Archive for December, 2013

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Holiday Wishes

Kylie Morasse, 6, shares her holiday wishes with Santa Claus at the annual Chester Breakfast with Santa, hosted by the Friends of the Chester Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 14. The event gave families a way to get into the holiday spirit as well as to help fund some of the many programs offered at […]

School Budget Committee Fails in Bid to Censure Green, 4-3

SANDOWN – A vote to censure, or officially reprimand, member Donna Green of Sandown failed 4-3 at the Timberlane Regional School District budget committee’s meeting Dec. 12. Though the vote failed, some members made it clear that they weren’t happy with Green’s recent efforts to air her concerns about the budget to her constituents.

Chester Conservation Commission Reviews New Plan for College Site

CHESTER – Resident and developer Peter Smith has brought another potential plan for the Chester College of New England property to the town’s land use boards. Both the planning board and conservation commission have reviewed the plan, but Smith still has several hurdles to clear before he’ll commit to the plan or the property.

School Board Sets Jan. 6 Date to Finalize Budget

HAMPSTEAD – The Hampstead School Board learned from District Business Manager George Stokinger that the tax impact from a proposed bond to fund a $$6,339,946 renovation and construction project at Hampstead Central and Middle schools would have a probable tax impact the first year of $136,705.09.

Being Straight with Voters

Every time the Londonderry Fire budget comes up and the need for four additional firefighters is aired, the Town Council responds with a warning that residents would never support that financially all at once. Members say they have to find a way to explain the need and keep suggesting doing the hiring piecemeal, so as […]

Sandown Continues with MRI as Town Assessor

SANDOWN – The board of selectmen has decided to sign a five-year contract with current assessor Municipal Resources Incorporated (MRI). MRI has served as the town assessor since 2008. The board, noting a desire to make sure it would be getting the best deal for the town’s money, sent out a Request for Proposal (RFP) […]

Hampstead Hopes to Make Up Pinkerton Tuition Increase in Proposed Budget

HAMPSTEAD – The 2014-15 increase in the Pinkerton Academy tuition rate, previously reported by the Tri-Town Times, has a ripple effect that impacts its sending towns, including Hampstead. According to Assistant Superintendent Roxanne Wilson, the impact on Hampstead will be felt but won’t add a substantial amount to the proposed budget, and her hope is […]

Senior Housing Development Comes in Smaller for College Site

CHESTER – At the planning board’s Dec. 4 meeting, local developer Peter Smith presented a different plan for his potential use of the former Chester College of New England property. Smith does not yet own the property, but has been working with the college and the planning board in recent months with his plans to […]