. The following documents are the only acceptable forms: valid driver’s license, car registration, current utility bill or apartment lease. All registration must be in person and each person may only register members of their family.

  • Ribbon cutting for new solar array is Feb. 20

    posted on: 1/28/2019

    A public ribbon cutting scheduled next month will showcase two rooftop solar arrays installed on the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and adjacent Dover Indoor Pool. ReVision Energy donated 103 solar panels for the installation, part of a 318-panel rooftop solar array at the museum and pool which share a common electricity meter.

    The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m., at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St.

    The event will also feature the unveiling of a mural created by Seacoast Charter School student Sofia Self. The teenager’s art project is intended to spark conversations about the impacts of climate change.

  • Take Your Child to the Library Day

    posted on: 1/22/2019

    Join the Dover Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as we celebrate “Take Your Child to the Library Day”. There will be lots of fun activities, crafts, and raffles for families with young children. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. we will be serving pancakes in the Storytime Room. Drop in during that time to enjoy some delicious pancakes made by your children’s librarians. All day there will be crafts set out in the Children’s Room to make and take. There will also be raffles throughout the day as well as a special raffle for any child getting his/her first library card (must be 5 years old). Come see all that the Dover Public Library has to offer your family. This program is free and open to the public.

  • Catch up with the superintendent over coffee

    posted on: 1/18/2019; updated: 1/22/2019

    A Community Coffee with Dover Superintendent of Schools William Harbron will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Dover High School.

    Coffee with the Superintendent is open to everyone and provides an opportunity for discussion on all school matters of interest.

    For more information, contact the Dover School District at 603-516-6800.

  • City offices closed Monday for MLK Day

    posted on: 1/20/2019

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

    The Public Library will also be closed on Monday, Jan. 21.

    Curbside trash and recycling pick-up is not affected by the holiday.

  • Strafford County cold weather shelter open

    posted on: 1/18/2019; updated: 1/21/2019

    The Strafford County Extreme Cold Weather Shelter, located at 276 County Farm Road in Dover, is open to ensure any unsheltered county residents are safe from extreme, life-threatening cold, according to the Strafford County Commissioners. The shelter is adjacent to Southeastern New Hampshire Services.

    The shelter will remain open until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

    Transportation to the shelter is available by shuttle from the Amtrak platform at the Dover Transportation Center (train and bus station) on or around every hour, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and on the same schedule, weather permitting, on Sunday. The COAST bus route to the County Complex will be available Monday. Upon closing, transportation coordination will be provided via COAST bus passes and shuttle service to local community service partner agencies.

  • Committee seeks public input on rezoning options

    posted on: 1/14/2019

    On Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m., the City of Dover invites residents, property and business owners to meet with the committee reviewing potential rezoning that promotes economic development and improved quality of life in Dover. The committee was formed by the Planning Board in January 2018.

    After reviewing transportation corridors and existing infrastructure, the committee has developed potential recommendations to present to the Planning Board. At its December meeting, the committee decided that prior to presenting a final report, it would invite the public to attend the Jan. 17 meeting to offer comments and proposals. The meeting will be held in the first floor conference room at City Hall.

    The meeting will begin with an open invitation to those in attendance to help design the ideal zoning map in Dover. A map of the city with basic utilities and roadway networks will be displayed and those in attendance will have the opportunity to comment on where they would like to see residential and non-residential zones.

    According to Dan Barufaldi, Dover’s Economic Development Director, "The rezoning effort taking place now is designed to preserve the continued job growth viability of Dover for the next several decades and prevent our city from becoming a gentrified and geriatric city of retirees with a high tax rate."

  • New Hampshire author Michael Bruno to speak at the Public Library

    posted on: 1/14/2019

    Join the Library on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. to hear from New Hampshire author Michael Bruno about his book “Cruising New Hampshire History: A guide to New Hampshire’s Roadside Historical Markers”. He will have copies of his books available for sale and signing at the event.

    New Hampshire history is uniquely on display along the highways of the Granite State. The New Hampshire roadside historical markers commemorate significant events and individuals from the first settlers arriving in 1623 to notable individuals who helped define what New Hampshire is today. New Hampshire also played a major role in the birth of our nation. From Revolutionary battlefields to individuals of political influence, the Granite State has made an indelible mark on history. This book explores the 255 New Hampshire historical markers that dot the state highways and roads. Each marker is described with its location (to include GPS coordinates), date installed, marker inscription, and expanded historical references of this event/individual. Information may also be provided about other points of interest in the vicinity of the historical marker.

  • Time to renew dog licenses

    posted on: 1/11/2019; updated: 1/14/2019

    Dog licenses for 2019 are now available. All dogs must be licensed by April 30 to avoid a late fee. The cost for a male or female dog is $10, a neutered male or spayed female dog is $7.50 and puppies (3-7 months) are $7.50 for first licensing.

    Residents 65 years of age or older may license one dog for $3. Additional licenses require regular fees.

    The City Clerk's office requires proof of rabies information and a certificate of spaying or neutering.

    Late fees of $1 a month begin June 1.

  • Strafford County cold weather shelter opens

    posted on: 1/12/2019

    The Strafford County Extreme Cold Weather Shelter, located at 276 County Farm Road in Dover, will open today to ensure any unsheltered county residents are safe from extreme, life-threatening cold, according to the Strafford County Commissioners. The shelter is adjacent to Southeastern New Hampshire Services.

    The shelter is open from 2 p.m. today, Saturday, Jan. 12 to 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14.

    Transportation to the shelter is available by shuttle from the Dover Transportation Center (bus station) at 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and as needed on Sunday. COAST bus passes will provided when the shelter closes on Monday morning and the County Complex route resumes.

  • Council, City Manager honor fire and police staff for awards recognition

    posted on: 1/11/2019

    Fire RecognitionDuring this week's City Council meeting on Jan. 9, 2019, the Council and City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr. congratulated members of Dover Fire and Rescue and the Police Department for recent special recognition by the New Hampshire Fire and Emergency Medical Services Committee of Merit.

    Several members of the police and fire departments attended the meeting to be recognized for their efforts during three emergency events.

    "I'm pleased to say our staff is recognized for their professionalism, their valor, in protecting the public and making sure there are good outcomes in these incidents," Joyal said at the meeting.

    "You make Dover proud," added Mayor Karen Weston.

    At an awards ceremony in September, Dover Fire and Rescue and Dover Police were honored for their response to the three incidents.

  • State to hold public hearing in Dover on privatization of bus terminals, Spaulding Turnpike service area

    posted on: 1/4/2019

    The State of New Hampshire’s Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Oversight Commission will hold a second public hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dover City Hall Auditorium, 288 Central Ave., on proposed projects for the privatization of the Dover and Portsmouth bus terminals, and the development of the Spaulding Turnpike Service Area.

    The public is invited to attend and provide comments on whether the public-private partnership is the appropriate procurement method.

  • Central Falls retaining wall work begins Jan. 2

    posted on: 12/28/2018

    Work to reconstruct the Central Falls retaining wall will begin Jan. 2, 2019. Beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 2, Central Avenue will be restricted to one lane from the Central Avenue Bridge to Orchard Street. In addition, eight parking spaces on the bridge will be unavailable. These traffic and parking restrictions are necessary for crews to move and store equipment, and will remain in place for the duration of the restoration work. Sidewalks and crosswalks in the area will remain open.

    The contractor, George R. Cairns and Sons, Inc. of Windham, expects to conclude work sometime in March.

  • Upcoming holiday hours for city offices and facilities

    posted on: 12/28/2018

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, for New Year's Day.

    The Public Library will close at 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, and will be closed on New Year's Day.

    The Dover Arena will close at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31. The Arena is open on New Year's Day.

    The Indoor Pool will close at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 and will be closed on New Year's Day.

    The McConnell Center will close at 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 and will be closed on New Year's Day.

    The Dover Community Senior Center will close at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 and will be closed on New Year's Day.

    The Recycling Center on Mast Road will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1, for New Year's Day.

    Curbside trash and recycling pickup will be delayed one day the week of Jan. 1, beginning on Tuesday.

  • City Clerk's office open later New Year's Eve for property tax payments

    posted on: 12/17/2018

    On Monday, Dec. 31, between 4 and 5:30 p.m., the City Clerk and Tax Collection Office will be open to service property tax payments only. No other services will be available in the City Clerk and Tax Collection Office after 4 p.m. on Dec. 31.

    All services will be available at the City Clerk and Tax Collector's Office on Dec. 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    For more information, call the City Clerk's office at 516-6018.

    Property tax bills were mailed last month.

    The City of Dover's property tax rate for fiscal year 2019 was calculated Nov. 20, 2018 by the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration and certified at $24.92 per $1,000 assessed valuation.

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

    posted on: 12/10/2018

    Dover Youth to Youth is hosting its ninth 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. 15 and 16, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Over the second weekend the Castle will be open on Friday, Dec. 21, from 4:30 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.