Recent News and Announcements

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

  • Dover Public Library launches Movie Club

    posted on: 7/27/2020

    The Dover Public Library invites film fans to join the newly formed Movie Club on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m. on the Library’s front lawn at 73 Locust St.

    Movie Club is perfect for cinema lovers who enjoy lively discussions on a variety of movies. Every month two themed movies will be chosen. A wide array will be discussed with movie genres ranging from drama and comedy to foreign films and documentaries. Participants can stream the movies online or borrow them from the library to watch at home. The group will meet to discuss the film the first Wednesday of the month.

    August's films are "I Am Not Your Negro" and Ken Burns’ "The Central Park Five," two documentaries on race. A copy of the movies can be found at the front desk or streamed online free using a Dover Public Library card on Hoopla Digital. ...more

  • Trash and recycling reminders

    posted on: 7/24/2020

    Waste Management, the City's new solid waste and recycling vendor, began curbside pick-up on July 1. Although pick-up routes mostly remain the same, residents are reminded that:

    • The pick-up time on your regularly scheduled collection day may be different than it was prior to July 1. To ensure trash and recycling are picked up, please remember that all items must be placed curbside by 7 a.m. on the designated collection day or as early as 4 p.m. the day before.
    • By City ordinance, the maximum weight of trash bags is 35 pounds. Waste Management may reject trash bags that exceed the weight limit. Bags should be tied or sealed and should not be overloaded. Please note that the smaller, 15-gallon bags are rated for 20 pounds maximum.
    • Dover trash bags can be purchased from a variety of local merchants, as well as the City Clerk's Office, the Community Services facility on Mast Road, and the Recycling Center. For a list of local merchants selling Dover trash bags, visit
    • Curbside trash and recycling pick-up will follow the existing holiday schedule. Collection during a holiday week will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week beginning on the holiday. For a list of holidays, see the city's website here:
    • All non-metal items too large to fit in a Dover trash bag, such as furniture, mattresses, toilets and carpets, require a bulky item tag. Bulky item tags can be purchased at the Community Services facility on Mast Road, the Recycling Center and at most locations where city trash bags are sold.

    There are new restrictions on what types of plastics can be recycled. Only the items listed below should be placed in your household recycling bin: ...more

  • Dover Arts Commission awards two City Arts Grants

    posted on: 7/21/2020

    The Dover Arts Commission is pleased to announce the selection of Marielle Carpentier and the Dover Art Center as the recipients of its summer 2020 City Arts Grants. City Arts Grants are awarded to individual artists and arts organizations to create visual art, music, dance, theatre, film, and literary projects that benefit the residents of Dover and enrich the cultural life of the city.

    The Cocheco Mills Historic Project in Fabric by Marielle Carpentier

    Marielle Carpentier will create a permanent sculpture based on the history of Dover and the Cocheco Manufacturing Company. The goal of the project is to provide the Public Library with permanent artwork that is a representation of the city’s history, as well as an engaging learning tool for the children of Dover. In addition, a workshop will be held to provide a meaningful activity that is part history lesson, art lesson, and home economics lesson.

    Carpentier’s sculpture will be a simplified representation of the main factory building in a T shape. Replica fabrics that reflect the popular textiles of the time will be used to make the sculpture. Carpentier describes the sculpture as “extremely child friendly, as it is essentially a giant pillow,” and plans to have it donated and permanently displayed in the Dover Public Library. ...more

  • 4th Street to close July 20 for paving; new traffic pattern to follow

    posted on: 7/18/2020

    On Monday, July 20, 4th Street and the 4th Street parking lot will be closed for paving.

    Paving operations will include applying a base coat and top coat to the street and the spaces directly in front of the newly constructed Fourth Street Depot at 10 4th St.

    Paving in the remainder of the parking lot will be completed in approximately a week.

    On Tuesday morning, the entrance to 4th Street from Chestnut Street will close permanently. 4th Street will also change to two-way traffic from the new entrance for the parking lot, near 4 4th St., to Chestnut Street....more

  • Information session on Lower Central Avenue Redesign Project is July 20

    posted on: 7/17/2020; updated: 7/20/2020

    The City of Dover, as part of the ongoing Capital Improvements Program, will redesign Lower Central Avenue between Silver Street and Stark Avenue, including replacing the existing 150-year-old water line, reconstructing the outdated drainage collection and conveyance system, as well as updating streets and sidewalks.

    While a construction schedule has not yet been finalized, construction is expected to begin as soon as the spring of 2021. To assist with the project's design work, the City of Dover has engaged Sebago Technics, Inc., a consulting firm involved with Dover transportation initiatives for many years. As part of Sebago's work, the City will explore design alternatives, including additional on-street parking, updating bus stop locations, bike lanes, traffic-calming measures, sidewalk improvements, visual amenities such as landscaping, wayfinding signage and lighting.

    Before work begins, the City intends to meet with abutters and residents for input on the project.

    An initial listening session will be held on Monday, July 20, at 6 p.m. For the safety of all during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be held virtually. The meeting will use the RingCentral platform. Login information to attend the meeting is as follows: ...more

  • City to auction bicycles on Saturday, July 18

    posted on: 7/15/2020

    The City of Dover will hold a public auction of bicycles on Saturday, July 18, 2020.

    The auction will start at 9 a.m. and will take place at the Community Services facility, 271 Mast Road. Approximately 37 bicycles will be auctioned off.

    Bicycles may be previewed after 8 a.m. on the day of the auction.

    Children 18 and under will be allowed to bid against other children 18 and under on a bike until all children have won one bike for themselves, after which all other bikes will be open to bidders of any age.

    The auction will occur rain or shine. Only cash or checks will be accepted.

    A list of items can be viewed here. ...more

  • City Council to hold public hearing on proposed rezoning

    posted on: 7/13/2020

    The City Council will hold a public hearing on proposed rezoning amendments on Wednesday, July 22, at 7 p.m., in the Council Conference Room at City Hall. The public hearing is open to all City of Dover residents, property owners and business owners.

    The July 22 public hearing follows five public hearings held by the Planning Board this spring. The Planning Board unanimously adopted the amendments in June.

    There are two sets of amendments, all of which are intended to promote economic development and improve quality of life in Dover. The first is a collection of syntax and terminology changes. These amendments focus on updating city code to ensure that current terms and titles are used, as well as maintaining references to state statutes and regulations. In addition to these terminology amendments, General Code, the City’s vendor managing the online representation of the City Code, has recommended renumbering some sections of the code to enhance readability.

    The second set of amendments contains substantive changes, such as rezoning areas of the city, updating the Transfer of Development Right’s Ordinance and creating and Alternative Energy Code. ...more

  • City Council to form Committee for the Elimination of Racism and Bias, seeks applicants

    posted on: 7/13/2020

    The City Council will soon form an ad-hoc Committee for the Elimination of Racism and is seeking community members interested in sitting on the advisory panel. The committee will hold listening sessions, review data and develop an action plan intended to help identify and eliminate systemic racism in municipal operations, including public boards and commissions.

    The advisory committee will report its recommendations to the City Council.

    The City Council discussed the composition of the committee at its meeting on July 8. Members of the committee will likely include a City Councilor; a School Board member; a representative of Dover High School’s Project DREAM; a member of the public representing the NAACP, ACLU, or similar organization with a mission that seeks to eliminate racism and promote racial justice and equality; a member of a field of academia with a focus on identifying and eliminating systemic racism/bias; and members of the community with knowledge, interest, and experience in addressing systemic racism and bias. The number of community members is yet to be determined, pending interviews of applicants by the City Council’s Appointments Committee. ...more

  • Bridge work in Durham will require temporarily closing Route 4 for five days and detouring all traffic

    posted on: 7/12/2020

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces an upcoming five-day closure of US Route 4 in Durham to facilitate the replacement of the Bunker Creek Bridge.

    Beginning Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 11 p.m. and lasting approximately five days, US Route 4 will be closed to all through traffic. This phase of work will include demolition of the existing bridge; installation of new precast bridge elements, including the bridge abutments and superstructure; final placement of lightweight fill and roadway materials; and paving.

    During the closure, traffic will be detoured from US Route 4 and the Spaulding Turnpike via NH 108 or NH 155 with the use of detour signs and message boards. Trucks are encouraged to use the NH 155 detour. All motorists are encouraged to remain alert and obey all posted signs.

    The NHDOT worked closely with local authorities in Dover and Durham to develop a traffic detour plan. The official detour route will be via the Spaulding Turnpike, Exit 7, and NH Route 108 and will be marked with signs. The Dover Police Department is prepared to have officers helping facilitate traffic control at the Exit 7 interchanges during morning and evening peak commute times. The Dover Police Department is also well aware that the closure will result in increased traffic on Piscataqua Road, Back River Road, and Spruce Lane, and will perform extra patrols in these areas to monitor speed and truck restrictions. ...more

  • Free COVID-19 testing available to DHA seniors and residents with disabilities

    posted on: 7/6/2020; updated: 7/10/2020

    Dover Fire Chief Paul Haas recently announced the availability of COVID-19 testing for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities who reside at the Dover Housing Authority. Testing is voluntary and free of charge. Testing sites will include Waldron and Central Towers, St. John's, Niles, Union Court and Edgar Bois Terrace residential communities. Testing will occur by appointment on July 20 and 21. Appointments can be made by calling Cathryn Conway-Dorr at 742-5804 ext.144.

    "We care about our residents and we want them to be safe during these challenging times," said Allan Krans, Executive Director of the DHA.

    The Dover Housing Authority serves 877 households per month with a federal rent subsidy. Rent paid by residents is based on 30 percent of household income. The mission of the DHA is "Opening Doors to Opportunities"....more

  • City of Dover seeks election workers

    posted on: 7/9/2020

    The City Clerk's Office is seeking election officers to help staff Dover's polling places during upcoming elections, including the State Primary in September and the General Election in November.

    The City Clerk's office provides training to all election workers. These are paid positions. Election workers must be at least 18 years old and a Dover resident.

    Election officers assist with a variety of duties on election day, including aiding voters, maintaining order, opening and closing the polls, and processing the vote counts. Election workers are needed in all of the City's six wards.

    For more information, contact the City Clerk's Office at 516-6018 or email City Clerk Susan Mistretta at ...more

  • New state historical highway marker in Dover marks the home of John Parker Hale

    posted on: 7/7/2020

    The N.H. Division of Historical Resources is pleased to announce that a New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker has been installed in front of the home of John Parker Hale at 192 Central Ave. in Dover.

    The marker reads:

    “HOME OF JOHN PARKER HALE, 1840-1873

    “New Hampshire lawyer, politician and noted abolitionist, Hale lived in this home for nearly 40 years, until his death. During this time, he was elected to the U.S. Congress as a Democrat in 1842, to the U.S. Senate as an Independent in 1847 and again to the U.S. Senate as a Republican in 1855. The first distinctly anti-slavery U.S. senator, he was friendly with President Lincoln, who named him Minister to Spain in 1865. A statue of Hale joins those of Daniel Webster and Gen. John Stark at the State House in Concord.”

    Built in 1813, the building is part of the Woodman Institute, which was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

    An official unveiling ceremony for the marker will take place on July 8 at 10 a.m. ...more

  • Broadway culvert work continues this week

    posted on: 7/6/2020

    Work continues this week on the Broadway drainage culvert project. Work this week will be on the Essex Street side of Broadway, and includes the excavation of a receiving pit for pipe being installed under the railroad tracks. The work will involve the installation of sheet piles, which can produce a loud, pounding noise while the work is ongoing.

    For more information, contact Community Services at 516-6450....more

  • Eversource maintenance work in Dover begins July 6

    posted on: 7/4/2020

    Eversource will begin maintenance work next week on a transmission line between Perkins Road in Madbury and McKone Lane in Dover. Eversource's contractor, PAR Electric, will replace structure hardware, including lightning arrestors, on select, existing structures. PAR will access the structures by either bucket truck or poles. Helicopter work may be needed if crews are unable to access the structures.

    Work in Dover will occur at the following locations:

    Durham Road, Meserve Road, Drew Road, Linda Avenue, Garrison Road, Finch Lane, Dover Point Road, Thornwood Lane, Middle Road, Back Road, McKone Lane

    Work activities will occur Monday through Friday, and Saturdays as necessary. The schedule may change due to weather and other unexpected circumstances. The work is expected to be completed, including final restoration of disturbed areas, by December 2020. ...more

  • Holiday hours for city offices and facilities

    posted on: 7/2/2020

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Friday, July 3 for the Independence Day holiday. Regular hours will resume on Monday, July 6.

    The Public Library will be closed on Friday, July 3. The Library is currently operating on limited hours and is closed on weekends.

    The Fitness Center, located at the McConnell Center, will be closed on Saturday, July 4.

    The Dover Indoor Pool will be closed on Saturday, July 4.

    Inspection Services, located at the Liberty North End Fire Station, will be closed on Friday, July 3. Regular hours will resume on Monday, July 6.

    The Recycling Center on Mast Road is closed on Saturday, July 4.

    Independence Day, Saturday, July 4, is a parking holiday. Metered parking is not required on parking holidays.

    Trash and recycling pick-up schedules are not affected by the holiday this week....more

  • Waste Management begins curbside trash and recycling collection in Dover July 1

    posted on: 6/27/2020

    Beginning on Wednesday, July 1, Waste Management, the city's new recycling and curbside solid waste vendor, will begin its five-year contract with the City of Dover. The City Council approved the new contract in February, following a five-year contract with Pinard Waste Services.

    "After an extensive review process, the City is excited to welcome Waste Management as its selected vendor for solid waste and recycling collection services," said Community Services Director John Storer. "Although residents will see Waste Management vehicles beginning July 1, very little will change with curbside collection of solid waste and recycling."

    For most residents and businesses, collection routes and days will remain the same, Storer said.

    "There may be adjustments on some streets as Waste Management refines its collection process, but the company is determined to make the transition as seamless as possible," Storer added.

    Waste Management will continue to collect curbside solid waste in City of Dover trash bags. Other trash bags will not be accepted. Although the cost of Dover trash bags will increase after July 1, bags purchased before July 1 will still be accepted. Beginning July 1, the retail price of City of Dover trash bags will be approximately $2.34 per 15-gallon bag and $3.91 per 30-gallon bag.

    All non-metal items too large to fit in a Dover trash bag, such as furniture, mattresses, toilets and carpets, will still require a bulky item tag. Bulky item tags can be purchased at the City Clerk’s Office, the Community Services facility on Mast Road, the Recycling Center and at most locations where city trash bags are sold. The cost of bulky item tags will increase to approximately $10 on July 1. ...more

  • Downtown traffic restrictions in place on July 6

    posted on: 6/26/2020; updated: 6/30/2020

    Ongoing paving work downtown will continue on Monday, July 6, weather permitting, with the paving of the following streets:

    • Locust Street, from Silver Street to Washington Street
    • Chestnut Street, from Locust to Washington
    • Washington Street, from Central Avenue to Chestnut Street

    Work will begin at 7 a.m. with Washington Street and proceed to the other locations over the course of the day. Street closures and access restrictions will be intermittent throughout the day, and will shift as the work progresses.

    Locust Street, from Silver Street to Chestnut Street, will be open only in the northbound direction throughout the day. Additionally, the side streets and driveways that intersect Locust Street will be blocked while pavement is applied, rolled and cooled, at some point during the day. Crossing traffic will also be limited at times in order to prevent tire marks and gouges in the fresh pavement.

    Library and McConnell Center patrons, city employees, and Orpheum Apartments residents may experience delays or even restricted access in or out for periods of 10-20 minutes if attempting to arrive or depart by car....more

  • Fireworks illegal in Dover

    posted on: 6/26/2020

    Police Chief William Breault and Fire Chief Paul Haas are reminding residents that consumer fireworks are not only dangerous, but also illegal to possess and discharge in the City of Dover.

    According to city ordinances, "no person, firm, partnership or corporation shall offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, purchase, possess, transport, use or explode any fireworks without a permit."

    Permits in Dover are only granted for programs and displays approved by the Fire and Rescue Chief and the Police Chief using Class C fireworks. All displays must be conducted by a trained operator who holds a current license or State of New Hampshire certificate of competency.

    With professional fireworks displays cancelled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in many communities, including Dover, officials are reminding people that consumer fireworks are dangerous.

    According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires in 2018, including 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires, and 17,100 outside and other fires. These fires caused five deaths, 46 civilian injuries, and $105 million in direct property damage....more

  • COAST to launch new system on Monday, June 29

    posted on: 6/25/2020

    After nearly two years of planning and outreach with riders, community members and financial stakeholders, COAST’s redesigned public transit system will launch on Monday, June 29.

    Ultimately, the new system was designed to reflect the region’s changing travel patterns, and to adapt to COAST’s new financial reality. Rad Nichols, COAST Executive Director, remarked, “We recognized a change in where people wanted to travel to and from, as well as the days and hours during which they work and shop, and we knew we’d be working with a diminished overall budget. To determine how our services would best meet our passengers’ and communities’ needs, we initiated a comprehensive analysis of COAST’s operations in the summer of 2018.”...more

  • Public hearing slated for Wildcat Transit Service reduction

    posted on: 6/23/2020

    Due to University of New Hampshire budget reductions and the conclusion of NHDOT supplemental construction mitigation funding provided by the Little Bay Bridge project, Wildcat Transit will be making service reductions on all routes effective with the planned restart of service for the 2020-21 academic year in late August. Wildcat Transit will reduce service frequencies during both full service (including weekends) and reduced service periods. Visit for schedule details.

    A public hearing, via Zoom, is scheduled on Wednesday, June 24, at 5:30 p.m., to receive rider feedback on the anticipated service reductions. Login details are as follows:

    Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
    Or Telephone: Dial: +1 301 715 8592 (US Toll)
    Meeting ID: 996 5595 9645 ...more

  • Dover Open Lands Committee celebrates 20-year anniversary along with Pollinator Partnership

    posted on: 6/22/2020

    Open Lands logoFor the past 20 years the Dover Open Lands Committee (OLC) volunteers and city staff have been working with willing landowners to conserve Dover’s most important natural and cultural resources. These resources protect our drinking water supplies, preserve our farm and forest lands, provide flood mitigation in extreme weather events, maintain critical fish and wildlife habitat, and preserve of our community's character for current and future generations to enjoy. Over the past 20 years many dedicated residents have served on the OLC, but two devoted volunteers, Anna Boudreau and Ann Reid, have been on the committee since it was formed in 2000. Steve Bird, City Planner, has been the staff liaison since the first meeting.

    This year, to commemorate their 20th anniversary, a “Pollinator Week” logo was designed by Viera Boudreau, an artist from Dover, to be unveiled at the OLC’s first annual Pollinator Week event, which was planned to coincide with the global Pollinator Partnership’s 20th anniversary as well. Pollinator week runs from June 22-28, 2020, but due to social distancing concerns the event will not be held this year; however, you are encouraged to check the OLC Facebook page daily during Pollinator Week to learn about things you can do to support pollinators.

    Anna Boudreau, the current Chair of the OLC, reflected on the accomplishments of the last 20 years by stating, “Often partnering with other organizations like the Southeast Land Trust of NH (SELT) and The Nature Conservancy, we have managed to complete 20 separate land protection projects that has resulted in the permanent conservation of over 850 acres in Dover. The benefits from this success includes the conservation of wildlife habitat, the protection of land for drinking water wells, the preservation of farmland to promote local foods, the safeguarding of scenic vistas, and maintaining undeveloped areas that allow us to experience the serenity and renewal provided by nature.” ...more

  • Dover Chamber to host State of the City forum on June 22

    posted on: 6/18/2020

    The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce will host its annual State of the City Forum on Monday, June, 22 at 9:30 a.m. The event, underwritten by Eversource, will take place via the video conference platform Zoom with a simultaneous livestream on the Chamber’s Facebook page. The event will also be recorded and made available through both the Chamber and the City of Dover’s websites.

    This year’s forum will focus on the City’s outlook and priorities for the rest of the year and will also feature an overview of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital to the COVID-19 outbreak. Panelists include Dover City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr., Dover Economic Development Director Daniel Barufaldi, Dover Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Paul Haas, and Dr. Malcolm Rosenson, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer.

    “Our annual State of the City Forum provides members and citizens with a unique opportunity to hear firsthand from City officials about relevant topics,” says Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce President Margaret Joyce. “The Chamber is honored to partner with the City of Dover in presenting the forum and we are grateful to Eversource for their support of this event.” ...more

  • Downtown paving work under way

    posted on: 6/14/2020; updated: 6/16/2020

    Paving work is scheduled to begin on the following streets on Monday, June 15:

    • Washington Street, from Chestnut Street to Central Avenue
    • Chestnut Street, from Washington Street to Locust Street
    • Locust Street, from Washington Street to Silver Street

    The work will occur on weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is expected to conclude in two to three weeks.

    The work will consist of lowering structures such as catch basins and manholes, milling, raising structures, and paving. While the work is ongoing, on-street parking restrictions may be in effect and posted as necessary to facilitate the work.

    Once paving begins, additional traffic restrictions will be in place, including a single lane of traffic on Locust Street and access to the Public Library and McConnell Center from the Silver Street intersection with Locust Street only. Access from Washington Street will be restricted....more

  • Dover's Frank Torr named Citizen Planner of the Year

    posted on: 6/15/2020

    Frank TorrOn June 10, Frank Torr was named recipient of the 2020 Citizen Planner of the Year by the New Hampshire Planners Association. The organization made the presentation during their spring webinar series.

    The New Hampshire Planner’s Association (NHPA) award annually recognizes citizen planners from New Hampshire for their advancement to the science and art of planning and commitment to community involvement through planning initiatives. The New Hampshire Planners Association promotes, assists, and supports professional planners in the State with the goal of achieving planning excellence to improve the quality of life today and tomorrow in New Hampshire’s communities. The Citizen Planner of the Year is a reflection of that ideal, and is sought annually through nominations.

    The NHPA selection committee recognized Frank and “wished there were more people like him” who encourage innovative planning, volunteer and have an interest in development. In a letter of support written by Assistant City Manager Christopher Parker, Frank is described as “a voice of reason, a voice of realistic expectations and has a critical and substantial knowledge of property rights in New Hampshire. Not a meeting goes by without Frank offering pearls of wisdom about how an applicant should be treated, how we should protect abutters’ interests and the community’s role in land-use regulation.” ...more

  • Hale Street traffic and parking restrictions in place June 22 and 23 for utility work

    posted on: 6/15/2020

    Hale Street will be closed to through traffic on Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, for utility work. In addition, on-street parking restrictions will be in place for the duration of the work. The work will not affect the outdoor dining area on the Hale Street sidewalk, but may be loud at times and generate some debris.

    The work involves the extension of a natural gas service line to City Hall. Businesses on Hale Street, including City Hall, will remain open.

    For more information, contact Community Services at 516-6450....more

  • Dover Indoor Pool begins phased reopening on June 15

    posted on: 6/11/2020

    The Dover Indoor Pool will begin a phased reopening on Monday June 15, 2020. To slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Indoor Pool has been closed since March, in accordance with the governor’s emergency order.

    During the first phase, the Indoor Pool will be open only to Dover residents 17 years and older. Only adult lap swim will be allowed at this time. Lap swimming will be broken down into one-hour swim blocks, followed by a 30-minute block for staff to clean the facility. Patrons will exit the facility no more than 15 minutes after their swim block has ended.

    All swimming is arranged by reservation only. To make a reservation, visit and follow the instructions to sign up.

    Patrons visiting the pool will asked the following questions before entering:  ...more

  • Dover Trivia helps give a boost to local businesses

    posted on: 6/10/2020

    The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce and the City of Dover continue to partner on programs meant to assist with the economic recovery of the community's local businesses, while adding a bit of fun.

    This month, the Chamber and City have launched Dover Trivia. To play, download this week's trivia card at, answer as many questions as you can, and email your completed card to Each week, two winners will be drawn at random from among the completed trivia cards. The winners will each receive a $100 gift card to a local business. Winners will be announced each week in the Chamber of Commerce's Peek at the Week e-newsletter and in the City's Dover Download e-newsletter.

    New trivia cards will be available each week throughout the month of June. The final drawing is July. ...more

  • Tri-City mayors issue statement about protests over death of George Floyd

    posted on: 6/9/2020

    The tragic death of George Floyd two weeks ago unleashed a tsunami of protests across our nation. The protests make clear that issues of racism that some may have hoped were behind us require a renewed national conversation and a commitment to guaranteeing that the American dream is available to every one of us.  It would be easy, and wrong, to think that these issues don’t affect those of us lucky enough to live in our relatively small communities in the nation’s northeast corner.  While our nation is vast and wonderfully diverse it is as true now as ever that we all suffer when one American or group of Americans is ill-served by our society.  The actions of each of us—police officer, elected official, citizen—must recognize that we’re all in this together.

    Elected officials at every level must make sure that governmental departments and public employees treat each citizen with respect in each and every interaction.  As Mayors we know first-hand that our local police departments remain committed to equal and just treatment of all citizens and constant self-examination for improvement.  Our goal and approach has been and will always be to create communities where all are celebrated and welcomed.

    As a united team of Mayors, we will continue with vigilance to ensure the seeds of hate never root within our Tri-City area. The Tri -City Mayors of Rochester, Somersworth and Dover, agree not only do Black Lives Matter but the lives of every person in this nation matters; African American, Native Americans, immigrants, Latinos, Asians, LGBT, all ethnic groups, all religions. It is our collective hope that through the protests, demonstrations and conversations that we will finally awaken to erase the lines of division and hate, and walk together as united citizens to ensuring the American dream for all....more

  • Dover's "virtual" graduation to air June 10

    posted on: 6/7/2020

    A "virtual" graduation for Dover's Class of 2020, which consists of more than 300 students, will air live on Wednesday, June 10, at 7 p.m.

    The ceremony, which was recorded over several days this week at Dover High School, follows a mostly traditional format, including addresses and greetings from staff and class leaders, and the presentation of diplomas.

    Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, school officials and the School Board approved plans for a virtual graduation that adheres to health guidelines restricting large in-person gatherings and encouraging social distancing.

    The ceremony can be viewed live on June 10 at 7 p.m. on Channel 22, streaming live on the City of Dover's website here, and on the City of Dover's YouTube channel here.

    In addition, the Dover High School Awards Night will air on Tuesday, June 9, at 7 p.m. on Channel 95 and on the City of Dover's YouTube channel. ...more

  • Arts Commission approves new art installation at Henry Law Park

    posted on: 6/3/2020

    Work on a new art installation at Henry Law Park is under way this week. The project, endorsed by the Arts Commission, is located in the lower section of Henry Law Park.

    The installation is the work of Marielle Carpentier of Dover, a recent graduate from Marywood University with a degree in art therapy and minors in psychology and 3D design.

    "The Dover Arts Commission is delighted to share Marielle’s vibrant artistry with our community," said Jane Hamor, chair of the Dover Arts Commission.

    Carpentier said her installation at Henry Law Park is meant to remind everyone to celebrate even small victories.

    "We often decorate trees in times of celebration; it can bring a sense of wonder and excitement," Carpentier said. "This piece, while not in a time of celebration, I hope will bring some wonder to people's walks, and maybe remind us to still celebrate the little victories. Creating beauty in times of ugliness is something we as humans do all the time. My hope is that these simple circles can remind us of that."...more

  • Spring street sweeping continues

    posted on: 6/3/2020

    Citywide street sweeping by Community Services crews continues this week. Street sweeping operations begin weekdays at 3:30 a.m. and continue for two consecutive eight-hour shifts throughout the day.

    Work is expected to be complete prior to the end of June.

    For more information, contact Community Services at 516-6450....more

  • An Open Letter to the Community from Dover Police Chief William Breault

    posted on: 6/1/2020

    To the Dover Community:

    Given recent events that have unfortunately occurred throughout the country, as your Police Chief, I want to reassure you that the women and men of the Dover Police Department remain steadfast in protecting the constitutional rights of everyone. Now more than ever, as we move through these events together, I call on all community members to demonstrate respect and compassion for one another.

    As your Police Chief, I want to express my own thoughts and feelings regarding what I saw occur in Minneapolis. I am outraged by the action and inaction of those who took an oath to protect and serve and am saddened by the tragic loss of human life. Although this current incident occurred many states away, it has eroded the very same public trust we have worked so hard to achieve. What we saw occur in Minneapolis is not only completely against the mission, vision, and values of the Dover Police Department, but also the training, tactics, and professionalism with which our officers serve the community each and every day.

    I ask that our community finds confidence in knowing that officers of the Dover Police
    Department receive the best and most current training available and they demonstrate daily deescalation and sound judgement when serving their fellow community members. As a department our training, tactics, policies and organizational culture demonstrate our commitment to treating ALL PEOPLE with a high level of dignity, compassion and respect.

    The women and men of the Dover Police Department remain dedicated to providing exceptional and professional service to every community member by listening to their concerns, remaining impartial and having the goodwill of others in mind before ourselves. Through shared understanding, open dialogue, and building relationships with community members we share the mutual respect necessary to move forward through challenging times.

    As Police Chief, I am proud of the work your Dover Police officers do each and every day as they serve with courage, dedication, and commitment to the community. Seeing the action and inaction of officers as we did in Minneapolis is incredibly frustrating for all of us, but none are more disappointed than the hardworking men and women in law enforcement. I am confident that the our officers will continue to focus on improving the quality of life for every community member in Dover as we continue to build and maintain community trust by making positive differences in the lives and safety of those we serve.

    Please know that we as law enforcement professionals stand with you, feeling the same pain, anger, and frustration. Let us all work together to make positive change and focus on keeping Dover a safe and peaceful place for everyone.

    Yours in service,

    Bill Breault
    Chief of Police...more

  • Road and parking striping continues this week

    posted on: 6/1/2020

    Crews striping the city's roadways and parking areas will continue painting operations this week.

    The citywide striping work typically begins at 9 p.m. each weeknight, Monday through Thursday, and continues until 5 a.m. the following morning.

    While these crews are at work, drivers should use caution and be aware of road cones, wet paint and striping vehicles. The work may cause some traffic delays.

    For more information, contact Community Services at 516-6450....more

  • Green and White Day celebrates Dover High School’s Class of 2020

    posted on: 5/30/2020

    Dover High School is reaching out to the community to help celebrate the Class of 2020 which has persevered through the COVID-19 pandemic with grace and strength. To help acknowledge this is a different graduation season, the school is asking the community to participate in a citywide Green and White Day on Friday, June 5.

    During a two-hour window between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., Dover High School seniors and their families are encouraged to drive through the community, particularly Central Avenue from Weeks Crossing to Durham Road, and then onto Alumni Drive. The high school is also asking local businesses to acknowledge the Class of 2020 on existing signs and deck the area out in front of their businesses in green and white.

    The school is also encouraging community members to do the same outside their homes. Any green and white decorations will help seniors know how much they are supported by the community. Anyone who can be outside on Central Avenue and Durham Road in green and white and with a sign to salute our seniors would be greatly appreciated.

    When students arrive on Alumni Drive, they will be greeted by the Dover Police and Fire departments as well as faculty and staff as they take a victory lap past the school. The campus will be decked out in green and white to celebrate the Class of 2020’s graduation which will take place on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m.

    The community-wide Green and White Day is based on the model of Spirit Week held annually every fall and which culminates on a Friday with the most anticipated school day of the year, Green and White Day....more

  • New Hampshire Food Bank offers drive-through food pantry in Dover on May 30

    posted on: 5/29/2020

    The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, will host a mobile food pantry in Dover this Saturday with a truckload of food available for distribution.

    The food bank’s culinary kitchen has been providing ready-to-eat meals at mobile food pantries throughout the state during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

    The mobile food pantry in Dover will be held at Dover High School on Saturday, May 30, beginning at 10 a.m., and will continue while supplies last. The high school is located at 25 Alumni Drive.

    The mobile food pantry is a drive-through event. Food is distributed to people while in their vehicles. ...more

  • Planning Board adopts Culture and Recreation chapter of Master Plan

    posted on: 5/29/2020

    At its May 26 meeting, the Planning Board unanimously adopted the Culture and Recreation chapter of the City's Master Plan.

    The updated Culture and Recreation Chapter of the Master Plan replaces the 2009 Recreation Chapter and adds culture to its title to address the arts in Dover. The chapter also includes more details about programming for culture and recreation in the community than in the previous chapter.

    The updated chapter follows the work of a steering committee; City staff; the Strafford Regional Planning Commission (SRPC), which served as the consultant; and significant public input.

    During the fall of 2019, the City of Dover and SRPC attended four community events (two Art Walks, the Downtown Trick-or-Treat, and Apple Harvest Day), conducted surveys on art and recreation, and gathered information at different City locations such as outside the City Clerk’s office in City Hall. This past winter, SRPC and staff met to review previous Master Plan recommendations to discuss what had been accomplished, what has not yet been accomplished, and how to overcome any obstacles as well as adding new recommendations. This spring, members of the steering committee, Recreation Advisory Board, and SRPC reviewed different recreation sites in person to fill out site assessments to see what was needed at each location. ...more

  • Daytime bridge work on the Spaulding Turnpike in Dover

    posted on: 5/26/2020

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) maintenance crews will make required repairs to the Spaulding Turnpike Bridge over NH 108 in Dover beginning on May 26, 2020.

    The work will be done from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is expected to be completed, weather permitting, on May 28, 2020.

    During the day the Spaulding Turnpike southbound will be reduced to one lane at the Exit 7 interchange and the on ramp will be closed. NH 108 traffic seeking to enter the Spaulding Turnpike southbound ramp will be directed via signs and messages boards to use the Spaulding Turnpike northbound on ramp and reverse direction at Exit 8. Steel plates will be left in the travel way during off work hours....more

  • Some recreation areas open with restrictions in place

    posted on: 5/22/2020; updated: 5/29/2020

    Some recreation areas are open again to the public, including the Longhill Park Dog Park, pickleball and tennis courts, and the Bellamy Park Disc Golf Course.

    Several restrictions will be posted and remain in place at these locations until further notice, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and in accordance with new state guidelines for reopening parks and recreation facilities.

    Use of these locations will be prohibited to those who exhibit and symptoms of the coronavirus, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are at risk due to known factors including underlying health conditions.

    Before using these facilities, people are asked to wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, clean and wipe down any equipment, bring a personal-use water bottle, consider wearing face coverings and gloves, not congregating in a parking lot, and to play with members of their own household or those considered low risk. People using these recreation facilities and amenities are also asked to limit their time on site and leave the area once finished. People are also asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer after leaving the location.

    Each location has additional, specific guidelines and restrictions in place, including: ...more

  • Tri-City Mayors band together for virtual Memorial Day ceremony

    posted on: 5/23/2020

    With Memorial Day approaching and traditional ceremonies and services canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the mayors of Dover, Rochester and Somersworth will hold a virtual ceremony to honor the military personnel lost while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

    The ceremony was recorded this week at Dover Veterans Park and will air on the government access channels in all three communities beginning this weekend and on Monday, Memorial Day. The virtual ceremony is available online here.

    In attendance at the ceremony were Dover Mayor Robert Carrier, Somersworth Mayor Dana Hilliard and Rochester Mayor Caroline McCarley, as well as representatives from area veteran organizations. The Rev. Andrew Nelson of St. Ignatius and St. Mary parishes in Somersworth provides the ceremony's invocation and benediction. ...more

  • Library open for limited access to computers and copiers

    posted on: 5/21/2020

    The Library opened its doors for computer and copier use only today, Thursday, May 21. Hours for these services will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ten library patrons at a time will be allowed into the building, with a one-hour use limit. Appointments can be made at Computers will also available for walk-ins. Please enter through the front door of the Library and proceed to the adult circulation desk. Patrons are required to wear masks, which will be provided, if necessary. Strict social distancing rules will be in place.

    The Library is still offering a Book Pick-up Service for those wishing to check out materials. The Book Pick-up Service is available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Patrons who wish to pick up books on hold need to make a reservation via, through email at, or by calling 516-6050 (staff are answering phones Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

    The deadline for picking up books is as follows: ...more

  • Dover Police seek information about downtown tagging

    posted on: 5/13/2020

    The Dover Police Department is seeking information regarding tagging that has occurred at the Joe Parks Garden Riverwalk. Over the past few months, there has been a significant amount of graffiti damage committed on the public and private property along the Riverwalk area.

    This case is being investigated by the Dover Police Department’s Community Response and Engagement Unit. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Dover Police Department at 603-742-4646 to speak with Officer Caproni and refer to Case # 20009283.

    Anonymous tips may be called into the Dover Crimeline at 603-749-6000. The Dover Crimeline can also be contacted via ...more

  • Public comment period now open for proposed Bellamy River recharge facility

    posted on: 5/12/2020

    The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services announced that a public comment period for a proposed artificial recharge facility located in the Pudding Hill aquifer along the Bellamy River in Dover is now open.

    The NHDES draft Water Quality Certification for the proposed facility is available for public review and comment at

    The draft certification states that based on the facts, findings and conditions in the certification, NHDES has determined that there is reasonable assurance that the proposed activity will not violate state surface water quality standards.

    The artificial recharge facility will withdraw water from the Bellamy River and discharge it to two infiltration basins. Groundwater recharge is needed to increase the sustainable yield of two of the City’s water supply production wells (Ireland and DP #1) and to help manage groundwater quality within the Pudding Hill Aquifer.

    Public comments will be accepted until 4 p.m. on June 15, 2020. Only written comments will be accepted. Comments may be sent by postal mail, or email (email is preferred due to COVID-19 restrictions). Please include the project name/certification number, your name, and organization; mailing address, email address and telephone number with your submittal. ...more

  • Portion of Spur Road to close beginning May 12

    posted on: 5/11/2020

    Construction will begin Tuesday, May 12, 2020 on a sewer line that will cross Spur Road. While the work is under way, Spur Road will be closed to all traffic for the duration of the work, expected to be about two weeks.

    The road will be closed at the site of the work, at 21 Spur Road, near Nute Road.

    The work is part of the Spur Road Reconstruction Project.

    For more information, contact Community Services at 516-6450....more

  • Public Library to resume book pick-ups

    posted on: 5/7/2020

    The Dover Public Library is pleased to announce the resumption of the Book Pick-Up Service on Monday, May 11. The book drops for returns will also open again on May 11.

    The Book Pick-up Service will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Patrons who wish to pick up books on hold need to make a reservation via an online form at, through email at, or by calling 516-6050. (Library staff can be reached by phone Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

    The deadline for picking up books is as follows: ...more

  • New community initiative calls on Dover to show solidarity in green and white

    posted on: 5/1/2020; updated: 5/6/2020

    Mayor Robert Carrier is encouraging the entire community to proudly display Dover’s signature colors of green and white as a reminder we’re all in this together. The initiative, “Green and White, Let’s Unite!”, is a way for the entire community to show solidarity during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

    “During this unprecedented public health emergency, our residents and business community are faced with new challenges every day,” Carrier said. “Despite these challenges, one thing I know for certain is Dover will beat this. Part of the fabric of our community’s nearly 400-year heritage is our resilience.”

    Carrier said people can show their support for the community by displaying green and white any way they choose. He said it can be anything from a green and white ribbon wrapped around a tree or hanging from a window or door, a handmade poster, or green and white hearts in a storefront window.

    “This is an easy way to show support for the entire community,” Carrier said. “We’re all in this together, whether it be your neighbor, the business community, healthcare professionals and first responders, or essential staff at our grocery stores and restaurants. I hope everyone will join me. We’re stronger together.”...more

  • Public Private-Partnership to hold remote meeting May 13

    posted on: 5/6/2020

    There will be a meeting of the Public Private-Partnership (P3) Commission on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. to review the proposed final draft of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Long Term Lease/Concession Agreement of the Dover and Portsmouth transportation facilities (bus terminals). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be virtual. Any votes will be conducted via roll call.

    The public is invited to listen to the meeting. This is not a public hearing and public comments will not be accepted. There is no physical location for the meeting. ...more

  • Main Street cancels this year's Dover Pride Clean Up Day

    posted on: 5/1/2020

    As the traditional date for the annual Dover Pride Clean Up Day rapidly approaches (first Saturday in May), Dover Main Street announced this week the event will not be held this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

    The goal of Cleanup Day is to bring the community together downtown to help beautify and restore many public locations suffering from the harsh effects of winter; however, the current health emergency makes bringing large groups of people together unwise and potentially dangerous.

    Dover Main Street hopes to adapt its efforts by making these sites available to be worked on through the summer, toward the same goal, in a safe and responsible manner. Dover Main Street will announce its plans at a later date. ...more

  • Maintain physical distancing when using parks and community trails for walking and running

    posted on: 4/27/2020

    Dover Fire Chief Paul Haas, the city's Emergency Management Director, is reminding people to practice physical distancing when using the city's parks and trails for walking or running. The City's parks and trails are closed to all other activities.

    "We recognize that people are eager to get some fresh air by taking a walk or running along our community trails and in our parks," Haas said. "We certainly encourage that activity, but it's imperative that people be respectful of others by practicing responsible physical distancing and refraining from congregating in groups."

    To help slow the community spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the City earlier this month closed public parks, playgrounds and outdoor sports areas, limiting activity to walking or running for fresh air or exercise only, as permitted in Gov. Chris Sununu's Emergency Order #17....more

  • Portion of Henry Law Avenue to close April 28

    posted on: 4/23/2020; updated: 4/24/2020

    As part of ongoing work on the former Foster’s building at 333 Central Avenue, DeStefano & Associates will close Henry Law Avenue to all traffic between Washington Street and Williams Street on Tuesday, April 28, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

    A crane will be positioned on site to deconstruct scaffolding and perform other necessary work. No on-street parking will be permitted during these hours on Henry Law Avenue from Washington Street to Williams Street, but the rest of the street will be open for parking.

    Access to Henry Law Avenue will be available via Williams Street from Central Avenue....more

  • Nighttime lane closures on Spaulding Turnpike begin April 22

    posted on: 4/20/2020

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces that beginning Wednesday, April 22, 2020, nighttime construction operations will commence on the Spaulding Turnpike (NH 16) between Exit 3 and Exit 6 to facilitate the installation of overhead sign structures in Dover.

    Construction work will include the installation of three overhead sign structures that span the Spaulding Turnpike between the Little Bay Bridge and Exit 6. Lane closures will be implemented on both the north and southbound barrels of the Spaulding Turnpike. In addition, short-term traffic stoppages and rolling roadblocks will be utilized for the erection of the sign structures and signs over the turnpike. Night operations will be in place from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and are being utilized to produce the least amount of impact to daytime commuter traffic. This phase of work, which is weather dependent is scheduled to be completed over a four-day period....more