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Regional Roundtable Looks
at Business Environment

Jim Roche, president of the Business and Industry Association (BIA) of New Hampshire, heard three themes from a recent study: the consistency and predictability of the business environment is a challenge; the labor pool of science, technology, math and engineering workers is too small; and New Hampshire is expensive for business. “We have high health […]

Donations Come in for
School Lunch Payments

A little tough love and a cheese sandwich are helping the Derry Cooperative School District whittle away at its outstanding School Lunch accounts. Business Manager Jane Simard gave an update on the lunch program’s efforts to stay solvent at the April 8 School Board meeting. Last month, the board had adopted a policy of no […]

Local Towns Try to Cope
as Panhandling Increases

Derry and Londonderry police are responding to an influx of panhandlers in the area, within the limits of what the law allows them to do. An increasing number of people asking for money, many with cardboard signs, has been observed in the Hood Commons area of Derry. Derry Police Capt. Vern Thomas said this demographic has […]

Town Council Trims Public
Works Budget Requests

The Derry Town Council swept a new carpet for the Municipal Center under the carpet and trimmed several requests for overtime in Public Works Director Mike Fowler’s budget request for 2015, but otherwise approved the working budgets for eight of the 10 departments coming under the Public Works umbrella. Fowler presented his budget at Monday […]

Confidentiality Pledge Sought for
Review of Administrator Applicants

The search for a new Derry Town Administrator is off to a good start, Town Councilors and residents agreed. Progress on the search to replace John Anderson, whose employment was terminated in October, is progressing well, with a Council mostly in agreement about how to do so. Chairman Mark Osborne said that the Council, in […]

Parkland Plans Secure Facility for
Voluntary Psychiatric Admissions

Parkland Medical Center has received the green light from the Derry Planning Board for a 7,462-square-foot facility to house and help people with mental illness. Chris Rice, a civil engineer with T.F. Moran; Jeff Scionti, Parkland chief executive officer; and John Burke, director of plant operations and security at Parkland, attended the April 2 Planning […]

Local Man Hopes New Group Will ‘Take Back Derry’

Michael Gendron misses the Derry he knew, and he wants to bring it back. Gendron is the founder of Take Back Derry, an organization dedicated to restoring the quality of life that was the reason people moved to Derry. And he hopes to start at the voting booth. Gendron blamed apathy for the poor, 6 percent […]

Town Council Settles on
‘Profile’ for Town Administrator

The Derry Town Council has firmed-up the “candidate profile” for its Town Administrator search. In a workshop meeting Tuesday, March 25, the Council went over a profile compiled by Acting Town Administrator Larry Budreau. With a few tweaks, they came to a consensus on what they want to see in the candidates, and ideally the […]