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Historic Portsmouth: Just Wild About Hairy

The ink was scarcely dry on last week's column ("How Old is the Daily News Building?") when I was confronted by an 1863-era albumen print of a bearded man in the streets of Portsmouth. The man is sitting in a one-horse carriage downtown at the corner of State and Pleasant streets. In the background

FOSTERS DAILY DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-21 08:15:00

New book chronicles Portsmouth's history

PORTSMOUTH When she moved to the city in 1975, Michelle Duval was immediately mesmerized. "I was blown away," Duval said. "I grew up in Worcester, Mass., and Worcester in the '60s and '70s was not romantic. I'm not sure it ever was in its whole history. I came here and I was like, 'wow.' I just coul

SEACOAST ONLINE - 2017-09-21 01:05:32

Portsmouth aims to honor historic graves

PORTSMOUTH - The city plans to work with the state archaeologist to preserve 18 to 21 historic graves discovered during reconstruction of a retaining wall at North Cemetery. State archaeologist Richard Boisvert said that contractors disassembled about 30 feet of the wall in July 2016, and poured a c

UNION LEADER - 2017-09-21 06:05:00

Teens start sunglasses shop in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH Theres a new sunglass boutique in town on State Street near Memorial Bridge. What makes it a bit more unusual than the other shops in this prime retail location is that Sol Sunwear is owned and operated by two young entrepreneurs Alexa and Kosta Mocklis. Alexa, 17, a senior at Phillips Ex

SEACOAST ONLINE - 2017-09-20 20:18:51

Portsmouth Housing addresses bed bugs at Margeson Apts.

PORTSMOUTH The Portsmouth Housing Authority is currently treating for bed bugs at Margeson Apartments, while PHA director Craig Welch said it's not uncommon for bed bugs to go unreported. Welch said his staff is so adept at eliminating bed begs, using PHA-owned high-heat equipment, they have consult

SEACOAST ONLINE - 2017-09-20 19:14:10

Developer seeks to build new home on Portsmouth island

PORTSMOUTH Developer Anthony DiLorenzo is scheduled to appear before the Planning Board Thursday night to seek a conditional use permit to do work within the tidal wetland buffer as he seeks to build a new home on Belle Isle in Little Harbor. Because DiLorenzo is proposing to build a new single-fami

SEACOAST ONLINE - 2017-09-20 18:42:53

North End hotel agreements approved in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH The City Council unanimously approved a series of agreements with developer Jeff Johnston, including one that allows him to use excess community space from his Vaughan Street hotel project for a future project. The Planning Board in June granted Johnston a conditional use permit (CUP), wh

SEACOAST ONLINE - 2017-09-20 16:09:01

Portsmouth police log: Sept. 18-19

Sept. 18 6:28 a.m.: Summonsed someone in Prescott Park for violating an unspecified city ordinance. 9 a.m.: Checked on well being of someone who made a suicidal remark and they were fine. 11:17 a.m.: Caller reported losing a passport in Market Square. 12:54 p.m.: Responded to Gosling Road for a call

SEACOAST ONLINE - 2017-09-20 14:22:07

Portsmouth property: Good news and bad

After a recent revaluation, homeowners in Portsmouth are seeing a dramatic increase in their property values, including these properties on Elwyn Avenue. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT)First, the good news: Property values in Portsmouth are going up. Now, the bad news: Property values i

UNION LEADER - 2017-09-20 05:42:00

Portsmouth to stop using synthetic toxic pesticides

PORTSMOUTH The City Council voted overwhelmingly to adopt what Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine believes is the states first ban on the use of synthetic toxic pesticides by a municipality. Instead, the city will now use organic products on city sidewalks and in city parks. Splaine, who initially brought

SEACOAST ONLINE - 2017-09-20 00:05:21

Grand jury indicts 7 for Portsmouth cases

PORTSMOUTH Seven people were indicted by the most recent Rockingham County grand jury for Portsmouth charges ranging from forgery and drug possession, to domestic violence and falsifying evidence. Tyler Blassi, 20, of 37 Woodlawn Ave., Kittery, Maine, was indicted for four counts of forgery and one

SEACOAST ONLINE - 2017-09-19 18:59:42

Portsmouth police log: Sept. 15-16

Sept. 15 8:42 a.m.: Responded to Lafayette Road for a call about a wanted person, who was not located. 12:10 p.m.: Investigated a report about a woman who was in the library with an unholstered pistol "some time last week." 12:21 p.m.: Caller reported man making lewd gestures in the library but poli

SEACOAST ONLINE - 2017-09-19 14:36:07

Portsmouth considers options for North Cemetery wall

PORTSMOUTH The City Council unanimously approved a motion by Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine for city staff to work with a state official to consider other options than to leave a rebuilt section of wall at the citys historic North Cemetery on top of 18 to 21 unmarked graves found there. Splaine stated

SEACOAST ONLINE - 2017-09-19 08:01:00

Portsmouth finance director defends revaluation

PORTSMOUTH Judie Belanger, the citys director of finance and administration, defended the citys commercial revaluation during a presentation Monday night to the City Council. She stressed that the city does not have an option not to conduct a revaluation when its revaluations are too far from their

SEACOAST ONLINE - 2017-09-19 08:01:00

Editorial: Strong field of candidates for Portsmouth City Council

Portsmouth is blessed to have 18 excellent candidates running for City Council. Because four incumbents have opted not to seek re-election, the field is wide open for talented newcomers to take on a leadership role in the city. Eric Spear, who has spent the past 10 years on the council, including tw

SEACOAST ONLINE - 2017-09-19 08:01:00

Up with People descends on Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH - Jennifer Marsh has traveled the world for the past year as part of Up with People, an educational organization whose mission is to inspire young people to make a difference. But staying in hotels? It's not for her. Nor is it for the 100 performers from 15 countries and 23 states who des

FOSTERS DAILY DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-19 00:05:54

Portsmouth leaders talk about jump in property values, effect on taxpayers

After a recent revaluation, homeowners in Portsmouth are seeing a dramatic increase in their property values, including these properties on Elwyn Avenue. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT)PORTSMOUTH - City councilors learned more about the 2017 revaluation of residential and commercial pro

UNION LEADER - 2017-09-19 04:11:00

New Hampshire Film Festival being planned in Portsmouth

This is the selected cover for the New Hampshire Film Festival, which will draw thousands to Portsmouth next month. (Courtesy Photo) PORTSMOUTH - The 17th annual New Hampshire Film Festival is scheduled for Oct. 12 to 15 at venues throughout downtown Portsmouth. Nicole Gregg, the executive director

UNION LEADER - 2017-09-19 01:11:00

Homeowners appeal Portsmouth's Airbnb order

PORTSMOUTH A Lincoln Avenue couple who rents one of their two homes through Airbnb are appealing a cease-and-desist order from the city arguing it's "discriminatory and unconstitutional." Represented by attorney Frank Quinn, Barbara Jenny and Matthew Beebe are appealing the order which states they m

SEACOAST ONLINE - 2017-09-18 17:16:50

Portsmouth firms up disaster assistance process

PORTSMOUTH City officials have reached an agreement with the New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to ensure that city resources could be used as part of the state's response to assist other states during a natural disaster. Fire Chief Steve Achilles said the agreement

SEACOAST ONLINE - 2017-09-18 22:15:10