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November 21, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

food bankby Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter

Monday, November 24, Goodspeed Opera House will kick off their annual food drive to benefit the East Haddam Food Bank. Hoping to have another record breaking year of participation, Goodspeed will be collecting non-perishable donations beginning at 1 p.m., prior to the matinee performance of Holiday Inn. A second collection will take place that day before the 7:30 p.m. performance as well. Donations will continue to be collected from Nov. 24 through Nov. 30, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, during regular box offices hours which are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. … 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.

East Haddam Fire Department Adopting Families for the Holidays

November 10, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter

This year the members of the East Haddam Fire Department would like to adopt a family or families who are in need of some holiday cheer for their children. For the first time, according to member Don Angersola, the department “wants to do a little more and give families whatever they can in the way of meals, trees, toys and clothing.

“This is the first year we are doing this, so we really don’t have a criteria, we’re just going to take it kid by kid,” he said in a phone interview. … Continue Reading

Board of Ed Looking for New Member

November 7, 2014 Feature, Local News, schools No Comments

imagesThe East Haddam Board of Education is seeking interested candidates to fill a vacancy on the board, which will be by appointment.

A letter of interest and resume should be sent to Mrs. Nancy Haslam, Chairperson, East Haddam Board of Education, P.O. Box 401, Moodus, CT 06469, or emailed to nancy.haslam@easthaddamschools.org  by Monday, November 17, 2014. … Continue Reading

Republicans Clean up in East Haddam and East Hampton

November 5, 2014 Areawide, Feature, Local News No Comments

by Bette Tani

With the exception of the Congressional race, East Haddam and East Hampton voted overwhelmingly republication in yesterday’s elections. The only democrat to win in those two towns was incumbent Joe Courtney who earned 2,857 East Hampton votes and 2,059 in East Haddam, beating his opponent (R) Lori Hopkins-Cavanaugh by 1,418 combined votes, according to figures supplied by both towns.

Three other incumbents, all republicans, who will also remain in office are State Senator Art Linares, State Representative Melissa Ziobron, and Judge of Probate Jennifer Berkenstock. For governor (R) Tom Foley was the top choice earning 2,008 votes in East Haddam and 2,927 in East Hampton. Current Governor (D) Daniel Malloy received 1,537 and 2,249 respectively. … Continue Reading

2015 Youth Basketball Registration now Open

Basketball-through-hoop-Wikimedia-Commons-2012-300x236by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter

The Town of East Haddam is now accepting registrations for the upcoming youth basketball season. Programs are open to boys and girls in grades K through. Cost is $40 and deadline to register for youth basketball (grades 3-8) is Mar. 14, 2015; K through grade 2 registration closes Feb. 23, 2015.

Youth basketball practices will begin the week of Jan. 5, and coaches are needed for every team before practices can start, according to recreation information. Games will be held once a week from Jan. 24, to Mar. 14 with the exception of Feb. 15, when no games are scheduled. Practices and games are held in the gym at East Haddam Elementary School. … 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

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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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