Portsmouth

Arts & Culture
6:52 am
Tue March 17, 2015

With New Home, 3S Artspace Hopes To Be Hub For Arts, Food In Portsmouth

3S Artspace exterior
Courtesy/Alyssa Grenning

A new home for 3S Artspace in Portsmouth opens this week.

The renovated facility will feature a music venue, an art gallery, artist studios, and a restaurant.

Chris Greiner is executive of director of 3S Artspace.

He joined Morning Edition to talk about the new facility.

You’ve talked about this new art space filling a unique niche that’s lacking on the Seacoast. Many already see the area as having a rich arts and culture scene, so what do mean by that?

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NH News
7:51 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Ceremony Marks Construction Start At Sarah Long Bridge

The Sarah Mildred Long Bridge
Credit Liz West via Flickr CC

A ceremony is scheduled to mark the start of construction at an aging bridge that connects New Hampshire and Maine.

The 70-year-old Sarah Mildred Long Bridge connects Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine. It is rated structurally deficient.

On Monday at 10 a.m., dignitaries from both states are gathering at the Kittery Community Center at Frisbee Common to mark the official start of the project. Members of the public will have a chance to sign a commemorative construction trestle that will be installed on the project later in the week.

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NH News
7:51 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Portsmouth Says Uber, Taxi Drivers Covered By Same Regulations

Car-sharing service Uber's logo

The City of Portsmouth says that drivers for ride-booking companies such as Uber meet the city's definition of taxi drivers and are subject to the same regulations.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that at a city meeting Wednesday night, cab drivers applauded the city's position. The city did not rule on whether to shut down an Uber driver currently operating in the city, as the cabbies had asked.

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NH News
6:59 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Peaceful Protest Against Police Brutality Draws 80 To Market Square

Abby Colby and Sophie Webb
Emily Corwin NHPR

About 80 people gathered in Market Square in Portsmouth Friday night to show solidarity with African American victims of police brutality.

A few people of color stood among a largely white crowd. Some stood quietly, others chanted "We Shall Overcome." 

PaMela Ramsay held a sign reading “Black Lives Matter.” She’s a third generation Portsmouth Native, and African American. "It's always been very white here," she said, "and it's extremely encouraging, extremely emotional, and I'm just so happy to see all these people who would support people of color."

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NH News
5:29 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Portsmouth Police Seek Trust Through Conversation

The first "Cops On Corners" will take place in Market Square, Portsmouth
Credit Matt M. / flickr, creative commons: https://www.flickr.com/photos/41348459@N00/3457301638

  This week the Portsmouth police department launches a new program called “Cops on Corners,” in an effort to make department operations more transparent.

Deputy Police Chief Corey MacDonald says the community events are a response both to local tensions and a national conversation arising out of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. He says “the goal here is to get out in front of the public, go neighborhood by neighborhood --because different neighborhoods have different issues -- and just meet with people.”

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Environment
8:40 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Officials Meet In Portsmouth To Discuss 2015 Shellfish Rules

Credit Min Lee via Flickr CC

New Hampshire health, environment and wildlife officials are holding a public meeting on shellfish rules for 2015.

The information session set for Tuesday night in Portsmouth will be an opportunity for the public to hear about a dye tracking study that traced effluent flows from the Pierce Island wastewater treatment facility to Little Harbor and areas of Portsmouth Harbor out to Odiorne Point. Officials say that study indicates that shellfish harvesting in those areas need to be closed.

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NH News
5:40 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Portsmouth's Iconic Scrap Piles Are Gone For Good

Grimmel Industries' scrap pile on Market Street in Portsmouth.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

The last of the scrap metal has been loaded onto a cargo ship and is headed out of Portsmouth this weekend. The scrap company Grimmel Industries had operated on the port for about 10 years. 

The Pease Development Authority voted earlier this year not to renew the scrap company’s lease after years of pressure from  the scrap yard's neighbors and environmental advocates.

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Word of Mouth
2:10 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

11.13.14: Invisible Innovations That Shaped Our World & Saving Portsmouth

We take good, quality lighting for granted, but there was a time not so long ago when the best source of light came from whale oil lamps. Listen to the interview with Steven to learn how they got the oil.
Credit Jasperdo via flickr Creative Commons

Among the things we take for granted in today’s America is knowing the time, which makes transportation, business and national events possible. This, however, was not always the case.

On today’s show, from building sewers to standardizing time, we’ll talk about the invisible innovations that got us where we are today. Then, we’ll take a look back to a controversial figure at the center of Portsmouth’s historic preservation movement, Miss Dorothy Vaughan.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

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Seacoast News
8:00 am
Sat October 11, 2014

As Scooter Popularity Revs Up In Portsmouth, So Do Parking Concerns

Scooters parking on sidewalks has been the subject of growing complaints from Portsmouth business owners
Credit Beth LaMontagne Hall for NHPR

Walk along any street near downtown Portsmouth and you’ll likely hear the buzz of a moped motor. Recently, these small motorbikes have been whizzing along Portsmouth’s streets in greater numbers and packs of scooters can often be found parked along the sidewalks and in alleyways near the Portsmouth waterfront.

But this rise in moped ridership – and where they’ve been parking – has raised some concerns among business owners and city officials.

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NH News
9:32 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Portsmouth Up In Arms Over Noise Complaints

Joshua Cyr wearing a "Keep Portsmouth Loud" t-shirt in Portsmouth's Market Square.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

The streets of Portsmouth appear peaceful and idyllic this last week of summer. But just beneath the surface, all is not well in the Port City. On the Seacoast, recent responses to ongoing noise complaints have residents here in an uproar. 

Things got really crazy in Portsmouth on Tuesday. That’s when the Prescott Park Arts Festival canceled their end-of-the-season double feature film night after neighbors complained the noise would keep their kids up too late.

It was supposed to be 'Brave,' combined with 'Braveheart.'

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NH News
4:20 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Construction Begins Monday On Portsmouth's African Burying Ground Memorial

Rendering of Chestnut St. with African Burying Ground memorial park.
http://www.africanburyinggroundnh.org City of Portsmouth

As many as 200 Africans and their descendants are buried beneath a single block on Chestnut Street in downtown Portsmouth, known as the African Burying Ground.  On Monday, the Western lane of that city block will be transformed into a $1.2 million dollar memorial park. 

 David Moore does community development for the city. He says the memorial construction will include the "re-interment of remains that were exhumed in 2003 during excavations associated with a roadway construction project." That construction, he says, was "when the city rediscovered the existence of this site."

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Newscast
11:14 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Paving Work To Begin On U.S. Route 1 In Portsmouth

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is doing night paving work associated with a reconstruction project at the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and the U.S. Route 1 Bypass in Portsmouth.  The work is scheduled for Sunday through Thursday, Aug. 14, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day.  The department says drivers traveling through the work zone during these time periods should anticipate traffic shifts and possible alternating traffic during overnight hours.  Uniformed officers and flaggers will guide motorists through the work zone.

Word of Mouth
2:38 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Historical New Hampshire: Cultural Highlights In The Southern Counties

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New Hampshire is often advertised as a state filled with natural attractions, famous for our mountains (Mt. Washington and Mt. Monadnock are both known world-wide), lakes, and rivers. But the state is filled with historical landmarks as well, which Lucie Bryar covers in her book Exploring Southern New Hampshire: History and Nature on Back Roads and Quiet Waters. Here are some of the cultural attractions in southern NH you may not have heard about, but that you’ll definitely want to check out.

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Newscast
7:40 am
Thu June 26, 2014

'Last Surviving' Elm Tree In Portsmouth Has Died

An Elm tree with Dutch Elm Disease, which is responsible for killing trees up and down the East Coast.
Credit Robin Nystron via Flickr CC

City officials in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, say one of their oldest trees has died.

The American elm tree on Peirce Island was over 100 years old.

The Portsmouth Herald reports members of the Peirce Island Committee noticed the elm didn't sprout buds in the spring. The tree has no leaves.

Peter Loughlin, chairman of the city's Trees and Public Greenery Committee, said Dutch elm disease has killed American elms up and down the East Coast. He said the tree was the last surviving elm in the city.

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NH News
10:30 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Federal Building Closer To Being Transerred To Portsmouth

The city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a step closer to acquiring ownership of a building that's been under federal control.

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says she's received a commitment from the U.S. General Services Administration to leave the McIntyre Federal Building and to work with the city to transfer ownership.

The city has long wanted ownership of the building in downtown Portsmouth.

Newscast
10:47 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Hooksett Open Road Tolling, Memorial Bridge Receive Engineering Honors

New Hampshire's open-road tolling in Hooksett and the new Memorial Bridge have received honors in engineering.  They've received "National Recognition Awards'' from the American Council of Engineering Companies.  Both projects presented engineering challenges and both were constructed and completed on very aggressive schedules.  The Hooksett project, which opened in May of 2013, involved the demolition of six conventional toll lanes and the construction of four lanes of highway speed toll lanes, plus other work.

NH News
4:27 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Portsmouth Starts Free Shuttle Service To Ease Downtown Parking

The City of Portsmouth is taking action to reduce the parking squeeze downtown. 


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NH News
5:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Increasing Fees Could Ease Parking Problems

Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

Portsmouth planners say in the next six years, the city will need at least 650 more parking spaces But last year, a new parking lot championed by the then-mayor failed to gather support among city councilors. The future of parking in the city became a divisive issue in last November’s council election.

On Monday, the newly elected council took the oath of office.  It's likely this month they will begin trying to reach agreement once again on whether a new parking garage downtown will help or harm the future of Portsmouth.

 

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Portsmouth African Burying Ground Commemorates Past

African Burying Ground NH

During the 1700's, many Portsmouth residents were of African descent– some slave, some free— and were buried in a segregated cemetery. That cemetery was built over, its boundaries obscured. A public works crew rediscovered the site and now the restoration of its dignity has begun. Kelvin Edwards is working on the Portsmouth African Burying Ground Memorial.

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NH News
12:59 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Extreme Cold, Harsh Weather Take Toll On Memorial Bridge Lift

Credit Rik Koenig, via Flickr creative commons

Crews are inspecting the Memorial Bridge today after it had to be closed for a little more than an hour last night.

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NH News
2:16 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Portsmouth Police Arrest Ninth Suspect In Alleged Heroin Ring

Portsmouth police say they've made a ninth arrest in connection with a months-long heroin ring investigation.  The ninth suspect--21-year old Chelsea Glover of Milton--was arrested Friday night on charges of selling heroin. She was being held on $5,000 bail.   Seven other people have been charged with felony-level drug offenses. One was charged with misdemeanor trespassing.

NH News
2:10 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Barge Sinks Off Portsmouth Harbor

The Coast Guard says salvage operations are continuing following the sinking of a barge off Portsmouth Harbor.  Officials say on one was hurt when the 40-foot work barge equipped with a crane began taking on water Saturday east of the harbor. The only person board, the barge operator, was able to escape.   It was unclear why the barge began taking on water.   The Coast Guard said Sunday that divers confirmed that all fuel tanks were intact.        

Foodstuffs
5:34 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

What Portsmouth's Chefs Learned From The Man Who Made It A Food Hotspot

Credit Squirrel Flight via Flickr/Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/squirrelflight/1355544138/in/photostream/

Portsmouth has long been considered one of the state’s food hotspots, and with Restaurant Week Portsmouth getting underway, we thought it was a good time to check in on Portsmouth’s food scene - a scene that got a huge boost in the 1970's from a chef called James Haller, who founded the Blue Strawbery restaurant.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Portsmouth African Burying Ground Commemorates Past

This is an artist's approximation of the burials on Chestnut Street which is home to the recently rediscovered site in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is the only archaeolgically authenticated 18th century African burying ground in all of New England.
African Burying Ground NH

During the 1700's, many Portsmouth residents were of African descent– some slave, some free— and were buried in a segregated cemetery. That cemetery was built over, its boundaries obscured. A public works crew rediscovered the site and now the restoration of its dignity has begun. Kelvin Edwards is working on the Portsmouth African Burying Ground Memorial.

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All Things Considered
6:08 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Sailors, Artists, Tavern Keepers, And Mayors Among Portsmouth's Most Notable Women

The cover of "Portsmouth Women."

A new book aims to tell the stories of some of the most remarkable women in the history of Portsmouth, from colonial tavern keepers to nationally-known artists, politicians, philanthropists and more.

It's called Portsmouth Women: Madams and Matriarchs Who Shaped New Hampshire's Port City.

The book's editor, Laura Pope, talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about some of the women featured in the book.

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Word of Mouth
9:51 am
Wed February 20, 2013

The Fula From America

In 1981, playwright, performer and theater company director Carlyle Brown decided on a whim to take a trip to Africa. That launched a journey of self-discovery and an adventure that became the basis for a one-man show called “The Fula from America: An African Journey," which Brown performs tonight at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. It’s a fund-raising event for Portsmouth’s African Burying Ground, and will be followed by a candelight procession to the site where the design for a memorial will be unveiled.

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All Things Considered
5:54 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

"In Motion" Exhibit Features Truly Moving Art

At most art exhibits, guests aren't supposed to touch the works – though the current exhibit at Discover Portsmouth is the exception to that rule. In fact, some of the pieces won't work unless you touch them.

It's an exhibit called “In Motion,” and the artist, Kim Bernard, joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson to talk about exploring movement through visual art.

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Elections 2012
12:11 am
Tue September 18, 2012

McCain Stumps for Romney in Portsmouth

Senator McCain speaking in Portsmouth
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Senator John McCain was in New Hampshire stumping for presidential candidate Mitt Romney. 

Speaking at a town hall meeting in Portsmouth, McCain made the case for Mitt Romney to a gathering of veterans and their families.

Addressing the recent anti-American demonstrations in the Middle East, McCain called the president’s response to the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya a “partial apology.”

He said under President Obama, America’s relationship with Israel had deteriorated to an all-time low and questioned the President’s commitment to see America lead the world:

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NH News
2:43 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

E.P.A. Proposes Lower Nitrogen Limit For Portsmouth

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a higher limit for Nitrogen discharge from Portsmouth’s wastewater treatment plant.  But city officials are still unsure whether it will actually save the city money.

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Getting By, Getting Ahead
5:12 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Is High Business Rent Changing the Shape of Downtown Portsmouth?

Downtown Portsmouth
Squirrel Flight via Flickr/Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/squirrelflight/1355544138/in/photostream/

We learned recently that the cost of rental housing has been climbing in New Hampshire – a typical two bedroom apartment in the state now costs more than a thousand dollars a month. And in some parts of the Granite State, businesses are dealing with high rental costs as well.

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