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Connections July 2013 - Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce -

july 16, 2013

rain date july 17 4pm - four-tree island

If you liked! last year, you won’t want to miss what we have planned this year. And, if you missed! last year, you definitely don’t want to be left out! Join us as we take street. life! to the island. That’s Four-Tree Island with some of the best views around. This special spot is joined to Peirce Island by a pedestrian walkway and features great views of the Memorial Bridge, Piscataqua River, Portsmouth Fish Pier and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. When was the last time you visited Four Tree Island? Come to street. life! 2013 and join 600 friends and colleagues as we celebrate the opening of Memorial Bridge. It’s going to be an event to remember!

the contest Get creative and send us a picture of you, your team, your boss, your dog or any living thing doing something or just enjoying the view out at Four Tree Island with our! logo. The rules are simple. Be creative. Do it at Four Tree Island. Have fun and be sure to include the! sign. The winner will get 4 Tickets to street. life! and the runner up wins 2 Tickets! All entries must be submitted by July 10th, 2013. Visit portsmouthstreetlife. com to print out the street. life! logo, upload and print. Easy!

President’s Message - 2 Ribbon Cuttings - 3 Calendar of Events - 4 After Hours - 5 Tourism News - 6 New Members - 7 Movers & Shakers - 8

A message from our President The past month was both encouraging and discouraging in the City of Portsmouth. We were encouraged Doug Bates by the Board of Adjustment’s ruling to allow a skating rink at Strawbery Banke. This occurred at the Board’s second marathon meeting of the week. In a very well attended meeting, the naysayers presented some credible and, in my opinion, some not so credible reasons in opposition to the rink. Those in favor of the rink highlighted its connection to a historical site with a stellar reputation and great management. Supporters spoke of family, community and fun. Many viewed the rink as a positive addition to the City and those voices helped win the day for Strawbery Banke. The Board’s decision was an indicator that common sense and understanding public benefits can prevail. The next step is to support the rink as it proceeds to the Planning Board to work out the details. It felt as if common sense and understanding public benefits was not in large supply during the City Council’s consideration of parking at the Worth Surface Parking Lot. The vote before the Council was solely to determine whether the Worth Lot was to remain in the discussion relative to Portsmouth’s current parking problem. In this case, those who testified in favor outnumbered those who were opposed by two to one. Those opposed, some of whom said they did not think there was a parking problem, invoked height, mass, business interruption, traffic flow and safety as arguments against a parking garage at the

Worth Surface Parking Lot. These arguments pointed to other recent development projects - which they did not like - as reason not to approve any new projects, much less a parking structure. The mentioned new projects had been presented to the public on many occasions, with plenty of opportunity for objections. In light of the fact that prior objections were not made, perhaps the focus of those in opposition could have centered on involvement in the process and being heard before the projects are nearly complete. Regardless, opposition to what the Chamber feels is a necessary parking lot based on a dislike of other commercial projects did not seem appropriate and such arguments should be seen by the Councilors for what we feel they are: irrelevant to the consideration of current parking issues. In another twist several Councilors stated that Portsmouth should not make any decision without input from the Portsmouth Listens Traffic Study; a study which was not scheduled to include discussion of a parking structure. As it turns out, that study, which was released after the vote, selected satellite parking as a long term solution. I agree with that selection as a long term goal, but it is not an immediate solution to the parking problem because it requires a significant change in routines and behavior. Also, short-term hurdles such as site selection and cost are likely to be equally divisive and could result in many, many more years of inaction. In the meantime the parking problem will continue to escalate, which will hurt Portsmouth. Finally, I felt it was very troubling that the majority of City Councilors voted not to have the opportunity to talk about the Worth Surface Parking Lot for the remainder of their term.

To repeat: they were not voting for a Worth Parking Structure but just on the opportunity to include the Worth Surface Parking Lot in the ongoing discussion. Bob Lister said it loud and clear: “people are angry,” and I agree. People are angry, but I would suggest that people are angry at this City Council for not having the courage to tackle a problem that City Manager Bohenko has brought to the attention of this and previous City Councils for a very, very long time. It is akin to what is going on in Washington DC, where we all know we have issues but no one has shown the courage to step up and solve them. What is it going to take to move this City and this country forward? That is really up to you. You need to step up and get involved. It is nice to dream about what was, but we can never go in reverse. Did you ever notice you cannot get younger no matter how hard you try? Let us grow wisely, together. What is also up to you is your support of the Chamber on July 16. Join us for our Annual Dinner, branded as! 2013, to be held at Four Tree Island, adjacent to Peirce Island in Portsmouth. We consciously plan fewer but better fundraisers to allow us more time to increase member value. There are only three: the Holiday Auction, the Chamber Golf Tournament and the Annual Dinner. Please help support us by coming to Four Tree Island on July 16 to welcome back the Memorial Bridge, enjoy a unique dining experience and to learn who will be honored as the Business, Citizen, Volunteer and Connector of the Year. For info and tickets visit

Ribbon Cuttings

British Beer Company

103 Hanover St., Portsmouth

Fosters Cafe & Marketplace 5 Axholme Rd., York, ME

For Chamber members, professional business videos start at just $495. Salt Kitchen & Bar

Wentworth by the Sea - Newcastle

Seacoast Orthodontics & Prosthetics 155 Griffin Rd., Portsmouth

603.740.9100 3. July 2013 ~ Connections

Calendar Mid-Day Meet Cafe Nostimo 72 Mirona Rd., Portsmouth


july 16, 2013 rain date july 17 4pm - four tree island

IN JULY Thank you Cafe Nostimo for continuing to host and we will see you in August!

Info. and tickets visit:

New Member Orientation Wed., July 10 9:30a-10:30a The Chamber

Business After Hours - The Port Inn 505 U.S. 1 Bypass Portsmouth

August 29, 2013

500 Market St., Portsmouth

Join us for a step by step session on how to get the most out of your membership. Meet the Chamber staff and learn ways to utilize them as marketing partners. RSVP to membership@

Road Race Series Thunder Chicken 5k Thursday, August 1 Portsmouth Rotary thunder-chicken-5k

BreastCancerStories Celebrate Pink 5k

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We can’t wait for the 5th Annual BAH at The Port Inn. The Flash Mob theme in 2012 was a huge hit and whatever these guys have up their sleeves is always top secret and guaranteed to impress. See you at The Port!

Business After Hours

Isle of Shoals Steamship Co. & Edible Arrangements The weather held up from 5-7 for our June Business After Hours aboard the Thomas Laighton. Thank you to the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. and Edible Arrangements for hosting such a great event! Thank you to Fosters Clambake, Buffalo Wild Wings and the Blue Mermaid for providing the food, NH Distributors for the beverages and Cuzin Richard Entertainment Agency for the entertainment! Because of StreetLife, there will be no Business After Hours in July. So, we will see you on Four Tree Island on July 16th and at The Port Inn for our August Business After Hours on August 22nd!

500 Market Street PO Box 239 P 603-610-5510 F 603-436-5118 Directors Howard Altschiller, Anne Brown, Kim Buxton, Rich Chagnon, Shari Donnermeyer, Lisa Gainty, Mark Galvin, Joe Graham, Tim Hepburn, Dan Innis, Doug Macdonald, Steve Marchand, Jay McSharry, Ken Murphy, Assiah Russell, Grant Sanborn, Betsy Scott, Matthew Stachowske, Ben Wheeler, Larry Yerdon, Bill Young Officers Shari Donnermeyer, Chair Ben Wheeler, Vice Chair Anne Brown, Treasurer Tim Hepburn, Past Chair Staff Doug Bates President Valerie Rochon Tourism Manager Katie Sweet Marketing Coordinator Briggs Buzzell Membership Manager Kristin Scott Administrative Coordinator Samantha Engel Accounting Joan Chawziuk Harbor Trail Coordinator Bea Ann Kendall Visitor Assistant Newsletter Editor/Writer/Production Katie Sweet Connections electronic newsletter is published monthly by the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce and reaches 2,000+ business people throughout NE.

Tourism News

Portsmouth in the Press... “The third-oldest city in the country boasts an enviable waterfront setting, grand architecture, a booming arts and theater scene, and vibrant community spirit.” - Boston Globe. “New Hampshire’s 18-mile coastline is next, and it’s short but sweet.” “Before crossing into Maine, grab a bite in Portsmouth, which is brimming with good food.” - Atlanta Journal Constitution online. “It makes for a port town that goes farther to not just support its past but reach into the future, and to try something new.” - Waheeda Harris, Canada “Seriously, Portsmouth? You’re going to be that perfect? So ideal that I ache, I envy and I curse my childhood for not including your idyllic splendor?” “When Boston needs a vacation, it loves Portsmouth.” “ of the nation’s most kid-friendly, walkable, food-centric, historic, livable and romantic cities.” “On any East Coast car trip, you <Portsmouth> are a charming little must.” “It’s like Europe in America,” - Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune PARKING & PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN PORTSMOUTH The parking discussion continues, but in the meantime, what are our options? The City of Portsmouth has designed a comprehensive guide to parking in Portsmouth, including Twitter feeds which update space available in the High Hanover Parking Garage. Bookmark ParkPortsmouth. com so you know where and when you can park. Share with others. THE DOWNTOWN LOOP TROLLEY

begins today, July 1st, and runs through August 31st (except July 4th). It runs Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. and costs only 50 cents. The route spans the downtown, from the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company on Market Street to City Hall, out to the town pool on Peirce Island and to Market Square and down Congress Street. It accesses the Parrot Ave, South Mill and Junkins Ave parking lots, and loops every 20 minutes. Encourage your staff and visitors to take advantage of this convenient resource and do your part to help alleviate the parking pressure in the downtown. Visit for all the details, or stop into the Visitor Center or Market Square Kiosk for maps. 6. July 2013 ~ Connections

FAM (familiarization) Tours

SHOP PORTSMOUTH FRIDAY NIGHTS Reminder that many of our local shops are open late on Friday nights until at least 8:00 AND if you bring your Friday receipt from a participating shop to any of a dozen local restaurants you will receive a special dining offer that same Friday. What a deal! Visit ShopPortsmouth. org for the details.

SUMMER SALE DAZE Save the dates - August 29 through September 2 - for great sales from our downtown retailers. Whether it’s back to school or Fall fashion, you’ll want to plan to be downtown over Labor Day weekend.

As the summer heats up, so do our requests from journalists to visit Portsmouth and the Seacoast so they can then write, blog and update guidebooks. We have already hosted two separate Canadian journalists, a group of journalists from Boston, New York City and an Alabama based magazine, and we are expecting the editor of the Japanese Globetrotter Guide later this month. FAM tours are successful because our hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions host these guests and provide meaningful experiences that generate promotional pieces - exposure in publications in which we could never afford to purchase advertising space.



Food & motorcycle freelance writer, Ken Aiken.

Welcome New Members JD Interactive


Interactive Accessibility

MIG Express LLC

ProEx Physical Therapy

Envi Auto Care II

Miss Portsmouth Area Scholarship Inc.

Ami Graphics

Normandeau Associates Inc.

Auntie Annes Inc.

Seacoast Orthotics and Prosthetics LLC

3S Artspace

Website Design 92 Tidewater Farm Rd, Stratham NH 603.583.4726 Contact: Jacqui Dervan Digital Accessibility Services 16 Parker St., Exeter, NH 603.580.9110 Contact: Mark Miller Health and Wellness 210 Commerce Way, 120 Portsmouth, NH 603.427.8066 Contact: Benjamin Barron Non-profit Organization 7 Orchard St., Auburn, NH 603.361.8388 Contact: Kerrye Berglund Environmental Consulting Management 30 International Dr. Portsmouth, NH 603.472.5191 Contact: Pam Hall Professional Associations 155 Griffin Rd. Portsmouth, NH 603.294.0010 Contact: Chris Phillips

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Advertising and Marketing Congress St., Portsmouth, NH 603.948.2985 Michael Mandella Business Communication Services 38 State St. Suite 1 Portsmouth, NH 866.211.7340 Igor Mihailov Automotive Retail 2468 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth, NH 603.436.9518 Regina Dixon Advertising & Marketing 223 Drake Hill Rd., Strafford, NH 603.664.7174 Jim Allen Food & Beverages 48-50 W Chestnut St. Lancaster, PA 17603 717.435.1479 Linda Engels Attractions 319 Vaughan St. Portsmouth, NH 603.766.3330 Chris Greiner

Movers & Shakers Position Open - ENH Power

Music Hall

The Community Outreach Coordinator is a full-time position that is responsible for building relationships with community groups and non-profits in New Hampshire. This will be done by providing them with the opportunity to raise money through our Community Partner program. ENH Power.

The Music Hall has just announced seven new shows coming to both The Historic Theater and The Loft during its 20132014 season. Tickets go on sale for these shows on Saturday July 6 to members and Saturday July 20 to non-members.

Race Thank You! The 16th Annual Runner’s Alley/ Redhook Brewery Memorial 5k was held at Redhook on May 26th. The venue, post race food and music, and 2000 participants make this event not just the largest 5k in the Seacoast but also one of the top-rated. This is the 2nd race in the ever popular Seacoast Road Race Series, as well as a holiday favorite for both locals and visitors. 100% of the proceeds were donated to Krempels Center, a local non profit providing new life after brain injury. Race organizers are thrilled to have raised over 60k for this very worthwhile organization located at the Community Campus.

DeStefano Architects DeStefano Architects was recently honored with the Visualizing Density “Urban Infill” award for their design of the residential condominiums at Haymarket Square on the corners of State and Middle Streets in Downtown Portsmouth. The award for outstanding compact design was given by the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority and Plan NH as part of their Vibrant Villages, NH initiative. Lisa DeStefano, Principal Architect and Adam Wagner, Director of Operations for DeStefano Architects attended the award ceremony and reception on June 27th in Concord.

Favorite Foods Favorite Foods, New Hampshire’s only family-owned independent broadline foodservice distributor, has announced today that effective July 1, 2013; they will be joining UniPro Foodservice, Inc.®. UniPro Foodservice, Inc.® is the largest foodservice distribution cooperative in the United States. UniPro enables its members to receive enhanced purchasing opportunities, thereby providing better pricing and a vast array of products and services to their customers.

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People’s United Bank People’s United Bank announced that Lynn Christensen has joined the company as Assistant Vice President, Mortgage Account Officer in the Nashua and Manchester markets. Christensen is active in her local community and is the Merrimack Town and School Moderator and a member of the Merrimack Planning Board. She is also a director of the Merrimack Rotary Club.

Service Credit Union Service Credit Union celebrated the opening of its 41st branch worldwide, 23nd in New Hampshire and 10th in-store branch earlier this month. The new full-service banking institution with a deposit-taking ATM is located at 683 Tenney Mountain Highway inside Walmart located in Plymouth.

St. Thomas Aquinas High School Congratulations to a number of world language students from St. Thomas Aquinas High School who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2013 National Spanish Examinations. Students from St. Thomas Aquinas earned three silver medals and two bronze medals along with 24 honorable mentions. FMI or call (603) 742-3206.

The Music Hall The Music Hall in downtown Portsmouth is gearing up for its next superstar concert – with Dwight Yoakam, Sunday July 7, 2013 at 7:30pm. The “country roots with rock attitude” singer/songwriter will bring his high energy band to the landmark 1878 Historic Theater, known its superior acoustics and dazzling restoration.

Celebrate the 266th Birthday of John Paul Jones, American Naval Hero Concert: Sunday, July 7, 2013, 4:00PM Admission: Free to Historical Society members/ $10 non-members Where: John Paul Jones House Museum, 43 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH and become a member online. 603-436-8420

Blue Ocean Society The Hodgson Brook Restoration Project in Portsmouth and the Berry Brook Restoration project in Dover recently learned they will receive $20K in grant funds to assist with ongoing restoration efforts in both watersheds. The Royal Bank of Canada’s (RBC) Blue Water Project awarded funding to regional partners working with the Gulf of Maine Association (GOMA) in coordination with the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. The GOMA will provide leadership for the RBC Blue Water projects, including Berry and Hodgson Brook, two projects in the maritime provinces of Canada, and restoration projects in South Portland, Maine. This international partnership is intended to raise awareness about urban water resource issues and will result in “on the ground” projects that improve water quality in cities and towns.

My Breast Cancer Support My Breast Cancer Support, formerly known as, recently held its annual board retreat and strategic session. During the meeting, the non profit officially changed the organization name, clarified its vision and future programming plans, and elected six new board members to its Board of Directors. My Breast Cancer Support is funded by charitable contributions, healthcare sponsorships, grants, individual donations, and fundraising events. For more information call Wendy McCoole at (603) 759-5640 or visit

Most Wanted to Return - Lake Street Dive in Prescott Park on July 3rd Lake Street Dive is back by popular demand on the FairPoint Communications MainStage on Wednesday, July 3rd as part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival Voted most wanted to return by Festival goers, hands down, in 2011, this funky string band with soul is guaranteed to impress. Starting at 7 pm in Prescott Park, this extraordinary group will once again fill the Park with their inspired, hybrid sound of jazz, bluegrass, and pop as part of the River House Restaurant Concert Series.

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