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September Meetings in Council Chambers

City Council Meetings
Tuesday, September 5 at 6:30 pm
Public Hearing on RSA 79-E Applicants 
  • Tuesday, September 5 - 7:00 pm
  • Monday, September 18 - 7:00 pm   
Public Hearing 
Tuesday, September 5 at 6:00 pm 
Brownfield's Grant for 1 Winter Street 

Site Review Technical Committee 
Wednesday, September 6 at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, September 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Zoning Board of Adjustment 
Wednesday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m.

School Board Meeting 
Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Conservation Commission
Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Planning Board 
Wednesday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Traffic Safety  Committee     Wednesday, September 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Historic District Commission  
Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m.

  To view Agendas of City Council meetings please visit City website


City of Somersworth 
City Hall 
One Government Way
Somersworth, NH 03878 
(603) 692-9555

City Hall Hours: 
Monday - Friday  
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

City Hall is open until  
6:00 p.m.


Stay in touch with City Happenings. 
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  •  City e-Newsletter
  •  Recreation Department

Oh No!! 
Is it getting to be that time of year?



The Mayor's Corner

Journey of Success 
All of us have our places of peace. Some find peace among the grandeur of the mountains, while others find serenity in the flowing of a country brook. Our places calm us, ground us, balance us and reconnect us to what is truly important: life, and those who we cherish, respect, honor and love. Despite how disciplined we are, all of us lose focus, all of us neglect the fabrics which bind us to each other, and the earth and spirits which inspire and guide us.
The strong connections we build are engraved upon us like the notches of the White Mountains. Some of these connections walk beside us as we continue life's journey, while others are faces from the past who will continue to influence us for eternity. They mold our daily interactions, they influence our decisions, and they help us grow.
Read More... 
We are a community, we are on the move, and we are achieving progress and greatness.
                                    Mayor Dana Hilliard 


Mayor's Office Hours

Starting in September the Mayor's Office Hours at City Hall will be:

Monday:   5:00 p.m.  - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday:  5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday:  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
People are welcomed to stop by during these times.  Or, if you prefer, you can make an appointment by calling Brenda at 692-9503.


City of Somersworth
2017 Municipal Election
Will be held on Tuesday
November 7, 2017
Polling Times:
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Votes will be cast for:
  • Mayor
  • City Council, Wards 1-5
  • City Council, At-Large
  • School Board, Wards 1-5
  • School Board, At-Large
  • Moderator
  • Ward Clerk
  • Selectman
In accordance with City Charter, Article II, Section 2.1, and City Ordinance, Chapter 6, and RSA 669, the filing period for Declaration of Candidacy will be:   September  20 - 29, 2017  
The Polling Places are:
  • Ward 1 - City Hall, One Government Way
  • Ward 2 - Summersworth Historical Museum, 157 Main Street
  • Ward 3 - Flanagan Center Gym, 25 Bartlett Avenue
  • Ward 4 - Charpentier Apartments, 28 Franklin Street
  • Ward 5 - Romeo J. Messier Building, 218 Main Street

Please note that the State of NH now requires voters to show identification when they vote. If they do not have identification they will be required to sign a certificate which is then sent to the State.



Voter Information
Residents want to register to vote, or make changes to their voter registration should stop by the City Clerk's Office.
Supervisors of the Checklist Session is scheduled for September 19,  from 7:00-7:30pm and again on October 28 from 10:00-10:30am. in the City Clerk's office in City Hall
Somersworth Election Officials Training is scheduled for Thursday, November 2 from  7:00-8:00pm to be held in the City Council Chambers in City Hall.

For more information please contact the City Clerks office at 692-9503 or City Clerk 


Somersworth Police Department 

Special Olympics Charity Event - Saturday, September 9th 
As you know Special Olympics has been Law Enforcement's favorite charity for many years. Members of our Department will be teaming up with Special Olympics Athletes for the annual Serve & Protect, part of Irving Oil's "fueling dreams campaign".  This event will be held on Saturday, September 9th from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon at the the Circle K at 425 High Street (across from Wal-mart).
The athletes and staff working the event will be pumping gas and washing windows. There will be "donation" buckets for those that wish to give towards this great charity.  Circle K will be selling Special Olympic "window clings" for $1.00 in an effort to raise additional funds.
Each year, Irving Oil also makes a corporate donation of $105,000 in New England to the program that helps athletes achieve their goals and attend sporting events across the nation. The fundraising goal is to exceed $500,000. This year, Irving Oil has donated over $36,000 in New Hampshire.
Since the partnership started in 1999, To Serve & Protect has raised over $1.6 million for Special Olympics New Hampshire.

Please Stop by to Support
"Special Olympics"   

School is Back in Session
Just a reminder, please slow down, drive carefully, watch for children, obey the school crossing guards and obey the school speed limits.

Substance Misuse Assistance 

We have partnered with Avis Goodwin, Wentworth Douglass Hospital and volunteer Recovery Coaches to offer "Community Access to Recovery" aimed at providing help to those suffering from misuse disorders.  Simply come into the police station and ask for assistance.  We will arrange for assistance for you.
Free A.L.I.C.E Training for Businesses
We are offering FREE Active Shooter Training for any business in Somersworth.  ALICE stands for Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate.  
Contact Chief Kretschmar at or call 692-3131 for more information. 

National Night Out - Thank you 
We wish to thank everyone for taking part in the National Night Out held August 1st at Jules Bisson Park.  This totally free family event was sponsored by the Community Prevention Coalition. 

We had a great turn out this year with a lot of games, free hot dogs, Police, Fire, City Officials and the American Ambulance Crew....and lots of happy children, with one very wet Detective Sergeant. 

We look forward to next year.


Somersworth Police Department also utilizes Facebook page to provide  important community information.
We also send out Nixle alerts for parking bans and other important information to cell phones and emails. You can sign up for Nixle at

Somersworth Crime Line
You can leave anonymous information at 692-9111

Fire Department Open House
The Annual Fire Department Open House will be held on Saturday October 7 from 10am to 2pm. There will be displays from the Fire Department utilizing the "Fire Safety House" and live fire extinguisher training. Other agencies there will be the Somersworth Police: American Ambulance: Wentworth Douglass Hospital: the NH Division of Forest and Lands: and Smokey the Bear.  

Refreshments will be provided as well.
Schools Back in Session
A word of caution to all drivers: School is back in session and children will be walking back and forth to and from school. Exercise care when driving as sometimes children are distracted when walking and may venture out into traffic without warning.
Open Burning
Open Burning continues in September. Remember that the state requires a Permit be obtained from the Fire Department before burning occurs. Generally, unless it is raining, no burning can occur until after 5pm and there are restrictions on what can be burned: distances from combustible construction or vegetation: and the size of materials to be burned.

Information from Public Works



Labor Day Holiday Trash Collection Schedule
Due to the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 4, trash and recycling collection will be delayed by one (1) day. The modified schedule is as follows:
If your regular days falls on:           Then, your pick up day will be:
Monday, September 4                         Tuesday, September 5
Tuesday, September 5                         Wednesday, September 6
Wednesday, September 6                     Thursday, September 7                                  
Highway Crews Conduct End of the Summer Maintenance Work
Public Works Highway crews have been busy with addressing several maintenance functions as the summer winds down. All City streets have been swept at least once and special sweeping occurs on a demand basis; selected catch basins have been repaired; personnel completed repainting of all crosswalks and stop bars, and have conducted road side brush clearing to improve sight distance at street intersections. In addition, the Department is working directly with specific property owners to address excessive growth of vegetation that contributes to vehicular line of sight issues.

Permits Needed When Working in the Public Right of Way
The Department reminds property owners and contractors that street/sidewalk obstruction permits are required if you will be occupying streets, parking spaces or sidewalks, or portions thereof for any building repairs or maintenance projects. Permits may be obtained on the City's website under the Engineering Division website located at:; bring completed form to the Public Works Facility located at 18 Lilac Lane and a check made payable to the City of Somersworth for $50. Department staff will review the permit and determine what, if any, type of safety barricades, protection or sidewalk access must be maintained during the project, as well as the need for any insurance certificates for bonding.

Road Repaving Work Planned in Later Fall
The City Council approved a contract award to Pike Industries for repaving six (6) streets and conducting spot repairs on selected streets including Salmon Falls Road, this year. Streets scheduled for mill and overlay work include:
-Maple Street from Blackwater Road to Linden Street
-Hillside Street
-Blackwater Road from Rte. 108 to High Street
-Green Street from Franklin Street to Washington Street
-Rocky Hill Road from Otis Road to Winter Street
-Winter Street from Rocky Hill Road to Market Street

Green Street to be Repaved
The District 6 NHDOT office reports that they will be overlaying Green Street from the Dover/Rollinsford town line to Somersworth's Indigo Hill Road in September as part of its regional road maintenance work. It is anticipated that the repaving work will be a 2-3 day project once started. State contractors have already begun preparation work along the corridor including the recent installation of a replacement culvert on Green Street at Stackpole Road. Look for additional announcements on the City's website, email blasts and the local media.

Severino Trucking Completes Indigo Hill Road Improvements
Severino Trucking and their personnel completed the road, sidewalk and utility improvements on Indigo Hill Road. A set of solar powered flashing lights will be installed at the new crosswalk installed at Indigo Hill Road and Chapel Street to enhance the safety for pedestrians using sidewalks in this area.

Somersworth Library News

What is Somersworth Reading in September

"The Weird Sisters" by Eleanor Brown
This is the "delightful" (People) New York Times bestseller that's earned raves from Sarah Blake, Helen Simonson, and reviewers everywhere-the story of three sisters who love each other, but just don't happen to like each other very much...
Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. Here, books are a passion (there is no problem a library card can't solve) and TV is something other people watch. Their father-a professor of Shakespeare who speaks almost exclusively in verse-named them after the Bard's heroines.

It's a lot to live up to.The sisters have a hard time communicating with their parents and their lovers, but especially with one another. What can the shy homebody eldest sister, the fast-living middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Only that none has found life to be what was expected; and now, faced with their parents' frailty and their own personal disappointments, not even a book can solve what ails them...

Fall Story Times

The new schedule of Story Times begins on Tuesday, September 12.  Story times each week are Tuesday at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. and Friday at 10:00 a.m.  Story Times include several stories from the Library's extensive picture book and early reader collections followed by a craft or activity related to the weeks theme.  Each program lasts about 45 minutes.  No registration is required. Join us in the adventure and fun!!

Does your Child have a Library Card? 
Did you add library card to your back-to-school list for your children? Including a regular visit to the Somersworth Public Library shows your child your commitment to literacy and lifelong learning, cultivates curiosity, and involves them in their community. And, if they have their own library card, they have their own entrance into the world of books and e-books and the knowledge found in them. Just visit the library with your ID and proof of residency, sign up for your card, and then any of your children 5years old or older may have their own card.

Coming Soon....The Fall Book Sale 
The Library is seeking donations now for the Fall Book Sale that will begin on Saturday, October 28th at 9:00 a.m.  So, if you are fall cleaning this year sorting through your book shelves and have some books you no longer want please drop them by the Library.  

Fall Hours at the Library
The Library's hours will return to a full day schedule of 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, September 9, 2017. See you at the Library!
If you have any questions, call the Library at 692-4587 or visit our website.     


Somersworth Farm to School Project
Waste Not Want Not at Somersworth Middle School
How much food do we waste?  At home? In our schools?  Turns out it's a lot and this fall the Somersworth Middle School seeks to make a big change.  
Middle School teacher John Dinger's efforts have finally paid off to make large scale composting a reality for the Middle School. Thanks to collaborative funds through SYC and NH Farm to School, September will start the school's one-year contract with Mr. Fox of Portsmouth NH.  Mr. Fox services the greater seacoast area by providing bins and liners for food waste, weekly pick up, and outreach and support in order to start and sustain the process successfully.  Instead of all waste going into the trash, all compostable materials will be separated out and picked up by one of Mr. Fox's friendly drivers, brought to their facility, and turned into rich organic soil.  In exchange, the Somersworth School District will receive a return-on-investment of a cubic yard of composted soil.  With gardens at the Middle School, Idlehurst, Plants for Growth, and an ADA garden bed to be installed at the Maple Wood Elementary School, this soil will have plenty of uses. And our Middle-Schoolers will receive hands-on education on sustainability that will hopefully follow them throughout their lives.
Many thanks go to Mr. Dinger, Toby Alves of Mr. Fox for his outreach and support, Maureen Jackman, NH Farm to School, and Frisbie Memorial Hospital for residual funding.  Though Mr. Fox does not service residential customers in Somersworth,  the website provides helpful guidelines for those looking to try their hand at home composting.

From Left to Right:  6th Grade Math Teacher at Somersworth Middle School, John Dinger & Toby Alves of Mr. Fox Composting.


Somersworth Youth Connection (SYC)
This Fall!

SYC is excited to be starting another school year this fall! With extended-day learning programs at both the elementary and middle school level starting on Tuesday, September 5th. The SYC programs offer many dynamic and exciting clubs and activities developed in collaboration by certified teachers, education professionals, and students like skateboard design: "Paint and Skate", slime making: "Slime Time", Crocheting, Video Editing, woodworking, art, chess club, and so much more. SYC strives to offer programming that enriches the lives of students in many ways including social emotional learning, academic and homework supports, building leadership skills, creating a sense of community, and strengthening values.

"This program has really been a model, not just for New Hampshire, but for schools across the county" - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

The elementary program is held at Idlehurst Monday through Friday with transportation from Maple Wood, and the middle school program is held at SMS Monday through Thursday, with periodic Drop-In Nights on Fridays. To learn more about the SYC program, pricing, how to donate, volunteer opportunities, or to sign your student up, visit or contact Maureen Jackman at (603) 692-2126 x1439. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with our events and programs!


Somersworth Churches Past and Present Celebrated
Sunday September 17, 2017 - 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Summersworth Historical Museum, 157 Main Street
Summersworth Historical Museum will be holding an event where we will celebrate the Churches of Somersworth both past and present. 
From it's inception in 1823 when a Quaker saw an opportunity churches have payed an important part in the city. The first Church erected was that of the Congregational Church which now holds the business, the Hall At Great Falls. Interestingly enough they beat the High St. Methodist Church by a mere six days and that building now houses the VFW in Somersworth.

Next came the Catholic Holy Trinity church which was followed by St Martins. Neither of those Churches stand in their original building place today having been replaced by their more modern counterparts. The Summersworth Historical Museum holds many of the artifacts from the original Churches of Somersworth as well as pictures and we think that's something worth celebrating. 

The Museum's board cordially invites the public and current church members to come and share in Somersworth's Churches rich past. This event will take place between 12.30 and 3.30pm on Sunday September 17th 2017 at the Summersworth Historical Museum, 157 Main Street, Somersworth, NH. 
All are welcomed and encouraged to attend this event. 
Light refreshments will be served. 
More information can be found here:   

Summer Sunday Afternoons at  
Forest Glade Cemetery 

Rebecca Rule - Storyteller
Sunday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m. 

Rebecca Rule is a full-time writer, humorist,
storyteller, host for 10 years of the NH
Authors Series on NHPTV, currently host
of Our Hometown on NHPTV. She's been
telling stories in New England, especially
New Hampshire, for more than twenty
years. She's the author of a dozen books
including N is for NH , an ABC book. Other
books include The Iciest Diciest Scariest
Sled Ride Ever, Moved and Seconded: NH
Town Meeting ; Headin' for the Rhubarb, A
NH Dictionary (well, kinda) ; and The Best
Revenge , named one of five essential NH
Books by the NH Writers Project.

Saturday, September 16
Hilltop City Bluegrass Festival



Celebrate Pink 
5K Run or Walk  
Sunday, September 17 
Downtown Portsmouth over the Memorial Bridge

 Run or walk to support Local Breast Cancer Patients.  

  or call 603-759-5640 



Somersworth Senior Picnic 
  Thursday, October 5  

Somersworth Fire Department
Annual Open House 
Saturday, October 7
The Annual Fire Department Open House will be held on Saturday October 7 from 10am to 2pm. There will be displays from the Fire Department utilizing the "Fire Safety House" and live fire extinguisher training. Other agencies there will be the Somersworth Police: American Ambulance: Wentworth Douglass Hospital: the NH Division of Forest and Lands: and Smokey the Bear.    


Saturday, October 14th from 10:00am - 4:00pm
Somersworth Plaza on Main Street



Harvest Craft Fair  
Saturday, October 21st from 9:00am - 3:00pm
Somersworth High School
11 Memorial Drive

Over 150 Vendors participate.  

For more information you may go to  There are some spaces available for people who would like to sell their products.  You can call 692-5869



Halloween at City Hall



City Hall will be closed on Monday, September 4 to observe Labor Day.


City Hall will re-open on Tuesday, September 5 at 8:00am




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                                             Vision 2020


"We Believe in Somersworth"   


Proud Past, Bright Future