Recent News and Announcements

Below are the City of Dover's most recent announcements.

  • Dover Youth to Youth offering tours of Santa’s Castle

    posted on: 12/10/2018

    Dover Youth to Youth is hosting its ninth annual Santa’s Castle at the McConnell Center in downtown Dover on the two weekends before Christmas. Each night children and their families will be able to tour several rooms in Santa’s Castle and meet Santa and many of his elves and other costumed characters.

    During the first weekend the event will be held on Saturday and Sunday Dec. 15 and 16, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Over the second weekend the Castle will be open on Friday, Dec. 21, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    During the tour, students from Youth to Youth will guide visitors through Rudolph’s stable, Santa’s toy room, Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen and other parts of the Castle. Along the tour children may choose to take part in a variety activities, including such things as decorating a cookie in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, make crafts in Santa’s toy shop, write a letter to Santa, or make “reindeer food” in the stable.

  • Dover Fire Toy Bank seeking donations

    posted on: 11/27/2018

    Dover Toy BankThe leaves have fallen, the weather is much colder, the days are getting shorter and that means the 2018 Dover Fire Toy Bank has started planning for their annual toy bank.

    The Dover Fire Toy Bank has been coordinated by current and retired members of the Dover Fire & Rescue for more than 40 years. The Toy Bank started out all those years ago helping a dozen families in the city, it has now grown to helping over 350 families. While Christmas typically conjures up visions of Santa and toys, the Toy Bank also provides educational aids, warm clothing, and boots to many children in Dover.

    Games and toys are fun; but this year as in the recent past, the Dover Toy Bank is also anticipating an increased need for the fundamentals for many Dover families.

  • Police now accepting names for holiday food baskets

    posted on: 11/27/2018

    Dover Police Chief William M. Breault announces the Police Department is now accepting names of needy families residing in Dover for the annual Holiday Food Basket Program.

    The Police Department sponsors this program each December to provide holiday dinners to families in Dover. Last year, more than 150 baskets of food were distributed to families throughout the community, which provided meals to more than 500 people.

    In addition, a large quantity of food was provided to a local soup kitchen, the Food Pantry, the Dover Children’s Home and My Friend’s Place homeless shelter.

    In order to make this program a success, donations are needed from the community. Non-perishable food items, canned goods, or monetary donations (checks should be made payable to Dover Police Charities) will be accepted at the Dover Police Department, 46 Chestnut St. If you cannot arrange for delivery to the police station, call 603-742-4646 and pick up will be arranged.

  • Upcoming holiday hours for City offices

    posted on: 11/21/2018

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday Nov. 23, 2018, for Thanksgiving.

    In addition, city administrative offices will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

    The Public Library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 23. The Public Library will also be closed on Sunday, Nov. 25, for the annual Holiday Parade.

    The Recycling Center on Mast Road and all Recreation facilities will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

    Curbside trash and recycling pickup will be delayed one day on Thursday and Friday only.

    Downtown parking is free on Friday, part of the the Plaid Friday initiative to encourage shopping local.

  • Road closures and traffic restrictions in place for Thanksgiving Day race

    posted on: 11/20/2018

    Dover Police Chief William M. Breault announces the following road closures and parking restrictions for the Dover Turkey Trot 5K run/walk event, organized by and benefiting the Garrison Elementary School Parent/Teacher Association. This is the final race of the 2018 Dover Race Series.

    On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 at 8:30 a.m., Shaws Lane will be closed in both directions between Garrison Road and Tideview Drive, for a period of approximately 15 minutes to accommodate the start of the race (8:20 to 8:35 a.m.). Garrison Road will be closed in the westerly direction at Morningside Drive from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., with traffic diverted through the Morningside neighborhood.

    Between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., motorists should expect additional delays in the following locations:

  • Road closures in place around Washington Street construction site

    posted on: 11/17/2018

    The construction project of the former Robbins block will result in the following street closures:

    On Monday, Nov. 19, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m,, Chestnut Street will be closed between Washington Street and the Locust Street fork. From the south, only local traffic to Saint Thomas Street will be permitted. Traffic exiting the Citizens Bank drive-thru will be required to turn left (north) toward Washington Street.

    On Tuesday, Nov. 20, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Saint Thomas Street will be closed at the Chestnut Street intersection. During this time, two-way local traffic (including traffic for the District Court and McConnell Center) will be allowed on Saint Thomas Street from the westerly (Atkinson Street) end only.

    These closures are required for crews to complete underground utility installation in connection with the 104 Washington Street project.The construction project is being managed by Fulcrum Associates and the utility work has been subcontracted to SUR Construction.

  • Dover’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Nov. 30

    posted on: 11/14/2018

    The 33rd annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Henry Law Park will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 at 6 p.m.

    Joyful Voices and Nancy Gurick will lead attendees in singing popular Christmas songs around the tree.

    Everyone is encouraged to attend this family tradition, held each holiday season, and to bring a weather-appropriate ornament to hang on the tree. After the ceremony, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance and speak with the children.

    Please dress warm and join in for some caroling around the tree.

  • Dover Holiday Parade seeks sponsors, volunteers

    posted on: 11/11/2018

    The annual Holiday Parade will step off Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The parade begins at the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce and continues down Central Avenue to Pine Hill Cemetery.

    The parade organizer, Dover Children's Center, is still seeking sponsors, volunteers, flatbed trucks and participants.

  • City offices closed for Veterans Day

    posted on: 11/9/2018

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in observance of Veterans Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Public Library is also closed on Monday, Nov. 12, for Veterans Day.

    Veterans Day is a parking holiday in Dover. Metered parking is not required on parking holidays.

    Recreation facilities, including the Butterfield Gym and Fitness Center at the McConnell Center, the Indoor Pool and Dover Arena are open regular hours on Monday, Nov. 12.

    Trash pickup and curbside recycling are not affected by the holiday and will follow a regular schedule.

  • Veterans Day ceremony to be held Nov. 11 at Dover High School

    posted on: 11/6/2018

    A Veterans Day ceremony will be held on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 at 11 a.m., at Dover High School.

    The ceremony will include an invocation, Taps, posting of colors, and the national anthem. There will be remarks by City officials, including Mayor Karen Weston, veterans and guest speakers.

    The master of ceremonies is Davide Wiggin, Dover commander of the Disabled American Veterans.

  • Updated property valuations now available

    posted on: 11/1/2018; updated: 11/3/2018

    Notification of changes to the City of Dover's assessed valuation for the 2018 tax year have been mailed this week to all property owners.

    The city's overall assessed valuation for the 2018 tax year increased by more than $312 million, or 9.7 percent, to $3.526 billion. Much of this increase is attributed to a robust home seller’s market and continuing appreciation in residential value, as well as an increase in commercial, industrial and utility valuations. The combination of new construction and general property appreciation from recorded sales activity, overall residential valuations increased by approximately 9.4 percent and commercial, industrial and utility valuations increased by 10.6 percent. As a result, residential properties now make up 74 percent of taxable value, and commercial, industrial and utility properties comprise 26 percent.

    Property owners are encouraged to review the updated valuation information, as well as property record cards, and contact the Tax Assessing Office with questions or for additional information.

    Property record cards and other tax assessing information can be accessed in the Tax Assessing Office, located on the first floor of City Hall, during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Property information can also be accessed through the city’s website at

  • City Clerk to test ballot machines Oct. 31

    posted on: 10/29/2018

    The City Clerk will test the City's electronic ballot machines and test ballots on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, starting at 1 p.m. in the City Clerk's Office at City Hall. Ballot machine testing precedes the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election, and is open to all.

    For more information, call the City Clerk's office at 516-6018.

  • Sunday hours at the Recycling Center

    posted on: 10/26/2018

    The City of Dover Recycling Center on Mast Road will open for additional hours on Sunday beginning Oct. 28.

    From Oct. 28 to Dec. 2, the Recycling Center will be open on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    The Recycling Center's regular hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Friends of the Library annual booksale

    posted on: 10/25/2018

    Doors open at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 for the Friends of the Library’s annual, two-week-long, gigantic fall booksale at the Dover Public Library. Only library cardholders will be able to purchase items on the first day of the sale so be sure to bring your Dover borrower’s card with you on the 26th. The sale opens to non-cardholders and the general public at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

    Thousands of paperbacks, hardcover books, and media items for all ages will be available at prices from 50 cents to $2. Many of the sale items are books donated to the library, while others are items discarded from the library’s collections. Booksale prices will be further reduced on Wednesday, Oct. 31, and during Week #2 of the booksale, Nov. 5-11, the remainder of the items will be sold for the bargain price of just $1 per bag or boxful. Any leftover books will be given away for free beginning Tuesday, Nov. 13.

  • Supervisors of the Checklist in session Oct. 26

    posted on: 10/23/2018

    The Supervisors of the Checklist will meet on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, from 5 to 5:30 p.m., at the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 288 Central Ave.

    During this session, supervisors will register new voters, make changes of address and name, make changes of party affiliation, and make other necessary corrections to the checklist.

    For more information, contact the City Clerk's office at 516-6018.

  • Want to share that perfect Christmas tree with the entire community?

    posted on: 10/21/2018

    Each year, a new Christmas tree is raised at Henry Law Park, signaling the beginning of the holiday season in Dover. The City of Dover is seeking this season's tree, and is asking area residents to consider donating the perfect candidate, already growing in your backyard.

    The ideal Christmas tree for Henry Law Park is an evergreen, preferably a White Spruce or Balsam Fir, between 25 and 35 feet tall, and growing evenly on all sides.

    Have a tree that fits the description? Would you like to share it with the entire community this holiday season? Contact Recreation Director Gary Bannon, who will evaluate the tree. If it's the perfect tree for the park, the City will arrange to cut down the tree and relocate it to Henry Law Park by the end of November.

  • Dover Listens, Chamber to host "Candidate Conversations"

    posted on: 10/18/2018

    Dover Listens and the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce will host "Candidate Conversations: Who Will Best Represent Dover in Concord?" on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6-8:30 p.m. in the McConnell Center cafeteria.

    Candidates representing Dover in the New Hampshire House and Senate will be in attendance. The event is intended to allow residents to learn more about the candidates, talk with neighbors about the issues, and share views about how Dover can best be represented by our elected officials in Concord.

    The event is free but preregistration is required.

  • Waterfront blasting operations resume

    posted on: 10/13/2018

    Crews from Severino Trucking Company and Maine Drilling and Blasting will resume blasting operations on Dover's waterfront development site the week of Oct. 15, 2018. Blasting is scheduled Monday through Friday, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and will consist of a single blast each day. The remainder of work each day will consist of removing material.

    The blasting site is the area known as "the bluff," a steep area of ledge that borders River Street. The ledge is being excavated as part of the City's waterfront development project.

    Although blasting operations are not loud, the ground within the vicinity of the blasting may tremble.

  • Trick-or-Treat in Dover is Oct. 30

    posted on: 10/10/2018

    Trick-or-Treat in Dover is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m.

    For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 516-6401.

  • Community Development Block Grant applications now available

    posted on: 10/9/2018

    The City of Dover Department of Planning and Community Development is now accepting applications from public service agencies, qualified individuals and eligible organizations for grants from the fiscal year 2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The fiscal year spans July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

    Applications will be available online at and at the Planning Department beginning Oct. 4. The application submission deadline is 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, at the Planning Department, located at 288 Central Ave., Dover, NH 03820-4169.

  • Apple Harvest Day parking and traffic restrictions

    posted on: 10/5/2018

    Dover Police Chief William M. Breault announces the following street closures and parking restrictions for the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce’s annual Apple Harvest Day festival.

    On Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m., the following streets will be closed to all traffic:

  • Kirkland Street to close for drain work

    posted on: 10/4/2018

    Drain line replacement on Kirkland Street, between Central Avenue and Academy Street, is expected to begin Tuesday, Oct. 9 and be completed within two weeks, weather permitting.

    During the work, Kirkland Street will be closed weekdays to through traffic between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. On-street parking will not be permitted during construction hours. The road will reopen each evening.

    For more information, contact Community Services 516-6450.

  • Beaudoin to be presented with Library Director of the Year Award during public reception Oct. 9

    posted on: 10/3/2018

    The New Hampshire Library Trustees Association (NHTLA) will formally present Dover Library Director Cathleen Beaudoin with the 2018 Library Director of the Year Award on Tuesday, Oct. 9, during a public reception at the Dover Public Library from 4 to 6 p.m. The award will be presented by Mary Castelli, president of the NHTLA. Light refreshments will be served during the event, which is open to all.

    Dover's library trustees were notified in September that Beaudoin was chosen as Library Director of the Year from a large number of nominations. In her letter to the Dover Public Library's Board of Trustees, Castelli said the NHTLA was "particularly impressed with all Cathleen has accomplished in her long career" at the Dover Public Library.

    Trustees, library staff and City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr. surprised Beaudoin with the announcement during a small celebration on Sept. 26.

  • Night work begins on the Spaulding Turnpike Project in Dover

    posted on: 10/2/2018

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces that night work on the Spaulding Turnpike (NH 16) to facilitate the reconstruction of the Exit 6 Interchange on the Spaulding Turnpike in Dover is under way.

    Nighttime construction operations on the Spaulding Turnpike allow for the demolition of the old Exit 6 bridge that previously carried US Route 4 over the Spaulding Turnpike in Dover. Lane closures and short-term detours are in place on the Spaulding Turnpike southbound and northbound for this work. Message Boards, traffic control devices, signage, and uniformed officers/flaggers will be used to help direct motorists through the work zone.

    The night work is expected to continue through Oct. 12. Nighttime work hours will be from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Adverse weather conditions could delay this work.

  • General Sullivan Bridge closes to all pedestrian and bicycle traffic

    posted on: 9/28/2018

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces the immediate closure of the General Sullivan Bridge over Little Bay in Newington and Dover to all pedestrians and bicyclists.

    The closure follows a scheduled inspection of the bridge this week that found significant additional deterioration of a critical floor beam under the bridge deck. NHDOT bridge engineers have concluded the bridge is no longer safe for users. Barricades and bridge closure signs are being installed to alert pedestrians and bicyclists of the immediate bridge closure.

  • National test of emergency alert systems scheduled for Oct. 3

    posted on: 9/24/2018

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on Oct. 3, 2018. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m., and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

    The test was originally planned for Sept. 20, 2018 but was postponed until Oct. 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

    The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in November 2011, September 2016, and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month.

  • Crews to begin citywide hydrant flushing Sept. 30

    posted on: 9/17/2018; updated: 9/23/2018

    The Community Services Utilities Division will begin flushing fire hydrants throughout the city on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. This phase of hydrant flushing will occur on dead-end streets and is expected to take one week.

    Crews will work at night from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

    Hydrant flushing is essential to maintain water quality and allow adequate fire flows throughout the distribution system. No disruption of water service is expected. Residents may notice some discoloration of the water. This is temporary and does not pose any threat to public health.

    For more information, contact the Community Services Utilities Division at 516-6450.

  • Curbside weed control continues Friday, Sept. 21

    posted on: 9/20/2018

    The City of Dover's annual curbside weed control operations will conclude for the season on Friday, Sept. 21.

    Curbside weed control spraying focuses on heavily used sidewalks, some city streets, roadside shoulders, guardrails and the area near signage.

    Curbside weed control began in June. The work typically continues throughout the summer and concludes in September.

    When left unchecked, weeds and other plants can cause significant damage to the city's streets and sidewalks. Responsible weed control protects and extends the life of these significant investments and help maintain the aesthetic appeal of Dover.

  • Exit 5 on Spaulding Turnpike closed permanently

    posted on: 9/12/2018

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces the planned permanent closure of the Exit 5 northbound on-ramp on the Spaulding Turnpike (NH 16) in Dover to facilitate the reconstruction of the Spaulding Turnpike between the Little Bay Bridge and the Dover Toll Plaza.

    The Spaulding Turnpike Exit 5 northbound on-ramp is now permanently closed to vehicular traffic for the construction of the new northbound lanes of the Spaulding Turnpike. This permanent closure is part of the overall planned improvements to the Spaulding Turnpike corridor to allow for the safe flow of traffic from the northbound Spaulding Turnpike onto the new Exit 6 northbound off-ramp that will be opened in the fall of 2018.

  • Dover Recreation offers new fitness class

    posted on: 9/6/2018

    Dover Recreation is pleased to offer a new fitness class, Functional Fit with Holly, beginning on Monday, Sept. 10. Participants will develop functional and optimal strength using a variety of equipment such as dumbbells, medicine balls, stability balls, tubing, steps, bands and more. The exercises will change every week for a total body strength workout that is fun and challenging for any fitness level.

    Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 10 to Oct. 17, 8:15 to 9 a.m.

    The cost of the class is $60 for residents, $72 for nonresidents and $8 per class if not registered, space permitting.

    Space is limited. Register at the McConnell Center, located at 61 Locust Street, Door #3, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Open Lands Committee to host kayak tour Sept. 16

    posted on: 9/5/2018

    Join the Dover Open Lands Committee for a guided kayak tour along the Cochecho River on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2:30 p.m. to help celebrate National Estuaries week. The tour begins at the new paddle sports dock on Dover's waterfront, located at 31 River St.

    Special guest Melissa Paly, the Great Bay/Piscataqua Waterkeeper with the Conservation Law Foundation, will discuss the significance of the tidal river and how to maintain the health of the river and Great Bay.

    All participants are required to sign a liability waiver form at the event and will need to supply their own kayaks and life vests.

  • State DOT seeks public input on pedestrian and bike access across Little Bay

    posted on: 9/4/2018

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) will be seeking public input on alternatives for maintaining pedestrian and bicycle access across the Little Bay between the City of Dover and the Town of Newington. The solicitation for public input is to seek comments on the reassessment of the 2008 Federal Highway Administration's issuance of the Record of Decision specific to the rehabilitation and the re-evaluation of other alternatives for the General Sullivan Bridge (GSB) in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

    The public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., at the Dover City Hall Auditorium, 288 Central Ave., in Dover.

    Alternatives ranging from rehabilitation to complete replacement of the GSB will be presented for public input. In addition, the Department will provide an update on the construction for the widening of the 3.5-mile section of the Spaulding Turnpike (NH Rte.16). beginning north of Exit 1 in Newington and running northerly to the Dover Toll Plaza, located just north of Exit 6 (US Route 4) in Dover.

  • City Clerk to test ballot machines Sept. 4

    posted on: 8/31/2018

    The City Clerk will test the City's AccuVote electronic ballot machines on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, starting at 1 p.m. in the Council Conference Room at City Hall. Ballot machine testing precedes the Tuesday, Sept. 11 state primary election, and is open to all.

    For more information, contact the City Clerk's office at 516-6018.

  • City issues reminder on placement of political advertising

    posted on: 8/30/2018

    Now that the local primary election season is underway, the City of Dover Planning and Community Development Department would like to remind candidates and their supporters of the rules for the placement of political advertising.

    Political advertising signs are regulated by state law (NH RSA 664:17) and City code (Chapter 170, Section 170-32.L). Political advertising is not permitted within any city-owned rights-of-way.

    According to Assistant City Manager Christopher Parker, signs should be placed behind utility poles, away from the street side, and never on a utility pole. Where there are sidewalks, the backside of a sidewalk is generally the start of private property, behind which a sign may be placed. Additionally, political advertising should only be located where the private property owner has given the candidate written consent.

  • Jenny Thompson Pool closes for season Sept. 3

    posted on: 8/29/2018

    As the season comes to an end, the schedule for the Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool through Labor Day weekend has been revised. The pool closes on Monday, Sept. 3.

    Recreational swim will be offered every day from 1 to 4 p.m. except on Thursday, Aug. 30. Adult lap swim will be offered every day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. except on Saturday, Sept. 1 when it will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. View the schedule online for the complete list of sessions and times.

    The Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool is a 50-meter competition pool located at 110 Portland Avenue next to the Dover Ice Arena.

  • Supervisors of the Checklist in session Sept. 4

    posted on: 8/28/2018

    The Supervisors of the Checklist will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, from 3 to 3:30 p.m., at the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 288 Central Ave.

    During this session, supervisors will register new voters, changes of address and names, and make other necessary corrections to the checklist. Voters cannot change
    party affiliation during this session.

    For more information, contact the City Clerk's office at 516-6018.

  • City seeks public input on architectural design guidelines

    posted on: 8/22/2018; updated: 8/27/2018

    The City of Dover has secured funding from Plan NH and others, and is partnering with Resilience Planning and Design LLC to engage the community and solicit feedback to help develop Architectural and Urban Design Guidelines for the Central Business District.

    Both Resilience Planning and the Department of Planning and Community Development have initiated a public engagement process and launched a Visual Preference Survey. A Visual Preference Survey allows citizens to rate visual concepts of building designs, landscape characteristics, architectural styles, streetscape features, and more. The feedback collected helps the city understand what the public envisions for the Central Business District.

  • Registration now open for Citizens’ Leadership Academy

    posted on: 8/21/2018

    The Greater Dover of Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce it will host the 2018 Eastern Bank Citizens’ Leadership Academy along with the City of Dover this October. The program will offer Garrison City residents a firsthand look at local government and municipal operations, as well as provide attendees with opportunities to participate in shaping the future of the city.

    "Citizens' Leadership Academy is a great opportunity to learn more about local governance in Dover and discover how to become a better informed and involved citizen," said Dover City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr. "The program is structured to give participants an overview of the roles and responsibilities of the various city departments and a behind-the-scenes look at how they each support and contribute to the quality of life we enjoy in our community."

    This year’s Citizens’ Leadership Academy will include presentations by City Manager, J. Michael Joyal, Jr.; Assistant City Manager and Director of Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Christopher G. Parker; Economic Development Director Daniel Barufaldi; Library Director Cathy Beaudoin; Superintendent of Schools William Harbron; Fire Chief Eric Hagman; Police Chief Bill Breault and Recreation Director Gary Bannon. The program will also include a visit to the North End Fire Station and a bus tour of the City’s Community Services facilities led by John Storer, Director of Community Services.

  • Library now offers Dover High School yearbooks online

    posted on: 8/21/2018

    The Dover Public Library has digitalized its collection of Dover High School yearbooks. Now with the click of a mouse you can search through the yearbooks by activities, names, or just browse through page by page. You can look through the yearbooks for 1915 and 1945-2013. And access is free.

    There are a variety of searches you can perform. You can enter “Dover High School” and the year in the search box to browse through the entire yearbook. You can limit a search to a student or teacher name, or by the year or decade. You may also search by extracurricular activity like band or a sport. You can even search by class clown.

  • Adopt-a-Trail helps keep Community Trail vibrant

    posted on: 8/6/2018

    The City of Dover and the Dover Community Trail Advisory Committee invite organizations, companies, and general trail lovers to participate in the new Adopt-a-Trail Section program. Volunteer adopters help maintain the beauty and function of the Dover Community Trail by removing litter, trimming overgrowth, and reporting maintenance concerns to the city. Adopters may be individuals, organizations, or civic groups and will be recognized with signage along the trail.

    “The Community Trail is a gem in the City of Dover in large part due to the volunteers who assist in cleaning and maintaining the trail throughout the year,” said Assistant City Planner Donna Benton.

    The Dover Community Trail is a multi-use trail in Dover. It comprises of two sections: a paved urban section stretching three-quarters of a mile from the Transportation Center to Fisher Street, and a natural section two and a half miles long following the Cochecho River from Beckwith Ballfields to Watson Road. Opening in 2018 are further connections from Fisher Street to the corner of Central Avenue and Rutland Street, and from Fourth Street to the Beckwith Ballfields.

  • AARP welcomes Dover as latest member of Age-Friendly Communities

    posted on: 8/2/2018

    AARP is pleased to welcome Dover as the latest member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. As the latest community to sign on to the network, Dover’s civic leaders will have access to global resources and information on age-friendly best practices, models of assessment and implementation, and the experiences of towns and cities around the world.

    The network helps participating communities become great places for people of all ages by adopting features such as safe, walkable streets; better housing and transportation options; access to key services; and opportunities for residents to participate in civic and community activities.

    “Well-designed, livable communities promote wellbeing, sustain economic growth, and make for happier, healthier residents of all ages, said AARP New Hampshire State Director Todd Fahey. “By becoming part of the network, Dover is making a commitment to do even more to improve livability in the city and involve older residents in the process.”

    “Dover is a community for ALL ages and appreciates the continuing contribution of our aging population segment that has made our city a great place to live and work,” said Dover Mayor Karen Weston.

  • City to hold informational meeting on Whittier Street sidewalks

    posted on: 7/31/2018

    The City of Dover will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, Aug. 2 to discuss the Whittier Street Sidewalk Project. The project is expected to begin during the 2019 construction season. The informational session will be held at Community Services, 271 Mast Road, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    During this session, Community Services staff will present preliminary design plans for the Whittier Street project. The project will include installing a sidewalk on Whittier Street from Sixth Street to Glenwood Avenue.

    A description of the proposed improvements will be provided during this session, and time will be allotted for residents to provide input on these improvements and to ask questions of the city engineer and officials.

  • Dover Listens to host 'Community Connection' during Dover Night Out

    posted on: 7/30/2018

    Dover Listens will host the first "Dover Community Connection" on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Henry Law Park. The event is being held alongside Dover Night Out. Dover Community Connection is intended to give Dover neighbors a chance to meet the community around them.

    Representatives from Dover Listens, the School District, the Public Library, and the City of Dover will be on hand to answer frequently asked questions.

    For more information, visit

  • City of Dover seeks Ward 2 moderator

    posted on: 7/25/2018; updated: 7/29/2018

    The City Clerk's Office is seeking a Ward 2 moderator. The moderator must be a registered voter of Ward 2.

    The City Clerk's office provides training to all election workers.

    The moderator is the chief election officer in charge of the polls at the ward level. The moderator is under the direction of the City Clerk, the city’s chief election officer. The moderator is responsible for making certain that all the election officers are available on the day of the election and that each is familiar with their respective duties for the day. During the election day, the moderator is charged with maintaining order at the polling place. The City Clerk's Office provides technical and administrative assistance throughout the day.

  • Road closures and parking restrictions in place for Saturday road race

    posted on: 7/27/2018

    Dover Police William M. Breault announces the following road closures and parking restrictions for the SIX03 Summerfest 10K/5K Race event, which is part of the Dover Race Series. This event includes a combined 5K and 10K course run simultaneously, starting at the Dover Ice Arena (110 Portland Ave.) and ending at Philbrick’s Sports (161 Portland Ave). More information is available at

    On Saturday, July 28, 2018, the following road closures will be in effect:

  • Dover Fire and Rescue offering free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to most vulnerable

    posted on: 7/24/2018

    The City of Dover Fire and Rescue is partnering with the New Hampshire Fire Marshal to provide free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to the city’s most vulnerable populations. The program is possible through a FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grant.

    The grant program, Get Alarmed New Hampshire, is a carbon monoxide and smoke alarm distribution, installation and education program. The program targets owner-occupied homes with children five years of age and under, adults 60 years of age and older, or people living with a hearing impairment or disability.

    Carbon monoxide and smoke alarms save lives. On average, seven people die every day from a home fire. When a fire starts in a home, there may be as little as two minutes to escape. Carbon monoxide (CO) is the silent killer. It is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas. Alarms are your best defense to keep you and your family safe.

  • City of Dover and surrounding towns to hold Hazardous Waste Collection Day

    posted on: 7/23/2018

    The City of Dover, along with the towns of Rollinsford, Lee and Madbury, will hold a Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the City's Community Services facility, 271 Mast Road.

    The goal of Hazardous Waste Collection Day is to allow for the proper disposal of household hazardous materials. Residents of the four communities can bring household hazardous waste to Community Services for safe disposal.

    The following household waste will be accepted: fertilizer with acids; bathroom cleaners; brush cleaner; pesticides car waxes/polish; disinfectants; corrosives; fungicides; creosote; furniture polish paint/stain/finish; insect spray; driveway sealers/tar; metal polish (lead and oil based); lighter fluid; flea powder; mothballs; rust preventative; pest strips/traps; gasoline; oven cleaner; solvents; pesticides; radiator flush; photo chemicals; thinner/turpentine; poisons; roofing tar; rug cleaner; wood preservatives; pool chemicals; and wood strippers.

  • City's water quality reports available online; Dover’s water supply remains safe

    posted on: 7/18/2018

    Dover's Ireland Well, located within the Pudding Hill Aquifer, remains offline after the detection this week of perfluorinated compounds -- PFOA, PFOS and PFHpA -- that exceed the Environmental Protection Agency's most recent health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion (ppt). The well was voluntarily taken offline in June when levels of perfluorinated compounds increased to 48 ppt, still within established health advisory levels.

    No water with values in excess of the EPA’s advisory level of 70 ppt was supplied to customers.

    In 2015, the city voluntarily closed the Griffin Well, also located within the Pudding Hill Aquifer. That decision was based on low levels of three perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) detected at the site, adjacent to the former Madbury Metals on Route 155. As is the case with the Ireland Well, the decision to close the Griffin Well was made out of an abundance of caution, despite the PFC levels being well below current Environmental Protection Agency guidelines. Also out of an abundance of caution, the city is limiting use of the new Dover Pudding Hill 1 (DPH1), which draws from the Pudding Hill Aquifer.

    The city’s remaining seven wells are routinely tested and remain a safe source of drinking water. None of these wells have tested positive for the same PFC compounds.

  • Cookbook booksale at Dover Public Library

    posted on: 7/13/2018

    In conjunction with “Dover Dines Restaurant Week”, the Friends of the Dover Public Library will hold a special “Cookbooks Only” booksale for one week at the library’s main desk from Monday, July 16 through Saturday, July 21. Prices will range from $1 to $3 and the stock will include a very large selection of softcovers and hardcovers, local community cookbooks, exotic foreign cuisines, and everything in between.

    The sale will take place during regular library hours: Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Thursday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Neighborhood meeting to focus on Spur Road reconstruction

    posted on: 7/13/2018

    The City of Dover will hold an informational neighborhood meeting about the planned reconstruction of Spur Road on Thursday, July 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at City Hall.

    The work is planned for the 2019 construction season.

    During the informational session, Community Services staff will present preliminary information about the reconstruction project, which includes water main replacements, drainage improvements and roadway reconstruction.

    During this session, staff will also present the overall project limits and anticipated timeline.

    City staff is seeking feedback from residents and abutters as the design process begins.