Library really should be precedence of new centre

I was astonished to examine that programs for the new Middletown Centre bundled a scaled-down community library tucked away from West Most important Street.

Our recent general public library is too smaller. Shrinking its area by a whopping 4,000 sq. toes is 180 levels off from the way in which we ought to be shifting. Our new library should be even bigger, nicer and prominently positioned appropriate at the entrance to the Town Heart. Why do libraries nonetheless issue? Libraries are a person of the couple of locations wherever households can go devoid of somebody striving to provide them some thing. Libraries spark creativeness, enjoy of mastering, and curiosity amongst the young and the aged. Libraries are the rungs on the ladder to achievement in training and in everyday living.

Libraries are exactly where my mom, an immigrant operating to enhance her English, could get her two kids to understand and grow when she examined to make a superior existence for us all. Libraries are where by I put in the function that led to various graduate degrees and significant skilled achievement. The Middletown Community Library should – no, need to! – offer a spacious, welcoming, condition-of-the-artwork facility. The library sends a really obvious concept to the folks of Middletown, one particular way or an additional. Let us make it a concept stating that our city cares about education and learning, cares about growth, cares about us. Let us put that lovely library appropriate at the entrance to Middletown Middle, let’s identify it Pottsy Memorial Library to honor SSG Christopher Potts, and let us make it something all of Middletown can use with pleasure.

Alex Ellermann, Middletown

Professional actual estate pursuits have Middletown

Let us be clear. Commercial genuine estate interests possess this city. For many years the city council, by its own steps, and its appointments to the zoning and scheduling boards, have all but assured that the skids will be greased for any undertaking serious estate buyers propose. Never believe that me?

The development of the vacant residence on West Main Road, acknowledged as Middletown Heart, has acquired a proposal from Rocky Kempenaar and other folks. It incorporates marketplace-level flats, “affordable housing” and commercial spaces. Also, Kempenaar, who now owns 4 lodges in Middletown, needs to establish a further lodge on this assets. When he was knowledgeable that this resort may well not be in the ideal pursuits of Middletown, below is what Kempenaar’s agent mentioned:

“There are features of these considerations we have heard tonight that we will definitely focus on and try out to include or deal with, but in terms of elimination of the hotel … people would be a nonstarter for the growth group.”

The discussion of whether or not a different lodge is necessary or preferred is worthwhile. What is not worthwhile, what is not satisfactory, is the “take it, or go away it” risk presented by Kempenaar.

Having been accommodated for a long time, Kempenaar and his partners really feel entitled to desire everything from the town. This will keep on right until the voters at last wrest regulate from all those long-serving town councilors who have failed to act in the greatest interests of the city.

Lawrence Frank, Middletown

Volunteers make a difference at Portsmouth Canine Park

The Portsmouth Dog Park celebrated Earth Working day on Saturday, April 23, in its have inimitable vogue. All arms and paws were being on deck for a quite effective, delightfully chaotic spring cleanse-up. What a great crowd!

Large many thanks to absolutely everyone who labored so tricky. Loads of volunteers appeared with their rakes and shovels and wheelbarrows and, of study course, their canines. Twenty-3 quite productive Marines from the Naval Justice University also returned by well-liked desire. And this calendar year, Rumford Pet Specific and Animal Earth sponsored the party with yummy food, goodie bags and a raffle to aid the Dog Park.

Distinctive many thanks as perfectly to the City and Neighborhood Forestry Application for donating eight new trees to the Canine Park. Brian Woodhead, director of the Portsmouth DPW, and his group planted the trees, and provided the mulch and topsoil for us to use in the course of the clean up-up. We take pleasure in every little thing the town of Portsmouth does to help this amazing haven for canines and their individuals.

The dogs showed up in complete power, played and romped and fortunately disregarded all the activity around them. If they only knew all the individuals who arrived together on Earth Working day to assist make their playground clean and safe! On their behalf, I thank you all from the base of my coronary heart.

Be sure to verify out photographs from the occasion on our web site at

Jane Regan, chair, Portsmouth Dog Park Committee

Middletown Heart plan will get absent from the city

Make sure you support us help save the library, softball area and basketball courtroom. Developer Chris Bicho, owner of The Landing, stated in a news clip dated Oct. 20, 2021, that there is “a hodge-podge of things that are not truly staying applied considerably, now there is an open up field, a softball discipline, a basketball court docket and the Middletown Community Library and a previous elementary school.”

Increasing up in a group devoid of a significant library will adversely influence this neighborhood. People will not want to move to a neighborhood that does not have a library that is visible and ever-existing. If you move the library to a back of a procuring mall, what information are you providing anyone? Our youngsters need to have a put to understand and investigate our planet via publications. Curiosity feeds expansion. Taking part in exterior is fantastic for the soul. Kids need destinations to perform baseball and basketball.

If Chris Bicho definitely enjoys his local community, he would be producing a searching centre that does not consider more than our city, but enhances it. Really don’t make our local community a transient buying space give us a place the place we can be away from a shop, have peace of intellect and check out and be artistic and engaged with character.

Cynthia Patistea, Middletown

Not all brief-expression renters are the exact on Aquidneck Island

All short-time period summer season rental homeowners simply cannot be painted with the identical brush.

Quite a few owners are in truth absentee house owners — off-Islanders, out-of-staters and probably out-of-nation, who ordered attributes purely for investment decision reasons. Frequently these homes are darkish in winter. Normally, they are also the “problem homes,” which are rented to unrelated young persons, generally cited for noise violations. In our Ellery Avenue community, there are two this sort of homes, which are the source of issues by the Renfrew Park resident a short while ago showcased in the Newport Every day Information.

Then there are community owners, like us. We are living in Portsmouth. We are extremely much fingers-on, and have hardly ever experienced a noise complaint. We rent to households and mature grownups who have very good reviews on VRBO or Airbnb. Our two sons (equally of whom have experienced setbacks) stay there 9-as well as months of the calendar year. The revenue understood from summer months rentals enables us to fork out the expenses for this arrangement. I’m guaranteed there are numerous other community landlords with similar stories.

I hope the town of Middletown will think about the info for every style of landlord, and tier their tax boosts appropriately.

Shirley Lally, Portsmouth

This short article at first appeared on Newport Everyday Information: LETTERS: Professional true estate interests possess Middletown