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Bradley Commons work underway

DOVER — The workforce housing development planned for the former site of St. Charles Church is going up quickly and on schedule.The Housing Partnership, based in Portsmouth, and its contractor, Pine Brook Corporation of Kittery, Maine, have been working on the project, called Bradley Commons, since December.“The project is moving ahead at an encouraging pace, aided by the nice weather,” said… → Read More

New superintendent discusses first week in Dover

DOVER — William Harbron has been Dover’s superintendent for just four days and is still getting acclimated to SAU 11, but he is very optimistic about the future of the Dover School District.“I’m excited about the opportunity to be here,” he said. “When I come in here I sense an optimistic attitude and a very positive outlook on the educational future of Dover. It feels like I’ve been here much… → Read More

Dinosaur roams downtown Dover

DOVER — The Garrison City Wednesday had a brief flashback to the Jurassic Period as a dinosaur roamed Central Avenue. Luckily, the Tyrannosaurus rex was not the result of a genetic engineering plot to draw tourists to an amusement park. Instead, the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce hired the dinosaur to promote the first Dinner and a Movie event of the summer, “Jurassic Park,” which will be… → Read More

Knights of Columbus honors vets

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Knights of Columbus Tuesday morning held its annual ceremony commemorating Independence Day.The event featured a reading of the Declaration of Independence and several other patriotic discussions.“This is the Declaration of Independence, and we are here because of it,” said Michael Buccheri of the Rochester Knights of Columbus, after reading the Declaration.“It is truly… → Read More

Declaration of Independence read on City Hall steps

DOVER — On the 241st birthday of the United States of America, residents of the Garrison City and surrounding areas flocked to City Hall on Central Ave. to celebrate one of the most important moments in the nation’s history.More than 100 people gathered to hear the Declaration of Independence read by actors from the Garrison Players Arts Center portraying three founding fathers. Don Briand was… → Read More

Henry Law Park could have restricted hours

DOVER — The opening of the adventure playground in Henry Law Park brought with it some controversial housekeeping for the City Council.Last Wednesday, councilors discussed the hours the park should be open for public use. An ordinance, if passed, would limit usage from 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Currently, Henry Law Park is open 24/7.“The reason for adding this provision is, obviously, with the… → Read More

7th Settlement's tipping ban gains national attention

DOVER — Since the public learned that 7th Settlement restaurant and brewery on Washington Street would do away with tipping starting Labor Day, the response has been diverse and passionate.David Boynton and Josh Henry, owners of the Dover restaurant, say that since news broke about the program, called "Hospitality Included," most of the response they have received has been positive.“I think… → Read More

Dover supports goals of Paris Climate Accord

DOVER — The City of Dover has joined Portsmouth in supporting the Paris Climate Accord, almost one month after President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement.The City Council Wednesday voted 8-1 to support the goals of the Paris Accord, and said future resolutions with more defined goals for the city could be forthcoming.“I felt compelled to bring this forward to the… → Read More

Lombardi trophy coming to city

DOVER — The Garrison City will host the Super Bowl LI Lombardi Trophy on July 10.At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Dover Mayor Karen Weston announced that the trophy, won by the New England Patriots in February, will be on display at the Rotary Arts Pavilion in Henry Law Park from 5:30-8 p.m.Former Patriots linebacker Andre Tippett will accompany the trophy along with team mascot Pat Patriot… → Read More

Barber shop/arcade opens on Central Ave.

DOVER — A local business owner is putting a fresh spin on an old idea.Josh Hynes, owner of Best of Times Barber Shop at 364 Central Ave., recently opened a second location down the street, this time with a different name and theme.Stronghold Barber Shop at 280 Central Ave. blends a traditional barber shop with an ‘80s-style arcade.“It started out as a joke with a customer who told me I should… → Read More

Assisted living community breaks ground in Dover

DOVER — The first phase of the large development project on Silver Street is nearing completion, as the upcoming assisted living community Tuesday held a groundbreaking and dedication ceremony.LCB Senior Living, based in Norwood, Mass., is hoping to open its 75-apartment center later this year.“We are thrilled to be here in Dover,” said LCB President Steve Puliafico. “We have a rich history in… → Read More

City welcomes new arts festival

DOVER — Summer marks the beginning of festival season around the world, and the Garrison City is no exception. This year, Fringe Seacoast, a new event series, will join the Cochecho Arts Festival and the Seacoast Microbrew Festival in a week-long program of theater, music and art in Dover.On July 5, Dover will join hundreds of cities around the world by hosting a Fringe, which aims to expand the… → Read More

Lunch crowd flocks to new Greek restaurant in Dover

DOVER — The large rotating stacks of meat, located behind the counter of the The Gyro Spot on Central Ave., got steadily smaller and smaller Monday → Read More

Kindergarten bill creates Dover budget shortfall

DOVER — The fiscal year 2018 budget approved by the City Council in May looks more and more like it will be short hundreds of thousands of dollars → Read More

Dover's Educator of the Year accepts honor

DOVER — A Garrison Elementary School physical education teacher has been named Educator of the Year by the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce.Sarah Loranger was presented Friday with a $1,000 check by Molly Hodgson, president of the Chamber of Commerce, and Jeannie Supple of Measured Progress.“The mission of the Greater Dover Chamber is to ‘make good things happen for Dover,’” Supple said. “At… → Read More

Optima bank project moves forward

DOVER — The former Fiddlehead Farms Marketplace building on Central Ave. will soon be demolished to make room for an Optima Bank & Trust branch. → Read More

Former Foster's building sold again

DOVER — The former Foster’s Daily Democrat building in downtown Dover has been sold for the second time in less than a year.Horizon Trust, a group of local real estate investors based in Portsmouth, completed purchase of the building on Monday, according to Bean Group Realtor Jamieson Duston, who was involved in the transaction.However, details of the sale and future plans for the historic 333… → Read More

Watters opposes N.H. 'school choice' legislation

DOVER — Sen. David Watters, D-Dover, voiced his opposition to a bill that would authorize some public funding for private schooling, which appears likely to become law. SB 8, which passed the Senate Thursday with a vote along party lines in the Republican-controlled chamber, would allow school boards to assign children to a public school in another school district or an approved private school… → Read More

Dover grads look to future

DURHAM — The Class of 2017 Thursday night took its last steps as Dover High School students before leaving as Green Wave alumni. At the commencement ceremony, held in the Lundholm Gymnasium at the University of New Hampshire, family, friends and teachers gathered to watch the 288 graduates received diplomas. “Our high school experience is not over just because we’re leaving,” said Salutatorian… → Read More

Dover firefighters talk safety as 'Star Wars' characters

DOVER — Not so long ago in a galaxy (called Dover) far, far away…The Dover Fire Department began its annual presentation to the city’s elementary schools with those words. This year’s presentation was a spoof on Star Wars called “Safety Wars.”The performance at Horne Street School found the usual heroes — Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca (aka "Chewie"), Princess Leia and even the droid R2-D2… → Read More