Recent News and Announcements

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

  • Downtown utility work Thursday evening and Friday morning may cause brief traffic delays

    posted on: 9/18/2019

    Subcontractors for Unitil will grind, smooth and repave two trench patches in the downtown area where new natural gas mains were previously installed for new development projects. One is located on Third Street in the area of Ross Furniture and the other is at the intersection of Central Avenue, Washington Street and Henry Law Avenue.

    On Thursday night, Sept. 19 after midnight, work will begin to grind the two trenches. The grinding operation will result in some noise for residents in the immediate area. On Friday morning, Sept. 20, between 7 a.m. and noon, the trench patches will be paved.

    The paving work will result in single lane closures, with one lane of alternating traffic, and some brief traffic delays.

    An overnight parking restriction will be posted on a portion of Third Street on Thursday night, but no parking restriction is expected during the day.

  • Locust Street closure in effect Wednesday for paving

    posted on: 9/16/2019

    In connection with the Orpheum Apartments project at 104 Washington St., SUR and Fulcrum Construction will work on street grading on Tuesday, Sept. 17, followed by paving of the gravel areas on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

    During Wednesday’s paving, Locust Street will be closed for up to three hours during the day from Saint Thomas Street to Washington Street. Traffic will be diverted to Chestnut Street during that time.

  • Mount Washington documentary to be shown at the Dover Public Library

    posted on: 9/15/2019

    Stories from Mount Washington, a 40-minute documentary film by Bill Millios, based on journalist Dan Szczesny’s 2018 book “The White Mountain,” will be shown at the Dover Public Library on Monday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. After the screening, the filmmaker, Bill Millios and the author, Dan Szczesny will discuss the film with the audience.

    The film narrated by Szczesny, includes various video footage, interviews and photos compiled during the book’s research period. Interviews include rare footage of legendary AMC Hut Girl Barbara Hill Richardson and George Etzweiler, a 97-year-old ultra-runner. In addition, Stories from Mount Washington features music by composer Jeff Rapsis as well as poetry by Mike Morin, Skyler Jaye Rutkowski and Rob Greene.

  • Dover Police to hold community forum on addiction

    posted on: 9/10/2019

    The Dover Police Department will host a community forum on the addiction epidemic on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Police Department, 46 Chestnut St.

    During the forum, Dover's police and fire chiefs will lead a presentation and discussion about the addiction epidemic and the City of Dover's response and progress.

    In addition, several community partner organizations and social service agencies working with the city to address substance misuse, mental health and homelessness, will be in attendance.

    Light refreshments will be provided.

    For more information, contact Vicki Hebert at or by calling 603-516-3279.

  • Call for Cast Members: Woodman Museum’s “Voices From the Cemetery” event returns Sept. 28-29

    posted on: 9/9/2019

    For its sixth annual re-enactment event, the Woodman Museum will present a new edition of “Voices from the Cemetery” on Sept. 28 and 29, 2019 on the grounds of Dover’s picturesque and historic Pine Hill Cemetery.

    Cast members and tour guides are being sought to act, lead groups, or provide event assistance during this two-day production when famous (or infamous) Dover residents will rise from the dead at their gravesites to entertain you with details from their most interesting lives. All acting roles are for adults, but no acting experience is required. We are seeking individuals with an interest in bringing history to life, and in helping Dover’s oldest museum, now in its 103rd year.

    In a dozen scenes, laid out all over Pine Hill Cemetery, history will come to life in September during the 60-90 minute escorted tours of this burial ground that dates from 1731. You will learn about 37 noted, nefarious, or notorious Dover citizens who will come to life beside their headstones, regaling visitors with tales of mirth, woe, and amazement. Among the residents lifting their voices in the cemetery will be colonial settlers, sea captains, business and real estate leaders, politicians, industrialists, and even a famous children’s author.

  • National Citizen Survey seeks opinions from Dover residents

    posted on: 9/2/2019

    Residents in the City of Dover are encouraged to participate in the 2019 National Citizen Survey, which provides a snapshot of the community and helps Dover measure service performance and quality, and assess community needs.

    "Participation in the survey is very important," said City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr. "Feedback from this survey helps guide decisions that affect our City. I encourage all Dover residents to take the survey and help us chart our community’s future.”

    The results of the National Citizen Survey, combined with other feedback, helps the City Council, various City boards and commissions and the City administration understand and respond appropriately to the needs of the community in the upcoming years, as well as make comparisons with peer cities.

    Some residents were selected at random to receive the survey at home, by mail. If you received the paper version of the survey, please complete that version and return it, rather than choosing the online survey.

  • New parking hours and rates in Dover begin Sept. 3

    posted on: 8/30/2019

    Dover Police Chief William M. Breault announces new public parking hours and rates will take effect Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. The changes follow recommendations by the Parking Commission, based on months of public input, and a vote to adopt the changes by the City Council in July.

    Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, metered public parking hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The changes include extending the hours of metered parking from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and adding Saturday.

    In addition, progressive parking rates will take effect Sept. 3 at most public parking locations and surface lots. The first two hours of parking remain unchanged at $1 per hour. The third and fourth hours of metered public parking will be $2 per hour. Metered parking after four hours will be $3 per hour. Progressive pricing does not include the Orchard Street Public Parking Garage, Chestnut Street lot and the Transportation Center lot, where existing hourly rates will remain in effect.

    “Part of the challenge of adding Saturdays was that during the weekday, there was a three-hour time limit,” said Parking Manager Bill Simons. “Having a time limit on Saturdays, when the average visit could be much longer, didn’t make sense. Combining the need for a longer visit option and a consistent parking policy throughout the week led to the progressive pricing program.”

  • City administrative offices closed Labor Day

    posted on: 8/30/2019

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, for Labor Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Public Library is closed Saturday through Monday, Aug. 31 through Sept. 2, for Labor Day.

    Recreation facilities at the McConnell Center and the Indoor Pool and Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool are also closed on Labor Day. The Ice Arena is open on Labor Day.

    Trash pickup and curbside recycling will be delayed by one day all week for the holiday.

    Labor Day is a "parking holiday." Metered parking is free on parking holidays.

  • Road closures, parking restrictions in place Saturday for road race

    posted on: 8/29/2019

    Dover Police Chief William Breault announces the following road closures and parking restrictions for the Cochecho Challenge Half Marathon footrace.

    On Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 at 8:30 a.m., the 3.1 and 13.1-mile footraces will begin simultaneously on Central Avenue, near Silver Street, and will end in the parking lot of First Parish Church. Brief street closures will be in effect on Central Avenue, Silver Street, and Arch Street to accommodate the 8:30 a.m. start. Additional street closures will be in effect on Silver Street, near Arch Street, for the 5K race. Motorists should expect and give way to runners wearing numbered race bibs on any Dover roadway between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. These include Washington Street, Tolend Road, Glen Hill Road, County Farm Cross Road, Sixth Street, Glenwood Avenue, Horne Street, Fourth Street, Atkinson Street, and Nelson Street.

    Church Street will be closed to all traffic between Locust and Academy streets between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.

    Parking restrictions will be posted in the following locations on Saturday, Aug. 31:

  • Portland Avenue parking restrictions in place Sept. 3

    posted on: 8/29/2019

    The westerly side of Portland Avenue, from Atlantic Avenue to Main Street, will be posted for no parking on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 7 a.m. to allow Community Services to seal cracks in the pavement. The restriction will be removed as the work progresses.

    For more information, contact Community Services at 516-6450.

  • Mechanic Street to close to traffic for two weeks beginning Aug. 26

    posted on: 8/25/2019

    Beginning the week of Aug. 26, 2019 and continuing for two weeks, Mechanic Street will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The closure is necessary while contractors at the development project at the corner of Chapel and Mechanic streets remove and replace curbing and sidewalk along Mechanic Street, and excavate in the roadway to access underground utility lines.

    The School Street parking lot will be open and accessible from School Street and from the westerly side near Janetos Plaza. The rear parking lot of Janetos Plaza will be open and accessible from Chapel Street, but not from Mechanic Street. Mechanic Street will be open at night and on weekends.

  • Dover Citizens Leadership Academy starts Oct. 10

    posted on: 8/16/2019; updated: 8/24/2019

    The Greater Dover of Chamber of Commerce will once again produce the 2019 Eastern Bank Citizens Leadership Academy in partnership with the City of Dover this October. The free program offers Garrison City residents a firsthand look at local government and municipal operations and provides attendees a role in shaping the future of the city. Citizens Leadership Academy will meet on the evenings of Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31 and Nov. 7, as well as a morning session on Saturday, Oct. 26.

    “Each year this program brings together people from diverse segments of the community interested in meeting and working with others to address key issues critical to maintaining and improving Dover’s quality of life,” said Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce President Margaret Joyce. “Citizens Leadership Academy participants are encouraged to initiate discussions with other residents as well as business and government leaders, and contribute their knowledge, imagination and energy towards the betterment of the community.”

    This year’s Citizens Leadership Academy will include presentations by City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr., Assistant City Manager/Director of Planning and Strategic Initiatives Christopher G. Parker, Economic Development Director Daniel Barufaldi, Library Director Cathy Beaudoin, Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Harbron, Fire Chief Paul Haas, Police Chief Bill Breault and Recreation Director Gary Bannon. The program will also include a visit to the North End Fire Station, Police Station, and a bus tour of the City’s Community Services facilities led by Director of Community Services John Storer.

  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is Saturday

    posted on: 8/20/2019

    The City of Dover, along with the towns of Rollinsford, Lee and Madbury, will hold a Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the City's Community Services facility, 271 Mast Road.

    The goal of Hazardous Waste Collection Day is to allow for the proper disposal of household hazardous materials. Residents of the four communities can bring household hazardous waste to Community Services for safe disposal.

    The following household waste will be accepted: fertilizer with acids; bathroom cleaners; brush cleaner; pesticides car waxes/polish; disinfectants; corrosives; fungicides; creosote; furniture polish paint/stain/finish; insect spray; driveway sealers/tar; metal polish (lead and oil based); lighter fluid; flea powder; mothballs; rust preventative; pest strips/traps; gasoline; oven cleaner; solvents; pesticides; radiator flush; photo chemicals; thinner/turpentine; poisons; roofing tar; rug cleaner; wood preservatives; pool chemicals; and wood strippers.

    Empty containers are not hazardous. Please dispose of them in your regular trash.

    Explosives, asbestos, latex paint, oil (new or used) and antifreeze will not be accepted.

    Hazardous Waste Collection Day in Dover is for household residents only. Proof of residency is required.

  • Bellamy Road traffic restrictions in place Monday for paving

    posted on: 8/17/2019

    On Monday, Aug. 19, Continental Paving, under contract with the City of Dover, will pave Bellamy Road, from Alumni Drive to Knox Marsh Road (Route 155).

    During the paving work, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m, traffic restrictions will be in place.

    At the start of the work at 7 a.m., the traffic pattern on Bellamy Road will alternate in each direction. Significant delays are expected. At some point after 8 a.m., the traffic pattern will shift to one-way only in the southbound direction, from Route 155 toward Route 108. Bellamy Road will be closed to all northbound traffic at Route 108 until the paving is completed.

    Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes.

  • Traffic restrictions in place Friday on Central Avenue bridge

    posted on: 8/15/2019

    Traffic on the Central Avenue bridge will be reduced to one lane on Friday, Aug. 16, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., during paving work at the site of the Cochecho Falls retaining wall.

    The contractor, George R. Cairns and Sons, Inc. of Windham, expects to conclude work in two weeks.

    The $1.1 million project addresses safety concerns related to the retaining wall’s condition and integrity. The original granite blocks, which shifted over time, dated back to the early 1800s and were not intended to serve as a retaining wall. The old blocks were replaced with interlocking, precast concrete blocks that can withstand additional pressure.

  • South Watson Lane closure in effect Wednesday and Thursday

    posted on: 8/12/2019

    On Wednesday, Aug. 14 and Thursday, Aug. 15, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day, South Watson Lane will be closed to through traffic from Stark Avenue to East Watson Street. Local residents will be able to come and go from the east (East Watson) side only. A private contractor will be performing work to tie into a City sewer line and water line to serve a residential property.

    For more information, contact Community Services at 516-6450.

  • Broadway road closure and water service disruption scheduled for Monday night

    posted on: 8/10/2019

    On Monday night, Aug. 12, beginning at 7 p.m., Community Services crews will replace a water main gate on Broadway in the area of Pierce Street. The work is expected to continue until Tuesday morning at 5 a.m.

    During the work, water service will be temporarily shut off from 9 p.m. on Monday to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at all properties on Broadway between Baker Street and Central Avenue.

    Broadway will be closed to westerly traffic at Ham Street and New York Street. Easterly traffic on Broadway and Pierce Street will not be affected.

  • Coffee with the Mayor and City Council to focus on community development

    posted on: 7/21/2019; updated: 8/6/2019

    A special "Coffee with the Mayor and City Council" will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Strand Theater on Third Street, to discuss ongoing and future development in the city. In addition to the Mayor and City Council, City officials will also be on hand to provide more information about community development and the Master Plan, the City's comprehensive guide to long-term development.

    This public session is open to all and is an opportunity to ask questions of elected and City officials about community development and related topics.

    Coffee and muffins will be provided.

    Those attending are encouraged to park at the Transportation Center parking lot on Chestnut Street, where ample public parking is available.

  • Chestnut Street closure in effect Monday and Tuesday

    posted on: 8/2/2019

    On Monday, Aug. 5 and Tuesday, Aug. 6, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Chestnut Street will be closed in the northerly direction between Locust and Washington streets. Northbound traffic will be diverted to remain on Locust Street. Chestnut Street will still be open in the southbound direction.

    Northbound traffic seeking access to Saint Thomas Street, the McConnell Center north entrances, and the District Court will be required to detour around the block to approach from the southbound direction.

    The closure will allow SUR Construction and Fulcrum Construction to prepare the Chestnut Street sidewalks on Monday and pour concrete on Tuesday. The work is in connection with the Orpheum Apartments development project.

  • Portion of Portland Avenue to close Wednesday and Thursday

    posted on: 7/30/2019

    A portion of Portland Avenue will be closed 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31 and Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. The closure is necessary as Community Services crews and a contractor, MacKinnon and Sons Excavation, continues to repair a failed underground drainage system in the area of Portland Avenue and Cochecho Street. The scope of work and location of underground utilities has required intermittent lane closures or street closures, but will require a complete closure Wednesday and Thursday.

    While the closure is in effect, the following detours will be in place:

  • Heat advisory for Dover in effect; Cooling Centers open

    posted on: 7/30/2019

    As heat and humidity continue to rise, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Dover, beginning at noon today, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. The advisory concludes at 8 p.m.

    The combination of temperatures reaching into the 90s and increasing humidity will contribute to a heat index of 95 degrees or more this afternoon. For an up-to-date forecast, visit the National Weather Service's information for Dover at

    Residents looking to cool off while the heat advisory is in effect can visit City cooling centers during regular hours, including the McConnell Center cafeteria, which is open until 9 p.m. today, and the Public Library, which is open until 8:30 p.m. today.

  • Road closures and parking restrictions in place for Saturday road race

    posted on: 7/25/2019

    Road closures and parking restrictions in place for Saturday road race

    Dover Police Chief William M. Breault announces the following road closures and parking restrictions for the SIX03 Summerfest 10K/5K Race event, which is part of the Dover Race Series. This event includes a combined 5K and 10K course run simultaneously, starting at the Dover Ice Arena (110 Portland Ave.) and ending at Philbrick’s Sports (161 Portland Ave). More information is available at

    On Saturday, July 27, 2019, the following road closures will be in effect:

  • Dover joins National Night Out Aug. 6

    posted on: 7/17/2019; updated: 7/20/2019

    Chief William M. Breault of the Dover Police Department is pleased to announce that the Dover Police Department will participate in National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 in Henry Law Park. The event will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public. National Night Out is a time for community members to meet with police officers, discuss issues, learn what the police do, and unite with the common goal of crime prevention and safety.

    The public will be able to see some of the specialized equipment and vehicles that the police use on a daily basis. These will include a police cruiser, the police motorcycle, the crime scene and mobile command vehicles along with our tactical rescue vehicle. Several officers including the mounted patrol and our K9 officer will be at the event and interacting with the public. National Night Out will also feature firefighters and fire apparatus from the Dover Fire and Rescue Department.

    "The Dover Police Department recognizes the importance of getting to know the members of our community and the value of positive police-community partnerships," said Chief Breault. "National Night Out is an excellent opportunity for police officers, firefighters and community members to meet and interact. This goes a long way toward solving community problems together."

  • Dover cooling centers open during hot, humid weather

    posted on: 7/18/2019; updated: 7/19/2019

    With the Excessive Heat Watch in effect this weekend, the City of Dover has opened cooling centers through Sunday. The cooling centers are located in the McConnell Center cafeteria and at the Public Library. The cooling centers will be open during regular hours at both facilities. The McConnell Center is open Friday, July 19, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Public Library is open Friday, July 19, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Library is closed on Sunday.

    The McConnell Center cooling center can be accessed by using Door #3 and checking in at the Recreation Department front desk for directions.

    For those unable to utilize the McConnell Center or Library cooling centers during regular hours, the air-conditioned lobby of the Police Station at 46 Chestnut St. and the City's three fire stations are also available for temporary relief from the heat. The Liberty North End Fire Station is located at 262 Sixth St. The Central Fire Station is located at 9-11 Broadway. The South End Fire Station is located at 25 Durham Road. The Police and Fire departments are also available to assist those who need transportation to one of the cooling centers.

    For those who need emergency shelter, please contact the Dover Police Department at 742-4646, or visit the Dover Police Department or any of the City's three fire stations to request assistance. For emergencies, dial 911.

    The Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool is also open this week. Public swimming hours are Monday through Friday, 12 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.

    Significant heat and humidity is expected to arrive in Dover on Friday, July 19 and continue through Sunday, July 21. Temperatures during this period will reach the mid-90s and higher, with a heat index expected to reach 100 degrees or more, and up to 115 degrees on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

  • Cochecho Arts Festival kicks off July 12

    posted on: 7/11/2019

    The 33nd annual Cochecho Arts Festival kicks off Friday, July 12, 2019 at 6 p.m., at the Rotary Arts Pavilion, Henry Law Park. The show opens with Joel Cage at 6 p.m., part of the Federal Savings Bank Friday Night Openers series, followed by LUX at 7 p.m, part of the Liberty Mutual Headliner series.

    LUX is a funky, quirky, entertaining, and energetic quintet from Massachusetts.

    The Dover Community Band will also perform as part of the festival on Thursday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m., at the Rotary Arts Pavilion.

  • Dover Main Street serves up Restaurant Week

    posted on: 7/5/2019; updated: 7/10/2019

    Experience some of Dover's finest food and delectable dining during Dover Main Street's annual Restaurant Week, July 13 through July 20, 2019.

    During Dover Restaurant Week, participating restaurants serve up special breakfast, lunch and dinner menus at affordable, fixed prices, all featuring some of the city's tastiest cuisine. Choose from a variety of specially priced meals, including three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus at either $16.95, $24.95 or $29.95; two-course, prix-fixe lunch menus at $16.95; and varied breakfast menus at some locations.

    No matter the palette, Dover Restaurant Week is the right recipe for everyone, from classic cuisine to epicurean delights from all corners of the globe.

    This year's participating restaurants include Thompson's 2nd Alarm, Blue Latitudes, Cara's Irish Pub, Christopher's Third Street Grille, Cinco de Mayo Bar and Grill, Ember Wood Fired Grill, Harvey's Bakery, La Festa Brick and Brew, Oriental Delight, Roost, and Wing Itz.

    "Dover Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to experience some of Dover's tastiest cuisine, all prepared at locally owned restaurants," said Erin Tellez, Chair of the Dover Main Street Board. "As Dover continues to grow and thrive, so does the quality and variety of our dining experience. Whether you're visiting for the first time or supporting some of your favorite Dover destinations, Dover Restaurant Week will leave you satisfied."

  • Henry Law Avenue to close July 10 and 11

    posted on: 7/8/2019

    DeStefano & Associates, the general contractor for Hellenic Realty Partners’ renovation of the former Foster’s building at 333 Central Avenue, will close Henry Law Avenue just north of Williams Street on two days this week to accommodate the installation of underground conduit.

    The first block of Henry Law Avenue, from Washington to Williams streets, will be closed to all through traffic between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day, on Wednesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 11, 2019. A detour will be in place via Williams Street for access to the Dover Indoor Pool, Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and Central Towers parking lots.

    Henry Law Avenue parking permit holders will be able to park on upper Henry Law Avenue on Wednesday and Thursday, except in areas specifically posted with no parking signs or when the road is physically obstructed by material deliveries or equipment.

  • Holiday hours for city offices and facilities

    posted on: 6/30/2019; updated: 7/3/2019

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5, 2019, for the Independence Day holiday. Regular hours will resume on Monday, July 8.

    The Public Library will close at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, and will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5. The Library will open again on Saturday, July 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    The McConnell Center Fitness Center and Dover Ice Arena will be closed Thursday, July 4. Both facilities will be open regular hours on Friday, July 5.

    The Dover Indoor Pool will be open regular hours on July 4 and 5.

    The Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool will be open regular hours on Thursday, July 4. The Outdoor Pool will be closed to public swimming from Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 7, for a swim meet.

    The Dover Community Senior Center at the McConnell Center will be closed Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5.

    Inspection Services, located at the Liberty North End Fire Station, will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5. Regular hours will resume on Monday, July 8.

    Curbside trash and recycling pickup will be delayed by one day Thursday for the remainder of the week. For more information, contact Community Services at 516-6450.

    The Recycling Center on Mast Road will be closed on Thursday, July 4.

    Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, is a parking holiday. Metered parking is not required on parking holidays.

  • Founding Fathers return to Dover for the reading of the Declaration of Independence

    posted on: 7/2/2019

    Declaration of IndependenceDover kicks off Independence Day with its annual reading of the Declaration of Independence on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Garrison Players Arts Center performers Don Briand as John Adams, Tom Dunnington as Benjamin Franklin and Mike Pomp as Thomas Jefferson will read the Declaration at 9 a.m. on the steps of Dover City Hall (288 Central Ave). Mayor Karen Weston will also speak.

    This is the 19th year the Garrison Players have been a part of the Dover Independence Day celebration.

    Garrison Players Arts Center (GPAC) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based community theatre group dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the area by presenting high-quality theatrical performances geared for family audiences. Established in 1953, the players encourage people of all ages to enjoy and participate in the many facets of the performing arts, and to help maintain the Garrison Players Arts Center.

  • Dover celebrates 4th of July with music and fireworks

    posted on: 6/28/2019

    The City of Dover’s annual 4th of July fireworks display will be held on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.

    Henry Law Park and the surrounding downtown areas are the best locations to view the fireworks.

    The fireworks display will be preceded by a performance of the 39th Army Band at the Rotary Arts Pavilion, from 7 to 9 p.m. Food and novelty vendors will be available at Henry Law Park.

    The rain date for the fireworks display is Friday, July 5, 2019.

  • Dover Police Department announces Virtual Neighborhood Watch

    posted on: 6/27/2019

    Chief William Breault of the Dover Police Department is pleased to announce a new program that will help strengthen the partnership between the police and the public while helping officers investigate cases more efficiently.

    The new program is called “Virtual Neighborhood Watch” and it is intended to help solve crimes and keep our community safe. Due to advances in technology, security cameras are less expensive, easy to install, and more prevalent than before. Many businesses and homeowners have security cameras, which means those cameras could inadvertently be a witness to a crime nearby. Virtual Neighborhood Watch (VNW) allows residents and business owners who have surveillance cameras to register their addresses or businesses with the Dover Police Department.

    The Dover Police Department is not asking for live access to camera systems. The Dover Police Department will not monitor the security cameras. We will only contact registered participants if a crime occurs in or around their neighborhood to see if the cameras captured what took place. By getting this information to the police as soon as possible, it will help the investigating officers solve crimes faster and more efficiently.

  • Chestnut Street remains closed at railroad crossing

    posted on: 6/27/2019

    Work will continue Friday, June 28, on the rail line at the Chestnut Street crossing. The work is being conducted by a private contractor hired by Pan Am Railways. While the work continues, Chestnut Street at the crossing remains closed.

    The rail line has been replaced and rail service has resumed, but road work at the crossing, including paving, has not yet been completed. The remaining road work will be completed by noon on Friday, at which time Chestnut Street will reopen.

    The road was expected to open today, but due to a water main break caused by the private contractor and the subsequent repairs, the rail crossing work was delayed. Road work and paving operations are expected to begin at the crossing at 7 a.m. on Friday, and conclude by noon.

    While the work continues, motorists are urged to seek alternate routes.

    Businesses on Third Street west of Chestnut Street are open and accessible from Grove Street, via Fourth Street. Businesses on Third Street, east of Chestnut Street, will be open and accessible from Fourth Street and Central Avenue, and via Chestnut Street northbound.

  • State lifts cyanobacteria advisory for Willand Pond

    posted on: 6/27/2019

    The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) has lifted a cyanobacteria advisory for those who recreate on Willand Pond.

    The advisory had been in effect since June 19 after testing confirmed elevated levels of cyanobacteria, a blue-green algae. Subsequent testing of the water confirmed the pond has returned to acceptable levels.

    DES routinely monitors public beaches and public waters of the state for cyanobacteria.

  • Chestnut Street to close at railroad crossing June 25 to 27

    posted on: 6/20/2019

    Chestnut Street will be closed to all traffic at the railroad crossing from Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27, 2019 while Pan Am Railways replaces the rail line.

    While the road is closed, businesses on Third Street west of Chestnut Street will be open and accessible from Grove Street, via Fourth Street. Businesses on Third Street, east of Chestnut Street, will be open and accessible from either direction, but the intersection of Third and Chestnut streets will be closed to westerly traffic.

    Northbound traffic on Chestnut Street, with the exception of local traffic, is encouraged to use Washington Street in either direction to avoid the railroad crossing.

    Southbound traffic on Chestnut Street will be required to use Fourth Street in either direction to avoid the crossing.

  • Road and parking striping continues

    posted on: 6/19/2019

    Crews striping the city's roadways and parking areas will continue painting operations this week.

    The citywide striping work typically begins at 9 p.m. each weeknight and continues until 5 a.m. the follwing morning.

    While these crews are at work, drivers should use caution and be aware of road cones and striping vehicles. The work may cause some traffic delays.

  • State issues cyanobacteria advisory for Willand Pond

    posted on: 6/19/2019

    High levels of cyanobacteria have been measured at Willand Pond, which spans Dover and Somersworth. As a result, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) has issued a cyanobacteria advisory for those who recreate on Willand Pond. The water is not suitable for wading or swimming, and all pets should be kept out of the water. DES advises recreational users to avoid contact with the water in areas experiencing elevated cyanobacteria cell conditions typically where water has a surface scum or blue-green flecks.

    Anyone who comes into contact with blue-green scum should rinse off with fresh water.

    DES routinely monitors public beaches and public waters of the state for cyanobacteria. DES monitors public waters issued cyanobacteria warnings on a weekly basis until the cyanobacteria standards are again met.

  • Use caution at Willand Pond while water is tested for algae

    posted on: 6/18/2019

    After some fish washed ashore at Willand Pond, the City of Dover has contacted the State Department of Environmental Services and New Hampshire Fish and Game, who will test the water for a possible algae bloom.

    Until an analysis is complete, and out of an abundance of caution, recreational users of Willand Pond are encouraged to avoid contact with the water. This includes keeping pets away from the water, especially if there are areas with surface scum or blue-green or bright green flecks.

  • Chestnut Street to close at railroad crossing June 25 to 27

    posted on: 6/17/2019

    Chestnut Street will be closed to all traffic at the railroad crossing from Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27, 2019 while Pan Am Railways replaces the rail line.

    While the road is closed, businesses on Third Street west of Chestnut Street will be open and accessible from Grove Street, via Fourth Street. Businesses on Third Street, east of Chestnut Street, will be open and accessible from either direction, but the intersection of Third and Chestnut streets will be closed to westerly traffic.

    Northbound traffic on Chestnut Street, with the exception of local traffic, is encouraged to use Washington Street in either direction to avoid the railroad crossing.

  • City partners with Eversource and Unitil to help local businesses save energy

    posted on: 6/14/2019

    The City of Dover is partnering with Eversource and Unitil to launch an energy efficiency campaign that will help local businesses reduce their energy costs and impact on the environment. Teams of energy efficiency experts representing the local energy companies will begin visiting businesses in the community next week offering free energy analyses, energy-efficient equipment upgrades and facility improvements.

    “The cost savings businesses achieve through energy efficiency upgrades directly impacts their bottom line, providing them with a competitive edge for future growth,” said Dover City Manager J. Michael Joyal. Jr. “Our partnership with Eversource and Unitil will allow Dover businesses to focus on their core mission while local experts work to save them money and energy, supporting economic development and the advancement of clean energy in New Hampshire.”

    Energy efficiency experts will be in the community meeting with business owners to provide more information about the energy efficiency campaign and to schedule energy analyses from Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21. Businesses that participate may qualify for significant incentives toward the installation of interior and exterior LED lighting, refrigeration controls, programmable thermostats, water saving devices and insulation. Additionally, participating businesses may be eligible to receive interest-free financing to support their investment in these valuable energy efficiency upgrades.

  • Portion of Alumni Drive to close June 19

    posted on: 6/10/2019

    Alumni Drive, from Durham Road to the main entrance of Dover High School, will close weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The closure is to accommodate site work at the location of the former high school.

    While this work is under way, access to the high school will be via Bellamy Road only.

    The restriction is expected to remain in place through July 26.

  • Public Works memorial in Concord includes Dover name

    posted on: 6/7/2019

    Members of Dover's Community Services recently attended the dedication of a memorial to Public Works employees who died while working as public servants. The memorial, which honors 36 state, county and municipal employees, is located on Hazen Drive in Concord.

    Among the names on the memorial is Rudulf Demers. Demers was a Dover Public Works employee who died in a tragic work accident in July 2, 1971. Members of his family were also in attendance at the memorial's dedication.

    Dozens of municipal and state employees attended the dedication ceremony on June 5. Public works vehicles from across the state lined the street around the memorial.

  • Parking prohibited on portion of Second Street overnight Thursday

    posted on: 6/5/2019

    The north side of Second Street will be posted for no overnight parking on Thursday, June 6 into Friday morning, June 7, to allow Community Services to paint parking spaces. The restriction will be removed once the process is complete, no later than 6 a.m.

    All other parking areas will be available during this time.

    For more information, contact Community Services at 516-6450.

  • Pavement striping to continue

    posted on: 6/1/2019; updated: 6/3/2019

    Pavement marking and striping will continue into June. The work was expected to be complete by May but delayed due to the weather over the last several weeks. The work is being conducted by contractors hired by the City of Dover and mostly occurs overnight.

    The work includes parking and crosswalk markings. The work involves crews on the ground and a striping truck.

    For more information, contact Community Services at 516-6450.

  • Whale’s Tail installation atop Dover Indoor Pool is June 4

    posted on: 5/31/2019; updated: 6/3/2019

    The City of Dover, The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and the friends and family of Martha Cox announce the long-awaited installation of the Dale Rogers Whale’s Tail sculpture atop the Dover Indoor Pool on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. The installation was originally scheduled for June 5 but changed due to the weather forecast.

    The unique 26-foot long and 10-foot high stainless steel rendition of a full size whale diving into the roof of the Indoor Pool was designed and constructed by famed steel sculptor Dale Rogers of Haverhill, Mass. It will be attached to the structure of the building facing Henry Law Avenue and the Henry Law Park Adventure Playground.

    The sculpture was commissioned by an anonymous donor, in coordination with the City, Children’s Museum and Cox family, during the development and construction of the Adventure Playground, which opened June 24, 2017. The playground was dedicated in memory of lifelong Dover resident Martha Cox, as noted on an engraved marker at the park’s entrance. The donation of the sculpture was accepted by the Dover City Council in 2018 and plans for its installation have been in the works for over a year.

  • Yard Sale benefits Dover Mounted Patrol

    posted on: 5/29/2019

    The annual Dover Mounted Patrol Benefit Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, June 1, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Mounted Patrol Stables, 75 Cocheco St., Dover.

    Antiques, household items, home decor, books, mounted apparel, and horseshoe items and crafts will be for sale.

    Donations are also wanted. No clothing will be accepted. Cash donations are always welcome. Space is limited.

  • Do your part and Scoop the Poop

    posted on: 5/28/2019

    Rain or snow runoff can carry pet waste directly into waterways or storm drains, which usually empty without any treatment into a stream, river, or estuary. Untreated fecal matter can be a source of harmful bacteria and nutrients. Just as we don’t want human sewage in our water, it is important to prevent pet waste from being carried into our waterways.

    It isn’t just water quality that can suffer. Leaving pet waste on the ground, especially in public areas like parks or playing fields, may pose a risk to children, adults, and even pets.

    Pet waste carries disease causing organisms such as Giardia and Salmonella which can make water unsafe for drinking or swimming; to protect the public from illness, swimming beaches and shellfish beds can be shut down due to bacterial contamination, and pet waste can be a cause of that contamination.

  • Dover Memorial Day ceremony is May 27

    posted on: 5/24/2019

    Memorial Day services in Dover will be held on Monday, May 27, 2019, at 6 p.m., at Pine Hill Cemetery.

    The ceremony will include guest speakers, the playing of Taps, placing of the wreath, massing of the colors by the Naval Junior ROTC, an invocation and closing prayer. Mayor Karen Weston will give opening remarks.

    The ceremony is organized by the Dover Veterans Council and is held rain or shine.

  • City Hall closed Memorial Day; Trash pickup delayed by one day

    posted on: 5/24/2019

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019, in observance of Memorial Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, May 28, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    The Dover Public Library will also be closed on Monday, May 27.

    In addition, there is no trash pickup and curbside recycling on Monday, May 27. Trash and recycling pickup will be delayed by one day the week of May 27.

    Memorial Day is also one of several parking holidays each year, during which time motorists are not required to pay for parking.

  • Dover Open Lands Committee plans Community Trail cleanup

    posted on: 5/19/2019; updated: 5/23/2019

    The Dover Open Lands Committee invites everyone to pitch in during the "Dover Community Trail Trash Takedown" on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Help keep the Dover Community Trail clean by picking up trash and other debris along the route. Be sure to wear suitable shoes for muddy areas. Bring your own gloves and trash pickers.

    Please sign-up by May 25. You can sign up online here:

    Once registered, you will receive an email with your trail section assignment including meeting location and team lead. If you are unable to sign-up prior to the event, meet at the Rotary Trailhead (near the Train Station) on the day of the cleanup.

  • Spaulding Turnpike night work in Dover

    posted on: 5/21/2019

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces night work on the Spaulding Turnpike (NH 16) to facilitate the opening of the new Exit 6 northbound off-ramp from the Spaulding Turnpike to US Route 4, and the expansion of the northbound Spaulding Turnpike from two to three lanes across the Little Bay Bridge in Newington and Dover.

    Through Wednesday, May 22, nighttime construction operations will take place on the Spaulding Turnpike between Exit 3 and Exit 6 in order to open the new Exit 6 northbound off-ramp to US Route 4 in Dover, and to expand the northbound Spaulding Turnpike from two to three lanes across the Little Bay Bridge.

    Temporary northbound lane closures will be in place each night in order to allow for the placement of pavement markings and the relocation of temporary concrete barrier. The duration of this night work is expected to be three nights, with the goal of providing the third northbound lane over the Little Bay Bridge before the Memorial Day holiday weekend. This work is weather dependent. Adverse weather conditions would delay this work to the next available nights.