Mike Donahue Serves as Mentor for Hoffman-Haas Fellowship Program

Michael Donahue recently served as a Mentor for the 2014 Hoffman-Haas Fellowship Program in the Seacoast sponsored by the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits.  Mike’s service was recognized by a Certificate of Appreciation at the January graduation of this year’s group of 20 Fellows who underwent extensive training in all aspects of non-profit Board participation, including leadership, fundraising, sustainability and strategic planning.  Mike was selected as a Mentor based upon his experience serving multiple years on the Boards of the Greater Seacoast United Way, Strawberry Banke Museum, and the Exeter Chamber of Commerce, in addition to his Naval Reserve leadership experience.  For more information on the Hoffman-Haas Fellowship experience and other programs of the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits is available at www.nhnonprofits.org.

Chris Boldt to Speak at OEP Spring Planning and Zoning Conference

Attorney Chris Boldt will once again be presenting at the 2015 Annual Spring Planning and Zoning Conference of the NH Office of Energy and Planning, scheduled for Saturday, May 2 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH.    Chris has again been asked to speak at a double session on the basic procedures ZBA members should use in making their various decisions on variances, special exceptions, appeals of administrative decisions and waivers of dimensional criteria.  For more information and on-line registration, please go to http://www.nh.gov/oep


Chris Boldt to Speak on 91-A Issues

On April 7, 2015, Attorney Chris Boldt will be discussing RSA 91-A issues at the NH Municipal Lawyers Association Seminar along with Attorney Dan Crean and Salem Town Administrator/Attorney Leon Goodwin.  The Seminar will be held at the New Hampshire Municipal Association offices in Concord, NH and will cover the law’s requirements, updates on current developments, and practical guidance on compliance.    Chris’ presentation will include the Attorney-Client relationship, billing and communications within the context of RSA 91-A, as well as current legislative developments and recent court decisions.  For more information and on-line registration, please go www.nhmla.com.

Mike Donahue, DTC Longtime Advocates of Workforce Housing

This article was originally published by seacoastonline.com on Sunday, December 7, 2014

PORTSMOUTH – Michael Donahue grew up in New Hampshire. He’s worked here, lived here, raised a family here.

And he wants the same opportunities afforded to him for the generations that follow, which is why he is so passionate about the need for workforce housing in the region.

And that passion is why Donahue and his law firm – Donahue, Tucker & Ciandella, with offices in Portsmouth and Exeter – were presented the 2014 Employer Leadership Award from Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast.  See more…

DTC Sponsors Record Breaking Riverwoods Gala to Benefit Saint Vincent de Paul

svdpMore than 400 people attended the recent RiverWoods Gala Auction “Help Today, Hope for Tomorrow” to benefit Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Exeter (SVdP). The RiverWoods Gala raised more than $100,000 for SVdP and the families they serve!

The biennial event punctuates a two-year fundraising and partnership with SVdP, an all-volunteer non-profit that helps people in the Exeter area with a variety of issues, from food and housing to job seeking and child care. As in previous years, RiverWoods residents and staff donated hundreds of hours of time during the two year partnership, all culminating in the recent gala.

DTC is proud to be a sponsor of this Wonderful Event!  For more information on SVdP, or to donate, please visit www.svdpexeter.com.  (Pictured are Cleo Castonguay, SVdP President and Attorney Patrick Collins).

Please Join Us For a Holiday Open House

DTC will be hosting an open house on Thursday, December 4 from 5-7 pm at our Exeter office. While you are in downtown Exeter for the Festival of Trees, Santa’s Visit and the Holiday Lighting, please stop by our office. Light refreshments will be served.

DTC Shares in the Holiday Spirit

svdp food drive“Needed Items” Drive / Society of St. Vincent de Paul & Crossroads House

As part of DTC’s effort to give back to the community this holiday season, we sponsored a “needed items” drive in each of our offices to benefit Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Crossroads House.  Many non-perishable food items and consumable goods were dropped off to the benefitting organization on December 18. (Pictured are Cleo Castonguay, SVdP President and DTC Staffers, Priscilla Lord and Stephanie Guy).

Winter Coat & Clothing Drive / Wonderland Thrift Shop

Please join with DTC as we host our second annual winter coat and clothing drive to assist Wonderland Thrift Shop in their goal of collecting 4,000 coats this winter. DTC welcomes donations in our Exeter and Portsmouth locations of all types of winter clothing for adults and children, including sweaters, coats, snowsuits, jackets, hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and boots. Wonderland Thrift Shop is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving back to the community, and relies solely on donations from individuals and businesses. Please join with DTC in this very important drive–clean out those closets, and help someone in your community stay warm, while contributing to Wonderland’s continued spirit of giving!

DTC is proud to sponsor these organizations that give back to our community.  For more information on these organizations please visit www.svdpexeter.com or www.crossroadshouse.org or www.wonderlandthrift.org

Black Hawk Down Showing a Success for Vets Count

Veterans Count working through Easter Seals NH to provide emergency funding to military families sponsored the presentation of the movie Black Hawk Down which, together with narration by soldiers who were part of that mission, served as an educational opportunity to learn about the events from the heroes that were there as well as increase awareness of  Veterans Count  for those service members and veterans who can benefit from the program.   DTC was proud to be a sponsor of the event.  For more information on Veterans Count click here.


DTC Supports Workforce Housing

In October, DTC joined Kennebunk Savings Bank and the Town of Stratham in sponsoring a two day Workforce Housing Design Charrette presented by volunteer members of the Workforce Housing Coalition.  DTC has been designated as a “Community Builder” by the Coalition for its support of workforce housing initiatives in the Seacoast.  The Stratham Charrette produced two alternate development scenarios for nearly 100 acres adjacent to the Town Center which were prepared by two teams of professionals donating their time.  The scenarios which showed the integration of workforce and market rate housing with mixed use (office, retail and even a brew pub) and cluster subdivision construction were based upon the existing zoning and the input of Stratham residents, several of whom attended and participated in the opening and presentation sessions held at the Stratham Town Office.

DTC Senior Partner, Mike Donahue, of DTC’s Land Use Practice Group, attended both sessions contributing to the educational aspects of the presentation.  Mike also added the benefit of the Firm’s ready familiarity with Stratham’s land use regulations and extensive permitting experience of other successful projects in the community.  For more information on the Charrette click here.


DTC Attorneys to present at Annual NHMA Conference

Attorneys Rob Ciandella, Chris Boldt and Kate Miller will be speakers at the NHMA’s 73rd Annual Conference in Manchester on November 12th and 13th.  Rob and Kate will present “Telecommunications Infrastructure” addressing issues that municipalities are faced with in dealing with Telecommunications Infrastructure.  Chris will present with Attorney Rick Sager on the topic of “Now You Own It; What to Do with Tax Deeded Property” addressing the powers and duties of the municipalities in handling tax deed properties.  For more information and on-line registration, please go to www.nhmunicipal.org.