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December 27, 2012

Londonderry news in review

The year in Londonderry started with officials wrangling over budgets and ways to spend money wisely.

Many students cut their hair to make a difference, hosted events to help a cause, and succeeded both on and off the playing field.

Residents voted in big numbers, enjoyed many community programs, and celebrated the town’s heritage and humble beginnings.

Here is a sampling of some of the town’s stop stories for 2012.

Woodmont Commons continues with delays

Woodmont remained on people’s minds this year, although every time the subject came up, there seemed to be another delay in public hearings and information sessions.

The massive 630-acre plan for the former Woodmont orchard property was discussed by town officials and development representatives, and debated by residents on both sides of the proposal.

Attorney John Michels, representing Woodmont developer Michael Kettenbach, was a regular fixture at meetings throughout the year, giving updates on the mammoth project.

“In 1997, the master plan talked about coming up with a new village concept,” Michels said this year.

The Woodmont plan seemed to fit that bill and in years since, the plan is still on the table.

The year also included updates for the town’s master plan.

Woodmont continuations are still going on with more studies expected.

The Planning Board did officially approve the application, but officials and developers said there is a long and complex road ahead.

That road includes looking at more factors like traffic impact and what may happen to the environment if the project moves forward.

The Woodmont development may add up to 1,300 residential units, retail space and commercial buildings to that area of Londonderry where the former orchards grew.

Beautiful Lengths campaign honored

Londonderry High School students continue to make cuts for all the right reasons.

For nearly a decade, the school has hosted the Pantene Beautiful Lengths event. Students pledge to cut inches off their long locks to support those battling cancer. The donated hair is made into wigs.

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