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AG: Portsmouth council violated open meetings law

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Government & Politics  /  1 Comment

Before it was torn down, John Vitkevich had proposed turning the former Elmhurst School chapel into a music and film production studio.

PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council violated the state Open Meetings Act (OMA) when it met in October 2013 to discuss the fate of the former Elmhurst School chapel, the Rhode Island attorney general’s office has ruled. Local resident and Realtor John Vitkevich filed the OMA complaint with the attorney general in December, alleging that the council […]

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Letter: Portsmouth may regret destroying chapel

By   /  January 10, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

The former Elmhurst School chapel, after its stained-glass windows had been removed.

Editor’s note: The following letter, dated Dec. 20, was addressed to the Portsmouth Town Council. To the editor: I disagree with the recent decision by the Town Council to destroy the Elmhurst chapel for both economic ground and historical preservation reasons, but will restrict my comments to economic ones. I leave it to others to […]

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Portsmouth resident considers legal action over chapel

By   /  December 10, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  1 Comment

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PORTSMOUTH — A local real estate agent who wants to turn the former Elmhurst School chapel into a music and film studio is considering legal action against the Town Council, which Monday night re-affirmed its intention to tear the building down. The council voted unanimously to approve a $115,210 change order in the demolition work […]

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Idea for former Portsmouth school’s chapel: movie studio

By   /  December 5, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

Resident John Vitkevich says the chapel's high roof line makes it ideal for re-use as a music and film studio.

PORTSMOUTH — A local resident wants to turn the former Elmhurst School chapel into a film and music production studio, while another has proposed to transform it  into a “community civic center.” It may be too late for either idea, however. The Town Council Nov. 25 voted unanimously to demolish everything north of the music room […]

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Portsmouth council votes to demolish Elmhurst chapel

By   /  November 25, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — Provided the contractor agrees to get the job done before next spring, those chapel walls will be tumbling down. The Town Council Monday night voted unanimously to demolish everything north of the music room at the former Elmhurst School, closed since 2010. This includes the chapel, which some in town had hoped to preserve […]

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Portsmouth considers fate of former Elmhurst School

By   /  October 30, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

Town Council members and others have questioned the School Department's proposal to turn the cloisters on the east side of the former Elmhurst School chapel into office space for school administration.

PORTSMOUTH — Although the School Department is proposing to turn part of the former Elmhurst School building into office space for school administration, several Town Council members Tuesday night said they’d rather tear most of it down. Doing so would restore the property to its original spendor and greatly enhance the operations of the Glen […]

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Portsmouth Town Council spares Elmhurst chapel

By   /  September 11, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — Residents who posted “Preserve the Chapel” signs around town got their wish Monday night. In an unanimous vote, the Town Council agreed to tear down the Elmhurst Elementary School — closed now for three years — but spare the chapel and music room that connects the building to the Glen Manor House. The council vote allocates […]

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Portsmouth would benefit from fixed Brown House, ‘Friends’ say

By   /  June 7, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

Craig Clark, president of Friends of the Brown House, on top of the roof of the historic farmhouse's front porch. Behind him is the Babe Ruth baseball field.

PORTSMOUTH — Craig Clark is standing on the roof of the Brown House’s front porch, taking in the panoramic view of playing fields below him at Glen Farms. There’s a Babe Ruth baseball game going on to his left, another game for younger kids next to that, a soccer game further to the west and lacrosse […]

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Portsmouth leaves door open on Elmhurst chapel

By   /  May 29, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

“As soon as I walked into the chapel, I realized its potential," said Andrew Kelly, who's leading the charge to have the building preserved as a performing arts center.

PORTSMOUTH — The fate of the former Elmhurst School chapel will have to wait for now. After hearing lively testimony from residents — some who want the chapel to be knocked down, others who hope to see it preserved for use as a performing arts center — the Town Council Tuesday night agreed to finalize a contract with […]

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