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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.

Sale of Johnsonville Good News for Town

November 1, 2014 Business, Feature, Local News No Comments
photo by Jean Maheu

photo by Jean Maheu

by Bette Tani

The sale of Johnsonville Village for $1.9 million in Moodus is a good thing for the town of East Haddam according to First Selectman Mark Walter.

“It would be wonderful if it became a wedding destination with maybe restaurants, retail, places to stay, and possibly a small museum,” Walter said.

… Continue Reading

Town Seeking New Building Official

October 20, 2014 Business, Feature, Local News No Comments

untitledby Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter

The Town of East Haddam is currently accepting applications for a new building official. According to their web site the position requires an individual with an associates degree, or advanced training, in a field related to building construction and/or design from an accredited college or program, with more than five years of experience supervising the construction or design of buildings. Interested candidates must also be certified by the State of CT, in addition to having a valid CT drivers license. … Continue Reading

Enjoy Fall Foliage on the Connecticut River

October 14, 2014 Business, Feature No Comments

Foliageby Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter

Catch the colors before they’re gone. Connecticut River Expeditions is offering fall foliage daytime cruises on the boat RiverQuest until Nov. 1. RiverQuest, which cruises on the lower Connecticut River is a safe, quiet, intimate 64’ vessel, certified to carry 65 passengers. The boat has been inspected, approved, stability tested and certified by The United States Coast Guard, according their web site.

Passengers can easily be out of the sun, rain or wind under a recently installed moveable canopy that can cover the entire stern. “She is handicap accessible,” but “cannot handle large electric wheelchairs.” Also on board is heated cabin area used during late fall, winter and early spring cruises.

The cruise will take passengers through East Haddam, voted by Yankee Magazine as one of the top 25 places in New England to view Fall foliage, according to Expeditions. Sites along the way include Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam Swing Bridge, and Gillette Castle to mention a few. Cruise time is 90 minutes. … Continue Reading

Eddie’s Auto Body Shop, An Innovative Approach

Eddies&ZiobronEast Haddam residents that stumble upon Eddie’s Auto Body may think they are entering an ordinary auto body shop. The functional surroundings and down-to-earth staff seem to be requirements for auto repair businesses. What people may not realize is that the owners, Eddie and Carol Lupinek, have a unique and innovative approach, they are utilizing technology that no other shop in the world has.

When Eddie decided it was time to update the shop’s cross-flow paint booth he began … Continue Reading

State Unemployment-July 2014

September 3, 2014 Areawide, Business, Feature Comments Off

laborThe New England Information Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released New England and state unemployment numbers for July 2014.  These data are supplied by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program which produces monthly and annual employment, unemployment, and labor force data for Census regions and divisions, states, counties, metropolitan areas, and many … Continue Reading

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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

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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 …

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Capital Improvement Monies may be Coming

EAST-HAMPTON-TOWN-COUNCIL-MEETING-FEB-22-East-Haddam-First-Selectman-Mark-Walter

First 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 …

New Director takes over at Goodspeed

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By 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 …

School Budget Forum Slated for Tonight

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The 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 …

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