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Portsmouth fencing out cars at special events field

Portsmouth fencing out cars at special events field

Above: Workers from the town’s Department of Public Works (including Neal Belliveau, foreground) drill holes for fence posts at Glen Farm Tuesday. Photo by Jim McGaw. PORTSMOUTH — Department of Public Works employees have been busy installing a wooden fence to prevent people from parking along the special events fields at Glen Farm. “I don’t know how it’s

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No tax increase in Portsmouth’s ’16 budget

PORTSMOUTH — In a 5-1 vote, the Town Council Monday night approved a $58.2 million budget for fiscal year 2016 that calls for no tax increase. While the budget accounts for a hike in the tax levy of about 1 percent, Council President Keith Hamilton said the current tax rate of $15.80 per $1,000 of assessed

Portsmouth Police Lt. Steven Hoetzel (middle) and Sgt. Stephen Burns (right) are congratulated by Deputy Fire Chief Michael O’Brien at Monday’s Town Council meeting.

Portsmouth police officers commended for saving man’s life

Above: Portsmouth Police Lt. Steven Hoetzel (middle) and Sgt. Stephen Burns (right) are congratulated by Deputy Fire Chief Michael O’Brien at Monday’s Town Council meeting. PORTSMOUTH — Two Portsmouth police officers were commended by the Town Council Monday night for saving the life of a man who collapsed in a field at the Glen two months ago.

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Few show for Portsmouth budget hearing

PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council breezed through Portsmouth’s 2016 fiscal budget in 37 minutes Wednesday night with little comment. Larry Fitzmorris of the taxpayer watchdog group Portsmouth Concerned Citizens said he counted only “eight civilians” in attendance at the annual budget hearing at the Portsmouth Middle School “Little Theater.” The rest were town officials or municipal

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Public hearing on Portsmouth budget is tonight

PORTSMOUTH — Taxpayers will have the opportunity tonight to comment on a proposed $58.26 million budget that’s expected to have little impact on the tax rate. The hearing begins at 7 p.m. at the Portsmouth Middle School auditorium (“Little Theater”), 125 Jepson Lane. The council last month voted 6-1 to approve a provisional budget of $58.26

Dairy farmer Louis Escobar of Highland Farm could not attend Monday’s Town Council meeting because he was injured in a fall from his tractor Thursday morning. This photo was taken on his farm in April 2013. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Portsmouth farmers may seek permits for special events

Above: Dairy farmer Louis Escobar of Highland Farm could not attend Monday’s Town Council meeting because he was injured in a fall from his tractor Thursday morning. This photo was taken on his farm in April 2013. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr. PORTSMOUTH — Saying it needs to do whatever it can to help Portsmouth

Nancy Parker Wilson describes a Greenvale chardonnay for guests during wine tasting.

Portsmouth farmland zoning amendment to be heard Monday

Above: Nancy Parker Wilson, general manager of Greenvale Vineyards, discusses a Chardonnay with guests during a wine tasting in 2013. “The economy is not scaled in our favor. Everything that we do is costly,” said Ms Wilson, who supports the proposed amendment to the town’s zoning ordinance. PORTSMOUTH — Proponents of a proposed amendment to the town’s

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Letter: Zoning amendment would benefit Portsmouth

To the editor: We urge the community to attend this Mondays hearing at Town Hall in regards to special use events at our local farms. It’s wonderful that our farmers in Portsmouth have done such a nice job restoring and preserving their properties so that people would actually want to hold their special events in

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Letter: Portsmouth zoning change would hurt public welfare

To the editor: An open letter to the Portsmouth Town Council: “No farms, no food.” Preserving local food producing farmland is critical for local communities. Unfortunately, a proposed zoning change now before the Town Council does not advance the cause of food crops, but instead promotes the growth of non-farming businesses in residential zones on

Preliminary rendering of what the proposed new Portsmouth police station could look like.

New Portsmouth police station’s price tag: $10 million

Above: Preliminary rendering of what the proposed new Portsmouth police station could look like. PORTSMOUTH — The public got its first glance Tuesday night at plans for a new two-level police station that would be nearly four times the size of the current building and cost $10 million. “We need a new facility,” said Police Chief Thomas

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