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Published: 07/28/2006    print this story   email this story  

Newton, N.H.




AROUND TOWN

Town government

The town is managed by three selectmen: Chairman Gary Nelson, Robert Donovan Jr. and John Ulcickas. Each serves a three-year term. Selectmen meetings are the first and third Monday of the month.

Town Hall is at 2 Town Hall Road. Selectmen's Office is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 8 to 4 p.m., and Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m. Closed Friday. At that office one may obtain information about assessments, ordinances, and the town's rules and regulations. Town Administrator Nancy Wrigley, 603-382-4405.

To register dogs, cars, etc.: Town Hall is the place to go to register your car, license your dog or obtain a marriage license. The office is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 8 p.m. The town clerk also takes voter registration. You must have a sticker on your vehicle to use the transfer station or go to the town beach, and you can obtain it when you register your vehicle. Town Clerk-Tax Collector, Raymond Thayer, 603-382-4096.

Paying taxes: Newton's tax rate for 2006 is $17.27 per $1,000 valuation. Valuation is 102.89 percent. The town has twice-a-year billing for taxes, in June and December. Tax Collector-Town Clerk Raymond Thayer, 603-382-4096.

In emergencies

The Newton Police Station is located on Amesbury Road. Emergency 911 is in operation. The station is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Police Chief Lawrence E. Streeter, Office Manager Linda Meissner. For general information, 603-382-6774.

Newton has two fire stations: the Central Station on South Main Street and the substation on West Main Street. Fire Chief William Ingalls. General information, 603-382-8811.

Recycling:

Newton does not have trash or recycling pickup. All items to be recycled, such as newspapers, bottles and aluminum cans, must be brought to the transfer station on Dugway Road and placed in specially marked bins. Residents using the transfer station for any reason must have a town sticker. The station is open Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 6:45 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Recreation

Greenie Park on Heath Street offers tennis, basketball, skateboarding, a children's playground and two ball fields.

The Newton Recreation Commission is offering special field trips and programs for all age groups for the summer. Obtain details from the Selectmen's office.

A town sticker is necessary to use the town beach, located in Wenmarks Grove, off Pond Street. The beach is open daily to residents. Picnic tables and a few grills make this area a relaxing place to spend a hot summer day.

Library: Gale Library, 16 S. Main St., is open Monday and Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library offers programs for residents of all ages. New members to the Friends of the Library are always welcome. Library Director Theresa Caswell, 603-382-4691.

SCHOOLS

Public: Newton shares a regional school system with Kingston. Memorial Elementary School, with grades one through five, and Sanborn Regional Middle School are on West Main Street, Newton.

Memorial School Principal Brian Buckley, 603-382-5251.

The middle school, a separate building, sits behind Memorial School, housing grades six through eight. Principal Kathleen Laureti, 603-382-6226.

CHURCHES

Baptist: First Baptist Church of Newton, 2 N. Main St., 603-382-4019. The oldest First Baptist Church in New Hampshire.

Newton Junction Baptist Church, West Main Street, 603-382-8458. Rev. Jim Malkemes, pastor. Sunday worship, 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:45 a.m., starting in fall.

Catholic: Mary, Mother of the Church, Amesbury Road, the Rev. Michael Monette, 603-382-6566. Masses Saturday, 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, and 8 and 10 a.m.

Christian: First Christian Church, Amesbury Road, 603-382-5464. Summer worship 9:30, 10:15 a.m. in fall. Sunday school resumes after Labor Day at 9 a.m. Pastor Mitchell Green.

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