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Claremont City Council supports ‘checks and balances’ on short-term rentals
07-11-2024 7:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — In a 5-1 vote, the City Council approved a new ordinance that will give the city control over short-term rentals by requiring a conditional use permit from the Planning Board.The final approval and adoption at the second reading is...

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City seeks federal grant for pickleball, tennis courts in Veterans Park
07-09-2024 5:30 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — Pickleball enthusiasts could be playing on new outdoor courts next spring if the city can land a $300,000 federal grant that would pay half of the estimated construction costs for a Veterans Park project, which would also include new...


Claremont celebrates
07-04-2024 5:55 PM

Korin Korpi, middle, untangles balloons for her daughter Finley LaFont 6, right, and ErinLyn Flamma, 9, during an Independence Day gathering of family and neighbors on Chestnut Street in Claremont on Wednesday. The group, including from back left,...


Claremont approves $19.6 million operating budget
06-28-2024 4:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — The City Council unanimously approved a $19.6 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.The budget is projected to increase the municipal portion of the tax rate by 19 cents to bring it to $10.49 cents per $1,000 of assessed...


Claremont gets federal grant for work on Charlestown Road
06-27-2024 4:54 PM

CLAREMONT — Claremont has been awarded a $1.46 million federal Department of Transportation grant for design work on reconstruction of portions of Charlestown Road (NH Route 11/12) between Maple Avenue at Draper’s Corner south to the intersection with...


New Hampshire judiciary seeks information about people’s court experiences
06-24-2024 4:00 PM

CLAREMONT — The New Hampshire Judicial Branch, which operates the state’s courts, is inviting all members of the public to a “listening session” in Claremont on Thursday afternoon to hear about people’s experiences with the court system.The goal of...


Kenyon: As Claremont woman stepped up for nieces, NH quickly stepped away
06-21-2024 6:46 PM

By JIM KENYON

In March, Ashley Denofrio agreed to become the court-appointed legal guardian for her two nieces in hopes of bringing much-needed stability to their lives.As Denofrio has learned, however, the state of New Hampshire isn’t big on providing the...


Claremont nixes plan for Washington Street paving assessment
06-20-2024 9:43 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — After listening to objections from a number of business owners, the city council quickly voted 6-0 to end consideration of a special assessment that would have paid for about 75% of the cost to repave Washington Street.Wednesday’s vote...


Claremont’s Stone to seek another term as state representative
06-18-2024 5:59 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — State Rep. Jon Stone, R-Claremont, who came under scrutiny earlier this year following the public release of disciplinary records that detail vile threats he made against fellow Claremont police officers 18 years ago, has filed to run for...


Claremont business owners balk at special assessment for Washington Street paving
06-17-2024 7:17 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — Some Washington Street property owners who received letters from the city earlier this month explaining the special assessment they may have to pay to cover a portion of the estimated $1.2 million it will cost to repave the four-lane road...


City: Claremont debris pile doesn’t contain asbestos
06-10-2024 5:01 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — A pile of debris from an early 19th century home that was demolished in late March does not contain asbestos, as first feared, Claremont Chief Building Official and Health Officer Leigh Hays official said Friday.The New Hampshire...


Speaker urges Stevens graduates to remember their roots
06-07-2024 11:48 AM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — Stevens High School graduations frequently include an unusual musical selection and this year was no different as several graduates sang “Homeward Bound” by Marta Keen Thompson. The song encourages listeners to embark on a journey to find...


New Claremont charter school offers alternative for struggling students
06-05-2024 8:01 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — For Gracie Williams, the River View Chartered Public School offered a new beginning in her educational path that she desperately needed.Stevens High School was not working for her, and Williams was falling behind in credit requirements for...


A decade later, Claremont celebrates opening of new creative center
05-30-2024 4:01 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — First conceived 10 years ago, the new home of the West Claremont Center for Music and Arts will become a reality with this weekend’s grand opening of the Claremont Creative Center in Opera House Square.This week as the portable stage was...


Federal loan helps Claremont continue lead removal efforts
05-28-2024 6:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — The city received a $2.15 million loan from the federal Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month that will fund continuing efforts to eliminate lead in the lines and connections of the city’s drinking water system.The money from...


Proposed Sullivan County budget up 10%
05-27-2024 3:57 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The proposed $42.7 million Sullivan County budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 is up nearly 10%.The increase is driven by the absence of one-time revenue for the current fiscal year to offset taxes combined with the bond payment for...


Claremont, Unity school district hires new superintendent
05-23-2024 3:08 PM

CLAREMONT — The SAU 6 School Board has removed the “interim” tag from SAU 6 Superintendent Christopher A. Pratt’s title. Pratt was named superintendent of the district, which includes Claremont and Unity, after the School Board fired Michael Tempesta...


City cites Claremont property owner over demolition of building
05-16-2024 4:22 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — Atta Ullah thought he was solving a problem for himself and the city earlier this spring when he paid $22,000 to demolish a vacant farmhouse on Washington Street that had become a dilapidated hazard.Instead, Ullah appears to have created a...


Claremont woman pleads guilty to hindering investigation into attempted robbery, shooting
05-09-2024 8:00 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

NEWPORT — A 21-year-old Claremont woman who cleaned blood stains from a vehicle used to transport a man who was shot and gravely wounded when he attempted to barge into a downtown apartment, has pleaded guilty to obstructing police in their...


Claremont mulls $19.6 million budget proposal
05-06-2024 7:30 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — City Manager Yoshi Manale is proposing a $19.6 million operating budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.The proposal represents an increase of $100,000 or about a half of one percent over the current year. Costs for road maintenance...


Structure fire at former Claremont incinerator deemed ‘suspicious’
05-06-2024 4:34 PM

CLAREMONT — A structure fire at a former trash-to-energy incinerator over the weekend is believed to be suspicious, according to city fire officials.Claremont firefighters responded on Sunday, just after midnight, to a “heavy fire” in the offices of...

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