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State needs local input for future of Sunrise State Park in East Haddam

The future of Sunrise State Park in Moodus is a mystery... one East Haddam residents are asked to help resolve.

The future of Sunrise State Park in Moodus is a mystery… one East Haddam residents are asked to help resolve.

The future of Sunrise State Park in Moodus is a mystery.

Will it be a safe, clean place for hiking and paddle boating, or a camp ground, or an eco-tourism center, or a hotel/restaurant/sustainable agriculture project?

The list of possibilities is much longer, with many of the ideas overlapping.

The past is clear.  In hindsight, the state’s decision-making looks very poor, a case of the left hand not knowing what the right was doing.  The park’s use as a law enforcement training ground was a disaster.

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Sen Linares, Save programs that grow jobs

Sen. Art Linares toured Chester, CT-based manufacturer Aero-Cision on Feb. 27, 2013 as he works on bills that promote business-friendly policies to help create jobs. Contributed photo.

Sen. Art Linares toured Chester, CT-based manufacturer Aero-Cision on Feb. 27, 2013 as he works on bills that promote business-friendly policies to help create jobs. Contributed photo.

Submitted by Sen. Art Linares

I recently threw my support behind a bill that I believe will make Connecticut more business-friendly and help to create jobs.

This bill makes permanent the state’s temporary Job Expansion Tax Credit Program. As the law stands now, that program is slated to end on Jan. 1, 2014.

The savings that small businesses can realize from this program are considerable.

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In East Haddam – Stand up for Sunrise

State Rep. Melissa Ziobron has introduced a bill to improve the Sunrise State Park in East Haddam, CT. DEEP photo.

State Rep. Melissa Ziobron has introduced a bill to improve the Sunrise State Park in East Haddam, CT. DEEP photo.

By State Rep. Melissa Ziobron

One of my priorities since taking office has been to enact a plan to get Sunrise State Park cleaned up and back into safe condition so people can once again enjoy it as a recreational resource, without fear of getting hurt or injured.

To that end, I proposed a bill that has been brought forward with new language as a committee bill, scheduled for a public hearing in the Environment Committee this Friday, March 8, 2013.

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Letter criticizes Senate candidate Crawford for land swap vote

Image source: Stop the Swap on Facebook

To the Editor,

There is a bull in the china shop of Jim Crawford’s 33rd District State Senate campaign – his automatic and uninformed vote for the Haddam Land Swap.

As a first year representative from Senator Daily’s hometown, it would have taken incredible courage for Mr. Crawford to oppose her, she being the main force behind the proposal.

His uninformed vote is very troubling.

He said in public that information about the swap was difficult to find.

He didn’t know there was an $800K difference between the purchase prices of the two parcels.  (State assessors now place the value difference at $1.3 million.)

He didn’t know the river land had been purchased with state conservation funds as open space for all Connecticut residents.

He didn’t look at the “Stop the Swap” website, which contained all the information he couldn’t find.

A Crawford mailer implies that successful teachers will be successful, visionary state leaders. His vote for the Land Swap did not meet that standard.

Sincerely,

Brad Parker

East Haddam, CT

Posted August 8, 2012, links added by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

Related link: Stop the Swap on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-the-Swap/107197782698086

East Haddam First Selectman has change of heart regarding controversial land swap, East Haddam Today, May 11, 2011 http://easthaddam.htnp.com/2011/05/11/east-haddam-first-selectman-has-change-of-heart-regarding-controversial-land-swap/

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East Haddam – Klinck asks for your vote in senate primary

Mary Ellen Klinck is a Democratic candidate for Connecticut State Senator in the 33rd District, which includes East Haddam and East Hampton, CT. She and fellow Democrat Jim Crawford will vie for a place on the ballot in November, in the upcoming primary. Photo by Jean Maheu for HTNP.com

Dear Friends,

I am Mary Ellen Klinck, a lifelong Democrat, former East Haddam Selectman and State Commissioner of the Department of Aging, who believes the rights of the elderly, disabled, veterans, teachers, citizens and children need a voice.

Residents of the 33rd Senate District know they live in a magical place. I own property on both sides of the Connecticut River and love the vistas and sunsets. A clean, protected river and shoreline are vital to our quality of life. Open space land along these waterfronts must be preserved, so that future generations will enjoy what we have today.

While owning a restaurant, an insurance agency, and a real estate office, I’ve created hundreds of jobs. Add my membership on the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce’s executive board, and I know the needs in today’s business community. I’ve helped elect local, state and Federal Democratic candidates. The Party’s ideals are in my blood.

I support investment in Connecticut’s tourism industry, which will increase economic development, jobs and revenue. Our river and coastline will benefit from tourism promotion.

Beyond our district, UConn is becoming a world-class medical research center. The investment in Jackson Laboratory is a real boost, making Farmington the bioscience center of the Northeast, where people can get the best medical care now and in the future.

I have a passion for community service. One must not only give back to the community but also inspire others through good example. My resumé shows a diversified background, both as a professional and a volunteer. I enjoy being involved.

I promise to work vigorously for everyone in the 33rd District and ask for your support.  We need a woman senator to replace Edith Prague and Eileen Daily, who are retiring.

Contact me at www.klinckforsenate.com or 860-873-8420.

Sincerely,

Mary Ellen Klinck

Posted August 6, 2012

Editor’s note: The 12 towns that comprise the 33rd Senatorial District are Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, a portion of Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook.

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Letter chides Senator Daily for lack of loyalty

August 6, 2012 Letters To Editor 1 Comment

Mary Ellen Klink and Jim Crawford, candidates for the Connecticut 33rd District State Senate seat. Composite by Brenda Sullivan | HTNP.com

Dear Editor,

Wow!  What a surprise AND disappointment.  I just received a promotional piece for Jim Crawford, candidate for the 33rd District State Senate seat.  While I am sure Mr. Crawford is a worthy candidate, as is his opponent Mary Ellen Klinck, I was shocked to see he is heavily endorsed by retiring Senator Eileen Daily.

Twenty years ago, Mary Ellen Klinck worked tirelessly to help Ms. Daily get elected to her first term as State Senator.  Over the years, Mary Ellen donated time, money, her years of experience with the Democratic Party, and even her home to host fundraisers — all to benefit Ms. Daily.

I would have hoped Ms. Daily to be a better person.  For her to turn her back on a loyal, hard-working friend is discouraging and wrong.  The better solution would have been for Ms. Daily to simply wish both candidates good luck.

Sincerely,

Jim Johnson

Moodus (East Haddam) CT

Posted Aug. 6, 2012

Related link: How do they compare? Fundraising info on CT Senate 33rd District candidates  http://easthaddam.htnp.com/2012/07/21/how-do-they-compare-fundraising-info-on-ct-senate-33rd-district-candidates/

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Letter of support for Mary Ellen Klinck senate campaign

Candidate for Connecticut Senate District 33 Mary Ellen Klinck

Editor’s note: Mary Ellen Klinck is the Democratic candidate for State Senator in the 33rd district.

To the Editor:

Mary Ellen Klinck has spent a lifetime of service in East Haddam as Democratic Town Chairman, in the active involvement of the town’s outstanding museum, and a supporter of the Goodspeed Opera House and Gillette Castle.

She held a large fundraiser attended by many Polish Americans to benefit the newly dedicated exhibit at the New England Air Museum recognizing the Kociuszko Squadron Exhibit.  Her life is always full of activity on the town and state level, along with devotion to her large family.

Her reputation as an excellent State Commissioner for the elderly grew from her dedication to programs and good policies for the thousands of Connecticut’s elderly citizens.

She was in state service on the Environmental Committee, working for the State Senate, and is presently on the State Commission on Aging.

Her commitment to the people of her district shows in the numerous celebrations at her home, honoring well-known individuals and friends.

Her competency and knowledge of government is unchallenged.

Mary Ellen’s helping hand, efficiency, and friendly manner have earned the respect of all who have had the pleasure of knowing and working with her throughout the years. I was fortunate as Consumer Protection Commissioner to work with her while in government on a number of projects and programs benefitting senior citizens.

Sincerely,

Mary Mazurek Heslin

Former Commissioner of Consumer Protection

Hartford, CT

Posted July 3, 2012

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Klinck of East Haddam announces primary for CT Senate District 33

Mary Ellen Klinck has announced she will primary for the CT Senate District 33 seat. Current Sen. Eileen Daily recently announced she will not seek re-election. Photo source. Facebook

Dear Friends,

After decades of public service at the state and local levels, I am a Democratic candidate for State Senator for the 33rd district.*

I served eight years as Commissioner of the State Department on Aging, advocating for the rights of the elderly and disabled.

I am a life-long Democrat, served as an East Haddam Selectman and for many years as a Democratic Town Chairperson and 33rd District State Central Committee Woman.

As a successful business woman, owner of a restaurant, an insurance agency and a real estate office, I created jobs for hundreds of people.

I understand small and medium business growth is needed to reduce Connecticut’s unemployment and boost the economy.

The rights of the disenfranchised, along with those of the veterans, teachers and children, have always been my priority.

Residents of the 33rd district know they live in a magical place, and I am committed to protecting our environment, economy and quality of life.

I have formed a “Klinck for Senate” committee.  My treasurer is Emily Varkala of East Haddam.  I need your support and promise to work tirelessly for you.

Call me at 860-873-8420, email at meks1@aol.com, or send mail to P.O. Box 406, East Haddam, CT  06423.

Sincerely,

Mary Ellen Klinck

Paid for by Klinck for Senate Committee, Emily Varkala, Treasurer, P.O. Box 63, East Haddam, CT 06423

*To fill the seat of 10-term Democratic State Sen. Eileen Daily who is not seeking re-election; the 33rd District includes the towns of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland & Westbrook

Posted June 2, 2012

Related link: Mary Ellen Klinck Files for Democratic Primary in 33rd Senate District, Valley News  http://valleynewsnow.com/2012/06/mary-ellen-linck-files-for-democratic-primary-in-33rd-senate-district

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Letter to the Editor from Candidate Melissa Ziobron

"This campaign, indeed all campaigns, should be about our shared future and who is best qualified to represent all the residents of our entire District and not just one part of it. I have lived almost exclusively within the 34th District and care deeply about this area that 20,000-plus residents call home." - Melissa Ziobron

To the Editor:

Republican leaders at the state and local level have completed the initial phase of selecting candidates for the November elections. I am honored to receive the endorsement of my fellow Republicans in Colchester, East Haddam and East Hampton.

I am extremely grateful to the delegates of the 34th District Convention for their thoughtful consideration, and support, while acknowledging the long and varied service my Republican opponent has given to East Hampton.

This campaign, indeed all campaigns, should be about our shared future and who is best qualified to represent all the residents of our entire District and not just one part of it. I have lived almost exclusively within the 34th District and care deeply about this area that 20,000-plus residents call home.

My experience as an Economic Development Coordinator [in East Haddam] makes me keenly aware of the daily struggle our local businesses face. As a Mom, I face the same challenges that many families face; as an outdoor enthusiast, I want to do everything I can to assure our beautiful natural resources and vistas are protected; as a former [East Haddam] Board of Education member, I know how important a quality education is to the entire community.

We need to do more to protect our rural communities and end the addiction to spending (and taxing) that afflicts our leaders in Hartford.

We must help grow our local economies, not stifle them.

We must address our enormous projected budget deficit and stop kicking the proverbial can down the road.

We must listen to our constituents and I pledge to do just that, while communicating what is happening (or not) at the Capitol. It’s your money and I want to help you keep more of it.

To learn more about our campaign or to donate your valuable time, visit: www.melissaziobron.blogspot.com

– Melissa Ziobron

Posted May 25, 2012 – words in [brackets] added by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

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With gratitude on Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011 Letters To Editor No Comments
And this Thanksgiving, why not take the time to tell someone – even if you both feel shy about it – that they matter, that they have a place in your world.

And this Thanksgiving, why not take the time to tell someone – even if you both feel shy about it – that they matter, that they have a place in your world.

While it is good advice to take time each day to express gratitude for the good people and circumstances in our lives, Thanksgiving traditionally is a special time when we reflect on what we’re thankful for. Often it’s the delicious turkey!

I recently read about one woman’s experience with videotaping a Thanksgiving holiday in which she asked each member of her family to tell everyone what they appreciated about each of the other family members.

As might be expected, many of them moaned and groaned – especially the teenagers – but finally gave in.

Now, years later, after the woman’s parents and some of the other family members have passed on, it has become a tradition to watch this video on Thanksgiving and renew the feelings of appreciation for each other.

Experts in human behavior say that one of our deepest needs is to feel appreciated, to feel like others have need of us, to feel like we belong somewhere and even just to be “seen.”

Unfortunately, there are so many invisible people in the world, so many disconnected people – especially young people, so many who feel that if they dropped off the face of the earth, no one would notice, even their own families.

This Thanksgiving, why not make a point of visiting or even calling someone you know who might be alone on Thanksgiving or, for that matter, why not invite them to your Thanksgiving table?

And this Thanksgiving, why not take the time to tell someone – even if you both feel shy about it – that they matter, that they have a place in your world.

If nothing else, when you are out these next few days, notice who is looking glum and smile at them and say Hello.

You might get a blank stare or a confused scowl in response, but it’s been my experience that more often, you will be rewarded with a surprised face followed by a smile and a greeting in return. And it’s likely you’ve just set that person’s day on a new track.

And this Thanksgiving, when so many of us are struggling with bills, unemployment, ill health or other challenges or losses, why not take a moment to be grateful for what is going right in your life?

It might help to remember that there are millions of people on the planet who don’t have running water or bathrooms, who don’t eat three meals a day, who don’t have a roof over their head, who don’t have schools or access to basic medical services.

At the risk of sounding like someone’s parent who scolds a child for leaving food on the plate by saying, “There are children starving in Africa,” it’s true that most Americans really are “rich” compared to large parts of the world – or, for that matter – compared to large segments of our own population here in America.

If, in the midst of your troubles, you can find something to feel grateful for, it will take some of the weight off your shoulders and it just might open the door to allow a better experience to find its way to you.

Personally, I am grateful for the roof over my head, the food on my plate, my 20-year-old car that’s practically held together with duct tape, the warmth of my home, the clothing on my back, my education, my relatively good health, shelves full of books (and therefore, adventures and knowledge), an incredibly mellow and generous soul mate, as well as wonderful friends and a family where everyone loves each other – and for the support from the community for a local, small business, which is HTNP.com

May you have a bountiful, peaceful, safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Brenda Sullivan, Editor – HTNP.com

Posted Nov. 23, 2011

Thank you for your votes!

We welcome Letters to the Editor on all topics of interest to our readers in East Haddam, CT. Please send yours to editor@htnp.com

We welcome Letters to the Editor on all topics of interest to our readers in East Haddam, CT. Please send yours to editor@htnp.com

To the Editor:

I want to thank the voters of East Haddam for once again re-electing me as your Town Treasurer.

I will continue to do my best to manage your tax dollars prudently to receive the highest interest on the town’s investments.

I remain committed to make your tax dollars work for you.

I am very grateful for the trust you have placed in me. Happy Thanksgiving!

- Kathleen Klinck, Town Treasurer

Posted Nov. 10, 2011

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