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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

In East Haddam, Job opening for Early Childhood Coordinator

October 12, 2013 Business, Local News No Comments
East Haddam Early Childhood Council has an immediate opening for a part-time coordinator to provide services that ensure children in our community opportunities for school readiness.

East Haddam Early Childhood Council has an immediate opening for a part-time coordinator to provide services that ensure children in our community opportunities for school readiness.

East Haddam Early Childhood Council has an immediate opening for a part-time coordinator to provide services that ensure children in our community opportunities for school readiness.

Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field and experience working with young children and their families required.

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Annual East Haddam Fair, Tag Sale is Oct 12

October 5, 2013 Business, Local News No Comments
Some of the members of the East Haddam Business Association who helped with the first EHBA Community Faire and Tag Sale. Photo source: EHBA

Some of the members of the East Haddam Business Association who helped with the first EHBA Community Faire and Tag Sale. Photo source: EHBA

Susan Pagnano | East Haddam Business Assoc

The East Haddam Grange Hall and grounds at 488 Town St. will be the site of the Third Annual East Haddam Business Association-sponsored Community Faire and Tag Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. (Rain date is Oct. 13.)

Space is still available.

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U.S. Postal Service requests price hikes for 2014

September 25, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
U. S. Postal Service spokesperson Christine Dugas on Town Talk, explains the Postal Service's financial problems and possible solutions. Photo source: CTV14

U. S. Postal Service spokesperson Christine Dugas on Town Talk, explains the Postal Service’s financial problems and possible solutions. Photo source: CTV14

Press Release

The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced today (Sept. 25) it has proposed price changes that include upping First-Class stamps from the current 46 cents to 49 cents each.

The proposed changes, which would go into effect in January 2014, are intended to generate $2 billion in incremental annual revenue for the USPS, which has been trying to climb out of deep budget shortfalls.

The USPS does not receive federal funds; its services are supported solely from revenues from its products.

For an in-depth look at the postal service’s financial situation – specifically a $20 billion budget gap – and how the federal government has contributed to its problems, watch a Town Talk interview with the regional representative in the CTV14 archives.

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New state insurance plan launches October 1

September 18, 2013 Business, Local News No Comments
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Jason Madrak, Chief Marketing Officer for Access Health CT – the entity charged with enrolling Connecticut residents under the state’s new insurance program – was a guest on CTV14’s “Town Talk,” hosted by Brenda Sullivan.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

As host of the CTV14 governmental affairs program, “Town Talk,” I recently interviewed Chief Marketing Officer Jason Madrak of Access Health CT – this is the entity that is charged with enrolling Connecticut residents under the new statewide insurance plan as part of the country’s Affordable Care Act.

You can watch my interview with Mr. Madrak online by clicking on this link http://www.ctv14.com and then clicking on the Programming tab. In this drop-down menu, choose VOD archives. On the next page, use the drop-down menu on the left (All Folders) and choose “Town Talk” from the bottom of that list.

In addition to the interview with Access Health CT, there’s a very informative “Town Talk” interview with Windham State Rep. Susan Johnson that also simplifies some of the nuts and bolts of what’s on the horizon.

Below are comments from Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer Kevin Counihan, issued Sept. 18, on getting ready to launch the sign-up program on Oct. 1, 2013.

This first wave of enrollment will continue until Jan. 1, 2014.

You may have noticed an increase in TV ads urging you to sign up for a company’s insurance plan. You may want to know that unless you are enrolled through Access Health CT, you will NOT be entitled to subsidies (in some cases, 100 percent subsidies).

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Block Party celebrates East Haddam businesses

September 6, 2013 Business, Local News No Comments

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Old Lumberyard Plaza at 25 Falls Road in Moodus invites the public to a Block Party celebration of local businesses from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.

There will be free samples, food and drink, raffle prizes and free demonstrations/services.

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New grant program for Connecticut nonprofits announced

August 23, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
Under legislation adopted during the recently adjourned legislative session, the State Bond Commission is authorized to issue up to $20 million to support eligible projects for nonprofits doing business with the state.

Under legislation adopted during the recently adjourned legislative session, the Connecticut State Bond Commission is authorized to issue up to $20 million to support eligible projects for nonprofits doing business with the state.

Press Release

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (August 23) announced the launch of the state’s first-ever Nonprofit Grant Program – a new state bond pool specifically designated for nonprofit community-based organizations that provide health and human services through contracts or agreements with state agencies.

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Facility alterations, renovations, improvement, additions, purchase and new construction;
  • Health, safety and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act;

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Tax free week continues through Aug 24

August 21, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
“Sales-tax free week is the right time to shop for back to school or back to college but also for seasonal items like winter coats and boots." - CT Dept of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan

“Sales-tax free week is the right time to shop for back to school or back to college but also for seasonal items like winter coats and boots.” – CT Dept of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan

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Connecticut’s sales-tax free week runs from Sunday, Aug. 18 through Saturday, Aug 24.

The annual sales-tax free week coincides with the onset of back-to-school shopping.

It allows consumers to purchase most individual items of clothing and footwear priced under $300 without having to pay the usual sales and use tax.

“This week-long, sales-tax holiday makes back-to-school shopping a little bit easier for working families, while also helping retailers boost their bottom line,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said at a kickoff event at a clothing retailer in Bristol, Insane Irving’s.

“Many stores also plan sales and discounts to coincide with this week, which allows consumers to stretch their hard-earned money a little further,” he said.

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Connecticut is working to cope with climate change

August 15, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
The Microgrid Grant and Loan Pilot Program was created under Public Act 12-148.  Microgrids will provide electricity to critical facilities and town centers on a 24/7 daily basis.  They will also include a system of “trips” and “transfers” to isolate the microgrid and provide power within its network even when there is a large-scale outage.

The Microgrid Grant and Loan Pilot Program was created under Public Act 12-148. Microgrids will provide electricity to critical facilities and town centers on a 24/7 daily basis. They will also include a system of “trips” and “transfers” to isolate the microgrid and provide power within its network even when there is a large-scale outage.

Press Release

The state’s progress to mitigate the impact of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions was the topic at a press conference in Hartford, CT on Wednesday (Aug. 14), hosted by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and other state and local officials.

Connecticut has taken a leadership role in creating a clean-energy economy, they said, via initiatives that will:

  • “harden” energy infrastructure and modernize the state’s electric grid,
  • reduce harmful carbon emissions through investments in transportation,
  • promote renewable energy projects,
  • and support energy efficiency.

Gov. Malloy said, “We know from first-hand experience that we must make our energy grid stronger, smarter, and more secure… As we see increasingly severe weather and other impacts of climate change, it becomes even more important to harden our infrastructure as we make investments to reduce global warming emissions.”

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Congressman Courtney – frustrated by ongoing Sequester

August 2, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
Congressman Joe Courtney testifies on the need to end the Sequester. Photo: screen shot from YouTube video

Congressman Joe Courtney testifies on the need to end the Sequester. Photo: screen shot from YouTube video

By Congressman Joe Courtney

Today, (Aug. 2) the House adjourned for a five week district work period without completing action on a 2014 budget.

Like so many of you, I am deeply frustrated that the House is leaving town today without finishing its work on one of the most fundamental duties outlined in the Constitution.

Congress should remain in Washington as long as it takes to finish the budget and complete a plan to end the across-the-board budget cuts known as “sequestration.”

Sequestration taking a toll

The direct impacts of sequestration, which went into effect on March 1, were slow to reach eastern Connecticut. However, in the last few weeks, we have seen increasing effects of the indiscriminate budget cuts that make up sequestration, underscoring the need for action in Congress to reverse this self-imposed economic punishment.

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Ziobron Attends 18th Annual Venture Smith Day

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East Haddam — Saturday, September 13, State Rep. Melissa Ziobron attended Venture Smith Day, held to honor the life of the West African boy who at the age of 10 …

Perrotti Receives Public Funding

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Mimi Perrotti, Democrataic candidate for the 34th House District; East Hampton, East Haddam and Westchester, is delighted to announce that she has been approved for public financing by the State …

Eddie’s Auto Body Shop, An Innovative Approach

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East 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 …

Herbst (still) Wants Answers on Teacher Pension Neglect

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TRUMBULL, CT – Today Tim Herbst, Trumbull First Selectman and Candidate for State Treasurer, praised State Auditors for continuing to sound the alarm on the mismanagement of the Teacher’s Retirement …

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Eddie’s Auto Body Shop, An Innovative Approach

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East 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 …

State Unemployment-July 2014

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The 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 …

In East Haddam, Job opening for Early Childhood Coordinator

Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field and experience working with young children and their families required.

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