Memorial Bridge to close in overnight hours

bridge-closed1PORTSMOUTH — The Memorial Bridge connecting the city and Kittery, Maine over the Piscataqua River, will be closed to all traffic (vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian) from midnight to 5 a.m. four nights this week, starting Monday night at midnight through Friday, Oct. 31 at 5 a.m.

The bridge is an active work zone during this time so no entry will be allowed.

For information, contact Jennifer Zorn, public outreach coordinator, at jzorn@mjinc.com or (603) 225-2978 ext 141.

 

Harbourside Garden Club presentation on November 4th.

flowersHarbourside Garden Club will meet Tuesday, November 4 from noon to 2 pm at the Parish Hall of the First Congregational Church in Kittery Point.  Megan Harris, a Piscataqua Garden Club member, an approved Floral Design judge with the Garden Club of America and frequent flower show exhibitor and GCA blue medal winner, will give a presentation entitled “Winter and Holiday Inspired Designs”.  Newcomers are welcome.  For more information:

                 www.harboursidegc.org

 

Where: _1060262First Congregational Church in Kittery Point

Volunteers Needed in Kittery

imagesCAPOGTT0Volunteers Needed!
Come volunteer for the Town of Kittery!  We are looking for volunteers to fill a number of positions on our Boards and Commissions.  Please click here to fill out an application to indicate your interest in serving.
 
For general information from our Town Code, click here.
Click on each name below to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of some of our various committees:
 

Kittery Sample Ballots. Become aware for here they are.

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Town discusses library’s future.

Town discusses library’s future By Jesse Scardina
jscardina@seacoastonline.com
NH_Portsmouth_Herald

RiceKITTERY, Maine — The Town Council and Rice Public Library Board of Directors met Monday night in a workshop setting to discuss the potential of purchasing a piece of land abutting the Kittery Community Center and building a 20,000-square-foot library on the property off of School Street.

The two-hour workshop covered several topics while bordering on contentious at times, with one board member walking out midway through the meeting. Topics that were broached included potential parking and construction concerns at the proposed location, whether the current Rice Public Library location could accommodate the library’s needs with additional space or if the historic location costs too much to maintain and staff, and how much costs would increase or decrease at the proposed location.

In addition to the Town Council and library board, Mike Lassel of South Berwick-based Lassel Architects was on hand to discuss his proposal, with the help of the library board, of a single-floor, energy efficient structure off School Street, which would also add roughly 60 parking spaces for both the library and community center.

There was also another design proposal, submitted unsolicited by ARQ Architects in Kittery, which included a multi-level parking garage and several additions to the Rice building. The library board had no say or knowledge that the ARQ Architects design was developed.

Library Director Lee Perkins expressed concerns about the redesign at the current location, saying that a multi-floor library with many box-like rooms is more difficult to staff than that of the single-floor proposal off School Street. There are also concerns about maintaining the Rice building, which is roughly 150 years old.

“The mission of a library is to provide services, not take care of a historic building,” Perkins said. “This is what’s driving us, to find the best use of library money.”

Several town councilors agreed with that concept, but were skeptical on the need to construct a new, 20,000 square-foot building when a plan involving renovating the current location hasn’t been completely vetted.

“We need to have more public conversations about this,” said Councilwoman Judy Spiller. “I have reservations about building a 20,000-square-foot building.”

Talk of whether the current location is suitable turned contentious when library board member Mandy Cool responded to a question from Town Council Chairman Jeff Thomson about not wanting the attraction of the library to be a parking garage. Thomson asked why it had rented out spaces to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workers, which prompted Cool to walkout, calling Thomson “the rudest person (she’s) ever met.”

Councilman Jeffrey Pelletier stated that he’s in favor of the proposed library location abutting the community center, but said that it’s ultimately a community decision as to whether it’s best for the library to make its current location work or move near the community center.

“I think a library on the Kittery Community Center campus makes the most sense for the community,” he said. “With that said, I also hear concerns of my fellow councilors that we haven’t examined every possibility of the library on that site. I want to be able to rule out that location because the library can’t do what it wants there.”

Members of the board of directors and Perkins said that they’ve examined the proposal involving the current location, and that it raises questions in terms of staffing and maintenance, but some of the members are open to the town vetting the location with the architecture firm that donated the proposal.

“There needs to be broader input than a self-perpetuating board,” Thomson said. “I’m just asking questions. I’m doing my job. That’s why I want all options vetted, so it’s best for the future of Kittery. I’m adamant that we don’t put blinders on and go one way with this.”

The land for the new proposed location is currently owned by Barry Fitzpatrick, who was at the workshop table to answer any questions or communicate concerns, with his main issue being that he will sell the board of directors the land with the caveat of a library being built there.

The cost of the parcel of land that would be sold hasn’t been estimated yet, Perkins said.

Another primary concern of the council included whether a new facility would cost more or less to staff, while it was made clear that with high-efficiency amenities and the potential of solar panels on the roof, it would be cheaper to maintain.

“The council is looking at the bottom line, the library is looking at what’s best for its patrons,” Pelletier said. “We need to work to find the middle-ground. I think if the board takes that half-step of detailing how much it will cost to staff, what the inside will look like, that would help.”

Other issues concerning the council were any impediments to the community center during proposed construction and the safety of children attending Head Start if the parking lot expands toward the annex building. Solutions to those issues included potential speed bumps, cross walks and signage, while construction times could be coordinated with the community center.

Moving forward, Thomson said the council will be reaching out to ARQ Architects to invite them to a similar workshop setting to discuss its proposal and that the library board of directors is welcome to attend. Perkins said in the meantime, they will be working on projected staffing and maintenance costs at both the proposed new location and the current one with the renovations.

Kittery Police Department Log 10/08/2014 to 10/14/2014

BadgelogKittery Police Department Log 10/08/2014 to 10/14/2014

Oct 8th

12:26 a.m. – An officer responded to Bayview Lane for a report of disorderly conduct. 

4:26 a.m. – Officers assisted another agency on the I-95 Freeway.

8:58 a.m. – Jason Lee Hare, 39, of 21 Brewster Street, Unit 22, Portsmouth, NH was arrested on another agency’s warrant.

9:16 a.m. – A sick fox was reported on Cutts Island Lane.

10:12 a.m. – Assistance was provided to another agency on Dismukes Street.

11:05 a.m. – A citizen came into the police department to report criminal trespassing that occurred on Wentworth Street.

11:45 a.m. – A caller advised of a turtle in the roadway on the I-95 ramp.  An officered checked the area, but the turtle was gone upon the officer’s arrival.

1:37 p.m. – The area of State Road was checked for a possible drunk driver.

3:00 p.m. – A motor vehicle accident involving two vehicles occurred at the intersection of Goodsoe Road and Colonial Road.

3:11 p.m. – An alarm received from a location on Pepperrell Road was investigated and determined to be a false alarm.

3:29 p.m. – An injured cat was transported to Creature Comforts.

4:30 p.m. – An officer assisted another agency on Dismukes Street.

4:39 p.m. – A two vehicle motor vehicle accident occurred on Government Street.

4:44 p.m. – A caller reported suspicious activity on Dion Ave.

5:11 p.m. – A dog was running at large on Coleman Ave.

5:20 p.m. – A dog was reported missing from a residence on State Road.

5:37 p.m. – Officers responded to Ranger Drive for a male trespassing.

6:45 p.m. – A resident came into the police department to speak to an officer regarding a stalking complaint.

10:31 p.m. – An individual came into the police department to report harassment by telephone.

11:15 p.m. – A dog was running loose on State Road.

11:31 p.m. – Officers assisted with a lost dog on State Road.

Oct 9th

12:26 a.m. – Following a motor vehicle stop on Tenney Hill Road Benjamin B. Hogan, 23, of 15 Cutts Island Lane was arrested for operating under the influence.

11:03 a.m. – A theft was reported on US Route One.

4:25 p.m. – A report of suspicious activity on Oak Ter. Was investigated and determined to be unfounded.

4:36 p.m. – A motor vehicle accident involving 2 vehicles occurred on Route 236.

6:44 p.m. – An abandoned bicycle was found on Williams Ave.

7:08 p.m. – A caller reported suspicious activity on Shapleigh Road.  An officer responded and determined that the repost was unfounded.

8:07 p.m. – A caller reported losing their keys on Government Street.

10:15 p.m. – An alarm from a business on US Route One was investigated and determined to be a false alarm.

11:24 p.m. – An officer initiated a traffic stop on US Route One.

Oct 10th

12:36 a.m. – An officer checked on suspicious activity they observed on Pepperrell Road.

6:33 a.m. – An alarm received from a location on Williams Ave was found to be a false alarm.

11:06 a.m. – An animal complaint was received from Haley Road.

11:58 a.m. – Following a traffic stop on the US Route One Bypass Donald Lou Twomey, 29, of 6D Whitten Street, Hampton, NH was summonsed for operating with a suspended registration.

1:58 p.m. – An alarm received from Shapleigh Road was investigated and found to be a false alarm.

3:05 p.m. – Officers responded to Old Post Road for a juvenile issue.

7:20 p.m. – A report of stalking was investigated.

7:40 p.m. – A disabled vehicle was reported on State Road.

11:28 p.m. – Following a traffic stop on Route 236 Kristi L. Cox, 18, of 247 Main Street, South Berwick was summonsed for sale and use of drug paraphernalia.

Oct 11th

1:43 a.m. – The area of Dana Ave was checked for an individual. 

7:05 a.m. – The animal control officer responded to Haley Road for an animal complaint.

8:28 a.m. – A lost and found article was reported on State Road.

9:00 a.m. – Kimberly A. Baker, 23, of 5 Spinney Way, Unit 15 was arrested on another agency’s warrant.

11:42 a.m. – Suspicious activity was reported on US Route One.

2:46 p.m. – Following a motor vehicle stop on US Route One Nikichia W. Harris, 35, of 79 US Route One Bypass, Unit 1 was arrested for operating while license suspended or revoked, failure to register vehicle, and unlawful possession of scheduled drug.

5:06 p.m. – A wallet was found on Wallingford Square.

7:59 p.m. – A report of theft was received from a business on US Route One.

10:32 p.m. – An officer responded to Payne Road for an animal complaint.

Oct 12th

3:26 a.m. – Officers assisted another agency.

4:38 a.m. – An officer checked on suspicious activity they observed on US Route One.

7:00 a.m. – An alarm received from Tower Road was determined to be a false alarm.

7:34 a.m. – The animal control officer responded to Cutts Road for an animal complaint.

8:47 a.m. – An animal complaint was received from Old Post Road.

10:44 a.m. – An officer assisted another agency.

4:56 p.m. – A request was received to check the area of the US Route One Bypass for a vehicle.

7:00 p.m. – A two vehicle motor vehicle accident occurred on US Route One.

Oct 13th

7:24 a.m. – A stray dog was found on Pepperrell Road and taken to Creature Comforts.

4:06 p.m. – A motor vehicle accident involving two vehicles officer on US Route One.

6:21 p.m. – A citizen came into the police department to report harassment.

6:48 p.m. – A dog was running at large in the area of Manson Street and Cole Street.

7:06 p.m. – A report of shoplifting from a business on US Route One was investigated and determined to be unfounded.

7:08 p.m. – A lost dog was reported.

7:28 p.m. – Paperwork was served on Debra Lane.

7:40 p.m. – A report of a vehicle verse bicycle accident on Manson Road was received.

Oct 14th

10:12 a.m. – A report of assault was investigated.

10:24 a.m. – An alarm received from a location on Rogers Road was investigated and determined to be a false alarm.

2:21 p.m. – A caller reported a hit and run accident that occurred on US Route One.

2:24 p.m. – A motor vehicle accident occurred on the US Route One Bypass.

8:15 p.m. – A moped accident occurred at the intersection of Brave Boat Harbor Road and Gailey Farm Lane.

Patriots legend Troy Brown revs up Kittery school crowd

By Jesse Scardina
jscardina@seacoastonline.com

October 15. 2014 3:30PM

Patriots legend Troy Brown revs up Kittery school crowd
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Former New England Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown visits Shapleigh Middle School as part of a kick off celebration for the school’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Program Advise Seth Cole gets his jersey signed along with other students and teachers. Deb Cram/Seacoastonline

 

KITTERY — Shapleigh MIddle School became the latest of roughly 500 schools in Maine to participate in the NFL’s Fuel to Play 60 campaign, which challenges students and teachers to improve healthy eating habits and obtain at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day.

 

To inspire and encourage the group of about 400 students and 50 faculty members, New England Patriots Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl champion Troy Brown surprised the group, which was gathered in the gymnasium Wednesday morning.

After an exuberant reaction from the students and faculty, Brown spoke on the importance of eating healthy and exercising to maintaining NFL-caliber athleticism.

“You couldn’t practice every day hard for two hours if you’re just eating Reese’s Cups all day,” Brown said, with his 2-year-old son Skyler by his side. “I was surprised with how good some of those green vegetables tasted. I gave it a try and I actually like a lot of them. I’ve had to expand my diet to try and stay in shape as a retired football player. I need the energy to chase this little guy around.”

Brown autographed several footballs and mini helmets that will act as incentives for students to make a Fuel to Play account and to update it regularly with their food intake and physical activity. The entire school’s total is also compiled as it competes with the roughly 500 other schools in Maine and the 73,000 around the country.

 Brown told students there are healthy alternatives to their favorite junk food snacks.

“I have a huge passion for ice cream, and the night before games I’d get all this ice cream in a bowl,” Brown said. “I realized it wasn’t the best thing to eat the night before a game, so I switched to frozen yogurt.

“I would put some sprinkles on it to jazz it up a bit,” Brown admitted. “It was just a little bit better for me.”

Brown fielded several questions from students, ranging from what he would eat on game days — “Lots of pasta,” Brown said, “usually with a meat sauce and breadsticks” — to his favorite moment of his playing career.

“Probably when I found out I was a New England Patriot,” said Brown, who is the organization’s all-time leader in receptions and postseason games. “I played 15 years, not a lot of players get that much time.”

Brown was also asked what his favorite Super Bowl was — a luxury for any player with the opportunity to choose from more than one.

“All of them,” Brown said. “Well, at least the ones we won.”

On the way out of the gym, students took turns high-fiving or fist-bumping the Super Bowl champion, while a lucky few stopped for a selfie with one of Tom Brady’s favorite former targets.

Eighth-graders Lilly Kemp and Shardonnay Nichols, both of whom play soccer and track and field, believe the Fuel to Play 60 program is good for the school.

“I think it’s really cool that they’re doing this,” Nichols said, adding that the soccer team tries to do additional training. “We try to get together whenever we can to have kick-arounds.”

While both eighth-graders admitted they weren’t the biggest football fans, they had family members at home who were, specifically those that cheered on Brown’s Patriots teams.

“I know my dad probably did,” Kemp said.