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The Phelps House is one of several properties at Glen Farm that the town would like to see fixed up and leased out.

Portsmouth mulls revenue ideas for Glen, Elmhurst properties

Portsmouth mulls revenue ideas for Glen, Elmhurst properties

PORTSMOUTH — Town Administrator John Klimm wanted creative, thinking-outside-the-box ideas, and Emil Cipolla did not disappoint. When a fellow member of the New Revenue Working Group mentioned that it costs the town $50,000 annually just to cut the grass at Glen Farm, Mr. Cipolla offered a cheaper method of keeping the turf short. “How about running

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Portsmouth wins $100,000 grant for ‘Elmhurst Park’

PORTSMOUTH — The Town of Portsmouth has been awarded a $100,000 state open space/recreation grant that will be used to make improvements at the former site of the Elmhurst School, which was torn down earlier this year. Town Council President James Seveney and Council Vice President John Blaess attended a May 14 awards ceremony at the

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Portsmouth hopes to reap more from Manor House

PORTSMOUTH — Increased corporate or yachting events, photo and movie shoots and even an old-fashioned clambake during a stopover for boat tours have been floated as possible ideas for drawing more dollars into the town-owned Glen Manor House. Despite the Manor House’s reputation as a proven moneymaker for Portsmouth, the town is looking for ways to

Workers from J.R. Vinagro Corporation tear down the north end of the former Elmhurst School Friday afternoon.

Elmhurst School demolition underway in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — To borrow a phrase from John Mellencamp, “the walls come tumbling down.” On Friday, workers from J.R. Vinagro Corporation started tearing down the former Elmhurst School, which has been closed since 2010. The Town Council Nov. 25 voted unanimously to demolish everything north of the music room at the former school. That includes the


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

Last month 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.

Offer to pay Portsmouth $1.5M for Glen easement withdrawn

PORTSMOUTH — The Aquidneck Island Land Trust (ALT) had formally withdrawn its offer to pay the Town of Portsmouth $1.5 million for a conservation easement on Glen Farm. With “a heavy heart,” ALT’s Board of Trustees voted to withdraw its offer on Sept. 24, according to a statement released Friday afternoon by Jessica Pohl, the land

Evan Katz (left) and Dennis Canario Jr. carry the rescued "victim" outside Elmhurst School after a training drill last week. Looking on are Kyle Teixeira (between the two men), Brendan Phelan (right) and Deputy Fire Chief Michael O'Brien (in back).

Portsmouth firefighters use vacant school for training

PORTSMOUTH — With plumes of black smoke billowing out of Elmhurst School, Deputy Fire Chief Michael O’Brien explains the situation to firefighters who have just arrived on the scene. “We have one civilian missing. Nobody’s seen him since the fire started,” he tells firefighters Kyle Teixeira, Dennis Canario Jr., Brendan Phelan and Evan Katz, who were

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