Archive for June, 2013

Celebrating Our Nation’s Birth

There was no mistaking the arrival of summer this year, with its intense temperatures and humidity. What a welcome prelude to the Fourth of July celebrations coming up next week. Whether those celebrations take place at backyard parties, state parks, nearby beaches or at town-wide events, most feature fireworks prominently. And we’re all for fireworks […]

Auto Wholesaler Home Business Gets Zoning Approval

A Derry resident will be allowed to operate an auto wholesaling business from his home, after a positive review from the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA). Elie N. Touma appeared before the board June 20 to ask for a special exception to the zoning laws in order to operate an auto sales business from his […]

Council Takes Steps to Preserve Town’s Vital Records

The Town Council has approved a transfer of funds from one department to the next, in order for Derry’s vital records to be preserved for this century and those to come. The Council voted at its June 18 meeting to approve the transfer of $65,000 from an unused line for union negotiations, to be used […]

Changes in Zoning Ordinance Approved by Town Council

The Derry Town Council has approved changes in the zoning ordinance specific to the General Commercial and Office/Medical/Business (OMB) Districts. The Council voted 7-0 June 18 to approve the revisions. The amendments have been through seven Planning Board workshops, according to a memo from Planning Director George Sioras, and have seen changes after extensive public […]

No Fire Protection Waiver for Proposed House

The rules exist for a reason, the Derry Planning Board determined, when it denied a waiver from the Land Development Control Regulations (LDCR) to a couple planning to build a house on Taylor Brook Lane. Jeffrey and Rosemary Moulton submitted the request for a waiver from the fire protection requirement for their property at 5 […]

Greater Derry Scholarship Program

This Year’s Winner The Miss Greater Derry Scholarship Program crowned Megan Cooley of Auburn as the 2014 Miss Greater Derry on Friday evening at the Opera House downtown. The evening featured 10 contestants, five of them from Derry. Pictured with Cooley are Miss New Hampshire, Samantha Russo, left, and last year’s Miss Greater Derry, Kendall […]

Resident Wants Drug Testing for All Town Employees

How often and how effectively does the Town of Derry test employees for drug and alcohol abuse? These questions were brought forth by resident Mike Gill at the June 18 Town Council meeting. Gill brought a petition before the Council asking for the town to establish an alcohol-and drug-free workplace policy, and if there is […]

Council Continues Leases for Adams Memorial Building

The Town Council has approved renewal of the leases for the three entities that rent space in the Adams Memorial Building downtown. The board voted 7-0 to approve renewal of the leases, beginning July 1, 2013 and running through July 1, 2016. Town Administrator John Anderson presented the leases. The Derry Arts Council rents space […]