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East Haddam’s I-Park Foundation Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant


The I-Park Foundation Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant. The grant will support a 2015 residency and exhibition that will feature site-specific, ephemeral art in the landscape. … Continue Reading

Hidden Gem: K-LaMay’s Steamed Cheeseburgers

By Chloe Jackson


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At the intersection of 151 and route 66 sits K.LaMay’s Steamed Cheeseburgers. For nine months Stephanie Lumbra’s hard work has produced excellent all American food.  With generous portions: Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, divine BLTs, chicken nuggets, onion rings, and cheese fries means you won’t be disappointed.

With a love for people and a passion for entrepreneurship, opening K.LaMay’s came naturally for the Lumbras. Both grew up in Meriden, eating and working at Ted’s Steamed Cheeseburgers. When Stephanie’s husband lost his job, … Continue Reading

Capital Improvement Monies may be Coming

EAST-HAMPTON-TOWN-COUNCIL-MEETING-FEB-22-East-Haddam-First-Selectman-Mark-WalterFirst Selectman, Mark Walter has announced that East Haddam has received the opportunity to finance some long-term capital improvements through the USDA Rural Development Program. The town applied for both grant and loan monies from the USDA in December 2013, for improvements to the elementary school, renovations to the former middle school for a municipal complex and firehouse upgrades.

While the grant application was for $8 million, the federal government only appropriated $100 thousand in USDA grants to the entire State of Connecticut. Walter acknowledged disappointment at not receiving any grant proceeds which would certainly have gone a long way in helping with these projects, according to a statement.

The main source of the funding will be in a low interest “line of credit” loan for up to $20 million. Walter added that “an approval of this amount is extraordinary for a small town like East Haddam.” … Continue Reading

New Director takes over at Goodspeed

GoodspeedOperaHouseBy Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter

After an extensive national search, Goodspeed’s Board of Trustees have found a new director. Chosen by the board is two-time Tony Award winner Michael Gennaro who will replace outgoing director Michael Price who is retiring after 46 years with the organization.

Gennaro is described as a “highly successful band leader for several prominent theatrical institutions including the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and Trinity Repertory Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island, where he has served as the Executive Director since 2007.” A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Fordham University Law School, Gennaro appeared in Broadway’s Godspell before going on to practice entertainment law in New York. He also has a history with Goodspeed as both his father Peter and his sister Liza were both involved in a number of productions at the theatre. … Continue Reading

School Budget Forum Slated for Tonight

budget-logo-school-300x300The East Haddam Board of Education will be hosting a Budget Planning Forum tonight Nov. 17th, at 7 p.m. in the Nathan Hale Ray High School auditorium.

The purpose of the forum is to start the budget process and to inform the community of the district’s goals and priorities.  In addition, they will also share key elements that will drive the budget, cost saving measures, important dates and other pertinent information.

The forum will provide the opportunity for community members to share their ideas with the Board of Education from the onset of the budget process. It is open to all residents of the Town of East Haddam.

For more information contact the superintendent’s office at 860-873-5090, or send an email to cindy.hughson@easthaddamschools.org.


Political Views

Mimi Perriotti – Democratic Candidate State Rep – 34th District

Mimi Perrotti is the Democratic Candidate for State Representative in the 34th District which encompasses East Haddam, East Hampton and parts of Colchester. 
Editor’s Note: Numerous phone calls to interview her for a candidate profile article have not been returned. Information about her can be found at mimiforthe34th.com.

Incumbent Melissa Ziobron Looking Forward to a Second Term

Melissa Ziobron

By Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Candidate: 34th District – East Haddam, East Hampton and parts of Colchester Party Affiliation: Republican Age: 43 Marital Status: Married (20 years) with two children …

Have Coffee With Your State Rep


State Representative Melissa Ziobron (R-34) has announced she will be hosting two “Coffee with your Legislator” events during the month of October. One will be held in the Town of …

Ziobron Tests Blue-Green Algae Blooms in Lake Pocotopaug

East Hampton — Tuesday, September 23, State Rep. Melissa Ziobron toured Lake Pocotopaug in East Hampton with Dr. George Knoecklein who is a Limnologist, hired by the town to monitor …


Tourism | Visit East Haddam


By Chloe Jackson Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development features East Haddam more often than the 65 other towns in Connecticut’s Central Regional Tourism District.

Jazz, Jam & Discussion @ Two Wrasslin Cats

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By Chloe Jackson Tuesday, January 13 from 6-9pm, Two Wrasslin Cats in collaboration with The Sanctuary is hosting Thelonious Monk Salon Jazz, Jam & Discussion.

Caturday Concert Series Continues

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By Chloe Jackson This Saturday at noon the Caturday Concert Series at Two Wrasslin Cats Coffee House is featuring COSMOS SUNSHINE.


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