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City Opens McIntyre Building Lot for Public Parking

December 7, 2021

As part of the continuing process to acquire the McIntyre Building, the US Government General Services Administration has given the City permission to use the parking lot behind the building, on the corner of Penhallow and Bow Streets, for public parking.


Holiday Hours Announced for City Buildings and Services

December 6, 2021

As shown below, various Portsmouth departments have different office hours and closures in effect during this holiday season. Those with car registrations and other business that must be completed by the end of the month and year should note that City Hall will not be open on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2021.

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City announces Holiday Parade Grand Marshals

December 4, 2021

Mayor Rick Becksted has announced that the Grand Marshals for the 2021 Illuminated Holiday Parade & Food Drive on Saturday, December 4, 2021 are the “Project Planter Box” team – the students and advisors who designed, built and filled the wood planters that topped the street-dining barricades all summer. The Grand Marshals will lead the parade that kicks off the holiday season in Portsmouth.


City of Portsmouth DPW Begins Sewer Force Main Construction on Peirce Island on November 29

November 29, 2021

Contractors for the City of Portsmouth Department of Public Works will begin work on a project to replace sewer force mains on Peirce Island on Monday, November 29, 2021, and continuing to June 2022. Construction and equipment on and adjacent to Peirce Island Road and on the Peirce Island Road Bridge will impede traffic, on an intermittent basis, on weekdays between 7 am and 6 pm.


Portsmouth NH 400, Inc. Reveals Anniversary Logo

November 19, 2021

Portsmouth NH 400, Inc. has revealed the logo for the anniversary celebration that will be used to denote official events, projects, programs and merchandise. The logo was designed as a pro-bono donation by Darci Creative of Portsmouth, with input from the Portsmouth NH 400 Executive Team and Task Force Management Team.


NH DOT Presents Findings on Sound Barrier Study

November 15, 2021

Jonathan Evans, Air Noise Program Manager for the NH Department of Transportation, Bureau of Environment, Assistant Commissioner Bill Cass and John Corcoran, Administrator of the Bureau of Turnpikes provided a brief overview of the noise assessment efforts related to the request for sound barriers along I-95 in the area of New Franklin School and in the area of Pannaway Manor, as well as Coakley Drive and Echo Ave.


Portsmouth Community Scholarships Now Accepting Donations on City Website

November 15, 2021

In December 2019, the Portsmouth City Council approved the recommendations of the Trustees of the Trust Funds to consolidate several underfunded accounts into five, newly-created Portsmouth Community Scholarship Funds that combined accounts with fund balances too small to generate enough investment interest to make annual awards.