Over The Border – New Hampshire Community News

Wednesday June 22, 2022

Portsmouth NH Roadwork This Week

NHDOT ROAD CLOSURE MON JUN 20 THRU FRI JUN 24 — SECTION OF ROUTE 4/108 BETWEEN DOVER AND DURHAM — Between Grapevine Drive in Dover and Freshet Road in Madbury, starting at 9 am. To allow culvert replacement and the relocation of a utility line. Detour in place for through traffic from the junction of Mast Road in Dover to the junction of Route 4 in Durham. For more information, contact NHDOT District 6 at 603-868-1133.

CONSTRUCTION WORK THIS WEEK: For information about each of the seasonal DPW projects now underway, click on the drop down Projects menu on the DPW page on the City website. https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/publicworks

CATE & BARTLETT ST. INTERSECTION ROAD WORK THIS WEEK – Sidewalk, signage, striping and repaving.

SOUTH STREET/GREENLAND ROAD WORK THIS WEEK: Binder on Harvard St. TUES Jun 21. Paving next week. Filling and patching on Fri Jun 24, in preparation for paving between Junkins Ave. and Lafayette Rd. to complete work by Fri Jul 1.

ISLINGTON STREET PAVING, WED JUN 22 STRIPING – Salem to Bartlett Street. Alternating single lane traffic with flaggers.

EVERSOURCE PROJECT WORK IN LADD ST — Work hours are 7 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. The work limits traffic on High and Ladd Streets between Congress and Market Street. Flaggers will be on-site throughout all phases of the work to aid vehicle and pedestrian travel and to assure access to all business. The on-site project contacts are: For Eversource: Nick Kosko, 603-842-0416; for the City of Portsmouth, DPW: Marc Batchelder, 603-498-8449. Go to the Eversource Project.


PENHALLOW STREET – Rescheduled setting of the Eversource electric pole at Sheafe St. this week, weather-permitting. PENHALLOW CLOSED INTERMITTENTLY between Custom House Lane and Daniel St. through FRI Jun 24 for deliveries. 4-hour window each day and reopened once unloading is complete. SCAFFOLDING MOVED FROM DANIEL TO PENHALLOW, JUN 20-21 for copper installation. This “pass thru” scaffolding allows pedestrian access to the sidewalk. DANIEL & PENHALLOW BUSINESSES ARE OPEN. Pedestrian access maintained. 

SAGAMORE AVE SEWER EXTENSION PROJECT — Impacting Sagamore Avenue, Shaw Road, Cliff Road and Walker Bungalow Road. During construction travel on the streets will be limited, intermittently, to a single lane of alternating one-way travel Mon-Fri between 7 am and 6 pm. Go to theSagamore Ave. Project page for more information. https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/publicworks/sagamore-ave-sewer-extension-project

MARCY STREET-NEW CASTLE AVE – Until finishing gas work, the paving project will resume on Tues Jul 5.

NOTE: DOG PARK ADJACENT TO LEARY FIELD WILL BE CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE WORK, SUN JUL 3 THRU FRI JUL 8 – The park will be off-limits as of 6 am Sun Jul 3 for fireworks set-up and will remain closed thru Fri.


Portsmouth NH Seacoast Pride Parade Returns! Sat Jun 25

Gather on the Pleasant Street side of Market Square at 12 noon. Parade steps off at 12:30 pm and proceeds down Court Street, to Marcy Street, to Strawbery Banke Museum. Mainstage performances, 1-5 pm. Go to SeacoastOutright for more details. https://www.seacoastoutright.org/pride


Portsmouth NH Peirce Island Outdoor Pool Opening

The schedule is as follows: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Adult Lap Swim: 12 noon to 12:55 pm; Open Swim: 1 to 5:15pm. Tuesday and Thursday: Adult Lap Swim: 12 noon to 12:55 pm; Open Swim: 1 to 6:15pm. Saturday and Sunday: Open Swim: 11 am to 5:15 pm. Lifeguard Breaks daily at 2:30 and 4 pm, seven days a week. Fees are: Portsmouth residents $2 per adult (18+) and free for children under 18. Non-resident admission is $4 per adult (18+) and $2 each for children under 18. Thanks to a new City Council ruling, admission for non-resident active duty military and their family members is $2 per adult and free for children.


NH Homeowner Assistance Programs

HOMEOWNER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM — In addition to the NH Emergency Rental Assistance Program, there is a program for NH homeowners who are struggling to pay their mortgage, property taxes and other home expenses, and utilities. For more information go to https://homehelpnh.org/homeowners

EMERGENCY RENTAL & UTILITIES ASSISTANCE – The NH Emergency Rental Assistance Program (NHERAP) provides funds to renters who cannot pay their rent and utilities during the pandemic. The program works with tenants and landlords. For more information visit: https://www.capnh.org 

Program changes as of October 1, 2021:

Households may qualify for assistance for past-due and future rent and utility payments for a period not to exceed 18 months.

At least one person in the household must have qualified for unemployment benefits, had their income reduced, had significant costs, or had other financial hardship during the pandemic. Certain income requirements must be met.


• Past-due rent including reasonable late and legal fees.

• Three months of future rent payments if needed for housing stability.

• Utilities, such as electricity, home heating costs, water, sewer, trash.

• Other housing-related costs such as internet and relocation expenses (including rental application fees, utility hook-up fees, and security deposits).

• Households may qualify for utility assistance even if they do not receive or need rental assistance. 

For more information on whether you qualify and how to apply for emergency funds available to renters in NH,visit https://www.capnh.org/covid19 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has also launched a tool that allows renters and landlords to find rental assistance programs in their area. Applications are handled through NH Community Action Partnership (CAP). Visit



Portsmouth NH Covid-19 Info


MASK FAQs, Visit: https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/city/mask-faqs

TESTING FAQs, Visit: https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/city/testing-faqs

COVID-19 TREATMENT FAQs, Visit: https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/health/covid-19-treatment-faqs

KIDS AND COVID FAQs, Visit: https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/health/kids-covid

VACCINE DEVELOPMENT BACKGROUND – For more information on how the COVID-19 vaccines were developed, tested and approved, https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/health/covid-19-vaccine-development 

PROOF OF VACCINATION — What should you do if you discover that your vaccination is not recorded properly in the NH DHHS database. Or if you need more than your vaccination card, because some travel destinations require the full record? Contact NHIIS (NH Immunization Information System) at 603-271-4028, by email at nhiis.support@dhhs.nh.gov or visit: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/nhiis-public.htm for the NH DHHS website for the immunization information system (NHIIS). On this site, you will be guided in selecting the correction forms for your PCP to verify your vaccine card, DOB, etc. You will need to get the form notarized and before sending it back to NHIIS. Once your record is corrected and you can request an official vaccine and immunization record. This record is the one that would be accepted when traveling if the vaccine card is not enough. For more answers to Frequently Asked Questions, Visit: https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/city/post-vaccination-faqs (including US Health Dept/CDC guidance on booster shots).

I LOST MY PROOF-OF-VACCINATION CARD. NOW WHAT? All vaccination records are kept on file in the CDC National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) system. NH DHHS advises that you can replace a lost vaccination card in either of two ways:

1. Visit: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/documents/req-imm-vacc-record.pdf to download and complete the vaccination card replacement request form here: Note that the completed form MUST BE NOTARIZED before sending it back to NH DHHS. 

2. If your healthcare provider has access to the NHIIS, ask him/her to print out the record directly from NHIIS.

For answers to other questions about the City’s response to COVID-19, email: hotline@cityofportsmouth.com

For more COVID-19 information, visit: https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/city/covid-19-information

Portsmouth NH Community Power Informational Event

COMMUNITY POWER INFORMATIONAL EVENT, WED JUN 29 at 7 pm at 3S Artspace — Join the Portsmouth Energy Advisory Committee and Portsmouth Smart Growth for free a community event with Community Power Coalition of NH (CPCNH) featuring:

• Sam Evans-Brown, ED, Clean Energy NH

• Julia Griffin, Town Manager, Town of Hanover, a CPCNH community

• Henry P. Herndon, Consultant, CPCNH

Go to event details & ticket information. https://www.portsmouthsmartgrowth.org/community-power/

Go to the Portsmouth Energy Advisory Committee webpage. https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/citycouncil/mayors-blue-ribbon-portsmouth-energy-advisory-committee?msclkid=9bed3cbdcf9b11ec9b9eb4e9ffd677c5


Portsmouth NH 400 Photo Contest

DEADLINE JUN 30: PORTSMOUTH NH 400 PHOTO CONTEST! PNH400 is now accepting submissions from Portsmouth-based photographers so the calendar showcases the best local talent, professional and amateur. One photograph per month plus a cover image will be selected. The calendar will also include the dates of all signature PNH400 events and special observances, along with fun historical facts and figures. For submission details and the online form, click here . TO SUBMIT PNH400 PROGRAMS AND EVENTS – Organizations, groups and anymore planning a Portsmouth NH 400 celebration program, project or event is invited to submit an Official Program Partner Application. Learn more, follow the latest news, volunteer, participate in the themed “pillars” teams and find the link to make tax-deductible donations directly through the City’s secure online payment portal by visiting https://www.portsmouthnh400.org

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