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Joanne M. Mower takes the oath of office for town clerk in November 2013.

Firing fuels scrutiny of Portsmouth clerk’s office

Firing fuels scrutiny of Portsmouth clerk’s office

PORTSMOUTH — After more than an hour’s worth of often-testy exchanges between Town Council members, Town Clerk Joanne Mower and residents over the recent termination of Deputy Town Clerk Patti Cofield, the council Monday night called for an operational audit of all administrative functions in Town Hall. That includes the town clerk’s office, which came


Portsmouth shoots down pay-as-you-throw proposal

PORTSMOUTH — A proposed pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) program was halted in its tracks tonight by the Town Council, which voted 4-2 against the plan. Under a PAYT system, residents are charged based on the amount of ordinary household trash they throw away in special bags that are purchased at local stores. The idea is to increase recycling

This Portsmouth Dog Park logo was designed by Dan Hwang.

Portsmouth to mail out dog park info

PORTSMOUTH — If you’re a registered canine owner, expect to find some information about an off-leash dog park being proposed at Melville Park in your mail soon. The Town Council Monday night unanimously voted to allow the Dog Park Planning Committee to include an insert containing information about its plans in the town’s mailing of


Campion to head Portsmouth recreation department

PORTSMOUTH — Robert Campion was appointed director of the town’s fledging recreation department in a unanimous vote by the Town Council Monday night. In voting for Mr. Campion for the part-time position, the council was following the recommendation of James Lathrop, the town’s director of finance and personnel. The town received responses from 15 applicants interested

The Portsmouth Town Council Monday night will consider an application to turn the former Beach House in Island Park into a restaurant and sports bar called The Beachcomber.

Hiring of Portsmouth rec director on Monday’s agenda

PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council Monday night, Feb. 9, is expected to hire a director for its fledging recreation department. In a Jan. 29 letter to Town Administrator John Klimm, James Lathrop, the town’s director of finance and personnel, recommended Robert Campion to be appointed part-time recreation director. “His organizational skills, experience with state and local


Portsmouth schools, town crunch budget numbers

PORTSMOUTH — Town and school officials presented a sneak preview of their five-year budget projections on a frigid Saturday morning at Town Hall. The workshop, which lasted a little over an hour, was intended to give each side a look at their respective fiscal challenges before budget season, and to mull methods to improve its longterm

Portsmouth High School Principal Robert Littlefield shared this photo showing an entrance to PHS that had been cleared by custodians following the blizzard Juno.

Portsmouth schools agree to explore sharing some services

PORTSMOUTH — In a move aimed at both saving money and improving efficiency, the School Committee Thursday voted to explore the sharing of information technology (IT) and grounds maintenance/facilities services with the town. On a motion by committee member Thomas R. Vadney, the panel voted 6-0 to direct Superintendent of Schools Ana C. Riley to work


Portsmouth postpones pay-as-you-throw workshop

PORTSMOUTH — Juno has forced the town to shuffle some scheduled meetings around. First off, tonight’s (Jan. 28) scheduled Town Council workshop on a proposed “pay-as-you-throw” program for the transfer station has been postponed. (Town Hall remains closed today.) The new meeting date has not yet been determined. The Town Council’s regular meeting, originally scheduled for