Recent News and Announcements

Below are the City of Dover's most recent announcements.

  • Neighborhood meeting slated for Hanson Street reconstruction

    posted on: 3/21/2018

    As part of the City of Dover’s Capital Improvement Plan, reconstruction of Hanson Street is expected to begin mid-April and will continue through the 2018 construction season. The project will consist of upgrades to existing water, sewer, and drainage systems as well as, reconstruction of the roadway and sidewalks.

    The City will hold a neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, March 27, at 6 p.m. at Community Services, 271 Mast Road. Residents are encouraged to attend to meet the City staff and S.U.R. Construction team working on the project and review the project details and anticipated timeline.

  • Dover Indoor Pool’s first Easter Egg Hunt

    posted on: 3/16/2018

    The Dover Indoor Pool will host its first Easter Egg Hunt in the pool on Saturday, March 31, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

    Bring your family and friends to help scour the pool 10 eggs each, one of which may contain a prize.

    Additional games, activities and music are scheduled from 2:30-5 p.m.

  • Joe B. Parks public gardens launches Adopt-a-Bench program

    posted on: 3/16/2018

    The Friends of the Joe Parks Riverwalk Public Gardens is launching an Adopt-a-Bench program to replace nine benches in the garden. To adopt a bench or for more information, visit

    The Joe B. Parks Riverwalk Public Gardens is located between 400 Central Avenue and Chestnut Street, along the banks of the Cocheco River, and forms a series of beautiful gardens filled with wild flowers, unique rhododendrons, mountain laurel, hostas, daylilies and countless other plants, many relocated from Joe Parks’ own gardens.

  • Downtown snow removal begins at 11 p.m. tonight

    posted on: 3/15/2018

    Community Services crews will clear snow from streets, sidewalks and curbsides throughout the downtown starting at 11 p.m. tonight, Thursday, March 15, 2018. Work will begin in the McConnell Center and Library parking lot and continue into the downtown.

    The specific areas of downtown snow removal operations include:

    Central Avenue, from Third Street to Kirkland Street;
    Third Street, from 42 Third St. to Central Avenue;
    Parking spaces around City Hall, including St.Thomas Street and Hale Street;
    Church Street;
    Main Street, from Chapel Street to Broadway.

    As a reminder, the citywide winter parking ban remains in effect and prohibits parking on all city streets from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

  • Locust Street parking restrictions in place for building demolition

    posted on: 3/12/2018; updated: 3/14/2018

    The parking spaces on the west side of Locust Street, between St. Thomas Street and Washington Street, will be posted as no parking on Thursday, March 15, to facilitate the removal of the building.

    In addition, the row of parking spaces closest to the building in the Locust Street lot will also be closed starting Thursday morning.

    Parking areas will reopen when safe. The restriction in the Locust Street lot will most likely continue throughout the week. It will be determined daily when to reopen the lot.

    Locust Street lot permit holders unable to find a space in the remaining section of the Locust Street lot may park in the permit parking only spaces in front of the City Hall Customer Center entrance between Hale Street and St. Thomas Street on Locust Street itself. These are the spaces where marked police cruisers once parked and do not include the spaces in the small, adjacent parking lot.

  • 'Bridge to our Future' event connects students with careers

    posted on: 3/12/2018

    The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce will host "Bridge to our Future: Connecting Students and Businesses," on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., at the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Garrison Wing Conference Center.

    This event is an opportunity for high school students to explore potential career paths, engage with employers and contribute to the future workforce.

    Among the professionals and industries represented at the event are healthcare, government and public policy, information technology and programming, law, science and engineering, communications and marketing, hospitality, military, public safety, arts and culture, media, science and engineering, human services and various trades.

  • Emergency Parking Ban in place tonight beginning at 11 p.m.

    posted on: 3/11/2018

    The City of Dover has declared an Emergency Parking Ban downtown tonight, Sunday, March 11, beginning at 11 p.m. This emergency ban is in addition to the citywide winter parking ban, which begins at 1 a.m. each day.

    The ban will allow Community Services crews to remove snow from downtown streets and sidewalks. Snow removal operations continue following the recent storm that resulted in more than 15 inches of snow in Dover. Some snow operations have been hindered by significant debris and obstacles in the roadway and on sidewalks.

    The Emergency Parking Ban will conclude at 6 a.m. on Monday, March 12. The emergency parking ban downtown includes Central Avenue, from Silver Street to Washington Street; and Washington Street, from Fayette Street to Central Avenue, and Church Street. A map of the area can be viewed here.

    Vehicles interfering with snow removal will be towed at the vehicle owner's expense. All streets adjacent to these locations will be available until 1 a.m. on Monday, when the Citywide Winter Parking Ban takes effect.

    If parking after 11 p.m. on Sunday, use one of the following City of Dover controlled parking lots: Third Street lot; Chestnut Street lot; Transportation Center lot; Locust Street lot; or the Orchard Street Parking Garage.

  • Road closures, traffic restrictions in place for Saturday 5K

    posted on: 3/8/2018

    Dover Police Chief Anthony F. Colarusso, Jr. announces the following road closures for the fifth annual Run Before You Crawl 5K event, hosted by Dover Main Street and part of the Dover Race Series.

    On Saturday, March 10, 2018 between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Chestnut Street will be closed to all traffic southbound. Additional partial closures will be in effect during brief periods to accommodate the race on Chestnut, Washington, Whittier and Sixth streets.

    The event starts and ends at the Dover Transportation Center. The course follows a clockwise loop of Chestnut, Washington, Whittier, Sixth and Chestnut streets. Dover police personnel and a number of event volunteers will be on hand to help manage the flow of traffic along the race route.

  • Curbside trash and recycling pickup delayed beginning Thursday

    posted on: 3/6/2018

    Curbside trash and recycling pickup will be delayed by one day beginning Thursday, March 8, 2018 in anticipation of a significant winter storm.

    Thursday's pick-up schedule will occur on Friday. Friday's pick-up schedule will occur on Saturday.

    In addition, the Recycling Center on Mast Road will be closed on Thursday, March 8. Regular hours will resume Saturday, March 10, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    A winter storm warning is in effect for Dover from 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. Dover is expected to receive 12 to 16 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. For more information about the storm in Dover, visit the National Weather Service.

  • Open Lands Committee conducts easement monitoring

    posted on: 3/1/2018

    One of the most important responsibilities of the Dover Open Lands Committee is monitoring properties on which the City holds conservation easements. The purpose of the monitoring is to confirm conservation easement provisions are upheld and the land maintains the conservation values that made it worthy of protection.

    Volunteers from the Open Lands Committee, in conjunction with City staff, conduct the monitoring. Sometimes members of the Conservation Commission also assist. Monitoring activities include reviewing the easement deeds and maps before the visit, walking the property (sometimes with the landowner if available), taking photographs of the conditions and then preparing a written report to document the visit.

    In 2017, the Open Lands Committee monitored and completed reports for 17 out of 45 total properties. The City provides the monitoring report to the landowner and any public agency with a role in protecting the property.

  • March 2 snowshoe walk cancelled

    posted on: 3/1/2018

    The Full Moon Snowshoe Walk along the Community Trail, scheduled for Friday, March 2 has been cancelled due to trail conditions. The Open Lands Committee will reschedule a walk on this conserved property along the Cochecho River at a later date.

    Still looking for a community walk this Friday? Check out the Art Walk from 4 to 8 p.m. in downtown Dover. More information at

  • Climate Adaptation chapter of Master Plan topic of public hearing

    posted on: 2/20/2018

    The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed Climate Adaptation chapter of the Dover Master Plan on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at 7 p.m., at City Hall. This follows a Jan. 9 Planning Board workshop to review the recently completed chapter.

    The Climate Adaptation chapter of the Master Plan addresses Dover’s water availability and quality, health and safety, food, energy, infrastructure and natural resources.

    In February 2017, the City adopted a Stewardship of Resources chapter of the Master Plan, which called for the creation and adoption of a climate resilience chapter. The Climate Adaptation chapter will serve that purpose.

  • Community Trail committee seeks volunteers for mural

    posted on: 2/16/2018

    The Dover Community Trail Advisory Committee (CTAC) is looking for community members, artists, and organizations to help create a mural in the Community Trail tunnel underneath Silver Street. The tunnel is part of the urban section of the Community Trail, which runs for approximately three-quarters of a mile from Fisher Street to the Dover Transportation Center.

    A community-focused mural that spans the 125-foot-long tunnel is the first step in creating more artwork along the trail. Plans for the mural will be discussed at the Feb. 20 Community Trail meeting. Due to the size of the tunnel, the CTAC would like to see many individuals and organizations create themed artwork in sections of the tunnel.

    The Dover CTAC invites all who are interested in learning more or participating in the Silver Street tunnel mural project to the meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room at City Hall.

  • City offices closed Monday for Presidents' Day

    posted on: 2/15/2018

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, for Presidents' Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

    The Public Library will also be closed on Presidents' Day.

    Curbside trash and recycling pickup is not affected by the holiday.

  • Sewer inspection work begins Feb. 12

    posted on: 2/8/2018; updated: 2/14/2018

    Crews from National Water Main Cleaning Company will be conducting closed-circuit video inspection of the City's sewer system in some neighborhoods beginning Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. The work will be conducted at night, from 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Work will conclude on Thursday, Feb. 15.

    National Water Main Cleaning Company crews will be accompanied by staff from the City of Dover and Wright-Pierce, the City’s consulting engineer.

    Work includes opening manholes to clean and inspect sanitary sewer pipes. Residents should see no effects on their water or wastewater.

  • Main Street water line repair to require water shut-off

    posted on: 2/14/2018

    Community Services utility crews will shut off water tonight in the area of a water main break at the intersection of Main Street and Central Avenue.

    Repair work will begin tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. and continue until the work is complete. To accomodate the work a water main from First Street to the railroad tracks on Central Avenue, and from Chapel Street to Broadway, will be shut off beginning at 10:30 p.m.

    This work may require water being shut off to other streets in the area.

    Notices to affected properties will be distributed today.

  • Planning Board to hold public hearing on annual community grant program

    posted on: 2/8/2018

    For over 35 years, the City of Dover has been a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement community. This program supports initiatives designed to assist those in greatest need throughout the community. The annual CDBG funding Dover receives helps support a wide range of community development activities intended to revitalize neighborhoods, support economic development, and provide improved community facilities and services.

    The City created a consolidated plan that serves as a road map to guide the use of CDBG funds. The current plan was adopted in 2015 with a goal of creating a viable urban environment through the improvement of housing and employment opportunities for low- and very low-income people, and also to improve and/or expand public facilities and services.

    Each year, the City develops an annual action plan (AAP) that identifies funding allocations for specific programs and projects to help achieve the goals of the consolidated plan. This plan is developed based upon federal and local guidelines, which require a formal application to the City, adherence to specific reporting and usage requirements, and are for programs and projects which will improve the lives of low- to moderate-income residents. The Planning Board shapes the plan, with input from City staff, and the City Council approves the plan.

    On Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing to review the proposed fiscal year 2019 AAP. The public is invited to attend and participate in the public hearing. Following the public hearing, the Planning Board will deliberate on the allocation and will develop a funding allocation for the various requests. These requests will be voted on at a separate meeting. The Planning Board’s decision will then be forwarded as a recommendation to the City Council, which will also hold a public hearing.

  • Waterfront blasting operations ongoing through March 15

    posted on: 2/6/2018

    Crews from Severino Trucking Company and Maine Drilling and Blasting will continue blasting operations on Dover's waterfront development site through March 15, 2018. Blasting is scheduled Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and will consist of a single blast each day. The remainder of work each day will consist of removing material.

    The blasting site is the area known as "the bluff," a steep area of ledge that borders River Street. The ledge is being excavated as part of the City's waterfront development project. Blasting began on Jan. 22.

    Although blasting operations are not loud, the ground within the vicinity of the blasting may tremble.

    Prior to blasting, abutters within 1,000 feet of the work were notified of blasting operations. Public abutter meetings about the blasting were held on Nov 1 and Dec. 22. Abutters were offered the opportunity to have Maine Drilling and Blasting conduct a preblast survey of their property.

    The five-acre bluff is part of the City's 12-acre waterfront parcel slated for development. The bluff's 3.7 acres of ledge will be excavated to street level to allow for more buildable land. The Cochecho Waterfront Development Advisory Committee, which oversees the project, approved a concept plan last year that calls for 226 residential units, 9,000 square feet of commercial space and a 4,000-square-foot restaurant on the City owned waterfront property. The committee recently completed a request for qualifications from developers interested in the property.

  • “A Search for Justice” performance at Dover Library April 9

    posted on: 1/31/2018; updated: 2/6/2018

    The Friends of the Dover Public Library are delighted to present a one-man show, “A Search for Justice”, featuring actor Stephen Collins, on Monday evening April 9, 2018 at 7 p.m.

    In this performance piece, the audience will hear the words of Abolitionist editor William Lloyd Garrison, and John Brown will tell you why he resorted to violence. Abraham Lincoln will deliver his oration at Gettysburg, and Thomas Hardy and other writers will comment on war and religion.

  • Dover Open Lands Committee announces 2018 officers

    posted on: 1/31/2018

    The Dover Open Lands Committee is pleased to announce the elected officers for 2017. Anna Boudreau was re-elected as the Chair of the committee and Kristen Murphy accepted the position of vice chair. Grant Killan will serve as secretary and Steve Bird, Planning Department liaison, will continue as treasurer.

    Since its inception in 2000, the OLC has worked with the Conservation Commission to help conserve more than 830 acres of conservation land in Dover, leveraging over $5.8 million in state and federal grant funding. In addition, the OLC holds workshops and tours of conservation lands that are open to the public, such as the popular full-moon snowshoe walk.

  • Dover session to provide update on Spaulding Turnpike widening

    posted on: 1/19/2018

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces a Public Officials/Informational Meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 to provide an update on the construction for the widening of a 3.5-mile section of the Spaulding Turnpike (NH Route16). This project begins north of Exit 1 in Newington and runs northerly to the Dover Toll Plaza, located just north of Exit 6 (US Route 4) in Dover.

    The public meeting will include an overview of the NHDOT's continued engineering evaluation and solicitation of public input to comply with the requirements of section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 for the General Sullivan Bridge. The Department will also provide an overview of two supplemental projects that are planned in the area; one involving a new Turnpike Maintenance Facility in the Town of Newington and a second project involving the upgrade of the Dover Toll Facility to incorporate open road tolling.

  • Planning Board elects officers and sets goals

    posted on: 1/19/2018

    Each year the Dover Planning Board elects officers and reviews and sets goals for the coming year. This goal-setting is accomplished at the first meeting of the year. For 2018, the Board began the process on Jan. 9, 2018. To start the meeting, the Board re-elected Kirt Schuman as Chairperson and Gina Cruikshank as Vice Chairperson.

    In setting goals, the Board reviews potential amendments to land use regulations, which planning staff has provided. These amendments pertain to the City’s zoning ordinance, site review regulations and subdivision of land regulations. In the past this review has resulted in addressing the need to allow Accessory Dwelling Units, adjust setbacks and review allowed uses in a particular zone.

  • Trash and recycling pick-up delayed by one day for remainder of week

    posted on: 1/17/2018

    Due to the weather, curbside trash and recycling operations are halted for the day. Pick-up will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. For more information, contact Community Services at 516-6450.

    A winter storm warning is in effect for Dover until 4 p.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. According to the National Weather Service, snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches are expected in Dover. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Wednesday.

  • Dover’s SEED launches endowment campaign

    posted on: 1/16/2018

    The Seacoast Educational Endowment of Dover (SEED), a nonprofit organization dedicated to lifting academic excellence in Dover schools by granting scholarships to public educators, is pleased to announce it has received $8,500 in donations to launch phase 1 of its endowment campaign.

    Donations from Chad and Sheila Kageleiry, Paul Cox Trust on behalf of Paul Cox & Martha Cox and their family, and The Duffy Family Trust will serve to launch the Lighting the Way to Learning appeal, which is an intense effort by SEED’s entirely volunteer-led organization to raise $150,000 toward creating a $500,000 endowment fund.

  • City offices closed Monday for MLK Day

    posted on: 1/13/2018

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

    The Public Library will also be closed on Monday, Jan. 15.

    Curbside trash and recycling pick-up is not affected by the holiday.

  • Clear drains, culverts and roofs to prevent flooding and damage

    posted on: 1/11/2018

    With significant rains expected on Friday into Saturday, safety officials are encouraging residents to clear drains, culverts, and roofs now to prevent possible localized flooding and damage.

    Dover Fire Chief Eric Hagman reminds residents that roofs with heavy snow can be at risk of collapsing.

    "With heavy rain on the way, roofs may be at greater risk as the weight of accumulated snow and ice increases," Hagman said.

    Hagman recommends clearing excessive snow from roofs. For those not able or uncomfortable removing snow, Hagman suggests consulting with a roofing company or properly insured contractor.

  • “A Search for Justice” performance at Dover Library Jan. 16

    posted on: 1/8/2018

    The Friends of the Dover Public Library are delighted to present a one-man show, “A Search for Justice”, featuring actor Stephen Collins, on Tuesday evening Jan. 16, 2018 at 7 p.m.

    In this performance piece, the audience will hear the words of Abolitionist editor William Lloyd Garrison, and John Brown will tell you why he resorted to violence. Abraham Lincoln will deliver his oration at Gettysburg, and Thomas Hardy and other writers will comment on war and religion.

    These historical figures will examine timely issues of social, political, and religious justice. Can justice ever be defined or is it just an abstract concept? What is Truth? How do leaders, both political and religious, use language to motivate or dissuade people? Is violent action ever justified when all else fails? Is there ever be a “just war” or is conflict inherently unjust?

  • Emergency parking ban in place Sunday evening

    posted on: 1/5/2018

    The City of Dover has declared an Emergency Parking Ban for the downtown area beginning Sunday evening. This ban is in addition to the citywide winter parking ban.

    The Emergency Parking Ban will take effect at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 and conclude at 6 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 8. The ban will allow Community Services crews to remove snow downtown. Crews will prepare for snow removal early Sunday evening, before the ban begins.

    Any vehicle parked on the street after 9 p.m. and interfering with snow removal will be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense. During the Emergency Parking Ban, vehicles may be parked in any city-controlled parking lot, including the Orchard Street lot and Parking Garage, Third Street lot, Locust Street lot, Library lot, Belknap lot, Chestnut Street lot, and the Transportation Center lot.

  • Help with snow removal by keeping City right-of-way clear

    posted on: 1/5/2018

    With winter here, Community Services is reminding property owners to keep the City's right-of-way clear of obstructions.

    The City's right-of-way applies to streets, sidewalks, utility poles, trees, signs and water, sewer and drainage lines. Obstructions in the right-of-way, such as lawn markers, pose a safety concern to fire apparatus and maintenance equipment, and can prohibit the City's plow crews from maintaining adequate road width during winter storms.

    The City's right-of-way is typically 50 feet, and extends 12 to 14 feet beyond the edge of pavement. This additional space is often necessary for snow removal and storage during the winter months, and allows crews to maintain clear and safe roadways.

  • Warming center open as cold weather continues

    posted on: 12/28/2017; updated: 1/2/2018

    As cold air and dangerous wind chills continue, the City of Dover's warming site is available during regular operating hours at the McConnell Center. The warming site, located in the cafeteria at the McConnell Center, is open each weekday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for Dover which remains in effect. The cold wind chills can cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin. Wind chills will range from 10 below zero to 25 below zero during this time.

    Dover Fire Chief Eric Hagman urges residents to take precautions to stay safe as the cold weather continues.

    “When temperatures get this cold, it can be dangerous without proper safety precautions,” Hagman said. “Dress appropriately if outside and ensure you have sufficient heating fuel and properly functioning appliances to help avoid frozen pipes or carbon monoxide leaks.”

  • Recycling Center to accept Christmas trees

    posted on: 12/26/2017

    The City of Dover Recycling Center on Mast Road will begin accepting Christmas trees on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, during regular hours.

    Trees must be free of all ornaments, lights, tinsel, tree bags and tree stands or they will not be accepted.

    Trees can be disposed of in the brush pile.

    The Recycling Center is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • High School senior organizes blood drive

    posted on: 12/26/2017

    Dover High School Senior, Billy Shultz, is sponsoring a Leaders Saves Lives Drive on Friday, Dec. 29, from 2-7 p.m. Shultz has put a great deal of effort into organizing the event and has obtained items from several local businesses to offer as raffle prizes for donors. Items being raffled include: a Canon printer from Staples, four Children's Museum of New Hampshire passes, a $25 gift card to Hannafords, a $30 voucher to Panera, a $10 gift card to Aroma Joes, a $20 gift card to Ikko, and a $25 gift card from Lafesta Brick and Brew. Fiddlehead Farms is donating a food platter for donors as well.

    In addition, the American Red Cross will have long-sleeved T-shirts for all presenting donors. This drive falls during a critical collection period for the Red Cross as winter storms and holiday events prevent many donors from giving blood and can lead to shortages at local hospitals.

  • Teen Escape Rooms at the Dover Public Library

    posted on: 12/26/2017

    We are going to kick it like its 1986! Join us for a Totally Radical 80's Escape Room on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. for middle school ages and 3 p.m. for high school. An Escape Room is an interactive game where participants work as a team towards a goal by cracking codes and solving puzzles.

    Welcome back to 1986! Here you will find all of our cutting-edge technology from the 1980's which you will need to use along with your knowledge of all that was Rad in the 80's to get yourself back to present day. You only have 45 minutes before you are stuck in the past forever.

  • City offices, facilities closed Christmas Day

    posted on: 12/23/2017

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25 for Christmas. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

    The Public Library will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day.

    All Recreation facilities are closed on Christmas Day.

    The Recycling Center on Mast Road and all Recreation facilities will be closed on Christmas Day.

    Curbside trash and recycling pickup will be delayed one day the week of Dec. 25, 2017. There is no pickup on Monday, Dec. 25.

  • Recycling Center closed Saturday, Dec. 23

    posted on: 12/22/2017

    Due to the weather, the Recycling Center on Mast Road will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017.

    A winter storm warning is in effect. According to the National Weather Service, five to eight inches of snow is expected in Dover today, Dec. 22. Freezing rain is expected on Saturday, Dec. 23, with the potential for ice accretion.

    Regular Recycling Center hours will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

    In addition, curbside trash and recycling pickup will be delayed one day the week of Dec. 25, 2017 for the Christmas holiday. There is no pickup on Monday, Dec. 25.

  • Dover public schools announce early release times for Friday

    posted on: 12/21/2017

    Due to the uncertainty of the afternoon weather conditions for Friday, Dec. 22, the Dover School District will dismiss school at the following times:

    Dover Middle School at 11:45 a.m., Dover High School and Alternative School at 11:55 a.m., and all elementary schools at 12:45 p.m.

    Morning preschool dismissal will be 10:45 a.m. and there will be no afternoon preschool.

  • City participating in holiday food drive

    posted on: 12/15/2017

    The City of Dover is participating in a holiday food drive and is now accepting food item donations at City Hall, 288 Central Ave.

    The food drive supports End 68 Hours of Hunger, a nonprofit effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the free lunch they receive at school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive at school on Monday morning. The program, established in New Hampshire in 2011, puts nourishing food in the hands of school children to carry them through the weekend.

  • Dover Youth to Youth offering tours of Santa’s Castle

    posted on: 12/11/2017

    Dover Youth to Youth is hosting its eighth annual Santa’s Castle at the McConnell Center in downtown Dover on the two weekends before Christmas. Each night children and their families will be able to tour several rooms in Santa’s Castle and meet Santa and many of his elves and other costumed characters.

    During the first weekend the event will be held on Saturday and Sunday Dec. 16 and 17, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Over the second weekend the Castle will be open on Friday, Dec. 22, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    During the tour, students from Youth to Youth will guide visitors through Rudolph’s stable, Santa’s toy room, Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen and other parts of the Castle. Along the tour children may choose to take part in a variety activities, including such things as decorating a cookie in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, make crafts in Santa’s toy shop, write a letter to Santa, or make “reindeer food” in the stable.

  • Upcoming Spaulding Turnpike night work to require road closures

    posted on: 12/9/2017

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces upcoming night work on the Spaulding Turnpike (NH 16) in Dover for the placement of concrete girders at the new Exit 6 Bridge, which carries US Route 4 over the Spaulding Turnpike.

    This work will take place in two stages. The first stage will be three nights, beginning on the night of Sunday, Dec. 10 and running through the night of Tuesday, Dec. 12. Work on this stage will focus on the erection of concrete girders over the northbound Spaulding Turnpike. Operations will require single-lane closures and short-term roadway closures on the northbound Spaulding Turnpike in the area of the Exit 6 Interchange. Work will begin at approximately 8 p.m., with short-term roadway closures anticipated to begin around 10 p.m. The duration of the required roadway closures is anticipated to be less than 15 minutes.

  • Ice Arena to hold Santa Skate Dec. 10

    posted on: 12/7/2017

    The Dover Arena will host a Santa Skate on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 1:30-3 p.m. with a story time and holiday songs following the skate.

    This is always a fun event for all ages and is during the arena's regular Recreation Department public skating time on Sundays. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be present to meet the children and their families and pass out some holiday treats.

    After the skating, Santa and Mrs. Claus will have a story time and holiday songs for all of the children and some favorite holiday stories will be shared for all to enjoy.

  • Dover Fire Toy Bank seeking donations

    posted on: 12/5/2017

    The leaves have fallen, the weather is much colder, the days are getting shorter and that means the 2017 Dover Fire Toy Bank has started planning for their annual toy bank.

    The Dover Fire Toy Bank has been coordinated by current and retired members of the Dover Fire & Rescue for more than 40 years. The Toy Bank started out all those years ago helping a dozen families in the city, it has now grown to helping over 350 families. While Christmas typically conjures up visions of Santa and toys, the Toy Bank also provides educational aids, warm clothing, and boots to many children in Dover.

    Games and toys are fun; but this year as in the recent past, the Dover Toy Bank is also anticipating an increased need for the fundamentals for many Dover families.

    The Dover community - area businesses, seniors, families, school groups, civic groups and others have been very supportive and generous in the past. Donations of toys, games, clothing, personal hygiene items, gift certificates, and monetary donations have enabled us to help those less fortunate. The Toy Bank would not be successful without continued help from the community.

  • Whittier Street Bridge now open

    posted on: 11/27/2017; updated: 12/5/2017

    The Whittier Street bridge over the Cocheco River is now open to traffic. Some additional sidewalk work and clean-up remains, but the bridge is accessible to all through-traffic.

    The bridge has been closed since November 2016 when crews began the complete reconstruction of the bridge. The bridge had previously been on the state's "Red List" of ailing bridges.

    The original bridge was constructed in 1962 and required significant repairs over the years. The reconstruction project required that the old bridge be removed and a new bridge constructed in its place. The new bridge is higher than the old bridge and will include sidewalks.

  • Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Dec. 1

    posted on: 11/30/2017

    The 32nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Henry Law Park will be held on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 at 6 p.m.

    Joyful Voices, the a capella group UNH Wildtones and Nancy Gurick will lead attendees in singing popular Christmas songs around the tree.

    Everyone is encouraged to attend this family tradition, held each holiday season, and to bring a weather-appropriate ornament to hang on the tree. After the ceremony, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance and speak with the children.

    Please dress warm and join in for some caroling around the tree.

  • Police now accepting names for holiday food baskets

    posted on: 11/27/2017

    Police Chief Anthony F. Colarusso, Jr. announced that the Dover Police Department is now accepting names of needy families residing in Dover for the annual Holiday Food Basket Program.

    The Police Department sponsors this program each December to provide holiday dinners to families in Dover. Last year, more than 150 baskets of food were distributed to families throughout the community, which provided meals to more than 500 people.

    In addition, a large quantity of food was provided to a local soup kitchen, the Food Pantry, the Dover Children’s Home and My Friend’s Place homeless shelter.

    In order to make this program a success, donations are needed from the community. Non-perishable food items, canned goods, or monetary donations (checks should be made payable to Dover Police Charities) will be accepted at the Dover Police Department, 46 Chestnut St. If you cannot arrange for delivery to the police station, call 603-742-4646 and pick up will be arranged.

  • Third Street lot to reopen for public parking through holidays

    posted on: 11/21/2017; updated: 11/27/2017

    The Third Street parking lot is now open for public parking and will remain open through Jan. 2, 2018. Because construction at the lot will not begin until after the holidays, the property developer, Carnegie Holdings, has agreed to open the lot to public parking temporarily. The lot will close each day from 1 to 6 a.m. and is not available for overnight parking.

    “In no way is this a change in the overall plan to redevelop the lot,” said Christopher G. Parker, AICP, Dover’s Assistant City Manager for Planning and Strategic Initiatives. “The developer has indicated that due to the holidays they will have a reduced working schedule, and we were able to negotiate a short-term reopening to assist with Downtown Dover’s holiday activities. The front portion of the lot remains privately owned.”

    The fence around the lot will remain in place, except for the entrances.

  • Road closures and traffic restrictions in place for Thanksgiving Day race

    posted on: 11/22/2017

    Dover Police Chief Anthony F. Colarusso, Jr. announces the following road closures and parking restrictions for the Dover Turkey Trot 5K run/walk event, organized by and benefiting the Garrison Elementary School Parent/Teacher Association. This is the final race of the 2017 Dover Race Series.

    On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 at 8:30 a.m., Shaws Lane will be closed in both directions between Garrison Road and Tideview Drive, for a period of approximately 10 minutes to accommodate the start of the race (8:20 to 8:35 a.m.). Garrison Road will be closed in the westerly direction at Morningside Drive from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., with traffic diverted through the Morningside neighborhood.

    Between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., motorists should expect additional delays in the following locations:

  • Annual holiday parade is Nov. 26

    posted on: 11/17/2017

    The annual Dover Holiday Parade will be held on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.

    The theme for this year’s parade is “Holidays Remembered.”

    Volunteers are needed to carry banners, as well as for trucks and flatbeds to use for floats. To volunteer contact the parade organizers at

  • Citywide winter parking ban begins Dec. 1

    posted on: 11/13/2017

    Dover Community Services Director John Storer and Police Chief Anthony F. Colarusso, Jr. announced that the winter parking ban will begin citywide Dec. 1, 2017, and conclude April 1, 2018.

    The ban requires that no vehicle be parked on any city street or sidewalk between the hours of 1 and 6 a.m., and is not limited to nights with snow in the forecast. Vehicles may park in most city-controlled parking lots during this time without the need for a parking permit; however, motorists must follow the daytime rules of each parking lot. Residents should refer to for specifics.

    “Keeping parked vehicles off the roads during the winter months is critical to giving Community Services crews proper access,” Colarusso said.

    Vehicles found in violation of the winter parking ban will be issued a $15 parking ticket. Vehicles interfering with snow removal may be towed.

  • Next public session on City of Dover hazard mitigation plan is Nov. 14

    posted on: 11/13/2017

    Strafford Regional Planning Commission is continuing the process to update the City of Dover’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The second meeting with the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee has been scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the McConnell Center, Room 305. At this meeting, the Planning Committee will review the October meeting notes, discuss floodplain management and the City’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program, and evaluate past disasters and emergency declarations.

  • Think safety before warming up your home

    posted on: 11/13/2017

    With colder weather on the way, Dover Fire and Rescue urges residents to think about safety when keeping warm.

    According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is a leading cause of fires in U.S. homes, including one- and two-family homes and apartments.

    Heating equipment fires accounted for 16 percent of all reported home fires in 2009-2013, which is second only behind cooking, and 19 percent of home fire deaths, second only behind smoking materials.

    "When colder weather arrives, we turn to home heating to take the chill out of the air," said Fire Chief Eric Hagman. "But before you do, remember that home heating equipment can be dangerous, and even fatal, if not used and cleaned properly."