Morgan takes lead on Council

At a meeting March 16, Councilor James Morgan was elected as the new Town Council chairman. Councilor Brian Chirichiello will serve as Council chairman pro-tem.

In nominating Morgan to take the top seat, fellow Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores said Morgan is reliable, effective and open to debate.

"His character represented the good in the community," Katsakiores said.

Morgan, entering his sixth year on the Council, said he is honored to lead.

"It's a privilege to serve this council," Morgan said, adding he wanted to thank former chairman Charlie Foote for his past year of service.

"You exemplify this seat," Morgan told Foot.

In addition, councilors welcomed newly-elected Councilor Erin Spencer to the table.

Synagogue hosts virtual event

Etz Hayim Synagogue hosts its virtual community Second Night Passover Seder via Zoom on Sunday, March 28, 6 p.m. Bring your own Haggadah for a Seder led by Rabbi Peter and Amy Levy. Families can search for their own Afikomen during the dinner break. There are activity cards and games to download in advance for families with children. To register and get the Zoom link, email the synagogue office at For more information, call Stephen Soreff at or 603-895-6120.

Opera House earmarked for upgrades

During a recent Town Council meeting, Mike Gendron, representing the Greater Derry Arts Council, spoke to councilors about plans to do some repairs and upgrades to the Opera House this summer, mainly the stage area.

Gendron said the Opera House had to close its doors last year due to COVID-19 and in order to make sure all is safe and well when there is a reopening, work needs to be done.

"When we reopen we will have a revitalized performance venue," Gendron said, adding the past year has been challenging with no revenue coming in to support the Opera House when performances had to be canceled or not scheduled at all.

Gendron said the work could begin in July with the hopes of opening the historic space this fall. 

Indoor fitness begins

Derry Parks and Recreation hosts indoor fitness classes with safety and all COVID-19 protocols in place, at Veterans Hall, 31 West Broadway. Classes include Tai Chi, wellness walking, Zumba and line dancing. Classes are ongoing and schedules are updated on the Recreation Department's online site. All indoor safety policies must be followed. For information about the programs, call the recreation office at 603-432-6136 or visit    

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