Archive for November, 2013

Nice Idea, But…

The Derry Town Council has been asked to ban smoking on all of its public properties, including parks and recreational fields. Concerned about the effects of second-hand smoke, the petitioner to the Council said she had been unwilling to take her children to the swings at Hood Park because a woman was smoking there. We […]

Council Continues Talks on Town Owned Abbott Court Parcel

The Abbott Court parcel of town-owned land is environmentally ready for potential developers, Public Works Director Mike Fowler told the Town Council. The property, currently home to a municipal parking lot, formerly housed an oil company and its tanks, Fowler said at the Tuesday, Nov. 19 Town Council meeting. “There were above-ground storage tanks dating […]

Council, Planning Board to Meet Together Dec. 3

The Derry Town Council will have a list of ideas to work on when it holds a joint meeting with the Planning Board on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Council members discussed their concerns at the Nov. 19 meeting, and Chairman Michael Fairbanks read a list of concerns from Planning Board Chairman David Granese. Granese and the […]

Traffic Study Planned for Hunter Drive After Parent’s Concern

The Highway Safety Committee will delay a recommendation on lowering the speed limit on Hunter Drive until it has more data. Deborah Covino, whose children attend East Derry Memorial School, appeared before the committee at its Nov. 21 meeting to request lowering the speed limit, currently 35 miles per hour. “The street is adjacent to […]

School Board Continues Process of Updating Policies

The Derry School Board held a first reading of three policies at its Nov. 12 meeting. Superintendent Laura Nelson explained the policies, which will be voted on at the next School Board meeting. Other input came from members Dan McKenna and Neal Ochs, members of the Policy Committee. Nelson said all the updated policies have […]

Questions Raised Over Potential Sale of Tavern Site

The Town Council will try to involve citizens in the sale of town property at an earlier stage, after complaints from residents at the Nov. 19 Council meeting. Councilors held a second public hearing on the sale of the former Pinkerton Tavern site at 13 Manchester Road. The site is 1.38 acres, Parcel ID 08-274, […]


Test Drive

Katherine Kersten of Derry checks out a handmade wooden toy at the Sugar Plum Fair at First Parish Church on Saturday. There were countless items to choose from at the annual event, where residents start their shopping and prepare for the upcoming holiday season. Photo by Chris Paul

Council Gets Request to Forbid Smoking in Parks

A majority of the Town Council agrees with a Derry mom that smoking should be eliminated on all town property, including recreational fields and playgrounds. Nicole Bump, mother of two sons, spoke in the public comment portion of the Nov. 19 meeting. Bump suggested prohibiting smoking in public parks, noting that she was concerned about […]