Recent News and Announcements

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

  • 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 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.

  • Dover Fire Toy Bank seeking donations

    posted on: 11/27/2018

    Dover Toy BankThe leaves have fallen, the weather is much colder, the days are getting shorter and that means the 2018 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.

  • Police now accepting names for holiday food baskets

    posted on: 11/27/2018

    Dover Police Chief William M. Breault announces the 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.

  • Upcoming holiday hours for City offices

    posted on: 11/21/2018

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday Nov. 23, 2018, for Thanksgiving.

    In addition, city administrative offices will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

    The Public Library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 23. The Public Library will also be closed on Sunday, Nov. 25, for the annual Holiday Parade.

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

    Curbside trash and recycling pickup will be delayed one day on Thursday and Friday only.

    Downtown parking is free on Friday, part of the the Plaid Friday initiative to encourage shopping local.

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

    posted on: 11/20/2018

    Dover Police Chief William M. Breault 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 2018 Dover Race Series.

    On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 at 8:30 a.m., Shaws Lane will be closed in both directions between Garrison Road and Tideview Drive, for a period of approximately 15 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:

  • Road closures in place around Washington Street construction site

    posted on: 11/17/2018

    The construction project of the former Robbins block will result in the following street closures:

    On Monday, Nov. 19, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m,, Chestnut Street will be closed between Washington Street and the Locust Street fork. From the south, only local traffic to Saint Thomas Street will be permitted. Traffic exiting the Citizens Bank drive-thru will be required to turn left (north) toward Washington Street.

    On Tuesday, Nov. 20, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Saint Thomas Street will be closed at the Chestnut Street intersection. During this time, two-way local traffic (including traffic for the District Court and McConnell Center) will be allowed on Saint Thomas Street from the westerly (Atkinson Street) end only.

    These closures are required for crews to complete underground utility installation in connection with the 104 Washington Street project.The construction project is being managed by Fulcrum Associates and the utility work has been subcontracted to SUR Construction.

  • Dover’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Nov. 30

    posted on: 11/14/2018

    The 33rd annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Henry Law Park will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 at 6 p.m.

    Joyful Voices 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.

  • Dover Holiday Parade seeks sponsors, volunteers

    posted on: 11/11/2018

    The annual Holiday Parade will step off Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The parade begins at the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce and continues down Central Avenue to Pine Hill Cemetery.

    The parade organizer, Dover Children's Center, is still seeking sponsors, volunteers, flatbed trucks and participants.

  • City offices closed for Veterans Day

    posted on: 11/9/2018

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in observance of Veterans Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Public Library is also closed on Monday, Nov. 12, for Veterans Day.

    Veterans Day is a parking holiday in Dover. Metered parking is not required on parking holidays.

    Recreation facilities, including the Butterfield Gym and Fitness Center at the McConnell Center, the Indoor Pool and Dover Arena are open regular hours on Monday, Nov. 12.

    Trash pickup and curbside recycling are not affected by the holiday and will follow a regular schedule.

  • Veterans Day ceremony to be held Nov. 11 at Dover High School

    posted on: 11/6/2018

    A Veterans Day ceremony will be held on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 at 11 a.m., at Dover High School.

    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.

    The master of ceremonies is Davide Wiggin, Dover commander of the Disabled American Veterans.

  • Updated property valuations now available

    posted on: 11/1/2018; updated: 11/3/2018

    Notification of changes to the City of Dover's assessed valuation for the 2018 tax year have been mailed this week to all property owners.

    The city's overall assessed valuation for the 2018 tax year increased by more than $312 million, or 9.7 percent, to $3.526 billion. Much of this increase is attributed to a robust home seller’s market and continuing appreciation in residential value, as well as an increase in commercial, industrial and utility valuations. The combination of new construction and general property appreciation from recorded sales activity, overall residential valuations increased by approximately 9.4 percent and commercial, industrial and utility valuations increased by 10.6 percent. As a result, residential properties now make up 74 percent of taxable value, and commercial, industrial and utility properties comprise 26 percent.

    Property owners are encouraged to review the updated valuation information, as well as property record cards, and contact the Tax Assessing Office with questions or for additional information.

    Property record cards and other tax assessing information can be accessed in the Tax Assessing Office, located on the first floor of City Hall, during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Property information can also be accessed through the city’s website at

  • City Clerk to test ballot machines Oct. 31

    posted on: 10/29/2018

    The City Clerk will test the City's electronic ballot machines and test ballots on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, starting at 1 p.m. in the City Clerk's Office at City Hall. Ballot machine testing precedes the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election, and is open to all.

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

  • Sunday hours at the Recycling Center

    posted on: 10/26/2018

    The City of Dover Recycling Center on Mast Road will open for additional hours on Sunday beginning Oct. 28.

    From Oct. 28 to Dec. 2, the Recycling Center will be open on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    The Recycling Center's regular hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Friends of the Library annual booksale

    posted on: 10/25/2018

    Doors open at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 for the Friends of the Library’s annual, two-week-long, gigantic fall booksale at the Dover Public Library. Only library cardholders will be able to purchase items on the first day of the sale so be sure to bring your Dover borrower’s card with you on the 26th. The sale opens to non-cardholders and the general public at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

    Thousands of paperbacks, hardcover books, and media items for all ages will be available at prices from 50 cents to $2. Many of the sale items are books donated to the library, while others are items discarded from the library’s collections. Booksale prices will be further reduced on Wednesday, Oct. 31, and during Week #2 of the booksale, Nov. 5-11, the remainder of the items will be sold for the bargain price of just $1 per bag or boxful. Any leftover books will be given away for free beginning Tuesday, Nov. 13.

  • Supervisors of the Checklist in session Oct. 26

    posted on: 10/23/2018

    The Supervisors of the Checklist will meet on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, from 5 to 5:30 p.m., at the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 288 Central Ave.

    During this session, supervisors will register new voters, make changes of address and name, make changes of party affiliation, and make other necessary corrections to the checklist.

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

  • Want to share that perfect Christmas tree with the entire community?

    posted on: 10/21/2018

    Each year, a new Christmas tree is raised at Henry Law Park, signaling the beginning of the 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.

    Have a tree that fits the description? Would you like to share it with the entire community this holiday season? Contact Recreation Director Gary Bannon, who will evaluate the tree. If it's the perfect tree for the park, the City will arrange to cut down the tree and relocate it to Henry Law Park by the end of November.

  • Dover Listens, Chamber to host "Candidate Conversations"

    posted on: 10/18/2018

    Dover Listens and the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce will host "Candidate Conversations: Who Will Best Represent Dover in Concord?" on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6-8:30 p.m. in the McConnell Center cafeteria.

    Candidates representing Dover in the New Hampshire House and Senate will be in attendance. The event is intended to allow residents to learn more about the candidates, talk with neighbors about the issues, and share views about how Dover can best be represented by our elected officials in Concord.

    The event is free but preregistration is required.

  • Waterfront blasting operations resume

    posted on: 10/13/2018

    Crews from Severino Trucking Company and Maine Drilling and Blasting will resume blasting operations on Dover's waterfront development site the week of Oct. 15, 2018. Blasting is scheduled Monday through Friday, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and will consist of a single blast each day. The remainder of work each day will consist of removing material.

    The blasting site is the area known as "the bluff," a steep area of ledge that borders River Street. The ledge is being excavated as part of the City's waterfront development project.

    Although blasting operations are not loud, the ground within the vicinity of the blasting may tremble.

  • Trick-or-Treat in Dover is Oct. 30

    posted on: 10/10/2018

    Trick-or-Treat in Dover is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m.

    For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 516-6401.

  • Community Development Block Grant applications now available

    posted on: 10/9/2018

    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 2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The fiscal year spans July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

    Applications will be available online at and at the Planning Department beginning Oct. 4. The application submission deadline is 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, at the Planning Department, located at 288 Central Ave., Dover, NH 03820-4169.

  • Apple Harvest Day parking and traffic restrictions

    posted on: 10/5/2018

    Dover Police Chief William M. Breault announces the following street closures and parking restrictions for the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce’s annual Apple Harvest Day festival.

    On Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m., the following streets will be closed to all traffic:

  • Kirkland Street to close for drain work

    posted on: 10/4/2018

    Drain line replacement on Kirkland Street, between Central Avenue and Academy Street, is expected to begin Tuesday, Oct. 9 and be completed within two weeks, weather permitting.

    During the work, Kirkland Street will be closed weekdays to through traffic between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. On-street parking will not be permitted during construction hours. The road will reopen each evening.

    For more information, contact Community Services 516-6450.

  • Beaudoin to be presented with Library Director of the Year Award during public reception Oct. 9

    posted on: 10/3/2018

    The New Hampshire Library Trustees Association (NHTLA) will formally present Dover Library Director Cathleen Beaudoin with the 2018 Library Director of the Year Award on Tuesday, Oct. 9, during a public reception at the Dover Public Library from 4 to 6 p.m. The award will be presented by Mary Castelli, president of the NHTLA. Light refreshments will be served during the event, which is open to all.

    Dover's library trustees were notified in September that Beaudoin was chosen as Library Director of the Year from a large number of nominations. In her letter to the Dover Public Library's Board of Trustees, Castelli said the NHTLA was "particularly impressed with all Cathleen has accomplished in her long career" at the Dover Public Library.

    Trustees, library staff and City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr. surprised Beaudoin with the announcement during a small celebration on Sept. 26.

  • Night work begins on the Spaulding Turnpike Project in Dover

    posted on: 10/2/2018

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces that night work on the Spaulding Turnpike (NH 16) to facilitate the reconstruction of the Exit 6 Interchange on the Spaulding Turnpike in Dover is under way.

    Nighttime construction operations on the Spaulding Turnpike allow for the demolition of the old Exit 6 bridge that previously carried US Route 4 over the Spaulding Turnpike in Dover. Lane closures and short-term detours are in place on the Spaulding Turnpike southbound and northbound for this work. Message Boards, traffic control devices, signage, and uniformed officers/flaggers will be used to help direct motorists through the work zone.

    The night work is expected to continue through Oct. 12. Nighttime work hours will be from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Adverse weather conditions could delay this work.

  • General Sullivan Bridge closes to all pedestrian and bicycle traffic

    posted on: 9/28/2018

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces the immediate closure of the General Sullivan Bridge over Little Bay in Newington and Dover to all pedestrians and bicyclists.

    The closure follows a scheduled inspection of the bridge this week that found significant additional deterioration of a critical floor beam under the bridge deck. NHDOT bridge engineers have concluded the bridge is no longer safe for users. Barricades and bridge closure signs are being installed to alert pedestrians and bicyclists of the immediate bridge closure.

  • National test of emergency alert systems scheduled for Oct. 3

    posted on: 9/24/2018

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on Oct. 3, 2018. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m., and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

    The test was originally planned for Sept. 20, 2018 but was postponed until Oct. 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

    The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in November 2011, September 2016, and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month.