RYE CRISP: New Saunders plan OK'd

Housebreaks raise awareness Swim/Surf Club back in play RCD builder picked Got a farming parcel? Salt/sand mix adjusted A push for 'no idling' Committee for old Police Station? Rye eyes Watershed Alliance Griffiths, Titus honored

Staff of Rye Reflections

Zoning Board approves
4-home plan on Saunders property

A slimmed-down proposal for four private homes on the Saunders Restaurant property two on each side of Harbor Road was approved by the Zoning Board of Adjustment by a vote of 5 to 0 on Wednesday night, January 27. The ZBA previously had rejected eight-home and six-home plans.


A steady flow of area residents of all ages took advantage of H1N1 vaccine clinic Saturday, January 9, at Rye Junior High School. More information on swine flu vaccines by calling 603-610-8477 or the H1N1 Public Inquiry line at 211 or by going to www.nh.gov.(Jim Cerny photo)

Rye Police Chief outlines
nuts and bolts of home security

Four brazen break-ins of Rye homes while residents were sleeping have sent shivers up and down the Seacoast.

Two Massachusetts men were arrested, and each was charged with four counts of felonies in connection with the incidents, three on Sea Road and one on Myrica Avenue. They were apprehended near a North Hampton home with their vehicle running nearby.

The question homeowners are asking themselves: How should they better secure their premises?

Short of investing in an alarm system, residents could take several basic steps, according to Rye Police Chief Kevin Walsh:

Among his suggestions:
And to punctuate his last point, Chief Walsh noted that "the quick call by the victims helped in finding these people. Thanks for all your help." Emergency number: 911; Police Dispatch number (603) 964-5522.


Popular Random Road inflatables made a statement this year (above) but also presented a lot of fun characters and animals (below) for enjoyment of children. (Jim Cerny photos)

Surf & Turf

Sometimes you confront a problem head on, other times you work around it.

The Wentworth By the Sea Country Club apparently has taken the workaround approach to deal with the 300x30 ft. state right of way in front of the property it wishes to turn into a Swim & Surf Club on the southeast corner of Route 1-A and Wallis Road. Entanglements connected with the purchase of the strip forced the state to back off from its plan to sell the land to the Wentworth. So the latest idea is to let it remain a grassed-in area that not only will be maintained by The Wentworth but will include a sidewalk, to be added and maintained but not plowed by the Wentworth. Parking along the roadway, a matter of intense interest to Rye Selectman Joe Mills, will include one extra space, according to Wentworth Vice President Peter Weeks, who says the lined spaces will be eliminated, thus enabling more efficiency, given that there are more smaller cars these days. Weeks also expressed enthusiasm for a bicycle path on that side of the road if details could be worked out.

Mills is looking for a guarantee from the Wentworth that employees won't park on the highway,  but fellow Selectman Craig Musselman points out that the Zoning Board of Adjustment is the place for that detail to be worked out.

So, it appears The Wentworth can now move forward with its application before the ZBA that had been held up by concerns over whether the sale by the Department of Transportation of that strip of land would set a precedent for properties along the Seacoast. Meanwhile, the Rockingham Planning Commission is conducting a study of the 1-A corridor, looking at future needs and uses and the effect of the right of way that weaves its way along the roadway from Seabrook to New Castle.



Two views of Jenness Beach show that the sands were more likely to attract the walkers before the snow. Then came the surfers to the same spot (below) two days later as the stalled snow storm at least churned up the waters to their liking. (Judy Palm photos).

Lingering doubts

Rep. David Borden split a doubleheader on Monday night, December 22. First he made a presentation before the Rye Board of Selectmen, encouraging the town to join the Southeast Watershed Alliance, which at that point was comprised of 26 of 42 coastal-region communities in New Hampshire and southern Maine. Reservations expressed by Selectman Craig Musselman deferred a decision. Borden then ran to New Castle, the other town he represents in the NH Legislature, which created the alliance. New Castle voted unanimously in favor of joining.

Musselman raised several specific reasons as to why Rye should think twice about joing the Alliance, whose focus is water quality in this part of the state, with particular concern about pollution issues affecting Great Bay, the waterways and groundwater that feed it, and Hampton-Seabrook estuaries and Hampton Harbor.

Recalling that this was the agency that two years ago was considering a pipeline that would run seaward from the Dover-Rochester area, cross Rye and empty into the ocean off Rye or Hampton, Musselman questioned whether its concerns correlated with Rye's.

Borden and Rye's Conservation Commission chairman Jim Raynes, who previously had been opposed to joining, pointed out that the SWA had new leadership, no longer supported the pipeline and was tackling important regional issues.

But Musselman got Borden to read an SWA statement saying it had given up on a pipeline unless one were voted on by the Legislature. Other Musselman questions: Even though towns can opt out of membership at any time, would doing so be politically damaging? If communities in the Dover-Rochester area control the agenda, will they have any interest in Rye issues? Why were four engineers at the last meeting, given that an initial study by Metcalf & Eddy was long completed? What will it cost Rye, particularly when full-time staff is hired and if a subsequent engineering contract is agreed upon? Are there downsides to Rye joining?

Board members Priscilla Jenness and Joe Mills leaned toward having a voice at the table (Rye can attend SWA meetings even if it is not a member), but decided against taking a vote at this time.


Longtime facing centerpieces of Rye. (Judy Palm photos)

Rye Public Library.

Rye Congregational Church.

Rx for disposal

Improper disposal of pills in the home can lead to environmental pollution, drug abuse and accidental poisonings. With that in mind "representatives of these interests" have developed a brief set of guidelines that are listed below and are available with more detail at www.nh.gov/medsafety:
  1. Pour medicine into a sealable plastic bag.
  2. If the medicine is a solid, add a small amount of water to dissolve it.
  3. Add any undesirable substance (such as dirt, coffee grounds or kitty litter) to the liquid medicine in the plastic bag.
  4. Seal the bag and immediately dispose of it in the trash for regular pick-up.
  5. Use marker to black out any personal contact information on the empty medicine container prior to disposing of it in the trash.
  6. Do NOT flush medicine down the toilet unless accompanying product information instructs that it is safe to do so. Don't keep unneeded medications in the home.

For more information or in case of an accidental poisoning, call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222.



The New Year snowstorm that hovered over the Seacoast during the New Year's weekend was kind to the birds and ducks as well as residents as it left at least temporarily a open section of water right in the middle of Eel Pond. (Judy Palm photo)

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