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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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Delving deeper into Malloy’s proposed state budget

February 21, 2013 Letters to Editor No Comments
In all, there is more than $3 billion in borrowing. In order to stay under the constitutional spending cap, Gov. Malloy has changed the rules by which spending is calculated.

In all, there is more than $3 billion in borrowing. In order to stay under the constitutional spending cap, Gov. Malloy has changed the rules by which spending is calculated.

Letter to the Editor by Rep. Melissa Ziobron

When I originally reviewed Gov. Malloy’s budget proposal, I did not like what I saw, but, decided to wait until I got deeper into the details before passing judgment over his proposal. Now that I have had time to review it in more detail, sadly I think the budget proposal is worse than I originally thought.

Two years ago, Gov. Malloy had an opportunity to restructure state government and put it in a better position to recover from the economic difficulties and deficit plaguing the state for years. Unfortunately, the idea that one should “never let a crisis go to waste” was lost on his administration.

Instead of shrinking government and reducing spending, the Governor and his legislative supporters have increased spending and raised taxes by a record $1.8 billion.

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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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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

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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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Town Seeking New Building Official

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by 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 …

Enjoy Fall Foliage on the Connecticut River

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by 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 …

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 …

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