Archive for September, 2013

Convenience Store Robber Sentenced

A Derry woman charged with a robbery, attempted robbery of several local businesses and heroin possession has received a sentence of one to three years in prison. Rochelle Richards, 23, of Derry pled guilty to the charges Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Rockingham Superior Court in Brentwood. Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams said Judge Marguerite Wageling handed […]


Sacrifice Honored

Members of the Derry Fire Department gathered on Wednesday, Sept. 11, to pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the 9/11, 2001 attacks. Firefighters Mike Lavalley and Skip Wedge lower the flag in front of the Central Fire Station to half mast as fellow firefighters join in a moment of silence. The department […]

Town Council Meets with Anderson, No Action Taken

The Derry Town Council met with Town Administrator John Anderson and his attorney, Cornelius Sullivan, in a closed-door session but no action was taken. Councilors voted to go into nonpublic session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, along with Acting Town Administrator Larry Budreau and Thomas Closson, an attorney for the town. They emerged at 8:30 […]

Dumpster Depot Faces Appeals to Planning, Zoning Boards

Two separate appeals by residents of the area adjoining the proposed Dumpster Depot were filed this past Friday. Brenda Wilson, spokesperson for a group of residents opposed to the project, and John O’Connor, a Republican state representative and neighborhood resident, both filed appeals following the Aug. 21 Planning Board vote to give conditional approval to […]

Overcrowded Classrooms Leads to Hiring More Staff

Citing overcrowded classrooms in the fifth grades at Ernest P. Barka and Grinnell elementary schools, the Derry School Board voted to add a paraprofessional position to Barka and a fifth-grade classroom and teacher to Grinnell. The board voted unanimously to approve the positions at its Sept. 10 meeting, after data was presented by Superintendent Laura […]

Season’s Greeting

Last week, Governor Maggie Hassan picked the ceremonial “first apple” of the season, and proclaimed that day as New Hampshire Apple Day. While we would have preferred that she did the honors at one of Londonderry’s venerable apple orchards, apple season has started. And that says we’re leaning more into fall than summer. In spite […]

ZBA Grants Extension with Downtown Derry in Mind

The Derry Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) has granted a second variance extension with an eye to improving downtown, but with a set of conditions for the owners. Tamara Lampas, representing Kastorian Realty Trust, appeared before the board in its Sept. 5 meeting to ask for a second continuation of a variance first granted in […]

Pinkerton, Hooksett Continue Conceptual Talks

Though the Hooksett School Board has unanimously authorized SAU 15 Superintendent Dr. Charles “Phil” Littlefield to enter into contract negotiations with Pinkerton Academy, Littlefield said this week that at this point, all conversations between him and Pinkerton Headmaster Mary Anderson are “conceptual” in nature.