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

AG: Portsmouth council violated open meetings law

AG: Portsmouth council violated open meetings law

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

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

Letter: Portsmouth may regret destroying chapel

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


Portsmouth resident considers legal action over chapel

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


Portsmouth council votes to demolish Elmhurst chapel

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

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 considers fate of former Elmhurst School

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


Portsmouth Town Council spares Elmhurst chapel

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