Attorney Sharon Cuddy Somers Assists Riverwoods Durham in Obtaining Conditional Approval from the Town of Durham

Riverwoods Durham obtained conditional approval from the Durham Planning Board on January 10, 2018 to construct a continuing care retirement community on Stone Quarry Drive in Durham. The community campus is designed for people 62 and over and will consist of 150 independent living apartments and include a 72 bed health center providing assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care. The campus will occupy approximately 11 acres and will contain many of the program elements and amenities found at the hugely successful campus at Riverwoods Exeter. Sharon Cuddy Somers serves as land use counsel for the project and, following a review process which began in May 2017, obtained approvals from the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Conservation Commission and Planning Board. Other local members of the development team include Jeff Clifford of Altus Engineering and Robbi Woodburn of Woodburn & Company. Justine Vogel, CEO of Riverwoods Durham says the community is beginning to take deposits from prospective residents now and anticipates construction beginning in June 2018 with an estimated opening of early 2020.

Click here for more information from the article in the Portsmouth Herald.

For more information on Riverwoods Durham click here.

For more information on Woodburn & Company click here.

DTC is Pleased To Announce that Heidi J. Barrett-Kitchen has Become a Member of the Firm

Donahue, Tucker & Ciandella, PLLC, is pleased to announce that Heidi J. Barrett-Kitchen has become a member of the firm. Heidi joined DTC as an Associate in 2016. Her experience and practice involves various aspects of commercial and residential real estate transactions, land development, condominium law, business formations, acquisitions and transactions, estate planning and probate administration. Heidi received her B.S. degree from Northeastern University College of Criminal Justice and her J.D. degree from Northeastern University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. For more information on Heidi click here.

DTC Giving Back

Attorney Heidi Barrett-Kitchen along with other members of the Meredith Rotary Club served over 300 seniors at the Rotary’s 26th annual Senior Holiday Dinner on Sunday. This is a community effort with donations from Harts Turkey Farm and various youth organizations. Plated meals with all the fixings for over 300 seniors were served in less than 14 minutes; a true testament that many hands make light work. Below is a picture from the event. For more information on Meredith Rotary club click here.

Paralegal Karen Baillargeon along with the Exeter Lions Club, held a pancake breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus and served over 200 people. The children loved Santa and Mrs. Claus and each child received a gift. Karen and the Exeter Lions will also be putting together Christmas bags of gifts to ten seniors through the Rockingham Nutrition Meals on Wheels Program and will be assembling and delivering 65 Christmas baskets to others in need. For more information on the Exeter Lions Club click here.

Chris and Carolyn Boldt Perform with Sandwich Singers

Attorney Chris Boldt and his wife Carolyn will again perform with the Sandwich Singers at three Christmas concerts this year: Wednesday December 13 at the Congregational Church in Melvin Village; Thursday December 14 at St. Andrew’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church in Tamworth; and Sunday December 17 at the Methodist Meeting House in Center Sandwich. All concerts will be at 7:00 p.m. and are free, though contributions are gratefully accepted.

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2017 Sandwich Singers Poster


DTC Attorney Eric Maher on Jeopardy

DTC’s Eric Maher made DTC proud this week after winning $33,500.00 on Jeopardy. On Monday, Eric defeated the Returning Champion with a one day total of $31,500. He came in second place on Tuesday, earning an additional $2,000.00.

Check out the YouTube links below to watch Eric.

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Attorneys Christopher Boldt and Eric Maher Give Lecture on Utility Appeals

Last week the New Hampshire Municipal Association hosted its 76th Annual Conference in Manchester. DTC Lawyers was there as an Exhibitor and Attorneys Christopher Boldt and Eric Maher gave a lecture on the NH Utility Appeals. Since 2014, several utility companies have appealed their assessments in multiple communities throughout New Hampshire. The lecture was on the history behind these utility appeals and gave an update on recent court decisions and pending litigation. For more information on the New Hampshire Municipal Association click here.

Attorneys Kate Miller and Justin Pasay to present lecture on “Wireless Facilities: Managing the Approval Process” at the 2017 Municipal Law Lecture Series

On Saturday September 23rd and Saturday October 14th, Attorneys Kate Miller and Justin Pasay will be presenters at the 2017 Municipal Law Lecture Series. These lectures are intended for municipal officials with an interest in or responsibility for any aspect of municipal land use regulation, including members of planning and zoning boards, planners, land use administrators, select boards, town and city councilors, building inspectors, code enforcement officers, and public works personnel.

Their lecture will go over the following:

Does state or federal law trump local zoning for cell towers? How can Planning Boards and ZBAs protect municipal interests and comply with state and federal law when permitting wireless facilities? With all the changes in state and federal law over the past 8 years, it is hard to keep up! And mistakes can be expensive. This presentation will present an overview of the evolving law on permitting wireless facilities, plus provide specific recommendations for procedures your land use boards, municipal staff and regional planners can implement to ensure this tricky process is done right.

For tickets  click here.

Denise A. Poulos Elected to Serve as President of the Seacoast Board of Veterans Count

Denise A. Poulos has been elected to serve as President of the Seacoast Board of Veterans Count, which as the philanthropic arm of Easterseals Military & Veterans Services, over the past 10 years has provided services to more than 9,900 individuals for challenges including suicide prevention, employment, homelessness, substance misuse treatment, transportation, legal concerns, mental health issues resulting from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury. In addition, emergency financial assistance for food, utilities, housing, rent, emergency shelter, fuel assistance, vehicle repair, child care, gasoline, and medical bills is also provided. For more information on Veterans Count, click here.

DTC Bids Farewell to Attorney Charles Tucker

On Thursday, June 1st our client, colleagues and friends joined us at our new Exeter location to enjoy refreshments and check out our new space. The evening was bittersweet as we said farewell to one of our founding Partners, Charlie Tucker, as he retires after 50 years of service to his clients. Mike Donahue, Rob Ciandella and Bob Derosier shared many fond memories of Charlie. We wish Charlie and Jean well as they embark on their new adventure. In case you missed it, we’ve compiled a slide show with photos of the event and our new office. Click here.


DTC Prepares for Move

We are excited to announce we are moving our Exeter office on May 20th to our new location at 16 Windsor Lane, Exeter, NH 03833 (across from Access Sports). As we prepare for the move, on Friday May 19th in the late afternoon, there may be interruption in either telephone or e-mail services. We plan to be up and running at our new location on Monday, May 22, 2017.

For directions to our new location click here.