The following are articles on several of my initiatives since my 2017 reelection:
Portsmouth city councilor pushes ahead to enact disposables ban
July 21, 2019
The City Council has scheduled first reading of a proposed ordinance to regulate the use of single-use disposables on city properties. The ordinance also calls for banning the use of Styrofoam products by businesses citywide starting Jan. 1.

Denton's scaled-back ban on disposables to get legal review
June 18, 2019
The City Council voted unanimously to ask for a report back from City Attorney Robert Sullivan on a scaled-back ordinance proposal to regulate the "distribution of single-use disposables."

Annual Stiletto Sprint draws crowds, smiles
June 15, 2019
Always a spectacular and highly anticipated event, the Stiletto Sprint in Market Square drew crowds and raised the highest total of money to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast.

Denton to offer scaled-back ban on disposables
June 12, 2019
City Councilor Josh Denton is planning to introduce a scaled back version of a proposed "distribution of single use disposables" ordinance for legal review at Monday's City Council meeting.

Councilors, chief to don heels for Stiletto Sprint
June 08, 2019
A group of city councilors - joined by Police Chief Robert Merner - is teaming up to raise money for a great cause by participating in the 10th annual Stiletto Sprint.

City Council advances proposed charter amendments
May 21, 2019
The City Council will hold public hearings on two proposed charter amendments at its June 17 meeting, including one that seeks to increase councilors' annual pay.

City to scale back PPAF food truck fest
May 21, 2019
Prescott Park Arts Festival appears to be moving forward with a plan to hold a food truck festival in a parking lot, rather than on Marcy Street.

Portsmouth restaurants give a boost to electric cars
May 14, 2019
City Councilor Josh Denton is participating in a campaign to help promote local restaurants and businesses that support the use of electric vehicles.

New Franklin School struggles with space limits
May 10, 2019
School Board Chairman Patrick Ellis described the New Franklin School as "somewhat bursting at the seams."

Denton pitches Portsmouth single-use plastics ban
April 26, 2019
City Councilor Josh Denton explained some of the provisions of his proposed "distribution of single-use disposables ordinance" at a Friday morning forum hosted by the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth.

Portsmouth plastics ban plan to get feedback
April 23, 2019
The Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth is hosting a forum Friday on the proposal by City Councilor Josh Denton to ban the use of single-use plastics in the city.

Council continues talk on adjusting meeting agenda
April 16, 2019
City councilors are expected to continue discussing a proposal by Councilor Josh Denton to change the format of their meetings.

Denton proposes change in council meeting format
April 14, 2019
City Councilor Josh Denton is proposing a change in the City Council's meeting format that would move the mayor's and City Council's portion of the meeting further up on the agenda.

Olivia Dwyer wins Project Upcycle competition
April 01, 2019
Fantastical tales, arthropods, and centuries-old fashions inspired the creations that walked the runway of 3S Artspace's second annual Project Upcycle.

Sisters make PHS greener
April 01, 2019
Two Portsmouth High School sisters have persuaded the School Board to switch from Styrofoam lunch trays to compostable paper trays.

Councilor to propose ban on plastics in Portsmouth
March 17, 2019
City Councilor Josh Denton is proposing a distribution of single-use disposables ordinance, which will ban not only single-use plastic bags in the city, but a variety of other items, too.

Seacoast students to strike to stop climate change
March 13, 2019
On Friday, March 15, hundreds of young people in New Hampshire will go on strike from school to protest what they say is the federal government's failure to take action to stop climate change.

City increases disabled veterans property tax credit
March 04, 2019
The City Council voted unanimously to increase the property tax credit for veterans who suffered a total disability while serving their country.

Portsmouth councilor: Increase disabled veterans tax credit
February 28, 2019
City Councilor Josh Denton believes disabled veterans deserve all the help the city can give them.

PS21 to host 'Paris to Portsmouth' part 2
February 11, 2019
As a sequel to Edward Cameron's presentation in April 2018 titled "Paris to Portsmouth," PS21 will present part II.

Portsmouth City Council seeks to increase pay
February 05, 2019
The City Council voted 8-0 to refer a proposed charter amendment to eliminate the cap for City Council pay to City Manager John Bohenko.

City, PPAF to discuss permanent stage in park
January 13, 2019
City Manager John Bohenko is scheduled to meet with representatives from the Prescott Park Arts Festival to talk about their desire to build a new covered stage.

Portsmouth councilor wants to back law for plastics ban
January 09, 2019
City Councilor Josh Denton plans to ask the City Council to let him speak on its behalf in support of state enabling legislation that would allow municipalities to "regulate the distribution of single-use plastics."

North Hampton debates putting Keno on town warrant
December 13, 2018
The Select Board may decide this month whether to ask voters if they want to allow Keno to be played in the town's businesses.

Portsmouth Elks to make push for Keno
December 08, 2018
The City Council in September 2017 rejected an effort to put a question on that year's municipal ballot about whether voters wanted to allow Keno gambling in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth celebrates opening of parking garage
October 31, 2018
City officials and staff on Wednesday morning celebrated the grand opening of the new five-story, 600-space Foundry Place Garage in the North End.

Denton pitches wind turbine on City Hall
October 14, 2018

Health of Great Bay, local estuaries topic for public event
October 08, 2018

Restaurants, breweries compete in 29th WHEB Chili Cook-off
October 07, 2018

Portsmouth delays vote on increasing parking rates
October 01, 2018

Housing at Pease? Portsmouth supports studying it
September 18, 2018

Portsmouth council expands solar energy exemption
September 11, 2018

Arts Festival weathers costly storm of wet season
September 09, 2018

National Drive Electric Week promotes benefits of EVs
August 30, 2018

International Portsmouth conference still planned despite losing city backing
August 28, 2018

City Council to consider expanding solar energy exemption
August 28, 2018

Portsmouth council divided on new residency policy for city boards
August 21, 2018

Trump rollback on car emissions draws criticisms
August 12, 2018

Portsmouth council approves $113M FY19 budget
June 04, 2018
The City Council, by a vote of 8-1, passed the proposed 2019 fiscal year budget of $113,009,093 on Monday night.

Denton seeks to expand Portsmouth's renewable energy tax break
April 10, 2018
City Councilor Josh Denton is reminding residents and business owners who have installed a solar array they have until Sunday, April 15 to apply for a city tax exemption this year if they're not already getting it.

Portsmouth Veterans Tax Credit Enrollment Runs through April 15
March 12, 2018
Veterans who haven't done so yet have until April 15 to sign up for the city's $500 all-veterans tax credit for the upcoming tax year.

Portsmouth City Council to discuss charter amendments Tuesday
February 19, 2018
The City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing and second reading Tuesday night on a new ordinance based on charter amendments.

Adopt the Flexible Renewable Energy Policy
February 19, 2018
The City Council is considering adopting a local energy policy envisioned by our 2025 Master Plan to guide Portsmouth towards using more sustainable

Councilor Denton wants Portsmouth to be a 'net zero energy' community
February 01, 2018
City Councilor Josh Denton said he plans to share a proposed "renewable energy policy" with his fellow city councilors at their Monday night meeting.

City Council appoints Hilson to Police Commission
January 17, 2018
The City Council voted 8-1 to appoint the Rev. Arthur Hilson to fill the Police Commission seat vacated by Joseph Plaia in December.

City to partner with Redgate/Kane on McIntyre project
January 16, 2018
The City Council voted 7-1 to choose Redgate/Kane as its development partner as it moves forward with a public/private partnership to try to redevelop the McIntyre Federal Building.

Opioid "safe station" proposed in Portsmouth
January 12, 2018
City Councilor Josh Denton proposes creating a city "safe station" for people who are struggling with addiction and need immediate help.

VFW to sell post to State Street Saloon owner
November 18, 2017
Members of the VFW Post 168 on Saturday voted overwhelmingly to authorize its board to begin negotiating the sale of the property.