A five-member Board of Selectmen sets policy while daily business is handled by a town manager. Selectmen Chairman John A. Sherman, Vice Chairman John A. Sherman, Charles L. Blinn Jr., Donald Poliquin, Lawrence W. Gil, Michelle Curran, 603-382-8469. Ruth E. Jenne, executive secretary, 603-382-5200. Interim Town Manager Michael Farrell.
Parks and Recreation, Conservation Commission, Town Hall, 603-382-5200. Reserved for recreational use are more than 30 acres of land, including Pollard Park on two acres of lawns and gardens surrounding Town Hall, with paved walkways, benches, picnic tables and a gazebo.
Earl Smith Field Recreation Area off North Main Street has baseball fields, tennis courts, a basketball court and a sheltered picnic area.
Pollard School playground. Athletic fields at Timberlane Regional Middle School and High School.
The fire pond behind the Historical Society Museum, Main Street, offers recreational fishing.
Plaistow Fish and Game Club, May Ray Avenue, hosts an annual fishing derby at Ron Ely Memorial Pond, which is stocked with trout. The club keeps a small, penned deer herd and a flock of wild fowl including pheasants.
Conservation lands include 25 parcels with 155 acres around Mount Misery abutting Kingston town forest, 28 acres abutting Atkinson and Hampstead conservation land and 54 acres in the Frog Pond Woods area off North Main Street and Old County Road.
The town is part of the statewide 911 emergency service.
Police Department, 603-382-1200. Police Chief Stephen C. Savage, 603-382-6816.
Crimeline, 603-382-3784; N.H. State Police, 1-800-525-5555.
Fire Department, Fire Chief John H. McArdle, 603-382-5012.
Licenses and registrations: To register a car, dog or boat or to get fishing licenses, Town Clerk Maryellen Pelletier, Town Hall, 603-382-5200.
Library: Plaistow Public Library, 85 Main St., 603-382-6011. Borrow a book, tape, museum pass or sign up for a preschool story hour or summer reading program for schoolchildren.
Paying taxes: The tax rate is $16.64 per $1,000 valuation at 96 percent. Assessment Clerk Selwa McLaughlin. Taxes are payable in July and December. Tax Collector Rosemarie L. Bayek, 603-382-8681, x47. Tax assessor, Cochrane Associates, 603-382-5200.
Pet or wild animal problems: To report a sick raccoon or lost dog, contact Animal Control Officer Donald Sargent, Harriman Road, 603-382-8144.
Building: To apply for a building permit, subdivision, Planning Office, Town Hall. Building Inspector P. Michael Dorman, 603-382-5200. Planning Coordinator Leigh Kormornick, 603-382-5200.
Health Department: To license a restaurant, get a food-handling inspection, open a day care, Health Officer Dennise Horrocks, Town Hall, 603-382-5200. Temporarily at the safety complex.
Assistance: Welfare, clothes closet for the needy at Town Hall open by appointment, food pantry, Interim Human Services Coordinator Nicole "Nikki" Carr, 603-382-5200.
Highway problems: To report a pothole, Highway Supervisor Daniel Garlington, Highway Garage, 603-382-6771.
District Court: To pay a traffic ticket, Plaistow District Court, 14 Elm St., 603-382-4651.
Doing business: Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, 87 Winter St., Haverhill, promotes business and tourism in the Greater Haverhill region.
On the Web: plaistow.com
Timberlane Regional School District
Pollard (elementary) School, Main Street, Principal Michelle Auger, 603-382-7146.
Middle School, Greenough Road, Principal Gil Johanson, 603-382-7131.
High School, Greenough Road, Principal Charles Coker, 603-382-6541.
Timberlane Regional Superintendent Dr. Douglas B. McDonald. Office on Greenough Road, Plaistow, 603-382-6119.
Baptist: First Baptist Church, Main Street, 603-382-5075. Pastor is Rev. Louie E. Drew. Summer Sunday worship, 9:30 a.m. Beginning September and through May, 10 a.m. Sunday school at 10 a.m. in fall.
Catholic: Holy Angels Church, Atkinson Depot Road, 603-382-8324. Pastor Rev. Marcel Martel. Masses: Saturday, 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.