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Members in the News | November 2017

Provident Bank building approved by Portsmouth HDC

The Historic District Commission unanimously approved a plan by The Provident Bank to demolish the former Shaines and McEachern law office building and replace it with a three-and-a-half story mixed-use development.

The vote Wednesday night to approve the 25 Maplewood Ave. development came in a relatively short amount of time for the HDC, which has taken years to review some notable downtown projects.

“I’m really proud to say that we had just four work sessions for a 40,000-square-foot building,” Lisa DeStefano, the project’s architect and founder of DeStefano Architects, said Thursday. “That’s a pretty amazing task.”

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Cross Roads House receives legacy gift

“Homelessness is not going to go away; it’s going to be here long after I’m gone,” said Lex Scourby in announcing a legacy gift to Cross Roads House.

Scourby has been an active member of the Cross Roads House board of directors since 2003 and served as chairman from 2006-2011 during the shelter’s capital campaign to design and build a new facility.

“I want to sustain the facilities and the programs that we offer our residents,” he said. “By making this commitment in my estate plan and joining the Legacy Society, I have designated 5 percent of my estate to help sustain the organization in perpetuity. This is a relatively simple way to make a difference and I hope it encourages other people to do the same.”

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New Hampshire Film Festival announces Granny Awards winners

The New Hampshire Film Festival wrapped up Sunday with a closing ceremony at The Music Hall featuring presentation of several industry awards.

This 17th annual film festival, which took place last weekend, featured 117 films and documentaries as well as multiple industry panels, parties and more spread throughout historic downtown Portsmouth.

“This year’s film festival was one for the ages,” said NHFF Executive Director Nicole Gregg. “It was great seeing the streets packed with pass holders making their way to screenings and taking in all that Portsmouth has to offer.”

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Review: Federal Cigar, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The third oldest city in the United States, Portsmouth has a rich and colorful history that dates back beyond the American Revolution. But it’s just in the past couple of years that it has emerged as one of the hottest weekend and vacation spots in New England, fueled by an explosive culinary scene and its increasingly rare indie vibe, full of mom-and-pop shops and boutiques, without a single national chain retailer.

As one of the nation’s longest running tobacconists, Federal Cigar and its downstairs cigar bar fits the city perfectly, with a history in Portsmouth going back over a century. Originally United Tobacco, launched in 1904, it was renamed Federal in 1921 and continued in various locations before settling into a 200-year-old brick building on one of Portsmouth’s most prime corners, Market Square, the downtown epicenter.


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Entrepreneurs Complete NH SBA’s Emerging Leader Program

Sixteen entrepreneurs throughout New Hampshire were recognized on Oct. 17, 2017, at an awards ceremony in Manchester, according to a press statement, for their completion of a seven-month executive education series focusing on the future growth of their small businesses. Emerging Leaders is the only federal training specifically tailored for small business executives poised for growth. The free program includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time, connects small business owners with a network of industry experts and peers, and supports the creation of a three-year strategic growth action plan.

Bruce Cultrera, president and CEO of Seacoast Helicopters in Portsmouth, was one of this year’s graduates.

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