Planning Board members are considering adding regulations.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
The Fire Department presented the Town Council with several proposals on Monday.
Acting Fire Chief Darren O'Brien and Fire Marshal Brian Johnson presented the Town Council with several measures Monday aimed at addressing recent complaints about fireworks displays in town. The possibility of implementing more restrictive rules for fireworks was first discussed at the Town Council's meeting on May 6, after the town received nearly 200 complaints in a two-hour period stemming from a fireworks show held at the Londonderry Fish and Game Club on April 27. "A number of people have called the town manager's office about this issue and affiliated noise issues," Acting Town Manager William Hart said. "It is a cause for concern for a number of folks." Right now, the only fireworks regulation on the books in Londonderry is one …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The governor wanted it, the NH Senate overwhelmingly passed it, but the House? No dice.
CONCORD, NH – Gov. Maggie Hassan fought for a casino and the Senate overwhelmingly passed casino gambling, but the House of Representatives refused to play along, voting Wednesday to kill the bill. The bill was rejected by a 199 to 164 vote and followed some tradition: The 400-member House has never passed expanded gambling. Here's a link to the roll call vote. Senate Bill 152 would legalize one "high-end" casino with up to 150 table games and no more than 5,000 video slot machines. Rep. Stephen Spratt (D-Greenville) and Rep. Patricia Lovejoy (D-Stratham) opened the long floor fight. Spratt said the proposed casino would mean revenue for the state, and offset New Hampshire dollars flowing to out-of-state casinos. Lovejoy maintains that a …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
3rd Brigade Combat Team loses 1st Lt. Paul DeMeo; investigation in progress.
UPDATE: 1st Lt. Paul DeMeo of Derry died after passing out during a routine brigade run last week. According to an email from the Army, DeMeo passed out during a "BDE run" on May 14 and died upon reaching the hospital. These brigade runs are typically performed by military units around sunrise for physical fitness. Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Peabody Funeral Homes in Derry. A funeral will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the St. Thomas Aquinas Center in Derry. [For the full obituary, click here] An earlier story follows: FORT BRAGG, N.C. - 1st Lt. Paul DeMeo, an 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper, passed away on May 14 at Womack Army Medical Center on Fort Bragg, N.C. Further details surrounding his death are not …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Potential presidential candidate: GOP needs to "look like the rest of America." RNC Chairman Priebus holding meetings too.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus are in Concord to host a sold-out fundraising dinner for the NH GOP at the Grappone Conference Center tonight. Before the event, both Paul and Priebus spoke about what their main focus had been today – meeting with New Hampshire Republicans, talking strategy, and finding ways to grow the Republican Party to appeal to more Americans. Story and video: Rand Paul, Reince Priebus wow NHGOP dinner crowd Story and video: RNC Chairman Mangles NH Senator's Name Paul, who is a potential 2016 presidential candidate, said the party needed to become more like America – representing not just white people but everyone else – minorities, people with beards and tattoos, …
Legislative Week: House votes on casino gambling bill. Senate to vote on medical marijuana, proposed gas tax increase, and repeal of the 'stand your ground' law.
Medical marijuana, casino gambling, "stand your ground" and the gas tax face critical votes in the New Hampshire House and Senate this week. The House convenes in regular session at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 22. The Senate meets in session at 10 a.m. Thursday. Casino vote looms. Will the House reject the bill to legalize casino gambling in New Hampshire? Or will its independent-minded members overturn a committee report recommending the bill be killed? We'll know come Wednesday, but you can be sure the vote wrangling is on high. Mary Jane Wallner (D-Concord), the chairwoman of the House "special committee" that voted 23-22 last week to recommend the House kill the bill, writes in the committee report that the bill "short circuits the …
The U.S. Senator will speak at a NHGOP event in Concord.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
It's another busy week in Londonderry.
1. TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY: The Town Council will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the Moose Hill Council Chambers at Londonderry Town Hall. 2. ARTS COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY: The Londonderry Arts Council will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the Sunnycrest Conference Room at Londonderry Town Hall. 3. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TUESDAY: The School Board will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Moose Hill Council Chambers at Londonderry Town Hall. 4. PLANNING BOARD MEETING WEDNESDAY: The Planning Board will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Moose Hill Council Chambers at Londonderry Town Hall. 5. HERITAGE COMMISSION MEETING THURSDAY: The Heritage Commission will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Sunnycrest Conference Room at Londonderry Town Hall.
Friday, May 17, 2013
The pond is basically now just a mud hole due to some issues with a dam.
Londonderry resident Kathy Wagner came before the Town Council earlier this month to see if there is anything the town can do to help restore Adams Pond. The pond, which the town purchased an easement to in the mid-1990s, was once a beautiful area for recreation but has now practically disappeared due to a dam on the property. "Due to the structure of the dam, the pond has been reduced to pretty much no longer a pond but just a mud hole," Wagner said. "Many, many people in this city use it. "I live by it, I've played on it for 25 years, and it's gorgeous. It was absolutely gorgeous." The problem is that the dam is a private dam, since the property is owned by Mack's Apples. The Mack family recently approached the Conservation Commission …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The cost of colonoscopies, MRIs, CT scans and mammograms can shift a lot from county to county.
It costs $1,950 for the average CT scan in Rockingham County — about $800 cheaper than the state average. The average prices of colonoscopies, mammograms, and MRIs in Rockingham County are also all lower than the state average. That's according to data from New Choice Health, a private company that encourages people to become smarter healthcare consumers. The four medical procedures mentioned above, however, are all more expensive in Rockingham County than in Hillsborough County, according to the data. These big regional differences have been in the news lately: As the Washington Post wrote, "One hospital charges $8,000 - another $38,000." Using the same data as the Post, The New York Times listed out the prices of a series of procedures …