There might soon be new rules governing backyard fireworks displays as the town council considers options for a fireworks ordinance. Town manager Perry Ellsworth says that in the last four months, residents have expressed concerns about fireworks “being set off too close to their homes.” The town currently does not have an ordinance that sets limits on the use of consumer-grade fireworks. Ellsworth says the council initially considered placing a moratorium on the use of consumer fireworks in town, but ultimately decided to develop an ordinance.
“Some local towns don’t allow fireworks within a certain amount of feet of another building or property,” Ellsworth says. “We listened to some folks speak at our last (town council) meeting, as we did a month before that. We’re still gathering information at this point.” Ellsworth expects the council to approve an ordinance by some time next spring.
Foster’s Daily Democrat ended its 141-year run as an independent, family-owned newspaper on Dec. 1. New Media Investment Group, the New York-based company that owns Seacoast Media Group, publisher of the Portsmouth Herald, purchased Geo. J. Foster & Co., Inc., which publishes Foster’s Daily Democrat, the Rochester Times, and Sanford News, for $5 million. The sale was finalized on Monday, Dec. 1. Foster’s Daily Democrat will become part of Seacoast Media Group and will continue to cover Dover, Somersworth, Rochester, and surrounding communities.
Mayor Dana Hilliard will host an open forum for city residents on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 9 a.m. at City Hall, located at 1 Government Way. Residents are invited to discuss community issues and share comments and concerns with Hilliard and at-large members of the city council and school board. For more information, visit somersworth.com or call 603-692-4262.